Chicken Bouillabaisse Recipe

Chicken and potatoes cooked in a rich sweet garlic and tomato sauce along with saffron, Pernod, white wine, fennel seeds and rosemary.  Totally delicious and easy to make too as it's all cooked in one pot. 

Oh yes this is now in my top five dinners of all dinners and has to be made again soon.
After seeing Ina Garten cook this the other night the Food Network TV show 'Back to Basics', it had to made there and then.

I believe this is usually made with fish and served with rouille (garlicky mayonnaise).  Because of my rush to make it I didn't have enough garlic to make the roullie so just served it with nice crusty bread.
According to Wikipedia, Bouillabaisse is a traditional Provençal fish stew originating from the port city of Marseille.

Chilli Beef Lettuce Wraps - Finger Food at it's Best

As soon as I saw this recipe on Gordon Ramsay's 'Ultimate Cookery Course' on Channel 4 I had to make it.  What a  fantastic show, everything he's made so far I want to make immediately! 

Gordon Ramsay

Spicy chilli beef served wrapped in gem lettuce with a lovely dipping sauce.

Lettuce Wraps

Absolutely delicious and very easy to make - finger food at it's best.

Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Onions - Made Easy with CoreStuff

Stuffed onions made so easy with this marvelous invention - CoreStuff from Judge. 

Using this nifty gizmo means you can stuff almost anything you want to and the unique depth gauge means you don't have to go all the way!

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Sabichi Brasserie Range Casserole Dish - Review

Sabichi have just introduced their fantastic 'Brasserie Range' and it's coordinating items.  Everything looks so impressive that you can take the cookware straight from the oven to the table, making it great for dinner parties.

Having been sent the 25cm ceramic casserole dish to review I have to say I'm not only impressed with its looks but the quality of the product too.

Tiny Food Party - Book Review

Bite-size recipes for miniature meals.  In a word this book is amazing and is packed full of the kind of food I love.
Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park share dozens of quick and easy recipes for bite-size munchies.

A fantastic 'must have' book for Christmas, New Year and indeed any other party occasion you might be having.  Nice conversion chart at the back of the book - American, Imperial and Metric.
I love the 'Little Menus' that you can follow if you're stuck for ideas on what goes with what and this includes 'All Vegetarian Menu' too.

Edible Flowers - Using Them Day to Day

Whenever you ask most people about flowers, they will probably talk to you about how good they would look in a garden or vase on a window ledge or mantelpiece. However, many types and species of flower have more going for them than just looks. Many of them can be used for culinary purposes, with some rather pleasant results. Many herbs, fruits and vegetables are officially flowers, although they have been used in recipes for centuries and are widely recognised as being part of cuisines worldwide.

 Photo courtesy of Parvin

Zucchini (courgette)
Artichoke, orange, lemon, lime, parsley and basil are, to many people’s surprise, actually flowers. However, it’s the more obscure ones that are perceived to only have ornamental qualities that are growing in popularity because they work as either a standalone ingredient or as an integral part of a salad, dessert, sauce or even drink.


Pure Vanilla - Book Review

Yet another beautifully presented and very well written book by US food blogger Shauna Sever.

Pure Vanilla
Shauna is also the author of Marshmallow Madness - which I reviewed a while back.

Joseph Joseph Nest Plus 9 Piece Set - Review

Kitchenware that is not only space-saving and practical, but looks good too.   The Joseph Joseph nest plus 9 piece set stacks neatly inside the other.  

Joseph Joseph Nest Plus 9 Piece Set

I love the bright colours!  The two bowls have non-slip bases and handles making the mixing of ingredients a doddle with no fear of the bowl slipping about.

The blue bowl has measurement markers on the inside of the bowl up to 1 pint on one side and 500ml on the other.

Easy Lemon Chicken - Barefoot Contessa Recipe

Ina Garten - you've gotta love her!  I had a go at making her Lemon Chicken the other day and it was delicious.  A lovely lemony garlic sauce that surrounds the chicken and then baked in the oven.  So very easy to do and is made in no time at all.

As a first for me, I didn't titivate this recipe apart from making the same amount of sauce to serve two people using two chicken fillets. I'd do the same again as the I found the amount of sauce was just right for two.  Oh and fear not about the 9 cloves of garlic - just do it!

Tenzo Whistling Kettle - Review

The Tenzo range is the latest addition to Premier Housewares great range of kitchen products.  This Tenzo Whistling Kettle is so stylish - I love it!

Tenzo Whistling Kettle
Available in Matt Black, Stainless Steel and Metallic Red. 

Contemporary in style, elegant and yet practical to use.  I found the induction base makes it quicker to heat water (tested at maximum level) than any other stove top kettle I've had before. You know when it's boiled as it whistles! 
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