Easy Leftover Turkey Curry - The Best Recipe

There are many different leftover turkey curry recipes but it has to be said my latest invention, in our opinion, is one of the best.  Great for using up leftover Turkey at Thanksgiving or of course Christmas.

Make a simple spice paste of onions, ginger, garlic and chillies.  Fry gently along with cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and throw in a cinnamon stick.  Add coconut milk, tomatoes and soft brown sugar and a little chicken stock and cook till done - continue reading for the full recipe.


Slightly sweet tasting yet very nicely spiced.  Of course you can make this with leftover chicken too.

Ciabatta with Chilli Cheese and Chorizo

Ciabatta filled with oozy melty cheese and crispy chorizo, so very easy to make and can be knocked up in next to no time.

No recipe at all - just lightly fry some slices chorizo - that's if you like yours crispy like we do, otherwise there's no need.  Now slice open a ciabatta bread roll and on one side put some slices of chilli cheese and on the other side the slices of chorizo.  Pop under a hot grill until the cheese melts nicely.
Job done.

Roast Chicken with Orange and Black Pepper Baste

I was recently sent a lovely Seasonal Box from Knorr full of goodies for the perfect Christmas dinner including new Knorr Gravy pots to create tasty gravy without any fuss.

Roast Chicken with Orange and Black Pepper Baste

The box came with a challenge which was to either cook Marco Pierre White's Christmas Roast Turkey with Orange and Smoky Bacon Baste recipe, or come up with something else.  Since there are only two of us and it's so near to the big day, I didn't cook the Turkey.  I've popped it into the freezer and it will get cooked on Christmas day.

The orange and black pepper butter can of course be used to baste a turkey instead of chicken.

Harrods Seasonal Wine Collection Hamper - Review

Having recently been asked to review a hamper from Harrods and I chose their Seasonal Wine Collection Hamper.  Just as you would expect from Harrods, the hamper was perfect and an absolute delight to both receive and open.

The packaging alone looks impressive, I won't be able to throw the box away as it's so nice!
Even a Christmas card was included.

Sponsored Video – Blacksticks Blue Cheese

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses based in Inglewhite, Lancashire have been making a range of hard, blue and soft cheese since 1932.  Their Blacksticks Blue (love the name) has a lovely ‘amber hue’ made its first appearance in 2003 the cheese has a huge following of fans including celebrity chef Simon Rimmer who describes it as “The Daddy of all Blue Cheeses”.

Blacksticks Blue Cheese
Using milk that’s delivered fresh everyday by their tanker driver Dougie who picks up from farmers just a down the road.  When the creamy milk has been lovingly transformed into cheese, it is then matured until it hits its perfect age and,as we all know, a good cheese takes time.   Once the cheese has passed Butlers experienced grader Bill’s stamp of approval, it is then ready to be released for sale across the country.  

Vacu Vin Bamboo Cutting Board and Tray - Review

This Bamboo Cutting Board from Vacu Vin is practical and looks good too.  Bamboo is a renewable source, inherent antibacterial properties, moisture resistant and more durable than conventional wood.
There's an integrated tray underneath the chopping board which simply slides out and allows the separation of prepared food from waste.

Vacu Vin Bamboo Cutting Board and Tray
You can of course use this space for knife storage, so that knives are always available - it's up to you.


Thermal Gravy Pot by Judge - Review

There's nothing worse than cold gravy and with Christmas just around the corner this thermal gravy pot from Judge Cookware is a must have for the kitchen.  

Having tested it, I know it really does work! 

The extra gravy kept hot well after the dinner was eaten.  The double wall insulated serving jug keeps liquids hot as it works just like a thermal flask.  

Make your Table Sparkle this Christmas with a Chocolate Wreath

At Christmas, the way the dining table looks is almost as important as the festive feast spread out upon it.  Whether you show it with a snowy white tablecloth and the best silver, with scattered pine cones, gold and silver glitter, candles, crackers or all of the above, Christmas dinner is a once a year occasion and deserves to look really special.  Little dishes of treats like sugared almonds, mixed nuts or chocolate ginger add to the effect.

For a combination of the traditional and the original, and for an addition to the table that everyone will welcome, it would be hard to beat a Hotel Chocolat wreath.  Made from solid milk or dark chocolate and studded with goodies, they are both decorative and delicious.

The classic Festive Wreath is made from Hotel Chocolat's 50% milk chocolate, with swirls of sweet caramel.  Its more sophisticated cousin, the Purist Festive Wreath, appeals to the refined palate with its indulgent 70% dark chocolate, made from pure Ecuadorian cocoa grown by a farmers’ cooperative in the unspoiled province of Napo.
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