Eat well - travel often

Month: November 2013

Omar Allibhoy and The Rice House – La Arroceria

Omar Allibhoy and The Rice House – La Arroceria

I have mentioned before how hard 29 year old Madrid born chef, OmarAllibhoy is working to get Spanish Tapas into every home and I was very pleased to be invited to his pop-up evening meal a ‘La Arroceria’ held at a great place in Chiswick […]

Surprise Suffolk Family Pub Lunch

Surprise Suffolk Family Pub Lunch

I love alpacas and after seeing a TV programme about an alpaca farm in Suffolk I wanted to visit the place on our weekend visit to my daughter who lives in Ipswich with her husband and two sons.  I contacted the alpaca farm through their […]

Winter Warmer Recipe Challenge – Sausage Casserole and Cheesy Two Mustard Potatoes

Winter Warmer Recipe Challenge – Sausage Casserole and Cheesy Two Mustard Potatoes

Boy it’s been cold outside and the perfect weather for a sausage casserole winter warmer recipe.


I was set a challenge to come up with a warming winter
recipe using a selection of products sent to me by Unilever.  My recipe is a Sausage Casserole with CheesyTwo Mustard New Potatoes
 
 
As I was the winner of a sausage casserole competition
recently and the prize was a new stock of sausages and bacon I naturally
thought of making a different sausage casserole for this challenge.
 
Sausages get popped into the cast iron frying pan and browned on all sides. I put them into the casserole whilst I cooked the onions and bacon.
 

As most of my meals start with onion and garlic and a glug of olive oil, I sautéed some thinly sliced
onion and minced garlic. 

Into the frying pan I added three onions, peeled and sliced
and cooked until browned along with one packet of back bacon cut into chunks. 

When these were ready I added them to the
casserole with the sausages.

 
In the frying pan I added Knorr beef stock pot and Knorr beef
gravy pot, 1 Tbsp tomato puree, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce and 1 Tbsp Bovril and when warmed through I added it to the casserole.  Towards the end of the cooking I
will be adding a good glug of red wine!
 
Into the oven, covered at 180oC for about 35-45 minutes.  If you want to thicken the liquid at this
point you could add some gravy granules.
 
To serve this I boiled new Charlotte potatoes (unpeeled) and cut into pieces and when
soft I drained them. 
 
Back into the cooking pot (the residual warmth helps keep
the potatoes warm and the butter to melt) and added 3 Tbsp unsalted butter,
salt&pepper and a little bit of milk.
 
After taking them off the heat I added some grated cheddar
cheese and then added 1 Tbsp Maille wholegrain mustard and 1 Tbsp Maille Dijon mustard with honey.
 
 
The above was served with carrot batons and made enough to
serve four.
 

I received a hamper of goodies from Unilever but was not
paid to write this recipe.  All recipe
and opinions are my own.
 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
LactoFree – lactose free cooking

LactoFree – lactose free cooking

I was recently invited to an event by Lactofree who make a range of lacto free products now widely available in supermarkets around the country.  The event was held at one of the premises of L’atelier des Chef the fashionable London cooking school. I wasn’t […]

Greek Gods Yoghurt

Greek Gods Yoghurt

If you are looking for a creamy and delicious snack loaded with protein and good for you, look no further! The Greek gods have certainly smiled down from their high places and sent us an incredibly good yogurt.  Originally produced by three friends in the […]

Stellar Glass Electric Kettle – Eco Friendly

Stellar Glass Electric Kettle – Eco Friendly

Stellar SEA31 Glass Electric Kettle was recently sent to me for a review. To me a kettle should boil the water and sit ready for you at a moments notice!

To look good is an added bonus and this Glass Electric Kettle does just that!


“Fill a cup, not a kettle is the eco message of the moment, with the new Stellar SEA31 Glass Electric Kettle you can do both!

Some good points about this kettle:-

It is made from high quality German  glass a with clear see through body and a 3000W rapid boil feature.

The clear sides and cup-markers allow you to see exactly how much water you’re using  so saving money and reducing emissions.

The push-button lid allows for simple filling.

The limescale filter ensures your drink is limescale free to the last drop.

It has a blue light, which glows from the bottom when the kettle is in action and a 1.7l capacity but has a special heating element that enables you to boils just 1 cup (250ml) of water without damaging the heating element.
 

 

Thanks Stellar for giving me this fab new kettle to brighten up my ‘cuppa’.
I was sent a Stellar Kettle to review and was not required to write about it.  All opinions are my own.

Secret Sausages

Secret Sausages

Tonight we are having Secret Sausages for our dinner along with baked sweet potatoes and an iceberg lettuce with olive oil and balsamic dressing. Secret Sausages are vegetables in disguise!  They have 90% less fat, 50% fewer calories and 35% less salt than normal ‘meat’ […]

Tesco’s Finest – New Image Same Great Product

Tesco’s Finest – New Image Same Great Product

Many times I pick up the free supermarket magazines whilst shopping and after flicking through them at home I put them straight into the re-cycling bag. However the latest issue of the Tesco magazine with a huge pumpkin grinning at me on the front really […]

Summer Fashion 2014 with Joules

Summer Fashion 2014 with Joules

Although I am a foodie at heart I do sometimes turn my mind to fashion and was quite happy when I was invited (and dragged my friend Val along) to attend the Spring Summer 2014 fashion launch of Joules, the High Street well known name.  Their new collection will hit the shops in February 2014 but I got a sneak preview.

You can view the collection here.

The colours included some lovely muted greens and coral pinks as well as navy patterns and stripes.



The foodie in me loved the little pie and mash they were serving.  I had a little chicken pie and Val took a mini steak and ale. Both served with mash and gravy! Very tasty.

 
There is a range of homewares and great fun essentials for the garden in their catalogue too.

I fell in love with these little piggies who were playing in a little pen in the middle of the floor.  Not sure what they had to do with fashion but they loved lounging on the duvet!  I wanted to take one home for a playmate for my dog!

If you want to check out the great duvet sets these little cuties were playing as well as the home and garden range on click here.

Fran from the last series of The Great British Bake Off tempted us with her sweet little morsels!

Val found the perfect pair of sheep which she wanted to take home, I had to let her down with the news they would not help keep the grass down on her allotment!

I will be first in line when these new fashions make it to my local Joules shop in St Albans.

Thank you Joules for a special treat and the great goodie bag.  I was not required to write a review and all opinions are my own.

Sunday Soup Time

Sunday Soup Time

This week I made a really lovely soup which I must say hasn’t lasted long!  I am constantly making lovely food for Mr R and myself for very little money.  I like to get the most out of the food we have and hate wasting. […]