Allinson Flour Herb Focaccia

Focaccia is a treat and it’s one that although not the easiest to make it tastes so much better than anything you can buy in a supermarket.
Like bread making it does take a while from beginning to serving with the two proves but it’s really worth it. I really like that it takes a while as it feels very calming to do.

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To make the focaccia I used the Baking Mad recipe here -> www.bakingmad.com/herb-focaccia-recipe

It was a good recipe and the quantities worked well. My only little foible I had was there wasn’t enough olive oil in the dough. I ended up using 5 tablespoons of it instead of the 50ml in the recipe. I think that is just less than double. The finished bread tasted amazing so I think it worked well. As I put more in the dough I didn’t put too much on the top as it went into the oven. Maybe about 4 tablespoons drizzled on top. It sounds a lot but it isn’t too much as the loaf was huge!

Here is the gorgeous little Allinson’s flour gift hamper I received. I can’t wait to use the adorable little loaf pan and the awesome bread knife cutter scraper thing. Yes that is the official name for it. I love Allinson flour it is so fine and really delightful to use.

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I have noticed that when making bread with Allinson flour that I don’t need to add as much water as with regular flour. I guess it’s a finer grain so sticks together a bit quicker.Worth noting before bread making.

Here is my gorgeous focaccia just about to go into the oven. I used fresh thyme and rosemary and then a sprinkle of chunky sea salt, dried oregano and thyme too.

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It was ready to come out of the oven in 28 minutes. It sounded hollow and was this gorgeous colour. The house smelled amazing!

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It’s all about the tasty bread!

Thank you Allinson’s for giving me such a lovely gift hamper and the chance to try a new recipe for something I love.

Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day isn’t far away so I’ve picked out a few of my favourite things I’d love to get for my mum this year.

Mother’s Day cookie pops from Bee’s Bakery at Not on the High Street. 10 for £21. Bee’s Bakery is an incredible bakery and their biscuits are second to none. I have been lucky enough to try their biscuits in the past and wow. I was very sad when I’d eaten them all. A mum with a sweet tooth will love these.

www.notonthehighstreet.com/beesbakery

Mother's day Bees Bakery

The Mug of Motivation by Katie Abey Design £6.50. I love everything that Katie Abey has designed.
She is so talented and by taking a quick look at her Etsy shop your shopping list will be huge!
www.etsy.com/the-mug-of-motivation

Mug of Motivation Katie Abey

You can never go wrong with chocolate and Thornton’s this year has a gorgeous range of goodies including this hamper. A hamper full of chocolate is always a good idea.
 www.blog.thorntons.co.uk/mothers-day-numbers

Thorntons Hamper

For the baking mum’s, this recipe book is so cute and only £10 from paperchase. A lovely way to show how much you love your mum’s cooking.
www.paperchase.co.ukgifts-for-mother-s-day

Paperchase recipe book

This is possibly my most favourite thing I’ve found while searching through Not on the High Street a giant tea cup table/stool!
I really really want one of these for my house. At the higher end of the budget at £159. I think it’s worth saving up for. Yes I have a tea addiction.

www.notonthehighstreet.com/theformemporium/tea-cup-stool

The Form Emporium Tea Cup Stool

This reminded me of my mum so much. We love a good wordy/grammar joke. This lovely card is £2.95.

www.etsy.com/funny-mothers-day-card-autocorrect

Wordplaydesignuk etsy

MOMA Oatie Shakes review

MOMA have bought a brand new selection of oatie shakes in Strawberry & Banana and Mango & Peach.

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The shakes are made from oats, yoghurt and fruit. They are a nice way to start the day but it’s a bit too sweet for me. So instead of drinking ready to go I use it as a base for some smoothie/milkshake drinks. The strawberry and banana is my favourite. The oatie shakes I think would be really good in pancake mix instead of the milk. The little bottles are only £1.89 and I think would make a great start to the day when there isn’t time for breakfast. Plus it counts towards one of your five a day!

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Country Grain Pizza Base Recipe

Friday night is homemade pizza night and my new favourite pizza dough is made with a mix of the Allinson’s Country Grain and regular strong white flour. It has a delicious nuttiness to it and makes pizza even more exciting!

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Allinson’s flours are amazing quality and they have a wonderful taste. I would really recommend them.

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Ingredients – serves 4

- 300g Allinson Country Grain flour
- 100g strong white flour
- half a teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon dried yeast
- 200ml warm water
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Method

- You can do this in a mixer or by hand.
In a mixer add all the dry ingredients to the bowl with the oil and add the water gradually.

- By hand – In a bowl add the flours, salt. yeast and olive oil mix together. Add the water gradually until you form a soft dough, you don’t want a sticky dough.
– When you have formed a dough tip it out on to a work top and knead for 10 minutes with a little extra plain flour until the dough is soft and smooth.
– Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Leave for 1 hour or longer. I tend to make the dough at lunch time and leave it all afternoon.
– When you are ready knock the dough back and divide into four and roll out. Put on a baking or pizza tray. Add the toppings you want and bake for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees until golden brown.

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The pizza base looked so good and smelled brilliant too. The mix of the grains within the dough is a real treat.

Day of the Dead vanilla paste and ginger biscuits

Any excuse to try and play with cookie cutters and stamps and I am there! I bought the fabulous Fred Sweet Spirits set and I love the biscuits they produce. I next want to try them with sugar paste on a cake. I think they would look lovely.

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Lots of happy skulls on the tray ready for the oven.

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The finished cookies ready to enjoy with a cup of tea. You can see they are rather pale but they taste brilliant. This recipe is also brilliant for making biscuits to ice.

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Basic vanilla biscuits recipe
Ingredients

- 200g unsalted butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 400g plain flour

For this recipe I didn’t use the vanilla extract but I used
- 1 teaspoon of Nielsen Massey vanilla paste
- half a teaspoon of ground ginger

Method

- Cream the butter and sugar together.
- Mix in the egg, vanilla and ginger.
- Sieve in the flour and combine into a a dough. Once the dough has pulled together wrap it in cling film and pop it in for 30 minutes.
- Roll out the dough to just shy of a 1cm thickness.
- Cut out the shapes you want and pop the pieces on a greaseproof paper lined baking tray.
- Pop the dough back into the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/160 degrees fan oven.
- Pop the biscuits in the oven for 8-10 minutes until the dough is firm to the touch and just starting to go light brown.
You don’t want them going golden brown or they will dry too hard. You can see how pale the finished biscuits are above.
- Leave to cool on a cooling rack and once cold store in an air tight container.

Happy Baking x

I love the look of the stamp in the dough.

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I used the decorate stamp on the dough first and then use the cutter side to make the shape.

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Vanilla panna cotta with strawberry, blueberry and champagne compote

My latest and most favourite pudding is panna cotta. It’s easy to make and there is a host of brilliant toppings you can use. It’s also brilliant as you can make it in advanced by a few hours or even the day before.

This panna cotta is full of vanilla and served with a strawberry, blueberry and champagne compote.

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You can make the Panna Cotta in the morning before serving it after dinner or make it the night before and leave over night to to set fully.

Panna Cotta Ingredients

- 450ml double cream
- 200ml whole milk
- 100g caster sugar
- 3 gelatine leaves
- 1 vanilla pod split in half with vanilla seeds scraped out

Method

- Put the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water to soften for 5 minutes.
- In a pan on a medium-low heat warm up the cream, milk and caster sugar with the vanilla pod.
- When the cream mix is just starting to bubble turn the heat down to low.
- Squeeze out the water out of the gelatine and add to the cream mix one at a time.
- Add the next when the first has dissolved and keep stirring.
- When all three are dissolved remove from the heat and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
- Pour the creamy mix through a sieve into a bowl to catch the vanilla pieces.
- Spoon the mix into glasses filling three quarters up so there is space for the compote.

The compote you can make 1 hour before you need it or earlier. Make it 30-45 minutes before if you want it still slightly warm. Any less than 30 minutes and the hot fruit will melt the panna cotta back down.

Compote Ingredients

- 300g strawberries
- 100g blueberries
- 60g caster sugar- 100ml champagne
- tiny pinch of cinnamon

Method

- Pop all the ingredients into a pan and put on a medium heat until it start to bubble.
- Turn down to a low heat and allow it to bubble away and thicken slightly.
- When it starting to look a little jammy take off the heat and put in a bowl to cool.
- Spoon the compote over the panna cotta and serve.
- Enjoy!

Recently there have been a leap of cheap Champagne, Cava and Prosecco on sale in supermarkets. It is nice that there is now a medium price for the good bubbly. Tesco have a great range in their shops and spending roughly £20 you can get a good bottle which happens to be a perfect accompaniment to this panna cotta. Plus as you need a little champagne for the compote it’s a perfect excuse to serve the rest of the bubbly with the pudding.

This is a simple, stylish yet very tasty and exciting pudding. It’s great for a special occasions.

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Yummy fruit mushing down into a champagne jam.

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Lushice reviews – very special sorbets

Sorbet is a special treat for me and I usually prefer it to ice cream. It’s very refreshing and usually has a very strong and enjoyable flavour. So when it came to the chance to try a very special sorbet I couldn’t say no.

Lushice www.lushicesorbet.com is a gorgeous mix of sorbet and a touch of alcohol making this a delicious adult treat.

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I was lucky enough to try the Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri and Margarita. They are all amazing! The sorbet is so smooth and has that crisp and iciness that you get with gorgeous sorbet which melts so quickly. The flavours are stunning and rich. You will not be disappointed. The alcohol is definitely there and works so well in the sorbet. If you let it melt it sort of turns into a delicious slushy drink.

My most favourite of the flavours I tried was the Margarita. It was so good! It really was like a frozen margarita. The lime flavour was very strong and I loved it. It was brilliantly like a cocktail and the Tequila was very noticeable but at a perfect ratio to the rest of the flavours. Stunning!

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The Strawberry Daiquiri was gorgeous and would make a fabulous summer pudding. I can’t wait to try this when the sun is shining and it’s nice and warm. The strawberry taste is nice and tastes like fresh strawberries the rum is subtle and makes this a very peaceful and relaxing sorbet.

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The Pina Colada flavour was very tropical and it’s like a holiday in sorbet form! It was very refreshing and satisfying. This is the most pudding like of the three. One spoonful was certainly enough. It was so good.

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These sorbets are very special and getting to try them all was such fun. I am so glad I had the opportunity to try something new. I’m definitely hooked now.

Luchice is £4.99 a tub and available from Ocado, Partridges and Bailey & Sage Wimbledon and Pasrsons Green.
Thank you Lushice for letting me try your super special sorbets.

Blueberry, ginger, Manuka honey and banana milkshake

 It’s all about the afternoon fresh fruit milkshakes in my house. They are brilliant and it’s lovely to feel healthy and full from one drink. They really are a meal in a glass.

 My latest and favourite milkshake is blueberry, ginger, Manuka honey and banana!

I love jam jar with handles for drinks at the moment. They are awesome.

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My secret ingredient for marvellous milkshakes at the moment is Steens Manuka Honey.

Steens Manuka Honey

Steen’s Raw 10+ Manuka Honey is incredibly special and really adds a lovely delicious addition to milkshakes but also to tea and main meals. It is also really nice for colds and flu. It boosts immunity, is antibacterial and helps with digestion. It’s magic! It comes from New Zealand and Steens have over 10,000 behives in the wilderness. I think the bees must be very happy as their honey is so tasty. It works very well in yoghurt, porridge or just over fresh fruit. Don’t share it with your family or you will be fighting them for it.

Ingredients

- 2 banana
- 150g blueberries
- 1cm thumb of ginger peeled
- 2 teaspoons of raw Steens Raw 10+ Manuka Honey
- top up with milk or lactofree milk (my favourite)

- Pop all the ingredients in a blender.
– Top up the max fill line with milk.
- Whizz up and enjoy straight away.

It’s so simple and feels so fresh and healthy. Brilliant for fighting of colds, tasty and filling. What more could you want!

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yum yum yum!

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 Steens Manuka honey is available Ocado, Waitrose and Harrods.
Thank you Steens for sending me the honey to try. I am converted!
All opinions and recipe are my own.

Mexican Steak Fajitas with red onion and sweet baby peppers

I love fajitas so much and they are a brilliantly quick dinner and this really packs a punch with flavour. I used the #productoftheyear Knorr flavours pots for this meal. I used the Mexican and mixed herb flavour pot. They compliment each other really well with the beef and with a glug of white wine or apple juice it makes a lovely sauce without needing anything else. It takes less than 10 minutes to cook so it’s a lovely fast meal.

The steak, onion and peppers looks wonderful.

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I sliced up beef steak into long slivers and rubbed them with olive oil and the flavour pots. I put it in the fridge for a few hours. I’ve made this dinner with the meat only being in the flavours for 5 minutes and it works both ways.

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I love red onions and sweet baby peppers.  Delicious!

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Serves 4

Ingredients

- Steak enough 4
- 1 large red onion
- 4 baby sweet peppers
- 1 Knorr Mexican flavour pot
- 1 Knorr Mixed Herbs flavour pot
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- good glug of white wine or apple juice

Serve it with
- tortillas
- red chilli (if you want it extra spicy)
- salad
- Tex mex dip selection

Method

- Take the beef and slice up into thin pieces.
- Add the flavour pots to a bowl with the oil and make a paste. Add the beef and stir it in to coat the beef.
- Slice up the red onion, chilli and peppers thinly.
- Heat up a frying pan, you won’t need to add any oil to the pan as the oil is on the beef.-Pop the beef, onion, pepper and chilli into the pan and cook on a medium heat until the beef is cooked
- Add a glug of white wine or apple and stir in and bring them to a simmer.
- Take off the heat, pop it on a bowl and serve.

Serve it with a warm tortillas, salad, tex mex and some more fresh chilli if you want it really spicy.

Delicious. I’m making this for dinner again tonight x

The Wrapper from Re-Wrap-It Review

The Wrapper from re-wrap-it www.re-wrap-it.co.uk is a lovely new product perfect for wrapping your sandwiches up to take out and it keeps them fresh too. It’s reusable and easily cleanable. The wrapper unfolds so it works perfectly as a mini picnic blanket for when you’re out of the house. It also works really well if you are eating at your desk as it’s large enough to cover the keyboard and stop crumbs going everywhere. Plus it’s so cute so it will bring out a smile when you use it.

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It is made of fabric and has a plastic lining which helps keep the sandwich fresh. It is a great size for different size sandwiches and the big piece of Velcro really helps keep the sandwiches tightly bound. I can’t wait to use this for picnics this summer.

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It’s so easy to wrap up!

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Here is a close up of the fabric and lining. I love that lining is clear so the gorgeous fabric is really shown off . It’s so cheery and really lovely to use.

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The Wrappers cost £5.50 each and are a brilliant way to reduce using plastic sandwich bags. They come in many different fabrics including stars, polka dots, flowers and many many more . The wrappers are really easy to wipe clean and it’s a lovely thing to have for my sandwiches. Get yours from www.re-wrap-it.co.uk now!

I was sent the wrapper to review. All opinions are my own.