Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie

This is another one of Heather’s brilliant bargains… oh wait that sounds like a feature on its own lol. This was Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie, I’ve never really had a Cumberland Pie before, so was looking forward to it, something new is always good.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie in it's packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie in it’s packet

The packet describes the pie as being:

beef mince, carrots and onions in a comforting gravy all topped with fluffy mash and crispy cheese breadcrumbs.

So what’s the difference between this and a Shepherd’s Pie you may ask, well there doesn’t appear to be one other than a layer of breadcrumbs. For more information on Cumberland Pie click here.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie ingredients on the packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie ingredients on the packet

I know the picture is blurred above but you can find out more about it and the cooking times by visit the NuMe website. I’ve messaged Morrison’s and asked them about the ingredients I’ve talked about in earlier posts. Here’s the reply they gave me to my tweet.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie - Tweet from Morrisons

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie – Tweet from Morrisons

The reply is clear enough and makes perfect sense, I just wish there was a way of passing this information out to the public so we knew what we were eating.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie nutritional information on the packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie nutritional information on the packet

The nutritional information is quite good in this with it having 297calories and fairly low levels of salt and sugar. The cooking instructions were clear and easy to follow, though you wont get a picture off me for them because they were partially obstructed by sale barcodes. To find out about the cooking instructions visit the website mentioned above.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie - Ready to be eaten

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie – Ready to be eaten

This was great, really tasty and a pleasure to eat. The gravy was deep and rich, the minced meat was easy to eat, the carrots and onions were easy to eat. The mashed potatoes was fluffy and not heavy and claggy like some other ready meals, the breadcrumbs were crunchy and cheesy and added a different dimension to what was in essence a Shepherd’s Pie. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would certainly buy it again, oh wait I did on the weekend lol with that in mind I’ve given it seven out of ten.7 stars

I’ve got a few good posts coming up, Strictly Suppers #1 will be out on Thursday, then we’ve got a review of the Brecon Food Festival which Greg and I attended on the weekend and then next Tuesday a Tomato Risotto cooked in the microwave.

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Rich

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne

Forgive me readers for I have sinned…. it’s been 9 days since my last proper post!

Keri, Alice and Ben ready for Michael Jackson meets Meat Loaf

Keri, Alice and Ben ready for Michael Jackson meets Meat Loaf

The world has gone mad, since my last post I’ve had wheelchair melt down’s, I’ve been working on a new business start up, watched a fantastic Michael Jackson and Meat Loaf tribute act with Keri, Ben and Alice, visits from both Hayleigh and Stacey, updated to Windows 10 ( 🙁 ) oh and I may now soon be running one of the pool leagues I play in with Keri…. are you tired yet, you should be…. I am 😯 !

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne - In it's tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne – In it’s tin

Anyway, the truth is I’ve been finding blogging a bit difficult in amongst ll the silly grown up s**t I’ve had to do! And I could even have been accused of losing a bit of motivation, until last night. I suppose I’ve had a bit of a realisation that sometimes you just have to stop, you can only do what you can do. I finally got to have a catch up with Greg over a meal and a beer last night…. not the best steak I’ve had (ok I’ve only had two) but it was a good night. Our catch ups are often very cathartic, well for me at least

9oz Sirloin Steak From Weatherspoons Aberdare.... a bit fatty and not nice to eat on this occasion

9oz Sirloin Steak From Weatherspoons Aberdare…. a bit fatty and not nice to eat on this occasion

So on to today’s review, we’re looking at Tesco Everyday Value Tinned Chilli Con Carne.  Before I start the review you can read how I made Mags Cheats Chilli Con Carne or read my review of Asda Chilli Con Carne and Boiled Rice.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne - Information on the back of the tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne – Information on the back of the tin

You can see the ingredients and nutritional information above, in case you can’t read the key ingredients were:

Tomato Purée, Red Kidney Beans, Beef, Rehydrated Onion, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder, Cumin Powder

Ding dong! These are pretty much the ingredients I use to make my Chilli Con Carne’s bar the Rehydrated Onion (I use proper onion) and I don’t use Green Pepper, you can’t say fairer than that! However, there were some ingredients I wasn’t so familiar with:

Textured Wheat Protein, Malted Barley Extract, Modified Maize Starch and Colour (Paprika Extract).

If you know what any of them are please let me know because I’m baffled! The can contained 400Kcal, 10.2g fat (of which 4.4g was saturated) and 2.4g of salt! I’m going to learn what all these mean in time, if you know share your knowledge with me!

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne - Served with quick cook boiled rice

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne – Served with quick cook boiled rice

My mother and I have had this several times, as you can see above we’ve eaten it with rice, I’ve also had it with chips. It’s a really nice quick and easy meal, takes little effort to cook as it can be heated in the microwave or in a sauce pan and is tasty. Taking into account everything, and, very importantly its price I’d score this one an eight out of ten.8 starsMy only one drawback is the texture was a little sloppy at times, the kidney beans didn’t stand up very well and the meat was a bit mushy. That being said, it was just up my street with my teeth and my irrational fear of choking. I’d definitely buy this one again because it had a depth of flavour you wouldn’t expect from such a shop’s own branded ready meal, especially not one in a tin. You could pick the earthy cumin out and there was a slight spice that wasn’t too “smack you in the face” but was more of a gentle cwtch (hug to all your non welshies).  Well done Tesco, you’ve done good!

I bought that one because it’s a break from the norm, what’s next (shrugs head) who knows? I will, I promise, be braining you my Mystery Bag Meals post this week, it’s written up and waiting to go, and later on in the week sharing with you mine and Alice’s Pasta Disaster!

New Time-Saving Tuesdays Logo

New Time-Saving Tuesdays Logo

Thanks to Dave again for another fantastic logo, I don’t know where Wheelie Good Meals would be without you for your logos and Greg for his photography!

For now remember to visit us on our social media pages and come back soon and we’ll make more Wheelie Good Meals (you’ve got to love a catchphrase)! Happy Days (oops that’s two)!

 

Rich 😎

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Pasta Bolognese Bake

Slightly late I know, but with my mother being in hospital and having stuff to sort out it’s manic at the moment but here it is, only a short while after the self imposed midnight deadline!

This is exactly what it says on the package…. it’s Bolognese sauce but with pasta…. win win! Ok let’s not get ahead of ourselves…. let’s take a look first!

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Pasta Bolognese Bake

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Pasta Bolognese Bake

I was a bit sceptical to say the least when I first saw this…. surely it’s spaghetti, not pasta that goes with Bolognese sauce. Maybe that was Asda’s way of talking about all sorts of pasta and it was actually going to be spaghetti. I once had a bottle of red wine with Ben my friend and it was described as “Red Wine” no grape, no vineyard barely even a description. The wine wasn’t from Asda but I thought that it may have been the same case here…. I was wrong! It was pasta, here are the ingredients.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Pasta Bolognese Bake - Nutritional Information and Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Pasta Bolognese Bake – Nutritional Information and Ingredients

The pasta in use was Penne and it was great, the dish was almost 1/3rd pasta bake 1/3rd Bolognese and 1/3rd Lasagne. It was awesome, I was so wrong about it as I was expecting it to be tasteless and claggy. It wasn’t any of those things. It was easy to cook and came with really detailed cooking instructions.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Pasta Bolognese Bake - Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Pasta Bolognese Bake – Cooking Instructions

The cooking instructions were clear, concise, detailed and covered varying ovens and microwave. I’m really impressed, for the economy range it was very informative, and also very clear for people with visual impairments. The packet described the dish in the following way:

Penne pasta in minced beef bolognese sauce, topped with béchamel sauce and cheddar cheese.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Pasta Bolognese Bake in all its glory

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Pasta Bolognese Bake in all its glory

The pasta was easy to eat, the sauce was tasty with a good tomatoey taste to it, the mince wasn’t chewy and the Béchamel sauce was clean and rich and not claggy and sticky. The red wine came through which accompanied by the tomato gave it the Bolognese feel, the Béchamel brought the lasagne feel and the topping of Cheddar cheese added the Pasta Bake feel to it. The presence of red wine also made it feel a bit more grown up, something the packaging didn’t necessarily do. There was also the presence of my favourite herb…. yes you guessed it Basil!8 stars

Well folks, my mother bought this one for me, and since reviewing it I’ve eaten it twice, and if I’m doing the Asda order this week I’ll be ordering it again. I’d give it was going to give it an easy seven out of ten, but it has to be eight when you look at it only costs approximately 71p. The other thing that impressed me with regard to the cost that it had the red tractor on it which means the meat is assured by the Food Standards Agency. To find out more about the Red Tractor Scheme click here.

I’ve got to give a quick mention to niece Alice who is out in France, we had a good old catch up tonight via Skype… joys of Modern Technology.  She’s a fellow blogger you can check her blog out here.

If you feel like you want to make your own Bolognese, then why not try my recipe here! Come back later on in the week for my Lamb Kofta Curry, for those of you who are wondering, my mother is still in hospital but I’m hoping she’s going to be out soon… keep your fingers crossed.

Night.

Rich 😎

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Mags Cheats Chilli Con Carne

Ok, this is going to sound bizarre… yes it really will but it works, to a point. I’m not pretending in any way this is authentic or genuine or even nice… no it is nice I wouldn’t post it if it wasn’t but please don’t write in complaining because it does work trust me.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Ingredients For Cheats Chilli Con Carne

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Ingredients For Cheats Chilli Con Carne

Yes, this is a recipe, it’s a bit like my Cheat’s Shepherd’s Pie but only spicy, and with kidney beans… so ok nothing like it 😆 . The ingredients and equipment are simple, it’s what you see above.

  • A tin of Minced Beef and Onion
  • A tin of Red Kidney Beans
  • Minced Garlic Granules
  • Mixed Dry Herbs
  • Chilli Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

You will also need a couple of teaspoons, a wooden spoon and your favourite small saucepan… mine is above.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Tinned Minced Beef In The Sauce Pan

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Tinned Minced Beef In The Sauce Pan

Pour all the minced beef into the saucepan, I know, I know it does look a cross between dog food and baby food but it’s lush honestly and I really love the Asda variety, which helps because it’s where my mother shops.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Red Kidney Beans In The Sieve

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Red Kidney Beans In The Sieve

Tip the red kidney beans into a sieve and then run cold water over them…. normally I would place them in boiling water from the kettle to soften them but they were ok as they were… I think I’ve learned something your honour!

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Minced Beef and Red Kidney Beans In The Sauce Pan

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Minced Beef and Red Kidney Beans In The Sauce Pan

I want to shout this in the style of Part Sharp on an early 90’s children’s game show but… MIX! All right I know I went off on one then but I’m allowed. Tip the kidney beans on to the minced beef, I didn’t mix them together at this point as such, I thought it would make more sense to do it all at the same time… saving time is what it’s all about

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Adding The Herbs and Spices

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Adding The Herbs and Spices

Add the Mixed Dry Herbs, Garlic and Chilli Powder to taste. I went with a tablespoon of Mixed Dry Herbs, a teaspoon of Chilli Garlic Granules and a ¼ of a teaspoon of the chilli powder. Now stir everything together and place on a medium high heat to warm everything through.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Cooking Away Nicely

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Cooking Away Nicely

Stir regularly to ensure it all combines and then season with salt and pepper. Remember as I said at the top of the post, it’s not traditional or authentic, but it’s quick and easy and as long as you season it properly it’s really tasty too.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne and Boiled Potatoes

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne and Boiled Potatoes

I’ve served this with boiled potatoes because… in the #TimeSavingTuesdays theme we had them left over. It’s an excellent little cheat’s recipe. If you don’t want to go to this much faff… and trust me it’s not a faff you can buy Asda Chilli Con Carne which was a 7 out of 10, read my review here.

My mother is in hospital at the moment, and I don’t think it would be fair to take the credit for this because it was her idea… she’s been saying about it for a while but I’ve not got around to it. I’m glad I did… well done Mags and I can’t wait to see you home 😀

Nobody ever knows what goes on in people’s minds but I am so grateful for my friends and family for all their help while my mother has been in hospital. The people in this picture below…. your loved, but i hope you know that!

Family and Friends... they're equally important :D

Family and Friends… they’re equally important 😀

Come back in the week for the piece de resistance, the end of my Mother’s Day Menu the Nutella and Oreo Cheesecake. You can read how to make the starter of Scallops With Curried Cauliflower Purée with Smoked Bacon or the main of Duck with Sautéed Potatoes and a Balsamic Berry Jus.

See you soon… happy days!!

Time–Saving Tuesdays – Cheat's Shepherd's Pie

Time–Saving Tuesdays – Cheat’s Shepherd’s Pie

This was a no brainer for me, as you know from many posts Shepherd’s or Cottage pie depending on your opinion is one of my favourite things to eat. I’ve posted my Comforting Classics Shepherd’s Pie in February and it seemed quite popular, I know it is in my house – but this one is even easier.

I know people are going to look at this and think, “seriously, he must be off his head” but it works, as long as you’re a minced meat eater you’ll like this. The ingredients are simple if you’re making it for one – a tin of Minced Beef and Onion, an oxo cube, salt, pepper and a large potato.

Some of the Ingredients for My Time–Saving Tuesdays – Cheat's Shepherd's Pie

Some of the Ingredients for My Time–Saving Tuesdays – Cheat’s Shepherd’s Pie

I’ve used Classic Minced Beef and Onions from Asda (as you can see above), I’ve tried Tesco Cheaper Range, Asda Cheaper Range and Princes and in my opinion this is the best. I simply warm it through in a sauce pan with a crushed up oxo cube. If you’re feeling really fancy you can put some tinned carrots with it, I’ve not done that for a long time but it does work.

I Occasionally Use Carrots In My Time–Saving Tuesdays – Cheat's Shepherd's Pie

I Occasionally Use Carrots In My Time–Saving Tuesdays – Cheat’s Shepherd’s Pie

For the mashed potato I simply prick a potato and then cook it in the microwave until it is cooked through. When it’s ready I scoop the potato out into a bowl with a drop of milk, some butter and seasoning. Michele Roux Jnr said on television that baked potatoes make the best mashed potatoes because they are dryer. I agree and always do my mashed potatoes like this if I’m cooking for one or two people – if I was making a large batch it may be a bit time consuming. You can use pre-bought mashed potatoes like the one I’ve featured on the blog before (below):

Pre-made Mashed Potatoes For my Time–Saving Tuesdays – Cheat's Shepherd's Pie

Pre-made Mashed Potatoes For my Time–Saving Tuesdays – Cheat’s Shepherd’s Pie

Give this a go, I thoroughly enjoy it and make it quite often. It’s easy, tasty and best of all hassle free so you can make it if you are in a hurry. You may remember reading in my post about Cheat’s Ingredients where this recipe came from, it’s a bit nostalgic and that’s part of why I like it so much.

Greg and I at Old Trafford

Greg and I at Old Trafford

I think it’s only fair I post an apology to Greg, my post regarding my most recent dinner party wasn’t very favourable on his efforts in the kitchen. I had forgotten (probably as a result too many brain cells being killed off because of booze) his involvement. Greg made the Pea and Mint Pruée for the Scallop Starter (which involved struggling with my dodgy food processor). He also cooked the saffron rice for the main course and presented it in a ramekin dish to style it, to top it all off he also cleared all the dishes away. Many thanks, as always to Greg for helping out, in all fairness he was on his feet all night!

Greg boy… Green and Gold boy!!

Coming up in the week is a post about Fish Fingers, it’s better than it sounds and a recipe on the weekend hopefully! Plus it’s my birthday….. yay on Friday! Greg my mother and I are off to Cardiff, will post some pictures on instagram and a review soon!

Rich
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