Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Healthy Diet - Lose Weight - Lets's do this Together

Yes, yes, after the all the festivities pretty much everyone in January announces they're on a diet, joining a gym and are going to get fit and healthy.  Trouble is come February most of us, including myself, kind of forgets about it and go back to our usual eating habits.  But this time I really mean it; I will lose weight and I will eat more healthily - together we can do this!

I'm excited to take part in Jumpstart January and I'll be featuring healthy recipes a review and a rather special giveaway which will all based around healthy eating.

Berries in Blender Lose Weight



As I'm going to be sharing my progress with you, I hope to hear how you're doing too so please leave a comment below.  Of course I appreciate that not everyone needs to lose weight; but even if it's just to get fitter which means you will have more energy, eating healthier can only be a good thing.  For me, I really do need to loose 9lb in order to get back to how I used to be.

Losing weight isn't all about smoothies and hardly eating; if it was I'd fail miserably!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Birds Eye - Peas in Blankets

These 'Peas in Blankets' are quick and really simple to make; okay mine didn't quite turn out quite as they ought to have since the pea mixture kind of oozed out of the bacon.  I think perhaps it would've been a good idea to have used cocktail sticks to hold them together whilst they were cooking; but hey ho they tasted good!  

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The Peas in Blankets were made using Birds Eye peas, for more delicious recipes visit Birds Eye Recipes.  I always buy Birds Eye peas since I honestly think you can taste the difference between them and other brands.

Birds Eye have been growing peas for 70 years and grow varieties that no one else does and have 3 generations of farmers.  Just recently, Birds Eye teamed up with food psychologist Dr Christy Fergusson to prove you can actually taste when the turkey, peas and all the trimmings have been prepared with love.

Take a look at this short video that shows the old adage of ‘made with love’ has finally been proven true following a scientific study to verify that our perception of the care, time and attention taken to prepare Christmas dinner positively influences the taste and enjoyment of a meal.




Disclosure: I received a supermarket voucher to cover my time.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.  

Friday, 9 December 2016

Prawn and Spring Onion Tartlets with Coconut and Chilli

These filo pastry Prawn Tartlets with Spring Onion, Coconut and Chilli are so easy to make and rather tasty too; which of course is the main thing.  

You can leave out the chilli altogether if you must but I say even if you only add a teeny weeny bit the slight heat you get is in my opinion a good thing.  Instead you could top with finely chopped peanuts but you'd still need the coconut layer or the prawn mixture would dry out.

Party Prawn Tartlets

Inspired by the frozen ones in M&S this is my 'make it up as I went along' version in which I added spring onion to the filling which adds a bit of texture to the finely chopped prawns.

You need a good non-stick muffin tin (I used a Hard Anodised Muffin Tin from Stellar Cookware).

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Step by Step Cooking Guide to Christmas Dinner

Cooking Christmas dinner can be quite traumatic - if you don't have a plan that is.  The last thing you want after all the weeks of preparation is to end up in a big panic with potatoes turning the wrong side of golden and the turkey nowhere near cooked!

I came across this handy infographic for getting dinner on the table for 2 pm which I say is the perfect time.  It's not too early (you don't want to be stuck in the kitchen when there are presents to unwrap) but it's not too late either; so you still have room all those sweets and treats whilst watching a festive film perhaps.


The Step-By-Step Christmas Dinner Cooking Guide
Provided by AO.com

The note in the last part of the infographic is really important too.  One year I had my turkey all nicely tucked into a roasting tray and covered with foil only to find the tray didn't fit in the oven; there I was rummaging through the cupboards hoping desperately to find another tray 😧
So I say it's best to be prepared and check BEFORE the big day!

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 Judge Electric Carving Kknife made short work and it was easy to get slices of even thickness.