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Month: October 2015

Its Pumpkin Time! Lets Get Carving

Its Pumpkin Time! Lets Get Carving

It’s that time of the year again, when witches and ghouls come out in the open asking for treats and threatening to trick you if you don’t have anything for them. Many households will have a carved out pumpkin with a light inside outside the […]

Norwegian Escape Inaugural Cruise – And A Reluctant Cruiser!

Norwegian Escape Inaugural Cruise – And A Reluctant Cruiser!

The things I do for you dear reader! Anyone that knows me knows how reluctant I am to travel aboard any size boat or ship! So what possessed me to apply to the Mumsnet panel to review the Norwegian Escape Inaugural Cruise from Southampton – […]

Time to Clean Up – Dyson V6: No strings attached!

Time to Clean Up – Dyson V6: No strings attached!

What was James Dyson thinking when he first bucked the trend and designed a wheelbarrow with a ball instead of a tyre at the front? He wanted to create a product that served it’s purpose better than anything else available.

After the wheelbarrow came the revolutionary vacuum cleaner.

A recent afternoon spent in London and I was introduced to the new Dyson V6 cordless vacuum cleaner. This machine has110 revs per minute and twice the suction!

Mat from Dyson showing us the first Dyson vac motor – not looking too big

however look how small the new V6 motor is!! Hardly any size at all but loads of power.

Because the motor is in the handle all the weight is at that end enabling you to lift the V6 right up to the ceiling to even get those pesky and seasonal spiders.

|At the event cereal, rice and baking powder were sprinkled on a variety of surfaces and vacuumed up using the new Dyson V6 and each time and under each circumstance there was nothing left.

All of the adults loved the new machines however it was obvious it was ‘child’s play’ cleaning up the show room!

Compact and cordless they don’t take up much room and are available when you need them, all ready to go.

I was a guest of Dyson using the opportunity to get to know the new Dyson V6.  All opinions and photos are my own.
Review: Pizza Express Winter Menu

Review: Pizza Express Winter Menu

I always love having a meal at my local Pizza Express. Pizza Express opened it’s first restaurant in 1965 in London’s Soho and have not changed their menu much whilst at the same time have kept it up to date and interesting. The current menu […]

Giveaway: Desert Island Dishes – cookbook

Giveaway: Desert Island Dishes – cookbook

I have an extra copy of this lovely cookbook – a collection of recipes from top chefs celebrating 130 years of Maldon Sea salt. Beautiful photographs Delicious recipes Up to the minute preserves, All make this book into a kitchen shelf ‘must have’.  If you […]

Bonfire Night Chicken and Bacon

Bonfire Night Chicken and Bacon

A great recipe to prepare for Bonfire Night on 5th November is my ‘Bonfire Night Chicken & Bacon’. You can get this into the oven early on serve when everyone comes in from the cold either with rice or jacket potatoes.

Ingredients:
8-10 chicken thighs
14 slice pack of smoked streaky bacon
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 Tbsp tomato ketchup
1.5 tsp Tabasco with chipotle
1/2 – 1 red chili, de-seeded if you want to miminize the heat
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp tomato puree
1 large or 2 medium cloves of garlic, crushed
salt & pepper to taste

Method:
Mix all of the ingredients together except the chick thighs and streaky bacon together and lay on the bottom of a rectangular baking dish.

Place the chicken thighs on top of the tomato + ingredients

and lay the streaky bacon over the whole meat.

Bake in a 180C oven for about 55-60 minutes. Turn the heat up for a final 10 minutes if you need to crisp up the bacon.

Serve with jacket potatoes or basmati rice.

Judge Cookware – Sizzle and Serve Cast Iron

Judge Cookware – Sizzle and Serve Cast Iron

I love cast iron for cooking and if you look after it you will have the pieces for a lifetime. Judge Cookware have come out with a new range of cast iron cookware with a wooden serving base plate that protects your counters and table […]

Food at 52 Cookery School- Meat Free Mondays

Food at 52 Cookery School- Meat Free Mondays

Food at 52, a cookery school that I have attended many times over the last three years or so, have a new course to add to their repertoire – Meat Free Mondays! We are all being encouraged to eat less meat which for many starts […]

Devon: Prestoller House Bed and Breakfast and a Giveaway

Devon: Prestoller House Bed and Breakfast and a Giveaway

Recently a visit to Devon-Dorset borders for a day at River Cottage HQ meant we would book a B&B in the Axminster region and make a three day break.  Mr R had already booked the week off and we were looking forward to exploring a part of the country so far unknown.

We booked a two night stay at Prestoller House Bed & Breakfast in Axminster which was a good 10 minute walk into the town centre and only a 7 minute drive to River Cottage.

When we arrived we were greeted by the owner Caroline, a lovely and enthusiastic woman so proud of her home and wanting us to have a great stay.

Prestoller House have three double bedrooms available year round, one in the main house and two lovely en-suite rooms each with their own entrance. The décor was fresh and cosmopolitan inviting you to linger a little longer, perhaps have a coffee before you set off.

The coffee machines are little Nespresso machines supplied with the pods and if you run out just ask for more or you could always bring some of your own.  Caroline fetched us a bottle of fresh water and a flask of fresh milk for our coffee which was replaced daily.

Adrian, Caroline’s husband, presents you with fresh and warm croissants as you sit down to breakfast with your pot of coffee or tea. All the cereals are there and yoghurt along with a fresh fruit salad prepared daily by Adrian along with locally made jams and marmalades.

The full English breakfast will be cooked to your liking, I like my eggs scrambled however Mr R wants traditional fried eggs. The sausages are local and Adrian has plans of smoking and curing his own bacon in the near future. While you wait for your breakfast a fresh and warm croissant keeps you busy!

While you sit and enjoy your breakfast and perhaps stay for an extra cup of coffee or tea you can look out onto the manicured garden and plan your day.

We felt like we were saying goodbye to long time friends as we drove away.  I would love to go back and explore the Jurassic Coast a bit more and will certainly book in at Prestoller House B&B.

If you would like to stay one night at Prestoller House B&B follow the Rafflecopter instructions and enter the giveaway.  The prize is one night B&B date to be arranged directly with Prestoller House. You will have to arrange with Prestoller House when you can claim your one night stay directly with them, they will contact you if you have won.

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Mexico City: MUCHO Chocolato Museum

Mexico City: MUCHO Chocolato Museum

When I was in Grenada for the 2nd Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival earlier this year I met a lovely woman, Ana Rita, from Mexico City who ran her own museum of chocolate in Mexico City. On my recent trip to Mexico City in August we […]