Showing posts with label Lunch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lunch. Show all posts

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Spicy Red Pepper and Sweet Paprika Soup

Rich, vibrant, thick and creamy warming soup is perfect for these cold 'almost winter' like days.  Homemade soup is really easy to make and the best thing is you can make up your own flavours combinations.  With good quality ingredients soup takes no time at all to make especially in a soup maker. 


Make the best of those bargains you see in your local supermarket or better still your local farm shop or greengrocer. Whether you use a soup maker to do the work for you, or manually cook your soup and then blend with a stick (immersion) blender is up to you.  I used a soup maker by Judge Cookware and the result was excellent.  Soup can be frozen too so you always have some ready for for lunch on those lazy do nothing days.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Weight Watchers Feel Good Food Blogger Challenge

I was recently asked to join in the Feel Good Food Blogger Challenge organised by Weight Watchers.  For us to take part in their challenge they sent over a whole bunch of goodies!  Everything needed for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner including a few more treats too.

Pictured below, left to right - the Weight Watchers Goodies, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  
  
 
The challenge was to share our day with video clips starting with breakfast of course.  Oh my I'm not really a one for making videos but since I've now done a few I'm getting much more used to it - Paul however wasn't too keen on being filmed so we only done a few minutes of him!  

 We were both really pleased to see we could still have our Saturday night Indian Curry with poppadoms too!


 I'm glad I took part in the challenge as I've actually learnt a few things:
The Weight Watchers ProPoints system looks easy to follow - much better than trying to fathom out the back of packaging to see how many calories you're eating and attempting to add them up.  I just don't have the patience for all that and would soon loose interest.  Okay for me to talk, we're lucky in the fact that we've never had to go on a diet but if I ever did then I think I would honestly choose Weight Watchers.

I love the fact that you can still have pretty much the kind of food you're used to eating - or want to eat.  Biscuits and cakes are still allowed you just have to be sensible - unlike Paul who actually managed to eat 5 cakes in one go - I really don't think he could do a diet if he had to, he is a worry!

Liven up Food with my Top Tips!
There's nothing wrong with Weight Watchers Tikka Masala sauce but like any sauce in a jar it doesn't have to be cooked on the hob just because the instructions on the back say so - it works just as well in a slow cooker, in fact I'd say the chicken will have more taste if done that way. 
I say you can liven up any ready made sauce or other foods without adding very much in the way of calories.  Diet or no diet - food should be enjoyed and I personally think if you get into cooking you can dabble about a bit and liven up any diet without going over the top.

Now for the video of our Feel Good Food Day:
 See my Top Tips including a couple of side dishes for Indian curry that wont get you piling on the pounds!


For more information on Weight Watchers pop over to their website or follow on Twitter @WW_UK
#WWFeelGoodFood and #TweetWhatYouEat

Many thanks to Weight Watchers for the goodies - we really did enjoy our day.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a hamper of goodies and a supermarket voucher for other ingredients used to make the meals complete.  I also received an on-line shopping voucher to cover time filming, photographing and writing up this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

   

Monday, 2 June 2014

Yogurt Ideas - Strawberry and Marshmallow or Banana and Chocolate Chip

Strawberry and Marshmallow or Banana and Chocolate Chip - which would you choose? 
You may have seen my post 'How to Make Yogurt using the Judge Digital Yogurt Maker' which was my first attempt.  I made Summer Berry and Vanilla yogurt but if you missed it just click the link and have a quick read.  I said I'd come up with a few more ideas and since this yogurt maker is so very easy to use, I've not stopped using it since it arrived!


I made yogurt in the usual fashion following the easy to follow instructions that came with it.  As before, I used Jersey milk and Yeo Valley Natural Live Bio Yogurt as the 'yogurt starter'.  
But time I wondered what would happen if I added banana flavoured Nesquik to the prepared milk (once it had reached the cooled down to 40C stage and after mixing in the yogurt starter (live yogurt).  

Now, if you have no idea what I'm taking about you really need to have a quick read of my post and hopefully it should become clear!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Pan-fried Skrei with Lemon Butter and Parsley Sauce

Skrei is a very special type of line caught cod and is a much loved Norwegian delicacy.  An extremely tasty and firm fish which is fantastic simply pan fried in a little butter and oil.  It's ready in just a couple of minutes and it doesn't break up during cooking.  
Here's my very simple recipe for pan-fried Skrei with a lovely lemon butter and parsley sauce.  The whole dish is ready in under 15 minutes from start to finish and the main part of that time is spent gathering the ingredients together!


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https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/skrei-with-lemon-butter-sauce

To make enough Sauce to Serve Two you will need:    
1 shallot - finely chopped
2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons dry white wine
1 tablespoon double (heavy) cream
120g unsalted butter - cut into cubes and kept cold in the fridge until needed
zest from a whole lemon and the juice from half the lemon
salt - just a pinch
cayenne pepper - a pinch or two

How to do it:
Put the shallots into a pan with the wine, white wine vinegar and water and reduce to a quarter of the original amount. This is important or your sauce will taste of vinegar.  Add the cream and boil for a minute.
Now, whisk in the butter cubes a few at a time, keep whisking whilst taking the sauce on and off the heat and keep adding a bit more butter.  The sauce should look smooth and shiny but with no sign of an oily film.
Now whisk in the lemon juice and zest and season to taste with a teeny bit of salt and a pinch of two of cayenne pepper.  Serve immediately over pan-fried Skrei or other white fish.


  
  Availability of Skrei:
Only available between January and April each year, Skrei is migratory and journeys thousands of miles annually from the Barents Sea to the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway to reproduce.
Thanks to this epic journey through icy, dark waters, Skrei has a lean, bright white firm flesh and is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, which makes it a hugely versatile, healthy and wholesome food.


Where to Buy:
Skrei is available in Harrods Food Halls, Booths or you can ask your local fishmonger.

More about Skrei:
 To be classified as SKREI® the fish needs to be:
   Caught fully grown - as a large mature cod before it has spawned (approx. five years old)
    The skin needs to be immaculate, with no scratches, bruising or injuries
     Packaged within 12 hours of being caught
     Stored on ice at a temperature between 0° and 4° Celsius
    Whole, fresh SKREI® is required to have the SKREI® brand fastened to the forward dorsal fin and put in a branded SKREI® box.

Thank you to Amelia and The Norwegian Seafood Council for sending me a box of Skrei.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Simple Recipe Ideas - using Maille Vinegar Mustard and Oil

Maille are are famous for their outstanding range of mustard's, vinegars, oils, dressings and pickles and they recently sent me a few products to try.  
I'm already a huge fan of Maille Dijon Mustard, Wholegrain Mustard with White Wine and Black Olives and also their Balsamic Vinegar. 


I must admit I'd never tried Maille Tomate Séchée - Sherry Vinegar with Sun-dried Tomatoes or Maille Ail et Citron - Mustard with White Wine, Lemon and Garlic and I couldn't wait to give them a go.

So what to make using these lovelies from Maille?  
  I marinated chicken pieces in Maille Ail et Citron Mustard (mixed with a tiny splash of olive oil) for about 30 minutes before threading onto skewers along with red and yellow bell peppers.  I then char-grilled them on a very hot griddle pan - Simple, and very tasty.


Of course I also wanted to try the Tomate Séchée.  I rather fancied some sauteed peppers, onions and tomatoes so I added a splash of the tomato vinegar during cooking which really gave the pepper mixture a lovely slightly tangy taste.  In a separate pan I added a little olive oil and over a high heat, stir-fried some cubes of ciabatta bread to make croutons which I then tossed through the cooked peppers, onions and tomatoes.  The whole thing took under 15 minutes, if that.


  Maille Velours de Balsamique - This Balsamic Vinegar Glaze is perfect for making a balsamic dipping oil for bread.  Just mix together 1 part Maille Balsamic Glaze with 2 parts of extra virgin olive oil and serve with chunks of ciabatta along with a few olives.  A perfect pre-dinner appetizer. 

  
Maille products are easily available in the UK and they’ve even opened their own Mustard Boutique which can be found in London’s Piccadilly Arcade.  Or you can pop over Maille and order online.

This post featuring Maille products was commissioned by Maille for a fee.  I was sent the Maille products mentioned to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

SousVide Supreme - Gammon with Cumberland Sauce

Cumberland sauce is a fruity sauce, perfect with cold non white meats such as gammon, ham, lamb or venison and fits the bill nicely with game pie too.  Created in the late 19th Century of The Duke of Cumberland, variations of the sauce exist but the most common ingredients are port, redcurrant jelly, mustard, ginger and orange.


Not wanting to cook a whole gammon joint, mainly for fear of ruining it, I experimented with a couple of slices and the result was tasty, moist gammon that would go perfectly with the old fashioned dish of Gammon, Pease Pudding and Carrots.  In any case, I decided the gammon needs to be sliced to serve so why not slice it before cooking!  Also as gammon joints vary in size the cooking times would vary, but if you slice the gammon before popping it into the cooking pouch everyone will know where they are as the cooking time should be the same as mine.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Twice Baked Cheddar Soufflés - Easy to Make Recipe

 These Twice Baked Cheddar Soufflés are so very easy to make and are great for a lovely light lunch or a starter course.  
But it has to be said, using Barber's 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar really gives them a truly fantastic flavour.  


The Barber family have been making cheese at Maryland Farm in Ditcheat, Somerset since 1833.
Matured for a minumum of 24 months provides a cheddar that is powerfully intense and has an exceptional depth of flavour.  It has a slightly brittle and crunchy texture that is a result of it's long and slow ageing.
 
Having recently been very kindly invited to the BBC Good Food Show to meet Daniel Barber.  Having now tasted this amazing Cheddar, as far as I'm concerned there's noting else out there like it.  Seriously, any cheese lover would be totally hooked on Barber's 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar.

Where to Buy:
  The good news is, you can either buy it from Barber's in their online shop or it can be found in Sainsbury's Waitrose and Morrisons stores.  

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.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Tomato and Pepper Tart with Chilli Jam and Goats Cheese

So very easy to make and without any fancy cooking skills involved, this tart not only looks good, it tastes good too!


Of course ready made pastry is the way to go.
Personally I'm a big fan of Jus-Rol and for this I used their puff pastry.
The chilli jam I used is the brand 'Le Mesurier', I love their whole range of chutneys and relishes.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Quesadillas from Weight Watchers Supper Club app

Weight Watchers have launched a really good Supper Club app on FaceBook.  There's a great range of recipes that are easy to make and don't cost much either but more importantly they are healthy and look delicious too.
The easy to follow Weight Watchers ProPoints plan means that being on a diet doesn't have to mean eating boring food. 


 It's very easy to browse the recipes - just pop over to the Weight Watchers Supper Club app and at the top of the page select 'Browse Recipes' where you'll find this recipe and many more.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Leek Bacon Parmesan and Cheddar Quiche Recipe

If you're looking for something healthy to eat which is low in calories then my ultimate quiche made with double cream is most certainly not the way to go!
However, if you're looking for something easy to make, delicious and very moreish this most certainly is the way to go! 
If you follow A Glug of Oil on FaceBook you will not have missed that we now have three hens - hence we have a lot of eggs!
Quiche is a good way to use up eggs.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Garlic and Blue Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

There's no real recipe for these as they are so very simple to make.  Lovely portobello mushrooms stuffed with garlic, red chilli for a little heat and blue cheese.  All topped with crispy panko breadcrumbs - yum!
I used Dolcelatte - an Italian soft blue veined cheese as it melts so easily. 

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Pan Haggerty

Today I felt the need to make Pan Haggerty, a dish that consists of thin layers of potato, onion and cheese which is localised to the Tyneside area of North East England.  A variation known as Panaggy is made in some parts of the north, which uses much the same ingredients (with the addition of bacon) but is made into a kind of cottage pie. There is also there is a dish called Panaculty which uses corned beef.

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Goats Cheese and Red Onion Jam Pastries



In my fridge I had some soft goats cheese and baby plumb tomatoes.
In my freezer I had some ready made puff pastry.
In my cupboard I had a jar of red onion jam - So, wondering what to do with all these nice things, I came up with this!

You will need:

250g of Ready Made Puff Pastry - divided into two
1 Jar of Red Onion Jam
100g of Soft Goats Cheese
6 x Baby Plumb Tomatoes
Some Fresh Thyme Leaves, chopped
Rocket Leaves and a Few Olives to Serve - if you like them, which I do!

Preheat the even to 190C or 375F Gas 5

I rolled the pastry till into two oblongs until they were about a quarter of an inch thick - or slightly more.

Then I lightly scored (being careful not to go right the way through) a border of just over half an inch all the way round.

Taking a fork, lightly prick the pastry inside the border all over to prevent pastry on the inside part from rising as much as the rest of the pastry.
Place them on a non stick baking tray.



Bake in the heated oven for about 10 minutes, remove and very carefully retrace the line you made that formed the border.
Normally, you see in recipes where you would remove the top layer of pastry and either discard or use it as a lid. I didn't remove it, after re-tracing the scored line, I just pushed it to the bottom to make the base thicker and more yummy.......Ha ha a cunning plan ah?!

Now spread a good amount (to your liking) of the red onion jam all over the bottom and top with some goats cheese.

Now, add some halved cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with some freshly chopped thyme leaves.

Return to the oven for (approx) a further 10 minutes until the cheese begins to melt and the pastry takes on a light golden brown colour.

Remove from the oven and top with some black olives and rocket.
Serve immediately.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

A Salad of Nice Things


An ordinary salad of nice and good things to eat.


Tomato, Radish, Spring Onion, Ham, Lettuce, Egg, Cucumber, Cheese, New Potatoes (with a knob of melted butter, of course) and some Rice. 
Yum!

Monday, 19 May 2008

Foil Baked Feta, Tomato and Onion

When we went to the Greek Island of Kos a couple of years ago, we had this as a starter (first course) lots of times as it was sooooo yummy!
They served it on a plate in the foil.

When we got home, I of course, had to try to make it myself.
I didn't have a recipe - I just went by what I decided was in it and how it looked.
I'm sure that Peter over at 'Kalofagas' will be able to put me right in what the dish is called and if I've got it right! Whatever, if I've got it right or not - this as I make and cook it tastes the same and just as nice.

All you do is get a big piece of kitchen foil and drizzle a little olive oil, then layer thinly sliced red onion, thinly sliced tomato, a sprinkle of finely chopped garlic. A little salt and pepper (only a little) and a slice of feta cheese.
Repeat this and then scrunch the foil up into a parcel (not too tightly done up) and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes on 200C /400F

This is how it looks before the oven.


And after the oven!

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Foil Baked Salmon with Feta Topping



This picture was taken just as it was ready to go into the oven.

Paul's mum and dad came for dinner last night and we had a great time!
For our starter I made a marinade of olive oil, dark soy sauce, honey, a little bit of sugar and some chili sauce.
Problem is I have no idea how much of anything I used to make this marinade as I didn't know I was going to make it until I did!
I had been speaking to my friend Jean who was also having a dinner party and was cooking salmon for starter too! She was doing hers in a rather yummy sounding ginger, honey and soy marinade.
So, once I'd put the phone down I made a similar marinade without the ginger.
It was about 1tbs olive oil, 2tbs soy, 1tbs honey, a teaspoon of sugar and a dollop of chili sauce.

After marinading the salmon for about an hour, I wrapped each piece of salmon in it's own foil parcel and sliced some red onion, a piece of lemon and added some chopped parsley.
Then I topped with cubed feta and spooned about 1 teaspoon of the marinade over and baked in the oven for about 15 minutes before opening the foil and cooking for about 5 minutes more.


When it came out of the oven it looked like this:


I then served it with some tabbouleh but I didn't put any mint in the tabbouleh coz I don't like it!

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Steak and Caramelized Onions with Melted Cheese


Oh dear - we do seem to be eating too much cheese here lately.
Just as well we aren't on a diet in this house!
I was working today - never a good thing getting home late when cooking is concerned!

I work in a food shop (Marks and Spencer) and I LOVE looking at other peoples shopping.....I know - what AM I like?!
But then I suppose, it's a bit like us all reading blogs about what other people are cooking.....make me feel better about this problem of mine - Please!

Anyway, at the end of the day we get to buy food that the 'Display Until' date is up. But the 'Best Before' date is the day after.
So tiz perfectly fine. And we pay half price or less for it.
Where was I?..... Oh yeah, so, I seem to have bought this 'bargain' pack of thin cut steak. I already had some 'Ready to Bake Baguettes' and as I've been to work - no time to be making them from scratch!

I fried some onions until they were nicely browned and almost gooey, then I pan fried the steak (took only minutes as it was thin cut.
I put the steak into the baguettes along with the onions and then topped with melted cheese for that extra 'yummo' factor!!


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.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Recipe for home made burgers


Bit of a shame - the picture is more of the chips than the burger......I must try harder with my pictures!

Ingredients
250g Minced Pork - with low fat content
250g Minced Beef - with low fat content
1 Large Onion
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Worcestershire Sauce to Taste
Handful of Freshly Chopped Parsley
Freshly Chopped Chives
Yolk of 1 Egg

Method
Finely chop the onions in a blender, remove and put into a mixing bowl.
Now put the pork and beef in and give it a few seconds - you do not want the meat to be too finely chopped.
Remove and add to the onions.
Finely chop the parsley and chives and add to the same bowl along with the yolk of one egg.
Season with salt and pepper and about 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and mix well with a fork.
Make into 4 burger shapes using your hands and shallow fry in a little vegetable oil until cooked through.

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