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Sweet and Sour Peanut Sauce

Sweet and Sour Peanut Sauce



I had some breaded chicken tenders I wanted to cook for our tea the other day, but I also wanted to make a tasty sauce for dipping them into.  One of the things we like to get when we go to McDonald's (a rare treat) is the chicken fingers with dipping sauce. We always have two dips. The sour cream one and the sweet chili. I like to dip them into the sweet chili first and then into the sour cream.   This is sooooo good!  I love it.


I also love their sweet and sour sauce that you can get with McNuggets. Its delicious. I found a copycat recipe for that on line and thought I would make that but then I didn't have the jams the recipe asked for, apricot and peach.  DARN!


The only orange coloured jam/preserve I had was Orange Marmalade. Todd loves orange marmalade.


Orange marmalade can be quite bitter though  . . .  but I still thought it would work.  I measured some into my mini food processor.  Then I thought . . .  peanut butter.  Smooth peanut butter.  Its creamy, salty and a bit sweet. I thought it would work well with the bitterness of the marmalade.  So I measured some of that in.  Equal quantities of both  . . .


I added some rice wine vinegar for some sour . . .  and to help thin the mixture  . . . 



A measure of honey for more sweet  . . . 



Soy sauce for some additional saltiness  . . . and to think it a bit more as well . . . 



Finally a measure of sweet chili sauce for another bit of sweetness and a hint of heat . . .


Blitzed together until smooth  . . .  and all I can say is WOWSA!


I was ever so pleased with how it turned out.  I now have a new favourite dipping sauce!


This was a wonderful mix of flavours and textures . . .  sweet, tangy, creamy, spicy, rich and sour.  In short perfect! 



This works well as a dip or as a sauce.  It went wonderfully with our chicken strips, and I think it would also be excellent with pork and fish.  I think it would be really good with grilled salmon!

Yield: 4

Sweet & Sour Peanut Sauce

prep time: 5 minscook time: total time: 5 mins
A delicious sauce that can either be spooned over chicken, pork or fish, or used as a dipping sauce.

ingredients:

4 TBS smooth peanut butter
4 TBS fine shred orange marmalade
2 TBS rice wine vinegar
1 TBS liquid honey
1 TBS light soy sauce
1 TBS sweet chili sauce

instructions:


Measure all of the ingredients into a small food
processor and blitz together until smooth.  Cover and refrigerate until
needed. This will keep for quite a while in the refrigerator.
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I ended up just spooning it over my chicken.  YUMMY!  I think I may have discovered a new favourite sauce!

Here are some of my favourite kitchen tools that I used for this recipe. 



Use the right amount of ingredients every time. Follow the recipe to the letter for best results using this convenient metering spoon. Just select a level, measure, deliver, and continue working on your delicious creation!  I love it! To find out more click on the above link.



Perfect for cutting heavy items like meats or full vegetables, this manual food power processor is made out of stainless steel blades and premium ABS plastic. Can be used to cut salad greens, prepare proteins, and facilitate your ingredient prep-time.  Its perfect for smoothing out sauces like this one I am sharing today.  Its the perfect size and you don't need any electrics to use it, which makes it perfectly portable! Again click on the link to find out more if you wish.

Happy Friday and happy eating!


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Oreo Hot Choc Brownies

Oreo Hot Choc Brownies




True confessions.  I am a bit of a chocoholic here and I just adore Brownies.  When it comes to chocolate bakes, brownies are at the top of my dream list and this recipe for brownies I am sharing with you today is fudgy and moist and delicious. Everything a good brownie should be. Not flimsy, not gooey, but a lovely brownie that you can hold in your hand and enjoy.  There is a secret ingredient.  Read on to find out more! 



I get a Degustabox every month.  Once a month, around the middle of the month I am sent one of these lovely boxes which contain a delicious assortment of all things foodie.  I just love these boxes. Opening each one is tiny a bit like opening a Christmas gift. Always a surprise, and always filled with things that pique my interest and desire to try. Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of 10 to 15 specially selected foodie products. 




There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Quite often you will have the opportunity to try  new products before they arrive in the shops, so it can be a bit of a sneak peak! Each Degustabox costs only £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. I love getting these boxes! They are great value for money spent. Here is a bit about what was in the September box!


INDIE BAY SNACKS Pretzel Bites 1 X £0.99

Indie Bay Snacks are reinventing the classics, starting with pretzels.  These delicious bites are made using alternative flours like spelt and quinoa. that means they're a convenient source of fibre and protein. their two new flavours Smokin' BBQ and Easy Cheesy are vegan as well.  These are pretzels with benefits.

I received the Smokin'BBQ ones and quite enjoyed!


REESES Peanut Butter Cups 1 X £0.89 

Satisfy your peanut butter passion with three incredibly delicious Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  Rich, delectable Peanut Butter Cups drenches in smooth chocolate. The perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

As a North American I have been a fan of these delicious confections for my whole life. Chocolate and Peanut Butter are one of my favourite flavour combinations!  Smooth, rich and deliciously moreish! 



YES! Fruit and Nut Bars £1.20

YES! Snack Bars are delicious, wholesome, and perfect for snacking on the go. These fruit bars contain no added sugar, other than naturally occurring sugars, and contain 1 of your five a day. The nut bars contain 5g of sugar and are a source of protein.

YUM. I love these snack bars.  I couldn't pick a favourite.




JUICY FUEL COLA 1 X £1.50

Juicy Fuel Craft Cola is the brand-new craft Cola from the Juicy Shed Company. A fruit cola made from 100% natural ingredients.  No added sugar, no added chemicals, nasty e-numbers or anything that doesn't need to be there.

Quite nice actually.

JACK DANIEL'S  Tennessee Cider    1 X £2.29

Jack Daniel's is proud to bring you Jack Daniel's Tennessee Cider.  By combining crisp apple cider with smooth Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, they've expertly blended something that's not only distantly refreshing, but also unmistakably Jack to the core.

I couldn't taste this as I don't do alcohol drinks wise, but I am thinking of using it in a stew or some such later, maybe closer to Christmas.




a2 MILK Long Life Whole Cow's Milk  1 X £1.50

a2 Milk is natural cow's milk with a difference. It's naturally free from the A1 protein found in regular cows' milk so it is gentle on sensitive tummies, easy to digest and less likely to trigger symptoms associated with milk intolerance.

We quite like this and it is a product we already had in our larder.  I like that you don't need to refrigerate it until it is opened, which makes it a great store cupboard ingredient.



GOOD HEMP Hemp Seed Hearts 1 X £3.99

Our Hemp Seed Hearts are natural hemp seed kernels which have a delicious, light and nutty flavour.  High in protein and omegas 3 & 6, they are the perfect healthy and filling snack. alternatively, sprinkle on cereal, porridge, yogurt, soup and salads, or use in baking. Enjoy! 



DR Karg's Organic Wholegrain Snack Tomato & Mozzarella 1 X £1.60

These organic Tomato & Mozzarella crunchy snack packs are the perfect fibre-rich and natural in-between snack-in the office, at home, or on the go. Baked and not fried, made of crunchy grains and seeds, as well as other wholesome ingredients. Sun-ripened, moreish and gone in one bite.

I have always been a fan of Dr Karg's Pumpkin and Emmenthal crisp bakes.  These were just as good. Crisp and delicious. Not usually a fan of tomato flavoured crackers as they can sometimes come off tasting like powdered soup mix, but these were good.


MALLOW & MARSH  Raspberry Marshmallows, coated in 70% Dark Chocolate

Marshmallows with Character, whisked to gooey perfection. I didn't receive any information about these, but I can tell you that they are amazingly tasty, with no artificial colours or flavourings.  Very, very good.




JULES DESTROOPER Butter Crisps 1 X £1.80

Summer butter, sugar, eggs and four.  Together they combine to create a crunchy biscuit that wins everyone over because of butter, caramelised sugar and a hint of spice.  A Belgian classic!

Three words. OH. MY. GOODNESS.  Loved these. Like a sugar cone for an ice cream.


CHOCK CHICK Cacao Nibbles 1 X £1.85

New CHOC Chick Cacao Nibbles - the most delicious way to enjoy the goodness of the whole cocoa bean with a touch of Yacon. This superfood-combination is CHOC full of anti-oxidents. 


Perfect for snacking or as a lovely cacao crunch mixed in yogurts, desserts, cereals, porridge or anywhere you fancy.  

Offering an EXCLUSIVE discount. Use the code degustachoc for 20% off the entire range at chocchick.com


CADBURY OREO Instant Hot Chocolate 1 X £2.99

Cadbury Oreo Hot Chocolate is the newest addition to their Hot Chocolate range, bringing the Oreo biscuit taste to life in a delicious way! Simply put 4 heaped teaspoons of Cadbury Oreo Hot Chocolate into a mug, pour on hot water and stir for a delicious moment. 




No surprise this was the secret ingredient in my delicious brownies!  Ariana was telling me the other week about these delicious brownies she makes using a drink mix and I thought why not try to make a brownie using the Cadbury's Oreo Instant Hot Chocolate! 


These are FABULOUS brownies!  Dense and chewy . . .  moist, not dry . . .  fudgy!


A hold in the  hand brownie that your family will love.  You could of course top with crumbled Oreo biscuits for even more of an Oreo flavour, with a Vanilla butter cream. That would also be wow.


I was a guest at a television show several years back, when we were living down South. There were Celebrity Chef's in attendance and some other Celebs, and they did a Brownie challenge.  To be honest, I don't  think any of them had any idea of what a perfect Brownie should look or taste like.  Their idea of a moist Brownie was a raw Brownie, seriously, they were molten.  That is not a good Brownie people. You should be able to pick a Brownie up.


You can pick these up and enjoy them with a lovely hot cuppa or a cold glass of milk. They would make the perfect after school treat or be a great inclusion to the lunch box! 



I didn't have any Oreo cookies so I just chose to top them with a mix of vanilla and dark chocolate chips which worked very well, and actually photographed well.


I also cut the recipe in half as there are only two of us and one of us hates chocolate bakes. (I know who hates chocolate bakes???) In any case I hope you will give these a go!

Yield: 16

Oreo Hot Choc Brownies

prep time: 10 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 40 mins
Delicious fudgy and moist brownies created by using  Oreo Hot Chocolate drink powder. These are very good!

ingredients:

95g granulated sugar (1/2 cup)
100g soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup)
185g plain flour (1 1/3 cups)
210g hot chocolate drink mix (1 1/2 cups)
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g melted butter (3/4 cup)
2 large free range eggs, lightly beaten

To decorate: (all optional)
chocolate butter cream icing
(Store bought or your favourite recipe)
a mix of white chocolate and dark chocolate chips
Crumbled Oreo cookies

instructions:


Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Line a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with baking paper set aside.

Whisk together the melted butter, vanilla, and eggs.  Set aside.
Sift
 together the hot drink mix, flour and baking powder.  Stir in both
sugars and the salt, breaking up any brown sugar lumps with your
fingers.  Stir in the wet ingredients until well incorporated. (It will
be very thick. If you think it is too thick, add  touch of water, but
just a touch.)  Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake
 in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until set and a toothpick
inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Set on a wire rack to cool.

Spread
 the cooled brownies with the butter cream and sprinkle any optional
decorations on top. Cut into squares to serve.  Store any leftovers in
an airtight container.
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So, that was the August  Degustabox - a nice selection of products as always. We loved it. The price of each Degustabox is £12.99 (including delivery). To order your box, visit www.degustabox.com 
 Many thanks to Degustabox UK for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile.  Do you like the sound of this box? Why not sign up now! I find them to be really good value for money spent and I really enjoy trying out new products that I have not tried before.  

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Note - Although I was sent a box free of charge any and all opinions are my own.
Bon appetit!  



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Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs



I have always been fond of the flavours of Teriyaki.  Teriyaki is a Japanese term for fish or meat that has been marinated or cooked in a Teriyaki sauce/marinade, which is generally composed of soy sauce, sake or mirin, ginger, and sugar (or honey). Sometimes garlic is also added



When my children were growing up I used to make something which I called Amanda's Steak, which was basically Flank Steak marinated in a teriyaki marinade.  My youngest daughter Amanda loved it, which is how it eventually got called Amanda's steak in our home. I can't believe I have never cooked it on here.  Time to rectify that I guess because, it is really, really good and I am sure you would like it.


Today I decided to adapt my favourite Teriyaki Meatball recipe to use ground turkey instead of beef, with excellent results.   We like ground turkey in our house, but if you don't, feel free to use ground beef in it's place, or even pork or ground chicken! 



Just make sure you use a mix of ground breast and thigh meat for the best results.  Using all breast meat will result in dry meatballs.  Just a warning here.  You want a bit of fat to help to keep them succulent! 



There is plenty of garlic in the meatballs themselves, plus some spring onions, an egg white, lemon juice and seasoning.  No bread crumbs are used and if you use gluten free soya sauce in the sauce, these are completely gluten free for those who are gluten intolerant.


Just mix all of the meatball ingredients together, making sure they are well combined. (Do use a light touch, as too rough a handling will toughen ground meat. )  Wet your hands and shape them into balls about the size of a walnut.


You should get about 20 balls. I like to brown them in a bit of oil in a hot skillet.  Just keep turning them as they brown, until they are golden brown all over.  I use an old pair of tongs for this and it works fine.  They shouldn't stick.


Once they are all golden brown, I pop them into a baking dish and pour the teriyaki sauce over and bake until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened a bit.  Sometimes I double the sauce because it is really very yummy and we like a lot of sauce.


These are great served with steamed or fried rice.  I think steamed rice is actually best, but today I did broccoli fried rice as I had some broccoli which needed using up.  Delicious! 


Yield: 4

Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

prep time: 10 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 35 mins
I converted my favourite Teriyaki Meatball Recipe to use ground turkey instead of chicken or beef.  Make sure you don't use the really lean turkey as they will be a bit dry.

ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey (use a mix of breast and thigh meat)
3 spring onions, finely minced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
1 large free range egg white
1 1/2 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Oil for shallow frying
(use a mild flavoured oil, such as sunflower)

For the sauce:
80ml Japanese Mirin (Sweet Rice Wine)
2 TBS dark soy sauce
1 TBS liquid honey
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Thinly sliced spring onions to garnish

instructions:

Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  Have ready a shallow
baking dish large enough to hold the meatballs in a single layer.

Mix
 the turkey, onions, garlic, egg white lemon juice, salt and black
pepper together with a fork to well combine.  Shape into around 20
meatballs, setting them onto a parchment lined plate as you go along.

Place
 a thin layer of oil in a heated skillet.  Once it is hot add the
meatballs in a single layer and cook, turning frequently, until browned
all over, about 5 minutes.  Place them into the baking dish in a single
layer.  Whisk together the Mirin, soy sauce, honey and ground ginger
until well amalgamated.  Pour over the meatballs in the baking dish,
turning them to coat them in the sauce.

Bang
 into the preheated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the
meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened.  Serve hot
with the sauce spooned over, and garnished with thinly sliced spring onions. We like fried or steamed rice with these.



Note - you may want to double the sauce ingredients. I often do.
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The sauce on these is not really thick and cloying, but it is really beautifully flavoured.  If you don't have any mirin in your cupboard, no worries, it is a bit of an unusual ingredient.  Simple subs and hacks can easily mimic mirin’s sweet-tangy flavor. Dry sherry, sweet Marsala wine, dry white wine, and rice vinegar will do the trick, for instance, if you mix in about 1/2 teaspoon sugar per tablespoon. I really hope you will try these and enjoy them!  Bon Appetit! 



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