The Food Myths you shouldn't believe

Nowadays, dietary tips can be found anywhere and everywhere. However, how much of these are actually good advice or not? Facts and research change all the time - one day red wine is good for you, the next it’s not that great - which is why it is so hard to know what we we should be believing. Well, now it is finally time to put some of those myths behind us, give ourselves a little bit of a reality check and understand which common food myths to completely ignore.

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Eating carrots helps you see in the dark:
This is a myth our parents always used to encourage us to eat more veggies as a kid - after all, what child doesn’t want the power to see at night? This carrot tale dates back years with so many of us believing it to this day. Although carrots have nutrients and vitamins in them to help boost eye health, they won’t give you night vision.

Mint Julep Recipe - Judge Bubble Crystalline Glasses

Now that the weather has 'hopefully' sorted itself out and is actually feeling like summer may be here at last it's a great excuse to make refreshing long drinks or tall cocktails.

But with that said, personally I don't actually like cocktails! But for some reason I fancied making Mint Julep which is a mix of fresh mint, crushed ice and Bourbon. Anyway I have a friend that likes a Mint Julep or two so I had a go at making it; actually it was an excuse to show of these rather nice Crystalline Tall Bubble Glasses from Judge Cookware.

Mint Julep in a tall bubble glass
Crystalline glass has wonderful clarity and strength making them dishwasher safe. 

Garject - The Best Garlic Press

Oh wow! This has to be the best garlic press ever invented and it is in fact the most awarded garlic press. No mess, no fuss, it just does the job perfectly and all in a couple of presses. I've tried to take photos but really the video show it in action and you'll see what I mean - I say it's a brilliant must have gadget!

Garlic press

Above photo supplied by Dreamfarm.

Designed by a company in Australia called Dreamfarm Garlic press scrape eject! Since we love garlic in this house, this already has been very well used. Life is too short to be messing with the usual garlic presses; all that trying to pick the peel out lark. Those days have gone. I'm truly loving the Garject 😊

How does it work?
As the Garject is opened it's spring-loaded scraper automatically scrapes off the garlic straight to wherever you want it. Push the 'peel eject' button to discard the peel into the bin; and that's it, job done!

Check out this video to see it in action:


Cleaning
A nice bowl of warm sudsy water, rinse and dry is all that's needed although it is top rack dishwasher safe.

For more info on this and a huge range of other gorgeous products by Dreamfarm pop over to Forma House. The Garject from Forma House has a RRP of £28 although I've noticed it can be purchased via Amazon at around £23

Disclosure: I was sent the Garject to try out. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive.

Throwing the Ultimate Office Party

So, you’ve been tasked with throwing the office party. It could be a birthday, it could be someone from accounting that’s finally retiring, Christmas, or maybe your work buddy is moving on to pastures new. Whatever the reason behind your office get together, you’ll need these tips on making it one to remember.

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The Food
Food is an integral part of any party. Some would go as far as to say there is no party without it! So, with that in mind, here are some party food ideas that are sure to get all your guests in the mood to party.

  • A hog roast. If you’re party venue is spacious enough then why not go the whole hog and hire a hog roast? You’ll literally have the food covered in one fell swoop, and with minimal clean up and no constant refilling crisp bowls, you can enjoy the party as much as everyone else. Check out this website to find out more. 

  • A make it station: this could be anything. If the venue permits you could hire a pizza oven and have the party guests create their own pizza masterpieces, a taco bar where they could pile toppings and fillings onto their taco shells or maybe even an ice cream bar; where your guests can scoop up their favourite ice cream flavours and top them off with anything and everything they want! Sprinkles, chocolate sticks, sauces, nuts, wafers, crumbled cookies – the possibilities are endless. 

  • Ice Cream van. Got enough room outside? Hire a local ice cream van and treat everyone to some gorgeous creamy ice cream treats and cool refreshing ices! Everyone will thank you for it!

Escape the room
If your planning on a little trip out somewhere away from the office then why not consider an Escape the room experience? You and your colleagues will be locked in a room and be tasked with finding a way out by following a series of clues and solving cryptic puzzles within the room itself before the time runs out! These venues are proving popular and their popping up all over the place, so simply have a quick Google search to find your nearest venue.

Escape the room is a perfect way to spend a few hours together – if the boss asks, just say you’re team building!

Bowling Night (with a twist)
Everyone loves bowling. It’s a leisurely activity that requires as much skill and effort as you want to give. You can be split into teams and then do a play off or bowl at your leisure, sit and drink with your work buddies or stuff your face while you’re waiting for your turn.

You could make it a little different by giving the evening a theme! Is your work colleague leaving to go travelling in Australia? Have an Australian theme and get everyone dressed up in costumes. If they’re leaving to pursue a career in medicine, go dressed as doctors and patients! The possibilities are endless – all you need is a little imagination.

Disclosure: I believe this article is something my readers will be interested in. I did not receive any payment for publishing this article.

New Stay Cool Cookware by Stellar - Mexican Chilli Chicken with Toasted Corn

Oh my goodness, I just have to tell you about the new 'Stay Cool' range of cookware from Stellar. I love the silicone edged glass lids and the nice chunky, sturdy handles which stay cool to the touch when cooking; hence their name. I seriously like the whole look of these pans and can not fault the casserole I've been sent 😍

Casserole by Stellar Cookware

Of course I couldn't wait to use my shiny new Stay Cool Casserole so, Mexican Chilli Chicken it had to be. Keep reading for the recipe.

Mexican Chilli Chicken with Toasted Corn

The Stay Cool range is manufactured in high grade stainless steel which means these pans will also retain their looks, all of which is supported by a lifetime guarantee. When you place the lid on the pan there's no cluttering, metal on metal noise as the silicone rim fits quietly and snugly into the pan's.


Hand Finished Moroccan Carved Tray from Moroccan Bazaar

Just recently I was contacted by David from Moroccan Bazaar; a Moroccan family business based in West London who import only the best items from Marrakesh. Anyone that follows this blog will know I'm a bit of a Tagine horder - I love Moroccan food, in fact my very first blog post (10 years ago) was about the first Tagine I'd just bought but I've since got a bit of a collection going on 😊   

Anyway as a hoarder of not only Tagines but anything to do with food preparation of serving food you can see why I was so excited to pick this gorgeous serving tray to blog about.   


Moroccan Carved Silver Serving Tray


This Sinia 35cm Moroccan Carved Serving Tray is a Moroccan hospitality piece found around Morocco where food and drink, especially Moroccan tea are served upon. The tray is made from brass and is therefore also available in brass/gold colour but the one I chose has been coated in nickel to give it a silver finish

The trays are made and finished by hand with intricately detailed patterns on every tray. The craftsmen and women responsible finish each tray with its own unique design so no two trays are ever the same. It's also available in 25cm and 45cm sizes so you're sure to find the right one for you.

Check out these these Tall Glass Tumblers I've spied which are also from Moroccan Bazaar - I need these in my life; aren't they just gorgeous? As a food blogger I'm looking forward to using this tray in future posts and feeling inspired I'm going to make Moroccan Mint Tea so watch out for that 😉

Cookmate Cookery School in Worcester - Really worth a visit

Cookmate Cookery School in Worcester, UK has officially opened! The school is above the well known Cookmate shop in Broad Street that sells cooking essentials and luxury kitchen equipment. Owners Caroline and Andrew Gregory have recently converted the upstairs storage space into an absolutely fantastic school for food enthusiasts.

Focaccia ready for the oven

With the help of Pam Ballone and Gill Barnett I honestly don't think they could have designed the interior any better, it's very well thought out and is kitted out with all the latest kitchen gadgets and top quality knives etc - which are also available to buy in the Cookmate shop downstairs.
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The Food Myths you shouldn't believe

Nowadays, dietary tips can be found anywhere and everywhere. However, how much of these are actually good advice or not? Facts and research ...