Showing posts with label Bread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bread. Show all posts

Monday, 12 May 2014

Feta and Red Chilli Stuffed Naan

Okay this isn't exactly a traditional filling for naan bread but I fancied making something different.  After the success of my Peshwari naan and since I had some feta along with a green bell pepper in the fridge in need of using up, Feta and Red Chilli Naan seemed the way to go.


Never mind that it's naan bread, it makes a nice change from ordinary bread and can be served with whatever you fancy.  Once you've made your dough, stuffing it is easy to do and you can experiment with different fillings to suite your taste.   

A Quick Word on Yeast:
You really need to use Dried Active Yeast for hand baking and not Easy Bake or Fast Action.  Easy bake yeast is suited to bread machine and you will not get the same result.
How do I know these things?  Because I made this mistake in the past and my naan turned out horrid and hard!  

Monday, 31 March 2014

Peshwari Naan - Easy to Make Recipe

 Every good Indian curry dish deserves some nice naan bread for dipping and mopping.  Garlic and Coriander is seriously good, but if I have to choose between the two then Peshwari has to be my favourite. 
 

Peshwari has a lovely sweet taste to it from the coconut and sultanas.  If you want to you add a few flaked almonds to the top.  So very easy to make and far better than shop bought naan.  
Don't forget you can freeze them once cooked if you have too many.   Just be sure to defrosted them thoroughly before reheating.  Place the naans on kitchen foil and sprinkle with a little water.  I've done it and they turn out fine.  

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Proper Baked Beans on Soda Bread Toast - Tom Kerridge

Oh my goodness, have you seen Tom Kerridge's TV program on 'BBC 'Proper Pub Food'?  It's fantastic - everything he makes looks truly delicious!   So, after watching the other day his Proper Baked Beans on Soda Bread Toast just had to be made.


And I just had to buy his book too.  I found these two recipes so very easy to follow and more importantly - they both worked.  I'm so fed up with recipes in books that just don't work.  Amazingly for me I managed to produce this quite good looking loaf of soda bread too!  *Please note the loaf was half this size again, just that we'd eaten the rest before I took this picture.

Friday, 23 August 2013

LivLife - Bread with Half the Carbs

  Great news for anyone either on a diet, or just wanting to eat more healthily.  You may or may not know that regular bread contains on average 42.7g carbohydrate per 100g, but imagine a bread that contains only 14.6g carbohydrate per 100g well here it is - LivLife Seriously Seeded Bread.  

Okay so this bread has 50% less carbs per 100g compared to regular seeded, white and brown sliced loaves:

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Easy Breakfast - Recipe Idea

The perfect lazy day breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast topped with crispy bacon and roasted tomatoes.  Serve with a nice cup of coffee (tea for me please) and after eating this you'll be all set and ready to do absolutely nothing for the rest of your lazy day.
Well in my case, till lunch time - always hungry am I.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Piquanté Pepper and SunBlush Tomato Flatbread

 This very moreish flatbread made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, topped with a Tomato Sauce, Piquanté Peppers and SunBlush Tomatoes - certainly does the trick if your looking for a bread to go with any Pasta Dish or my Patatas Bravas with Chicken and Chorizo.

Having been set a challenge to do something with bread dough by Mermaid Cookware for National Bread Week (16th-22nd April) - here's my invention!
I've tried and tested a few Mermaid products before and this baking sheet lived up to all my expectations.  The baking sheet is made from Hard Anodised Aluminium which evenly distributes heat to avoid hot spots.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Weight Watchers Food Products - Review

 Weight Watchers have a great range of different food products to help you loose weight and maintain a healthy diet.  I was recently sent a box of different products to try.

First up for the taste test was Rogan Josh Cooking Sauce:
'Weight Watchers have a wide range of Cooking Sauces allowing you create a  satisfying home-cooked meal in a hurry.  The sauces are all low in fat and ProPoints® values too.  Use with chicken, meat, fish, vegetables to suit your taste.  Rogan Josh sauce is a medium hot curry sauce and has ProPoints value of 2 per serving, it’s ideal for those who like a curry with a bit more heat'. 
 So what did we think of the Rogan Josh sauce?
Nice, rich tomatoey and very tasty sauce with a good amount of spicy heat without being too hot.  Compared with a regular Rogan Josh cooking sauce from a well know supermarket the Weight Watchers sauce (per 100g) is just 41kcal compared to 80kcal and Fat (of which saturates) Weight Watchers is just 0.1g compared to 0.2g and is also lower in salt too.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Quick Soda Bread - Nigel's Lazy Loaf

   Nigel Slater's idea of baking the loaf in a preheated cast iron casserole dish is a good one, but I'm thinking the loaf might have a bit more colour round the edge if it was just baking on a baking tray. 
  Overall I was really pleased with how this loaf turned out - not being a one for baking and all that.  Using the cast iron casserole did make the loaf cook quick - 25 minutes and it's done!
One thing's for sure, once the loaf was cut and smothered in butter, it tasted good.  Whatever, I would still make it this way again.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Forman and Field Tasting Hamper - Review

I was recently sent a lovely 'Tasting Hamper' to review from Forman and Field.
The hamper arrived around early in the morning, was perfectly packed and full of loads of yummy food.....
 What was inside?!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Polenta Crusted Flatbread - Easy to Make Recipe

Okay my flatbread wasn't exactly what you'd call flat!  But it was rather moreish and so easy to make.  Polenta is ground cornmeal and available in any good supermarket usually somewhere near to the pasta shelf. 
 It also was the nearest taste I've ever got trying to make the 'Hearty Italian' bread they serve in SubWay the high street sandwich shop.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia - Easy to Make

I came across this fantastic recipe by Lorraine Pascale in her book Baking Made Easy and it has to be said - this was easy!  Foccacia is an Italian flat bread and you can vary the topping to suit your taste - for example  Caramelised Red Onion or Cheese would be good!
As you're probably already aware, I don't do baking!  But this certainly turned out rather nice indeed.  Of course a good baking tray is vital and the Eazistore I reviewed a while back is still looking like new.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Domino's Reggae Reggae Pizza - A Review

Last night we ordered the new Reggae Reggae Pizza from Domino's the pizza delivery expert.  
Their new pizza made with Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce will be on general sale in all stores from Monday 11th April but you can try it now!  Just order it from Domino's Pizza UK FaceBook fan page where until Sunday, it's only £9.99 for a large one.  Just click on the Reggae Reggae link on the left side bar of their Facebook page and it will be added to your basket.
We loved the Reggae Reggae pizza and could find no faults at all in the ordering and delivery service.  The pizza itself was delish!  There was a generous amount of topping, chicken, tomatoes, green peppers and pineapple and mozzarella.  
The only really tiny fault we could find is we thought it was going to be spicier than it was - more heat please for us!  Of course, lots of people don't like as much spice as we do so with that said it's probably just us.  Whatever, we'd have no problem ordering this pizza again. 
Ten big slices of yumminess delivered to your door at the time you choose. I took a few screen shots to show just how easy ordering is:
Once you've placed your order you'll receive an email  with a link that lets you able to see the progress of your order!
 
You can see when you're order is being prepared, being baked, going through quality control and finally being delivered - Marvelous!
 We ordered our pizza to be delivered at 6pm and it arrived at 6.02pm (precisely)!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Garlic and Coriander Naan

I've made naan a few times before but I must say these were the best yet, really soft and perfectly cooked.  All in all they were totally yummy. 
Recipe adapted from one by Madhur Jaffery.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

New Basil Burst from Domino's Pizza - A Review

Domino’s pizza delivery service is brilliant and it's just the thing for when you’ve no time to cook.   
You can either pick up the phone to ring your order though, or of course, you can order online.  Just choose which time you want your pizza to arrive (within a 15 minute time slot) and it does!  As you would expect from Domino's it arrives nice and hot too.
 Last night we decided to try their new addition to the Double Decadence range ‘Basil Burst’. Basil pesto sandwiched between two tasty thin crust bases. 
 Paul (the husband) wanted to try ‘Basil Burst’ and I must admit I was a tiny bit concerned as I’m not a huge fan of pesto.  Now, I was pleasantly surprised to find I loved it! 
Whilst you can definitely taste the basil it didn’t over-power the topping we choose.  If anything I’d say it matched perfectly with the ‘Pepperoni Passion’ pizza we ordered.  Not too much, not too little, just the right amount of pesto in between the two thin crusts.
Pepperoni passion is topped with loads of pepperoni and is made with extra mozzarella cheese – total yum in a box.
 The Basil Burst crust is only available on their medium or large pizzas.  You can pick whichever topping you fancy from their mouth-watering menu. 
Another great thing is you can create your own pizza too!  Pick up to a maximum of nine from the nineteen different toppings available and the nice people at Domino's will create your perfect pizza.  You can even choose from six different pizza bases too.
Don’t forget you don’t have to be a meat lover – a great range of vegetarian options are catered for too.  Basil Burst is vegetarian nut-free pesto.
So, if you haven’t already tried Domino's pizzas why not place your order this evening and try it for yourself.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Dominos Pizza Delivery - Online Pizza Order Review

Now, as you know I love cooking, but sometimes you just seem to run out of time to cook!  
I had never ordered an online pizza before and I must admit I was a tiny bit concerned it would turn up lukewarm and greasy.
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!
I rang our local branch to make sure they delivered in our area although I realised afterward, I could have very easily found that out online.
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. 
Problem, you now have to decide which one to choose – Ooh what to have, what to have?!
Us, (me and the husband) being very greedy people having finally made our choice and ordered a large pizza.  We decided on the Hot and Spicy 13.5” which has onions, ground beef, green peppers and jalapeno peppers.
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!
 See screen capture below:
Total Amazement – it came at 6.12pm!
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. 
Oh and by the way, you can even choose the type of base and crust you want your pizza to have.
   Of course you can order sides such as coleslaw, potato wedges, garlic bread, chicken wings and more. You can even order drinks, ice cream or cheesecake too.
So, I’ve been converted and will be ordering again soon! 
 
 Hungry now?  Take a look and place an order at your local Domino's pizza now.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Ciabatta with Parsley, Garlic and Parmesan

Crunchy, garlicky, cheesy bread, oozing with extra virgin olive oil.
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
grated Parmesan
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.
Serve immediately.



Friday, 27 February 2009

Camembert Baked in the Box with Bruschetta

I first raved on about Camembert baked in it's box back in April 08 but since then I have quite got into serving it with Bruschetta - home made of course.
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.
They sell it wrapped in foil ready to bake, but I like to bake it in its box adding a little wine and garlic for extra yumminess!
Also it looks great served in its box. However you decide to bake it, it's really easy and so very, very yummy. See how to do the Camembert below.
 Print Recipe
For the Bruschetta:
You will need half of a day old French stick - or as much as you fancy making of course.
Cut into thinnish slices drizzle a shallow baking tray with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. Then press each piece of bread into the tray and turn over. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and add a little more salt and pepper.
Bake in a preheated oven for about 15 to 25 minutes or until golden and crisp.
They emerge from the oven like this, crispy and crunchy and perfect for dipping.
Baked Camembert
For Two to Share, you will need:
250 g Camembert Cheese,1 clove garlic - peeled, half a teaspoon of white wine
How to do it:
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.
Now drizzle the wine into them and put the lid back on the box.
Bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, until hot and bubbling. Keep an eye on it though as you don't want it all running out like mine almost did.
Also if you bake it in foil it will cook quicker so check it at around 15 minutes.

The result is sticky, gooey, melty cheese that oozes in it's box. Just dip in the bruschetta.  Oh and a glass or two of wine is vital.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Ultimate Garlic and Parmesan Bread

This is proper garlic bread as it ought to be!
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? 
I doubt there's more than two pinches and for that they charge an extra 50p!
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

Egg and Chips!



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

Grown ups Fish Finger Sandwich with Lemon Mayonnaise



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.

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