Recipes that are delicious and that always work!

You know these recipes are delicious because if I didn't think that they were fabulous . . . I wouldn't be showing them to you. You can also be sure that these recipes work for the same reason! The rest is simply a matter of taste.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

PG-Tips Nespresso Tea Capsules

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Look at what we have been enjoying!   And not a minute too soon. Hot cups of herbal tea have been the order of the day with all of the nasty weather we've been experiencing this past week or so!  I especially love the Raspberry & Apple.

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PG tips have just released their brand new flavours, which are designed to consistently deliver a perfectly brewed cup of tea every single time. The innovative, colourful pods are compatible with Nespresso machines* and deliver a consistently delicious cup of tea, brewed to perfection in an instant. Just insert the capsule, remove the lid, press the button and a vibrant and delicious cup of tea will be ready in seconds.  The capsules come in four flavours – Caramel and Vanilla, Raspberry and Apple, Peppermint and Green Tea.  Just insert the capsule, remove the lid, press the button and a vibrant and delicious cup of tea will be ready in seconds.

Available in a delicious range of flavours, new PG tips tea capsules have a flavour for all occasions. Try out the brand new flavoured black tea with a delicious taste of caramel and vanilla, sip a delicious pure green tea, tantalise your taste buds with a taste of peppermint or go for a fruity taste with the aromatic aroma of raspberry and apple.

PG tips tea capsules provide a new quick and easy way to get that all-important delicious taste every time. There’s no need to worry about brewing your tea for that exact amount of time; they are your new everyday companion for a consistently delicious cup of tea every time.

How to create a perfect cup of tea:
1.   Rinse your machine (as per the guidelines)
2.   Choose which delicious flavour you’ll sample first
3.   Make sure you peel off the lid of your chosen tea
4.   Place the capsule in your Nespresso machine and you’re all set
5.   Choose your favourite mug, push the button and it’s all systems go!
6.   Enjoy your PG tips tea, brewed in an instant, directly from your Nespresso machine

New PG tips tea capsules are available online through Ocado with an RRP** of £2.79 for a pack of 10.   gift packs of 24 capsules are also available with an RRP of £9.99

*Compatible with Citiz, Essenza, U, Pixie, Maestria, Lattissima and Inissia machines. Nespresso and machine names are trademarks of Société des produits Nestlé S.A. The trademarks owner is not connected with Unilever and or its group of companies

**RRP dependent on retailers

The Beautiful Book Company and a Giveaway!

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I got a package the other day from The Beautiful Book Company.   Just look at how beautifully it was wrapped!  I was so excited to see what was in it!  The Beautiful Book Company is a gifting service that personalises and creates book bundles according to a person's interests.  Mine is cooking, so my book was a cookery book!

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Around the World in 80 Dishes, a compendium of classic recipes from the world's favourite chefs.  Right up my alley!

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Born from a life-long passion for books, combined with the frustration at a lack of options for literary based gifts, The Beautiful Book Company was founded in 2014. They create beautiful, bespoke literary-based gift boxes and tailored book subscriptions  which are  perfect as a thoughtful gift for someone you love, or even for keeping yourself!

Personally I feel that there is nothing better than the look, feel and smell of a physical book. I love the smell of a new book and the feel of the paper beneath my fingertips. Simple pleasures which an e-book just can't replace.

I love the packaging.  It's attractive and well put together. Perfect wrapping.  And I love the butcher twine bow.

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Look at the tape!  It's prose from books.

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And the gift card . . .  a quote from Louisa May Alcott . . .  one of my favourite quotes!  I love it.   I had a book addled brain, especially when it comes to cookery books or books about cooks!

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This book I received is the perfect example of what might be received as a part of their "Chef's Collection," where one might receive a cookery book each month, specifically tailered to your culinary preferences. This is just one of the many collections available as subscriptions.  

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They also offer Book Boxes, which consist of six books, gift wrapped and presented in a Kraft box.

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Children's selections are also available, which makes for the perfect Christmas Gift for that special child in your life.

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They offer Stationary and all sorts!

I am in love and I think you will be too.  Do hop on over to the website to check out more about this fab company and subscription service. 

Also I am happy to offer a lovely giveaway to all of my UK READERS only.  The Beautiful Book Company will send one of my UK Readers a personalized Book Bundle.  To be in on the Giveaway just leave a comment on this post.  This giveaway will run for three weeks and end on the 21st of December.  Please state in your comment that you are from the UK.  Thank you very much!   I wish it could be for all of you, but for now they only operate in the UK.

Many thanks to the Beautiful Book Team for sending me this book and for allowing me to offer you a giveaway. 

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Braised Red Cabbage

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Now that the calendar has rolled over into December, I don't feel guilty at all about sharing Christmas recipes with you!  It's full steam ahead now for the holidays, and with that in mind I wanted to share with you today a tasty recipe from the people at Schwartz which is perfect for holiday meal celebrations!  Braised Red Cabbage is a delicious side dish that goes wonderfully with your holiday roasts, be it turkey, beef, pork, gammon, bacon . . .  whatever!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Maltesers Christmas Pudding

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Here is a really fun idea that would make fabulous and unusual gifts for your friends and family this Christmas.  They are cute, tasty and really easy to make . . .  a really fabulous edible novelty gift!  And of course it uses everyone's favourites Malteasers Chocolate Malt Balls and Terry's Chocolate Oranges.  (Which come in all sorts of flavours now instead of just the orange flavour.  AND, I picked up some for only £1 a piece.  If you buy the big box of Maltesers, you will get enough malt balls in it to cover several oranges.)  These are really cute!!

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Best Dining Venues in Dubai

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Because it consists of nationalities from all around the world, and because it’s popular for offering the fanciest experiences, Dubai is certainly the place to visit if you’re looking to spoil yourself, whether you wanted to enjoy sleeping on top of the world at Burj Khalifa, felt like shopping in luxury at Dubai mall, or wanted to taste the finest cuisines from around the globe. Dubai is your place to go.

Here are some of the best restaurants in Dubai:
Rock Bottom Café - Burgers
Rock Bottom is the place to try Burgers, with its atmospheric American style setting of throwing darts, drinking beer and enjoying a wide range of tasty food, especially Burgers, the Old Fashioned here is a particular favorite, topped with onion rings and cheddar cheese, which will take you in a mouthwatering journey. Additionally, they also offer great choices of international options to choose from, including chicken curry and fish and chips.

Okku – Japanese Restaurant
Okku is one of the most popular luxury Japanese restaurants in Dubai. Located in the five stars Hotel, offers an exceptional service, premium food, and eye-catching design. Aside to that, Okku is a relaxed place where guests can choose to enjoy the cocktail bar, mezzanine lounge area, VIP intimate dining rooms, live sushi bar, resident DJ, a long Jellyquarium, and a team with more than 100 years of experience in culinary. 

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Amaseena – Arabian nights
Located in the private beach of Dubai, Amaseena is a restaurant that is dedicated to reflect the Bedouin tented village that offers guests a truly genuine Arabic experience. The combination of food, design, belly dancers, and lively ambiance, Amaseena serves the traditional Manakish, Moutabel, kibbeh, Meats, and plenty of Middle Eastern dishes. Nights joined with Shisha makes you feel right at middle. 

 Quest – Chinese Restaurant
The spaciousness of Quest, open kitchen, interaction experience and elegant Asian themed ambiance, Quest offers an unforgettable experience. Located on the 63rd floor, Quest delights their guests with the dazzling views of Abu Dhabi. Because it’s always packed with guests, it’s highly advised to book your spot by reserving online or calling ahead. 

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Brasserie Angélique – French Restaurant
France is one of those countries that are known for their fashionable designs, amazing perfumes, and delicate cuisine. Bringing the elegance of France all the way to the Middle East, Brasserie’s menu perfectly reflects the experience and attention to detail in their menu and preparation. A range of French favorites such as foie gras confit au torchon made with silver onions, rhubarb, daikon, candied hazelnuts and delectable truffle macaroons. 

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Gingerbread Cookie Wreath

When my children were growing up I did a Gingerbread creation for them every year, without fail.  I always enjoyed doing and they really enjoyed the fruits of my labours.  This is a recipe which I had shared on my old Oak Cottage Blog about 8 years ago now, but I thought it was worthy of sharing here in my English Kitchen.   The pictures are not the best, but I am sure you can get a good idea of what it should look like.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Christmas Cookies . . .

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Well, I guess the holiday season is well and truly upon us now.   Time to get baking! Often during the years when my children were growing up I did not have a lot of money to buy gifts for other people and so the thing that I would love to do most of all was to prepare a tray of baking to gift people with.  I would spend several weeks baking up my favourite cookies and cakes and freezing them.  You could buy cheap Christmas trays at the dollar/pound shop and then in the days just prior to Christmas, I would place an assortment of baking onto each tray, wrap them up in cling film, attaching a pretty tag and ribbon and that is what they would get.  I never had a person that was disappointed to receive this gift! Ever!  Today I an presenting you a round up of some of the tasty morsels I would include!  This type of gift is always most welcome for neighbors or friends, even family.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Temptingly Tasty Turkey Leftovers

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I know that all of my North American friends cooked  their Thanksgiving turkeys yesterday.  I also helped to cook aThanksgiving Dinner this year for all of the Missionaries in our District.  Not too many leftovers here, but I know that many of you have refrigerators bulging with leftovers, and that some of you will be scratching your heads and trying to come up with new and interesting things to do with them.  Here are some tasty ideas this morning to help you use up some of those scrummy leftovers. Of course you could just have a reheat of the leftovers, but it's also nice to dress them up in a few different ways too!

You Brits and Canucks might want to bookmark this page as Christmas is less than a month away and you 'll be wanting to figure out what to do with your Christmas Turkey leftovers then! (And yes, this is a repeat from last year.  This stuff just never gets old.)

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Little Crusty Cheese & Mustard Dampers

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This is a recipe I got from a Women's Weekly Cookbook entitled  "Muffins, Scones and Bread."  I like the Women's Weekly books.  I have a few of them and the recipes always turn out well and are delicious.  These little damper buns are no exception!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Pineapple Jelly Dessert

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Finding a dessert during the holidays that is diabetic friendly and good for those who are slimming can be a real challenge.  I think I have come up with the perfect solution.  It is diet friendly, light, sugar free and it actually tastes delicious.  It will never quite replace cake or pie . . .  but it's nice nevertheless.