Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Chicken Risotto Recipe Feat. Lid Sid*

One of my favourite meals to make for lunch is a chicken risotto and I usually make a large batch of this ready for the week and at less than £1 per day it’s a great budget tasty meal. I am often asked for my risotto recipe by my colleagues when they smell my delicious lunch so I decided the best idea would be to write it out so they can refer to it! Keep reading to find out how I make my risotto – its super easy! This recipe makes enough for me to take to lunch for 5 days, but could serve 4 as part of a main meal.

You will need:
400g Chicken Thighs
666g Risotto/Arborio Rice
1 Onion
666g Mushrooms
2 Chicken Stock Cubes
1.2ltr Boiling Water
Saucepan with lid
1 x Lid Sid

Firstly chop your onion and your mushrooms and add these to a frying pan. I give them a quick spray with frylight but you can use your usual oil or leave it out completely if you have a non-stick pan. I then like to add my chopped chicken thighs so these can all cook together and get infused with the flavour. In the meantime, add 2 chicken stock cubes to a jug of 1.2 litres of boiling water and mix well.

When your chicken appears to be cooked through you can add your rice to the pan. I generally add the whole bag at once and then stir well with the chicken, onion and mushrooms. Now start adding your stock, one ladle full at a time and then popping the lid on the pan until each ladle of stock soaks into the rice, stirring each time it soaks up. Often the stock will boil over the pan which can be annoying. I recently received these ‘Lid Sid’s’which are absolutely perfect when cooking my risotto. The Lid Sid stops the pan from boiling over and are available from QWERKITY for just £11.99 for a pack of two. I think they add some fun to the kitchen and they work by sitting on the edge of your pan to wedge the lid open. The Sid’s are dishwasher proof and measure in at 4cm so will nicely sit in your cutlery drawer without taking up too much space. The QWERKITY website is full of fun gifts for all occasions, I urge you to check them out if you’re looking for a fun and quirky gift, or even a Lid Sid!

Once all of your water has been absorbed, your risotto should be cooked through. Simply serve and enjoy! I keep this in the fridge for up to 5 days when making my lunches. Will you be trying out this recipe?

Thank you to QWERKITY for supplying me with a Lid Sid, it has made this recipe a lot easier and I can make my favourite meal whenever I like.

*I received the Lid Sid free of charge for inclusion in a blog post. All opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Beautiful Occasion Flowers - OK Bouquet*

After recently moving in to a new house I had a great urge to buy fresh flowers to display to brighten the place up a bit. When I was sent a gorgeous bouquet from OK Bouquet I knew that they would be the perfect addition to my new home.

OK Bouquet is owned and run by Rosario ‘Ross’ Rospo, who started selling flowers at the Columbia Road Flower Market at the age of 14. He then went on to own 3 successful flower stalls in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertford and Columbia Road, selling both cut flowers and beautiful bouquets. He has been described as creating a “masterly floral panorama worthy of an artist” on his stall, and has a long-standing reputation for selling only the highest quality flowers. Ross noticed a gap in the online market for the type of bouquets he creates – natural, informal looking ‘big’ bouquets, bursting with the freshest, highest quality flowers and at an affordable price and this is how OK Bouquet was born.

I received this massive bunch of flowers called the Premium Coral Pink ‘Miss Piggy’ Long Stem Roses. These beautiful roses are perfect for romantic occasions, anniversaries or simply because they’re beautiful! Coral roses are often associated with desire, passion and romance. I had to split them into several vases as they were so big. When ordering a Bouquet you can add your choice of foliage. Mine came with bright white gypsophila which really complemented the coral colour of the roses. They are absolutely stunning. 

OK Bouquet offers a guaranteed next day delivery throughout the UK but you can order well in advance if you require them on a certain day. Only the freshest flowers are chosen and the bouquets are put together just before displace to ensure they are at their freshest. I received long stem roses which lasted a lot longer than the usual flowers I get from the supermarket. The superb quality really stood out to me and it was nice to have flowers that stayed looking lovely for longer.

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What do you think of these flowers? I think they are the perfect gift for any occasion.

*I received this bouquet free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way.
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