Five Dream Desserts to Consider for your Next Celebration

No matter what your celebration, share the joy by the plateful with dream desserts and puddings your whole party will enjoy. From bite-sized desserts to show-stopping cakes, sweet treats are the favourite part to anyone’s buffet or refreshment table. If you’re all about building unique flavours or want designs that’ll dazzle, you’ll be able to find a dessert to suit all styles. If you want to purchase food or you're up for the challenge of making a dessert yourself, there are plenty of sweet options out there.

Selection of desserts
© Can Stock Photo / Francesco83

With so much to choose from, including cakes, puddings and ice cream, I've found five of the dream desserts you can consider for your next celebration.

Crispy Sliced Roasted Potatoes with Lemon and Garlic

Now I spied these a while back in the Delicious magazine but I noticed they peeled the potatoes and as we all know the skin of a potato is where all the vitamins are so I left the skins on. Plus their recipe serves 4-6 and there are only the two of us. So I set about giving it a go only in a smaller size.

To serve 2 you will need a 500ml oven dish - which actually looks quite small but we're talking potatoes here and since we're both trying to watch our weight (yes once again) we do not need to unnecessarily stuff our faces with loads of potatoes; although we quite easily could of course πŸ˜‹ 

Crispy Sliced Roasted Potatoes with Lemon and Garlic

You really do need to cut them very thinly as they will still take a while to cook but the end result is well worth the wait. I used my Kenwood Chef to do the work for me but you could use a mandoline slicer.

On the Go Ready Made Drink - Robinsons Refresh’d

In case you didn't know Robinsons Refresh’d is an 'on the go drink' from Robinsons. Everyone is familiar with the family favourite squash, but not many people are aware (I didn't) that they also sell a ready-made drink.

Available in Apple and Kiwi, Raspberry and Apple, Orange and Lime flavours and now new Orange and Passionfruit flavour that launched this summer. All the flavours in the range contain a minimum of 21% real fruit juice from concentrate.

Having been sent some to try I have to say they are quite addictive! I ended up drinking one followed shortly by another. πŸ˜‹ Very fruity; and yep as the name suggests, very refreshing.

Mocha Cake - Celebrate the Return of Great British Bake Off with ALDI

With The Great British Bake Off now in full swing ALDI challenged me to bake a cake using one of their recipes. Well you know me and baking!! My attempts usually turn out a bit of a disaster πŸ˜€
But of course I'm not a one to be beaten (no pun intended) I gave it a go!

Actually to my surprise this Mocha Cake Recipe was actually easy to make; in fact I know I've said before, but I really do think I could quite get into baking. Cake ingredients can be quite expensive but everything I used was available in our local ALDI and to be honest they really are excellent prices.

Mocha cake is perfect if you like chocolate but also like coffee since it's a mixture of both.

Mocha Cake

Sample of ALDI prices - at the time of writing:
1.5kg Self-raising Flour - 45p
Fairtrade Dark Chocolate - £1.29 each
1 pint semi-skimmed Milk  - 49p
Fairtrade Colombian Coffee - £1.79
Free range British Blue Eggs - £1.45
250g British Unsalted Butter £1.49
1kg Caster Sugar - 99p

Breakfast on the Judge Table Top Grill

A few weeks ago I wrote a review on the Table Top Grill from Judge Cookware and I showed how easy it is to use and I made Chilli Honey and Lemon Chicken with some lovely veggies. Well it's also great for making a cooked breakfast πŸ˜‹

Any fat drains away into a try underneath; but with that said there really wasn't any to drain away and the drip tray was as clean as before I started cooking; bonus because there was even less mess to clear up!

Cooked Breakfast on a grill

Much easier than juggling two frying pans and not to mention the cooker top would've been a mess.

Judge Table Top Grill

Easy to use - just plug in and set the desired temperature and once it has heated up you're all set to cook. It's non-stick so there's no need to add any oil; well I didn't and even the eggs didn't stick. I've used it a few times now and toasted cheese sandwiches turn out very good.

Anyway I won't go on as I've already done a review which you can read here but the Table Top Grill is really handy and will be brilliant when we go camping next year as it can also be used outdoors under cover if it's raining of course.

I'll leave you with the sound of sizzling bacon 😊

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Disclosure: I was sent the Judge Table Top Grill. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As always I was not required to write anything positive. 

AnySharp Knife Sharpener - Review

This rather tiny knife sharpener is really easy to use and I found it to do an excellent job of sharpening the a blunt knife. Since I only had one knife that could do with sharpening I used the AnySharp to sharpen Paul's mum's knives and she was well pleased 😊

As the optimum angle to sharpen a good quality steel knife is 20 degrees. AnySharp is pre-set at 20 degrees to give an optimum edge every time. To use a sharpening stone you would need some training as getting a consistent angle with a sharpening stone is a skilled job. But the AnySharp really is easy to use.

AnySharp Knife Sharpener

Hands free safety:
Love that the AnySharp has a suction cup base, which attaches securely to any smooth surface or worktop without the need for any tools; although I found it doesn't work too well on wood. But it has a really good, strong grip on a regular worktop in the kitchen and once it’s attached you can sharpen any knife safely hands free.

Caribbean Butternut and Mango Curry Recipe

Hello again everyone how has your week been? I've been busy painting and decorating our second bedroom as you do! But also as it’s Caribbean Food week 20th-27th of August to celebrate ALDI challenged me to create a Caribbean recipe using their lovely fresh fruit and veg along with other products that are available in store everyday. 

As we love Caribbean food it was a doddle for me to come up with this easy to make, Caribbean Curry packed full of lovely veggies. I shop at ALDI every week so I'm already aware of the fantastic quality and excellent low prices of their fresh foods.

Caribbean Butternut and Mango Curry

Until a few years ago I will admit I'd never shopped at ALDI but when they opened a store very near to us and when I ventured in I was so impressed I wrote a post about it. I now shop there every week. I'm also a big fan of their wine - check out this Kooliburra Australian Chardonnay it costs just £3.99 which I say is a proper Billy bargain!

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Five Dream Desserts to Consider for your Next Celebration

No matter what your celebration, share the joy by the plateful with dream desserts and puddings your whole party will enjoy. From bite-sized...