National Vegetarian Week – Homemade Veggie Pizza and Potato Salad

May 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s National Vegetarian Week so I’ll be sharing some of my favourite vegetarian dishes on the blog throughout the week- I’d love to hear which veggie dishes you enjoy cooking so please leave a comment below.

Here at Bath-Knight the sun is shining and it’s finally starting to feel like summer is on the way. So I thought that I’d share a couple of simple recipes which you can eat outside whilst enjoying the sunshine.

NVW veggie pizza

Vegetarian homemade pizzas are really easy to make and although I tend to make my own pizza bases (I follow Jamie Oliver’s recipe) you can buy readymade ones from local supermarkets.

The best thing about homemade pizza is that you can add whatever toppings you like. For a veggie feast stock up on olives, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, sweet corn, jalapeños, garlic, onion, capers and plenty of different types of cheese. With so much choice even meat eaters will love these pizzas.

NVW potato salad

I like to serve pizza with a side salad and often I’ll make this potato salad to accompany a light supper. It’s also a great recipe to use when guests are around for BBQ’s or picnics in the garden. This potato salad can be eaten warm or cold and keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days.

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National Vegetarian Week 2012 – Rachel Khoo’s Wild Mushroom Terrine

May 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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It’s National Vegetarian Week (21st-27th May) and although I’m not as vegetarian I do adore well prepared vegetarian dishes. Like last year I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite veggie recipes over this week but I’ll also be looking into the health benefits of incorporating more veggie dishes into your diet.

After recently spending some time on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day website I got reading some of his info-graphics which highlight stats on all sorts of food. One in particular caught my attention as it discussed the health effects of red meat.

Although I’ve always been aware that too much red meat can be unhealthy but I was shocked to read the actual facts of how dangerous it is. As too much red meat causes heart disease, cancer and significantly increases cholesterol, which gives all the more reason to really get stuck into delicious vegetarian meals this week.

NVW WIld Mushroom Terrine

So to kick start this year’s National Vegetarian Week I’m featuring a recipe from TV chef Rachel Khoo whose new cooking programme ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’ brings French cooking up to date- I’ve really enjoyed the series and its available to watch on iPlayer for those who want to catch up.

Rachel’s Wild Mushroom Terrine or Terrine Forestière as it’s known in France is a delicious choice and perfect for dinner parties as it can be prepared in advance. What I like most about this veggie terrine is how simple the ingredients are yet it’s a delight to eat. Most definitely a veggie dish which I’d recommend trying, enjoy!

 

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day 19th May 2012

May 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’m sure that people who read my blog regularly will know that I’m a real foodie. I love to cook, share recipes and entertain my friends and family with regular dinner parties. So when I read about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, which is been held on the 19th May 2012 across the world, I was interested to see what my favourite TV chef has planned.

Jamie is renowned for being passionate about getting people, specifically children, to eat a healthy and notorious diet. He’s previously worked on projects both in the UK and in the United States that actively helped families, school children and communities to eat healthier.  

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day 2012

Now Jamie Oliver is using the power of people to make a change to the world’s unhealthy food habits. He wants foodies from across the globe to come together and share their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for food to raise awareness of how easy healthy food is to prepare and more importantly how delicious it is to eat.

Anyone can take part in Food Revolution Day. You can host an event- dinner party, BBQ, tasting session, cookery class, food parties/festival- or go along to an existing event it’s completely up to you. The point is that we make and share healthy foods, teach children where produce comes from and start to understand the advantages of cooking at home rather than opting for unhealthy take-outs or restaurant meals.

As I’m sure you can imagine the response to Jamie’s Food Revolution Day has been phenomenal. At present 551 cities and 57 countries are involved with 397 public events and 434 dinner parties taking place on Saturday. These events hope to raise funds for more schooling toward food education in schools and colleges where food basics should be unfortunately aren’t been taught to children and young adults.

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As someone who loves food and cooked as a child with my mother (I believe it’s important to get kids in the kitchen from a young age), I think that Food Revolution Day is a great idea. Not only will it help educate people and further their skills but it’s a great opportunity for foodies like me to learn more about foods from across the world as The Food Revolution Day website allows guests to post their own recipes making it a brilliant resource for finding authentic recipes from all corners of the globe.

If you want to get involved check out the website where you can search for an event near you or register to host your own. But importantly read the facts about how major an issue the world’s unhealthy attitude towards food is. The facts are shocking- 43 million children under 5 are overweight- the reality of the issue will encourage you ‘stand up for real food’ once and for all.

Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On

December 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A real foodie at heart I adore cooking programmes especially around Christmas time. Last night I was treated to the delightful Jamie Oliver, whose latest series is a Christmas special cheekily titled ‘Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On’.

Jamie's Christmas with bells on helpers

Although I’m sure many of you already have your Christmas lunch set, the show had some wonderful new ideas along with old favourites which are guaranteed to go down a treat. Perfect if you’re looking for something a little different to liven up Sunday’s feast.

Jamie’s seafood platter looked divine, a brilliant alternative to the classic prawn cocktail, and a dish which I am definitely planning on making in the New Year. However, the Turkey Chowder featured on last night’s show looked amazing and was possibly my favourite (if only we had smelly-vision). Brilliantly easy to make this could well be the perfect recipe for Boxing Day lunch.

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Jamie is his usual chirpy self and is joined by a host of great little helpers making the show a bundle of festive fun. If you missed it get inspired to make all of Jamie’s recipes including party favourites, which everyone will enjoy by checking out the recipes online now or watching Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On via 4OD.

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Mince Pies

November 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For me the key to a stress free Christmas feast is preparation. Of course, you can only prepare Christmas day lunch to an extent, which is why Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas day cook along is a fantastic idea.

However, other Christmas treats can be thought out well in advance leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy the festive period oppose to being stuck in the kitchen slaving away.

As Christmas is all about sharing I’ve decided to share my top tips, recipe ideas and handy hints on how to make Christmas as carefree as possible here on my blog. To kick start I thought I’d indulge you with a classic recipe from my favourite chef.

Jamie Oliver’s filo mince pies are a great spin on the classic Christmas time treat. I made these last Christmas and was truly converted to the modern approach. I like to serve my mince pies with a splash of brandy cream.

Top tip: If you’re making mince pies in advance store them in an air tight container or freeze them. Additionally avoid dusting with icing sugar until you’re ready to serve.

Pecan Pie recipe

National Curry Week- Vegetable Jalfrezi

October 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today I’m featuring a delicious vegetarian curry which is a firm favourite amongst me and many of my friends.

I was recommended this recipe by a friend and colleague who not only loves hot vegetarian dishes but also Jamie Oliver creations. What’s best about this dish is that you can use any vegetables you fancy, experimenting alone the way or just using what’s in your veg box.

I enjoy this vegetable jalfrezi with rice and a spoonful of natural yoghurt to cool the heat a little.

Enjoy!

Vegtable Jalfrezi

Books glorious books- Super Thursday

September 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Did you know that today is ‘Super Thursday’? Maybe, like me, you thought it was a name conjured up to celebrate the unseasonal glorious weather we’re experiencing today. But that’s not the case. In fact Super Thursday is the busiest day of the year for those in the publishing industry. As over 200 books go on sale today in time to become Christmas best sellers.

This year there is plenty to choose from as lots of famous faces are releasing books alongside credited authors. Unsurprisingly comedians are taking centre stage with comics such as James Corden, Lee Evans and Steve Coogan all putting pen to paper to write autobiographies.

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In the culinary department celebrity chef and my personal favourite, Jamie Oliver is following up his phenomenal ‘30 minute meals’ with ‘Jamie’s Great Britain’. The cookbook which makes the most of British food – hotly tipped to be another huge seller.

I’m thrilled to see that Joanna Lumley has finally written her memoir simply titled ‘Absolutely’. I’m certain that it will be a great read citing not only her exceptional career in entertainment but her work as a human rights activist in particular her involvement in the Gurkha Justice Campaign.

As an avid reader it’s great to hear that such a large volume of publications are hitting the shelves. Unfortunately today I read critics condemning Super Thursday as a mere marketing tool to ensure that these titles end up on Christmas lists.

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For me a hardback book personalised with a note for the recipient outlining why you’ve chosen that book is a classic Christmas gift, and one which I certainly take advantage of. Instead of condemning Super Thursday I’d like hope that we can collectively embrace excitement towards reading by encouraging people to buy books and enjoy them.

Thanks to Super Thursday I’ll have plenty of time to decide what to get who. Although maybe not quite yet… I don’t want Christmas to come around too quickly.

Visit Britain- You’re Invited

June 27, 2011 at 10:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Visit BritainA campaign to entice more visitors to come and enjoy Britain is underway with a marvellous marketing campaign from tourist organisation ‘Visit Britain’.

The campaign which showcases the very best of British has been endorsed by several celebrities including actors Dev Patel and Rupert Everett, supermodel Twiggy, my favourite chef Jamie Oliver and the great British actress Dame Judi Dench.

Each famous face is seen describing their personal highlights of Britain in five short films. My favourite is Dame Judi Dench’s who appears at the magnificent Hever Castle in Kent. Judi describes her admiration for tradition and love of English literature including the likes of Shakespeare.

Together I think that the videos really do display the diversity of Britain, from beautiful country sides to bustling cities. Hopefully the campaign will capture the mind of travellers, who are looking to explore Britain. After all there will be plenty to see in the next couple of year as London hosts the 2012 Olympic Games and the county celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

To see the official Visit Britain trailer, click here.

National Vegetarian Week – Creamy asparagus soup with a poached egg on toast

May 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This recipe is perfect for vegetarian week and was in fact passed on by a vegetarian colleague. The recipe initially came from TV chef and food guru Jamie Oliver and I must say that it really is yummy.

For me the poached egg on the top makes this specific soup stand out- make sure you don’t poach the egg for too long otherwise it won’t be nice and runny.  You can eat this soup hot or cold making it perfect for supper at home or lunch in the office!

National Vegetarian Week Aparagus Soup

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