Saturday, 29 December 2012

Easy Leftover Turkey Curry - The Best Recipe

There are many different leftover turkey curry recipes but it has to be said my latest invention, in our opinion, is one of the best.  Great for using up leftover Turkey at Thanksgiving or of course Christmas.
Make a simple spice paste of onions, ginger, garlic and chillies.  Fry gently along with cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and throw in a cinnamon stick.  Add coconut milk, tomatoes and soft brown sugar and a little chicken stock and cook till done - continue reading for the full recipe.


Slightly sweet tasting yet very nicely spiced.  Of course you can make this with leftover chicken too.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Happy Christmas from A Glug of Oil

Wishing all regular readers and visitors of  'A Glug of Oil'
a Very Happy Christmas!
And all the Very Best for 2013 to you and your families.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Ciabatta with Chilli Cheese and Chorizo

 Ciabatta filled with oozy melty cheese and crispy chorizo, so very easy to make and can be knocked up in next to no time.
 No recipe at all - just lightly fry some slices chorizo - that's if you like yours crispy like we do, otherwise there's no need.  Now slice open a ciabatta bread roll and on one side put some slices of chilli cheese and on the other side the slices of chorizo.  Pop under a hot grill until the cheese melts nicely.
Job done.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Roast Chicken with Orange and Black Pepper Baste

I was recently sent a lovely Seasonal Box from Knorr full of goodies for the perfect Christmas dinner including new Knorr Gravy pots to create tasty gravy without any fuss.
  The box came with a challenge which was to either cook Marco Pierre White's Christmas Roast Turkey with Orange and Smoky Bacon Baste recipe, or come up with something else.  Since there are only two of us and it's so near to the big day, I didn't cook the Turkey.  I've popped it into the freezer and it will get cooked on Christmas day.
The orange and black pepper butter can of course be used to baste a turkey instead of chicken.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Giveaway - Taster Box of Tropical Sun Products

Fancy winning a taster box of Tropical Sun Products?  Then read on, but be sure to watch the video that includes a link to Tropical Sun's Online Free Vending Machine where 'Ray' is giving away free products!

 To use Ray's FREE Live Vending Machine, click here.

So what does the giveaway tasting box include?

Crunchy Coconut Peanuts
Meat/PeriPeri Seasoning
Chili Garlic Sauce
Letter from Ray (the character in the video)
Signed photograph from Ray
And a 'friendship' bracelet

How do I enter the competition?
You can enter the competition to win a taster box (UK only) via the Rafflecopter widget.
 To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.
*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed.  
 For information on how to find the url of your tweet click here

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Harrods Seasonal Wine Collection Hamper - Review

Having recently been asked to review a hamper from Harrods and I chose their Seasonal Wine Collection Hamper.  Just as you would expect from Harrods, the hamper was perfect and an absolute delight to both receive and open.
    The packaging alone looks impressive, I won't be able to throw the box away as it's so nice!
Even a Christmas card was included.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Sponsored Video – Blacksticks Blue Cheese

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses based in Inglewhite, Lancashire have been making a range of hard, blue and soft cheese since 1932.  Their Blacksticks Blue (love the name) has a lovely ‘amber hue’ made its first appearance in 2003 the cheese has a huge following of fans including celebrity chef Simon Rimmer who describes it as “The Daddy of all Blue Cheeses”.
Using milk that’s delivered fresh everyday by their tanker driver Dougie who picks up from farmers just a down the road.  When the creamy milk has been lovingly transformed into cheese, it is then matured until it hits its perfect age and,as we all know, a good cheese takes time.   Once the cheese has passed Butlers experienced grader Bill’s stamp of approval, it is then ready to be released for sale across the country.  

Blacksticks Blue is milder and creamier than Stilton yet still has a tangy taste. The lovely amber colour looks great on any cheeseboard.  Available in all good supermarkets but can also be found in miniature whole truckles in Sainsbury’s and Booths this Christmas.  Marks & Spencer’s are selling a mouth-watering mini truckle with a fig glaze and dried fruits. 

The ideal cheeseboard really only needs to consist of three types of cheese: One hard, one soft and one blue.   Blacksticks Blue makes a nice change to the Christmas cheeseboard from the usual Stilton.
Butler’s have launched this fun animated video, have a look I think you’ll like it:
For more information on Butlers cheeses including their online shop and recipes, have a look at their website.
You can Like Butlers on Facebook and follow them on Twitter
This post is sponsored by Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Vacu Vin Bamboo Cutting Board and Tray - Review

This Bamboo Cutting Board from Vacu Vin is practical and looks good too.  Bamboo is a renewable source, inherent antibacterial properties, moisture resistant and more durable than conventional wood.
There's an integrated tray underneath the chopping board which simply slides out and allows the separation of prepared food from waste.
   You can of course use this space for knife storage, so that knives are always available - it's up to you.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Giveaway - Seasonal Box including Free Range Bronze Turkey

 The very kind people from Knorr are once again giving away (to one lucky reader) a fantastic Christmas Seasonal Food Box supplied by Forman and Field. Imagine winning a Free Range Bronze Turkey, and other lovely gourmet food along with Knorr Chicken Gravy Pots to make delicious fuss-free gravy.
You can finish the dinner off with a luxury mince pie and a glass of dessert wine! 
The Christmas Seasonal Box will contain the following:

Free Range Turkey from Seldom Seen Farm 4.5-5.5kg
Longman's Farm Butter 250g
Emmett's Mild Cure Back Bacon 250g
Forman and Field Christmas Stuffing 500g
A Selection of Fresh Herbs
1 Orange
12 Luxury Mince Pies
Chapel Down Nectar Dessert Wine 50cl
2 Knorr Chicken Gravy Pots

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Thermal Gravy Pot by Judge - Review

There's nothing worse than cold gravy and with Christmas just around the corner this thermal gravy pot from Judge Cookware is a must have for the kitchen.  Having tested it, I know it really does work! 

The extra gravy kept hot well after the dinner was eaten.
 The double wall insulated serving jug keeps liquids hot as it works just like a thermal flask.  

Make your Table Sparkle this Christmas with a Chocolate Wreath

At Christmas, the way the dining table looks is almost as important as the festive feast spread out upon it.  Whether you show it with a snowy white tablecloth and the best silver, with scattered pine cones, gold and silver glitter, candles, crackers or all of the above, Christmas dinner is a once a year occasion and deserves to look really special.  Little dishes of treats like sugared almonds, mixed nuts or chocolate ginger add to the effect.

For a combination of the traditional and the original, and for an addition to the table that everyone will welcome, it would be hard to beat a Hotel Chocolat wreath.  Made from solid milk or dark chocolate and studded with goodies, they are both decorative and delicious.
The classic Festive Wreath is made from Hotel Chocolat's 50% milk chocolate, with swirls of sweet caramel.  Its more sophisticated cousin, the Purist Festive Wreath, appeals to the refined palate with its indulgent 70% dark chocolate, made from pure Ecuadorian cocoa grown by a farmers’ cooperative in the unspoiled province of Napo.

Fruit, nuts and chocolate are all favourite nibbles at this time of year. Hotel Chocolat's Festive Wreaths presents all of the above in a combination as handy as it is tasty.  The milk chocolate Festive Wreath is a veritable biscuit barrel, covered with chunks of cookie and pieces of florentine, that festive confection of caramel, nuts and candied fruit.  The Purist Wreath's dark chocolate with its vanilla undertones is complimented by tender, golden raisins and two kinds of nut.  There are hazelnuts from Italy's Piedmont region, famed for their cultivation, and Marcona almonds, a small, sweet variety prized for their delicate flavour.

The wreaths are moulded to evoke the elements of a Christmas wreath in the traditional style. Under the delicious topping, the chocolate ring is shaped into holly leaves, bows, baubles and pine cones.

The Festive Wreath is suitable for vegetarians.  The Purist Festive Wreath is made without dairy products, making it vegan friendly too. Both wreaths come in a clear plastic box, adorned with a white ribbon for the Festive Wreath and a snazzy black ribbon befitting the dark Purist version, but we think you will prefer to display them on a suitably festive plate, to allow easier access. Nutcrackers not required!

The Festive Wreaths are available in two sizes.  The smaller 100g wreath is perfect for an after dinner nibble, while the large version, at 450g, serves eight and should last you well into an evening of party games or seasonal television watching.  The milk chocolate Festive Wreath costs £7 for the smaller edition or £20 for the large size, while the dark chocolate Purist wreath retails at £9 for the 100g version and £25 for the 450g model.

Whichever you choose, a Hotel Chocolat wreath is sure to make a centrepiece which will be remembered long after the chocolate itself has been consumed. You could even buy both and give your guests a choice. What could be more festive than that?