Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Toute Hache, review and giveaway

I love cookery books, that's no secret, so I was pleased to receive a copy of Tout Hache, many thanks to Jacqui Small Publishers for my review copy. Any book which contains several recipes using mince quickly becomes a firm favourite of mine as I love this cheaper cut of beef. The idea behind Tout Hache hails from three cooking enthusiastics Thierry, Lucile and Ahmed  in France with the later two being heavily influenced by American culinary ideas came up with the ingenious idea of combining the flavours of these two countries.  Inspired by the Cafe Moderne menu, this book sets about restoring the meatball to it's former glory. What I love about this book is that it shows all the different flavours that can be in-cooperated in a meatball alongside sauces. There are many recipes which I have book marked to cook and as well as the main theme of meatballs, I love the side dishes recipes which includes; broad been salad, creamy polenta, pan fried vegetables, french fries and saut矇 potatoes. So far, I've made two recipes immediately appealed to me; oriental burgers which I have included in this post for and lemon pork meatball sandwich. exotic
Tout Hache



Lemon pork meatball sandwich
Oriental Burgers


This book is split into the following chapters:
  • Techniques - techniques in making meatballs, fish balls, tartares and burgers.
  • Sauces - Recipes to try include the classic barbecue sauce, curried raita sauce and parmesan sauce.
  • Meatballs - tempting recipes include meatballs with choizo, Greek lamb meatballs, fried chicken meatballs and lemon pork meatballs.
  • Fishballs, recipes to try include cod and coconut fish balls.
  • Truffles - for the sweet lovers the chocolate coconut.
  • Tartares - tempting recipes include Lebanese lamb tartare and Cambodian veal tartare - how exotic.
  • Fish tartares - recipes to try include prawn and mango tartare with coconut milk.
  • Burgers - my favourite chapter where standout recipes include tandoori burgers, Italian veal burgers and oriental burgers.
  • Minced meat - The meatloaf recipe is one to try.
  • Side dishes - Recipes to try and enjoy are pan-fried vegetables and saut矇 potatoes.

Recipe for Oriental Burgers
Ingredients
2 red onion
3 tbsp Olive Oil
5tbsp raisins
1/2 tsp curry powder
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
700g minced beef
1/2 cucumber
1 tomato
4 burger buns

White Cheese Sauce
5 tbsp Greek yoghurt
3 tbsp Creme fraiche
1/2 tsp cumin

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time 20 minutes

Method
Make the white cheese sauce by mixing together all the ingredients.
Peel and chop the onions. Heat the olive oil in a frying pam, then add the onions. Cook over a high heat until they are transparent, making sure that they do not stick. Add the raisins and curry powder. Mix thoroughly.
In a large bowl, mix the onion mixture with the tomato ketchup and the minced beef. Mix throughly and make into 4 patties.
Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2. Cut the cucumber into thin slices and slice the tomatoes. Cut the buns in half and put the halves in the preheated oven.
Cook the patties on both sides in a hot non-stick frying pan.
Remove the buns from the oven. Spread each half with 1 tbsp of white cheese sauce, and put 2 slices of tomato, 1 patty and some cucumber slices on the bottom halves. Cover the burgers with the top halves of the buns.

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Round up of Foodie Goodies #2 July/August 2014 plus Nib Nibs Giveaway.

I have been sent a lovely selection of food related products between July-August 2014 which I had to share with you all on a bumper round up.
First up is Nib Nibs  a company based in North Yorkshire that focuses on premium baked nibbles such as Exceptional Cheddar and Cheesy Onion straws, Exceptional Salt and Pepper Jumbo Peanuts, Exceptional Cheddar and Spicy Chilli Straws and Exceptional Cheddar Cheese Straws. I found these savoury delights to be rather addictive and moerish; I quickly demolished the cheddar and cheesy onion straws and had to show restraint not to eat everything in one go.

Nibs Nibs


The lovely people at Waitrose asked a selection of bloggers to host a BBQ off where dishes are recreated using their products and also Heston Blumenthal recipes. The idea was that each person creates their own unique spin on a chosen BBQ essential and a winner is chosen. Click on my review post for the full review and recipes made.
http://www.foodgloriousfoodx.co.uk/2014/08/waitrose-bbq-off.html
BBQ Bake Off

Regal Food Products sent me a selection of the spice mixes including Bombay biryani, tandoori mix, punjabi chana and the Achar Gosht, which I made a beef version off. Although spicy I liked the simplicity of having all the spices in a handy little packet.




Serenata Flowers  have a range of chocolicious hampers and as a chocoholic I was delighted to try their Chocolate Tempations Hamper. Have a read of my review post to read all about all the chocolates I tasted.
Chocolate Temptations Hamper

It has been a bumper couple of months for cook books, many thanks to Jacqui Small Publishing for the selection of fabulous books which I'm looking forward to sharing on my blog in the next few weeks. First up is Toute Hache a Cafe in Paris who wrote a cookbook which focuses on meat, minced, chopped, cut and influenced from culinary influences around the world. So far, I've made the oriental burgers and lemony chicken meatballs.

Bombay Lunchbox, creates recipes which are a fusion from an Anglo-Indian Cookery of dishes that would be as the title suggest eaten in a lunchbox. I've bookmarked a couple of the recipes from the Afternoon Chapter which I hope to share in a future review post.

 Any reader of my blog knows I love burgers, in fact I have a Facebook folder dedicated to these meaty delights.  I was delighted when I received a copy of Burgers by Paul Gayler, a selection of delightful burger recipes and as I love Caribbean inspired food I will be making their jerk burgers.

Also, many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group for a lovely selection of cookery/baking books. First up is a trio, Back to Butter, Old Fashioned Sweets and Slow Cooker i'll be sharing the Slow Cooker review and giveaway post shortly.


I love cook books especially with new concepts and ideas, so was thrilled to review Back To Butter and try a couple of recipes.

Cool Layer Cakes is a fabulous baking books for those who love their cakes, sky high. I'm making a relative the lemon meringue layer cake for their birthday.

And finally Wisdom for Home Preservers, take a look at my review post.
To the giveaway,  the lovely people at nibs nibs are offering one reader of the blog a selection of their delightful nibbles, to be in with a chance follow the instructions on the rafflecopter
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Disclaimer: I received all the above products for review purposes, as always all my opinions are my own.

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