Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot

Tuna Infusion with Soy and Ginger and Mushroom Couscous Steam Pot

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - Front Of The Package

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – Front Of The Package

I’m sorry that there was nothing coming last week, I’ve had a hectic few days, including a visit from my lovely niece Alice. You’ll probably know by now that Alice has been partying studying in France for the last ten months through her university course, but now she’s home! I’d missed her, although, if I’m honest, I probably spoke more to her when she was in the land of onion and garlic than I ever did when she was home 😆 . We did lots of cooking while she was up, some was very, very successful – some was utterly disastrous… you’ll know about it all soon enough 😆 !

This review is the other John West Infusion Pot I bought, you’ll remember I reviewed the Infusion Pot which was Tuna with Coriander & Cumin and Lime and Coriander Cous Cous.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Two Pots

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Two Pots

This was a great quick and easy snack, I really love the idea of the two little pots and with the tuna, it ticks all the boxes for me. This one was a bit of a surprise because it has mushrooms in it… come all we all know I don’t like Mr Legumes, but taking one for the team I decided I’d buy this one and review it.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Back Of The Package

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Back Of The Package

The instructions are easy to follow, they’re exactly the same as the other one we’ve reviewed in the past. As I’ve said in my previous post it is a glorified pot noodle really J it’s made in the same way… simple!

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Couscous Before The Water

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Couscous Before The Water

Water is added to the dry couscous and the lid is replaced it only takes about five minutes once the lid is replaced. Open the tin of tuna, I’ll admit it doesn’t look the friendliest, some would say it looks like cat food but trust me it doesn’t taste like it.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Tuna, Soy and Ginger Before Mixing With The Couscous

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Tuna, Soy and Ginger Before Mixing With The Couscous

When the five minutes is up mix the two together, you can, like me eat it from the pot or have it in a nice little bowl… you choose! Below you can find the nutritional values for this Steam Pot, each pot contains 413 calories and 10 grams of fat (1.4 grams of saturated fat) and 1.4 grams of salt.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - Nutritional Information

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – Nutritional Information

This was an excellent quick and easy snack, it’s quite filling and takes next to no time to prepare. The packaging describes it as

Tuna flakes with a little soy sauce and ginger infused extra virgin olive oil (5%) and mushroom couscous

I love the whole soy ginger flavour combination, I’ve used it before in Soy Chilli and Ginger Trout Recipe. I can’t say I noticed the mushrooms in this recipe so they didn’t really bother me lol

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - Ready To Be Eaten

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – Ready To Be Eaten

A year ago today we launched our Ready Meal Monday feature, so it’s only fitting that this is a good product to review for Time-Saving Tuesday. Come back Thursday for “Something Fishy 2015”!  I’m also embarking on a new feature called Mystery Bag Meals coming at the end of the week, we’ve got a shiny new logo for the brilliant talent that is Dave Hole and a set of ingredients for the lovely Melanie from Melanie’s Food Adventures

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See you soon

Rich

Ps…. I know my time keeping is sometimes rusty but this was written on Tuesday but for some reason it didn’t post…. grrr 👿 .
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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice

Hello again, carrying on from last week’s #TST (yes I’m hashtagging it now) cheating theme, here’s a Cheat Chiken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice.

I can’t claim credit for this one, this was my mother’s idea! I’d bought the Chicken Tikka Masala some time ago and it was sitting in my cupboard, my mother (with the Time-Saving theme in mind) had bought me some sachets of rice.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala and John West Egg Fried Rice

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala and John West Egg Fried Rice

I was going out to my local for a quiz the other night and needed something in a hurry that would be fuss free but would fill me up ready for a few pints. My mother remembered that these were in the cupboard so cooked them for me.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala Tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala Tin

This can be cooked in the microwave 3 minutes for 800W or 2 ½ minutes for 900W. You can also cook it in a sauce pan on the hob, it takes about 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly, obviously all times vary depending on appliances (blah, blah, blah). It is described on the tin as

Chicken breast pieces in a medium curry sauce with yoghurt, double cream, tomatoes and aromatic spices.

There is a warning that says:

Caution: Although every care has been taken to remove bones, some may remain.

I don’t know what to make of this, I am scared of bones, in any type of meat. I’ve been known to leave a piece of fish if I find a bone because of my throat and my massive fear of choking – I think I was once quoted as saying

“I’d rather be shot than choke to death”

Extreme I know but it’s my worst nightmare, I remember going to a conference with my mate Adrian and another friend Derek. Derek was diabetic but (in the words of Marjorie Dawes from Little Britain) “Oh man he loved de cake”. He couldn’t get enough and consequently ended up having a bit of cake lodged in his throat, it took him ages to clear it and was very scary…. I don’t think that’s helped my irrational fears either! Right now I’ve scared you witless (or bored you) let’s move on…

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the John West Egg Fried Rice Sachet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the John West Egg Fried Rice Sachet

The rice was a John West sachet, the cooking was simple, for a 750W microwave you had to

1       Squeeze the rice to separate the rice

2       Tear or cut the top of the pack to make a 2cm opening

3       Stand pack upright in a microwave and cook on FULL POWER for 90 seconds. Leave to stand for 30 seconds

4       Remove the pouch from the microwave and tear or cut open the top of the pack.

5       Empty the rice on to a plate and fluff up with a fork

The curry was tasty, the chicken was tender and succulent. The pieces were small enough for me to manage them (hence the spoon in the photo below). The sauce had quite a deep flavour , it was tomatoey and had a great background heat from ginger , garlic and paprika. The rice went well with it, it was fluffy and soft, it wasn’t claggy and difficult to eat.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice Plated Ready To Eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice Plated Ready To Eat

All in all this was a great success and a great idea by my mother. I’ll be trying more meals in tins in the future. Come back next Tuesday to see more Time-Saving ideas. Don’t forget if you have Time-Saving ideas please get in touch, you can never have too many ideas!

If you really like Chicken Tikka Masala and want to make it yourself, check my recipe out for a Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala. Thanks for reading, see you later on in the week with another recipe!
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Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Front of the Packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot

Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Front of the Packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Front of the Packet

It’s time for take two in our weekly Time-Saving Tuesdays Feature, this is one that’s a bit different as it’s a sort of snack pot type thing. It’s an infusion pot by John West. As it says in the picture above it’s a Tuna Infusions with Coriander and Cumin with Lime and Coriander Couscous.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Side View of The Packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Side View of The Packet

You’ll notice from the above picture it comes in two cute little pots, the bottom one contains the couscous and the top contains the fish. The cooking instructions are absolutely fool proof and take next to no time really which… as it’s meant to be time saving… is a bonus 😆

Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Cooking Instructions

You can see that the steps are easy, there are lots of little tips dotted around the packet, like “Take care! Pot may be hot” You can find out more about this one here.

Like a pot noodle you have to fill the larger pot with boiling water, don’t do what I did and pull the cardboard outside off because that means you can’t see the flipping line 😀

Different Stages Of Making The Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Fusion Pot

Different Stages Of Making The Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Fusion Pot

You’ll notice the line in the picture on the left, you may be able to notice on the picture on the right (bad picture I know, scrap that they’re both bad 😳 ) that I had ripped the label … my mother wasn’t impressed. In my defence there was a perforation (not sure what for) and I was still able to make the line out lol (approx 135ml water). Once filled, give it a stir, then place the lid on and leave it steam for five minutes.

The Tuna For The Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Fusion Pot

The Tuna For The Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Fusion Pot

I know the above image could be confused with cat food (sorry John West) but it doesn’t look the best. Don’t judge a book by it’s….metallic ring pull bearing lid 😆 ! After the couscous has had five minutes stir in the above pot of loveliness, you should do this while it’s hot.

Below it is it in all it’s glory:

Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Fusion Pot, all Ready To Eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Fusion Pot, all Ready To Eat

The packaging is quite descriptive of the product, it says:

Looking for something that’s easy to prepare, warm, filling and packed full of flavour? John West Steam Pots are the answer.

We’ve paired our Tuna Infusions with a pot of perfectly seasoned couscous to create a fast filling and flavoursome lunch. This one is a feast from the east!

This really does do what it says on the cardboard box, it’s two little pots of pleasurable loveliness. There is an excellent combination of flavours, the couscous is light and fluffy the tuna is tasty with a great flavour of coriander and the lime cuts through everything,. The flavours were delicate, not too heavy, it didn’t smack you in the face like a wet kipper. I personally have my moments with Coriander but it was great in this, not too overpowering.

Our next recipe will be another Comfort Classics, it’ll be my version on a really easy and quick Shepherds Pie. Until then enjoy the John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, if you like tuna remember I’ve made a Char-Char-Char-Grilled Tuna as part of my #StrictlySuppers feature, you can find it here.

See You Soon.