Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Where Can I Buy Very Lazy Cooking Ingredients

Very Lazy? Yes, thats me!

When it comes to cooking, I am too tired by the end of the day to cook a meal from scratch. I am not confident in the kitchen and the only time that I have managed to cook from scratch is when I am doing cooking lessons from my local cooking school.

The reason that I have no confidence is that I am not sure about what ingredients to put into foods, I would never have gone to the shop to buy some ginger or garlic because I don't know how to cook them. Chillies, I avoid as much as I can, not because I don't like them but its because I never know what to cook them with and how much to use. Thats why I am pleased that I was approached by the team behind the Very Lazy range of ready-made products, to save you having to prepare these foods yourself.

I was sent a selection of products to try and when they arrived, I had a bit of a think about what I could make with them. My family at home is myself (a meat eater with a huge appetite), Kim (a 20 something vegetarian, that works late evening shifts) and Tilly (a kid of 8 that eats as much as an adult, I think she is a bottomless pit). So I have to try to cook something that will suit us all and our appetites. I took a look at the Chopped Red Chillies, Chopped Garlic and Ginger Paste and knew that I could easily make a vegetable chilli.

You can make a vegetable chilli with any vegetables that you can find, I had been to the supermarket, the night before and I had bought loads of fruit and vegetable to 20 and 30p a packet, so I used those vegetables and added some pineapple to it too. I also try to add things like lentils because they are a good source of protein as well as good for lowering your cholesterol and giving you energy (and I need energy). I use about half a cup full for the three of us, it also adds a bit of colour to the food.  Then whilst the vegetables were cooking in a pan, I added a teaspoon of chopped chillis, 1 and a half teaspoons of chopped garlic. Then a squeeze of ginger was added to the mix too. As the vegetable chilli cooked, the aroma of ginger really floated in the air, I don't normally use ginger, but I will definitely use it again.

With the Garlic Paste, we added it to some margarine and spread it on some day old bread, this gave us homemade garlic bread, its a fab way to use up the old uncut loaves and means you don't get food wastage. It tasted good, but I would like to try it with the chopped garlic too for a crunchier taste.

I was actually really shocked at how well a meal that was put together from nothing really, could make such a filling meal for us all. I normally use a jar of ready made sauce in a dinner like this, but we will definitely do it this way again, not only is it more cost-effective, because a sauce jar can set you back between £1 and £2 a jar, but these ingredients are only priced at around £1.80 per jar and you can get a lot of meals out of them. Once the jar is opened, it stays fresh in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.

Because the jar is in the fridge, you're more likely to use the ingredients in your cooking. For example, yesterday Tilly made a chocolate cake, so we added one and a half spoonfuls of chilli into the mix, this will give it a bite as we eat it and chilli and chocolate work well together. You don't actually taste the chilli as you are eating the cake, it's almost like an aftertaste. I would do this again to make an ordinary chocolate cake more exciting.

The Very Lazy Range can be found in most supermarkets like Morrisons Tesco and Asda, where they cost aroung £1.80 per jar.

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