Encona Sauces - Taste Explorers Range

Encona Sauces are the UK's Number 1 best selling range of authentic, hot and spicy sauces from around the world. They've now added some more sauces to their already fantastic range, 'Taste Explorers' and I have very kindly been sent some to try!

Encona Sauces - Taste Explorers Range


What a lovely lot of sauces!

American Chilli Ketchup - Made using a special blend of rich tomato sauce and chilli which makes for a tasty sauce with a delicious, spicy kick. A versatile ketchup for every occasion, the chilli heat is mild enough for the whole family to enjoy.   
This went down really well with the burgers I made the other day. 

West Indian Hot Pepper - Made to the same, classic recipe for over 40 years, using only the very best Scotch Bonnet and Habanero peppers blended with traditional island spices. The result is a deliciously fiery and fruity flavour for a true taste of the tropics.

Jamaican Jerk BBQ - Our new and improved recipe has been specially blended to capture all the great tastes of Jamaica’s traditional Jerk Seasoning in a ready to use sauce. The unique combination of aromatic spices and chillies gives a mild, spicy flavour which is great with all your favourite foods.

Barbados Creole Pepper - Made to a traditional recipe from the island of Barbados, our unique blend of Scotch Bonnet and Habanero Peppers, spices and mustard gives this sauce its distinctive colour and delicious, tangy flavour for a true taste of the tropics.

Thai Chilli and Garlic - Inspired by the classic, hot sauce recipe made famous in the seaside town of Sriracha, Thailand. Made using a special blend of chillies and aromatic garlic, this rich and savoury sauce has a warm, spicy kick which makes it a delicious addition to any dish.

You can read more about Encona's wide range of yummy sauces here.

Thank you to Lauren and Encona for sending me some to try.
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Top Notch Burger - Served on an English Muffin

Nice fat juicy burgers made with best quality beef, sun dried tomatoes and gherkins.  The cayenne pepper and Tabasco both help to add a really nice flavour and heat to them.

Top Notch Burger - Served on an English Muffin

Get yourself the best minced beef you can buy and it will have a low fat content.  Burgers you make yourself will be the best you've ever tasted.

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How to Make Individual Banoffee Pies

Now, I'm not a one for desserts, but every now and then I have a fit in my head and make one!
You can of course pipe the cream to make them look more fancy.


Individual Banoffee Pie

Not the most amazing picture but you get the idea!  
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Restaurant Style Chicken Balti

Balti is a curry with a tomato based sauce and this is my perfected recipe!
Balti restaurants are often known in Birmingham as 'Balti houses'. Balti houses have a reputation as being inexpensive places to eat.

This is because they commonly have no alcohol license, although customers who wish to drink are welcome to bring their own alcohol with them.

Restaurant Style Chicken Balti
   
You can use less chillies if you wish but what's the point of having curry if it isn't a bit hot is there? 

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Cod en Papillote with Asparagus Mange Tout and Vine Tomatoes

'En papillote' is French for 'in parchment' and is a method of cooking in which the food has been put into a parcel and baked in the oven.

Cooking in a parcel is not only easy, it looks good and is exciting to open! I love making up recipes of things that can go in the parcel.

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Feta Pistachios and Leaves with Balsamic and Honey Dressing

Don't you just LOVE Feta?! Next to Extra Matured Cheddar it has to be my favourite cheese.  This is so simple to make; just crumble feta and add pistachios along with some baby salad leaves and drizzle with a balsamic and honey dressing. That's it - job done.

Feta Pistachios and Leaves with Balsamic and Honey Dressing
 
I came up with this yesterday while I was drying my hair (as you do) and yes I do have food on my brain all day long!
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Chicken with Tarragon Cream Sauce

 Creamy tarragon sauce with chicken wrapped in bacon, so easy to make too!


Serve with broccoli and crispy potatoes, or whatever you fancy.....

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How to Make Chilli Beef Pasta Bake

My Chilli Beef Pasta Bake is proper comfort food and is a great dish to make for friends.

 Chilli Beef Pasta Bake

 Yummy spicy beef with pasta and melty cheese.....
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Roasted Butternut and Cumin Soup with Crispy Chorizo

Slightly sweet and nicely spiced roasted butternut soup with crispy smokey chorizo. 

Roasted Butternut and Cumin Soup with Crispy Chorizo

Get yourself a great big butternut squash today - and give it a go!
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Blog Name Change

'What Do I Want To Cook Today' has now changed to A Glug of Oil.

Seeing as I'm always using the term 'a glug of oil' I thought it was a better name for my blog!

However - I know it's early days as I only changed the name this morning, but every comment ever left on this blog has disappeared - HELP!!!!

Update: They cam back after 4 days so all is good.

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Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Sour Cream on Peppers and Onions

Another of my copy cat recipes from Marks and Spencer's food range.
Now the idea of stuffing chicken fillets with sour cream I thought would be tricky - I thought it would ooze out whilst cooking.
However, some oozing is good!  But I thought it would just end up being a mess. However, if M&S sell it then it must work and it must be good!


Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Sour Cream on Peppers and Onions


No disrespect to M&S but there just isn't enough peppers and onions in theirs!
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Mustard Oil - Is It Really Dangerous To Cook With


Mustard Oil - is it really dangerous to cook with? Have you cooked with it before?

Please leave a comment on your opinion.


The video is showing just black, but if you click on the arrow it should play....
I hope!

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Sweet Spiced Chicken and Cashew Nuts

Now this may well not be the best photo you've ever seen!  But let me tell you this is good stuff. Slightly sweet and very nicely spiced tender chicken, mixed with the slight crunchiness of the onions and peppers; what's not to like?

Sweet Spiced Chicken and Cashew Nuts


Print Recipe

You will need:
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 Star Anise
1 tsp Szechuan Peppercorns - ground using a mortar and pestle
1 cinnamon stick - broken in half
4 cloves
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 whole dried red chillies - seeds removed
1 red onion - sliced
1 brown onion - sliced
1 red bell pepper - cut into bite sized pieces
2 large chicken breast fillets, cut into bite sized pieces
2cm piece fresh ginger - sliced into matchsticks
a good handful of cashew nuts
3 spring onions - cut into 2cm slices

For the sauce mixture:
1 tbsp Shaoxhing Rice Wine
1 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp Chinese Black Vinegar (rice vinegar)
2 tsp brown sugar

Sweet Spiced Chicken and Cashew Nuts


How to do it:
Mix together in a small bowl the sauce ingredients and set aside.
Heat the oil in a wok over a high heat. When it's nice and hot throw in the chicken and cook for a minute or so until almost cooked.
Remove the chicken and set aside.

Wipe the wok clean and add a little more oil and heat it up again.

When it's nice and hot, add the star anise, peppercorns, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds and chillies, and cook for a few seconds until they smell lovely and spicy.

Now add the onions and the bell pepper. Stir for a couple of minutes before adding the ginger.
After a few seconds put the almost cooked chicken back in. Stir for a minute or so and then add the sauce mixture.

Keep stir frying for a further minute till everything is nicely coated with the sauce.
The chicken should be cooked so you can now add the cashews and spring onions.

Check the chicken is actually cooked, then add the cashew nuts and the spring onion.
Stir again and remove the star anise and cinnamon stick before serving immediately.
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Mother's Day Gifts and Flowers from Interflora

Mother's day will soon be here Sunday March the 14th
Interflora have a fantastic range of Mother's Day flowers and gifts.



I was very kindly sent this Pampering Spa set. 

The set contains a body lotion, bath pearls, bubble bath and shower gel which all smell delicious!
Also, a pair of slippers, an exfoliating back scrubbing belt, potpourri and a sponge. The large box that it's presented in has a vintage fabric pattern and can be used as a storage box.
The gift set really is lovely and is excellent value for money too!

Pop over to Interflora now as you've not got long till Mother's day is here!

Thank you again Interflora and Victoria.
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