8 ways to a speedy supper

by Jess Carter

12 February 2018

For the days when you're feeling the need for speed in the kitchen, here are eight of our fave foodie fixes from the South West

8. Bay Tree Slow Cook Sauces

It’s definitely still the season for warm, hearty dinners of stews and casseroles – and these brand new Slow Cook Sauces by Bristol-based Bay Tree allows you rustle them up with minimal fuss. There are five in the range, including Rustic Cider and Apple Stew; Classic Minted Hotpot; and this, the Hearty Bourguignon. Giving options for both speedy and slow-cooked preparation, all they need is to be poured into your pot before adding your chosen meat – no chopping, minimal shopping and barely any washing up required. Bosh. Helping to make the short nights and winter chills that bit more bearable, they’re a great way to make a meal of leftover meat or more affordable cuts, too. Find ’em at the likes of Larkhall Butchers, Newton Farm Foods and Neston Farm Shop, as well as online.


7. Miller Green’s vegan meal delivery

Trying to up yer veg intake in 2018? Or maybe you’re keen to rein in your meat consumption? Either way, Miller Green’s meal delivery service is well worth a gander. Working from a kitchen in Cotham, this team cooks up fresh and flavoursome vegan meals from scratch, before delivering them across central Bristol. The menus change all the time, but meals range from curries and stews to lasagne, pies and mac ’n’ cheese, made with their very own own cashew cheese sauce. Great for light lunches or hearty dinners, these meals simply need heating up before you tuck in, and range from £5.50 to £8.50. There are salads and dips too (including homemade coconut milk yoghurt) as well as cakes and treats. Check out the website for menus, and to place your order.


6. Watmuff & Beckett soups and risottos


Watmuff & Beckett was formed by two schoolmates, Andrew Watmuff and Michael Beckett, and puts underloved produce from British farmers to work in tasty soups and risottos. Supporting growers by using the wonky veg that retailers don’t want, this Frome-based company comes up with great quality, nutritious heat- and-eat meals in pots that can be ready to scoff in a jiffy.

The range includes Perfect Pea and Fresh Mint Soup; Sweet Potato, Carrot and Ginger Soup; Spiced Pancetta and Red Pepper Risotto; and Wild Mushroom, Lemon and Thyme Risotto – and everything is gluten-free, too. Just the ticket for a wholesome lunch at work, we reckon. Available online from Ocado


5. Glo Foods online vegan grocery shop

Glo Foods was founded as a result of busy parents Will and Kelly’s struggle adapting to their new vegan lifestyle. Checking labels for hidden ingredients and learning new dishes and recipes made the transition a challenging one – and one that they wanted to make easier for others. So, they founded Glo: an online vegan grocery shop. Not only do they sell vegan produce, but also meal packages, where you can choose a recipe and add whichever ingredients you need for it to your basket, omitting what you already have in your cupboards. Then, when it all gets delivered with the recipe card, you’re good to go. There are breakfasts, lunches and dinners available, and most BA and BS postcodes enjoy a reduced delivery rate. Happy days!


4. Riverford recipe boxes

The dishes you can make from Riverford’s recipe boxes have been created by experienced pro chefs and cookery writers who know how to get the most from the organic produce grown across Riverford’s farms. The contents of the boxes change each week, and you can view what’s in each one before ordering. Options include Original, Quick, and Quick and Light (either two meals for two people, or three meals for two people), and all have vegetarian variations. The recipe cards will tell you exactly what you need to do, and with all the ingredients already carefully weighed out, you’ll have a freshly cooked, generously sized feast in no time – not to mention a collection of recipes to use again for inspiration.


3. Gourmet Vegan Catering ready meals

There are two menus of ready-made meals to choose from on the Gourmet Vegan Catering website: a fixed menu of firm favourites and a weekly changing list of specials. All you, dear potential customer, need to do is choose whether you want the three-, five-, or ten-meal option, and then pick which dishes you fancy. (You’ll find the likes of potato-topped root veg and bean hotpot, roast veg lasagne, and Moroccan chickpea tagine with couscous.) Once you’ve made your decision, you can text or email your order to the team who’ll then con rm all’s a-okay. They’ll get cooking it for you by hand in their Bristol kitchen before dropping the lot off at your door on Sunday. Meals come in either oven-proof foils or microwave containers, ready to heat up and chow down on throughout the week. No more post-work cop-out dinners, hey?


2. Mindful Chef recipe kits

Founded in 2015 by three West Country schoolmates, Mindful Chef now delivers thousands of recipe kits nationwide. The dishes these guys come up with for their food boxes are all about nutrition, focusing on vegetables and high-quality meat – and leaving out pasta, white rice and bread. The produce in these boxes – veg, fruit, meat, eggs and dairy – all comes with high ethical standards (most from right here in the South West), and is delivered to you in as little as 24 hours after leaving the farm it comes from. Expect dishes such as Sri Lankan coconut prawn curry, Spanish chicken with cavolo nero and black olives, and miso and edamame burgers with peanut ’slaw in yer box. Even better, everything only takes about half an hour to prepare. Winner.


1. Ma Cuisine's frozen gourmet meals

Ever seen the words ‘French’ and ‘gourmet’ combined with ‘ready meals’ before? You probably haven’t heard of Ma Cuisine, then. French chef Christophe Lacroix makes quality meals from scratch in the company’s Bath kitchen, before portioning and freezing them – to keep them as fresh, nutritious and flavoursome as possible. They’re made from great ingredients – such as meat from the Crumbs Award-winning Larkhall Butchers – and steer well clear of any unnatural additives or preservatives. Customers can order online and have their meals delivered, or pop into the shop in Larkhall to browse and buy. You’ll find creations such as bouillabaisse and beef bourguignon, and there’s a selection of mini meals for kids, too.