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

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Spicy Fried Eggs on Ciabatta - Stellar Cookware Chef's Pan

Just about everyone's into cooking these days; magazines are full of recipes and the television is pretty much non-stop cooking shows; which as far as I'm concerned can only be a good thing.  Everyone has to eat, but few people want to spend hours in the kitchen.

Fast food is what we all need after a busy day, something that can be rustled up in next to no time, tastes good and looks good.  So if it can be made using just one pan, surely that's even better?  My Spicy Fried Eggs take under 10 minutes to make including the prep!

spicy fried eggs
































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Not many people want to spend a fortune on fancy pot and pans either, but it has to be said a good pan will make all the difference to your cooking results. 

Now, this is where the Chef's Pan from Stellar Cookware is fantastic as it's ideal for those that don't have much space in the kitchen as it can be used as a frying pan, saucepan, or a wok and it's a great price too.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies - Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave

Having had the Panasonic NN-CS894S Steam Combination Microwave for a few months now I've been busy trying out it's many functions.  I'm totally impressed with this oven; whether you are using it for steaming, as a convection oven, microwave, grill or a combination of these, or simply to defrost frozen food, this oven is fantastic.   When I made my Cheesy Topped Potatoes and Peppers I used the steam function to cook the potatoes followed by the conventional oven and grill.

When used it as a convectional oven as I did to make these cookies you can see it cooks evenly too.

chocolate chip cookies




























In fact I'll go as far as to say it's pretty much faultless. When used in steam only mode it's true the oven walls do get wet, but all is needed is a quick wipe to get it dry again.  You can read my review to find out more about this oven and it's features.
I have made so many things in it including bread rolls to which I added a shoot of steam during cooking and they were lovely and soft on the inside and perfectly cooked.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe

I hadn't had bread pudding for years until a couple of weeks ago when I made Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding; which got me thinking about food we had when I was a kid.  If you've never had bread pudding you haven't lived and have been missing out!

My nan used to make it and of course so did my mum.  I'm not a one for cakes or puddings, but bread pudding is a glorious thing.  Hot or cold, this is good stuff; proper old fashioned food.  Oh and when it's cooking, your kitchen will smell amazing.

Bread Pudding





















There's nothing fancy about bread pudding and certainly no cooking skills are needed.  It's a great way of using up stale bread; in fact it works best with bread that's 2 or 3 days old.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Bajan Prawn Tacos with Pink Florida Grapefruit Avocado and Black Beans

Florida Grapefruit has teamed up with celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine to create a number of simple, delicious recipes that use Florida Grapefruit.

Florida Grapefruit is a great way to brighten up your winter diet.  I had a go at making one of Gizzi's recipes and I must say these Bajan Prawn Tacos were really, really tasty.  As Paul (the husband) doesn't eat prawns I did the very same recipe but used chicken instead and it worked well.  A lovely mix of spiciness that works really well with the other ingredients. 

Bajan Prawn Tacos



Florida Grapefruit is like no other as it isn't bitter in taste.  Because of  Florida’s unique climate that includes both tropical and subtropical attributes, as well as sandy soil perfectly suited for citrus trees, that receive over 130 cm of rain per year; this makes Florida Grapefruit sweeter and juicier than their Mediterranean counterparts.

Did you know?
  • Florida Grapefruit is fat free, cholesterol free, and high in fibre
  • One half of a Florida Grapefruit is only 60 calories
  • One Florida Grapefruit provides 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C
  • Each Florida Grapefruit is packed full of vitamins, iron and essential anti-oxidants that help give your immune system a much needed kick start this winter
Read on for the recipe.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

ProCook Carbon Steel Crepe Pan - Giveaway

Yes I know pancake day was yesterday, but I say pancakes are good any day of the year!  Whether you like your pancakes made thick or thin, served with lemon and a sprinkling of sugar, drenched in maple syrup or smothered in chocolate the one thing you will need to make the perfect pancake is a good pancake or crepe pan.  

Enter my giveaway to be in with a chance of winning this rather nice ProCook Kitchenware 24cm Carbon Steel Crepe Pan (pictured below) which of course can be used to make regular pancakes too.



































Follow this Super Simple Pancake Recipe by ProCook Kitchenware - great for an indulgent weekend breakfast.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Chocolate Chip Oaty Nutty Fruity Breakfast Bars

My breakfast bars are just the thing to stop craving sweets and chocolate.  Okay they do contain chocolate but really not very much; just enough to do the trick.  Great for kids lunch boxes since you can cut them even smaller in order to make 36 mini bites.  These are also far nicer and cheaper than shop bought bars too since you know what's gone into them and they don't contain nasty sounding ingredients such as emulsifier (eeeeek)!
    
Low in salt compared to shop bought and packed full of good things; oats, almonds, walnuts and pine nuts and dates and can be made in next to no time.  That said you do have to chill them in the fridge for about 4 hours which is a bit of a nuisance; but it has to be done in order for them to set. 


The recipe can be adapted to suit you.  Just as long as you use the same amount (100g) of nuts they can be whatever nuts take your fancy!  Same goes with the dates, if you don't like them just replace them with raisins, chopped goji berries or I dunno, apricots.  

Monday, 19 October 2015

How to Make - Leek Brie and Bacon Quiche using a Pie Maker

Regular readers will know all about my amazing, life changing pie maker from Judge Cookware! 
Now, my first attempt at quiche wasn't brilliant as the filling didn't cook enough while the pastry was getting a little too done for my liking.  Well I've been experimenting and after a couple of attempts, I think you'll agree I've now perfected quiche. 

























Of course you can use Cheddar cheese if you don't like Brie.  I just happened to have some in my fridge left over from my Moroccan dinner party the weekend before; and yes I know Brie isn't in any way very Moroccan, but after dessert we ended our meal with cheese and biscuits.

Monday, 12 October 2015

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!

Saturday, 10 October 2015

SPAMTASTIC™ Halloween Bat and Pumpkin Sandwiches and SPAM Spooks

I'm pleased to share with you these Spooky Treats from SPAM that kids will love to help make!    

Whether you’re planning a party or having a cosy night in watching horror films, iconic meat SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham offers friends and family a tastier Hammier Horror savoury treat.

Quick and easy to make, these specially created spooky SPAM® creations are guaranteed to put a smile on the scariest guest’s face.  Treat the assorted scary monsters and super freaks to Spooky SPAM® Sandwiches and keep the vampires away with Garlic SPAM® Spooks.




SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is made with a minimum of 90% shoulder pork and ham and is available in an easy to open, re-sealable 200g tub (RRP £1.79), 200g can (RRP £1.79) and 340g can (RRP £1.99).   The 200g and 340g cans are available at all major supermarkets and the easy to open plastic tub is available from Tesco’s and ASDA.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Apple Pie with Rum Soaked Sultanas - Judge Cookware Electric Pie Maker Review

Everyone likes a good pie whether it's sweet or savory.  New in my kitchen is this Electric Pie Maker from Judge Cookware and I have to say I'm seriously loving it.  In a word it's brilliant; the pastry cooks perfectly and the deep fill pie moulds allow for 'proper' good and filling pies to be cooked in just 15 minutes once you have the filling ready.




Far quicker than waiting for the oven to heat up, so in a way this is also a money saving gadget too!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Chipotle Burgers with Sweet and Sour Courgette and Red Onion Pickle - Street Food

Over the past few years street food has come a long way from good old fish 'n' chips eaten from a paper bag on the way home from a night out.  But these days there's so much more street food available and the variety of different foods to be found is amazing.
Street food should be good, filling and full of flavour and I say pickles are the finishing touch to the perfect burger.









































Photo by Sarson's; they recreated my burger & pickle recipe and arranged for a professional photo to be taken.

Sarson’s Malt Pickling Vinegar is already spiced meaning you don't have to add anymore spices to it and it can be used as it is.  But for my burger I wanted a sweet and sour pickle with an extra kick of spice.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Sponsored Video - Put On the Ritz with New Ritz Crisp & Thin

We all love savoury snacks especially crisps, these days crisps are available in a huge range of flavours, far too many to mention.  Whatever your favourite snack is, I think everyone loves Ritz.  

When I was a child in the 60’s we always went to my nans house for the occasional family get together or party.  But no party was a ‘proper’ party in my opinion, unless Ritz was on the table. 

My uncle George was always in charge of the music played at these parties and he would arrive with his massive collection of records as they were then.  No CD’s or anything fancy in those days, just a record player on which you could stack records to play in order.   
Me and my cousin Marilyn hated all these ‘old fashioned ’ records so when he popped to get another drink we would change his nicely compiled stacks of records to be played next to suit us – well we thought it was funny, but he didn’t!  

The original Ritz that we all know and love is of course still on sale today and is as popular ever.  But Ritz Crisp & Thin is a new product that’s been introduced to the range.  

Ritz Crisp & Thin is an oven-baked snack has a bit of glamour to it so you can Put on the Ritz at snack times for yourself or your next get together with friends.  There’s only one slight problem, you may well not want to part with them as once you start eating them it’s actually quite hard to stop.




Ritz Crisp & Thin are available in Sweet Red Chilli, Sea Salt and Black Pepper, Sea Salt and Vinegar and Cream Cheese and Onion (my personal favourite).  

If you try them please Tweet using this hash tag #PuttingOnTheRitz and let everyone know how much you liked them and say which your favourite flavour is.




You can find Ritz over on FaceBook and Twitter 


Disclaimer - This is a sponsored for Ritz.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, 9 March 2015

New Products - Chocolate Biscuit Snack Bars

I thought I'd share with you a couple of chocolate biscuit products new on the market - in no particular order here they are!

New - PiCK UP! Black 'N' White













Both of us really liked these - personally I'd go with the original milk chocolate every time but Paul preferred the black n white. Good amount of chocolate (as always with Bahlsen  products) and nice crunchy biscuit too.

NEW PiCK UP! Black ‘N White - a sumptuous, silky smooth, thick slab of white chocolate perfectly complemented by two crisp chocolate flavoured biscuits.
The classic PiCK UP! Milk Chocolate is a deliciously thick milk chocolate slab sandwiched between two crisp biscuits.














PiCK UP! biscuits are available as a pack of five or as an individual biscuit bar from supermarkets and independent retailers nationwide.  Each bar is individually wrapped to stay fresher for longer.
 
Multipack (x5 individual biscuits) -  RRP £1.69 and Single - RRP 40p
For more information pop over to http://www.pickupbiscuits.co.uk

  
Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch














We loved these - nice thick milk chocolate and really liked the oaty crunch - the chocolate is mainly on the inside so they're less messy to eat.  Everyone loves Cadbury!
 
At just 150 calories, new Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch contains two breakable golden oaty biscuits sandwiched together with a delicious layer of Cadbury Dairy Milk milk Chocolate, making it the ideal playful snack to keep you going until lunch.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch is available in 30g bars, divided into two segments (RRP 58p) as well as a three bar multipack (RRP £1.49*).
For more information visit www.cadbury.co.uk

Disclaimer:  I was sent these products to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. 

Monday, 2 March 2015

SPAMTASTIC™ Brunch Frittata with Potatoes Spring Onions and Tomatoes

Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche, enriched with additional ingredients such as meats, cheeses, vegetables or pasta.  Easy, filling, delicious and takes next to no time to make.


Did you know it's SPAM® Appreciation Week?
Oh yes indeed - from 2nd to the 8th March 2015 the annual SPAM® Appreciation Week brings together fans new and old to celebrate the world’s most famous meat.  For 2015 it’s time to celebrate just how perfect SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is for a hearty and delicious breakfast.
After all, no other meat can claim to have such an incredible 78 year history and still be as popular to this day around the world.
So what really makes SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham stand out from the meat crowd and have its very own appreciation week?

Here are some facts about SPAM:
More than eight billion cans of SPAM® Products have been opened since its launch back in 1937

They may only be islands, but Hawaii and Guam go crazy for SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.  In Aloha State more than 7 million SPAM® products are sold per year and Hawaii even hosts its own annual SPAM JAM® festival in Honolulu.  While in Guam an average of 16 SPAM® products are consumed by every person per year.  

SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is made from more than 90% prime shoulder pork and ham

In South Korea, SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is considered a gourmet delicacy and is often given as a gift.


Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/spam-brunch-frittata-with-potatoes-spring-onions-and-tomatoes





Serves 6-8
340g can SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham - cut into 2cm cubes
7 large free range eggs
4 tablespoons milk
a few leftover cooked new potatoes - halved
6 baby plum tomatoes - halved
4 spring onions - finely sliced
50g Cheddar cheese - grated
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
a couple of pinches smoked paprika
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

How to do it:
Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the milk and the salt and pepper and mix well using a fork.

Get yourself a nice big frying pan add in the cubes of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.  Add the cooked potatoes along with a sprinkling of smoked paprika.  Fry until golden and lightly browned.

Now add the oil into the hot frying pan and pour in the egg mixture.  Keep bringing the cooked egg and SPAM mixture into the centre of the pan and swirling the mixture around until the egg has formed a “pancake” but is still soft on the top.  Make sure the SPAM and potatoes are evenly distributed
Scatter on the tomatoes and spring onions.  Top with the grated cheese and another sprinkle of smoked paprika.

Pop under a hot grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling and the egg is finished cooking.

Cut the frittata into slices and serve hot straight from the pan and enjoy!

You can find out more about SPAM and the different varieties available over at the SPAM website.


Disclaimer:  I was compensated to cover my time creating this recipe.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Best Recipe - Cheese Onion and Tomato Quiche

I'm gonna say it!  This quiche was Delicious, yes with a capital D - just the right amount of cheesiness with beautifully softened onions topped with sweet baby plum tomatoes.  And the pastry was perfectly cooked and crispy too.


























A nice slice of this with a cuppa will do the trick as a snack or of course served with a side salad makes the perfect lunch.
Readers of this blog may have seen my post about my fancy new Stoves Sterling Oven which has a rather marvelous 'Intensive bake' option which is perfect for cooking quiche and tarts since it eliminates the need to 'blind bake' the pastry first.  Using base and top heat with fan, it is for me a good thing since I'm put off of baking because of the faff of having to part cook then return to the oven - it's too much of a botheration!   

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Sandwich Idea - Chinese-style Chicken with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Having recently been set a challenge by Warburtons which was to create a healthy sandwich using their Sandwich Thins, here's my sandwich!
Chinese-style Chicken with Sweet Chilli Sauce and Baby Leaves tucked between Warburtons Seeded Sandwich Thins.  Healthy and delicious.























Warburtons sandwich thins are available just 100Kcal per thin.  They're pre-sliced too which makes them ideal for rustling up a super quick sandwich.  There are four varieties to choose from; white, brown, seeded and half and half.  


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Tefal ActiFry - Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings

Much excitement in our house when a Tefal ActiFry arrived last week.  I've wanted one for an age as I've been curious to see if the ActiFry really is as good as people say.  I mean really?  Chips cooked in just a spoonful of oil can't taste good can they?  Fact is they do!
Chips was the first thing I cooked - within an hour of this machine arriving chips had to happen.  Soft and fluffy on the inside, crispy (yes really) on the outside, but we'll talk about chips another day.....

Chicken wings with a nice sweet and spicy coating topped with toasted sesame seeds are so good to eat.  But for good measure I wanted more - how about if they were coated in a Chinese Five Spice batter, fried using hardly any oil, and then coated in Sticky Sweet Chilli goodness - how does that sound?    




















Would the batter actually stay on the wings or would my bright idea turn into a disaster?  Read on to find out.

My ActiFry arrived as a result of a challenge set by Tefal which was to cook my guilty pleasure.  The lovely Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All was sent an ActiFry for the challenge.  Once she had cooked her guilty pleasure she had to nominate someone else to take on the challenge and she chose me - Cheers Camilla!

On with my Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings. You will notice the batter is quite thick - I decided it would have more chance staying on the wings once cooking in the ActiFry.

Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/tefal-actifry-sweet-chilli-chicken-wings





You will need a Tefal ActiFry:
20 chicken wings
40g plain
40g cornflour
1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
1 egg - free range of course and lightly beaten
50ml water

*You will also need 1 tablespoon oil for cooking in the ActiFry

The sauce isn't anything tricky - mix together in a small bowl and set aside:
100ml (half a bottle) Sweet Chilli Sauce (Blue Dragon original dipping sauce) available in any good supermarket.
1 tablespoon Ketjap Manis - Indonesian sweet soy sauce - just use dark soy if you can't get it
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
a couple of tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds to sprinkle

How to do it:
Put the flour and cornflour into a bowl along with the Chinese Five Spice and add the egg and give it a good mix.  Add the water and whisk till there aren't any lumps.  The batter will be quite thick but fear not - it will be fine. No need to add salt to this mixture just the five spice will be fine.  

Trim the very end part (the bit with no meat) off of each chicken wing and discard.  Pop them into a large bowl and pour over the batter.  Mix using your hand to coat each wing well.
Add the wings one at a time to the ActiFry.  Drizzle with one spoonful of oil, shut the lid and set the time to 30 minutes. 

Now after a few minutes of cooking I thought I'd done a wrongen - oh my, the batter wasn't looking good in the ActiFry.  BUT after 15 minutes it all looked okay and although the wings didn't stay perfectly coated they were looking good.
In any case these wings were going to get a coating of sticky sweet chilli goodness and since they weren't being judged by Monica on MasterChef it really didn't matter.

Once they emerge from the ActiFry using tongs as they are piping hot, coat each wing in the sticky sauce and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.  The wings were perfectly cooked and not at all dry.  Yep we're very impressed with the Tefal Actifry. 


The #ActiFry Guilty Pleasure Challenge:
I'm nominating Jo over at Jo's Kitchen to receive an ActiFry from Tefal and take on the Tefal #ActiFry challenge - can't wait to see what Jo will cook!

Pop over to see how Camilla got on with the #ActiFry guilty pleasure over at Fab Food 4 All.

Do you have a Tefal ActiFry?  If so please tell me your favorite recipe in a comments below.

Disclaimer: Many thanks to Tefal for sending me an ActiFry Family along with a few goodies and a Salisbury's gift voucher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.  
  

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Jus Rol Bake it Fresh - Pain au Chocolat Review

I'll be honest (as always of course) I'd never thought about buying Jus Rol 'Bake it Fresh' products before - although I always buy Jus Rol ready made pastry since personally I think it's the best out there.  But having been sent some vouchers to try a few Bake it Fresh products off out I went to get some, and I'm glad I did.
Oh my, it has to be said I am really impressed with the quality of the the end product and how very easy they are to prepare. 



The rather ingenious packaging consists of what looks like a tin but with cardboard sides.  All you do is pull down on a tab and the tin pops open and out comes the ready made dough and appropriate filling - marvelous!
For example the Pain au Chocolat dough is ready made and once out of the tin it just needs unraveling since it's rolled up like a Swiss roll.  The portions are ready marked out and almost cut through so all you do is separate them.  Included in the pack (amazingly since the package is really quite small) are sticks of chocolate.  You place one stick of chocolate at either end of each slice then roll towards each other.  Pop onto a baking sheet seam side down, glaze with beaten egg and bake for 12 minutes at 200c - simples. 

Jus Rol products can be found in all good supermarkets and are located near the butter.  The range includes Cinnamon Swirls, Apple Danish, Pain au Chocolat, Croissants, Focaccia, Crusty Rolls and even Pizza Bases with Tomato Sauce.  To find out more pop over to Jus Rol.

Disclaimer:  I was sent vouchers to buy some Jus Rol products.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Vegetable and Barley Soup

A good bowl of soup is always a good thing and a great way to eat lots of lovely veg if you are someone that usually doesn't.  Add pearl barley and I say this soup just has to be good for you.  Pearl barley is similar to wheat in its caloric, protein, vitamin and mineral content and is great for adding to soups and stews.


Pearl barley does take a bit of cooking though so you will need to rinse it then into a saucepan with plenty of cold water.  Cover with a lid, bring to a boil for 10 minutes then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until tender before adding to your soup.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Spicy Red Pepper and Sweet Paprika Soup

Rich, vibrant, thick and creamy warming soup is perfect for these cold 'almost winter' like days.  Homemade soup is really easy to make and the best thing is you can make up your own flavours combinations.  With good quality ingredients soup takes no time at all to make especially in a soup maker. 


Make the best of those bargains you see in your local supermarket or better still your local farm shop or greengrocer. Whether you use a soup maker to do the work for you, or manually cook your soup and then blend with a stick (immersion) blender is up to you.  I used a soup maker by Judge Cookware and the result was excellent.  Soup can be frozen too so you always have some ready for for lunch on those lazy do nothing days.

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