Quick and Easy Tomato and Pasta

During the summer holidays you will have your hands ful with the children being off school and can’t be bothered to spend hours in the kitchen making food from scratch. But let’s avoid shopping for ready made meals and lets get cooking and you could even involve your little ones.

I wanted to share this quick and easy super yummy tomato and basil pasta. It’s so simple to make yet full of great flavour.

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  • Pasta
  • Fresh Basil 1 hand full
  • 3 good size tomatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • Half a chilli deseeded
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato puree

Method;

  1. Start cooking your pasta
  2. While pasta is cooking add your onion and garlic into a pan and gently fry until the onion becomes opaque
  3. Now chop up your tomatoes, chilli and basil together till very fine and into a mush
  4. Add your mushy mess into the pan and mix with the onion and garlic
  5. Add your Tomato puree and mix together
  6. Once pasta is done, drain and add to your sauce
  7. Add a bit more freshly chopped basil into the pan

Hope you enjoyed this super simple yet yummy recipe.

Tesco Dine in for £10.00 Review

I have decided I’m going to give all the major meals for 2 for £10.00 a review starting with Tesco, these deals are extremely popular for couples and at times can be a fantastic deal. Pic

You can get a selection of Main dishes, side dishes, desserts and a drink for £10.00, drinks include wine, coke and other soft drinks. I decided to ask for recommendation on what to get and people told me to get Lemon Herb Chicken, Potato Dauphinoise and Belgian Dark and White Chocolate Cheesecake I completed the deal with a bottle of Garnacha Rose.

Individual Price of meal;

  • Garnacha Rose – £7.00
  • Cheesecake – £2.75
  • Chicken – £6.00
  • Potato – £2.60

Total Individual meal price – £18.35

Getting the meal deal saves you £8.35 over buying each product individually however are the products worth £10.00?

Lemon and Herb Chicken at the individual price of £6.00 seems rather steep for 2 chicken breasts coated ready to cook, I feel you could certainly buy all ingredients and cook it yourself for cheaper. However, I did find the chicken to be rather bland with little taste and also very little herb butter inside the breast which was quite disappointing. Personally I wished I opted for a different main choice as this was truly a let down.

PicsThe side dish I bought is one of my favourite side dish choices, Potato Dauphinoise, I found this product a lot better than the main. The retail price on this product is £2.60 and I feel that’s not too shabby, you get plenty of potato for two, the flavour and texture was great and certainly the best part of the main ‘course’. I do recommend if you’re getting this deal to give this side dish a try!

For Dessert the most important course of any meal, I opted for the Cheesecake but not just an ordinary cheesecake but a Belgian Dark and White Chocolate cheesecake. It’s no secret I like cheesecake…. well cake in general and therefore I had to opt for this dessert. If you’re getting this nearer Christmas I also highly recommend the champagne profiteroles that Tesco do as part of this meal during the holiday season. The dessert was nice, a good taste but towards the end it goes a little sickly. The base of the cake had a nice crunch and the filling was nice and firm, a fantastic overall  texture and flavour from the cake.

Finally, what the misses will say was the best bit is the wine. There’s plenty of choice to Dishbe had in the beverage department of this deal from glass bottle coke, wine and other soft drinks you are spoilt with choice. We however opted for wine and at £7.00 for the bottle at product retail price it’s a bit of a no brainer if you’re going for the best deal. The wine itself I could not drink as I got heart burn from it but Nicky fully enjoyed her glass and mine.

Overall I feel the meal deal itself is good value for money in terms of saving from individual price, my main certainly let it down I don’t see how the chicken would be worth £6.00. The choices of other products is their and there’s a fair amount of choice. Please let me know what you favourite main, side, dessert and drink is via twitter by tweeting @JordLaidler.

I will be doing more meal deal reviews from other stores in the coming weeks. 

 

Judge Stand Mixer Review

Recently Judge sent me their Hand and Stand Mixer to revieButterfly Cakew, I have been needing a stand mixer for a very long time so when I seen Pam Ballone looking for influencer to review the Judge stand mixer I had to contact her. I have used the mixer to make a cheesecake and also let my mother make a mixture of cakes with it too, I thought I would get two points of view of it. My mother is a big baker and has baked all her life and loves to make cakes, pastry’s and more so I thought she would be the best person to review the product.

Sylvia’s thoughts (My mother);Judge1

So my mother has been using the stand mixer, my mother had an accident a few years ago where she had broke her wrist and ever since then when she mixes by hand manually it causes her hand to swell up. Because it hurts her and causes swelling she rarely bakes now so I thought she’d be perfect to review this mixer and critique for me.

Sylvia has used the mixer to bake a selection of cakes and here is her initial thoughts on the product; “The mixer was very easy to assemble with straight forward simple instructions. The mixer blends everything well and consistent however you do have to use a spatula at times as ingredients would build up at one side of the bowl. Cleaning the mixer was extremely simple and fuss free as blades just come off and rinse clean. Having struggled of recent years due to an accident to bake especially mixing ingredients, this product has allowed me to start baking again. The simple yet effective hardware that is Judge Stand mixer provides a more comfortable baking experience for fuss free mixing. I would highly recommend the product as it’s high quality, a good design and a bargain price compared to many other similar products”.

Jordan’s thoughts;

cookie 2I decided to use the mixer to make a cheesecake my Cookielicious Cheese Cake I used the hand mixer to do the filling, the fuss free disconnection from stand mixer to hand mixer allows for quick and easy switching. The product seemed very sturdy and tough, you have a selection of speeds in which you can select when mixing either as a hand or stand mixer. I love how this tool/product is multi-purpose allowing you to interchange dependant on how you feel.

Overall I felt the product offers a great experience with a fuss free mix, you also get two products in one which in essence means you save money! The price again compared to other products in the category of stand mixers is really cheap but don’t be put off by the saying “you get what you pay for” because in fact this is a bargain price for such a great product by Judge.

You can find more in depth information on specifications of the product by visiting http://www.judgecookware.co.uk/Products/Electrical/Judge-Electricals-Preparation/Stand-Mixer.html

I will be doing a video review of this product in the coming weeks so make sure you keep up to date on Twitter for the video!

 

Cookielicious Cheesecake

It is no secret I like to make cheesecakes and here is my latest, /my Cookielicious cookie cakecheesecake. I was thinking how to make my simple cheesecake recipe a better one and I thought a cookie base, cookie filling and cookie topped cheesecake!

Ingredients;

  • 2x 180g cream cheese
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 500g cookies
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 350ml double cream
  • 150g butter

Method;

  1. You can either use a food processor or a food bag and rolling pin to smash up 300g of your cookies.
  2. Add your butter to a pan and melt then add it to your crushed cookies and mix well.
  3. Add your cookie base mix into a cake tin and place in a fridge for 15 to 20 minutes
  4. While your base is in the fridge do your filling. In a bowl add your sugar, cream cheese and vanilla extract and mix well. Add some crushed cookies and your cream and mix until it is stiff.
  5. Add your mix onto your cake base and put in a fridge for at least 6 hours or for better results overnight.
  6. Viola, enjoy and let me know what you think.

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Dine out and Save Money in the North East

We all love a good deal and I have for you today a select few deals I have found and wanted to share with you. I am going to try and provide content such as deals and saving money on my website from time to time so make sure you follow the blog and keep coming back!

The Alchemist – Newcastle (25% off)

First deal for you is at The Alchemist where you can get 25% off your food bill. To get this offer just sign up to the Alchemist website the link is below you can find T&C’s on their site. http://thealchemist.uk.com/signup/  Check out the MENU

Toby Carvery – Free IceCream Toby Carvery

I know many of you love a good Carvery and plenty of you go to Toby Carvery so why not get yourself a free Ice Cream Sundae next time you’re there! Find out more by clicking HERE. Check out the MENU 

Prezzo Restaurants – 30% off before 23rd Julyprezzo-box-logo

Love pizza then why not get 30% before July 23rd at Prezzo find out more about the offer HERE and check out the MENU

Café Rouge – 40% off mains before 28th Julywordmark

Café Rouge offers a great selection of meals and you can get 40% off main courses before 28th July. Get the offer HERE and check out the MENUBURGER KING

Burger King – Latest Deals

Burger King always has a lot of deals and vouchers available. The best way to get them is through the Burger King app downloaded to your mobile device. If you don’t have a mobile check some out HERE.

 

I will be doing another deals post next week all about deals during the summer holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

How I could save £931.06 on shopping each year.

pexels-photo-236910I have decided to do a shop in Aldi and Home Bargains which are rather near to each other to see if I can do a big shop and come in cheaper than a typical shop at Tesco. I will also be including Nicky’s (My partner) colleague discount into the Tesco shop to see if shopping elsewhere even when you’re employed by Tesco is a better option.

tescoWhen doing a typical shop in Tesco for everything it would come up to roughly £100.00 the reason I shop in Tesco is I like to go to one shop and the discount. Just up the road from Tesco there’s Aldi and Home Bargains so I thought I’d do a shop in both of these shops giving myself a limit of £100.00 to see what I can get, I will then go on the Tesco App and order the same or Tesco versions of products to see if there’s a margin in the price. Aldi Logo

Firstly, when I shop at Tesco I normally buy the ‘Finest’ range therefore I’ll be getting Aldi’s version being the ‘Specially Selected’ range. Obviously some products bought in 1 shop will not be stocked in another. Therefore, I’ve chosen a product which is the same just another brand close to the price and size I paid for.

First of what I spent;

Aldi – I spent £63.08

Home bargains – £22.70

Total added up – £85.78 (Coming under my £100.00 budget by £14.22)

(Pictures of the receipts can be found below)HB

So in Aldi I spent money on mostly food and the most expensive item being a Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak costing £4.75. Then in home bargains the main things I bought were household items such as cleaning equipment and fizzy drink including Pepsi, the most expensive items bought were Belvita Soft bakes which costs £1.49.

So when it came to doing Tesco shop we shopped for everything on both lists and included any discounts Tesco was offering. If I could not find an Item or an item exactly the same in Tesco I have just kept the price of that item as it was.

Total Spent in Tesco (excluding Staff Discount) – £121.59 (That’s £21.59 over my £100.00 budget)

Total Spent in Tesco (Including Staff Discount) – £109.43 (Even with discount over my £100.00 budget by £9.43)

Now when we subtract the money spent in Aldi and Home Bargains from the totals in Tesco we get how much we saved shopping in other shops.

Total Saved (Excluding Staff Discount) – £35.81 (That’s my mobile monthly fee)

Total Saved (Including Staff Discount) – £23.65 (I could get a few bottles of prosecco with £23.65 to celebrate saving… but wait I’d have not saved anything… Oh well who wants a glass?)

pexels-photo-506889In doing this little experiment I have seen a huge place for saving if this was a fortnightly shop and I was saving £35.81 every two weeks in a years time I would have saved £931.06… That’s £35.81 saving every two weeks, just think of what £931.06 could be spent on? Put towards Christmas presents, a family holiday even put into savings for a mortgage. Why would you want to give a supermarket like TESCO £931.06 more a year because you don’t shop around?

I hope you enjoyed this blog and if you want more blogs such as saving money when doing food shops or tips on saving money with food let me know. Please find below the receipts from both the Aldi Shop and Home Bargain Shops.

 

 

 

 

Jordan’s Creamy Lemon Tart

Creamy Lemon Tart Header.jpgTo try out my new Mason Cash baking ware I decided to make my amazingly creamy Lemon Tart. This recipe is not just mouth wateringly good but is genuinely super simple.

You will need;

  • Shortcrust Pastry (Shop bought will do, that’s what I use)
  • 3 Good size lemons
  • 150ml Double Cream
  • 250g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs and 4 Egg Yolks

Equipment you will need;

  1. A Tart Tin
  2. Scales
  3. Mixing Bowl
  4. Inovative Kitchen Wooden Spoon (Perfect for separating your egg yolks from whites!)

Method

  1. Place your pastry into the tart tin and add ceramic baking beans and bake for 15 minutes.
  2. Take beans out and bake for another 5 minutes.
  3. Start making the creamy filling, Add your eggs, sugar and mix well.
  4. Add the zest of your lemons and the juice and stir well again.
  5. Leave for 10 minutes then stir again and add your double cream and mix in well.
  6. Pour into your pastry and cook at 180° for 30 minutes.
  7. Serve up and enjoy!

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Check out the fantastic range of Mason Cash products I used the Scales, Innovated Spoon and Mixing bowl in this recipe. The innovated Spoon was extremely hand when separating my eggs allowing me to get the yolk super easy and much faster and easy then doing it the old fashioned was using the shell. The bowl and scale from Mason Cash are extremely high quality and look fantastic I always have mine out on the bench on show and have had plenty of people comment on them.

Check out Mason Cash product by clicking HERE

Ultimate BBQ with 2 great recipes.

BBQ sauce can be used in so many ways but normally these shop bought BBQ sauces just aren’t that great, I’ve found the best and simple BBQ sauce to make at home and use especially now it’s summer. In this blog I’m also sharing two fantastic recipe ideas to make use of your BBQ sauce, the first being an amazing Hunters Chicken and the second being a mouth-watering BBQ Beef Burger.

The Important Ingredient;

DSC_0344.jpgThe most important ingredient to make the perfect BBQ sauce is the brand new Hellmann’s Tomato Ketchup sweetened with Honey. Now this BBQ sauce can be made for Burgers, wraps and more!

Why not use any other tomato ketchup? Well what makes Hellmann’s Ketchup sweetened with honey the best option is that to me and to many other the perfect BBQ sauce should both be smoky and also have a hit of sweetness. Hellmann’s Sauce allows it to be just that and when you add your Worchester Sauce and Smoked Paprika it just completes it.

To make this ingredient you want 2tbsp Hellmann’s, 1tsp Worchester Sauce and 2tsp Smoked Paprika. Mix them together and that’s the sauce sorted and it goes really well with chicken, burgers and more.

More information on the new Hellmann’s Ketchup sweetened with honey;

Retailing at £1.89 this product can currently be purchased at all nationwide supermarkets. Hellmann’s is one of the biggest brands when it comes to condiments and their new Hellmann’s Ketchup sweetened with honey is one of the best for me. The product is sweetened with ONLY honey to provide a more natural ketchup offering. The icing on the cake though is that it has 30% LESS sugar vs the market leader standard ketchup

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Hunters Chicken has to be one of my most desired dishes to make for myself and my partner Nicky, The succulent Chicken Breast stuffed with mozzarella and wrapped with bacon topped off with our amazing BBQ sauce is so delicious!

Ingredients;

  • Our perfect BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Chicken breast per person
  • 2 rations of bacon per person
  • A ball of Mozzarella

Method;

  1. Get a frying pan or griddle pan to medium heat with extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Make a pocket by cutting into the side of the chicken breast and add your mozzarella.
  3. Place chicken into your pan and fry until it has some colour.
  4. Roll out some foil and place your bacon onto the foil.
  5. Then add the chicken to your bacon laying it on the top.
  6. Roll the bacon around your chicken breast and wrap the foil tightly.
  7. Place in a preheated oven at 180° for 25 minutes.
  8. Serve on a bed of salad and top with our lovely bbq sauce.

Nutritional Information;

  • Calories per serving – 192
  • Carbs per serving – 3
  • Fat per serving – 12
  • Protein per serving – 6
  • Sodium per serving – 932
  • Sugar per serving – 3

Recipe number two is the family favourite even Burger.jpgmore so now I use the Hellmann’s tomato ketchup sweetened with honey. Burgers have to be one of the most enjoyable meals ever and a BBQ Bacon burger is just simple amazing! This recipe should make roughly 4 burgers.

Ingredients;

  • 500g Beef Mince
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced or grated
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • Sea Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • Brioche Bun
  • Lettuce and Onion
  • Our amazing BBQ Sauce

Method

  1. Add your Mince, diced onion, garlic, ground coriander, breadcrumbs, egg and a pitch of salt and pepper to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Shape your burger either using your hands or a burger press and then put the patties into the fridge for no less than ten minutes.
  3. Heat a pan of extra virgin olive oil at medium heat.
  4. Salt your burgers and peppers and add to your pan, make sure the burger sizzles once it hits the pan.
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes on one side then turn and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Cook your bacon to how you like it (I like mine crispy.
  7. While the other side of the burgers are cooking toast your Brioche Buns and prep your lettuce and onion.
  8. Build the burger. Start with some lettuce, a bit of onion, some BBQ Sauce, then the burger patty, some cheddar cheese, the bacon and then finish with another dollop of BBQ Sauce!
  9. Enjoy with some Chips and Onion Rings.

Nutritional Info on this recipe;

  • Calories Per Serving – 607
  • Carbs Per Serving – 59
  • Fat Per Serving – 22
  • Protein Per Serving – 13
  • Sodium Per Serving – 524
  • Sugar Per Serving – 10

You can check out Hellmann’s via the following links;

 

‘The Garden Shed’ Article 1

Welcome to the first edition of what I hope to be an interesting weekly series or for the most part a seasonal series. When coming up with the name of the series many names popped into my head and I ended up with this one (Maybe a working title). I want to share on my blog my journey to becoming more self sufficient from attempting to make my own alcohol to growing my veggies.

Firstly allow me to just explain where we are with what is an overgrown mess of a back garden. When I moved into my house the back garden was a complete mess, a lot of house hold items had been burnt and destroyed in the backyard not to mention overgrown grass and numerous random objects. My front garden however is a much more pleasant sight with lovely flowers growing, my herb patch, tomatoes growing, strawberry patch, Peas and chilli and pepper plants. The front garden will stay how it is allowing a place for my little girls to enjoy the lovely summer days on some nice fresh green grass.

A mission which seems ‘almost’ impossible;

When I look at my back garden I just think bloody hell I’d much rather pay someone to do it for me, but the whole point of becoming more self sufficient to me is to save money. I will start with cutting the lawn, building the shed I recently bought and also the greenhouse I’ve acquired from a neighbour who has moved. I will then build a small raised garden bed in front of the shed and then a long thin one a long the side of the greenhouse. I’m hoping this will only be a few days work but first I need to go about picking up all the bits and bobs in the garden.

I have managed to get flagstones from a neighbour who have some spare which I will put my shed on and also put two as a path in the greenhouse. I have also got a compost bin from a family friend allowing me to throw as much as I would in the bin.

I will update this blog weekly to give you an insight on the happenings in the garden. I hope those interested in the topic at hand will certainly enjoy the series and follow my journey.

A revamp – Jordan Laidler.

It’s time we had a real sort out of this blog, I have been sat down this week working on ways to better the blog content and more so make it more consistent. Blogging and YouTube is getting a kick up the behind and is becoming a more regular thing. I’ve been really busy recently working on client work and also sorting out personal life stuff as well as the new Foodies14 Magazine. In this blog I want to share the plans for the Blog, YouTube and more!

The Blog update;

JordanLaidler Food and DrinkWhen it comes to this blog I really want to revamp it and make it a full time commitment therefore that’s exactly what I’m doing. Right now I’m in a position where I can focus a lot of time on the blog and get a consistent amount of weekly posts up. The current posts are very poor in terms of consistency and therefore I’m putting 100% effort into making sure at least 2 blogs a week goes up. These blogs are going to be Monday and Friday and will be up at 11:00am on those days starting this Monday (10.07.2017). I may also have extra blogs up on other days dependant on what I’ve been up to.

YouTube update;

YouTube is something that is going to take up a lot of my time and therefore a new recipe a week is the plan. Wednesday’s each week starting next Wednesday (12.07.2017) there will be a new recipe on the YouTube Channel. I will also try to work around other plans and get a second video up some weeks too on a Sunday.

Facebook & Twitter Videos;

For those who have been following me on Facebook and Twitter may have already seen that I like to upload mini recipe videos which last no more than 2 minutes. I really want to get that going into a weekly thing but I can’t promise when it will start. These recipes will be more indulging such as cakes, chocolate and sweets etc.

Foodies14

Foodies14 logoNow I’ve been keeping this secret for some time until I’ve fully decided how to launch it and therefore I’ve announced very little. Foodies14 is going to be a Free Online Magazine available for public download. The magazine will offer Recipes, Product Reviews, Food and Drink news and more for you to enjoy. Foodies14 will launch later this year, more updates will follow in the coming months.