Recently, I was shocked to discover that my home city of Cardiff eats 76 tonnes* of canned food each day! That’s 183,000 cans; if stacked up, they would be nearly 240 times the height of my former workplace, Capital Tower. Over half of Cardiff’s residents stock up to 10 cans of food in their cupboards at any one time, with three-quarters of us admitting that we turn to canned food to cut down on preparation time.
We can’t get enough of baked beans, canned soup and tomatoes, with many of us citing corned beef as one of our favourite childhood canned foods.
The research has been commissioned by not-for-profit organisation, Canned Food UK in connection with their ‘Nation’s Favourite Can’ campaign. Canned Food UK promotes the benefits of canned food, including nutritional value, affordability and, of course, convenience.
Canned Food UK set me the challenge of cooking a meal using canned foods from their extensive online recipe collection, which has been created with help from celebrity chef, James Martin. While I was browsing the recipes, the Chicken Ruby caught my eye because I love making curries ‘from scratch’ and I haven’t made one for a while.
Cooking Chicken Ruby was very easy and hassle-free. It took me around 20 minutes to prepare the dish, but once I’d added all of the ingredients to the pan, I just let the curry simmer for around 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. I made the recipe as directed, but I replaced the 99% fat-free condensed tomato soup with two cans of Sainsbury’s Good for You tomato soup and simply left out the water. I served the curry with fresh coriander, wild rice and poppadoms.
The sauce had a spicy, tomato flavour, while the chicken was tender and I really enjoyed the combination of vegetables – I can’t remember the last time I ate a dish that contained so much veg, which is quite shameful really!
What are your favourite canned foods? I love rice pudding and macaroni cheese!
*Estimation taken from survey findings and population figures from www.cardiff.gov.uk
*Survey sample of 2,000 respondents. Research completed by Atomik Research on 01/08/2015.
Canned Food UK provided me with the ingredients with which to prepare this recipe; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review.