Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts

Christmas and New Year Drinks and Treats - Budgens Supermarket

Budgens supermarket have kindly sent us some truly lovely Christmassy products to try.  They have a fantastic range of drinks to entertain your guests in style.

It's great to start Christmas and New Year off with a nice glass of bubbly, but it doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune; La Gioiosa Prosecco is £7.99 or the Mionetto Prosecco is only very slightly more at £8.99 both in our opinion equally good so we decided we couldn't pick a favorite.

   
Rosé sparkling wine is great with a starter course but is just as nice served with dinner.  Seddlescombe Organic English Sparkling Wine at £24.99 - okay this is a little on the expensive side but having checked the price on the net Budgens is the best price and it is an organic wine produced to strict EU Organic standards.


Stocking fillers and gifts such as this cute Lindt Santa is just £3.00 and at the time of writing, are on offer; 2 for £5 so even better.

The Monty Bojangles Berry Bubbly Truffles at £3.00 are amazing; raspberry and popping candy cocoa dusted truffles - yes they fizz in your mouth!

If you like Turkish Delight and you like Chocolate, then these Mr Stanley Chocolate Enrobed Turkish Delight (the best of both worlds) and the price is £8.00 a box.

Little bit about Budgens:
Budgens is believed to be the oldest supermarket in Great Britain. Initially a small, local grocer, the company has expanded and over time the Budgens name appeared on a number of stores throughout the South of England, establishing a reputation for servicing the local communities around England’s high streets and suburban towns with quality products.

In 2015, Budgens became part of the Booker Group and today Budgens has over 150 stores and are known for their great quality food and drink.

Budgens also have a luxurious range of party food too that's well worth checking out.  To find out more and to locate your nearest store pop over to Budgens.

Twitter @DiscoverBudgens

*Please note the prices I've mentioned in this post are subject to change.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the above products to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.
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How to Make the Perfect Liqueur Coffee

Hands up who doesn't like a nice liqueur coffee at the end of a special dinner - not many I people expect!  The perfect after dinner drink at Christmas, Thanksgiving or of course New Year.

But how do you make the cream float on top?  Well it's actually really easy; follow my recipe for success.


Aldi have some seriously good priced Wines, Beers and Spirits.  Exclusive to Aldi this Chevalier Cognac is a great price at just £15.99 for a 70cl bottle.

Of course if you don't like Cognac you can make liqueur coffee with Whisky, Grand Marnier, Tia Maria,  Cointreau, Bourbon, Drambuie, the list is endless.
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Port and Redcurrant Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables - SCANPAN Review

My Christmassy Roasted Root Vegetables glazed with Port and Redcurrant Jelly are, in a word, delicious. Perfect for Christmas dinner or of course the usual Sunday roast.  So very easy to do too, and as long as you have a good non-stick pan you can't go wrong.

Usually I'd recommend you use a disposable foil tray since the honey can be hard to clean from a regular non-stick roasting tin.  But having been sent this beautiful Scanpan I put it to the test - would it be easy to clean afterwards?  Answer is yep it was a doddle.
Scanpan not only looks good but performs really well both in the oven and on the hob too.
 

Scanpan products are made in Denmark and the Scanpan roasting pan has a non-stick ceramic titanium coating and is metal utensil and dishwasher safe.  This roasting pan is multi-purpose too since it has a base like a frying pan and it can also be used in the oven, under the grill and on the stove top.
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SousVide Supreme - Szechuan Pork Belly Bites with a BBQ Glaze

Still along the theme of 'Party Food Made Easy' here I've made Szechuan and Sea Salt Pork Belly Bites with a BBQ glaze, fantastic for all those Christmas and New Year parties!


After spending 8 hours in the water oven the pork belly melts in your mouth, so delicious!
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SousVide Supreme Party Food Made Easy - Teriyaki Sesame Chicken Bites

Last month I made a selection of Starter Course Dishes that are all ideal for entertaining and were made using the SousVide Supreme water oven.  This month with Christmas and New Year coming up fast, I'm making party food.  The main part of each recipe can be prepared in advance, ready to cook using the Sous Vide cooking method.

Teriyaki Chicken


What exactly is Sous Vide?
Sous vide (pronounced soo-veed) means “under vacuum” in French, and sous vide cooking is a gourmet culinary technique long used by chefs worldwide.
Instead of good cooking relying on perfect timing to cook, sous vide relies on precise temperature control, but once you've set the temperature on the machine you don't have to fuss about it anymore - just leave your food to cook.

Thanks to The SousVide Supreme you can now have one of these amazing machines in your own home as their range is especially designed for home kitchens.  The Sous Vide method takes the guess work out of cooking, so anyone can create for example the perfect medium-rare steak just as you'd find in a top restaurant - at home.


Food to be cooked is first sealed in a special pouch and sealed with the vacuum sealer that's included in the SousVide Supreme Promo pack.


Chicken is tender and so moist when cooked sous vide.



Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/sousvide-teriyaki-sesame-chicken-bites

To make 16 - 20 (depending on the size of the fillets) Teriyaki Sesame Chicken Bites you will need:
2 skinless chicken breast fillets
Toasted sesame seeds, gem lettuce, finely chopped red chilli and spring onions for garnish

To make the marinade you will need: 
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 a tablespoon dark soy sauce
5 tablespoons of clear honey
1 tablespoon Mirin
1 tablespoon caster sugar
a pinch of ginger powder - fresh ginger doesn't work well in sous vide cooking
a teaspoon of white pepper 

** Please note if you are planning on freezing the chicken before cooking you will only need to make half of this marinade mixture as it wont keep longer than a day.
Also the chicken will need to be fully defrosted before cooking in the sous vide.

How to do it:
Mix the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl.
Cut each chicken fillet into large bite sized pieces and pop into a bowl.  Add just a couple of tablespoons of the marinade mixture to the fillets and stir well to coat keeping the rest of the marinade for later.  
Fill and heat the Sous Vide to 63.5C

Drain and put the chicken pieces into a suitably sized cooking pouch and vacuum seal. Pop the sealed pouch into the Sous Vide water oven and leave to cook for a minimum of one hour, but of course they can stay there for a good few hours until you are ready to finish them for serving.
Once the chicken has had the minimum time in the water oven, remove the pouch and carefully cut open with scissors taking care of the hot steam.  Please don't be fussed that at this stage the chicken will look like all the pieces have stuck together, they haven't - just carefully part each one.

Pour some toasted sesame seeds into a small bowl.

Heat up a frying pan, give the marinade a stir and add to the pan with the chicken pieces.  As this was an experiment I only used one small chicken fillet, just saying in case you're thinking there's not much food at her party! 😨  

Quickly stir the chicken pieces (remember they are already cooked) and coat in the syrupy marinade. Using a cocktail stick, dip one side of each chicken piece into the toasted sesame seeds. 


Now remove for the cocktail stick and turn the chicken piece over inserting the cocktail stick back in so the sesame coated side is up.  Set aside and assemble for serving.  Put each one on a piece of lettuce and sprinkle with finely chopped red chilli and spring onions and enjoy!  

Teriyaki Chicken Bites

My recipe for Party Food Mini Burgers can be found here and you can find more delicious recipes made in the SousVide Supreme over at my friend Karen's blog Lavender and Lovage.


Disclaimer: I was sent a SousVide Supreme Promo Pack which consists of:  a SousVide Supreme water oven, Vacuum sealer which includes 10 pouches.  2 boxes of vacuum seal cooking pouches, and the Easy Sous Vide cookbook

RRP: £506:98 (£422.48 excluding VAT) it is mine to keep in return for blog posts and a total of twelve recipes.
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Chilli Beef Lettuce Wraps - Finger Food at it's Best

As soon as I saw this recipe on Gordon Ramsay's 'Ultimate Cookery Course' on Channel 4 I had to make it.  What a  fantastic show, everything he's made so far I want to make immediately! 

Gordon Ramsay

Spicy chilli beef served wrapped in gem lettuce with a lovely dipping sauce.

Lettuce Wraps

Absolutely delicious and very easy to make - finger food at it's best.
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Chocolate Ice Cream Bombe - Dessert

Chocolate lovers will just love this dessert - rich chocolate ice cream encased in slices of chocolate Swiss roll and topped with even more chocolate!

  
It's really, really easy to make too - continue reading for my step by step picture instructions.  
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The Best Mulled Wine Recipe

In my opinion some mulled wines can taste like medicine, which is not what I was looking for and neither are you I'm sure! After searching many recipes, Jean-Christophe Novelli's was the one.  
Lovely vanilla, star anise, cinnamon, lemon grass, cardamom pods, bay leaves and cloves, what's not to like?  I did titivate his recipe, but only very slightly...... 

recipe mulled wine

He did add a pomegranate to his but I couldn't get one. So with my way of thinking as Port also begins with a 'P' I thought a glass of Port would substitute nicely!  I also added dark Muscovado sugar.
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The Best Cranberry and Port Sauce - Very Easy to Make

Seriously easy Cranberry sauce with port. This recipe makes enough for loads of people.


All you need is Cranberries, port, a saucepan and a few other bits and bobs and you'll have the best cranberry and port sauce ever!
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Seriously Good Coleslaw - easy to make

Coleslaw, easy to make for a Christmas or New Year's eve party.  I used to hate coleslaw and couldn't think why anyone would want to eat such a thing!  However, I suppose it's because I'd only ever encountered the stuff that comes in a plastic tub from the shop that was made at the very least, a few days ago.  Now when you have a go at making it yourself you end up with something completely different.


With the addition of a few bits and bobs to the shredded veg you can whip up a great big bowl in next to no time.  If you are making it for a Christmas or New Years eve, party you can just double the amount.
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Chicken with Tarragon and Marsala Mushroom Sauce


 Now, I've made Tarragon sauce before, but this is my best recipe yet. Oh yes, this is the bees knees of Tarragon sauce recipes!

The sauce was an experiment and I'd say the use of Marsala instead of the usual white wine really makes this recipe.

Chicken with Tarragon and Marsala Mushroom Sauce

Of course you can serve more than two - just double the recipe ingredients for four.

Marsala wine is available in any good supermarket and can be used in many other recipes.  If you can't get it, or simply don't want to buy it, just use a sweet white wine instead.  The sauce, I'm sure will still be delicious - just not as good as this was - sorry! 
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How to Cook Pork with Crispy Crackling

So many supermarkets sell pork joints without the skin - Why?  I've no idea as pork just isn't the same without it.  Pork can be quite dry if cooked wrongly and the nice bit of fat with the skin is, in my opinion, needed to keep the pork succulent.  Perfect crispy crackling is so very easy to do. 


Pork Crackling

The vegetables act as a trivet and they don't all need to go to waste - you can make a nice gravy with them.
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Wishing Everyone a Very Happy 2011

I'd like to wish all the readers of this blog and all the very best for 2011

 A Very Happy New Year to you and your families, love from Jan xx
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