Saturday, 23 May 2015

SPAM BBQ Kebab Recipe and Giveaway

Convenient, uniquely tasty, quick and easy to prepare, SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is the ideal meat to make a variety of sizzling summer snacks.  Made from over 90% prime shoulder pork and leg ham, the iconic meat is so versatile you can slice it to make a toasted SPAM® Tortilla Sandwich, or dice it to make mouth-watering SPAM® BBQ Kebabs.
 



Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/spam-bbq-kebab-recipe





SPAM® BBQ Kebabs (four Kebabs) 
Ingredients
1 x 340g can of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham cut into 1" cubes
1 x Red Pepper - cut into l" cubes
1 x Yellow Pepper - cut into 1" cubes
Large Red Onion - cut into quarters and each quarter halved horizontally to give 8 pieces/chunks
8 x Chestnut mushrooms
Vegetable oil for brushing
1 x small jar Mango chutney (optional)
Kebab sticks - which have previously been soaked in water

Method
Thread cubes of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham on to soaked kebab sticks alternating with the vegetables to give a colourful portion.
Brush the kebabs with oil and a little Mango chutney if using and place on the hot BBQ, turning them over until all the SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham and vegetables are nicely browned all over and cooked.

For more ideas pop over to the Official SPAM website.
 

Now for a SPAMTASTIC® BBQ Pack Giveaway!
The barbecue pack consists of: Barbecue, Apron, Spatula, Recipe Booklet, a 340g can and a 200g tub of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.
 
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Disclaimer; Recipe, photographs and introductory wording provided by SPAM® 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

BBQ Mojito Lime Pineapple - Schwartz Grill Mates

Schwartz have a great range of marinades to liven up BBQ food, or of course since the British weather can not be relied upon, any BBQ-style indoor meal.  There are altogether 23 products that make up the Grill Mates range which you can see here.

For this recipe I used Mojito Lime Marinade packet mix consisting of delicious dried spices; all you need to do is add a couple of ingredients as listed on the back of each pack, then simply mix together to use.


Grill Mates are really are easy to prepare and although they're kind of meant to be a marinade for meat and poultry, I came up with this idea of using the Mojito Lime Grill Mates to marinate slices of fresh pineapple.

So easy to make; just marinade the pineapple slices before popping them onto the BBQ (or in my case a griddle pan) as the weather was nice, but certainly not amazing. 

*Please note for this recipe I didn't follow the back of the packet - instead I altered the 'extra' ingredients needed to suit my BBQ Mojito Pineapple creation!

Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/bbq-mojito-pineapple





To serve 4 you will need;
1 large fresh pineapple - cored, peeled and cut into thickish slices
1 packet of Grill Mates Mojito Lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
50ml dark rum
2 tablespoons of molasses

How to do it;
In a small bowl mix together the whole packet of Mojito Lime Grill Mates along with the olive oil, dark rum and molasses and mix well.

Put the sliced pineapple onto a plate and pour over the marinade, turning the pineapple to coat. Keep the marinade to baste during cooking.  Pop the pineapple slices onto a really hot griddle pan (or BBQ) and cook for a minute or so.  Baste and turn to get those nice grill marks, cook for another minute before serving with some nice vanilla ice cream.


Now for the Giveaway - The nice people over at Schwartz are offering one lucky reader the chance to win all 23 Products in the Grill Mates Range!  For inspiration you can find loads more recipes over at Schwartz. 
 
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*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed as will anyone that says they have left a blog post comment but really hasn't!  

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Disclaimer; I was compensated for my time creating this recipe for Schwartz.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Sponsored Video Unrush your World - Yeni Raki

With the busy lives we all lead these days, it’s so hard to find time to cook and eat without rushing, but we really should try to take more time, even if it’s only possible at the weekend.  
The weekend is possibly a time when we can sit down as a family or with friends to eat together and chat over a drink or two; a great way to relax.   



















Yeni Raki the world’s leading aniseed spirit brand is the perfect drink to enjoy with good food and they’ve partnered with top London chef, Ollie Dabbous to bring the spirit’s traditional slow dining culture outside of its native Turkey.

Together Yeni Raki and Chef Ollie have created this short video in which he prepares the most beautiful looking BBQ lamb dish to take to his raki table.  Ollie cooks shoulder of Romney Marsh lamb served with violet mustard yogurt on a bed of cracked wheat and pine nuts served covered with vine leaves – now how good does that sound? 

To prepare the lamb dish he covered in salt for 2 hours then it’s rinsed, dried, rubbed with olive oil and then cooked on a BBQ oven for 4 hours until smoky and tender.  Ollie believes food isn’t meant to be rushed and eating isn’t meant to be hurried; and his dish certainly isn’t rushed and definitely the spirit of slow. 

Yeni Raki is hosting a series of slow-dining dinners where top restaurants across the UK capital create their own menus of food that’s paired with the drink to encourage the experience the spirit of slow.



You can find out more about the campaign by following the campaign on #unrushyourworld and @YeniRakiGlobal or pop over to the Yeni Raki Global Website.


This post is sponsored by Yeni Raki.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Pimped Potato Salad - Get Spicy!

Potato salad doesn't have to be bland and boring, you can pretty much add whatever takes your fancy. Having been sent French's new Spicy Mustard to try (it's their classic yellow mustard with a hint of cayenne pepper) my pimped potato salad happened.
Now, I'm not a fan of mild cheese, I much prefer extra matured Cheddar, but Red Leicester has a place here as it adds colour which can only be a good thing. That said, cheese in my opinion is always a good thing so why not add it to potato salad!

























Simple to make in just minutes and perfect outdoor eating; great for picnics or as a side for BBQ's.  Or indeed whenever you feel the need for potato salad!

There's little point in giving a proper recipe since there's no such thing as 'proper' just add as much or little of the following as it depends on how many you're serving and how greedy everyone is!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

ALDI Turns 25 - Celebrate with Shooting Star Cocktail

Aldi supermarket chain has created four lovely cocktails to celebrate their 25th Anniversary in style! 

I must say I'm a big fan of Aldi's fruit and veg; they really are loads cheaper and excellent quality too.  Last year I took it upon myself to do a quick post about how to save money on supermarket shopping showing how much I saved compared to the same shop in one of the larger and very well known supermarkets.         

Back to the celebrations;  Aldi very kindly sent me a hamper with the ingredients to create their cocktail named Shooting Star - Vodka and fruit juice create the perfect base for a cocktail, and a dash of Prosecco adds a subtle sparkle.


Shooting Star

Ingredients
25ml Tamova Vodka
25ml of raspberry juice from raspberries
2.5 teaspoons of sugar
Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante DOCG, as desired

Decoration/to serve:
3 apple slices
2 raspberries

Methodology:
Defrost half a pack of raspberries and sprinkle with sugar
Squeeze the juice from the raspberries and collect in the bottom of the glass
Add 25ml of Vodka and stir to combine
Gently pour the Prosecco over a spoon into the glass, then add the three frozen raspberries and apple slices to garnish.

Raise a glass to many more years of Aldi in the UK cheers!

So far in 2015, Aldi has been named International Retailer of the Year at the Retail Week Awards and Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year at the Drinks Retailing Awards.


Disclaimer:  I was sent a hamper of everything necessary to create Aldi's cocktail.  All thoughts and opinions are my own as is the photograph.  

Monday, 4 May 2015

Coolmovers - Butterfly Lane by KitchenCraft

Somewhere along the line I'm thinking I must have spoken too soon as the weather has cooled down in the past week; but with that said I'm sure there's more nice weather to come to time to start thinking about outdoor eating; actually today is looking good so far.  Picnics, BBQ's, a trip to the beach maybe, or simply just enjoying nice weather by relaxing in your own garden.

KitchenCraft have everything you need for outdoor entertaining and I'm loving their Coolmovers range.  Butterfly Lane is my personal favorite as it's so pretty; I don't normally do pretty but I've fallen in love with this range especially the ultra cute tealight holder.  Available in assorted colours - the tinted glass has an embossed butterfly metal decoration tag and swing handle.

Friday, 1 May 2015

How to Dehydrate Tomatoes using a Dehydrator

Now I've always been curious about dehydrators, I mean do they actually work, do they take forever and ever, to do their stuff,  and more to the point why do I, or anyone else for that matter, actually want or indeed need one?






















Tomatoes; oh I do love tomatoes!  With a dehydrator you can preserve your tomatoes so they're ready to add to recipes as and when you want them.  As long as your jars are sterilised then I'm sure they can be stored in small kilner jars in olive oil.  I must say I was really impressed that the tomatoes kept their colour when dehydrated, in fact they turned to an even deeper red; no PhotoShop doctoring used in any of these photos apart to resize.  So yes dehydrators do work!

Giveaway Bitter - Recipe Book

Another lovely book published by Jacqui Small titled Bitter written by Jennifer McLagan; exploring the complex world of this under-appreciated flavour, Bitter takes readers on a journey through the spectrum of bitterness, using ingredients such as grapefruit and citrus zests, chicory, chocolate, beer and tobacco.  







































The book is divided into different categories such as greens, liquids, vegetables and fruits and also looks at surprisingly bitter, dark and very bitter foods; what do coffee, IPA beer, dark chocolate, and radicchio all have in common?  They’re bitter.
While some culinary cultures, such as in Italy and parts of Asia, have an inherent appreciation for bitter flavors (think Campari and Chinese bitter melon), little attention has been given to bitterness in North America: we’re much more likely to reach for salty or sweet.
However, with a surge in the popularity of craft beers; dark chocolate; coffee; greens like arugula, dandelion, radicchio, and frisée; high-quality olive oil; and cocktails made with Campari and absinthe - all foods and drinks with elements of bitterness - bitter is finally getting its due.

Hardback | £25.00
Published by Jacqui Small www.jacquismallpub.com

The nice people over at Jacqui Small are giving the chance for one lucky reader to WIN a copy!

How to Enter - Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget:
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