Monday, 5 December 2016

Judge Electric Carving Knife - Review

Now I must admit I've always been a bit scared of electric carving knives plus I've never thought they were really necessary and that I could do just as good a job with a good sharp knife.

But after testing this one from Judge Cookware I've been converted and have decided an electric knife is the way to go.

I used it to carve the Sunday roast chicken and getting nice thin slices was effortless; this is going to be great for carving the turkey at Christmas.

Check out my video to see it in action!
Apologies for the video being not too amazing quality; turns out we had the video camera on the worst quality setting but as I didn't have another chicken to carve I will soon record another and replace this one.



I find really fresh bread is always a problem to slice, but this electric carving knife made short work and it was easy to get slices of even thickness.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Landon Tyler Luxury Candles and Diffusers - Review

Okay lets talk about candles and diffusers - yes I know they aren't food or kitchen related but I do get quite excited about scented candles and I absolutely love diffusers!

Diffusers are perfect for small rooms; my downstairs loo and en-suite are never without one.  I love the clean, fresh scents and 'Winter Woods' from Landon Tyler is just that.

scented candles



With Christmas just a few weeks away these would make the perfect girly gift if you're wondering what to get your Nan, mum, sister, aunt or me 😊

Landon Tyler is a brand of home fragrances - candles, diffusers and gifts.  They've been creating home scent products for some of the leading names on the high street for decades and now their products are available in branches of Clintons and selected gardens centers across the UK.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Guacamole with Red Pepper and Tomato

Now I've written about guacamole before; but that was over 4 years ago and my slightly titivated recipe has since become our favorite.   There really is no excuse for not making your own guacamole; it's so very easy to make and is nothing like the shop bought pureed green stuff you can buy in a supermarket.  What's more, avocado is packed with nutrients - so go on and give it a go!

Guacamole





























I've added red pepper as well as tomato since I love the extra bright red the diced pepper adds.

With Christmas and New Year parties coming up impress your guests with your homemade guacamole - Tortilla chips at the ready and dive in!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Cocktail Recipes - The Perfect Mix

Christmas and New Year are the perfect excuse for a cheeky cocktail or two.  But of course a cocktail is good at any time of the year; in moderation of course.

Whether the refreshing flavours of a good Mojito is what you're after, or a colourful Sangria to remind you of summer, check out this innovative Cocktail Wheel.  It's so easy to use - to find the recipe of your choice just click on the name of the cocktail and the necessary ingredients plus correct measurements needed to create the perfect cocktail are revealed.

So now you're armed with the recipe, all you need now is some stylish cocktail glasses to show of your cocktail making skills.  I especially like these Margarita glasses from House of Fraser.



















Margarita glasses are also perfect for making the most ordinary dessert look stylish.  Back in the summer I made a Cherry Ice Cream Sundae but for Christmas you could use these glasses to serve up small slices of Christmas pudding with Brandy Butter; just an idea but I may well have to give it a go!

Happy cocktail making - please drink responsibly.


Disclosure:  I received a set of cocktail glasses from House of Fraser.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Giveaway

Once again the lovely people over at Hotel Chocolat are very kindly offering one lucky reader of this blog the chance to win BOTH of these gorgeous looking boxes of Chocolates.  Think about this; you could give one away as a Christmas present and eat the other box yourself!! #justsaying

As always Hotel Chocolat have a fantastic selection of Christmas Chocolates along with chocolaty gifts to suit all occasions and their delivery charges are very resonable too.  Just One More is the perfect combo of chocolate and nuts and a word of warning they are difficult to stop eating.  The Christmas Pocket Selection box is a great stocking filler.





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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Protein in Food - all you need to know

Everyone knows that protein is an essential part of our diet but do we understand why it’s so vital and where we can get the most protein from?  It can sometimes be confusing to know what foods can offer the most protein.

I'm loving this infographic as it shows you which foods you can get protein from as part of a healthy balanced diet, no matter if you’re a meat eater, vegan or vegetarian.  You may be surprised with the results shown below.

All You Need To Know About Protein

So the next time you’re preparing your meal, you may want to think about including some of these protein packed foods.  Looks like we should be fine in this house then as we eat a LOT of chicken, eggs, Greek yogurt and cheese (too much cheese probably)! 

Brought to you by Fysiqal Nutrition

Friday, 14 October 2016

Perfect Partners - Coffee Grinder and Cafetiere from Judge Cookware

Forget 'instant' coffee and instead grind your own beans with this Stainless Steel Coffee Bean Grinder from Judge Cookware.

I'd never used a manual coffee grinder before but it's really simple to use.  All you do is pour in your coffee beans, turn the handle and you have your very own freshly ground coffee.  It does take a good few turns but the smell is amazing which makes it so worth the relatively small amount of effort.

Coffee


Depending on the way you are going to brew your coffee you can easily adjust the grind setting from coarse to fine - I had the grinder set to fine.

Coffee Grinder


The ceramic burr mechanism means that coffee beans are ground rather than cut which gives maximum aroma and maintains nutrients.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Top Four Halloween Themed Recipes

I know we say it every year but this year really does seem to have flown by and it's almost Halloween again!  Halloween is a time for sweets, chocolates and a whole lot of face paint.  The kids (and even the adults) are in fancy dress, the trick or treaters are on their way and October is already drawing to a close.

This year, try something new, push the Halloween themed boat out, give yourself an excuse to splash out on that Neff oven you have always wanted and have a go at cooking up some spooky, tasty and easy to make treats.  Stand out from the rest of the neighbours, have an amazing Halloween and try your hand at these top four Halloween themed recipes:

#1 Marshmallow People











These little treats are not only great for the kids to enjoy but they can be decorated exactly how you and your children like.  Transform the marshmallows from a boring old sweet to witches, wizards and other spooky people using some sweets and food colouring.