Saturday, January 19, 2013

My Spicy Recipe ~ Announcing A Giveaway Event

I am excited to announce my very first event. Being into the world of blogging
 world for the past 6 years I had not hosted an event until date. The reason is none other than apprehension!

CupoNation, the renowned website which offers variety home and kitchen related
discount coupons for a number of leading online retailers in India like
flipkart, snapdeal etc, had shown great interest in collaborating with Spicy Chilly

The guidelines for participation are:

1.You can send a recipe which is spicy, because I love spicy food :). It can be of any cuisine of any kind; with any level of spice in it.
Non-spicy recipes are also welcome, anyway.

2. Let the recipe post be preferably a fresh one. Any smart food and kitchen related shopping tips along with your recipe blog posts would be interesting and are appreciated.

3. Only bloggers are entertained at this point.
A blogger with multiple blogs can send multiple entries but one entry/recipe per blog, please.

4. Give a link back to the sponsor.
In the first line you should mention your favorite online retailer from here .
For e.g if its Myntra, you may say,
I love shopping through Myntra (attach the URL/link )
or if its jabong you can write,
I find Jabong really great.

5. Winning entries would be drawn from the participants. The giveaways are in the form of e-gift vouchers. Its basically a voucher code and pin which would be used instead of payment.

6. Send your recipe link along with a picture attached, to before 25th of February. 

7. I will publish the entries in order as I receive. Hope you would give a link back to this announcement page as well, thus helping me to spread the word, and let me also hope that you would stand by me and make the event a huge success!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Quick, Cheap and Healthy Microwave Meals (Guest Post by Tanya)

This is a guest post from Tanya, my friend, who works with ASDA grocery store. She had wanted to do a post here for sometime and both of us got a little occupied with our own ways with the start of the year! Better late than never and here she goes.... :)

Hi, I'm Tanya and I work with ASDA not so long time but anyway I can surely tell that they are very reliable and credible. Especially if are in UK - ASDA is one of the best, easiest and fastest online shopping for you! And today they share some inspiring recipes of fast microwave meals. Enjoy and don't hesitate to leave your opinions.

It’s the new year, which means back into our usual busy routines. Family life returns to a whirl of working late, after school clubs, playdates, parties and social engagements, and cooking can become harder to fit in.

However, there’s no need to slave over a hot stove for hours in order to serve up delicious, healthy meals. The often overlooked microwave can be a very handy tool in the kitchens of busy families, allowing you to whip up hot meals in no time.
Take a look at the following recipes for inspiration, then take yourself off to the ASDA grocery store to pick up the necessary ingredients. Even better, save time by shopping online from the comfort of your own home and get your groceries delivered directly to your door. When you shop at the grocery store at ASDA the ASDA price guarantee means that you’ll get the best deal on your shopping, making these meals not only quick and healthy, but also as cheap as possible too!

Spicy Jambalaya

This warming dish is super healthy and contains lots of lycopene boosting tomatoes and red peppers. If you’re on a new year health kit, make it even healthier by using wholegrain rice.
It couldn’t be easier to make. Tip a can of tomatoes into a large microwavable bowl, then mix in the same amount again of water. Add to the liquid chopped red pepper, chorizo sausage, sweetcorn, easy cook rice and a sprinkling of Cajun seasoning, and stir.
Cover with film and microwave for ten minutes, stir, then return to the microwave for a further ten minutes. Serve with a spoonful of soured cream.

Easy Butternut Squash Risotto

This tasty recipe is a great way to sneak veggies into reluctant teens or tots. You can even add other vegetables including peas, sweetcorn, carrots – whatever they like!
Microwave 250g of risotto rice in 500ml of hot vegetable stock, in a covered bowl, for five minutes. Add chunks of butternut squash and a further 200ml of stock, then return to the microwave for a further 15 mins (stir halfway).
After the ping, stir in some parmesan cheese. On serving, grate over more parmesan for a tasty, cheesy treat. It couldn’t be easier!

Super Salmon and Couscous

Salmon is a fantastic source of omega 3, which is great for growing brains and busy grown-ups too! It doesn’t have to take long to serve up a great fish dish – this one can be on the table in less than half an hour, no faffing required!
Add stock to a bowl of couscous, leave for ten mins, then fluff up with a fork. Add a handful of fresh herbs, some chopped sundried tomatoes and some spring onion to taste. Meanwhile, microwave some salmon fillets individually (in a clingfilm covered bowl) in the microwave for approximately 3.5 mins. Check the fish is cooked through before serving atop a bed of couscous, with salad or a microwaved sweet potato, and a squeeze of lemon.
There’s no reason why quick microwave meals can’t be healthy and tasty. With the right ingredients from the grocery store you can whip us some amazingly simple, yet delicious recipes that the whole family will love, with a minimum of mess, fuss and faff!


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