OXO Good Grips Summer Essentials Review + Giveaway

OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer

OXO Good Grips have come up with a brilliant selection of essential summer eating preparation products. As someone who loves food and the summer months, I was thrilled at the prospect of reviewing these new kitchen gadgets here on Julie’s Family Kitchen.

Having three very hungry kids (yes, I do feed them!) I can firmly say over the years I tried my fair share of kitchen products and gadgets. One of the most irritating things I find when buying a kitchen product is that it doesn’t live up to its claim. Maybe it’s bad luck but I’ve never had much success with ice cream scoops, and I have owned a few. Often made from poor quality metal that bends under pressure or they simply don’t release the perfect scoop of ice cream. Those little nuisances can be a real pain.

I tried out the OXO Good grips Trigger Scoop (RRP £10) with an open mind. In my haste to get the kids their ice cream and them being fully aware mummy wanted to take a picture before they could lick it, I literally grabbed the ice cream straight from the freezer. Let’s just say, the I cream was not soft scoop and was frozen pretty solid.

OXO Good Grips Trigger Scoop

I’m pleased to say the OXO Good grips Trigger Scoop stood up well to the task, there was no bending or buckling under pressure, and the resulting scoop of ice cream was perfectly round. The soft comfortable handle combined with the swing trigger made the job super easy.

OXO Good Grips Trigger Scoop

It is dishwasher safe but I found it was no hassle washing up by hand. Overall, I’m delighted with the OXO Good grips Trigger Scoop, and I can see it getting constant use in the summer months.

I think I might be a little late to the spiralizing party but until recently I have never spiralized anything. No I’ve not being living under a rock, I just was very put off by the bulky looking spiralizers on the market. To satisfy by curiosity I was really keen to try out the OXO Good Grips Hand Held Spiralizer.

OXO Good GripsHandheld Spiralizer

Super compact this is a kitchen gadget that doesn’t take up much space. So, is it any good I hear you ask? Well, I can’t compare it to others around but I found it incredibly easy to use, absolutely foolproof. It took no time at all to spiralize a courgette, and handled a carrot with ease. You simply chop the end of the vegetable to be spiralized then push and turn in clockwise motion. After reviewing the OXO Good Grips Hand Held Spiralizer (RRP £15) I don’t see the need for a bigger spiralizer as this one does the job perfectly.

OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer

I used to own a salad spinner a few years ago but after over zealous use it gave up on me. If you’re a fan organic veg boxes like me you’ll be used to getting all sort of veggies covered in soil. This can be a bit of a soggy issue as washing though salad, spinach, kale and similar leaves can result in limp leaves. In preparation for my review I made a simply salad of mixed bagged leaves, tomatoes and cucumber.

OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

The OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner (RRP £26) spun the salad with such force, that the leaves with no longer wet or limp. The brake button quickly stops the basket from spinning. To store the prepared salad I took off the salad spinner lid and covered with cling film, ready for eating later. Outer bowl is elegantly designed and can be used for serving too. I’m very happy with the OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner, it will get plenty of use this summer and beyond.

OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

To help kick start your summer eating, I have an amazing giveaway courtesy of OXO Good Grips. I have an OXO Good Grips Summer Prize Bundle that includes an OXO Good grips Trigger Scoop, an OXO Good Grips Hand Held Spiralizer and an OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner worth £51 to giveaway to one lucky reader.

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Le Creuset Signature Casserole Review

Le Creuset Signature casserole

As someone who is a bit obsessed with kitchenware of any sort, Le Creuset casserole dishes are up there as my ultimate favourite kitchenware items. So I was pleased when the folks at Steamer Trading Cookshop asked me to review an updated version of the Le Creuset Signature casserole. The casserole dish they sent me was the Le Creuset Signature 20cm round casserole in Cotton White, currently priced at £144.95. Le Creuset are well known for their enamelled cast iron casserole cookware and have been manufacturing them in France since 1925. They are so confident of the quality of their products that they come with a lifetime guarantee.

Le Creuset Signature

Not only are the Le Creuset Signature casseroles a thing of beauty with their contemporary and vintage styling all rolled into one. They are extremely practical too, as the casserole dishes are suitable for all types of heat sources including induction hobs. The latest range has been updated to include 45% larger handles, making the casserole dish easier to carry and have a stylish stainless steel handle that can withstand any oven temperature.

Le Creuset Signature

Le Creuset Signature

For the purposes of my review I experimented with a new soup recipe using in season asparagus, petit pois and mint. Firstly I noticed how snug fitting the lid is, which helps lock in flavour and heat. I also found the casserole dish really easy to clean too, something I think is very important in a busy family kitchen. I was impressed that the new toughened enamel interior that’s designed to be resistant to staining lived up to its claim. I’m pleased so say my white casserole dish is not green!

The Le Creuset Signature casserole dish is available in a variety of colours and sizes. The 20cm round casserole dish I reviewed has a capacity of 2.4 litres and is suitable for 2 to 3 servings.

Steamer Trading Cookshop are a family owned and run business. Since opening their first store in 1985 they now have numerous retail shops and an online shop.

Steamer Trading Cookshop

My local Steamer Trading Cookshop sells an amazing selection of kitchen and cooking items. There you’ll find everything from piping nozzles, to spatulas, to top of the range blenders and of course Le Creuset cast iron casseroles. In fact, I think they sell just about everything you need for your kitchen.

Steamer Trading Cookshop

Steamer Trading Cookshop

As you can see from the photos, the store is on two levels and is bursting with all sorts of kitchenware.

Steamer Trading Cookshop

Since my local Steamer Trading Cookshop opened, I’ve often popped in sometimes to browse or buy. I’ve always found the staff really welcoming and helpful. A couple of months ago, I was desperate to track down a 1cm piping nozzle for a French patisserie course. I phoned my local Steamer Trading Cookshop and they confirmed they had the piping nozzle in stock, the sales assistant kindly put the piping nozzle aside for me until I could there later in the week.

Steamer Trading Cookshop

Are you mad for kitchenware like me?

Until next time.

Julie
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Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries are a tasty alternative to regular potato fries, packed full of Vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene), Vitamin C, calcium and potassium, these fries are also a healthier choice. To help bring out the flavour, I’ve tossed the sweet potato fries in garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper, making them incredibly moreish. I think they are delicious served with a creamy sour cream and chive dip and a hot salsa dip, as part of a barbecue feast.

Regular readers will know that this month I’ve been busy creating summer eating recipes on behalf of Costcutter using their Independent range of ingredients. My Sweet Potato Fries recipe here is the latest recipe for the campaign. Inspired by al fresco dining, I’ve also created a refreshing Summer Fruit Mocktail that the whole family can enjoy and Curry Spiced Chicken Kebabs, ideal for barbecuing.

These are the ingredients I used from the Independent range available at Costcutter.

Sweet Potato Fries

Have I tempted you to make them?

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Salt and Dips
 
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Ingredients
  • 750g sweet potatoes
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • ½tsp garlic salt
  • black pepper (from a grinder)
  • Sour cream and chive dip
  • Hot salsa dip
Method
  1. Pre heat the oven to 180ºc Fan.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes. Then cut into long strips measuring about 1cm to 1.5cm wide, if the potatoes are really huge then cut in half before cutting into fries.
  3. Place the sweet potato fries in a large food bag and add the olive oil, massage the bag so the fries are well coated in oil.
  4. Transfer to 2 large non stick baking trays, ensuring the fries are well spaced apart.
  5. Oven bake for 20 to 25 minutes turning the fries over halfway through cooking.
  6. Once baked sprinkle over the garlic salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Serve the sweet potato fries with the dips.

My top tip when making the Sweet Potato Fries is to make sure you use two baking trays, as the fries need plenty of space to ensure the edges crisp up. You don’t want soggy fries!

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Sweet Potato Fries

Independent, the brand owned by Costcutter, offers a range of quality, affordable products across all categories including fresh meats and vegetables through to household items and confectionery, all on your doorstep. The award winning brand is available from Costcutter, Mace, Kwiksave, SuperShop and SimplyFresh stores across the UK. To find out more about Independent, including your nearest stockist visit costcutter.co.uk and find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Until next time.

Julie
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The Best Homemade Granola Recipe

Granola

Apparently this is the best homemade granola, I’ve ever made! Well that’s certainly a bold statement. Packed full of hazelnuts, almonds and brown linseeds (flaxseeds), along with delicious dried cranberries, dates and raisins, it really is bursting full of nutty fruity flavour.

The linseeds provide dietary fibre and are an excellent source of protein as well as being rich in calcium and iron. Whilst the almonds are high in Potassium, Vitamin E and also Calcium too. The oats are a great source of fibre and are well known for helping to keep you fuller for longer, plus are a source of beta glucan which helps to lower cholesterol. The granola is sweetened only by honey, a natural unrefined sugar and of course the dried fruits.

I’ve made quite a few different granolas over the last couple of years. Initially inspired by the granola recipe in Ottolenghi the cookbook, I’ve since tinkered with lots of different flavour combinations and created my own granola that according to my husband is simply the best ever. I hope you enjoy it too.

Granola

Granola is unbelievably easy to make, it really is so simple. It really is worth spending the time to make your own, as homemade granola always tastes so much better. Baking a batch of granola over the weekend, needn’t take up too much time as while it bakes you’re free to potter about doing other jobs. Then, you’ll have breakfast sorted for the rest of the week, and for me that’s very satisfying especially if it means I’m not tempted to have Nutella for breakfast.

The Best Homemade Granola Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 200ml runny honey
  • 50g coconut oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 300g whole rolled chunky oats
  • 50g brown linseeds (flaxseed)
  • 100g blanched hazelnuts
  • 100g almonds (skin on)
  • 75g dried cranberries
  • 75g chopped dates
  • 100g raisins
Method
  1. Pre heat the oven to 140ºc Fan and line a large baking sheet with baking parchment.
  2. Gently heat the honey, coconut oil and salt in a saucepan, until the coconut oil has melted.
  3. Roughly chop the hazelnuts and almonds in a mini chopper or chop by hand.
  4. Put the oats, linseeds, hazelnuts and almonds in a large bowl, then pour over the honey and coconut oil mixture.
  5. Stir well until everything is fully coated.
  6. Transfer to the baking sheet and press down, so you have a layer about 1cm thick.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, stir halfway through then press down again.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes, then break up the granola into small clusters and add the cranberries, dates, and raisins.
  9. Store in an airtight jar.

 

Granola

Granola

I like to have my breakfast granola simply served with ice cold milk. Although, it’s equally good if not better served with natural yogurt topped with fresh fruit, yum!

Until next time.

Julie
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Curry Spiced Chicken Kebabs

Curry Spiced Chicken Kebabs

Chicken kebabs and summer barbecues go hand in hand. I have fond memories of summer barbecues whilst growing up. There would always be lots of yummy food, including steaks, chicken, sausages, salads, jacket potatoes, the list goes on. Spending time with my young family eating outdoors is something that we’ve always done. Our old barbecue had seen better days, so we invested in a new one along with some gorgeous garden furniture too, just in time for the hottest weekend of the year so far.

The guys at Costcutter asked me to devise some summer eating recipes using ingredients from their Independent range, I thought chicken kebabs summed up summer eating perfectly. The first recipe I came up with was my Summer Fruit Mocktail, also served at our weekend barbecues. Did I mention that we actually had two barbecues!

Curry Spiced Chicken Kebabs

To make the chicken kebabs I used fresh chicken fillets, peppers, olive oil, curry powder and freshly ground salt and pepper. I only used a very small amount of curry powder so the kids could enjoy them too. Now, if like me you prefer things a bit spicier, I would recommend increasing the amount of curry powder and adding some chilli powder for a fiery kick. Chicken kebabs alone would not feed my hungry lot so I also rustled up a super easy rice salad, made with pouches of microwave pilau rice, chopped fine beans, tomatoes and sweetcorn.

Curry Spiced Chicken Kebabs

Curry Spiced Chicken Kebabs

If you fancy making the curry spiced chicken kebabs and rice, here’s my recipe.

Curry Spiced Chicken Kebabs
 
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Ingredients
Chicken Kebabs
  • 2 x 300g chicken fillets
  • 3 mixed peppers
  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • ½tbsp curry powder
  • salt and pepper
Rice
  • 2 x 250g pilau rice microwave pouches
  • 110g fine beans
  • 340g tin sweetcorn
  • 2 large tomatoes
Method
Chicken Kebabs
  1. Begin by soaking wooden skewers in water for about an hour, alternatively use metal skewers instead.
  2. Cut the chicken fillets into bite size pieces.
  3. Place the chicken in a food bag, add the oil, curry powder and season well with salt and pepper.
  4. Massage the chicken until fully coated.
  5. Cut the peppers into 2-3cm chunks.
  6. Thread alternate pieces of chicken and peppers onto the skewers.
  7. Barbecue or grill until the chicken is completely cooked through.
Rice
  1. Cut the fine beans into 1cm pieces and drain the sweetcorn.
  2. Boil both together for about 5 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  3. Deseed the tomatoes then cut into 1cm pieces.
  4. Cook the rice according to the packet instructions, then stir through the beans, sweetcorn and tomatoes.
Notes
For spicier chicken kebabs increased the amount of curry powder and add chilli powder too.

 

Curry Spiced Chicken Kebabs

Independent, the brand owned by Costcutter, offers a range of quality, affordable products across all categories including fresh meats and vegetables through to household items and confectionery, all on your doorstep. The award winning brand is available from Costcutter, Mace, Kwiksave, SuperShop and SimplyFresh stores across the UK. To find out more about Independent, including your nearest stockist visit costcutter.co.uk and find them on Twitter and Facebook.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these summer eating inspired recipes as much as we have, I have another summer eating recipe coming on the blog later this month.

Until next time.

Julie
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Summer Fruit Mocktail

Summer Fruit Mocktail

Wow! What a scorching couple of days we’ve had here in the UK. The sun has arrived with perfect timing for drinking my Summer Fruit Mocktail. As luck would have it, a few weeks ago we had ordered some new garden furniture and a barbecue. Everything arrived in time for us to spend family time in the garden this weekend, enjoying lots of scrumptious barbecued food and refreshing Summer Fruit Mocktail.

Summer Fruit Mocktail

The guys at Costcutter asked me to come up with some Summer Eating inspired recipes using their Independent range. It sounded like a brilliant foodie challenge, how could I refuse? I’m very lucky my older two children love fruit and smoothies, so it was no real surprise that they loved the Summer Fruit Mocktail that I created using the Independent range fresh fruits. The mocktail is made with a blend of kiwi, strawberries, red grapes and green grapes with orange juice.

Summer Fruit Mocktail

Summer Fruit Mocktail
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 kiwi
  • 175g strawberries
  • 200g red seedless grapes
  • 50g green seedless grapes
  • 300ml water
  • 1.5litres orange juice
Method
  1. Peel the kiwi and hull the strawberries.
  2. Place the kiwi, strawberries, red grapes, green grapes and water in a powerful blender, then blitz until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a serving jug, then stir in the orange juice.
  4. Chill before serving.
Notes
The mocktail can be kept in the fridge until needed. Use within 3 days.

The Summer Fruit Mocktail is not just for kids but great for adults too, especially if they are looking for a fun alcohol free drink this summer time. Best enjoyed on chilled out sunny days, roll on the summer.

Independent, the brand owned by Costcutter, offers a range of quality, affordable products across all categories including fresh meats and vegetables through to household items and confectionery, all on your doorstep. The award winning brand is available from Costcutter, Mace, Kwiksave, SuperShop and SimplyFresh stores across the UK. To find out more about Independent, including your nearest stockist visit costcutter.co.uk and find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Until next time.

Julie
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Livia’s Kitchen Review and Giveaway

Getting to review brand new cookbooks ahead of publication is one of my favourite aspects of writing a food blog. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to review an inspiring new cookbook called Livia’s Kitchen by Olivia Wollenberg. Livia’s Kitchen is all about creating naturally sweet raw and baked treats, that are free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Livia’s Kitchen is packed full of over 100 recipes featuring pancakes, cookies, slabs, tarts, cakes pudding and crumbles. There is something for every sweet tooth.

Livia's Kitchen

Published by Ebury Press, 5 May 2016 priced £20 hardback.

Olivia Wollenberg is a British based food lover and entrepreneur. Since discovering that she was intolerant to wheat and dairy, Olivia has since gone on to establish her own food business, Livia’s Kitchen which manufactures and sells sweet treats with a nutritional twist. You’ll find her products on sale in Selfridges & Co, Planet Organic, Harvey Nichols and Daylesford.

Enticed by the delectable sweet treat recipes in Livia’s Kitchen I made a batch of the Raw Banoffee Pie Slab. I think mine turned out pretty well and I was delighted with the taste. I found it perfect for snacking on mid morning with a cuppa, and it’s great knowing that there are no hidden nasty ingredients too.

Livia's Kitchen

There are plenty of recipes that I’d like to try, including All (Coconut) Butter Flapjacks, Blueberry Porridge Squares, Chocolate Malted Maca Biscuits and Salted Orange Caramel Cashew Ice Cream.

I am delighted to give two lucky readers the opportunity each win a copy of Livia’s Kitchen by Olivia Wollenberg courtesy of Ebury Press in this brilliant giveaway.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of Livia’s Kitchen you will need to complete the Rafflecopter entry form. Please provide an answer to the giveaway question as a blog comment. Leaving a blog comment is mandatory, so please follow this requirement to ensure your entry is valid. Once, you have done that there are further chances to win. Please do not worry if your blog comment does not display immediately, all blog comment entries will be displayed prior to the giveaway ending.

Livia's Kitchen

Published by Ebury Press, 5 May 2016 priced £20 hardback.

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The giveaway will close at 00:00 on 6 June 2016 and is open to UK entrants only. I wish you all the very best of luck.

You can follow Olivia on her blog at liviaskitchen.co.uk.

Until next time.

Julie
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This giveaway will close at 00:00 on 6 June 2016. These prizes are offered by Ebury Press and I am hosting the giveaway on behalf of them. Please note, I am not responsible for posting the prizes out or providing them. Ebury Press or their representative will send out the prizes within 14 days of the winners providing me with their name and address. The two winners will be selected at random from all correct entries received by the Rafflecopter widget. The winners will be notified within 7 days of the closing date. The two prizes are as stated, a copy of Livia’s Kitchen by Olivia Wollenberg for each of the two winners, no cash alternatives are available. This giveaway is open to UK entrants only.

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An Interview with GBBO star Chetna Makan

Chetna Makan

Being a massive fan of The Great British Bake Off, I’m always interested in finding out what the contestants get up to once the series has ended. Chetna Makan, semi finalist from series 5 wowed the British public with her fantastic flavours and use of exotic spices. In fact, I felt rather sad to see Chetna leave at the semi final stage, as she was a brilliant contestant to watch and her bakes were always truly inspiring.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to ask Chetna the following questions about life in the Bake Off tent and what she’s been up to since then.

How would you best describe your experience of being on The Great British Bake Off?

One of the most amazing, terrifying, fun and memorable experience.

What were Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood really like? Who was the scariest judge?

They both were lovely and very complimentary when they liked the bakes. When it comes to being scary it would depend on who didn’t like the bake.

Since the GBBO what have you been up to?

My first book is out now ‘The Cardamom Trail’.

What type of recipes can readers expect to find in your new book The Cardamom Trail?

The book is full of unique recipes which involve using various spices into baking. It not only has cakes but also lots of savoury stuff too.

Do you have a favourite recipe from the Cardamom Trail? What makes it so special?

I don’t have one favourite from the book, though I do love the rose and honey cake, cardamom and pistachio cake and mango mousse cake. But also love the little savoury bites section and love cashewnut kofta and chicken parcels.

Where do you find inspiration for your recipes?

My inspiration comes from lots of different Indian food, some that my mum cooks, others that I have enjoyed over the years.

What are your three favourite ingredients to bake with?

That would be a tough one, though I really enjoy baking cakes so the ingredients for that!

You have a YouTube channel, any plans for a television series of your own?

I started my YouTube channel last year called ‘Food with Chetna’ where I share a new recipe every week. You can subscribe for free here – www.youtube.com/c/foodwithchetna.

Finally Chetna, do you have any tips and advice for budding GBBO applicants?

Have a style of baking and stick to it.

Thank you so much Chetna. It was an absolute pleasure to find out more about you. Best of luck with your new book The Cardamom Trail.

Chetna Makan Cardamom Trail

I’ve now had the opportunity to review The Cardamom Trail for myself. It is jam packed full of gorgeous looking cakes, pies and tarts, sweet things, savoury small bites, bread and accompaniments that really do make your mouth water. I can honestly say the book has a worthy place on my bookshelf. The first recipe I’ve had an opportunity to try out is the delightfully zingy Black Sesame and Lime Cake. It’s proved to be huge hit with all the family, so I’ll definitely make it again. Although I’ve not yet baked anything else, I’ve a long list of scheduled bakes.

Black Sesame and Lime Cake

The Cardamom Trail, published my Mitchell Beazley priced at £20 hardback is available now from Amazon and all good book sellers. Many thanks once again to Chetna.

Until next time.

Julie
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Disclosure: Chetna Makan kindly agreed to my interview and my honest review has been written independently.

An Evening with Jimmy Doherty and Jersey Royals

Getting an invitation to dine with Jamie Oliver’s best pal Jimmy Doherty to celebrate the Jersey Royals season is not an everyday occurrence for me. Oh no! So you can imagine my utter amazement when such an invitation popped into my inbox.

As you probably already know Jimmy Doherty is a well respected farmer who is passionate about Great British produce. Therefore his partnership with Jersey Royal potatoes is a completely natural fit. The Jersey Royal new potato season has just begun, so it was a real pleasure to try these creamy nutty potatoes cooked as part of a fabulous four course meal hosted by Jimmy.

The meal began with an exquisite starter of a Jersey Royal spring vegetable frittata served with a pea shoot and mint salad, seriously yum! The main meal was a Jersey Royal, cheese, onion and sausage pasty with a quick tomato jam, plus a Jersey Royal rosemary skewer. Having had numerous summer holidays in beautiful Cornwall, I know a good pasty when I eat one, that was one of the best I’ve ever had. The main meal was served with a generous bowl full of Jersey Royal potatoes tossed in butter and mint.

An Evening with Jimmy Doherty and Jersey Royals

An Evening with Jimmy Doherty and Jersey Royals

Followed by a cheeseboard filled with a scrumptious selection of Jersey cheeses, served with black butter, crackers and apple brandy. Black butter is not something I’d heard of before but it was an absolute treat, best described as being like a sweet chutney it was a sublime addition to the creamy cheeses. Although feeling rather full after eating such a glorious meal, I did manage to make room for a couple of pieces of sea salt Jersey fudge to have with a cup of tea to finish off.

An Evening with Jimmy Doherty and Jersey Royals

The evening demonstrated to me the versatility of the Jersey Royal potatoes. We live very much in an era whereby potatoes, and carbohydrates generally are shunned to a certain extent. Although, I think you’ll find my blog a carbohydrate friendly place. Jersey Royal potatoes are a great source of both Vitamin C and B, reason enough for incorporating them into your diet not forgetting their delicious taste.

It was wonderful to meet Jimmy and hear him speak so enthusiastically about Jersey produce. Thank you so much to Jersey Royals for inviting me. If you are interested in finding out more about Jersey Royals, then check out their website here.

An Evening with Jimmy Doherty and Jersey Royals

If you fancy cooking with Jersey Royal new potatoes don’t forget to take a look at my Spanish Inspired Sea Bass recipe from the blog archives.

Until next time.

Julie
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Disclosure: I was invited to attend the four course meal event with Jimmy Doherty and Jersey Royals, along with other bloggers. I was not sponsored or asked to write anything, however I enjoyed the food and evening so much I wanted to share it with you.

Chicken and Pepper Orzotto

Chicken and Pepper OrzottoMy Chicken and Pepper Orzotto is a cheats version of a traditional risotto. It certainly doesn’t require the same amount of painstaking stirring that a regular risotto needs. In fact it is not even made with rice! Instead I’ve used orzo pasta, which are small rice like pasta shapes. As you know I’m a huge fan of Nigella, and this recipe is inspired by some of the recipes found in Nigellissma. Do take a look at my review of Nigellissma posted a while back.

This orzotto recipe is really the result of me trying to be creative with the one solitary chicken breast left in the fridge, that really had to be used ASAP. I’ve teamed the chicken with thin strips of red sweet pointed pepper, a really versatile pepper that cooks much quicker than a regular pepper. The green flecks in the orzotto are bits of spinach from a frozen cube of spinach straight from the freezer, I find it an ultra convenient ingredient that I often pop into pasta and curry sauces, like my chorizo and spinach tagliatelle.

Chicken and Pepper Orzotto

The quantities of this recipe can easily be scaled up to feed the whole family.
 

Chicken and Pepper Orzotto
 
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  • 150g (1 fillet) chicken breast
  • ½ red sweet pointed pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 100g orzo pasta
  • ¼ Kallo organic chicken stock cube
  • 310ml (1¼ cups) boiling water
  • 25g (1 cube) frozen chopped spinach
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Method
  1. Heat the olive oil in a non stick casserole pan.
  2. Cut the chicken into small bite size pieces and the pepper into thin short strips. Then cook the chicken and pepper together in the casserole pan for about 8 minutes, ensuring the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Stir in to the orzo, then add the boiling water, ¼ chicken stock cube and frozen spinach cube. Season with a little salt and a generous amount of black pepper.
  4. Stir well, then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally adding a little extra water from the kettle if necessary.
  5. Remove from the heat, most of the water should have been absorbed by now. Stir in the parmesan and then serve.

 

Chicken and Pepper Orzotto

Chicken and Pepper Orzotto

I think my chicken and pepper orzotto is a pretty tasty dish, for that reason and I wanted to share it with you. Like all my recipes, this one is super easy and hassle free to make.

Until next time.

Julie
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