Mushroom Stroganoff….

This recipe has saved me on several occassions where I have craved something in a lovely creamy sauce whilst dieting. Its so low in calories and it is tasty too :0)

This recipe serves two people and is less than 400 calories 

You will need:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp hot paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 300 grams of mixed mushrooms, chopped
  • 150 ml low-sodium beef stock
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp half- fat soured cream
  • small bunch of parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of brown rice, boiled

Preparation Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and soften the onion for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and parika and cook for 1 minute more. Add mushrooms and cook on a high heat, stirring often, for about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour in the stock and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to the boil and bubble for 5  minutes until the sauce thickens, then turn off the heat and stir through the soured cream and the parsley. Make sure the pan in not on the heat or the sauce may split.
  3. Served with brown rice and green veg like kale for some extra yumminess 


To blog or not to blog?

I sit here most evenings on my ipad watching the box generally after cooking something or going for a run to attempt to be healthy. I always tweet my pics but I have not been great at blogging. I wonder would anyone read it if I posted again. 

WAT KITCHEN launches Asian range for busy foodies…..

Busy foodies are being tempted to the heat & eat market with WAT KITCHEN, a new range of ambient pan-Asian meals from Crown Foods Ltd.

Made with chicken breast pieces and fresh vegetables, the ‘chicken & rice’ and ‘chicken & noodle’ combos use authentic recipes which have been specifically designed to fill the shelves, store-cupboards & desk drawers of Britain’s world-food fans.

MD of WAT KITCHEN, John Pickett, explains, “Ready meals have evolved and modern consumers are looking for grab & go world food that fits in with their busy lifestyles without compromising on quality.

Using this as our inspiration, each WAT KITCHEN meal includes a sauce, and rice or noodle pouch which hungry consumers can microwave, and eat straight from the take-out style box, in just 2 ½ minutes.”

John continues, “Customers can choose from Sweet & Sour, Black Bean, Teriyaki and Chilli & Thai Basil flavours. As well as filling a gap for high quality world-food on the go, each meal is under 353 calories and low in fat and saturated fat, which is ideal for the many health conscious consumers out there. If there was such a thing as feng shui food, this would be it!”

Boasting a 12 month shelf life, the brightly coloured boxes are certainly hard to walk past unnoticed. WAT KITCHEN officially launched in October to 500+ chain retail stores this month.

Find out more at or email:

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Thai Red Chicken Curry and Egg Fried Rice….

I often find when making a curry that you need so many spices and ingredients and it can often take me a long time to prepare. Why not try Verstegen spices and pastes. I used the Red Thai Curry paste to make this recipe. They are so so easy to use and take away all the pressure and extremely tasty too!


You Will Need:

  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 250g skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, cut into wide strips
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, cut into 2cm cubes
  • Verstegen Red Thai Curry Paste
  • 100ml of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 2 cups of water

Preparation Method:

Thai Red Curry:

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan and add the chicken. Cook over a medium-high heat for 4-5mins, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is sealed and browned.
  2. Add the sweet potato and fry for 4 minutes
  3. Add the onion and fry for 2 minutes
  4. Add the water and curry paste and simmer for 5 minutes

Egg Fried Rice:

  1. Boil 1cup of rice to 2 cups of water for ten minutes
  2. whilst this is boiling chop you spring onions very finely and throw in a frying pan with a little oil
  3. Then break two eggs into the frying pan and scramble
  4. Then add your rice, covering it with your egg and onions and fry for 3 minutes













Eat Out Awards…..

Eat Out Awards Logo

The Eat Out Awards 2013 are dedicated to the high street pub and restaurant market, celebrating the very best business practice in this fast-moving sector. The awards took place at Kensington Roof Gardens on Thursday 24th January.

Jamie’s Italian and JD Wetherspoon have been named the Nation’s Favourite Restaurant and Pub Brands at the Eat Out Awards 2013.

After teaming up with Livebookings, the search began in October to find the pub and restaurant brands consumers love the most. Voting closed in December and over 5,000 votes were received.

Clare Riley, editor of Eat Out magazine, said the winning brands are two of the most successful companies in the sector: “It’s great to see Jamie’s Italian and JD Wetherspoon taking home these awards. To be voted the nation’s favourite entirely by consumers is something to be very proud of.”

The awards evening, also saw another eight awards presented. Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Use of Technology
Sponsored by jellyfish
Be At One

Business Turnaround
Sponsored by Mars Foodservice
La Tasca

CSR and Environment
Sponsored by Winterhalter
Café ODE

Marketing Campaign of the Year
Sponsored by Casual Dining
Red Hot World Buffet

New Concept of the Year
Sponsored by Jelf Insurance

Team of the Year
Sponsored by Kenco Millicano
T.G.I Friday’s

Pub Company of the Year
Sponsored by Bisto
Oakman Inns

Restaurant Company of the Year
Sponsored by Zenith Hygiene Group

Nation’s Favourite Pub Brand
In association with Livebookings
JD Wetherspoon

Nation’s Favourite Restaurant Brand
In association with Livebookings
Jamie’s Italian








Doesn’t it get annoying when you plan things in your head to do and you never quite get to them? Distractions! There is always a distraction or two. A spreadsheet that needs writing or a phone that needs answering. Not to mention drive here then and everywhere shopping, visiting people and the like. Recently I have found myself distracted from writing on my blog.

I took the plunge at the weekend and bought myself a new notepad and I must say its made things so much easier. No longer does it take 20 minutes to start my blasted laptop up :0)

I suppose what I’m trying to say is don’t loose faith in me Ill be back to writing about food and all the wonders I discover. I have a box of treats under my desk at work just waiting for me to review haha. I cant wait to dig in. I also have to tell you all about the Eat Out Awards that I went to with work. Watch this space guys. I’ll be back to writing soon.


The Independent Authors International iAi holiday book special

You’re an awesome gifter — you got someone special a brand new e-reader. But what’s a great e-reader without great reads?

Just in time for the holidays — Independent Authors International brings four great books from four great, independent authors for just 99 cents each.

On Unfaithful Wings, by Bruce A. Blake —

Icarus Fell was alive, then he was dead, now he’s stuck somewhere in between. Icarus Fell is a harvester, brought back to Earth by the archangel Michael to collect souls and help them on their way to Heaven. If he gets enough of them before the bad guys do—if he does a good job—he can have his life back. But people he knew in life are dying, killed by a murderer’s knife, their bodies defiled, and the cops think he’s the killer. How does a man who no longer exists stop a psycho? Icarus Fell know he has to stop him before the killer gets to his son.
“Icarus Fell is officially my new favorite anti-hero.”

The Bones of the Earth, by Scott Bury — Eastern Europe, the Dark Age. The earth besets human civilization with earthquakes, floods, famines and new plagues that wipe out nearly half the population. Half of the mighty Roman Empire disappears. And the only man who can save humanity is one society rejected because he’s different.

“A marvelous read. I spent most of a day in The Bones of the Earth in spite of the things I had to do!”

Velvet Rain, by David C. Cassidy — Kain Richards is the last of his kind–and a man on the run. So when this mysterious drifter falls for a beautiful and sensible Iowa farmwoman, he knows full well the perils of getting too close. And yet, for the first time in his miserable existence, life feels normal … feels real. But as those around him soon realize, reality is not what it seems. For when a tragic accident forces Kain’s hand, his astonishing secret–and godlike power–changes their lives, and the world, forever.

“It took my breath away right from the first line.”

The Funny Adventures of Little Nani, by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa, illustrated by Almudena 
Romero Sánchez — Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people, but when she does, the results are unexpected. Why? Because Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. She tries to cast spells to help her friends, but she didn’t finish the magic spell course. Little Nani’s extraordinary friends include funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies … Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters! Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? 
“Children will love this book of short stories and they will fall in love with the beautiful image.”

American Goddesses, by Gary Henry — When two small-town women find themselves with nearly unlimited powers of mind and body, their lives get complicated. Things turn nasty as a shadowy organization attempts to use Megan and Trish for their own evil ends, and destroy them, their town and the USA in the process. “A ton of girl power … Highly recommended!”

Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, by Elise Stokes — Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist to discover that her body has undergone some bizarre physical changes. Her senses, strength, and speed have been radically enhanced.

After exploring her newfound abilities, Cassidy learns that the geneticist is missing and that foul play is suspected. Terrified that her physical changes and Professor Phillips’ disappearance are somehow connected, Cassidy decides to keep her strange transformation a secret. That is, until she meets the professor’s brilliant and mysterious fifteen-year-old son, Emery. An unlikely duo, they set out to find Emery’s mother and are forced to confront a maniacal villain willing to do anything — including murder — to achieve his goals.

“Elise Stokes ranks up there with other YA masterminds! This is a definite must -read book!”


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