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Food & Drink

Smoothies for Breakfast: Recipe Ideas Wanted

I’ve had my Breville Blend-Active for a little while now, a couple of months perhaps, and I love it. I bought it after seeing lots of the people I follow on twitter and instagram using them and I was a bit jealous of how healthy they were being. It cost me £20 from Asda and

A Mini Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving, an old and traditional holiday and festival over in the USA, is one that has always fascinated me. The idea of openly being thankful for what you have by sharing a celebration meal with your family and friends really appeals. With Black Friday slowly becoming part of the English shopping calendar thanks to large retailers such as

Review: Gousto #2

I tried Gousto a while ago when the recipe box delivery service was first introduced, and liked it. Having made some changes to their offering in the last few weeks I was given the opportuity to try the company out again. If you follow me on twitter or facebook then you’ll have already seen some

Testing out Quark Cooking Sauces

Life has got the better of me recently. I’ve been super busy every day for a good few weeks with not enough time for meal planning and cooking properly. This makes me very susceptible to ideas from companies like the Lake District Dairy Co., who offer products that turn what could have been an orange food night due

Giveaway: Mini Nibs Snacks

When you go to a friend’s house for a Clothes Swish, what snacks to you take to share? (If you’re wondering, a Swish is a clothes swapping party – the lovely Michelle started running them when I had a hand in challenging her to go a full year without buying any new clothes. They’re great fun!) The last time I

Getting Enough Oily Fish – British Trout

Eating a couple of portions of oily fish per week is a well-recognised requirement of healthy diet. Oily fish provides our bodies with important fats and nutrients that keep our bones and joints working properly. When I think of oily fish I tend to gravitate towards salmon and tuna, but have recently been encouraged to

Review: Currizza (Indian Flatbread Pizza)

Ever struggle to decide between curry and pizza for your Saturday night takeaway? Thanks to Curry Dave you no longer have to make that difficult decision. Their new Indian flatbread pizzas offer the flavours of popular currys.  Each pizza has a naan bread base with curry sauce and other toppings along with grated mozzerella. There are currently four flavours – Chicken Madras, Chicken Tikka

Review: Grill Chef by Landmann Gas Barbecue from Asda

My new barbecue arrived last week. The website did say that assembly would be required, but when I opened the box containing our new gas barbecue the other day I was not quite prepared for what I saw. Lots (and lots) of little bits – gas burners, hoses, igniters, grill trays, legs, wheels, uprights, a regulator,

Review: SIGG VIVA

A little while ago now SIGG changed me. Just a little bit. By introducing me to their “Ditch the Plastic” campaign they encouraged me to stop buying single-use plastic bottles of water in favour of carrying around one of their reusable aluminium bottles. Such a simple thing but something that makes an actual difference to

Recipe: Cauliflower Rice… “Caulirice”

After the success of Courgetti, a vegetable alternative to pasta that has become a regular feature of mealtimes in our house, this week I decided to try another similar alternative. Cauliflower rice – or “caulirice” – is a low calorie and gluten free alternative to rice that can be used to accompany meals wherever you

Branded vs Supermaket Own Lasagne Part 2

I do like a good lasagne. It’s probably a good job as this is the second one I’ve made within ten days – all in the name of blogging, of course, I am normally much better at meal planning than this! This is the second of two posts (you can read the first one here)

Branded vs Supermaket Own Lasagne

This is the first of two posts exploring the age-old question of whether expensive brands are worth the extra money over supermarket own products. I have been asked by Debt Free Direct to take part in their campaign to help our money go a little further, by experimenting with a meal that I like to

Making Mini Doughnuts

One thing I wanted to try in 2014 was making my own mini doughnuts, Homer Simpson style, you know – with pink icing and sprinkles. I received a mini doughnut tray for Christmas which meant I could bake me some doughnuts instead of deep frying them (in the interests of my health!), and so the

Review: TeaVivre Black Teas

There is simply nothing nicer than sitting down in your own living room, putting your feet up, and sipping your way through a pot of freshly brewed tea.  TeaVivre is a group of tea lovers from China, Canada and France, who all share a passion for drinking great tea and appreciate the healthy life style it

Review: Pluck

Meet Pluck. Pluck is magical. Pluck will make your kitchen life so much easier. At least that’s what it says on the packet! This strange looking kitchen gadget is an egg separator. It is incredibly simple to use – crack your egg into a bowl, position Pluck over the yolk, squeeze and then release to