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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

Review: Old El Paso Casserole Mixes

There are two categories of “easy dinners”. The first are dinners that take up to 30 minutes to prepare and cook so you are eating in no time. The other are meals that take a few minutes to prepare and then sit in the oven (or slow cooker) for a few hours while you go

Review: Maple Syrup for Breakfast

What do you eat for a breakfast treat? I am rather fond of pancakes with maple syrup… rather indulgent but oh so lovely. “Master Syrupeers” Clarks sent me a couple of bottles of their Maple Syrup to try out, telling me that it might not be as bad for me as I might believe. I

Review: Ice Cream in Winter

Do you eat ice cream in winter? I certainly do. Even on the coldest and most miserable days of winter I can find a use for a nice ice cream. My vanilla of choice for the freezer at home is this – Kelly’s Cornish Ice Cream. Kelly’s Vanilla sits nicely in the middle of the

Review: FruitBroo Hot Drinks

Ever get fed up of drinking tea? No, me neither, but it’s always good to have an alternative! There is always one of a huge number of herbal or fruit teas to choose from, of course, but as you well know I am really not a big fan of those as they never taste like

Recipe: Chicken and Chorizo Rice Bowl

This is a very simple recipe ideal for mid-week and when you might have left overs hanging about. It’s a “dry” rice dish (unlike risotto which is often quite wet) that uses the paprika oil that comes from cooking chorizo to moisten the food. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and cook, and

Review: Giovanni Rana Pasta

At this time of year, or actually at any time of year, it is vital for us to have some incredibly quick meal options available to us so we can eat something between work and whatever else we are doing in the evening. Filled pasta is one of those super fast but tasty and light

Review: Soreen Festive Loaf

It’s now December so I think it’s ok to start writing properly Christmassy blog posts (some gift ideas may have already snuck in!), and I’m going to start with something new from Soreen for this Christmas time. This is the Soreen Festive Loaf (sans packaging – this is how mine arrived). As someone who loves

Perfect Poached Eggs – thanks to Cling Film

Ever struggle to make the perfect poached eggs? For some reason they are notoriously difficult to get right – knowing when the white is cooked and the yolk is joyously runny but hot is not very easy at all. Well not for me anyway. Then last weekend LincsGeek set me a little cooking challenge… he

Review: Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations Cola Pretzel Honeycomb

Is this the strangest Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations creation yet? It’s the one with Cola, Pretzel and Honeycomb. I bought some a little bit ago to share with LincsGeek. Sharing a big bar of Marvellous Creations, with it’s wonky uneven shaped pieces, is actually very difficult. The bar doesn’t break neatly into even strips of chocolate