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Pampered Chef RockCrok® Tomato and Red Wine Pork Ragout Recipe©

IMG_5387Here in the UK, The Pampered Chef are just about to launch a brand new type of Stoneware.  It claims to cook just as fabulously as normal Stoneware but it is able to cook on a hob, on a BBQ, under the grill and be washed up in the dishwasher!  Obviously, I needed to check these claims out and decided the best way was to try one of the recipes that comes with the “Dutch Oven Rockcrok”. As I had to feed at least 8 people I decided to start with this recipe.

This recipe is brilliant because it is quite simple, with a bit of pre-prep on the hob and then left to slowly cook in the oven until the pork melts and the sauce is absolutely gorgeous.  Everyone in the family LOVED this.  Suffice to say, I shall be making it again.  And the RockCrok???  So far, so absolutely amazing!  Plus putting it in the dishwasher afterwards was very pleasing!

Serves 10

Ingredients

3 tbps, plus 1 tsp sunflower oil, divided
1 large onion, finely chopped with Food Chopper
2 carrots, peeled and sliced (about 240g)
2 celery sticks, sliced (about 125g)
2 cloves garlic, pressed with Garlic Press
1.5kg diced lean casserole pork (I used Pork shoulder steaks as they were on offer!)
6 rashers rindless lean back bacon (150g prepared weight) cut into 5cm pieces
50g plain flour
250ml dry red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon)
2 tins (400g each) plum tomatoes
1 tbps dried mixed herbs
Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish (optional)

Method

    1. Preheat oven to 170C/ fan150C/ Gas 3.  Heat 1 tbps of oil in RockCrok Dutch Oven over medium heat for 3-5 mins or until hot.  Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic.  Cook for 2-3 mins or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove vegetables to a plate; set aside.
    2. Add 1 tbsp of remaining oil to Dutch Oven.  Add one quarter of the pork, cook uncovered, 3-4 minutes or until lightly sealed, stirring occasionally.  Remove to a large dish.  Repeat sealing of remaining pork, in 3 batches, adding 1 tsp of oil for each batch.  Set pork aside.
    3. Add remaining oil to Dutch Oven, cook bacon, uncovered, 2-3 mins until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
    4. Return pork to Dutch Oven, stir in flour, mix well.  Cook 1-2 mins or until lightly browned, stirring continuously.  Stir in veg, wine, dried herbs and tomatoes.  Chop tomatoes using Mix ‘N Chop.  Increase heat to med-high; bring to the boil, stirring continuously.  Cover; transfer to oven, bake 1.5-2hrs or until pork is tender.IMG_5386

 

  1. Remove from oven.  Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.  Serve with cooked pasta (I went for tagliatelle).

Nutrients per serving:  Energy 1333kj. 319 kcal; Protein 36.3g; Carbohydrate 10.1g; Sugars 5.4g; Fat 13.1g; Saturated Fat 3.6g; Fibre 1.8g; Salt 1g.

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My return to blogging with a simple Pancake recipe

It feels like ages since I have shared any recipes and blogged.  Christmas has been planned for, cooked through, enjoyed and is now a dim memory!  The new year is well and truly under way and I have been taking photos of my food but never getting round to sharing them.

This morning, after being blessed with a lie-in, I came downstairs to find my eldest daughter had made pancakes.  However, the only recipe she could find here was a more complicated Choc Chip version which needed ingredients we didn’t have.  So, here it is; my first recipe of 2014 and it is dedicated to my fabulous daughter Cerys.

These ingredients will make quite a few pancakes – depending on size it usually makes 12-15.  Obviously, if you need less then divide the ingredients as you wish.  I used to use a recipe which needing weighing but when someone reminded me that pancake mix is the same as a Yorkshire Pudding mix, a lightbulb went off!  So now I just use a Pampered Chef Prep Bowl as a cup measurement and it’s very very easy.

Ingredients:

1 cup milk
1 cup plain flour
3 eggs
Pinch of salt

Method:

  • Using a whisk mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. (I thoroughly recommend a Pampered Chef Classic Batter Bowl, its the perfect size and has a spout to pour the mix into the saucepan).  You are looking for a batter with the consistency of  double cream.  If necessary add a bit more milk.
  • Heat a small sauté pan/ frying pan (the Pampered Chef Executive is the best option, you can even make your pancakes fat free with one of these!) with a small amount of sunflower oil.
  • When smoking hot pour a ladleful of batter into pan, swirl it about to fill the bottom of the pan.
  • Put onto the heat and wait until bubbles appear on the top and the edges of the pancake pull away from the pan.
  • Flip the pancake, either by tossing it or using a slice under the pancake to help it along.
  • The second side takes less time than the first.  As soon as the pancake moves around in the pan when you swirl it its ready.  Slide onto a plate and serve as you wish.  (Our family favourite is squeezed lemon and sugar, or maple syrup)

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Jamie Oliver’s Spotted Blackberry Sponge

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I made this yesterday as a pudding and served it hot with cream and/or ice cream.  Today we ate the (meagre!) leftovers cold.  It is really yummy cold but utterly fabulous hot!  And SO easy.  Go, pick some blackberries and make it, now!!!

125g (4½oz) unsalted butter, cubed and softened
125g (4½oz) caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs, at room temperature
125g (4½oz) self-raising flour
A splash of semi-skimmed milk
350g (12oz)  blackberries
Cream or Ice cream, to serve

Preheat oven to fan 170C/ 190°C/gas 5.

If not using Pampered Chef Cake Tin…Grease a 20cm (8in) springform tin with butter, line the base with a circle of greaseproof paper and grease this too. I actually christened my new Pampered Chef Cake Tin with this recipe and didn’t do ANYTHING to the tin!  It came out perfectly (as you can see in the photo below)!  Even I was amazed!

Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy – you can do this in a machine if you like.

Add the eggs one by one, waiting until the last is completely beaten in before adding the next. If the batter curdles, add 1tsp of flour to bring it back together.

Sift the flour into the bowl and fold in. Add a splash of milk (no more than 50ml/2fl oz) to loosen the mix.

Spoon the batter into the tin and smooth out.

Tip the blackberries into a clean bowl and sift a couple of pinches of flour over the top. Toss the fruit in the flour, then scatter over the uncooked cake.  The recipe is quite generous with blackberries so my ‘scattering’ actually took up the whole layer

Bake for 25-30 minutes in the wider, darker (which cooks quicker) PC Cake Tin or 35-40 mins in the 20cm greased tin, or until golden on top and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then carefully release and cool completely on a wire rack. Serve with cream or ice cream or maybe even custard!!
I have adapted the recipe from here:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2407004/Cook-Jamie-Theres-glut-juicy-berries–pick-theyre-free.html
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Giant Pizza Cookie

This is a fantastic ‘pizza’ as a pudding.  It tastes really delicious warm (so far I haven’t managed to eat any cold because it gets eaten to quickly!).  As always with Pampered Chef the recipe is quick and easy. This is also the find of recipe that kids will love to help make and then help eating later of course!

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Ingredients
1 cup plain flour
¾ cup oats
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
115g butter or margarine at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
100g dark chocolate
1 tub chocolate frosting/chocolate spread/nutella
Smarties, fudge, white chocolate (or any sweets for the topping)

Method

1.       Preheat oven to 180oC or gas mark 4.
2.       Lightly spray Medium round stone with Kitchen spritzer, set aside.
3.       In small batter bowl mix flour, oats, baking powder and salt measured using easy read measuring cups and adjustable measuring spoons with bamboo spoon set aside
4.       In classic batter bowl beat butter and brown sugar until creamy using bamboo spoon add egg and vanilla and beat well
5.       Chop the dark chocolate with the food chopper add to the butter mixture. Add the flour mixture and mix well using mix n scraper
6.       shape the dough into a ball and place on the medium round stone, roll into a large circle using the bakers roller. 
7.       Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven using oven mitt and place on the stackable cooling rack
8.       cool slightly
9.       Use large spreader to cover the cookie with frosting
10.     chop fudge with forged cutlery utility knife, scatter on top with smarties and any other sweets you are using
11.       grate white chocolate on top using microplane grater fitted with the food holder
12.      Slice with pizza cutter, serve with Apple Berry Salsa and ENJOY

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Susie Evans
Independent  Director for The Pampered Chef
07854 241575
http://www.pamperedchef.biz/susieevans
 

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The Pampered Chef ® Savoury Cheese Bites Recipe

This is a recipe from our new Season’s best recipe book.  It has already become a firm favourite in our house.  Every party should have a set of these.  The only disadvantage to the recipe is that they are gone all too soon!  The topping does sound a little strange but is absolutely delicious. IMG_4302

Biscuits
60 g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, divided
115 g butter (in small pieces), at room temperature
150 g plain flour
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons water

Topping (optional)
40 g roasted red peppers from a jar (drained weight), well-drained and patted dry
3 tablespoons apricot conserve
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed chilli flakes

Preheat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas 6.

Grate cheese using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater.

To make the biscuits, combine these ingredients in Manual Food Processor in this order: 40 g of the cheese, butter, flour, egg yolk and water. Process until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary, until mixture just begins to bind to form a crumbly dough.

Place remaining cheese in Small Sheet Pan. Using a level filled Small Scoop, press dough into scoop using your fingers to mould into shape, then release directly into grated cheese and coat well on all sides.

Meanwhile make the topping, if desired. Finely dice red peppers using Chef’s Knife. Mix peppers, apricot conserve and chilli flakes in (500-ml) Prep Bowl.

Remove stone from oven. Immediately press down centre of biscuits with back of clean scoop to create wells. Using Mini-Serving Spatula, transfer biscuits to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool 10 minutes. Spoon half teaspoon of topping into wells of each biscuit. If the biscuits have topping they are best eaten on the day they are made.
Yield: Makes 24

Per serving: Nutrients per bite: Energy 295kJ/71kcal, Protein 1.7g, Carbohydrate 5.0g, Sugars 0.2g, Fat 5.0g, Saturated fat 3.1g, Fibre 0.2g, Salt 0.1g

Cook’s Tip: For easiest processing, the butter should be softened. To do this quickly, cut it into small pieces and let stand at room temperature for about 45 minutes. If the butter is not fully incorporated after processing in step 2, carefully remove the blade and transfer to 2-Litre Stainless Mixing Bowl. Stir the dough until blended using Mini Mix ‘N Scraper®. Do not knead to a smooth dough.

© 2013 The Pampered Chef used under license.

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Play Dough (Not for eating!!)

Today’s recipe isn’t for eating but it is a recipe and as I am cooking it this morning I thought I would share.

My kids (of all ages) love playing with Play Dough.  Its pretty pricey in the shops but with this recipe it is really cheap and easy to make.  In fact, every time I make it it surprises me just how easy it is!!  This makes for a great holiday activity.

Ingredients

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
3 tbsp sunflower/veg oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food colouring

Method
Put all the ingredients in a large pan & heat gently, stirring constantly.

The dough is ready when it no longer sticks to your fingers.

Knead on a lightly floured surface.

I thoroughly recommend the Pampered Chef Executive Non-Stick pan and Mix ‘N Scraper for this.  Makes the job a breeze to clean up as well as make!

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Sarah’s Chocolate Brownies

This is a fabulously easy recipe for holiday (or any time!) baking given to me years ago by my lovely friends Sarah!!  Don’t be tempted to overbake or they will dry out (though I still manage to eat them OK!!).

This is a recipe my daughter’s love making as it doesn’t have many steps, so I have done the whole recipe with photos to make it as easy to follow as possible.

Ingredients

8oz Butter (One whole pack)
13oz Sugar
4 eggs
4oz Plain Flour
3oz Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Powder

Method

    • Preheat oven 180C/ Gas 5.
    • Add Butter and Sugar to Saucepan and melt.IMG_4460
    • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
    • Add other ingredients and mix well.IMG_4462

 

  • Pour into Medium Bar Pan.IMG_4464IMG_4468
  • Cook for 30 minutes.IMG_4469
  • Eat!!!!

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Pampered Chef Fudgy Brownies with Apple Berry Salsa

These really are fudgy brownies and very, very simple.  As I made this at my show yesterday someone commented that I just ‘bang’ the recipe about and didn’t bother about “folding” and “light stirring” and “looking after all the air”.  It really isn’t needed with this recipe at all!!  The Salsa tastes absolutely fabulous with the brownies, especially when they are served warm!

My top tip for making the Brownies (this is true of all brownie recipes) – DON”T be tempted to keep them in the oven even if they don’t look totally cooked.  Its easy to ‘overbake’ brownies and end up with tasty but dry rather than fudgy brownies!!

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

 

Ingredients

  • 225g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 85g (3oz) self raising flour
  • 40g (1½ oz) cocoa powder, sifted
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 115g (4oz) margarine (melted)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C / Gas 4. Spray bottom of Medium Bar Pan with vegetable oil using Kitchen Spritzer. For brownies, in Classic Batter Bowl, combine sugar, flour, coca powder and salt; mix well.
  2. In Small Batter Bowl, whisk eggs and milk until blended using Stainless Steel Whisk. Add eggs and milk to flour mixture together with melted margarine; whisk until well blended and smooth.
  3. Pour batter into bar pan; spread evenly using Small Mix ‘N Scraper. Bake about 25 minutes or until centre is set. Do not over-bake. Remove from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool completely (or alternatively dive in whilst still warm!!!)

Makes 12 brownies

 

Apple Berry Salsa

This luscious salsa is the perfect accompaniment to chocolate brownies!

Ingredients

  • 2 Granny Smiths apples
  • 200 g / 7 oz strawberries
  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 1 orange
  • 2 Tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp strawberry jam

Method

  • Cut apples into quarters; chop using Food Chopper OR chop using Manual Food Processor.
  • If using Manual Food processor add all other ingredients except strawberries (using Citrus Press to juice the orange) and lightly mix.
  • Hull strawberries with the Cooks Corer and slice with Egg Slicer Plus.  Add strawberries to sales and serve with brownies.
  • If using Food Chopper, add apple and all other ingredients except strawberries (using Citrus Press to juice the orange) to Small Batter Bowl and lightly mix using Small Mix ‘N Scraper.  Add strawberries and serve with brownies.

Serves 8 greedy people as a dessert or up 24 as a gentile taste!

Susie Evans
Independent Director for the Pampered Chef
07854 241575
http://www.pamperedchef.biz/susieevans
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Chocolate Cake for Rectangular Baker

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This chocolate cake recipe was given to me by my lovely friend Anne. It is perfect for the Rectangular Stoneware Baker and for making a large cake for a big occasion.  The topping is an adaptation of a couple I have seen floating around Facebook.

So very, very easy, its almost feels like cheating!!

Ingredients for Cake

12oz  Soft Unsalted Butter or Margarine
12oz  Sugar
6 Eggs
9oz Self Raising Flour
3 oz Cocoa

Ingredients for Butter Icing

6oz Icing Sugar
4oz very soft Unsalted Butter/ Marg
1 or 2 tbps Cocoa to taste

Method

  • Preheat Oven 170C/ 150C Fan/ Gas 4
  • Beat the butter/marg and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs slowly and beat.
  • Fold Flour and Cocoa in.
  • Put mixture into Rectangular Baker and smooth top a bit.
  • Cook for 40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool before attempting icing.

For the icing combine Butter and Icing Sugar in Batter Bowl until fully mixed.  Add cocoa to taste.  Spread over cake using Small Spreader.

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Turkey and Apricot Bake

This is a real family favourite and is an adaptation from a Sainsbury’s TV recipe from years back.

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This takes just a few ingredients and makes something truly delicious.

Ingredients
454g Turkey stirfry or turkey breast sliced
25g Plain Flour
freshly ground Black Pepper
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove
1 bunch Spring Onions, sliced
150g ready to eat Dried Apricots, chopped
300ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
100g Cheddar Cheese, grated, divided
40g Wholemeal Breadcrumbs
2 tbsp Chopped fresh Parsley, or 1 tsp dried Mixed Herbs

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190C/ 170C fan/ Gas Mark 5
  2. Coat the turkey strips in the flour seasoned with pepper.IMG_3912
  3. Press Garlic into Skillet using Garlic Press and add Olive Oil.  Heat over medium-high heat for 30 secs (take care not to burn the garlic).  Add the turkey and cook for 2-3 mins, stirring, until sealed.  (In the photo below you can see the strips which have begun to seal as they are turning pale)IMG_3914
  4. Stir in the onions and apricots, then add the milk.IMG_3915
  5. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes stirring until thickened and smooth, then stir in 75g of the cheese.  Transfer the mixture to Stoneware Baker (I’ve used my Square Baker).IMG_3917
  6. Mix together the Breadcrumbs, Parsley and remaining Cheese and sprinkle over the turkey mixture.IMG_3918
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.  I serve with Rice (cooked with Rice Cooker Plus) and Steamed Broccoli.

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