Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Broccoli Soup ~ 5-2 diet



Creamy and delicious soup perfect for lunch or mid morning snack.

200 g broccoli florets
125 g  potato peeled and diced
500 ml water
1 small onion finely chopped
1 clove garlic finely minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder
1 teaspoon olive oil


Method:

1.Place the broccoli florets and potato with 250 ml water in a microwaveable dish with lid and microwave on high for 8 minutes.
2. In a non stick pan add the oil and sauté the onions and garlic until soft pink and translucent.
3. Add the cooked broccoli and potatoes and bring the soup to a simmer.
4. Transfer the soup to a blender and purée it until smooth.
5. Return the soup to the pan and add the remaining 250 ml water, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer again.

Serve with crusty rolls
This soup can be part of the 5- diet, its is approximately 150 g per serving ( 1 bowl of soup) 
NB-Bread roll not included in calorie count.


Calories per serving
Carbs
Fat
Protein
Sodium
Sugar
106
18
3
5
627
3

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In my VEG BOX ~Onions event by citrusspiceuk guest hosted by Tina from Spicy Pear



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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Giveaway Free Tickets to Foodies Festival at Marble Hill House London


Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of food & drink is excited to bring Foodies Festival to Marble Hill House for the first time this year, over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend Sat 24th, Sun 25th & Mon 26th .  

There will be top chefs cooking in the Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre; join top pastry chefs in the brand new Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves Theatre, and kids can learn to cook too in the Children’s Cookery Theatre.The festival will have a Feasting Tent where visitors can enjoy eating with chefs, friends and family at long banqueting tables.

This year there is the introduction of the Vintage Tea Tent that will hold daily tea dances, alongside a Vintage Kitchen Market allowing visitors to pick up beautiful pieces to add to their own kitchens at home.
For the people who enjoy a little bit of beer or cider the Real Ale and Cider Farm will be offering visitors a special area to chill out on hay bales and strike up a conversation with our beer and cider expert Melissa Cole and fellow beer lovers.  There’s a guitar behind the bar for those in the mood to get a sing-along started.

A new Chilli Food Market will excite those with a love for spicy foods with a range of chilli growers and artisan producers of sauces, sweets and jams. For those who can handle the heat a Chilli Eating Challenge takes place at 5pm daily.

Foodies Festival tickets are on sale now, to purchase your tickets  you can Click here to buy tickets


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Ben and Jerry Greek Style review and giveaway

Last year I wrote all about my pamper evening at Ben and Jerry when they launched their core range. You can read all about the exciting event here. This year they invited me to attend their launch party for the Ben and Jerry Greek style frozen yoghurts. I was really excited to attend the event but unfortunately due to another commitment I was sadly  unable to attend the event. However the lovely people at Ben and Jerry sent me some vouchers so that I would not miss out on the awesome taste of these lovely frozen Greek yoghurts.


The Frozen Greek yoghurt's come in thee lovely flavours; Vanilla honey caramel which is a luscious vanilla frozen yoghurt with a swirl of delicious honey caramel running through

The other flavour is Raspberry chocolatey chunk which is Greek yoghurt with raspberries and huge chunks of dark chocolate chunks
The final flavour we tried was Strawberry shortcake which was simply irresistible with strawberries and chunks of  shortcake. We tried all three flavours and  all four family members cast a vote  for their favorites.
I just say that the vote for the yoghurts was 4 each to Strawberry shortcake and Honey caramel with no votes from the family for the raspberry chocolatey chunks. We are not raspberry fans and the chocolate chunks were dark chocolate but I am sure raspberry and dark chocolate lovers would love this flavour.

The frozen Greek style yoghurts were rich creamy and one could not tell that they were yoghurts they tasted just like creamy icecream. The two flavours we have fallen in love with we will definitely add to our shopping lists. The yoghurts are available in most major supermarkets and retail around £ 4.99 a tub although some supermarkets are doing special offers on them as I bought mine for less.

Thankyou to Ben and Jerry for sending me the Greek Style yoghurt, all the views and opinions in this post are my own.


Ben and Jerry have been very kind and they have given me two spare vouchers so that a simplyfood reader can experience the taste of these awesome Greek style yoghurts too.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Jelly Bean Trifle to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day 22nd April


Today is National Jelly Bean day and to help celebrate it I have created a Jelly Bean Trifle to enjoy.

Ingredients:

A handful of assorted flavour Jelly Beans
1 medium slice of chocolate cake
100 ml whipping cream
1 tablespoon icing Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
4 Strawberries

Method.

1. Cut the cake into 1 cm cubes and keep aside.
2. Whip the whipping cream with icing sugar and vanilla essence until stiff peaks.
3. Hull and chop up two strawberries into small pieces
4. The other two strawberries  hull and slice to look like hearts.

To Assemble:

1. Take two tall serving glass and place four heart shaped strawberry pieces in each glass so that they stand up on sides of glass.
2. Add 4 small cubes of cake in bottom of each glass. Add a teaspoon of cream and add a few pices of strawberries and scatter 4-5 jelly beans on top.
3.Add 3-4 pieces of cake again , followed by a spoonful of cream, a scatter of chopped strawberries and a few jelly beans.
4. Last layer add 3-4 pieces of cake, followed by some strawberries and a final dollop of cream. Garnish with remaining jelly beans and chopped strawberries.

I would like to Thank Jelly Belly for sending me a lovely box of Jelly Belly Beans to enjoy.
If you would like to win a box of spring jelly beans check out this giveaway

Monday, 21 April 2014

Tomato and Pepper Salsa ~Secret recipe Club challenge 21st April 2014



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. My assigned blog was Eliot's Eats. This blog is written By Eliot.I was browsing through the blog looking for a salad or healthy recipe and came across this lovely home made tomato salsa recipe. It turned out perfect. I only made minor changes to accommodate the ingredients I had as I was unable to get all the specific peppers stated in the recipe.

Refreshing summer goodness in this delicious and healthy salsa.

Ingredients:

4 medium tomatoes
1 small red onion
1/4 red capsicum
1/4 green capsicum
2 jalapeños
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon fresh coriander finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Method:

1. Half the tomatoes and remove the seeds and chop in to very small pieces and add them to a bowl.
2. Peel and finely chop the red onion and add it to the bowl.
3. Cut the jalapeños in half lengthways, remove the seeds and finely chop and add to the bowl.
4. Finely chop the red and green capsicums and add them to the bowl.
5. Peel and finely crush the garlic and add it to the bowl.
6. Add the fresh coriander, lemon juice, salt and pepper to the bowl and toss all the ingredients together.

Serve the salsa with tortilla or potato chips.





Submitting to:

 In my VEG BOX ~Onions event by citrusspiceuk guest hosted by Tina of Spicy Pear


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Pumpkin and Date Halwa~An Indian sweet dish.








Halwa an Indian sweet dessert that is served with a main meal and can be made from a variety of fruits and vegetables. The sweetness from the dates and raisins makes this halwa delectable.

Ingredients:

180 grams/ 6 oz grated pumpkin
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
2 tablespoons sugar
6 ripe majdool dates chopped finely
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
12  raisins
Few almond and pistachio flakes for garnish
1 teaspoon dessicated coconut.

Method:

1. Place the grated pumpkin in a microwaveable bowl, add 4 tablespoons of water and cook the pumpkin for 6 minutes until well cooked.
2. Remove the pumpkin from the microwave and mash it up using the back of a spoon.
3. Heat the ghee in a pan and add the pumpkin, cook the pumpkin on a medium heat for 7-8 minutes, stirring continuously to stop it sticking to the pan. Cook until all the moisture has evaporated and pumpkin starts to leave sides of pan.
4. Add the sugar and the dates and the raisins and cook the halwa for 3-4 minutes longer again keep stirring it to stop it sticking. Add the cardamom powder and mix well.
5. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with grated coconut, almond flakes and pistachio slivers.

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Lets cook sweet treats for Easter event by simply.food

Taste of Tropics ~ Dates Event by Chef Mireille guest hosted by citrusspice

Javelin Warrior Cookin/with luv

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Lemon Drizzle Cake ~Eggless


Moist and citrussy lemon drizzle cake that is delicate and delectable.

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients

300 g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
250 g sugar

1 heaped spoon lemon zest

Wet  Ingredients:

100 ml water
140 ml Rachels lemon yoghurt
75 ml sunflower oil
1 tablespoon  apple cider vinegar 
1 teaspoon vanilla

For lemon drizzle:

juice of I lemon
1 tablespoon sugar


Method:

1.Line 2 loaf tins with parchment paper.
2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
3. In a large bowl sieve together the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
4. Stir in the sugar gently.
5. In a jug whisk together the yoghurt, oil, water, vanilla and apple cider vinegar and lemon zest
6. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with very light folding action(You want to keep the cake airy over mixing will cause it to go dense)
7. Divide the batter into the two prepared loaf tins so that they are half filled.
8. Tap the tins gently on the work top to distribute the batter evenly in them.
9. Bake in middle shelf in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until cakes are golden brown.(Do not open the oven door during this time the cakes will sink) After 25 minutes open the door and insert a skewer into the centre of the cake if it comes out clean cakes are cooked if skewer is wet cook for another 5 minutes.
10. Remove cakes from oven and keep aside to cool.
11. Mix together the lemon juice and sugar and using the skewer poke holes in the cakes you have baked.
12. Pour over the warm cakes the lemon syrup and it will sink into the cakes.


I was recently sent some Rachels Organic Lemon Yoghurt to try. I used the Rachels Lemon yoghurt to make this Lemon drizzle cake. The Greek Style Bio live organic yoghurt gave the cake the added moistness and a delicious citrus flavouring.

I would like to Thank Rachels  for sending me the yoghurt to samples.

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Lets cook Sweet Treats for Easter event by simplyfood


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Kheer ~ Indian rice pudding with Date compote and Lékué microwave rice and grain cooker giveaway



Rich and creamy rice pudding with fragrant cardamom and a delicious date and nut topping.

60 g short grain rice
250 ml water
400 ml  full cream milk
60 g sugar
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
few strands saffron
4 almonds for garnishing
6 pistachio nuts  for garnishing
6 medjool dates
60 ml boiling water


Method:

1.Wash the rice in cold water and soak it for 30 minutes.
2.After thirty minutes drain the rice and place it in the Lékué  microwave rice and grain cooker together with 250 ml water and cook on high for 20 minutes until rice is mushy and all the water is absorbed (alternatively you can cook the rice on the stove top.) (The rice needs to be overcooked and very soft)
3.While the rice is cooking , take a heavy bottom pan and pour the milk in it and bring it to a gentle simmer, continue simmering the milk to thicken and reduce it  for 20 minutes.
4.  Once the rice is cooked transfer all the cooked rice to the hot milk, add the sugar and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring the rice pudding every couple of minutes as not to scorch it.
5. Once rice pudding has thickened add the cardamom powder and saffron and mix it in.
6. Take the pan off the heat and transfer the rice pudding to a bowl. Keep stirring it every few minutes until it cools this will stop any skin forming on it.
7.To make the date compote chop up the dates finely and place them in a small bowl. Add boiling water to the dates and leave for 30 minutes.
8.After 30 minutes mash up the dates in the liquid using the back of a spoon until thick and pulpy.
9.Slice the almonds and pistachio nuts in to thin slivers and keep aside.
10. To serve spoon the rice pudding in serving glasses .Add a spoonful of date compote on the top and garnish with the almond and pistachio slivers.


I precooked my rice in the  Lékué  microwave rice and grain cooker, it is very useful to have as it cooks rice without any fuss and the container is sylish so you can cook and serve the rice straight from the microwave to the table.

The  Lékué  microwave rice and grain cooker is a neat little cooker, a white microwaveable pot with a green silicon lid with holes in it to let the steam escape. Since it has a unique lid water doesn't overflow and the microwave stays clean. The rice and grain cooker can be used to cook a wide variety of other grains such as couscous, wheat, barley, oats and buckwheat . It is dishwasher safe and made from plastic and 100% platinum silicone. The Lékué microwave rice cooker retails at  £ 27.50 and is available to purchase from many high street retailers and also on line from Lékué.

I have been very fortunate and have had the opportunity to try out some wonderful  products from the Lékué range of kitchen ware such  the microwave kit pasta the pasta cooker, which  is elegant in design and you can cook and serve the pasta straight from the microwave to the table.






I also tried the cutting board which is neat and very handy  and is very durable since its  made from pp plastic and trp rubber. The cutting board stores easily in any kitchen drawer and is double sided.





Finally one of my favourite items that I have tried is the kit decomat. This is a lovely kit perfect for those cake decorating fans. It comes with laminated design templates and a special chocolate piping pot that allows you to trace the patterns with the chocolate to make beautiful chocolate decorations.

I would like to thank Lékué  for sending me all these wonderful items to review.All the opinions and views expressed in this post are my own.

Lékué have been very kind and they have agreed to send one lucky simplyfood reader a microwave rice and grain cooker as a prize so that they can cook perfect rice every time.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Colori Cucina Green frying pan from Kuhn Rikon review


I was recently sent the new 28 cm Colori Cucina Green frying pan from KuhnRikon is the perfect frying pan for a modern kitchen. It is sturdy, easy and handy to use, it is very well suited for everyday cooking. This is an everyday durable non-stick frying pan. It is suitable for omelettes and the braising of vegetables. It can also be used for frying fish and meat. The pan is suitable for use on all types of cooking devices such as radiant ring, solid plate, ceramic, halogen, gas. Although the pan is not dishwasher safe it can be easily cleaned by hand and any stubborn deposits can be removed by soaking prior to washing.

The pan comes in 5 lovely colours in red, fuchsia, blue, yellow, green and also three sizes 20cm, 24cm, 28cm. 

The Prices are as follows:
20cm in all colours: £29.95
24cm in all colours: £34.95
28cm in all colours: £39.95


The pans are available to purchase on line from Cookability  and also on the high street from many cook ware shops.


 I found the pan was sturdy with a strong handle and it was very stable on my gas cooker.I also liked the fact that the pan was fairly deep. I cooked pancakes in it and they glided off perfectly. I also sautéed some mushrooms and vegetables in the pan and they cooked extremely well using very little oil. I love the vibrant colour of the pan its fun and very eye catching. The 28 cm size pan was perfect in size to cook for a family of four. I would give the pan a score of  4/5. I only wish it was dishwasher safe.

Thankyou to Kuhn Rikon for sending me this pan to try out in my kitchen. All the views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Event Round up ~Lets Cook with Seeds


Thankyou to everyone who took part in this event, all the yummy dishes can be found here in the round up.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Date and Nut Barfi


A healthy and delicious treat perfect to serve as a snack or after dinner treat.

Ingredients:

8  ripe soft medjool dates
60 ml hot water
30 g pistachio nuts
30 g cashew nuts
30 g almonds
30 g dessicated coconut
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
Pinch of saffron


Method:

1. Remove the stones from the dates and chop finely. Place the dates in a bowl and add 60 ml boiling water and the saffron strands and leave from 1 hour.
2. In a coffee grinder coarsely grind the pistachio nuts, cashew nuts and almonds.
3. In a large bowl mix together the coarsely ground nuts, dessicated coconut, sugar, cardamom powder.
4. Using the back of a spoon mash together the soaked dates. Add the soaked dates to the nut mixture a little at a time until all the ingredients are combined. Mixture should not be too wet and if made into balls should retain shape.
5. Pinch small walnut sized balls of the mixture and push them into silicon chocolate moulds to shape them.
6. Once all the mixture is shaped in the moulds place the tray in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.
7. De mould the barfi  and keep refrigerated .


Submitting to:
Lets cook sweet treats for Easter event by simply.food

Taste of Tropics ~ Dates Event by Chef Mireille guest hosted by citrusspice

Javelin Warrior Cookin/with luv

Announcing Event~Lets Cook Sweet Treats for Easter


The Month of March is nearly over and we have already started the celebrations for spring. April brings us the celebration of Easter . In this event I am inviting all foodies to cook sweet treats for Easter and link them to this Event.

To Participate:

1. Prepare any sweet treat suitable for vegetarians (eggs allowed),  please link your dish using the linky below by entering your Dish Name and Post URL
2. Please link this event announcement with your entry, this is mandatory. (Any entries sent with out the mandatory link will be disqualified.)
3.Use of logo is  not mandatory but it helps to spread the word if you can use it.
4. Multiple entries are allowed, archived are only allowed if reposted and updated with this event link.
4. 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 Recipe URL
Image no larger than 300 pixels.
Event Ends 30th  April 2014
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