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

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.  You'll just have to trust me on this - I'd have taken a picture but it was pretty much dark when I took the photo above and that was one half decent photo out of 20 odd taken. I don't like winter.

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 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.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Mexican-style Spicy Pulled Brisket Fajitas

Brisket of beef is a cheaper cut of meat that requires slow cooking and when I say slow cooked I really mean it!  Yes 12 hours in a slow cooker is what's needed to get perfect melt in your mouth beef.  I'd never cooked brisket before and fancied it would be rather nice cooked in a spicy tomato based sauce.  The result we perfect and well worth the wait. 

  
Once done, simply pile onto soft warm tortillas and top with a corn and black bean salsa.
If you cook a bigger piece of brisket than I did, once cooled it can easily be popped into the freezer making this meal perfect for an informal dinner party with friends or family.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Dulce de Leche Filled Muffins - Easy to Make Recipe

I'm certainly no baker but muffins usually always seem to turn out okay and so if I can make them, anyone can.  Of course the ever popular Chocolate Chip Muffin is always a good thing, but filled with Dulce de Leche the humble muffin becomes something amazing.
With that said I don't particularly like cakes of any sort but Paul does!

    
I've used Dulce de Leche in a couple of things recently - My Carameltia Ice Cream Sundae and Banana and Chocolate Dessert Pizza.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Giveaway - Branston Relishes and Pickles

Branston is well known for their great products and just about everyone has heard of and loves Branston Pickle!  Well the good news is they've just released a new relish line incorporating five flavours and they are offering readers of this blog the chance to win all five of these relishes - and more!

 The selection consists of Tomato and Red Pepper relish which adds a tangy twist to a hot dog, and the jalapeño in the Spicy Tomato is perfect if you like a kick to your food.  Caramelised Red Onion which is brilliant in burgers, Smoky Tomato and Chipotle that offers a distinctive smoky taste and Brazilian which is a sweet and spicy relish.
Pop over to Branston to find out more about their products.
 

 TV Chef Andy Bates of Street feasts has created some lovely recipes to celebrate the launch of Branston's relishes.
Print Recipe
https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/tuna-melt-toastie-with-branston-spicy-tomato-relish

Tuna Melt Toastie with Branston Spicy Tomato Relish
Ingredients:
1tbsp mayonnaise
1tbsp soured cream
2tbsp tinned sweet corn
1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped
zest of a lemon
1tbsp chopped Coriander
salt and pepper
150g tinned tuna, drained
4 slices of sour dough bread
½ ripe avocado cut & sliced
50g grated Swiss cheese
20g grated Parmesan
3tbsp Branston Spicy Tomato Relish
2tbsp butter for frying

Method:
     Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4.
    In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, soured cream, sweet corn, chilli, zest, coriander and season. Carefully fold in the tuna. Set to one side. Spread two of the bread slices with the tuna mix, then top with avocado slices, and the cheeses. Spread the remaining 2 slices with the Relish. Close sandwiches together.
    In a heavy based saucepan heat the butter on a medium heat till starting to foam. Add the sandwiches and cook for 2-3 minutes, flip over and transfer the pan to the oven for 4 minutes melting the cheese inside.
    Cut and Serve.
 *For a milder toastie the kids can enjoy, substitute Spicy Tomato Relish for Tomato and Red Pepper Relish and omit the chilli.
 
Now for the Branston Giveaway - the prize will be:
5 x Branston relish (one of each flavour)
2 x Branston Original Pickle
2 x Branston Small Chunky Pickle

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Good Luck Everyone!

Friday, 25 July 2014

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 Meat Porter.  


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!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Caramelita Ice Cream Sundae with Caramel and Mascarpone 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.

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