Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Maple Syrup and Vanilla Bean Smoothie

Whizzed up in no time at all, tastes GOOD and is nice and healthy too.  You don't need much maple syrup in order for this be to sweet, so fear not and give it a go!

I'm still loving my Next Generation Optimum 9200 Power Blender and used it to whiz up the ingredients in a flash.  Of course you don't have to have an Optimum 9200 (affiliate link) power blender but it really is the blender of all blenders and it's so powerful it can actually turn stones into powder - please see link to my review post here.

Sponsored Video - Knorr Flavour of Home

Recent research carried out by Knorr; found that three quarters of people agree that tasting just one mouthful of their mum’s home cooking brought back happy memories from their childhood.
Sitting down with the family and tucking into a good home cooked meal together is a great time for catching up on each other’s day and of course enjoying the meal.   We all have our own special memories of a favourite meal that our mum used to cook when we were kids, and for me its cottage pie.  I can never recreate it no matter what I do; it never, ever, tastes the same as my mum’s does! 

Do you have a meal like that - a meal that your mum used to cook when you were a kid and no one else can make taste the same?

Some people of course work thousands of miles away from home making it impossible to see their family very often.  Carmen for instance (in the video below) is a husky carer in the Arctic - sounds like a fantastic job apart from the cold weather!   As a surprise for Carmen, Knorr flew her mum all the way to the Arctic to cook her favourite dinner.

Just as it would be for me, I’d know my mums cottage pie from anyone else’s so when Carmen tastes her surprise meal, she immediately recognises her mum’s cooking.   It’s true to say I think you’ll always recognise the flavours of home.

Seasoning and flavour are essential in good cooking because without them food would be quite bland.  We all have our own personal tastes and Knorr can help us turn an ordinary meal into a special meal. Knorr certainly have a great range of stock cubes, stock pots, gravy pots and more.  For information, recipes and inspiration pop over to their website.

Take a look at this video to see Carmen’s surprise meal that she just knows, must have been cooked by her mum.


This post has been sponsored by Knorr, but all thoughts are my own.

Monday, 23 March 2015

UFUUD Premium Italian Food Delivery to UK and Europe - Review

I was recently asked if I'd like to place an order with Ufuud (an online Italian food ordering company) to review their ordering system and delivery to the UK.
Now we're talking proper premium Italian food that is not only delivered to Italy but can also be shipped to places all over Europe from Milan.

I was in my element browsing through the Ufuud website looking at all the beautiful foods and the product packaging just cries out 'buy me'!  I mean seriously, look at the lovely products - I can't wait to try them all.
Pasta of all shapes and some you can't buy over here in the UK. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Get ready for your Summer Holiday - Let's Cook Paella

Oh yes, it's that time of year when we all soon start to think about our summer holiday.  Well okay, the weather isn't even spring like at the moment here in the UK, but I don't care!  I'm getting into the holiday spirit a bit early as I'm going to make the most of this years holiday abroad since we didn't have one last year.

I do love Spanish food and when in Spain I can't resist Paella. 

Monday, 16 March 2015

Great British Dish - Cottage Pie with Porter Ale

There's nothing quite like a good old Great British dish, and cottage pie is perfect for this icy cold weather we've been having - cottage pie is also the ultimate comfort food.  My addition of Porter ale adds richness and depth of flavour.
I've been cooking up all sorts lately in my nice STOVES oven and I love how it cooks everything so evenly.  No turning food around to get it evenly browned (as I had to in my old oven) my Stoves Sterling 600MF oven gives a perfect result every time.

STOVES is proud to be part of Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, the only manufacturer that builds freestanding cookers, built-in ovens, hobs and range cookers right here in the UK.