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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Cottage pie with Stilton Mash in partnership with Red Tractor

Cottage pie with Stilton Mash
When it comes to shopping for groceries we all want to be sure that the food products we are buying are not only tasty but come with a some assurance of their quality and provenance. In the UK that assurance comes in the form of the Red Tractor logo which can be found in a huge variety of produce, from vegetables to dairy, meat and drinks. This little sign is a stamp of approval that the food in your shopping trolley has been produced to the highest standards and has been responsibly sourced.

Red Tractor started in 2000 and has been working hard over the past 15 years to raise awareness and standards in the industry as well as support British produce. You may be aware that they have a big campaign running until November 1st to highlight the standards behind Red Tractor and what's more, there are also wonderful prizes to be won – on pack stickers give shoppers the chance to win a Farm Stay mini break worth £350, everyday for 49 days. You can follow the campaign on Twitter #TrustTheTractor.

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Cottage pie with Stilton Mash
Cottage pie with Stilton Mash

When it comes to recipes using Red Tractor assured products the options are, of course, endless. But I decided to create a suitably British recipe with all the items I picked up this weekend – Cottage Pie. This is not your average cottage pie though – this is the pimped up all-singing and dancing version. I have taken my inspiration from Tom Kerridge to create my pie with braising steak instead of mince – add a rich ale gravy and a Stilton mash topping and you have a dish fit for the Queen. This is proper Sunday meal family fare – filling, incredibly tasty and crowd pleasing. 

Cottage pie with Stilton Mash
Serves 4-5, generously
900g | 1lb Red Tractor braising steak, cut into small cubes
6 tbsp Red Tractor plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
rapeseed (canola) oil for frying
500ml | 2 cups hot beef stock
250ml | 1 cup dark ale
3 Red Tractor onions, peeled and roughly chopped
3 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
2 large Red Tractor carrots, peeled and finely diced
2 celery sticks, finely diced
2 star anise
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp mild curry powder
1 cinnamon stick
1-2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
1/2 tsp ground cumin
7 large Red Tractor floury potatoes such as Maris Piper, peeled and cubed
125ml | 1/2 cup Red Tractor whole milk, or more, as needed
50g | 2 tbsp Red Tractor butter 
100g | 3.5oz Red Tractor Stilton cheese, crumbled 
salt and freshly ground pepper
buttered peas and green beans, to serve

  1. Preheat the oven to 150C (300F).
  2. Put the flour into a large plate and season liberally with salt and pepper. Add the beef cubes and toss until they are lightly coated in flour. 
  3. Heat a generous glug of rapeseed oil in a large casserole dish (I used my Le Creuset). Add the beef, in batches if necessary, and brown the cubes. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Add a splash of the stock to deglaze the casserole and scrape any sticky brown bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon. Pour any liquid from the pan in with the beef.
  5. Add more oil to the casserole and fry the onions over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. 
  6. Add the curry powder, cumin, garlic, carrots and celery and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, stock and ale.
  8. Add the cinnamon stick, star anise and the browned beef. Bring to the boil, cover the casserole and place in the oven. Cook for 2 hours – checking after 1 hour to give the stew a little stir.
  9. Remove the casserole from the oven and transfer the stew to a large, deep, ovenproof dish to cool slightly. Check the seasoning and sprinkle with the thyme. 
  10. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Cover the pot and bring to the boil. Lower heat to a rolling simmer and cook until the potatoes are fork tender.
  11. Drain and return to the pot. Add the butter and milk and mash together until smooth. Add a splash more milk if the mash is too dry. Taste and season. 
  12. Transfer the mash to a large piping bag and pipe over the stew. Sprinkle with the crumbled cheese.
  13. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and cook for about 25 minutes until the mash starts to colour a little and the middle is very hot.
  14. Leave the pie to cool for 10-15 minutes and serve with buttered peas and steamed green beans on the side.
Cottage pie with Stilton Mash

Red Tractor are also hosting weekly competitions on their Facebook & Twitter to win more prizes, including £100 Aldi Voucher, £50 Cooperative vouchers, meat goody bags and much more. Be sure to check them out!

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Bramble cocktail and Taste Cocktails giveaway

The Bramble - a beautifully refreshing gin-based cocktail

I feel like celebrating a little. It has been a very long, very busy week. But is has been (mostly) busy in a really good way. Plus I found out some exciting news: Supergolden Bakes has been shortlisted in the food category at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards! Thank you for nominating me and even bigger thank you if you can cast your vote for me. Seriously, thank you with jazz hands.

What would celebration would be without a drink to toast – and, folks, I feel like a cocktail. This one is absolutely fabulous – a British invention from cocktail mixmaster extraordinaire Dick Bradsell. And it comes courtesy of Taste Cocktails – monthly cocktail kit subscription service, which, by the way is perfect birthday present for me if anyone's asking (cough). Taste Cocktails provide kits with all ingredients you will need to create a variety of classic cocktails. Each kit comes with enough premium spirits (in super cute mini bottles) to create the main recipe plus a couple of variations on the theme. You can probably get away with creating at least 4-5 cocktails out of each kit (6 if you are being frugal with the spirits). If you don't want to commit to the monthly subscription, you can also buy one-off kits – I have my eye on the Pisco Sours one.

I was lucky enough to receive the Bramble kit to review and it brought back memories of hanging out at Match bar working my way through their extensive menu (those were the days – pre-children). The Bramble really is a beautifully refreshing gin-based cocktail and you get the chance to sample it yourselves since Taste Cocktails are offering one lucky Supergolden Bakes reader the chance to win one of the fab cocktail kits. Scroll to the bottom of the post for details on how to enter this giveaway. 

Bramble cocktail and Taste Cocktails giveaway
Bramble cocktail and Taste Cocktails giveaway

The Classic Bramble
Serves 1
40ml | 1.5fl oz (Minus 33) gin
20ml | 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
10ml | 1/2 tbsp sugar syrup
10ml | 1/2 tbsp Creme de Mure 
fresh blackberries or lemon peel to garnish
crushed ice

  1. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice.
  2. Put all the ingredients except for the Creme de Mure in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
  3. Shake hard for about ten seconds then strain into the glass.
  4. Drizzle the Creme de Mure over the drink – it will stain your cocktail a beautiful colour – and garnish with fresh blackberries or some lemon peel.
Notes: If you can't buy crushed ice, place ice cubes inside ziplog bag and cover with a dish towel. Smash with a rolling pin.
• You can add a little more lemon juice if you prefer your cocktail a bit sharper and a little more Creme de Mure for added sweetness. 
• To make a Bramble de Casita, add 1/2 tbsp Chambord the above recipe.

The Bramble - a beautifully refreshing gin-based cocktail

The Bramble - a beautifully refreshing gin-based cocktail

Win a Taste Cocktails kit

> One winner will receive a Taste Cocktails kit.
> Giveaway open to UK residents over the age of 18 only 
> The giveaway ends on the 31st of October at 11:59:59 PM. 
> Please comment on this post first before proceeding with other ways to enter, otherwise your entries will not be valid.
> Entries using an automated process or software to create bulk entries will be disqualified. 
> The winner will be randomly selected, announced in the Gleam giveaway box and contacted via their provided e-mail address shortly afterwards. Please claim your prize within 4 days of being notified.

I received a Bramble Cocktail kit from Taste Cocktails to review and create this post - all opinions are my own. This is not a paid review.