Cooking with Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan*

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One of my very first ‘major’ hoe purchases, back when I was at university and preparing to move into my first proper apartment was a Le Creuset cast iron frying pan. It’s a huge blue one, and even though I bought it over ten years ago, I still use it weekly, and I can’t even begin to guess how many meals it’s produced over the years. By far it’s my most-used kitchen item, and in the years since, I’ve added a few more pieces to the family, with a dutch oven, more pans and pots, and I absolutely adore each and every one.

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The newest addition to my collection is the Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan in the stunning new shade ‘meringue’. The most divine soft putty-beige, it’s a beautifully chic neutral, which would look incredible in every type and colour of kitchen. Unlike my original purchase, which, if I’m honest can be a bit heavy once it’s full, the Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan is easier to move around the kitchen, and clever features, like the lip on each side of it, makes using it an absolute dream.

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I’ve been using it for everything from omelettes to curries, and I’m absolutely delighted each and every time. Unlike other pots and pans, Le Creuset’s frying pan is made from a single cast iron piece, and as a result, the pan can withstand any cooking temperatures. you can think of. So, whether you tend to cook on the hob, or induction stovetop, or you need to pop your dish under the grill to brown and crisp toppings, or even place it in the oven to bake your supper, the pan comes right out looking brand new.

The interior of the pan is coated with Le Creuset’s specialist satin black enamel finish. Extremely durable and easy to clean, it won’t peel or rub away, and it even encourages the caramelisation of food, so your dishes taste even better than normal. Crucially, the interior lining means you don’t need to worry about ‘seasoning’ the iron, instead, I just wash by hand after each use, then pop away in the cupboard.

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If you’re looking for a little treat to enjoy during this weird period, where, if you’re anything like me, you’re cooking even more than normal – this Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan is ideal!

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To go alongside such a gorgeous pan, I couldn’t resist this adorable silicon heart cool tool. Part of the brand’s Valentines collection, it adds a subtle  bit of colour into the kitchen, and it’s super handy too! You can use it for everything from a countertop protector, to a grip to easily open stubborn jars!

Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan is priced at £125 and is available here

Le Creuset Signature Heart Cool Tool is priced at £15 and is available here

Weekend Cocktails with the CleanGin

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Plans for the weekend? If you’re anything like me, it’s heavy on household chores, and easy on the fun stuff (thanks lockdown!). CleanGin has shared some of their favourite cocktail recipes, which are perfect to enjoy over the next couple of days! Not only is CleanGin absolutely delicious, but it’s low in alcohol too – meaning you can kick back on Sunday evening with a cocktail, without worrying about dealing with a headache on Monday morning!

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Their Signature Serve is a true classic – light and fresh with lemon and mint – you’ll find me sipping on this in the sunshine!

Ingredients: 50ml of CleanGin, 150ml of a light tonic, lemon, fresh mint leaves to garnish.

Method: Mix ingredients together and serve in a highball glass with ice, lemon and fresh mint leaves to garnish

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I’m also dying to try the Clean Club:

Ingredients: 50ml of CleanGin, 15ml of lemon juice, 15ml of honey syrup, 2.5ml orange blossom water and 4 raspberries.

Method: Add all ingredients into shaker, wet shake (with ice), single strain, dry shake (without ice), and fine strain into a rocks glass over ice cubes. Garnish and serve.

CleanGin is priced at £24.99 and is available here

Bar-ready cocktails at home with Caorunn Gin

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I’m not sure about you, but the lazy-Sunday appeal of lockdown life has gotten old, really quick. Life feels like it’s been turned upside down, but I’m trying to make the most of the time by doing all the things I normally wish I have time for. I’ve tried out new recipes, read new books, and done all the cliches you’ve seen on everyone’s Instagrams (yes, I’ve baked banana bread and instituted an at-home work out), but what I’ve not done yet, is play around with some fun cocktail recipes.

Caorunn Gin has made life super simple, with their release of some incredible sounding cocktails – perfect for celebrating the up-coming weekend!

Their Sofa Spritz is perfect to enjoy during an evening of classic movies:

Ingredients:

50ml Caorunn, 50ml Pressed Apple juice, 100ml Soda water, 50ml Sparkling white wine

Garnish: Red apple slices
Glass: Wine
Ice: Cubed

Method: Build all ingredients in a wine glass with cubed ice.

If you fancy something a little fruitier, their Honey I’m Home sounds ideal:image6

Ingredients:

50ml Caorunn Raspberry, 25ml lime juice, 1.5 teaspoons honey

Garnish: Lime zest

Glass: Coupette or any cocktail glass

Method: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass.

If you fancy enjoying something delicious this weekend, you can grab a bottle of Caorunn here

Celebrating Pancake Day with Hotel Chocolat*

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With Pancake Day happening tomorrow, I’ve been trying to think of ways to mix the day up a little. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of the British lemon and sugar combo – it’s too sticky and crunchy, and maple syrup feels a bit predictable. So when Hotel Chocolat got in touch to share their recipe, I couldn’t resist giving them a go!

This year, Hotel Chocolat suggests ditching your usual toppings, and instead mixing things up with a choice of their delicious spreads. A more refined take on Nutella, their Hazelnut Chocolate Spread is pure indulgence – all silky-smooth cocoa, with a hint of moreish nuttiness. As delicious spread on a slice of toasted sourdough as it is topping a stack of freshly made pancakes, this is a breakfast staple you’re not going to want to miss.

If you’re looking for an even more indulgent treat, then you’re going to love the Salted Caramel & Pecan Chocolate Spread. An absolute treat, this mixes the salty-sweetness of caramel and pecans with the richness of chocolate. I couldn’t pick a favourite if you asked me, so I’ve found that the best method is just to enjoy a little of both on a pancake or two – it’s a holiday after all!

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If you’d like to enjoy some seriously indulgent pancakes this week, you can find Hotel Chocolat’s Spreads for £6 each, and they’re available here

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Gordon’s Pink Spritz*

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Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a fun cocktail idea, that’s perfect for enjoying on a Friday night!

I’m not the world’s biggest drinker, but I’m always partial to a gin, and Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin is a fun update, thanks to it’s note of fruity raspberries and strawberries, with the tang of redcurrant. It’s also pink, so seriously, what’s not to love?!

Gordon’s Pink From £13 at Asda, Morrison’s, Sainbury’s and all good supermarkets

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