Giveaway - Two Greedy Italians - Still Hungry DVD

The Two Greedy Italians are back with the Complete Series 2: Still Hungry
Featuring Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo.
Fremantle Home Entertainment are giving away a copy to be won by one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil.
The second series of the BBC’s acclaimed food and travel documentary ‘Two Greedy Italians’ is released on April 22nd but is available to pre-order over at Amazon.
About the Two Greedy Italians:
Nowhere is food as much a part of everyday life as Italy, a country whose unique topography has resulted in distinct regional differences that are vibrantly alive and passionately celebrated. In this second series, the kings of Italian cuisine, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo, return to Italy to remember their pasts and discover how the culinary capital of the world is changing the way it cooks and eats.

Super Quick and Tasty Meatballs for Pasta Sauce

Now, I love cooking and am never happier than when I'm in my kitchen.  But sometimes there are days when you just run out of time but want to produce something half decent although quickish.  So, I allowed myself to use jar of ready made pasta sauce!

Having recently discovered Marks and Spencer's Tomato and Sweet Garlic Pasta Sauce,  trust me this sauce is good stuff and well worth buying. This along with a huge range other pasta sauces is available in their grocery section. 

Tasty Meatballs for Pasta Sauce

Produced in Italy this sauce is made from 90% Tomatoes, Extra Virgin olive oil, Garlic, Tomato Paste, Sea Salt, Parsley, Basil, Sugar and Ground Black Pepper.

Oh and don't fear at the thought of making meatballs, seriously they can be rustled up in next to no time.  My top tip is to always buy good quality meat from places you can trust and rely on to never let you down.

The Forager's Kitchen - Book Review and Giveaway

Foraging is not only the latest food trend but it can become a pastime too.
Eating 'off the land' means working with the seasons.  Free food can be found around and about without whether you live in a city, the countryside or by the sea.  All without too much effort involved this book shows you how to make the most of what you've found.  

The Forager's Kitchen Book

An hardback book full of more that 100 recipes showing you just how easy it is to find what amounts to free food and what can be made from it.
Covering edible wild flowers, herbs, berries and more, you'll find delicious recipes from Honeysuckle jelly, Carrot and Clover cake, Wild Thyme sorbet, Garlic Mustard, Chickweed and Tomato brushetta and far, far more.

Brilliant photography throughout by Peter Moore (foraging photos) and the recipe photos by Stuart West are stunning.

I think you'll agree these Wild Mushrooms tarts look wonderful.

Or how about these Violet Macaroons?

The recipes are easy to follow and all in all this is a very interesting and handy book to have.
 The Forager’s Kitchen by Fiona Bird is published by Cico Books at £16.99 and is available from

Thank you to Lauren for sending me this book to review and supplying a giveaway copy.

Now for the Giveaway!
I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil 
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Chicken Melt - Fridge Clean Out Recipe

A great way to use any bits and bobs when having a fridge clear out.  Every week I make up some sort of mad dish or other from things like an odd bell pepper, a piece of cheese or a chilli pepper that's escaped me all week!

Chicken Melt on plate

Yes it all gets used to make either a pizza or as a topping for chicken fillets, to make a sort of chicken pizza melt. 

Of course you can top your chicken with whatever takes your fancy.  Just use whatever you have that's leftover.  Since the odds and sods in my fridge consisted from making Prosciutto and Salami Pizza here's what I did.


Keeping Safe in and Around the Kitchen

Keeping safe at all times is of course important, but when cooking in the kitchen you need to take extra care.  One silly mistake can so very easily turn into a disaster.  A recent incident in my kitchen made me realise we should all have some sort of fire blanket and extinguisher to hand.  
Afterwards, looking on the net I came across this really handy to know about site called Pure Safety.

 Let me share with you my very near disaster that happened in my own kitchen:
Anyone that follows me on FaceBook will have heard my story on the day it happened. I know it was really very stupid of me but I needed to melt some butter.  I was brushing sheets of filo pastry with the butter, and as you're probably aware, you have to be quick about it as filo pastry dries out so fast and is ruined. 

Mini Hot Cross Bun and Butter Puddings

Mini hot cross buns baked in a light fluffy egg custard, they not only look good they taste good too.
Should you happen to have any hot cross buns leftover, even if they are a little on the dry side, fear not!  In less than 30 minutes you can transform them into this rather nice dessert.

Mini Hot Cross Bun and Butter Puddings

These are really easy to do, all you need is 4 ramekins or of course you could make one big one in a small dish.

Skrei with Salsa Verde and Roasted Vine Tomatoes

I have to say personally, I'd never heard of Skrei until now - it's a very special type of cod, line caught, and is a much loved Norwegian delicacy.

Having been sent some to try I made some mashed potato and served the Skrei with Roasted Vine Tomatoes and Salsa Verde.

Skrei with Salsa Verde and Roasted Vine Tomatoes

Please excuse the poor photo, my camera really needs natural daylight - hurry up the nicer weather please!

Only available between January and April each year, Skrei is migratory and journeys thousands of miles annually from the Barents Sea to the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway to reproduce. 
Thanks to this epic journey through icy, dark waters, Skrei has a lean, bright white firm flesh and is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, which makes it a hugely versatile, healthy and wholesome food.

Garofalo - Real Italian Pasta

With so very many different shapes of pasta around it's hard to know which pasta dishes they should be used for!

I have to admit I'd never tried Garofalo Pasta until recently when I was very kindly sent a huge range to try.  Of course I haven't got round to trying them all as yet, but one thing's for sure, this pasta is GOOD!

It's hard to describe but Garofalo Pasta certainly tastes richer and fuller in flavour than most other brands.  Yes I'm converted - Garofalo is the way to go if you want Top Quality Great Tasting Pasta.

Spaghetti with Chicken, Chorizo and Sun-dried Tomatoes:

Garofalo Pasta have a huge range of pasta, sauces soups and more.
Created from only the finest durum wheat in Gragnano, which is in the shadows of the ruins of Pompeii. 

Stir-fry - Wok by Stellar Cookware

The Stellar 3000 Stir-fry/Wok:
Having been sent this (oh so very good-looking) wok from the Stellar cookware 3000 range to review, I got quite excited and had to make a stir-fry straight away.  I can't tell you how much I love this wok - available in lovely Ruby Red, Cream, or Black.  For me, shiny Ruby Red it had to be!

Everyone loves a stir-fry, they are so very easy to do and anyone can make one with just a few simple ingredients.

If you look in any good supermarket you'll find a huge range of ready chopped vegetables, with or without onion, with or without peppers, the list is endless.  They'll also have 'ready to wok' noodles and more stir-fry sauces to choose from than you can shake a stick at!

Perfect Steak from Graig Farm Organics

For me, there's nothing quite like a really nice bit of steak.  Graig Farm Organics very kindly sent me some steak, gammon and chicken to try.

You can order online from Graig Farm Organics for quality organic food products delivered over-night, straight to your door.


It has to be said, you really can taste the difference in Organic food.
For a start, the steak tasted like steak - by that I mean some supermarket meat really is tasteless and is no comparison to that from Graig Farm. 

New - Boc'n Roll the Eco-Friendly Sandwich Wrap

I have to say when I was asked to review Boc'n Roll the new reusable lunch wrap from Gilberts, not meaning to sound negative but I was a bit concerned that it just wouldn't work. 

We all know that cling film isn't good for the environment, but it seems to have become necessary to modern living.

Prosciutto and Salami Pizza Topped with Sacla' Char-Grilled Peppers

 It is seriously easy to make this plate of melty, cheesy goodness in the way of a pizza!   
Slight saltiness from the Prosciutto and a little heat from the Salami, dotted with colourful Sacla' Char-Grilled Peppers.  Add a mixture of Mozzarella and Cheddar and I think you’ll agree you have the perfect pizza.

Prosciutto and Salami Pizza Topped with Sacla' Char-Grilled Peppers
Of course you don’t have to use the exact toppings that I chose, just use this recipe as a suggestion and add whatever takes your fancy.

I particularly like the Italian brand Sacla' - their Char-Grilled Peppers save the time and effort of grilling your own!  They also have a great range of Antipasti in jars including Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Wild Mushrooms, Artichokes that you can use to top pizzas, making it simple to come up with your own personal pizza!


Aromo - Coffee Delivered to your Door

Aromo is a UK based coffee site that can deliver ESE pods, Ground Coffee and Coffee Beans to the doors of UK customers.  It's easy to order too, which is great news for coffee lovers.
 Since we don't have a machine that takes ESE pods we were sent the ground coffee to try.  The ground coffee only comes in Espresso, which I think you either love or hate - it was strong!  Of course if you like Espresso, as many people do, then this is the one for you.

Aromo Coffee

That said, Bounce Ground Coffee makes the perfect Espresso and is perfect for Americano, Cappuccinos & Lattes.  It can be used in most espresso coffee machines. 100% Arabica comes in 250g bags and is priced at £4.00 - which I think is actually very good.

Giveaway - Burgers and Sliders Book

This is a seriously good book and I love all the different ideas.  The photography is fantastic and with over 30 gourmet recipes to choose from it's hard to pick which to make first. .

From the Beef Wellington Burger (in a shortcrust pastry bun) to a Cheesy Root Vegetable Burger, then there's the Pork and Antipasti Burger served between Foccacia rolls with Lemon Mayo, or what about Christmas Canape Sliders with Cranberry Sauce and Camembert?
Sometimes just the Classic Beef Burger is does the trick:
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