Showing posts with label Chocolate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chocolate. Show all posts

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Cadbury Chocolate Monster Truck Taxi in the UK

Calling all Chocolate fans; check this out!  Fasten your seat belt and get your taste buds ready because Cadbury Dairy Milk gets the choc on the road with the UK’s first ever Monster Truck Taxi.

The impressive vehicle was specially created to celebrate the launch of the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste and bring Brits chunks of deliciousness and a ride to remember.



Dwarfing all other cabs on the roads, the Big Taste Monster Truck Taxi is 9ft tall and weighs a whopping 1.5 tonnes.  Adorned with the iconic Cadbury purple, the car will open its doors to chocolate fans all around the country that are curious to discover the thrilling taste sensation of the new bars in the range: Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Toffee Whole Nut, Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Oreo Crunch and Cadbury Dairy Milk Triple Choc Sensation.

Sitting at over 2 meters in height passengers are sure to be in for a treat when they climb inside the cab.  The Big Taste Monster Truck Taxi takes to the streets of London on 27th May 2016 and will then set off on a journey across the country, making a stop in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool where it will give chocolate fans the chance to enjoy an exhilarating experience inside the cab, as well as sample some delicious new product.

See how this amazing Cadbury Big Taste Monster Truck was built in this video.



To keep up to date on exciting news about Cadbury, visit www.facebook.com/cadburyUK

Twitter @CadburyUK
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Disclosure:  I received a supermarket voucher to cover my time writing up this post.  

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Luxury Chocolate Delivery from Market Porter - Review

Market Porter is an online marketplace that until fairly recently were known as Meat Porter.
Having made a great success of their fantastic meat delivery service, Stefan Porter and Nick Ford have now added more products hence the name change.  Of course they continue their ethos of traceable, ethically produced British meats into other products; Cheese, Charcuterie and now......Chocolate!







































Above image kindly provided by Market Porter

Chocolate is delivered in letterbox sized packaging meaning so there's no need to be home in order to receive it; in fact the same goes for anything ordered from Market Porter.

Market Porter says;
Meat boxes will be with you within 24 hours of packing, but should there be a rare but unavoidable delay and your box cannot be delivered until the next day, due to the brilliantly designed packaging the contents will be safe and cool for at least 48 hours which ensures that your meat will be fresh as a daisy the next day too.

Back to the Chocolate!
Whether you are after the most exclusive chocolate from around the world, something a little more accessible, or the best of both, Market Porter has it covered.  Quite literally they go to the ends of the earth to find your chocolate each month.  You can buy by the bar, or pick one of our selection boxes as a one off or subscription.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies - Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave

Having had the Panasonic NN-CS894S Steam Combination Microwave for a few months now I've been busy trying out it's many functions.  I'm totally impressed with this oven; whether you are using it for steaming, as a convection oven, microwave, grill or a combination of these, or simply to defrost frozen food, this oven is fantastic.   When I made my Cheesy Topped Potatoes and Peppers I used the steam function to cook the potatoes followed by the conventional oven and grill.

When used it as a convectional oven as I did to make these cookies you can see it cooks evenly too.

chocolate chip cookies




























In fact I'll go as far as to say it's pretty much faultless. When used in steam only mode it's true the oven walls do get wet, but all is needed is a quick wipe to get it dry again.  You can read my review to find out more about this oven and it's features.
I have made so many things in it including bread rolls to which I added a shoot of steam during cooking and they were lovely and soft on the inside and perfectly cooked.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Chocolate Chip Oaty Nutty Fruity Breakfast Bars

My breakfast bars are just the thing to stop craving sweets and chocolate.  Okay they do contain chocolate but really not very much; just enough to do the trick.  Great for kids lunch boxes since you can cut them even smaller in order to make 36 mini bites.  These are also far nicer and cheaper than shop bought bars too since you know what's gone into them and they don't contain nasty sounding ingredients such as emulsifier (eeeeek)!
    
Low in salt compared to shop bought and packed full of good things; oats, almonds, walnuts and pine nuts and dates and can be made in next to no time.  That said you do have to chill them in the fridge for about 4 hours which is a bit of a nuisance; but it has to be done in order for them to set. 


The recipe can be adapted to suit you.  Just as long as you use the same amount (100g) of nuts they can be whatever nuts take your fancy!  Same goes with the dates, if you don't like them just replace them with raisins, chopped goji berries or I dunno, apricots.  

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas and New Year Drinks and Treats - Budgens Supermarket

Budgens supermarket have kindly sent us some truly lovely Christmassy products to try.  They have a fantastic range of drinks to entertain your guests in style.

It's great to start Christmas and New Year off with a nice glass of bubbly, but it doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune; La Gioiosa Prosecco is £7.99 or the Mionetto Prosecco is only very slightly more at £8.99 both in our opinion equally good so we decided we couldn't pick a favorite.

   





































Rosé sparkling wine is great with a starter course but is just as nice served with dinner.  Seddlescombe Organic English Sparkling Wine at £24.99 - okay this is a little on the expensive side but having checked the price on the net Budgens is the best price and it is an organic wine produced to strict EU Organic standards.







































Stocking fillers and gifts such as this cute Lindt Santa is just £3.00 and at the time of writing, are on offer; 2 for £5 so even better.

The Monty Bojangles Berry Bubbly Truffles at £3.00 are amazing; raspberry and popping candy cocoa dusted truffles - yes they fizz in your mouth!

If you like Turkish Delight and you like Chocolate, then these Mr Stanley Chocolate Enrobed Turkish Delight (the best of both worlds) and the price is £8.00 a box.

Little bit about Budgens:
Budgens is believed to be the oldest supermarket in Great Britain. Initially a small, local grocer, the company has expanded and over time the Budgens name appeared on a number of stores throughout the South of England, establishing a reputation for servicing the local communities around England’s high streets and suburban towns with quality products.

In 2015, Budgens became part of the Booker Group and today Budgens has over 150 stores and are known for their great quality food and drink.

Budgens also have a luxurious range of party food too that's well worth checking out.  To find out more and to locate your nearest store pop over to Budgens.

Twitter @DiscoverBudgens

*Please note the prices I've mentioned in this post are subject to change.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the above products to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Toblerone Custard Fondue

Everyone loves Toblerone and most people love custard, so what can be better then Toblerone Custard?  Answer: a Fondue filled with hot Toblerone Custard Sauce that's what!

Add bananas and marshmallows for dipping and you have the perfect Chocolate Lovers sharing dessert.  Yes you do have to share! 

























The nice people over at Toblerone asked me to come up with a fondue recipe that included Toblerone. So armed with the rather nice Fondue set they sent me along with lovely bars of Toblerone, into the kitchen I went and came up with Toblerone Custard.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Roundup of Great Foodie Books - Chocolates and Snacks

Oooh what a fantastic lot of foodie books I have here; along with yummy chocolates from Elizabeth Shaw and Snacking Salami from The Serious Pig.....Well that's a bit of a mixture I hear you say, and indeed it is but all are well worth checking out!


Listed in no particular order (although you all know I'm a big lover of cheese) here we go.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Spooky Halloween Chocolate Cakes

Kids will love these Halloween Spooks made in a silicone cake mould from Premier Housewares.
The mould is microwave safe, dishwasher safe and of course can be used in the oven up to 230 degrees; it can also go in the freezer too.




























The eyes and mouths didn't show up to well in my finished cakes, but I'm not one to be beaten so I used a micro marshmallow cut into three pieces; just cut one piece slightly bigger than the other two to make the mouth.  Stick them on with a tiny bit of marmalade and the jobs a gooden.  Anyway, kids will love to decorate their own spooks!

Monday, 9 March 2015

New Products - Chocolate Biscuit Snack Bars

I thought I'd share with you a couple of chocolate biscuit products new on the market - in no particular order here they are!

New - PiCK UP! Black 'N' White













Both of us really liked these - personally I'd go with the original milk chocolate every time but Paul preferred the black n white. Good amount of chocolate (as always with Bahlsen  products) and nice crunchy biscuit too.

NEW PiCK UP! Black ‘N White - a sumptuous, silky smooth, thick slab of white chocolate perfectly complemented by two crisp chocolate flavoured biscuits.
The classic PiCK UP! Milk Chocolate is a deliciously thick milk chocolate slab sandwiched between two crisp biscuits.














PiCK UP! biscuits are available as a pack of five or as an individual biscuit bar from supermarkets and independent retailers nationwide.  Each bar is individually wrapped to stay fresher for longer.
 
Multipack (x5 individual biscuits) -  RRP £1.69 and Single - RRP 40p
For more information pop over to http://www.pickupbiscuits.co.uk

  
Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch














We loved these - nice thick milk chocolate and really liked the oaty crunch - the chocolate is mainly on the inside so they're less messy to eat.  Everyone loves Cadbury!
 
At just 150 calories, new Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch contains two breakable golden oaty biscuits sandwiched together with a delicious layer of Cadbury Dairy Milk milk Chocolate, making it the ideal playful snack to keep you going until lunch.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch is available in 30g bars, divided into two segments (RRP 58p) as well as a three bar multipack (RRP £1.49*).
For more information visit www.cadbury.co.uk

Disclaimer:  I was sent these products to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Orange Flavoured Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and Caramelised Orange Slices

With Pancake day just around the corner, nows the time to get creative in the kitchen and serve up something other than the normal everyday kind of pancake.  Come on, get cooking!  That said, personally I actually like and prefer pancakes with a just sprinkle of sugar and a good squeeze of lemon - I'm easily pleased!

























First job is to get yourself a good decent non-stick frying pan that's up to the job. This rather nice looking frying pan from Judge Cookware Continental range is the very fellow.  This pan heats up quickly making it perfect for pancakes.  Of course this frying pan isn't only for pancakes. Great for everyday use and perfect for that Saturday morning bacon sandwich or a good fry up.

Available in 3 sizes (20cm/24cm/and 28cm) personally I think the 24cm is perfect for pancakes.


The Judge Continental range is optimised for induction - the thermic base gives even heat distribution on ALL hob types.
18/10 Mirror-polished stainless steel and the interior in non-stick.
It's oven safe too up to 180°C/350°F/ Gas Mark 4 which is brilliant news (means you don't have to transfer to another pan to finish certain dishes in the oven) and it's also dishwasher safe but so far I haven't put mine in the dishwasher as it really washes up very easily in nice hod sudsy water.  Rinse and dry and it's good to go.  I love 'Stay Cool' black phenolic handles. 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Pure Chocolate Beads - for Drinking

Whoa!  This has to be the Most Creamy Chocolaty Tasting Drink ever - Pure Chocolate Beads that you simply melt in hot milk (or water) but it just wouldn't be the same.  Yes indeed, it's like drinking a bar of chocolate!

Anyone that reads this blog will know I'm not a one for anything chocolate but of course I did try it and it really is like drinking a bar of chocolate!  Paul (the husband) however loves chocolate, and declared Hans Sloane the best hot chocolate drink ever.  It's really rich and perfect for cold winter nights, you need about 3 tablespoons per mug but of course you can add more or less according to your taste.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Jus Rol Bake it Fresh - Pain au Chocolat Review

I'll be honest (as always of course) I'd never thought about buying Jus Rol 'Bake it Fresh' products before - although I always buy Jus Rol ready made pastry since personally I think it's the best out there.  But having been sent some vouchers to try a few Bake it Fresh products off out I went to get some, and I'm glad I did.
Oh my, it has to be said I am really impressed with the quality of the the end product and how very easy they are to prepare. 



The rather ingenious packaging consists of what looks like a tin but with cardboard sides.  All you do is pull down on a tab and the tin pops open and out comes the ready made dough and appropriate filling - marvelous!
For example the Pain au Chocolat dough is ready made and once out of the tin it just needs unraveling since it's rolled up like a Swiss roll.  The portions are ready marked out and almost cut through so all you do is separate them.  Included in the pack (amazingly since the package is really quite small) are sticks of chocolate.  You place one stick of chocolate at either end of each slice then roll towards each other.  Pop onto a baking sheet seam side down, glaze with beaten egg and bake for 12 minutes at 200c - simples. 

Jus Rol products can be found in all good supermarkets and are located near the butter.  The range includes Cinnamon Swirls, Apple Danish, Pain au Chocolat, Croissants, Focaccia, Crusty Rolls and even Pizza Bases with Tomato Sauce.  To find out more pop over to Jus Rol.

Disclaimer:  I was sent vouchers to buy some Jus Rol products.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine - Review

 Tassimo hot drinks machines have intelligent barcode technology which means the barcode on Tassimo T DISCs are scanned by the machine and register the correct brewing time, temperature and the amount of water required for each beverage.  It's all completely automatic, all you have to do is pop in a disc, press the button and your drink is prepared and dispensed into your cup.


Having been asked to review the Tassimo Vivy machine here's how it went:
The instructions that are supplied with the machine are a series of pictures which are really easy to follow. 
 The Tassimo Vivy TAS1202GB is compact and quite small with dimensions of just 249 x 169 x 298 mm (H x W x D) so doesn't take up valuable work space in the kitchen - well space is valuable to me since my kitchen is really tiny!  The coffee machine holds up to 0.7 litres of water which is enough to make approximately three standard cups of coffee.


Operation is really easy - as you can see from my pictures above you can remove the drip tray if your chosen cup or glass happens to be too tall.
Put the cup underneath, lift the top and insert your chosen T DISC (upside down) don't worry it will only go in one way so you can't go wrong.  Pull the top back down and it will pierce the disc.  The barcode will then be read so the machine knows which drink you have chosen and therefore it knows how much water to add and how long it needs to brew.  Once the light next to the picture of the cup illuminates, press the button and your drink will be made for you.
In this case I was making a Oreo drink so once the chocolate part had dispensed and the light goes out you just lift the lid and insert the cream part of the drink. Pull the lid back down and press the button again to add the cream to your drink.  Of course some beverages such as tea don't have cream so therefore the above operation is just done once.

 There are a huge selection of T DISCs available online and supermarkets (apparently there are over 35 varieties including a range of Costa coffees including Cappuccino and others such as Kenco Medium Roast Coffee and Caffe Crema, Twinings Breakfast Tea and Chai Latte, Oreo, Cadbury Hot Chocolate and more) so I think that's plenty to choose from and something for everyone!

Oreo T DISCs:
The kitchen smelt amazing as the drink was being made but although the Oreo drink was very chocolaty in smell, sadly we both thought it was quite thin and had a slightly watered down taste and not half as nice as the Cadbury's hot chocolate drink which is good!

Coffee and Tea:
Paul (the husband) is a coffee lover and really likes the Costa Cappuccino - it's really creamy and a good consistency and he can't fault it.  Obviously you can't expect an hot drinks machine to recreate the proper coffee served in Costa which of course is made by coffee machines costing a fortune.  That said, Paul says the Tassimo does a pretty good job.
Although I'm a tea lover I've never been a fan of any kind of breakfast tea and so it would be unfair of me to comment on the Twinings Breakfast tea that was sent to us along with the machine.  

Cost:
The T DISC sell for around £4.25 so for example with Costa Cappuccino discs you will get 8 in a pack so each drink works out at around 53p per cup.   I suppose it depends on how many drinks you of your family are lightly to drink in a day as to whether or not that could be expensive.

Cleaning the Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks Machine:
Maintenance of the Tassimo Vivy is effortless as the machine indicates when there is a need for cleaning or descaling, and this can be done simply with the on-board cleaning disc.  Cleaning takes around 30 minutes to complete but of course you can just leave the machine to it and get on with something else as it doesn't require you to do anything once the operation has started.  I should point out that the spout part comes out completely so you can clean and rinse once a day and the barcode reader window just needs a wipe.

All in All:
The Tassimo Vivy is a great little hot drinks machine - fantastic for home or in the office.  Drinks are quick and made without any mess, it's easy to clean and convenient and is small enough to fit in any kitchen.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the Tassimo Vivy and a selection of T DISCs for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way meant to influence readers buying choice.    


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza

The Italian Restaurant Zizzi recently set me a challenge to create a dessert pizza or any savoury dish that could be turned sweet.  I first came up with a possible of a Cinnamon and Caramelised Apple Lasagne but sadly although it tasted okay it wasn't somehow quite right and certainly didn't work photography wise.
I'm not one to give up easily and although I had to let it go this time, I'll work on it!


If you'd like have a go at making my easy to make Banana, Caramel and Chocolate Pizza you can find the recipe here.

After an amazing meal at Zizzi and feeling inspired by the new addition to their new dessert menu - 'Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza' I took on Zizzi's challenge and made my own dessert pizza.  Banana and Caramel Drizzled with Dark Chocolate.  I was really pleased with the result especially because I very rarely make dessert and never know where to begin.  I must say that trying their new dessert really did inspire me to get thinking and have a go.  Hopefully after reading this post then you also might want to have a go yourself.

Here are a few snapshots of our visit to a Zizzi restaurant and more about their 
Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza: 
While we were in the restaurant, part of the challenge was to Tweet/ Instagram using #SweetPizza - it was so funny. We'd purposely gone to the restaurant earlier in the evening than we'd usually go since people would be wondering what an earth we were doing!

Please excuse my poor photographs as you will appreciate I couldn't take my proper camera and as you would expect restaurants just aren't set up with the correct lighting for food photography.

Since we were sitting directly in front of the chef I just had to ask if I could take his picture - it's okay he knew it would end up in this blog post and thought it was cool!


Our starter dishes arrived, we ordered different dishes so we could share and we absolutely loved this one - Fonduta Formaggi a pot of melted cheese, gorgonzola, gruyère and pecorino with baked dough sticks and focaccia bread for dipping.

To the side of the picture you can just see part of the other dish we had ordered, Arancini - Risotto balls with mozzarella, peas and a breadcrumb coating. There are three risotto balls and they're served with a chunky tomato peperonata dip. Warning - they are very moreish!


Now for the main course - Oh my word just look at the size the pizza Paul chose!
The Rustica Sofia pizza had lots of lovely spicy chicken, pepperoni, spicy sausage and mozzarella along with chilli and rosemary.  Yep he managed to eat the whole thing!  I was allowed a tiny bit to try it and we both really liked it.






































Here I am not quite knowing where to begin as the Spiedini Pollo (Roast chicken breast with red onions, courgettes and peppers) was as you can see, also huge.  It came with a side of Tuscan potatoes with a white wine and lemon sauce.  It was too nice and it had to be eaten!  The chicken was lovely and tender and the potatoes and sauce were a treat to eat.  But I was getting concerned by now, as we'd already eaten loads and still had to try the Strawberry and Chocolate pizza!


Now I must tell you about this dessert Pizza - Melting Marshmallows and Fresh Strawberries drizzled with Warm Chocolate and Hazelnut sauce - what's not to like?


Yes this is something that has to be ordered.  I must admit even though I'm not a fan of sweet things, this pizza wasn't too sweet at all and the base thin, crispy and light.  The strawberries work really well and take away the much of the sweetness so it isn't overly so and we both thought it was just perfect.

My one recommendation is that after eating a huge meal at Zizzi you seriously only need one of these pizzas to share between two people.  But us greedy pair just had to order the Chocolate and Banana Calzone as well as the pizza which you just see in the background of my picture.  Yes that was also seriously good although it was of course a lot sweeter than the Strawberry and Chocolate pizza which I personally preferred.  Paul however, is a huge fan of both desserts!

Make sure you try out the ultimate sweet treat from Zizzi this summer.  You can find your local restaurant here.  If you're feeling inspired to turn more savoury things sweet, share your creations with #SweetPizza


If you'd like more information on Zizzi pop over and visit them here.  

Disclaimer:  Many thanks to Zizzi in Shrewsbury and the fantastic meal and service from their staff.  I was set a challenge by Zizzi to create my own sweet pizza.  We were guests at Zizzi restaurant and I have been compensated for my time and the ingredients used.   All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Yogurt Ideas - Strawberry and Marshmallow or Banana and Chocolate Chip

Strawberry and Marshmallow or Banana and Chocolate Chip - which would you choose? 
You may have seen my post 'How to Make Yogurt using the Judge Digital Yogurt Maker' which was my first attempt.  I made Summer Berry and Vanilla yogurt but if you missed it just click the link and have a quick read.  I said I'd come up with a few more ideas and since this yogurt maker is so very easy to use, I've not stopped using it since it arrived!


I made yogurt in the usual fashion following the easy to follow instructions that came with it.  As before, I used Jersey milk and Yeo Valley Natural Live Bio Yogurt as the 'yogurt starter'.  
But time I wondered what would happen if I added banana flavoured Nesquik to the prepared milk (once it had reached the cooled down to 40C stage and after mixing in the yogurt starter (live yogurt).  

Now, if you have no idea what I'm taking about you really need to have a quick read of my post and hopefully it should become clear!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Coconut Chocolate Bars - Easy to Make Recipe

The nice people over at Dr. Oetker recently sent me a bundle of their baking goodies.  Bars of milk, white and dark chocolate, chocolates chips, sprinkles, egg white powder, baking powder and more.  They asked me to try out one their recipes for Father's Day (which is coming up soon Sunday 15th June).  Sadly my Dad isn't with us anymore but if you're lucky enough to still have your Dad, have a go and bake him these Coconut Chocolate Bars. 


Or of course you can bake them for whoever you want to.
These coconut bars were something of an achievement for me as I'm so useless when it comes to baking but the recipe was very easy to follow and it worked.  Okay, mine might not look as fancy as they could have but they certainly tasted good - Paul the husband ate all of them bar one, which was declared mine!

Dr. Oetker is well known for their fantastic range of baking ingredients but they also have their own range of frozen pizzas too.



Monday, 3 March 2014

Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars with Goji Berries

Goji-berries, also known as Chinese Wolfberry, grow on the common matrimony vine, a shrub up to 4m high.  The fruits can be harvested from August to October. The name "goji" is derived from the Chinese term "Ningxia gouqi", which apparently means something along of the lines of "from the region of Ningxia wolfberry". In China, they have been revered as a vitality and energy source for millennia.

  
Goji Berries are Good for You!
These amazing little berries are rich in high levels of iron including B12, vitamins and carotenoids (pro-vitamin A) B vitamins and other ingredients.  Containing over 20 trace elements and minerals as well as all essential amino acids.  It is especially valued for its "adaptogenic effect" (promoting vitality and resistance to stress).  They can be eaten raw or used in any recipe to enrich your meal.  
Western medicine is only beginning to discover the goji berry.  In traditional Chinese medicine, the goji berry has been used for a long time.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Continental Tasting Heart - Chocolates from Thorntons

    This lovely heart-shaped box of milk, white and dark chocolates from Thorntons is in my opinion, seriously good quality and excellent value for money.  Don't forget Valentines Day is almost here!


This huge Continental Tasting Heart Collection contains 48 chocolates (570g) and is priced at £19.99

 Allergy, Intolerance & Recipe Info from Thorntons site:
     Suitable for vegetarians
     No gluten-containing ingredients
     Contains added nuts
     Contains added milk
     May contain egg
     Contains added soya
     Free from artificial colour
     Free from artificial flavouring
 Inside the box:  
A beautiful selection of creamy pralines, mousses and tasty truffles.
As readers of this blog will already know I'm not a chocolate kind of person, so Paul (the husband and chief taster of all things chocolate) had to taste test this box of chocolates almost to himself and he couldn't wait to tuck in!

He loved all of them and found it too hard to pick a favorite.  He munched his way through all 16 choices from the Panna Cotta, Tiramisu, Ganache Au Marc De Champagne to the Sicilian Lemon Mousse to name a few.  I did get to taste a few though and my favorite was the Diplomat - smooth milk chocolate with roasted almonds and hazelnuts.


Many thanks to Thorntons for the chocolates.
 Disclaimer:  I received these chocolates from Thorntons with no request for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Banoffee Pancakes - Easy Dessert Recipe

Light fluffy pancakes filled with caramel sauce, bananas, whipped cream and topped with flaked chocolate can only be a good thing.  Since they can be eaten cold and still look and taste every bit as good later on the same day, why not make them before dinner cover the plate in cling film for a no fuss delicious dessert.


 Having been sent a couple of  OXO Good Grips products and set a challenge of coming up with a pancake recipe here's how it went.  Okay, I'm a bit early as Pancake Day isn't until 4th March but yesterday I was in a pancake making mood.  In any case it doesn't have to officially be Pancake Day to enjoy pancakes!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Giveaway - WIN a Serenata Hamper - Chocolate Indulgence

 I'm so pleased to be able to offer one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil a chance to WIN this lovely
'Chocolate Indulgence' Hamper worth £39.99 from Serenata Hampers.

They have a seriously great range of products available to order online with an excellent range of prices to suit different budgets. 



 

 The Chocolate Indulgence Hamper contains the following :
Luxury Chocolate Coated Peanuts & Raisins
Cachet, Box of Belgian Truffle Assortment 155g
Luxury Dark Chocolate Coated Brazil Nuts
Le Paravel Blanc, The Vignerons de la Vicomte 2012
White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Cachet, Madagascar – Milk Chocolate 32% cocoa 100g

Don't forget if you are the lucky winner, you can choose to have the hamper delivered to you, or someone of your choice, just as long as it is to a mainland UK address.

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One lucky reader of this blog will win this 'Chocolate Indulgence Hamper' from Serenata Hampers.

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