Even though I spend most of my life in the kitchen, it’s always pretty messy. I’m not the tidiest of people anyway so having a messy kitchen is a bit of a given. When I cook, I use most of the pans and utensils, leaving a mountain of washing up for Misteright or The Boy. I’m always making a mess on the cooker top and inside the oven too! So when I heard that Oven Pride (my favourite brand of oven cleaner) were on the look out for some brand ambassadors I was thrilled! I applied to enter the running and they sent me an amazing parcel of goodies so I can cook something delicious on the stove top whilst my oven is being cleaned!
My parcel contained a brand new cast iron casserole dish with a lid, a bright orange oven glove, a recipe card and a voucher for the supermarket so I could buy ingredients and an oven cleaning kit from Oven Pride so I could clean my oven as I was cooking some dinner!
The recipe sheet had meatballs on it but with home made baked beans. YUCK! Beans. I just can’t do baked beans – it doesn’t matter if they are from a tin or home made. They are nasty! So I decided to make my own version of the meatballs, without the beans. I had spaghetti with mine and Misteright had chips (from the chip shop!)
- 250g beef mince
- 250g pork mince
- 100g cubed pancetta
- 1 x onion (finely diced)
- 1 x stick of celery (finely diced)
- 1 x carrot (grated)
- 1 x sweet pepper (finely diced)
- 1 tsp Very Lazy fire smoked sliced chillis
- 1 tsp Very Lazy chopped red chilli
- 2 tsp Very Lazy garlic
- 1 x tub of tomato passata
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp Tabasco Worcestershire sauce
- Put the minced beef, minced pork and pancetta into a bowl and squish it all together until the pork and beef mince are evenly mixed together
- Shape into balls and chill for about an hour
- Fry the meatballs in a dry non-stick pan until crispy all over and dark brown
- In a casserole pan (with a lid) sweat off the onion, celery, carrot, sweet pepper, garlic and chillies
- Add the balsamic vinegar and the Worcestershire sauce and stir well
- Add the passata and meatballs
- Put the lid on the pan and leave to cook for 3 hours 30 minutes on a low heat
Whilst the meatballs cooked in the pan on the stove, I set to work cleaning the oven. The Oven Pride kit was really easy to use. I have been a fan of Oven pride for years now so I knew what to do! I took the wire racks out of the oven, put them in the bag from the kit and poured in 3/4 of the solution from the bottle, sealed it up and put it in the top cupboard so no one would touch it! I poured the rest into the bottom of the oven and made sure it covered everything. Then, I sat down, had a brew and watched Neighbours as it worked it’s magic on my dirty oven!
Two hours passed and I checked on my bag of oven racks. They were already starting to look silver again. I turned the bag over (as the instructions stated) and left it again! Overnight this time, I was going to eat my meatballs! The meatballs were delicious and by the morning, my oven was sparkling! So thanks to Oven Pride I managed to kill two birds with one stone last night! I made an amazing dinner and I have a clean oven! It didn’t take me any extra time to get everything done either! Misteright was also pleased as this has saved him the job of doing the dirty oven. He has more pride in our oven than I do – but he doesn’t use it THAT often!
Disclaimer – I was sent a Pride of Ovens pack from Oven Pride for the purpose of this post
I love Oven Pride, I have used it to clean my oven for as long as I can remember
My opinions are not swayed by free stuff!