Bajan Prawn Tacos with Pink Florida Grapefruit Avocado and Black Beans

Florida Grapefruit has teamed up with celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine to create a number of simple, delicious recipes that use Florida Grapefruit.

Florida Grapefruit is a great way to brighten up your winter diet.  I had a go at making one of Gizzi's recipes and I must say these Bajan Prawn Tacos were really, really tasty.  As Paul (the husband) doesn't eat prawns I did the very same recipe but used chicken instead and it worked well.  A lovely mix of spiciness that works really well with the other ingredients. 

Bajan Prawn Tacos

Florida Grapefruit is like no other as it isn't bitter in taste.  Because of  Florida’s unique climate that includes both tropical and subtropical attributes, as well as sandy soil perfectly suited for citrus trees, that receive over 130 cm of rain per year; this makes Florida Grapefruit sweeter and juicier than their Mediterranean counterparts.

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Chiquito Restaurant Bar and Mexican Grill - New Menu Review

Restaurant Bar and Mexican Grill Chiquito have just launched their new and very exciting menu.  As this was my first time visiting Chiquito I wasn't sure what to expect; from the minute we walked through the door we were made to feel welcome.  The restaurant had a lovely feel about it too and the decor and lighting were perfect.

I found out we were served by Rachael, so a bit shout goes to her as she was really friendly and very knowledgeable, explaining all the new dishes and helped us decide what to have.  That said I wasn't there to review the restaurant, only the new menu, and what a tempting and mouthwatering menu it is too.


Although I took photos to share on social media, they certainly didn't do the food justice it deserves as it was too dark in the restaurant, therefore the photos in this post have been kindly supplied by Chiquito.

Oh my goodness, the description of every dish on the menu sounded mouthwatering, it was seriously hard to decide what to have since we kinda wanted to try everything and Tex-Mex is my favourite kind of food anyway.
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Purple Sprouting Broccoli Gratin with Parmesan

Purple Sprouting Broccoli is at its very best between February and April; the stems are edible too so no throwing them away please!  Easy to prepare and cook, just trim any woody stem ends with a sharp knife and slice though thicker stems so it cooks evenly.  Rinse under cold water then either boil for around 5-7 minutes or steam for around 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of floret.

I prefer to steam broccoli as it keeps its colour and also the vitamins are preserved rather than washing them down the drain after cooking.  Once cooked season with a little sea salt and it is truly delicious with butter a knob of butter and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Brocolli



A bit naughtier but nice way to serve is to make my gratin with garlicky cream topped with crispy crumbs and Parmesan.

Brocolli Gratin

Purple sprouting broccoli can also be used in a quiche and is great in pasta dishes too.  Another  favourite way is to do as Nigel Slater suggests; in a shallow pan, fry a little garlic and torn pancetta in olive oil.  Add the purple sprouting broccoli which will take just 3 or 4 minutes to come to tenderness.  Add a scattering of Parmesan, grated finely, over the top and serve with thickly cut bread and butter.
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ProCook Carbon Steel Crepe Pan - Giveaway

Yes I know pancake day was yesterday, but I say pancakes are good any day of the year!  Whether you like your pancakes made thick or thin, served with lemon and a sprinkling of sugar, drenched in maple syrup or smothered in chocolate the one thing you will need to make the perfect pancake is a good pancake or crepe pan.  

Enter my giveaway to be in with a chance of winning this rather nice ProCook Kitchenware 24cm Carbon Steel Crepe Pan (pictured below) which of course can be used to make regular pancakes too.

Pancakes

Follow this Super Simple Pancake Recipe by ProCook Kitchenware - great for an indulgent weekend breakfast.
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The Best Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bar Recipe

My breakfast bars are just the thing to stop craving sweets and chocolate.  Okay they do contain chocolate but really not very much; just enough to do the trick.  Great for kids lunch boxes since you can cut them even smaller in order to make 36 mini bites.  These are also far nicer and cheaper than shop bought bars too since you know what's gone into them and they don't contain nasty sounding ingredients such as emulsifier (eeeeek)!
    
Low in salt compared to shop bought and packed full of good things; oats, almonds, walnuts and pine nuts and dates and can be made in next to no time.  That said you do have to chill them in the fridge for about 4 hours which is a bit of a nuisance; but it has to be done in order for them to set. 

Breakfast bars with chocolate

The recipe can be adapted to suit you.  Just as long as you use the same amount (100g) of nuts they can be whatever nuts take your fancy!  Same goes with the dates, if you don't like them just replace them with raisins, chopped goji berries or I dunno, apricots!

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Lemon and Thyme Homemade Butter - How to Make

Okay yes I know homemade butter has been done a million times before now by other people, but I'm quite pleased with myself having finally got round to making butter all by myself......oh and with a little help from my ThermoCook of course.


So, Paul (the husband) came home from work and as soon as he walked through the door........
Me - 'Paule, Paule, I've made BUTTER'!!
Paul - But WHY?
Buut it turns out he was actually impressed - just shocked since he thought it was a long job and wondered why I'd bothered with such a thing!
 
Anyway, read on and I'll tell you how much buttermilk you actually get from 300ml of double cream.  Yes buttermilk, so this really is two recipes in one.

You don't have to have a ThermoCook in order to make butter but it really is one excellent piece of kitchen equipment that I use almost daily for something or other.

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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Riverford Organic Farms - The Happy Pear Recipe Box Review

Riverford Organic Farms have recently launched some really special recipe boxes with new guest chefs, The Happy Pear.  The Irish twins, David and Steven Flynn, are part of Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube, and, like Riverford they have a mission to get people to eat more veg.


I was asked to give an honest and frank review of one of these boxes so here we go.
This Spanish Chickpea and Potato Bake was one of  three recipes included in my box and I have to say it was totally and utterly delicious.  The recipe was for 2 people and the portion size was quite huge, now since we're both greedy people that's saying something coming from me.

The Apple, Beetroot Salad with Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds that was a side dish for the potato bake not only looked good, but tasted good too.   The simple dressing for the salad was olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey and complimented the salad nicely.
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