Empire Roast Chicken - Jamie's Great Britain

Jamie's Great Britain is a seriously good book, I'd say it's his best yet.  There's a TV series to accompany the book being shown on Tuesday's on Channel 4 and Jamie cooked what he calls Empire Roast Chicken.  The chicken is smeared with a paste made from delicious spices mixed with a natural yoghurt.  

Jamie Oliver Empire Chicken

I didn't want to cook a whole chicken so I made the same paste mixture and used chicken thighs instead.  I think you'll agree it still looks good - and it was!

Bombay-style Potatoes - Jamie's Great Britain

After seeing Jamie cook up 'Empire Roast Chicken' on the Channel 4 series 'Jamie's Great Britain' for his latest book of the same name, I just had to make it. It has to be said he comes up with some amazing ideas - these Bombay potatoes are the best! 

Bombay-Style Potatoes

Who can resist these?
Jamie said: "Ask any British person what their two favourite meals are and I reckon most people would say their mum's roast chicken, and a curry. Well, welcome to Empire Roast Chicken, a combination of both of those things. Your friends and family are going to love it. I love it. You will love it."
I agree with him, his Empire Roast Chicken was so, so good and will be my very next post. 

As there are only the two of us, I did a smaller amount of potatoes, 4 cloves of garlic and only one tomato, but I used the same amount of everything else.


Spicy Burgers with Colston Bassett Stilton Cheese Melt

Nice fat spicy burgers, each topped with a thick slab of Colston Bassett Stilton 
melted in the oven so the cheese runs down the side of the burger.  Add skinny chips to the plate and your all set to tuck in! 

Of course the Stilton cheese doesn't have to be from Colston Bassett, but having recently received some in a Seasonal box courtesy of Knorr supplied by Forman and Field once we'd tried it we have to say it is the best Stilton.

We love it - not too strong, nice and creamy, just perfect for cheese and biscuits......and topping burgers of course! Now I said the word spicy when describing my burgers, but it is of course, up to you how much spice you want - just add less chilli.

Slightly Spicy Nice and Saucy Chicken and Pepper Casserole

A nice, warming, easy chicken - almost one pot dinner. Totally made up by me, myself and I when I had nothing better to do one day!

You can serve this with some nice rice or crusty bread, or of course whatever else your fancy. If you can't be bothered to use a griddle pan, you can always roast the veg on a tray in the oven instead.  

Joseph Joseph Baking Set - Review

Find Me a Gift is......well, a great place to find gifts! They have an excellent range of gifts to suit everyone including lots of lovely Christmas Gifts. 

I was very kindly sent this Joseph Joseph Baking Set to review:

So, what's in the box of this Baking Set?
There's a wooden adjustable rolling pin, a silicone spatula and pastry brush and also a timer.
The spatula and pasty brush can go into the dishwasher with no fear of the colours fading - I have other Joseph Joseph kitchen utensils and they're still like new.   
And how you not just fall in love with the colours?

 I don't do much baking, but as you know I do make a nice pie now and again.
So this baking set will be really useful as the adjustable rolling pin has 3 rings to change the thickness of your rolled pastry.  Simply twist off the ends to change the thickness.

The timer is easy to use - just twist the bezel for the correct minutes and seconds (up to 1 hour).
The only pesty thing with the timer (nothing to do with the product) but it comes with a sticker on the face of the timer.  Obviously you have to remove this before using.  Well, it must be stuck on with super glue!  

However, this is easily remedied as I have a top tip for such pesty stickers:
Remove the sticker as best you can, then simply spray with a little furniture polish and leave it for 10 minutes.  
Now the sticky goo will wipe off quite easily with a clean cloth!
Like all the other utensils in the Joseph Joseph 'Elevate' range, the Spatula and Pastry Brush have a special built-in ledge to keep them from touching the work surface not only improving hygiene but there's less mess too.

See how it holds the brush from touching the work surface - a great idea.
  Find Me a Gift offer next day delivery and my baking set arrived very well packaged too.
Thank you to Jo at Find Me a Gift for sending this baking set.

Leftover Christmas Turkey Curry

Marco Pierre White has come up with a lovely mild curry recipe using up any leftover Turkey you might have this Christmas.  This exclusive new recipe by Marco won't be available on the Knorr website until December, but I can share it with you now! 

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of fruity curries, but this one was actually really very nice indeed and all the fruit in it has to be good for you!  It's really easy to make and of course you can use leftover chicken if you wish.
Print Marco's Recipe courtesy of Marco Pierre White for Knorr

I was very kindly sent a truly amazing Seasonal Box from Forman and Field courtesy of Knorr.  Containing not only a Free Range Kelly Bronze Turkey but loads more Fantastic Christmas food!

A BIG thank you to Knorr, Jen and Neil for the fantastic seasonal boxes I've been sent over the past months and the great day we spent with Marco Pierre White.  And of course to Forman and Field for supplying such great food. 

The Best Apple Strudel Recipe

Almost everyone in the UK will have seen the Marks and Spencer advert for their apple strudel on television and I think nearly everyone has tried one!

Although I'm not one for desserts I had a go at making it myself.  Now I'm so not into pastry or baking but the result (although it didn't quite look like the M&S one) was good.

Horseradish Mash with Caramelised Onions and Sausages

There's nothing like a good dollop of mashed potato to cheer everyone up.  But the addition of horseradish turns into something amazing.  That alongside caramelised onions and some nice fat sausages and you're really talking! 

Good quality butchers sausages are vital - none of those 'low in fat' things with the meat so minced up you have no idea what it is - not for me anyway.

The secret to making proper caramelised onions is they can't be hurried or rushed in any way at all.
Long, slow cooking over a low heat without stirring for a good while is what makes the onions soft and releases the natural sugar in them.  The result will be nice, brown onions that are almost gooey. 

Quesadillas made with left over Chilli con Carne

More economising going on here - I'm getting good at this!  As I had some Chilli con Carne left over the other week Quesadillas came to mind.  Of course it had been frozen once it was cold, popped it into a plastic tub and into the freezer it went. 

So, you can either have the same dinner again a week or so later, only easier than the day you made the chilli. 

Or of course, you can think up something else to do with your left over chilli.  For anyone wondering they are pronounced kay-sah-dee-yah 

Cauliflower and Tomato Cheese with Cayenne Pepper Crispy Crumb Topping

The other day I happened to have half a tin of tinned tomatoes (left over from something or other) and when I popped into Asda I saw cauliflowers were a major bargain at 50 pence!

So, cauliflower and tomato cheese came to mind as I got to use up the tinned tomatoes too - yes I'm trying to save money!  

Another thing, I had a few slices of bread left, fit only for breadcrumbs or the bin........Cayenne pepper toasted crumb topping just had to happen.
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