Showing posts with label Kitchen Products. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kitchen Products. Show all posts

Stilton and Pecan - Bread Recipe

Well amazingly for me, I'm still into baking; I seem to have got the bug since the Kenwood Chef Elite arrived. Of course the Kenwood Chef does far more than mix, knead and whisk - so far I've made Banana Bread and a Berry and Chocolate Meringue Wreath. I've also made a birthday cake and a Christmas cake for which I made my own marzipan - check me out. Baker Jan lol

Stilton and Pecan Twist

I'm loving Paul Hollywood book 'How to Bake' and had a go at his Stilton and Pecan Twist. I have slightly altered it though - just don't tell him ๐Ÿ˜†I decided it would be even better with a mix of white and wholemeal flour.

I must say I know very little about baking but when I read the water had to be cold I thought it was a bit odd. But if you take time to read the beginning of the book (page 13) as I did, there's a very interesting bit about water temperature.

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Berry and Chocolate Meringue Wreath

Okay so after my Banana Bread made with the help of my Kenwood Chef, I've since got all tricky and made this Meringue Wreath. Now I understand that for most this probably isn't tricky at all but I don't do baking; simply because I'm no good at it. However, since the Kenwood Chef Elite arrived it's made such a difference as I not only love using it but it makes life so much easier.

Berry and Chocolate Meringue Christmas Wreath

I really couldn't have been bothered with all the whisking needed to produce meringue (too much like hard work and I am lazy) but now I can just put the egg whites in and let it get on before adding the sugar a little at a time and let the Kenwood Chef Elite KVC5100S do all the hard work.
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Kenwood Chef Elite KVC5100S - Banana Bread Recipe

As you all know by now I do love a good kitchen gadget, so when Kenwood asked if I'd like the Kenwood Chef Elite to review of course the answer was 'Oooh yes please'!

Now I'm not really into baking but of course the Kenwood Chef Elite can be used for so much more than making cakes and bread. But with that said, since this amazing piece of kit arrived I've become all converted and have made a Christmas cake, a Chocolate cake and two lots of Brownies. I'm feeling quite pleased with myself; in fact I'm becoming quite a little baker! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Banana Bread and the Kenwood Chef Elite

There's no doubt about it the Kenwood Chef KVC5100S is a powerful 1200w, variable speed mixer which comes with a beater, whisk and dough hook and it certainly make makes a lot of things so much easier.
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Bento Box and All Purpose Seasoning from Nifty Kitchen

I was asked by the lovely people over at Nifty Kitchen if I'd like to review their Bento Box and their range of all purpose seasonings and BBQ rubs.

Nifty Kitchen Bento Box
Now I'm using the image from Nifty Kitchen website for this as it show the Bento Box in a way I can't possibly manage!


Bento Box from Nifty Kitchen
I absolutely love this Bento Box! It has 2 compartments and is a great size 20cm x 10cm x 10cm and has a total of 1 litre capacity. It's convenient to take a tasty lunch to work or the gym and of course perfect for kids to take a healthy lunch to school. It's made from the high quality, 100% food safe & BPA free materials.

Each compartment has a clip on lid so there are no leaks. The leakproof seal ensures dressings, sauces and liquids stay safely inside. It's great that the box includes proper stainless steel cutlery (fork and spoon).
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Review - Coffee Gator French Press Keeps Coffee Hotter for Longer

Oh now, this French Press from Coffee Gator is quite marvelous - Why? Well, not only does it look good but the main thing is it really does keep coffee hotter for longer than the usual glass jug of a French Press.

If tea is your thing (as it is with me) you can also use it for tea. The manufactures say this French Press keeps coffee piping hot for up to 32 minutes longer so I tested it ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I can confirm that this is pretty much true.

Tried and Tested:
I filled a regular Glass Jar type French press (from a big top brand name) with just off boiling water and at the same time I filled the Stainless Steel Coffee Gator French press.


Stainless Steel French Press



To keep it fair both were filled to the max and both left for 30 minutes and then I checked the temperature with my Thermapen here's what it read:
Coffee Gator Stainless Steel French Press 77.7°C Pretty impressive ah?
Regular Glass French Press 59.6°C

So I say it's true; the Coffee Gator really does keep coffee hotter for longer!

45 minutes later: 
Coffee Gator Stainless Steel French Press 74.5°C
Regular Glass French Press 53.0°C

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Stellar Hob Top Espresso Maker - Review

If you like Espresso Coffee then chances are you'll love this rather stylish Hob Top Espresso Pot by Stellar Cookware. It makes a perfect cup, in fact it holds 400ml so 6 cups of Espresso plus it's easy to use too.

Hob Top Espresso Maker

The shiny polished stainless steel may well look lovely but I might tell you it took me an age to photograph without seeing me in it!

How does it work?
Once the water in the base chamber boils, it creates pressure which in turn forces water up through the coffee and creates the perfect cup in a matter of minutes.

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Kitchen Products and Herb Scissors from New Soda

Well I have to admit I hadn't heard of New Soda until just recently when I was kindly sent a few of their products to try. I'm pleased to say I really think they're excellent products and do exactly what they say they will and are great quality and reasonably priced too.

Kitchen Products from New Soda

The Sinkstation is a great little invention; a flat colander that enables you to prepare your veg and as it fits neatly into the bottom of your sink.  It then catches peeling ready for you to dispose of then you can rinse your veggies under the tap and tilt it slightly to drain away any excess water.  Not only that but it's brilliant for defrosting items on the draining board rather than having a pool of water on the counter top or on a plate.

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Sweet Potato and Chickpea Casserole - Wonderbag Review

I must admit when I was asked if I'd like to review a Wonderbag (which I might point out I had never heard of before) I was intrigued.  Can it really work, I mean really?  Well the answer is, YES it does.

So, the Wonderbag looks like a big comfy beanbag but of course it isn't; it's an eco-friendly slow cooks that cooks and keeps food hot for up to 12 hours, but with a difference - there's no battery, plug or fuel required.

Check out my deliciously warming Sweet Potato and Chickpea Casserole - cooked in the Wonderbag!


Sweet Potato and Chickpea Casserole and the Wonderbag

This was another of my experiments in the kitchen and it worked. The lovely warming spice cumin and honey go perfectly together but the addition of coconut milk gave the casserole a nice and creamy rich flavour; yep sucess.

The Wonderbag is light in weight, easily portable and compact for easy storage when not in use. There's no need to supervise the cooking of your dishes and it will never overcook or burn your dishes.  It even doubles as a cooler bag to keep food and drinks chilled as long as they went in really cold in the first place they will stay really cold.

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Posh Bubble and Squeak and the New Radiant Range from Judge

I love bubble and squeak but since it requires leftover potatoes and greens we hardly ever have it; why? Because being greedy we never have 'leftovers' but if you do happen to have any leftover cooked potatoes then this is a great way to use them up.

Just throw the pancetta or bacon into a pan; no need to add oil and cook until crispy then remove and set aside.  Add the cooked potatoes to the pan along with a teaspoon or two of smoked paprika and cook until heated through.
Add the bacon back in along with a handful of spinach (for good health ๐Ÿ˜Š) and cook until it wilts. Season with black pepper and serve straight away with a nice fried egg; free range of course.

Apart from a quick lunch it was actually just a was a good excuse to try out my shiny new chefs pan from the Radiant Range by Judge Cookware!

Posh Bubble and Squeak with pancetta and fried egg

About the new Radiant Range from Judge:
New Judge Radiant benefits from Teflon’s very latest Radiance non-stick surface which is PFOA free. This is a 3 layer non-stick which uniquely integrates ferrous particles which accelerate heat transfer through the non-stick layer, creating a very even heat throughout the pan.
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Filter Coffee Machine Review - Aldi's Brunch Week Range

This week I've been trying out this Filter Coffee Maker from Aldi.  Whilst it's not all singing and dancing it does a great job of making coffee and at a good temperature too which of course is the main thing.  Perfect for a lazy bank holiday weekend as it has an automatic 'keep warm' function which ensures your coffee is nice and hot and the hotplate stays on to keep the coffee hot until the machine is switched off.

For safety the machine turns off automatically after a while.  The instructions don't say how long it is before it turns off but I've found it to be after an hour. I tested it and found the coffee to be (82.5°C) so it's just right.  I've had a more expensive coffee machine in the past which at best only produced lukewarm coffee which of course isn't a good thing.

Aldi Filter Coffee Machine

It's really easy to use; just fill the water tank with the desired amount of water- the number of cups is clearly displayed.

Add ground coffee to the filter holder and make sure the glass jug is on the hotplate. Switch on and your coffee drips through into the glass jug.
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Induction Granite Enamel Ovenware from Judge - Review

I must tell you about my two latest kitchen lovelies both from Judge Cookware; the Induction Granite Enamel Ovenware range.

First up is this Induction Granite Enamel Bake Pan (JS06) which is made from heavy grade steel with an enamel coating.  As it doesn't claim to be non-stick I have to be honest wondered if it would be up to the job of turning out perfect roast potatoes, but as you can see it was and my roasties didn't stick at all. Happy me ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Roast Potatoes in Enamel Dish from Judge Cookware

It's a good size too at 32cm x 19cm although there are larger versions available.  A chicken fits in nicely as does a joint of beef.  Of course and can be used for loads of other things besides roasties.   Dishwasher safe and oven safe up to 240°C
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Vegetable Pasta Bake Recipe - No Need to Cook Pasta First!

This colourful comforting vegetable pasta dish was on the table ready to dive into in under 20 minutes; and that includes preparation.  And it was all cooked in ONE pot with no draining or need for another pan to saute the veg first, or even to cook the pasta first; bet you wouldn't believe me? Well it's all true and to find out more and for a giveaway read on!

Vegetable Pasta Bake

As part of my healthy eating plan and to lose a bit of weight for the #Jumpstart17 challenge I said I would have at least one meat free day per week.

You may have read my review of the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO - with this fantastic piece of kitchen kit you do not need to cook the pasta first; just add dry pasta straight from the packet! 
I mean how fantastic is that?

Optimum Pressure Cooker


Think how much time and washing up you save on, not to mention the mess of pots and pans everywhere.
  • I sauteed the chopped vegetables directly in the pan of the Pressure Cooker Pro.
  • I then added in a tin of tomatoes, plus herbs and seasoning along with 300 ml vegetable stock.
  • Add the dry pasta straight from the packet and pressed 'PASTA' setting.
  • 12 minutes later it was DONE and ready to serve!
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Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO with Induction Technology - Review

I am soooo excited to tell you about the Optimum Induction Pressure Cooker PRO from Froothie! Oh my goodness, you know how I love a good kitchen gadget?  Well this machine is just the best. It's time saving, money saving and delivers great results.  I'm going to be cooking up some healthy recipes as I'm taking part in #Jumpstart17 in my bid to lose a bit of weight.

Oh yes this electric Pressure Cooker AND Slow Cooker is one super-duper amazing piece of kitchen kit.  With 16 set functions it really does make cooking pretty much fool proof.

It also uses Induction heating technology.  Induction is a method of heat transfer, induction heating generates an electric current to create a magnetic field that transfers heat to a cooking vessel.  It is more energy efficient than standard heating technologies, such as electrical cookers, and cooks food more evenly - pretty cool ah?

This multi-cooker has automatic pressure release and voice warning when pressure is about to be released.  It also has handy delay start and keep warm functions.


So what can this mean machine actually do?
Well along with 7 pressure levels and Slow Cook, Meat, White Rice, Stew, Soup, Porridge, Steam, Braise, Cake, Pizza, Pasta, Roast, Deep Fry, Defrost, Yogurt, Simmer and DIY functions this really is one very versatile machine.  So it's not just a fancy Pressure Cooker; because it's a Multi-Cooker it means is can also be used as a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer and even a Deep Fryer too.
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Deiss PRO Citrus Zester and Cheese Grater Giveaway

Having been recently sent this brilliant Citrus Zester and Cheese Grater from Deiss Kitchenware. The Razor-sharp Stainless Steel Blade does a great job of Parmesan, Lemon, Ginger, Garlic, Nutmeg, Chocolate, Vegetables and Fruits; just like they says it does.


To be honest I think it's an absolute bargain since it really isn't a lot different to the well known brand Microplane.  You can buy this over at Amazon. 
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No Stress Electric Carving Knife - Judge Cookware

Now I must admit I've always been a bit scared of electric carving knives plus I've never thought they were really necessary and that I could do just as good a job with a good sharp knife.

But after testing this one from Judge Cookware I've been converted and have decided an electric knife is the way to go.

I used it to carve the Sunday roast chicken and getting nice thin slices was effortless; this is going to be great for carving the turkey at Christmas.

Check out my video to see it in action!
Apologies for the video being not too amazing quality; turns out we had the video camera on the worst quality setting but as I didn't have another chicken to carve I will soon record another and replace this one.



I find really fresh bread is always a problem to slice, but this Judge Electric Carving Knife made short work and it was easy to get slices of even thickness.
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Cocktail Recipes - The Perfect Mix

Christmas and New Year are the perfect excuse for a cheeky cocktail or two.  But of course a cocktail is good at any time of the year; in moderation of course.

Whether the refreshing flavours of a good Mojito is what you're after, or a colourful Sangria to remind you of summer, check out this innovative Cocktail Wheel.  It's so easy to use - to find the recipe of your choice just click on the name of the cocktail and the necessary ingredients plus correct measurements needed to create the perfect cocktail are revealed.

So now you're armed with the recipe, all you need now is some stylish cocktail glasses to show of your cocktail making skills.  I especially like these Margarita glasses from House of Fraser.


Margarita glasses are also perfect for making the most ordinary dessert look stylish.  Back in the summer I made a Cherry Ice Cream Sundae but for Christmas you could use these glasses to serve up small slices of Christmas pudding with Brandy Butter; just an idea but I may well have to give it a go!

Happy cocktail making - please drink responsibly.

Disclosure:  I received a set of cocktail glasses from House of Fraser.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.
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Perfect Partners - Coffee Grinder and Cafetiere from Judge Cookware

Forget 'instant' coffee and instead grind your own beans with this Stainless Steel Coffee Bean Grinder from Judge Cookware.

I'd never used a manual coffee grinder before but it's really simple to use.  All you do is pour in your coffee beans, turn the handle and you have your very own freshly ground coffee.  It does take a good few turns but the smell is amazing which makes it so worth the relatively small amount of effort.

Coffee

Depending on the way you are going to brew your coffee you can easily adjust the grind setting from coarse to fine - I had the grinder set to fine.

Coffee Grinder

The ceramic burr mechanism means that coffee beans are ground rather than cut which gives maximum aroma and maintains nutrients.

The perfect partner for your Coffee Bean Grinder is this Judge Glass Cafetiere.

Cafetiere

The Cafetiere is made from Borosilicate Glass which is scratch and thermal shock resistant (0 to
180°C).  It has a stainless steel filter so it will last longer and has a stylish polished lid and plunger and the whole thing is dishwasher safe too.

With Christmas just around the corner either one of these (or both) would make a great present for any coffee lovers; or of course you could just treat yourself!

JA85 Judge Steel Coffee Bean Grinder
JA65 Judge 3 Cup (350ml) Glass Cafetiere

To find your nearest stockist pop over to Judge Cookware.


Disclosure:  Many thanks to Pam PBM Marketing and Public Relations and Judge for sending me these to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, I was not required to write anything positive.
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Rocktanium Frying Pan from Stellar Cookware

I do love a nice frying pan and I have a fair amount of what I call proper good ones, but I can honestly say I am totally impressed with this Rocktanium pan, new from Stellar Cookware.  It not only looks good but performs well too; by the way I'm loving the pebble dash look.


Quantanium is a new titanium-based formula and is free from PFOA and has the toughest non-stick coating I've ever come across.  It is harder and more durable than conventional non-stick, scratch-resistant and guaranteed for an impressive five years.  After testing this frying pan for a few weeks now I highly recommend it.

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Mini Chorizo Empanadas - Philips AirFryer Recipe

Okay folks; this is week 2 of a 4 week challenge given to me by Philips which was to swap a weekly takeaway meal every week for a month and to join in the #AirFryerTakeIn
Last week I made Ricotta and Basil Balls which I have to say were really easy to make and oh so good to eat!

Next up I made Mini Chorizo Empanadas which the recipe says are AirFryer Take In calories of 153 per one large empanadas (except they are not large nor are are they meant to be) since they're called 'Mini' compared to a Takeaway of (on average) 245 calories.

Empanadas

The AirFryer works 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.
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Flat Stacks Collapsible Storage Containers - Review

What a marvelous invention these Flat Stacks are. Silicone, Space Saving, Collapsible Storage!
Because they're collapsible it means they take up less space when not in use and can stack inside each other giving you double the space in your kitchen.


Flat Stacks

If you're anything like me, I have waaaay too many plastic storage tubs.  I have very little space in my kitchen cupboards so I tend to stack the tubs inside each other (where possible) because I have all manor of shapes and sizes; as for the lids,well they just seem to disappear into thin air.  

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