It’s that time of year, family and friends gathered round the table, enjoying homemade meals with a glass of wine. If you’re like me, you have a go to wine. Mine happens to be a Pinot Grigio, it seems to go with so many dishes, it’s light on the palate and easy to enjoy. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I’m getting to that age where it’s time for me to branch out into different wines, to challenge my palate and my cooking prowess.

It seems like pairing a pasta dish with a deep shiraz would be too easy. So I went with a few bottles of wine from Naked Wines. Trying something new is never easy and you never know if you’re going to even remotely like it, but I went with it.

While I was in this trying new things state of mind, I’ve decided to give lamb a try. Where I come from lamb isn’t something that is either eaten very often or served in many standard restaurants. To be honest, I was completely frightened of eating a lamb, but my friends swear it’s delicious, so here we go.

Moroccan Spiced Braised Lamb Shanks

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Of course, I’ve never cooked lamb, but a cabernet sauvignon does go well with both lamb and spicy dishes, especially this Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wine – this wine is blissfully fruity, made up of a refreshing black currant flavour with an elegant oak, smokiness. It tastes best when it has been decanted and allowed to breathe.

With a wine this perfect, I had to find a meal equally perfect to serve it with or risk drinking the whole bottle and leaving the leftovers to the bin. I found this delicious Moroccan lamb recipe from Elemental Custard and it definitely did not disappoint.

I wasn’t sure to do a meal with the ribs or the shanks, but with the appetites in my family shanks were definitely the go to. This dish combines lovely Middle Eastern flavours with apricot, fresh ginger and vegetables and is garnished with yoghurt. It’s perfect at this time of year when the fog is thicker than pea soup and we wouldn’t dare leave home without a coat or umbrella!

Wine: Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, perfect decanted and served at 6-8C

After tasting the beautiful notes in the Cabernet Sauvignon I was looking forward to the Sauvignon Blanc. I love a crisp white wine and had my hopes up that this one would pair nicely with a seafood dish.

Ever wondered what temperature is perfect for which wine?

Risotto with Spring Asparagus and Scallops

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I have a fondness for seafood, but most importantly it must be sustainable and in season. Nothing like doing my bit for the planet! Scallops are widely available in the UK during the winter months and are quite easy to prepare at home. Now the rest of this recipe from Betty Rosbottom does take some time and preparation. It isn’t for the fainthearted as it does take a bit of skill to get the risotto just right.

Risotto, a short grained white rice is a family favourite when either ordering at our local Italian or when I can muster up a few extra hours to make it from scratch. When I tasted the Petit Villebois Sauvignon Blanc I knew that this dish would pair perfectly with it. The wine itself is crisp, clean and slightly fruity. It had a lovely finish and brought out the sweetness in the scallops.

Wine: Petit Villebois Sauvignon Blanc 2014.

Have you tasted these wines yourself? Have a favourite pairing or a suggestion on which wine we should review next? Get in touch!

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Here in the UK we love our Hunters Chicken. It’s available at most local pubs and restaurants and is a favourite homemade dish. The word “cacciatore” in Italian means hunter. So essentially this dish is just an Italian version of this British Classic. For Chicken Cacciatore Day we take a look at the history of the dish and provide a few recipes to inspire your tea time plans this evening.

History

Originating in the 13th century, this dish wasn’t one that was openly available to all households. During the renaissance era, chicken and other poultry was expensive and the only people that could enjoy hunting and afford chicken were the wealthy. The dish originally came from the central region of Italy. Since it’s creation it has taken on several different versions. In the original version of the dish chicken was served with peppers, onion and was actually more of a chicken stew that didn’t contain tomatoes until later centuries.

Depending on where in the world you’re from, your version of Chicken Cacciatore may be quite a bit different that the ones featured here.

Spicy Chicken Cacciatore

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What I love about this Spicy Chicken Cacciatore recipe from Food So Good Mall is that it is served over mash. So many times chicken cacciatore is served over pasta and this is a great substitution, especially for those of us who love spuds. The name of this recipe can be quite misleading. The ingredients suggest that the spiciest one is black pepper, unless when it says red pepper it really means one big ol’ chilli, but I’m thinking that isn’t what they are talking about. I happen to love spicy food, so I added cayenne pepper when coating the chicken and garnished with fresh diced chillies. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely a spicy kick off this medieval masterpiece.

Chicken Cacciatore from Down Under

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I have to admit, before trying this recipe the image of it on Taste.com.au drew me in. It had warm, comfort, autumn food written all over it. I was in for a treat. This Australian version of chicken cacciatore includes anchovies, capers, kalmatta olives and pancetta. To me it tasted like something fresh from Tuscany, despite using a jar tomato sauce instead of fresh tomatoes, but hey it was just easier.  The flavours of the anchovies, olives and capers combine beautifully in this dish. What’s even better? Leftovers are divine!

One Pot Chicken Cacciatore

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One pot dishes are my saviour during the winter months. There is nothing better than a hearty bowl of something good, with a sweet slice of homemade cornbread. This one pot chicken cacciatore from Sweet Potato Chronicles reminded me more of a cross between chicken cacciatore and pasta e fagioli. The cannellini beans added a beautiful, creamy taste to this otherwise tomato-ey dish.

Since I mentioned cornbread, I know it isn’t something that is readily made in the UK. But I grew up eating it with everything from soup to chilli and everything in between. Enjoy this lovely family recipe (with ingredients available here in the UK).

Tasty Southern Sweet Cornbread Recipe

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140g All Purpose Flour

150g Cornmeal

150g Caster Sugar

1tsp Salt

3 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1 Large Egg

250ml Milk

75ml Vegetable Oil

  • Preheat your oven to 200C. I like to use a cast iron skillet to cook my cornbread but a round cake tin will suffice. Make sure they are liberally buttered/sprayed/greased.
  • In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients until well blended. Add in milk, egg and vegetable oil until mixture is well combined. Pour the cornbread batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. When checked a skewer inserted into the middle of the cornbread should come out clean.

Paleo Chicken Cacciatore

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A chicken cacciatore recipe that is diet friendly?! Say it isn’t so. You’ll notice that there are no potatoes or pasta to speak of but with a recipe this delicious you won’t miss them. The chicken is cooked in fragrant coconut oil, giving it a spectacular fresh taste. The recipe leaves room for you to add your own seasonings, I opted for oregano, basil, rosemary and cayenne pepper. Yes again with the cayenne pepper, plus of course salt and pepper to taste. Tomorrow for lunch I’ll be wrapping these leftovers in cabbage leaves like a wrap keeping it waist line friendly!

If these recipes don’t give you a bad case of the “I need some chicken” I’m not sure if anything will. Have your own version of chicken cacciatore? Tweet us @appliancecity or find us on Facebook.


I don’t think there is a week in the year that doesn’t have a food attached to it. This week is no exception. Touted by the fish mongers and fish and chip shops, it’s National Seafood Week. We plan to bring you a new favourite recipe whether your a lover of langoustines or a connoisseur of crab we’re sure you’ll find a recipe to whet your appetite.

Langoustines

We’ll start with a British favourite. The langoustine. Is it a prawn? Is it a lobster? No, just a strange combination that looks a little bit like both and tastes just as delicious. Langoustines are ideal when used in one pot dishes like paella or when grilled and seasoned to perfection.

Grilled Langoustines with Chilli, Garlic and Coriander

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Looking for something to freshen up a date night spent at home? This recipe from Leith’s will bring a bit of a taste sensation to the table. Grilled in a just minutes, the langoustine is the meatier cousin of the prawn with claws like a lobster. When grilled with chilli, garlic and coriander it takes on a beautiful Italian flavour that livens up this crustacean.

Image Credit: Morsoe

Monkfish

The other day when strolling through the supermarket I came upon an abundance of monkfish on sale. Now before this trip, I had never tasted monkfish but I couldn’t just pass this offer by. I had to try it! I browsed the internet on my mobile phone looking for the perfect recipe that would have my husband drooling from the aroma of walking in the door from work and settled on this gem.

Monkfish with Red Peppers and Saffron Rice

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Monkfish are traditionally caught down off the coast of Devon through sustainable fishing practices, making this fish a great choice when at the supermarket. This recipe from Jono & Jules is a British take on the traditional paella. Tasting just like a paella without all the extra ingredients it’s sure to be tantalising addition to any menu.

Cod

I think this fish is the most iconic to find in nearly every single nook and cranny in Britain. If there is a shop window, there is a fish and chip shop somewhere nearby that is loaded with this classic white fish. Whilst I could have celebrated National Seafood Week with a trip to my local diner instead I chose to glorify the cod with this fantastic recipe.

Spice Crusted Cod with Baby Greens, Beets and a Lemon-Yogurt Sauce

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What a way to take the fish out of the chip shop and make it more elegant. This recipe I found on Not Eating Out in NY isn’t just for those on the other side of the pond. Cod is a highly accessible fish here in the UK. The spice crust is made up of black peppercorns, coriander seeds and cumin seeds. The Indian inspiration in this dish is so tantalising your partner may not want to go back to the fish and chip shop.

Salmon

One of my favourite fish, Salmon is as versatile as it is succulent. Smoked with breakfast, poached over salad for lunch or steamed with a citrus glaze for tea. Whatever the time of day, Salmon is always the proverbial answer. I digress, what is a celebration if I just make something I’ve already made over and over? Not a celebration of course! So I had to find something that both my partner would like and that I would feel was perfect for the occasion.

Soy Ginger Salmon

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Now normally, I’m not a fan of anything salty so I tend to stay away from soy sauce. Alas, I will try any recipe at least twice so I gave this one a go. All Recipes showcased this stunning salmon recipe with spring onions, soy sauce and ginger glaze. The salmon is marinated overnight in a homemade marinade that includes orange juice of all things! The next day you can broil the salmon which turns out incredibly juicy and delicious. Even if you aren’t a fan of salmon, I would definitely give this recipe a try.

You don’t have to use British seafood to celebrate National Seafood week but hey, why not?


Hurrah! It’s National Egg Week. From eggy bread to scotch eggs and everything in between. We’ve rounded up some creative egg recipes to fill your families bellies this autumn.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day you might as well make it delicious!

Indian Style Scrambled Eggs

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Indian food is a British favourite. This recipe is a unique twist on a standard scrambled egg on toast breakfast. OxNosh delivers the adult version of a kiddies favourite, packed with all those tantalising Indian flavours we love. It isn’t just for breakfast, it would also make a tasty dinner for one. Trust us, it’s worth getting out of bed for in the morning.

Eggy Bread and Veggie Cobbler

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It’s that time of year. The mornings are getting darker, the evenings too. It’s chilly from the time we open our eyes to the time we close them. The morning routine of a bowl of cornflakes won’t warm you to the soul like something as good as this Eggy Bread and Veggie Cobbler from eggrecipes.co.uk. If you’re a bit like me, I can’t eat first thing in the morning, so this dish is perfect for my “brunch”. Packed with delicious veggies, gooey cheese and yummy eggs I look forward to this with a cup of joe whilst I sit down to work.

Smoked Haddock with Watercress and Poached Egg

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Lunches tend to be quite samey, samey. Same sandwiches, same soups, same cobs, same blah blah blah. Give yourself a pickup halfway through you day with this Smoked Haddock with Watercress and Poached Egg recipe. Smoked Haddock is one of my favourite fish. The delicious smoked flavour of the flakey white fish is perfect paired with this creamy watercress sauce from The Telegraph.

Kedgeree with Eggs and Tarragon

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Autumn is the time of year where our evenings are filled with football practice, dance recitals and other after school activities. By the time we get home and are able to sit down for a meal it’s after 8pm and we’re finding anything to fill our belly. When I have more to-do’s on my list than hours in the day I like to have my “tea” during lunch time. This Kedgeree with Eggs and Tarragon featured on Oprah.com is hearty and filling. My only suggestion would be to use the tarragon sparingly, unless you really love it’s anise flavour.

Moroccan Merguez Ragout with Poached Eggs

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According to national surveys the amount of meals eaten either in a restaurant or ordered as takeaways surge during the Autumn and Winter months. Instead of venturing out into the blistering cold winds and driving rain, why not make a fakeaway? This Moroccan Merguez Ragout featured on Food52 reminds me of a beautiful dish I was served on holiday in Morocco. Not only is it simply delicious, it also reminds me of warmer times like holiday during the dreary English winter months.

Egg Florentine Pizza

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Now before you turn your nose up and walk away because….what?! Eggs on Pizza? Hear me out. Egg Florentine Pizza is a time honoured recipe in traditional Italy. Think of breakfast, runny egg yolk over crisp toast and smokey bacon. Now put that together with your grilled tomatoes and a bit of spinach. It’s the breakfast of champions! Well instead of toast this features a crisp pizza crust and is absolutely to die for. The ultimate “binner” (breakfast for dinner) recipe is this recipe from Taste.com. It’s warm, it’s comforting and it’s delicious, what more could you ask for?

If you love the feel of a crisp crust on the traditional restaurant pizza, fear not, with some of the range cookers from Smeg you get a pizza stone. Perfect for making that restaurant style pizza right in the comfort of your own home.

Now typically I do a dessert within our National Week posts, but since this is also National Cake week, I’ll be leaving the mouth watering desserts for another day.

 


Well, it’s only September but so far this year we’ve already seen snow in Birmingham and cold nights all round. Here at Appliance City it’s our favourite time of year! Cold weather means comfort foods. Warm casseroles, yummy slow cooker meals and full bellies galore.  We’ve chosen a mix of regular recipes and slow cooker recipes perfect for families on the go or those who just like to come home to a warm cooked meal with no hassles.

Loaded Greek Twice Baked Potatoes

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Grab a napkin because this one is drool worthy. These twice baked potatoes from Baked In are the answer to a cold autumn night. Unlike traditional twice baked potatoes this are made with vegans and vegetarians in mind but don’t let that put you off. With roasted peppers, salty olives and sun dried tomatoes, these potatoes pack a flavourful punch. If you’re in a hurry they can be made in the microwave, but cooking them in the oven adds a bit of a crisp to the top that is delightful.

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

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A bit of crunch, a lot of gooey cheese and yummy pasta – this slow cooker mac and cheese recipe from She Knows is not only perfect for tea, but lunch, snacks…whenever! I mean who doesn’t love mac and cheese and this recipe deserves an award. Combine all ingredients in the morning and voila, when you walk in from work you’re greeted by the aroma and warm mac and cheese. Love by adults and kids alike pair it with a main or add some chicken or veggies and make it your main!

J Sheekey Fish Pie

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Fish pie is both versatile and delicious. No matter the fish, lobster, prawns or general seafood you have in the freezer it can usually be combined to make a delicious fish pie. This recipe featured in The Guardian combines the fresh taste of white fish, smokey cod and succulent salmon into a fish pie that will leave your family asking for seconds. Easy to prepare and even easier to make ahead, fish pie is perfect warm nosh for crisp Autumn nights.

Butter Chicken Curry

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Who wouldn’t love home to the smell of a warm curry after a day in the blustery, cold British weather? This butter chicken curry from Almost Bourdain is the perfect make ahead curry dish that doesn’t require leaving the comfort of your home.  Spicy, delicious and cheaper than takeaway why not serve this next time you have a craving for your local Indian?

Want to make some of our slow cooker dishes but don’t have one? Have no fear! We have a selection of cookers that include digital programmers that can be set to cook your food when you want it. Simple.

Toad in the Hole

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A British staple and definitely a comfort classic, Toad in the Hole is simplistic yet tasty and perfect for couples or families. This recipe from Apple Pins uses any fresh pork sausage or even chorizo if you’re looking for a little extra spice and traditional toad in the hole batter. Finish it off with homemade onion gravy and you’ve got yourself a crowd pleaser!

Blueberry and Apple Oat Crumble

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Now of course, what would a blog about British comfort classics be without a warm and yummy dessert! Crumbles are a favourite at my house any time of the year but are asked for more often than not when it’s cold outside. This recipe featured in the Telegraph uses fruit that is within season, and with only seven ingredients it is quick and cheap to make!

We’d love to see what kinds of comfort classics you are making this Autumn. Send them to marketing@appliancecity.co.uk, share them on our Facebook or tweet us @appliancecity with the #ColdHomeComforts.

 


Do you love a bit of DIY? Want to spruce up your kitchen or do a complete remodel? We’ve searched far and wide for the hottest trends in kitchen design. They span from spacious and modern to country and kitschy. Build yourself a space the inspires you to culinary genius.

Modern Country Kitchen

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You don’t have to live in a character home to feature a kitchen with some personality. In this white, modern country kitchen from Modern Country Style there are clean lines mixed with shabby chic. What really completes this look is the retro Smeg fridge freezer.  Made to look like it’s fresh out of the 1950’s but performing like the next generation this fridge freezer is the perfect addition to a modern country styled kitchen.

 

Asian Inspired Kitchen

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Open plan homes are quickly becoming the most popular type of floor plan to have.  They are modern, airy and bright and perfect for growing families. In this Asian inspired kitchen from Cast Architecture classic wood and stainless steel make this kitchen look timeless. It features an American Style Fridge Freezer, a beautiful Range Cooker and plenty of storage and cooking options with loads of worktop space, perfect for those amateur cooks or busy families.

 

Modern Contemporary Kitchen

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One of the most popular kitchen trends this year is mixing furniture inspired architecture with clean lines to create a stunning space loaded with personality. This modern contemporary kitchen features in Forbes is a mixture of black and white, brick and marble and is gorgeous. Even in small British kitchens this look can be pulled off and with lovely built in ovens and gas hobs. Plus built in appliances free up under worktop space for other white goods or storage areas.

 

Industrial Style Kitchen

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A new kitchen design that is trending is the industrial style kitchen. We see distressed woods mixed with the clean modern lines of metal to create an artistic style of kitchen that would suit any modern home. This kitchen featured in Decoist features a gorgeous modern range cooker.  The Mercury Range Cooker is stunning and comes in a variety of colours if you’re wanting to add a punch of colour to your industrial designed kitchen.

 

Small Kitchen Design

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We haven’t forgotten that most homes in the UK have limited space. Love a modern look but have limited space? This small kitchen design inspired by AEG Appliances brings fashion and functionality together. The built in oven and induction hob are perfect for kitchens short on space. Not only do they look fabulous they perform up to professional standards.

If you aren’t looking to completely remodel your kitchen, the white goods that you choose can add a flare of personality to your decor. Whether its the Retro or Victorian Range from Smeg, the French inspired design of the Rangemaster Elise range cookers or the ultra modern Mercury line, just a change of a white good can bring a whole new focal point to a kitchen without all the work of a redesign.