Get 50 Free Prints When You Join Tesco Photo!

Posted on May 31st, 2011 in Freebies by Stephanie

Tesco Photo are currently offering 50 free ‘6×4’ prints when you join plus free delivery to most Tesco stores! Great time to print out those Easter holiday snaps! To claim your free prints you can visit their website here.

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Freebies Of The Week

Posted on May 30th, 2011 in Freebies by Stephanie

This week I have free Orla Kiely perfume samples, free pints of Carling and free mouse mats.

Orla Kiely Perfume Sample – Print the voucher and take it to your nearest John Lewis store to get a free 5ml bottle of Orla Kiely perfume.

Pint Of Carling – Print out the voucher and take it to your local Rileys bar to claim a free pint of Carling.

Mouse Mat – Fill in the form to get a free mouse mat sent to you.

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Tom Aikens’ Fish ‘N’ Chunky Chips Recipe

Posted on May 26th, 2011 in Recipes by Stephanie

I came across a recipe today in an old copy of OK! Magazine for Tom Aikens’ version of the nation’s favourite fish and chips and thought I would share the recipe here with you :)

Serves 4

4 King Edward or red Desiree potatoes, peeled
Oil for frying
4 x 100g / 4oz fillets of white fish such as cod or pollock
50g / 2oz flour
Lemon wedges to serve

For the batter:
300g / 11oz high-gluten bread flour
60g / 2 1/2oz cornflour
15g / 1/2oz sugar
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
500ml / 18fl oz Heineken beer
30g / 1 1/4 oz yeast

For the tartar sauce:
4 egg yolks
1/2 – 1 tsp English mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
750ml / 1 1/4pt vegetable oil
Juice of half a lemon
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
75g / 3oz gherkins, drained and chopped
15g / 1/2oz fresh parsley, chopped
75g / 3oz shallots, peeled and chopped

Start by making the batter. Sieve the flour, cornflour, sugar and salt and white pepper together in a bowl. Pouring slowly, whisk in all the beer then mix in the yeast. Leave to sit for 15 minutes before using.

Cut the peeled potatoes into 1cm / 1/2inch square batons the length of the potato so they are all the same size. Rinse well to wash off the starch, then place in a pan of lightly salted water and boil rapidly for 1 minute. Drain, then immediately plunge them into iced cold water to stop them cooking any further. Dry them off well with a tea towel.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan to 150C / 275F, add the chips and blanch for 2-3 minutes, then drain. Reheat the oil back up to 180C / 350F, then plunge the chips back into the pan and cook until they are golden brown – about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and sprinkle with sea salt.

Dip the fish into the flour then into the batter and then fry in the hot oil at 180C / 350F until the fish is cooked through and the batter golden and crisp.

While the fish is cooking make the tartar sauce. Whisk the egg yolks, mustard and salt and pepper together in a bowl, then slowly trickle in the oil, whisking well, until all is incorporated. You may need to add a little water to the mayonnaise as it may get too thick and split. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well to combine and spoon into a serving bowl.

Serve the fish and chips with the tartar sauce on the side and with lemon wedges for squeezing.

Fish and chips - Tom Aikens’ Fish ‘N’ Chunky Chips Recipe

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London Wine Tasting Parties

Posted on May 25th, 2011 in Alternative Things To Do by Stephanie

If you’re a wine lover and don’t fancy another night at your local pub, Grape Vine Social organise sophisticated wine tasting parties on Friday nights in London. It is a great chance to sample wines from around the world whilst nibbling on tapas and participating in wine quizzes. If you’re single then you can mingle with fellow wine lovers at the wine tasting speed dating events that they hold.

Grape Vine Social also organise champagne and beer tasting events where you can even try coffee and chocolate flavoured beers! Sound good?? For more information and for tickets to the events you can visit the Grape Vine Social website here.

Grape Vine Social

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Freebies Of The Week

Posted on May 24th, 2011 in Freebies by Stephanie

This week I have free copies of Lonely Planet magazine, free Asphalia For Natural Sleep samples and free Bacardi Superior Mojito cocktails at the Pitcher And Piano.

Lonely Planet Magazine – Call 0844 243 9861 and quote ref code LPGFOU61 for a free copy of Lonely Planet magazine.

Asphalia For Natural Sleep – Fill in the form to claim your free sample.

Bacardi Superior Mojito Cocktail at the Pitcher And Piano – Register with the Pitcher And Piano to claim your free cocktail!

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