Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Orange Flavoured Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and Caramelised Orange Slices

With Pancake day just around the corner, nows the time to get creative in the kitchen and serve up something other than the normal everyday kind of pancake.  Come on, get cooking!  That said, personally I actually like and prefer pancakes with a just sprinkle of sugar and a good squeeze of lemon - I'm easily pleased!

First job is to get yourself a good decent non-stick frying pan that's up to the job. This rather nice looking frying pan from Judge Cookware Continental range is the very fellow.  This pan heats up quickly making it perfect for pancakes.  Of course this frying pan isn't only for pancakes. Great for everyday use and perfect for that Saturday morning bacon sandwich or a good fry up.

Available in 3 sizes (20cm/24cm/and 28cm) personally I think the 24cm is perfect for pancakes.

The Judge Continental range is optimised for induction - the thermic base gives even heat distribution on ALL hob types.
18/10 Mirror-polished stainless steel and the interior in non-stick.
It's oven safe too up to 180°C/350°F/ Gas Mark 4 which is brilliant news (means you don't have to transfer to another pan to finish certain dishes in the oven) and it's also dishwasher safe but so far I haven't put mine in the dishwasher as it really washes up very easily in nice hod sudsy water.  Rinse and dry and it's good to go.  I love 'Stay Cool' black phenolic handles. 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Best Recipe - Cheese Onion and Tomato Quiche

I'm gonna say it!  This quiche was Delicious, yes with a capital D - just the right amount of cheesiness with beautifully softened onions topped with sweet baby plum tomatoes.  And the pastry was perfectly cooked and crispy too.

A nice slice of this with a cuppa will do the trick as a snack or of course served with a side salad makes the perfect lunch.
Readers of this blog may have seen my post about my fancy new Stoves Sterling Oven which has a rather marvelous 'Intensive bake' option which is perfect for cooking quiche and tarts since it eliminates the need to 'blind bake' the pastry first.  Using base and top heat with fan, it is for me a good thing since I'm put off of baking because of the faff of having to part cook then return to the oven - it's too much of a botheration!   

Sunday, 25 January 2015

STOVES Sterling 600MF Built In Oven and Hob - Review

Much excitement here at A Glug of Oil since I've been asked if I'd form a partnership with STOVES, the UK's largest and best-loved cooking brands.  They're also the only manufacturer that builds freestanding cookers, built-in ovens & hobs and range cookers right here in the UK.
So what does this partnership mean?  Well, I'll be working with Chef Brian Turner (who is Ambassador for Stoves) creating recipes for Stoves, and getting involved in campaigns and running giveaways for my readers. 

Stoves recently installed this fantastic oven and hob so I'm now having fun playing with it even though I don't want it to get dirty!  Trying to take a decent picture proved pretty difficult since the oven is so shiny!  All you can see is the rest of my kitchen and rather horrid patterned kitchen floor, so please do try to focus on the actual oven!

The STOVES Sterling 600MF is a 9 multifunction electric fan oven and grill.  With a usable capacity of 58 litres the oven is big enough for cooking pretty much anything.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Sandwich Idea - Chinese-style Chicken with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Having recently been set a challenge by Warburtons which was to create a healthy sandwich using their Sandwich Thins, here's my sandwich!
Chinese-style Chicken with Sweet Chilli Sauce and Baby Leaves tucked between Warburtons Seeded Sandwich Thins.  Healthy and delicious.

Warburtons sandwich thins are available just 100Kcal per thin.  They're pre-sliced too which makes them ideal for rustling up a super quick sandwich.  There are four varieties to choose from; white, brown, seeded and half and half.  

Monday, 5 January 2015

Great British Sunday Roast - Made Easy with Judge Cookware

The Great British Sunday roast is a meal that is actually quite easy to make.  Once you have the vegetables peeled, chopped and ready to go, the meat or poultry is a doddle to cook, but of course like everything, having the right tools makes any job easier.
This Judge non-stick Roast Tin and 'V' Roasting Rack has been designed to cook meat to perfection.  It's made from heavy carbon steel, with a non stick coating and was both great to use and easy clean. 

The tin provides even heat distribution, while the rack has been fashioned  into a V to allow fat to drain away from the joint, giving you a crisper, healthier cut.  The excess oil can then be poured away, or used to make gravy.  As you can see the chicken cooked on the V rack came out of the oven with nice crispy skin.
Both the tin and the rack are dishwasher safe and have a RRP of £37.98
This pan is not suitable for hob use.  Suitable for oven temperatures up to 240c/460f or Gas 9
Measurements: 37x29.5x7cm

To Cook a Whole Chicken:
I like to push a few sprigs of thyme, rosemary and sage into the bird since when cooking it makes the kitchen smell amazing.  Drizzle with olive oil and rub the skin with a little sea salt and black pepper.  Put the chicken onto the V rack over the roasting tin and into a preheated oven (200c/400F of Gas 6) for the recommended time for the size of bird you are cooking.
A 2kg chicken takes about 1 hour 50 minutes.

Of course no proper Sunday Roast is complete without Yorkshire Puddings:
This Judge Yorkshire Pudding Tin cooked the pudding evenly and the only teeny weeny thing I could fault is it could have done with the rim being just 1cm bigger which would allow it to be removed from the oven easier since there's not much to get hold of when you have oven gloves on.  With a RRP of £6.50 I say this is an excellent tin and it cooked my puddings really well so I'm happy!

Gravy is another part of a good roast dinner and I can fully recommend the Judge Thermal Gravy Pot which I reviewed a while back and still use to this day.
To find out more pop over to Judge Cookware.  

Disclaimer:  I was sent the above products for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and as always I was not required to write a positive review. 

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Digestive Health - Gut Gastronomy Book Review

A really interesting book with great photography and lovely recipes throughout.  This hardback is well worth having a look at.  If you want to look after yourself and I know I really should start eating more healthily, this is a great book. 

Written by Vicki Edgson and Adam Palmer, this innovative book introduces a whole new way of eating with a unique plan developed specifically at Grayshott Spa, one of the world’s leading health spas in Surrey UK.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Stellar Colourtone Chopping Board and Knife Set - Review

Stellar Cookware have recently introduced this very attractive yet practical knife and board set to their existing Colourtone range.  The chopping board comes with three essential kitchen knives; 9cm Utility 14cm Santoku and a 18cm Chefs knife.

Now, I'm loving this double sided chopping board!  It's brilliantly designed with a draining gutter and soft-grip handles which keep the board nice and steady.  Made from Santropene (a durable high grade rubber) which is not only perfect for cutting and chopping without slipping, but it's also kind to your knives and hygienic too.  Easy to clean and dishwasher safe.

The knives also have soft-grip two-tone handles and the non-slip steel blades are really sharp - as I already have a utility knife I can say they stay sharp too.  I use my utility knife every day and it's never needed sharping yet in over a year and a half.  By the way, the Colourtone steak knives are fantastic too - they cut though steak without effort.
Each knife comes with its own protective sheath; a must-have safety precaution for any knives stored in a drawer.

The new Stellar Colourtone Board and Knife Set has a RRP of £38.25 and is available in red or lime green.

Many thanks to PBM Marketing (Twitter @PBMmarketing and Stellar Cookware (@StellarCookware) for sending me this to review.  For more information and to see other great products pop over to Stellar Cookware. 

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Donald Russell Delivery and an Interactive Turkey Guide

Donald Russell is well known for it's great quality meat, poultry and seafood but also their extensive range of other fantastic foods too.  In fact Donald Russell the butcher has a Royal Warrant to supply gourmet meat to Buckingham Palace.  Ordering from them is easy online or you can also order by phone, email or fax.

I was recently sent a Free Range Turkey Crown along with some Pigs in Blankets.  Turkeys from Donald Russell  are Free-Range turkeys, from the Loué farmers of France.  Slow-grown turkey fed on natural cereal-based diet.  The great thing with a turkey crown is there isn't any waste - if you're not keen on drumsticks (dark meat) then a turkey crown is the way to go.  A crown is also really easy to carve too.
I received a small turkey crown that says it will serve 4-5 people - well I'm sure it would, but there wouldn't have enough leftover for turkey sandwiches so I'd recommend ordering a larger one since turkey sandwiches are always a good thing especially on Boxing Day or for that matter for leftover Turkey Curry.

The pigs in blankets (chipolatas wrapped in streaky bacon) were the best we've ever tasted.  Fantastic quality too, meaty and in no way greasy.  All Donald Russell meat is sourced, where possible, from local suppliers or reputable farms across the UK by their experienced team of buyers.
You may well wonder why there isn't a picture of the cooked turkey - well I have to admit as soon as it arrived (frozen) I automatically put it straight into the freezer without thinking that I was supposed to have cooked it for this review.  I am sure it will be delicious once cooked on Christmas day.

Turkey size and Breed:
If you're not sure which size Turkey you need or can't decide between a whole bird or a crown to order pop over and take a look at Donald Russell's Interactive Turkey Guide.

Delivery and Packaging:
All items are professionally shock frozen and arrive very well packed in a polystyrene box with bubble wrap and packs of dry ice.

I was told my delivery would arrive on Friday and I received an email telling me how to track my parcel.  I was impressed as I discovered that my turkey would arrive between 1.15pm and 2.15pm and I could even request a to receive a text message when I was to be the drivers next stop - Marvelous!
However, by 4pm I discovered by looking couriers online  tracking service that my delivery was delayed and that it wouldn't arrive until Monday - well I know it's well packaged but the poor turkey and sausages wouldn't remain frozen that long - dry ice wouldn't save them that long.
Fantastic Service from Donald Russell Customer Service!
And so, I rang Donald Russell and couldn't fault the brilliant service I received.  There was genuine concern that my package hadn't arrived and the woman I spoke to said she would see what could be done about it still being delivered that day.  Less than 15 minutes later she rang back but said that unfortunately the delivery people (an outside company that Donald Russell use) were so behind with deliveries and that it would certainly be delivered the next day.

I was concerned that the turkey would have started to defrost but since the packaging was so good it arrived still frozen solid despite that by now the pack of dry ice had evaporated.  However, the pigs in blankets had de-frosted and although they were ice cold they of course couldn't be re-frozen.
No worries for me since I was going to cook the next day but had they have been for Christmas this wouldn't have been good.

Please note:
With all that said, of course none of this was any fault whatsoever of Donald Russell - the product was packaged very well and even had a big green note on the outside instructing the courier company  'Perishable Goods - DO NOT return to depot - MUST be delivered or ring this number'.

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Eating Out - Fine Dining in Dubai

A friend of mine recently went to live in Dubai and I have to say although the lifestyle looks very appealing and Dubai certainly looks like a really nice place (but because I have food at the forefront of my brain at all times) I was a bit/lot concerned that she perhaps wouldn't like the food there and would starve!  Okay I realise that’s a bit extreme and with that said, I’d never really looked into food and eating out in Dubai.

Well how wrong was I?  The other day she was telling me about this place called Pier 7 - a signature building with seven different restaurants on each of its floors. Okay, now I’m interested, tell me more!

In a word, Pier 7 is all about fine dining and each floor apparently, offers an adventure in culinary art and a contrast in both tastes and presentation.  The building is as you can see, amazing to look at; its circular design provides stunning views of the city skyline and the Arabian Gulf via wraparound views from each of its seven floors.

Diners can choose to dine indoors, or indulge in a unique al- fresco dining experience with spectacular views of the Dubai Marina.  Oh my word, it sounds amazing!

Opening hours:

Pier 7 is open for lunch, brunch, dinner or after hours, Pier 7 is the place to see and be-seen every day of the week and offers 7 ways to dine:

Atelier M - the vision of Mohammad Islam, one of the culinary world's brightest and critically acclaimed talents who is back in the UAE after successful tenures in some of America's most celebrated restaurants such as the Mercer Kitchen and Chateau Marmont.

Asia Asia - Inspired by restaurateurs Dean and Geremy Lucas' renowned Spice Market in Melbourne.

Abd el Wahab - Taking its name from a street in Beirut and is now a hugely successful, upmarket chain of restaurants.

The Scene by Simon Rimmer - A resturant, lounge and terrace that serves British Pub Classics.

Cargo - For an exciting adventure with an Asian twist. 

O Cacti - Mixing Mexican flare for arts and culture.

Fumé - Where vintage is the new cool!

So, as you can see this looks like an amazing place to visit!

Contact Pier 7:  You can either email them or telephone them on;  00971 4 436 1020