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Month: September 2013

Quick apple and cherry pie for pudding

Quick apple and cherry pie for pudding

Wanted a quick pudding tonight and one that was not expensive. I was given some cooking apples last weekend and at the recent Cake and Bake show there was some Bonne Maman fruit being given out.   Tonight I got some ready made puff pastry […]

Rachel’s Organic Rice Pudding

Rachel’s Organic Rice Pudding

Usual dilemma tonight – what to have for pudding! Now I make great rice pudding (I use a recipe given to me by a Greek girl I worked with many years ago) but it takes time to make. Sometimes you want something quick and delicious. […]

Judge Cookware – A Stockpot for my Kitchen

Judge Cookware – A Stockpot for my Kitchen

I have lots of pots and pan so when I was asked to choose an item from Judge‘s range of cookware I immediately knew which one I needed.

One always needs a good stock pot. There is only myself and Mr R residing in our house but more often than not we seem to need a large cooking pot. I have quite a collection of cookware but didn’t have a stock pot so I was very pleased to accept one from Judge.

Perfect for making a chicken stock from a carcass or two or making pasta which we  make a lot! I use this stock pot at least three times a week when cooking something lovely for Mr R!  I often cook at my father-in-law’s on weekends and find it awkward using his collection so looking at one to keep at his house too!

I was glad to receive this stock pot in red because it goes so well with the other red pots and pan I have acquired lately.  This all goes with my black and cream kitchen tiles.

The outside of the stock pot and lid are red enamel and look very stylish on the hob and are suitable for all hobs and the inside is Teflon non stick coated.  It comes in black, vanilla, red, green and white.Before writing about this item I wanted to use it a lot and now cannot imagine my kitchen without this great stock pot!

Some technial details:-

  • Available in Black, Vanilla, Red, White & Green
  • Easy clean enameled coating
  • Easy grip, comfortable phenolic LHT handles
  • All round stainless steel pouring lip
  • Teflon Classic Non-Stick cooking surfaces
  • Induction ready, suitable for ALL hob types
  • Dishwasher and oven safe upto 180ºc
  • 5 Year Guarantee

 

If you want any further details click here for email address.

I was sent this stock pot and was not paid to try it at home and write a review. All opinions are my own.

A Frugal Kitchen – Market Bargains – Limes and Avacados

A Frugal Kitchen – Market Bargains – Limes and Avacados

I was in London yesterday at an event near Leicester Square and had another appointment up near Oxford Circus.  I had loads of time between so I decided to walk and have a look around some of the places I used to visit when I […]

Donald Russell – Royal Warrant Holding Butchers

Donald Russell – Royal Warrant Holding Butchers

You have never tasted better steak delivered to your door! That’s what the advert for Donald Russell, Royal Warrant holding butcher claims. Is it true? Lets find out. They sent me the pack you see advertised inside magazines. Those little A5 pieces of paper promising […]

Blackberry Vodka

Blackberry Vodka

This summer has seen the most amazing and prolific wild blackberry yield I have ever known!

On my allotment we have had blackberries that are sweet, deep black and incredibly fragrant. Sparkly and suculent like black jewels just waiting to be picked and turned into amazing blackberry recipes.

I have made three different blackberry jams, blackberry chutney, blackberry jelly and we have had cakes, pies and just simple blackberries and cream.  The fragrance and the texture were absolutely beautiful.

In an attempt to use another harvesting of the berries and wanting to do something different I made blackberry vodka followed by blackberry Bacardi.

This was really simple to do and requires only a shaking from time to time and leaving for a couple of months before drinking.

Basically fill a large Kilner (or similar glass jar) with blackberries, add some granulated sugar and fill the jar with the vodka or Bacardi.

Clip the lid and gently shake and swirl until the sugar dissolves.  Every couple of days agitate the jar to make sure the sugar does not settle to the bottom.

In approximately 2-3 months you can strain the mixture and pour the liquid into clean, sterilised glass bottles and give as lovely gifts.  You can put the berries in a glass jar to keep for putting on a good quality vanilla ice cream.

Happy holidays!!

Miller & Carter Brookmans Park – restaurant review

Miller & Carter Brookmans Park – restaurant review

I have been to a Miller & Carter restaurant before at their Wheathampstead restaurant and have always had a fantastic meal.   I was therefore more than happy to accept an invitation to review their new opening in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire. I was originally going […]

Rose Veal Schnitzel and Spatzle – A Blast from My Past

Rose Veal Schnitzel and Spatzle – A Blast from My Past

Brookfield Farm, veal producers of sustainably farmed veal sent me a package of their products to try at home. For the first meal I decided to make using the veal I was sent from them I wanted to cook something I had not had for years […]

A very frugal but delicious dinner!

A very frugal but delicious dinner!

It has been in the press recently how difficult it is to make a substantial and delicious meal on a very limited budget.  It is true it can be difficult and a bit time consuming but it is very rewarding to stick at it.

I have had very little budget this year for food and with the help of my allotment and a little ingenuity I have made some very delicious meals for little cost.

True it takes time to check supermarkets for their bargains and reduced items but it is very gratifying to sit down to a plate of food that has not cost a lot and leaves you feeling satisfied and full.

Our dinner tonight is one of those meals.  I often buy packs of bacon pieces (available in most supermarkets) to cook with.  If you want the perfect slices of bacon you can buy 6 or 8 slices that cost approximately £2.99 but if you want to cut it up to cook with then you are better off buying the packs of pieces or bits priced between £0.81 – £1.09. 

You need to play ‘Bacon roulette’ because sometimes you will get mostly small uneven pieces but sometime you win and get nice slices that just may not be even in thickness.  One pack I bought was full of back slices still attached to the steaky slice. Result!  The pack I used recently for our pasta had some small pieces which I used but also three thick, large and not much fat on slices.  The cost of these was about 2/3 of the £0.81 I paid (£0.54) plus about £0.18 worth of carrots, 1 tablespoon tomato puree, three garlic cloves and chicken stock. 

To this I added the beans I had taken out of the pods from our allotment.  These were the last of the beans from the yellow and green dwarf French beans and some runner beans. These were virtually free as we grew them.

I fried an onion and garlic pieces then added the bacon and cooked till the onion was translucent and browning.  Added the beans, carrot pieces, chicken stock, tomato puree, pepper (didn’t add salt because the bacon was smoked and already salty).

I put the lid on and let it simmer for about an hour and a half.  I tasted the stew to determine if it needed more seasoning but it was already perfect.  It is to tasty and easy to make and if adding some cost to the storecupboard ingredients comes out at approximately £1.25!  This will feed both myself and Mr R and will be served with potatoes we grew on the allotment.

Who wouldn’t want to come home to this for a dinner?

The Lake District Dairy Co Quark – a blogger challenge

The Lake District Dairy Co Quark – a blogger challenge

A recent challenge was put to bloggers to come up with a great recipe to finish off summer with The Lake District Dairy Co. You needed to use their 0% fat Quark which is rich and creamy and without the fat.  It is also higher in […]