Recipe: Parmesan Scotch Eggs with Parmigiano-Reggiano

Recipe: Parmesan Scotch Eggs with Parmigiano-Reggiano

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Scotch eggs are the ideal snack food and much easier to make than one would assume! Using sausages instead of regular minced meat gives the advantage of already having perfectly seasoned meat. But this British classic comes with a twist: sharp, nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano added to the meat and the breadcrumb coating! Enjoy these flavour-filled goodies at parties or picnics or serve as a main meal with some green salad.

Scotch Eggs with Parmigiano-Reggiano

Yield: 4

Scotch Eggs with Parmigiano-Reggiano


  • 1.5 tbsp plain flour
  • 375g ground beef mince (500g if large eggs are used) from Cumberland sausages
  • 4 medium-sized eggs
  • 1 extra egg for crumbing
  • 4 tbsp Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated
  • 75g breadcrumbs
  • 350-500ml vegetable oil for frying (depending on height of pot)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dollop mustard
  • Generous amount of cracked black pepper
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Place the four eggs in a pot and bring the water to a boil. Take the pot off the heat, place a lid on top and leave the eggs to sit for 9 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, take the sausages and one by one squeeze the minced meat out of the skin over a mixing bowl.
  3. Add flour, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, cracked black pepper and one tablespoon of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Mix well and form a ball. Then divide the mixture in four equal parts.
  4. After the eggs have been left in the heat for 9 minutes, drain the hot water and douse them with cold water. Remove the shells and leave them to cool.
  5. Lay out two bowls and a plate. Crack an egg in one of the bowls and whisk it up with a fork. In the second bowl, add the breadcrumbs and the remaining three tablespoons of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  6. Take one piece of meat, flatten it in your palm and place a hard-boiled egg in the middle. Wrap the meat around the entire egg. Make sure there are no holes. Do the same with the other eggs.
  7. One by one place the meat-covered eggs in the whisked egg and then in the Parmigiano-Reggiano-breadcrumb-mixture and put them on a plate.
  8. Take a high-rimmed pot and fill it with vegetable oil. Heat up the oil. To find out if the oil is ready for frying, take a few breadcrumbs and sprinkle them in the oil. If they start to sizzle, the Scotch eggs are ready to be fried. Use kitchen tongues to place the eggs carefully in the hot oil. If there is not enough space to fry all eggs at once, fry them two at a time. It can get very smoky from the frying oil, so open a window or switch on the exhaust hood.
  9. Fry the eggs for about 5 minutes in the oil until golden brown, then remove them from the pot with the kitchen tongues and place them on a plate laid out with kitchen towels. Dab off any excess oil, then put the Scotch eggs on a baking tray and cook them in the pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes, middle rack, at 180°C (fan) or Gas Mark 5.
  10. Serve warm or cold with a side salad or as a snack. They are ideal to take to a picknick. Kept in the fridge, they will keep for up to 2 days.

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Wake Up And Smell The Coffee – It Can Taste As Good

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee – It Can Taste As Good

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I recently heard on the radio a so called coffee expert and Barista exclaiming that the aroma of coffee is always so good that the taste never fails to disappoint.

As my friends will tell you I always rise to a challenge, and have been investigating this notion ever since, and think I have proved her wrong!

A long time buddy of mine bought me a Tassimo coffee maker for my birthday at the end of last year, which has totally revolutionised my life in that not only does it cut out the painful cleaning of my old coffee machine, but it makes incredible coffee too. Now you may think that this is an advertisement for the Tassimo, but I assure you it is not, I am just sharing my knowledge and excitement at this recent discovery! Tassimo have a new range of machines in fantastic colours.


The coffee and creamer comes in separate capsules and you simply slot them into the top of the machine and away you go. The milk or creamer is delivered piping hot and steaming and frothy, just the way good coffee should be. Plus the taste really does not disappoint as with so many other makes of coffee, even in established coffee shops.

I am also going to invest in one for the office, as it will cut down on the crazy prices that have evolved since the birth of trendy coffee cafes such as Starbucks and Costa. Don’t get me wrong, I will still enjoy the occasional cup of coffee at the weekend when meeting up with girl friends in our local chic café, but for the everyday, will continue to enjoy the various types of coffee available for a Tassimo coffee machine.

So far I have tried COSTA cappuccino, COSTA macchiato, breakfast coffee and COSTA latte, and all of them are really good in their own way. Of course nothing beats going into a COSTA coffee shop with friends but now I can enjoy the great taste at home as well.


There are also lots more on the market, and I won’t spoil it for you, go and explore the coffee counter in your local supermarket once you have invested in a Tassimo, and let us know which one you enjoy the best. I am betting you will find it really hard to decide.
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Marty Wilde – Running Together

Marty Wilde – Running Together

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Iconic British music stalwart, Marty Wilde, announces release of fresh new single, ahead of exciting new album and a 50-date UK tour…


Running Together

Marty Wilde MBE, the 50s teen heartthrob who notched-up x4 Top 5 UK hits by the age of 20, and remains an iconic stalwart throughout the industry, unveils the stunning new title-track from his forthcoming album, ‘Running Together’. The album features Marty’s two daughters, Roxanne Rizzo Wilde and the Brit award winning Kim Wilde, plus son Ricky who completed the picture with a wonderful arrangement of the last track on the album called ‘Eddie’ which is a special tribute to Eddie Cochran.

Marty, Roxanne, Kim and the Wildcats

A complete family affair, ‘Running Together’ inspired the family to create their very own rock-down in lockdown video – perfectly socially distanced, yet rockin’ together, alongside the Wildcats.  The single hotfoots Marty’s forthcoming new album of original material, ‘Running Together’, and sets the tone for a 50-date UK live tour (delayed due to lockdown, but now rescheduled for 2021).

Showcasing Marty’s distinctive vocals, ‘Running Together’, is a compelling, catchy, radio-friendly track, sprinkled with the magical melodic essence of the 60s.  A sound from now, that somehow sounds so familiar, that you can’t help sticking it onto ‘repeat play’.  Planned for release this Spring, alongside the start of Marty’s 2020 UK tour, ‘Running Together’ was forced into shielding by the virus lockdown; and suddenly the Wilde families creative genius kicked into action.  Marty, Roxanne, Kim and the Wildcats, all performed to iPhones in their separate gardens, coming together in one spectacular video; a testament to the ingenuity and adversity of the Wilde clan.

‘Running Together’ precedes Marty’s forthcoming epic new album of a vinyl-busting 15 original tracks, written or co-written by Marty, performed by himself and the family.

A melodic hand-picked journey of tracks, which weave their way through the musical tapestry of Marty’s life, ‘Running Together’ is a historical storybook of pop throughout the ages. It’s a collection which Marty has always wanted to record – a lifetime in the making, with songs that stand the test of time

‘Running Together’ is a song that traverses generations.  Shrink-wrapping a zesty touch of the 60s and delivering it field-fresh into 2020.

The Album – Released 2nd October 2020
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Chicken Goujons in a Parmigiano-Reggiano and Oregano Crust

Chicken Goujons in a Parmigiano-Reggiano and Oregano Crust

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Britain’s love affair with chicken seems to be a lasting one. Since the end of post-war rationing, Britain experienced a steady increase in consumption of poultry. Nowadays chicken meat is more or less a staple, not least due to the popularity of fast food restaurants and their chicken nuggets. Usually combined with French fries, chicken nuggets or goujons, can however make a wonderful pairing with healthy salad. The goujons are easy to cook and just as fast to prepare at home than waiting in line to fetch takeout. Another bonus is that you will know exactly what’s in your food. For best meat quality, opt for organic, free-range meat to ensure best flavour quality and rearing practice.

This home-made version of chicken nuggets boasts with authentic ingredients and full flavours, pairing nutty, umami Parmigiano-Reggiano and fragrant oregano with succulent chicken breast. Serve on a bed of mixed leaf salad and lunch is sorted.



For 2 portions


2 free-range chicken breasts, approx. 145g each, cut into 11-12 pieces

1 medium-sized egg

5 heaped tbsp. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

5 tbsp. bread crumbs

2 tbsp. flour

1heaped tsp. oregano

1 clove of garlic

Salt, pepper and dried chili flakes to taste

Vegetable or olive oil for frying

Mixed leaf salad and cucumber to serve (Dressing: Extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper)


What you’ll need:


Chopping board, ideally glass for handling the raw meat

Large kitchen knife

3 deep plates/ bowls

1 regular plate





Frying pan (with lid)

Kitchen tongs or spatula

Kitchen roll (for drying off excess oil)

Baking tray, lined with non-stick baking paper

Small bowl (for salad dressing)




  1. Prepare the deep plates for battering the chicken strips. The first bowl contains flour. For the second bowl, crack an egg and use a fork to beat it. For the third bowl, mix breadcrumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, oregano, garlic, a pinch of salt and dried chili flakes as well as a dash of black pepper. Place a piece of kitchen roll on a plate which will dry off the excess oil from the chicken goujons after frying.
  2. Chop the chicken breast into 11-12 equally sized pieces.
  3. Note: Be careful when handling raw chicken. Do not wash the chicken breasts and keep them separate from cooked foods. Use separate kitchen utensils for raw poultry. When cleaning your kitchen utensils and work surfaces after handling raw meat, especially chicken, make sure to be as thorough as possible. Use antibacterial cleaner for all work surfaces and kitchen utensils to avoid any contamination (and cross-contamination) with salmonella or any other pathogens.
  4. Take each of the chicken strips with a pair of kitchen tongs and dip them first into the flour and then the beaten egg before rolling them in the breadcrumb and Parmesan mixture. Make sure that every bit of the chicken piece is covered.
  5. Heat up vegetable oil (or any other oil suitable for frying) in a frying pan (the pan should be covered in 1-1.5cm of oil). Fry the pieces until golden brown and use the tongs to turn them over.
  6. Note: The frying process may create some smoke and strong cooking smells, so make sure to cover the pan with a lid and have adequate ventilation systems in place, such as a range hood or an open window. The smell of frying oil can also penetrate clothes, so make sure to keep away any delicates from the kitchen during the cooking process.
  7. After frying, place the chicken goujons on a plate and dab off excess oil with kitchen roll.
  8. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/ Gas mark 5. Place the chicken pieces on a baking tray and cook for a further 10 minutes in the oven. The chicken is cooked thoroughly as soon as it does not appear translucent and of a slightly pinkish colour anymore.
  9. Prepare a handful of mixed salad leaves per portion and mix 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 3 tbsp. water, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, ½ tsp. Dijon mustard and a dash of salt and pepper for the dressing. Divide the chicken goujons into two portions and add to the salad leaves. Drizzle with dressing and some more olive oil. Add a sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano and garnish with cucumber slices.


(Credit to: Castelli/Parmigiano for these beautiful recipes)


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WIN a Massage Bundle inc Face Roller, Candle & Holder, Massage Oil & Roller

WIN a Massage Bundle inc Face Roller, Candle & Holder, Massage Oil & Roller

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