Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway!

I love entertaining at home. Given the choice of going out for a meal or having people over. 9 times out of 10 I prefer to have people over. Not only does it take the stress of if I will get gutened when I’m out but also I much prefer the relaxed atmosphere you get feeding friends and family at home. Over the years our entertaining has improved, with a larger kitchen and a wider cooking repertoire. Now we also have the perfect kitchen accessories with the Vremi Espresso and wine preserver. To start and finish our meal with too.Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway

Why do you need to preserve wine?

Not everyone in our family agrees on what is the best wine to drink with our meals. We had robust red drinkers, rose lovers and dry crisp white flavours. So having a wine preserver is a handy way of keeping that half bottle fresh for up to ten days. It has a vacuum pump which makes it quick and easy to seal the bottle. Plus it has a dial on it so you can turn it to the date it was sealed and then you never miss out on the cheeky extra glass.Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway!

After dinner Vremi Espresso

Once dinner is over, hubby loves to finish his meal with a coffee. I must admit I’m not a fan of drinking coffee. Being much more of a tea drinker. But I do love the smell of fresh coffee being made. This Espresso maker looks so lovely in our black and white kitchen. Filling the downstairs with that great aroma. Easy to use and suitable for lots of different stove tops. It’s a great way to end a fab meal.Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway!

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Lemon curd tray bake recipe

I love citrus in cakes. I like how it cuts through the sometimes overwhelming fattiness of a cake. Especially one that has buttercream on it. Don’t get me wrong I like cake because it has fat (and sugar) in it. But I don’t like how sometimes you can be left with a coated mouth. This lemon curd tray bake recipe is the perfect way to avoid that.lemon curd tray bake

It’s light and fluffy, easy to make and with the addition of buttercream topping and sprinkles. It’s a great crowd pleasing cake. Perfect for after school treat with a cup of tea or on a Sunday when you’ve got friends round.lemon curd tray bake

To make my Lemon curd tray bake recipe you will need

  • 150g All purpose gluten free flour
  • 150g Baking margarine
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the Lemon curd icing

  • 200g icing sugar
  • 90g baking margarine
  • 1 tbsp lemon curd
  • sprinkles (optional)

How to make Lemon curd tray bake

I prefer to make my cakes as a all in one recipe in the food processor. It’s much quicker and they come out just as good as the traditional creaming method.

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c / gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and line a rectangle high sided baking tray.
  3. Weigh out and place into the food processor, the gluten free flour, baking margarine, caster sugar, eggs and baking powder.
  4. Whizz in the food processor until fully blended.
  5. Pour into the greased and lined tin and level the cake mix.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown and springy to the touch.
  7. Remove from the tin and allow to cool.lemon curd tray bake

To make the icing.

  1. In the food processor, add the icing sugar, baking margarine and lemon curd.
  2. Mix until soft and creamy.
  3. Once the cake has cooled, spread over the top of the tray bake. Use a fork to make a decorative pattern in the top. (Optional, use a four year old to add copious amounts of sprinkles)lemon curd tray bake

 

 

 





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Damson and apple crumble recipe

Autumn is such a splendid time here in Herefordshire. It’s really is a beautiful place to be and I do love the chance to pick the fruits of Autumn that have swollen with the last rays of sunshine. We are very lucky that in our back garden we have damson and apple trees. I’ve plenty of recipes in mind this Autumn including a damson vodka. But to kick off my seasonal baking I’ve started with a Damson and Apple crumble. Perfect with a blob of dairy vanilla ice cream after a great Sunday Lunch.

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I couldn’t wait to get out there and pick the fruit this year. The damson has done really really and we picked at least three kilos of fruit. The apple tree hasn’t fared so well but we have had a good basket full.damson apple crumble

Damon and apple crumble

You will need:

  • 400g of Damsons
  • 3 eating apples
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 25g flaked almonds
  • 75g gluten free flour
  • 50g unsalted butter

1 Preheat the oven to 180c, gas mark 4.

2 Remove the stones from the damsons. I’ve found the best way to do this is with a drinking straw pushed though the damson.

3 Core and chop the apple.

4 Spread the damsons and apple in the base of a oven proof dish.damson apple crumble

5 Sprinkle with the caster sugar.

6 In a food processor, blitz the flour, butter and soft brown sugar until it looks like breadcrumbs.

7 Stir in the flaked almonds.

8 Sprinkle the crumble mix over the fruit and bake in the oven for 25 mins. Until golden and bubbling.damson apple crumble

9 Remove from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes.

10 Serve with a blob of dairy ice cream.damson apple crumble

Best bakes.

This Damson and apple crumble recipe is the perfect new addition to my new personalised recipe binder from Potato Print. I love the idea of having a special place to store all your best recipes. The tried and tested, tweaked recipes you have been perfecting all your life. The thought that one day my kids might be looking up their favourite childhood recipe from it is such a sweet one. Just I have I done with the scraps of paper my mum had jotted down on my favourites when I left home. damson apple crumble

It comes with a whole set of pages for your best bakes to be written on and a beautiful set of dividers. I’m going to organise my bakes into seasons.

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CHIKA’S gluten free snack review

This is a review post for CHIKA’S.

Now I’m back at work I have less time to spend on preparing my lunch and snacks so I have been looking for tasty things I can just grab and chuck in my bag. There is nothing worse than being really hungry and then finding the canteen has nothing suitable for a coeliac to eat. I’ve been in that situation too many times and now always have a gluten free snack stashed in my bag.gluten free snack review

So, I recently got sent these snacks from CHIKA’S. They are gluten free, vegetarian and most importantly really tasty.

Gluten free snack review

gluten free snack reviewMy favourites are by far the Honey spiced almonds which have a great balance of flavours. They are both sweet and savoury, rich and spicy in one mouthful. Plus almonds are a great source of protein and are the perfect gluten free snack to have mid afternoon to stop me going through a slump of energy.

gluten free snack reviewIf you want a more savoury hit, I’d definitely recommend the Smoked Almonds. They are perfect for anyone who loves BBQ and really mellow flavours. These would go down great with a gluten free beer.

gluten free snack reviewFinally, the Chickpea crisps in Smoked Chilli flavour were a surprising hit with my hubby. He has to be the biggest crisp fan, yet he eyed these suspiciously when he saw they were made out of chickpeas. Unfortunately for me he loved them and I hardly got a look in when we had them with a movie. They do pack quite a bit of heat and I don’t think I’d eat these at work. But they are perfect for a movie night snack and I’d love them with some mint and yogurt dip. Much better than boring nachos.gluten free snack review

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50 foods in one week?

Post in collaboration with Taymount Clinic.

Over the last two and half years I have become so much more aware of the foods I eat and what effect this has on me. Not just that I must avoid gluten and how badly I can suffer when I’ve been glutened but also the variety and sources of my food. I eat a vegetarian diet and cook 90% of my food from scratch. So I was keen to join in with Taymount clinics 50 foods challenge.50 foods one week challenge

The idea behind the challenge is that you try and eat 50 foods that are all different in seven days. No repetition. So if I ate bread, I couldn’t then put bagels or buns down as well as they would count as the same thing. You can however list each individual spice or oil etc.

I was pretty confident I could do it as I felt that I ate a wide and varied diet. I wasn’t prepared for how quickly I would hit the fifty target.

Starting on a Sunday and after breakfast of cereal and toast I was already up to 18 foods. The reason I did this was because of my gluten free diet. Where most peoples cereal might contain one or two ingredients, mine contained five and the toast had thirteen! This continued and by day two of the challenge I had hit the 50 foods. So I continued on for the remaining five days and although the list of new foods slowed as I inevitably had some repetitions of things. I was really pleased to have hit seventy five different foods in one week.

50 foods breakdown.

Protein.

  • Soya milk
  • Egg
  • Cows Milk
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Quorn
  • Red Lentils
  • Baked beans

Fruit and Vegetables50 foods one week challenge

  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Onion
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Tomato
  • Apple
  • Satsuma
  • Plum
  • Peach
  • Banana
  • Cabbage
  • Parsnip
  • Leek

Grains

  • Oats
  • Chickpea flour
  • Maize flour
  • Potato flour
  • Tapicoa flour
  • Rice flour
  • Corn flour
  • Psyllium Husk

Nuts and seeds50 foods one week challenge

  • Coconut
  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Linseed
  • Millet seeds
  • Poppy seeds
  • Golden flaxseed
  • Almonds

Oils

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Palm oil

Condiments50 foods one week challenge

  • Sugar
  • Sprinula
  • Maca
  • Honey
  • Yeast extract
  • Cayenne
  • Salt
  • Chilli powder
  • Cumin
  • Black pepper
  • Vanilla
  • Basil
  • Marjoram
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Parsely
  • Celery seed
  • Turmeric
  • Mace
  • Lovage
  • Nutmeg
  • Paprika
  • Cacao
  • Agave syrup

As you can see my choices and use of herbs and spices really boosted my range. The idea of trying to eat 50 foods in seven days is to increase the amount of different bacteria in your gut. The more diversity you have on your plate the more diversity you should have in your gut. For example if you ate 50 foods that is equal to approximately 1,500 different bacteria in your gut.

Conclusions.

I can’t say that as of yet I felt any significant change in my tummy. That is probably down to already eating such a wide range of foods. However this challenge has got me thinking, about the diversity in my weekly diet and not falling into the trap of eating the same things combined different ways each day. My aim will be to continue trying to hit that 50 foods target each week. 50 foods one week challenge

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Gluten free store cupboard essentials

Receiving my coeliac disease diagnosis nearly two and a half years ago, left me heart broken. I looked in my bare cupboards after disposing of everything that contained gluten. Gone was the bread, pasta, biscuits, cakes etc. But also the stock, the soya sauce, the mustard and the cupboard was nearly bare. For a about a week, I just sulked and seeing anything I couldn’t eat was just torture. Once I was out of my mourning period, I decided I had to learn more about what I could eat and my fantastic food discovery has gone from strength to strength. My cupboard is packed with all my gluten free store cupboard essentials. Now I eat a wider range of food than ever before. I eat much more cultural foods and regularly eat things I had never heard of before.gluten free store cupboard essentials

So if you are starting a journey of gluten free eating for whatever reason, these would be my recommendations for what to stock in your cupboard. You will then never go hungry or be bored of cooking again.

Gluten free store cupboard essentials – Rice.

Gluten free store cupboard essentialsBefore being gluten free I only stocked one or two different rice varieties in my cupboard. Plain white rice and possibly sometimes risotto rice. Now, rice has become a main staple in my diet as I eat a lot more Asian and Indian inspired food. There is so much more to rice than long grain. Higher fibre rice’s and rice’s with much more flavour. Our favourite rices are; basmati, long gain brown rice, red rice (great for salads). I also bake a lot with rice flour, which has a great short quality, making it perfect for biscuits and pastry. Finally I love, rice noodle and rice wrappers. Great for speedy lunches and spring rolls.

Gluten free store cupboard essentials – Grains.

Gluten free store cupboard essentialsWhen you think of grains or cereals I bet ones containing gluten are some of the first to come into your mind. It’s a shame really as there are many more, interesting and diverse grains that are safe for a gluten free diet and it’s worth exploring these options. In my cupboard at the moment I have two varieties of quinoa, which I use in salads as a great couscous replacement. Also in soups, stews and baking. I also love using polenta and normally have coarse and fine in my cupboard. Finally I have maize couscous, which if perfectly safe for a Coeliac and is great if you were a couscous addict such as myself.

Gluten free store cupboard essentials – Sources of protein.

gluten free store cupboard essentialsNot only am I a coeliac, but I’m lactose intolerant and a vegetarian. So finding great sources of protein is important. The quinoa is a great source of protein as well as fibre. I also keep on hand, a selections of lentils, currently I have red and green. Puy lentils for great hearty salads and in stews. We eat a lot of nuts, peanuts, cashews and almonds are great for adding into salads and throwing in a stir fry. Chia seeds I add to my muesli and use in baking. I have tried the chia puddings, but hugely disliked the texture, which was like frog spawn.

Gluten free store cupboard essentials – Flour.

Gluten free store cupboard essentialsBaking is not all about wheat flour. Many wheat recipes can be replicated with the right flour combinations. It does take a bit of practice and experimentation, as you normally have to use combinations of flours to produce the right results. I normally use a combination of rice flour, potato flour and tapioca flour in my baking. Varying the proportions dependant on what you want to produce. Higher ratio of rice flour, for example in biscuits and pastry for extra shortness. However, some flours are great used on their own. If you want to try grain free flour baking, I would recommend chestnut flour or coconut flour. These are great for denser cakes and make great brownies, which are full of flavour.

The food world is so much more than wheat. Explore the gluten free options and have fun stocking your gluten free cupboard and cooking great nutritious food.gluten free store cupboard essentials

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3 great Caribbean vegetarian recipes

I would love to travel to the Caribbean but the closest I’ve got to it is eating some of it’s amazing food. I adore the combinations of sweet and salty, creamy coconut and fiery chilli. So I’ve cooked up three great Caribbean vegetarian recipes with the help of Grace foods for Caribbean Food week for my ultimate street party spread.

Caribbean vegetarian recipes

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Coconut rice

You will need:

  • 300g grams basmati rice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  1. Rinse the basmati rice in a sieve under cold running water then place in a heavy based saucepan.
  2. Add the coconut milk and then using the tin measure cold water and add this to the saucepan.
  3. Bring to the boil, then simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes.
  4. Check the rice whilst simmering to ensure it is not sticking.
  5. The rice is cooked when it is soft and all the liquid had been absorbed.

Jerk Quorn

  • 1 500g bag of quorn pieces.
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of Jerk seasoning marinade
  1. Mix the quorn pieces with the jerk marinade and leave to absorb.
  2. Heat the oven to 180c and grease a baking dish.
  3. Place the marinated quorn pieces in the dish and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  4. (you could also try threading the pieces onto skewers for presentation)

Ackee with peas and beans

  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced,
  • 3 sping oinions, trimmed and chopped.
  • 1 tin of ackee
  • 1 tin of peas and beans
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • salt and pepper

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Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan and add the spring onions and peppers.

Fry until softened, then add the tomatoes, ackee and peas and beans.

Season well with salt and pepper and cook for a further five minutes.

Take care not to break up the ackee when stirring.

Bonus recipe – BBQ jerk dip

  • 2 tbsps natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp BBQ jerk sauce

Caribbean vegetarian recipes

Measure out the yogurt and jerk sauce into a dish and stir to combine.

Serve with plantain chips as a great snack.

Caribbean vegetarian recipes

 

What do you think of our great Caribbean vegetarian recipes. The boys and I had great fun making and eating this food. We put on some great tunes and got into the street party vibe.Caribbean vegetarian recipes

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Banana cacao crunch tray bake recipe

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I am loving working with Breakfast By Bella and I wanted to share my latest recipe I have created. Chocolate and banana have long been some of my favourite flavour combinations. So I just had to use Cacao Crazy with some banana baking. It’s a great crunchy topping for a moist banana tray bake.
Banana cacao crunch tray bake recipe

 

If you read my blog you will know I am a fan of tray bakes. No fussy cutting, easy to divide up and feed a group. Great for picnics and puddings. Plus it’s a great way to use up ripe bananas.

To make my Banana Cacao crunch tray bake you will need:

250g Gluten free self raising flour.  (I’d recommend Juvela if you get prescription flour or Doves from the supermarket)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 large ripe bananas, chopped
1 egg
70g soft dark brown sugar
50ml vegetable oil
1. Preheat oven to 180c / gas mark 4. Grease and line a high sided tray bake tin.
2. Place all the dry ingredients into a food processor and whizz to mix.
3. Add the egg and vegetable oil and chopped banana and mix until combined.
3. Pour into tin and level.
Banana cacao crunch tray bake recipe
4. Sprinkle the Cacao crazy granola over the top.
5. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and the top is springy to the touch.
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Great served warm as a pudding. I love it with custard. Alternatively allow to cool and then it will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days.

Banana cacao crunch tray bake recipe

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Gluten Free Coconut and Apple Traybake Recipe

Collaborative post with Indigo Herbs*

I love coconut! Having only discovered it recently, I have loved learning to bake with coconut flour. It has so many of the great qualities of baking with wheat flour minus the gluten. It is super absorbent so you use about a third of what you would in a cake using wheat flour. It’s also important to add a little more egg than you would do normally.

Gluten Free Coconut and Apple Traybake Recipe

 

 

I’ve ramped up the coconut in this beautiful traybake by using coconut flour, oil and coconut sugar. So if you’re not keen on coconut it might not be the traybake for you.Gluten Free Coconut and Apple Traybake Recipe

85g coconut flour

1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2egg, beaten
175 ml milk
2 eating apples, chopped
For the icing
1tbsp water
1tsp arrowroot

Method

Preheat oven to 180c gas mark 4
Line a baking tray.
Melt the coconut oil over a low heat in a saucepan.
Put the coconut flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
In a jug mix together the egg, milk, coconut oil and maple syrup.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and stir in the liquid, mix until just combined.
Stir in the chopped apple.
Spoon into the tray and level.
Gluten Free Coconut and Apple Traybake Recipe
Bake for 20 minutes.
Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool.
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Make the icing by whizzing the coconut sugar and arrowroot into a powder in the food processor.

Mixing the maple syrup, water and coconut sugar powder.

Gluten Free Coconut and Apple Traybake Recipe

Drizzle over the tray bake and allow to set before cutting.

Gluten Free Coconut and Apple Traybake Recipe

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Great snack ideas for hungry kids*

Review post for Calsway*

So the summer holidays are here and you can breath a sigh of relief that the school runs and morning panic may die down for a while at least. I used to think that I wouldn’t have to be worried about lunchboxes as well. But my kids seem to be hungrier than ever in the summer and I am always on the look out for healthy options to give them as snacks.

Great snack ideas for hungry kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was mistaken in thinking I would want to give up the packed lunch. This has been the single biggest thing to save us money over the previous holidays. Don’t get caught out having to stop in cafes or pickup something on the run when your out and about with the kids. This can easily mount up and that money could have been spent of a great activity rather than just eating.

Kids love a picnic so always pack a lunch for your day out and you’ll be quid’s in.

Calsway recently sent us the Kids Lunchbox rescue set for us to review and it ticks so many of my boxes.
Healthy? Check
Quick and easy? check
Great for on the run snacking? Check
Do the kids love it? Check

Great snack ideas for hungry kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The grab bags of Rock and Roll Balls (My favourite) and Fruity Stripes (The boys favourite) are perfect for throwing in the good old mum bag for instant relief of hunger pangs from the back seat of the car.

Who could turn their nose up at this tasty lunch?

Fresh salad, fruit berry mix and Grandmas crisps. All you need is an ice pack to keep your salad fresh and a drink and your good to go.

Great snack ideas for hungry kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

You eat with your eyes right?

Some children could easily turn their nose up at ‘healthy snacks’ being offered by parents but this plate looks so good no child will be able to resist. Rock and Roll balls are a great source of protein and iron and are gluten free too. Grandpa’s crisps are high in fibre and gluten free and the fruity stripes are perfect for satisfy any sweet tooth.
Great snack ideas for hungry kids

These snacks are perfect for summer snacking and would be a great addition to the packed lunchbox in September.
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