Sunday, 30 January 2011

Ma Po Tofu - a Chinese Spicy Pork and Tofu Dish

Now this dish is hot, spicy and in our opinion, totally delicious. 
There are so many different recipes for Ma Po Tofu, each one varying on the amount of peppercorns used and some using chilli powder and spicy bean paste.  Some using only chilli powder.

  So, after studying several different recipes this is what I came up with. 

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Creamy Chicken and Leek with a Pastry Top and Crushed Potatoes - Diet Food?

If you're on a diet but fancy eating a pie this is the way to have less pastry!
You can control the amount of pastry you eat by serving a just a couple of pastry shapes instead of eating a whole pies worth.
Crushed potatoes have no butter or milk added and so are less calories than mashed potato.....not quite the same as mash but please, try to use your imagination!
And, if you're in a hurry cooking the pastry separately speeds up pie making and is a lot less messing about.
 So, if this body of mine is to be seen in a bikini this summer holiday then something has to happen and fast!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Sausage and Pepper Casserole for the Slow Cooker

Another 'make it up as you go along experiment' of mine - Jan's Sausage and pepper slow cooker recipe!  Of course you can cook this in a casserole dish in the oven if you wish - for a lot less time though, obviously.
Sausages and mash with a lovely rich tomatoey, sweet peppery sauce.
Remember bell peppers are not spicy, just sweet, so this is ideal for kids and it's perfect for freezing too.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Harrods of London - The Food Hall

 Harrods is Britain's most famous store and possibly the most famous store in the world.  So after my trip to Borough Market with one day travel card in hand I was off again on the underground to catch a tube to Knightsbridge.
Once at Knightsbridge, just follow the way out sign that says Brompton Road and when you get to the top of the stairs you'll be right next to an entrance to Harrods.  I realise there are a lot of photos here, but I don't think you'll find them boring.
 Just look at the ceiling and chandelier - what an amazing fruit design.

The large haggis to the left of this picture below was £45.00

 Of course you can eat there too at one of many bars - this isThe Sea Grill.

Take the lift or escalator to the lower ground floor.

And you'll find a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi.
Can you see the two wine glasses in the picture?  They remain unwashed and were found in their hotel room the night they were both very sadly killed.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures, I can never go to London without a visit to Harrods. 

Monday, 24 January 2011

My Trip to London's Famous Borough Market

So, I was in London and with just over four hours till my train, my first thought was Borough Market here I come!  After turning right out of Carnaby Street and a short walk down Regents Street there I was at Oxford Street station.  I headed straight for the ticket booth and £6.60 got me an underground ticket for zones 1 and 2 - all you really need to have a great time in London and to see the major sights.  You need London Bridge station and when you come out (following the signs for Borough High Street) you'll see it to the left a bit, but more or less opposite the station entrance - simples!
After my trip to the market I was straight back on the London underground and off to Harrods!  
I love Harrods - see my post on Harrods Food Hall.  No trip to London is complete without a visit to see how the over half live!........Boston Terrier puppies were for sale in their pet department for a mere £2500........
  Here are a few pictures in no particular order of Borough Market:
As you will see a fantastic range of fresh produce, fish, meat and more.  There's not much you won't find at this market in the way of food - all sorts of weird and wonderful things to be found.

 If you're ever in London it's well worth a visit!
  Click here for opening times and more info.

Team Wholegrain 2011 with Nestlé Cereal

Last Thursday I was very kindly invited along to London to meet Team Wholegrain 2011
 Now in its third year, Nestle Team Whole Grain adds rugby World Cup champion and Celebrity Masterchef winner Matt Dawson. He joins the experienced team of TV and radio presenter Zoe Ball, Olympic rowing champion Greg Searle and independent nutritionist Juliette Kellow.
  Unfortunately Greg couldn't be there, but it was great to meet the others. I had a good chat with Matt and he tells me I really am eating the wrong thing for breakfast (toast made with white bread)!  He's right, and so as of last Friday, I'm now on Shredded wheat!
Team Whole Grain 2011 will be bringing some fun new recipes that not only taste great, but will brighten up dinner tables around the country, as well as giving the nation’s busy families some wholesome goodness.
Encouraging kids to take an interest in the kitchen in an exciting and engaging way, a series of seasonal food art recipes have been created by food artist Prudence Staite. Brought together by Nestlé Cereals, Team Whole Grain is calling for mums and kids to have some family fun in the kitchen by recreating the exciting recipes, which will be available for download on the newly relaunched website ( or to watch via podcast.
  Here are some photos of the event and the fantastic things you can make with cereal! So why not create one of our celebrities’ favourite food art recipes?  
Click on the pictures for a link to each recipe.
Be your own rugby hero by creating Matt’s rugby ball.
 Or say ‘I love you’ to someone special with Zoe’s favourite bunch of flowers. 
 Greg Searle loves making his Golden Nugget treasure chest with his kids.
 Or why not have the kids bouncing around with Juliette Kellow’s Easter bunny.
I will attempt to make the bunny very soon - but I'm a bit concenred than mine won't look half as good as this one!
 Other designs include a Spring sheep, St Valentine’s chocolate lollipops, Rudolf the red nosed reindeer and following on from the success of the ‘busy bee’ recipe last year, you can now make a home for them with the Shredded Wheat Bitesize Summer beehive.
 And finally here's me with Matt Dawson:
And Zoe Ball
Thank you to Ryan for inviting me along and of course to and Team Wholegrain.  *All food photos courtesy of Team Wholegrain.