Sweet and Sour Pork - Tefal ActiFryDay Challenge

 

Takeaways are big business in the UK with Brits spending more than £6 billion on takeaway meals each year.  But this means that in just one year Britons feast on more than 12,000 tonnes of saturated fat from those takeaways.  As Friday night is the most popular time for Brits to order a takeaway, Tefal asked me to take part in the ActiFryDay Challenge which is to swap a Friday night takeaway for healthier alternatives.

Supplied with the ActiFry Express XL, the recipe and ingredients I was all set to cook!

Sweet and Sour Pork cooked in a far healthier way.  


Using the ActiFry doesn't mean  you  have to completely give up the food you love - just use less oil.
I'm loving my ActiFry Express and yes it does cook quicker than the ActiFry Family.  The ActiFry Express XL cooks up to 30% Faster than the ActiFry Family.
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One-Pot Gourmet Gardener - Book

What a great book this is - full of lovely looking and easy to follow recipes.  Each recipe is followed though from the container pot it grew in to the recipe itself.  Step-by-step growing instructions on how to grow fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs.  And before you think (like me) you don't have a garden big enough, this book shows you how to grow produce in container pots.


Even if you grow just one herb in a simple flower pot it's a start. Take the herb basil for example; how much nicer it would be to add your own home grown herb to a pasta dish?   I'm feeling inspired by this book so as soon as it stops raining I'm going to give this a go!

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Maple Syrup and Vanilla Bean Smoothie

Whizzed up in no time at all, tastes GOOD and is nice and healthy too.  You don't need much maple syrup in order for this be to sweet, so fear not about a few calories and give it a go!


I use the Froothie Optimum 9200 Next Generation POWER Blender simply because I believe it's the BEST blender out there.  It crushes ice in seconds and is easy to use too, it has three speeds and three timer settings including a handy pulse button.

As I'm an ambassador for Froothie if you order anything on their site (excluding the Healthy VibroFit) you can get FREE Delivery as long as you add this 'Free Ambassador Delivery 2403' in the comments section of your order; the delivery cost will be credited back to your card.
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Sponsored Video - Knorr Flavour of Home

Recent research carried out by Knorr; found that three quarters of people agree that tasting just one mouthful of their mum’s home cooking brought back happy memories from their childhood.
Sitting down with the family and tucking into a good home cooked meal together is a great time for catching up on each other’s day and of course enjoying the meal.  


We all have our own special memories of a favourite meal that our mum used to cook when we were kids, and for me its cottage pie.  I can never recreate it no matter what I do; it never, ever, tastes the same as my mum’s does!

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UFUUD Premium Italian Food Delivery to UK and Europe - Review

I was recently asked if I'd like to place an order with Ufuud (an online Italian food ordering company) to review their ordering system and delivery to the UK.
Now we're talking proper premium Italian food that is not only delivered to Italy but can also be shipped to places all over Europe from Milan.





I was in my element browsing through the Ufuud website looking at all the beautiful foods and the product packaging just cries out 'buy me'!  I mean seriously, look at the lovely products - I can't wait to try them all.  Pasta of all shapes and some you can't buy over here in the UK.
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Get ready for your Summer Holiday - Let's Cook Paella

Oh yes, it's that time of year when we all soon start to think about our summer holiday.  Well okay, the weather isn't even spring like at the moment here in the UK, but I don't care!  I'm getting into the holiday spirit a bit early as I'm going to make the most of this years holiday abroad since we didn't have one last year.


I do love Spanish food and when in Spain I can't resist Paella.


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Great British Dish - Cottage Pie with Porter Ale

There's nothing quite like a good old Great British dish, and cottage pie is perfect for this icy cold weather we've been having - cottage pie is also the ultimate comfort food.  My addition of Porter ale adds richness and depth of flavour.

I've been cooking up all sorts lately in my nice STOVES oven and I love how it cooks everything so evenly.  No turning food around to get it evenly browned (as I had to in my old oven) my Stoves Sterling 600MF oven gives a perfect result every time.


STOVES is proud to be part of Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, the only manufacturer that builds freestanding cookers, built-in ovens, hobs and range cookers right here in the UK.
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Stellar TATE Saucepans - Review

These new Stellar TATE one handed draining saucepans are in a word, fantastic.  I'm sure you'll agree they certainly look the part and I say you need these saucepans in your kitchen!
The perfectly flat lid, enables the pans to easily stack on top of each other which is great if like me, you're short of storage space in your kitchen.  Of course the clear lid lets you keep an eye on your food whilst cooking.


But the most brilliant thing about these saucepans is the way they have been designed regards draining.
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Fitness Gourmet - Book Review

If you're into fitness or generally just want to look after your body and are finding it hard to follow any sort of eating plan then this is the book for you.

Written by Christian Coates, the brainchild behind Soulmatefood - this book is packed full of easy to make, seriously mouthwatering recipes.  I really love the style of this book, it's full of interesting facts about food and drink.  I'd say it's the only fitness type book I've ever picked up and thought 'right something has to be done here' I need to sort my body out.  I actually want to read it, and I want to do something about sorting myself out.  Since it arrived I haven't been able to put it down and my diet plan starts as of this Monday - seriously.



I have a Reader Offer to get this book at a discounted price so please read on.
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Double Walled Glassware from Judge - Review

I'm really loving the new range of Double Walled Glassware from Judge - they're extremely nice looking don't you think?


The latte glasses are also a good size for a nice cup of tea (if you're like me and not a coffee drinker) whats more, they really do keep drinks hot for longer.  Perfect for sitting at the PC as I always seem to be, there's nothing worse than a lukewarm cuppa!
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Love the Way you Cook and Love what you Cook

Although cooking is a form of art, I say it's more of an experiment.  The mixture of spices brings out the flavors hidden within food - add more of what you like and less of what you don't.  Our tongue, with the help of the taste buds unwinds the taste of the food for us.  The process of cooking is similar to the job of a chemist, who mixes chemicals in order to create something.
The kitchen is the heart of every home.


Cooking process is less complicated than that of creating chemicals and really a source of fun.  It is a stress buster to many people (like myself) who love to cook.  I'm never happier than when in the kitchen.  After a hard day in the work place, many people cook to rejuvenate their mind and soul.  Dopamine hormone is responsible for making us feel happy and good food invites dopamine to play with our happiness.  The chemistry that goes on in the kitchen is nothing less than the work that goes on in the chemistry lab, except the outcome, which is far richer in taste.
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New Products - Chocolate Biscuit Snack Bars

I thought I'd share with you a couple of chocolate biscuit products new on the market - in no particular order here they are!

New - PiCK UP! Black 'N' White



Both of us really liked these - personally I'd go with the original milk chocolate every time but Paul preferred the black n white. Good amount of chocolate (as always with Bahlsen  products) and nice crunchy biscuit too.

NEW PiCK UP! Black ‘N White - a sumptuous, silky smooth, thick slab of white chocolate perfectly complemented by two crisp chocolate flavoured biscuits.
The classic PiCK UP! Milk Chocolate is a deliciously thick milk chocolate slab sandwiched between two crisp biscuits.



PiCK UP! biscuits are available as a pack of five or as an individual biscuit bar from supermarkets and independent retailers nationwide.  Each bar is individually wrapped to stay fresher for longer.
 
Multipack (x5 individual biscuits) -  RRP £1.69 and Single - RRP 40p
For more information pop over to http://www.pickupbiscuits.co.uk

  
Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch



We loved these - nice thick milk chocolate and really liked the oaty crunch - the chocolate is mainly on the inside so they're less messy to eat.  Everyone loves Cadbury!
 
At just 150 calories, new Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch contains two breakable golden oaty biscuits sandwiched together with a delicious layer of Cadbury Dairy Milk milk Chocolate, making it the ideal playful snack to keep you going until lunch.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch is available in 30g bars, divided into two segments (RRP 58p) as well as a three bar multipack (RRP £1.49*).
For more information visit www.cadbury.co.uk

Disclaimer:  I was sent these products to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. 
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Sponsored Video by the a2 Milk Company

Do you, or do you know someone, that suffers with indigestion or a bloating feeling after drinking milk?  If you do then it may be caused by the A1 protein that is present in cow’s milk.

I have to admit until now I’d never heard of such a thing, but I’m now wondering if there are a couple of people that I work with that could be suffering from  an intolerance to A1 protein without realising it.  For example, I’ve heard them complain that the bread we‘re supplied with in work for making toast etc. tends to makes them feel bloated so they avoid it, but perhaps the bread isn’t the cause after all and the milk is to blame?    

So what are A1 and A2 Proteins?
A1 and A2 beta-casein are genetic variants of the beta-casein milk protein that differ by one amino acid. The A1 beta-casein type is the most common type found in cow's milk in Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.  For some reason (something to do with the breeds used for dairy farming) it isn’t present in cows in France.

The a2 Milk Company developed a test which determines whether a cow produces the A2 or A1 type protein in its milk.  Dairy farmers that have this test done on their cows allows the a2 Milk Company to give them a license to prove their cows produce only A2 beta-casein protein in their milk and that  A1 beta-casein protein type isn’t present.

Of course there’s nothing peculiar about a2 milk, it‘s just is pure cow’s milk from British dairy’s and the only difference is that it’s easier to digest because it naturally contains the A2 protein and no A1 protein.  Nothing else has been added or taken away so it’s all okay and is suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
Drinking a2 milk could make a huge difference to millions of people who couldn’t enjoy milk in the past.

Take a look at this amusing video produced by the a2 milk company;


 

Intolerance of A1 Protein is not to be confused with Lactose Intolerance;
A1 protein in milk has the potential to affect other parts of our body too, causing skin conditions and excess mucus whilst lactose intolerance will only affect the stomach.  Therefore please note that if you have been diagnosed lactose intolerant then a2 milk will not be suitable for you.

A2 milk is currently available in Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Whole Foods Market.
You can find out more over at the a2 Milk FaceBook page.

This post is sponsored by A2 Milk.
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Carrot and Ginger Soup - Made using the Optimum 9200 Power Blender

When reading the Optimum 9200 Next Generation Power Blender could make hot soup by friction heat alone (caused by the fast spinning blades) my thinking was it would be lukewarm at best.  As it turns out I was wrong. 


Running on high speed the blades rotate 44,000 rpm which creates friction heat and the Optimum 9200 will raise the contents of the jug by 4 degrees every 30 seconds.  In order to make hot soup it has to be running for approximately 5 to 6 minutes depending on the amount of vegetables in the jug.

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JUST EAT Tried and Tasted - Jimmy Wok Chinese in Hadley Telford

Have you ever ordered a takeaway from JUST EAT?  I have to say hadn't until last week.  Well as it turns out they have a vast range (more than I had imagined) of takeaways across the country that will deliver to your door.

It's also fantastic for helping you decide exactly what you want to eat - choose from Pizza, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Fish and Chips, Kebabs and more.



After us both deciding on Chinese we logged into JUST EAT and found it so easy to order, you tap in your postcode, then select what cuisine you want to eat.  If you can't make your mind up, select 'Show Me Everything'.  This then brings up a list of all the takeaways that deliver in your area.  Just browse the menu of your chosen takeaway and add dishes to your basket.

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SPAMTASTIC™ Brunch Frittata with Potatoes Spring Onions and Tomatoes

Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche, enriched with additional ingredients such as meats, cheeses, vegetables or pasta.  Easy, filling, delicious and takes next to no time to make.


Did you know it's SPAM® Appreciation Week?
Oh yes indeed - from 2nd to the 8th March 2015 the annual SPAM® Appreciation Week brings together fans new and old to celebrate the world’s most famous meat.  For 2015 it’s time to celebrate just how perfect SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is for a hearty and delicious breakfast.
After all, no other meat can claim to have such an incredible 78 year history and still be as popular to this day around the world.
So what really makes SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham stand out from the meat crowd and have its very own appreciation week?

Here are some facts about SPAM:
More than eight billion cans of SPAM® Products have been opened since its launch back in 1937

They may only be islands, but Hawaii and Guam go crazy for SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.  In Aloha State more than 7 million SPAM® products are sold per year and Hawaii even hosts its own annual SPAM JAM® festival in Honolulu.  While in Guam an average of 16 SPAM® products are consumed by every person per year.  

SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is made from more than 90% prime shoulder pork and ham

In South Korea, SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is considered a gourmet delicacy and is often given as a gift.


Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/spam-brunch-frittata-with-potatoes-spring-onions-and-tomatoes




Serves 6-8
340g can SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham - cut into 2cm cubes
7 large free range eggs
4 tablespoons milk
a few leftover cooked new potatoes - halved
6 baby plum tomatoes - halved
4 spring onions - finely sliced
50g Cheddar cheese - grated
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
a couple of pinches smoked paprika
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

How to do it:
Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the milk and the salt and pepper and mix well using a fork.

Get yourself a nice big frying pan add in the cubes of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.  Add the cooked potatoes along with a sprinkling of smoked paprika.  Fry until golden and lightly browned.

Now add the oil into the hot frying pan and pour in the egg mixture.  Keep bringing the cooked egg and SPAM mixture into the centre of the pan and swirling the mixture around until the egg has formed a “pancake” but is still soft on the top.  Make sure the SPAM and potatoes are evenly distributed
Scatter on the tomatoes and spring onions.  Top with the grated cheese and another sprinkle of smoked paprika.

Pop under a hot grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling and the egg is finished cooking.

Cut the frittata into slices and serve hot straight from the pan and enjoy!

You can find out more about SPAM and the different varieties available over at the SPAM website.

Disclaimer:  I was compensated to cover my time creating this recipe.
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