I am a very British person. And being a very British person, you can take an educated guess that I love tea. Honestly, is there anything better than spending the time to make yourself a perfect cup of tea – knowing that it’s for you and only you. Getting yourself some biscuits to dunk and settling into your favourite chair or your bed, putting on your favourite film or YouTuber and relishing in the fact that this is all for you. Tea is a marvellous thing and although that sounded a bit OTT, that’s genuinely how I feel sometimes when I make myself a cup of tea!
Getting together with friends or family for whatever reason is always fun. Even just hanging out at home, playing board games or watching the latest football match or Formula 1 race and I find food can play a huge role in bringing people together, breaking the ice, having something to mingle over and talk about. My boyfriend and I often hang out with another couple and have games nights and we share the responsibility of food. The first time, I made loads of food and put on a spread. The second time, they ordered us all pizza. The third time, I made them some chocolates truffles and the time after that, they brought round an array of fresh fruit as it was the middle of summer.
Bread is one of those foods that you can spice with just about anything and it will still taste fantastic. From chocolate to cheese, seeds and yes, even vegetables, there are a hundred and one recipes for artisan breads that use fun and healthy ingredients.
I love entering a giveaway or
3 hundred two and I love it even more when I win one! Who doesn’t? I also… love food. So you can imagine my delight when my first giveaway win of 2017 was food can’t you? All in all, 2017 has got off to an alrightttt start. Now I wasn’t asked to write a post or review these products; it is a product review, yes, but of my own accord because I loved them so, so much.
It’s no secret that I love food. All food. Just food. Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie. Sweet or savoury – I just love trying new food and recipes and over the past year or so, my passion for food has grown dramatically as I’ve been experimenting more and more in the kitchen and with different types of food. If an opportunity for my blog ever arises that involves food, I don’t hide my desperation in wanting to be involved. And today… is one of those days. I am trialling and testing Macabella today, a chocolate spread brand that have just launched in the UK. After being Australia’s 2016 product of the year in the spreads category, Macabella are finally in Sainsbury’s. And I’ve been sent some to eat. Yay.
We all love flowers, right? And we definitely all love chocolate. So what about… a chocolate bouquet?! I love supporting small businesses, especially local small businesses owned by people from my own neck-of-the-woods who, like me, work hard on creating and growing a business of their own – whatever it may be. I was in touch with Munch a Bunch, an Essex based small biz who creates gorgeous sweet and chocolate bouquets. And you can imagine my elation when one showed up on my doorstep.
Over the past year or so, I’ve found myself becoming more and more passionate about food, cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. I didn’t quite realise how much of a hobby this would become for me but I’ve very much enjoyed trying new foods and experimenting with new recipes and equipment. I tend to stick to the more savoury side, as that’s what I appear to be a little better at but today, I’m trying my hand at making something completely new: Ice cream.
More and more people are turning to vegetarian food options and using Quorn as a substitute for meat in their meals. Although I’m not a fully fledged veggie, I do immensely enjoy vegetarian meals – including Quorn and try and incorporate them into my diet a few times a week. My main reason for doing so is the vast health benefits from swapping meat for Quorn – even occasionally. It can help lower cholesterol, it is high in fibre, low in fat and sodium. Below I’m sharing a super yummy, low calorie recipe for Quorn chilli which is served with cauliflower rice!
Now, I’m not known for being a particularly good baker. Baking and cooking are two very different things and I tend to get on better with throwing a bunch of ingredients into a slow cooker and whipping up a nice dinner rather than baking cakes but I saw a variation of this recipe on Facebook and as it’s a ‘no-bake’ recipe, I thought ‘ah what could go wrong?’ so I channelled my inner Paul Hollywood and I was pleasantly surprised with the result! I apologise for the lack of photos, as I didn’t realize I’d be doing a post but here’s the recipe to these gorgeous, easy to make little treats!
What you’ll need
2 tbsp olive oil | 1 large onion, chopped | 4 garlic cloves, chopped | 1 yellow, orange and red pepper, chopped | 450g/1lb tomatoes, peeled and chopped | 2 large green chillies, chopped | 1 lime | 2 tbsp. chopped, fresh coriander | 1 bay leaf | 450ml vegetable stock | 450g frozen prawns | 225g frozen squid | 450g other type of fish (I’ll get to that later) | salt & pepper | slow cooker Continue reading