Get Sunshine Ready - Florida Grapefruit Smoothie Recipes

Just look at these delicious smoothies all using Florida Grapefruits - a super fruit!  They're so nutritious and high in vitamin content.  Grapefruit is good for our immune system too; One-half of a medium grapefruit or an 8-ounce serving of grapefruit juice contains at least 100 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin C, which helps support a healthy immune system.  A properly functioning immune system is necessary to help your body resist disease.


We probably all need to eat more fruit and research shows that 79% of women in the UK blame rain and cold weather for making them feel unproductive, but only 39% of these women eat their daily allowance of fruit in the winter so this isn't going to help!

0

NEW Breville Toaster - The Perfect Fit for Warburtons®

Breville have just launched a new Toaster - The Perfect Fit for Warburtons®’ and they say it toasts Britain’s favourite white bread loaf completely to the top.  Well I can tell you it does just that; at last a toaster that gives perfect, evenly toasted bread every time!  Yes, I am loving this toaster which, by the way, is also available is a 4 slice option.

Breville Toaster

Toast is a big part of our busy daily lives; an easy and quick breakfast choice with us Brits munching through millions of slices every day.

1

Greek-style Shoulder of Lamb - Oven or BBQ

With the gorgeous weather we've been having here lately, no one including myself, wants to spend hours in the kitchen cooking.  Food that's simple to prepare and requires little looking after is what I'm after.
My Greek-style roast lamb fits in perfectly and the lovely spices remind me of holidays in Greece. When it's cooking your kitchen will smell amazing.


Hopefully the coming bank holiday weekend will also be nice and sunny (and dare I say it) perhaps even warm enough to have a BBQ - I have to point out I've never tried to cook a piece of lamb like this on a BBQ but if you're all clued up, then I say go for it!
1

How to Make Lavender with Flower Paste

Fed up of making flower paste roses and daisies?  Lavender is a great alternative if you want a floral flourish for your cakes.

How to Make Lavender with Flower Paste

 

Flowers and plants are a natural decoration for cakes, irrelevant of the season, but they are especially popular in spring and summer. If you’re looking for something a little different to the usual roses, daisies and carnations, then lavender is a great choice. 

To make lavender it’s definitely best to use flower paste. Sugar paste/fondant icing doesn’t have the kind of hardness necessary to keep its shape for the small, delicate shapes you’ll be crafting. 

Achieving the lavender colour is fairly simple. Try mixing some blue flower paste with a white flower paste to soften the tone. Add a little white at a time until you get the desired colour. 
Making your Flower Paste Lavender
 
To make the lavender you’ll need the following: 

• Blue and white flower paste 
• Florists wire 
• Small flower cutter 
• Scissors 
• Edible food glue 

There are two methods to making flower paste lavender. Both are pretty simple, but we’ll cover them both as you may find one suits your needs better than the other.

Method 1: Using Scissors

To make flower paste lavender with scissors follow these steps: 

1. Take a piece of blue flower paste and a piece of white paste.  Knead them both until they become pliable in the hand, then mix them together to get the right shade. 


2. Roll your lavender colour flower paste into a sausage and cut into sections about 2 inches long each. 


3. Insert a length of florists wire down the length of one of your small sections of flower paste. 


4. Hold the wire with the paste pointing towards you. Then begin to snip into the icing with your scissors, rotating the wire as you go.  Gradually work your way towards the tip of the flower paste. 


5. As you snip the paste it should naturally form the textured appearance of lavender. 


6. Once you’ve covered the whole length of the paste, use your fingers to gently position the snipped flower paste and smooth off any rough or pointed areas and give it a more organic appearance. 


7. Put the lavender to one side and allow it to dry overnight before putting onto your cake. 


Method 2: Using a Flower Cutter

 

The second way of making flower paste lavender involves using a small flower cutter.  This method also allows you to make different shades of lavender icing so that you can give your decoration some different tones. 

1. Mix your flower paste together to get the desired shade.  Consider making two or three different shades to give your lavender a more realistic appearance. 


2. Roll out the flower paste on a work surface dusted with icing sugar. 


3. Press out several flowers with your cutter. 


4. Using a sharp knife cut them in half. 


5. Fix the halves to the florists wire using edible food glue. Layer them up along the length of the wire, mixing up the shades as you go. 


6. Once the flower paste is fixed in place gently run your fingers from the bottom of the lavender to the tip to smooth the ‘petals’ into place. 


7. Set aside to harden before adding to your cake. It’s amazing what you can achieve with flower paste. 


Why not try making these delightful sugar flowers yourself.  It doesn’t have to be difficult to yield great results, so give flower paste lavender a try. 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Renshaw Baking. 
2

Snips® Italian Storage - Maxi Ice Container for BBQ's and Picnics

New to the UK is leading Italian storage brand Snips® who have recently introduced the 'Take Away Collection'; a range of storage products designed to make outdoor eating as fuss free as possible.  Each product contains an ice pack or two to keep food cool for up to 2 hours. 
   
Let me tell you about the Snips® Maxi Ice Container which is perfect for summer BBQ's or transporting your picnic whilst keeping everything nicely chilled.
The clip on lid is airtight and the whole product is very well made.  It's easy to clean too and dishwasher safe. The container has a 7 litre capacity and measures approx 40cm x 26cm and is BPA free.





Photo supplied by Snips® since I could never take a picture like this which show the product in such detail showing how it works.

The Maxi Ice Container consists of the main container, 2 cooling tablets, a removable grill, lid with safety closure and a large carrying handle. The cooling tablets clip onto the underside of the grill part so they don't move about in transport.
The Maxi Ice Container has a RRP of £19.95 I personally think is a fair price.

1
Powered by Blogger.

A GLUG OF OIL