Do you know what makes me realise I must be a proper adult nowadays? It’s the level of excitement I felt when I was contacted by Steamer Trading to try out one of the brand new products by Le Creuset. I mean, Le Creuset! An absolute cult kitchenware product from a prestigious brand we all know and love. I couldn’t wait!
We already have a retro set of Le Creuset. This set has been handed down the family from the 60’s, it’s in a bright orange colour and I can imagine it being the height of fashion back then. Nowadays, it’s still amazingly good quality, but maybe a tad bright for our colour scheme! We treasure it none the less, but I was excited to start my own collection – maybe with a colour more to my taste…
After quite a while of perusing the Steamer Trading website, I decided on this gorgeous cool mint colour dish from the new Vida Brazil range. I just love how the ombre colour blends from light to dark, giving it a really lovely look (the photos don’t do the colour of the dish justice!) Of course you can tell the quality by how heavy it is – I’m sure when the parcel arrived the postman thought someone had posted me a couple of bricks from the look on his face! 🙂
I’m a big fan of Steamer Trading. We have a store in Brighton and often pop in to have a look around. I just love some of the funky and interesting cookware they stock, like square rice cube makers and mango cutters, I manage to convince myself I need EVERYTHING, despite the fact I’ve never tried to make rice into a square. Also, the selection of colourful kitchen aid mixers are something I can only dream of!
Last time we were in Steamer Trading, I only wanted to spend a £7 voucher and we ended up buying our Nespresso Machine. That place is good, but dangerous, I can’t go in without buying at least something! (You have been warned…!)
So, I’ve been using my Le Creuset dish for a couple of weeks now and I’ve already cooked a few different meals, lasagne, enchiladas, pasta bake and my favourite dish, stuffed tomatoes. It’s turning me into a domestic goddess, I’ll tell you!
STUFFED TOMATO RECIPE
I am not a great chef at all, so this simple recipe is to show anyone can cook using Le Creuset (trust me, if I can, you can!). I haven’t included amounts as my cookery style is to just go with the flow and make enough to fill the tomatoes, ha!
4 Large Beef Tomatoes
Stock Cube x 1
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees (fan assisted)
2. Cut around the top of the tomato to form the ‘lid’, pointing the knife inwards towards the centre of the tomato.
3. Scoop out all of the filling being careful not to puncture the sides of the tomatoes (do not throw away the insides yet!)
4. Create a simple rub using olive oil, aromat, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Brush this onto your tomatoes (including the lids) and place into a baking tray or dish (like my lovely Le Creuset!)
5. Boil water and add stock cube. With the dried cous cous in a bowl, add the boiling water with just enough to cover the cous cous. If you want to cheat here, you can also use packet cous cous with flavours for a quick and easy dinner!
6. Whilst the cous cous is soaking, dice some of the flesh from inside the tomato into small chunks.
7. Once the cous cous has soaked and absorbed all of the water, fluff with a fork. Add some of the diced tomato, stir, and scoop the mix into the empty tomato shells.
8. Crumble a layer of feta cheese on top and pop on the lid
9. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes
10. Serve and enjoy!
Post written in collaboration with Steamer Trading