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Tuesday, 10 July 2012
The hamper arrived around early in the morning, was perfectly packed and full of loads of yummy food.....
Thursday, 5 July 2012
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Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Last night was one of those nights when I just seem to have run out of time to cook. So, I ordered a pizza to be delivered from Domino’s Pizza and I’ve since been converted!
The girl that answered the phone said ‘Domino’s pizza’s, how can I help you’?
I asked about delivery and she asked for my postcode. Immediately she replied ‘Yes we do, do you want me to take your order?'
To me it makes a big difference on how someone answers the telephone, I think you can get a good impression of the Company and how it's run that way. Far better than if they sound bored when they answer and like they couldn’t care less if you ordered from them or not.
I logged on and I have to say I was amazed at how professional their site is. If you’ve never had a look it’s well worth popping over to see for yourself.
You start by entering your postcode, and then you're presented with a huge list of different pizza toppings with size options, prices and pictures.
You then choose when you want it delivered, either as soon as possible, or you pick a time to suit you (within 15 minute time slots).
I placed our order at 5.15pm and picked a delivery time of 6.15pm. To be honest I did that just because I wanted to see if it worked!
You can then either pay cash on delivery, or pay by credit or debit card.
A conformation of your order is sent straight away to you by email.
It gets better – you can check the real time status of your delivery – when it’s baked and out for delivery - how marvelous, I love anything gadgety!
The pizza arrived nice and hot with the crust lovely and soft and not at all hard. Lovely fresh pizza with just the right amount of jalapeno peppers and topping.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Probably no good for you what so ever - but it is nice!
When buying Parmesan only ever buy 'Parmigiano Reggiano' if it doesn't have that on it then it's not the same stuff and it wont taste half as good as the real thing. The term Parmesan can be used for cheeses imitating true Parmesan cheese.
Go here to read more.
How to do it:
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F or Gas 6
Get yourself a nice good quality ciabatta bread and cut in half length ways.
Drizzle on both bread sides (not the crust side) with a good amount of extra virgin olive oil.
Then use any amount you fancy of the following:
finely chopped garlic
fresh flat leaf parsley
Sprinkle over the garlic and parsley. Grate over the Parmesan and put on a baking tray uncovered in your preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes.
Friday, 27 February 2009
Please see my updated baked Camembert post here.
Marks and Spencer included baked Camembert as one of the starter courses in their 'Valentine's Dine in for £20' offer this year.
For the Bruschetta:
250 g Camembert Cheese,1 clove garlic - peeled, half a teaspoon of white wine
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
Remove the cheese from it's box - take off the wrapping then put the cheese back in the box.
Make a good amount of tiny holes with a fork all over the top rind of the cheese. Now rub the garlic all over the top of the cheese - The smallest amount of olive oil will help you to rub the garlic easier.
Friday, 13 February 2009
We've all seen those horrid ready made garlic baguettes in the supermarket. They also sell the same ones but call them 'cheese and garlic' baguettes.
Have you ever stopped to look at just how much cheese they actually put in?
Whatever, there really is no comparison to what you can make very simply at home. For the sake of five minutes preparation, you have a crispy loaf that oozes buttery garlic and gooey cheese.
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Today, as I'd been to work and don't get home till late(ish), we had the most easiest dinner in the world.........Egg and Chips! We haven't had egg and chips for AGES!
Can't think why I'm bothering to blog about such a simple meal, but I will anyway - I've started so I'll finish!
Whatever, it does the trick if your hungry and in need of feeding quickly!
Please excuse the pepper I'd already put on the egg and chips before I'd taken the photo. Also please excuse the terrible photo.
Covered in salt and vinegar (you can NOT have chips without salt and vinegar - it's the Law) and of course, pepper.
I made a 'French Bake' loaf of bread in the bread machine (set to be ready when I walked through the door)!!
Very yummy indeedy!
Saturday, 19 April 2008
Today I made some dough in the bread machine and made it into rolls (big ones) and baked them. I had one large beer battered cod fillet in the freezer.
A few weeks ago I'd had this in a local pub for lunch. They called it Grown ups Fish Finger Sandwich - it was yummy, I copied it!
I had never made mayonnaise before, but it turned out fine so I was pleased with myself.
Thursday, 17 April 2008
To Make Pizza Dough:
300g Strong White Bread Flour
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 a Teaspoon of Yeast
Put all of the above in a bread machine (although you can mix this by hand of course) and select 'Pizza Dough'
When the dough is ready remove from the machine and press out with the heel of your hand to a 25cm/10inch circle.
Cover with lightly oiled cling film to stop it drying out. Allow to prove for about 20 minutes in a warm place.
Add topping of your choice starting with a tomato pizza base sauce, which you can buy ready made in just about any supermarket.
I then add sliced red onions, sliced pepper, grated cheese, pepperoni, olives, sliced tomato, a little chopped green chili and finally mozzarella.
Now bake in a preheated oven at 220C/425F/Gas7 for about 20-25 minutes depending of the amount of topping.
3/4 Teaspoon Yeast
200 g Strong Whole Meal Flour
15 g Butter
1 Teaspoon Salt
3 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup
280 ml Water
75 g Pecan Pieces
Monday, 14 April 2008
You will need:
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, finely chopped
250g Minced Beef
250g Minced Pork
75ml White Wine (red is fine too)
680g Jar of Passata (tomato pulp)
1 Tablespoon Tomato Puree
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
How to do it:
Heat the oil and butter in a pan and fry the chopped onion.
Add the meat and fry until brown. Stir in the wine, tomato pulp and tomato puree.
Season with salt and pepper
Cover with a lid (or some foil) and simmer for about 1 hour and 15 minutes - stirring from time to time.
Serve with freshly cooked pasta (I used Linguine) and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan.
Focaccia with Balsamic Onions
I made Focaccia bread from a basic recipe for the bread machine.
1/2 Teaspoon Yeast
300g Strong White bread Flour
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Salt
Put the above in a bread machine and select 'Pizza Dough'
Finely chop some red onion that has been softened in some olive oil over a low heat. When softened add a little balsamic vinegar and put to one side until the dough is ready.
When the dough is done (approx 45 mins) remove and roll into a round until about 3/4 of an inch thick.
Drizzle with olive oil and press your knuckles into the dough to make dents all over and cover with the onion and balsamic mixture. I also added a little chopped rosemary.
Cover with cling film and allow to prove for about 30 minutes.