Showing posts with label Pizza. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pizza. Show all posts

Pizza Express Christmas Menu - Review

Have you seen the new Christmas Menu from Pizza Express? I have! 😋 On Friday night we were invited along to our nearest Pizza Express which for us is in Southwater Shopping Centre, Telford. First of all I must say what a lovely bunch of staff they have in that place, they're all very helpful, smiley happy people.

By the way by 'we' I mean me and Paul (the husband), anyway on with the menu. As far as the actual Christmas menu goes there isn't a massive amount to choose from which is sometimes a good thing since I would tend to spend half the evening wondering what to have as I'm quite greedy and always end up wanting what the person next to me chose!

Hot Chocolate Orange

Anyway it was all rather lovely I must say. To start, we both had Roasted Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper and Mascarpone Soup. The only other choice (on the Christmas menu) was Chicken Liver Pâté which we're both not fans of. Of course there are plenty of other yummy starters on the usual menu. The soup was actually really very moreish, tasty, and piping hot. The addition of mascarpone makes it the soup lovely and creamy. It's topped with croutons, pesto and fresh basil and I want this soup again!

Telford town center has the German Christmas market on at the moment and before going into Pizza Express we'd just had a walk around that and let me tell you it was freezing cold outside so a hot bowl of soup went down well. We also had Garlic and Mozzarella Bread - told you I was greedy 😊

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How to Make a Giant Crumpet Pizza Cat

Yes you read right, this post is about how to make a GIANT Crumpet Pizza Cat!  Warburtons are challenging consumers to get inventive with their Giant Crumpets in Dr Bunsen’s recipe challenge.

All you have to do is share your favourite Giant Crumpet recipe with him and his faithful assistant Beaker for a chance to WIN a Giant Crumpets Hamper, including a £200 shopping voucher or one of hundred runners up £50 vouchers that Warburtons are giving away!


This is not only a great way to get kids cooking but you could be a winner too!

Here's how to make my Giant Crumpet Pizza CAT:

Using kitchen scissors, cut your 'cat shape' out of the crumpet by removing a little bit to make the ears.

Spread the crumpet with pizza sauce (available in any good supermarket) then top with grated cheese.

Make the two cheeks, a mouth and two triangles for the ears, out of a slice of pepperoni.

The eyes are made from green olives and the nose is a black olive cut in half.

The whiskers are thin slices of red bell pepper and the eye lashes are thin slices of onion - simples!

Toast under a hot grill for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbling.


So are you ready to take on Dr Bunsen’s recipe challenge?
All you have to do it make your own Giant Crumpet topping recipe and enter; find all the details over on the Warburtons FaceBook Page.
 
In order for your entry to be valid please be sure to check out the terms and conditions.
 
Twitter @Warburtons #GiantCrumpets
Good Luck Everyone!

Disclosure; I received supermarket vouchers to cover my time and ingredients.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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The Ultimate Guide to Cheat Day

Ever had one of those days when you feel like pulling the curtains shut and hibernating for the winter?  We all have.  Too lazy to venture outside for mealtimes, too broke to order a takeaway - what are we to do?  Fear not, a little bit of forward planning and stocking up the pantry can make such cheat days live up to their name - for some ideas on what to eat on your next duvet day, check out the ideas below.


Deep Pan or Thin and Crispy
The pizza is a tried and tested staple that should be the first name on any cheat sheet line-up. The freeze-ability of this delicious Italian favourite - and its relative tastiness after thawing – makes it your first port of call when raiding the pantry.  Pizza Express have a great range of affordable and exquisite pizzas that can be found in most supermarkets… or, if you’re really on top of your game, you can plan in advance and whip up this excellent prosciutto and salami pizza for a rainy day.  In fact, the whole thing can be thrown together in less than an hour, so if you’re not feeling too defeated by the day, it also poses a feasible option right then and there.
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Tarte Flambée with Goats Cheese

The nice people over at Expedia recently asked me to create a French recipe for their #expediaworldonaplate challenge.  Each month Expedia’s World on a Plate Challenge focuses on the cuisine of a different part of the world and this month it's France.

Having very little knowledge of French cooking I came across the French equivalent to pizza, Tarte flambée from Alsace; a northeastern French region on the Rhine River plain.


Alsace borders Switzerland and Germany and there's a south German version called flammekueche and flammkuchen; which in German means 'flame cake'.  Anyway, Tarte flambée looked and sounded good to me so I had a go at making it!
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Telford Southwater Pizza Express - Review

Pizza Express recently opened a branch in the fancy Southwater development by the Telford town center.  Yep this Pizza Express is a lovely place to eat with a very relaxed atmosphere.  Of course I wasn't sent there to review the actual restaurant nor the service - just the menu.  But while I'm about it I think the excellent service, friendly and very informative staff need a mention!  This place is GOOD.

Spotlessly clean, tidy too.  Pizza express have an open style kitchen so you can see the food being prepared which I think can only be a good thing.

This was our second visit to Pizza Express Telford, the first being when they'd only been open a couple of weeks. We were pleasantly surprised then at just how knowledgeable the staff were, explaining the different pizza bases and topping and for example, how you can choose to have none, more, or less of the different types of chillies to make your pizza to suit you.

On our first visit Paul had chosen a pizza that had Tabasco sauce on it and when I reminded him just how HOT Tabasco sauce is - he chickened out!  The waiter came up with an idea; he'd request that no Tabasco was actually added to Paul's pizza, but he would bring a couple of bottles to the table - original and mild Tabasco sauce so Paul could decide for himself how hot or not he wanted it.  Now that's what I call going the extra mile - brilliant service!
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American Hot Pizza Pie - Jamie Oliver

Jamie's latest book titled 'Save with Jamie' is aimed at shopping smart, cooking clever and having less waste.  With 120 money saving meals there's bound to be loads you will want to make.  Covering a wide range of lovely ingredients you'll find recipes to suit every-ones taste. 

American Hot Pizza Pie
 
The TV series to accompany the book 'Jamie's Money Saving Meals' currently showing on Monday nights on Channel 4 in the UK.

I've just had a go at making the American Hot Pizza Pie and the recipe was easy to follow and since the recipe makes four good sized pizzas so you can cook one or two and freeze the others before the cooking stage.
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Homemade Pizza Recipe - Serrano Ham and Chorizo

Pizzas are so very easy to make at home and of course the best thing is, you can add whatever combo of toppings takes your fancy.
For this pizza I used a selection of Spanish meats from the Tapas range at Marks and Spencer.  Even the pizza sauce for the base is a doddle to make.

Serrano Ham and Chorizo Pizza

Spanish Serrano Ham, Spicy Chorizo and Lomo, finished off with Sweet Bell Peppers, Cheese and a little sliced Red Chilli. You can use a ready-made Pizza base as I did.
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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.

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

I particularly like the Italian brand Sacla' - their Char-Grilled Peppers save the time and effort of grilling your own!  They also have a great range of Antipasti in jars including Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Wild Mushrooms, Artichokes that you can use to top pizzas, making it simple to come up with your own personal pizza!

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Domino's Gluten Free Pizza - Review

Domino’s the pizza delivery people have just launched a new gluten-free pizza. 
Pizza suitable for coeliacs and those who are gluten-intolerant and is accredited by Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease.

 Pizza Picture supplied by Domino's

Ordering:
It's good to see that Domino's gluten-free pizza is charged at the same price as its other pizzas, as some gluten-free products attract a premium elsewhere.
I was totally impressed when I phoned my order through asking for a 'Hot and Spicy' Gluten Free pizza, the person that took my order pointed out that the topping I'd chosen was not suitable for a gluten-free diet.  I assured her it didn't matter, it was okay, I was ordering it just to try the new gluten-free pizza base.  She went on to ask me twice more to make quite certain that no one that would eat the pizza was gluten-intolerant. 
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Dominos Firenze New Gourmet Pizza - Review

Not too long ago Domino's pizza introduced 'Gourmet Specials'.  With three different pizzas in the Gourmet range - which to choose?  In the end we went for the Firenze.

       
*Firenze - Ventricina Salami, Pepperoni and Peruvian Roquito Peppers.
Other pizzas in the Gourmet range are: 

*Florentine - Baby Spinach, Sun-blush Baby Plum Tomatoes and Greek Feta Cheese.

*Rustica - Chicken breast strips, naturally smoked bacon rashers, baby spinach and Sun-blush baby plum tomatoes.
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Get Stuffed with Domino's New Stuffed Crust Pizza

Domino's the pizza delivery expert have introduced a lovely optional Stuffed Crust to their medium and large pizzas.  Mozzarella cheese with a hint of garlic and herbs all crammed into Domino’s famous fresh dough. 


      
With their new campaign called 'Get Stuffed' (running on TV and online) we decided to order a pizza last night to see what all the fuss is about.

Verdict!
It has to be said, the Stuffed Crust is totally yummy and delicious!
We had the 'Hot n Spicy' as it is our favorite - although we did love the 'Spanish Sizzler' and also the 'Reggae Reggae' pizza when we tried those. 

Whichever your favorite Domino's pizza topping is, the new stuffed crust has just the right amount of garlic and herbs added to the gooey cheese and wont interfere with the main taste of your chosen topping. 

Every Domino’s Stuffed Crust is made by hand to order too for total freshness.  Something you just don't get from a ready made supermarket pizza. 

The stuffed crust is available in every UK Domino's on medium and large sized pizza's. 
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Domino's Reggae Reggae Pizza - A Review

Last night we ordered the new Reggae Reggae Pizza from Domino's the pizza delivery expert.  
Their new pizza made with Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce will be on general sale in all stores from Monday 11th April but you can try it now!  Just order it from Domino's Pizza UK FaceBook fan page where until Sunday, it's only £9.99 for a large one.  Just click on the Reggae Reggae link on the left side bar of their Facebook page and it will be added to your basket.
We loved the Reggae Reggae pizza and could find no faults at all in the ordering and delivery service.  The pizza itself was delish!  There was a generous amount of topping, chicken, tomatoes, green peppers and pineapple and mozzarella.  
The only really tiny fault we could find is we thought it was going to be spicier than it was - more heat please for us!  Of course, lots of people don't like as much spice as we do so with that said it's probably just us.  Whatever, we'd have no problem ordering this pizza again. 
Ten big slices of yumminess delivered to your door at the time you choose. I took a few screen shots to show just how easy ordering is:
Once you've placed your order you'll receive an email  with a link that lets you able to see the progress of your order!
 
You can see when you're order is being prepared, being baked, going through quality control and finally being delivered - Marvelous!
 We ordered our pizza to be delivered at 6pm and it arrived at 6.02pm (precisely)!

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Parma Ham Pizza with Two Cheeses, Pear and Honey Caramelised Onions

Discover the Origin is a campaign promoted by the European Union, Italy, France and Portugal and achieved by the office representative of five key European products: Burgundy wines, Port and Douro Valley Wines, Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese. 
This scrummy Pizza was total yum on a plate!
Recipe taken from the book - Discover the Origin which sadly, isn't available to buy, I was very kindly sent a Promotional copy.
The aim of all of them is to enhance knowledge of the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) among consumers, distributors and food professionals and to educate on the benefits of the provenance indicator schemes, the relevant checks, controls and traceability systems that are put in place to ensure ongoing quality, and to differentiate the products and raise their profiles.
All five of these products carry a guarantee of their provenance and quality: the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) for Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, AOC for Burgundy wines and DOC for Port and Douro Valley wines.  If you see these labels on any food or drinks, you can rest assured that you will be rewarded with excellent quality.
Over at the Discover the Origin website you can learn more about the campaign and also watch a video of chef Lesley Waters making rather yummy looking 'Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parma Ham Polenta Muffins'
Thank you to Louise for sending me the book.
If you would like the recipe for the Parma Ham Pizza click continue reading:
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Domino's Pizza - Spanish Sizzler - a Review

Domino's have just launched a new pizza named 'Spanish Sizzler'.  So last night (being lovers of a good pizza) we thought we'd give it a try.
 Roast chicken, green peppers, chorizo and Roquito peppers on a tomato base and topped with Mozzarella cheese. 

Dominos Pizza
  
The chicken was tender and nice and moist. The tomato sauce had a sweet, slightly BBQ flavour to it which was really nice.

There was a good amount of all the toppings including the chicken and chorizo.
For any one wondering if, at the mention of peppers and chillies, this pizza is going to be too spicy for them - it wont be because the green bell pepper used isn't hot and the Roquito chilli pepper is a sweet chilli pepper, not a hot one. 

The pizza arrived at the time we had asked and was nice and hot too.  Also, just as you would expect, it had been pre-cut into equally sized wedges - so no one gets diddled by being left with a smaller wedge! 
Domino's have Pizza Offers every week and all in all the Spanish Sizzler is a winner in our books!

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New Basil Burst from Domino's Pizza - A Review

Domino’s pizza delivery service is brilliant and it's just the thing for when you’ve no time to cook.   
You can either pick up the phone to ring your order though, or of course, you can order online.  Just choose which time you want your pizza to arrive (within a 15 minute time slot) and it does!  As you would expect from Domino's it arrives nice and hot too.
 Last night we decided to try their new addition to the Double Decadence range ‘Basil Burst’. Basil pesto sandwiched between two tasty thin crust bases. 
 Paul (the husband) wanted to try ‘Basil Burst’ and I must admit I was a tiny bit concerned as I’m not a huge fan of pesto.  Now, I was pleasantly surprised to find I loved it! 
Whilst you can definitely taste the basil it didn’t over-power the topping we choose.  If anything I’d say it matched perfectly with the ‘Pepperoni Passion’ pizza we ordered.  Not too much, not too little, just the right amount of pesto in between the two thin crusts.
Pepperoni passion is topped with loads of pepperoni and is made with extra mozzarella cheese – total yum in a box.
 The Basil Burst crust is only available on their medium or large pizzas.  You can pick whichever topping you fancy from their mouth-watering menu. 
Another great thing is you can create your own pizza too!  Pick up to a maximum of nine from the nineteen different toppings available and the nice people at Domino's will create your perfect pizza.  You can even choose from six different pizza bases too.
Don’t forget you don’t have to be a meat lover – a great range of vegetarian options are catered for too.  Basil Burst is vegetarian nut-free pesto.
So, if you haven’t already tried Domino's pizzas why not place your order this evening and try it for yourself.
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Dominos Pizza Delivery - Online Pizza Order Review

Now, as you know I love cooking, but sometimes you just seem to run out of time to cook!  
I had never ordered an online pizza before and I must admit I was a tiny bit concerned it would turn up lukewarm and greasy.
Last night was one of those nights when I just seem to have run out of time to cook.  So, I ordered a pizza to be delivered from Domino’s Pizza and I’ve since been converted!
I rang our local branch to make sure they delivered in our area although I realised afterward, I could have very easily found that out online.
The girl that answered the phone said ‘Domino’s pizza’s, how can I help you’?
I asked about delivery and she asked for my postcode.  Immediately she replied ‘Yes we do, do you want me to take your order?' 
To me it makes a big difference on how someone answers the telephone, I think you can get a good impression of the Company and how it's run that way.  Far better than if they sound bored when they answer and like they couldn’t care less if you ordered from them or not.

I logged on and I have to say I was amazed at how professional their site is.  If you’ve never had a look it’s well worth popping over to see for yourself.
You start by entering your postcode, and then you're presented with a huge list of different pizza toppings with size options, prices and pictures. 
Problem, you now have to decide which one to choose – Ooh what to have, what to have?!
Us, (me and the husband) being very greedy people having finally made our choice and ordered a large pizza.  We decided on the Hot and Spicy 13.5” which has onions, ground beef, green peppers and jalapeno peppers.
You then choose when you want it delivered, either as soon as possible, or you pick a time to suit you (within 15 minute time slots).
I placed our order at 5.15pm and picked a delivery time of 6.15pm.  To be honest I did that just because I wanted to see if it worked!
You can then either pay cash on delivery, or pay by credit or debit card.
A conformation of your order is sent straight away to you by email.

It gets better – you can check the real time status of your delivery – when it’s baked and out for delivery - how marvelous, I love anything gadgety!
 See screen capture below:
Total Amazement – it came at 6.12pm!
The pizza arrived nice and hot with the crust lovely and soft and not at all hard. Lovely fresh pizza with just the right amount of jalapeno peppers and topping. 
Oh and by the way, you can even choose the type of base and crust you want your pizza to have.
   Of course you can order sides such as coleslaw, potato wedges, garlic bread, chicken wings and more. You can even order drinks, ice cream or cheesecake too.
So, I’ve been converted and will be ordering again soon! 
 
 Hungry now?  Take a look and place an order at your local Domino's pizza now.
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