Berry and Chocolate Meringue Wreath

Okay so after my Banana Bread made with the help of my Kenwood Chef, I've since got all tricky and made this Meringue Wreath. Now I understand that for most this probably isn't tricky at all but I don't do baking; simply because I'm no good at it. However, since the Kenwood Chef Elite arrived it's made such a difference as I not only love using it but it makes life so much easier.

Berry and Chocolate Meringue Christmas Wreath

I really couldn't have been bothered with all the whisking needed to produce meringue (too much like hard work and I am lazy) but now I can just put the egg whites in and let it get on before adding the sugar a little at a time and let the Kenwood Chef Elite KVC5100S do all the hard work.

How to Help People in Need this Christmas

For most of us Christmas Turkey dinner is something we look forward to and Christmas is a lovely time to spend with friends and families and eat, drink and be merry as they say.

But unfortunately for a lot of people they simply have very little money and just can't afford to eat properly all year never mind afford a full on Christmas dinner. Then there elderly people that maybe living on their own and don't have any family to help them or perhaps they simply aren't well enough to cook for themselves. Sadly there are also many homeless people having to live on the streets. Thankfully myself and most people reading this won't ever know what that's like; it must be unbearable. But here's how we can all help.

Tesco Christmas Turkey

This year Tesco have pledged to donate £1 for every fresh turkey sold, either instore or online, to help people in need this Christmas. Money raised through the purchasing of turkeys at Tesco will be shared between Tesco’s food charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust to help people in need over the festive period.

The initiative builds on the continued support offered by the retailer to local communities through its annual Food Collection (now in it's 10th year), and its food surplus redistribution scheme, Community Food Connection.

Last year, Tesco became the first retailer to pledge that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from its UK operations, and since 2012, Tesco customers and colleagues have donated the equivalent of over 60 million meals to people in need which I think is absolutely fantastic - Go Tesco!

Tesco Charity Partners

How can we all help?
  • By ordering your turkey from Tesco's Christmas turkeys and Tesco will donate £1 to their food charity partners for every fresh turkey sold.
  • By simply arranging to cook one extra Christmas dinner for a neighbour in need.
  • Donating to a food bank - you can find your local food bank here.
  • Many town centres are places that homeless people tend to go to to try and get some money; so how about taking a thick pair of socks to give to them. I'm sure they'll appreciate it with the weather getting so cold and apparently socks are one of the least donated items.  
  • Buy a hot pasty or sausage roll and give it to a person you see is clearly living on the streets. 

You can find Tesco on Twitter @Tesco #EveryonesWelcome

For more information on FareShare and The Trussell Trust click on the links to take you to their sites.


Disclosure:  I received a Tesco gift card to cover my time writing this post and promoting Tesco's campaign on social media. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

New York Skyscraper Burger

New York; the city that never sleeps. I've been to New York a good few times, although not recently, this was a while back in the 90's. It's an amazing place, there's so much to see and do there.

If you've never been I really recommend it and one things for sure you'll be amazed at the skyscrapers; yes obviously they're tall, but they are also interesting as each one is different. I love the Art-Deco style of the Chrysler building, Empire State and the Rockefeller. I've never seen the One World Trade Center which opened in 2014 as the last time I went to New York it was at the end of August 2001.

New York Skyscraper Burger

Having been asked to come up with a BBQ or grill recipe inspired by Thomas Cook for their 'Where is Hot in' page, I chose New York as I truly love that place and really must go back soon. New York is at it's hottest in June, July and August and with an average flight time from the UK of 7 hours 20 minutes it's not too long to travel to.

Aside from the famous buildings I've already mentioned (and of course there's many more) with Times Square, The MET and of course the Statue of Liberty there's a lot to see and do. From music festivals to outdoor movie screenings in Central Park, the summer months are a great time to experience the huge, diverse personality of this metropolis.

As for the food, oh my goodness there are so many places to eat in New York! Everything from fast food to really fancy restaurants and if you do go don't forget to visit a New York Deli; amazing places full of all things yummy ๐Ÿ˜‹ 

Kenwood Chef Elite KVC5100S - Banana Bread Recipe

As you all know by now I do love a good kitchen gadget, so when Kenwood asked if I'd like the Kenwood Chef Elite to review of course the answer was 'Oooh yes please'!

Now I'm not really into baking but of course the Kenwood Chef Elite can be used for so much more than making cakes and bread. But with that said, since this amazing piece of kit arrived I've become all converted and have made a Christmas cake, a Chocolate cake and two lots of Brownies. I'm feeling quite pleased with myself; in fact I'm becoming quite a little baker! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Banana Bread and the Kenwood Chef Elite

There's no doubt about it the Kenwood Chef KVC5100S is a powerful 1200w, variable speed mixer which comes with a beater, whisk and dough hook and it certainly make makes a lot of things so much easier.

Pear Chocolate Cocoa and Coconut Superflake Crumble

Everyone loves a good crumble but if you haven't tried my Pear, Chocolate, Cocoa and Coconut Superflake Crumble you're missing out! ๐Ÿ˜‹ Pears are just coming into season now and are one of the least allergenic of all fruits and so can be enjoyed but most people and they're so versatile too; perfect in a crumble and they go so well with chocolate.

I was recently asked to make a recipe using Cocoa and Coconut Superflakes by Nature's Path. To be honest until then I hadn't tried Superflakes before but I say they make the perfect easy and healthy breakfast and are also healthy and nice and filling too.

Pear Chocolate Cocoa and Coconut Superflake Crumble

Superflakes are made using sorghum flour, black bean flour and brown rice flour which are all made from nutrient-rich sprouted grains. Coated in a little honey and Fairtrade cocoa Superflakes are not only nice and crunchy but are also Gluten free and Organic as are the rest of Nature's Path products.

Stokes Real Mayonnaise - Win a Foodie Trip to Greece for Two

I'll be honest I'd never tried Stokes Real Mayonnaise until the other day when I was sent some to try. In the past I've had a go at making my own mayonnaise but it didn't turn out too good and I've never bothered again.

Although the ingredients of mayonnaise are simple; just a beaten egg, add a small amount of Dijon mustard and a pinch of salt and then there's the oil. The oil has to be very slowly added whilst constantly stirring to avoid it splitting and that's where I went wrong I just don't have patience! If I want mayonnaise I want it like now, so I just buy a jar and be done with the hassle ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stokes Real Mayonnaise

Up until now I always used to buy the same top brand of Real Mayonnaise and didn't think I'd ever be convinced to change but since trying Stokes Real Mayonnaise it has to be said we (me and the husband) both think it is by far the best.

So What Makes Stokes Mayonnaise Taste So Good?
Starting with the eggs, Stokes found a producer farming high Welfare Standard British Free Range hens whose eggs are perfect and can be delivered to meet their strict regime of hygiene and quality. Stokes use the whole egg in their real mayonnaise as the white contains so many essential nutrients and trace elements they decided to use it.

*Read More* for details of the Stokes Real Mayonnaise competition and how to enter!

Pizza Express Christmas Menu - Review

Have you seen the new Christmas Menu from Pizza Express? I have! ๐Ÿ˜‹ On Friday night we were invited along to our nearest Pizza Express which for us is in Southwater Shopping Centre, Telford. First of all I must say what a lovely bunch of staff they have in that place, they're all very helpful, smiley happy people.

By the way by 'we' I mean me and Paul (the husband), anyway on with the menu. As far as the actual Christmas menu goes there isn't a massive amount to choose from which is sometimes a good thing since I would tend to spend half the evening wondering what to have as I'm quite greedy and always end up wanting what the person next to me chose!

Hot Chocolate Orange

Anyway it was all rather lovely I must say. To start, we both had Roasted Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper and Mascarpone Soup. The only other choice (on the Christmas menu) was Chicken Liver Pรขtรฉ which we're both not fans of. Of course there are plenty of other yummy starters on the usual menu. The soup was actually really very moreish, tasty, and piping hot. The addition of mascarpone makes it the soup lovely and creamy. It's topped with croutons, pesto and fresh basil and I want this soup again!

Telford town center has the German Christmas market on at the moment and before going into Pizza Express we'd just had a walk around that and let me tell you it was freezing cold outside so a hot bowl of soup went down well. We also had Garlic and Mozzarella Bread - told you I was greedy ๐Ÿ˜Š

Bento Box and All Purpose Seasoning from Nifty Kitchen

I was asked by the lovely people over at Nifty Kitchen if I'd like to review their Bento Box and their range of all purpose seasonings and BBQ rubs.

Nifty Kitchen Bento Box
Now I'm using the image from Nifty Kitchen website for this as it show the Bento Box in a way I can't possibly manage!


Bento Box from Nifty Kitchen
I absolutely love this Bento Box! It has 2 compartments and is a great size 20cm x 10cm x 10cm and has a total of 1 litre capacity. It's convenient to take a tasty lunch to work or the gym and of course perfect for kids to take a healthy lunch to school. It's made from the high quality, 100% food safe & BPA free materials.

Each compartment has a clip on lid so there are no leaks. The leakproof seal ensures dressings, sauces and liquids stay safely inside. It's great that the box includes proper stainless steel cutlery (fork and spoon).
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Berry and Chocolate Meringue Wreath

Okay so after my Banana Bread made with the help of my Kenwood Chef, I've since got all tricky and made this Meringue Wreath. Now I und...

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