Category Archives: Food & Drink

Degustabox | December 2017

Well this is the last Degustabox of 2017, what a fantastic 5 months it has been taking delivery of these so far, roll on 2018.

I would definitely recommend these subscription box to anyone that is looking to try different foods they are a great “Try before you buy” option.

Well, on to what was in our box this month.

Ryvita Lightly Salted Rye Cakes £1.39

We had some of these in last months box and they were so nice, so was excited to try these ones too.  I wasn’t disappointed.

Popchips Galactic Puffs £1.99

I snacked on these one night while watching TV and I loved them, I’m not keen on many flavours of crisps but give me sour Cream & Onion any day.  Will be making sure these are brought on my weekly shopping trip.

Taking the pea £1.50

I can’t say I was excited about the sound of these and unfortunately the taste and flavour wasn’t much better.

Life Macha Green Tea

This was a bonus item in the box, unfortunately neither me or hubby like green tea but I’m trying really hard to like it so will keep trying it.

Planters 2 x £1.29

Again sadly I’m really not a lover of nuts but I gifted these to my parents as they love nuts and will be perfect for Christmas for any visitors that pop in.

Candy Kittens Gourmet Sweets £3.00

Well, sadly these didn’t last at all very long I devoured them very quickly as they were very yummy.  I offered them to hubby but he turned them down – more for me though.

Willies Cacao Black Pearls £6.59

I haven’t heard of these before so was looking forward to seeing what they were like, again I wasn’t disappointed at all.  They were quite rich as they were dark chocolate, but nice.

Sleep Well £1.75

This is another product I have never heard of and looking forward to try, I took it  and certainly felt ike I slept better whether that was a coincidence I don’t know.

Mary Berry’s Food £2.99

Sadly this was not for us, we are not a fan of products like this and feel it is also on the expensive side.  Sorry Mary Berry.

Robinson’s Fruit Creations £1.99

We only ever used to buy Robinson’s squash but it was quite expensive so we switched, So when we were sent a bottle of their new fruit creations it was something different to try too I was really impressed by it.

San Miguel 0.0% £3.00

I don’t like Lager, but the hubby does.  I liked the fact it is alcohol free but I do feel it is a little on the expensive side.

Coldpress £1.50

I love orange juice, and can guarantee there is always a carton in the cupboards, so when I was sent this I was excited to try it to see how it tasted compared to the ones I buy from Aldi.  I would buy this again but only if it was on offer as feel it is a little expensive.

Like the look of the Degustabox December 2017 box? You can buy yours now. Your order will come with free shipping. You will then receive a surprise box containing 10 to 15 items. A lot of the items within the Degustabox are new to the market. It is a great chance to try something new for a discounted price too. I love the variety in the Degustabox December 2017 box. The RRP of the goods in this box was around £28 – which I think makes this good value!

Meal Planning Monday 01/01/2018

Apologises this is a little late but we kicked off the new year with our little boy been poorly, so haven’t had chance to sit down and do this till he had settled.

Anyways, Happy New Year hope you all had a great Christmas & New Year?

We are aiming to try and eat healthier this year as we have a Wedding in May and I want to try and lose my baby weight still.

Right our first meal plan of 2018 is

Lasanga

Pan fried pork with spinach & apple sauce

Beef stir fry & spiralised veg

Omlette & salad

Garlic & lemon baked salmon with spinach

Homemade salmon & sweet potato fishcakes

Chicken ceaser salad

Whats’ on your meal plan this week?

 

Bakersday Cake | Review & Giveaway

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hope you you all had a fantastic Christmas & New Year?

Right how about we kick the new year off with a Bakerdays cake review & Giveaway?  I know we are all probably sick of seeing and eating but who can refuse cake?

Cake is one of my weaknesses so when I was offered a cake from bakerdays to review I happily obliged. I was able to choose my own personal design to go on the cake or you can pick from their pre design options.

It came presented in a lovely little metal tin, with a note and a christmas cracker which I felt was the ultimate little touch.

The processing of the cake was so easy, choose your design, the flavour of sponge you want and then it gets delivered straight through your letter box hassle free.  The cake was delicious, fluffy and light and didn’t last very long. With some cake you can find that it is very sickly sweet but this wasn’t, the icing was perfectly gooey.

If you would love to be in with a chance of winning a cake for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family member then enter using the rafflecopter link below.  You have until the 29th January 2018 to enter.  GOOD LUCK!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday | 18/12/2017

It’s the last week before Christmas and our very first family christmas as a married couple and with our little boy Freddie.  I’m getting very excited now especially with all the snow we’ve had made it so magical.

I do think I’m going to struggle this week but will do my best to stay on track and save those pennies.

So this weeks meal plan consists of

Sausage, eggs, chips & beans

Burritos & chips

Lasanga & Garlic Bread

Chicken Casserole with Rice

Indian Takeaway

Full roast with all the trimmings

Beef & Red Wine Pie, mash and vegetables

So that’s our last full meal plan before Christmas.

What’s on yours?

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

Meal Planning Monday | 11/12/2017

TWO WEEKS TILL CHRISTMAS!!

Well last week was a massive fail with our meal planning, so going to try and ressume myself this week with the run up to Christmas.  I do also need to go food shopping again but with the weather don’t fancy going out in it so may resort to doing an online shop, and the shopping can come to me.

This weeks meal planning consists of:

Butter Chicken Curry, Rice & Naan Bread

Pan Fried Pork with homemade sweet potato fries

Tuna Pasta Bake

Hunter Chicken Lasanga Parcels

Pitta Pizza’s and chips

Quiche, Rice & Salad

Full Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

Whats on your Dinner plate this week?

Degustabox | November 2017

Another lovely box from Degustabox with lots of yummy tasty goodies in.  This will be our fourth box now, but don’t have a firm favourite yet as love everything in them so far will decide once I receive Decembers box.

If you haven’t heard of Degustabox, It’s a monthly surprise food and drink subscription box, costing just £12.99. You can cancel them whenever you want and it’s a great way of trying new things. It arrives by DPD courier and I get an email and text message to tell me exactly what time it will arrive, so I can organise for it to be left in a safe place or delivered to our neighbours if were not in.

Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch RRP £2.00

These looked yummy and very festive and will be great for nibbles when the family comes round.  The only things I’m not keen on is the nuts but the cranberries & chocolate buttons are delicious.

Cadbury Picnic Bites RRP £1.99

unfortunately neither my husband or I like these, but I’m sure we will find someone in the family that will.

Proper corn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn RRP £0.89

Popcorn is a big yes in our house, we love all flavours.  This was happily devoured while we were watching a movie together.

Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes RRP £1.39

I enjoy rice cakes and these are pretty similar, they make a quick, easy and healthy lunch snack.

Kallo Organic Stock Pots RRP £1.80

We received chicken. As one of the main meats we eat in our house they came in very useful.  These have so much flavour in and can be added to lot of different chicken dishes to add extra taste and flavour. I love that they are organic, gluten-free and so simple to use.

Taylors of Harrogate RRP £4.49

I’m not a lover of coffee but my husband is so this will certainly come in very useful for him and may now have to buy him a cafetière seeing as we don’t have one.

Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil RRP £3.00

We’ve had tuna before in another box but it’s something we always keep in the house.  It’s full of flavour but at £3.00 I do feel it’s expensive, so won’t buy this when shopping.

Alo RRP £1.99

I have done the Forever diet before and we had to drink it as part of it and I quiet liked it so am looking forward to drinking this.

The Jelly Bean Factory Super sour’s RRP £1.79

I got very excited when I pulled these out the box, these were opened immediately without a second thought of sharing them and I will be picking these up again on my shopping trips.

Filippo Berio Pesto

Unfortunately again this is another product Neither my husband or me like, but i’m sure we will find someone in the family that will like it.

Dalston’s Fizzy Apple RRP £1.89

I love all things apple so this went down a treat, so refreshing and even better when taken from the fridge cold.

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney RRP £1.99

I have never had this before, but gave it ago but it’s not something I like and couldn’t eat it so won’t be buying this again.

Weetabix Additions Apple and Raisin RRP £ 2.99

I love weetabix, and like apple and raisins seperately, but I was pleasantly surprised by these and actually really enjoyed them.  Another product to be added to my weekley shopping list.

If you like the sound of this box then head over to Degustabox to order yours NOW!

  • I received this box for the purposes of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Boozy Brandy Truffle

Every year, without fail I would help my mum make her christmas special treat that everyone in the family goes mad for, It’s my mums famous Brandy Truffles, they are definitely not for kids.

My sister in Law Rachel from Coffee, Cake, Kids wrote about them a while ago but I thought I would share it again with you all.  They are super easy to make and don’t require any baking.

All you need to make these are:

Ingredients:
150g Bournville or other good quality dark chocolate
40ml brandy or rum
50g unsalted butter
60g icing sugar, sieved
50g ground almonds
Approx 16 small paper cases

Break up all of the chocolate into a bowl and put this over a pan of hot water or place in microwave (becareful not to burn it). Add the alcohol and the butter and mix until melted completely.  Finally mix in the sieved icing sugar and ground almonds until well blended.

20131223-201218.jpgJust leave the mixture in a cool place until it is firm enough to handle. Divide into approx even sized pieces and roll into balls. You can either grate any left over chocolate or use chocolate sprinkles, place on greaseproof paper and roll the truffles in it. And finally put into the little cake cases.

These are gorgeous. A little tub of them would make a fab gift for a teacher or family member – if you could resist eating them first!!

Meal Planning Monday 20/11/2017

We are fast approaching the end of November already. I don’t know where the weeks are going, before we know it will be Christmas.  Another week of food to think about as well.

Potato Casserole, Potatoes, Cheese, Gratin, Eat

Homemade pitta Pizza with Wedges

Creamy Butter Chicken & Rice

Pan Fried Pork

Lasanga with Garlic Bread

Quiche, chips & Salad

Tuna Pasta Bake

Beef Stew with Dumplings

What meals have you got planned?

 

Waking up with Native Coffee | Review

I am forever making cups of coffee in our house, especially for my husband who gets through atleast 5 cups plus a day easily.  We buy instant coffee mainly but do own a Dolce Gusto machine so we will occasionaly use that.

We were recently sent a 1KG bag of “Supercrema” Native Coffee Beans to trial.  These are priced at £9.95 and you can buy them here.  There are lots of others flavours to choose from so whichever matches your desire.

The coffee tasted as good as, if not better than a lot of the real coffees we have had before It also had that smooth creamy texture and taste that instant coffee always seems to lack.

Overall, this coffee looked good, smelled good and most importantly, tasted great.

*I was sent this products free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DegustaBox Review | October 2017

Another Month, Another Degustabox.  This is our 3rd box so far and we are loving everything that is in them.  We really look forward to them every month.

What was in our October box?

Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs RRP £2.29

I can’t say I was overally keen on these, but they were ok.  I probably woudn’t buy them again but they are different.

Kabuto Noodles Thai Green Chicken Curry RRP £1.99

This is like heaven for me, my favourite food all in one pot. Perfect little lunchtime snack

Nuttvia breadsticks Snackpack RRP £1.70

I didn’t like these as i’m not a lover of chocolate spread but my husband certainly enjoyed the rest.

Michel et Augustin RRP £1.60

I didn’t get a look in with these as the husband ate them the night before the wedding but he said they were amazing and even better warmed up.

Feel Good Drinks Water Infusions RRP 2 x £1.20

These were so freshing with so much flavour, I will be looking out for these in the supermarket for sure.

Heinz No Added Sugar Hoops RRP £0.75

We love spaghetti in our house so these didn’t last long, as we had them with bacon & cheese puff pastrys with curly fries.

Valfrutta (Ciria) RRP £2.29

We have never had or tried anything like this before so was a new experience but can’t so we were overall impressed with it.

Pip’s Real Hot Chocolate coins RRP £1.50

With the cold night drawing in this was perfect for a cosy night in, snuggled in your Pyjamas watching TV.  It was quite rich for me but was nice.

Lee Kum Kee Sauce for Garlic Prawns & Honey Garlic Spare Ribs RRP 2 x £0.85

We love chinese food in this house so these were perfect for our chinese style tea one night.

Pulsin kids fruity oat bar orange choc chip RRP £0.59

I gave this to my nephew for his school lunch box and he loved it

And Finally

For the purpose of Halloween we received the following items in the October Box.

Pechkeks Misfortune Cookie RRP £1.50

I do love fortune cookies but had never heard of these.

Vimto Millions Gift Jar RRP £2.99

I love millions, and these were opened straight away and between me and the husband we demolished them  in one night.