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


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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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ActiFry Arancini - Tefal Slimmers Secret Supercook Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I competed against 5 lovely bloggers in the Tefal ActiFry Slimmers Secret Supercook Challenge; we each cooked up our most favourite dish in the ActiFry. Ever since I got my ActiFry I've used it loads so I know what it can do and I was up for the challenge!

We absolutely love Arancini, it's an Italian dish of small rice balls made from leftover risotto which are then stuffed with a savoury filling and coated in breadcrumbs; we like a combo of mozzarella and red pesto.


Arancini are usually deep fried in oil, but making them in the ActiFry is a much healthier option and that means they contain far less calories too. I even made the risotto in the ActiFry and then let it cool. Cooking anything in the ActiFry doesn't compromise on taste either; just a few sprays of Frylight or similar and you're on the way to crunchy, crispy, cheesy rice goodness in every bite.

It's a shame I didn't get to take a picture of the inside as when cut open the mozzarella is lovely and gooey and pesto not only adds a bit of colour but tastes delicious too. I was so engrossed in cooking I didn't have time to get me camera.

We all know the ActiFry cooks fantastic chips but it can be used to cook far more than you'd think possible. I know as I was really surprised when I got mine and started experimenting. It's so versatile and you can cook almost anything in it. The only difference is your dishes will be healthier and contain a lot less calories which can only be a good thing.  

Anyway I really need your help to win the Slimmers Secret Supercook Challenge so to see my Arancini recipe.

Take a look at this video and then pop over to Tefal.co.uk/slimmerssecret and vote for me by clicking on the Big Red VOTE button underneath my video 😊 Just by voting you could Win a Luxury Spa Weekend Break for Two so please pop over now and vote; oh and a few people will each win a ActiFry XL so Good Luck Everyone!

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Autumn Flavours have Arrived -Time to Celebrate the New Season

It’s that time of year when we start to think about one-pot dishes packed with hearty, warming ingredients. As the weather turns colder, it’s time to crank up the stove and opt for food that’s good for the soul as well as the stomach. As the weather fails to wrap us up in warmth and comfort, our food needs to do so. We’re still months away from the festive gorging of the Christmas period, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy the very best of autumn’s bounty.


Image credit: Pixabay

The autumn months are a time to celebrate stews, hotpots and anything else that you can cook in one deliciously warming pot. On the vegetable front, it’s the perfect time of year to indulge in rich, flavoursome squashes and pumpkins, as well as to enjoy the last of the summer’s glut of tomatoes and carrots. Leeks, beetroot and field mushrooms are also at their best at this time of year and are ideal for bolstering hearty dishes.
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Stellar Hob Top Espresso Maker - Review

If you like Espresso Coffee then chances are you'll love this rather stylish Hob Top Espresso Pot by Stellar Cookware. It makes a perfect cup, in fact it holds 400ml so 6 cups of Espresso plus it's easy to use too.

Hob Top Espresso Maker

The shiny polished stainless steel may well look lovely but I might tell you it took me an age to photograph without seeing me in it!

How does it work?
Once the water in the base chamber boils, it creates pressure which in turn forces water up through the coffee and creates the perfect cup in a matter of minutes.

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New - GU Mousse Fusions Review

NEW to the GU puds range are Mousse Fusions. Now regular readers of this blog will know I'm not a one for desserts but Paul (the husband) loves desserts.

Of course I did have a taste since it's me writing about them and I have to say the Chocolate and Toffee Mousse Fusions are really rather nice indeed and could even convert me to eating chocolate; now they must be good!

Chocolate and Toffee GU Mousse Fusions
Seriously chocolatey, rich and creamy topping but with a chocolate and toffee mousse underneath.

As they are new to the market I had a bit of trouble actually getting them since our Tesco is quite small. Waitrose did but only had two of the three varieties as they'd sold out of the Mango and Passionfruit so I can't comment on those. By the fact that they'd sold out I'd say they must be popular; I have to say they do sound good.  

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Hofmeister Lager is Back - Review and Giveaway

Yes indeed Hofmeister is back!  Helles lager is slow-brewed colder and longer than most other beers today. Hofmeister is brewed in Bavaria Germany using natural mineral water.

Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law, which states that only three ingredients can be used to make beer. And while using so few ingredients doesn’t make things easy, it does result in an incredible lager.

Bottles of Hofmeister Lager

So what did we think?
This light golden coloured lager is easy to drink, nice and refreshing and when poured into a glass it has a nice frothy head. Yep we love it, especially Paul (the husband) as used to drink Hofmeister years ago so he's certainly glad to see it back!

Where to Buy:
Currently, you can buy Hofmeister over at Amazon or via their Shopify page. Please drink responsibly.
For more info pop over to the Hofmeister website.

You can find Hofmeister on social media:
Twitter: @hofmeister_beer
Facebook: @hofmeisterbeer
Instagram: hofmeister_beer

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Kitchen Products and Herb Scissors from New Soda

Well I have to admit I hadn't heard of New Soda until just recently when I was kindly sent a few of their products to try. I'm pleased to say I really think they're excellent products and do exactly what they say they will and are great quality and reasonably priced too.

Kitchen Products from New Soda

The Sinkstation is a great little invention; a flat colander that enables you to prepare your veg and as it fits neatly into the bottom of your sink.  It then catches peeling ready for you to dispose of then you can rinse your veggies under the tap and tilt it slightly to drain away any excess water.  Not only that but it's brilliant for defrosting items on the draining board rather than having a pool of water on the counter top or on a plate.

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Flatbreads with JAZZ Apple and Goat Cheese

These lovely mini flatbreads are really easy to make and well worth the little effort they take. Of course you can use shop bought flatbread but  making your own is rewarding since they do taste a whole lot better.

Having been asked to make a recipe using Jazz Apples I immediately thought of goats cheese being a perfect balance of tangy yet sweet. I added a few chopped nuts along with pea shoots for colour.

Pea shoots are available in any good supermarket (in the bit where you find bags of salad leaves) they have a sweet delicate flavour so certainly wont take over power those lovely apples or goats cheese.

Flatbreads with Jazz Apple and Goat Cheese

Serve as a tasty lunch or serve as appetisers; whichever you choose I'm sure they'll be a big hit.

Jazz™ are a cross of a Braeburn and a Royal Gala (two of the nations favourite apple varieties. Grown in the UK for taste, crunchiness and juiciness. The Jazz apple has all year-round availability too and is now grown not only in the UK but also in France, Italy, USA, Chile, Switzerland, Austria and Australia and New Zealand.

Jazz apples will easily keep for up to and over 4 weeks if they are correctly stored correctly; in a cool dark place or better still in the fridge.

Available in Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, Lidl, Morrisons, M&S, Ocado, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsburys and good independent green grocers.
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