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Showing posts with label Main. Show all posts

Friday, 27 November 2015

SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese

SPAM® have a lovely selection of really easy to make recipes that can be made and served in next to no time.  So once you're fed up with eating left overs from that huge Christmas dinner you made, why not have a go at this filling and comforting SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese. 

Of course I'm not saying you have to wait until after Christmas to make this, give it a go tonight; kids and adults alike will love it!

Monday, 19 October 2015

How to Make - Leek Brie and Bacon Quiche using a Pie Maker

Regular readers will know all about my amazing, life changing pie maker from Judge Cookware! 
Now, my first attempt at quiche wasn't brilliant as the filling didn't cook enough while the pastry was getting a little too done for my liking.  Well I've been experimenting and after a couple of attempts, I think you'll agree I've now perfected quiche. 

Of course you can use Cheddar cheese if you don't like Brie.  I just happened to have some in my fridge left over from my Moroccan dinner party the weekend before; and yes I know Brie isn't in any way very Moroccan, but after dessert we ended our meal with cheese and biscuits.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Good and Filling - Sausage and Vegetable Crock-Pot Recipe

My favorite Crock-Pot recipe has to include sausages, good ones though; only proper butcher's sausages will do.  My one-pot sausage and vegetable recipe served with a good dollop of creamy mashed potato makes for perfect comfort food and is the very thing for cold weather days.

Crocktober is an exciting (and rather tasty), 30-day event to promote and celebrate all things slow cooking.  As part of the Crocktober recipe challenge, here's my latest sausage Crock-Pot or slow cooker recipe.
An easy, one-pot, no fuss, good and filling dinner.  Crock-Pots are fantastic since they cost very little to run making them far cheaper than having then oven on for hours.  Also as dinner cooks without you having to tend to it, Crock-Pot cooking is the way to go - marvelous!

Friday, 7 August 2015

Tefal ActiFry Recipe - Slightly Spicy Sweet and Sour Chicken

I must say I really do love my Tefal ActiFry and I have to admit before I had one I thought they were all about chips; but I was wrong, check out my Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings recipe.  The ActiFry is fantastic for cooking speedy and healthier meals; my sweet and sour chicken cooks in under 30 minutes.  Armed with my now ageing Tefal rice cooker cooking the rice for me, dinner was served in next to no time and was virtually fuss free. 

Please note; I used the Tefal ActiFry Express XL for this recipe which does cook up to 30% faster than the ActiFry Family.  Therefore timings may have to be increased by a couple of minutes.

I used Ketjap manis which is Indonesian sweet soy sauce but you can use dark soy sauce if you don't happen to have any.  I really like it as it's thicker and sweeter and it can be found in any good supermarket in the World foods section if it isn't with the Chinese ingredients.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Meat-free Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet

We keep being told we're going to have a heat-wave here in the UK; but it has to be said I'm thinking they are perhaps talking about next year!  So with summer sadly not too on the summery side at the moment, how about trying my meat-free sausage and white bean cassoulet?  This easy one-pot meal is made with Quorn sausages which are high in protein and fibre but low in saturated fat this is a nice and filling but healthy kind of meal.

Personally I'm not a huge fan of Quorn sausages but their 'Chef's selection are far nicer than the regular ones and make a meat-free meal in next to no time.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Vegetarian Chinese-style Spicy Beef and Peppers made with Quorn

Although we're not vegetarians it is sometimes good to have a meat free dinner.  In any case Quorn is super quick to cook.

I must say the Quorn beef strips (sold frozen) are as I say, easy to cook but in my opinion actually taste more like tofu rather than beef; that said personally I much prefer the Quorn beef than the chicken.  I find Quorn chicken a bit dry.
This dish can be on the table in a matter of minutes and since you cook the beef strips from frozen my recipe really is a doddle to make and is really tasty.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Cheats Kefta Mkaouara - Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce with Eggs

Kefta Mkaouara is a delicious, and very popular Moroccan tagine of meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce and is usually served with flatbread.  
I’ve adjusted the amount of spiciness to make this suitable for children.  Also instead of coriander which is more common to finish the dish, I’ve used flat leaf parsley since it will appeal to the whole family. 
Life is so busy for pretty much everyone these days, but with my simple cheat you can still provide a delicious meal your family will love.  Scan Meatballs don't contain any artificial colour or flavour either so that's good to know. 

There's no need to faff about making meatballs; by using ready made Scan Authentic Swedish Meatballs (which only need to be reheated) this lovely Moroccan dish can be on the table and ready to eat in around 45 minutes.  Once you've added the eggs it can be bubbling away in your oven whilst you have a shower.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Persian Halloumi Cookalong with Toshiba and Gousto

Recently myself and a few other bloggers were invited by Toshiba and Gousto to take part in the #ToshibaCookalong via Skype.  To take part we were all sent a box of ingredients from Gousto and a Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 laptop and very nice it is too, more about that in a minute!
We all had to link up via Skype to cook-along with Gousto's talented Chef, Alice Feaver and follow her recipe for Persian Halloumi.
It's a shame I didn't get any pictures of the actual cookalong (apart from one I shared via FaceBook and Twitter) as I was too busy worrying about how it would go since I'd never taken part in a cookalong before!

All set with the Toshiba laptop and ingredients at the ready when 6pm came we were off.  The cookalong was great fun despite a couple of us loosing connection at one point.  But with the recipe to hand I carried on regardless and hoped for the best.  Once the connection back up and running I had pretty much managed to keep up with everyone apart from my onions; yes my onions could have done with being cooked a little longer to caramelise but hey ho the finished dish not only looked good but it tasted good too.  

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Sizzling Steak with Peppers Onions and Chilli - Judge Sizzle and Serve

Steak needs to be cooked quickly over a high heat so that it seals, keeping it tender and juicy.  All you need is a good piece of steak, sliced along with onions and peppers; coated in tiny amount of oil, soy sauce with a bit of seasoning, and a few chilli flakes and you have dinner ready in just a couple of minutes.

But of course your pan needs to be HOT really hot, and this cast iron sizzle platter from Judge Cookware is perfect for creating sizzling meals or side dishes that can be taken straight to the table thanks to the maple wood stand that's included.  Sizzle and Serve range is suitable for all hob types and barbeques, and is oven-safe up to 240°C

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Greek-style Shoulder of Lamb - Oven or BBQ

With the gorgeous weather we've been having here lately, no one including myself, wants to spend hours in the kitchen cooking.  Food that's simple to prepare and requires little looking after is what I'm after.
My Greek-style roast lamb fits in perfectly and the lovely spices remind me of holidays in Greece. When it's cooking your kitchen will smell amazing.

Hopefully the coming bank holiday weekend will also be nice and sunny (and dare I say it) perhaps even warm enough to have a BBQ - I have to point out I've never tried to cook a piece of lamb like this on a BBQ but if you're all clued up, then I say go for it!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Sweet and Sour Pork - Tefal ActiFryDay Challenge


Takeaways are big business in the UK with Brits spending more than £6 billion on takeaway meals each year.  But this means that in just one year Britons feast on more than 12,000 tonnes of saturated fat from those takeaways.  As Friday night is the most popular time for Brits to order a takeaway, Tefal asked me to take part in the ActiFryDay Challenge which is to swap a Friday night takeaway for healthier alternatives.

Supplied with the ActiFry Express XL, the recipe and ingredients I was all set to cook!

Sweet and Sour Pork cooked in a far healthier way.  

Using the ActiFry doesn't mean  you  have to completely give up the food you love - just use less oil.
I'm loving my ActiFry Express and yes it does cook quicker than the ActiFry Family.  The ActiFry Express XL cooks up to 30% Faster than the ActiFry Family.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Get ready for your Summer Holiday - Let's Cook Paella

Oh yes, it's that time of year when we all soon start to think about our summer holiday.  Well okay, the weather isn't even spring like at the moment here in the UK, but I don't care!  I'm getting into the holiday spirit a bit early as I'm going to make the most of this years holiday abroad since we didn't have one last year.

I do love Spanish food and when in Spain I can't resist Paella. 

Monday, 16 March 2015

Great British Dish - Cottage Pie with Porter Ale

There's nothing quite like a good old Great British dish, and cottage pie is perfect for this icy cold weather we've been having - cottage pie is also the ultimate comfort food.  My addition of Porter ale adds richness and depth of flavour.
I've been cooking up all sorts lately in my nice STOVES oven and I love how it cooks everything so evenly.  No turning food around to get it evenly browned (as I had to in my old oven) my Stoves Sterling 600MF oven gives a perfect result every time.

STOVES is proud to be part of Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, the only manufacturer that builds freestanding cookers, built-in ovens, hobs and range cookers right here in the UK.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas - Simple Recipe

A tagine is historically a dish from North Africa and is the name given to the actual earthenware pot that the dish is cooked in.  Because the domed or cone-shaped lid of the tagine pot traps steam and returns the condensed liquid to the pot, a minimal amount of water is needed to cook meats and vegetables.

Moroccan tagines are savoury stews typically made with meat, poultry or fish along with spices and vegetables and often fruit is added.  The result is melt in the mouth meat or poultry which is tasty, warming and proper feel good food.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Crock-Pot BBQ Pork Steaks - Easy Slow Cooker Recipe

I say Crock-Pot or Slow Cookers are a brilliant invention!  Great for all kinds of easy and delicious dinners. My slow cooked pork steaks in a rich and tangy BBQ sauce melt in the mouth - just the thing to come home to a long day at work. 

I suppose you could serve this with some nice crusty bread for dipping and moping but I say for the ultimate comfort food it needs mashed potato.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Cheesy Beany Crock-Pot Potatoes and Digital Crock-Pot Giveaway

Crock-Pots or slow cookers have become really popular again, lets face it they are quite a marvelous invention.  They offer a very cheap way of cooking and dinner can be ready to eat as soon as you get home from work - no mess no fuss.  Now whenever you think of a meal cooked in a slow cooker you tend to think it's all stews and casseroles.  But you can actually cook certain foods wrapped in foil which of course means even less washing up as the crock-pot is as clean at the end as it was before any cooking began!

Perfect for bonfire night or great for students these cheesy beany potatoes may not look amazing but let me tell you if you this was good!  Prepared in just five minutes then left to cook all day long while you're working or maybe you just have something else to do other than stand over a cooker. 
Lets face it baked beans are really good for you too, high in fibre and virtually fat-free which is probably just as well since these potatoes are loaded with cheese!

So since Crock-Pot are making October #Crocktober a slow cooking campaign, I was asked to make a recipe and was sent this Digital Crock-Pots and a Crock-Pot Food Warmer (a great little gadget that re-heats cooked food while you are in the office) just put the food into the bowl, plug in and 3 hours later your food will be piping hot and ready to eat.  Sadly I don't work in the kind of place where you are able to do that but if you do then it's ideal.

 I love this Crock-Pot - the digital timer allows you to see how much longer you have till your food is ready and it auto switches to keep warm when it's done.  So no need to worry if you're running late.
Crock-Pot UK are supplying one of these rather nice Digital Crock-Pots and a Crock-Pot Food Warmer for my Giveaway.  But first here's my recipe for those cheesy beany potatoes. 

Print Recipe

 To serve 4 you will need:
1kg new potatoes (I used Charlotte) cut into bite sized pieces
sea salt and black pepper
1 x 400g can Baked Beans
200g of Extra Matured Cheddar - grated
200g Red Leicester - grated
a sprinkling of Cayenne or Chilli powder

How to do it:
Lay two big sheets of good quality kitchen foil to form a cross.  Line the crock-pot with the foil - it needs to be big enough to be able to pull the sides up and to cover the potatoes.
Throw in the potatoes and season with sea salt and black pepper.  Now pour over the baked beans and stir very carefully taking care not to tear the foil.  
Add half of the cheese (saving the rest till later) and sprinkle a little cayenne or chilli powder.  

 Pull the foil over to loosely cover the food.  Pop the lid on and switch on the Crock-Pot.  Cook for 8 hours on LOW add the rest of the cheese towards the end of cooking - say ten minutes before just giving it enough time to melt and then serve.

Now for the Giveaway!
As mentioned Crock-Pot UK are supplying a Digital Crock-Pot and a Crock-Pot Food Warmer which lucky reader of this blog will win.  
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Chicken with Bacon Saffron Tomato and Potato - One Pot Meal

 Readers of this blog would have seen my recent review of the beautiful cook book 'Café Kitchen' by Shelagh Ryan.  As soon as I opened the book I knew I had to make this dish.  This is a lovely recipe full of flavour and easy since it's all cooked in one pot.  Suitable for everyday eating but I say would go down a treat at a dinner party too.

As I've already said Café Kitchen is a truly lovely cook book.  I did slightly titivated the original recipe as the book doesn't mention whether or not the potatoes should be precooked or not.  I decided they wouldn't be cooked through simply by adding them in the last 20 minutes of cooking as the book suggests and so I par boiled mine first. I also used one tin less of tomatoes and less chicken stock and wine.  I still had plenty of liquid so I've decided that's the way to go but of course it's just down to personal preference.  The recipe says it serves 8-12 people using eight to twelve chicken thighs - we are greedy so I used 9 to serve two people.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Express Sausage Casserole using Tefal Cook4Me Multicooker

The Tefal Cook4Me is a Multicooker which means it can brown, cook, reheat, steam, pressure cook, or cook 50 different pre-programmed recipes or be used manually to create your own thing.  All in all this really is a brilliant invention.  Having been sent one to review (you can read about the Cook4Me in more detail here) and also see how easy it is to make a dish such as Beef Madras in just 20 minutes.

Well today let me tell you about this seriously quick and very tasty Sausage Casserole with cooking time of just 9 minutes.  No fancy ingredients either, in fact I used a shop bought cook-in sauce in order to show just how very easy and simple this multicooker really is.  

The Cook4Me as I said come with 50 pre-programmed recipes and to create your own recipe is just find a similar recipe, in this case it was Sausage and Bean Casserole.  Now, none of the recipes are difficult at all nor do they require any fancy ingredients.  But the pre-programmed recipe called for dicing a carrot and a red pepper and a glass of red wine.  Okay that's nothing tricky as I say but what if you actually can't be bothered to even do that?  

So, armed with a jar of sausage casserole cook-in sauce 'Homepride' if you must know!
I chopped an onion and a few mushrooms which you don't have to but doing so will of course give more flavour.  I then selected the sausage and bean stew recipe on the Cook4Me and browned the sausages and onions as instructed. Then I poured in the cooking sauce, closed the lid and waited a whole 9 minutes for it to cook!  Now, this caught me out a bit since the mashed potatoes weren't ready.  All my fault as it does tell you at the start how long or should I say quickly it will take to cook. Please note the cooking time of 9 minutes is to serve 4 people - to serve 2 people the cooking time is less and just 6 minutes!

Anyway, no need to fuss since the Tefal Cook4Me automatically switches to keep warm.  Food can be kept warm for up to 90 minutes.

 Up next time is soup using a pre-programmed recipe but I can't decide between Butternut or Leek and Potato, what do you reckon?

To find out more on this and other great products pop over to the Tefal website.

Disclaimer:  I was given the Tefal Cook4Me multicooker for the purpose of a review which can be read by following the link mentioned earlier in this post.  All thoughts are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Mexican-style Spicy Pulled Brisket Fajitas

Brisket of beef is a cheaper cut of meat that requires slow cooking and when I say slow cooked I really mean it!  Yes 12 hours in a slow cooker is what's needed to get perfect melt in your mouth beef.  I'd never cooked brisket before and fancied it would be rather nice cooked in a spicy tomato based sauce.  The result we perfect and well worth the wait. 

Once done, simply pile onto soft warm tortillas and top with a corn and black bean salsa.
If you cook a bigger piece of brisket than I did, once cooled it can easily be popped into the freezer making this meal perfect for an informal dinner party with friends or family.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Express Beef Madras - Tefal Cook4Me Multicooker Review

Imagine being able to cook a Beef Madras Curry with a cooking time of just 20 minutes?  Fantastic, but only of course if the beef is juicy, tender, full of flavour and tastes good.
Well, this Beef Madras using casserole beef (braising steak) actually did cook in 20 minutes and it was seriously good.  Oh yes we're seriously impressed with the Cook4Me Multicooker from Tefal.

Having recently been asked if I'd like to review the Tefal Cook4Me Multicooker the answer was of course yes please!!
I wasn't really sure what to expect since I've never had a multicooker before and wasn't quite sure how they worked.  So, armed with lots of questions as soon as it arrived I wanted to use it!
I'll answer all of my questions and of course if you have any please leave a comment and I'll answer it.