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Sunday, 7 February 2016

The New Charles Viancin cooking and textile items giveaway

I spend an awful long time in my kitchen, in fact I can say I spend more time in my kitchen than in any other room. I am always baking, cooking or pottering in my kitchen. Since I spend so much time in there I always like to have nice things in my kitchen such as pretty oven gloves, tea towels, nice kitchenware etc. I also have a large assortment of tea towels and aprons too in assorted colours and styles and I am always adding more to the collection.

Something new that I recently discovered is the  lovely new cooking and textile items from Charles Viancin. All products are designed in France by Charles Viancin and inspired by nature. They are unique in that they have built in silicon pot holders which allow you to handle hot pans without the use of separate oven gloves. All silicone used is BPA free food grade German silicone.
In the New Charles Viancin range consists of aprons, tea towels, potholders and flexible chopping boards.

These aprons come with an integral silicone pot holder, so when something is ready to come out of the oven, simply place your hand in the aprons pot holder pocket and remove the item straight out of the oven. The aprons retail at £20.00 each.


The New Charles Viancin Chef’s towels have an integral silicone pot holder in two of its four corners, enabling hot items to be safely taken from the oven or stove top. Their suggested retail price £9.50 each.


The New Charles Viancin pot holders are made from quilted fabric and silicone for full heat protection. Their suggested retail price £7.50 each.


The New Charles Viancin Flexi Chopping Boards allow you to chop without tarnishing the board and easily bend or fold the boards for effective food transportation and delivery. The boards have a With a non-slip base and they are available in 3 x sizes: Small 6”x8” retail price £7.50, Medium 8”x11” retail price £11.00 or Large 11”x15” retail price £15.00.

All four items come in two designs either poppy or grape. They would make the perfect gift for mother’s day.I was sent the tea towel and apron for my kitchen and I can say they really are very useful. All opinions expressed are my own.

As always I love my readers to try out products that I test in my kitchen so I am pleased to say I have an apron and a tea towel to giveaway to one simply food reader.


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  • Entrants must be Uk residents and over 18 years.
  • Prize- The New Charles Viancin  Apron and Tea towel
  • Closing date – 10th March 2016 12.00 am

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Win a Sapori Pan


In my last post I shared my vegetarian hotpot recipe that I cooked in my sapori pan. The pan is so versatile and I absolutely love it. You can check out my review and recipe here.


As always I love my readers to have the opportunity to try out products that I have review. Forma the suppliers of Sapori have been very generous and have agreed to send one simplyfood reader a sapori pan exactly like mine so they too can enjoy cooking in it.


How To Enter

  • Simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries        
  • Entries can be via blog comment, Facebook, Twitter etc     
  • Please read the rules they form the terms and conditions of this Giveaway
  • Entrants must be Uk residents and over 18 years.
  • Prize- 1 Sapori Pan
  • Closing date – 4th March 2016 12.00 am

How Rafflecopter works:

  • You will need to complete the mandatory entry first – usually making a blog comment. You can do this by clicking on leave a comment at the bottom of the post and leaving your reply in the comment box. Please note your comment will not show immediately as it needs to be moderated however rest assured it will appear on the site, so carry on with rest of entries.
  • Login to Rafflecopter – click to see what the question is. Make a comment answering the question on the blog.
  •  Go back to Rafflecopter and click the green button to tell me you have made a comment, this will unlock all the other options. All entries are checked to see that the mandatory question is answered, if its not all bonus entries will become void. 
  • Rafflecopter will tweet, like and follow on your behalf.
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  • For bonus entries you can return to this page and enter the daily bonus entries. 
  • If you are still unsure as to how Rafflecopter works please do check out this short video.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Vegetarian Hot Pot


I love cooking and when I am creating an authentic recipe, I like to recreate it as true to the recipe as possible, right from the ingredients to the traditional cooking process and the traditional utensils that are used in cooking. In many countries a lot of authentic recipes are cooked in earthenware and clay pots .Using this type of utensil and the slow cooking of the recipe gives the recipe a flavour that is second to none.

When I was travelling around India I saw most of the villages using clay pots to cook in. The flavour the pots imparted was amazing and made the dish really homely. I was very tempted to buy them but since the pots were not treated in any way I was worried that they would not work well on the gas and electric hobs we have in the UK. The clay pots in India were also made with the rounded bottoms to sit on an open fire.

Three years later my search for Clay pots was still on after returning to the UK, but I am pleased that I have now discovered Sapori a line of cookware created to meet the needs of people wanting to cook without compromise and are looking to enhance flavours of their cooking whilst discovering traditional recipes.


With Italian know how in the field of cookware the pots are made from High Fire Stoneware clay to provide the best cooking technology. The pots are beautifully made and coated with ceramic glazes and they have a non-stick double layer of corflon coating. The Sapori pots are also suitable to be used directly on the hob, in the traditional oven and also in the microwave. The pots will require treating the first time you use them but this is highly recommended to increase the lifespan of the pot.
The Sapori range comes in traditional white or red and you can get a variation of sizes in the pots. The range includes small bowls and dishes, potato pots, shallow casserole dishes and deep stock pots and a tagine too.

The pots are beautifully crafted and will great in any kitchen. I have really enjoyed cooking in my Sapori pot and can’t wait to add more of the range to my collection.
I created this wonderful mixed bean stew in my Sapori pot and it was cooked to perfection.





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Vegetarian Hotpot
Mediterranean vegetables layered and cook in a delicious tomato sauce with a layer of crispy potatoes.

Ingredients:
  • 1 Large dutch aubergine cut into thin slices
  • 2 Green and Red pepper diced
  • 2 Medium Carrots peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Medium red onion finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 3 Medium potatoes peeled and finely sliced
  • 4 tablespoons Bread crumbs
  • 400 g Precooked butter beans
  • 400 g Chopped tinned tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 10 Cherry tomato cut in halves

Method:
1. In a frying pan add 2 tablespoons of oil and shallow fry the aubergine slices in batches. Keep them aside.

2. Add the potato slices in boiling water and blanch them for 3-4 minutes. Drain and pat them dry and keep aside.3.In a pan add 1 tablespoon oil and saute the onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes, next add the carrots and peppers and saute them for 2-3 minutes.



4. Add the chopped tomatoes with the juice and then salt, pepper, turmeric, chilli powder, black pepper and oregano. Cook for 5 minutes 5. Stir in the drained cooked beans and mix through. 6. Take an ovenproof dish (I used my Sapori casserole pot)and add half the tomato sauce, Add a layer of aubergines and sprinkle with half the bread crumbs. Add a layer of potatoes.7.Repeat the layering again until you finish with a final layer of potatoes.8. Brush the potatoes with a little oil and scatter some cherry tomato halves on top.9. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C 35O degrees F and bake the hotpot for 45 minutes or until the potatoes start to crisp up and turn slightly golden.





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Monday, 18 January 2016

No Bake Energy Balls ~Secret Recipe Club Challenge 18th January 2016


This is my assignment with the Secret Recipe Club.The aim of the club is that you are allocated a blog from which you have to select a recipe and try it and blog about it. For the month of January my assigned blog is Happy Go Lucky The blog is written by Kara, not only does the blog have lots of recipes  but it also has lots of DIY ideas that are fun to create. I really enjoyed browsing through her blog and wanted to try out all the arts and craft posts but since the secret recipe club is about food I have book marked and will try out the craft ideas at leisure.
Having over indulged over the festive period it is time to get back into shape for the new year.This means eating healthy regular meals. Kara's No bake energy balls were the perfect  for on the go breakfast idea. I recreated them using similar ingredients that I could get in the UK.



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No Bake Energy Balls
Delicious cereal and nut balls that are perfect for snacking.
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Dried strawberries chopped
  • 1/2 cup Dried Papaya chopped
  • 1 cup Quick organic Oats
  • 1 cup Maple and Pecan crisp (Cereal clusters made with oats, crisped rice & maple flavoured syrup, garnished with chopped pecans and almonds)
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Almond Butter
Method:
1. Add the honey and almond butter in a large glass bowl and microwave on medium for 30 seconds.2. Add the oats, dried fruits and the maple and pecan crisp into the melted honey and butter and mix together till it all sticks together.3. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and keep aside.4. Pinch walnut sized balls of the mixture and form round balls. Place them on baking tray and make all the balls.Store in an air tight container.
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