Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ginger and Lemongrass Chicken - Family Favourites

When I attended the Unilever Kitchen bloggers event Marco Pierre White told us about why he uses Knorr. We were lucky to receive some Knorr products to try at home.

After listening to Marco telling us how great the Knorr products are I couldn't wait to try them for myself and I have got to say that I was impressed.
This recipe uses the Knorr Flavour Pot Ginger and Lemongrass. It adds so much flavour to a dish and is so easy to use. This is such a simple and easy recipe which is so flavoursome. With just chicken and a Knorr Flavour Pot you can create great, tasty meals.


Here is this weeks Family Favourites recipe...

Ginger and Lemongrass Chicken

Ingredients

4 chicken thighs
2 pots of Knorr Ginger and Lemongrass

Method

1 - Rub in the contents of the Flavour Pots into the chicken, place in a roasting tin, cover and leave for an hour. This will allow the chicken to absorb the flavours.

2 - Pre heat the oven to 200C

3 - Score the chicken skin three times and place in the centre of the pre heated oven and roast for 30 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, half way through baste the chicken with the juices.

Serve with potatoes and vegetables.


Enjoy x

I am sharing this weeks Family Favourites recipes with:

Honest Mum - Tasty Tuesdays
A Mummy Too - Recipe of the Week

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

My Day at Unilever Kitchen

When I received an invitation from Unilever Kitchen asking me to attend a foodie day I knew that I had to go. I do not get chance to attend many blogger events but my lovely hubby took the day off work to look after the children so that I could go. To say I was excited was an understatement!

We decided it would be easier for me to travel down on the Sunday and stay over night in Leatherhead. I treated myself to first class seats there and back and made the most of a little freedom. The hotel was quiet but it was a rare treat to have a bit of me time.

I was collected, along with 11 other bloggers, from the train station and we were taken to the Unilever offices which look like an amazing place to work from. They were lovely, bright offices with huge windows all the way round. In the entrance area was a salon (perfect hair all the time!), a Ben and Jerry's ice cream bar (ice cream for lunch?) and even a shop!


I was astounded by the number of brands that Unilever cover. So many well known, household names.


Once we were settled, breakfast was served. We were treated to delicious pastries and fresh ground coffee. This along with great company and getting to know other bloggers was the perfect start.


I was delighted to meet Amy She Cooks, She Eats, Lucy Supergolden Bakes, Rosie Freycob, Agata Bark Time, Leyla Motherhood Diaries and Dominic Belleau Kitchen. One of the great things about blogger events is meeting other bloggers in person and not just through the internet.

We had a talk about PG Tips and tasted a lot of tea. The lady that did the talk knew just about everything that there is to know about tea, where it is from, different varieties, different tastes, the history, you could ask her anything and she would know! We were even allowed to taste some secret teas that are coming soon. At the moment that is all I can say but next year I will be telling you a lot more!







After all that tea, the session of the day that we had all been waiting for arrived. We spent the next session with the awe inspiring Marco Pierre White!


I will admit to being a Marco Pierre White fan. I have his cook books, I have watched him on television and I have admired him for years. He was so much more down to earth than I was expecting. He had such a presence. When he spoke everyone was silent, taking in what he had to say. I found him mesmerising! Marco cooked some fillet steak to demonstrate how much better steak cooked with Knorr is compared to cooked with salt. The one cooked in salt tasted good, as all fillet steak does. But, wow, the fillet steak cooked using Knorr just melted in the mouth! It was so juicy and full of flavour. It was so good! He then went on to show us how to make a pepper sauce using Knorr Pepper Pot. This sauce was amazing and I will definitely be making it at home and will write a post about it!


 

After Marco had finished it was our turn to cook. We were all in partners and my partner was the lovely Agata. We got started making a mushroom risotto. As everyone was cooking Marco was going round and tasting their food. When he came to taste what we were doing as I was stirring I was so nervous, but hopefully I didn't show it. He had a taste, then told me to have a taste and asked me what I thought. I told him that I thought that it was missing some flavours, needed some more mushrooms and a little pepper. I was astounded when he agreed with me! Marco Pierre White agreed with what I was saying! I did admit to him that I struggle to follow recipes to the letter and he told me that it is the best way to cook. Have a taste if you want to add something, add it. Cook and use your pallet and not just the recipe! As you can probably tell by my writing I was in total awe of him and I feel extremely lucky to have the time that we had with him.




After we all sat down and enjoyed our lunch and a glass of wine we were treated to a dessert courtesy of Ben and Jerry!

 
In the afternoon we did some baking with Stork. As you know I love baking so when I saw all of the ingredients I couldn't wait to get going. I decided to bake Lime and Dark Chocolate cupcakes. You can see my recipe here.





As you can imagine it was such a fantastic day. All of the staff at Clarion and Unilever Kitchen did an amazing job and I feel truly grateful for being invited along, thank you!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Alphabet Project - W

Wow, I cannot believe that we are nearly at the end of this fantastic project. I have really enjoyed the challenges each week finding a photograph that fits the corresponding letter.

This week is the letter W. This week I have chosen...

Wellies
I honestly never thought I'd love a pair of wellies like I do my lilac Hunter boots. As we live in the countryside, during the wet weather, they are always on my feet. As you can see I wear them with anything. When I go to tend to the chickens, at this time of year, they are essential as it gets so muddy. I have got to admit they do add a touch of glamour to the most mucky, muddy jobs!

That is why my W is for Wellies!

As always I am sharing with the lovely Podcast - Alphabet Project.

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