Saturday, 30 March 2013

Giveaway - Two Greedy Italians - Still Hungry DVD

The Two Greedy Italians are back with the Complete Series 2: Still Hungry
Featuring Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo.
Fremantle Home Entertainment are giving away a copy to be won by one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil. 
The second series of the BBC’s acclaimed food and travel documentary ‘Two Greedy Italians’ is released on April 22nd but is available to pre-order over at Amazon.
About the Two Greedy Italians:
Nowhere is food as much a part of everyday life as Italy, a country whose unique topography has resulted in distinct regional differences that are vibrantly alive and passionately celebrated. In this second series, the kings of Italian cuisine, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo, return to Italy to remember their pasts and discover how the culinary capital of the world is changing the way it cooks and eats.

In each of the four hour-long episodes, Antonio and Gennaro create dishes using recipes, ingredients and influences they discover along their journeys as well as some of their own favourite traditional meals. Throughout this series we explore both town and country, seeing how every Italian province has a unique culinary palette as inspired by its spectacular geography.

Also included are four recipe cards from the series, making this a DVD that’s good enough to eat…

For more information on Two Greedy Italians please click here

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Super Quick and Tasty Meatballs for Pasta Sauce

Now, I love cooking and am never happier than when I'm in my kitchen.  But sometimes there are days when you just run out of time but want to produce something half decent although quickish.  So, I allowed myself to use jar of ready made pasta sauce!

Having recently discovered Marks and Spencer's Tomato and Sweet Garlic Pasta Sauce,  trust me this sauce is good stuff and well worth buying. This along with a huge range other pasta sauces is available in their grocery section.
 Produced in Italy this sauce is made from 90% Tomatoes, Extra Virgin olive oil, Garlic, Tomato Paste, Sea Salt, Parsley, Basil, Sugar and Ground Black Pepper.

Oh and don't fear at the thought of making meatballs, seriously they can be rustled up in next to no time.  My top tip is to always buy good quality meat from places you can trust and rely on to never let you down.

The Forager's Kitchen - Book Review and Giveaway

Foraging is not only the latest food trend but it can become a pastime too.
Eating 'off the land' means working with the seasons.  Free food can be found around and about without whether you live in a city, the countryside or by the sea.  All without too much effort involved this book shows you how to make the most of what you've found.  
 An hardback book full of more that 100 recipes showing you just how easy it is to find what amounts to free food and what can be made from it.
 
Covering edible wild flowers, herbs, berries and more, you'll find delicious recipes from Honeysuckle jelly, Carrot and Clover cake, Wild Thyme sorbet, Garlic Mustard, Chickweed and Tomato brushetta and far, far more.
 Brilliant photography throughout by Peter Moore (foraging photos) and the recipe photos by Stuart West are stunning.
I think you'll agree these Wild Mushrooms tarts look wonderful.
 Or how about these Violet Macaroons?
The recipes are easy to follow and all in all this is a very interesting and handy book to have.
 The Forager’s Kitchen by Fiona Bird is published by Cico Books at £16.99 and is available from www.cicobooks.com
Thank you to Lauren for sending me this book to review and supplying a giveaway copy.

Now for the Giveaway!
I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil 
in this very easy to enter competition.

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Chicken Melt - Fridge Clean Out Recipe

A great way to use any bits and bobs when having a fridge clear out.  Every week I make up some sort of mad dish or other from things like an odd bell pepper, a piece of cheese or a chilli pepper that's escaped me all week!
 Yes it all gets used to make either a pizza or as a topping for chicken fillets, to make a sort of chicken pizza melt. 
Of course you can top your chicken with whatever takes your fancy.  Just use whatever you have that's leftover.  Since the odds and sods in my fridge consisted from making Prosciutto and Salami Pizza here's what I did.

Keeping Safe in and Around the Kitchen

Keeping safe at all times is of course important, but when cooking in the kitchen you need to take extra care.  One silly mistake can so very easily turn into a disaster.  A recent incident in my kitchen made me realise we should all have some sort of fire blanket and extinguisher to hand.  
 Afterwards, looking on the net I came across this really handy to know about site called Pure Safety.

 Let me share with you my very near disaster that happened in my own kitchen:

Anyone that follows me on FaceBook will have heard my story on the day it happened. I know it was really very stupid of me but I needed to melt some butter.  I was brushing sheets of filo pastry with the butter, and as you're probably aware, you have to be quick about it as filo pastry dries out so fast and is ruined.   

I'd already melted my butter in the microwave (not recommended) but because it had started to cool, I popped it back in for just 10 seconds more.  Suddenly, the butter exploded and completely covered the inside of the microwave.  Seriously, every nook and cranny was totally covered in almost 100g of butter!  So the cleaning up began and it took an age.   

Desperate to know if my fancy all singing all dancing convection, grill microwave still worked.  My husband Paul was with me and he said just put the grill on for a few seconds.  Yes it will smoke, but its got to burn off any remaining butter that I couldn’t get to.  So on went the grill, and yes it smoked.  We left the door open and then put it on for another few seconds.  After repeating this we decided that a minute might sort it out.
This turned out to be a HUGE mistake as it actually caught fire.

You will not know how frightening it was.  I moved quicker than I ever have in my life and un-plugged it from the power.  I threw a damp tea towel over the top to cover the air vents and with the oven door shut, the fire went out.

I shook with fright:
 Suddenly you realise just how the fire might not have gone out so quickly.  It was actually just the butter that had caught fire and not the actual grill or workings of the oven.  
However, it could have been really serious as even Paul wouldn’t have been able to pick the microwave up and get it outside quick enough if it had still been on fire.

Pure Safety have thousands of safety and health products to browse through.
Please take time to stay safe in the kitchen and do NOT melt butter in the microwave.
 Oh, and after all that my filo pastry was well and truly fit for the bin!
Do you have any safety products near to hand in your kitchen?  
Please take time to leave a comment.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Mini Hot Cross Bun and Butter Puddings

Mini hot cross buns baked in a light fluffy egg custard, they not only look good they taste good too.
Should you happen to have any hot cross buns leftover, even if they are a little on the dry side, fear not!  In less than 30 minutes you can transform them into this rather nice dessert.
These are really easy to do, all you need is 4 ramekins or of course you could make one big one in a small dish.

Skrei with Salsa Verde and Roasted Vine Tomatoes

I have to say personally, I'd never heard of Skrei until now - it's a very special type of cod, line caught, and is a much loved Norwegian delicacy.
Having been sent some to try I made some mashed potato and served the Skrei with Roasted Vine Tomatoes and Salsa Verde.
Please excuse the poor photo, my camera really needs natural daylight - hurry up the nicer weather please!

Availability:
Only available between January and April each year, Skrei is migratory and journeys thousands of miles annually from the Barents Sea to the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway to reproduce. 
Thanks to this epic journey through icy, dark waters, Skrei has a lean, bright white firm flesh and is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, which makes it a hugely versatile, healthy and wholesome food.

Loved by Top Chefs:
SKREI® has already received high-end acclaim from top chefs, including Mitch Tonks and Michel Roux Jnr, who have both tried and loved Skrei, with Michel Roux Jnr featuring this hero-fish on the menu for the last two years.

All in all:
I thought Skrei tasted really good, it keeps its shape, flakes well and is a lovely translucent white.  It looks just the same as cod but we thought it had a slightly richer flavour.  I would definitely buy it.
If you would like to make Salsa Verde my recipe can be found here.

 
 More about Skrei:
 To be classified as SKREI® the fish needs to be:
•    Caught fully grown - as a large mature cod before it has spawned (approx. five years old)
•    The skin needs to be immaculate, with no scratches, bruising or injuries
•    Packaged within 12 hours of being caught
•    Stored on ice at a temperature between 0° and 4° Celsius
•    Whole, fresh SKREI® is required to have the SKREI® brand fastened to the forward dorsal fin and put in a branded SKREI® box.

Thank you to Amelia, Kingfisher Brixham and the Norwegian Seafood Council.

Garofalo - Real Italian Pasta

With so very many different shapes of pasta around it's hard to know which pasta dishes they should be used for!
  I have to admit I'd never tried Garofalo Pasta until recently when I was very kindly sent a huge range to try.  Of course I haven't got round to trying them all as yet, but one thing's for sure, this pasta is GOOD!

It's hard to describe but Garofalo Pasta certainly tastes richer and fuller in flavour than most other brands.  Yes I'm converted - Garofalo is the way to go if you want Top Quality Great Tasting Pasta.

Spaghetti with Chicken, Chorizo and Sun-dried Tomatoes:
  Garofalo Pasta have a huge range of pasta, sauces soups and more.
Created from only the finest durum wheat in Gragnano, which is in the shadows of the ruins of Pompeii. 

Monday, 18 March 2013

Quick Easy and Healthy - Stir-fry is the Way to Go

 The Stellar 3000 Stir-fry/Wok:
Having been sent this (oh so very good-looking) wok from the Stellar cookware 3000 range to review, I got quite excited and had to make a stir-fry straight away.  I can't tell you how much I love this wok - available in lovely Ruby Red, Cream, or Black.
For me, shiny Ruby Red it had to be!


Everyone loves a stir-fry, they are so very easy to do and anyone can make one with just a few simple ingredients.
If you look in any good supermarket you'll find a huge range of ready chopped vegetables, with or without onion, with or without peppers, the list is endless.  They'll also have 'ready to wok' noodles and more stir-fry sauces to choose from than you can shake a stick at!
 Why is Stir-frying Healthy?
For a successful and healthy stir-fry you will need a good non-stick stir-fry pan or wok and then you'll find that you hardly need to use any oil.  Just a dab of oil wiped round the pan with a piece of kitchen paper and you're good to go.
The food will cook fast and vegetables will stay crisp and full of vitamins.
Of course, the only thing you need to pay attention to is the sauce you add to them since some will have high sugar levels.


 So, why am I loving the Stellar 3000 Wok so much?
 Well, it's non-stick, 28cm so it's a good size and it has two handles.
As it's manufactured from aluminium it is quick to heat up, which keeps vegetables nice and crisp.
The comfy-grip handles stay cool in use and the best bit, this wok can go into the oven too.  Oven-safe up to 180c makes it so versatile.
Stellar 3000 pans have Teflon Platinum Plus, a triple layer non stick coating with a raised textured base which means healthier cooking as you hardly need any oil.  As I've already said, just a dab of oil and a quick wipe round with a piece of kitchen paper does the job nicely.
Suitable for all hob types including induction.
Our favorite stir-fry is Chinese Vegetables in Brown Sauce
   For more information on Stellar products pop over to Stellar Cookware

Thank you to Pam and Stellar for sending me this 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 therefore would buy myself.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Perfect Steak from Graig Farm Organics

For me, there's nothing quite like a really nice bit of steak.
Graig Farm Organics very kindly sent me some steak, gammon and chicken to try.
You can order online from Graig Farm Organics for quality organic food products delivered over-night, straight to your door.
It has to be said, you really can taste the difference in Organic food.
For a start, the steak tasted like steak - by that I mean some supermarket meat really is tasteless and is no comparison to that from Graig Farm. 

Friday, 15 March 2013

New - Boc'n Roll the Eco-Friendly Sandwich Wrap

I have to say when I was asked to review Boc'n Roll the new reusable lunch wrap from Gilberts, not meaning to sound negative but I was a bit concerned that it just wouldn't work. 
 We all know that cling film isn't good for the environment, but it seems to have become necessary to modern living.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Walkers - Only Use Home-Grown British Ingredients

Did you know that Walkers only use British ingredients in their crisps?
Yes real homegrown ingredients are now being used - which is fantastic news.

Walkers believe that Home Grown Food Tastes Best, and it has to be said using British grown ingredients is not only great news for the Country, but it also reduces the carbon footprint too, which can only be a good thing.  

In this video, Gary Lineker travels around (with his Dad) to tell us more!
 

 Just to recap - Walkers Crisps Facts:

Walkers only use 100% Great British Potatoes from Hampshire.

The flavouring for their Tomato Ketchup crisps is actually made from Real Tomatoes from the Vale of Evesham.  The same tomatoes are also used for for Prawn Cocktail flavour crisps too.

Cheese used is Cheddar Cheese from Somerset, which is matured and ends up on their crisps as flavouring. 

Even Walkers Salt and Vinegar Crisps contain Real British Vinegar.

Smoky Bacon Crisps use Real Pork from Norfolk and Roast Chicken Crisps contain Free Range Chicken from Devon.

Of course the Worcester Sauce is blended in Britain too!





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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Prosciutto and Salami Pizza Topped with Sacla' Char-Grilled Peppers

 It is seriously easy to make this plate of melty, cheesy goodness in the way of a pizza!   
Slight saltiness from the Prosciutto and a little heat from the Salami, dotted with colourful Sacla' Char-Grilled Peppers.  Add a mixture of Mozzarella and Cheddar and I think you’ll agree you have the perfect pizza.
     Of course you don’t have to use the exact toppings that I chose, just use this recipe as a suggestion and add whatever takes your fancy.

Aromo - Coffee Delivered to your Door

Aromo is a UK based coffee site that can deliver ESE pods, Ground Coffee and Coffee Beans to the doors of UK customers.  It's easy to order too, which is great news for coffee lovers.
 Since we don't have a machine that takes ESE pods we were sent the ground coffee to try.  The ground coffee only comes in Espresso, which I think you either love or hate - it was strong!  Of course if you like Espresso, as many people do, then this is the one for you.
 That said, Bounce Ground Coffee makes the perfect Espresso and is perfect for Americano, Cappuccinos & Lattes.  It can be used in most espresso coffee machines. 100% Arabica comes in 250g bags and is priced at £4.00 - which I think is actually very good.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Giveaway - Burgers and Sliders Book

This is a seriously good book and I love all the different ideas.  The photography is fantastic and with over 30 gourmet recipes to choose from it's hard to pick which to make first.
  I have a copy of this book to Giveaway to one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil....
  From the Beef Wellington Burger (in a shortcrust pastry bun) to a Cheesy Root Vegetable Burger, then there's the Pork and Antipasti Burger served between Foccacia rolls with Lemon Mayo, or what about Christmas Canape Sliders with Cranberry Sauce and Camembert?
Sometimes just the Classic Beef Burger is does the trick:
   Photograph by Clare Winfield
It doesn't stop there - there's a section on Sauces and Side dishes too.

All in all it's a lovely book and will give you some completely different ideas away from ordinary burgers and sliders.

'Burgers and Sliders' by Miranda Ballard is published by Ryland Peters and Small and is available at £9.99 from www.rylandpeters.com 
Photography by Clare Winfield.
Thank you to Lauren for sending me a copy to review and supplying a copy to giveaway.
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Monday, 4 March 2013

Mother's Day Chocolate Gifts from Hotel Chocolat

Don't forget Mother's Day this Sunday 10th March!
If you're looking for something delicious for your mum, then Hotel Chocolat have some extra special chocolates in their wide range of Mother's Day Gifts. They have something to suit every budget and you can order by 6pm for next working day delivery so it's not too late!

The All About Mum Selection is a beautifully presented collection of creamy truffles with sparkling champagne, zingy blueberries and lemon, warm and comforting caramel, chocolate mousse and melt-away pralines.
The chocolates were extremely well packaged so there's no need to fear about them being damaged in the post.  A personalised gift message is also included. 

The All About Mum Selection box is suitable for vegetarians, alcohol free.  Contains soya, milk, nuts.

Thank you to Beth and Hotel Chocolat for sending me these 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.

Giveaway - Breakfast for Dinner Book


 I'm sure we've all had Breakfast for Dinner before now, but this book is packed full of amazing recipes and pictures that seriously make you hungry!
There are too many nice recipes to choose from, but I'm loving the Greek Baked Eggs, Beer Braised Short Ribs and Bacon Fried Rice.  
But then again, what about the Sunny-Side-Up Burgers (shown on the front cover) juicy burgers piled high with sweet apricot preserve and crispy shoestring potatoes and an egg.....Oh yes, I'll have one of those please!

 I have a copy of this book to giveaway to one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil....
 I've kindly been a copy to review and permission to post a few pictures from the book so you know what I'm raving about - I think you'll agree this book is a must have for anyone fancying Breakfast for Dinner.

 From Goats Cheese Monte Cristos, Breakfast Pizza, Espresso Baked Beans, Chicken & Biscuit Waffles, Bloody Mary Tomato Soup, Maple- Glazed Pork Meatballs and Mini BLT Biscuits to these mouthwatering delights below.

Don't just take my word for it!  
You can read another review of this book by popping over to see what Janice has to say over at Farmers Girl Kitchen.

 Chocolate Brownie Waffles with Blackberry Sauce
      How about Bacon Jam?
 Or Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes perhaps?
Cornflake-Crusted Chicken Tenders - a great one for the kids
The recipe for Cornflake-Crusted Chicken Tenders can be found here but for the rest you'll just have to enter the competition and hope you win, or buy the book!

Written by Lindsay Landis and her husband Taylor Hackbarth.
You can visit the authors website Love and Olive Oil
Hardback book, published by Quirk Books
Available to buy now in all good book shops and over at Amazon - also available is the Kindle Edition.

Thank you to Mat at PGUK Publishers Group (UK) for sending a copy of this book to review and supplying a giveaway copy.

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