Monthly Archives: June 2018

WIN A stunning Moroccan Bloom Melamine 12 Piece Dinner Set

 

Win a Moroccan Dinner Set

Win this 12-Piece Moroccan Bloom Melamine Dinner Set

Relax and enjoy alfresco dining without worrying about whether your bowls and plates are going to make it back home (or back from the garden!) in one piece.

Win a Morrocan Dinner SetMade from virtually unbreakable melamine which is famed for being chip-resistant, and given a liquid glass coating that makes it impervious to scratches and stains, this picnicware range looks uncannily like artisan-glazed pottery.

It offers four full place settings of dinner plate, side plate and bowl, without the risk of breakages associated with ‘real’ crockery.

This 12-Piece Moroccan Bloom Melamine Dinner Set is a gorgeous way to serve any type of fresh-air food, from picnic sandwiches to a sit-down supper on the patio.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Speedy Pad Thai with Prawns

 

Speedy Pad Thai with Prawns

Speedy Pad Thai with Prawns

Serves 2
Time 25 mins
Calories 468
Fat 15g of which 3g is saturated

Dried rice noodles 110g (4oz)
Soft brown sugar 2 tbsp
Soy sauce 1 tbsp
Tamarind paste 2 tbsp
Fish sauce 1 tbsp
Vegetable oil 2 tbsp
Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and crushed
Thai chillies 2, deseeded and finely chopped
Spring onions 2, trimmed and chopped
Egg 1, beaten
Beansprouts 110g (4oz)
Cooked prawns 200g pack
Unsalted peanuts 50g (2oz), chopped
Chopped coriander to serve (optional)

1 Soak noodles according to packet’s instructions. Mix sugar, soy sauce, tamarind paste and fish sauce together in a bowl.

2 Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok and stir-fry garlic, chillies and onions for
1 minute. Move to edge of the pan and add egg, stirring until softly scrambled.

3 Stir in beansprouts and prawns and cook for 1 minute. Add drained noodles and sauces. Stir for 1 minute and then serve scattered with nuts and coriander, if using.

This recipe is from the 2018 Dairy Diary – watch out for news of the 2019 edition coming very soon!

 

#thaifood

#padthai

#tripletested

A simple and speedy Thai recipe

This week’s recipe in the Dairy Diary is one of my absolute favourites, and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

I adore Thai food and was determined to master my favourite – Pad Thai.

After much experimenting with flavours and ingredients, this is the result.

It’s proved hugely popular
with friends too.

Give it a try – I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

Speedy Pad Thai with Prawns

Speedy Pad Thai with Prawns

Serves 2
Time 25 mins
Calories 468
Fat 15g of which 3g is saturated

Dried rice noodles 110g (4oz)
Soft brown sugar 2 tbsp
Soy sauce 1 tbsp
Tamarind paste 2 tbsp
Fish sauce 1 tbsp
Vegetable oil 2 tbsp
Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and crushed
Thai chillies 2, deseeded and finely chopped
Spring onions 2, trimmed and chopped
Egg 1, beaten
Beansprouts 110g (4oz)
Cooked prawns 200g pack
Unsalted peanuts 50g (2oz), chopped
Chopped coriander to serve (optional)

1 Soak noodles according to packet’s instructions. Mix sugar, soy sauce, tamarind paste and fish sauce together in a bowl.

2 Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok and stir-fry garlic, chillies and onions for
1 minute. Move to edge of the pan and add egg, stirring until softly scrambled.

3 Stir in beansprouts and prawns and cook for 1 minute. Add drained noodles and sauces. Stir for 1 minute and then serve scattered with nuts and coriander, if using.

This recipe is from the 2018 Dairy Diary – watch out for news of the 2019 edition coming very soon!

 

#thaifood

#padthai

#tripletested

Recipe of the Week: Blueberry and Orange Loaf

 

Blueberry & Orange Loaf

Moist and zesty, packed full of blueberries, this is a gorgeous summer bake.

 

Blueberry & Orange Loaf

  • Servings: 8
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Calories 316 per portion
Fat 10g (6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Self-raising flour 350g (12oz)
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Blueberries 200g (7oz)
  • Oranges 2, finely grated zest and juice
  • Milk 4–6 tbsp
  • Eggs 3
  • Butter 75g (3oz), melted
  • Demerara sugar 1–2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°fan/Gas 3. 
Butter a 900g (2lb) loaf tin and line with baking paper.
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl and stir in the caster sugar, blueberries and orange zest.
  3. Pour the orange juice into a measuring jug and make up to 150ml (¼ pint) with milk. Beat in the eggs and butter and then pour this into the bowl with the flour and blueberries and stir until just mixed together. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top.
  4. Bake for 1–1¼ hours until risen and firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook’s tips
Don’t over-mix the ingredients or the cake will be tough.
If preferred, omit the demerara sugar and drizzle over some orange glacé icing made by mixing icing sugar with orange juice.

 

Recipe taken from Cook it Slowly! cookbook.

National Picnic Week plus a very moreish recipe (and a special treat!)

 Lake District Picnic

I’ve recently come back from a couple of astonishingly beautiful days in the Lake District.

The deluges earlier in the year, followed by day-after-day of glorious sunshine has resulted in such a verdant and lush landscape; it’s a pure joy to see.

We tackled a pretty sizeable fell walk and so I packed some much-needed sustenance in my rucksack.

And we found one of the most glorious picnic spots I’ve seen – complete with very high bench that make your feet dangle in a comical fashion like a small child.

It may be twee and a little old fashioned,
but with the right location and good
food a picnic can be simply lovely.

Lake District picnic 2

We enjoyed dry-cured bacon sandwiches on soft white rolls and a cheeky slice of Blueberry & Orange Loaf, which survived pretty well in the heat. If you fancy making it the recipe is shown below

The recipe is from our Cook it Slowly cookbook, which in my opinion is one of our best. Find out more about it here.

And as it’s National Picnic Week next week you have the perfect excuse to picnic somewhere gorgeous.

Why not share your favourite
recipe (and location)?

 

Win a Moroccan Dinner SetEating al fresco in style is easy with our fabulous competition prize

We’re giving you the opportunity to win a gorgeous Moroccan Bloom Melamine 12 Piece Dinner Set, which looks just like real crockery.

Click here to enter.

 

 

 

 


 

Blueberry & Orange Loaf

Blueberry & Orange Loaf

  • Servings: 8
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Calories 316 per portion
Fat 10g (6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Self-raising flour 350g (12oz)
  • Caster sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Blueberries 200g (7oz)
  • Oranges 2, finely grated zest and juice
  • Milk 4–6 tbsp
  • Eggs 3
  • Butter 75g (3oz), melted
  • Demerara sugar 1–2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°fan/Gas 3. 
Butter a 900g (2lb) loaf tin and line with baking paper.
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl and stir in the caster sugar, blueberries and orange zest.
  3. Pour the orange juice into a measuring jug and make up to 150ml (¼ pint) with milk. Beat in the eggs and butter and then pour this into the bowl with the flour and blueberries and stir until just mixed together. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top.
  4. Bake for 1–1¼ hours until risen and firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook’s tips
Don’t over-mix the ingredients or the cake will be tough.
If preferred, omit the demerara sugar and drizzle over some orange glacé icing made by mixing icing sugar with orange juice.

Recipe of the Week: Chicken & Chorizo Pie

Chicken & Chorizo Pie

Chicken & Chorizo Pie

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 751 per portion
Fat 51g (24g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Chorizo 110g (4oz), chopped
  • Chicken 4 breasts, cut into chunks
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Plain flour 1 tbsp
  • Chicken stock 250ml (9fl oz)
  • Double cream 4 tbsp
  • Canned sweetcorn 198g can, drained
  • Ready-rolled puff pastry 320g pack
  • Beaten egg for brushing
  • Steamed green vegetables to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6. Fry chorizo and chicken chunks in olive oil for about 7 minutes, until chicken is just cooked.
  2. 2 Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring, then pour in stock, stirring continuously for a further minute. Stir in cream and sweetcorn, season to taste and spoon mixture into a pie dish.
  3. 3 Brush dish rim with water then cover with pastry. Trim and crimp edges and use trimmings for decorations. Brush with egg.
  4. 4 Stand pie dish on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until pastry is puffed and golden. Cut pie into wedges and serve immediately with green vegetables, if wished.

 

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#tripletested

#delicious

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