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Foodie: Philadelphia Simply Stir

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 06-05-2013

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I’m sure you’ve all seen the adverts where delicious looking meals are crafted from a few ingredients and a humble tub of Philadelphia. I’m also sure I’m not the only one who’s licked their lips whilst watching and thought “I could eat that…”. Well Philadelphia have created a new product which is set to make those meals even easier and more accessible, even to the busiest of parents. Philadelphia Simply Stir is a new cooking sauce which you’ll find in the fridge next to your usual tubs. Available in two flavours – Mushroom and Garlic & Herb – these 200g pouches are enough to feed a family of four, when mixed with meat, vegetables and rice or pasta. We were sent a Mushroom Simply Stir pouch and a recipe for a simple Beef Stroganoff to test out.

Ingredients:
240g Long Grain Rice
2 tsp Oil
450g Rump Steak, thinly sliced
1 tsp Paprika
200g Mushroom Simply Stir
250g Broccoli florets

Method:
Cook the rice according to packet instructions.
Cook broccoli in boiling water for 5 minutes.
Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and fry beef for 4-5 minutes until browned. Sprinkle in the paprika and stir through the meat.
Reduce the heat, add the Simply Stir sauce and broccoli, heat through and stir well.
Serve the stroganoff over the cooked rice.

It genuinely is THAT simple. It literally takes about 15 minutes from start to finish including preparation and cooking. This recipes serves four, but we made slightly less as it was just for myself and Hubby. The finished meal was delicious. Very creamy but not too rich and overpowering. It was so much easier than making a mushroom sauce yourself from scratch and it tasted much fresher than other jars of sauce I’ve used in the past. A lovely meal – I’ll certainly be stocking up on a few pouches of Simply Stir in the future!

You can find more recipes and meal inspiration on the recipe finder section of the Philadelphia website. I think I’ll be trying out the Tuna & Sweetcorn Pasta with Garlic & Herb Simply Stir this week on my family. Let me know what you try!
 

 

Pancake Day Recipes

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 05-02-2013

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With a week to go until Pancake Day you may well have started thinking about what sort of pancakes you’re going to make. I know a lot of people I follow on Twitter use Pancake Day as an excuse to eat pancakes at every meal – and good on you if you do – but in our house we usually tend to just have them as dessert in the evening, though I may be open to persuasion.

Fresh ingredients are key to a good pancake – I don’t just fancy the bottles of ready mixed batter personally! – but you also need a good frying pan and a good turner. When I cook pancakes I use a good flexible silicone turner, generally as thin as I can to ensure I don’t leave half the pancake in the pan. I’ve never been brave enough to try tossing them – I fear for the floor! I like the look of this one from from Oxo – nice thin edges with a big surface area.

Your frying pan should ideally be non-stick to avoid any disasters. This Pancake Pan from Typhoon is perfect. Its 28 cm diameter gives you plenty of space to create nice big pancakes, and because its made from carbon steel the heat spreads evenly so it cooks quickly. It can be used on all cooker tops and can even be put in the oven if you use it for frying anything else. The pan and handle are one piece of metal so you need to use a handle holder or wear oven gloves when you’re handling it. The oven gloves which are actually gloves are ideal for this as they give you good grips and excellent control.

So you’ve got your kit and you’ve made a stack of pancakes – how are going to fill them? Well these are my two favourite recipes from Philadelphia – one savoury and one sweet – which you should try out on Pancake Day next week. Enjoy!

Vegetable Pancakes

Ingredients
350g mixed vegetables like baby corn, baby carrots and mange toute.
150g Philadelphia Light with Chives
3tbsp semi-skimmed milk
Black pepper
Mixed Salad to serve

 

 

Instructions

Cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and steam or microwave for about 5-8 minutes until tender.

Heat the Philadelphia with the milk – don’t let it boil – and then mix with the vegetables and pepper.

Fill each pancake with the mixture and serve with a salad.

Alternative: Add pieces of cooked chicken from your Sunday roast to the Philadelphia when you’re warming it.

 

Choccy Philly Strawberry Pancakes

How delicious does that look?
Simply spread Philadelphia with Cadbury onto each warm pancake and decorate with slices of fresh strawberries. If you’re feeling really decadent – and I hugely suggest you do – you could also add a dribble of cream to this too. I think this recipe is going to prove VERY popular in my house next week, especially with Little Man who loves chocolate and strawberries.

 

 

 

Have a great Pancake Day!

Product Launch: Philadelphia… with chocolate!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Launch, Product Reviews | Posted on 02-02-2012

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Yes you did read that right – chocolate.

On Monday this week Kraft announced their new flavour of Philadelphia at an event in Central London and invited some bloggers along to try it out. I think I can confidently say we were all a little surprised when we found out it was chocolate – general consensus beforehand was another savoury option – so it was with some trepidation we stepped forward to try it out.

Delicious!! Seriously!! I mean who is going to dislike anything with Cadbury chocolate in it? Certainly not me! It maintained the light cool consistency of Original Philadelphia but tasted decadently of Cadbury. A win, win situation in my book! I find other leading chocolate spreads quite thick to eat, but this was much nicer. And if you want to feel even better about the idea of Cadbury flavoured Philadelphia: it is a mere 86 calories per serving and has less than half the fat and less sugar than other leading chocolate spreads.

As well as tasting delicious and being (almost) good for you, Philadelphia with Cadbury is hugely┬áversatile. Spread it on toast, a bage, a croissant or a biscuit. Smoother your pancakes in it this Shrove Tuesday. Make Chocolate Cheesecakes out of it. Use it to ice cupcakes or as a filling in sponge cakes. Dip fruit in it. Eat it straight from the tub with a spoon… just me? Oh.

Philadelphia with Cadbury is available now from most good supermarkets. It is being launched this week so will hopefully make it to a store near you soon. It is available in standard 160g tub size as well as 4x30g mini-tubs.