Thursday, 25 August 2016

Cadbury - Obey Your Mouth House

Chocolate Lovers - Check this out!
Cadbury recently opened the doors to the 'Obey Your Mouth House' to celebrate the new Cadbury singles range.  The Obey Your Mouth House is a brand new immersive experience, giving fans the chance to experience five exciting rooms, all relating to different Cadbury chocolate bars.

Obey Your Mouth House has already been to London Southbank, Wireless Festival, V Festival back in June.  But fear not; the good news is there's still time to pop into the house at the Glasgow Summer Sessions 27th-28th August.

After walking through a giant mouth, guests will explore and get to know five of the chocolate bars –Cadbury Crunchie, Cadbury Double Decker, Cadbury Twirl, Cadbury Wispa and Cadbury Boost with fun activities inside each.

Step into the wonderful world of Cadbury Wispa where you’ll be surrounded by millions of the tiniest bubbles, jump on the giant slide as you exit the Cadbury Boost room, and get that Friday feeling, whatever day is, in the loud Cadbury Crunchie room, which will include live DJ!

The Cadbury singles campaign Obey Your Mouth is encouraging fans to focus on the taste sensation in each individual chocolate bar.  So whether you are looking for something loud and crunchy or smooth that melts in your mouth, the Cadbury singles range has a treat available for everyone – and all the delicious Cadbury singles bar are also now under 250 calories*.

The Cadbury Obey Your Mouth House will be available to visit for lucky festival goers at Glasgow Summer Sessions.

To find out more visit 
Twitter @CadburyUK using #freethejoy.

* We are incredibly proud of the products we make, and all of our bars can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet. We have a responsibility to help address public health concerns and for that reason all of our Cadbury singles bars are now within the 250 calorie cap.

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Cadbury.

The Palomar Cookbook - Review

Much excitement as today sees the launch of The Palomar Cookbook!

The Palomar restaurant opened its doors in summer 2014 - situated opened in the heart of Theater land and Soho London.  Since then the restaurant has continued to go from strength to strength, offering amazing food from modern-day Jerusalem with dishes influenced by the rich cultures of Southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant.

For me this book is truly inspiring; the food looks amazing and there are over 100 recipes with stunning photography.  The recipes look quick and simple to create without any 'chefy' stuff and are perfect for the home cook.  I must say everything looks truly delicious, I really don't know which I should make first.  You can take a sneaky peak inside the book over at Amazon.

Recipes include Scallop Carpaccio with ‘Thai-bouleh’; Velvet tomatoes; Kubenia (Lebanese steak tartare); Pork belly with ras el hanout, dried fruits and Israeli couscous; Labneh kreplach tortellini and Cod chraymeh (North African fish stew).

Mezze dishes to share with sweet and savoury pastries, simple dishes for a quick fix and more complex dishes for a main meal.

I'm loving the look of this Fattoush Salad (page 110) bread-based salads are a great way to use up stale bread and mixing it with fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumber, onion and sumac.

Photo supplied by Octopus Publishing - Photographer Helen Cathcart.   

The Palomar Cookbook is broken down into the following chapters:
What's in the Cupboard
The Meal Before the Meal 
Raw Beginnings 
The Main Act
The Pastry Room

So is it worth buying?
Well, it's a big fat YES from me!  
Great photography, printed on high quality paper, easy to make recipes, nothing too 'chefy' lots of veggie recipes.  No weird and wonderful ingredients either, everything can be easily bought in any good supermarket; for the odd thing you might have trouble finding The Palomar Cookbook has that covered as they show a recipe how to make it yourself which is I think is brilliant.

Available to buy from 25th AUGUST 2016
RRP is £25.00
Published by Octopus Books
Photography by Helen Cathcart

Twitter @Octopus_Books

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Rocktanium Frying Pan from Stellar Cookware

I do love a nice frying pan and I have a fair amount of what I call proper good ones, but I can honestly say I am totally impressed with this Rocktanium pan, new from Stellar Cookware.  It not only looks good but performs well too; by the way I'm loving the pebble dash look.

Quantanium is a new titanium-based formula and is free from PFOA and has the toughest non-stick coating I've ever come across.  It is harder and more durable than conventional non-stick, scratch-resistant and guaranteed for an impressive five years.  After testing this frying pan for a few weeks now I highly recommend it.

A good non-stick frying pan is essential; not only will it make cooking easier but it also ensures healthier cooking results since you only need to add  the tiniest amount of oil (if any) and cleaning is a doddle.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Mini Chorizo Empanadas - Philips AirFryer

Okay folks; this is week 2 of a 4 week challenge given to me by Philips which was to swap a weekly takeaway meal every week for a month and to join in the #AirFryerTakeIn
Last week I made Ricotta and Basil Balls which I have to say were really easy to make and oh so good to eat!

Next up I made Mini Chorizo Empanadas which the recipe says are AirFryer Take In calories of 153 per one large empanadas (except they are not large nor are are they meant to be) since they're called 'Mini' compared to a Takeaway of (on average) 245 calories.


The AirFryer works by using very little oil and something called Rapid Air Technology.  Rapid Air technology makes the hot air circulate very rapidly around the ingredients in the basket.  This heats up the ingredients in the basket from all sides at once, making it a healthy, fast and easy method to prepare tasty food. Food prepared in the Airfryer is crispy on the outside and without being dry on the inside.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Ricotta and Basil Balls - Philips AirFryer

Philips recently set me and a few other bloggers a challenge which is to swap a weekly takeaway meal every week for a month and to join in the #AirFryerTakeIn.  So the AirFryer arrived last week along with a fantastic selection of recipe cards for inspiration and Ricotta and Basil Balls just had to be made pretty much immediately - we do LOVE cheese!

Ricotta and Basil AirFryer

Now we all know that fried food tastes good but we also know it really isn't good for us!  But that's where the AirFryer comes to the rescue making fast, tasty fried food without using the traditional frying method of frying.  I think you'll agree these Ricotta and Basil balls look like they were fried but they wasn't.  The Philips AirFryer cuts the calories by using very little oil but give the appearance of fried food.

Friday, 5 August 2016

BBQ Hacks - Adding Flavour

There are many ways to add flavour to BBQ food from dry rubs, marinades or by using wood chips. Wood chips are soaked for a couple of hours before use then throw onto the coals for charcoal BBQ's or into a smoker box attachment for gas grills.  The will work by gently smoking away; for best results and a deeper flavour pop the lid on whilst cooking.

Depending on the wood used affects the end result.  Hickory adds a lovely deep smokiness but a favorite of mine is Applewood which smells amazing, it adds a smoky and slightly fruity flavour and I say Applewood was made for BBQ'd burgers!  Oooh and while we're talking about wood chips another favorite of mine is Cherry wood which works brilliantly with poultry, game or pork.

Remember the longer the wood chips have to smoke, the more taste and coloring your food gets.  So something like a steak that takes just 10 minutes to cook won't have as much of a smoky taste of a pork shoulder which is cooked for a good few hours.

Adding herbs are of course another excellent way to add flavour, for example you can use a bunch of freshly cut Rosemary as a basting brush so the flavour isn't so intense.

Whatever you serve at your next BBQ a nice side salad is always popular and a simple green salad with a nice dressing can be made in minutes.

To make a super quick Lemon and Honey Salad Dressing mix together the following:
4 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For more ways to add flavour to your next BBQ check out this video which is one of a four BBQ Hack videos created by MyVoucherCodes.

Monday, 1 August 2016

New from Mövenpick - Passion Fruit and Mango Sorbet

I'm excited to tell you about a couple of new additions to the Mövenpick range.  The Passion Fruit & Mango Sorbet is so refreshing and has a nice tang but without being too sharp as it's nicely balanced with mango for a little sweetness.

The passion fruit puree from Ecuador makes this wonderfully a smooth sorbet; mixed with the flesh of Alfonso mangoes from India.  The fruit content is 42.5% so yes it's really nice and fruity with a good helping of mango pieces in every spoonful.

Swiss ice cream

Now the plan had been for us to try another new flavour from Mövenpick, Tiramisu Ice Cream.  But it turns out it's so popular there wasn't any available!   So next up we tried the Maple Walnut Ice Cream which isn't a new flavour in the Mövenpick range but in my opinion this is absolutely the best ice cream ever!  Made with genuine Canadian Maple Syrup with Caramelised Walnuts which adds a lovely sweetness and a bit of crunch; oh yes this is good stuff.

By the way if you've never tried Mövenpick Caramelita Ice Cream check out the Ice Cream Sundae with Caramel and Mascarpone Whipped Cream, I made using it a while back.

Mövenpick Ice Cream is made with Swiss cream and has no artificial additives or colours and is available in Restaurants, Cafes, Bars and Delis across the UK.

Where to buy: Ocado
RRP: £4.99 for 500ml
The 500ml range consists of eight flavours:
Vanilla Dream Ice Cream, Swiss Chocolate Ice Cream, Strawberry Ice Cream, Caramelita Ice Cream, Maple Walnut Ice Cream, Tiramisu Ice Cream, Raspberry & Strawberry Sorbet and Passion Fruit & Mango Sorbet.

Find out more about Mövenpick over at

Disclosure:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.

Copper Soft Touch Ice Cream Scoop from Stellar Cookware.

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.