Judge Calorie Counting Kitchen and Diet Scales - Review

If you're counting calories these very nice looking Kitchen and Diet Scales from Judge cookware are perfect.  Anyone on a diet will know how hard it is to keep track of the calories in home cooking.

Diet Scales

As these scales are so shiny and white it was hard for me to get any decent photos without reflection so please note all photos have been supplied by Judge. 

Once you turn these scales on the word 'Hello' shows up and you can measure ingredients by weight and volume, in grams, ounces and millilitres.  The one-touch measurement conversion and a tare function makes it easy to add other ingredients.  Since they can weigh up to 10kg they are perfect for pretty much any recipe and are easy to wipe clean after use.

SPAM BBQ Kebab Recipe and Giveaway

Convenient, uniquely tasty, quick and easy to prepare, SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is the ideal meat to make a variety of sizzling summer snacks. 

Made from over 90% prime shoulder pork and leg ham, the iconic meat is so versatile you can slice it to make a toasted SPAM® Tortilla Sandwich, or dice it to make mouth-watering SPAM® BBQ Kebabs.

BBQ Mojito Lime Pineapple - Schwartz Grill Mates

Schwartz have a great range of marinades to liven up BBQ food, or of course since the British weather can not be relied upon, any BBQ-style indoor meal.  There are altogether 23 products that make up the Grill Mates range.

For this recipe I used Mojito Lime Marinade packet mix consisting of delicious dried spices; all you need to do is add a couple of ingredients as listed on the back of each pack, then simply mix together to use.

Grill Mates are really are easy to prepare and although they're kind of meant to be a marinade for meat and poultry, I came up with this idea of using the Mojito Lime Grill Mates to marinate slices of fresh pineapple.

So easy to make; just marinade the pineapple slices before popping them onto the BBQ (or in my case a griddle pan) as the weather was nice, but certainly not amazing. 

*Please note for this recipe I didn't follow the back of the packet - instead I altered the 'extra' ingredients needed to suit my BBQ Mojito Pineapple creation!

Print Recipe


To serve 4 you will need;
1 large fresh pineapple - cored, peeled and cut into thickish slices
1 packet of Grill Mates Mojito Lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
50ml dark rum
2 tablespoons of molasses

How to do it;
In a small bowl mix together the whole packet of Mojito Lime Grill Mates along with the olive oil, dark rum and molasses and mix well.

Put the sliced pineapple onto a plate and pour over the marinade, turning the pineapple to coat. Keep the marinade to baste during cooking.  Pop the pineapple slices onto a really hot griddle pan (or BBQ) and cook for a minute or so.  Baste and turn to get those nice grill marks, cook for another minute before serving with some nice vanilla ice cream.

More recipes using Schwartz products

Camilla's Cajun Chicken Fajitas
Dannii's Indian Chicken and Mango Salad

Now for the Giveaway - The nice people over at Schwartz are offering one lucky reader the chance to win all 23 Products in the Grill Mates Range!  For inspiration you can find loads more recipes over at Schwartz. 
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For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed. There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.  Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget along with the terms and conditions.

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Disclaimer; I was compensated for my time creating this recipe for Schwartz.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sponsored Video Unrush your World - Yeni Raki

With the busy lives we all lead these days, it’s so hard to find time to cook and eat without rushing, but we really should try to take more time, even if it’s only possible at the weekend.  
The weekend is possibly a time when we can sit down as a family or with friends to eat together and chat over a drink or two; a great way to relax.   

Yeni Raki the world’s leading aniseed spirit brand is the perfect drink to enjoy with good food and they’ve partnered with top London chef, Ollie Dabbous to bring the spirit’s traditional slow dining culture outside of its native Turkey.

Together Yeni Raki and Chef Ollie have created this short video in which he prepares the most beautiful looking BBQ lamb dish to take to his raki table.  Ollie cooks shoulder of Romney Marsh lamb served with violet mustard yogurt on a bed of cracked wheat and pine nuts served covered with vine leaves – now how good does that sound? 

To prepare the lamb dish he covered in salt for 2 hours then it’s rinsed, dried, rubbed with olive oil and then cooked on a BBQ oven for 4 hours until smoky and tender.  Ollie believes food isn’t meant to be rushed and eating isn’t meant to be hurried; and his dish certainly isn’t rushed and definitely the spirit of slow. 

Yeni Raki is hosting a series of slow-dining dinners where top restaurants across the UK capital create their own menus of food that’s paired with the drink to encourage the experience the spirit of slow.

You can find out more about the campaign by following the campaign on #unrushyourworld and @YeniRakiGlobal or pop over to the Yeni Raki Global Website.

This post is sponsored by Yeni Raki.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Sponsored Video - McDonald's Trust

I’m sure we all know someone that thinks they know everything, about everything.  But sometimes that person might 'think' they know, when often it's just their own opinion and they end up convincing everyone else of their thoughts.

The food manufacturing industry is one of many topics of which people have strong opinions and decide for themselves what they think goes into the food we eat.  

So just what is it that makes us decide what we hear is either true, or just gossip?  I say the least we can do is try to look at the proper facts before deciding. 

Do take a look at this short video in which a little girl called Laura thinks that McDonald's burgers are full of additives, fillers and flavour enhancers along with some extra bits; because they wouldn’t use good beef just to make burgers.  Laura believes this because her mum said so, and after all her mum’s friend Carol told her, so it must be true! 

Having read many articles by McDonald's and of course after watching the video, I’ve found that they do use only 100% British and Irish beef from quality assured farms and that the beef is fully traceable from farm to restaurant.  Also nothing else but salt and pepper is added and their burgers do not contain onions or any other kind of flavouring.  I must say I thought their burgers did have flavouring or some sort added but I’m pleased to hear that they don’t.

McDonald's is a huge company and personally I trust what they say is true since there are loads of rules and regulations here in the UK that anyone making an advert has to abide by when making an advert so that we can all be assured nothing but the truth is stated.  

Anyway with all that said, on with the video, I think you'll enjoy it.

This post has been sponsored by McDonald's; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Pimped Potato Salad - Get Spicy!

Potato salad doesn't have to be bland and boring, you can pretty much add whatever takes your fancy. Having been sent French's new Spicy Mustard to try (it's their classic yellow mustard with a hint of cayenne pepper) my pimped potato salad happened.
Now, I'm not a fan of mild cheese, I much prefer extra matured Cheddar, but Red Leicester has a place here as it adds colour which can only be a good thing. That said, cheese in my opinion is always a good thing so why not add it to potato salad!

Simple to make in just minutes and perfect outdoor eating; great for picnics or as a side for BBQ's.  Or indeed whenever you feel the need for potato salad!


ALDI Turns 25 - Celebrate with Shooting Star Cocktail

Aldi supermarket chain has created four lovely cocktails to celebrate their 25th Anniversary in style! 

I must say I'm a big fan of Aldi's fruit and veg; they really are loads cheaper and excellent quality too.  Last year I took it upon myself to do a quick post about how to save money on supermarket shopping showing how much I saved compared to the same shop in one of the larger and very well known supermarkets.        

Back to the celebrations;  Aldi very kindly sent me a hamper with the ingredients to create their cocktail named Shooting Star - Vodka and fruit juice create the perfect base for a cocktail, and a dash of Prosecco adds a subtle sparkle.


Coolmovers - Butterfly Lane by KitchenCraft

Somewhere along the line I'm thinking I must have spoken too soon as the weather has cooled down in the past week; but with that said I'm sure there's more nice weather to come to time to start thinking about outdoor eating; actually today is looking good so far.  Picnics, BBQ's, a trip to the beach maybe, or simply just enjoying nice weather by relaxing in your own garden.

KitchenCraft have everything you need for outdoor entertaining and I'm loving their Coolmovers range.  Butterfly Lane is my personal favorite as it's so pretty; I don't normally do pretty but I've fallen in love with this range especially the ultra cute tealight holder.  Available in assorted colours - the tinted glass has an embossed butterfly metal decoration tag and swing handle.

How to Dehydrate Tomatoes using a Dehydrator

Now I've always been curious about dehydrators, I mean do they actually work, do they take forever and ever, to do their stuff,  and more to the point why do I, or anyone else for that matter, actually want or indeed need one?

Tomatoes; oh I do love tomatoes!  With a dehydrator you can preserve your tomatoes so they're ready to add to recipes as and when you want them.  As long as your jars are sterilised then I'm sure they can be stored in small kilner jars in olive oil.  I must say I was really impressed that the tomatoes kept their colour when dehydrated, in fact they turned to an even deeper red; no PhotoShop doctoring used in any of these photos apart to resize.  So yes dehydrators do work!

Giveaway Bitter - Recipe Book

Another lovely book published by Jacqui Small titled Bitter written by Jennifer McLagan; exploring the complex world of this under-appreciated flavour, Bitter takes readers on a journey through the spectrum of bitterness, using ingredients such as grapefruit and citrus zests, chicory, chocolate, beer and tobacco.  

The book is divided into different categories such as greens, liquids, vegetables and fruits and also looks at surprisingly bitter, dark and very bitter foods; what do coffee, IPA beer, dark chocolate, and radicchio all have in common?  They’re bitter.

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