Seriously Good Sauces from Heinz

We always have some Heinz sauce at home, definitely ketchup being one and mayonnaise too. This time round, we were introduced to some Seriously Good sauces from Heinz and I’m sure they’ll soon be a part of our must have sauce collection.

Heinz Seriously Good sauces come in the following flavours –

  • Creamy Chive Sauce, zingy and creamy with potatoes!
  • Creamy Pepper Sauce, creamy and warming with steak!
  • Creamy Tomato & Garlic Sauce, rich and lively with chicken!
  • Creamy Béarnaise, perfect with meats and fish!

We tried out the Creamy Chive sauce with chips and it was delicious. I even added it to scrambled eggs.

The Creamy Pepper sauce was perfect with meat – we added it to our roast pork sandwiches and it added that extra zing to it.

Here are two recipes that you may like to try too –

Classic steak sandwich

20 MINS PLUS RESTING | SERVES 4 | EASY

 

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

50g butter

2 large onions, finely sliced

2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

500g sirloin steak (about 2 large or 4 small)

100g rocket

1 baguette or 2 batons, halved

100g Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Pepper Sauce

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil and the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 10 mins, until golden and beginning to caramelise. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add the rest of the oil to the pan, and turn up the heat. Season the steaks and cook for 2-3 mins per side, or until done to your liking. Remove from the pan and leave to rest for 4-5 minutes before slicing.
  3. Arrange the rocket over the halved baguette, then top with the onions followed by the steak. Spoon on the Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Pepper Sauce and sandwich together. Serve immediately.

Poached Salon & Asparagus Salad

35-40 MINUTES | SERVES 4 | EASY

Ingredients

8-10 sprigs tarragon

1 lemon, juiced

4 salmon fillets,

about 140g each

400g asparagus, trimmed

120g bag baby leaves

6 radishes, sliced

100g Heinz [Seriously]

Good Creamy Béarnaise

Sauce

 

Method

1.      Fill a large shallow pan with water and add 6 tarragon sprigs and half the lemon juice. Add a little salt and bring just to the boil, then slide in the salmon, turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and poach for 8-10 mins. Once cooked to your liking, remove from the pan, drain and leave to cool completely. Remove any skin.

2.      Bring the water in the pan back to the boil, add the asparagus and blanch for 2 mins, then remove and cool under cold running water, drain well. Arrange the asparagus with the baby leaves and radishes on a serving plate. Flake over the cooled salmon. Mix the remaining lemon juice with the Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Béarnaise Sauce to loosen it, then drizzle over the salad. Chop the leaves of the remaining tarragon sprigs and scatter over the salad.

For more recipe inspiration, visit – heinz.co.uk

At the Tefal ActiFry Big Reveal #SlimmersSecret

A few weeks ago, I headed off to London to attend another exciting event hosted by former TOWIE star Frankie Essex to introduce us to their new ActiFry as part of the #SlimmersSecret Campaign.

 

I have a love for all things Tefal as you must know so I was delighted to be a part of yet another of their launches.

A group of bloggers were invited for the big reveal of their new Tefal ActiFry – the Express models as well as the Smart XL. The Smart XL, has bluetooth connectivity that connects to an App from where you can work the ActiFry. There are a host of recipes on the App to try out and all look relatively easy. Besides, they all use very little oil keeping the meals healthy with fewer calories.

 

The ActiFry is Tefal’s low-fat fryer brand. It uses very little oil not compromising on taste.

As part of the programme of the event, we got to witness first hand how the ActiFry works.

We got to put together a meal using the ActiFry and my group had to make chips. Totally easy and easier in the ActiFry. It took only about 35 minutes and the chips were quite delicious.

We were also served a healthy but mouth-watering lunch after that.

I was surprised to know how many calories we save using the ActiFry as compared to normal frying.

 

I couldn’t wait to try it out on home turf as we had come away with the promise of getting one to review.

I do have an older model of the ActiFry which has been a part of my kitchen for the last four years but this new one looks ever so exciting. Besides, I would love to have another Smart gadget in my kitchen. Do look out for the post to follow where I review the Tefal ActiFry Smart XL and whip up some yummy dishes.

Taking the ‘Blue’ from Blue Monday with Tesco Takeaway Pizzas

The 16th of January was called Blue Monday. It is officially ‘celebrated’ as being the most depressing day of the year as we say goodbye to Christmas, the New Year and the ability to binge of rich food and treats. It’s also still winter and the days are dreary and cold.

We were given an opportunity to ‘celebrate’ Blue Monday and make it a day of fun rather than despair, with Tesco.

Besides being sent a lovely hamper of goodies – games and a blanket, to have fun, we were also sent vouchers to try out the all new sharing Takeaway Pizzas from Tesco.

When I went to Tesco to pick them up, I couldn’t quite make my mind up as there was a pretty good variety and since the pizza is 14 inches, it will serve a family a plenty.

We chose two in the end – Hawaiian Deluxe and Stuffed Crust Ultimate Pepperoni.

 

The pizzas are in the chilled aisle so it took about 11 – 13 minutes to cook.

The pizza is pretty large and the children could not manage to finish one on their own (shared between 3 of course)

The children LOVE pizza and this went down extremely well.

The Hawaiian Deluxe was tasty and we all enjoyed it. The Stuffed Crust Pepperoni was delicious and I was glad to see that the cheese in the crust was not exceedingly hard but like a freshly made pizza. I quite liked that the pizzas were not incredibly salty, an experience I have had with store bought pizzas in the past.

We were also sent some DVD’s to watch whilst stuffing our faces and it was the best evening ever.

For those who are vegetarian there is the Veggie Supreme or the Cheese Meltdown and otherwise there is BBQ Chicken or Mighty Meat too.

The best part of it all is that the pizzaz are priced at £4.50 each only and I feel this is excellent value for money. In fact, at the time of posting this there is a deal which brings the price down to £3.50 (a complete steal)

What are you waiting for? Make this weekend a movie night celebration with Tesco Takeaway Pizza.

 

Here’s a little more about the range –

Tesco’s new range of sharing pizzas is inspired by takeaway favourites. Tesco has developed a new range of delicious 14″ sharing pizzas; Veggie Supreme, Hawaiian Deluxe, Mighty Meat Combo, BBQ Chicken Supreme, Stuffed Crust Cheese Meltdown and Stuffed Crust Ultimate Pepperoni. 

I was sent vouchers to purchase pizzas for review and other goodies for a perfect night in.  All ideas and opinions are my own.

Ciao Gusto brings together 30 Italian brands at Ocado

I LOVE Italian food. My favourite is seafood pasta. And Panna Cotta.

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The children also enjoy Italian food although they tend to associate Italian cuisine only with pasta. Little do they realise that their firm favourite – Pizza, is very much Italian. The pizzas in Italy are a whole different ball game to the fast food ones here though. There’s so much variety there.

Anyway, coming back to the reason for this post.

How do you buy your Italian cooking ingredients?

When I order a shop online, I have to flit from aisle to aisle to find all I need for that perfect pasta. Thanks goodness someone has thought of a better idea and made it simple for me.

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Ciao Gusto has arrived at Ocado. It means that there are 30 of Italy’s most popular brands are brought together under a single tab. You can ‘browse the delicious recipes according to ingredient, preparation time, course or occasion, and explore the joys of Italian cuisine through tips, advice and information about each product.’

Here’s a list of the brands that are a part of Ciao Gusto –

Pasta – Barilla

Fresh pasta – Rana

Rice – Riso Gallo

Flours – Polenta Valsugana

Tomato and vegetable conserves – Cirio, Valfrutta

Cheese and dairies- Auricchio, Parmareggio

Fish – Delicius, Regnoli/Medusa

Tuna – Rio Mare

Cured meats – Negroni

Soy and rice products – Valsoia

Olive oil – Filippo Berio

Vinegar – Ponti

Bakery – Bauli, Colussi

Snacks – Amica Chips

Dehydrated fruits – Noberasco

Honey – Ambrosoli
Jams – Santa Rosa

Candies and chocolate – Elah Dufour/Novi

Coffee – Lavazza

Herbal teas – Bonomelli

Water and fruit juices – San Benedetto, Parmalat

Wine – Casa Vinicola Zonin, Santa Margherita

Alcoholic beverages – Vecchia Romagna

Sour cherries and syrups: Fabbri

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I missed the launch night and it looked like it was a real treat with Giovanni Rana present. The images in this post are of the night.

I’m obviously going to have to try and replicate some of the dishes. (I’m getting way beyond myself here) There are some ingredients that I really need to look up but they all look amazing. With the recipes there to help, I’m sure to get my fill of a good Italian – dinner of course!

Right now, off to meal plan and shop. Are you going to join me?