Author Archives: Jo Brigdale

The Perfect Coffee Moment

CoffeeDaydream with me for a few minutes. Imagine you are sitting on a balcony with me in Modena, Italy admiring all the Ferraris going past below as they leave the factory nearby, going to their new owners all over the world. As we sit on the balcony, we are both eating a generous portion of tiramisu and have a large cup of coffee to wash it down with. The sun is shining on our faces, we are wearing sunglasses and are just generally enjoying the watching the people and the city around us.

The coffee we are enjoying is from Caffe Cagliari, an Italian company with over 100 years knowledge and experience making the finest Italian Espresso. Every single cup is an exquisite masterpiece, the result of more than 100 years of knowledge and tradition. The qualitative and sensory standards of the Espresso have been certified by the Italian Espresso National Institute (I.N.E.I.), which protects and promotes Italian Espresso.

Stop daydreaming now. You are at home with your children and after a rough night with the baby and early start from the toddler, by mid morning you are starting to suffer and are in desperate need of a break. You sit down, put the Caffe Cagliari Nespresso compatible capsule into your machine and cut a large slice of chocolate cake. You do not need to go to Italy to enjoy a Caffe Cagliari coffee anymore, Italy and it's finest coffee can now come to you. You ignore what the children are doing for a few minutes and enjoy the perfect coffee moment. Five minutes to yourself, an excellent cup of coffee and a large slice of chocolate cake.

Disclosure: there is a sponsored link in this post, however all words are my own.

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Feel Good Fruit Cake

Hello everyone. Sorry for the lack of blogging recently. I have not been feeling myself. I will not go into much detail here but you can read my post on my parenting blog here if you like.

When I am not feeling 100%, I retreat to the kitchen and bake. Today I have made something I have wanted to bake for a while. When I was a child, I used to go to my Nan's after school, she used to give me a slice of Mr Kipling's Farmhouse Fruit Cake. I loved it and it is a real memory of childhood for me. I recently tried some again after many years of not having it and although, it tasted ok, I was disappointed to see that it contained dried egg, dried milk and a few other non-appetising sounding things so I decided I could do better and make a better one myself.

I adapted the recipe here. I added an extra 30g of dried mixed fruit and 50g of glacé cherries. In my fan oven, the cake took just over an hour in my fan oven. The cake looks and tastes better than I remember from childhood. I will make it again soon!

 

 

Five Recipes To Spoil Your Mum (Guest Post)

Mother’s Day isn’t the only time you can look after your mum. After all of the pack lunches, teatime snacks and home-cooked dinners your mum has prepared for you over the years, why not spoil her with some gourmet cooking that shows her just how much she means to you? Cooking for her will always be a welcome treat – whatever day of the year it is!

Whether you’re a budding Delia Smith or can’t tell your puree from your jus, these five recipes should be simple enough for everyone to attempt.

1. Eggs benedict

There are few more indulgent ways to start the day than with a decadent plate of eggs benedict.

Simply slice a lightly toasted English muffin in half, butter each slice, place crispy bacon on top, add a poached egg to each half and then top with hollandaise sauce. The bacon, eggs and muffins are all easy to prepare and you can pick up good quality, readymade hollandaise sauce in most supermarkets if you don’t fancy making your own.

2. Pancakes

Another great way to treat your mum is with pancakes. Easy to make – simply mix flour, milk and eggs – and delicious to eat, pancakes can be sweet or savoury depending on your mood.

Toppings can include everything from sugar, lemon and chocolate to cheese, ham and tomatoes – so why not give your mum the choice and cover your dinner table with an array of enticing options?

3. Mediterranean tart with goat’s cheese

If it’s lunch that you’re treating your mum to, this delicious, light recipe is the ideal midday meal.

For the tart, simply unroll some readymade puff pastry and place it on a baking tray. Place some sliced onions, courgettes, cherry tomatoes, goat’s cheese and olives on top and finish with a few dollops of pesto and a sprinkling of good quality olive oil.

Pop it in the oven for about 25 minutes and serve with salad and new potatoes. It’s guaranteed to be just as good as anything your mum enjoys at her assisted living accommodation – or anywhere else for that matter!

4. Pavlova

When it comes to teatime treats, it doesn’t get much better than a generous helping of creamy pavlova, so why not spoil your mum with this Antipodean classic.

Whisk egg whites and sugar into a meringue and bake in the oven until crispy. Once cooled, top with whipped cream, chopped strawberries and raspberry coulis and your mum won’t know what’s hit her!

5. Roast dinner

If you’re cooking your mum a special dinner, the recipe options are pretty much endless. However, there’s nothing like a classic roast to show off your cooking skills.

Simply choose your mum’s favourite meat and roast in the oven along with potatoes, carrots, parsnips and onions. Serve with fresh green veg, Yorkshire puddings and a generous helping of gravy for a spectacular evening meal.

Whatever you decide to cook to show your mum how much you love her, she’s sure to love the effort you’ve put in to make her feel special.

 

 

Cooking with Lea & Perrins: Easy Sausage Casserole

Worcester Sauce is one of my most well used condiments in the kitchen. I use it to flavour stews, casseroles, chilli con carne and I cannot have my cheese on toast without it. Now Sorted Food and Lea & Perrins have got together to show you what other dishes you can make really tasty with the addition of Worcester Sauce. Their video for lasagna is below and I have also given you my easy sausage casserole recipe using Worcester Sauce too.

 

Easy Sausage Casserole

Ingredients (served 2 hungry people)

  • 6 good quality sausages
  • Tablespoon of vegetable/sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 50ml white wine
  • 350ml chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon each of dried thyme, sage and parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcester Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Tomato Ketchup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Handful of finely chopped fresh parsley to finish

Method

  1. In a large oven and hob friendly casserole dish, fry the sausages in the oil until browned, then remove and set aside
  2. Next fry the onions and garlic in the oil until softened. Add the wine in and cook it out until the alcohol has burnt off. Usually 1-2 minutes .
  3. Add in the chicken stock, dried herbs, Worcester Sauce, Tomato Ketchip and salt and pepper, then stir well.
  4. Put the casserole into an oven preheated to 180 degrees C for about an hour and a half until everything is cooked through and the sauce is thickened. If the sauce needs more thickening, add 2 teaspoons of cornflour to a splash of water, mix well and add into the casserole. Allow it to cook until desired thickness is achieved. Finish with the parsley, just before serving with mashed potatoes and spring greens.

Disclosure: this is a chargeless courtesy post

 

Product Review: Knorr Gravy Pots

I love Sunday dinner but sometimes the cooking of it can cause great stress to many people. For some reason, gravy can sometimes be hard or stressful to make as you make it last and you are worrying about keeping everything else warm while you are doing it. However, Knorr have come up with the answer to reduce stress in the kitchen and still have a great tasting gravy to go with your dinner.


Knorr's new Gravy Pots are little shots of flavour that when mixed with some water and/or meat juices gives you great tasting gravy without the fuss. They have recently been voted Product of the Year in the Gravy & Stock category. Product of the Year is the world's largest consumer-voted award for product innovation.
We tried the beef gravy with our roast dinner (pictured above) and we very impressed with the flavour. With added extra roasting juice from the beef, it tasted completely homemade and very yummy. The only issue I had with it was that it did not seem to make that much gravy for the three of us. I was very tired when I was cooking due to being up half the night with Daniel so I might have read the package wrong for how much water to add. I will try again and make I triple check the instructions for the right amount of water this time!!
Disclosure: I was a sent a roast dinner hamper and some Knorr Gravy Pots in order to do this review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

 

Meal Planning Monday (10th March 2014)

A very short and sweet post this week as I am writing this while I have two sort quiet children! We mostly stuck to the meal plan last week. I just moved a couple of things round and did have a cheeky extra takeaway!! This week, I am trying to use meat from the freezer as it is getting so expensive these days. Here is what we are eating:

Monday: Steak, chips and pepper sauce

Tuesday: Glazed chicken and rice

Wednesday: Sausage casserole and mash

Thursday: Pork chow mein (A Hairy Bikers recipe for #bloggersknowbest. More information here.)

Friday: Homemade pizza

Saturday: Takeaway

Sunday: Chicken casserole and mash

Linking this up to #mealplanningmonday on At Home With Mrs M

 

Are You MAD For Jo’s Kitchen?

Nominations are now open for the MAD (Mum & Dad) Blog Awards 2014 and for the first time ever, I am asking if you would consider voting for me. I know my blogging has been a haphazard of late, due to being heavily pregnant and looking after a newborn, however I hope you have enjoyed what you have read. I will continue to provide as much original recipe content as I can in 2014 and I am planning on giving Jo's Kitchen a fresh new look in the next few months too.

If you would like to nominate me (or any of the many other lovely blogs out there), then the nomination form is here. I am eligible for the Best Food Blog and Blog of the Year categories. Voting closes on 14th March.

Thank you as ever for your support and for reading Jo's Kitchen :-)

 

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