Thursday, 28 February 2013

Apple and Boozy Sultana Filo Pastry Pie

Apples with nice fat Rum soaked sultanas encased in crispy filo pastry is not only yummy but looks good and more to the point it's nice and easy to make too.
Now, British Pie week is about to be upon us (4th to 10th March) so whatever pie you like best, you must be making one!  From traditional Steak or Steak and Kidney, Chicken and Mushroom,  Chicken and Ham though to savoury pies such as the much loved by almost everyone, the Apple Pie.
  Readers of this blog will know by now I don't really do baking. 
Why? Because I can't do it - I have no patience for measuring flour and stuff. So for me, the easiest and 'cheats' option to buy ready made pastry.  Filo pastry is marvelous stuff and makes everything so much easier - there's no need to fuss about trying to make it look good - just wrap your pie in filo and throw some extra sheets on top and the jobs a good'un!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Microplane® Elite in Action - Video Review

 Now this really is a must have gadget for any cook in the kitchen.
The Microplane Elite easily removes the zest from citrus fruit and makes grating hard cheese such as Parmesan a doddle.
  The Stainless steel blade is razor sharp and non-clogging.  The safety guard doubles up to catch grated food and has an handy measure guide too.
Soft touch handle and non-slip rubber for stability.  The Microplane is dishwasher safe, but the guard must be hand washed.

    Available in black, purple, red and green and with three different blades - Fine, Extra Course and Ribbon there's one for every grating job in the kitchen!
Having been kindly sent one to review, I thought it best to try it for the very first time in a video review.  I have to say I'm totally impressed with it.  Zesting a lemon really is easy peasy lemon squeezy!

For more information on this and other products please pop over to ictc.co.uk

Thank you to Pam and ictc.co.uk for sending me one to review.

All opinions and thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. I only ever post reviews on products I like the look of and would buy myself. 

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Easy Chocolate and Banana Pancakes with OXO Good Grips

Pancakes, just about everyone loves them!
Sweet or savoury they can be whipped up in next to no time, especially if you have the right equipment.
Click here for my recipe for Perfect Pancake Batter then all you need to do is add melted chocolate, sliced banana and, if you fancy, a dollop of whipped cream.

Having been sent an OXO Good Grips Pancake Kit to try, I found all three items are brilliant for doing the job.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Mustard Sauces Chutneys Mayonnaise and More

 There's nothing quite like nice Sunday Dinner of Roast Beef all the trimmings and of course, Horseradish Sauce.
   So first up for the taste test was Hot Horseradish Sauce:
To be honest up till now I've never bothered to try any other brand as I quite like 'Tesco Finest' Horseradish Sauce.
Now I thought that was hot, which it is, but Le Range Mesurier Hot Horseradish Sauce is seriously hot and has a thicker consistency - just perfect.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Yoko Design Products and Their Omelette Cooker in Action

In this post you will see some lovely exciting products from Yoko Design and a video review of the Yoko Design Omelette Cooker being used by myself for the very first time!
  Having recently gone along to 'Spring Fair' at the NEC in Birmingham, of course there were more kitchen gadgets than you can shake a stick at!
 Yoko Design are a French company that are keen to become just as well known here in the UK.  I must admit I hadn't heard heard them before but I loved their stand with it's bright colours, totally different and exciting range of products to most in the way of kitchenware. 
 All three products I am about to show you are 100% Silicone, free of toxins, dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.

First up to test - The Cooking Bag: 
 The Cooking Bag cooks rice, pasta and vegetables in this cooking bag - great for cooking several things at once and no need to buy a colander!
Just pop into a saucepan and add water to cover the level of the top of the rice, peas or whatever.  Once cooked, simply remove the bag and drain through with the holes - tip the food onto your plate and that's it!
 

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Weight Watchers Food Products - Review

 Weight Watchers have a great range of different food products to help you loose weight and maintain a healthy diet.  I was recently sent a box of different products to try.

First up for the taste test was Rogan Josh Cooking Sauce:
'Weight Watchers have a wide range of Cooking Sauces allowing you create a  satisfying home-cooked meal in a hurry.  The sauces are all low in fat and ProPoints® values too.  Use with chicken, meat, fish, vegetables to suit your taste.  Rogan Josh sauce is a medium hot curry sauce and has ProPoints value of 2 per serving, it’s ideal for those who like a curry with a bit more heat'. 
 So what did we think of the Rogan Josh sauce?
Nice, rich tomatoey and very tasty sauce with a good amount of spicy heat without being too hot.  Compared with a regular Rogan Josh cooking sauce from a well know supermarket the Weight Watchers sauce (per 100g) is just 41kcal compared to 80kcal and Fat (of which saturates) Weight Watchers is just 0.1g compared to 0.2g and is also lower in salt too.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Giveaway - EasiYo Yoghurt Maker Starter Pack

 Easy to enter competition to win an EasiYo Yoghurt Maker plus two sachets of your choice to get you started. 
I actually have an EasiYo and it has to be said it is so very simple to use, there really isn't anything complicated and it doesn't require electric either - marvelous!
 
YoghurtDirect.co.uk sell great tasting yoghurt that is full of the healthy lactic cultures, stacked with nutrients, GM free - basically no nasties.  Just great tasting fresh healthy yoghurt that is good for you.

Make it fresh at home in just 3 easy steps and it's so much better for you than a lot of the shop stuff.  Great to use in cooking and for snacks and deserts.  Already massive in New Zealand and Australia but is now growing fast in Europe too.

Okay So How Do I Enter The Competition?
Pop over to Yoghurt Direct.co.uk and using the Rafflecopter widget leave a comment on this post to name one of the their two best selling yoghurt flavours.

Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget and the prize can only be sent to a UK postcode.
 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.

There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition ends on Wednesday 6th March 2013
Good Luck Everyone!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Mezzaluna from Vacu Vin - Review

This Mezzaluna from Vacu Vin really is a great kitchen mutli-tasker. 
  'The double-sided handle means both hands are off the chopping surface, making it virtually impossible for even the most clumsy to cut themselves'.......this is a good thing with me in charge of one!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

The Flavour Collective - Coffee from Douwe Egberts

 The master blenders at Douwe Egberts have created a brand new range of premium instant coffee infused with a variety of tantalising flavours.
The Flavour Collective is available in Delicate Vanilla, Smooth Caramel and Roasted Hazelnut

At just two calories per serving, The Flavour Collective range delivers a treat without the guilt.  All that’s left to decide is which flavour will you choose?
Smooth Caramel:
 This smooth and flavoursome coffee offers a real burst of indulgence.  Why not try serving as an iced caramel coffee cooling treat?  Delicious and refreshing! 

Roasted Hazelnut:
 Awaken the senses with this mouth-watering full-bodied flavour.  This nutty delight is great for those who are after a full flavour - a perfect match with Amaretti biscuits.

Delicate Vanilla:
 Relax and unwind with delectably delicate Vanilla. Rich, smooth yet still packing an aromatic punch this classic flavour is great served hot or cold over ice.

All in all:
All three coffees smell amazing!  Just one teaspoon is enough to make a lovely rich tasting cup of coffee.  Our personal favorite is the Roasted Hazelnut.  They can all be enjoyed any time of the day and it's well worth giving them a go as I'm sure you won't be disappointed. 

Of course you don't have to drink coffee, you can make many recipes instead and there are see some lovely recipes over at the Douwe Egberts site - just click here.

The Flavour Collective range from Douwe Egberts is available in selected Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores nationwide, RRSP £2.99 for a 50g jar (25 servings)
Thank you to Emma for sending us some to review.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Pie Pops Book - Miniature Sweet and Savoury Treats

Pie Pops - easy to make miniature treats for all occasions.  This new title by Carol Hilker is packed full of all your favourite pies, but in miniature lollipop form! 
Sweet Pie Pops:
Covering sweet pies from deliciously sticky Butterscotch Pecan Pies and the light-as-a-cloud Coconut Cream Pies.  Fruit Pies includes all-time classics such as Cherry Pies or the traditional Blueberry Pie Pops. For the ultimate indulgence, bake a batch of Chocolate Pies.  Boston Cream Pie Pops or the luxurious Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pies or how about Sundae Alaska Pie Pops?

When the weather gets warmer, then Ice-cream Pies make the perfect dessert.  From Chocolate-dipped Key Lime Pie Pops or Orangesicle Pie Pops.

Savoury Pie Pops:
This book is perfect for creating show-stopping canap├ęs for any party with Savory Pies such as miniature Chicken Pot Pies Pops or tiny Quiche Lorraine tartlets.

All in all:
I really like this book and personally I love the Mini Pork Pie Pops - they look amazing!  Little pastry pigs on sticks filled with nicely spiced pork.  

The recipes look easy to follow and only calls for regular ingredients - looking through it I'd say you everything is easily available in the UK.
All measurements are shown in both grams and cups, making recipes easy to follow by everyone.  So if you like pies and entertaining this book is well worth buying.

Pie Pops by Carol Hilker is published by Ryland Peters & Small at £9.99 and is available from www.rylandpeters.com

Thank you to Lauren for sending me a copy to review.

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