Thursday, 31 January 2013

Announcing "Flavours of" Series 4~ Europe



"Flavours of " series 1- India was born in August 2010 , our culinary journey took us travelling around India. We sampled wonderful  Gujarati, Punjabi, Goan, Maharastrian, Bengali, Rajasthani  and South Indian Dishes. The flavour some, array of dishes we have cooked  so far are simply delectable and brought us a delightful culinary experience straight into the comfort of our homes.

With the success of "Flavours of " series one around India,we continued or travels around Asia in  "Flavours of" series 2 Asia. We have visited, Indonesia, China, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal, Russia,Turkey,Thailand and Lebanon.Series two has been very exciting, as we were all taken out of our comfort zones as we all tried to create and sample cuisine unknown to us. At times it was challenging   but the dishes that were lovingly created by all the participants were mouthwatering and simply divine.Thank you to every one for your support and enthusiasm

 As our Journey ended around Asia  we packed out bags and utensils and embarked our journey to "Flavours of" Series 3 Africa. The culinary journey around Africa took us to Morocco, Kenya, Tunisia, Mauritius and South Africa.We learn't about new flavours and samples dishes with unknown ingredients; it was truly a magnificent journey.

Now almost 2 and a half years of travels on this culinary journey we are on our Last lap in "Flavours of" series 4 -Europe .Our stop will be in Italy. This event Flavours of Italy is guest hosted by Divya of Divya's Culinary journey.Please do drop by her blog and support her by sending in your entries.


I would also like to invite  all my blogger friends to join the travels  and  to cook up a feast.You can do this by guest hosting one of the events on your blog or simply just participating in the event. Each event will run for one  month, same as previous series  and the guest host will need to host the event on their blog for one  months and post around up with in 7 days after the event completes.

Our scheduled itinery is as follows:


Feb- Flavours of Italy - guest host by Divya of Divya's Culinary Journey

March -Flavours of United Kingdom  - guest host Sukanya Saffron Streaks

April -Flavours of Greece -guest host PJ of seduce your tastebuds

May-Flavours of France - available

June -Flavours of Spain - available

July-Flavours of Germany - available

If any one is interested to guest host please drop me an email via the contact me form at the top of the page.
Thankyou, I am looking forward to all the Italian cuisine  post around Blogosphere.I will try and visit them all.

Giveaway~ Millie's personalised Giant Cookie



Valentines Day is renowned for giving flowers, chocolates, cookies and sweet treats to your love. There is nothing more special than receiving a gift that is personalised with a message and sent with love on Valentines Day.
Millie’s cookies are a treat any time of the year but especially at Valentines. The cookies are simply delectable; they are crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle and bursting with chocolate chunks. All Millie’s cookies are freshly baked in several mouth watering flavours such as Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Double Chocolate Dark Chocolate, Chocolate & Toffee, Raspberry & White, Oatmeal & Raisin, Chocolate & Orange and Banoffee.Millie’s Cookies are available as individuals for that quick coffee break, in boxes of 6 or 12 for sharing or you can buy a personalised giant cookie perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentines or Christmas.The personalised giant cookie is £ 13.99.

To help spread the love at Valentine; Millie’s cookies have offered a prize of one personalised giant cookie to one simply.food reader.The Giveaway is open to UK residents over the age of 18.The winner will be able to pick up their personalised cookie from a Millie's Cookie store nearest to them

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Quinoa and Fennel Salad


A tangy and refreshing Quinoa and fennel salad with a tangy lemon dressing.

Ingredients:

90 grams / 3 oz Quinoa
150 ml water (approx - read instruction on packet for exact ratio)
1 tablespoon fresh coriander finely chopped
1 tablespoon  chopped jalapeno
 half a fennel bulb cleaned and thinly sliced
1 tablespoons red tomato seeded and diced

Dressing:

1/3 tea spoon salt
1/3 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil

Method:

1.Add the Quinoa to a pan with the water and bring to boil.
2. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and cook Quinoa for 15- 20 minutes.
3. Once all the water is absorbed and Quinoa is tender, fluff up with fork and leave to cool.
4. In a bowl add the diced tomatoes, fennel slices, coriander and cooled cooked Quinoa and toss together.
5. In a jar with a lid add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and chilli flakes. Screw the lid on and shake.
6. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.

Serve immediately.

The Fennel used in this recipe was one of the ingredients that was in my Organic Fruit and Veg box sent to me by Riverford Organic farms.

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Couscous salad

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Giveaway Innocent Drinks vouchers and recipe book


I recently had the opportunity to work with Innocent Drinks on a Christmas Mocktail event and had the chance to trial there delicious juices.Their product range includes, juices, fruit smoothies, veg pots, and fruit tubes.All innocent products are free from sugars and artificial flavours, their smoothies and juices are made from 100% fruit.You can drink them on as they are or incorporate them  other fruits to made smoothies and even use them in baking.Check out this awesome and delicious Mango, apple and kiwi smoothie I made today.


This month simply.food is hosting an event "Lets cook healthy Breakfasts".


Innocent Drinks are perfect for breakfast and are suitable for your five a day fruit and veg.To make your breakfast healthy and to encourage you to consume healthy drinks Innocent juices have agreed to provide 2 prizes for two lucky simply.food visitors.

  • 1st Prize-12 vouchers worth £ 24.00 for Innocent products and 1 Recipe book called Hungry by Innocent.
  • 2nd Prize- 1 Recipe book called Hungry by Innocent


I would like to thank Innocent Drinks  for the giveaway prizes.All the views in this post are my own.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Mango, Apple and Kiwi Breakfast smoothie.


Refreshing and delicious fruit smoothie which is healthy and filling.

Ingredients:

I ripe mango
2 ripe kiwi
1 apple
100 ml apple and mango innocent fruit juice
1 tablespoon clear honey

Method:

1. Peel the kiwi and cut it into quarters, remove the white core and dice it.
2. Peel and cut the mango in half, remove the stone and dice it.
3. Peel and core the apple. Dice it into small pieces.
4. Add all the diced fruit with the apple and mango juice and honey into a blender jug and blend until smooth.
5. Transfer to two tall glasses and serve immediately.

You may like:
Strawberry and melon smoothie.

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Monday, 21 January 2013

Stuffed Potato ~Secret Recipe club challenge January 21st 2013



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.There was a little mix up this month and I did not get my assignment, however April the SRC owner came up with the idea that I could cook from Debbie's blog so this month she will probably have two lucky people cooking from her blog.
My assigned blog was debbiedoesdinnerhealthy, this blog is run by Debbie the hostess of  SRC group C . The site has many healthy low calorie dishes under 500 calories.I enjoyed looking through the collection for my search for a vegetarian recipe when I came across this stuffed potato recipe. I particularly liked it as it is very versatile and the fillings can be personalized to individual taste with out any extra work.

Ingredients:

4 medium white baking potatoes
125 grams / 4 oz grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons cooked sweet corn
2 spring onions finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
Oil for brushing

Method:

1. Wash the potatoes and prick them with a fork.
2. Microwave them on high for 8-10 minutes or  until cooked.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/  175 degrees C
4. Remove the potatoes from the microwave and cut them in half length ways.
5. Using a spoon scoop out the potato flesh carefully leaving some potato on the skin.
6.Brush the potato skins with a little oil ( helps to crisp the skins up nicely) and place them on a baking tray in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes till they crisp up.
7. In a bowl add the scooped potato mixture, add to it half the cheese, sweet corn and 3/4 of the spring onion. Add to it the salt and pepper and mix together.
8. Remove the potato shells from the oven and immediately fill with the potato mixture.
9. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining cheese and spring onion.
10. Finally sprinkle with some chilli flakes and place the skins back into the oven for another 10 minutes until cheese melts and turns slightly brown.
11. Remove from oven and serve hot with a side salad.




Saturday, 19 January 2013

Spinach Puri (Fried Indian bread) A guest post .



I was recently invited to write a guest post on Meena blog Homely food. Meena describes her blog as being like colours of the rainbow as there are many various topics she covers. Just like the different colours of the rain bow that makes it so beautiful, her  blog has topics that cover travel ,food and computer tips and tricks which makes it wonderful to read.
I chose to share my spinach puri with her and you can find the post on her blog called spinach puri. Thanks Meena for featuring me on your blog and letting me share my recipe with your readers.


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Giveaway -Valentines Baker Days cakes


Valentines day is less than a month away, are you stuck as to what you can buy your Valentine?? Have you found that chocolates and flowers are seriously being over rated and over priced  for this occasion?? This year why not gift your valentine a personalised valentines cake from Baker Days instead. A delicious Valentines cake personalised with your own message can say so much more than just "I Love You". Create a one-off cake for your Valentine by uploading your own image and add any message text you want.The cakes come in various flavours and designs and is delivered to your door in a pretty little keepsake tin .The starting prize is £14.99 and all cakes come with free delivery.

The Baker Days site is simple to navigate and the ordering of the cakes on the website is straight forward with easy to follow with step by step instructions. So what are you waiting for just click here and place your order and really impress your Valentine. And shhhhhhhhhhhh...your secret is safe, I won't tell if you won't tell your Valentine that I gave you this awesome suggestion.

With love in the air how can simply.food not share it with her readers. So for this Valentine simply.food has teamed up with Baker Days who have kindly agreed to send  two lucky simply.food winners  a personalised Valentines day cake each for their loved one.

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Giveaway-2 boxes Valentine Jelly Belly beans


Jelly Belly® jelly beans are in a league of their own they are the coolest, most delicious jelly beans imaginable. Full of true to life flavour, Jelly Belly beans are The Original Gourmet Jelly Bean®.They are developed for the sophisticated palate, the beans are packed with an intensely juicy taste, from their brightly coloured shells right through to their centers. They are blissful indulgence.

Jelly Belly have introduced a beautiful range of Valentine gift boxes in 10, 20 and 40 flavour mixes. Designed in stylish red with hearts to match, the slip-on sleeve conveys a luscious message for lovers. They are available nationwide in all the best department stores and confectionery shops in the UK as well as Sainsbury, Waitrose, Tesco and Morrisons. For nearest stockist go to www.jellybelly-uk.com or call 0800 018 4416
To help bring a little bit of romance into your lives Jelly Belly have agreed to play cupid and they have generously given me two valentine boxes of 20 flavour Jelly Belly beans to give away to two lucky simply.food visitors

I would like to thank Jelly Belly for sending me the samples and also for the giveaway prize.
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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Review and Giveaway ~Whittards of Chelsea tea hamper.


I was recently sent some products  to try from Whittards of Chelsea. They specialise in wonderful array of teas, coffees, luxury hot chocolates,confectionery, china and equipment. I received some Earl grey tea, some aromatic breakfast blend coffee and some wonderful  instant hot chocolates. Amongst the vast selection of coffees and teas from all over the world, Whittards of Chelsea also have 18 truly amazing flavours in their hot chocolate selection  such as lime and chilli, creme brulee, cherry rocky road and many other wonderful combinations. I sampled the Strawberry white hot chocolate and Banofee hot chocolate.They both tasted like heavenly desserts in mug.
Together with the products Whittards also sent me some 3 really pretty plates to add to my ever growing crockery collection.Their china ranges from classic blue chintz, to vintage rose or you can have just simply colourful.. I love the entire selection if only I could have them all.

This month simply.food is hosting an event "Lets cook healthy Breakfasts", because Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.


Whittards of Chelsea would also like to encourage you to kick start your day by eating healthy breakfast so they have kindly agreed to provide a tea hamper as a prize to one simply.food reader.

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The prize:
  • 1 packet earl grey tea
  • 1 packet English breakfast tea
  • Strawberry and clotted cream biscuits
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Tea infuser
  • Two mugs
I would like to thank Whittards of Chelsea for sending me the samples and also for the giveaway prize.
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Monday, 14 January 2013

Tropical Sun FREE Vending Machine Video -Sponsored post.


Are the winter blues getting to you? Do you need a “Ray” of sunshine in your life? If the reply to both these questions is yes then Tropical Sun has the perfect solution for you...... No they are not offering a free flight to the Caribbean but they are offering free samples of Tropical sun food range products such as hot sauces, seasonings and other Caribbean products.The sauces and seasons are perfect to liven up any meal be it burgers pastas, soups, chips, omelettes, spaghetti bolognaise, steak and kidney, shepherd's pie, pizza or you can even use it to spice up your curry if you are in a hurry!!!
Interested ? Then you will love to know that you can sample the tropical sunshine via a live vending machine. Based on a Caribbean beach, the live feed webcam lets users view the nine Tropical Sun products on offer, and pick one.You can then watch in real-time as their selection is activated in the machine and a Tropical Sun employee collects, packs up and posts it. 
To sample your “Ray of Sunshine” check out this video.

To use the live vending machine click this link.
This is a sponsored post.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Healthy Yoghurt, Mango and Kiwi Breakfast sundae


Low in calories, healthy and delicious mango and kiwi folded into delicious creamy low fat yoghurt and garnished with toasted almond flakes.

Ingredients:

1 tub of  Chobani low fat yoghurt any fruit flavour (Peach)
1 teaspoon  New Zealand Honey
1 mango
2 kiwi
1 tablespoon toasted flaked almonds
1 tablespoon chocolate covered cereal or raisins

Method:

1. Peel the mango and cut in half.Remove the stone and dice it.
2.Peel the kiwi and cut into half length ways.Remove the white core in the center and slice it.
3. Add honey to the yoghurt and mix.
4. Take two serving glasses and spoon some of the mango and kiwi into it.
5. Dollop a generous amount of yoghurt on top of the fruit .
6. Add some more mango and kiwi.
7. Sprinkle some toasted almonds and the chocolate cereal over the top and serve immediately.

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Monday, 7 January 2013

Giveaway Breakfast hamper from Chobani Yoghurt






I recently  reviewed some Chobani yoghurt  and made this lovely yoghurt and coconut chutney
and these delicious savoury  sweetcorn drop pancakes with them. The yoghurts are rich, creamy and delicious and low fat too. This makes them perfect for baking, cooking or just plain eating.They make wonderful smoothies and are ideal for stirring into soups and sauces.




This month simply.food is hosting an event "Lets cook healthy breakfasts".Chobani yoghurts are perfect for breakfast. To encourage you to eat healthy, simply.food have teamed up with Chobani yoghurts who have generously offered to provide a healthy breakfast hamper as a give away prize for one simply.food reader.


The Prize

The prize valued at £ 50.00 contains:

Full range of Chobani Fat Free Strained Yoghurt 170g (Strawberry, Pomegranate, Peach, Blood Orange, Black Cherry, Plain + additional Plain pots)
4 x breakfast bowls
1 x Chobani conversion chart tea towel
1 x Chobani apron
1 x dried goji berries
1 x organic dried cranberries
1 x hazelmalt crunch
1 x organic choco coconut crunchy granola
1 x organic spelt crispy muesli 

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Sunday, 6 January 2013

Savory Sweetcorn drop Pancakes


Breakfast pancakes don't always have to be sweet, for those who like savoury dishes these are perfect to serve for breakfast..

Delicious healthy and fat free tasty savoury pancakes, perfect for breakfast or for a speedy snack.

Ingredients:

240 grams / 8 oz precooked sweet corn(tinned)
30 grams / 1 oz fine rice flour
210 grams / 7 oz fine semolina
170 grams. 6 oz Chobani plain fat free yoghurt
60 ml water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ginger paste
2 green chilies finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon olive oil

Method:

1.Whisk the natural yoghurt with the water and keep aside.
2.In a bowl add the semolina, rice flour,salt, green chilies and bicarbonate of soda and mix together with a spoon.
3. Coarsely grind the sweet corn and add it to the flours.
4. Add the whisked yoghurt a little at a time until a batter of dropping consistency forms.
5. Dip a kitchen paper in the oil and lightly oil a non stick frying pan.(to limit usage of oil use a nonstick pan)
6. Heat the pan, once its hot reduce the heat to medium and drop a tablespoon of batter in the pan.Spread it out slightly  and cook until bubbles appear on surface.
7. Flip the pancake over and cook this side. Once pancake is cooked remove from pan and repeat procedure for remaining batter.
Serve pancakes with  yoghurt and coconut chutney or dip of your choice.


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Thursday, 3 January 2013

Free Giveaway ~ New Zealand Honey gift bags


New Zealand Honey Co makes a variety of delicious honeys. Amongst their range are honey health drinks, squeezy honey, honey in jars and honey and fruit fusion .
All their honey is packed free of additives,and is  harvested from unspoilt nature reserves, where all stages of harvesting and processing are managed carefully. The company can trace each batch produced all the way back to the specific hives. The packed products are also rigorously tested to ensure the honeys are as pure as possible, with flavours of amazing depth and taste.
I was recently sent a gift bag of honey to try.The three jars were:
  • Hanuka Honey with root ginger
  • Beech Forest honey dew -Pre biotic honey that aids digestion
  • Thyme honey-Antioxidant
I particularly like the Hanuka honey with ginger, which has a wonderful ginger aroma and pieces of ginger in it. I made some ginger and honey flap jacks with it and they were delicious. You can check out the recipe here.


Honey has many health benefits too and all New Zealand Honeys have different medicinal benefits which you can check out here.
In the UK, New Zealand honey is available to purchase on line where you can also check out recipe ideas using honey. It is also available  from Asda, Morrison, Waitrose and Holland and Barrett. However New Zealand Honey Co have been very generous and have kindly agreed to provide two gift bags of their honey to two simply food readers so that they too can taste and sample it.
Thank you to New Zealand Honey  Co for sending me the honey to try and also for the giveaway.All the views expressed  in this review are my own.

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Round Up of Lets cook edible gifts for Christmas


This is the wonderful Round up of this lovely event, Thank you to everyone who participated

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Honey Ginger Flapjacks


Delicious chewy, oat and nut flapjacks with aromatic ginger honey.

Makes about 32 square pieces.

Ingredients:

520 grams /18 oz Rolled Oats
300 grams / 10 oz Dessicated Coconut
120 grams  / 4 oz Coarsely chopped Cashew nuts
120 grams  / 4 oz Flaked Almonds
240 grams  / 8 oz Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda

Wet Ingredients:

250 grams/ 8 oz butter
2 tablespoons New Zealand Hanuka Honey with root ginger
1 tablespoon Golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 240 grams  / 8 oz sugar

Method:

1. Grease two 10 inch x 10 inch square cake tins.
2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C / 350 degrees F
3. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, coconut, bicarbonate of soda, cashew nuts and flaked almonds.
4.In a sauce pan add the honey, sugar, golden syrup and butter and stir the ingredients on medium heat till butter is melted.
5. Add the melted wet ingredients to the dry and fold together.
6. Divide the mixture into the two tins and smooth  the top with a spatula.
7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes after which cover the cake tins with foil and cook for a further 10 minutes.
8. Remove the cake tins from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
9. Once cooled transfer to a wire rack  to cool completely .


10.Cut into squares. Enjoy for breakfast or as a healthy snack. For a gift idea place some pieces it in a cellophane gift bag and tie it with ribbon to make delicious home made gifts.

NB- You can add dried fruits such as cranberries and also sunflower seeds for variation.Any nuts can be added.If you can't get the New Zealand Hanuka honey with root ginger replace it with plain honey and some chopped crystalized ginger pieces.

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Lets cook healthy breakfasts event by simply.food



Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Announcing event ~Lets Cook Healthy Breakfast


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Each new year we make resolutions to get fit and healthy, so what better way than to make a new years resolution to start a healthy lifestyle. To remain healthy, regular exercise and a healthy diet are important and both go hand in hand. The important part of remaining healthy is to eat regular well  balanced meals such as breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast literally means to break the fast after a long night’s sleep. It is an important meal of the day as it helps to refuels the body and the brain with energy and nutrients. Eating breakfast has been shown to improve mental alertness and physical performance throughout the day.Taking time out to eat breakfast, helps to kick start the day by giving the body sufficient energy to last until the next meal . It helps to prevent food cravings mid morning and snacking on chocolates and biscuits. Research also shows that routinely eating breakfast regulates the bodies metabolism and prevents weight gain.

This event is all about cooking and eating healthy breakfasts. Breakfast does not have to be an elaborate meal, instead  it can be a fast and speedy smoothie made with yoghurts and fruits, a flapjack with honey and nuts, a bowl of cereal with chopped fruit, savoury or sweet pancakes with honey and fruits or even a bowl of porridge flavoured with apricots and jam. In this event lets educate our selves to make breakfast an important part of our daily routine.

To Participate:

1.Prepare any healthy  vegetarian breakfast, (eggs allowed).Fried food will not be accepted. Link your post using the linky below by entering your Post Name and Post URL
2. Please link this event announcement with your entry, this is mandatory.
3. Use of logo is not mandatory but usage is encouraged as it helps to spread the word visually if you can use it.
4. Multiple entries are allowed, archived are only allowed if reposted and updated with this event link.
5. In the event of problem using linky you can email me the entry at simplysensationalfood@gmail.com

Please use this format

Your Name:
Recipe Name
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To help promote healthy breakfasts, simply.food has teamed up with Whittards of ChelseaChobani yoghurts, Innocent Drinks and New Zealand Honey. They have all kindly offered some wonderful breakfast giveaway prizes  for competitions which will be announced in the next few posts.
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