Kitchen Gadgets Grate to Plate - Review

Okay this may not be the fanciest looking grater you've ever seen - but it does the job of grating and slicing really well.  

It comes with three different steel blades that are easy to change.  Just slide one out and slide another in.  

The suction feet grip to virtually any work surface including wood making it non slip and safe to use.  The feet then fold neatly underneath for storage after use so it won't take up much room in your cupboard.  

Re-homing ex Battery Hens and a Lot of Eggs!

I have always wanted chickens!  We only have a small garden but one thing you can be sure of these hens will be looked after and let out every day without fail.  Just look at the colour of a Free Range egg and they taste really good too!

I only ever buy free range eggs and can't get my head around why lots of people still choose to buy the ones from battery hens.  I think if people took a little time to read about the terrible conditions in which these poor hens are kept they would buy free range, or not buy eggs at all if they find them too expensive. 

Don't get me wrong we certainly aren't made of money but when you consider the small price free range eggs are (at the time of writing) a typical box of six medium free range eggs is around £1.60 in the UK which is twice the price of the battery eggs.

As this is a food blog I will not go too much into how these poor hens are kept - but you only have to Google 'battery hens' to see what I'm talking about.  They're kept in a space no bigger than a piece of A4 paper.  Some of the images of ex battery hens would make you cry.

Anyway, that said we decided to re-home two ex battery hens along with a Black Rock hen from an amazing woman called Sarah over at Happy Chicks.

Sarah and her husband buy as many ex battery hens as they can re-home so you can always buy them from her straight away without going on a waiting list as is usual.

We had 15 eggs in the past week so I'm now into cooking up all things egg!  By the way the egg in the picture above is Roxy's egg. 

Here are the hens (Mrs Tweedy, Mrs Hen and Roxy) with Yaz the cat watching. You can just see Brian the bunny at the back having a nose too.

Yes we have a right little farm going on here!

Just a few of the many ex battery hens at Happy Chicks waiting for a new home.  Some are in a rather poor state with feathers missing and bare bottoms!  But they will soon recover with a lots of love and some good food!


Leek Bacon Parmesan and Cheddar Quiche Recipe

If you're looking for something healthy to eat which is low in calories then my ultimate quiche made with double cream is most certainly not the way to go!  However, if you're wanting something delicious and very moreish then the double cream does it. 

If you follow this blog you will know that we now have three hens - hence we have a lot of eggs! Quiche is a good way to use up eggs.

Groovy Food Omega Oils - a Review

The Groovy Food Company have kindly sent me two different oils to try.
Omega High Five Cooking Oil:

A fusion of five cold pressed virgin seed oils blended together.  Camelina, avocado, virgin olive oil, sunflower and toasted sesame seed oils make it an ideal healthier alternative to other cooking fats.

I tasted a little before using it to cook and the first taste that you notice is of toasted sesame seeds, but it isn't overpowering at all.  It keeps it's flavour too, even at high temperature and is perfect for frying. 

Pan-fried Pork with Lemon Garlic and Rosemary

Nice and easy pan-fried pork basted in lovely lemon and garlic with freshly chopped rosemary - perfect partners.

The cooking time will of course depend on the thickness of your pork.

Salmon Ceviche with a Florida Grapefruit Dressing

 Salmon Ceviche with Cucumber, Chive and Florida Grapefruit dressing - sound good?  Then read on.......

You may remember a while back when I told you about a competition Florida Grapefruit were holding over at their FaceBook page.  Well last week I went to London along with a few other food bloggers and had a lovely day with the winner Victoria Ashley and Celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner.

Trudeau Mini Duo Salt and Pepper Grinder - Review

First impressions: What a lovely looking grinder!  The soft-touch casing did it for me.  For some strange reason it makes you want to keep picking it up! 

The actual grinders are ceramic so they wont rust and as with most grinders it's wipe clean only.
The Trudeau grinder comes pre-filled with 10g black pepper and 24g of course sea salt.  It's also really easy to refill - just lift off the top to reveal two lift up flaps. 

Mozzarella and Parmesan Crispy Potatoes

Crispy edged potatoes, soft on the inside.  Topped with Mozzarella and Parmesan and nicely seasoned with a sprinkling of smoked Paprika. What's not to like?

Mozzarella and Parmesan Crispy Potatoes

Yes once again I'm using a disposable foil tray as it makes the job so much easier.  You can of course re-use them as I do - just pop them into the dishwasher or soak for a good while.
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