Showing posts with label Snack. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snack. Show all posts

Monday, 21 July 2014

Caramelita Ice Cream Sundae with Caramel and Macarpone Whipped Cream

Along with a few other food bloggers, Mövenpick recently set me a challenge which was to create an Ice Cream Sundae using Mövenpick ice cream and I could add any additional non-ice cream ingredients I fancied.  But I had another challenge of my own, which was to try to take photographs before it melted!


That said, this Sundae made with Mövenpick Caramelita ice cream makes for perfect eating with the lovely hot weather we're currently enjoying here in the UK.

 Mövenpick Ice Cream is a luxury Swiss ice cream that doesn't contain any artificial additives or colours and tastes truly delicious.  It can be purchased at Ocado and besides Caramelita it is available in many other flavours.



Monday, 2 June 2014

Yogurt Ideas - Strawberry and Marshmallow or Banana and Chocolate Chip

Strawberry and Marshmallow or Banana and Chocolate Chip - which would you choose? 
You may have seen my post 'How to Make Yogurt using the Judge Digital Yogurt Maker' which was my first attempt.  I made Summer Berry and Vanilla yogurt but if you missed it just click the link and have a quick read.  I said I'd come up with a few more ideas and since this yogurt maker is so very easy to use, I've not stopped using it since it arrived!


I made yogurt in the usual fashion following the easy to follow instructions that came with it.  As before, I used Jersey milk and Yeo Valley Natural Live Bio Yogurt as the 'yogurt starter'.  
But time I wondered what would happen if I added banana flavoured Nesquik to the prepared milk (once it had reached the cooled down to 40C stage and after mixing in the yogurt starter (live yogurt).  

Now, if you have no idea what I'm taking about you really need to have a quick read of my post and hopefully it should become clear!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars with Goji Berries

 Goji-berries, also known as Chinese Wolfberry, grow on the common matrimony vine, a shrub up to 4m high.  The fruits can be harvested from August to October. The name "goji" is derived from the Chinese term "Ningxia gouqi", which apparently means something along of the lines of "from the region of Ningxia wolfberry". In China, they have been revered as a vitality and energy source for millennia.

  
Goji Berries are Good for You!
    These amazing little berries are rich in high levels of iron including B12, vitamins and carotenoids (pro-vitamin A) B vitamins and other ingredients.  Containing over 20 trace elements and minerals as well as all essential amino acids.  It is especially valued for its "adaptogenic effect" (promoting vitality and resistance to stress).  They can be eaten raw or used in any recipe to enrich your meal.  
 Western medicine is only beginning to discover the goji berry.  In traditional Chinese medicine, the goji berry has been used for a long time.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Shropshire Blue Welsh Rarebit Recipe

Shropshire Blue Welsh Rarebit is of course perfect for topping toasted bread which is more on the traditional side. But, it's also totally delicious spooned over a hot jacket potato.  The addition of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce adds a lovely warming tang to any variation of the a Welsh rarebit recipe. 


As long as you use a nice strongish tasting cheese it will do the job, you can use Stilton or of course a nice extra matured Cheddar, any cheeses in that category that takes your fancy should be good.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Proper Baked Beans on Soda Bread Toast - Tom Kerridge

Oh my goodness, have you seen Tom Kerridge's TV program on 'BBC 'Proper Pub Food'?  It's fantastic - everything he makes looks truly delicious!   So, after watching the other day his Proper Baked Beans on Soda Bread Toast just had to be made.


And I just had to buy his book too.  I found these two recipes so very easy to follow and more importantly - they both worked.  I'm so fed up with recipes in books that just don't work.  Amazingly for me I managed to produce this quite good looking loaf of soda bread too!  *Please note the loaf was half this size again, just that we'd eaten the rest before I took this picture.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Family and Friends Mexican-themed Fun Night In

For a quick and easy meal, tacos or tortillas make a great dinner the whole family will enjoy.  But how about holding a Mexican-themed dinner party for family and friends?
Mexican food is vibrant, colourful and tasty and can mostly be prepared in advance.  There's no need for any fancy cooking equipment or amazing cooking skills, making it the ideal choice for a fun night in. 
 
Meat, Chicken or Vegetarian?
Minced beef, thinly sliced beef and chicken are all good choices.  For vegetarians or for anyone wanting to try to eat less meat, Old el Paso have a seriously great recipe for spicy bean and cheese vegetarian burger tacos – now how good do they sound?!   All you need is their Stand and Stuff Dinner kit which includes the spice mix.  To make the burgers you just need cheese, breadcrumbs, kidney beans and pinto beans, red and green bell pepper, an egg and some freshly chopped coriander.  Shredded lettuce is good for serving and the whole meal can be made in 20 minutes.


Another idea - Quesadillas:
Not only do they look good but they take minutes to make.
First prepare your ingredients, chopping and slicing. Pop a soft corn or flour tortilla into a really hot frying pan and top with your choice of filling.  Add another tortilla on top like a sandwich, turn to cook the other side and serve.


Tortillas, Tacos or Wraps?
A hard decision to make, purely because there are so many choices available in the supermarket these days!  Do you fancy crispy crunchy tortillas, flour tortillas, wholewheat tortillas or a lovely soft floury wrap?  Fajitas are great and of course you can make them really mild for anyone that’s not too keen on spice and kids love them.


Once you’ve made a choice, you can fill your tacos, tortillas or wraps with meat and vegetables or just veg. 

Salads and other bits and bobs:
Sliced bell peppers in any colour you fancy, onions, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and in my opinion, grated cheese as far as I'm concerned is a must!
 Dips, salsas, sour cream and guacamole can be bought from the shop ready prepared.

Drinks:
Tequila sunrise is great since it’s so colourful and of course you can make a non-alcoholic version for the kids using pineapple.  Or what about Mojito which always goes down well. 

Whatever you decide to serve, enjoy your relaxed night in!  
 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Quesadillas from Weight Watchers Supper Club app

Weight Watchers have launched a really good Supper Club app on FaceBook.  There's a great range of recipes that are easy to make and don't cost much either but more importantly they are healthy and look delicious too.
The easy to follow Weight Watchers ProPoints plan means that being on a diet doesn't have to mean eating boring food. 


 It's very easy to browse the recipes - just pop over to the Weight Watchers Supper Club app and at the top of the page select 'Browse Recipes' where you'll find this recipe and many more.

Monday, 29 July 2013

BIG NEWS - Garrett Popcorn is Coming to the UK

Oh my goodness, now there's popcorn and there's POPCORN!  Having been sent a tub of Garrett Popcorn to try - our opinion is this really is the bees knees of Popcorn, and I really mean it!
This tub was shipped over from the USA and then overnight to our house.  It arrived still fresh as a daisy.....Yes this is something truly delicious.

Pictured above, The Chicago mix - loving the little scoop that came with it!

The 'Chicago Mix' is a blend of two flavours that compliment eachother beautifully - sweet 'CaramelCrisp' and savoury 'CheeseCorn'.
The Caramel crisp is buttery brown sugar with a cream brûlée crunch.  the Cheese corn popcorn flavoured with a melted sharp cheese and tastes amazing.

About:

 Garrett, the Original Handcrafted Gourmet Popcorn which began in 1949 and has become a household name in Chicago and the rest of the USA and has since spread to the Far East and Middle East.

Garrett Popcorn is coming to the UK!
Garrett Popcorn is launching a UK Shop at the end of summer in London, which is fantastic news!

Many thanks to Emma for sending us some to try, we (myself and Paul the husband) are both well and truly addicted!

All thoughts and opinions are my own and I only ever post reviews on products I love and therefore would buy myself.


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Potato and Chorizo Omelette - Jamie Oliver Recipe

Jamie's omelette is, as he says a cross between a Spanish tortilla and an Italian frittata. 
It's Spanish because of the chorizo and potato, but a little Italian too because he likes to finish it off in the oven instead of on the hob, so it puffs up like a soufflé.


This is my slightly titivated version, Jamie puts rosemary in his which he fries in the chorizo oil till crisp, other than that it's pretty much the same recipe.
If you make it be sure to make the kind of parsley salad which is sprinkled over the top before serving as it's really lovely.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

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.
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.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Easy Breakfast - Recipe Idea

The perfect lazy day breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast topped with crispy bacon and roasted tomatoes.  Serve with a nice cup of coffee (tea for me please) and after eating this you'll be all set and ready to do absolutely nothing for the rest of your lazy day.
Well in my case, till lunch time - always hungry am I.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Easy Croque Monsieur Recipe - Sandwich Idea

Croque Monsieur is basically a grilled ham club style sandwich, with a lovely cheesy béchamel sauce poured over and popped under the grill to melt and brown. 
Delicious as a snack of with a few thick cut chips and salad.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Over-Stuffed Cheesy Bacony Jacket Potatoes

Stuffed Jacket Potatoes with Melty Cheese, Tomatoes and Bacon Pieces - totally delicious. 
Great as a side dish or as a meal served with a nice green salad.
  So what variety of Potatoes should you use?
First off you must start with the right kind and size of potato.  You need a floury variety. Maris Piper, King Edward or Marfona will do the trick.  
Waxy potatoes just don't work. 

What's the difference between Waxy and Floury Potatoes?
Waxy potatoes are translucent and feel moist and pasty. They are good at staying firm and keeping their shape so make great salad potatoes.
Waxy Potato Varieties include: Charlotte and Maris Peer.

Floury potatoes are brighter and more granular in appearance with a drier feel. They're better for dishes such as jacket potatoes, chips and for mash.
Floury Potato Varieties include: Estima, King Edward, Maris Piper or Marfona.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Garofalo - Real Italian Pasta

With so very many different shapes of pasta around it's hard to know which pasta dishes they should be used for!
  I have to admit I'd never tried Garofalo Pasta until recently when I was very kindly sent a huge range to try.  Of course I haven't got round to trying them all as yet, but one thing's for sure, this pasta is GOOD!

It's hard to describe but Garofalo Pasta certainly tastes richer and fuller in flavour than most other brands.  Yes I'm converted - Garofalo is the way to go if you want Top Quality Great Tasting Pasta.

Spaghetti with Chicken, Chorizo and Sun-dried Tomatoes:
  Garofalo Pasta have a huge range of pasta, sauces soups and more.
Created from only the finest durum wheat in Gragnano, which is in the shadows of the ruins of Pompeii. 

Friday, 15 March 2013

New - Boc'n Roll the Eco-Friendly Sandwich Wrap

I have to say when I was asked to review Boc'n Roll the new reusable lunch wrap from Gilberts, not meaning to sound negative but I was a bit concerned that it just wouldn't work. 
 We all know that cling film isn't good for the environment, but it seems to have become necessary to modern living.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Walkers - Only Use Home-Grown British Ingredients

Did you know that Walkers only use British ingredients in their crisps?
Yes real homegrown ingredients are now being used - which is fantastic news.

Walkers believe that Home Grown Food Tastes Best, and it has to be said using British grown ingredients is not only great news for the Country, but it also reduces the carbon footprint too, which can only be a good thing.  

In this video, Gary Lineker travels around (with his Dad) to tell us more!
 

 Just to recap - Walkers Crisps Facts:

Walkers only use 100% Great British Potatoes from Hampshire.

The flavouring for their Tomato Ketchup crisps is actually made from Real Tomatoes from the Vale of Evesham.  The same tomatoes are also used for for Prawn Cocktail flavour crisps too.

Cheese used is Cheddar Cheese from Somerset, which is matured and ends up on their crisps as flavouring. 

Even Walkers Salt and Vinegar Crisps contain Real British Vinegar.

Smoky Bacon Crisps use Real Pork from Norfolk and Roast Chicken Crisps contain Free Range Chicken from Devon.

Of course the Worcester Sauce is blended in Britain too!





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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.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Giveaway - Burgers and Sliders Book

This is a seriously good book and I love all the different ideas.  The photography is fantastic and with over 30 gourmet recipes to choose from it's hard to pick which to make first.
  I have a copy of this book to Giveaway to one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil....
  From the Beef Wellington Burger (in a shortcrust pastry bun) to a Cheesy Root Vegetable Burger, then there's the Pork and Antipasti Burger served between Foccacia rolls with Lemon Mayo, or what about Christmas Canape Sliders with Cranberry Sauce and Camembert?
Sometimes just the Classic Beef Burger is does the trick:
   Photograph by Clare Winfield
It doesn't stop there - there's a section on Sauces and Side dishes too.

All in all it's a lovely book and will give you some completely different ideas away from ordinary burgers and sliders.

'Burgers and Sliders' by Miranda Ballard is published by Ryland Peters and Small and is available at £9.99 from www.rylandpeters.com 
Photography by Clare Winfield.
Thank you to Lauren for sending me a copy to review and supplying a copy to giveaway.
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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Cheesy Leek and Bacon Muffins - Easy Recipe

Having been sent a Great British Bakeware Muffin tray to review, I thought I'd see if it lived up to it's non-stick claim of there being any need for paper cases.
   Verdict:
Well it has to be said, it was brilliant.  Just lightly oil and pop your mixture in.  Straight into the oven to cook and when your muffins are done they slide out really easily.
The tray was really easy to wash up after the baking was done.  It can go in the dishwasher but there really isn't any need, just hot soapy water and your all done.  

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