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Month: February 2014

Judges – Kitchen Textiles

Judges – Kitchen Textiles

I have been trying to update my kitchen essentials to red and I was very happy to be sent the new range of Judge Cookware oven gloves and pot holders.  They come in a variety of colours and the red is really vibrant and looks […]

A Blogger’s Day Off

A Blogger’s Day Off

Sometimes food bloggers want a day off and the aim is to just have a quick meal, no photos or recipes to try to get. That was  the plan recently when I was having a day out with my family for my granddaughter’s birthday. I can […]

Hiding Antioxidants – in Cake!

Hiding Antioxidants – in Cake!

I felt a little mischievous the other afternoon.  A friend of mine had been to the States and she brought me back a couple of cake mixes.  Plus I was wanting to try adding some Matcha green tea to a cake so guess what?? …. that’s right!

I combined the dry cake mix with 1.5 tsp of the Matcha green tea. The tea is known to have amazing anti-oxidants properties (A post about the Matcha tea will follow soon).

Added 3 large eggs, 1 cup water and 1/3 cup vegetable oil. Pour evenly into two ready greased 8″ cake pans and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Leave to cool in the pans for about 5 minutes then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.

To ice the cake I mixed 250gm unsalted butter (softened at room temperature) with 500gm sifted icing sugar and 1.5 tsp Matcha green tea powder.  When thoroughly mixed I added 2 Tablespoons marcapone cheese and mixed in.

I was surprised at the dullness of the colour of the finished cake and icing as the green tea powder is such a bright green!

 
What is certain is the girls I work with really loved the taste, subtle banana with a background flavour no one was able to identify! Shall I tell them or not?
 
 

Tales of the Underground – Underground Cookery School!

Tales of the Underground – Underground Cookery School!

I was invited to the Underground Cookery School in London to preview their cooking school along with 19 other bloggers and asked only that if we liked the evening we share it. The cooking school is run by Mat Kemp since 2003, a few minutes walk from Old […]

How to make American Inspired Rice Pudding

How to make American Inspired Rice Pudding

There are two things I have been meaning to do lately. 1) Make my American inspired rice pudding and 2) use up a container of Almond Milk I had in the cupboard. Lightbulb moment *Make rice pudding with the Amond Milk!* I remember the rice […]

Asda Present a Great Valentine’s Meal

Asda Present a Great Valentine’s Meal

Mr R and I don’t usually go out for a meal or other celebration on Valentine’s Day but prefer instead to stay at home and have a meal together and a nice bottle of wine.

I am however a bit of an occasion person at heart and usually make a bit of a fuss for Mr R and when my children were little, for them too.  I would make each of the children a pink heart shapped cake to take to school and share with their teacher and fellow pupils. They would have their sandwiches cut with a heart cookie cutter and anything else that was appropriate for a school lunch would also be heart shaped on the day.

Present day and Mr R will have his sandwiches made for him in the heart shape and his toast will be sliced and ready with a message imprinted on it, wrapped and placed by the toaster for a morning surprise!

Asda asked me to try their Valentine’s Meal Deal and I was very happy to do so.

To start with you get to pick from a wide selection to include two side dishes, one main and one pudding all for £10.00.

I did think some of the portions were quite small and we love boulangere potatoes so I had two of the same for my sides,

and very lovely looking rump steaks for main course.  I made a green salad to with the meal.

The steak was lovely and tender with loads of taste.

Picking the pudding was difficult, there were some really good one to pick from but went in the end for the Melting Red Velvet Moments.

 

These little pudding get warmed in the microwave for 20 seconds and when cut into a gooey chocolatey sauce oozes from the middle.  Served with a great vanilla ice-cream and it was heavenly!

 

 

I received a voucher from Asda to purchase their Valentine Meal Deal and did not receive any payment to write this post.  All images and opinions are my own.

 
Cook – frozen ready meals just like you made them!

Cook – frozen ready meals just like you made them!

I have recently been sent a range of ready made, frozen food from Cook.  They have been providing meals using the same techniques and ingredients as you would use at home since 1997 and the founders Edward and Dale love to hear your feedback and […]

Treat Your Valentine with Aldi

Treat Your Valentine with Aldi

Aldi have a little booklet of special buys each week. The current issue has some suggestions for putting together a romantic and tasty meal to treat your Valentine.  The magazine has several starter and main course combinations to pick such as Breaded Garlic Mushrooms, Scottish […]

Thomas Tucker Popcorn Review

Thomas Tucker Popcorn Review

“We are not the biggest producers of popcorn in the world but we believe we are The Best.” This is the testimonial you will find on the back of Thomas Tucker Popcorn.

Vue Cinemas have introduced Thomas Tucker to the snack range on offer to buy before the film available at select cinemas  as a trial.
I was sent a selection and I will say I was very impressed. For me popcorn is a food group you should eat from weekly and it also has to be savoury!!  That meant my flavour of choice was the Smoked Cheese flavour. 

It was lovely and light and very fresh (some brands always taste stale to me), there were no artificial colours or flavours and are suitable for vegetarians.

Popcorn has been a passion for Thomas Tucker since 1988 (25 years ago) and is made with love and care by their Specialist Popcorn Chefs!
If you love popcorn you can try this one or the sweet flavours of Fruits of the a Forest and Coconut Toffee.

I was sent a selection of Thomas Tucker popcorn and was not paid to review them. All opinions are my own.

A Real Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A Real Grilled Cheese Sandwich

When I was growing up we would have a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, a few ‘potato chips’ (or crisps as I now call them) and a cold glass of milk. We didn’t have fancy sandwich makers or grill machines just a frying pan.  Sometimes […]