Thursday, 30 August 2012

Good Energy Cooking - Vegetable Filo Pastry Tarts

 How to cut the carbon calories in your kitchen - Good Energy has teamed up with Arthur Potts Dawson for a second year to encourage a low-carbon approach to cooking.  I was set a challenge to cook one of Arthur's four new recipes.  With the mention of Feta in the ingredients, for me it was easy to choose, Vegetable Filo Pastry Tart it had to be.  
  Scrummy yummy feta cheese with very slightly crunchy vegetables in a creamy sauce, all encased in crispy filo pastry - what's not to like?!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Dates and Honey

 You may remember a while back I went to a Masterclass with Marco Pierre White and Knorr.  We all loved his idea of using something other than water to dissolve the Knorr stock pot.

 
Recently I was kindly sent another Seasonal box from Knorr which included two baby chickens and given the challenge to either cook Marco Pierre White's recipe of Spatchcocked Chicken with Chipolatas and Rosemary, or come up with a recipe of my own.....
Inspired by Marco's idea with the Knorr stock pot, I used tomato juice in this 'make it up as I go along recipe'.  Even if I do say so myself, the result was something truly delicious, chicken in a lightly spiced and slightly jammy rich and thick sauce.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Slow Cooker Recipe - Spicy Pork with Peppers and Tomatoes

Melt in your mouth pork chops cooked in a lovely rich and spicy tomatoey sauce.  Of course you can make it as spicy or not as spicy as you fancy.
 Yes this is another of my make it up as I go along recipes but you can rest assured I only post ones that pass the yum test!
Pork cooked in a slow cooker falls apart and is so lovely and tender.  Just throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and leave on low for 7 or 8 hours - perfect.  All that's needed is either freshly baked crusty bread for dipping and mopping or some nice rice. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Giveaway - Seasonal Food Box from Knorr and Forman and Field

Do you fancy winning a Seasonal Meat and Produce Box of lovely food including BBQ and Picnic Treats from Knorr and Forman and Field?  Then read on!
Photograph by supplied Knorr

The Prize
The Seasonal Box will Contain the Following:
2 Baby Chickens
2 Sprigs of Rosemary
1 Lemon and a Few Sprigs of Parsley
12 Chipolata Sausages
BBQ and Picnic Treats
Knorr Stock Pots

Cocoa Boutique Chocolate Club - A Review

Cocoa Boutique is a new online chocolate club and like other chocolate clubs, the idea is you receive a regular box of assorted chocolates through the post. 
  All the chocolates are hand made by award winning Master Chocolatiers such as, Barry Colenso, Pierre Ledent and Claire Hicklin to name but a few.  Plus you'll find a few hidden gems in each box from up and coming British chocolatiers to get your taste buds going and give you a truly artisan experience.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

WIN a Year's Supply of Cleaning Products - EcoForce

EcoForce is range of practical and effective household products made from recycled materials, greener, more Eco-friendly and more sustainable than any other alternatives on the market and good value for money too.
 The range includes recycled sponges, scourers, cloths and dusters for all green cleaning requirements, recycled pegs, peg-basket and clothes line for Eco-friendly laundry drying and recycled food bag grips for storing left overs.  EcoForce's award winning products do not  compromise on quality or price and offer an ethical choice when it comes to buying household goods.

Sunvil Supper Club - Karlaby Kro's Berry Pie

For me a big part of the fun of going abroad for a holiday is trying the different food from that country.  I enjoy strolling along and stopping to read the menus that seem to be outside all the restaurants and then deciding what to have.  I love to try different things and go to different places.  I've never been to Sweden but someday I'd really like to go, in fact if I was rich I'd go everywhere!
 Berries are a big part of the Swedish diet - from berries that are familiar to the UK, such as blueberries and raspberries to the more exotic cloudberries and lingonberries. 

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Chicken Tagine with Olives and Preserved Lemons

Easy to make recipe and the result, melt in your mouth chicken flavoured with amazing spices and enough delicious sauce that's perfect for dipping in some nice flat bread.


  Of course you don't have to have a Tagine to make this, you can just use a lidded casserole dish. Preserved lemons are available in jars in any good supermarket as is rose harissa paste.  So with that said you now have no reason for not giving this a go. 
If you really don't like olives just leave them out - simples!
You can use chicken breasts but they will dry out during the longish cooking time.  The reason I cooked this for almost 2 hours is because it allows the flavours to really get into the chicken and the sauce to become nice and thick.   

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Amatriciana - Spicy Bacon and Tomato Sauce

Quick to make and one of the tastiest pasta sauces ever and is nothing like the gloopy shop bought jarred stuff.  A rich tomatoey, bacony, sauce that you can make smooth or chunky, it's up to you.  
   Of course you can leave out the bacon for a vegetarian pasta sauce.
Nothing but Pasta and a good sprinkle of Parmesan is needed - oh except of course a glass of wine!   
Having had this for lunch at my friend Mary's house the other day, it was so delicious and everyone cleared their plates.  That's it, I had to make it.
  So, armed with the recipe even though there was absolutely nothing to fault with it I couldn't help but titivate it a bit.   Here's what I did....

Friday, 10 August 2012

The Best Guacamole Recipe

Simply the best guacamole ever - once you make this you will never buy it ready made from a supermarket again.  This recipe by Thomasina Miers from her book 'Mexican Food Made Simple' takes minutes to make and tastes amazing.
 Flavours of lime and chilli with tomato, red onion are perfectly balanced.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Picadillo - Mexican Fruity Chilli

Okay I know this sounds a bit odd, regular chilli made with the usual minced meat, but with the addition of banana, apples and raisins?..... 
 However, if you saw Thomasina Miers cooking this on her TV series 'Mexican Food made Simple' on Channel 5 then I'm pretty sure you'd want to make it too.  It was totally delicious, very hot but the heat is nicely balanced with the sweetness from the raisins.  Yes I will make this again and again.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Egg Skelter - Review

More and more people including ourselves are keeping hens for eggs and although we only have three hens, that's three eggs a day.  Since I don't keep eggs in the fridge (Delia doesn't) and especially now that we have our own hens I know 'eggsactly' when the eggs were laid so the ideal way to store them is on this lovely egg skelter from The Handpicked Collection.
 This egg skelter is a brilliant way of storing fresh eggs in date order.  As you take out the bottom egg, another gently rolls along to take its place, meaning you always use the oldest egg first - marvelous!  
At the moment our black rock hen is still quite young and her eggs only weigh around 48g so they just about fit on the spiral.  That said one of our ex battery hens lays huge eggs and even her recent 86g egg fitted on so you can see the egg skelter will accommodate all sizes of hens eggs.    

 The Handpicked Collection have (as their name suggests) a collection of lovely gift ideas and each item has been handpicked by one of their expert panellists.  
Thank you to Claire for letting me choose this egg skelter to review.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Malaysian Chicken Curry Recipe

We love this curry, you can make is as hot or mild as you like - just add or remove a chilli or two.  This is my titivated version of Gordon Ramsay's recipe from The F-Word and is well worth giving a go and I'm sure you will love it.  
 As to whether or not it's anything like a true Malaysian curry, I've no idea so perhaps we'll call it Malaysian-style curry.
Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients, it's easy to make and you can buy everything needed in any good supermarket.
 I made this for two but if you want it for four people I'd say you can just add more chicken and keep the sauce as it is.  You could add a little more coconut milk and it should be fine.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Foil Baked Salmon with Sweet Chilli and Crushed Pineapple

Another of my make it up as I go along salmon recipes. Salmon fillet with a glaze made from pineapple juice, soy sauce, Mirin and a few other bits and bobs. I added a chopped red chilli, then topped the salmon with the drained crushed pineapple and baked in foil.  Tasty, quick and very easy, read on for the full recipe.
 Norwegian salmon is an oily fish, rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and vitamins A and D, which makes it a hugely popular addition to a heart and brain-healthy diet.
    
Salmon is a very versatile fish which can be poached, grilled, pan-fried, baked or roasted for delicious hot dishes, summer salads and BBQs. 
Because it is of premium quality, salmon from Norway can also be enjoyed raw in dishes such as sushi or sashimi.
  With the country’s clean, clear, cool waters, seafood from Norway is of excellent quality.  Norwegian salmon is no exception, it has a rich flavour and a softer, redder flesh than other salmon species, which turns a delicate pink when cooking.  Deliciously sweet, the fish has well defined flakes, which fall away easily once cooked.
You can find out more over at the Seafood From Norway FaceBook Page.

Giveaway - A Luxury Box of Chocolates by Genevie

Fancy winning a box of Luxury Handmade Chocolates? 
Chocolate by Genevie is a new, family run independent chocolatier with an online shop full of amazing looking handmade chocolates.
 They are giving away a Luxury Box of Chocolates worth £36.99 to one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil.
 A stunning silk covered chocolate heart box with mouth watering mixed chocolates that really redefine luxury chocolates. The chocolate box is has a hand made silk ribbon and is packaged in traditional wood wool leaving no detail to chance.  Contains 32 handmade chocolates. You can see full details of each individual chocolate here

 About Chocolates by Genevie:
They use only the finest ingredients in their chocolates which are packaged exquisitely and delivered FREE post to the UK mainland. Everything from making the chocolates to finishing the boxes is done by hand making sure you receive a product which is both unique and special. 'We are a small family business dedicated to making chocolate that is second to none.  Everyone of our chocolate products is exclusive to the website ChocolatesByGenevie.co.uk
You will never see any of our products in shops or sold on other sites'.

So lets help spread the word and for a chance to win, just follow the Rafflecopter instructions.  If you leave a comment on this post it will not show up straight away as all comments are moderated.

Please note: The chocolates can be sent to a UK mainland address only.

Good luck everyone and all the very best to Chocolate by Genevie!

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