Showing posts with label Fruit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fruit. Show all posts

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Strawberry and Prosecco Jam - Tate and Lyle Recipe

Making jam isn't really a difficult thing, it can't be because if I can make jam anyone can!  Of course using top quality fruit is pretty much vital for good results and the type of sugar you use is going to make all the difference to your jam.  Tate & Lyle Jam Sugar is definitely the hero ingredient for making jam happen since it has the perfect balance of sugar and pectin.

I was recently sent a jam making kit from Tate & Lyle which included Jam Sugar and four lovely jam recipes including this one and since we both LOVE strawberries I set about making Strawberry and Prosecco Jam.

Jam making






























Fruits with a high pectin level work best such as blackcurrants and redcurrants, cooking apples and damsons - Oooh and by the way, I think damsons make the most amazing tasting jam (just saying).

Fruits with medium pectin levels include raspberries, tayberries and apricots.  The lowest pectin levels are found in strawberries, cherries and rhubarb so therefore they are more difficult to set and of course jam isn't jam if it doesn't set.

Prosecco




























Apart from the wonderful jam you'll have another good thing about this particular recipe is you only need what amounts to a small glass of Prosecco which leaves the question; what to do with the rest of the bottle?.......silly question; hic!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Thai Fish Cakes with Mango Salsa - Philips AirFryer

Week 3 of the 4 week #AirFryerTakeIn challenge given to me by Philips.  Using the AirFryer the plan is to swap a takeaway and get cooking using the AirFryer.

As the Philips AirFryer uses very little oil if any in many recipes (including these fish cakes) you can cut the calories without compromising on taste.


AirFryer recipe


I must say I think the AirFryer is a most marvelous invention. Yep I'm really loving this gadget as it can cook many things other low fat fryers can not cook and I'll be writing a detailed post on that soon.

So far in the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge I've cooked Ricotta and Basil Balls and Mini Chorizo Empanadas and both were totally delicious.


AirFryer





These Thai Fishcakes are just 57 calories per Fishcake with Mango Salsa and Philips say a takeaway version (on average) would be 70 calories.

So how does the AirFryer work?
By using very little oil and something called Rapid Air Technology.  Rapid Air technology makes the hot air circulate very rapidly around the ingredients in the basket.  This heats up the ingredients in the basket from all sides at once, making it a healthy, fast and easy method to prepare tasty food. Food prepared in the Airfryer is crispy on the outside and without being dry on the inside.

Now I'm just saying, from my personal experience I say the non-stick Philips Grill Pan that isn't supplied with the AirFryer is seriously worth buying as my fishcakes did stick to the bottom of the supplied wire basket but the grill pan is non-stick and works perfectly.  Of course it's also useful for cooking many other food items too.

AirFryer no oil



































There was no oil used to make these fishcake - the recipe is in the book that is supplied with the Philips Viva Collection AirFryer along with a good selection of other recipes that include a chocolate cake.  Oh yes CAKE made in the AirFryer!! 

Check out this and more Philips products over the Philips website.


Disclosure - I was sent the Philips AirFryer to take part in the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge along with a gift card for ingredients. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Cherry Ice Cream Sundae - Served in a Margarita Glass

Hands up who likes Ice cream?
Hands up who likes Cherries?  Okay, I bet that's pretty much everyone!

Cherry and Vanilla Ice cream served with fresh Cherries surely has to be the best.  Of course if you then add pieces of crumbled Meringue and a good dollop of whipped Cream, top the lot with Cherry Sauce you end up with something really quite special.

Presentation of your ice cream sundae doesn't really matter since it will still taste the same whatever you serve it in.  But of course it's no secret that we eat with our eyes so to speak, therefore these gorgeous Margarita Glasses from House of Fraser really do turn a simple looking dessert into a beautiful thing.

Margarita Glasses






































Ready to dive in?


































Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Fiery Chicken Club Sandwich with Fresh Zesty Mango Salsa

Just in case you didn't know, this week is British Sandwich Week (8th to 14th May) and the lovely people over at Warburtons have asked me along with six other bloggers to take part in their Sandwich Recipe Challenge where each blogger has to create their Ultimate Sandwich.

For me a proper sandwich has to be something with a little heat to it, so off to the supermarket I went to buy ingredients for my ultimate sandwich!





























Traditionally toasted bread is used to make a club sandwich but as I used Warburtons Thins I decided toasting wasn't the way to go.  Since they're so thin, knowing me I'd probably end up burning them to a crisp which is never going to be a good idea!

We're already a fans of Warburtons bread anyway and we both love Warburtons Thins.   I chose the Seeded ones to make my sandwich but 'Thins' are available in several varieties which does make it hard to choose.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

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.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

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.

Did you know?
  • Florida Grapefruit is fat free, cholesterol free, and high in fibre
  • One half of a Florida Grapefruit is only 60 calories
  • One Florida Grapefruit provides 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C
  • Each Florida Grapefruit is packed full of vitamins, iron and essential anti-oxidants that help give your immune system a much needed kick start this winter
Read on for the recipe.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Chocolate Chip Oaty Nutty Fruity Breakfast Bars

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. 


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.  

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Toblerone Custard Fondue

Everyone loves Toblerone and most people love custard, so what can be better then Toblerone Custard?  Answer: a Fondue filled with hot Toblerone Custard Sauce that's what!

Add bananas and marshmallows for dipping and you have the perfect Chocolate Lovers sharing dessert.  Yes you do have to share! 

























The nice people over at Toblerone asked me to come up with a fondue recipe that included Toblerone. So armed with the rather nice Fondue set they sent me along with lovely bars of Toblerone, into the kitchen I went and came up with Toblerone Custard.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

No Bake Limoncello Cheesecake

No bake cheesecakes are really easy to make.  As long as you leave enough time to chill the base in the fridge (so it can firm up) your cheesecake won't fall apart.  With that in mind depending when you are planning to serve it, you might be best doing that bit the day before.
It's also important to use enough butter when making the biscuit crumb base since it's the butter that holds the crumbs together. 





























My easy to make cheesecake is perfectly balanced; not too sweet and although it's nice and lemony, it's not too tart either.

Limoncello is an Italian liqueur at around 26% Vol which has become very popular outside of Italy; it's quite sweet and very lemony and works well in this dessert.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Apple Pie with Rum Soaked Sultanas - Judge Cookware Electric Pie Maker Review

Everyone likes a good pie whether it's sweet or savory.  New in my kitchen is this Electric Pie Maker from Judge Cookware and I have to say I'm seriously loving it.  In a word it's brilliant; the pastry cooks perfectly and the deep fill pie moulds allow for 'proper' good and filling pies to be cooked in just 15 minutes once you have the filling ready.




Far quicker than waiting for the oven to heat up, so in a way this is also a money saving gadget too!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Strawberry Blueberry and Apple Vitamin Drink - Sage by Heston Nutri Juicer

Strawberries, Blueberries and Apple are a great combination and make a thirst quenching vitamin packed healthy juice drink.  The Nutri Juicer from Sage by Heston Blumenthal makes juicing easy and I'm so pleased to have been sent one.

Since my mission to loose 9lb in 9 weeks my eating habits have changed and, as an update, I have actually managed to loose 4lb in 4 weeks not too amazing but at least I'm on track!
 

Fresh fruit is packed with nutrients, so my juicer was out of the box, all parts cleaned, instructions read and then after a quick trip to the shop to pick up some fruit I was ready to make juice.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Kinetico - FREE Simple Water Recipes eBook

Water is of course essential for life, but most of us probably don't drink enough of it.  It is recommended that we drink more than a litre a day; but you may prefer water with a hint of flavour to it.  Shop bought flavoured waters can be full of sugar so I find it's far better for you to make your own.



My Carrot and Orange water is very simple to make as are the other recipes in the Kinetico eBook.  The Simple Water Recipe Book is FREE to download and share - click here.

Kinetico are World NO.1 in water treatment and have the largest dealer network in the UK.  They have a range of water softeners and water filter systems to suit your needs for perfectly filtered water on tap 24/7
and can also filter your tap water to reduce the hardness, ions, calcium and magnesium, in your water and helps to prevent limescale build-up in your kettle, iron and food steamer, keeping them in pristine condition for longer.  Water will be better for you and your family to drink too.


To find out more about pop over to the Kinetico website.

Twitter @KineticoUKltd


Disclaimer: I received payment for my time creating a couple of recipes for the eBook.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

BBQ Mojito Lime Pineapple - Schwartz Grill Mates

Schwartz have a great range of marinades to liven up BBQ food, or of course since the British weather can not be relied upon, any BBQ-style indoor meal.  There are altogether 23 products that make up the Grill Mates range which you can see here.

For this recipe I used Mojito Lime Marinade packet mix consisting of delicious dried spices; all you need to do is add a couple of ingredients as listed on the back of each pack, then simply mix together to use.


Grill Mates are really are easy to prepare and although they're kind of meant to be a marinade for meat and poultry, I came up with this idea of using the Mojito Lime Grill Mates to marinate slices of fresh pineapple.

So easy to make; just marinade the pineapple slices before popping them onto the BBQ (or in my case a griddle pan) as the weather was nice, but certainly not amazing. 

*Please note for this recipe I didn't follow the back of the packet - instead I altered the 'extra' ingredients needed to suit my BBQ Mojito Pineapple creation!

Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/bbq-mojito-pineapple





To serve 4 you will need;
1 large fresh pineapple - cored, peeled and cut into thickish slices
1 packet of Grill Mates Mojito Lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
50ml dark rum
2 tablespoons of molasses

How to do it;
In a small bowl mix together the whole packet of Mojito Lime Grill Mates along with the olive oil, dark rum and molasses and mix well.

Put the sliced pineapple onto a plate and pour over the marinade, turning the pineapple to coat. Keep the marinade to baste during cooking.  Pop the pineapple slices onto a really hot griddle pan (or BBQ) and cook for a minute or so.  Baste and turn to get those nice grill marks, cook for another minute before serving with some nice vanilla ice cream.

More recipes using Schwartz products

Camilla's Cajun Chicken Fajitas
Dannii's Indian Chicken and Mango Salad


Now for the Giveaway - The nice people over at Schwartz are offering one lucky reader the chance to win all 23 Products in the Grill Mates Range!  For inspiration you can find loads more recipes over at Schwartz. 
 
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Disclaimer; I was compensated for my time creating this recipe for Schwartz.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Friday, 24 April 2015

Get Sunshine Ready - Florida Grapefruit Smoothie Recipes

Just look at these delicious smoothies all using Florida Grapefruits - a super fruit!  They're so nutritious and high in vitamin content.  Grapefruit is good for our immune system too; One-half of a medium grapefruit or an 8-ounce serving of grapefruit juice contains at least 100 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin C, which helps support a healthy immune system.  A properly functioning immune system is necessary to help your body resist disease.

We probably all need to eat more fruit and research shows that 79% of women in the UK blame rain and cold weather for making them feel unproductive, but only 39% of these women eat their daily allowance of fruit in the winter so this isn't going to help!






































If you're not a lover of grapefruit, how about trying these smoothie recipes developed by Carin Leenders de Vries. I'll start with my personal favorite Red Sunshine Shake.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Blueberry Bio Yogurt Drink with Goji Berries

You have no idea how much I'm loving the Next Generation Optimum 9200 Power Blender - it's already become my little helper in the kitchen!

So far I've made Piri Piri Sauce in a flash (seriously must have taken me 30 seconds to blend) I've chopped or rather pulverised carrots (just to test the machine) I've made a couple of smoothies and made some ice cream.
Of course I'll be doing more recipes to show you but for now here's my healthy and extremely good for you, Blueberry Yogurt Drink with Goji Berries.







































Goji Berries can be bought in any health shop and all good supermarkets. They contain high levels of iron, B vitamins and carotenoids - Iron and vitamin B12 contribute to immune function.

Blueberries are rich in natural pro-anthocyanin pigment anti-oxidants - Just 100 g fresh berries amount to just 57 calories and are among the highest anti-oxidant value fruits.  They contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc.

Bio Yogurt is like Live yogurt (it has been fermented with live culture bacteria) but Bio yogurt has additional 'friendly' bacteria added to it.  It has a mild flavour and a particularly creamy texture.
Please note if you don't have an Optimum 9200 (affiliate link) or other power blender you may have to soak your goji berries before blending.  The Optimum range of blenders can actually turn stones into powder - please see link to my review post here.  

Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/blueberry-bio-yogurt-drink-with-goji-berries





You will need:
30g Goji Berries
60g Blueberries
500g Natural Bio Yogurt

How to do it:
Pop all of the ingredients into your blender and (if using the Optimum blender) blend on slow for about 30 seconds and you're done - simples! 
 
Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Orange Flavoured Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and Caramelised Orange Slices

With Pancake day just around the corner, nows the time to get creative in the kitchen and serve up something other than the normal everyday kind of pancake.  Come on, get cooking!  That said, personally I actually like and prefer pancakes with a just sprinkle of sugar and a good squeeze of lemon - I'm easily pleased!

























First job is to get yourself a good decent non-stick frying pan that's up to the job. This rather nice looking frying pan from Judge Cookware Continental range is the very fellow.  This pan heats up quickly making it perfect for pancakes.  Of course this frying pan isn't only for pancakes. Great for everyday use and perfect for that Saturday morning bacon sandwich or a good fry up.

Available in 3 sizes (20cm/24cm/and 28cm) personally I think the 24cm is perfect for pancakes.


The Judge Continental range is optimised for induction - the thermic base gives even heat distribution on ALL hob types.
18/10 Mirror-polished stainless steel and the interior in non-stick.
It's oven safe too up to 180°C/350°F/ Gas Mark 4 which is brilliant news (means you don't have to transfer to another pan to finish certain dishes in the oven) and it's also dishwasher safe but so far I haven't put mine in the dishwasher as it really washes up very easily in nice hod sudsy water.  Rinse and dry and it's good to go.  I love 'Stay Cool' black phenolic handles. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Jus Rol Bake it Fresh - Pain au Chocolat Review

I'll be honest (as always of course) I'd never thought about buying Jus Rol 'Bake it Fresh' products before - although I always buy Jus Rol ready made pastry since personally I think it's the best out there.  But having been sent some vouchers to try a few Bake it Fresh products off out I went to get some, and I'm glad I did.
Oh my, it has to be said I am really impressed with the quality of the the end product and how very easy they are to prepare. 



The rather ingenious packaging consists of what looks like a tin but with cardboard sides.  All you do is pull down on a tab and the tin pops open and out comes the ready made dough and appropriate filling - marvelous!
For example the Pain au Chocolat dough is ready made and once out of the tin it just needs unraveling since it's rolled up like a Swiss roll.  The portions are ready marked out and almost cut through so all you do is separate them.  Included in the pack (amazingly since the package is really quite small) are sticks of chocolate.  You place one stick of chocolate at either end of each slice then roll towards each other.  Pop onto a baking sheet seam side down, glaze with beaten egg and bake for 12 minutes at 200c - simples. 

Jus Rol products can be found in all good supermarkets and are located near the butter.  The range includes Cinnamon Swirls, Apple Danish, Pain au Chocolat, Croissants, Focaccia, Crusty Rolls and even Pizza Bases with Tomato Sauce.  To find out more pop over to Jus Rol.

Disclaimer:  I was sent vouchers to buy some Jus Rol products.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. 

Monday, 22 September 2014

Summer Berry Oat Crumble using Sweet Heart Collection Stoneware

Premier Housewares have just launched The Sweet Heart Collection of stoneware.  Now these stoneware dishes are beautiful.  Pretty, homey and a bit mumsie if you know what I mean.
The 'oven to table' range consists of all the baking essentials and is just perfect for berry crumble or big cottage pie. 


This 1.4 Litre Oval stoneware dish (W31 x D19 x H7cm) approx.  It's dishwasher and microwave safe.
and is available in green or pink.  It washed up nicely without the need to go in the dishwasher.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Fresh Strawberry Milkshake - Review of the Stellar Stick Blender

 Soups, gravies, purees and sauces all benefit from the use of a blender to make the job easy and quick.  
When the weather is hot a nice ice cold frothy milkshake is just what you need, and in any case strawberries are always a good thing.

 
 If you don't have room for a kitchen processor then the stick blender (or immersion blender) is the way to go. 
Having been recently sent this very nice looking Stainless Steel Stick Blender by Stellar Cookware I couldn't wait to use it.

Photos by Stellar Cookware:
 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza

The Italian Restaurant Zizzi recently set me a challenge to create a dessert pizza or any savoury dish that could be turned sweet.  I first came up with a possible of a Cinnamon and Caramelised Apple Lasagne but sadly although it tasted okay it wasn't somehow quite right and certainly didn't work photography wise.
I'm not one to give up easily and although I had to let it go this time, I'll work on it!


If you'd like have a go at making my easy to make Banana, Caramel and Chocolate Pizza you can find the recipe here.

After an amazing meal at Zizzi and feeling inspired by the new addition to their new dessert menu - 'Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza' I took on Zizzi's challenge and made my own dessert pizza.  Banana and Caramel Drizzled with Dark Chocolate.  I was really pleased with the result especially because I very rarely make dessert and never know where to begin.  I must say that trying their new dessert really did inspire me to get thinking and have a go.  Hopefully after reading this post then you also might want to have a go yourself.

Here are a few snapshots of our visit to a Zizzi restaurant and more about their 
Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza: 
While we were in the restaurant, part of the challenge was to Tweet/ Instagram using #SweetPizza - it was so funny. We'd purposely gone to the restaurant earlier in the evening than we'd usually go since people would be wondering what an earth we were doing!

Please excuse my poor photographs as you will appreciate I couldn't take my proper camera and as you would expect restaurants just aren't set up with the correct lighting for food photography.

Since we were sitting directly in front of the chef I just had to ask if I could take his picture - it's okay he knew it would end up in this blog post and thought it was cool!


Our starter dishes arrived, we ordered different dishes so we could share and we absolutely loved this one - Fonduta Formaggi a pot of melted cheese, gorgonzola, gruyère and pecorino with baked dough sticks and focaccia bread for dipping.

To the side of the picture you can just see part of the other dish we had ordered, Arancini - Risotto balls with mozzarella, peas and a breadcrumb coating. There are three risotto balls and they're served with a chunky tomato peperonata dip. Warning - they are very moreish!


Now for the main course - Oh my word just look at the size the pizza Paul chose!
The Rustica Sofia pizza had lots of lovely spicy chicken, pepperoni, spicy sausage and mozzarella along with chilli and rosemary.  Yep he managed to eat the whole thing!  I was allowed a tiny bit to try it and we both really liked it.






































Here I am not quite knowing where to begin as the Spiedini Pollo (Roast chicken breast with red onions, courgettes and peppers) was as you can see, also huge.  It came with a side of Tuscan potatoes with a white wine and lemon sauce.  It was too nice and it had to be eaten!  The chicken was lovely and tender and the potatoes and sauce were a treat to eat.  But I was getting concerned by now, as we'd already eaten loads and still had to try the Strawberry and Chocolate pizza!


Now I must tell you about this dessert Pizza - Melting Marshmallows and Fresh Strawberries drizzled with Warm Chocolate and Hazelnut sauce - what's not to like?


Yes this is something that has to be ordered.  I must admit even though I'm not a fan of sweet things, this pizza wasn't too sweet at all and the base thin, crispy and light.  The strawberries work really well and take away the much of the sweetness so it isn't overly so and we both thought it was just perfect.

My one recommendation is that after eating a huge meal at Zizzi you seriously only need one of these pizzas to share between two people.  But us greedy pair just had to order the Chocolate and Banana Calzone as well as the pizza which you just see in the background of my picture.  Yes that was also seriously good although it was of course a lot sweeter than the Strawberry and Chocolate pizza which I personally preferred.  Paul however, is a huge fan of both desserts!

Make sure you try out the ultimate sweet treat from Zizzi this summer.  You can find your local restaurant here.  If you're feeling inspired to turn more savoury things sweet, share your creations with #SweetPizza


If you'd like more information on Zizzi pop over and visit them here.  

Disclaimer:  Many thanks to Zizzi in Shrewsbury and the fantastic meal and service from their staff.  I was set a challenge by Zizzi to create my own sweet pizza.  We were guests at Zizzi restaurant and I have been compensated for my time and the ingredients used.   All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

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