“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I am a man of simple pleasures. I enjoy home cooked food but usually have to resort to the frozen ready meal. Tesco and Morrisons are usually the places of choice but recently I bought a decent fisherman's pie from Tesco for £1.00 The instructions say it can be heated in either an oven or a micorwave. The microwave was quicker (11 minutes on high) so I opted for this. It has 400 calories in each helping and contains Alaskan Pollock (I just thought it would be cod until I read the ingredient list when I got it home). It has a good amount of tasty fish I personally find, is seasoned very well and smells really fishy and tasty as it is cooking. It does also have a lovely coating of fluffy mashed potato on the top - not too much though, just the right amount. It is very hot when it just comes out of the oven so you have to be pretty careful of accidental mouth burn! Its great served with a few vegetables (sweetcorn and / or peas are my favourite) and maybe some tomato ketchup. It cooks evenly with no bad burnt bits although it is perhaps a little dryer around the edges than it is in the middle. The fish tastes exactly like cod to be honest (don't think I know what a pollock looks like) and the fish is white and tender with big chunks. Good value for money for the amount and the quality of the product. Very tasty and definitely recommended.
I buy fish pies on a pretty regular basis as they are quick, tasty and more nutritious than other ready meals. Whilst wandering the aisles of Tesco last week, I came across this one in the freezer section and decided to give it a go. At around the £1 mark, it wasn't too differently priced to the Youngs ones that I regularly buy. The box was almost identical to the one pictured above, although it was portait as opposed to landscape and the background was a darker blue. This fish pie is basically chunks of Alaskan Pollack in a butter sauce topped with reconstituted mash potato and cheese. The cardboard box comes with a nutritional information bar on the front, stating that each pie contains: 400 calories - 20% of your RDA 5g sugar - 6% of your RDA 19.5g fat - 28% of your RDA 9.2g saturates - 46% of your RDA 2.3g salt - 38% of your RDA It also states that the cooking time for the oven is 50 minutes and 11 1/2 for the microwave. I generally do mine in the microwave because I have very little patience when hungry, but it tastes much nicer oven cooked and it goes more golden brown. As far as appearances go, it looks delicious and smells tempting as the smell drifts out of the microwave, through the kitchen and down the hallway. The cooking time is more than plenty in our 900W microwave and the pie is piping throughout, although the potato is a bit dry and claggy at the edges as it has been overheated. As I take a spoonful with a bit of everything, I am disappointed by the paleness of the sauce; it is pure white. For a butter sauce, I half expected it to be butter coloured, at least a yellow hue, but nothing. The sauce had a nice consistency but did not offer too much in the way of flavour at all. The chunks of fish were really generous, proper pieces of fish, not the odd flake here and there. The mash was tasty and did not taste artificial in the way that reconstituted potato can. The cheese topping was also tasty although it could have been better spread out rather than all dumped right in the middle of the mash. I did think it was tasty, but the price did not match the quality. I would only buy it again if I couldn't find the one I was looking for initially. Also, the fat content is a bit horrendous but I wouldn't recommend eating them every day! This tasted really nice with a massive helping of broccoli on the side. As far as convenience meals go, it was okay but I will not be rushing out to buy another one.
The fisherman's pie from Tesco is found in the freezer aisle and is available for around £1 or, you can buy any five of their frozen meals for £4. This is a really good value offer as there is quite a choice of meals available (from pasta to curry and everything in between) and they are generally of a good standard. I buy these meals as they are handy for work and the fisherman's pie is one of my favourites. It comes in a blue box, with a mouth watering picture of the pie on the front (although I have to warn you, I've yet to make the actual contents look quite that beautiful!). The pie itself comes in a white cardboard bowl that is suitable for cooking in the microwave or the oven. I personally think you get the best results by cooking it in the oven, as it cooks all the way through and the topping goes a nice golden brown colour. If I do cook it in the microwave, I always find that it takes longer than the recommended 11 minutes cooking time, as the middle is often still cold, whilst the edges are beginning to go a little burnt. I also tend to finish it off under the grill to brown off the cheese on top. Taste wise, the pie is very nice, although the butter sauce may be a bit rich for some. There are plenty of pieces of fish (Alaskan Pollock) and the mashed potato topping is lovely and light. I think it is well-seasoned (I often think that these ready meals lack enough seasoning) and is delicious served with a little sweetcorn or some peas. As for nutritional information, a 360g oven cooked pie contains: Calories - 400 Sugar - 5g Fat - 19.5g Saturates - 9.2g Salt - 2.3g So, it certainly isn't diet food, with such a high fat content, but then I wouldn't recommend you eating these all day anyway! Overall, I would say that the pie is what you'd expect from the price you pay - it's handy, fairly tasty, smells delicious whilst cooking, but certainly isn't the best thing you'll ever eat!