Have Salmon-else this festive season

This festive feast is Salmon-else… tuck into @lafamigliarana New Salmon & Ricotta fresh tortelloni. Tasting of freshly smoked salmon thanks to the chopped not blitzed centres this is fabulous served with just a drizzle of olive oil; it’s our absolute favourite filled tortelloni because it’s full of flavour, ready in two minutes and simply served with a drizzle of oil that’s all it needs!

Available exclusively in Sainsburys stores nationwide

If you’re feeling extra special and you’re feeling the pressure to impress this Christmas try this creamy lemon and prosecco recipe…

RECIPE

SALMON TORTELLONI WITH PROSECCO & CREAMY LEMON SAUCE 

 

Difficulty level: Easy 

Cooking and preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves 2 

INGREDIENTS

1 pack of La Famiglia Rana Smoked Salmon & Ricotta Tortelloni1 shallot peeled and chopped1 tbsp butter 125 ml Proseccopeel of 1 organic lemon cut into strips2 tbsp lemon juice125 ml crème fraiche chives choppedsalt and pepper 

METHOD

Melt butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat and sauté the shallot for about two minutes until soft and fragrant. Add lemon peel and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add Prosecco and lemon juice, bring to boil and lower heat to medium. Simmer for a couple of minutes, add crème fraiche, stir well and cook for a few more minutes until slightly thickened.

In the meantime, cook the tortelloni for two minutes in a large pot of salted boiling water. Strain delicately with a skimmer and tip them into the pan along with two tbsp of pasta cooking water. Mix delicately,

Divide between two plates, garnish with chives and serve. 

Super tasty… don’t you agree?

Celebrate British grown tomatoes with some tasty recipes!

Mid May was #britishtomatofortnight and we delved head first into enjoying tasty british grown sweet tomatoes, with this tasty piccolo and lemonade tomato and soft cheese bagel…  Thanks to @britishtomatoes and @standagencyuk who sent us the most juicy fresh selection of these sweet vine tomatoes (the varieties are listed below)!

 

Piccolo – a premium cherry tomato on the vine… Very sweet with a distinctive flavour that provides a long lasting experience. The best in its class, a real favourite for snaking and salads, but can also be used in a range of hot dishes.

Lemonade – Yellow Cherry/Baby Plum (on the vine) A real break from the norm. A pale almost translucent yellow fruit that has an amazing flavour unlike anything else. A real crunch when bitten into and a wonderful addition to brighten any dish

Royal Star – Speciality Orange Cherry (on the vine) With a colour that is so unusual and a flavour to match, this variety provides a point of difference on both colour and taste, it is a lovely addition to any salad.

Join us in discovering some more amazing recipes below!

British Tomato and Seafood summer pasta

SEAFOOD & TOMATO PASTA
Seafood pasta is always a classic, only made better with great British tomatoes. This deliciously simple dish combines the two for a perfect summer dish!

Serves 2 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking: 15 minutes

3tbsp olive oil
4 British Large Vine Tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
Few drops of balsamic vinegar
160g small scallops
180g tagliatelle or linguine
200g cooked, peeled prawns
2tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish
6-8 British Piccolo Tomatoes, halved
30g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped tomatoes and red onion and cook over a low heat for 10-12 minutes, until very soft, adding a splash of water if needed. Season with salt, pepper and a few drops of balsamic vinegar.
2 Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle or linguine in lightly salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes, until tender.
3 Add the scallops to the tomato mixture and cook for 2 minutes, then add the prawns, parsley and piccolo tomatoes. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, until heated through.
4 Drain the pasta. Gently stir through the tomato mixture and share between two warmed serving bowls or plates. Serve, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and extra parsley.

Cook’s tip: No scallops available? Use a few more prawns and add a handful of thawed frozen peas. To skin tomatoes, put them into a heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water and leave for 15-20 seconds, then drain. The skins will be easy to peel away.

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BRITISH TOMATO SHAKSHUKA
Perfect for breakfast or brunch, this British tomato recipe tastes fantastic with crusty bread to mop up all the delicious juices.

Serves 4 Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking: 25 minutes
Suitable for vegetarians

500g British medium vine tomatoes
2tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 red peppers, deseeded and sliced
1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced
1/2tsp cumin seeds
1tsp mild chilli powder
1tbsp tomato puree
2tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish
4 large eggs
50g feta cheese, crumbed
150g thick Greek-style yogurt
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crusty bread, to serve

1 Halve the British tomatoes and set to one side.
2 Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan that has a lid. Gently fry the onions,
garlic and peppers in the covered pan for about 10 minutes, or until very soft.
3 Add the cumin seeds, chilli powder, tomato puree and parsley, stirring well.
Season. Add the tomatoes and cook over a medium heat for about 8-10
minutes, uncovered, adding a splash of water if it begins to look too dry.
4 Stir well, then make 4 spaces among the ingredients. Crack the eggs into
these spaces and cook gently for a further 8-10 minutes, until set. If you like,
grill the top for a few moments to set the surface of the eggs.
5 To serve, crumble the feta cheese on top and sprinkle with extra parsley.
Season with a little extra black pepper. Put the yogurt into a bowl and sprinkle
with a little chilli powder. Serve alongside the Shakshuka with crusty bread.
Cook’s tip: This is great as a sharing dish, where everyone just eats straight
from the pan!

Whatever you do – make sure you try your local tomatoes. Don’t refrigerate them, no matter how tempted you are either, as they loose their true flavour. Do what you can to support and celebrate British Tomatoes all year round!

Dreamy desserts spotted!

Dreamy dessert spotted! An indulgent dark chocolate brownie topped with caramel popcorn, & accompanied by a light honeycomb ice cream is my kind of heaven… you can try yours @the_chiquito

Book online at https://www.chiquito.co.uk/book

Indulge yourself in tasty treats in SW London

A short post – but we had to bring you this delightful Eton Mess with sharp raspberries and crisp, chewy meringue – the perfect after dinner treat available at No29 Power Station West

Achieve your breakfast goals with these tasty delights from Primrose’s kitchen

🍌 Breakfast goals are easily achieved with these Primroses kitchen #organic & #vegan granola. We were excited to try them due to the range of interesting flavours and combinations and we were pleasantly surprised!

Thumbs up for #bananaandturmeric – the flavour was light and not overpowering which surprised us as sometimes turmeric can come across quite heavily! The granola also had a pleasantly delicate crunch, so no breaking your teeth 🍌

Get yours and try the entire range over at Primrose’s kitchen. Available from just £5.95 a box online at primroseskitchen.com

Father’s Day edit: Treat his sweet tooth with UK based Holdsworth chocolates

Have a patriotic pa with a sweet tooth? Then this #unionjack box of boozy choccys from @holdsworthchocolates is the spot on gift for him (treat yourself 😉) find dark strawberry creams to creme de cacao truffles… yum!

#choclatier #food #asof #sprinkleoffreckles #fathersdaygifts #foodie #foodislife #daddio #british #truffle #grandmarnier #strawberries #holdsworth

A dessert must… exploring France

Check out this amazing dessert from La Potiniere in Fleury sur Andelle – a light passionfruit mousse dressed with dark chocolate chips, freeze dried raspberries and salted popcorn… with a caramel and biscuit tuille 😍 No words can explain how amazing this was!

Celebrate British Tomato Fortnight with these super tomato recipes…

It’s #nationaltomatofortnight and we are eating Sweet #piccolo British Tomatoes from Eric Wall Tomatoes you should taste them they’re divine!

We created this scrummy Roasted Piccolo & garlic meatball tagliatelle with these super sweet Piccolo’s – it was such a simple recipe – and we don’t do much in the way of measuring when we’re mid cook! So excuse no exact measurements on this!

We made a simple sauce (passata) with some blended Piccolo tomatoes and lightly roasted tomatoes (season with salt and pepper) we then heated this through with a couple of teaspoons of crushed garlic to taste and added some basil (you can use dried or fresh)

Whilst this was being prepped, meatballs were grilled and 2 tagliatelle nests were cooked to packed instructions too!

Finally we halved a handful of tomatoes, and sprinkled them over the top and added half a vine of extra whole ones too!

Now check out these other tasty creations below from British Tomatoes

Pasta

SEAFOOD & TOMATO PASTA

Who doesn’t love pasta and seafood? Even the new Duchess of Sussex herself (Meghan) allegedly does – so this deliciously simple dish combines the two with Great British Tomatoes!

Serves 2       Prep time: 10 minutes      Cooking: 15 minutes    Price: £9.21

3tbsp olive oil – 14p

4 British Large Vine Tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped – 76p

1 red onion, finely chopped – 22p

Few drops of balsamic vinegar

160g small scallops – £4.14

180g tagliatelle or linguine – 25p

200g cooked, peeled prawns – £2.00

2tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish – 67p

6-8 British Baby Plum Tomatoes, halved – 40p

30g Parmesan cheese, finely grated – 63p

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped tomatoes and red onion and cook over a low heat for 10-12 minutes, until very soft, adding a splash of water if needed. Season with salt, pepper and a few drops of balsamic vinegar.

2 Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle or linguine in lightly salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes, until tender.

3 Add the scallops to the tomato mixture and cook for 2 minutes, then add the prawns, parsley and baby plum tomatoes. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, until heated through.

4 Drain the pasta. Gently stir through the tomato mixture and share between two warmed serving bowls or plates. Serve, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and extra parsley.

Cook’s tip: To skin tomatoes, put them into a heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water and leave for 15-20 seconds, then drain. The skins will be easy to peel away.   

Tart

OVEN-ROASTED TOMATO, SPINACH AND MOZZARELLA TART

This gorgeous main course tart is made with filo pastry brushed with melted butter – filled with oven-roasted British vine tomatoes with wilted spinach, mozzarella and basil. It’s a simple yet super tasty summery dish!

Serves 8       Prep time: 25 minutes      Cooking: 30 minutes

Suitable for vegetarians   Price: £7.46

12 British Medium Vine Tomatoes, halved – £2.00

1tbsp olive oil – 10p

200g young spinach, washed – £1.50

270g pack filo pastry sheets, thawed if frozen – £1.50

100g butter, melted – 56p

2 x 125g balls mozzarella, sliced – £1.00

2 eggs – 30p

150ml single cream – 50p

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Basil leaves, to garnish

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4. Put the tomatoes into a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper. Roast for 10-15 minutes, then cool.

2 Put the spinach into a colander and slowly pour a kettleful of boiling water over it to wilt the leaves. Leave to cool.

3 Unroll the sheets of filo pastry. Brush each one with melted butter and stack them one on top of the other on a large greased baking sheet, criss-crossing them as you layer them. Gather and scrunch the edges, bringing them together to form a border.

4 Squeeze the excess moisture from the spinach, then arrange on the tart with the tomatoes and mozzarella. Beat the eggs and single cream together and season with salt and pepper. Pour into the tart case. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set and golden. Serve, garnished with basil leaves.

Cook’s tip: It’s easy to make this tart for 4 people – simply halve the quantities and reduce the size of the tart.

Let’s Be Wheat and Gluten Free with BFree food solutions… plus try some tasty lunch option recipe’s!!!

BFree (Be Wheat and Gluten Free have a huge range of products for us that love to take a dietary choice, or have to be free of certain ingredients such as Gluten and Dairy.

We’ve sat and tasted the yummy BFree Sweet Potato Wraps, – the texture is interesting as it’s something (as a usual non-gluten free eater) I’ve not really come across, yet they’re sweet potato and anything made with this will pass my palate quicker than Lewis Hamilton! Plus despite thinking the texture is strange to me… they’re wonderful, tasty and provide a fantastic alternative to gluten options at lunch! 

We also got our hands on the BFree Pitta Breads, which are exactly alike any other pitta minus the gluten and wheat! Bonus!

Find where to shop, and some tasty recipe’s from BFree below!

Mindfulness Bites-Pack

MINDFULLNESS BITES

Ingredients

1 small avocado, mashed into a paste

2 slices of smoked salmon

2 small beetroot, sliced

A handful of cashew nuts, roughly chopped

Juice of half a lemon

Salt and black pepper

2 slices of BFree Oaty Loaf

Method

1 Take the mashed avocado and spread it onto each slice of BFree Oaty Loaf

2 Add a slice of smoked salmon to each and divide the cashew nuts and sliced beetroot between the two sandwiches

3 Drizzle on the lemon juice with a dash of salt and pepper

WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOUR MIND?

 The Oats in the BFree Oaty Loaf – contribute to effective serotonin production which helps balance and even boost moods

Smoked salmon – contains tryptophan, which helps to synthesise serotonin in the body, one of the most important chemical elements for supporting and stabilising your mood

Cashew nuts – high in magnesium to help keep feelings of anxiety at bay

Good Gut Club-Breads-Pack

A POCKET FULL OF GUTSY GOODNESS

Ingredients

1 cup of cooked brown rice

1 cup of cooked black beans, drained and rinsed

A handful of coriander

1 red chilli, thinly sliced

1 large tomato, diced

1 cup of green olives, sliced

1 cup of cooked broccoli, chopped

1 tsp of chia seeds

2 BFree Pitta Pockets

Method

1 Take a bowl and mix the rice, black beans, coriander, red chilli, tomato, green olives, broccoli together

2 Spoon half of the mixture into each BFree Pitta Pocket

3 Sprinkle chia seeds on to finish and serve

WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOUR GUT?

BFree Pitta Pockets – contain fibre from bamboo as well as from peas, which can enhance the function of the immune system and contribute towards healthy weight loss

Brown rice, black beans, broccoli, chia seeds and tomatoes – contain fibre in abundance, which is well known to enhance the function of the digestive system

Black beans and chia seeds – encourage the presence of healthy bacteria in the colon

A Slice of Energy-Pack

Energy Boosting lunches…

Ingredients

Hummus

2 radishes, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

2 asparagus stalks, roasted

Feta cheese

1 cup of cooked quinoa

2 BFree Quinoa and Chia Seed Wrapwith Teff and Flax Seeds

Method

1 Take two BFree Quinoa and Chia Seed Wraps and spread a generous portion of hummus on each of them

2 Then divide the quinoa between each wrap and add the radishes, red bell pepper, and the asparagus stalks

3 Sprinkle the feta cheese on top

4 Fold the wraps and serve

The ENERGY FOOD

BFree Quinoa and Chia Seed Wrapscontain teff and chia which help to boost energy

Hummus – provides healthy fats and can help to maintain your blood sugar levels – both of which are great for keeping your energy levels up

Radishes– rich in potassium, which helps the cells to produce energy. A potassium deficiency can lead to feelings of fatigue

Red bell peppers – a source of vitamin C, which plays a key role in energy production

Asparagus– high in a range of B vitamins, which contribute to the process of turning food into fuel

Feta cheese – contains calcium to keep your energy levels up

Quinoa – high in protein, a complex carbohydrate with fibre, giving your body a steady stream of energy throughout the day

The BFree range starts from £3.99, and can be brought in-store at Waitrose and Sainsbury’s stores nationwide!

It’s a ruby revelation… discover Prestat’s newest range here…

It’s a #ruby revelation… Prestat give us a taste of the newest thing in chocolate – #rubychocolate

It’s naturally pink and has a mouthwatering soft berry taste It’s our #new fave! (With 46% Cocoa!) It contains no flavourings or colours either… Try the range online now!

Shop the new range online at Prestat.co.uk or in-store at John Lewis

Super snacks & Tasty toppers from Crazy Jack!

 Looking for a super #snack or a tasty #breakfast topper? Try these naturally dark, organic soft apricots – we have them on our breakfast everyday and now we only buy Crazy Jack Organic as they’re super soft, not to dry, have a wonderful flavour and don’t cost the earth!! Plus they also have other dried fruit, nuts, pulses, grains and herbs and spices too within their ranges!

Why not try out their range of recipes online at crazyjack.co.uk

Buy yours today from Supermarkets Nationwide, in all good independent health food stores, and online on Amazon & Ocado 

 

Leakproof hydration on-the-go!

Whilst we are loving the sunshine – water and keeping hydrated are super important in this weather!

Hydration is important for your skin, promotes weight loss and boosts your immune system… so why not do it effortlessly with ion8 leakproof550ml bottle – available for just £11.45 from Amazon or online at Leakproof.

This water bottle has a vented, smooth liquid flow for rapid hydration. Concave sides and a soft band on this sports bottle provide a comfortable, slip free grip. These water bottles flip open with one hand, and lock closed for peace of mind when throwing into a bag. It is made from Tritan, is odour resistant, BPA free, phthalate free, non-toxic, Dishwasher safe and suitable for hot and cold drinks from -10C to 96C. So it’s a must-have for everyone, and makes looking after you, EASY! 

Check out the rest of the refillable water bottle range by ion8leakproof they keep water on hand whilst you’re on the go! They also come in a variety or colours and kids sizes too!

Get yours now from £9.99 at Leakproof.co.uk