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Month: December 2013

A Quick Quiche – Using Up Bits-n-Pieces

A Quick Quiche – Using Up Bits-n-Pieces

Tonight I fancied making something different from all the festive food we have been eating.  I also wanted to use up some things in the fridge. I like to start the New Year with a clear fridge. I had some pastry in the fridge so […]

Sunday Soup – Fava Bean and Ham

Sunday Soup – Fava Bean and Ham

I like to make a pot of soup on a Sunday afternoon.  This week I used the stock I made from boiling the Christmas gammon I got from Aldi to cook and review. This gammon has fed us on Christmas Day, cold cuts on Boxing Day, creamy cheese and […]

Christmas Leftovers – My Favourite!

Christmas Leftovers – My Favourite!

Well believe it or not that mamoth gammon from Aldi I cooked for Christmas Day is almost at an end. Tonight I cut most of the remaining meat and set it aside as I made the cheese sauce. I made my usual roux with the butter […]

Planning Food for 2014 from my Allotment

Planning Food for 2014 from my Allotment

Part of the fun this time of the year is thinking of all the great seeds to buy in readiness to plant indoors in preparation of the time to plant at the allotment! For Christmas I got some funky seeds and plan to plant them […]

Hamming it up with Aldi this Christmas!!

Hamming it up with Aldi this Christmas!!

I was asked to review a Three Bird Roast from Aldi this year for Christmas and as I had already been asked to review one for another supermarket I thought it would make a good comparison blog post. However, by the time I got the […]

Let Sainsburys Make Your Christmas Lunch! – Part 1

Let Sainsburys Make Your Christmas Lunch! – Part 1

I was sent a selection of Sainsburys Cranberry and Orange Christmas range to prepare, cook and enjoy with my family for Christmas Dinner. As part of getting my meal ready for Christmas Day I will be serving Smooth Duck and Orange pate on toast for […]

Asda has it all for Christmas!

Asda has it all for Christmas!

I was sent a goodies package to point out how Asda has it all for your Christmas.  If you are looking for some last minute items pop into your local Asda. Some of the items they sent me are: Breakfast is sorted – coffee and waffles with […]

Mashed potatoes with pizazzzzzz! – Cook&Co

Mashed potatoes with pizazzzzzz! – Cook&Co

Cook&Co sent me a few jars of their goose fat, the very thing that has revolutionised roast potatoes according to the most celebrated chefs and TV personalities. From Cook&Co’s suggested uses for their goose fat I decided to try it with mashed potatoes! My mashed […]

Cooking with Parmigano Reggiano

Cooking with Parmigano Reggiano

It is always a treat to learn some tricks of the trade from the doyen of Italian cuisine, Chef Valentina Harris so it was with great delight that I attended a Parmigano Reggiano cooking event at Divertimenti Cookery School in London. As with all Parmigano […]

Lamb Chops and Coleman’s Mint Sauce

Lamb Chops and Coleman’s Mint Sauce

When the turkey season gets too much for you its time to think about an escape for your tastebuds.  I bought some lamb chops recently at our nearest Cash-n-Carry and they were thick and suculent. Simply cooked under the grill until the fat on the […]

Merry Christmas from Warburtons

Merry Christmas from Warburtons

It is quite usual to give someone a Selection box at Christmas but this is usually filled with favourite chocolate.  Warburtons have followed the trend and sent me a Selection box but this one is different! The Selection box has five windows and behind each […]

Danio Yogurt from Danone – Packed full of Protein and Flavour

Danio Yogurt from Danone – Packed full of Protein and Flavour

  A short while back I was invited to pop into an introduction to Danio (by Danone) yoghurt event. Every now and then I come across a new yoghurt that really ticks those boxes you look for in a yoghurt. Danio by Danone is one […]

Gorgonzola Rules!!

Gorgonzola Rules!!

I was invited to an event to taste and cook with Gorgonzola cheese held at L’Atelier des Chefs cooking school in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathederal in the City of London. We were addressed and welcomed by Luca Arimatea from the Consortium of dairies […]

Sunday Soup – Veggietastic!

Sunday Soup – Veggietastic!

We often have a big meal Sunday lunchtime and don’t really want much for tea time.  A sandwich maybe with a bowl of soup followed by a piece of cake and tea or coffee. I usually make a fresh soup on a Sunday afternoon often […]

Opies – Helping to celebrate Christmas in style from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day

Opies – Helping to celebrate Christmas in style from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day

Opies are there in the supermarket and have been for years.  When was the last time you stopped to check them out? Let me explain how Opies can take you from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day and take care of the little extras. First of […]

Parmigiano Reggiano – Cookbook Launch

Parmigiano Reggiano – Cookbook Launch

The students at Westminster Catering College near Victoria Station in London worked with Parmigiano Reggiano to create recipes using this well known cheese.  The students took part to create a recipe that would make it into the new Parmigiano Reggiano cookbook and I was invited […]