Knorr Flavour Pots

I love these flavour pots from Knorr!
They are so simple to use and have a great taste which really enhances meals made with them.

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The flavours available are peppercorn, curry, garlic, chillies and herbs.
My favourites are the garlic and herbs. They are useful in so many things! I always seem to be popping a pot into a dinner recently.

The first one I used was a garlic flavour pot in a pasta sauce. A single pot really boosted the flavour of the simple sauce and improved the lovely garlic taste which would have taken many cloves of garlic to get.

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Although the garlic flavour pot is good the mixed herbs pot I have found I have used most. It works very well in everything including risotto, stews and in gravies and roast dinners.

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These pots are a fabulous little addition in the kitchen and really do provide a tasty boost to meals.

The Knorr pots are only £1.60 for a pack of 4 so it’s a great affordable way to enhance your meals.

Maison Maille Culinary Challenge

#Mailleflavours

I am always up for a challenge and when the opportunity came to enter the Maison Maille culinary challenge, to incorporate one of their products in to a recipe, I had to enter! I decided to use the Maison Maille fresh wholegrain mustard with Chardonnay wine for use in my recipe.

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Here is my entry of the competition – spicy beef stew with mustard baguette dumplings.

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The mustard is available on the Maille website here
www.maille.co.uk/condiments-sauces/wholegrain-mustard-with-chardonnay-wine

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

- 1 onion
- 3-4 shallots
- fresh chilli to taste
- stewing beef about 450g
- 2 parsnips
- 2 carrots
- Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pint of beef stock
- 2 tins of tomatoes
- splash of red wine
- 1 teaspoon of mustard Maison Maille fresh wholegrain mustard
- 1 teaspoon of dried or fresh thyme
- 1 baguette
- Maison Maille fresh wholegrain mustard for the baguette.

Method

- Preheat the oven to 140-150 degrees.
- Chop the onions, shallots and chilli and soften with a splash of oil in a oven proof casserole dish on the hob.
- When the onions are soft add the beef and lightly brown off.
- Peel and chop the carrots and parsnips and add to the onions and beef. Soft for 5 minutes
- Add the stock, tomatoes, teaspoon of mustard and the splash of Worcestershire Sauce and wine. Season with salt and pepper and the dried thyme.
- Stir everything together and pop in the oven for 1h30 minutes.
- After 1h30 slice the baguette into good chunks about 2 inches wide. Coat one side of the baguette with wholegrain mustard.
- Pop into the baguette pieces into the stew – don’t push them down too far as you don’t want the pieces soggy.
- Cook the stew with the baguette in for 30 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy.

I love a beef stew and these are the ingredients I started with.

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Chunky bits of baguette ready to be covered with the Maille wholegrain mustard.

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The amount of mustard you put on it to taste. This wholegrain mustard with the Chardonnay wine is sweet and not too strong so more was certainly better.

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The baguette on top of the stew ready to serve. The bottom half of the baguette will be full of the juice of the stew.

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I hope you like my beef stew with mustard baguette dumplings.

Easter Chocolate Mini Egg Cookies

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Chocolate cookies are great especially with extra chocolate on top! To give the cookies an Easter twist I’ve added mini eggs. I am a bit of a mini egg fan. A lot to be honest.

This is my entry for Choc Log Blog’s We Should Cocoa Easter special. If you love chocolate check out this amazing chocolate filled blog. www.choclogblog.blogspot.co.uk

Ingredients
100g unsalted butter, soft at room temperature
100g light brown soft sugar
100g caster sugar
1 medium egg
200g self-raising flour
40g cocoa powder
Tiny pinch of sal
Mini Eggs as many as you like. I found 1 bag was enough if you put 3 on each.

1. Line a few trays with baking paper. I use 3 for this recipe as the cookies spread a lot.
2. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and stir in well.
4. Sieve in the flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix into a dough.
5. Pop in the fridge for 1 hour.

7. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
8. Remove from fridge and take a heaped tablespoon for each cookie. Roll into a ball and stud with the mini eggs.
9. Bake for 10-12 mins until the cookies are firm to the touch on the edges and still soft in the centre.
10. Leave to cool slightly before enjoying.

Maybe too many eggs on this cookie…

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Cookies!

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Super Berries from The English Tea Shop Review

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After being unwell for a few weeks I’m finally back drinking tea and oh boy have I missed it!

My first tea was the Super Berries tea by the English Tea Shop. I’ve had mixed results with fruit tea in the past. A lot of them can smell great but have no taste. I was really surprised at how strong the taste was for this tea. It tastes like fruit punch and I think it would make a lovely ice tea in summer with some fizzy water and fresh strawberries.

The smell is lovely and is calming as is the tea. It’s soft but tasty.

This flavour certainly suits a nice sunny day especially when you can drink it in the sun! I need to order some more to enjoy. This is a lovely tea!

Easter at Aldi – Easter Cocktails

 This year Aldi have a fabulous and delicious Easter range of drinks, treats and cocktails essentials.

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I was so excited to receive this hamper from Aldi www.aldi.co.uk as it’s the first hamper I’ve ever had! I can see many hampers in my future. I don’t know why lovely things in a wicker basket are so much nicer than a regular box.

There were a lot of lovely items including dark rum, coconut flavoured rum, pinot noir, cider, white chocolate bar, cocktail shaker, cocktail glasses and a gorgeous chocolate rabbit. The wine we are going to save for Easter dinner as it’s a special bottle and I know (having had the same wine from Aldi before) it s a lovely one.All these items are available to buy individually at Aldi.

Looking at all the lovely bottles it was clear that this collection of goodies were made for cocktails.

I do love a cocktail but have never made any myself as they always seemed very complicated. I was surprised just how easy this cocktail was to make.

Now I have all the essentials of cocktail making- the gorgeous cocktail shaker and glasses – it was time to try cocktail making! I felt like a mad professor with all the ingredients and measuring it all out using the cocktail shaker lid. The recipe called for 2 fluid ounces of the ingredients as I don’t have a small enough measure for 2 fluid ounces but I worked out the lid of the cocktail shaker could take 3 fluid ounces. Using that as a measure I filled it just over half for 2 ounces.

As it’s time for Easter I thought trying a cocktail with chocolate in would be a good idea. I did some research I had no idea there were so many different cocktails in the world! Here is what I made – Easter Chocolate Cocktails!

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These cocktails are very rich and thick and would make great puddings.

The first time I made them we used an egg white but when I was refining the recipe I left it out and it was better. To make it a little more special as a pudding we added Chantilly cream and shaved milk chocolate on top as a decoration. I didn’t get a chance to photograph the cream on top as the cocktails were tucked into very quickly by family members desperate to have a taste.

Here is what I started with the first time I made it.

The items from Aldi included the two types of rum – the clear rum has a lovely coconut flavour which worked with the chocolate oh so well! Imagine a bounty chocolate bar in a drink/pudding form. What a beauty!

For the chocolate shavings I used the rabbit chocolate and had to grate the chocolate off. It felt very barbaric doing it to a rabbit shaped chocolate.

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Recipe – makes 2 cocktails

Ingredients

2 ounces of dark rum
2 ounces of coconut flavoured Caribbean white rum
2 ounces of single cream
2 ice cubes
2 tablespoon of dark rum to float (1 tablespoon per cocktail)
Half a teaspoon of cocoa powder

Chantilly cream
Milk chocolate grated/shaved as decoration

Method

- Add the white rum, dark rum, cream and ice to the cocktail shaker and shake well. (I always start dancing while doing this).
- Pour the drink into the glasses.
- Add 1 tablespoon of dark rum on top it should float on top.
- Sprinkle the cocoa powder on top.

- To make it more of a pudding don’t add the cocoa powder yet and add the Chantilly cream on top.
- Sprinkle the cocoa powder on and then decorate with the chocolate shavings.

Happy cocktail time!

All items are available from Aldi www.aldi.co.uk

Nutella and Banana Chocolate Cookies

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I love nutella and banana slices on toast and wanted to turn that love of chocolate into a cookie.
I think that these have to be the best cookies I’ve ever made!
My family loved them and they disappeared very quickly.

Ingredients
100g unsalted butter, soft at room temperature
100g light brown soft sugar
100g caster sugar
1 medium egg
200g self-raising flour
20g cocoa powder (40g works well too if you want a more cocoa cookie)
Tiny pinch of salt
A jar of nutella – 1 teaspoon per tablespoon of cookie
1 large banana into slices and then cut in half again

1. Line a few trays with baking paper. I use 3 for this recipe as the cookies spread a lot.
2. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and stir in well.
4. Sieve in the flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix into a dough.
5. Pop in the fridge for 1 hour.

7. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
8. Remove from fridge and take a heaped tablespoon for each cookie. Roll into a ball and flatten into a disc. Put a heaped teaspoon of nutella in the centre of the disc and the banana (I put 4 pieces in). Roll the cookie back into a ball by pulling the sides in. Put on a baking tray, leaving a good distance between them as they will spread.
9. Bake for 10-12 mins until the cookies are firm to the touch on the edges and still soft in the centre.
10. Leave to cool slightly before enjoying.

Here is the nutella and banana in the cookie disc before rolling into a ball.

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Gooey centre cookies are the best!

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Banana and Chocolate Loaf with extra chocolate chips

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Banana chocolate loaf is easily one of my most favourite things to make as it’s so easy and then so tasty.
The last time I tried it I decided to add some extra chocolate chips because some is good, more must be better right?

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This time I added a mix of dark, milk and white chocolate chips in and it was divine!

Ingredients

120g butter
180g unrefined soft brown sugar = light muscovado or light brown sugar
2 large eggs
280g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
tiny pinch of salt
125ml milk
3 medium sized bananas
1tsp vanilla extract
50g milk chocolate chips
50g white chocolate chips
50g dark chocolate chips

Method

- This can be made by hand or in a mixer.

- Heat oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.

- Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well. Sift in the flour with the bicarbonate of soda and salt, and mix. Add in the milk, vanilla, then the remaining flour and chocolate chips.

- Cut up the bananas in to small chunks (or mash them up) and then fold them in to the mixture.

- Fill the loaf tin with the mixture and bake for around 55-60 minutes until golden brown and until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cover the top with foil if it starts to brown too quickly.

- Allow to cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes before turning out. To serve, cut into thick slices and serve warm or at room temperature.

Earl Grey Tea from The English Tea Shop Review

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It’s time for a cup of my most favourite tea – Earl Grey.
I brewed it for 3-4 minutes but I think 2 minutes more would have been a bit better an really enhanced the taste.

I tried the tea without milk and with a little milk to see how it tastes. It tasted much better without the milk. It is a much lighter than regular Earl Grey and with the milk the taste just disappeared.

This isn’t the strongest Earl Grey tea flavour but it was a nice mellow and satisfying taste which was very enjoyable and I could drink a lot of. It would be a great introduction to Earl Grey tea and would go very well with a piece of a Victoria Sponge cake.

This tea has a good after taste which lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. Endless to say I drank it too quickly and was sad it had gone when I reached the bottom of the cup.

Check out the full range of teas from The English Tea Shop at www.etsteas.co.uk

Easter Bunny Treats

I love Easter.

One of my fondest memories is being with my dad as he blew out the yolk and egg white from eggs so they would be hollow and I could paint them with my mum. Of course as I got older we bought cardboard ones which were far less fragile and reusable. I loved making decorations each year and I have to admit I still do! Except now I like to make and sew little gingham decorations for the Easter Sunday dinner table.

I’ve been looking around and I have found some fabulous cute bunny items for Easter this year. Here are a few of my favourites.

The cutest hare (I was corrected when I called it a rabbit) brooch from All My Little Things
www.etsy.com/uk/shop/allmylittlethings

All my little things Easter

I can’t work out if these marshmallow bunny tails from Marks and Spencer’s are cute or a little barbaric.

bunny tails M&S

 I love this rabbit cushion from Debenhams . It’s modern but not too Easter centric so could be used all year round.

Debenhams rabbit cushion

A very cute addition to Easter this year has to be this gorgeous Jelly Cat rabbit with patchwork ears from John Lewis. I want a cuddle!

Easter bunny John Lewis

I think my inner child makes me buy stickers.
I absolutely love these Easter chick stickers from paperchase. They are so cute and happy.

Easter stickers paperchase

I had to include this great box from paperchase too as it has a rabbit wearing a bandana on!

Paperchase easter

 I’d be a very happy bunny to have these lovely things.

English Breakfast Tea from the English Tea Shop – Review

Sew White English Tea Shop Tea reviewIt’s time for the English Breakfast Tea from the English Tea Shop

For a lovely start to the day I had the English Breakfast tea from the English Tea Shop.

I brewed the tea for 4-5 mins and added a little milk.
Even before the milk the tea didn’t have a very strong smell like other teas but the taste made up for that.
The English Breakfast tea had a medium taste as I drank it but it got stronger after taste of tea. This was lovely.
Although the flvaour wasn’t very strong as I usually like my tea but the medium light flavour was perfect for starting the day as it was very refreshing. It was springlike and had a clean taste.

I think the words I would use to describe it perfectly are bright and light.