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Well we don't really as we have a rule of fresh fruit & veg in our house & freshly cooked food - the only thing that might come from a tin is baked beans in our house! Frozen would be ice lollies & ice cream / a frozen piece of meat - that we bought fresh & too much of - like half a lamb! Ready meals are a total no no in our house - I can't believe people of today actually eat that stuff! Maybe it was the way ~I was brought up - to cook your food from scratch, batch cook etc. I don't know, but a celebrity cheffette cooking from tins - I just don't believe it! Sorry!



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I think it's terrible that a so called good cook has had to come down to making things from tins & frozen food - just for convenience! Shocking!




I think she's doing it for the money :lol: - her career seemed to be waning..... and what better way to come back than to shock and annoy :roll:

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If you have seen the book you will know that she is just creating a gimmick....and far from encouraging those whom she considers to be the "poor" (how insulting)...she will frighten people who for whatever reason are not accustomed to cooking right out of the kitchen.

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I think she's doing it for the money :lol: - her career seemed to be waning..... and what better way to come back than to shock and annoy :roll:


That is EXACTLY what I think. Well said!

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Next she will be cooking with bottled wet egg!!! :shock:

She will probably have some frozen omelettes in her freezer too :x

Well my Delia Smith cookbooks will be going the charity shop if she carries on.....bring back Mrs. Beeton & Fanny Craddock!!!!


As if she needs the money?!!! Have you seen the size of her conservatory kitchen & gardens???? Hmmph!



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The frozen mash is fantastic! :lol::lol::lol:


Look, I am not a fan of tinned/ready prepared food,but there is another way to look at this.

Her recipes are nice,& you DONT HAVE TO DO THE CHEATS

They have been serialised in the Mail on Sunday & I have cooked a few,but used 'proper' ingrediants. I made the most divine Morrocan Cod with a pineapple salsa last weekend.The cheat was to use pre prepared pineapple,so I just bought a fresh one & prepped it myself 8)

Likewise the infamous Shepherds pie - while I did use the frozen Mash out of curiosity,I didn't use the tinned mince but made my own mince base. It was lovely :D


I am not a fan of Delia,but the few recipes from the series that I have adjusted & made have all been wonderful & will certainly be joining my repetoire :P

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Egluntine - which of the curries did you make?


I watched the repeat of the curry programme as I wanted to see the part where they showed Seasoned Pioneers - it was interesting to see where all my spices came from.


I'm making lots of curries for my SIL's Birthday Party on Sunday and I wondered which one you made?


.........and the Seasoned Pioneers spices are a cheat that a lot of us use :lol: I still find the whole thing odd - people who want/need to cheat aren't going to have a store cupboard full of the things she adds to the frozen foods :? ..... and, surely, a proper cheat would have been to find a decent frozen/canned curry sauce? :?

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Spiced Masala with Coconut Sambal.


Can be made with Chicken or tofu.



2 chicken Breasts...skin on Or Marinated tofu pieces.

4 TSP Seasoned Pioneers Tandoori Masala Spice Blend

2 TSP groundnut or other flavourless oil

2 cloves garlic peeled

1 medium onion, peeled and quartered

1 tsp English Provender Very Lazy Ginger

200ml half fat creme fraiche


For the sambal

1/2 small onion peeled

1 tbsp lime juice

1.2 piece jalapeno pepper from a jar

1/2 tsp salt.


To make sambal whizz everything in a mini chopper




Heat oil till very hot.


Cut chicken into large pieces and brown.


Meanwhile finely chop garlic, onion and ginger.


When chicken cooked, remove from pan and more oil and cook chopped mixture for 5 mins, till tinged brown at the edges.


Add spice blend and stir for a few secs.


Return chicken to pan. Season.


Stir in Creme Fraiche.


If making it with tofu....add at this stage and cook for 5-10 mins.


If using chicken, bring to a simmer and cook, lid on, for 10-15 mins.


Very nice.


I had it with the tofu instead of chicken. Luverly.

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