Friday, 31 July 2015

How Celebrity Chefs Have Made Us Kitchen-Obsessed - Guest Post

Their cookery shows litter TV channels, their recipe books dominate the bestseller shelves and their branded products fill our cupboards. There’s no denying it - we’re officially in the era of the celebrity chef. The last few decades have seen a wave of professional cooks being catapulted into the public eye, and this has resulted in a dramatic shift in the way we think about home cooking. No longer are our kitchens simply functional spaces used to carry out the everyday task of cooking. Instead, they’re a place to experiment with exotic ingredients, show-off our culinary talents and make a fashion statement. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which celebrity chefs have made us kitchen obsessed.

Making a style statement

The fact is, kitchens are no longer just kitchens - they’re an embodiment of our style preferences and lifestyles. Thanks to TV chefs like Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Nigella Lawson, an increasing number of homeowners have started turning their attention towards their cooking spaces in a bid to replicate the homes of these famous foodies. With Jamie’s rustic wooden worktops, Nigella’s sleek pink cabinets and Gordon's extravagant appliances, there’s more of a focus on aesthetic appeal than ever before. Long gone are the days when the kitchen was a forgotten about room reserved merely for food preparation. Now, it’s the heart of the home, a space that is being used to show off our taste in decor and display our favourite pieces of furniture.

Easy Holiday Food and Giveaway

Well the holiday season is most definitely here. Unfortunately the weather is not great for holidays in the UK. But no matter what the weather is like an important part of holidays, whether you are here or abroad, is food!

When going on a self catering holiday it is important that you can prepare easy, tasty meals. Nobody wants to spend a long time in the kitchen on holiday!

That is why I thought that I would combine a new holiday giveaway with my top quick and easy recipes that can be made while on holiday! The easiest meals to prepare on holiday have to be pasta or rice based one.

Here are our favourite pasta and rice dishes...

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Blogger Takeover with glo - The Results

Last Thursday glo challenged Emma from From Aldi to Harrods and I to swap blogs for the day. The catch was we had to swap with a contrasting blog. As you know my blog is food and family orientated. Whereas From Aldi to Harrods is all about how to make money and save money. Which is a completely different niche to what I usually write about!

Last week Emma wrote a recipe for Coconut Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Rice and I went back to what I know best, food, and hunted out the best offers that I could find in the supermarkets. You can read my supermarket money saving post here.

As any blogger will tell you, we are very protective over our little space on the internet and allowing someone else to take over for the day was a big thing for me. So it really was a challenge to put my trust in Emma and it must have been the same for her. But it was all about placing trust in each other, trusting that each other would write a post that would not let the other down. I, for one, was not disappointed in the recipe that Emma wrote for Hijacked By Twins. In fact it is a recipe that I would love to try!

Strawberries and Cream Cake

This year we have grown a lot of fruit plants to go in the fruit frame that the hubby built. Having the fruit frame has saved the fruits from the birds and has meant that we have had a lot more to harvest this year. The other week we had a so many strawberries to use and I knew that I wanted to used them in a bake.

This deliciously moist cake is full of juiced strawberries, maple syrup and raw honey, so not only are you getting some of your five a day but it is also made without using refined sugar!

This is what I did...

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Smoked Fish Bake - Family Favourties

Fish has always been a favourite of mine and I love finding new ways to add more to our diets. The down side of wanting to eat more fish is the expense. I think that fish has certainly got more expensive. That is why I always keep an eye out in the supermarkets reduced section as the majority of the fresh fish can be frozen. It is also a great way to get stocked up. The other week when we were out I found a lot of fresh smoked fish reduced.

That is how this meal came about.

I had some lovely smoked salmon and smoked cod and wanted to make a dish that would be both easy and one that the whole family would enjoy.

This is what I did...

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Shiitake Mushroom, Kale and Bacon Spaghetti

I find that my children will eat just about any vegetable if it is combined with pasta or spaghetti. That is how this recipe came along.

We love to grow our own fruit and vegetables and have got a lot of kale that is ready for cutting. I knew that the children would not like it if I served it as a side vegetable, but if it was mixed in they would. When I went down to the vegetable patch to collect some kale I also got an onion, a garlic and a chilli for the meal.

This is such an easy meal to make that is full of flavour. I can see that this meal is going to be a favourite!

This is what I did...