Green Giant Minion Challenge

We have been asked to take part in the Tots100 & Green Giant Minion challenge, and as Minions are everywhere at the moment this seemed the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. Our challenge was to create something incorporating sweet corn that was fun, and of course minion related.

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The minions film is now out at cinemas across the country and we went to see it last week so have been inspired to make some Green Giant sweet corn Minion mini omelettes. The ingredients are simple and something most people will have in their cupboards, so our minion omelette would make an easy mid week meal.

To make 2 mini minions you will need 2 eggs, one tin of sweet corn and a splash of milk. We used the peel from cucumber with some peas to decorate.

We whisked up the whole eggs with a splash of milk. Drain and rinse the sweet corn. Heat up a mini frying pan, or if you don’t have one a chefs ring in a larger pan would work fine. Then add half of the mixture to the pan, and sprinkle a handful of sweet corn into the omelette mixture. cook until the eggs have gone solid and flip to brown the second side. Once cooked pop on a plate ready to decorate.

green giant minion

For decoration we used thin peelings of cucumber, or you could use bacon strips, olives or peppers to decorate the minions cheeky faces. we cut two long strips for the sides of the minions goggles, then used a small slices of cucumber for the eyes with a pea in the middle. We cut out small pieces for mouths and you could make tufts of hair too. Now you have your very own Bob, Stuart and Dave creations.

minion challenge with green giant

We hope you will have a go at making your own fun minion food creations, if you have been inspired or would like to look at some of the other fun Minion foods then why not check out the #greengiantminions on twitter and instagram.

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Serenata Hampers, great Mothers Day gifts – Review

Last week I received a Hamper from Serenata Flowers and I couldn’t be more pleased with the contents, chocolate and lots of it!
Serenata Flowers are an online retailer, who send out not only flower gifts but food, chocolates, wine and even plants. With the chance to personalise the content of your gift with a little message, or even a cute teddy they really have got every occasion covered.

serenata flowers and hampers

With Mothers day at the end of the week, chocolate is always on my list so I asked to be sent a surprise gift. I was sent the Chocolate Temptations Hamper, and it came in a beautifully decorated and packed box. The contents had been carefully placed so that when you open the box you can clearly see all the contents. The hamper contained a box of truffles, a box of chocolates, meringues, fudge, two tubs of chocolate covered nuts and one of ginger. With a RRP of £39.99 the Chocolate Temptation hamper is currently discounted by five pounds to £34.99, so great value, with free next day delivery. I was impressed at how well the Serenata Flowers hamper had arrived undamaged, and looking very pretty in its blue striped box.

serenata chocolates

I was keen to see if the flavours were as good as the packaging so started with the chocolate ginger which is an absolute favourite of mine and the little pot of ginger in the Serenata hamper didn’t disappoint on flavour. The more fiery the better and this ginger had a great spark to it. The chocolates taste good and I love the little personal touches of ribbons and bows on each of the gifts in the hamper.
Looking through the Serenata website I found plenty of choice making it difficult to find a favourite item, and I love that you can add personal touches to make your Serenata gift truly unique.

serenata ginger chocolates

I am excited to give one of my readers the chance to try a Serenata Flowers gift for themselves, with this lovely Time for Tea gift that would suit any Mum, Granny or tea loving friend. The Time for Tea set comes with a cute pink basket, biscuits, chocolates, preserves, tea (you will have to add your own hot water and cup) and the addition of a cute bear, with a total value of £39.98. For your chance of winning this lovely Serenata Flowers Time for Tea gift, please complete the gleam app below leaving a comment on this post.

serenata time for tea

Serenata Flowers Gift

Disclaimer we were sent the Serenata Flowers Hamper to review and the opinions remain mine and have not been altered.

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Black Friday Offers from Pet Shop Bowl

Have you been caught up by the Black Friday Offers? Well there is still time to get some bargains over the weekend, and here are some being offered by Pet Shop Bowl.

Pet Shop Bowl Black Friday Offers:

1. Our main offer: Free £5 Voucher when you spend £50 OR Free £10 Voucher when you spend £100.
2. Extra 5% Off Royal Canin (excludes vet diets): Use code – ROYAL
3. Extra 5% Off Selected Hills (excludes vet diets & nature’s best): Use code – HILLSOFFER
4. 20% Off Selected Almo Nature dog & cat food
Pet Shop Bowl have a great range of products for your pet, and not just food a treats, all delivered to your door. To take advantage of this deal and have a happy pet follow this link to the Pet Shop Bowl website. You will have to be quick to get these offers as they end on Cyber Monday, so happy shopping.
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Pet Shop Bowl is a nationwide home delivery subscription service to pet food. We are a young company with a team of friendly, helpful staff dedicated to saving you time and money. All of our staff are pet owners so we understand the needs of other pet parents.
Disclaimer we have been offered pet products in return for promotion of these offers.

Beanies Coffee – Review

Have you tried Beanies Coffee? No neither had we, and we were offered the choice from a great range of flavours which made the Soup Dragon Dad’s eyes light up.

I am not the coffee drinker in the house, but Dragon Dad is, and we get through tons of the stuff! In the run up to Christmas he tends to go a bit mad and loves to try all the flavoured coffees and thinks he is a bit of a cognisor! Beanies have a great range of both ground and instant coffees, so he was the perfect Dragon to try them out!

beanies coffee

Dragon Dad was spoilt for choice, so I chose for him with Cappuccino, Chocolate Cherry, Christmas Pudding, Tiramisu which can come as ground coffees and also Decaf. Dragon Dad started with the Chocolate Cherry and Cappuccino flavours and has been suitably impressed. He said the flavours were really nice, and he liked the hint of Cherry. He has been saving the Christmas pudding for the festive season, and I will admit it certainly smells yummy. Beanies have an amazing range, and something for all coffee drinkers. I was impressed to find that the Beanies range starts from £2.75 for a bag of ground and £2.50 for instant which means they are affordable as well as flavoursome.

The Verdict:

Dragon Dad, says he loves the flavoured coffee and would defiantly ask me to pick it up with the shopping again. He found some flavours very sweet which meant he needed less sugar, and his favourite so far is the Cappuccino Flavour.

Beanies has been available to buy in Sainsbury’s for some time and now and have just launched with two instant flavours in Tesco. To celebrate the Beanies Amaretto Almond, and Irish Cream instants being available now in a Tesco store near you. I am offering a pot of each to three lucky winners!

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Simply complete the Gleam app below and don’t forget to like the Beanies Facebook Page to find out more about the Beanies range.

Beanies Coffee

 

Day 3

Disclaimer we were sent products for the purpose of this review the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.
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The giveaway is open to the UK only
  • It is mandatory to leave a comment in the post comment section answering the question specified. Other tasks completed will gain additional entries. The winner will be checked to make sure they have both left a comment and completed the task for the winning entry.
  • Winner will be drawn by randomly after the competition closes at 23:59 on 8th December 2014
  • The winner will be sent an  e-mail to the e-mail address left at time of entry. The winner will need to reply to the e-mail within 7 days of the notification. Every effort will be made to contact the winner, but if no response is made within the 7 days a new winner will be chosen.
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Fruit Frollipops from Fruit Bowl – Review

Fruit Frollipops are the latest fruit snack from Fruit Bowl. These are a strawberry rocket shaped lollypop treats with no added sugar and are one of your five a day. Fruit Frollipops come in multi packs of 5 with one treat in each individual packet.

This is the first time I have been disappointed with a Fruit bowl snack, as we have enjoyed many of the others, our favourites being the sea shapes. These Frollipops come on a plastic stick, something I don’t particularly like. The Fruit Frollipop itself was fruity and also sticky so was difficult to get out of the package. It had a nice fruity flavour of strawberry’s, but was gone very quickly leaving me with a fair amount of plastic rubbish.

fruit frollipop

Fruit Frollipops are better alternative to sweets or boiled lollypops, I think we will stick to the other Fruit Bowl snacks as a sweet treat as we enjoyed them much more than the Frollipops.

For more information on the Fruit bowl range visit their website, and Facebook page.

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My Angel Delight Moments

I can’t remember the first time I tried Angel Delight, but I know it was a big part of my childhood memories. Angel Delight was one of those puddings that was a real treat. My Mum I think hated the grind of cooking after school, and even back in the 70’s when I was little there wasn’t the convenience food that we have today. Meals were all home cooked, and there never seemed to be time for pudding.

Angel Delight became one of those quick easy and I am sure slightly good for you puddings. I hated milk! Even now the smell is enough to make me feel a bit queasy. I think the smell of the warm school milk was what started my hatred off. I was a fussy eater and my Mum was always nagging me to eat so I guess Angel delight became a good way for me to get my daily intake of calcium. All I know was Angel delight was something we were allowed to make ourselves. Me and my brother used to add banana toppings and hundreds and thousands which we called ants. Chocolate Angel Delight was amongst our favourites but Butterscotch was at the top.

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Fast forward 20+ years and it was good to rediscover the love of Angel Delight through the eyes of the boy. He likes to hide surprises at the bottom of the bowl, sometimes fruit and sometimes chocolate. Sprinkles have gone the colours of the rainbow, and now we have squirty cream. He says to add height!

So when the boy gets home from school today and sees his surprise pudding I hope he will be as excited as I was all those years ago to be having an after school pudding treat. Even if it is just so I can use up the left over milk before we go away on holiday!

This post is an entry for #AngelDelightMoments Linky Challenge you can find out more about the new Bubblegum flavour Angel Delight on the webpage here

 

Curried Potatoes

Curried Potatoes are one of my favourite foods, whether it is the much-loved Bombay Potatoes or simply just adding them into my favourite sauce. This week I thought I would try something a bit new and set about finding a new way to add curry flavour to my Maris Pipers!

I have just bought a slow cooker and am determined to find some new family favourites, so this week I thought it was time to try curry. I searched the internet and came across a simple curried mince recipe. Since I didn’t have mince, I substituted this for soya, which comes dried and you dehydrate.

Ingredients: 500g of mince, or in my case soya, 1 onion sliced, can of chopped tomato’s, 300ml of beef, or vegetable stock, curry powder (between 1-2 table spoons depending on your taste) 500g peeled chopped and rinsed potato’s.

To the basic recipe I added finely chopped fresh ginger, 3 cloves of fresh garlic, 4 cardamom pods, 5 cloves, and 1/2 a teaspoon of each, cinnamon, chilli, paprika, cumin, black mustard seeds, garam masala.

I sautéed the onion in a little oil till golden before adding the soya, spices, curry powder fresh herbs and stock. Then add the chopped potatoes and cooked in the slow cooker for 6 hours on a med setting.

curried potatoes

The resulting curry was very pleasing, and was enjoyed by everyone including the boy who like me is not a fan of beef mince. The addition of beef stock made a nice meaty flavour and the curry had a good kick to it, from the fresh spices. I especially enjoyed the potatoes, and will certainly cook them this way again as there was enough curry left for Dad to have for lunch the next day too. This mine curried potatoes recipe may not win medals in the looks department, but it wins for us in the taste.

This post is an entry for #FluffyMarisPiper Linky Challenge sponsored by Potato Council. Learn more at Love Potatoes

Birds Eye, quick dinner rescue

Birds Eye have been helping families all over the uk with quick and easy to prepare meals. For me this means something that I don’t have to think about, and can be done between home time and after school clubs like fencing.

I set off with my Birds Eye vouchers to see what I could find. I know Birds Eye do peas! but they do lots more, including fast cook meals. The boy has become fond of one of their new Inspirations range and loves the fish with sun blush tomato, basil and oregano, which is a super speedy tea. In my book you can’t go wrong with fish as it has to be pretty good for you, and fish fingers are one of my freezer staples. I picked up some more well-known (and loved) Birds Eye waffles, or windows as they are known in our house. I also decided to try the new rice fusions, and some chicken pies.

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So our speedy Birds Eye tea was: chicken pie with windows and rice. The fragrant golden vegetable rice made a nice change, and one pyramid bag has enough for 3 of us. The whole meal took 40 minutes to cook, and while it looked after itself I had some time to help the boy with his school reading. Fitting in homework is something we are going to have to keep on top of now that the boy has moved up a year. Spending more time with the boy can be difficult during the week. Birds eye has a great range of all sorts of different foods for different tastes, and anything that makes my life easier at tea time has to be good.

This post is an entry for #Afterschoolchefs Challenge, sponsored by Birds Eye. Learn more on the Birds Eye Facebook Page.

Getting out in the Garden

The half term was the perfect excuse to get out in the garden and check on the progress of our fruit and veg. I had hoped that we would be planting a few more vegetables but once again my seed growing skills have failed me.

The strawberry’s are looking pretty good, and if I can get to them before the woodlice then we will be having a bumper crop. The fruit on the red currant, blackcurrant and blackberry bushes are also looking good, and now I will need to start thinking about making room in the freezer for a bumper harvest.

gardening

I have planted out our latest delivery of plants from Potter and Rest who sent us some lovely herbs and an unusual plant called a Stevia. This is a new plant for me and although I had heard of the name I hadn’t realised that the plant could be grown in the UK. Now confession time! I re-potted the stevia and it was looking very happy, but then Dad M decided it needed watering and I think he drowned it! I will have to go out and replace it now as I had planned to try and make a sugar syrup with the leaves, it is supposed to make a good substitute for sugar.

potter and rest herbs

The flowers in the garden are looking quite magical, my rhododendrons are just finishing and the poppy’s and lilies’ are about to start flowering. The garlic and onions that the boy planed earlier in the year with his new Twigz tools are looking very healthy and we will be trying out some recipe’s soon.

twigz gardening

The boy enjoyed bouncing on the trampoline which we have pulled out to clear and mend as the trees around it were getting a bit overgrown. As usual the trampoline will get a lot of use in the coming months, and the boy loves to make up new games, now the holes in the net will need mending, but this garden toy has been by far our best investment.

It was great getting out in the fresh air, and I hope the weather lasts so we can enjoy our green garden space more over the coming months.

 

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New Fruit Sours

New Fruit Sours are the latest addition to the Fruit Bowl Family of snacks, and very nice they are too! I have always liked sour sweets and the New Fruit Sours are just like sweets but better for you!

Our pack of Fruit Sours had made its way back to the Post Office, but that is what happens when your special postman goes on holiday! So on collection of our Fruit Sours parcel, the boy and I couldn’t resist trying them out in the car. When you first taste a Fruit Sour it tastes very tart, but after a few seconds this wears off and you get a real hit of fruit flavour. The pack of Fruit sours didn’t last long, and just to check we liked them another pack was consumed.

fruit bowl fruit sours

The boy says that he thinks they aren’t that sour. I think that after the first one the rest don’t have the same potency but the flavours are still there, Sea Shapes are still our favourite of the Fruit Bowl range, and I have to hide them or they disappear before they get to the lunch box. Each 20g pack contains about 12 fruit shaped drops with juices of apple, pear, cherry, orange and strawberry. They are suitable for vegetarians, and are gluten-free too. With no artificial colours or flavours they are an ideal pre fencing snack for the boy and guilt free treat for Mum!

fruit sours

Fruit Bowl Fruit Sours are available now from ASDA for £2.19 for 5 20g packs, for more details on which products are available at your supermarket visit the website. While you are there have a look at the Fruit Bowl advert, which the boy now sings each time he eats a pack of Fruit Bowl snacks, warning its catchy! or visit their Facebook page for more information on their fun new snacks.

 

Disclaimer we were sent this product fro review the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.