Product Review: Domino’s Peri Peri Pizzas

What is it: Domino’s Peri Peri Pizza

How much is it: $8.95 each

Where to order it: http://www.dominos.com.au/menu/pizzas

Contact:  Domino’s – 1300 366 466

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Thanks to Domino’s Australia, I got to try out the new Peri Peri Range, retailing for $8.95 each.

A delivery of three pizzas, a garlic bread, cold Coke and a lover’s lava cake arrived at our door and we were soon stuck into the pizzas!

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In the boxes were the Chicken Peri Peri, Beef Peri Peri and Prawn Peri Peri pizzas.

First off, the prawn.

It was bursting with freshness from the fresh, just cooked prawns to the juicy cherry tomatoes and green spinach. Delicious flavours and generous amount of prawns and vegetables.

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Next was the beef.

The beef pizza was a little dry. The sauce helped a little but I could do with more sauce due to the dryness of the beef. Not much vegetables on this one- definitely for the guys and kids!

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Finally, the chicken.

Soft chicken breast,  fresh vegetables and lots and lots of melted cheese.

A beautiful looking pizza and a very nice tasting one too. I really enjoyed the crispy crust and creamy cheesy centre.

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Rating

I give the prawn an 8/10, the chicken a 6/10 and the beef a 6/10.

Disclaimer: TCFB sampled the Peri Peri pizzas courtesy of Domino’s. All opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own and are not intended to be factual and/or taken as advice. 

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GIVEAWAY & Product Review: Domino’s Chef’s Best

To celebrate the release of Domino’s Chef’s Best Range, Domino’s has given The Casual Food Blogger 2 x 1 free Chef’s Best pizza vouchers to give away.

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GIVEAWAY!

and leave a comment below, telling us in 25 words or less:
which Chef’s Best pizza you want to try and why.
Terms and Conditions:

1. This competition is only open to New South Wales residents aged 16 years or over.

2. One entry per person allowed.

3. To enter, simply comment below, in 25 words or less, “which Chef’s Best pizza you want to try and why.”

4. The competition opens on 02/06/13 at 12.00 (midday) AEST and ends 15/06/13 at 12:00 (midday) AEST.

5. The prize consists of 2 prizes containing 1 Chef’s Best pizza voucher.

6. The winner will be decided based on the best comment as judged by The Casual Food Blogger.

7. Please include your name and email address so we can contact you if you win.

8. Winners will be notified by email by 18/06/12. If we are unable to contact you or do not hear back from you within 5 days from the date of the email we will choose another winner.

10. This competition is hosted by The Casual Food Blogger at http://www.thecasualfoodblogger.wordpress.com.

11. Please note, delivery is not included in the prize.

Good luck!

Product Review: Domino’s Chef’s Best Range

Name of Product: Domino’s Chef’s Best Range 

Available at: http://www.dominos.com.au/menu/chefs-best

Contact: Domino’s – 1300 366 466

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About the Chef’s Best Range

I was very excited to be contacted by Domino’s to try their new Chef’s Best Range.

The concept behind the Chef’s Best Range is “more for less“. The range aims to give customers more toppings and more variety of ingredients than the typical fast food pizza. This means more gourmet ingredients (including duck, pork belly, camembert and lamb), and better value for money than gourmet pizza restaurants which although generally healthier and more varied than fast food pizza, are much more expensive!

Two Chef’s Best pizzas were delivered to my door one weeknight. I was excited to try them as I (along with about 99% of the world) love gourmet pizzas and this delivery meant we didn’t have to cook dinner that night!

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Flavours

The Chef’s Best Range includes 9 great flavours:

  • Grand Supreme
  • Cheesy Bacon Hawaiian
  • Loaded Meatlovers
  • Deli Vege and Camembert
  • BBQ Duck and Blue Cheese
  • Chicken and Camembert
  • Shiraz Lamb and Tomato
  • Chicken and Cranberry
  • BBQ Pork and Hollandaise

I chose to try the Chicken and Camembert and the Shiraz Lamb and Tomato.

Chicken & Camembert

I decided to try the Chicken and Camembert pizza. When I opened the box I was excited to see that the pizza was covered with lots of delicious toppings. There was plenty of bacon, white camembert cheese, chicken pieces, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, spanish onion and mozzarella cheese with hollandaise sauce.

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I was pretty impressed with this pizza. The chicken was well cooked, there was plenty of bacon and camembert (which was lovely and gooey), the bacon was crispy, the tomatoes juicy and slightly tart, and the pizza base the delicious Domino’s thick base. The spinach wasn’t too wilted, it was perfectly cooked, and the sauce added extra flavour.

I really enjoyed this pizza and would definitely order it again- delicious! This is a real competitor to some of the gourmet pizzas I have tried before!

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Shiraz Lamb and Tomato

The Shiraz Lamb pizza had braised shiraz lamb shank, capsicum, spanish onion, mushroom, tomatoes and mozzarella. It was topped with a mint yoghurt sauce (sort of like the kind that comes with samosas!).

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This pizza didn’t have enough lamb in my opinion, and the lamb was more like mince and was a little overcooked and dry. However, the combination of lamb with spanish onion, mozzarella and the mint yoghurt sauce was delicious.

The sauce lifted the pizza, adding an exciting fresh flavour to it and reducing the effect of the dry lamb. Overall, it was an OK pizza but not one I would order again and again. I would probably try one of the other flavours instead.

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Summary

The photo below shows the size of the pizza compared to a $5 note.

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Overall, we definitely enjoyed the pizzas. They were delivered hot and freshly cooked, they were tasty and flavoursome, and we loved the new and exciting flavours as an alternative to the traditional pizza flavours (meatlovers, supreme, hawaiian etc..)

The pizzas are a pretty decent size too, and starting at only $8, you can get about three for the price of one gourmet pizza!

Domino’s has done a pretty awesome job with their new range and this is definitely a more price-conscious alternative to gourmet pizzas and an easy dinner option!

Rating

I give it an 8.5/10.

Disclaimer: TCFB sampled the Chef’s Best Range courtesy of Domino’s. All opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own and are not intended to be factual and/or taken as advice. 

Boca Argentinian Grill, Darlinghurst ($)

Address: 308-310 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst NSW

Tel: (02) 9332 3373

Website: http://www.boca.com.au

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I returned again to de Boca to try some of their other tasty offerings.

My friend, a Spanish speaker, chatted to the friendly staff and we were very pleased with the service there.

Although small and not very fancy, de Boca is popular among locals and the office crowd. We had to wait about 5-10 minutes for our food, but only because there were a few orders before us.

This time around I ordered the Lomito Roll ($5.00) -char grilled rump steak slices tossed in a garlic, parsley dresssing with aioli. The steak was cooked to perfection, pink on the inside and charred on the outside. It was tender and juicy, full of flavour and absolutely perfect with the green tangy sauce.

I also ordered some Tapioca chips with paprika seasoning ($3.00). While there was only a small serving of these large, stringy chips, it was more than enough for me as I didn’t really like the somewhat bitter flavour of the chips. The paprika seasoning didn’t do much for it either and I would have preferred some salt on it as well. My Spanish-speaking friend said one of the staff members told her they would put salt on it for us next time we came around.

Overall, a delicious and filling lunch which I really enjoyed.

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Bacon, Leek, Zucchini and Carrot Quiche

Looking for an easy mid-week Dinner? Or a healthy lunch to take to work or school? Well I have the perfect recipe for you!

This quiche is so easy to make, is healthy, tastes delicious, and best of all can be made with almost any vegetables. You could add mushrooms, capsicum, red onion, broccoli, etc. The possibilities are endless!

For the vegetarians out there who are OK with eating eggs- just leave out the bacon.

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 3 eggs
  • 150mL thickened cream
  • 200mL milk
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup bacon rashers, diced
  • 1/2 zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 large carrot, grated
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 brown onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, diced finely
  • Cheese, grated- I used cheddar, edam and tasty cheese (you need enough of each to just sprinkle over the quiche) 
  • Spray olive oil

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180C.

2. Lightly grease a quiche pan with spray oilve oil. Line the pan with puff pastry sheets. Place a sheet of baking paper on top and half-fill with dry beans or rice (see blind-baking). Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

3. Wash and prepare vegetables (as per above)

4. Heat the olive oil in a pan over med-high. Add onion and garlic and stir until onion turns see-through. Add bacon and leek and cook on high until bacon turns a little brown. Remove pan from heat.

5. Sprinkle the bacon/leek/onion mixture evenly over the pastry.

6. Sprinkle the zucchini, and then the carrot evenly on top of the bacon/leek/onion mixture.

7. Grate some cheese over the quiche.

8. In a separate bowl whisk 3 eggs, some salt and pepper, cream and milk. Pour the egg mixture over the quiche.

9. Reduce the oven to 160C (fan forced) and bake for about 30 minutes or until the top turns slightly golden.

10. Serve on its own or with salad.

Q: What goes best with bacon? A: Maple syrup and crepes!

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This morning my younger brother and I were deciding what to eat for breakfast. He is notoriously famous in our family for being ADDICTED to bacon, so bacon and eggs was always an option. My mum on the other hand, suggested something healthier, such as Weet-bix. However I felt like pancakes or crepes. Deliciously light and sickeningly sweet (just the way I like it :p).

We decided to make some crepes and, inspired by NQN’s bacon maple ice cream, I decided to top it all off with a little Australian bacon and some genuine Canadian maple syrup (purchased by yours truly during my exchange in Ottawa).

Here’s how I made the crepes:

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 Tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 Tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
 Method:
  1. Mix the flour, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Add eggs and whisk.
  3. Gradually add in the milk, vanilla essence and water, stirring to combine.
  4. Add the butter and mix until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and pour in batter. Tilt the pan until the mixture covers the surface of the pan evenly.
  6. Cook the crepe for about 1-2 minutes until the bottom is golden. The flip and cook the other side.

We then fried up some bacon, and added it to the crepes, topping it off with a generous serving of maple syrup.

We even tried it with a little nutella- why not?!

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