On my ‘Renovation’ Kitchen Table
Some of you may know that I am somewhat challenged in the cooking department at the moment. We found dry rot in our kitchen and it has turned into a much larger project than was first anticipated. I’ve been cooking in my temporary kitchen since the end of January and we are now into April and #operationdryrot is still on-going although we are making good progress now.
|Kitchen at it’s worst|
This is the temporary kitchen I have set up in our utility room, a bit like living in a bedsitter. I have a microwave, a single electric ring and my slow cooker. And, before you say it, I know it is bigger than many people’s normal kitchens. Anyway, the lack of an oven, grill and additional cooking rings has led me to use some slightly different products and I thought I would share my thoughts on them along with the products that I have been sent for review.
Aunty’s Steamed Puddings with Ginger Syrup Sauce: two little sponge puddings with a lovely jammy ginger sauce for only £1.49. I served them with custard from the chiller cabinet and they went down very well indeed. The puddings don’t have to be kept in the fridge or freezer so are handy to keep in the cupboard for those times when you need a little sweet something and don’t have time to make it yourself. 10/10
In a starring role…Uncle Ben’s Classic Wholegrain Rice cooks in the microwave in 2 minutes currently on 3 for £4.00 at Tesco. So easy to heat up and just the right amount for two people. An expensive way to buy rice but perfect for a quick and healthy meal 8/10
Another quick fix are these McCain Ready baked Jackets. Obviously it’s easy to cook potatoes in their skins in the microwave, but they never seem to taste as nice as those you cook in the oven. These are a little nearer, although I don’t think they are really worth £2.50 for four 6/10
I also tried Bannisters’ Farm Ready Baked Potatoes, I’ve reviewed their filled jackets before and really enjoyed them. There wasn’t much to choose between the Bannisters and the McCains but the texture was perhaps a little fluffier in the Bannisters Farm version £2.00 (on special offer) 7/10
|Bannisters’ Baked Potatoes|
While we are on the subject of potatoes, I think my favourite find is frozen mashed potato. I would never in a million years have thought that I would ever buy frozen mash, but I found it so convenient with limited cooking facilities, it’s also ideal for people living on their own as you can pour out a little bit and cook in the microwave without faffing around with potatoes and ending up with lots sprouting or going wrinkly.
The potato comes in little extruded pellets, but its just potato. It tastes even better if you add a little butter, but then what doesn’t? Well worth keeping a bag in the freezer for a quick comfort food fix! Tesco Frozen Fluffy Mashed Potato 650g for £1.00 10/10
This is how the kitchen looks now, the joiner is coming tomorrow to start putting the kitchen units back and finish off the window. There’s still a bit of plastering to be done in the dining side of the room but we are definitely getting there. I’ve been surprised how well we have managed to eat, we have only had one takeaway and a couple of ready meals in two months which isn’t bad at all really.
I bought all of these products myself, none were provided for review.