Friday, 27 October 2017

Recipe- Spicy Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodles




As much as I love cooking, occasionally even I am rushed for time & need a meal that I can put together really quickly & get on the table for supper.

Stir fries are great dishes for those moments, as it literally is just a case of stir frying some vegetables, adding a protein & then some rice or noodles & a stir fry sauce of choice. Nothing complicated.

One of my favourite quick marinades for a stir fry is using sweet chilli sauce. I love that sweet & spicy kick it gives & even my kids will tolerate the slight spiciness, meaning it is great for the whole family too. I mix it with a few other ingredients such as ginger, garlic, soy sauce & tomato paste just to up the flavour & it is perfect!!.

I even save time on the vegetables, by using handy bagged slaw mixes. I buy one or two bags of these a week as they are perfect for throwing into stir fries on days when we have a busy schedule. No time has to be spent chopping veg. Also as the veg is shredded almost like noodles, the kids don’t even realize there is all that veg in there when you add some noodles. So they are a great choice for fussy eaters.

This dish is super quick & easy to make with just 10 minutes prep time & around 20 minutes cooking time.


Ingredients- Serves 4

  • 3x Large Chicken Breasts, diced/sliced
  • 400g of Egg Noodles
  • 400g of shredded vegetables of choice 
  • 6x Tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 3x Tbsp of Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 2x Tbsp of Tomato Paste
  • 2x Tbsp of Rice Vinegar
  • 2x Tsp of Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 4x Cloves of Garlic, crushed
  • 6x Spring Onions, chopped
  • 1x Red Chilli, de-seeded & diced
  • Frylight 
Method

  1. Spray a wok with a few sprays of Frylight & fry the chicken pieces over a medium-high heat until cooked through & browned off.
  2.  Add the soy sauce, chilli sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, ginger & garlic to a bowl & whisk to combine. 
  3. Cook noodles according to packet instructions & set aside.
  4. Add shredded vegetables & diced chilli to the wok & stir fry for approx 3-4 mins.
  5. Add in the sauce & simmer until thickened.
  6. Add the noodles to the pan & toss till all heated through. 
  7. Sprinkle with the chopped spring onions 
  8. Serve & enjoy. 

Why don’t you give this Spicy Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodles dish go for dinner tonight? All ready in 30 minutes! 



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Friday, 20 October 2017

Recipe- Slow Cooked Sticky BBQ Pulled Pork With Spicy Rice



This meat is fall-apart tender! The marinade enhances the natural flavors of the pork. When you're done shredding the pork, pour as much of the remaining sauce over the pork as you like. I seriously couldn’t get enough of the sauce! 

The Spicy Rice packed with lots veggies & flavour really did compliment the Pork very well, It was a bowl full of heaven! 

This again is super quick & easy to make! Prep time for both Pork & Rice is about 15 minutes in total & Cooking time for the Pork is 8hrs on low in the trusty slow cooker & about 10-15 minutes for rice. 



Ingredients- Serves 8

For the Pork;
  • 1x Large Onion, sliced
  • 6-7 lbsx Boneless Pork Shoulder 
  • 1x Tbsp Sea Salt, to taste
  • 1x Tsp Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1x Tsp Paprika
  • 1x Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1x Cup your favorite BBQ Sauce 
  • 2x Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3x Large Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 2x Tbsp Brown Sugar
For the Spicy Rice;
  • 50g Rice
  • 1/2x Tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2x Tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/4x Red Pepper, diced
  • 1/4x Green Pepper, diced 
  • 1/4x Yellow Pepper, diced
  • Can of Kidney Beans, drained (optional)
  • 1x Carrot, shredded (optional)
  • 1x Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2x Chicken Stock Cube
  • 200ml Water
  •  Frylight

Method

For the Pork;

  1. Chop 1 large onion & place it into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Combine 1 Tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper and 1 tsp paprika & generously sprinkle the pork roast. Massage the roast to rub the seasoning into the meat. Place meat over the onions.
  3. For the marinade, combine: 1 cup chicken broth, 1 cup BBQ sauce, 2 Tbsp liquid smoke, 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tbsp brown sugar & 3 pressed garlic cloves then stir to combine. Pour the marinade over the pork.
  4. Cover & set on low for 8 hours. Remove the meat to a large bowl and shred with forks. I nit-picked the heck out of it and remove all the fat. I hate finding surprises in my meat and love not having to inspect what I'm biting into.
For the Spicy Rice;

  1. Chop the peppers into small chunks
  2. Place the rice into a pan & give 3 sprays of frylight. Set at medium heat & stir rice until it begins to brown.
  3. Add 100ml of water, stock cube & chilli flakes. Reduce heat to low-medium & stir occasionally until rice absorbs the water, be careful not to let it stick to the pan.
  4. Once rice has absorbed water  add the chopped peppers, kidney beans, shredded carrot, garam masala, soy sauce & remaining 100ml of water.
  5. Set on a low heat & stir occasionally until all water has been absorbed. 
Then mix the Pulled Pork & Spicy Rice together, or serve side by side, completely down to you.
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Prestige Flowers: A Review



What better gift can you send than flowers?

Flowers suit every occasion, they are delicate, beautiful, hand picked & arranged perfectly.

The next best step would be getting them delivered safely to your door in a beautifully designed box with the option of next day delivery (for those last minute shoppers)…

But surely there isn’t a place that can do all that & send a bouquet that is actually beautifully designed & decorated? There is…

Prestige Flowers



Last week I was contacted by Prestige Flowers asking me if I’d like to review one of their bouquets. Of course I said yes, who says no to free flowers? I was told I’d be sent their Tikal Bouquet & after looking at photos on their website I was really excited to receive my flowers. And when Royal Mail delivered my box (yes, they come in a box!) I was not disappointed.


I was lucky enough to be sent a vase, too-which is an optional extra you can choose to add for £5.99. You could also add a box of chocolates or a teddy for a small fee. I think it’s really good that you have the option to personalise your gift. 



At £34.99 for a small bouquet, going up to £44.99 for a large, (I’m not sure what size bouquet I was sent) these are not cheap as flowers go, but I do think that for a mix of quite exotic flowers, it’s worth the price tag. I don’t really know flowers, apart from the standard ones, but from a quick look at the website I now know the bouquet contains ‘mango orange callas & roses with complementary blooms, thistles & aspidistra’ I think the colours work really well together, making the flowers nice & bright & something I got lots of compliments on from everyone who visited.




Overall I have been really impressed with Prestige Flowers & I would gladly recommend them to others. The bouquet was stunning, but I also think it is important to get the little things right too, such as the packaging & delivery as these all add to the experience, & Prestige Flowers seem to have got this just right. The user friendly website, competitive & reasonable pricing, & their stunning ranges all help to make Prestige Flowers a go to site for your next flower bouquet. Perfect for if you have a loved ones birthday coming up! You can check out some more beautiful Prestige Bouquets here.

Here’s hoping MR.B is reading this & takes the big fat HINT! 

Thank you so much for the flowers, Prestige Flowers!




*Disclaimer- I was sent this bouquet of flowers from Prestige flowers in exchange for an honest review, however all thoughts & opinions are that of my own. 
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