Thursday, 13 November 2014

Kitchen Magic with #OXOHerbsandMore

When it comes to cooking, I have some very willing helpers in my kitchen.  My children have always been encouraged to pick up a spoon and join me for some baking or cookery in the kitchen.  I think it is a really important thing for them to learn from a young age, and they really enjoy it.

When we were challenged by OXO to take part in the OXO Herbs and More Kitchen Magician's project, my 12 year old Kizzy was happy to don the Kitchen Magician apron and wield the Kitchen Magician's Wand (aka a wooden spoon) to come up with some family meals using the OXO Herbs and More Flavour Pots to add a little magic to the recipes.

OXO, Kitchen Magician

OXO Herbs & More are all about the perfect pairings of herbs and flavour reductions such as lemon and thyme, rosemary and red wine, tarragon and chive, rosemary and thyme and roast garlic and parsley, conveniently sealed into little pots for freshness, helping you to add a bit of magic to your family meals.  They make it easy to make tasty family meals and the exciting flavour combinations inspire you to try something new.  The flavour pots are extremely versatile and can be melted over vegetables, stirred into sauces or added to any favourite recipe. They transform everyday meals into something special that will become new family favourites.

wooden spoon, onions

Kezia  decided to make a quick and easy Quorn bolognese sauce using the OXO Herbs and More Red Wine and Rosemary flavour pots to add a rich flavour.  The recipe can also be used to make the sauce for a vegetarian lasagne.

As her Kitchen Magician's Assistant, I cut up the onions and mushrooms and supervised her as she cooked the bolognese sauce on the hob.  I'm lucky to have such a capable and willing budding chef in my kitchen, making dinner for the family!

OXO, kids in the kitchen

Kezia melted the OXO Herbs and More Red Wine and Rosemary flavour pot into the dish while it was cooking, stirring the contents of one pot through the Quorn Mince.  It is such an easy way to get a perfect dose of seasoning into a dish, and Kezia was excited trying out the new product.


Quick and Easy Bolognese Recipe

1 pack of frozen Quorn Mince
olive oil to fry
1 chopped onion
2 cloves crushed garlic
5-6 sliced white mushrooms
1 carton of tomato passata
1 pot of OXO Herbs & More Red Wine and Rosemary flavour pot


Fry the chopped onion and garlic until golden brown.
Add the mushrooms and Quorn Mince and cook through.
Add the carton of tomato passata.
Stir through the OXO Herbs and More flavour pot.
Simmer for 15-20 minutes. (Add a little water if needed.)
Serve with pasta.


As it was Kezia's big sister Megan's birthday on Monday, she wanted to cook her favourite home cooked meal, which is a mushroom pie.  Inspired by the OXO Herbs and More range, Kezia decided to adapt the recipe to make a Garlic Mushroom Pie using a Roasted Garlic and Parsley flavour pot. The different flavoured pots allow you to add a twist to any dish, putting a new spin on an old favourite!

cooking, OXO

The Roast Garlic and Parsley added a deliciously tasty flavour to the mushroom and cream cheese filling.  It really did work exceptionally well!


The pie was served with carrots, cabbage and mashed potato.  You can use the OXO Herbs & More to season side dishes by melting over hot vegetables or adding to mashed potato - I prefer it used sparingly so the flavour is not too overpowering.  We tried some mash seasoned with Roasted Garlic and Parsley, which made a really interesting change to an everyday food.

OXO, dinner, pie

Garlic Mushroom Pie Recipe

2 sheets of ready rolled puff pastry
olive oil to fry
300 g sliced mushrooms
1 sliced onion
1 chopped clove of garlic
75g cooked rice
150g cream cheese
1 pot OXO Herbs and More Roasted Garlic and Parsley
twist of pepper
squirt of lemon juice
milk wash
1 teaspoon marmite

Fry onion and garlic.
Stir through the flavour pot.
Add mushrooms and fry down until liquid evaporates.
Add cooked rice.
Stir through cream cheese and season with pepper and lemon juice.
Pile filling onto a sheet of pastry and spread towards edges.
Pop on second sheet and seal edges using a little brushed milk.
Glaze with milk and marmite mixed together for a savoury crust.
Cook at GM 6 for about 30 minutes.


Kezia was impressed with the OXO Herbs and More Flavour Pots as they made it so very easy to season dishes with a well complemented blend of herbs and flavourings.  They definitely inspired some culinary experimentation and Kezia enjoyed thinking of ways of using the different flavours. It's nice to get kids enthusiastic about cookery and I enjoy having another pair of hands in the kitchen helping me to conjure up some memorable family meals!

I'm working with BritMums and OXO on this project and have been compensated. All opinions and editorial are my own.


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