Blue Coffee Box Subscription Club - Review and Reader Discount

Blue Coffee Box is a UK subscription club for speciality coffee lovers. Each month, they send a letterbox-friendly blue (unsurprisingly) box containing three bags of freshly roasted coffee with tasting notes and information of the origin and farm where it is produced.

Three new roasters are introduced every month from the top of the UK’s 300 or so craft roasters to hand-roast the beans. These are fresh roasted every week and members can select how they are prepared; whole beans or ground for cafetiere, dripper or espresso.

Blue Coffee Box Club Contents

I love that the boxes are letterbox-friendly meaning you don't have to be home to receive your box.

I'm not a coffee drinker but Paul (the husband) tells me this is really good coffee. He says the coffee tastes fresh and that's because it is; all Blue Coffee Box coffees are freshly roasted each week. I also think the price isn't too bad at all when you consider how expensive big brands of roasted coffee is in the supermarket and let's face it they are probably roasted and packages weeks if not months ago!

Membership:
Costs £17.99 per month (or less for 3, 6 or 12-month advanced payment). Members can cancel, pause, skip or upgrade any time.

Discount coupon:
The lovely people over at Blue Coffee Box have set up a discount for readers of this blog 😊

Just enter AG912 at checkout and that will give you £9 off your first box making it only £8.99
The code can also be applied to gift boxes or the longer subscriptions, too.

For more information and to order pop over to Blue Coffee Box.
Twitter @bluecoffeebox 

Disclosure: I was sent a Blue Coffee Box to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive.

Truffle Risotto Recipe and Le Petit Ballon Wine Club Review

Le Petit Ballon is an online wine club that delivers two bottles of wine straight to your door every month. The wine arrives perfectly packaged so the wine is well protected and ensures it reaches you without any breakages.

Each month you'll receive two bottles of wine carefully selected Former Sommelier Chef at The Ritz.
Tasting advice and super tips. You'll also receive a copy of The Gazette; the magazine that tells you everything there is to know about wine and how to taste the wines in your box.

I don't want to sound like an advert but I really do believe Le Petit Ballon is excellent. I think it's great that you can cancel at any time if you want to; there's nothing worse than feeling you can't back out of something so that's good to know.

The wines in the November box which I received pair perfectly with dishes made with Truffles such as Truffle Risotto.


You wont find the wines from Le Petit Ballon in any supermarket and I love that you can buy a gift card for however many months subscription you want to buy (3/6 or 12 months) and send as a gift; perfect with Christmas coming up. Or of course you can subscribe to a monthly wine box for yourself 😊 The wines in the November box are Mas du Soleilla and Domaine Bérénas.

Le Petit Ballon have an offer on at the moment which is 15% off all gift cards until 19th November just use the code WINEGIFT15 at the checkout.

Or readers of this blog can get £10 off first month subscription by entering GLUG10 at checkout.
Offer is valid until 30th November 2017

The English Kitchen Cookbook Review

Food blogger friend of mine Marie from The English Kitchen blog has just published her first hardback book and what a book it is, 724 pages!

This book is more like an encyclopedia covering just about everything. From The Full English Breakfast to Elevenses, Lunch, Salads, Sandwiches and Soups to Sunday Lunch, Side Dishes, Leftovers and the Saturday Night Takeaway. Now if that's not enough Marie covers Sauces, Desserts and Festive Feasts including Bank Holiday and other Holiday events such as Bonfire Night and Halloween.

The English Kitchen Cookbook

Basic cooking techniques, conversion charts and substitutions are all helpful. I love that Marie has added a bit about Ingredients and their translations, this is so helpful to many people especially if they're from the States.  I remember writing a recipe her on this blog of mine once that mentioned the vegetable Swede; well that caused a bit of conversation with many people asking what is a swede? Of course I've since discovered it's called Rutabaga in the US!

This book is huge and is well written and as I know Marie, I know the recipes will work - unlike some top chefs that have books published I think some need to get better proofreaders since I've found a few errors; yes indeed, even in Paul Hollywood's book 'How to Bake' but that's another story.

Cooking with Frylight Spray Oils

Oh my goodness I have to tell you what a fantastic day I had last week with the Frylight Team over in the Food at 52 Cookery School in London. Along with a few Bloggers and Instagrammers I was invited along to pick up some top tips and get all educated about healthy eating and nutrition thanks to the lovely Helen Bond, Dietician and Frylight® consultant nutritionist.

As bloggers and food writers we had a brilliant day cooking under the guidance of chef John Benbow who launched Food at 52 Cookery School in 2007.


Seriously, this was a really interesting and fun day. Plus we got to eat a delicious healthy lunch consisting of a starter, main and dessert; and as none of us were vegetarian we had two mains!

Potato and Spinach Rosti with Pea Mash and Maple Bacon

Potatoes are extremely versatile whether you want to boil, mash steam or bake potatoes are really quite amazing. They're cheap to buy, they fill you up and the humble potato can transform even a basic simple meal into a feast. I particularly like the lovely deep red skins of  Albert Bartlett Rooster potatoes; they really stand out from the rest of other potato varieties.

Oh and they make proper crispy, crunchy golden roast potatoes and because they crisp up nicely and are perfect for making rösti.

Potato and Spinach Rosti with Pea Mash and Maple Bacon

Of course Albert Bartlett produces other kinds of potatoes. Look out for the new seasons crop now which are available now in supermarkets; they will be highlighted with stickers.

Here are just a few varieties - click on the link to see the full Albert Bartlett potato range.
Rooster is the classic, main crop potato. Red skin and great for mashing, roasting, baking, gratin etc.

Elfe is a more modern potato flavour, with a slight buttery-ness about the flesh. Yellow skin and great for mashing and baking.

Apache is a distinctive looking baby potato with red and white patched skin and is great for roasting whole, skin-on.

Indian-spiced Lamb Meatball Pizzas

I especially like using lamb in Indian dishes as it can handle the lovely spices without them overpowering the lamb.  A really easy and tasty favourite of mine is to make these Indian-spiced meatballs and serve on a soft tortilla; kinda pizza style. Soft tortillas topped with tomatoes, cucumber and mango chutney drizzled with cooling riata.

They're so easy to make and take just 35 minutes from prep to table; the perfect starter to an Indian meal to celebrate National Curry Week with Tasty Easy Lamb (9th -15th October).

Spicy Lamb Meatball Pizzas

I use tortillas as they're much lighter than a pizza dough base so make a great Indian tapas/starter dish to an Indian meal or a light lunch. You could also serve these mini meatballs minus the tortilla in little dishes with a few different dips. Or you could half the amount of filling and make them into wraps.

Honey Challah Bread Recipe

When asked to make a recipe that called for Challah bread I was on a mission to find it and buy a loaf. But after a trip to Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrison's so I gave up and decided the only way I was going to get my hands on Challah bread was to get busy and make it myself! Turns out as our Waitrose is fairly small they don't stock it.

But as most people know I don't do baking simply because I'm not very good at it and also I can't be doing with all the exact measurements baking involves. However, with that said considering this was my first attempt I was pretty pleased with myself 😊

Honey Challah Bread

I didn't take a proper picture of it being made since I had little faith that it would turn out any good so the only one I have is a phone camera pic which I posted on my Instagram.

Challah bread is enriched with eggs and this recipe has honey in it which gives it a really lovely taste.

Sliced Honey Challah Bread


Butternut, Sweet Potato and Spinach Bake

Now I do love a good frying pan, saucepan or any other kind of pan for that matter! Just recently I've been trying out the Dura Forge range of frying pans from Prestige which also includes an excellent grill pan.

Butternut Sweet Potato and Spinach Bake

When looking at what I call a good pan they really get top marks from me if they can also go into the oven and the Dura Forge range can; so my Butternut, Sweet Potato and Spinach Bake started on the hob and then got popped into the oven to bake! The pans are oven safe up to 180°C/350°F or Gas 4 which makes for easier and faster cooking since there's no need to change pans half way through the recipe. That's not all as it also means less to wash up 😉

The interior of the pans have reinforced ridges which provides a great non-stick surface and makes them easy to clean. As you can see from my picture the frying pan hardly looked like it'd had food in it when I dished out some of the butternut bake - brilliant.
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Blue Coffee Box Subscription Club - Review and Reader Discount

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