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Ping to Perfect in Minutes

It might be the end of a long day at work, or chasing the children through teatime…


'Ping Supper' - made better

It might be the end of a long day at work, or chasing the children through teatime, bath and bed, but at the end of it all, many of us don’t have the time or energy to be bothered to cook a proper meal.

Ring any bells?

Ready meals are certainly quick, whether you microwave them – ‘ping’ – or pop them in the oven while you pour a glass of wine.

You can make them healthier with a few simple vegetables or crispy fresh salad. Remember not to add salt because they’re usually pretty heavy in that department too.

They are certainly easy, often cheap, the perfect size for one or two persons – and some even taste ok…


There are lots of lasagnes available to peel off the film and stick in the oven for 20 minutes or so. Most are pretty dry and quite bland.

For a really simple sauce, chop an onion, red pepper, stick of celery, a couple of tomatoes and a clove of garlic.

Put them in a deep pan, cover (just) with boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Add 3 or 4 good glugs of Stokes Tomato Ketchup (or Chipotle Ketchup for a smoky chilli kick), blitz with a hand blender and pour it with your lasagne.

To balance the tomato, try adding the a little of our Brown Sauce. Its grownup combination of dates and Persian spices is delicious in sauces and gravy.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Again, there are some pretty good chicken curries out there but despite the number of chillis they put on the packaging to suggest how hot (or even tasty) they might be, they are pretty flat and often dry.

The rice is usually good though.

Try this – tip it all out into a pan with 2 tbsp of curry powder, a tub of natural yogurt and 3 or 4 tbsp of Stokes Curry Ketchup.

If you like it hotter, use 2 tbsp of Curry Ketchup and 2 or 3 of our Chilli Ketchup – mix and match to taste. When the chicken has cooked through and piping hot, you’re ready to go.