Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Chickens in Need - Please Help by Donating

If you've ever seen an ex-battery, or now so called enriched cage hen, you will know what a very sad state and sorry most are in.  Thanks to many large supermarket chains still wanting to sell cheap eggs and the people that actually still buy them (but don't get me started on that)! 
Picture supplied by Lucky Hens Rescue Wigan.
Without these rescue places the hens would be killed at around 18 months when they don't produce eggs at the rate they are expected to.

Lucky Hens Rescue in Wigan is one of many places that rescue these poor hens and re-home them.  The cost of keeping the hens and looking after them in the meantime is getting harder to do with everyone tightening up on their spending.  
 Just £1 from everyone that reads this would make such a difference:
That's why I've decided that instead of sending Christmas cards this year, I will donate to 'Chickens in Need'.  But this is not just a Christmas thing as they need money coming in all year round.

The idea of 'Chickens in Need' was thought up by FaceBook Group members, Re-homers and Friends of Lucky Hens Rescue Wigan. 

To read more and to donate (remember just a £1 would be great) pop over to 'Chickens in Need.'

A big thank you in advance to anyone that does donate and help Lucky Hens Wigan stay open x 

Time for a New Washing Machine!

If you've ever had your washing machine break down on you, it makes you realise just how much you use it and rely on it.  Of course you can have it repaired but if your machine is quite old, the cost of a repair outweighs the price of buying a brand new one.

Having a washing machine break down on me has happened far too many times now, and so it was decided, it’s time to buy a new one!
 After much searching the net for the right one for me, and with so many different makes and models to choose from, I decided to get a washing machine from Argos.

Argos offers an Express Delivery option on quite a few models which means you get your new machine delivered in just 2 days - marvelous!  I wanted a brand that was considered reliable, so after much research I went for a Bosch machine – click here for Bosch washing machines.
Over at the Argos website you can select a few washing machines to compare against each other.  Of course other sites have this feature too, but I found some didn’t actually work, which was very frustrating and wasn’t much use to me in the slightest.

Anyway, my new machine has an energy efficiently rating of A++ and a quick wash option to wash in just 15 minutes.  The delayed start button means I can set it to start when I fancy (up to 24 hours) and with a 7kg capacity drum it’s big enough to cope with my never ending piles of washing.  All in all I’m really pleased with the whole Argos experience.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Domino's RedHot Wings and Toffee Apple Cookies - Review

Domino's the Pizza Delivery people kindly sent me a couple of vouchers to try their Frank's RedHot Wings and Domino's Toffee Apple Cookies.
About the wings:  Now it has to be said, they are not joking when they say Franks RedHot Wings are HOT!  
But in this house we like hot and spicy so this can only be a good thing.

 Picture supplied by Domino's

FRANK’S® RedHot® the renowned sauce, famous for being the key ingredient in their original world-famous Buffalo Wings.  A fiery flavour using a blend of aged cayenne peppers to create heat.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Domino's Gluten Free Pizza - Review

Domino’s the pizza delivery people have just launched a new gluten-free pizza. 
Pizza suitable for coeliacs and those who are gluten-intolerant and is accredited by Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease.
 Pizza Picture supplied by Domino's
It's good to see that Domino's gluten-free pizza is charged at the same price as its other pizzas, as some gluten-free products attract a premium elsewhere.
I was totally impressed when I phoned my order through asking for a 'Hot and Spicy' Gluten Free pizza, the person that took my order pointed out that the topping I'd chosen was not suitable for a gluten-free diet.  I assured her it didn't matter, it was okay, I was ordering it just to try the new gluten-free pizza base.  She went on to ask me twice more to make quite certain that no one that would eat the pizza was gluten-intolerant. 

Monday, 19 November 2012

How to Make The Perfect Scotch Egg

Perfectly moist and totally delicious.  Scotch eggs may cause a little bit of mess in your kitchen in the making of them, but they are so worth the effort.  You'll never buy ready made ones again.
  Having never made Scotch eggs before I must have read at least 10 different recipes ranging from cooking the egg for 2 minutes to 10 minutes.
I opted for 5 minutes but when I make these again I'll go for 4 minutes.
The secret lies in buying good quality meat and sausages and of using course Free range eggs - as always.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Leftover Recipe - Potatoes Carrots and Gammon with Fried Egg

Great way to use up any leftovers such as boiled potatoes, carrots and any bacon or other bits and bobs that take your fancy.  Top with a fried egg and there you have it a nice easy snack taking just minutes to make and serve.
Just like bubble and squeak, except this doesn't have greens.
Perfect for using up any leftovers from bacon and pease pudding, which is actually what this is.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Giveaway - Cooler Bag of Assorted Boursin Cheeses

Do you fancy winning a Cooler Bag Full of assorted Boursin Cheeses?
I'm already a huge fan of Boursin cheese so I didn't say no when I was asked if they could send me a range of their cheese to try.  Boursin with Fig and Nuts is just the thing for Christmas.
Containing a mixture of fig and nuts such as walnut, pecan and cashews it sounds great and everyone at a recent dinner party thought so to.  Personally I wasn't over keen although I've no idea why - this sort of thing is usually right up my street.  However, statistics show (from our dinner party) 5 out of 6 people love it.  Conclusion - it must just be me.

I already buy Boursin with Garlic and Herbs and we love it.  If you like garlic then you'll love this one.  I'd have liked to have tried the Boursin with Tomato, Onion and Chive but I think someone put two of the fig and nut cheese in my parcel and didn't send me any tomato, so I've still to try that one!
Boursin Light - same taste just a good few calories less - marvelous! 
  You can see the rest of the Boursin range over at their website.
They also have a great range of yummy looking recipes using Boursin too.
Tell me about the Competition!
One lucky reader of A Glug of Oil will win a Cooler Bag full of a assorted cheeses as shown in the picture above.  Please note: This prize can only be sent to an address in the UK.
*Please note the tomatoes and cheese board are NOT included.

 How do I enter?
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. 
Closing date 12:01am 29th November 2012 EST
To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Pork and Date Stuffing Recipe - Great for Christmas

Perfect with Sunday roast chicken, but this stuffing is especially nice at Christmas and is so very easy to make too.  
If you use pork that hasn't been previously frozen you can make these now, freeze them and that's another job done for Christmas day! 
Of course you don't have to make the stuffing into balls, you can just put it in a tray and cook.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Smoked Salmon from The Handpicked Foodstore

I'll never say no to smoked salmon thank you very much - so when I was asked if I'd like to review some from The Handpicked Foodstore the answer was a most definite yes please!
  Photo supplied by The Handpicked Foodstore.
You may have seen my post on the oh so very cute Olive Oil Dipping Dish from The Handpicked Collection - well, they have just launched The Handpicked Foodstore.

All of their smoked salmon is sourced by MacGilvray and from the cold clear waters of the Scottish West Highlands.  Dry cured and oak-smoked in traditional brick-built kilns.
Having tasted it I can confirm it was excellent.  This may sound a little mad but it actually tasted of salmon.  Believe me, I have had salmon in the past from a couple of well known supermarkets which hasn't tasted of anything much at all.
The salmon arrived perfectly packaged in a polystyrene ice-filled pockets around it.  A card was included showing you how to carve a whole side of salmon if that's what you'd bought.  If you'd bought sliced salmon then the card told you the best way to serve it.

It's not all about Smoked Salmon:
 They also have a great range of other fine foods besides salmon along with gift boxes, hampers and wines and spirits too.

Thank you to Natasha at The Handpicked Foodstore for sending me some to try.
All words and thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Olive Oil Dipping Dish

This dipping dish is so cute, I love it.  The ridges not only add to it's already good looks, but they are there for a purpose.  You can use them to wipe away excess oil off of your bread, making it both practical and stylish.  

I was instantly drawn to this product as any foodie person would be and I want 3 more for Christmas!

The dipping dish arrived well packaged and perfectly presented in a sturdy box along with a leaflet telling you about the artist Mary Judge (the designer of this dish) and a bit about the background of the product. 

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Boeuf Bourguignon with Wild Mushrooms

I've made Boeuf Bourguignon in the past and it's been good, but this recipe by Marco Pierre White for Knorr is something truly delicious.  I particularly liked the way the baby onions, bacon and wild mushrooms were cooked at the very end and then poured over as a garnish.  The browned onions were then finished in a little more Port, which can only be a good thing.
My picture doesn't make this dish look anywhere near as tasty as it was.  Hot food and dark nights make everything seriously difficult to photograph! 
Having recently been sent the ingredients from Knorr which arrived all nicely packed and where supplied by Forman and Field my challenge was to make Marco's recipe or come up with something of my own.
Boeuf Bourguignon with Wild Mushrooms sounded and looked good so that's the way I went.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Giveaway - Ingredients for Boeuf Bourguignon in a Box

Boeuf Bourguignon, the perfect dish for cold and dreary nights.  I've kindly been sent the ingredients (supplied by Forman and Field) to make Marco Pierre White's recipe created for Knorr.  They also have a box for me to giveaway which will be won by one lucky reader.  
In the past 18 months or so I've been sent some fantastic seasonal boxes supplied by Forman and Field containing the ingredients to make recipes by Knorr.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Slow Cooker - Spicy Chicken Stew with Sweet Peppers and Cannellini Beans

It has to be said, this slow cooker by Judge Cookware is excellent value for money.  If you want to cook for one or two people then the 1.5 litre is the way to go.  This model is also available in larger sizes 3.5L and 5L capacity.
Recommended by Delia too!
Being a bit of a fan of slow cookers in general (and you could say I have an obsession with them) I now have four.  My largest is 6.5L but I seldom use it.  There are only two of us and I've found this size 1.5L to be perfect.