Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta

I love my freezer as I know that if I'm stuck for time there's always something in there enabling me to rustle up a quick dinner after a busy day.  With a little cheating by using frozen ready prepared veggies and a couple of store cupboard ingredients, my Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta can be on the table in just under 30 minutes.  But more importantly, it's super tasty too.

Super Quick Meatballs

I have to admit I never used to venture into Iceland until they moved it to a more convenient location within our town center; and to be honest I still only popped in now and then.  When I was asked to create a recipe for their #PowerofFrozen campaign I had a proper good look and I hadn't realised what an absolutely fantastic range of frozen foods they now stock.

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House of Fraser - Tefal Ingenio Frypan Review

Spring and summer 2016 sees a fantastic range of kitchen cookware and accessories available in House of Fraser; in fact they have all the kitchen essentials you should be buying.

I love cooking and I do a lot of it!  One thing I can't live without in my kitchen is a good frying pan and I particularly like this 30cm Tefal Ingenio Frypan.  Even if you're not so into cooking as much as I am, a good non-stick frying pan will make your life so much easier.  Also available in 28cm size and there's a gorgeous set of saucepans in the range too, all available in House of Fraser.

Suitable for all heat sources except induction and can be used in the oven (without the lid) up to a maximum temperature of 250C/ 475F 

The handle which is sold separately, simply clicks on or off at the press of a button.  The pan is so good looking it's brilliant for taking straight to the table.  By the way, Tefal do have pans in the Ingenio range that are suitable for induction hobs.

Tefal

Fantastic if you're as short of space in the kitchen as I am, as the pans stack inside each other.
Ingenio Enamel features Tefal`s durable Intensium non-stick coating, which is extremely resistant and can be used with metal utensils (except whisks and knives).
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Chocolate Chip Cookies - Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave

Having had the Panasonic NN-CS894S Steam Combination Microwave for a few months now I've been busy trying out it's many functions.  I'm totally impressed with this oven; whether you are using it for steaming, as a convection oven, microwave, grill or a combination of these, or simply to defrost frozen food, this oven is fantastic.   When I made my Cheesy Topped Potatoes and Peppers I used the steam function to cook the potatoes followed by the conventional oven and grill.

When used it as a convectional oven as I did to make these cookies you can see it cooks evenly too.

chocolate chip cookies

In fact I'll go as far as to say it's pretty much faultless. When used in steam only mode it's true the oven walls do get wet, but all is needed is a quick wipe to get it dry again.  You can read my review to find out more about this oven and it's features.
I have made so many things in it including bread rolls to which I added a shoot of steam during cooking and they were lovely and soft on the inside and perfectly cooked.


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The Easter Goody Bag - Hotel Chocolat Giveaway

Well it's almost Easter (again) and the lovely people over at Hotel Chocolat are giving the chance for one lucky reader to win this eggciting Easter Goody Bag!

Having been sent one to try I can tell you it is really yummy and packed full of delicious goodies.
I say the Salted Caramel Slab is the best thing ever.  The Raspberry Egglets were Paul's favorite, I didn't really get a look in.


There's a trio of Scrambled Pralines and the Caramel City Bunnies are too good!  Along with a trio of cute milk chocolate bunnies.  The Hotel Chocolat Easter Goody Bag is the perfect gift for sharing.   The goody bag sells at £18 but arrives perfectly packaged and I'd say it's a great price considering the excellent  quality; it actually looks more expensive than it is. There's a free personalised message gift card included in the box too. 
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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe

I hadn't had bread pudding for years until a couple of weeks ago when I made Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding; which got me thinking about food we had when I was a kid.  If you've never had bread pudding you haven't lived and have been missing out!

My nan used to make it and of course so did my mum.  I'm not a one for cakes or puddings, but bread pudding is a glorious thing.  Hot or cold, this is good stuff; proper old fashioned food.  Oh and when it's cooking, your kitchen will smell amazing.

Bread Pudding

There's nothing fancy about bread pudding and certainly no cooking skills are needed.  It's a great way of using up stale bread; in fact it works best with bread that's 2 or 3 days old.
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Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding - Cooking through the Decades

Rennie® have just launched a campaign called 'Cooking through the Decades' where they are challenging food bloggers to cook a recipe from Britain’s past or present over the past 100 years; from 1920's to 2010.  I was allocated the 60's which is great as I was born in 1962 (oh my I feel so old), but I do remember a quite a bit about the 60's and especially the food we ate.

My all time favorite dinner from my childhood has to be Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding.  The pudding is  made with suet pastry, bacon and onions and then rolled up like a Swiss roll (think suet dumpling with a bacon and onion filling) steamed for about 2 and a half hours.

Nothing fancy is added and it's simply seasoned with white pepper; but this is good stuff.  Until this challenge was given to me I'd never made it myself before and it tasted just as good as I remember.

roly poly pudding

Each decade sees iconic dishes that were popular at the time, whether because of necessity.  Bubble and squeak came from the need to be thrifty in the Second World War or through economic factors; for example in the 80s the privileged few’s increasing disposable income allowed them to spend more on exotic foods.

In the sixties the younger generation were ready to start enjoying themselves again.  Music, miniskirts and swinging London encouraged people to spend more money, while cheaper flights meant more exposure to foreign influences; especially in the kitchen.

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Winter Vegetable Lasagne - Lower your Cholesterol with Flora ProActiv

High cholesterol is a major risk to heart disease as it contributes to the narrowing of vital arteries which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.  There are no obvious signs or symptoms with high cholesterol and HEART UK and Flora ProActiv are urging people to get their cholesterol level checked out.

If you do happen to have a high level of cholesterol the good news for most people is, there are simple and effective ways to lower cholesterol which include changes to diet and lifestyle.  Eating healthier, including super cholesterol busting food like plant sterols and getting more active helps lower cholesterol and most people will see an effect in as little as 3 weeks.

Simple diet changes are often all you need, check out this Winter Vegetable Lasagne recipe by Flora ProActiv.

Winter Vegetable Lasagne

The recipe was simple to make, tasty and very filling.  Fantastic for a midweek family meal and it's a great way to get kids to eat vegetables too!

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The Ultimate Guide to Cheat Day

Ever had one of those days when you feel like pulling the curtains shut and hibernating for the winter?  We all have.  Too lazy to venture outside for mealtimes, too broke to order a takeaway - what are we to do?  Fear not, a little bit of forward planning and stocking up the pantry can make such cheat days live up to their name - for some ideas on what to eat on your next duvet day, check out the ideas below.


Deep Pan or Thin and Crispy
The pizza is a tried and tested staple that should be the first name on any cheat sheet line-up. The freeze-ability of this delicious Italian favourite - and its relative tastiness after thawing – makes it your first port of call when raiding the pantry.  Pizza Express have a great range of affordable and exquisite pizzas that can be found in most supermarkets… or, if you’re really on top of your game, you can plan in advance and whip up this excellent prosciutto and salami pizza for a rainy day.  In fact, the whole thing can be thrown together in less than an hour, so if you’re not feeling too defeated by the day, it also poses a feasible option right then and there.
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