Tuesday, 17 November 2015

My Top 5 Food Products in 2015 plus Christmas Giveaway #2

Well, 2015 has been a wonderful year on Food Glorious Food. Most excitingly, 3 of my recipes have been featured in the National Press (which I will discuss further in another post closer to Christmas). I have found my cooking niche, eaten a range of cuisines and worked with several Public Relation brands. There's often a big debate regarding bloggers working with public relations and receiving products/sponsored posts/ restaurant meals but I will share my views on this matter in full on another post. On the whole, I have had a wonderful experience working with food companies and public relation  and have been introduced to some fabulous items which have become firm favourite in my kitchen. It would be difficult to share all of my wonderful products I have reviewed, but I have managed to narrow it down to my 5 most loved products in 2015.

Hotpoint Blender
There is a new kitchen essential that all foodies should consider: Hotpoint's Steam Blender. For the busy cook, or those who are pressed on time, I consider this small kitchen appliance to be essential to make: soups, milkshakes, juices, baby food and crushing ice, in a matter of minutes, in fact, I've made a soup from start to finish in 15 minutes. 


Positives
Easy to use.
Perfect to make smoothies, juices, soups, baby food and milk shakes.
Can blend a large amount of fruit or veg.
4 different settings.
Cooks and blends.
Made by a revered brand.
Looks stylish in the kitchen.
Reasonably priced.


Stellar Tate Stackable Draining Casserole

Stellar Cookware, the revered cookware brand, also known as "The Choice of Professionals", have developed a new cookware collection called Stellar Tate. The geniuses behind this well revered brand, have developed a new set of innovative cookware which enables saucepans and casserole dishes to be easily stackable, allowing better safety and storage in your kitchen. What is impressive about this new range is that draining liquids from the saucepans or casserole dishes easier to handle, as the innovative pan lid is a handle that locks to the main pan handle, this alongside the pouring lips allows liquid to be safely poured away, using one hand for the saucepans and two hands for the casserole pans. Effectively, using this range, there will be little need for a colander to drain liquids from pans. Each saucepan and casserole dish comes with Stellar Lifetime Guarantee - is likely that the saucepans and casserole dishes will last last longer than me! 





Jubella London
Jubella offers something that I have not seen before during my time food blogging: contemporary vibrant prints in the form of Aprons and Oven gloves. Inspired by the "laid back coastal lifestyle and Africa being a place of vibrant colour and energy" their kitchen collection will brighten up any kitchen across the UK. My apron is perfect for Summer: so colourful, vibrant and bold, but would also brighten up the Winter kitchen.

Oxo Omlette Flipper
 I thought that whilst this product is entitled "omelette turner", it will be equally suitable to turn pancakes or when making quesadillias. You see the pancakes I make fill the frying pan and I often find it difficult to flip them over without causing the mixture to spray over. The flexible head and edges is perfect for sliding the underneath pancakes or omelettes. I loved using this product and promptly used this when making my Elvis Presley Pancakes which I may add turned out to perfectly shaped. The thing that impressed me most, was the length of the omelette turner which again made this product easy to use and flip. Retailing at £8, this is a gadget which will be welcome in your chicken. 




Oxo Frying Pan
This frying pan has been regular featured on my social media sites. It's so versatile and I have cooked a number of dishes in the frying pan. I love the size (24cm) 3 layer non-stick pan and most importantly is hob and oven safe ( I love finishing dishes off in the oven). You can see my review in full when you click on the link, but  many of you have shared how much you loved my pictures and would love to offer my first Christmas present on my blog of one of my most loved products this year.



All the products would make wonderful Christmas presents for the discerning foodie.

The lovely people at OXO are offering one lucky reader of Food Glorious Food the chance to win their fabulous frying pan. To be in with a chance of winning an OXO Frying Pan (perfect for cooking the sprouts, bacon & cream side dish), follow the instructions below.
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Monday, 9 March 2015

Hotpoint Steam Blender Pt 2, Review.

I've had my Hotpoint Steam Blender for almost two months and I have thoroughly enjoyed testing this kitchen appliance. I have made a variety of dishes in my steam blender, mainly for my breakfast and lunch: I have to credit this applicant for my new love of healthier eating. My first review post I focused on my initial thoughts of using this product, but this post focuses more on my thoughts of the variety of recipes that can be made using this innovative appliance.
Hotpoint Steam Blender
Mixtures
After having this product for almost two months, I love stretching this machine to see what it can do. I've started marking pancake mixtures using the blending facility and found this such a hick way to make the batter for my plantain and coconut pancakes. I found the machines blending facility to be excellent and able to cut through a starchy ingredient such as plantain. I find that blending pancake and batter mixtures far easier now, as all you do is add the mixture in the blender, turn on setting 2 or 3 for around 2 minutes to discover a wonderfully blended mixture. 
Plantain and Coconut Pancakes. 
Steaming
 Many of us enjoy steaming vegetables to ensure that all the nutrients remain contained in the vegetables. This Steam Blender does so much more than steaming vegetables, there is a handy basket which can be used to steam meat and fish separately. This means you can make a delicious a chunky chicken and vegetable soup, for example and place all the ingredients in the steam blender, but separate the chicken from the vegetables. I decided to test the basket facility by making ta chickpea and 2 vegetable soup which surprisingly worked very well and as they say "was a doddle to make". I simply steamed the chickpeas, onions, coconut milk and seasoning and placed the vegetables in the handy basket whilst they steamed separately. Once everything was steamed, I removed the basket, blended the stock and served in a bowl. This method would work when including chicken breasts (thinly sliced and wrapped in foil) and prawns.
Here is my Chickpea and Two Vegetable Soup:
Chickpea and Two Vegetable Soup.

Sweet Potato and Broccoli Soup.

Juices
Another favourite when using this my steam blender is making juices; it's such a healthy way to the start the day. In fact, I'm sure making juices for my weekday breakfast has contributed to my 5 lbs weight loss. I like to in-cooperate a combination of vegetables and fruits, which is always blended thoroughly so you can't taste the vegetables.
Lemon, Ginger and Parsley Juice.

Melon and Grape Juice.

Shakes
For those who love indulgent drinks, the steam blender makes a fabulous milkshake. Although the ingredients for the milkshake is frozen (the ice-cream and ice cubes), blending these ingredients are no problem for this appliance. The results  of a milkshake in my steam blender is a glorious, indulgent and rich shake. 
Coffee and Banana Shake.

Recipe for Coffee Banana Shake, from 1000 Juices by Deborah Gray.
Ingredients
Banana
300ml coffee ice-cream (if you do not have coffee ice-cream, use vanilla and add 2 tbsp instant coffee powder)
2tbsp milk

Method
 Put all the ingredients into the steam blender and process on low for 30 seconds, stir and process on high until smooth and whipped. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

Makes 1 glass

Disclaimer: I received a steam blender from Hotpoint, I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own. 

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Round Up of Foodie Goodies #4 January - February 2015

It's been yet another bumper couple of months here at Food Glorious Food. I have been fortunate and am eternally grateful to sample a wonderful selection of foodie products.

I adore luxurious chocolates so was incredibly pleased to review Valentines Day products from Hotel Chocolat. I particularly enjoyed sampling the champagne truffles in the Valentines goodie bag.
Hotel Chocolat.
I discovered a fabulous range of products at BBC Good Food Show Winter and was pleasantly pleased to sample Dhaniya gourmet spices and rubs. I made a delicious pomegranate chicken which I served with stuffed okra using their delicious paste.

Dhaniya pastes.

Love food Hate Waste have a fabulous challenge to encourage people to use up fruit and vegetables they would ordinarily throw away, I participated using brown bananas to make my Elvis Presley Pancakes using this challenge.


The lovely people at Hotpoint sent me their steam blender to review which I thoroughly enjoyed putting through it paces. I've made a range of smoothies, milkshakes and soups all in this fabulous appliance.


I now have a growing collection of aprons and the essential oven gloves, I loved the bright and spring colours of this Premier Housewares Apron and Double Oven Gloves.
Premier Housewares
I love restaurants so was pleased to be able to review Peachy Keens in restaurant, I was impressed by the number of work stations that this restaurant had.


I'm always on the look out for new ways of cooking dishes, so was incredibly impressed with Rizopia as their pasta is gluten, wheat, egg, milk and nut free and made only out of brown rice and water.
Rizopia pasta

As a huge fan of Caribbean food so was incredibly pleased to review a selection of Mrs Muambas sauces, premium traditional Caribbean sauces.

Thank you to all the brands who shared their wonderful food goodies.

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Hotpoint Steam Blender Review Pt 1.

As an avid home cook there are essential small kitchen appliances and gadgets which the majority of cooks can not live without, or would find it difficult to have no longer in their kitchen.  For example, a toaster and a kettle are considered to be essential but for many foodies there are the additional  essentials that are must haves in the kitchen such as: food processors, hand-held mixers, kitchen mixers, healthy grilling appliances, steamers and blenders. I am fortunate to have all of those kitchen items in my compact kitchen, but there is a new kitchen essential that all foodies should consider: Hotpoint's Steam Blender. For the busy cook, or those who are pressed on time, I consider this small kitchen appliance to be essential to make: soups, milkshakes, juices, baby food and crushing ice, in a matter of minutes, in fact, I've made a soup from start to finish in 15 minutes. 

Many thanks to Hotpoint for my Steam Blender which arrived with a thorough instruction pack and some handy recipes such as Soup With Pesto and Gazpacho. I briefly read the instruction manual and decided to start on making a Butternut Squash and Bacon soup. My initial impression when making this soup is that the Steam Blender is quite heavy, durable but yet also looked compact and stylish in my kitchen. The two parts of the Steam Blender were easily assembled and I decided to test whether it works ok before placing food in there. Fortunately, for this appliance, if something is not quite right, than audio will occur with letters  such as E1 and the fault is listed in the instruction manual. 

Hotpoint Steam Blender
There are several positives which I have found using this appliance in the short period of timing which I've been using. The Jug holds up to 1.5 litres of juice, I usually only prepare soup or juices for 1 or 2 people, but the glass jug is large enough it could easily make shakes and smoothies for at least 6 people,  which is perfect for large families. I did find when using the steamer function there was an initial loud noise to begin with but this quietens, after a few minutes. 
Here is a collage of what ice made so far:

Ultimate Green Juice

Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup, Leek Soup.

Cucumber Smoothie.


Carrot Juice
Handy Facts
Unique Steam Cooker/Blender
Keeps nutrients locked in
4 Speed Settings plus plus function
1.5 litre Glass Jug
LD Display With Digital Timer
Ideal for Soups and Milkshakes
1300W Power with Cooking Function
600W Blending Power
Steaming Basket
Ice Crusher
3 Year Warranty

Dimensions - H 480 X W 215 X D 195 (mm).
Colour: Stainless Steel.

The RRP is £189, however, I have seen this item for around £65.

Positives
Easy to use.
Perfect to make smoothies, juices, soups, baby food and milk shakes.
Can blend a large amount of fruit or veg.
4 different settings.
Cooks and blends.
Made by a revered brand.
Looks stylish in the kitchen.
Reasonably priced.

Not so good
Water may need to be drained when steaming vegetables for soup to prevent having too much liquid. 

Overall
I think this appliance has been prefect for me drinking regular green smoothies, so here is the recipe for my ultimate green smoothie as seen in the first collage.

Ingredients
Serves 1, happily
Mug of spinach,
Banana (frozen for 10 minutes), then peeled and chopped.
1 green apple, cored and seeds removed
Handful of Ice cubes
200ml water

Method
Place all the items in the Steam Blender, turn the setting to number 2 and blend for 2 minutes.

Enjoy 

Disclaimer:
I received the Steam Blender from Hotpoint, I was not required to write a positive review and as always all opinions are mine.

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