Monday, 27 February 2012

Jan's Spanish-Style Chicken and Sweet Pepper Stew

Another of my make it up as I go along recipes - it's really easy to make too as it's all cooked in the one pot.  Lovely flavours of tomato and sweet peppers mixed with the smokiness and nice heat of Pimenton de la Vera (hot Spanish paprika) together with Chorizo was in a word, delicious!
  Don't you just love the colours?
This can easily be made vegetarian if you leave out the chicken (of course) and add more beans!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Garlic and Blue Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

There's no real recipe for these as they are so very simple to make.  Lovely portobello mushrooms stuffed with garlic, red chilli for a little heat and blue cheese.  All topped with crispy panko breadcrumbs - yum!
I used Dolcelatte - an Italian soft blue veined cheese as it melts so easily. 

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Book Review and a Competition to Win - Marshmallow Madness!

Who doesn't like marshmallow?  Have you ever wondered how they're made?
This book is shows you all you need to know about marshmallows and how to make them.  Seriously fantastic flavour combos that you'd never thought a marshmallow could have.   
Fluffy, Puffy Desserts.  Sticky, Gooey Treats Made with Mallow!
 Yes, there's a section on mallow desserts too and even desserts made drinkable to dunk your marshmallows into.  
And who'd have thought of  Malibu flavoured marshmallows?  Well of course the author Shauna Sever did!  Shauna is just so talented to come up with the truly fantastic ideas she has in this book.
  Even the cover of this book is squashy and puffy - just like a marshmallow!
 You can also learn how to shape marshmallows into wonderful lollipops and twisted ropes.
All in all a great book really worth buying if you aren't lucky to win a copy.
For a chance to WIN a copy of 'Marshmallow Madness':
 *Simply Leave a Comment for this Post Below.

*For a second entry follow me on Twitter @GlugofOil and tell me in a separate comment below that you've done so.

*For a third entry 'Like' A Glug of Oil FaceBook page and tell me in a separate comment below that you've done so.

Please note the following:

The book can be sent to a UK address only.
The winner will be picked at random at 3pm on Monday 5th March by the promoter of the competition.  Any Anonymous entries that don't contain a Twitter ID, FaceBook username or email address (so that I'm able to contact you if you win) will not be entered into the draw.
 Good Luck Everyone!
Published by Quirk Books.  Thank you Mat at PGUK Publishers Group UK for sending me a copy and supplying a competition copy.

 This Competition has now ended and the winner was picked using an online number generator.

And the WINNER is.......Nicola (Blush Beauty Magazine)
Congratulations Nicola!


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

No Bake - White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

Easy no bake mini cheesecakes.  After the success of my Tiny Toblerone Cheesecakes, I had a go at white chocolate and raspberry as I love the combo and besides, raspberries always look nice in any dessert. 
Of course this recipe can be adapted to make one big cheesecake - see the different print options below.
You can use fresh or defrosted frozen raspberries for this.
I love the swirly pattern the raspberries make.

Competition - WIN a Copy of The Cook's Book

The Cook's Book is the ultimate cookbook that every cook should own!  
Featuring over 600 delicious recipes.   Master every technique and develop your culinary skills with classic, contemporary and innovative recipes from around the world.  Eighteen top chefs, including Marcus Wareing, Charlie Trotter and Ken Hom, present the basic preparations and the best methods with clearly explained, step-by-step advice.
The Cook's Book is hardback and is published by Dorling Kindersley.

To Be Entered into the Draw for a chance to WIN a Copy of this Fantastic Book:

*Simply Leave a Comment for this Post Below.

*For a second entry follow me on Twitter @GlugofOil and tell me in a separate comment below that you've done so.

*For a third entry 'Like' A Glug of Oil FaceBook page and tell me in a separate comment below that you've done so.

Are you a gastronomic genius? A champion of cheese? Or a fish fanatic?  To test your food knowledge why not have a go at the Food Quiz on the Dorling Kindersley website! 

Please note the following:
The winner will be picked at random at 3pm on Monday 5th March by the promoter of the competition.  Any Anonymous entries that don't contain a Twitter ID, FaceBook username or email address so that I can contact you if you win will not be entered into the draw. 
*Please note the book can be sent to a UK address only.

 This Competition has now ended and the winner was picked using an online number generator.
And the WINNER is.......Fiona Maclean @fionamaclean 
Congratulations Fiona!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Foil Baked Salmon and King Prawns with Chilli and Lime Butter

Another of my 'make it up as I go along' easy to cook salmon recipes.  Just bake the salmon in a foil parcel.  Add a few King Prawns and some other bits and bobs with lime zest and a squeeze of the juice along with a knob of butter.  Done and ready to eat in 20 minutes! 
Now that can't be bad can it?! 

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Weight Watchers Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuits - Review

New from Weight Watchers  - Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuits at just 1 ProPoint® per biscuit.
 Readers of this blog will know I'm not much of a chocolate person.  However, when your talking biscuits that's a different matter - I do like a nice chocolate digestive with my cuppa!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

How to Make - The Best Fondant Potatoes

Fondant potatoes are much easier to make than you might think.  They are just perfect for that special Valentine's Meal or Dinner Party and are a lovely change from an ordinary cooked potato.  I think I've seen almost every MasterChef tv series has at least 2 chefs that make them on each show! 

Serve with a nice Fillet Steak with a Blackberry and Port sauce, Chantenay carrots and green beans - then you can invite me to dinner 😊

How to make Fondant Potatoes

Crispy on top yet soft underneath from the Chicken stock they were cooked in.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Slow Cooker Recipe - Beef in Guinness

This will do the trick on a cold winters day!   Meltingly tender beef slow cooked in Guinness with shallots, carrots, celery and other nice things.  Once it's all in the slow cooker you can forget about it and the house will smell delicious. 
     This recipe makes enough to easily serve 6 to 8 people and can be frozen.  Just serve with a dollop of mash, a jacket potato or just some nice crusty bread!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Chicken Fillets with a Pizza Style Topping

Chicken with a pizza style topping, or even no dough chicken pizza - whatever you fancy calling it!  A great fridge clear out recipe to use up the odds and ends in your fridge.
 Serve with chips for a quick and simple meal - even if all that cheese probably wont do you a bit of good - it's nice!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Keevil and Keevil Steak Box and Delivery - a Review

I was very kindly sent the Smithfield Meat Box to review from Keevil and Keevil the on-line butchers.  
I must say I'm totally impressed!  The steaks were delicious, excellent value for money and of the highest quality.  As the box contained 8 steaks (and there are only the two of us) so far we've only tried the Ribeye and the Sirloin.  Now, when I say they tasted good - I mean they tasted GOOD!  
   Pictured below - Ribeye Steak:
 Sirloin Steak:
Some beef you buy these days seems to have very little in the way of taste - not these steaks, they were juicy, tender and full of flavour.  

Win a Cookery Master Class with a Celebrity Master Chef

Fancy a chance of winning a cookery Master Class in London with Celebrity Master Chef Lisa Faulkner?  Then read on!....

    The nation takes four minutes to brush their teeth and twelve minutes to have a shower, but spends less than five minutes eating breakfast.

With only 27% of the UK workforce eating with their families once a week, actress and winner of Celebrity Master Chef, Lisa Faulkner is supporting Florida grapefruit, the juiciest and sweetest variety of grapefruit - to encourage people to improve their diets and build relationships with loved ones by spending at least fifteen minutes over their breakfast.

To do this Florida grapefruit has teamed up with Lisa to offer one lucky winner and their family the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to London to take part in an exclusive, personalised cookery master class with Lisa herself.

How to enter:
First of all become a fan of the Florida Grapefruit Page on FaceBook and you and the family can step up to the challenge to create your own favourite breakfast dishes using deliciously sweet Florida grapefruit.
To be in with a chance of winning:
Simply submit your best recipe suggestions and encourage your friends and family to vote!  Lisa will pick just one lucky winner from three finalists who will then enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime celebrity master class whilst picking up some top culinary tips!
For more information and to start submitting your Florida grapefruit recipes today pop over to Florida Grapefruit FaceBook page to upload your recipe.

 Good Luck Everyone!

Philadelphia with Cadbury Chocolate - Review

Philadelphia with Cadbury or ‘Choccy Philly’ is now available in the UK.
I must admit the idea of Philadelphia and Cadbury chocolate blended together sounded strange.  However, having now tried it I thought it tasted just like Cadbury Dairy Milk but in a spread which is actually rather nice indeed!
 Paul (the husband and official taster of all things chocolate) loves it! 
It has a light and creamy texture and spreads easily.  As you spread it on hot toast the smell of chocolate wafts up at you!
It's also ideal for bread, bagels, biscuits, and even as a dip for fruit.
 A 30 serving contains 86 calories and contains half the fat and less sugar than many other chocolate spreads on a like for like basis.
You can find lots of recipe ideas over at the Philadelphia website.
Thank you to Mel for sending me some to try.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Weight Watchers Smoked Haddock and Potato Parcels - Video Recipe

Whether you're on a diet or not this is a really nice recipe and it's so very easy to make.  It's very tasty and it's good for you!  Makes a change from eating meat all the time. 

If you're not on a diet a knob of butter would be good and a tablespoon of white wine instead of water!  My picture isn't too amazing but trust me it tasted good!
You can see more Weight Watchers recipes and over at Play Weight Watchers
Or why not start your own Weight Watchers Supper Club. 

Krups Twin Blade Coffee Mill and Spice Grinder - Video Review

A fantastic piece of kit for anyone that loves coffee, or for anyone that wants to grind spices.  
Krups sell this as a coffee mill, but when you see the box you'll notice they call it a coffee mill/spice grinder.  It really does grind spices in just a few seconds as you will see for yourself when you watch my video below. 
Coriander seeds, fennel and cumin seeds are no problem for it at all. 
Coriander seeds are very hard and you really will need a grinder to get them to a powder.  This did the job perfectly.

 I was surprised how quickly it ground the coriander seeds to powder.
I didn't buy it for grinding coffee and so I haven't even tried although I'm sure it would do a fantastic job.  Although the blade isn't removable it is still easy to clean - just brush it out with a brush.
 Obviously once you've used it for grinding spices you won't want to use it for coffee!