Monthly Archives: October 2012

Christmas Dinner Ideas from Farmers Choice

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Christmas is only 54 days away and at this time of year, my thoughts turn to who am I inviting to Christmas dinner and what I am going to cook. Fortunately, Farmers Choice have lots of Christmas dinner ideas to sort this out for you. You could go for the traditional turkey but then the questions come about how you would like it prepared; crown, boned and rolled, just the turkey breast or whole. I always cook a whole free range turkey at Christmas but do fancy a change this year. I could have duck, goose, a three bird roast or even a whole salmon from Farmers Choice and if I ordered one of their hampers, I would have enough meat to see me through the festive season and beyond.

Although, I say I would like to change my Christmas dinner this year with a different type of meat, I am my Nan and my in-laws would probably argue with me and say they just want turkey. I have a couple of weeks before I order the meat to change their minds. Wish me Luck!

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Slow Cooker Sunday: Chilli For A Crowd

For absolutely ages now, I have been wanting to join in the Slow Cooker Sunday linky hosted by Mediocre Mum. I have finally been given the opportunity this weekend as it is Thomas’ 1st Birthday tomorrow and we hosted a large family party for him yesterday.

As the weather has turned noticeably colder over the last week, I wanted a dish that would warm people up and that was very easy to make. I decided to make chilli to go along with the roast pork and roast glazed ham sandwiches I was doing as well. Here is my recipe. As I was making it for so many people I didn’t want to make it to hot.

Ingredients (feeds a crowd!)

  • 1.7kg of steak mince
  • 4 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 4 packets Schwartz Chilli Con Carne seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon Worcester Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 3 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml beef stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method
1) Put all the ingredients into the slow cooker, give them a stir and leave on low for at least 12 hours
2) Remove the fat off the top. I used a ladle and a sieve to get onions back and put them back once I had removed the fat.
3) Eat in a big bowl with garlic bread and rice

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I am a Naughty Blogger!

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Hello everyone! Sorry for the delay in between posts again. Life is still crazy at the moment as I adjust to being a part time working mummy for the first time. I have a confession to make…

I am a naughty blogger! I have been invited to lots of events, courses and been sent lots of lovely things to review but I have not told you about any of it. I have the world’s biggest backlog of posts at the moment and I am determined to get through it before I go insane.

Therefore I have decided that I am going to get through this backlog over the coming weeks and months. Whenever you see the ‘I’m a naughty blogger’ badge above on a post, you will know that it is a post I should of written and published ages ago. I would like to apologise to everyone who has sent me something or asked me to go somewhere and I have not written about it yet. I hope you will forgive me. I have also got lots of recipes to share with you too so this blog will not turn into review post central. I am going to try to get the balance right.

Thank you for keeping on reading Jo’s Kitchen. Your support is greatly appreciated :-)

Product Review: Domino’s Pizza Gourmet Range

Recently, I was invited to review Domino’s new gourmet pizza range. As I love pizza and can have moments of complete and utter laziness when it comes to cooking, we do order pizza home delivery occasionally in our house. In my opinion, it will never beat home-made pizza but when you just want an easy night in front of the TV, it is ideal for a treat.

For our pizza feast, we invited my sister and her boyfriend round as they are great pizza lovers too and will never turn down a takeaway. After much decision making, we ordered:

1x Triple Bonanza deal:

  • Large (13.5″) Four Seasons
  • Large (10 slices) Meatilicious
  • Large (10 slices) Americano

2x Twisted Dough Balls Cheese & Herb

1x Gourmet Garlic Bread

1x Small (6 slices) Original Cheese & Tomato

2x Domino’s Cookies

1x 500mL tub Ben & Jerry’s – Chocolate Fudge Brownie

1x 500mL tub Ben & Jerry’s – Cookie Dough

The total cost of our order came to £66.40 which I know is quite expensive but we did get loads of pizza and lots of dessert too.

The new Gourmet range consists of three pizzas called the Firenze, Florentine and Rustica. The Firenze is topped with Ventricina Salami, Pepperoni and Peruvian Roquito Peppers and the Florentine is topped with Baby Spinach, SunBlush Baby Plum Tomatoes and Greek Feta Cheese while the Rustica is topped with Chicken breast strips, smoked bacon rashers, baby spinach and SunBlush baby plum tomatoes. All the pizzas come on a thin crust base. As I could not decide which pizza I wanted to try, I had the Four Seasons pizza which includes a quarter each of the Firenze, Florentine and Rustica, with a quarter Sunblush baby tomatoes. I was very impressed with the Four Seasons Pizza. It was very fresh tasting and full of flavour. One disappointing aspect for me was that it seemed a bit dry and needed a bit more sauce or something to liven it up.

We were very impressed with the dough balls and the gourmet garlic bread. They were both full of cheesy garlic deliciousness. Once we got to the last dough ball, I did think a fight was going to break out over who got it but fortunately that didn’t happen. Stuart and my sister’s boyfriend both loved their pizzas as you can see, they had already started tucking into them before I took the photos.  I have secret obsession with Domino’s cookies which are freshly baked as you order them and although they look small and unimpressive for the price tag, I can ensure that they are worth every penny!

We ordered at about 8.15pm on a Saturday night via their website and our order turned up within the hour. Unfortunately, half our order was forgotten (basically the ice cream and the cookies) but once we alerted them to the fact, the delivery driver was back within 20 minutes with the rest of our order and a complimentary garlic bread for the inconvenience.

Overall, we were very impressed with Domino’s pizzas and their delivery service. We will most certainly use them again, especially when my next cookie fix strikes! :-)

Disclosure: I was invited to order from Domino’s and review their new Gourmet Range. Our pizza feast was complimentary, however all opinions are my own. 

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