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

Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese - Giveaway

Prosciutto di San Daniele & Grana Padano cheese, two very traditional and well known Italian products that have been awarded with the PDO logo.

I absolutely love Grana Padano cheese and use it a lot, it's very similar to Parmigiano Reggiano or 'Parmesan' so can be used in a wide range of recipes.

Prosciutto di San Daniele is the best, it's totally delicious; Prosciutto is an Italian dry-cured ham that's usually thinly sliced and melts in your mouth.

Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese

Both have been recognised by the European Union as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products since 1996. In order to achieve PDO status, products must respect the strict Production Specifications.
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Easy Dinner Idea - SPAM and Baked Bean Hash - Plus a GIVEAWAY

A can of SPAM® is such a useful food thing to have in the store cupboard, that little (or large) tin means you'll never be stuck for a quick and easy dinner.

SPAM® is so easy to cook; slice it, dice it, fry it, grill it the choice is yours.  Of course you can even serve SPAM® straight from the can as it's already cooked, just add egg and chips for a super fast dinner everyone will love.

But it's not all SPAM® and chips! There are so many options for fast and tasty meals.  Why not try my SPAM® and Baked Bean Hash for a easy, cheap, quick and filling dinner that the whole family will enjoy; especially the kids.

SPAM Hash with Beans

This recipe can easily be adapted for the whole family; just double the ingredients accordingly.

Top Tip!
You might want to buy the bigger 415g tin of beans, use half and keep half as they are cheaper to buy. The same goes for the SPAM as it is also available in a larger tin.  Just be sure to store correctly in the fridge and not in the tin.  They will both keep for a couple of days.  Read over the page for the recipe and a giveaway!

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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.
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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!

PowerofFrozen

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.

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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.

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Sweet Potato Topped Sausage and Kale Cassoulet

I do love a good, hearty and warming Crock-Pot dinner.  Crock-Pots (the original slow cooker) are fantastic and perfect for busy people and families.  Once all the ingredients are in the Crock-Pot, it can be left alone and dinner will cook itself - marvelous!

Having been asked to be part of the Collective Crock Challenge meaning myself and a few other bloggers had to name an ingredient that we'd like to see included in the Collective Crock-Pot recipe.


I was asked to name the main ingredient and I said sausages.  I say there's nothing like a proper good quality sausage; sausages in a Crock-Pot say winter is here.  None of us knew what ingredient each other had said and the people at Crock-Pot came up with this collective cooks recipe.
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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
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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.
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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 Market Porter who have recently hanged their name to Heartier.   


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!

You may have seen my recent post about the lovely meat box I received from Market Porter (now Heartier) - if you didn't, you can see it here.

Along with the rest of the meat included in my box the rump steak didn't disappoint, it was just perfect and cooked really well, it was tasty and juicy just as you'd expect. 

Now, as a food blogger you might be expecting a recipe for mustard mayo and if so you're in the wrong place - this is simple, easy and quick.  No messing about with whisks here.  Maille are makers of good fine foods including mayonnaise with a hint of mustard and I am addicted to it!
So, now you can see my steak sandwich really is easy and nothing revolutionary either, since there will be thousands of similar recipes if you search for them.

How to Cook Perfect Steak:

Take your steak out of the fridge and remove any packaging.  Rub all over with a little olive oil and season with black and a tiny amount of sea salt.  Leave lightly covered with cling film for about 20 minutes to allow the steak to come to room temperature before cooking.
By the way, I'm assuming your steak to 2cms thick for this to work.  Heat up a grill pan - you can use a normal frying pan if you don't have a grill pan.  Bring the pan to a really high heat.  Remember you only oil the steak and not the pan or you'll have a kitchen full of smoke which is never a good thing.
Pop the steak on to cook - it's best to never cook more than two in the same pan at once since the temperature will drop causing the steak so stew rather than fry.
Be sure to get good grill markings on your steak which by the way should happen pretty quickly if your pan is hot enough.

For medium rare steak cook for for about 2 minutes before turning to cook the other side for a further 2 minutes.  It's very near impossible to give exact times since everything depends of the thickness of your steak and and how hot your pan is.
For medium steak cook as above for 2 and a half minutes each side.
Remove from the pan an place onto a warm plate and cover with kitchen foil - leave for about 3 minutes before serving.

  Slice the steak and pop into warm ciabatta rolls which have been generously spread with Maille mustard mayo.  For a meal fit for greedy folk like ourselves serve with mushrooms, tomato and a side of chips.  Oh and a glass of red for me please.
Afterwards you wont need to eat for a week - Enjoy!


 For more information on Heartier and their excellent meat delivery service pop over to their website.
    
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Meat Box Delivery from Heartier - 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 Market Porter (since writing they are now known as Heartier), a full English breakfast just had to happen.
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Beef with Tomatoes and Sweet Paprika - Slow Cooker Recipe

My cute and dinky slow cooker from Judge Cookware is just 1.5 litres and I've found this size to be perfect as it stops me cooking far too much for two people.  I do tend to get a bit excitable and cook too much food.  

About this recipe for Beef and Tomatoes - I meant to use a red peppers, but for some reason I seem to have got side tracked and found myself chopping a carrot instead!  Anyway, I used the carrot and left out the red pepper (since the two together is a bit odd, I think) and it was fine, but when I make it again I will use a bell pepper instead.


Whatever you do please try to use sweet paprika as it will give a far nicer taste.
Of course if you wanted to you could put this in a casserole and pop it into the oven at say 180C/360F for about 3 hours, or until the meat in nice and tender.  The only problem is with the oven it does tend to need checking on more often as you will most probably find you need to turn the oven down at some point.
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Honey Roast Pork Belly Strips with Anise

Nigel Slater used ribs for this brilliant recipe of his, Honey Roast Ribs with Star Anise.  But I didn't have any and was desperate to make it, so instead I used boneless pork belly strips and the end result was amazing.  

I chose quite lean belly slices, since some can be a lot more fatty but that said, most of the fat seemed to disappear during cooking and they just melted in your mouth.  

Honey Roast Pork Belly Strips

If you're thinking they look burnt, they wasn't but I can see you could easily burn them towards the end of cooking so you need to keep an eye on them.  Mine took 20 minutes less than Nigel Slater's recipe.
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Spiced Lamb Patties in Pitta Bread

These are truly delicious, tasty and juicy little morsels.  They have a lovely sticky glaze to them due to the addition of mango chutney in the mixture.  Although these patties or mini burgers are spicy, I'd class them as nowhere near hot, but of course you can add more heat simply by adding more chilli.
 
Spiced Lamb Patties in Pitta Bread

 I particularly like Sharwood's Mango Chutney with Kashmiri Chillies.

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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.
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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.
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Keevil and Keevil Steak Box and Delivery - 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.  
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Lamb with Boulangère Potatoes - Recipe

Melt in the mouth lamb cooked in a lovely rich white wine and rosemary sauce topped with boulangère potatoes.  Potatoes cooked this way soak up the lovely sauce on the bottom and are nice and crispy on top.  Whats not to like? 


Marks and Spencer sell Lamb Boulangère in their 'Bistro' range and after seeing it the other day I thought, I could make that!

It's along the lines of Lancashire hotpot, but the wine and rosemary in the sauce makes it a little bit more fancy.
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Steak and Kidney Pie with Black Sheep Ale

Yesterday I felt the need (as you do) to make steak and kidney pie with ale.  Now, you either like kidneys or you don't - simple.  If you don't like them don't put them in and you'll still have a delicious steak pie.

My addition of Black Sheep Ale in this I think really made it something special.  The gravy (even though there was only a relatively small amount) tasted good - really good.


Once again - not the best of pictures but I can't be letting my dinner get cold just to take a picture - blog or no blog sorry!  Trying to take a picture of something that's steaming hot is near on impossible.

Lambs kidney's don't take very long to cook at all so having read a recipe by Gordon Ramsay and found he adds them in at the end I did the same - what a marvelous idea!

You can use Ox kidney but as I understand it they take longer to cook so you will need to add them into the casserole along with the meat as you would normally.  
Anyway, on with the recipe....
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Sticky Grain Mustard and Honey Pork Chops

My Sticky Grain Mustard and Honey Pork Chops are great on the BBQ but just as good cooked indoors on a griddle pan.


Sticky Grain Mustard and Honey Pork Chops
  
Slightly sticky, slightly sweet, perfectly cooked boneless pork loin chops.
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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!


Linguine

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.
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