We gratefully received a Tesco Berndes Cookware cast iron casserole dish, from the Tesco Kitchen range, with the challenge of creating a meal in one pot. I’m familiar with one pot cooking by using my slow cooker, but cooking a meal in the oven as a casserole hasn’t been a common occurrence for me. The only casserole dish I owned, was not quite able to hold a full meal for six people, so my new dish was perfect for the job.
I really like the large handles at either side of the pot, as they make the dish easy to remove from the oven. I could fit my hands with oven gloves on around the handle.
Don’t forget to put an oven glove back on to lift it again though. Four of my fingers suffered when I made that rookie home cook mistake.
The Berndes Casserole dish has received 5 out of 5 in a recent review on independent.ie, beating some big name rivals! Read the review here. There are three sizes, the 20cm, 24cm and the biggest, which is 29cms.
Berndes 20 cm Casserole Dish
Berndes 24 cm Casserole Dish
Berndes 29cm Casserole Dish
In-Store Sticker Promotion:
Tesco are running a sticker promotion between 29th September – 25th January 2015 where you can save up to 70% on exclusive Berndes cookware products at Tesco. For every £20 you spend online OR in-store you can collect a sticker, once you’ve collected five stickers you can use these to save up to 70% off professional kitchenware items.
The Berndes range of casserole dishes starts at £119, up to £134.99. You can save up to 70% off the Berndes cookware range with 10 stickers at Tesco, find out more at bit.ly/1uwNo3f You can use your stickers up to Sunday, the 11th of January 2015.
I’m also giving one of these fabulous dishes away. For the giveaway, the colourful 24cm dish is the prize, and it’s a lovely one, worth £120. Keep an eye out on the blog, as it will be live later today.
Tesco Challenge For Me:
To create a meal in a pot and share the recipe with them.
1200gMixed VegetablesI used baby potatoes, leek, carrot, turnip and red onion.
1Colemans Chicken Casserole Sachet
3heaped teaspoons Cornflour
Set the oven to 220 Degrees C.
Add the olive oil to a shallow frying pan, then sear the chicken to seal the meat. Add the onions and carrots towards the end to lightly fry those.
Add the chicken and vegetables to the casserole dish. Top with the chicken casserole mix and stock pot. Fill the dish to almost three quarters of the level of contents, stir, then cover the dish with a lid, or tin foil.
Reduce the heat of the oven to 180 Degree C and cook for up to 2 hours, or the chicken and vegetables are fully cooked.
If you prefer a thicker gravy, remove the casserole from the dish about ten to twenty minutes before the end of cooking. Mix cornflour with a little water until it is fully dissolved. Add it to the dish and fold into the casserole. Put the casserole back in the oven until the gravy has thickened.
I’ve been attempting to take part in the Tesco Blogger Challenge recently, which meant I had to try my hand at vegetable carving. In the end, I’ve had to give up as it seem that my skills really do not lie in carving vegetables. I tried mushrooms and tomatoes and although I could slice and dice with absolutely no problem at all, the more delicate work for carving seemed to escape my hands.
So, in short, I found decorative carving much harder than it looked, but the Thomas knives that Tesco sent me to practice with are absolutely fantastic. I really did think twice about showing you some of the pictures of my disasters, but hey ho, I can only get better if I keep trying.
See how much work I still have to do – to be able to do some of the fabulous carvings I’ve seen online.
To give you an idea – THIS is what I was trying to get and failed miserably with. It’s classed as “easy.”
I’ve not given up. I have a plan and am going to try again, so be prepared for another post for Thomas Kitchen Knives from Tesco, but in the meantime, Tesco have also offered a set of 5 knives, including the knife block, for one lucky reader of my blog – and I want to get that out to my readers.
In the set are:
1 x Knife Block
1 x 4.5″ Utility Knife
1 x 5.” Small Santoku Knife
1 x 6.8″ Large Santoku Knife
1 x 7.4″ Cook’s Knife
1 x 7.8″ Bread Knife
For anyone who is not sure what a Santoku Knife is, it has Japanese historical significance. It is a knife that is excellent at chopping, cutting, dicing and mincing. Blades usually range from around 5″ – 8″ and has a design that is comfortable in the hand, and allows good grip while still being able to use the full functions of the knives.
The dimples on the blade help release the food after cutting and helps with its versatility.
The closing date for the set of kitchen knives on offer is 1st of June 2014 at midnight.
Tesco are also running a sticker promotion between 3rd March – 1st June 2014 where you can save up to 70% on exclusive kitchenware products at Tesco. For every £20 you spend online OR in-store you can collect a sticker, once you’ve collected five stickers you can use these to save up to 70% off professional kitchenware items of your own. Stickers can be collected from 3rd March 2014 – 25th May 2014 and must be redeemed by 1st June 2014. Find out more.
Every time you spend money at Tesco, you build up points which will be converted to money off vouchers. Your points build up in-store, online, at petrol stations, and even using the credit card.
When you have managed to collect 150 points, they are converted into a Clubcard voucher worth £1.50 which will be sent you in your Clubcard statement. The more points you collect, the more vouchers you’ll get back! Your statement also contains money-off and extra points coupons for products and services that Tesco think you like.
You can spend your Clubcard vouchers in-store, at Tesco petrol filling stations, online at Tesco.com and at Tesco direct. Simply use them at the checkout and their value will be taken off your shopping bill.
You can get even more from your vouchers by spending them on Clubcard rewards. They have hundreds to choose from, ranging from holidays to meals out, hotels to cinema tickets. The Clubcard rewards scheme really is a Scottish Mum Blog favourite.
As a family, we have lots to be grateful to Tesco Clubcard Rewards for. Before Christmas last year, they doubled the amount of vouchers I had built up over a couple of years and hadn’t yet spent. It meant that I had £300 to spend on toys and games that I was not expecting, and made my boys very happy over the festive season.
The promotions for offers such as double voucher rewards come and go very quickly, so you do need to keep an eye out for them coming around.
I am a Tesco customer so telling you about Tesco and their Clubcard Deals is an easy thing for me to do as I love the scheme.
Two years ago, I used Clubcard vouchers to visit Diggerland in Durham, which meant that we all got entry for a full day to the theme park, and the trip from Aberdeen to the Lake District was complete, as I had used vouchers to get entry to the South Lakes Animal Park.
I have been surprised at how good the Tesco deals are. I often use a few pounds of mine to buy some cinema tickets to treat the family to Cineworld movies as well. We do build up our vouchers as the local petrol station is a Tesco one, and it means that our points add up with fuel purchases.
For some deals, every £10 of vouchers could give you 4 x the amount in value with the reward company. The video shows you just how to claim your vouchers.
It is worth checking out the deals on offer and participating in the scheme. I love being able to go online to my Clubcard account and checking how much I have to use.
I also use the IPhone Tesco Clubcard App and it has come in handy on the rare occasions I have been without my keychain with my clubcard on it in store – the staff simply swiped the barcode from my phone.
This year, I can’t decide whether to hold out for another deal like last Christmas, or to spend vouchers that come in on summer treats. There are so many to choose from, and they are really good value. What do you think?
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