Sunday, 23 September 2012

Chicken Bouillabaisse Recipe

Chicken and potatoes cooked in a rich sweet garlic and tomato sauce along with saffron, Pernod, white wine, fennel seeds and rosemary.  Totally delicious and easy to make too as it's all cooked in one pot. 
 Oh yes this is now in my top five dinners of all dinners and has to be made again soon.
After seeing Ina Garten cook this the other night the Food Network TV show 'Back to Basics', it had to made there and then.
I believe this is usually made with fish and served with rouille (garlicky mayonnaise).  Because of my rush to make it I didn't have enough garlic to make the roullie so just served it with nice crusty bread.
According to Wikipedia, Bouillabaisse is a traditional Provençal fish stew originating from the port city of Marseille.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Chilli Beef Lettuce Wraps - Finger Food at it's Best

As soon as I saw this recipe on Gordon Ramsay's 'Ultimate Cookery Course' on Channel 4 I had to make it.  What a  fantastic show, everything he's made so far I want to make immediately! 

Gordon Ramsay

Spicy chilli beef served wrapped in gem lettuce with a lovely dipping sauce.

Lettuce Wraps

Absolutely delicious and very easy to make - finger food at it's best.

Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Onions - Made Easy with CoreStuff

Stuffed onions made so easy with this marvelous invention - CoreStuff from Judge. 
 Using this nifty gizmo means you can stuff almost anything you want to and the unique depth gauge means you don't have to go all the way!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Sponsored Video – Method Cleaning Products

After cooking almost any kind of meal you end up with washing up or some sort of cleaning that just has to be done.  Also, we all have to either wash, bath or shower every day.  Keeping our homes (and ourselves) clean makes for a better living environment, and that in turn makes us feel good too. 
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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Sabichi Brasserie Range Casserole Dish - Review

Sabichi have just introduced their fantastic 'Brasserie Range' and it's coordinating items.  Everything looks so impressive that you can take the cookware straight from the oven to the table, making it great for dinner parties.
   Having been sent the 25cm ceramic casserole dish to review I have to say I'm not only impressed with its looks but the quality of the product too.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Sabichi Fruiti Collection Cutlery - Review

This great looking cutlery set from Sabichi is part of their Fruiti cutlery collection.  I love this colour 'Grape' but the set is also available in other colours which include fruity pear, strawberry and lemon and huckleberry, blueberry and coconut.
   Trendy in style this 16 piece set includes 4 forks, 4 forks, 4 knives and 4 teaspoons and they are dishwasher safe.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Tiny Food Party! Book Review

 Bite-size recipes for miniature meals.  In a word this book is amazing and is packed full of the kind of food I love.
Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park share dozens of quick and easy recipes for bite-size munchies.
A fantastic 'must have' book for Christmas, New Year and indeed any other party occasion you might be having.  Nice conversion chart at the back of the book - American, Imperial and Metric.
I love the 'Little Menus' that you can follow if you're stuck for ideas on what goes with what and this includes 'All Vegetarian Menu' too.

Edible Flowers – Using Them Day to Day

Whenever you ask most people about flowers, they will probably talk to you about how good they would look in a garden or vase on a window ledge or mantelpiece. However, many types and species of flower have more going for them than just looks. Many of them can be used for culinary purposes, with some rather pleasant results. Many herbs, fruits and vegetables are officially flowers, although they have been used in recipes for centuries and are widely recognised as being part of cuisines worldwide.
Zucchini (courgette), artichoke, orange, lemon, lime, parsley and basil are, to many people’s surprise, actually flowers. However, it’s the more obscure ones that are perceived to only have ornamental qualities that are growing in popularity because they work as either a standalone ingredient or as an integral part of a salad, dessert, sauce or even drink.

Elderflower is one such plant which features heavily in modern cuisine, most notably drinks. Its sweet, delicate taste goes well when paired with something tart or sharper like pear, apple or lime. It works as part of a sweet cider, as the base of a cordial on its own or paired with another fruit or as part of a cocktail, but it can also be put to good use in desserts such as pies, jelly or even cheesecake. Elderflower isn’t the only edible flower which works well with desserts.
 Photo courtesy of Parvin
Roses are seen as something to give as a present to a loved one in the form of Interflora flowers, but they are becoming more popular as part of a variety of sweet and savoury dishes. Rose hips work well in sauces, while rose petals can add a splash of colour and flavour to a light, summery salad. Candied rose petals, coated in egg white and sugar to help them keep for longer, are perfect for decorating a vanilla cheesecake.
Violets work just as well for decorating cakes of all descriptions, no matter if it’s a huge wedding cake or a small cupcake coated with frosting, as long as they’re candied. Violet leaves and petals also work well in salads, with their sweet scent and delicate taste adding an extra dimension to help tantalise your taste buds.

Edible flowers work really well in a variety of dishes. Whether they’re part of a salad, used as a flourish for an indulgent dessert or to make a cold summer drink taste a little bit sweeter, they can brighten up mealtime.

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Monday, 10 September 2012

Pure Vanilla - Book Review

Yet another beautifully presented and very well written book by US food blogger Shauna Sever.

  Shauna is also the author of Marshmallow Madness - which I reviewed a while back.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Joseph Joseph Nest Plus 9 Piece Set - Review

  Kitchenware that is not only space-saving and practical, but looks good too.   The Joseph Joseph nest plus 9 piece set stacks neatly inside the other.  
I love the bright colours!
 The two bowls have non-slip bases and handles making the mixing of ingredients a doddle with no fear of the bowl slipping about.
The blue bowl has measurement markers on the inside of the bowl up to 1 pint on one side and 500ml on the other.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Easy Lemon Chicken - Barefoot Contessa Recipe

Ina Garten - you've gotta love her!  I had a go at making her Lemon Chicken the other day and it was delicious.  A lovely lemony garlic sauce that surrounds the chicken and then baked in the oven.  So very easy to do and is made in no time at all.
 As a first for me, I didn't titivate this recipe apart from making the same amount of sauce to serve two people using two chicken fillets. I'd do the same again as the I found the amount of sauce was just right for two.
Oh and fear not about the 9 cloves of garlic - just do it!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Sponsored Video - Rekorderlig Cider

Rekorderlig is a Swedish cider made from pear and apple wine and the purest of spring water.  It was first made in 1999 in Vimmerby and it is still brewed there today. 
   With eight exciting flavours to choose from, I love the sound of Winter Cider!
  I wonder which flavour you would choose.
Apple Cider
    Wild Berries  
Mango and Raspberry
Strawberry and Lime
Orange and Ginger
Apple and Blackcurrant
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Of course cider can be used in many recipes and works especially well with pork, or how about a Refreshing Pear Cider Sorbet?

Rekorderlig Pear Cider Sorbet Recipe:
 Pour a 500ml bottle of Rekorderlig Pear cider into a jug and add a tablespoon or so of caster sugar along with a good squeeze of lemon juice.  Stir well to dissolve the sugar.
  Now, you can either pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker or freeze by hand.
If you going to freeze by hand, pour the mixture into a freezer box and freeze for about 3 hours or so until ice crystals are forming around the edge.  You will now have to beat the crystals into the liquid centre until you have a sort of lemon slush, then freeze again for a couple of hours.  Then, once again, beat the mixture and pop back into the freezer.
Beating will stop the sorbet freezing into a solid block, though the texture won’t be as good as a sorbet made in a machine.
Once it is frozen, leave it to soften slightly before serving.

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Saturday, 1 September 2012

Tenzo Whistling Kettle - Review

The Tenzo range is the latest addition to Premier Housewares great range of kitchen products.  This Tenzo Whistling Kettle is so stylish - I love it!
  Available in Matt Black, Stainless Steel and Metallic Red. 
Contemporary in style, elegant and yet practical to use.
I found the induction base makes it quicker to heat water (tested at maximum level) than any other stove top kettle I've had before. You know when it's boiled as it whistles! 
The stay cool handle protects the hands when pouring and the finger grips are perfectly placed.  Just squeeze like a trigger to lift the spout to pour.

I also like that it is suitable for all hob types including induction.
Easy to fill and the maximum fill line is easy to see too.
Capacity of 2.5 litre and comes with a 5 year manufacturers guarantee.
Height 23 cm x Width 23 cm x Depth 21 cm
Available over at Amazon.

For other stockists telephone Premier Housewares on: 0141 579 2000
Thank you to Pam for sending me this kettle to review.