Monday, 30 January 2012

Taking stock - dieters life saving soup recipe - giveaway


Just before Christmas I was sent some Essential Cuisine chicken and vegetable stocks to try and then by pure coincidence (in a competition on 'you know where book' no less) I also won pots of the whole range...and some other lovely goodies too (it was a really lovely unexpected present just before Christmas). But since then I've gone a bit stock mad and been trialing all sorts of things to give these powdered stocks a proper road test. And they all, without exception have passed with flying colours. I have been really impressed with them and for now they are definitely my stand by and store cupboard stocks of choice when I don't have fresh stock of my own to use. I'm hooked and I know why...
These stocks are light, delicately flavoured and probably the nearest thing I have used to match the flavour of homemade stock. They are not overly seasoned and they don't contain monosodioum glutamate, the other stocks I used did and I now realise that this was what I was not enjoying about those stocks, the flavours were too strong, too salty and far too artificial.

Essential Cuisine is based in the north west (Cheshire) and they pride themselves on making good quality stocks of the standard a professional chef would use. One pot makes about 6 litres of stock if you follow the instructions on the tub. The range covers fish, chicken, beef, vegetable and even veal. You can buy them in deli's, select food providers or online here. The website includes some lovely recipes to try with the range.
Here is some of the dishes I have made over the last 7 weeks or so with these stocks to give you and idea of the versatility: not all are pictured.
Chicken noodle soup
Turkey ham and vegetable pie
Potatoes boulangere
Vegetable and lentil soup
Fish cakes
Gravy for roast chicken and roast turkey
Chicken chasseur
Beef tea drink (has about 3 cals..I can't stop drinking this especially when its cold out)
Braised brisket of beef                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Here is one recipe I make over and over again, its my dieters life saving low calorie soup, its very easy to make using the stock powder if you are dieting and you motivation is slipping away try it!
Low calorie easy vegetable and lentil soup
Ingredients:
2 sticks of celery chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 bag of prepared mix vegetables (we call them pot herbs here) if you don't have ready prepared veg use whatever you have in but carrots, leeks, swede, cabbage (root veg) etc will do
200g red lentils
fresh thyme OR dried thyme
chicken stock OR vegetable stock powder from Essential Cuisine
Sea salt and black pepper
Method:
1. Put the celery, onion, fresh thyme and mixed vegetables into a large pan. Cover with boiling water from a boiled kettle. Add 1tbs of chicken or vegetable stock and season, cook over a moderate heat for about 10 minutes.
2. Add the red lentils and continue to cook until the lentils are soft. Check the seasoning, add more salt and pepper and stock if needed to taste.

3. Either blitz with a hand blender, or serve chunky. Or if you like it part chunky part blended then use a potato masher to break up with vegetables.

Make a huge pot of this to keep on the stove and help yourself to a bowl when you feel hungry, its a dieters lifesaver packed with good carbs from the lentils.

The beef stock on its own as a drink in a mug, is so nice, its nothing like a stock cube or paste and its so warming and delicious.

So you can try some of these stocks for yourself, this week I'm giving away two of these lovely stocks to try along with a lovely chefs striped apron from Essential Cuisine, the apron is rather nice in a professional cheffie kind of way, and its a really good (your clothes won't get ruined in this) size, the fish and chicken stocks you also get to try (with your new apron on of course!) are even nicer. You have to live in the UK to enter and you have up to three chances of winning.


First leave a comment below telling me what dish you would make with any of these five Essential Cuisine  stocks? For a second entry follow @E-Cuisine on Twitter, and let me know below you have done so below. For a third entry follow E Cuisine Home Chef and 'like' that page on Facebook and let me know below you have done so below. For a fourth entry tweet about the giveaway.

The winner will be chosen at random by me. This giveaway closes in seven days. Good luck!

If you win please try my fishcake recipe with the fish stock powder added as its a lovely supper dish!)

NB. Essential Cuisine did not ask me to do a feature on my blog or offer me any incentive (monetary or otherwise) other than to send me this giveaway.
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52 comments:

  1. I would've said something bland like spaghetti bolognese, but I'm intrigued about your turkey ham & vegetable pie!

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  2. errr, those are not sausages (she says indignantly) you never let on about this little win! And a competition - woo hoo! let me at it!

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  3. Okay after my little diversion, I would use the beef stock to make French onion soup.

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  4. nice little win
    always Gravy for roast chicken its what makes the meal

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  5. I would make a beef casserole and dumplins with the beef stock.

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  6. I would use the chicken stock and make a suasage apple and onion caserole
    jillwebb@blueyonder.co.uk

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  7. ooh congrats on the win - yes I agree with Janice you kept this quiet! :) and a giveaway... what can i say? I think I would have to try your fishcakes otherwise I would make a chicken casserole - one pot dishes are my favourite (mainly due to laziness)

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  8. I would make thick lentil and carrot soup using the vegetable stock!

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  9. i love gravy dinners in the winter. i would make a love casserole x

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  10. I would love to try the vegetable stock because all I ever seem to use is Oxo. But, my husband would like the beef and fish stock. He'd use it in his slow cooker, in which he loves to make a hearty beef stew.

    @defairmans on twitter

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  11. It would have to be a lovely warming soup, we've got snow today so I think something to warm your insides is vital & nothing fills you up like a lovely thick soup with chunks of fresh bread.

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  12. would love to make my cottage pie with the beef stock :)
    @emmav6

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  13. I would use the Beef Stock in my steak pies, gravy for extra flavour. Chicken in chicken and veg pies, lots really.

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  14. I'd use the vegetable one for a lovely winter soup - have got some sweet potatoes, butternut squash and celeriac in the fridge just waiting to be turned into some winter soups

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  15. i would use the chicken stock as a base for a quick matzo ball soup

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  16. i would make a lovely beef steak stew in the slow cooker, with loads of root veg with a beef stock

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  17. I would have to make a good old-fashioned chicken, leek and mushroom puff pastry pie with the chicken stock (and some yummy creme fraiche)!

    @emma_fenella on Twitter

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  18. Hi,
    I think I would make a mushroom risotto

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  19. Yeehaa, you won something! Congratulations :)

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  20. Definately soup - would probab make yor easy veg and lentil one, sounds yum :)

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  21. I'd use the chicken soup in some yummy paella.

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  22. I would make a fish pie, with salmon, cod and haddock.

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  23. I would use the vegetable stock to make curried butternut squash soup or sweet potato and cumin soup

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  24. We love any kind of soup! tonight we're having onion soup!

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  25. I would make a fish tagine with the fish stock

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  26. i would use the beef stock and make a traditional lob scouse. they look pretty handy stocks. i would also use them alot in my slow cooker

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  27. Id make a home made chicken soup perfect time for it in this cold weather

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  28. i would use the vegetable stock to makea hearty root vegetable casserole

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  29. slimming world shepards pie

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  30. I'd make a chicken and chorizo risotto... mmm!

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  31. The turkey ham & vegetable pie sounds really great, so it would be either this or soup

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  32. i would make a mushroom risotto :)

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  33. I'd use the beef stock to make shepard's pie. :D

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  34. Would have to be good old spagetti bolognese

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  35. It just has to be soup! I am in love with it at the moment! Vegetable stock to make a Roasted cherry tomato soup!

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  36. Definitely loads of gravy for roast dinners!

    Followed on twitter and RT @samanthawesley
    and followed on facebook - SJ Wesley

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  37. I'd use the beef stock and put it in the slow cooker with beef stew @KatieMyers1st

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  38. I would make a nice casserole x

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  39. I would love to try the vegetable stock in our favourite tomato soup (so easy and always goes down a treat)

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  40. I would make my beef casserole that I serve with gnocchi - add a tiny bit of stock to the water the gnocchi boils in for a tasty enhanced flavour!

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  41. I would make some lovely soups to keep in the freezer with the veggie stock - especially my new fave carrot and fennel!

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  42. I'd make a nice Stew to help ward off the cold spell.

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  43. I would make spag bol with the beef :)

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Susan x