Bengali Spiced Chicken

This Bengali Spiced Chicken is quick and easy to make and it will provide a wonderful dining experience. Moist and well-seasoned with just a little bit of spiciness it can be used as a part of a main meal or as an addition to salads or sides.

This Bengali Spiced Chicken is quick and easy to make and it will provide a wonderful dining experience. Moist and well-seasoned with just a little bit of spiciness it can be used as a part of a main meal or as an addition to salads or sides.I was challenged by Tesco to try something different this Christmas. They want to inspire people to try out new flavours and cook a traditional Christmas dish from another country. I love trying new foods so the idea of a Festive Food Swap was perfect for me.

The recipe was provided by Mummy Be Beautiful as a Bengali seasonal recipe which can be used over the festive season.

Once my mystery recipe card arrived, together with a wonderful foods of the world hamper, it was time to go shopping and get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 500g chicken breast, which means around 3 chicken breasts
  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp brown sugar
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp black pepper

You will also need 1 large roasting bag.

Method:

In a bowl place all the herbs and spices and mix well.

Pop them into your roasting bag, then add the oil and squeeze the bag to mix, finally add the chicken breasts and again massage the spice mixture into the meat, giving it a good massage.

Place the roasting bag in the fridge and allow to marinate for at least one hour but longer is better (I left ours for 24h and the meat was wonderful).

Once you are ready to roast, preheat the oven to 180C fan and pop your roasting bag into a roasting pan and then into the middle of the oven. Cook for 1 hour. If you double or triple the recipe, you might have to increase cooking time slightly just to make sure everything is well cooked through.

I didn’t received any serving suggestions so I served it with boiled potatoes seasoned with my sun dried tomatoes, basil and garlic mixture, plain boiled carrots and a homemade beetroot side… the meal as a whole was wonderful!

I really enjoyed the taste of the chicken. I actually have some further plans for it in the near future, especially in connection with lunch salads 🙂

What do you think about a Festive Food Swap idea?

Would you be tempted to cook something unusual this Christmas?

Oh and something else…
Did you know that a Bengali Christmas is also known as bada din meaning the big day and their houses are decorated with balloons and paper chains?

Getting ready for Halloween

Our try-out Halloween look
Our try-out Halloween look

It’s not too long till Halloween so it’s time to get ready. As always costumes are the most important part so they take priority in preparation hierarchy. This year we were lucky – F&F Clothing at Tesco came to the rescue! We could pick any costume we wanted.

The choice wasn’t easy, as there is a great selection to choose from.

There are 20 kids’ costumes to choose from so E. battled a bit with a choice between the cat onesie and a devil onesie. In the end she decided that the cat is the way to go.

Halloween Cat Onesie Costume from F&F
Halloween Cat Onesie Costume from F&F

Halloween Cat Onesie retails at £8 and is available in 6 sizes ranging from 3 years old up to 14 years old. I would say the sizing is pretty accurate. The costume itself is very soft and well made. E. has already put it on and then taken it off 20+ times and it is still in one piece, so it is durable. I think the cat nose is a really nice finishing touch and it brings all the costume together.

As for us, adults, we couldn’t decide between vampires and skeletons. So we compromise and got one each – vampiress for me and skeleton for Mark.

Of course we had to check our costumes out, so on Sunday we had a pre-Halloween dressing up session. As we had company and only 2 adult costumes – Roman took Marks spot as a skeleton and Mark was standing behind the camera suffering from an acute case of stage fright.

So this is us… on our pre-Halloween trying out session

Halloween Vampiress Costume from F&F
Halloween Vampiress Costume from F&F
Halloween Men’s Skeleton Costume from F&F
Halloween Men’s Skeleton Costume from F&F

Both adults’ costumes are true to the size stated. We didn’t have any problems with fitting into them nor do they hang too much. The skeleton is very thin, so there will be need for some thermal underwear :-). My vampiress dress is exactly the same as the stock picture, which actually surprised me a bit… I wasn’t expecting stiff collar and such a soft velvet fabric, so big plus there.

What do you think about our choices and try-out Halloween look?

Do you have your costumes ready?

If not, there is still time to order your favourite costume from F&F.

We received 3 Halloween costumes from F&F for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Review – Danone Danio – Super Thick Yogurt

Danone Danio

As a BzzAgent I was given a chance to try Danio – Super Thick Yogurt – made by Danone. My BzzAgent kit arrived and in it selection of money off vouchers to purchase this new product.

My BzzKit for Danio Danone campaign
My BzzKit for Danio Danone campaign

I was given 8 vouchers in total with different monetary values. I used 6 of them myself, as I wasn’t able to choose which ones not to buy. The remaining 2 vouchers I gave to a stranger in our Tesco store. This lady helped me to resolve my dilemma over the hard choices regarding my purchase of Danio 🙂 She suggested that I should get one of all 6 flavours so I can try them all and form my own opinion with a full understanding of the whole selection. I liked her advice. She was keen on trying them out as well, so I shared my remaining vouchers with her.

Currently there are six Danio flavours to choose from:

  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Blueberry
  • Passion Fruit
  • Cherry
  • Peach
My selection of Danio
My selection of Danio

We tried them all and they are all really tasty.

Each pot has a RRP of £0.85 and total weight of 160g.

Danio is currently on special offer in Tesco – any 3 for £2 – offer valid until 16/07/2013.

Danone Danio is not like other regular yogurts. Danio is extra thick! Really believe me, it is thick, you can almost slice it! You can turn your tub upside down and the spoon won’t move it will still be there.

Danio has 2 layers:

  • Top layer – plain thick yogurt, with very gentle mild taste; it is creamy and tastes really good
  • Bottom layer – fruit layer, which depending on chosen flavour will provide you will all sorts of sensations, from sweet and sunny peaches, via wild berries to the exotic taste of passion fruit
Danone Danio Cherry
Danone Danio Cherry

This is the product details sheet from Tesco website about Danio Yogurt

  • Super thick
  • High protein low fat strained yogurt
  • No preservatives
  • No artificial flavours
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Low fat strained yogurt with a fruit layer and sugar.
  • High protein low fat strained yogurt

The secret behind Danio’s super thickness? It is made to Danone’s strained yogurt recipe which uses more milk (than standard yogurt), to make it amazingly thick and high in protein.

Allergy Information

Contains: Milk

Other Information

Additives: Free From Artificial Flavours

Additives: Free From Artificial Preservatives

Additives Other Text: No preservatives

 

Sounds good does it not? Tastes good too!

I especially like the fact that it is so thick. There is a good selection of soft cheeses on the market, but most of them are soured. Danone Danio can be used instead of soft cheese on your morning toast or a bagel. Sweet breakfast, your way!

Enjoy!
Enjoy!

 

Product was provided by Tesco via BzzAgent free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

 

Tesco Entertaining Cheese Range

Tesco Entertaining Cheese Range

I was a lucky BzzAgent and received an invite to take part in the Tesco Entertaining Cheese campaign.

I personally have no big appreciation for cheese, for me cheese is just cheese, but Mark knows and loves them all. He can taste every difference and he knows exactly what a good cheese is supposed to taste like.

I was wondering how the pair of us, with such different opinions and feelings regarding cheese, would like the new range. There is a good selection of cheeses in the Tesco Entertaining Cheese Range so my choice wasn’t easy. Finally I decided on:

Ricotta Cheese with Roasted Garlic and Herbs,

which I’m afraid, was actually eaten before I could even take a picture of it

Goat’s Cheese Topper with flame roasted red pepper dressing
Goat’s Cheese Topper with flame roasted red pepper dressing
Cheddar Cheese Soufflés made with a mature Cheddar cheese
Cheddar Cheese Soufflés made with a mature Cheddar cheese
6 Goats’ Cheese Parcels wrapped in smoked bacon
6 Goats’ Cheese Parcels wrapped in smoked bacon

If you are wondering what other cheese you can get from this range, wonder no more… here is a list of what is available for this moment

TOPPERS

  • Goat’s Cheese with Flame Roasted Red Pepper Dressing
  • Italian Mozzarella with Green Pesto Dressing
  • Feta Cheese with Semidried Tomato and Kalamata Olives

FILLERS

  • Ricotta Cheese with Roasted Garlic and Herbs
  • Mexican-Style Monterey Jack

COLD CHEESES

  • Halloumi Slices in Sweet Chilli Dressing
  • Goat’s Cheese & Caramelised Onion Canapés Kit
  • Feta Cheese in a Tomato & Red Pepper Chutney

HOT CHEESES

  • Halloumi Cheese, Green Olives & Semidried Tomato Skewers
  • Cheddar Cheese Soufflé
  • Goat’s Cheese Wrapped in Bacon
  • Baking Camembert with a Sweet Chilli Glaze
  • Baking Camembert with a Caramelised Onion Glaze

We tried 4 products from Tesco Entertaining Cheese Range and we would buy all 4 of them again. They look and taste good and we think they are well priced (£1.50-£3.50)

Mark especially liked the Cheddar Cheese Soufflés made with mature Cheddar cheese. These soufflés are very easy to prepare and they will for sure satisfy your craving for something cheesy. They are just the right size… not “two spoonfuls an gone” small and not so big that you can’t finish… just perfect. And after you ate your soufflé, you will be left with a small ramekin glass dish which can be re-used in 100’s of different ways. Mark thought that Tesco Cheddar Cheese Soufflés taste really cheesy with a good twang, just like a good mature cheese should.

Cheddar Cheese Soufflés
Cheddar Cheese Soufflés

My personal favourite were the Goats’ Cheese Parcels wrapped in smoked bacon…oh my yummy. They are perfect as a starter before a big meal as they are light or just on their own as a nice snack, be warned though they are extremely moreish…

If you have 5 minutes to spare then you have time to prepare them.

6 lovely Goats’ Cheese Parcels wrapped in smoked bacon
6 lovely Goats’ Cheese Parcels wrapped in smoked bacon
All you need to do is to shallow fry them for a short while
All you need to do is to shallow fry them for a short while
Can you see the difference... we are getting there
Can you see the difference… we are getting there
And they are done! Ready to serve! Enjoy!
And they are done! Ready to serve! Enjoy!

If you ever feel a cheese craving and your local Tesco store is close by, try their new Tesco Entertaining Cheese Range. Unfortunately for this moment this range is not available online, but maybe this will change soon.

* Product was provided by Tesco via BzzAgent free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own .