From Venice to Istanbul by Rick Stein Review and Giveaway

From Venice to Istanbul

In Rick Stein’s latest cookbook From Venice to Istanbul, Rick unearths the culinary delights of the Eastern Mediterranean. The cookbook accompanies the current television series that follows Rick whilst he travels across the Eastern Mediterranean featuring familiar dishes from Italy, Greece and Turkey plus some lesser known dishes from Croatia and Albania.

After spending a 5 week holiday in Cyprus as a teenager I have a fondness for many of the dishes featured in From Venice to Istanbul. Although not the type of food I usually cook, it is certainly food I enjoy eating. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to review this beautiful cookbook. I couldn’t wait to read this cookbook from cover to cover and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The cookbook is packed full of stunning photography and mouth watering recipes.

I cooked the Börek, which is a Turkish recipe of filo style pastry filled with minced lamb spiced with cinnamon, cumin, chilli and mint. I served the Börek with a simple salad and made Cacik, a yogurt and cucumber dip. Both dishes complemented each perfectly with the cooling Cacik against the spiced Börek, it was simply delicious. My daughter begged me to make more Turkish food in the future.

From Venice to Istanbul Borek and Cacik

There are so many recipes from this book I’m desperate to make. I’ve bookmarked Kisir a bulgur wheat salad, Lahmacun a type of spiced minced lamb pizza, Pasta e Faglioli a peasant style bean dish and lastly Greek Almond Cookies flavoured with rosewater.

I am delighted to give one lucky reader the opportunity to try out Rick’s recipes by winning a copy of From Venice to Istanbul for themselves in this brilliant giveaway.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of From Venice to Istanbul by Rick Stein 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.

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The giveaway will close at 00:00 on 21 September 2015 and is open to UK entrants only. I wish you all the very best of luck.

Until next time.

Julie
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Disclosure:
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Tomato and Oregano Soda Bread

Tomato and Oregano Soda Bread

My latest recipe is a Tomato and Oregano Soda Bread, it’s a flavoursome bread that is really easy to make. Inspired by Mediterranean flavours of rich sun dried tomatoes and oregano, this bread is quite delicious on its own or served buttered with chunks of good mature cheddar.

Tomato and Oregano Soda Bread

If like me you’re a fan of the Great British Bake Off, you would have seen the brand new challenge for the bakers this week was quick bread. Quick bread or a bread made without yeast such as soda bread is the perfect bread if you are short of time but still want something that is home baked. Instead of yeast, a raising agent such as bicarbonate of soda or baking power is used with buttermilk typically to create a chemical reaction that enables the soda bread to rise whilst baking. The beauty of baking soda bread is that it requires no kneading and no proving, just mix all the ingredient together and there you have a bread dough ready for the oven.

I really like to experiment with different flavours in the soda bread dough, cheese is always a great addition to soda bread. I’ve also had great success with sweet soda breads too. It is worth changing the mix of flour to create wholemeal nutty tasting loaves and adding seeds to complement the flavour.

Tomato and Oregano Soda Bread

Tomato and Oregano Soda Bread

Here are some of the soda bread recipes from the blog archives.

Eight Seed Wholemeal Soda Bread

Apple and Sultana Sweet Soda Bread

Rosemary and Thyme Soda Bread

Seeded Soda Bread

Cheddar Cheese and Onion Soda Bread

Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Soda Bread

Here’s the recipe for Tomato and Oregano Soda Bread.

Tomato and Oregano Soda Bread

  • Servings: 1 loaf
  • Time: 50mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:Tomato and Oregano Soda Bread

400g plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
150g semi dried tomatoes* (cut into 1cm pieces)
2 teaspoon dried oregano
300ml buttermilk
Plus a little extra flour

*I used Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Sunsoaked Tomatoes from the chiller section.

Method:

1. Pre heat your oven to Fan 200°c and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

2. Put the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, semi dried tomatoes and dried oregano in a mixing bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Then, make a well in the centre.

3. Pour in the buttermilk and stir the mixture, finally bring the dough together with your hands.

4. On a floured surface shape the dough into a ball and then flatten. Place on the lined baking sheet and sprinkle with flour.

5. Using a sharp knife cut deeply across the dough vertically and horizontally, forming a cross in the dough.

6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, then cover with foil and bake for a further 10 minutes.

7. Once baked the loaf will be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped underneath. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Recipe by Julie McPherson

Ian proved again he was a talented baker clinching the GBBO star baker badge once again and Paul (not the judge Paul!) showed he was a master of 3D bread sculptures with his lion masterpiece gaining him a special commendation, another GBBO first.

Now that Dorret has gone, I wonder how things will pan out next week for the bakers on dessert week. I guess we shall have to wait and see.

Until next time, happy baking.

Julie
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Wakey Wakey Breakfast Smoothie (July Degustabox)

Wakey Wakey Breakfast Smoothie

Using one of the ingredients from my July Degustabox I’ve made a super charged breakfast smoothie, that should certainly wake you up in the morning. The key ingredient in my Wakey Wakey Breakfast Smoothie is the Rebel Kitchen Coffee drink that is made with spring water, coconut milk, organic date nectar and coffee, plus I added chopped banana and oats. It really does have a coffee kick and ideal if you love your coffee in the morning.

Here’s the recipe for my Wakey Wakey Breakfast Smoothie.

Wakey Wakey Breakfast Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

330ml Rebel Kitchen Coffee (coconut milk drink with coffee)
1 medium banana
2 tablespoons oats

Method:

1. Chop the banana into chunks.

2. Pour the Rebel Kitchen Coffee in a blender, then add the banana and oats.

3. Blitz until smooth, enjoy immediately.

Recipe by Julie McPherson

Wakey Wakey Breakfast Smoothie

This is the second box I have received from Degustabox, which is a monthly food box subscription service. Costing £12.99 each month you receive between 9 and 14 different food or drink items delivered to your door. With the value of the box contents exceeding the monthly payment, it’s a way of trying new products for less than the shop price.

Degustabox July

Here’s a rundown of what else I received in my July Degustabox.

Weetabix On the Go

I was pleasantly surprised by these Weetabix breakfast drinks, I really liked the taste of both the chocolate and vanilla drink. I can see these being a clever breakfast option if you are rushed in the morning or usually eat at work.

Fru Snax

These are a freeze dried fruit snack, which we have not yet had a chance to try.

Say Yes to No

These are a bread based crisp snack, free from artifical flavouring and additives. I wasn’t keen on the sour cream flavour.

Newton’s Appl Fizzics

A bottled drink that is a blend of apple juice and carbonated water, with no artifical preservatives or sweetners. I loved this drink, it was very refreshing served chilled.

Tasty Little Numbers

These small portion meals are either 100 or 200 calories, I was a little put off at first glance to be honest. However, when I read the ingredients of the Mushroom Stroganoff I realised it contained no additives and preservatives so was happy to try it. I quite liked the taste but be warned they are small portions.

Good Hemp Oil

Cold pressed hemp seed oil that is richer in Omega 3 than other oils. I’m looking forward to using this in my cooking as a replacement for olive oil.

Jele

We are not fans of jelly, so this wasn’t for us.

Taking the Pea

I received the sweet chilli salsa flavour of this dried pea snack and thought they were incredibly good. I can imagine them going really well with a cold beer, I would definitely buy them.

De Beukelaer Creamy Cookie

My girls couldn’t wait to try these cookies with a hazelnut filling, we warmed them in the microwave as suggested on the packet and they absolutely loved them.

Until next time.

Julie
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Disclosure:
Degustabox sent me the July box to review. I have not been paid or sponsored. All opinions are honest and my own, the recipe is my own.

GBBO Biscuit Week and Afternoon Tea

Fortnum & Mason

Biscuit week, my favourite week of all during the Great British Bake Off series. Biscuits are relatively quick to bake and normally not too complicated, well normally.

Biscuit week kicked off with the bakers baking their signature biscotti. I thought this was a pretty easy challenge for the bakers, until I attempted my own signature biscotti at home. This is a recipe that requires precision timing, under baked and you have soft biscotti and overbaked you will inevitably crack a tooth eating them!

The technical challenge really was a challenge, the poor bakers must have been flummoxed by this at first sight. I’ve never heard of Arlettes before and I think the bakers all did remarkably well considering.

The showstopper round saw the bakers attempting an edible biscuit box. I was a bit disappointed with some of the boxes, I was hoping so see lots of flamboyant designs but nothing wowed me. That said, I thought Nadiya’s fortune cookies were amazing and Ian’s macaron’s were very impressive.

If you follow me on Facebook, you will know that I stated categorically that out of all the contestants I liked Marie, Flora and Tamal. Oh dear! I obviously shouldn’t have spoken. Poor Marie, I feel that she had so much promise but did seem to have a bad week. Should she have gone? I’m not so sure, I would have liked to see what else she could do and there are a couple of other bakers who possibly should have gone instead.

I’m still backing Flora and Tamal, come on guys don’t let me down! With Bread week coming up next, I’m sure this will sort out which bakers Paul and Mary think are serious contenders for the final.

In the spirit of the GBBO, I took my mum and my two daughters for afternoon tea at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Room at Fortnum & Mason in London. Dining in style and enjoying the most delectable sandwiches and cakes really is an experience not to be missed. I opted for the savoury afternoon tea, whilst my mum and my girls went for the traditional sweet version. Our waitress then offered us cake from the cake trolley and blowing cautious to the wind I decided to try the chocolate cake, which was probably the most decadent fudgey chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten.

Here are a few pictures of our day.

You may recall that I’ve been sugar-free most of the summer. I’ve certainly done my best but the intention was always to cut out refined sugar just during the summer and then return to an everything in moderation attitude afterwards. I think, my plan has worked and I’ve found some healthier alternatives to snack on instead. So, with the exception of my lovely day out at Fortnum & Mason, I’m going to adopt this everything in moderation approach from now on. So you will see cakes and biscuit recipes back on the blog very soon, plus some healthier recipes too.

Until next time.

Julie
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Kale and Red Pepper Frittata (OXO Good Grips Frypan Review + Giveaway)

Kale and Red Pepper Frittata

If you are looking for a tasty speedy meal then my Kale and Red Pepper Frittata certainly fits the bill because it is super quick to prepare and is packed full of flavour. It is a delicious meal option whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner.

To make a frittata you need a good quality frying pan, so I thought it would be the ultimate test for the OXO Good Grips 24cm Frypan (RRP £40) I was recently sent to review. The timing for the review couldn’t have been better as my old frying pan is somewhat lacking in non stick properties, omelettes turn into scrambled eggs, need I say more.

The OXO Good Grips Frypan has 3 layers of PFOA free non stick coating, it is suitable for all hob types including induction hobs and it is safe to place in the dishwasher too. The OXO good Grips Frypan is oven safe up to 200°c, perfect if you have a dish that requiring finishing off in the oven.

Kale and Red Pepper Frittata

The OXO Good Grips Frypan has a good quality feel without being too heavy to use. I found the non stick surface perfect for making my frittata, because it slipped out of the pan with ease so no scrambled eggs here! I’ve also used the frypan to make courgette fritters and quesadillas too, again with no issues of anything sticking to the pan. In fact, I intend to experiment using less oil in future. I’ve been very impressed with the OXO Good Grips Frypan, it certainly has put my old frying pan to shame.

Here is the recipe for my Kale and Red Pepper Frittata.

Kale and Red Pepper Frittata

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 15mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:Kale and Red Pepper Frittata

6 medium eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
50g kale
100g roasted red pepper (from a jar)
50g Gruyere cheese
salt and pepper

Method:

1. Shred the kale and place in a bowl of boiling water to wilt slightly.

2. Cut the red pepper into bite size pieces and grate the cheese.

3. Heat the oil in a medium size frying pan.

4. Beat the eggs in a jug, then season well with salt and pepper.

5. Pour the eggs into the frying pan, then add the kale, red pepper and grated cheese.

6. Cook the frittata on a medium heat for 5 minutes on the hob, then place under a hot grill so the eggs are set and the cheese bubbling.

Recipe by Julie McPherson

I am delighted to give one lucky reader the opportunity to try out the OXO Good Grips 24cm Frypan by winning one for themselves in this brilliant giveaway.

To be in with a chance of winning an OXO Good Grips 24cm Frypan 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.

OXO Good Grips 24cm Frypan

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The giveaway will close at 00:00 on 7 September 2015 and is open to UK entrants only. I wish you all the very best of luck.

Until next time.

Julie
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This giveaway will close at 00:00 on 7 September 2015. Leaving a blog post comment is a mandatory entry option. This prize is offered by OXO Good Grips. I am hosting it on behalf of OXO Good Grips. Please note, I am not responsible for posting the prize out or providing it. OXO Good Grips or their representative will send out the prize within 1 month of the winner providing me with their name and address. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received by the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date. The prize is as stated an OXO Good Grips 24cm Non Stick Frypan, no cash alternatives are available. This giveaway is open to UK entrants only.

Disclosure:
OXO Good Grips are kindly offering the prize to one lucky reader. I was sent an OXO Good Grips 24cm Non Stick Frypan to review. I have not been sponsored or paid to host this giveaway. All opinions are honest and my own.

Chorizo and Cheese Scones

Chorizo and Cheese Scones

These Chorizo and Cheese Scones are a real savoury treat. Portable and packed full of flavour these delicious scones are the perfect picnic food. I adore cheese scones, so these yummy scones with the addition of one my favourite ingredients, chorizo are a winning formula. Go on, try them.

Chorizo and Cheese Scones

You may recall that I’ve cut out refined sugar (just for the summer!), well I’m doing my best but my goodness is it hard, seriously hard. I’ve found baking without sugar somewhat limiting too, I have baked a honey cake with great success but my attempt at sugar free cookies was a little disappointing. I’m really missing the weekly homemade cakes I used to make, there’s something so comforting knowing that there’s a delicious homemade cake in the kitchen.

For the next few weeks, I shall have to get my cake fix by watching the Great British Bake Off which is back on our screens this Wednesday, I can’t wait. Yes, I did apply and no I didn’t get anywhere near the auditions, boo! That said, it won’t stop me enjoying the new series. I’ve managed to find out that cake is the theme for the first week, so hopefully it will be a good test of the new bakers skills. I’m sure that we will be in for a real treat whatever. Bring on series 6!

Back to my savoury scones, they are super quick to rustle up making them ideal for an impromptu picnic if the Great British weather holds up.

Chorizo and Cheese Scones

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:Chorizo and Cheese Scones

225g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp smoked paprika
a pinch of salt
50g unsalted butter (softened)
125g extra mature cheddar cheese
75g diced cooking chorizo
100ml milk (plus extra for brushing)

Method:

1. Pre heat your oven to Fan 200c.

2. In a dry frying pan cook the chorizo for about 5 minutes, so the oils release and the chorizo just starts to crisp. Set aside.

3. Put the flour, baking powder, smoked paprika and salt in a large bowl and stir together.

4. Add the butter and rub together using your finger tips so it resembles breadcrumbs.

5. Stir in 100g of the cheese and the cooked chorizo plus any oil from the pan.

6. Make a well in the centre and add the milk gradually, cutting through the mixture with a blunt edge knife as you do, to form a dough.

7. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and bring it together, then roll out using a rolling pin so that it is 2cm thick.

8. Using a 6.5cm round cutter cut out 8 rounds.

9. Place the scones on a non stick tray, brush with a little milk and top with the remaining 25g of grated cheese.

Chorizo and Cheese Scones

10. Bake for 12 minutes until golden brown.

Chorizo and Cheese Scones

11. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on the tray and then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy served with butter.

Recipe by Julie McPherson

Chorizo and Cheese Scones

Until next time, happy baking.

Julie
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Kenwood kCook Review

Kenwood kCook

I’m a huge fan of the Kenwood products and my trusty kMix stand mixer is my pride and joy. So you can imagine my delight when a few months ago I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit a Kenwood press event in London showcasing their brand new products. The Kenwood kCook and the Kenwood MultiOne were two of the new Kenwood products being unveiled and demonstrated by the lovely Miranda Gore Browne, finalist from the very first series of the Great British Bake Off. Being a massive Bake Off fan, this was a real treat for me.

Here’s a picture of Miranda putting the Kenwood MultiOne through its paces.

Miranda Gore Browne

Miranda also demonstrated the simplicity of the Kenwood kCook and how easy it was to create a chicken curry from scratch. So, when I was given the opportunity to review the Kenwood kCook (RRP £329.99), I jumped at the chance. The Kenwood kCook is a cooking appliance with a variety of capabilities at the touch of a button, it can chop and blend with its processing blades, it can gently stir with its stirring paddle and it can steam fish and vegetables with the steaming basket. With a 1.5 litre bowl it is designed to feed a family of four. The kCook has 3 pre set programmes, One Pot for risotto, chilli, bolognese and curry, Sauce/Soup and of course a Steam function too.

I decided to try out the chicken curry recipe for myself. The chicken curry recipe along with over 200 other recipes can be found on the Kenwood app. Using the processing blade to chop the onion, garlic and celery and then later on the stirring paddle to continuously stir the curry, I found the whole process really easy and with minimal washing up too.

chicken curry

I was keen to try out the macaroni cheese recipe from the Kenwood app too. I don’t often make macaroni cheese, as I’m put off by the constant stirring involved. However, using the paddle attachment on the kCook meant that the laborious stirring involved in making a cheese sauce was done for me and I was delighted with the finished dish.

The model I reviewed is designed to feed a family of four, therefore to suit larger families like my own I would like to see Kenwood offer a kCook that has the capacity to feed 6.

Overall, I think the kCook is a superb addition to households feeding 4 or less, its compact design is great if you are limited on space and its multi functionality means you are free to leave it to cook for you. All in all, I was very impressed with the Kenwood kCook.

Until next time.

Julie
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Disclosure: I was sent the Kenwood kCook on loan for the purposes of this review. I have not been paid or sponsored to write this review. All words and opinions are honest and my own.

Giveaway: Win Cake by Rachel Allen

Cake by Rachel Allen

I have a fabulous giveaway for readers of Julie’s Family Kitchen who want to get baking this summer. I am giving away one brand new copy of Cake by Rachel Allen. Cake is a superb cookbook that will appeal to anyone who loves to bake cakes, whether you are a seasoned pro or just starting out there are recipes for everyone.

Packed full of foolproof cakes and clever decorating ideas this must is a real must for keen bakers. The book is divided into chapters including, Easy, Fast, Healthy, Classic, Teatime, Dessert, Children’s Decorating ideas, Celebration and Festive. So it really does cover everything you’ll need. Cake is a beautifully styled book with stunning photography and clear instructions.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of Cake by Rachel Allen 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.

Cake by Rachel Allen

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The giveaway will close at 00:00 on 17 August 2015 and is open to UK entrants only. I wish you all the very best of luck.

Until next time.

Julie
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Mediterranean Veg and Pancetta Tagliatelle

Mediterranean Veg and Pancetta Tagliatelle

Packed full of delicious Mediterranean flavours, my Mediterranean Veg and Pancetta Tagliatelle is a simple pasta dish that’s cheap and easy to prepare. It’s made with diced courgette and aubergine in a rich tomatoey sauce with salty pancetta. If you’ve been growing your own vegetables and have a glut of courgettes, this recipe is a clever way of making use of them.

With the children off school for 7 weeks this summer (whatever happened to the 6 week holidays?), I’m sure I will be fixing up many meals like this.

My oldest daughter who is ten wants to learn to cook. I think she’s definitely ready, however she wasn’t too impressed with my suggestion that I teach her how to make an omelette first seeing that the only eggs she will eat are in form of cake! I guess I need to get my thinking cap on and come up with some good staple recipes for her to learn. Any suggestions and recommendations are most welcome. In fact, this recipes probably fits the bill.

Mediterranean Veg and Pancetta Tagliatelle

Mediterranean Veg and Pancetta Tagliatelle

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 45mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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IngredientsMediterranean Veg and Pancetta Tagliatelle

1 aubergine
1 courgette
1 red onion
100g cubetti di pancetta
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 x 400g chopped tinned tomatoes
½ teaspoon Italian herb seasoning or dried oregano
400g tagliatelle
salt and black pepper
Parmesan cheese to serve

Method

1. In a large lidded casserole pan heat the olive oil.

2. Dice the aubergine and courgette into 1cm cubes.

3. Finely chop the red onion.

4. Sauté the aubergine, courgette and onion until beginning to soften and then add the pancetta. Sauté for a further 5 minutes until the pancetta begins to crisp.

5. Add the tinned tomatoes, Italian herb seasoning or oregano. Then season well with salt and black pepper.

6. Bring to the boil, then simmer with the lid partially on for 30 minutes.

7. Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle in a large pan of salted boiling water until al dente.

8. Scoop out a small cup of pasta cooking water. Once the tagliatelle is cooked drain and transfer to the sauce, along with a splash of the pasta cooking water.

9. Stir well on a high heat for about 30 seconds then serve immediately with grated Parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!

Recipe by Julie McPherson

I’d definitely recommend serving this dish with a sliced garlic baguette and a mixed salad for a delicious family meal.

Until next time.

Julie
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My Simple Italian by Theo Randall Review and Giveaway

My Simple Italian

My Simple Italian by Theo Randall is a culinary cookbook delight packed full of 100 tantalising Italian inspired recipes. I make no apology for saying that cooking Italian inspired food is my all time favourite way of cooking. I love the Mediterranean flavours, its freshness and simplicity.

Theo Randall is an accomplished Italian Chef who is well known for his Italian dishes and does not disappoint with his latest book My Simple Italian.

Browsing through My Simple Italian, I’ve found plenty of delicious looking dishes that I can’t wait to try out. The book is helpfully categorised by the type of dishes such as small plates, soups, pasta, large plates for sharing, main dishes, side dishes, desserts plus there’s a useful chapter on basic kitchen staples like pesto and mayonnaise. In addition, each recipe is clearly labelled with the amount of time required for preparation, great if you need to keep an eye on the time or have all day to leisurely prepare.

I really like the sound of the Minestrone Verde made with swiss chard and borlotti beans, I can imagine eating it with chunks of crusty bread for a satisfying lunch. The Risotto with Peas, Prosciutto and Parmesan is just the kind of comfort food I’d enjoy when eating home alone. Whilst the Beef and Porcini Stew with rosemary and tomato looks divine and perfect for colder wintry days. Not forgetting the heavenly sounding Soft Chocolate Cake with Whisky, yum! I’m sure that would cure any chocolate craving.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of My Simple Italian by Theo Randall 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.

My Simple Italian

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The giveaway will close at 00:00 on 17 August 2015 and is open to UK entrants only. I wish you all the very best of luck.

Until next time.

Julie
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Terms & Conditions:
This giveaway will close at 00:00 on 17 August 2015. Leaving a blog post comment is a mandatory entry option. This prize is offered by Ebury Publishing. I am hosting it on behalf of Ebury Publishing. Please note, I am not responsible for posting the prize out or providing it. Ebury Publishing or their representative will send out the prize within 14 days of the winner providing me with their name and address. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received by the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date. The prize is as stated, a copy of My Simple Italian by Theo Randall, no cash alternatives are available. This giveaway is open to UK entrants only.

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Ebury Publishing are kindly offering the prize to one lucky reader. Ebury Publishing sent me a copy of My Simple Italian to review. I have not been sponsored or paid to host this giveaway. All opinions are honest and my own.

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