Food

Foodie Fave : Heston For Coles Pork & Sage Sausages

You know what I like?  I like to eat a good sausage!  

Hey, stop sniggering!  *sticks tongue out* #childishhumourforever

In case you didn’t know, I was born and bred in Scotland where we love our bangers and mash.  But since moving to Australia nearly 6 years ago, I’ve yet to eat a good sausage { no, sausage sizzles at Bunnings are slightly lacking }.

Until now.

heston for coles sausages, hestons pork sausages, heston for coles

Enter my fellow Brit – Heston Blumenthal.

His sausages are damn good.  Thick, meaty, juicy and packed full of flavour.  *licks my lips*

The Heston For Coles range has been out for a while now but it wasn’t until recently that we decided to fork out for $8 for his Pork & Sage Sausages.

Best $8 spent!

heston for coles sausages, hestons pork sausages, heston for coles

Oh myyyyy.  We fried them up { in our new Tefal pan } in some oil till they were nicely browned all over and they were soooo tasty!  { You need to use oil otherwise dry grilling makes the skin go hard and chewy and nobody likes that! }

Mr LOL, who doesn’t usually get my obsession with sausages, loved them too.  And so did our tiny tot – that’s my girl!!

They have been added onto our buy-when-they’re-on-special-offer-at-Coles shopping list.

I’m so happy that my quest for a good sausage to eat in Australia has been resolved.  That said, my quest for a good sausage roll in Australia continues…  So far, nothing can match, let alone beat a Greggs sausage roll…

How do you like your sausages?  Where can I eat a good sausage roll?

Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show 2015

melbourne convention & exhibition centre

I spent this glorious Friday morning at the Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show which was held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

diehard fans at Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show 2015

I had a little giggle when I saw diehard fans storming into action at the opening time of 10am with their trolleys and snapped a sneaky pic of them.

I was a guest of Jura { pronounced ‘yoo-ra’ } – a premium Swiss coffee machine brand.  I got shown their sexy touchscreen award-winning coffee machines which has storage for WARM coffee cups.  Yes, WARM coffee cups people!!!  Imagine wrapping your hands around a warm coffee cup and sipping freshly brewed coffee on a cold winter Melbourne morning.

jura masterclass - tiramisu and coffee art

I attended the Jura Masterclass where we made tiramisu and created coffee art.  I was in caffeine heaven!

melbourne good food & wine show 2015

Afterwards, I wandered around and sampled nommy nibbles and ticklish tipple.

I entered a few competitions *fingers crossed*.

I may have done some foodie celebrity stalking too – Sarah Wilson, Ainsley Harriott – but I wasn’t brave enough to take any selfies with them.  { Nope, didn’t see anyone from Masterchef }

I also made Mr LOL – who is currently slaving away at work – totally jealous by texting him regular updates.  He is an even bigger foodie fan than I am and he would have stayed there ALL WEEKEND eating and drinking his way around every stall if he had a chance to!

OMG desserts from Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show 2015

I decided to be a good little wifey and bought him some tasty OMG! desserts for him to enjoy over the long weekend.

The Melbourne Food & Wine Show is around for a few more days – 5th to 8th June – so go forth and enjoy if you’re going!

Recipe : Dairy-Free Chicken, Bacon & Leek Pie

If you’ve been wondering where I have been lately, wonder no more.  3 words – TV, work and food.

I watched all 5 seasons of Downton Abbey within a week.  It was THAT good.  Netflix is awesome.  I’ve now started on the new season of Masterchef and one of the reasons why I really like it is that there is a Glaswegian amongst the finalists.  The accent is so comforting and reminds me of home.

I’ve been working like a dog…woof woof.  I’ve also been attending a lot of courses – for the CPD points as required by my profession.  And I’m also increasing my work hours and days which is good news for my bank account but bad news to my already limited free time.  Boohoo, right?!

Apart from glueing my eyeballs to the big box and slaving away at work, I have been STUFFING MY FACE!

chicken bacon leekpie

One of the yummy things I have eaten this week – TWICE ALREADY – because it was THAT yummy is this Chicken, Bacon & Leek Pie that I made.

It is so comforting and warm to eat.  Plus it is dairy free so perfect for lactose intolerant peeps like moi. Definitely a family favourite.  Totally delish!

Without further ado, here is the recipe.

Dairy-Free Chicken, Bacon & Leek Pie

A modified version of Family Chicken, Bacon and Leek Pie
Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
6 chicken thighs (around 750g, deboned, skinned and chopped into small chunks)
4 streaky bacon rashers (chopped)
1 leek (sliced into 1cm thick slices)
2 shallots (finely sliced)
1/3 cup plain flour
2 cups reduced salt chicken stock
4 large sprigs thyme (stalk removed)
2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
ready rolled puff pastry
1 egg (lightly whisked)

Method

1.  Heat oil in a large pan and brown the chicken pieces for 2 minutes.  Transfer to a plate.  Mix in the herbs.

2.  Add the bacon, shallots and leek to the same pan and cook for 5 minutes until the leek is softened and the bacon is slightly golden.  It will smell delicious already!

3.  Add the flour and cook, stirring for 30 seconds.  Remove the pan from the heat.  Gradually stir in the stock until well combined.

4.  Add the chicken and herbs back into the pan and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Season with black pepper, if you wish.

5.  Transfer to pie dish.  Preheat oven to 220 degrees.

6.  Place puff pastry on top to cover the chicken mixture.  Depending on how large your pie dish is, you may need to use 2 pastry sheets.  Seal the edges by pressing down with a fork.  Use the fork to pierce the pastry all over.  Paint on the egg wash.  Bake for 20-30 minutes until puffed and golden.

Serve with mash potato and a side of veggies.

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