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.
Every single one of us goes through times when things are completely and utterly crap. It might just be the odd day here and there; you’ve stood in dog poo on your way to work, then the trains are delayed, then your lunch has spilt in your bag that sorta thing. It might be a week where everything keeps piling up or a longer period of time when things are particularly difficult; you’re not getting on with your partner, tensions are high at home, a pet is ill or you’re facing money problems. Whatever the reason things are crap for you for, it’s not unusual that we feel completely out of kilter during these times in our lives. Like the world is continuing to turn but slightly to the left and we no longer feel in rhythm with it.
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.
Whilst brain-storming blog post ideas for January the other day, I was reeling through all the genetic, “goals for 2017” type posts when I remembered that I wrote a “goals for 2016” post on 9th December 2015 – to be precise – I sat at my laptop and wrote down on my blog, for the world to see – okay maybe not the world – the things I wanted to try and achieve in 2016. To be honest I had completely forgot about all of them so chances of me completing them were pretty slim but I decided to go through them and talk about what I did and mostly didn’t manage to do…
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.
long while ago now, I asked around on Twitter for some healthy crisp alternatives to include with the weekly shop. I went on a bit of a health splurge but because I absolutely freaking love crisps, I wanted to find something which kept the cravings at bay but was healthier than the average Walkers which I would usually buy. I received a cheeky little message from Popchips, asking for my address and a couple of days later, some vouchers appeared on my doorstep for some free Popchips! I thought it was super kind of them and they haven’t asked for anything in return but I wanted to do a lil mini review just to say thank you.