DO try this at home!
Food lovers, health lovers & coffee lovers all got loads of great tips and tasty eats at my hubby Terry’s Furnace Fitness’ Healthy Eating & Meal Planning demo. The demo was filmed and will be up online in a few weeks, but until then, here are 2 of the recipes and we tested out a new way to treat yourself to coffee. (Yes, coffee can be good & good for you for you- just don’t go overboard!)
Irish Chili Sauce?
This recipe is made extra delicious by any spicy ingredients you might add. Terry loves Irish- made Mic’s Chilli, but you can add whatever you fancy. Mic’s has all different grades of hotness, so there may be one perfect for you.
Frittata Oven Baked Vegetable Omelette
Broccoli, bell pepper, other left-over veg you may want to use up
You can also add half a sweet potato (pre-cooked)
1 small red onion & 2 large cloves of crushed garlic
Spices – Asian/taco/curry. Hot sauce, Worcester sauce. Salt & black pepper
1/2 cup milk
6-8 Eggs, free range preferable
Heat up the veg in a wok with a few glugs of olive oil, add crushed garlic and pepper, your chosen spices ( for Taco seasoning about half packet, or for curry or Asian spice apprx 2 tablespoons) black pepper to taste, pinch salt, stir-fry for 2 minutes.
In a blender whizz eggs, dash Worchester sauce & chilli sauce and the 1/2 cup milk.
Place veg in deep oven dish, pour egg mix over it, add some feta cheese on top and bake 20-30 mins in the oven at 180c or gas mark 5/6; til the centre doesn’t wiggle.
Allow to cool, cut into generous squares and serve with a salad or you can even eat it cold the next day.
I have to add here a big thank-you to Bosch, who make the fantastic red whizzer you see in the photo. I was given it when I attended the Tassimo hot drinks machine launch a few days before Terry’s demo. Don’t you know he loved it & robbed it for the demo straight away! Seriously, it is good. When Terry whizzed up the eggs in it I heard more than a few appreciative comments in the audience.
Irish Pork is Top Notch
The second recipe is for pork. Ireland has some of the best pork products I’ve ever tasted, so it is no wonder we love our pork. This quick & easy recipe was a big hit and takes only minutes to make. Additionally, food that you can pick up and eat with your hands can be extra satisfying, especially when it is crunchy & savory. Kids really enjoy it, which is fantastic.
Pan sear minced streaky pork
Add Thai 7 spice, continue browning pork until golden
Add 1-2 crushed garlic cloves, and a few dashes each of Soya sauce & Worcestershire sauce.
Stir them in, browning off pork to semi-caramelise the outside
Scoop up pork & serve on Baby Gem, Cos, or other large leaf lettuce
Drizzle with Honey Mustard dressing (2 tbsp sherry vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard & wholegrain mustard, pinch herbs Provence, 1 tsp manuka honey, pinch black pepper, salt, dash of Worcestershire sauce. Shake.) This is a good recipe to play with adding/subtracting ingredients/amounts to find your/your family’s favorite taste combination.
Time for Coffee!
Now for testing the new way to make coffee— and hot chocolate! Ok, hot chocolate is not officially ‘healthy’ but a little of what you fancy does you good 🙂 As I had been invited to the Tassimo coffee machine launch, I was given of those beauties to have & test out and share my thoughts. What better place than the Furnace’s demo to see was the machine & the taste of the coffees up to scratch.
Was it any good?
Loads of thirsty attendees put the machine through its paces. The way it works is you put a ”T-Disc” in the machine, the machine reads a barcode on the disc pack and knows how to adjust the brewing time, pressure and water temperature for the hot drink you want. There are T-Discs for lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, teas, and so on.
The Tassimo did well even though there were several different newbies all giving it a go. All enjoyed their drinks, and what is brilliant is that even though you may be making, say, a hot chocolate immediately after a latte, there is no taste mixing because the machine steam cleans itself between each cup. The only hitch came when a few people removed their cups too soon and there was an overflow. The Tassimo is easy to use, but as all the use by newbies showed, it can take a time or two before some of us get completely used to it. (Some of us- I was guilty too- don’t look at the lit-up buttons telling us what stage the machine is in!)
Less Than A Minute
Where the Tassimo really shines is for that quick cup of something hot. From switching the machine on, to drinking a perfect hot beverage is only about a minute. This is something non-morning people really appreciate! Also, although coffee in moderation can be good for you, too much is not, and I’ve found just making a single cup when I want it has saved me drinking that extra cup left in the French coffee press because I didn’t want it to waste! I have to say that even though I’m normally a grind-fresh-coffee-beans-for-coffee kind of gal, I have realized I’m also quite lazy! Sometimes I don’t want all the fuss.
Taste, and a Big Winner
So, how does the taste compare? Well, the coffees in the Tassimo range are the High Street names and tastes you know and probably love- Costa, for example. The Tassimo Costa coffees are just like the ones in the shop, but cost only around 37 cent vs 3-ish euros; good savings on your daily fix. Of the ones we’ve tried so far, the Kenco Caffe Crema is Terry’s & my favourite. It obviously is not an artisan coffee like our Irish favorites Badger & Dodo, but maybe they’ll start a Tassimo sideline 🙂 A BIG winner at the Healthy Eating demo was the Cadbury’s Hot Chocolate. LOL. Several people said it was the best hot chocolate they’d ever had! Hey, that’s great- and if they keep coming to the exercise classes they can have a cup everyday 😉 Win-Win!
You can buy the Tassimo machine & 8 varieties of T-Discs at Tesco, and there are additional T-Disc varieties available to purchase online at www.tassimo.com.
The Bosch Tassimo range is available both in store and online RRP €119.95*. Irish consumers can get €20 discount* off T-DISCs when they spend €25 +P&P at www.tassimo.com
*18 years only, see www.tassimo.com for further details
Many thanks to all who came to the demo, to Event Media for filming & photos, Eoin for all his assistance & to Tassimo and Bosch for providing their products mentioned in this post.