Berndes Cast Iron Review + One Pot Recipe & Giveaway

Berndes Cast Iron Review + One Pot Recipe & Giveaway

Currently at Tesco (in store, online and fuel) for each £20 you spend you will receive a discount sticker for Berndes products. The great thing is, you receive a sticker for each £20 within a shop, so if you spend £20 you will get 1 sticker, if you spend £40 you’ll get 2 and so on. Once you’ve collected 5 stickers you can claim an item from the Berndes range, available at Tesco, at a 70% discount. You can cast


Tesco recently send me a cast iron pot from the range and I’m impressed. Cast iron pots are the steady background noise in our kitchen, often used and rarely praised, this pot deserves some praise.
Visually it is very stylish and in use it exceeded my expectations and happily rivals the quality of our Le Creuset pots, which we received as wedding presents. We have happily used it on our gas hob (which now resides in a skip) and on an induction hob at the apartment we have been staying at during our renovation and it has worked a dream on both types of hobs. I found it warms up quickly and retains heat beautifully and in my opinion is a worthwhile addition to any kitchen and should last for years.

Cooking cheaper cuts really works in cast iron pots, the flavours come out, you can use a little less meat and still serve up a delicious dish without spending a fortune. My favourite meats cuts to cook in a cast iron pot include lamb neck, chicken thighs and legs (rather than the more expensive chicken breasts) and beef on the bone, all of which produce an easy, thrifty meal. One pot meals are my go to because really, who can stand the faff of much else? I cooked up the following dish in my Berndes pot* over the weekend, which was received with applause from family and friends.

Moroccan Chicken and Chickpea One Pot Bake


4 chicken thighs (skin on)
4 chicken legs (skin on)
1/4 litre of chicken stock
1 tin of plum tomatoes
1 tin of chick peas
1 large white onion
1 large courgette
1 small squash
3 cloves of garlic
Olive Oil

Spice Mix

1 tsp paprika
1tsp cumin
Pinch of sea salt
1 tsp pink peppercorns
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp of green peppercorns
25g caster sugar


Measure out your paprkia, cumin, sea salt, peppercorns, nutmeg, cloves and sugar into one bowl, mix and set aside. Place the cast iron on the hob and warm olive oil, before adding chopped onion and allowing to slowly brown. Next add the chicken, brown on one side before adding half of the chopped courgettes. Brown the other side of the chicken and allow before adding the thinly sliced garlic. Now sprinkle in 3/4 of the spice mix, making sure to coat the chicken skin on both sides. If you prefer a deeper taste you can coat the chicken in the spice mix and leave in the fridge for a few hours. Once the chicken is golden brown on both sides and coated evenly in the spice mix add a tin of chickpeas (give them a quick rinse first), a tin of tomatoes, the squash and 1/4l of chicken stock. Add the rest of spice mix, leave to bubble for 5 minutes and add to your pre-heated oven at 170c. Allow to cook for 2 hours.

Serve with pita bread and natural yoghurt.

You can pick up your stickers in store now but, but, but one lucky A Thrifty Mrs reader can win themselves a beautiful 24cm Berndes pot worth £120, you can to enter follow the details outlined in the Rafflecopter widget below and be sure to check out the full terms and conditions. Depending on your browser the rafflecopter widget may take a few moments to load.

Terms and conditions

This giveaway will start at 17:00 25th Nov 2014 and will close at 00:00 3rd Dec 2014.
This giveaway is open to any readers aged 18 or over and residing in the UK.
No cash alternative will be offered.
There is one compulsory method of entry (rafflecopter option 1) which asks the entrant to tell me their favourite meal in the comments section of this blog post. Further entries can be gained using the subsequent options (rafflecopter options 2 and 3) within the rafflecopter widget.
Rafflecopter will require an electronic method of contact.
This prize (1 prize in total) has been provided by Tesco.
Prize winners will be asked by administrators to provide an email address which will be passed on to Tescowho will then request full name and address in order to facilitate delivery of the prize.
Entries can only be accepted as instructed, any entries not meeting these requirements will be automatically disqualified. Upon drawing a winner, entries will be cross-referenced with blog posts and Twitter.
A winner will be drawn at random using a random number generator and the winner will be announced on this blog post within 5 days of the entry period ending.

Good luck!

P.S. An asterisks (*) denotes an item I have been sent for consideration. I only feature items I feel are a good fit and useful for my readers and I am never under pressure to review an item. My opinions are my own.