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!
I love cake. I mean, who doesn’t? Cake is the best. You know what’s even cooler than simply a cake? A cake that comes straight through your letterbox! I wasn’t convinced anyone could create a product so perfect that you could literally get cake delivered to your door and you wouldn’t have to get up out of bed to receive it. How wrong was I? Baker Days offer just that; the infamous letterbox cake. And it literally is what it says on the tin. And what’s in the tin is oh so yummy…
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.
Over the past year, I’ve ventured more and more into the kitchen to try new recipes and dishes and although I’m no Nigella, I would say that cooking is a big love of mine. I was contacted by the lovely Ashton and the guys at Lobster Homeware about potentially reviewing one of their gorgeous, newly launched aprons – all designed by a lady called Nathalie with inspiration that comes from her Dominican background and her closest loved ones. I absolutely loved that idea as I find cooking is quite a sentimental hobby and a great way to connect and feel close to your own loved ones.
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!
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