Evening dinner in the garden

The weather recently has been glorious. There is something about sunshine that really lifts the mood making you feel happy. There is nothing nicer than enjoying a relaxing evening dinner in the garden on a hot day. The sun is still warm enough to be nice but not so hot that it is unbearable. If you are still you might get a chance to practice your wildlife photography. We had blue tits nesting in a box at the end of the garden and blackbirds nesting in our tree. They have hatched now but the baby blackbird is still expecting his mother to feed him. I managed to capture the baby waiting hopefully for his mother. It is funny watching how he keeps an eye on where mum has gone, waiting expectantly for a worm. Quite happy to fly but not to fend for himself.Hot days often take the edge off hunger. Meals need to be filled with taste and flavour rather than be filling. For our evening dinner in the garden I decided to bake some tuna steaks. Cooked long enough to be cooked though but still juicy and full of flavour they made the perfect dish. I served them … Continue reading →

Having a pizza party

I love pizza. I would be quite happy eating pizza every day if I had the option. I could have a different topping each day of the week and never get bored. I think my addiction to pizza started as a child. In the seventies my parents took me to America and we went on a trip across a number of different states. My dad had a conference in Tennessee and to get there we drove across the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and into North and South Carolina. The whole atmosphere of America in those days was a complete contrast to that of Belfast in the seventies. There were drive in movies, motels with ice machines and when eating in restaurants there just seemed to be so much more food. Life just seemed so much more relaxed. When we reached Tennessee we were staying in an apartment. It had an outdoor pool which we loved to visit every day. One day we went down to find it was shut, snapping turtles had managed to get in and we watched fascinated as they were removed. The man who took them out of the water demonstrated the power of the snap … Continue reading →

Steak with peppercorn sauce

Steak is a special treat. It is one of those dishes that you order when you go out to a restaurant as a special treat. I don’t cook it at home very often, saving it for special occasions like an anniversary meal or Valentines day. We will also splash out when we have a barbecue as there is something really special about the taste of steak cooked over charcoal. When Donald Russell asked me if I would like to try their pave rump steaks I couldn’t really refuse. Donald Russell are a butcher based in Aberdeen, their steak is from naturally lean, outdoor reared, UK grass-fed beef and has been matured for a minimum of 35 days. The timing was ideal, I have been wondering about ordering from Donald Russell for a while but was unsure how well meat would travel through the post. I did not need to worry, the steak arrived on the day specified in an insulated box. The box contained dry ice packs to keep the meat cold and it worked really well. The steak arrived in the ideal condition. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and freezes at -78C so needs to be handled carefully. … Continue reading →

Create a pizza legend with Dominos

Friday night, a great excuse for a takeaway. How do you fancy creating your own pizza legend by choosing your own toppings and getting the chance to win it free for a year? Dominos are giving you the chance to do just that with their new create your pizza legend hub. Intrigued by the idea of creating a pizza with added fairy dust I gave it a go. The creator hub is really simple to use, click on the create your legend option and you can create your own pizza. First choose from six types of crust like thin and crispy, stuffed or Italian style. At this stage you also choose the size of your pizza, large or medium. Next choose the type of sauce you want on your pizza, tomato, bbq, sundried tomato and garlic or tikka. Then fun then starts after you add your cheese, you get to choose from a large range of toppings. Up to nine toppings can be added to create your perfect pizza. You can then add the extra ingredients like magic or soul to make a unique pizza legend. Once you have chosen the moment you are going to eat your pizza you … Continue reading →

Degustabox – April 2015

Degustabox is a food subscription box. For £12.99 a month you receive a box  packed full of food and drink items worth more than the subscription. There are usually between 9 and 14 items in the box, many are new to the market. It is a great way to find out about new products. There is something exciting about receiving a Degustabox and opening it to find out what is inside. I last tried Degustabox in November and was happy to try this months box. The Degustabox  April 2015 has an international food theme with products from different countries. Nandos Peri Peri Grooves Opening the box I found three packs of Nandos peri peri grooves nestled at the top.These are ridge cut crisps based on the Nandos peri peri chicken range.  There were three flavours, peri peri sizzling hot, peri salted and spicy chicken.  The peri salted is a new addition to the range which also includes smoky barbecue. They were really tasty and went perfectly with the dips I made for my Mexican feast for Cinco de Mayo. Kinder Everyone loves chocolate and I found two bags of Kinder chocolates in the box. Kinder chocolate with cereals are mini … Continue reading →