Saturday, 10 February 2018

Stellar Electric Wok Review

A few weeks back I received one of the latest products from leading kitchenware suppliers Stellar, an electric wok. I was very intrigued to review an electric wok as I've never seen one before. The new Stellar Electric Wok, is much more than a wok. The 35cm diameter makes it perfect for entertaining and is easy use in the kitchen and large enough to easily prepare a stir fry for a family of over 4. The wok is also non stick which ensures easy clean up and as it has large carrying handles,  once the power cord is detached you can serve straight to the table.



The Stellar Electric Wok has variable heat temperatures from level 1 = 90C to level 5 190C and it achieves the high temperatures associated with traditional wok cooking. I found the wok incredibly versatile as it can be used to shallow fry, braise and stew. So far, I've made a stir fry as expected and everything cooked incredibly quickly. I have also used the electric wok to make a one pot African dish, jollof rice. The typical selling price is about £50 but shop around you may find it cheaper. It's available here. I think this wok is worth every penny and make a great investment piece.

Other great facts about the electric wok is:

  • Fast - Circular heating element for a quick, even heat
  • Vented glass lid - Allows you to steam your food.
  • Cook then serve at the table, thanks to the detachable cable and cool to touch handle. 
  • Easy to clean
  • 2 year domestic electric guarantee. 






Disclaimer: I was kindly sent the electric wok by Stellar for review purposes.
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Andrew James 3 in 1 Hand Blender and Processor Giveaway

I have an exciting early Christmas present to readers of my blog. As a keen cook it's important that I have access to essential kitchen equipment as this makes my life much easier in the kitchen. I'd be lost with my food processor (perfect for chopping vegetables), blender (perfect for making smoothies and soups) and a hand blender (also good for blending soups). I often receive information about the latest kitchen appliances such as the Andrew James 3 in 1 Hand Blender and Processor, which I would of happily received and reviewed, however I already own an Andrew James Food processor so thought i'd share this fabulous products with my readers.

The 3 in 1 blender helps saves space in the kitchen is compact and stylish. It features the following:
  • Chopping blades, processor bowl, blending cup and whisk attachment.
  • Powerful 1000w motor with variable speed control and turbo button.
  • All detachable parts are dishwasher safe.
  • Ergonomic design with stylish black and chrome finish
  • 2 year manufacturer's warranty.





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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Kenwood KMX754H - Review and Recipe

A wonderful delivery arrived shortly after my birthday. The lovely people at Kenwood sent me one of their latest Kenwood Stand Mixers, the KMX754H to review. I used to have a Kenwood Mixer at home; it lasted over 10 years and survived my heavy hands, until I had to say goodbye to it last year. I was hoping to purchase a new Kenwood mixer, later on this year, so this was a wonderful pleasant surprise.

The KMX754H is beautiful, it has a 5 litre glass bowl, a superior 1000W motor and has a vintage feel to it. I was very impressed with the glass bowl, I was able to see whatever ingredients I was mixing together without having to stop the motor or only have a birds eye view (my previous stand mixer didn't have a shiny glass bowl).


Lets talk about the dimensions of the KMX754H- it rivals other stand mixers and is innovative in it's design, perfect for enthusiastic keen bakers like myself. The Kenwood mixer rrp is  £429, however I have seen the mixer on sale for £329.

What's included in the mixer?
  • K-beater - ideal for mixing dry ingredients and crushing biscuits. 
  • Balloon whisk - designed to trap air easily while whisking to add maximum volume to the ingredients. Perfect for meringues or making light and fluffy cakes. 
  • Dough hook- fantastic when kneading breads from a simple loaf, to brioche and pizza bases. 
  • Splashguard - makes adding ingredients easily. 
  • Spatula - handy to remove ingredients from the glass bowl. 
Other key features 
  • Dishwasher safe parts.
  • 100W 
  • 5 year motor guarantee . 
I've been using my gorgeous KMX754H mixer to make a number of recipes, which I'll share on my blog in due course. The first thing I made was a citrus exploding Lemon and Lime cake. As my previous stand mixer went to mixer heaven, I've been using a mixing bowl and a hand held mixer. No need for that now, as I have a wonderful stand mixer to do that for me. What I immediately noticed when creaming the butter and sugar was how quick this process was. I found the butter and sugar became light and fluffy in under 1 minute - and this was on a low setting. What's more is that I didn't need to stand holding any appliance as the mixer did all the hard work for me. 
As I added the remaining ingredients for the cake, I found there was no splattering of ingredients. I could easily add the ingredients and watch as the mixture came to life. 

Lemon and Lime Cake











Lemon and Lime Cake with Candied Lime

For the cake

260g butter
230g caster sugar
zest and juice of 2 lemons
100ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
250g self-raising flour
4 eggs

For the buttercream 
150g butter
300g icing sugar
Juice of 1 lime
2-4 tbsp of water

For the candied lime
3 limes thinly sliced
75g granulated sugar
35ml water

Method
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, line a 20cm round tin (large enough to slice the cake into two) with baking parchment. In the K-Mixer , using the K beater, add the butter and sugar, on a low setting (1 or 2) let the butter and sugar cream for one minute. Add the grated lemons and juice alongside the milk and vanilla essence and beat for a further 30 seconds. Add half the flour and two eggs and beat again for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds add the flour and eggs. Using the spatula pour the cake ingredients into a cake tin and bake on the top shelf for 40 minutes. To test, insert a knife into the cake, if there is no mixture on the knife the cake is clean. Once the cake is baked, place a cooling rack.

Whilst the cake is baking, make the candied lime. In a small saucepan add the lime alongside the sugar and water and mix well. Heat the saucepan on a medium heat and cook for 8 minutes, stir occasionally.  After 8 minutes, place the lime slices on a baking paper and set aside.

Whilst the cake is baking make the buttercream. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, followed by half of the icing sugar, 1.2 the water and juice of lime , mix well - I prefer to do this by hand as the icing sugar can have a tendency to go everywhere. Add the remaining icing sugar and water, mix well and pale in the fridge to cool.

When the cake has cooled, place in the fridge for 20 minutes. Using a bread knife, cut the cake in half. Turn the cake half over (so that the sponge middle is facing up right) and pour half the buttercream on each layer. Put one half of the sponge on top of the other and then add the candied limes on top of the cake.

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Disclaimer: Thank you Kenwood for sending me their KMX754H for review. 




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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Calisto Tagine Review

I visited the majestic city of Marrakesh in February and for someone who loves food and lots of it, there was an array of beautiful crockery which I had to take home with me. I brought a colourful tagine, multi-coloured and reminded me of the beautiful tiles that was everywhere. After I brought it, I asked the man whether it could go in the oven, he replied "decoration". I was gutted and didn't have the heart to return the tagine, so I was left with a tagine that was for decoration only. 
So, when the lovely people at Harbour Living shared their new beautiful Calisto collection with influences from Morrocco, I had to road test one of their products. There are is a large range of beautiful items from the Calisto collection such as the pitcher, mini bowls and platter plates, all available in black glaze or white glaze and I decided to road test their tagine.
With the tagine being the most associated cooking utensil with Morrocco, it was only appropriate that I rustled up some delicious dishes in their stylish white glazed Terracotta tagine (RRP £41.49. They also reminded me of the tagines that I saw on when I ate with locals ..........
 What I'm also impressed with is that the Calisto collection is that tagine is oven proof and can stand the heat up to180c whilst also holding up to 1.5 litres. If I was to have friends over and have a get together, I would definitely use this tagine, its beautiful enough to be a show stopper on the table. But what about every day cooking? I tested this out mid week to make a chicken and prune tagine. 
Here are the positives that I found from my road-test:

  • High quality tagine, feels superior compared to tagines that I have seen in well-known supermarkets.
  • Beautiful and stylish finish.
  • The tagine is quite deep so that it can contain a large amount of the delicious dish that you are cooking.
  • The tagine can go straight from oven to table.
  • My preference, the white  glazed finish is perfect for the Spring/Summer months and the black finish for the Autumn/Winter months. 




  • The only thing that I would say is that you will need to lower your oven shelf to the very bottom as the tagine is quite large. 
Disclaimer: The Calisto tagine was sent to me for review purposes, as always all views are my own. 
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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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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Wusthof Pairing Knives Review

As a foodie, you can never have enough kitchen cutlery/utensils. I mean never enough, even if you have a small kitchen, there is always new kitchen products that will be happily welcomed in the kitchen. But the essentials, are always particularly welcomed in my kitchen, no more so than knives. You know, the essential kitchen utensil needed to slice meat, chop vegetables and slice bread. 
I actually have a large collection of knives, in part as when I have uprooted and moved to Leicester, then to Wales I brought a new set of knives (as it was a new kitchen and I do like new things) but all my knives are pretty dull in colour, they are all black and it was time for some bright colours. I also had a number of bread knives and meat knives, but I don't have a lot of paring/ trimming knives. Wusthof have a new range of brightly hued knives which would be a welcoming addition to your kitchen. For those that don't know what a pairing knife is, it is a small knife which is ideally used for peeling fruits and vegetables. As someone who loves a hearty, vibrant and fresh fruit salad for mid-week breakfast, I decided on setting out on using my pairing knives to slice a variety of fruits.




I loved the bright colour of the knifes and although they are smaller in size, this does not mean they are small in quality. I loved the sturdiness of the handles and the sharp stainless steel of the blade.  Wusthof have been producing quality  knifes from Solingen, Germany for over 200 years, so you know that they are a reputable brand. The Wusthof 2 piece pairing knife that I received retails at £9.95 and are a reasonable and wise and inexpensive investment for your kitchen.







A quick and easy fruit salad (apologies for the not precise measurements)
1 orange, sliced in segments
1 slice of watermelon, diced
1 fig, sliced
1 pomegranate seeds
fresh mint
drizzle of honey

Method
Slice the fruits and arrange in a breakfast bowl with the fresh mint, and drizzle of honey.
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Sunday, 27 September 2015

OXO Non-Stick Frypan - Review

I've got a ridiculously growing selection of kitchenware in my kitchen and when my non-stick frying pan was almost on the brink, very coincidentally, I was sent this lovely OXO frying pan to review. Non-stick frying pans are the only way to go for all cooks, the last thing you need is your dishes to stick or at worst burn in your pan. What's good is that this frying pan has 3 layer non-stick, dishwasher safe. As soon as I lifted the frying pan, I knew it would be good, it's heavy duty so if you drop it, it will be ok. One thing which I thought was impressive was the frying pan is oven safe, perfect for finishing off fritatas and pasta dishes in the oven. The frying pan RRP is £40, which is a little pricey, however as I have several OXO products, I can tell you that purchasing one of their products is an investment. 


Here are some of the positives:
  • Magneto Induction Base. Unique magnetic coating on base guarantees superior heat transfer on all hobs.
  • 3 Layer Non-Stick. 3 layers of German-Engineered, PFOA-free, Non-stick coating provides years of effortless food release using less oil.
  • Drip-Free Edges. Unique rolled edges for drip free pouring of sauces, soups, reductions & more.
  • Oven Safe. Silicone-Metal handle construction allows cookware to move directly from the hob to the oven. Oven safe to 200C
  • Dishwasher Safe. Dishwasher Safe for quick and easy clean-up.
  • Comfortable Handles. The handles are made of cast Stainless Steel for durability and wrapped in heat resistant Silicone for a comfortable non-slip grip.
I find the frying pan suitable to cook basic dishes such as eggs and plantain, alongside sauteing vegetables and making sauces.
Frying Plantains.

Frying Eggs

Omlette.

Omlette.

Omlette


 Sweetcorn, Red Pepper & Coriander Omelette
Ive just returned from my annual trip to the Caribbean and thought I would share a breakfast recipe which I regularly enjoyed, whilst I was there; hearty, flavoursome and tropical. I was able to recreate this tropical inspired breakfast dish with ease using my OXO frying pan.

Serves 2
5 eggs
100g Sweetcorn
25g fresh Coriander
25g cheddar cheese
30ml semi skimmed milk
1 red pepper, sliced
1 spring onion, chopped
Salt and pepper (to taste).
2tbsp oil

In a mixing jug, crack the eggs, add the milk, cheese, spring onion, salt and pepper. Using a whisk, whisk the ingredients until everything is fully in-cooperated. Heat the oil in a frying pan until the oil begins to sizzle (pop). Pour half of the omelette mixture into the frying pan, when the egg begins to set scatter half the sweetcorn and red pepper. Using a omelette slicer, fold the omelette and cook for 3 minutes. Transfer the omelette to a plate and scatter half the Coriander over. Repeat for the second omelette.


Disclaimer: I received the frying pan for review purposes, all opinions are my own. 
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

New Vlog Post Red Velvet Chocolate Celebration Cake and Stellar Cake Tin Review.

Chocolate cake is enjoyed in my house whether it is in the depths of winter or the warmth of Summer. And what's not to love about chocolate cake: it's rich, indulgent and is a sensation on my taste buds. My Red Velvet Chocolate Celebration Cake is easy to make and the results are impressive. This cake will be loved by the whole family, I guarantee.






With the baking and Autumn season upon us, why not invest in some reliable and efficient bakeware to help you achieve those wonderful cakes and bakes. The lovely cake tin as seen in this vlog post is from the new Stellar Cookware baking range. The 10inch deep cake tin is perfect for baking celebration cakes as it has efficient and even heat distribution which makes superior baking results. Their new range of bakeware is also non-stick so the surfaces will never rust or peel. This cake tin would also double up as a baking tin for savoury bakes (I have some delicious baked pasta recipes in mind) and the product has the Stellar Lifetime guarantee. Retailing at £16.50 it's not the cheapest of cake tins, but as stated it has a lifetime guarantee and once you feel it (it's heavy duty) it's a life investment. Also, this range can be used on the hob, under the grill and in the oven with temperatures up to 240C. 


Disclaimer: I received the Stellar Hard Andonised Cake tin for review purposes, I was not required to write a positive review.

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Judge Kitchen and Diet Scale Review and Giveaway

Are you part of the Eat Clean trend that is sweeping over the nation? I cant say I'm completely sold, I love carbohydrates and full fat food really does taste good. But as I have my annual holiday to the Caribbean in a couple of months time, I'm desperately trying to lose a pound or 10. As I tend to eat primarily fresh food, I have no idea of how many calories are in my dishes. I can guess, but that's what it is, a guess. And when it comes to cake, well let's not go there. Although I weigh some ingredients using my standard scales, there's no calorie displayed, so I still have no clue how many calories are in per ingredient. That's where this wonderful product from Judge Cookware comes in, their Kitchen and Diet Scale is incredibly useful and an ingenious way of displaying calories of the most common ingredients used in households. Judge's Kitchen and Diet Scales weigh common staples such as chicken, beef, flour, butter, sugar, eggs and chocolate, using a number of measurements such as grams, ounces and millimetres. 
I decided to weigh a whole chicken (yes really) to test these scales out because I often eat a portion of  whole roasted jerk chicken for my Sunday dinner and I wanted to know how much a 1/6th of my medium sized whole chicken is...... drum roll 487 calories per person. I actually thought this would be less calories, say 300, but that's the good thing about these scales, they are accurate and now I know I've been consuming far too much chicken ...... 
Judge Cookware

Whole chicken being weighed.

Whole Chicken weighed.

Whole roasted Jerk Chicken.
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