Thursday, 17 April 2014

Tefal Optigrill - Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Pineapple Pepper and Chilli Salsa

Having recently been sent the Tefal Optigrill I wondered if it really would be as good as they say it is.
But in the short time I've had it I've used it to cook all sorts;  Bacon, Chicken, Burgers, Pork Steaks and Corn on the Cob and every one has turned out perfectly - yep this grill is excellent. 


 The Tefal Optigrill uses sensor technology to measure the weight and thickness of different meats to decide how long it will take to cook them.  For steak, the grill alerts you when the meat is rare, medium and well done.  Fantastic as you can take out a rare steak while leaving the rest to continue cooking. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Sponsored Video - Robinsons #GETSQUASHD

Robinsons SQUASH'D is a new and super concentrated squash drink that comes in a bottle so small and flat it will fit in your pocket or bag. Amazingly each tiny bottle contains enough to make 20 drinks.  Just squeeze into a bottle of water to mix.  I must say I think it’s a marvelous invention, the tiny size makes SQUASH’D fantastic for taking to work or on a day out.
Available in three exciting and rather yummy sounding flavours - choose from Orange and Peach, Apple and Blackcurrant and Summer Fruits.  And there’s more good news, they don’t contain any added sugar.  


Competition:
You may have already heard about #GETSQUASHD but if you haven’t and you fancy winning a GoPro HERO 3 why not enter the competition? 

All you have to do is pop a Robinsons SQUASH’D into your pocket and show everyone where you #GETSQUASHD to be in with a chance to win.  Pop over to the Robinsons GET SQUASH’D website to see all of the amazing challenges already added and add your own.   
Every week the judges will pick the most stunning, surprising and side-splitting entries and the favourites each week will win a GoPro HERO 3

Have a look at the #GETSQUASHD videos already uploaded – the two footballers performing their fantastic foot skills with their bottle of SQUASH’D is brilliant.  You’ll find The King of Rock meets the King of Squashes!   There’s also a woman who made a HUGE glass (enough to make 20 drinks) by using the whole SQUASH’D in one glass.   One guy even manages to make squash from the top of a fairly high building and yes he actually does fill the glass - or how about the keep fit fanatic who fills a glass whilst doing push ups!  What will you do?

Watch Robinsons #GETSQUASHD challenge in Zero Gravity?
Robinsons challenged Framestore, the Oscar winning VFX team behind Gravity to #GETSQUASHD in Zero Gravity.  Take a look at this video to find out how they got on.


This post is sponsored by Robinsons - all thoughts are my own.
 

Chopped Salad with Mixed Beans and Lemon Dressing

Chopped salad will add a healthy and colourful side to many dishes and is great for serving alongside BBQ food or any other outdoor eating event.  Or, how about serving with a simple jacket potato?  A chopped salad will provide an easy stress free lunch. 
Of course you can add whatever you want to your salad - sweetcorn, celery, radishes, cooked and diced new potatoes and even leftover cooked chicken.  Just add what you want and leave out what you don't!


Also chopped salads are a great way to (perhaps) get the kids to eat mixed beans and other bits and bobs they might otherwise not want. 
A dressing of some sort is nice but of course it's up to you.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Peshwari Naan - Easy to Make Recipe

 Every good Indian curry dish deserves some nice naan bread for dipping and mopping.  Garlic and Coriander is seriously good, but if I have to choose between the two then Peshwari has to be my favourite. 
 

Peshwari has a lovely sweet taste to it from the coconut and sultanas.  If you want to you add a few flaked almonds to the top.  So very easy to make and far better than shop bought naan.  
Don't forget you can freeze them once cooked if you have too many.   Just be sure to defrosted them thoroughly before reheating.  Place the naans on kitchen foil and sprinkle with a little water.  I've done it and they turn out fine.  

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Thorntons Marvellously Magnificent Easter Egg - Giveaway

 The lovely people at Thorntons are kindly giving one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil the chance to win one of their 'Marvellously Magnificent' Easter Eggs - a Massive 1kg hollow Milk Chocolate Egg!


Having been sent one to try I must say this is a very impressive Easter egg and once you can bring yourself to break it in order to eat, there's plenty of nice thick chocolate pieces to share with a good few people - or maybe you can just keep it all for yourself?  But 1kg is a serious amount of chocolate!

 Allergy, Intolerance & Recipe Info
     Suitable for vegetarians
     No gluten-containing ingredients
     Alcohol-free recipe
     May contain nuts
     Contains added milk
     Contains added soya
     Free from artificial colour
     Free from artificial flavouring

You can see this and the whole range of beautiful Easter eggs in a price range to suit everyone over at Thorntons.

  Now for the Giveaway and how to Enter:


One lucky reader of this blog will win a Marvellously Magnificent Milk Chocolate Easter Egg (subject to availability) from Thorntons worth £24.99

 Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget.  Please note the prize can only be sent to the UK mainland only and you must be over 18

 To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.
*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed.
Also, if you already like/follow please comment via the Rafflecopter widget and let me know to get your entries.
 For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget.


Good Luck Everyone! 


Monday, 24 March 2014

Rachel's Organic Greek Style Lemon Yogurt - Review

 If you haven't discovered these already, let me share with you - Rachel’s latest addition to the Greek Style range of Organic Bio-Live Yogurts.  
The new Lemon flavour is in our opinion, totally and utterly delicious.  Having been sent 6 large tubs to try I have to tell you they've gone - yes we seem to have eaten them all. 
Seriously creamy, smooth and very lemony with just the right amount of sweetness.
  

Is it wrong that I ate a whole tub to myself?!
Rachel's organic range contains the yogurt cultures Lactobacillus acidophilus & Bifidobacterium.
They are suitable for vegetarians too.
 
Typical values Per 100g
Energy 582kJ/139kcal
Fat 7.5g
of which saturates 4.7g
Carbohydrate 14.8g
of which sugars 14.3g
Protein 3.1g
Salt 0.1g

  I was pleased to see the whole of the packaging is suitable for recycling which is great stuff.  
Available now from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Ocado priced at RRP £1.99 for a 450g pot.

Many thanks to Rachel's for sending me some to try.  
Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, 10 March 2014

ChefAlarm Cooking Thermometer and Timer - Review

  The ChefAlarm from ETI (Electronic Temperature Instruments) is a professional cooking thermometer.  It has a count up and down timer which simultaneously displays the count up and down time.  The current temperature or your food item is displayed and it has high and low alarms which you can set to display the minimum and maximum temperature you want before the alarm sounds.


The timer is fully programmable and you can set the count up/down time to 99 hours, and 59 minutes. 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Beef with Tomatoes and Sweet Paprika - Slow Cooker Recipe

My cute and dinky slow cooker from Judge Cookware is just 1.5 litres and I've found this size to be perfect as it stops me cooking far too much for two people.  I do tend to get a bit excitable and cook too much food.  You can read my review on the Judge mini slow cooker and find more of my slow cooker recipes here.

About this recipe for Beef and Tomatoes - I meant to use a red peppers, but for some reason I seem to have got side tracked and found myself chopping a carrot instead!  Anyway, I used the carrot and left out the red pepper (since the two together is a bit odd, I think) and it was fine, but when I make it again I will use a bell pepper instead.


Whatever you do please try to use sweet paprika as it will give a far nicer taste.
Of course if you wanted to you could put this in a casserole and pop it into the oven at say 180C/360F for about 3 hours, or until the meat in nice and tender.  The only problem is with the oven it does tend to need checking on more often as you will most probably find you need to turn the oven down at some point.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Getting up Close and Personal with wagamama's Dishes

The wagamama story began in 1992 when they opened their first restaurant London’s Bloomsbury.  Inspired by traditional Japanese Ramen bars and Asian flavours, wagamama was to offer a new kind of dining experience offering fresh Japanese-inspired food in a friendly, vibrant setting.  Today, wagamama is an award-winning series of restaurants, spanning 17 countries.

  
The #wayofwagamama is getting up close and personal with their food, showcasing their latest dishes made from fresh ingredients giving a taste of pan-asian inspired cooking.
Check their latest chicken + prawn pad-thai dish:



wagamama's pan-asian inspired cooking covers a ton of different flavours to choose from. The only ingredients that wagamama's chefs use in all of them are freshness, quality and a whole lot of love. That is the way of wagamama.
wagamama want to encourage people to try some of their chefs' favourite dishes – full of flavour and lovingly prepared.
wagamama have always had lesser known dishes on the menu and want to encourage existing fans to be more adventurous and try these dishes, and to make new fans hungry, tempting them to come to wagamama and show them what it's all about!

Giveaway!
One lucky reader of this blog will win a £10 voucher to spend at a wagamama restaurant of their choice in the UK.
Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget.  Please note the prize can only be sent to the UK  only and you must be over 18
To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.
*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed.
Also, if you already like/follow please comment via the Rafflecopter widget and let me know to get your entries.
For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed before the winner is picked.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget.

Good Luck Everyone!



Disclaimer: This is a featured post commissioned by wagamama.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Aldi - Nice Wine at a Good Price

Now it has to be said I do like a nice glass of wine!  If you're looking for a proper wine review with all the fancy wording as to whether or not a particular wine has hints of damson, chocolatey undertones and all that, then you've landed in the wrong place - I really don't know very much at all about wine at all.  Apart from it either tastes good or it doesn't (to me) is about the limit of my knowledge.  But if you're just looking to discover some good wines at good prices then please read on.

 
 Recently I was sent four bottles of wine from Aldi to try.  I'll be honest as always, I'd never looked at the wines in Aldi, mainly because I tend to stick to the same couple which are Hardys Stamp of Australia or Banrock Station Shiraz Mataro - another Australian wine.  Although I do like wines from Chile and South Africa too. 


So now you know, I'm only speaking about how I personally found the wines and my opinion is most definitely not one of any real knowledge of wine whatsoever.

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