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Gourmet Garden Blog Cook Off

I recently received a Gourmet Garden product pack so I could enter the Blog Off / Cook Off competition which challenges the blogging community to show off their culinary skills and create fabulous dishes with Gourmet Garden. Even the most mundane every day recipe can be livened up with herbs and spices. If my dish is good enough I might make it through to the London cook off final in early 2013 for a chance to win a trip to Australia and £3,000 fee to become a 12-month ambassador for Gourmet Garden.

Rather than just cook one dish I decided to cook a 3 course meal for my family and let them decide which recipe used the herbs and spices the best and this would be my competition entry.

My first dish was Thai Prawn Salad, this dish used the Thai spices and Coriander provided. (Keep a look out for this recipe appearing on my blog)

Thai Prawn Salad

My second dish and entry to the competition is a Chilli Chicken Pizza, this dish used the Chilli, Garlic and Basil provided.

Chilli chicken Pizza


I used 3 Teaspoons of the Gourmet Garden Chilli to marinade my Chicken

Chilli Chicken

The Chicken was marinated for 6 hours before use so it could soak in the flavour and heat from the Chilli.


Two teaspoons of Garlic and One teaspoon of Basil was added to 200g of Tinned Tomato to make the pizza base sauce

Pizza Sauce

Pizza Dough

Ingredients to Make my Pizza Dough:

175g Plain Flour

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon dried yeast

1/2 teaspoon caster sugar

1 tablespoon Olive Oil


Preheat oven to 220°C and preheat baking sheet.

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl and make a well in the centre of the mixture, add the olive oil and pour in 120 ml of warm water. Mix to a dough using a wooden spoon and finish off by using your hands. Transfer the dough to a flat work surface.

Knead the dough for 3 minutes and until it is springy and elastic. Transfer the dough to a clean bowl and cover it with a damp tea towel. Leave the dough until it looks as though it has doubled in size.

Place the dough on to a work surface that has been sprinkled generously with flour to prevent it from sticking. Knock all the air out of the dough and knead it for a couple of seconds to begin shaping it into a ball. Dust your rolling pin with flour and roll the dough out to a shape that fits your baking tray.

Using a thick oven glove, very carefully lift the baking sheet out of the oven and oil with a pastry brush. Lift the pizza base on to the baking sheet and cover with your topping

Bake the pizza on a high shelf for 10-12 minutes.

I used a light covering of my Tomato sauce, Chilli Chicken, Red Peppers, Mushrooms and Mozzarella Cheese and finished off with a sprinkle of Oregano.

My final dish which came in close second to the Pizza was a Sticky Toffee Pudding cake, this dish used the ginger provided.  (Keep a look out for this recipe appearing on my blog)

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

The Bangkok Cafe

The Bangkok cafe is one of Newcastle’s hidden gems, situated at 39-41 Low friar street which is along from the gate.  I’m actually ashamed to say I’ve only been twice, I have no explanation for this as the food is always delicious.

The Decor is simple with a good amount of tables and chairs, as the restaurant is quite long and narrow it’s surprising how much seating the Bankok Cafe has managed to fit in

We ordered Green Tea to drink which was served in the beautiful teapot pictured above

 Neither Mr Gourmand or Myself know anything about Thai food apart from the fact we like to eat it!  We can never remember what the dishes are called that we like so we both decided to eat from the lunchtime special menu which is £7.90 on a Saturday (which was the day we visited)

Mr Gourmand ordered Set menu B which consisted of Thai Chicken Massamun curry, Spicy Pork Salad and Thai Jasmine Rice.  Mr Gourmand had his curry polished off in a shot which speaks for itself.  The Spicy Pork salad has delicious fresh flavours and the mint really cleansed the palette.

I went for Set menu C which consisted of Chicken Massamun curry, Phad Cha Beef in spicy lemongrass, galangal sauce and Thai Jasmine Rice.  The Massamun curry was very spicy but the flavours were amazing.  The potato in the curry had the most delicious sweetness which went really well with the heat of the sauce.  The Phad Cha Beef was hot, spicy and plentiful I had so much food on my plate that Mr Gourmand had to help me out!

I must remember to visit the Bangkok cafe more often as the food is always delicious and very very filling!

Opening Hours are:

Monday 5pm – 10pm, Tuesday – Friday 12pm-3pm 5pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm – 10.30pm Sunday 12pm – 10pm