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

ActiFry Arancini - Tefal Slimmers Secret Supercook Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I competed against 5 lovely bloggers in the Tefal ActiFry Slimmers Secret Supercook Challenge; we each cooked up our most favourite dish in the ActiFry. Ever since I got my ActiFry I've used it loads so I know what it can do and I was up for the challenge!

We absolutely love Arancini, it's an Italian dish of small rice balls made from leftover risotto which are then stuffed with a savoury filling and coated in breadcrumbs; we like a combo of mozzarella and red pesto.


Arancini are usually deep fried in oil, but making them in the ActiFry is a much healthier option and that means they contain far less calories too. I even made the risotto in the ActiFry and then let it cool. Cooking anything in the ActiFry doesn't compromise on taste either; just a few sprays of Frylight or similar and you're on the way to crunchy, crispy, cheesy rice goodness in every bite.

It's a shame I didn't get to take a picture of the inside as when cut open the mozzarella is lovely and gooey and pesto not only adds a bit of colour but tastes delicious too. I was so engrossed in cooking I didn't have time to get me camera.

We all know the ActiFry cooks fantastic chips but it can be used to cook far more than you'd think possible. I know as I was really surprised when I got mine and started experimenting. It's so versatile and you can cook almost anything in it. The only difference is your dishes will be healthier and contain a lot less calories which can only be a good thing.  

Anyway I really need your help to win the Slimmers Secret Supercook Challenge so to see my Arancini recipe.

Take a look at this video and then pop over to Tefal.co.uk/slimmerssecret and vote for me by clicking on the Big Red VOTE button underneath my video 😊 Just by voting you could Win a Luxury Spa Weekend Break for Two so please pop over now and vote; oh and a few people will each win a ActiFry XL so Good Luck Everyone!

#SlimmersSecret


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Flatbreads with JAZZ Apple and Goat Cheese

These lovely mini flatbreads are really easy to make and well worth the little effort they take. Of course you can use shop bought flatbread but  making your own is rewarding since they do taste a whole lot better.

Having been asked to make a recipe using Jazz Apples I immediately thought of goats cheese being a perfect balance of tangy yet sweet. I added a few chopped nuts along with pea shoots for colour.

Pea shoots are available in any good supermarket (in the bit where you find bags of salad leaves) they have a sweet delicate flavour so certainly wont take over power those lovely apples or goats cheese.

Flatbreads with Jazz Apple and Goat Cheese

Serve as a tasty lunch or serve as appetisers; whichever you choose I'm sure they'll be a big hit.

Jazz™ are a cross of a Braeburn and a Royal Gala (two of the nations favourite apple varieties. Grown in the UK for taste, crunchiness and juiciness. The Jazz apple has all year-round availability too and is now grown not only in the UK but also in France, Italy, USA, Chile, Switzerland, Austria and Australia and New Zealand.

Jazz apples will easily keep for up to and over 4 weeks if they are correctly stored correctly; in a cool dark place or better still in the fridge.

Available in Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, Lidl, Morrisons, M&S, Ocado, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsburys and good independent green grocers.
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Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

I love reading menus; I can't for the life of me read a book of any description, unless of course it has something to do with food.  I can sit and read cookery books and menus all day long.  Oh and maps! Yes maps, I LOVE reading maps.  Possibly I could be the next brain of Britain when it comes to knowing where most places are; very bothering I know 😹

Anyway, never mind all that!  The other week I went out for lunch with some good friends to the Novello Lounge in Southwater, Telford and the menu had so many delicious sounding dishes to choose from so we all took a while to decide what to have......

Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

But then I spied with my little eye; Chicken & Chorizo Panini with with red peppers, spinach and pimento soft cheese and that's just my kind of thing.  Yes, yes, I know it's probably not the healthiest thing to eat but hey ho it sounded good!

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Birds Eye - Peas in Blankets

These 'Peas in Blankets' are quick and really simple to make; okay mine didn't quite turn out quite as they ought to have since the pea mixture kind of oozed out of the bacon.  I think perhaps it would've been a good idea to have used cocktail sticks to hold them together whilst they were cooking; but hey ho they tasted good!

Peas

The Peas in Blankets were made using Birds Eye peas, for more delicious recipes visit Birds Eye Recipes.  I always buy Birds Eye peas since I honestly think you can taste the difference between them and other brands.

Birds Eye have been growing peas for 70 years and grow varieties that no one else does and have 3 generations of farmers.  Just recently, Birds Eye teamed up with food psychologist Dr Christy Fergusson to prove you can actually taste when the turkey, peas and all the trimmings have been prepared with love.

Take a look at this short video that shows the old adage of ‘made with love’ has finally been proven true following a scientific study to verify that our perception of the care, time and attention taken to prepare Christmas dinner positively influences the taste and enjoyment of a meal.




Disclosure: I received a supermarket voucher to cover my time.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.  
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Prawn and Spring Onion Tartlets with Coconut and Chilli

These filo pastry Prawn Tartlets with Spring Onion, Coconut and Chilli are so easy to make and rather tasty too; which of course is the main thing.  

You can leave out the chilli altogether if you must but I say even if you only add a teeny weeny bit the slight heat you get is in my opinion a good thing.  Instead you could top with finely chopped peanuts but you'd still need the coconut layer or the prawn mixture would dry out.

Party Prawn Tartlets

Inspired by the frozen ones in M&S this is my 'make it up as I went along' version in which I added spring onion to the filling which adds a bit of texture to the finely chopped prawns.

You need a good non-stick muffin tin (I used a Hard Anodised Muffin Tin from Stellar Cookware).


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Mini Chorizo Empanadas - Philips AirFryer Recipe

Okay folks; this is week 2 of a 4 week challenge given to me by Philips which was to swap a weekly takeaway meal every week for a month and to join in the #AirFryerTakeIn
Last week I made Ricotta and Basil Balls which I have to say were really easy to make and oh so good to eat!

Next up I made Mini Chorizo Empanadas which the recipe says are AirFryer Take In calories of 153 per one large empanadas (except they are not large nor are are they meant to be) since they're called 'Mini' compared to a Takeaway of (on average) 245 calories.

Empanadas

The AirFryer works by using very little oil and something called Rapid Air Technology.  Rapid Air technology makes the hot air circulate very rapidly around the ingredients in the basket.  This heats up the ingredients in the basket from all sides at once, making it a healthy, fast and easy method to prepare tasty food. Food prepared in the Airfryer is crispy on the outside and without being dry on the inside.
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Ricotta and Basil Balls - Philips AirFryer

Philips recently set me and a few other bloggers a challenge which is to swap a weekly takeaway meal every week for a month and to join in the #AirFryerTakeIn.  So the AirFryer arrived last week along with a fantastic selection of recipe cards for inspiration and Ricotta and Basil Balls just had to be made pretty much immediately - we do LOVE cheese!

Ricotta and Basil AirFryer

Now we all know that fried food tastes good but we also know it really isn't good for us!  But that's where the AirFryer comes to the rescue making fast, tasty fried food without using the traditional frying method of frying.  I think you'll agree these Ricotta and Basil balls look like they were fried but they wasn't.  The Philips AirFryer cuts the calories by using very little oil but give the appearance of fried food.  Here's a guide to the best air-fryers out there.

So go on then; how does it work? 
The AirFryer uses Rapid Air technology.  A unique patented combination of high-speed air circulation, with a top grill.  The Rapid Air technology makes the hot air circulate very rapidly around the ingredients in the basket.  This heats up the ingredients in the basket from all sides at once, making it a healthy, fast and easy method to prepare tasty food.  Food prepared in the Airfryer is crispy on the outside and without being dry on the inside.

It's Healthy
When you air fry French fries, the fries prepared contain up to 80% less fat compared to fries prepared in a deep-fat fryer. When you prepare homemade French fries, the fat percentage can be as low as 1.5%.

It's Fast 
With the Airfryer, you can easily prepare your favorite foods in a fast way and 300g French fries can be prepared in as little as 15 minutes.  The timer will switch off the AirFryer automatically after the set preparation time.  You can start hot air frying in a cold appliance.

Okay lets get back to the Ricotta and Basil Balls - Oh my goodness they were delicious!

AirFryer Ricotta

The recipe card said the mixture would make 20 balls but I wanted bigger balls!  So I made only 10 balls in total which means they are double the calories to what the card said and worked out at just 80 calories each.  But compared to the fried version is a massive saving of 58 calories (on average) per Ricotta and Basil ball.

What else have I cooked so far?
I'm having a great time trying out various recipes and so far I've cooked Pizza, Bacon, Chips, Thai Fishcakes and even a Jacket Potato.  Now it has to be said I had my doubts as to whether the AirFryer could cook a jacket potato but it did. Okay the potato was quite small but enough for lunch but the AirFryer can cook 4 potatoes of this size in the same time which was 25 minutes.  Perfect as a side dish.

The potato had a lovely crispy skin and was nice and fluffy inside.  I took the potato out and mixed with a little salt and grated cheese then popped it back in the AirFryer for another minute so the cheese bubbled nicely.

AirFryer Potato

After several attempts to get a decent photo of the AirFryer I gave up - it's so lovely and shiny black that all you could see was the reflection of me and my kitchen which is never going to be a good look.  So this photo has been supplied by Philips.

AirFryer Philips

The basket is enough to cook a decent amount of chips enough for 4 people.  It doesn't come with a Grill Pan only the basket; but I'm loving the AirFryer so much I bought the Grill Pan from Philips via Amazon and it arrived the next day.
It has to be said the grill pan is a marvelous accessory and to be honest in my opinion I say it is necessary in order to cook things like the Ricotta Balls or the Thai Fishcakes.  Why - because it's non-stick and my fishcakes did stick to the wire of the basket and made it pesty to clean up.

Of course the supplied wire basket is brilliant for cooking chips and one of the many things I'm loving about the AirFryer compared with another brand of very low or no oil needed fryer, is that with the Philips AirFryer the food isn't stirred around and therefore cooked in the very tiny amount of fat needed since any excess fat (if any) simply drips through the wire basket or the holes in the grill pan accessory if used.  

AirFryer

Anyway this was week 1 of 4 weeks of the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge so I'll be back very soon with the next recipe which I am going to make today; Mini Chorizo Empanadas so be sure to check back for that as they look amazing.

Check out this and more Philips products over the Philips website.

Disclosure - I was sent the Philips AirFryer to take part in the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge along with a gift card for ingredients.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive. 
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SKIPPY - Best Ever Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, a great combination!  Who says you have to be American to celebrate Independence Day?  It’s time to brush up on the national anthem lyrics, brush down your smartest Uncle Sam suit and get ready to enjoy some all American food. 

Skippy

This famous SKIPPY® cookie recipe is sure to pack a Patriotic Peanutty Punch!


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Fiery Chicken Club Sandwich with Fresh Zesty Mango Salsa

Just in case you didn't know, this week is British Sandwich Week (8th to 14th May) and the lovely people over at Warburtons have asked me along with six other bloggers to take part in their Sandwich Recipe Challenge where each blogger has to create their Ultimate Sandwich.

For me a proper sandwich has to be something with a little heat to it, so off to the supermarket I went to buy ingredients for my ultimate sandwich!


Traditionally toasted bread is used to make a club sandwich but as I used Warburtons Thins I decided toasting wasn't the way to go.  Since they're so thin, knowing me I'd probably end up burning them to a crisp which is never going to be a good idea!

We're already a fans of Warburtons bread anyway and we both love Warburtons Thins.   I chose the Seeded ones to make my sandwich but 'Thins' are available in several varieties which does make it hard to choose.
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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

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.
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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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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.


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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.
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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.

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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.
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The Best Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bar Recipe

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. 

Breakfast bars with chocolate

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!

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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.


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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 flambĂ©e looked and sounded good to me so I had a go at making it!
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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.
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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.

Apple Pie made in an electric pie maker

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


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