Monday, 29 October 2012

Smoky Pork Sliders with Barbecue Sauce

Gordon Ramsay made these into bite sized mini burgers, I decided to make 4 big burgers instead.  However you choose to make yours is of course up to you.  Smoky from the bacon and paprika and with a sweet and sour hit from the barbecue sauce, these burgers are seriously good.
 The addition of Applewood smoked Cheddar really does the trick but any smoked Cheddar will be fine.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Giveaway - Gousto Gourmet Food Box

Gousto is a London based company that delivers complete recipes to your door.  All the shopping has been done for you and everything is measured out and is delivered for you too cook at home.  You simply choose which meals you would like from that weeks delicious looking recipes and they are delivered the following week.  As well as meat, fish and poultry there are also plenty of Veggie dishes too.

Gousto use only high quality organic produce and free range eggs and everything is sourced as local as possible.
As well as the ingredients, recipe cards showing all the ingredients for each meal you ordered are included with easy to follow step by step instructions and pictures.  Each recipe card also shows a rate of difficulty too and include prep time and Kcal/Fat/Protein amounts.

About Gousto - taken from their page: 
Gousto provides you with all the ingredients in the right proportions to cook delicious meals at home.  The produce is organic, fresh and seasonal. Gousto’s recipes are developed by a team of passionate chefs and tested by all our friends and families first (very picky people). You get to choose the recipes online and every week the selection is updated to make sure there are plenty of new recipes for you. The recipes are delivered right to your doorstep once a week so you decide when to cook.  Whenever you’re on holiday or just don’t have time, simply place the subscription on hold – it’s easy.

Gousto was started in 2011 by two friends who share a passion for food and cooking. In their previous lives, Timo and James loved cooking but didn’t have much time to go to various grocery shops. They found it difficult to cook recipes from online databases or follow cook-along TV shows. Ready-meals from supermarkets do the job but the quality isn’t great, they have lots of additives, and they get boring very easily. One day, James and Timo decided that there must be some way to make life easier and the idea for Gousto was born.

The first recipes were offered at market stalls and from there the concept has grown into what you see today. Of course, all of Timo and James' friends are Gousto guinea pigs. Today, Gousto has a team of professional chefs and passionate amateurs (thanks mum), making sure that the recipes cover all cuisines and styles.

For more information including this weeks recipes on offer and pricing etc, pop over to their homepage

You can also follow them on their Facebook Page, or on Twitter

Now for the Prize:
A Gousto Gourmet Box containing all of the ingredients for 2 two-person meals chosen by the winner from this page.  The box will also include easy to follow recipe cards too and will be delivered the following week.
*Please note the recipes change weekly (as the chef's at Gousto are always coming up with different delicious meals) and so the recipes may change from those you can see there now.
The box can be delivered to any post code in the UK apart from a few very remote areas.  At the time of writing the delivery dates are London on Tuesdays and other areas on Wednesdays.  You can request your box to be left in a safe place if you can not be home to receive it.  The box will stay chilled so you've no need to worry.

The Competition:
To be in with a chance of winning a just follow the Rafflecopter instructions to enter.  The Rafflecopter widget enables me to check that you have Tweeted and or FaceBooked.  Entries will be verified.
To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Old School Thai Fresh Curry Paste - Review

If you like Thai food and would love to make a Thai curry paste, but either don't have the time, or can't be doing with the hassle then these pastes are for you - and me for that matter!  
Oooh I love cooking but have never made my own Thai curry paste, purely because it seems too much of a a botheration!  Now, I don't think I'll ever give it a go as in my opinion, these pastes are seriously good.  
  About Old School Thai Curry Pastes:
Brett Cowie is a London-based personal Thai chef who was asked by his customers where they could buy his freshly-prepared Thai curry pastes. 
So, by popular demand, you can now buy Old School Thai red and green pastes, which are still made to exactly the same recipe taught to Brett by his grandmother in Thailand.  The fresh, chilled products are made with only natural ingredients.  By selling the pastes chilled and not ambient, Brett is able to create the fresh, vibrant flavours that make these pastes the real deal.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Thomas Jefferson's Crème Brûlée

Thomas Jefferson's Crème Brûlée is a must have book for lovers of history, food, and France.  I think personally would have liked this man as Thomas Jefferson quoted wine as a ‘necessary drink for life’ .......Yes I agree with that!
 However, he also considered many other things a necessity; books, salad oil, salt and hair powder.  Now I’ll go along with the lot but hair powder?!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Roast Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie with a Suet Crust

Having been kindly sent one of the new OvenLove casserole dishes from Premier Housewares which are coated with Teflon (a fantastic idea) I wanted to make something different to your ordinary casserole. 
 With that in mind I came up with a Roast Chicken and Vegetable Pie with a Suet Crust.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Chicken Cacciatore - Spaghetti and Smoky Tomato Sauce

Jamie's 15 Minute Meals TV series starts this Monday 22nd October on Channel 4 - his latest book to accompany the series is out now and I've been sent a copy to review.
 Packed full of amazing recipes that look really easy to make.  Flicking through I spied his Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti and Smoky Tomato Sauce and it had to be made that very day!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Spicy Sausage Rice Recipe - Gordon Ramsay

It has to be said I've loved watching every minute of Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course on Channel 4 - fantastic recipes, fast and simple to make.  Spicy sausage, peppers, red onion, tomatoes and spring onion cooked in one pot with chicken stock white wine and rice.

Not easy to photograph - my picture really doesn't do this dish justice!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Win a Cookery Lesson with a Professional Gourmet Chef

The Ideas Kitchen is running a fantastic competition - they are offering 4 Lucky Winners the chance to win a cookery lesson with Daniel Galmiche, head chef of The Vineyard at Stockcross, Berkshire.
 The Prize:
On Saturday 3rd November the lucky winners will be greeted with Champagne and canapés.  They will then get a tour of The Vineyard’s impressive wine cellars and kitchen, followed by a Personal Cooking Lesson with the man himself!
The day will then be topped off with a delicious Five Course Tasting Lunch at The Vineyard.

 Easy to Enter:
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer the following question......

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Crispy Crumbed Chicken Topped with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Crispy crunchy crumbed chicken fillet topped with blue cheese and bacon - what's not to like?  If you're on a diet or not, I'm pretty sure this recipe won't do you a bit of good but it tastes nice.
So easy to do there isn't even a real recipe!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Dual Grind Salt and Pepper Mill by Judge - Review

Stylish, practical and every table should have one!  Dual Grind Salt and Pepper Mill from Judge does the job of grinding perfectly.
 Just hold the right way up for whichever you want to use (salt or pepper) then twist and the ceramic grinder does the rest. 

Sunvil Supper Club - Fish Stew from Paxos

I love visiting Greece and its islands although I've only visited an handful but someday I'd love to visit Paxos.  The smallest of the Ionian islands, Paxos lies just south of Corfu and is only 7 miles long and 3 miles wide.  Although Paxos is literally covered with olive trees, it also has many wooded areas that are ideal for walking, and yet Paxos has over 30 beautiful beaches to choose from too.
 Fish stew from Paxos is this months recipe from the Sunvil Supper Club which they started a little while ago, designed to give you a taste of different country's cuisines.  You can download this and other recipes, so have a look and cook yourself into the holiday mood.  I think you'll agree, Paxos certainly looks beautiful.
The fish stew with sea bream, prawns, tomatoes, celery and potatoes was delicious.  Easy to make and perfect served with some nice crusty bread.