Tuesday, 28 June 2016

GIVEAWAY - Home Learning Online Healthy Eating Course

If you're looking to transform your eating habits or are wanting more information on certain food groups and what they are best for?   NCC Home Learning have a diverse selection of Healthy Eating Courses ideal for individuals wanting more in depth learning and knowledge about food types, people’s needs and the right types of food to be consuming. 

There are a couple of short courses available in Food Hygiene which are aimed at providing you with knowledge on the dangers in preparing and storing food.

The lovely people over at NCC are giving 50 lucky the readers of this blog the chance to WIN one of their online courses.  

**Please note the courses will be knowledge based only, they will offer no tutor support and
the learner will receive a downloadable NCC certificate.   The giveaway applies to courses that contain PI in the SKU code only so to make it a bit easier I've listed them below.

Nutrition and Weight Management Diploma
Level 3 / ABC Awards / PI176

Nutrition and Health QCF (NVQ)
Level 2 / NCFE Award / PI155

Nutrition and Health QCF Certificate Level 2
Level 2 / NCFE Certificate / PI156

Healthy Eating and Nutrition

Level 2 / ABC Awards / PI117

Food Hygiene

Level 2 / ABC Awards / PI150

Food Hygiene Online
Level 2 / NCC Certificate / PI993

How to enter:
There is only one way to enter which is via the Rafflecopter widget.  To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.

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Terms and Conditions:
Open to UK mainland only and you must be over the age of 18.  There are 50 prizes consisting ONE online Healthy Eating Course per winner.

**Please note the courses will be knowledge based only, they will offer no tutor support and
the learner will receive a downloadable NCC certificate.   The giveaway applies to courses that contain PI in the SKU code only as listed above.

NCC Home Learning reserve the right to substitute the prize to one of equal or greater value should the need arise. There’s no cash alternative and the prize is not transferable. No part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.  Instructions form part of the terms and conditions. Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will obviously be disqualified.

Please note I do check all winning entries!   The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter and then contacted by email; if you win and then don’t respond to my email within 5 days another winner will be picked.

Pop over to NCC Home Learning to find out about their huge range of home learning courses available.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Perfect Combo - Slate and Wood Serveware by Judge

Now I do love a nice bit of real slate so I'm quite excited about the new Slate and Wood serveware collection from Judge Cookware.  Altogether there are 8 pieces in the collection; 5 Platters, a Lazy Susan, a Cheeseboard with Cloche and a Cheeseboard and Knife Set.

The platters and lazy Susan are great for displaying tasty nibbles for sharing such as my Goats Cheese Mini Tarts; some with Roasted Peppers and the rest with Caramelised Red Onion.

Goats Cheese

No proper recipe for these as they are so simple to make.  Just cut circles out of ready rolled shortcrust pastry and put them into a Yorkshire Pudding or Muffin Tin - this will give them a little bit of curved shape to enable a filling to be added later on.  Bake in the oven 200C 400F or Gas 6 for about 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and top with a small amount of soft goats cheese then add caramelised onions or roasted peppers (the peppers I used come in a jar) just drain them from their oil.  Pop the tarts back into the oven for a further 4 to 5 minutes to heat through.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Cherry Ice Cream Sundae - Served in a Margarita Glass

Hands up who likes Ice cream?
Hands up who likes Cherries?  Okay, I bet that's pretty much everyone!

Cherry and Vanilla Ice cream served with fresh Cherries surely has to be the best.  Of course if you then add pieces of crumbled Meringue and a good dollop of whipped Cream, top the lot with Cherry Sauce you end up with something really quite special.

Presentation of your ice cream sundae doesn't really matter since it will still taste the same whatever you serve it in.  But of course it's no secret that we eat with our eyes so to speak, therefore these gorgeous Margarita Glasses from House of Fraser really do turn a simple looking dessert into a beautiful thing.

Margarita Glasses

Ready to dive in?

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Succulent Chicken Satay Skewers

What gorgeous weather we've been having lately!  With the summer now in full swing everyone's enjoying the chance to get the BBQ out and sit outside to eat; what a difference a bit of sunshine makes.  I like most people certainly feel better when we have nice sunny days!


I'd never used black treacle in cooking before but this recipe from Lyle's was not only simple to make (and inexpensive) but it was also really, really tasty; yep this is a keeper.

Nothing says summer quite like the smoky-sweet flavour of a classic BBQ.  Black treacle is perfect in summer for BBQ glazes, marinades and sauces, adding a distinctively dark colour, delicious burnt caramel flavour and moisture to summer dishes.  Lyle's Black treacle worked really well in this recipe, it added a nice depth of flavour to the dipping sauce too.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Boozy Tiramisu Recipe

Coffee comes in many different varieties ranging from weak to strong in taste such as espresso.  I say espresso is for proper die hard coffee lovers since it is very strong, personally as a drink it’s too strong for my liking.  But with that said there are many recipes in which espresso can be used and nothing but espresso will do. 

Have you ever tried making your own coffee ice cream or granita?  Coffee granita (a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar and coffee) is another favorite of mine as it is so cooling and really refreshing on a hot day. 

Then there's Tiramisu; I really like the bitter-sweet taste of the coffee soaked sponge topped with sweetened Mascarpone.  By the way there's no cooking involved, it's pretty much effortless to make and can also be made in advance making it the perfect dinner party dessert.


Tiramisu needs to be made with strong coffee and so espresso is perfect.  Of course like most people that are into coffee we have a coffee machine to get the perfect espresso.  Paul (the husband) is a true coffee lover but the pods are so expensive it kinda gets out of hand keeping up with the cost!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

See How Myleene Klass Makes Busy Family Mornings a Breeze

According to a recent 'Stay Strong' survey carried out by Actimel 55% of Mums find that getting themselves and their children ready in the morning can be the most eventful time of the day.
With that in mind, Actimel has teamed up with celebrity and busy working mum Myleene Klass to inspire the nation’s mums to stay strong during the hectic morning rush and to give families a fun boost in the mornings.


Myleene has joined forces with the Stay Strong Brothers, a band helping Actimel bring a smile to people’s faces; their ‘Every Morning Mum’ song is a happy and humourous song which sets mum up in the morning to face life’s daily little challenges head on.

As over half of UK mums said getting their children ready in the morning was the biggest struggle, the song cheekily brings to life this reality and will resonate with mums across the nation and give them a much needed boost.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Cadbury Chocolate Monster Truck Taxi in the UK

Calling all Chocolate fans; check this out!  Fasten your seat belt and get your taste buds ready because Cadbury Dairy Milk gets the choc on the road with the UK’s first ever Monster Truck Taxi.

The impressive vehicle was specially created to celebrate the launch of the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste and bring Brits chunks of deliciousness and a ride to remember.

Dwarfing all other cabs on the roads, the Big Taste Monster Truck Taxi is 9ft tall and weighs a whopping 1.5 tonnes.  Adorned with the iconic Cadbury purple, the car will open its doors to chocolate fans all around the country that are curious to discover the thrilling taste sensation of the new bars in the range: Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Toffee Whole Nut, Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Oreo Crunch and Cadbury Dairy Milk Triple Choc Sensation.

Sitting at over 2 meters in height passengers are sure to be in for a treat when they climb inside the cab.  The Big Taste Monster Truck Taxi takes to the streets of London on 27th May 2016 and will then set off on a journey across the country, making a stop in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool where it will give chocolate fans the chance to enjoy an exhilarating experience inside the cab, as well as sample some delicious new product.

See how this amazing Cadbury Big Taste Monster Truck was built in this video.

To keep up to date on exciting news about Cadbury, visit www.facebook.com/cadburyUK

Twitter @CadburyUK

Disclosure:  I received a supermarket voucher to cover my time writing up this post.  

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Discount Code BBC Good Food Show Summer - Plus James Martin Recipe

Oooh not long now until the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2016 is on at the NEC Birmingham; yes I do get quite excitable about these things, I can not wait to go!  

Along with other great celebrity chefs, James Martin will be there on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.  I've very kindly been given a discount code for my readers to receive 20% Discount off of the ticket price.

To find out more about the times James is on and of course to book your tickets, pop over to the BBC Good Food Show website.  Be sure to enter this code in order to get the 20% discount; MV20

Now let's talk about this wonderful James Martin recipe for Chocolate and Beetroot Roulade with Chocolate Cream that I've been given permission to share with you; doesn't it look stunning?

Discount Code

Image supplied by Media Vision Interactive.

James says: Using vegetables in cakes is nothing new, of course, but I really like this combination. Beetroot has a great flavour and a sweetness that softens the bitterness of the chocolate. I’ve put it just in the filling and the glaze, as I find that adding it to the cake unbalances the recipe.