Cook without the book: Festive Feast

Are you ready to have fun with festive food? During this time of year, there are many parties and dinners where you can get creative in the kitchen. With a variety of seasonal ingredients to choose from, you can create a selection of dishes to suit everyone’s individual tastes. Whether you want a captivating centre piece or a simple snack there are lots of different recipes to choose from. We’ve selected a few of our favourites to help you begin your festive feast.

 

Christmas Salted Caramel Yule Log

 

Try this sweet twist on a Christmas classic. Treat your Christmas party guests to a salted caramel yule log, decorated with redcurrants. It makes a great centrepiece for your party, as well as a delicious dessert.

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Gingerbread Biscuits

 

This easy recipe for gingerbread biscuits, is great for getting the kids involved with baking this Christmas. Not only is this recipe nice and easy, you can also use these biscuits as a lovely homemade Christmas gift.

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White chocolate, orange & cranberry Christmas cake

 

Not everyone is a fan of the traditional Christmas fruit cake. Try sponge instead of fruit this Christmas. This beautiful white chocolate cake is a crowd-pleaser and you can decorate this cake with as many macaron  as you like.  

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Christmas Tree Garlic Bread

 

Put a Christmas twist on a well-loved snack. Each piece of this pull-apart bread has a melted mozzarella centre. Brushed with garlic butter and served with a tomato dipping sauce, this will be a hit at any Christmas party buffet table.

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Classic Pigs in Blankets

 

These tasty treats are a festive favourite for many. This traditional Christmas treat can be part of a large Christmas meal, or can be served as a simple side dish.  If you like to add your own personal touch to your food we’ve got three tasty twists including black pudding, butternut squash and chestnuts – you choose.

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Cook without the book: Brilliant Bonfire Buffet

After the madness of Halloween, it’s time for the excitement and bright lights of Bonfire Night. This is the perfect night to keep warm by a bonfire and enjoy some scrumptious treats. Enjoy a variety of delicious food including warming soups and perfect puddings. We’ve chosen some of our favourite Bonfire Night recipes for you to enjoy.

 

Firework Cupcakes

 

Firework cupcakes are the perfect treat to make for Bonfire night. These sparkling firework cakes are easier to make than they look, and you can enlist your whole family to give you some help in the kitchen.

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Toffee Apples

No Bonfire Night party is complete without some traditional toffee apples. This is the perfect recipe to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. To create these classic sticky treats, just follow this simple toffee apple recipe

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S’mores Cupcakes

These delicious s’mores cupcakes are the perfect treat to enjoy by the bonfire. Based on the traditional American classic, these cupcakes have four tasty layers including a crunchy caramelised biscuit base, a layer of melted chocolate, a gooey rich chocolate sponge centre and a sweet, fluffy marshmallow topping and come complete with a chocolate dipped biscuit.

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

This simple spicy pumpkin soup is an autumnal dish you’ll love to try as a starter, lunch or dinner. This recipe is ideal for using up any of your leftover pumpkin from Halloween carvings.

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Classic Pulled Pork

Missing the Summer Heat? Bring a BBQ favourite to the bonfire with this classic pulled pork sandwich. Smothered in a rich, flavoursome sauce, it’s so tender and just falls off the bone. Plus, if you leave it to bake in a slow cooker you can make the most of an inexpensive shoulder of pork – resulting in the meat being soft and delicious.

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Cook without the book: Frightfully Fun Food

You will no doubt have your costume ready for Halloween, whether you are planning to go out trick or treating or planning to host a hauntingly great party. But have you thought about the terrifying treats to enjoy on the night? Halloween is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to sweet but scary snacks. Whether you’re a ghost or goblin, there are a variety of delicious recipes that are perfect to enjoy at your frightful feast. We’ve chosen a selection of irresistible recipes that will make any event a scream!

 

Witches Brew

Halloween may be typically known for sweet snacks, but it also means that the colder weather is fast approaching. It is the perfect time to bring out your knitted jumpers and enjoy warm and wonderful soup. This is a healthy alternative for those wanting to carry on with clean eating through Winter.

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Frankenstein Cupcakes

If you don’t want to dress like a monster for Halloween, why not make them. These fun Frankenstein cupcakes are the perfect way to get your family involved in making some frightfully fun food.

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Graveyard Cake

If you are hosting a Halloween party, you must make sure the food matches the devilish decorations.  Create this showstopper to use as a centre piece for any Halloween celebrations.

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Ghost Brownies

For bakes that will make you say BOO, try these ghostly brownies. Topped off with delicious marshmallows, you can save any leftovers to use for Bonfire night as well.

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Cook without the Book : Food That Fuels

Whilst your Summer may have been filled with fresh fruit and a range of salads, in Winter clean eating can become a challenge. With the colder weather fast approaching you are probably feeling the temptation to cuddle up in your fluffy socks with a cup of hot chocolate. However, there are many warm and delicious recipes that can help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and give you that extra energy boost for your next gym session. We’ve selected some of our favourite recipes below that will help you to continue your fitness journey through the Winter months.

 

Tasty Turkey Meatballs

Swap traditional minced beef and breadcrumbs with lean turkey and oats. Serve in a tomato sauce with pasta or potatoes. This recipe will give you a perfect protein boost after an intense gym session. Do you need a vegetarian alternative? Simply change the ingredients list in your Salter Cook app.

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Home-Style Pork Curry with Cauliflower Rice

Tempted by takeaways? Lighten up curry night with this healthy twist on a classic dish. Pulse cauliflower in a food processor, for a rice substitute that won’t feel heavy on your stomach once you have polished your plate.

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Chicken & New Potato Traybake

A simple and tasty dinner recipe for those lazy weekends. Simply pop all the ingredients together in a baking tray for a meal infused with flavour. Made too much? Any leftovers from this recipe can be popped away into a container to be used as part of a meal preparation plan!

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Spinach & Sweet Potato Tortilla

Clean eating does not mean you must sacrifice flavour. Sweet potato adds a different flavour to this healthy Spanish-inspired tortilla. This is the perfect dish to prepare if you have a large group of dinner guests or if you want to prepare future lunchtime meals.

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Cook without the book: Florida Favourites

Florida is famous for its fantastic theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens. Whilst the theme parks might be known for their high-speed roller coasters, a variety of tasty treats can also be found for you to enjoy whilst you make your way through the parks. But did you know you could easily make your own versions of these snacks from the comfort of your own home? We’ve put together some of a favourite food from Florida, that you can easily recreate and will also help to save you some money if you do plan to visit the famous theme parks.

 

The Grey Stuff – Magic Kingdom

This recipe is a must for all Disney lovers. This delicious dessert can be found at the beautiful ‘Be Our Guest’ restaurant in Magic Kingdom. Make your home feel like a castle, with the famous dessert Belle enjoys in Beauty and The Beast. As Lumiere once said – ‘Try the Grey Stuff, It’s delicious!’

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Witch Hat Cupcake – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

You don’t have to be a witch or wizard to know the best part of the Hogwarts Express is the tasty treats from the Honeydukes trolley. Though there is no mention of these cupcakes in the Harry Potter books, they will bring a touch of magic to your morning commute. 

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Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie – Epcot

Whilst walking around the parks you will constantly see offers for hot dog, fries and all sorts of savoury snacks. Why not try something different with this sweet twist on a classic cookie, which combines some of our favourite Autumn flavours.

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Simpsons Doughnut – Universal Studios

Everyone knows Homer Simpson’s favourite snack is a delicious doughnut. But bigger is, better right? Try this giant doughnut recipe to create your favourite Simpsons snack at home.

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Brookies – Universal Studios

Whilst not themed after any film or ride this delightful recipe is the perfect combination of our favourite sweet treats. If you’re someone who can’t decide between a brownie or a cookie – this recipe is for you.

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Cook without the book : Liven up your lunches

Packed lunches are essential to many of us in our daily lives, whether you are packing lunches for the kids going to school or making lunch for your day at the office. However, thinking up inspiring new ideas can be a challenge, with many of us falling into a repetitive routine or relying on the local supermarket lunchtime options . Although it may seem like these quick options are the easy answer, they tend to be high in fat, salt and sugar.

Most of us end up having the same lunch every day, in fact more than a third of office workers have eaten the same midday meal for the last nine months. Does this sound like you ? Break out of your lunchtime habits and eat something that will taste good and can save you some money along the way. We’ve selected some of our favourite lunchtime recipes to help you get started.

Pizza Pasta Salad

 

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Ever had a lunchtime craving for a pizza? Why not try this healthy alternative that includes all of your favourite ingredients in a simple salad bowl. Just like making your own custom pizza, you can do the same with this tasty lunch. Pack as much as you need into a small container to make the perfect pasta salad for you.

 

 

Tortellini with pesto & broccoli

 

 

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A tasty way to get more than 1 of your 5 a day. This simple salad pot is perfect for those who are not keen on spice, but love a bit of flavour in their meals. Simple and quick, this is the perfect dish for those early starts,whether you prepare this the night before or even in the morning.

 

 

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

 

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Add some spice to your lunch with this tasty lunchtime treat. If you are a lover of takeaway food this lunch is ideal for you. Create a dish that features your favourite blend of spices. If you don’t have time to cook rice the night before or in the morning, simply grab a microwaveable rice bag.

 

 

Lemon Roasted Salmon & Sweet Potatoes

 

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For those of you trying to ensure you are eating clean to follow your fitness routine, this lunch is the perfect combination of essential food groups. This will help you to keep going throughout your day at the office as well as your gym sessions.

Cook Without The Book: Simple Student Snacking

All of the months of studying and hard work have finally paid off. As you pack up everything but the kitchen sink to move into your new home at university, your parents will no doubt introduce you to kitchen accessories and appliances that you never knew existed! Once freshers’ week is over and you can’t stomach another takeaway, your only option will be to unpack the kitchen tools and get cooking.

To stop any disputes and make living with your new flatmates a little easier, kit yourself out with some colourful kitchenware, which will help you on your way to becoming the culinary master of your house. We’ve selected our favourite simple recipes to help students get started in their new home away from home.

 

 Pasta Bake

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Pasta bakes are a tasty and easy way to ensure you are fuelled for the rest of your day. Cooking a large portion allows you to prepare extra dishes for the rest of the week, when you may find yourself buried in books in the library. This is also a great housewarming dish for students to bring housemates together.

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Thai Curry

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If you are tight on a budget the option of takeaways may not be available, however you can create similar tasty dishes from the comfort of your own home, without breaking the budget. Pack your cupboard full of spices, curry paste and coconut milk and you’ll be ready to whip up a classic curry, whatever the occasion.

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Granola

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Breakfast may be one of those meals students often skip or forget about, due to the rush to get to a 9AM Lecture. However, with this quick and easy recipe can be stored for up to a month in an airtight container and therefore can be great to grab and go to eat on your journey to your lecture hall or society meeting.

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Omelette

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This recipe is perfect for those days when the food stock in your fridge is running a little low. If you have eggs, an omelette is a quick and nutritious meal that can be customised with numerous different ingredients depending on your personal preferences. Add a little spice to your dish with this chilli and cheese omelette.

Salter Suggestions : Want to change the ingredients used? Simply download the recipe onto the Salter Cook app and edit the recipe to include your preferred ingredients.

 

 

Kit Out Your Kitchen with these essentials…

 

Bluetooth Scales and Thermometer

Salter Cook  provides the unique opportunity to convert online recipes and bring the ultimate interactive kitchen experience to your home.  Simply store your favourite recipes on your Salter Cook app and follow them with ease by syncing your app to the Bluetooth scales and thermometer. You can even have your shopping list at the ready when your at the supermarket, with the option to check off ingredients as you go.

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Waterproof Kitchen Scale

In student kitchen its not uncommon for spillages to occur, whether that be drinks or food. If you are a keen baker or just want to keep your kitchen clean a waterproof kitchen scale is ideal for you. This scale can join the rest of your dishes in the washing up bowl to avoid any extra mess in your kitchen.

 

 

Ensure you are well prepared to create a cooking masterpiece whilst you are away at university. Whilst your creations may only come close to the delight of a home cooked meal – ensuring you are prepared with the right equipment before heading off to university is the first step, and who knows you may be the next applicant for The Great British Bake Off. 

Cook without the Book : Best of British BBQs

 

The Summer Bank Holiday is here!  For many of us that means an extra-long weekend full of fun in the sun. With that in mind, there is still time to cook up the perfect BBQ for your family and friends, before the kids go back to school and before we all wrap up for the Autumn weather. A BBQ gives you the perfect chance to enjoy great food and company, however the British weather is not the most reliable . Why not try the recipes below to cook the perfect platter for your friends and family? rain or shine

 

Barbecued Fajita Steak

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Adding a twist on a statement dish is the perfect way to add something unique to your BBQ this Summer, without having to depend on the good weather. Whether your preference is a soft fillet steak, tasty sirloin or thriftier cut like rump, care and attention should be paid when cooking your meat. With only a few minutes between rare and well-done, timing and temperatures are key. Ensure everyone has their steak cooked to their preferred  type with this temperature guide below.

 

Steak Doneness Remove from Grill at this Temperature Final Cooked Temperature
Rare 54 to 57°C 54 to 60°C
Medium Rare 60°C 62°C
Medium 68°C 71°C
Well Done 73°C 76°C

 

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Spatchcock Piri Piri Chicken

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Why spend unnecessary money at your local Nando’s when you can create a flavour infused feast from the comfort of your own home. Chicken recipes are perfect for the unreliable weather, as almost all recipes can easily be made inside if those pesky showers persist.

 

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Texas BBQ Medley

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Not all BBQ attendees can be satisfied with one simple dish. Get the best out of your BBQ with this medley. This recipe requires careful attention to time to ensure the meat is tenderly cooked, as well making sure the meat can easily come away from the bone. Ensure your dishes burst with flavour with a unique rub, that will have all of your guests asking how their dish has such a terrific taste.

 

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Enjoy a Bank Holiday BBQ and have some fun in the sun with Salter Cook!

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Summer Shape: Keep on track

Summer is finally here! It’s time to whip out the BBQs, grab those swimsuits and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation in the sun. The months leading up to summer can involve intense gym routines and specific nutrition plans to ensure you are on track to reaching your fitness goals. However, all of this hard work does not have to suddenly disappear after enjoying a couple of ice creams at the beach. Below we have included just a few tips on how to keep your progress consistent through summer, until the chilly Autumn weather arrives.

Keep Hydrated

It is essential that every day we keep our body regularly hydrated. In Summer, this is more important than ever with rising temperatures causing dehydration. Make sure you keep a water bottle on hand whether you are at the beach or in the gym. To accurately keep track of your body water percentage why not try using a smart scale? This can help you to keep an eye on your hydration levels. For more information on how much water you should be drinking daily click here.

Take your work out outside

Make the most of the sun and take your training outdoors! Whether you go on a bike ride with friends or have a game of football in the park, you have so many more opportunities outside of the gym to keep yourself active this summer. For outdoor workout tips click here

Season of fruits

Summer is the perfect time of year to satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthy snack with strawberries, blueberries and watermelon being in season. For more information regarding the best seasons for different fruits and vegetables click here.

Keep track of your progress

Everyone has different fitness goals in mind, whether you are training heavily towards an athletic competition or simply wanting to tone up, keeping track of your progress in crucial. Your weight can be influenced by a variety of different factors. Smart Scales are a fantastic way of keep track of your progress, have a look at our body analyser scales for the best results. Click here to find out which scale is perfect for you.

Baking with Mum

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, but we know you’ve got it covered … haven’t you? If it’s still on your to-do list, don’t fret, we’ve got the perfect idea …

No, it’s not pearls…We want to take things back to the kitchen and get you baking with mum again! From desserts to main meals, as long as you’re doing it together, we’re happy. It doesn’t matter how old you are, we all did baking with mum when we were young, so why not rekindle the tradition?

This year, we’re bringing back the good old days and want to encourage you to get #BakingWithMum. Check out our range of bake-worthy gifts to get the pin rolling ;).

Salter Cook

The ultimate personalised cookbook, Salter Cook can cater to mum’s tastes. Vegan? Sweet tooth? She can simply collect a range of online recipes she likes and store them in the Salter Cook app – accessible at the tap of a button. That’s right, ANY online recipe, and it’s free! This clever app takes all the key information from the webpage and converts it in an easy-to-read, interactive recipe. She can even enter recipes manually to keep track of traditional favourites!

Connecting to the Bluetooth Recipe Scale and Thermometer this range introduces a smarter way of cooking, check out the video to get a feel for it:

Colour Weigh

Simple, stylish and strong spring to mind when using the Salter Disc Scales. Available in a range of colours, there’s a reason this nifty kitchen accessory is a Salter bestseller! Designed with ‘Add & Weigh’ and Aquatronic features, you can measure multiple ingredients in one bowl and even measure liquids! Save time on the washing-up and get accurate measurements from something that looks trendy on the kitchen surface. Make baking easy and fun with a Salter classic!

  

It’s a match!

A metallic kitchen scale is a must-have for the modern mum who needs an upgrade. Designed with a copper or black glass surface, this stylish scale is eye catching and matches a range of Salter pans and accessories – just in case mum want’s to kit our the whole kitchen ;). The smooth touch sensitive buttons make it a dream to clean, no corners or cracks for dirt to hide!

Retro

Last but not least, we have the Salter Vintage Retro Scale! Getting back to basics, this mechanical scale comes with a dishwasher-safe stainless steel (1.3 litre) bowl. Ideal for those that love the retro look and feelings of nostalgia it brings, you can measure in metric or imperial units fast and easy. This is perfect for the mum that prefers to measure ingredients the classic ‘weigh’. No batteries, no buttons, no hassle ;).

We’re also running a competition over on our Facebook page for the chance to win the Salter Cook range! Get #BakingWithMum to win your very own recipe scale and thermometer now!