Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Automatic Egg Cooker Review - Judge Cookware

This rather cute Automatic 7 Hole Egg Cooker from Judge Cookware allows you to cook any amount from 1 to 7 eggs at the same time.  It's energy efficient, really easy to use and works by automatically adjusting cooking time according to the quantity of water used; simple but clever ah?  I think so.




































There's a small jug that has clear and easy to understand measurements marked on the outside.  All you so is decide how many eggs you wan to cook and how you would like them cooked; Soft, Medium or Hard and fill the water level that corresponds with your choice.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Love Potatoes - Mozzarella, Plum Tomato and Roast Potato Salad

If you ask the question 'hands up who doesn't love potatoes'?  I expect not too many hands would be raised as I'd bet pretty much that everyone loves potatoes!

Whether it's proper roasties served with a traditional Sunday roast, or gorgeous new potatoes simply washed, skin on, boiled then served with a good knob of butter melted over the top.  Or how about Roasted with Crushed Garlic Cloves and Slices of Lemon, a sprinkling of Sea Salt to season?  Then just then dive in and enjoy.  

This Mozzarella, Plum Tomato and Roast Potato Salad recipe from Love Potatoes who have created a new selection of recipes for the spring season.  I was asked to have a go at making it and I must say it was really easy to make, lovely and colourful, healthy and more importantly, very tasty too.




As we all know, leaving the skins on potatoes means you are getting all the goodness of the potato, including fiber and vitamins which are found just under the skin.  This salad is packed full of vitamins from the added vegetables and watercress.  You can use pea-shoots which I would have loved to have done but could I buy any round here?  Sadly not, so watercress it was, which of course is still good.

Judge - Sabatier Kitchen Knives Review

I say these kitchen knives from Judge Cookware are excellent.  Judge has teamed up with Sabatier to bring a range of quality kitchen knives designed with the professional/home chef in mind.


























Made from hardened stainless steel with smooth, ergonomic handles and are comfortable to hold and use.  The riveted handles make these knives robust and the Sabatier endorsement assures that each knife is designed with professional Sabatier standards of material, weight, balance and safety in mind.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Egyptian Spice Mix - Dukkah Recipe

Spices are AMAZING and are used in many dishes; of course just because the word spice is mentioned it doesn't mean your food has to taste spicy hot.  Think of Moroccan Tagine Recipes where a mix of delicious warming spices such as cinnamon and sweet paprika are used along with honey to create easy mouthwatering, one-pot meals that are a delight to eat.  Meat or chicken cooked in a Tagine is really tender and the aroma when cooking is just fantastic.

Dukkah (pronounced Doo-kah), is an aromatic blend of seeds, spices and nuts; it originates from Egypt and can be sprinkled on all sorts of dishes.  It's also delicious served alongside a small bowl of really good olive oil and some nice bread.  Just dip the bread in the oil and then in the Dukkah. Impress your guests at a dinner party by serving it as a very simple but different starter course - you could add small bowls of olives to nibble on too.

Dukkah recipe
































There are many, many variations of Dukkah recipes.  The basic recipe is a mixture of nuts and seeds long with dried herbs such as mint or for more heat you can add Baharat or Ras el Hanout; go with whatever takes your fancy.

I love my ThermoCook and used it to toast and mix the nuts and seeds and then chop them.  No mess and done in a few minutes.  The best thing is you can make this a couple of days before a dinner party, just store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Of course you don't have to have a ThermoCook to make this, you can use a large frying pan to toast the spices, seeds and nuts and a pestle and mortar to crush them....failing that you can use a bowl and the end of a rolling pin and if you don't have a rolling pin there's no help for you!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Chocolate Chip Muffins - Hard Anodised Bakeware from Stellar Cookware

As you probably know I'm not usually a one for baking cakes; why?  Simply because I can't do baking, I am useless at it and so I need all the help I can get.  But with that said I did once excel myself in making Dulce de Leche Filled Muffins (smiley face)!



























Of course a good muffin/cupcake tin will ensure your muffins cook evenly and this Hard Anodised Cupcake Tin from Stellar Cookware is the very thing.  It doesn't warp like some cheaper muffins tins will.  This tin is a sturdy and professional piece of bakeware (and by the way it makes a good job of Yorkshire puddings too).  I'm really pleased with the results which means me and this Stellar cupcake tin are now best buddies in the kitchen.



























The tin holds twelve muffins but my recipe only made ten; and in case you are wondering, by the time I took the top picture, Paul (the husband) had already eaten two - what is he like?

If you're looking for my amazing muffin recipe it can be found here.  To make these Chocolate Chip Muffins, just leave out the Dulce de Leche and add 150g chocolate chips to the dry mix.

Life Changing Top Muffin Baking Tip (be impressed)
When adding chocolate chips or raisins and the like, to any cake mix add them to the flour and mix to coat before adding the wet ingredients; this stops them sinking to the bottom of your muffins. Marvelous!







































More about the Stellar Hard Anodised 12 Cupcake / Muffin Tin 
Hard Anodised heavy gauge material, abrasion resistant.  This surface will not peel or flake off and will not rust.  PTFE and PFOA free.

Selling price £27.00

Size: 42 x 30 x 3cm

Efficient and even heat distribution for superior cooking & baking results.

Oven safe up to 240°C

Suitable for use under the grill and for hob use (All hobs excluding induction).  Not suitable for use in a microwave.

Not suitable for dishwasher; hand wash in nice warm sudsy water, rinse and dry.

Stellar Lifetime Guarantee

Of course there's a lot more to the Stellar Hard Anodised Bakeware Range including roasting tins and baking trays; check out my review of the Stellar Hard Anodised Roasting Tin.

Pop over to Stellar Cookware for other great products.

Twitter @StellarCookware


Disclosure: I was sent the cupcake tin to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not require to write anything positive.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Spicy Fried Eggs on Ciabatta - Stellar Cookware Chef's Pan

Just about everyone's into cooking these days; magazines are full of recipes and the television is pretty much non-stop cooking shows; which as far as I'm concerned can only be a good thing.  Everyone has to eat, but few people want to spend hours in the kitchen.

Fast food is what we all need after a busy day, something that can be rustled up in next to no time, tastes good and looks good.  So if it can be made using just one pan, surely that's even better?  My Spicy Fried Eggs take under 10 minutes to make including the prep!

spicy fried eggs
































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Not many people want to spend a fortune on fancy pot and pans either, but it has to be said a good pan will make all the difference to your cooking results. 

Now, this is where the Chef's Pan from Stellar Cookware is fantastic as it's ideal for those that don't have much space in the kitchen as it can be used as a frying pan, saucepan, or a wok and it's a great price too.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

How to Make a Giant Crumpet Pizza Cat

Yes you read right, this post is about how to make a GIANT Crumpet Pizza Cat!  Warburtons are challenging consumers to get inventive with their Giant Crumpets in Dr Bunsen’s recipe challenge.

All you have to do is share your favourite Giant Crumpet recipe with him and his faithful assistant Beaker for a chance to WIN a Giant Crumpets Hamper, including a £200 shopping voucher or one of hundred runners up £50 vouchers that Warburtons are giving away!







This is not only a great way to get kids cooking but you could be a winner too!

Here's how to make my Giant Crumpet Pizza CAT:

Using kitchen scissors, cut your 'cat shape' out of the crumpet by removing a little bit to make the ears.

Spread the crumpet with pizza sauce (available in any good supermarket) then top with grated cheese.

Make the two cheeks, a mouth and two triangles for the ears, out of a slice of pepperoni.

The eyes are made from green olives and the nose is a black olive cut in half.

The whiskers are thin slices of red bell pepper and the eye lashes are thin slices of onion - simples!

Toast under a hot grill for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbling.


So are you ready to take on Dr Bunsen’s recipe challenge? 
All you have to do it make your own Giant Crumpet topping recipe and enter; find all the details over on the Warburtons FaceBook Page.
 
In order for your entry to be valid please be sure to check out the terms and conditions.
 
Twitter @Warburtons #GiantCrumpets

Good Luck Everyone!



Disclosure; I received supermarket vouchers to cover my time and ingredients.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta

I love my freezer as I know that if I'm stuck for time there's always something in there enabling me to rustle up a quick dinner after a busy day.  With a little cheating by using frozen ready prepared veggies and a couple of store cupboard ingredients, my Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta can be on the table in just under 30 minutes.  But more importantly, it's super tasty too.

Super Quick Meatballs





I have to admit I never used to venture into Iceland until they moved it to a more convenient location within our town center; and to be honest I still only popped in now and then.  When I was asked to create a recipe for their #PowerofFrozen campaign I had a proper good look and I hadn't realised what an absolutely fantastic range of frozen foods they now stock.

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