Sunday, 29 January 2012

Valentine's Day Dinner idea - Linguine with King Prawns Chorizo and Sun-dried Tomatoes

You don't have to go out to eat on Valentine's Day, it's really easy to cook something up at home.  There's something quite nice about not having to dress up and just sitting down together with a nice bowl of pasta and a bottle of wine.  There's a lovely mixture of tastes in this dish, King prawns and sun-dried tomatoes with chorizo and chilli are just perfect together. 
This is my entry to the Find Me A Gift Valentine's Day Food Blogger's Competition.  If you're looking for a gift for your Valentine, they have loads of Valentines Day Gifts to choose from both for him or for her. 

This dish is perfect for a Valentine's dinner - just have everything prepared in advance and it's cooked in no time at all.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Vegetables in Chinese Brown Sauce - Just like the Takeaway!

Baby Pak choi, Bean-sprouts, Shiitaki mushrooms, Carrots and Spring onion cooked in a tasty Chinese style sauce.  After much experimenting, I think I've finally cracked the recipe!  This sauce tastes just like the sauce in the dish called 'Happy Families' you get from a Chinese takeaway. 

Chinese Vegetables

'Happy Families' is a dish that usually has a bit of everything in it, so there's something for everyone to like keeping the whole family happy!  So very simple to make and I'm thinking this has to be healthy and I can't see where the calories in this dish would be.   I suggest you serve with some nice egg fried rice - perfect.

Weight Watchers Cinnamon and Cider Baked Apples - Video Recipe

With the Weight Watchers ProPoints system you can have this delicious Cinnamon and Cider Baked Apple dessert and even have a scoop of light vanilla ice cream with it too!  
Read on to win a great prize with the new Weight Watchers Supper Club.
 The new Weight Watchers book 'Complete Kitchen' is easy to follow and there are no tricky cooking instructions or strange ingredients.  Just a book packed full of seriously nice looking dishes and is the ultimate guide to cooking food the Weight Watchers way.  
With 145 simple-to-follow recipes within nine chapters - ranging from basic stocks & dressings to Sunday roasts, leftovers & sides, to the more budget conscious ‘Everyday Value.’  
Recipes include roast fillet of beef with red wine sauce, garlic mushroom and rustic bean bruschetta and chocolate cherry cupcakes and these lovely cinnamon and cider baked apples.

 Watch Me Cook Cinnamon and Cider Baked Apples!

Win a Great Prize with Weight Watchers Supper Club:
As you may have already seen, they have just launched the new Weight Watchers Supper Club app on Facebook:
The idea behind the Weight Watchers Supper Club is that it lets you enjoy your food, while losing weight in the process.  There are a variety of healthy and delicious recipes in the app which are all easy to cook and these are perfect for
hosting a family dinner or a Weight Watchers Supper Club.

 To Start a Supper Club:
All you need to do is create an event and invite friends to enjoy all of
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and hosting a dinner party and by uploading your photos you could also be in the running to win a fantastic prize!

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Honey Glazed Chicken with Chinese Five Spice - Easy Recipe

Good roast chicken is delicious, but there are times when you just fancy something different.  So, why not liven up some chicken portions with my Chinese Five Spice sticky glaze?!  
Seeing as I made this up as I went along you can do the same, so if you'd rather have Indian flavours, use Indian spices - it's entirely up to you.  
Just remember, runny honey is the way to go if you want your chicken sticky.
  It takes just a couple of minutes to mix together a few bits and bobs to make a glaze.  Of course you can use any kind of chicken portions you fancy, I just happened to have drumsticks.....

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Lovely Valentine's Day Gifts Delivered from Hotel Chocolat

Valentine's Day is just around the corner (Tuesday February 14th) and Hotel Chocolat have a fantastic range of  Valentines Day Gifts that can be ordered online and delivered to your Valentine's door!
The Sleekster Love Selection Box not only looks good but it tastes good too.  Paul (the husband and official taster of all things chocolate) says once again Hotel Chocolat chocolates are the best!
So far he's tasted one of each flavour and can't fault any of them.

Priced at just £22 and contains 26 chocolates and truffles all with amazing fillings:
  Champagne and cherry, fruity blackcurrant and strawberry, liquid caramels, stunning hearts, luscious lips and much more.

Personally, I think the 'Sleekster' boxes are a great idea to send as a gift because you don't have to worry about the person being home for the delivery - the long slim box will fit through most letterboxes!
Every gift from Hotel Chocolat is delivered with a gift card including your personal message.
Thank you to Beth and of course Hotel Chocolat for sending me these to try.

Online Good Food Delivered to your Door from Flavrbox

I love farmers markets and so I'm quite excited to find out about this newish company called Flavrbox.  Imagine having a farmers market online where you can browse an excellent range of top quality food at your leisure and have it delivered to your door?!
Flavrbox has made this possible and they have a great range of different foods to offer.  From bread boxes including a delicious sounding fig and walnut bread, exciting foods in the meat section - Dorset air-dried beef, wild boar chorizo with red wine and dry-cured green bacon are just a few examples.  Cheeses, condiments, sauces, spices, oils and more can all delivered to your door. 
 Flavrbox was started by a group of friends who wanted to do something about the food industry.  Seeing as they love discovering new things and also love food, they created something that we can all enjoy together.  Great quality food from small independent farmers and other food producers.
Their aim is to help independent producers develop their presence, both online and offline and earn a good living from the great work they do. 

Flavrbox is offering readers of this blog a 10% Discount!
Just enter this code:  GLUGOFOIL-FLAVRBOX

They will also soon be launching a 'Discovery Box' and by signing up to their newsletter will get you an early bird discount!
and have lots of other exciting things planned for the future so please check their site often to find out more.
You can follow Flavrbox on Twitter
and Facebook too!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Pork Stir-fry with Hoisin and Orange Sauce

Very tasty, slightly sweet and so good to eat.  As we all know stir frying has to be one of the easiest cooking methods going.  This recipe came about just because I had an orange sitting there in my kitchen doing nothing.  Pork and orange sauce came to mind, but I wanted rice and I wanted stir fry!
    Don't be put off by the list of ingredients - they're all available from any good supermarket.  Sake will be found in the wine and beer section. Mirin will be in the Oriental grocery section and is as cheap as chips.  Well, that's how it is in the UK anyway!

Friday, 13 January 2012

Food and the Recipe Delivered to your Door - from HelloFresh

Now as you know I love both cooking and food shopping!  But I must say I really like the idea behind HelloFresh - they deliver recipes and all the ingredients to make them straight to your door.  I think HelloFresh is excellent for anyone that usually buys ready meals.  I'm sure most people would feel much more like cooking if they had all the ingredients in front of them, along with an easy to follow recipe.

So, if you happen to hate food shopping, or just simply don't have time and would like an healthy diet for your family then you will love HelloFresh! 
How it all works:
Every week they'll send you amazing recipes and all the ingredients you need to prepare them.

Choose your Plan:
Select the number of meals per week and how many people are in your household.
Changing the way you shop and eat couldn't be easier:
Then, choose the number of meals you would like to receive per week and how many people are in your household.

FREE Home Delivery: Your recipes and groceries will be delivered Monday evenings between 5pm and 9pm.  HelloFresh make life easier for you as your ingredients will be delivered straight to your door on Monday evenings.  The best thing is the delivery is included in the price!

Become a Master-chef: All the recipes have been created by world-class chefs and nutritionists.
The recipes are simple and straightforward and they don't take any more than 30 minutes.  You don't even need any fancy kitchen equipment.  You can start enjoying delicious home-cooked food and spend more time with your family.

Sounds good?  Then pop over to HelloFresh and have a look.
HelloFresh can also be found on FaceBook and Twitter

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Chicken Roasted with Lemon and Garlic - Quick Midweek Meal Idea

A simple roast chicken becomes something special when it's roasted with lemon and garlic the perfect combination.  But with the addition of a few herbs to the baking dish, you have a perfectly delicious midweek meal that can be conjured up in less than an hour from start to finish! 
 You can of course, use chicken portions (skin on) if you can't be fussed with cutting a chicken in half or simply want to feed more than two greedy people.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Vegetarian Stew with Potatoes Parsnip Swede and Chestnuts

 A really tasty stew of potatoes, swede, parsnip, carrots and onions cooked in a lovely rich Marsala sauce.  The addition of some fantastic smelling juniper berries really make this dish.  Roasted chestnuts are then added along with some mushrooms.  A perfect warming and filling vegetarian meal. 
Crusty bread is vital for dipping and mopping.
This is my titivated version of Nigel Slater's 'Hearty Party Hotpot' from his television series Simple Suppers.
Now, I used chicken stock, but of course vegetable stock is the way to go for any vegetarians out there.  I added potatoes to my version just to make it more of a meal.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Minced Beef Hotpot with Beetroot and a Nice Crispy Potato Top

If you're wondering what to have for dinner tonight, how about my minced beef hotpot with a layer of beetroot hiding underneath the lovely crispy potato top. 
The top layer of potatoes end up being nice and crispy, while the potatoes underneath have soaked up the lovely juices from below.
Making it up as I went along and having some cooked beetroot in the fridge, I thought what a marvelous idea it would be to add beetroot to my hotpot!

Well, it worked and I'll be making this again! 

Monday, 2 January 2012

Chocolate Ice Cream Bombe - Dessert

Chocolate lovers will just love this dessert - rich chocolate ice cream encased in slices of chocolate Swiss roll and topped with even more chocolate!
   It's really, really easy to make too - continue reading for my step by step picture instructions! 
 So the next time you have people round for dinner, it's well worth giving this a go.