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What meal-maker brands do you find exceptionally good?
Sat 12-Dec-09
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Toffeeapple
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Thank you SOL.  That's what I love about this community, one learns all the time.  Brill!

I'll try that again!

Sat 12-Dec-09
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I was completely wrong! lol  it means fried lol that is funny.  anyways it is normally made from left overs and amma's (house keeper) normally make it for breakfast in the cook house that is like in South Africa, away from the main house.  I think it is where I get my love of spicy sour foods, lots of chilli and tamarind. hmmmm yum

and tastes all the better after a night on the tiles I am told! 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasi_goreng

Sat 12-Dec-09
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LaughLaugh So you learned something today too!  Too funny!

I'll try that again!

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Last night we decided to splash out on a treat rather than cook from scratch. We justify these occasions by comparing it with the cost of going out to a restaurant. That's a bit of a joke, really, because we rarely go out, much preferring to stay home. The exception is family get togethers like Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, birthdays etc.

So Fiona arrived home from the weekly shopping with a pack of two Charlie Bigham's Steak & Kidney pies. We had his Indonesian Chicken Goreng a few months ago (see earlier post in this thread) and that was excellent. So we were really curious to see what he would produce for a British staple like S & K pie.

Also, each pie was in its own large ramekin / small dish. A very handy side benefit.

Heated up in Andrew with foil over the puff pastry crusts to protect them from burning, they took 30 minutes to heat through and puff up. They were really very good. The puff was perfect and the filling was almost as good (but not quite) as Fiona's, but at the top of the scale when it comes to store bought food. We just had oven chips (cooked in Andrew at the same time) and broccoli. Fast and great.

The cost was under £7. That was full price, not discounted.

It seems like the Charlie Bigham range has a 100% success record in our house. His stuff is not always available in our local Waitrose but we will keep our eyes peeled and maybe try one a month.

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Mon 8-Mar-10
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I've never come across that brand in Waitrose, what section do you find it in?

I'll try that again!

Mon 8-Mar-10
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I've been wondering about this thread for ages..."meal-maker"....oatmeal? Bran meal?  Why would you want so much of whatever meal to need to buy a meal-maker? DohDohDohDohDohDohDohDohDohDohDohDohDohDohDoh

Just as well my sum is 1+2.....

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Mon 8-Mar-10
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Hi TA - in our W they are in the section with W's own "easy meals". Not the Menu ready made range but the one that you cook from raw. Sorry - I am a little vague.

Kate - you remind me of the result of one of those fad pscychosomething tests that I tried out back in the early 90s. The analysis that came back was "This guy should not  be allowed out on his own!" Big_Laugh

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My mum and I split a Sainsbury's 'Taste the Difference Paella' for lunch on Saturday and were pleasantly surprised at just how good it was.

Mum meant it to be a quick pre-shopping trip micro-meal for the two of us, and as she's been ill with a nasty sinus infection for ages she choose a ready meal that made her go "mmm..." when she saw it. If we'd known how tasty it was we'd have saved it for dinner, added a little salad and bread and really made a meal out of it. And neither of us do micromeals as a rule.

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We had two very pleasant surprises from Tesco and Waitrose this week.

It's payday time so a treat is always in order. Tonight, for the first time in probably two years, I got one of the Tesco Finest meal deals for £9 incl a bottle of wine. At RRP it would have cost £18.68 so I was impressed at the discount. Apart from that it was an exceptionally good meal, full of flavour and we agreed that we would have been proud of it had we cooked it from scratch ourselves.

Main Course: "Classics" Aberdeen Angus Meatballs with Tomato Sauce Star (the blurb says: lean A.A. meatballs in rich tomato sauce topped with Provolone cheese). 30 mins in the oven. I have never stumbled across Provolone cheese before now but the combo was really top notch. 8 soft and tasty meatballs in a tasty sauce. Normal price £5 and well worth it for an easy treat.

Sides: Horseradish Mash  Star - this was an eye opener and perfect with any beef dish. The horseradish was not in your face and I would have it again any time. Normal price £1.50

Cheese board selection: Confused Stilton was fairly good, the cheddar was nice but the brie was a dead and tasteless thing. Normal price £3.19 and to be avoided, I think.

We did not open the wine - Ogio Primitivo (red, never had it before), normal price £8.99 apparently

I bough a pack of Rick Stein oatcakes on offer. They were really good, crumbly and buttery with a good texture and slightly sweet tone that went great with the cheese.

Midweek I picked up a discount pie at Waitrose, normal price £4.99: Once again, Aberdeen Angus.

A.A steak & horseradish topcrust pie Star . A lovely dark radishy gravy with decent bites of steak under a top that cooked perfectly in the oven. Again, I would have this any time. Top marks

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You've surprised me with that post Danny, every time I've tried a ready meal I have been less than enthusiastic, usually they have no flavour at all.  Perhaps though, since I'm catering for my self tonight and tomorrow I'll give it another go.  Unless I manage to decide upon something I really fancy. Roll_Eyes

I'll try that again!

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1500 posts TA   Star    WOW!!!!!!    WellDoneWellDoneWellDone

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Surprised Criminy, you'll just have to stop me talking!  Embarassed

I'll try that again!

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Never!

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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Bless you! Magic I just noticed the total number of posts on the forum is 10,112 which makes me a chatterer!  Big_Laugh

I'll try that again!

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Toffeeapple said:

You've surprised me with that post Danny, every time I've tried a ready meal I have been less than enthusiastic, usually they have no flavour at all.  Perhaps though, since I'm catering for my self tonight and tomorrow I'll give it another go.  Unless I manage to decide upon something I really fancy. Roll_Eyes


 

I am not surprised, TA. We have had some really disappointing ones recently. One that springs to mind was a pair of Beef Wellingtons (I cannot recall from which store it came) that was bland and far from the £12 price tag that Fiona splashed out as a treat. I only ever mention the success stories.

Maybe we just got lucky this week.

Congrats on passing the 1,500 mark! Yesterday I just happened to be on here when the total posts reached exactly 10,000. So: TA owns 15%+ of the content. Wow, TA. What can I say? Obviously nuffink that you ain't already expressed Big_Laugh

Only joshing. I'm certain we all agree that your presence is a comforting and welcoming constant that we really appreciate.

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