Showing posts with label Meat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Meat. Show all posts

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Skinni Pork Sausage Sweet Potato and Apple Tray Bake

Tray Bakes are one of the easiest and quickest meals you can make and anything with sausages has to be good in my opinion.  Of course the secret to good taste is to use quality sausages.

Okay readers of this blog will know I'm supposed to be trying to lose a bit of weight here - so whilst my recipe isn't exactly calorie free as it contains potatoes, the Skinni Pork Sausages I used are from West Coast Foods and are reduced fat and high in protein.  

There's certainly no faffing about with this recipe, it's ready to serve in just 45 minutes.  Pork Sausages, Onions and a mixture of Sweet Potatoes and Regular Potatoes, Apples and Sage; what's not to like?

Sausage Sweet Potato and Apple Tray Bake

The oven tray I used was a SCANPAN; you can read my review here.

All you need is a suitably sized non-stick oven tray that's big enough for the ingredients to be spread out.  If you don't have one then you can use one of the disposable foil ones from the supermarket; just be careful that is doesn't bend when removing from the oven.

If there's more than two of you just add more of everything including sausages; and of course you can cook this just for one person.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Get BBQ Ready with Iceland Foods

Oh my, the great British weather has once again tried to fool us again this week.  From horrid rain and hail to brilliant sunshine and dare I say it - hot even!  But the one thing we all love to do on the relatively few and sometimes far between nice sunny days is to have a BBQ.

Now that's all very well and dandy but who on earth wants to have to rush out to buy burgers and kebabs and stuff when you realise the weather forecast is actually wrong and you could have a BBQ -if only you had thought about it beforehand.  After all, if you have to go out shopping for food by the time you get back you've missed the best of the sun!


So I was really pleased to have been set another Iceland Foods #PowerofFrozen challenge which was to see if I could be BBQ ready for whenever the weather was next looking good.

With my freezer stocked up with frozen and ready to cook goodies from the truly brilliant range of BBQ foods available from our local Iceland I was all set to BBQ and that day came sooner than the weatherman predicted.  I'm not just saying it, pop down to your local Iceland Food store and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised of the quality upmarket range they now have.

You can believe me or not but, on Thursday I'd done a days work 6am till 2pm and the weather had turned out to be gorgeous.  So without having to go shopping (it would have been too late if I'd had to do that) I conjured up this array of delicious BBQ food from Iceland.

I found out we hadn't got any briquettes in the garage needed for the BBQ - oh bother, I'm thinking (or words to that effect) please don't make me have to now pop out after all.  But fear not this wasn't a problem because all the food I'd bought is not only cooked from frozen but can also be cooked in the oven too which is what I did......Happy me yay!

Here's a photo of all the food in my freezer I had in readiness for a sunny BBQ kind of day.  I already had Brioche Burger Buns which I forgot to photograph by the way.  The burger buns are pre-sliced making everything so very easy.

Now that's not all folks; for my next trick I even managed to make a 10 Minute Sweetcorn and Pepper Burger Relish to go on the burgers - check me out.  Again made from (yes you guessed it) ready prepared frozen ingredients.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta

I love my freezer as I know that if I'm stuck for time there's always something in there enabling me to rustle up a quick dinner after a busy day.  With a little cheating by using frozen ready prepared veggies and a couple of store cupboard ingredients, my Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta can be on the table in just under 30 minutes.  But more importantly, it's super tasty too.

Super Quick Meatballs

I have to admit I never used to venture into Iceland until they moved it to a more convenient location within our town center; and to be honest I still only popped in now and then.  When I was asked to create a recipe for their #PowerofFrozen campaign I had a proper good look and I hadn't realised what an absolutely fantastic range of frozen foods they now stock.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

SPAM BBQ Kebab Recipe and Giveaway

Convenient, uniquely tasty, quick and easy to prepare, SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is the ideal meat to make a variety of sizzling summer snacks. 

Made from over 90% prime shoulder pork and leg ham, the iconic meat is so versatile you can slice it to make a toasted SPAM® Tortilla Sandwich, or dice it to make mouth-watering SPAM® BBQ Kebabs.

Friday, 12 December 2014

MyProtein Fresh Meat Delivery - Review


MyProtein is currently Europe's number one sports nutrition brand.  An online store with just about everything  for those into fitness and bodybuilding and covers both womans and mens fitness.  You'll find a huge range of Protein, Creatine, Amino Acids, Carbohydrates, Healthy Ingredients, Blends and Formulas, Tablets and Capsules, Bars, Drinks and even clothing and accessories.

Recently MyProtien have added Fresh Meat to their range and having been asked to review the delivery here's how it went.

Ordering is really easy, just browse the store and do the usual click and add to basket.  I noticed they have offer codes so be sure to look out for those - if you have one just add the code at the end of your shopping, you can go wrong it's really simple.

Please note delivery of fresh meat is different than that of other products on the site and I can only comment on fresh meat delivery since that's all I ordered.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Pork Ragu with Rigatoni Pasta

A nice steaming bowl of pasta with a lovely rich meat sauce is always a good thing.  I usually make ragu with half beef and half pork mince, but my freezer failed me there was no beef mince to be found!  Anyway, all was okay as this turned out just as tasty.

Bowl of Pork Ragu with Pasta

If you've never tried Sacla sun-dried tomato paste then you haven't lived, marvelous stuff.  Rich and sweet tasting and great in pasta dishes or soups - just saying.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Hot Steak Ciabatta Sandwich with Mustard Mayo

Cooked correctly a good steak is something truly special.  Easy, simple no fuss cooking is all that's needed.  Oh yes this is thing of deliciousness.  But of course a good piece of steak and mine came from Meat Porter.  

Apologies to any vegetarians out there.  Personally I'm a fan of rump steak over sirloin - why?  Because it seems to have more flavour than sirloin.  A decent amount of fat around the edge is vital for cooking in a grill pan since it adds flavour and keeps the steak moist and tender.  Rump steak also happens to be cheaper than sirloin too!
Medium rare is the way to go, although being awkward I like my steak to be more rare than medium, if that makes sense - I know what I mean anyway!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Meat Box Delivery from Meat Porter - Review

There's nothing quite like a good sized English Breakfast to keep you full pretty much all day long.
Of course good quality ingredients are essential.  Proper bacon (smoked back bacon is the only way to go in my opinion) and nicely seasoned meaty sausages  - both have to be just right.
Okay that's the meat sorted so now for the mushrooms, I love these baby portobello mushrooms.  A nice big tomato is essential, baked beans are good too and any leftover cooked potatoes are perfect - just fry them till they start to brown along with the rest of the breakfast.  Another essential is a lovely golden yolked fried egg or two.  Pop some fresh crusty buttered bread on the side of the plate and you're done.
Having recently been sent a rather nice box of meat from Meat Porter, a full English breakfast just had to happen.

Meat Porter is an online artisan butcher, sourcing and delivering high quality fresh meat to your door. We source from the same producers as top London restaurants, guaranteeing you that gourmet experience every time you dine.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Perfect Steak from Graig Farm Organics

For me, there's nothing quite like a really nice bit of steak.
Graig Farm Organics very kindly sent me some steak, gammon and chicken to try.
You can order online from Graig Farm Organics for quality organic food products delivered over-night, straight to your door.
It has to be said, you really can taste the difference in Organic food.
For a start, the steak tasted like steak - by that I mean some supermarket meat really is tasteless and is no comparison to that from Graig Farm. 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Prosciutto and Salami Pizza Topped with Sacla' Char-Grilled Peppers

 It is seriously easy to make this plate of melty, cheesy goodness in the way of a pizza!   
Slight saltiness from the Prosciutto and a little heat from the Salami, dotted with colourful Sacla' Char-Grilled Peppers.  Add a mixture of Mozzarella and Cheddar and I think you’ll agree you have the perfect pizza.
Of course you don’t have to use the exact toppings that I chose, just use this recipe as a suggestion and add whatever takes your fancy.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Philly Chilli Pasta Bake - Super Quick Recipe

Philadelphia have just launched some super speedy recipes that even Paul (the husband) could make!  I was asked to give one of them a go to see if they really are that easy and quick.
Okay my picture isn't the best but at least you can see I really did make it.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Kefta Mkaouara - Spicy Egg, Meatball and Tomato Tagine

Rick Stein's 'Mediterranean Escapes' cookbook has been out a good while now but in my opinion it's one of the best books I own. 

Even though I've made this time and time again, we still love it.
Of course you don't have to have a Tagine to make this, I didn't use mine as it's a bit on the big side, so I just used a shallow oven proof baking dish.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Keevil and Keevil Steak Box and Delivery - a Review

I was very kindly sent the Smithfield Meat Box to review from Keevil and Keevil the on-line butchers.  
I must say I'm totally impressed!  The steaks were delicious, excellent value for money and of the highest quality.  As the box contained 8 steaks (and there are only the two of us) so far we've only tried the Ribeye and the Sirloin.  Now, when I say they tasted good - I mean they tasted GOOD!  
   Pictured below - Ribeye Steak:
 Sirloin Steak:
Some beef you buy these days seems to have very little in the way of taste - not these steaks, they were juicy, tender and full of flavour.  

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Spatchcock Chicken with Aubergine, Roasted Tomatoes and Feta

Readers of this blog will remember the fantastic day I had back in May with Marco Pierre White and Knorr along with a lovely bunch of other food bloggers.
Now, as if the day wasn't already just the best day out ever, there was more to come!  We were told we'd be sent three Seasonal British produce boxes courtesy of Knorr.  As I was about to go on holiday, mine was sent a little later and arrived at the end of last week.
  Well, what a treat!  The box was huge and filled with lovely fresh Organic meat from The Well Hung Meat Company, Organic Vegetables and herbs from Rod and Ben's and some Knorr stock cubes.  It was hard to take a picture but buried beneath those beetroot leaves are potatoes, cauliflower, carrots and courgettes!
  Marco Pierre White uses these stock cubes to season meat, poultry and fish which really works well.  All you do is mix a small amount of olive oil with a Knorr stock cube and mix to make a paste.  He then adds a few finely chopped herbs, mixes and spreads over the meat and cooks on a griddle. 
So what to cook with all this fantastic meat and veg??!!
Marco has just released his latest recipe 'Spatchcocked Poussin with Aubergine'.  I loved the look of anyway, but I added roasted tomatoes and some crumbled feta.  It worked really well.  Marco's recipe for this can be found over at the Knorr website along with a whole lot more great recipes too!
I used a small chicken to make this instead of Poussin. 
I'll be sure to let you know what I make with the rest of this lovely seasonal box.
A big thank you again to Jen, Knoor, The Well Hung Meat Company and Rod and Ben's.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Linguine with Prawns Chorizo Sun-dried Tomatoes and Chilli

Yesterday I fancied eating prawns. Why? I've no idea, but you know how you just fancy something sometimes.  Nothing else would do, so prawns it was and time to invent something!


The flavour combo was amazing.  If I do say so myself I did a right good job of this dish and can't wait to make it again.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Jan's Spaghetti Bolognaise

This is my version of spaghetti bolognaise (bolognese) or Spag Bol.  
Although it's really simple to make it isn't a 10 minute job......all good things are worth waiting for and all that!
Far better than those jars of ready made sauce that all seem to be the same colour whatever brand you look at.  With red wine and herbs, with extra garlic, without garlic, original, traditional - they're all the same colour!
If you're fussed that it takes too long why not make double the amount and freeze it - dinner another day will then be sorted as quick as you like.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Haggis Neeps and Tatties!

Haggis is traditionally eaten in Scotland to celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns and is known as 'Burns' night.
It is always held on the 25th January, which was his birthday.

Haggis is a kind of savoury sausage meat which has lovely spices added.
Now, all that said, I personally can only cope with the haggis from M&S that comes in a plastic bag instead of a sheep's stomach!

Haggis is served with 'neeps' which is swede (or rutabaga to those of you in the US) boiled in slightly salted water and then mashed with a little nutmeg.
The 'tatties' are just mashed potatoes.

Some people serve haggis with a dish called clapshot which originated in the Orkney islands. To make this you just mix equal amounts of mashed potato together with the mashed swede a
nd stir in some snipped chives.

How knowledgeable am I you may be thinking? - all with thanks to the Internet!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Jan's Chilli con Carne - Nice and Spicy

A right nice n spicy Chilli con Carne always goes down well and is so, so easy to make.
Just the thing for cold weather or when you have friends round.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Cottage Pie with Guinness and Other Good Things

Who can't love a nice cottage pie?
I came across this recipe by Gordon Ramsay that has Guinness in it. I made it exactly (which is strange for me to follow a recipe exactly) and it was totally delicious.

I did put come cooked peas and carrots in the bottom of mine.
If you've never used a potato ricer you must immediately go out and get one - they are amazing! I brought mine for just £5 from Marks and Spencer.

Print Recipe

To serve 6 you will need:
a large pie dish
2 tbsp olive oil

900g good quality (low fat) minced beef

sea salt and black pepper
3 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

a few thyme sprigs, leaves only

2 nice fat plum tomatoes, ch
2 tablespoons of tomato purée

330ml bottle of Guinness

5 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

300ml chicken stock (I used fresh h
ome made chicken stock) but you can use a Knorr chicken stock cube
1 kg floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper or King Edward, peeled and roughly cubed

50g butter
a handful of grated cheddar, plus extra for the top of the pie
1 large egg yolk

plus a good handful of cooked peas and carrots if you fancy

How to do it:
Put a large frying pan over a
high heat and add a thin layer of olive oil. Season the mince with salt and pepper and fry, stirring, in two or three batches, until nicely browned.
Drain off any fat, although you shouldn't really have worth worrying about if you used good quality mince.
Put the cooked mince into a bowl and set aside.

In the same pan you just used, put it over a medium-high heat and add a little olive oil. When it's nice and hot, fry the onions,
with the garlic for a few minutes until until soft and golden.
Now add the thyme and cook for another minute or so.

Add the browned mince, tomatoes and tomato puree. Stir constantly for 4-5 minut
Add the Guinness and Worcestershire sauce and boil until the liquid has
reduced by half. Pour in the stock and return to the boil.
Turn the heat down and simmer for 20-25 minutes, by which time the mixture should be lovely and thick and glossy.

Continue to simmer for another 5-10 minutes if it doesn’t seem quite thick enough. Once done remove it from the heat.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F or Gas 4

Meanwhile, add the potatoes to a pan of salted water, bring to the boil and cook until tender.
Drain and return to the hot pan for 15 seconds or so, to dry out, then take off the heat.
Pass the potatoes through a potato ricer back into the pan or mash smoothly.
Mix through the butter, cheese and egg yolk.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Put the cooked peas and carrots into the bottom of the dish if you are using them and then spoon the mince mixture on top.

Spoon the m
ashed potato on top and rough up the surface with a fork. Grate over some extra cheese and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until bubbling and golden brown.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Conchiglioni Rigati Stuffed with a Ragu Bolognese

Conchiglioni Rigati are large pasta shells, which I think look lovely. Each shell stuffed with a rich meat sauce that's been slowly cooked with red wine with tomatoes and other good things. Topped with a white sauce and finished with a good amount of Parmesan cheese is delish and well worth the fairly long cooking time.

This recipe will serve 6 or 4 quite greedy people
Printable Recipe

You will need:
One large or two medium sized ovenproof dishes
400g Conchiglioni Rigati pasta (large pasta shells)
200g Parmesan, freshly grated

For the Meat Sauce:
2 onions
1 carrot
1 stick celery
4 fat cloves of garlic
80g of either smoked streaky bacon or pancetta
1 tablespoon tomato puree
5 or 6 sun dried tomatoes drained from their oil (or re hydrated dried ones)
30g butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
250g minced beef
250g minced pork
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes – including the juice
160ml red wine
3 bay leaves

For the Béchamel sauce:
100g butter
70g plain flour
560ml milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
freshly grated nutmeg

How to do it:
Peel the onions and carrots and chop into big cubes. Do the same with the celery. Peel the garlic cloves and put them all including the bacon into a food processor and finely chop to almost a paste.
Don’t bother washing the processor up just yet – hold up on that as you’ll need it again in a minute!
Heat the butter and oil in a large pan and fry this mixture along with the tomato puree over a low heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until soft.
Now add the beef and pork and stir it about a bit until it browns evenly.
While this is cooking nicely add the sun dried tomatoes to the food processor and give them a good whizz up so you end up with a tomato paste.
Add this paste to the meat. Give everything a good stir.
Add the tomatoes, red wine and bay leaves. Stir well and bring to the boil.
Now turn down the heat and cover with a bit of kitchen foil or a lid but only partially cover.
Let this mixture cook for about on a low heat for about 1 and half hours stirring now and then. It shouldn't go dry unless you have the heat too high.
If it does you will need to add a teeny bit more wine or water if you must.

For the Sauce:
Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the flour and stir and cook together. Take off the heat briefly, and whisk in the milk with a hand held balloon whisk.
Now put back on the heat stirring all the time.
Once the sauce is bubbling leave it for a few minutes to cook stirring all the while.
Season with salt and pepper and turn down the heat and cook until slightly thickened.
You want a fairly running sauce. When that’s done remove from the heat and stir in some freshly grated nutmeg.
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/ Gas 6
Put a large pan of slightly salted water on to boil ready for your pasta. When it’s boiling add the pasta shells. Cook them until they are almost done (al dente). You don’t want soggy pasta.

Drain the pasta shells and let them cool at bit.
One at a time, fill each shell with a good spoonful of the meat sauce (bay leaves removed) and place meat side up and side by side in your baking dish.
Keep going until you've no room left in your dish or dishes if you your making two lots.
Now pour the white sauce over and in between the shells. Sprinkle the top generously with grated Parmesan – you can mix in some grated cheddar too if you fancy.
Cover loosely with foil and cook for about 25 minutes - if you let the sauce get cold before you made this then it will of course take a bit longer to heat through.
Now remove the foil and cook for another 10 minutes until it’s cooked through, piping hot and the top is bubbling, golden and crispy.