Monday, 25 July 2016

Flat Stacks Collapsible Storage Containers - Review

What a marvelous invention these Flat Stacks are. Silicone, Space Saving, Collapsible Storage!
Because they're collapsible it means they take up less space when not in use and can stack inside each other giving you double the space in your kitchen.


Flat Stacks



If you're anything like me, I have waaaay too many plastic storage tubs.  I have very little space in my kitchen cupboards so I tend to stack the tubs inside each other (where possible) because I have all manor of shapes and sizes; as for the lids,well they just seem to disappear into thin air.  

Friday, 22 July 2016

Judge Double Walled Highball Glasses

I say milkshakes and hot sunny weather are made for each other.  It's such a lovely day here again that I've stopped all housework to make banana milkshakes.  So it's also a good time to tell you about these thermally insulated Double Walled Highball Glass from Judge Cookware.  They're perfect for keeping drinks cold.  Hot drinks stay hot whilst the exterior remains cool to touch; ice cold drinks like my Extra Creamy Banana Milkshake stay nice and cold without any producing condensation. Great for food photography!







































As milkshakes go banana milkshake is my favourite.  
Makes 4 good sized milkshakes. 
3 nice big bananas, 700ml milk, a few generous scoops of vanilla ice cream and about 3 tablespoons of banana milkshake mix (I used Nesquik).  
Put the lot into a blender and whiz for a few seconds - that's it job done.
 
Of course these Highball glasses and the Tumblers are more suited to long drinks, beers or cocktails and milkshakes; for hot drinks there are Cappuccino, Espresso and Latte glasses which I have previously reviewed; click here to read my review and I think you'll agree they are the nicest looking Latte glasses ever!  

Scratch and heat resistant (0 to 100°C) and made from borosilicate glass.
Dishwasher safe
Available as a set of 2 glasses (350ml) 
Product Ref JD640 

For more information and to find your nearest stockist please pop over to Judge Cookware.
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Disclosure:  Many thanks to Pam and Judge Cookware for sending me the glasses to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.

Monday, 18 July 2016

BBQ - Sweet Baby Peppers with Feta and Oregano

Well I don't want to speak too soon but it seems for a couple of days the UK is having a heat wave; about time too I say!  So yesterday out came the BBQ, gotta love BBQ food as it's not only easy but of course delicious too.

As I'm sure everyone knows you should always wait till the coals turn white with heat before attempting to cook anything, otherwise all that happens is your burgers and sausages burn before they cook inside. We bought a Weber Chimney Starter a few years ago and I must say it is life changing; well as far as lighting a BBQ goes anyway.
I totally recommended you get one if you haven't already.  Not only will your BBQ be far easier to light but all you do is wait till the coals are white hot before you cook and your food will turn out perfectly cooked.

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Of course BBQ favourites are always going to be burgers and sausages but we are big fans of these baby sweet peppers and I can't resist baby vine tomatoes.

Monday, 4 July 2016

SKIPPY - Best Ever Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, a great combination!  Who says you have to be American to celebrate Independence Day?  It’s time to brush up on the national anthem lyrics, brush down your smartest Uncle Sam suit and get ready to enjoy some all American food. 

Skippy































This famous SKIPPY® cookie recipe is sure to pack a Patriotic Peanutty Punch!

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

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There are 50 prizes consisting of 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.

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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.


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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.

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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!

BBQ

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.

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