Giveaway - Case of Beer

I must admit I'd not heard of Beer52 until a week or so ago when I was asked if I'd like a case of their beers to try.  Well, I have to say I'm more a wine than beer kinda gal so the beer tasting was left to Paul (the husband).  As you can imagine he was really pleased with this role of chief beer taster and is making his way through all eight beers, so far he's really liked every one of them, I think he has three more to go.


Anyway, I've since discovered that Beer52 are the largest and fastest-growing craft beer community in the world - which is pretty impressive. 

Their founder James Brown started the club last year after he went on a motorcycle 'craft beer road trip' around Europe.  He discovered there were more than 12,000 microbreweries in the world, producing all kinds of amazing beers.  After that trip, he put together a team of craft beer experts who now handpick eight different beers each month for our members to try.  They're sourcing exclusive, small batch beers from the best tiny and experimental breweries around the world and if you order the beer is delivered right to your door.    

Beer52 also produce a great in-house magazine about the beers we feature called Ferment.

Discount Code:
If you pop over to their website and want to order a case of beer to try please enter this Discount Code Jan10 to receive £10 off your first order!  Don't forget you can have the beer sent as a gift.  Brilliant with Christmas soon upon us and you'll save a tenner too! 

Giveaway: 
The lovely people over at Beer52 are supplying a case of 8 beers which one lucky reader of this blog will win.  Please note the exact beers may vary from those shown in my picture. 

 How to Enter - Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget:
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Summer Berry Oat Crumble using Sweet Heart Collection Stoneware

Premier Housewares have just launched The Sweet Heart Collection of stoneware.  Now these stoneware dishes are beautiful.  Pretty, homey and a bit mumsie if you know what I mean.
The 'oven to table' range consists of all the baking essentials and is just perfect for berry crumble or big cottage pie. 

Summer Berry Oat Crumble in dish

This 1.4 Litre Oval stoneware dish (W31 x D19 x H7cm) approx.  It's dishwasher and microwave safe and is available in green or pink.  It washed up nicely without the need to go in the dishwasher.

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Great Products from KitchenCraft - Review

KitchenCraft are one of the UK's largest kitchenware companies and have a range of kitchen, dining and housewares.  Having just launched a new range of Masterclass Crusty Bakeware they asked if I'd like to try that and a couple of other products.  So since I really needed a new cooks blowtorch and just love anything terracotta my choices were soon picked. 

Small baking tray

Masterclass Crusty Bakeware:
Comes in a variety of shapes and sizes but I love this dinky (24cm x 18cm) cute little tray.  It's true there are no soggy bottoms with this one - the perforated holes allow food to crisp since the moisture can escape.  The tray is excellent quality and it feels heavy for it's size.  It doesn't warp when in use and is oven safe to 220C/428F
Guaranteed for 20 and 5 years non-stick.  Yep this is a proper good tray. 

Medium Terracotta Baker - World of Flavours Mediterranean Collection:
Perfect for lasagne or roasting veg.  This baking dish is traditional style and is glazed all over apart form the bottom.  Dishwasher and microwave safe  and oven safe to 250C/482F
This particular one is 29cm x 21cm although it is available in other shapes and sizes and I just love the KitchenCraft terracotta tapas dishes they also sell.  Guaranteed for 12 months with proper use of course.  Since I'm quite lazy I did put mine in the dishwasher and it came out just fine.

Vegetables in a terracotta dish

Master Class Deluxe Cook's Blowtorch:
Perfect for finishing a Crème brûlée as you can see in my picture.   Oh yes, this blowtorch made short work of caramelising the sugar top.  Of course the anti-flare flame is adjustable and is easy to light, just hold the trigger down and it's good to go.  Fear not, there is a safety catch on the side for when it's not in use!
The flame works at all angles too.  The blowtorch is easy to fill too and has a fill level window.  The stand is detachable making it easier to use.  All in all yes I say this is well worth investing in - great also for browning meringues and melting cheese etc.

Cooks Blowtorch and Creme Brulee

To find out more pop over to KitchenCraft - you can also follow them on Twitter @KitchenCraft

Disclaimer:  I was send these items in order to write this review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.
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Cajun Chicken - Gousto Recipe Box Review

In case you didn't know Gousto deliver fresh food recipe boxes directly to your door and each box contains everything you need to make the recipe and includes a really easy to follow recipe card.
Having just been sent three meals each serving four people one of the meals was this Cajun Chicken with Couscous.
Now, I must say this really was delicious - the chicken was nicely spiced and the couscous and yogurt dressing complimented the meal perfectly.

   
Since I last wrote about Gousto a while back they have lowered their prices by 17% and now meals cost between  £4.00 to £5.80 and that included delivery.
According to MoneySupermarket.com on average that's 16% better than most supermarkets. 
Gousto have worked very hard on these improvements, and have happily passed on all the savings to the customer.
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Crème Brûlée - Tefal Cook4Me

Yes I'm still raving on about the Tefal Cook4Me!  Over the weekend I thought I'd try one of the desserts.  Since I'd recently been given a cook's blowtorch to review I wanted an excuse to play with it!  My review of that will of course be in a separate post. 

Creme Brulee

Crème brûlée in the Cook4Me was a doddle to make and turned it out perfectly.  I must point out the recipe instructions are a little odd as they say to serve 2 people you will need 3 ramekins - then again Paul (the husband) would agree with that meaning there's one more for him!

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Express Sausage Casserole using Tefal Cook4Me Multicooker

The Tefal Cook4Me is a Multicooker which means it can brown, cook, reheat, steam, pressure cook, or cook 50 different pre-programmed recipes or be used manually to create your own thing.  All in all this really is a brilliant invention.  Having been sent one to review (you can read about the Cook4Me in more detail here) and also see how easy it is to make a dish such as Beef Madras in just 20 minutes.

Sausage and Mash
 
Well today let me tell you about this seriously quick and very tasty Sausage Casserole with cooking time of just 9 minutes.  No fancy ingredients either, in fact I used a shop bought cook-in sauce in order to show just how very easy and simple this multicooker really is.

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Mexican-style Spicy Pulled Brisket Fajitas

Brisket of beef is a cheaper cut of meat that requires slow cooking and when I say slow cooked I really mean it!  Yes 12 hours in a slow cooker is what's needed to get perfect melt in your mouth beef.  I'd never cooked brisket before and fancied it would be rather nice cooked in a spicy tomato based sauce.  The result we perfect and well worth the wait. 

Spicy Pulled Brisket Fajitas
  
Once done, simply pile onto soft warm tortillas and top with a corn and black bean salsa.
If you cook a bigger piece of brisket than I did, once cooled it can easily be popped into the freezer making this meal perfect for an informal dinner party with friends or family.
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Roundup - Latest Food and Product News

 Life of Spice have just added three ranges - each including five products:
Gourmet Rubs: Memphis Belle, Fifty Shades of Grey, Much Adobo About Nothing, Rub me Tender and Pepper Smurf

Gourmet Salts: The French Connection, The Italian Job, Singapore Sling, Tequila Sunrise and Duke of Earl

Gourmet Herbs: Herbes de Provence, Italian Herbs, Herbes de la Garrigue, Fines Herbes and Bouquet Garni.


So far I've only managed to try just one of these which was from the rub collection 'Much Adobo about Nothing' and was great used in beef chilli.
You can find them on Twitter @lifeofspiceuk
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Express Beef Madras - Tefal Cook4Me Multicooker Review

Imagine being able to cook a Beef Madras Curry with a cooking time of just 20 minutes?  Fantastic, but only of course if the beef is juicy, tender, full of flavour and tastes good.
Well, this Beef Madras using casserole beef (braising steak) actually did cook in 20 minutes and it was seriously good.  Oh yes we're seriously impressed with the Cook4Me Multicooker from Tefal.



Having recently been asked if I'd like to review the Tefal Cook4Me Multicooker the answer was of course yes please!!
I wasn't really sure what to expect since I've never had a multicooker before and wasn't quite sure how they worked.  So, armed with lots of questions as soon as it arrived I wanted to use it!
I'll answer all of my questions and of course if you have any please leave a comment and I'll answer it.
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Pork Ragu with Rigatoni Pasta

A nice steaming bowl of pasta with a lovely rich meat sauce is always a good thing.  I usually make ragu with half beef and half pork mince, but my freezer failed me there was no beef mince to be found!  Anyway, all was okay as this turned out just as tasty.


Bowl of Pork Ragu with Pasta

If you've never tried Sacla sun-dried tomato paste then you haven't lived, marvelous stuff.  Rich and sweet tasting and great in pasta dishes or soups - just saying.
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KFC Introduce Slow Cooked Pulled Chicken to their UK Menu

Today, KFC becomes the first quick service restaurant to bring on-trend street food to the high street, as it adds to its traditional fried chicken menu with the introduction of a range of slow cooked pulled chicken products for its customers.

You may remember I recently went with a couple of other food bloggers Behind the Scenes at KFC with the BBC and we actually got to try the new pulled chicken range but as it hadn't gone on sale at the time we were all sworn to secrecy!

KFC Pulled Chicken Burger

Photograph supplied by KFC

 It tasted good, a little on the sweet side for me personally but still very good - we're talking melt in the mouth chicken here.

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