Lets Get This Party Started

DSC_0505Just before Christmas I received an invitation to another great programme from Tesco Orchard  Club this time for Tesco Party food . And it couldn’t be a better timing , as before Christmas we are all busy buying presents , decorations and last but not least of course food . And I love Christmas but last thing I want to do is spending all day in the kitchen cooking , especially when I have family or friends coming over so I thought if this Tesco Party food will taste good it will save me a lot of time and I can more enjoy spending time with my loved ones . So I was very exited when my coupons has arrived and went to my local Tesco next day , and I was blown away with a choice of Party Food , there is to choose from chilled or frozen section and I think everyone will find something suitable for their table from the Posh pigs in blankets , Bourbon Beef Waffles , Mini steak pies , Butterfly Prawn with mango dipping sauce , Thai Chicken Curry Pastries , Oriental Selection , Mini Strawberry Trifles , Lemon Sherbet bites ,Swiss Chocolate truffle profiteroles , Duck spring rolls , Chinese selection , Honey BBQ  chicken steamed  buns , Indian Selection , Mini Éclairs ,Hog Roast and Apple bites  and much more which I cant even remember because its so many :}

Well after a few minutes of thinking I decided to go for Duck spring rolls , Chinese selection , Honey BBQ  chicken steamed  buns as I thought I have a £4 coupon off my purchase but I want to try few different thing so I bought all three of them which is £2 each but for three I paid £4.50 which is a great value I think .

First one up I decided to try Honey BBQ Chicken steamed buns

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10 lovely looking buns , it only took me a 6 minutes steaming from frozen and they are ready to eat , took a bite and I thought the texture of the bun is great is soft and light just melts in my mouth , than the honey bbq chicken comes through and I was little bit disappointed because as much as I love the bun I did not like the flavours of the filling I think is way to sweet all I can taste is Honey , chicken has totally disappeared , but I can see the potential in this product but with less Honey in it , if that will be improved I will definitely try it again .

Next day I have try the Chinese Selection and Duck Spring rolls

DSC_0506     The Chinese selection 18 bites – 6 chicken wontons , 6 vegetable spring rolls , 6 prawn toast . Duck Spring rolls of 14

I have to say I really enjoyed every bite from this Selection the Prawn toast were light , crunchy and full of flavours , s well chicken wontons and spring rolls  , but mine personal favourite is a Duck spring rolls the hoisin sauce flavour its just excellent there is good amount of duck  filling   and I was very impressed that all this crispy treats were none greasy , because I was little bit afraid of that but I was nicely surprised .

After my testing sessions I can honestly say that I really love Tesco Party Food and I do want to try more from this range . Would I recommend Tesco Party Food ? I definitely say YES I would .

Last but not least I have try Tesco Party Food thanks to courtesy of Tesco Orchard Club and Tesco  and I Thank you very much for that :}

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Smoked mackerel with lentils

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I absolutely love Mackerel , and I think people don’t eat enough of it , as soon  I found this recipe I`ve made it and I assure you its delicious , I normally eat it for my lunch but it can be served as a starter or light supper , and this is what you need :

 

  • 2 pears, cored and sliced into thin wedges
  • 85g watercress
  • 150g Juniper and Black Pepper, Beetroot quartered
  • 2 x 160g  piri piri smoked mackerel, skinned and flaked
  • 2 oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 150g of green lentils
  • 20g of butter

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp.  creamed horseradish
  • 1 orange, juice only
  • 3 tbsp.  olive oil
  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the lentils. Cook for 20-25 minutes until tender. Drain well and refresh under cold running water.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan and fry the pear slices on each side until golden.
  3. Toss the cooked lentils with the watercress, cooked pears, beetroot, mackerel and orange segments. Pile on to a serving platter.
  4. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and drizzle it over the salad before serving.

 

 

Green Pasta

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I love this Pasta recipe , its light its fresh I cant get enough of it :}

You need  :
Tagliatelle  – 250 g
Fresh Spinach – 200 g
Fresh garden peas  – 200 g
Pumpkin seeds – 3 tbs.
Grated  parmesan – 50g
Garlic – 2 cloves
Olive oil – 4 tbs.
Fresh parsley – handful
Salt and pepper 

Method :
Cook pasta until soft .Wash spinach ,Cut off the hard stamps and leave it do dry on the kitchen towel . On the frying pan heat up 2 tbs. of olive oil ,and we are chopping the garlic and we frying it very gently .Than we add spinach and garden peas and frying until soft .when everything is cooked we move it into the blender .Using the same pan toast pumpkin seeds until golden then also ad them to the blender .Add 2tbs.of olive oil ,season with salt and pepper and blend until smooth .Ready smooth paste, mix with cooked pasta ,put it on the plate sprinkle over with parmesan cheese , chopped parsley and  garden peas .

ENJOY