Roasted chicken thighs with lemon and wine

 This is a delicious and easy dinner to make and is brilliant after work as it’s so simple to do after a long day.

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I used Lindeman’s Sauvignon Blanc in the dinner and had a glass of when it was served.

Serves 6

-6 chicken thighs
-2 lemons
-250ml of Lindeman’s Sauvignon Blanc
-a few sprigs of fresh thyme
-4 thickly chopped garlics
-3 tablespoons of olive oil
-1 chicken stock cube
-200ml water

Method
-Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160º fan.
-Place the chicken in the roasting tin.
-Squeeze the lemon juice oven the chicken and add the left over lemon halves to the tin.
-Chop and add the garlic and fresh thyme.
-Dissolve the chicken stock in the water and pour it over the chicken.
-Add the wine and season with a little salt and pepper.
-Roast for 45minutes, giving the mix a shake half way through.
-Serve with couscous or potatoes and salad. I serve with this baby potatoes roasted along side the chicken. Use the left over juice as a delicious gravy.
-Enjoy.

I love this simple supper.

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Personalised Wine Bottles

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There is something fantastic when you have unusual name to get something which is personalised. I love getting things with my name on as it doesn’t happen very much unless I’m making something. The lovely people from  www.personalisedgiftsolutions.co.uk have sent me my very own bottle of wine! It has made me so happy and as I love wine this is a perfect pressie.

Personalised Gift Solutions have an incredible range of items which can be personalised including cheese boards, Disney books, football gifts and so much more. Take a look! It’s nice to see such a range of items which can be made extra special by adding a personalised message or name.

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The red wine costs £16.95 including personalisation and I think it’s a good price for a special occasion. I am going to order one for my friend’s 30th birthday.

The red wine was a good wine with food. It tasted good a bit mixed into a pasta sauce and the rest served with it. It didn’t last long. I have kept the bottle and I’m going to use it as a candle holder. I love the label and it makes me laugh.

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I was given this bottle to review. All opinions are my own.

Gluten Free Raspberry & Chocolate Cake

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I am very lucky that I have friends who can’t eat gluten as it’s given me the opportunity to try lots of different ways to make cakes, meals and treats. Using ground almonds is most certainly a delicious way to make gluten free cakes!

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Ingredients
-200g plain chocolate
-5 large eggs
– 180g unsalted butter
-100g caster sugar
-160g ground almonds
-1 teaspoon of gluten free baking powder
-100g fresh raspberries lightly chopped

Chocolate icing
-250g icing sugar
-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
-2 teaspoon of instant coffee powder
-2 tablespoons of warm milk
-100g unsalted butter room temp/very soft
-100g raspberries for decoration

 Method

-Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160º fan. Line 2 x 20cm/8in cake tins.
-Melt the chocolate and leave to cool. I melt mine gradually 20seconds at a time in the microwave giving it a good stir after each blast. Allow to cool.
-Separate the eggs.
-Whisk the whites until they get to the stiff peak consistency.
-Cream together the butter and sugar.
-Add the egg yolks, ground almonds, baking powder, chopped raspberries and melted chocolate. Give it a good mix.
-Fold in the egg whites and divide the mix between the two tins.
-Bake for 20-25 minutes.
-Leave in the tin to cool for 20 minutes and then remove  and allow to cool completely on a wire wrack.

-To make the buttercream icing sieve the icing sugar into a bowl. In a separate bowl mix the cocoa powder and milk together to make a paste and mix it into the icing sugar with the butter. Beat up until smooth and add a little extra milk if it’s too thick. It should be smooth and easy to spread.
-When the cake is cold use half the mix for the filling and the other half for the top.
-Serve with the extra raspberries and enjoy as soon as possible.

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 Serve in the sunshine!

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Roast Chicken Breasts with Orange

I know it might sound weird to cook chicken in orange juice but it honestly works and is a brilliantly easy dinner to make. Plus the juice makes a wonderful gravy to serve with the chicken.

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Serves 4

Ingredients
-4 chicken breasts
-500ml orange juice
-200ml boiling water
-1 chicken stock cube
-Salt and pepper
-Herbs de Provence
-Fresh parsley

Method
-Preheat the oven to 160ºC.
-Place the chicken breasts in a oven proof tin.
-Pour over the orange juice. Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper and herbs de Provence.
-In a jug dissolve the stock cube in the water. Add it to the chicken and orange juice.
-Cook for at least 60 minutes.
-Serve with a range of roasted vegetables and boiled baby potatoes.
-Enjoy x

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Outlander – Book to TV Show

I do love a good book and Outlander is one that was recommended to me for a while but with other books on my list that I knew more about I kept putting it off. It wasn’t until I saw the first episode of the new TV series and I saw in the credits based on the book I knew I had to get it. The TV series is a brilliant adaptation of the book and it’s not often that a book lover can say that! It is so satisfying to see a book you love accurately portrayed well. The TV show have added some extra scenes but they work perfectly with the story. For example the book is written from Claire’s point of view but in the series some scenes are shot to show what the others are doing but this doesn’t happen a lot. The TV show really honours the book and doesn’t hold back on any of the darker areas.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon has been a roaring success as a book since it came out in 1991 selling millions of copies as well as being the first of the Outlander book series. The TV show came out in the States last year and this year in the UK on Amazon Prime Instant Video. I don’t really know why no TV Station here didn’t pick it up as it’s so good and proper quality TV. However if you’ve read the book there are some gory and nasty moments which as bad as they are, are rather important in the story so you couldn’t really ignore them. As much it would be nice to have a story of everyone being happy it’s the ups and downs in the story which makes you fall in love with the characters and eager to know they survive.

The story of Outlander (I’m trying to say this without spoiling it too much) centres around Claire a combat nurse who, with her husband Frank, visits Scotland for a second honeymoon at the end of the Second World War. In Scotland Claire falls back in time to the 18th Century where the times are dangerous and full of adventures. Luckily thanks to her nurse training she becomes useful to the Clan who take her in. She meets a highlander called Jamie and a romance kicks in. There is romance, adventure, battles, history and a bit sci-fi. Plus in the TV show amazing costumes. Take a look at the series trailer if you are intrigued.

I think the reason I love Outlander so much is Claire. She is a very opinionated modern woman even for the 1940s and that doesn’t bode well when in the past where she clashes with a lot of the men but always stands her ground, sometimes getting herself in trouble over it. I love her strength and it’s great to read and watch a strong woman in a man’s world.

I’ve always loved tartans and big dresses so this worked for me! Here is the main character Claire in her 18th Century gorgeous dress and wrap.

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Since watching the first episode I wanted to dress up. The 1940s outfits to the corset/bodices of the past were all stunning. Brilliant styling involved in the TV show. I wanted to incorporate something Outlander to my wardrobe and after ruling out the big dresses (I was totally born at the wrong time) I decided that something which gave my outfit a hint of tartan was the way to go. I settled on a shawl got this gorgeous contemporary tartan one from www.tartanblanketco.com . Check out their enormous range of shawl and blankets. The choice of colours is incredible!

There are so many tartans in the world and this is a lovely one. The warm colours are bright but still lovely pastel shades which work so well together. This shawl is the Antique Buchanan Lambswool Shawl. www.tartanblanketco.com/ladies-antique-buchanan-lambswool-shawl

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As you can imagine for a show set in Scotland there is a lot of tartan and a lot of wraps for the women so a shawl was a good way to include something Outlander inspired into the wardrobe.

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I love the colours of the shawl it’s lambswool and is so warm and brilliant for spring weather. It works as a shawl over a dress for an event but also for work with a smart shirt and also jeans a t-shirt. Who knew a shawl was so multi purpose! I love how wide the shawl is too. The shawl measures roughly 74cm by 168cm and is woven for 100% lambswool. It’s so soft and lovely against the skin. No itchy wool here!

Such gorgeous colours. I love this shawl.

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I really love the way Claire’s shawl (I think is fabric from Jamie’s full kilt) is held on by a belt. It makes it slightly more modern and rather nice I think. It could easily be an interesting winter coat from Boden.

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I thought I’d try the look with the shawl and it worked really well. It’s a nice length so you can hold it in place with a belt and not have it dragging or getting in the way. This is me ready for a walk on Wimbledon Common last weekend. It was nice to not have it flapping everywhere in the wind and being hands free. The shawl is a bit longer than it looks in the photo but I bunched it up a bit at the back. The shawl was so warm after a long walk I was very toasty!

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The Outlander season 1 finale in on Amazon Prime Instant Video on Sunday! I can’t believe it’s nearly over. Thank goodness they’ve started filming season 2. The final looks like it’s going to be very dark! Spoilers galore if you watch this promo for the final episode.

If you love Outlander for Jamie – I can see why :p

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All the Outlander photographs belong to Starz.

Tea-amisu Recipe

I do love a cup of tea and I wanted to see how it would work in a traditionally coffee based pudding – the tiramisu. It turns out that it works very well indeed. What is more interesting is how the tea and chocolate flavours work together. I am going to have experiment further with those later but for now here is my Tea-amisu! I do like a good food based pun.

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Ingredients

-3 Earl Grey tea bags
-250g marscapone
-100g caster sugar
-4 medium eggs
-200g sponge fingers
-100g grated chocolate

Method

-Make a cup of tea with 3 earl grey tea bags. I know it sounds a lot but you want the Earl Grey to be strong enough in the final pudding. Leave to cool.

-Serves the Tea-amisu in teacups with saucers for a very cute way to present it on the dinning table.

-Separate the eggs.
-Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks.
-In a bowl mix together the marscapone, sugar and egg yolks.
-Gently fold in the egg whites. It takes a while but be gentle.
-Dunk the sponge fingers in the cold tea and break up into chunks to make a layer in the tea cup.
-Drizzle an extra taeaspoons of tea over the sponge fingers.
-Smooth over a layer of cream.
-Sprinkle the chocolate over the cream.
-Repeat the sponge fingers, cream and chocolate to make layers.
-Pop in the fridge and leave for at least 1 hour.

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 I loved serving it in cups with saucers. It made it more special and it was so cute on the table in the sunshine. The glass cups worked well so you could see the delicious layers.

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The Coconut Collaborative Snowconut Review

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When given the opportunity to try a frozen dessert I had never tried before I was very excited! Frozen yoghurt is something I had seen in films but didn’t really know you could get it here. The Coconut Collaborative make amazing and delicious goodies from coconut milk so it’s non dairy. I do like non dairy and lactofree products. I don’t have an allergy to milk but my body definitely prefers dairy/lacto free items. It’s also free from soya and gluten! Coconut fat is super-healthy. They are heart healthy, contain zero cholesterol and are low in sugar (win!). Coconut is such a lovely and sunshine filled flavour. It’s sweet and I would describe it as a summer and happiness flavour.

For the gorgeous summer sun they have just launched the Snowcocnut. A frozen coconut milk yoghurt perfect for enjoying in the sunshine!

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Read more about the Coconut Collaborative at www.coconutco.co.uk
Available in Ocado, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s Local and Whole Foods as well as independent retailers nationwide.

Each tub is made with the milk of 2 coconuts, is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Each tub is 100% natural.The flavours you can get are Vanilla and Coconut, Raspberry, Chocolate, Mango.

I was lucky enough to try the mango, coconut & vanilla and the chocolate flavours. They are so good. I can’t express how much I am in love with these delicious frozen yoghurts. The chocolate was the first to be excitedly eaten. It’s so smooth, silky and has a pure taste. The flavour of the chocolate and coconut together works very well and has been made to balance perfectly. It was so delicious – it didn’t last long. A spoonful as pudding without anything else was a treat and with the taste of coconut it seemed rather decadent too.

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The vanilla and coconut flavour was incredible for such a simple flavour combination. This work with any pudding from crumble to ice cream sandwiches. It is so smooth as it melts it’s like luxurious cream. I need to make a crumble or pie to try it with.

The Mango I thought wouldn’t work with the coconut but it really did. It tasted like a summer fruit salad full of sunshine and brilliant on a warm day. The mango taste with the sweet coconut was beautiful. I would expect to taste something like this at a fine restaurant or on holiday somewhere exotic.

Steve Bessant, Co-Founder says, “Finding a sweet treat that’s good for you, but still feels and tastes indulgent, is normally a real challenge. That’s why we’re such fans of the coconut. We’ve harnessed the flavour, as well as the nutritional benefits of the holy drupe, and packed it into one pot, offering people a healthy alternative to everyday ice creams and yoghurts”.

We are lucky to be able to try these frozen yoghurt in the UK. Fingers crossed the weather stays so lovely so we can all enjoy them throughout the summer in the sunshine.

Beetroot, Blueberry and Cranberry Smoothie

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 Ingredients
-2 cooked beetroot

-150g blueberries
-a few mint leaves
-top up with cranberry juice

It also works very well with a little fresh ginger.

Method
-Whizz up in the blender and serve.
-Simple and tasty!

It works rather well with a measure of vodka or gin too.

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I love the flecks of blue from the blueberries.

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

There are few things more delicious than a chocolate beetroot cake so here is the recipe for my latest favourite bake.

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Ingredients
-180g unsalted butter or stork margarine
-180g light brown soft sugar
-80g cocoa powder
-150ml hot water
-120g cooked beetroot
-3 medium eggs
-150g chocolate chips (any will do)
-250g Self raising flour
-half a teaspoon of bicarb of soda

Method

-Preheat the oven to 180º degree (160º fan). Line 2x1lb loaf tins or one 8in round tin.
-Cream together the butter and sugar.
-In a jug mix the cocoa powder and water together to make a smooth paste and leave to cool.
-Grate the beetroot and add it to the sugar/butter mix.
-Add the eggs and mix together.
-Add the chocolate chips.
-Sieve in the flour and bicarb and mix everything together.
-The mix should be smooth and have a medium to thick cakey consistency. If it’s a little thick add some milk.
-Divide the mix into the loaf tins and bake for 25-35 minutes until a cake tester/skewer comes out clean.
-All to cool slightly before serving. It is amazing warm with some cream or ice cream but also tastes great cold with a cup of tea.
-Enjoy x

Such a glorious pink colour before the cocoa mix goes in.

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Before and after the oven – the house smelled so good!

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Warm slices of delicious beetroot and chocolate cake.

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Beetroot, Raspberry and Ginger Smoothie

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I used the large cup on the Nutri Ninja which made 2 large glasses of this delicious smoothie

Ingredients

-2 cooked beetroot
-200g fresh raspberries
-1cm thumb of fresh and peeled ginger
-a few mint leaves
– top up with apple juice

-If you want to make this more of a cocktail add a measure of vodka or gin.
-Or to make it very special top up the drink with Prosecco.

Method

-Whizz it up for 20-30 seconds and serve straight away.

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The colour of the finished smoothie was amazing. Rich and decadent!

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So simple to make and so delicious. Enjoy!

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It’s all about the beet.