November 9, 2017

Things I’m loving this month

Here’s what I’m loving this month.

Little Moons Spiced Pumpkin Pie Mochi

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October and November are the time to celebrate the humble pumpkin, from hollowing them out for Halloween to creating a delicious pumpkin pie in honour of the American Thanksgiving celebrations, this great vegetable comes to the fore at this time of the year. With this in mind the clever people at Little Moons have launched a limited edition Spiced Pumpkin Pie edition of their Mochi ice cream bars in Whole Food Market stores across London. If you’ve never had a mochi, this is a great excuse to try them – especially as Little Moons swaps out the traditional red bean paste filling for gelato. The gelato is then wrapped in a sweet, soft mochi dough. These delicious pumpkin versions of the yummy spheres combine real pumpkin with an autumnal spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. Another little bonus – each one is only 100 calories.

I used to eat Ice Cream mochi with my housemates all the time when I lived in Los Angeles, as there was a Japanese supermarket behind us and fell in love with the green tea ones there. These are a step up though – the pumpkin spicing is so delicious and unique. I might have to stock up the freezer while they are still available! Don’t worry if you miss out on these though as they also make Matcha Green Tea, Toasted Sesame, Coconut, Raspberry, Yuzu and Salted Caramel among others…so there’s plenty to choose from! (Buy six mochi for £1.25 each at Wholefoods in London)

Piccolo Foods

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Move over mum guilt, there’s no need to feel guilty getting a Piccolo pouch out for your little one. With a huge variety of Mediterranean flavoured pouches, from yoghurt based breakfast ones, mixed fruit, risottos, mixed vegetables, fish pies, mac n’ cheese and so many more on offer, there is a huge selection to take you through baby weaning. The added bonus here? For every pouch sold, Piccolo donates one to a child in need.

Even if you are doing baby led weaning or have older children, these packs are great for on the go snacking, running through porridge to jazz it up or to encourage children to try new Mediterranean flavours and include more fruit and vegetables in their diet. Use the vegetable mixes with a cooked up pasta or serve as a toast topping.

These are my favourite baby food pouches by far and my little man, who turns his nose up at most purees these days, opting for finger foods instead, happily gobbles these down. Available in all good supermarkets.

A Place For Everything

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I love sorting! I love finding a place for everything and regularly decluttering the house. I feel clearer in my mind, I feel there’s less dust and dirt hiding around the house and it genuinely makes me happy to live in a more ordered house. I’m the first to admit though, that sorting never seems to stop. I will have various piles around the house which need sorting, which expand and grow like their own lifeforms over weeks.

One thing that always helps with sorting is having some stylish and practical storage around the house. The perfect place to keep your shoes, a wine rack which makes a feature of the bottles you are collecting, a stair basket for taking things upstairs every night that don’t belong downstairs etc. If you too are planning on starting your sorting early and getting a head start on the new year’s resolutions to sort out the piles, then head on over to A Place for Everything, who funnily enough, have a place for everything.

YogOaty Shaken Udder Pouches

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These new YogOaty pouches from Shaken Udder are fantastic for anyone looking for a portable, yoghurt treat. Great for lunchboxes, weaning babies  or adults alike, these delicious yoghurt pouches are smooth mixes of yoghurt, fruit and oats. With 100% natural ingredients and no added sugar or sweeteners, these can be enjoyed by anyone from 6 months upwards! Available online at Shaken Udder or in good supermarkets now.

All of the above were given to me to try for free. However, opinions are always my own and I am not required to write a positive review.

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October 10, 2017

Things I’m loving this month

Yet another month has flown by in the blink of the eye, so it’s now time for October’s ‘What I’m loving this month’ review section. Below is a round up of all the lovely things I’ve enjoyed reviewing this month.

Lobster Homeware

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The aprons from Lobster Homeware aren’t just pretty, they are pretty much the most functional aprons known to man. With integrated oven gloves, which can also be removed and used separately or used as pot mats, you’ll never be hunting around for them while cooking again. There’s also a handy teatowel loop, deep pockets for filling with whatever you may need while cooking and uniquely, a mobile phone pocket. With a huge variety of designs and with a height adjustable feature, there really is an apron for everyone in the range. Available now for £25 from Lobster Homeware

Spontex Collect Range

I’m sure you’ve heard of Spontex before as they create household products which make cleaning easier for everyone. They make everything from cloths and scourers to gloves and floor care products. They’ve recently introduced the Collect range and I was sent a couple of products to try.

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The Spontex Collect Max Indoor broom, not only looks stylish but has been designed to collect the maximum amount of dust and dirt in just one sweep. So easy to use, the mixed non scratch fibres wipe up all types of dirt which is attracted to the electrostatic blade, which is built into the brush. With a telescopic handle, the broom will reach everywhere you need it to. This is an easy to use broom and I definitely noticed the difference compared to my normal broom. It didn’t miss anything off the floor. (£12.99)

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Why not pick up the matching Spill Collect Dustpan and Brush (£9.99) at the same time. It’s a great compliment to the broom and with its unique locking system, nothing drops out on the way to the bin. It also has a built in squeegee which made clearing up liquid messes a doddle.

 I Sea Pasta Tagliatelle

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A delicious low carb alternative to pasta, I Sea Pasta is a seaweed designed to fool you into thinking it’s actually a pasta. It looks like tagliatelle but is actually 100% wild, handpicked seaweed from Irealnd.  With 80% fewer calories than pasta and packed with rich, natural goodness including Iodine, iron and Omega 3, this is an easy and tasty way to get some extra hidden vegetables onto your plate (and even the kids!) Another huge plus point…seaweed is incredibly sustainable and we should all be trying to include it in our diet

Available from Seamore for £4.28 a bag.

CAMRA’s Historic Coaching Inns Of The Great Northern Road & CAMRA’s Wild Pub Walks

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As Christmas draws ever nearer, why not take a look at CAMRA’s online shop for the perfect gift the real ale lover in your life. With a huge variety of books on offer, you’ll find something for everyone, from the beer fantastic, to the walker who enjoys an occasional stop at a pub along the way. My two favourite picks include CAMRA’s Historic Coaching Inns of The Great Northern Road and CAMRA’s Wild Pub Walks.

In the first book, Roger Protz takes us on a journey down the ‘route 66 of Britain’ which instead of diners has magnificent coaching inns. Find out more about the history of some of these fantastic watering holes and be inspired to take a roadtrip yourself. (£12.99)

CAMRA’s Wild Pub Walks by Daniel Neilson focuses on 22 walks in beautiful or remote landscapes which also happen to have a pub or two along the route. Be inspired during your hill walks to divert to one of the many great watering holes described throughout the book and perhaps enjoy a new route or two. There are plenty of different abilities of walks covered from long to short, challenging to easy. The book also covers a wide variety of areas from the highlands of Scotland to the Yorkshire Dales and Pembrokeshire. (£11.99)

Colgate® Enamel Strength Toothpaste

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I’m a diet coke addict, and one of the downfalls of this addiction, among many, is that I worry about the enamel of my teeth. As we all know the chemicals in fizzy drinks can wear them down and make them weaker. For this reason I was excited to try out the new Colgate Enamel Strength Toothpaste. Designed to give your teeth added protection, helping to replenish and seal enamel, this toothpaste can help make teeth more resistant to acid damage. I tried this toothpaste for a month and was incredibly pleased with the overall look and feel of my teeth. They took on a smooth finish and a natural shine which they didn’t have before and I feel great in the knowledge that the toothpaste helped to strengthen my teeth 4 times more than regular fluoride toothpaste. £4.49 for 75ml. Available from all major retailers now.

Note: I was sent all of the above to review, but all opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

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October 8, 2017

Enjoying art at home with Artfinder

There’s nothing which adds more style to any room in your house than a fresh piece of artwork which reflects your style or creates a statement you want to convey. Often owning such a piece of original and unique artwork can cost a small fortune, but thanks to Artfinder, you can easily find artworks – be that sculpture, photography, paintings or graphics, for any budget.

I was gifted a £50 voucher to review a piece of art from the site, and believe me, for that amount there was plenty to choose from. Discover new artists who are just starting out, or find more established artists with unique pieces on offer – all by browsing the one site.

I settled on a beautiful painting from Sarah Gill. Sarah specialises in capturing images from her travels around the world, such as Italy and France, but also includes art that reflects views closer to home in the peak district. Take a look through her selection of works of art, most of which come pre-framed and are affordable, yet beautifully created and full of life.

This Way Home by Sarah Gill‘This Way Home’ is a wonderful painting, full of beautiful blues, gorgeous greens and all set in a night time scene. It looks fantastic in my house and has been a talking point for guests.

Artfinder is a great way to make sure you are taking home a unique and special piece of art. A couple I know went to Spain once and spent a small fortune on what they believed was an original painting. They returned home only to discover the painting was actually from Ikea! With Artfinder, you not only have a huge choice, but you can find out more about the artist and protect yourself from silly mistakes…ensuring you are the only person with that particular piece of art.

I know it’s early in the year to be mentioning the ‘C’ word – but with Christmas only a few months away, Artfinder is a great place to find that special, meaningful gift for friends or family. Alternatively, why not gift a voucher and see what they choose for themselves.

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Note: I was gifted a £50 voucher to use on Artfinder.com but I was not obliged to write a good review and opinions are my own.

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September 20, 2017

Ironing things out with Brabantia

Yes, it’s me again – back with another round of love for one of my favourite brands – Brabantia!

As you’ll know from my many previous posts, I’m a huge fan of the brand. I was recently offered the opportunity to review their new Ironing Board range and as always, jumped at the chance.

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I chose the Dots ironing board, which as a bonus comes with a free XL beach towel. This fun board comes with a spotty cover and the saying ‘Spot Happiness around you’ emblazoned on the front, adding style and a touch of quirky fun to your mundane ironing chores.

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This ironing board comes with a whopping seven different height settings – meaning your super tall husband, or petite wife has no excuse not to do their own ironing. A real bonus in my book!

It’s a nice stable board and the top is well padded. It also has a solid steam iron rest. We all know ironing is basically the most boring of chores in the house, but this board helps make it go as smoothly as it can! This particular board retails for £69 but with a 10 year guarantee, this board will keep going for a long time. As I often say on the blog, it’s worth splashing out on items which you often use, such as kitchenware and homewares, yet buying less of them. Let’s buy quality over quantity!

All ironing boards come with a 10 year guarantee as well as coming in a wide variety of designs, so check them out here to find out more.

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September 19, 2017

Things I’m loving this month…

I may have missed August, as it disappeared in a blur, but this month I’ve been busy hunting down some new ‘must try’ foodie favourites.

Papa John’s Deep Crust Pizza

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Available until 26th November, the new Deep Crust Pizza from Papa Johns features a buttery, seared crust with a fuller flavour and a light and fluffy dough which is deeper than normal. All cooked up in a specially created pan, the pizza also features a new vine-ripened tomato sauce and of course, an extra cup of cheese, spread across the entire pizza to create a caramelised, crispy cheese crust. Available with all the normal Papa Johns toppings. You may recently have spotted the Papa John team going ‘deep’ underground and handing out samples of the new pizzas to London Underground users to celebrate the launch.

Gourmosa

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Gourmosa are the creators of delicious and healthy Indian food including Chaat pots and vegetable Halwa desserts, which utilise a range of wholesome superfoods and traditional spice blends. They utilise traditional techniques, handed down through generations, but with a modern twist which will whet everyone’s appetite.

Available in Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Tesco and Asda now.

Goldenberries

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Looking for a healthy, yet satisfying snack? Reach for a bag of the new South American superfruit – Goldenberries. A naturally tangy yet sweet berry, these are perfect as a snack or to add to smoothies, porridge, biscuits and much more.  Only 100g will give you 71% of the RDA of vitamin A and 60% of your RDA of potassium, as well as hits of vitamin c, iron and zinc, as well as vitamin B1. Also available covered in cocoa. Available in Ocado and Waitrose.

Nature’s Finest Mango Cheeks

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These delicious slices of chunky mango are now available in 700g fridge packs. Great for baking, adding to cereal, taking into the office as a snack or just enjoying at home. Convenient and tasty, these mango cheeks are juicy and ripe, yet convenient. Available in all good supermarkets now.

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September 18, 2017

Snack Attack

As the nights draw in and days get shorter, there’s the irresistible lure of snacking in front of the TV. But don’t fear, I’ve hunted down some of the tastiest snacks to keep you going and share with family and friends.

DOISY & DAM

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Partnering superfoods such as baobab, lucuma and goji berries with the highest quality organic chocolate, Doisy & Dam is the perfect indulgence – a tastier, healthier range of chocolate. Available in 8 different flavours: Date & Himalayan Pink Salt; Lemon, Poppyseed & Baobab; Maple, Toasted Rice & Himalayan Pink Salt; Coconut & Lucuma; Maca, Vanilla & Cacao Nibs. Available now in Sainsbury’s. 

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September 14, 2017

Jambalaya

There are plenty of recipes which you can knock up in a Morsø cast-iron pan. A beautiful casserole, a whole roasted chicken or a creamy soup, but something which always warms my soul is tasty Jambalaya. A favourite with young and old alike, this Louisianan dish packs plenty of flavour with a punch of heat. There are a million different recipes for this tasty dish, but here’s what works for me. Feel free to tweak as appropriate – just make sure to add plenty of meat, as that’s what makes this dish so tasty!

Take a look at the huge variety of Morsø pans here.

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Ingredients

  • ½ giant Chorizo sausage chopped
  • 2 Onions chopped
  • 2 chopped Garlic cloves
  • 3 Chicken breasts
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • ¼ tsp Chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Allspice
  • ¼ tsp Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Thyme
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt & pepper to season
  • ¼ tsp Paprika
  • 200g Long grain rice
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml water

Method

  • Add Chorizo, chicken, chopped onion and garlic to the pan. Cook until chicken is browned and onion is softened
  • Add the green pepper and cook until softened and then add all the seasonings and spices as listed above
  • Add the long grain rice and stir through to take on the flavours of the pan
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and water, pop on the lid and leave to simmer until the rice is completely cooked through
  • Serve immediately. Simply present the beautiful Morsø¸ pan in the centre of the table and let everyone dig in! Add a dollop of Greek yoghurt to cool down the Jambalaya if it’s a little too hot for your family!

Jambalaya2Find out more about Morsø¸ and their fantastic Cast-iron pans at www.morso.co.uk

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September 12, 2017

Frying Pan Apple Cake

I was recently sent some beautiful pans by Morsø to review and am loving using the beautiful wooden handled frying pan and saucepan. These heavy pans really work well to make sure the heat is evenly distributed across everything being cooked up. Well, due to the fact I’ve been enjoying these pans so much I was reluctant to get out any baking pans when knocking up a cake for the husband recently and the answer was of course, obvious. I’d have to make a cake on the stovetop using the frying pan instead!

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This beautiful cake is great with a big helping of custard as a Sunday lunch dessert which can be served in the centre of the table.

One warning – watch out that the apple doesn’t caramelise too quickly and keep the heat low to ensure an even bake and no burning!

Ingredients

  • 2 apples (use cooking apples if you want a mushier texture, or regular apples for a bit more of a bite)
  • 64g of dark brown sugar (for use with the apples)
  • 128g Plain Flour
  • 128g Sugar
  • 115g Melted butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon

Method:

  • Chop apples into segments, place in a bowl and add sugar. Toss to coat and add all to a hot pan with a small bit of butter to get things started.
  • Keep an eye on the apple, making sure it isn’t burning or getting too mushy!
  • In another bowl whisk the eggs and the vanilla extract and gradually add the sugar and cinnamon, mixing well.  Add the melted butter and continue to stir.
  • Next add the flour and baking powder into the mixture, folding gently.
  • When ready, pour the cake mixture evenly over the apples, lower the temperature, cover the pan with some foil and leave for around 15 minutes)
  • Serve immediately and douse in custard. Enjoy!

Morso3Find out more about Morsø and their fantastic Cast-iron pans at www.morso.co.uk

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September 10, 2017

Once in a lifetime purchase

There aren’t many things these days which are made to last. In our throwaway society, it’s unusual to find items which are both affordable and designed to last a lifetime. There are a million reasons to buy quality over quantity, from saving the environment through to saving money and if you are looking for an item which will never need replacing and which will make cooking a breeze, then why not take a look at Morsø cast iron pans.

These beautiful pans are made by Morsø¸ who have been crafting cast-iron stoves since 1853 on the island of Mors in Denmark. In recent years they’ve used their knowledge of cast-iron to create a range of contemporary, high quality cookware. Remaining true to its Danish heritage, Morsø¸ has created a sophisticated range of pans which both look stylish on the table but also perform fantastically.

Cooking with cast-iron is always a joy, whether on the hob or in the oven, over time they absorb the flavours and seasonings from all your cooking, become non-stick by default and make each new dish tastier than the last.

I was sent four pans to try out at home for myself and have had a great time cooking up my usual meals as well as dabbling with some new recipes. Watch out on the blog for some new recipes using these beautiful pans soon.

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The Multicocotte with Skillet Lid 

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I’ve never seen a pan like this before -it is truly unique in its versatility. This pan is 3 in 1 and can be used as a large pot for casseroles, big dishes etc, a bread pan and amazingly enough, the lid can also be used as a roasting pan.

Throw out your extra pans and stick this in your cupboard, as it covers everything. This large pan can fit pretty much anything you imagine, from whole roast joints to casseroles to feed a small army.

If you only buy one cast-iron pan, then it has to be this one. Stick it on your wish list for Christmas now!

Casserole Dish 

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I love this casserole dish, the perfect size for pretty much anything you fancy, from a whole-roasted chicken through to pasta, rice dishes, casseroles (of course) or even a soup, this pan does the job.

The cast-iron works really well to keep the heat in, which is great if like me, you get your timings wrong with the other dishes and need to keep it warm while everything else cooks!

This casserole dish also looks fab as you present your dish to your family or friends in the centre of the table.

Frying Pan and Saucepan

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These beautiful pans will be a kitchen staple for the rest of your life, guaranteed. These heavy pans work well on the hob to distribute the heat evenly and look beautiful with their oiled wooden handles, so can be presented on the table as well as used on the hob.

Remember, the more you use all of these pans, the better the flavour!

Keep an eye on the blog for some cast-iron recipe inspiration.

Find out more about Morsø at www.morso.co.uk

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July 11, 2017

Keeping Things Cool

If you’ve been following the blog over the last month or so, you’ll have seen that I’ve been taking part in the Haier Fresher Diaries Challenge. The idea was to take stock of how much food I’ve been wasting, come up with a plan to tackle it (thanks to the people at Haier and Love Food Hate Waste) and then of course implement it.

I was shocked by how much food I was wasting on a weekly basis, simply by not storing them correctly most of the time! The lovely people at Haier are helping with my mission to cut down on waste and one major way to do this is to get a fridge freezer which can really deal with your food and help it to stay fresher for longer.

I was sent the Haier Cube Series HTF-610DM7 to review and over the last week I’ve had great fun playing with it, and all its exclusive Fresher Techs which are designed with freshness in mind!

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I stole this picture from Haier as I can’t seem to get an image without my reflection in it. That’s how shiny it is!

The cube has a huge capacity of 610 litres, which gives you plenty of room for all your food – no matter how big your family.

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Just look at the size of this fridge – enormous. Note also the incredible day like lighting – so easy to see everything. Yes, I need to go for a shop to fill it all up now!

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I’ve again stolen one of Haier’s images as it really shows the huge capacity that this fridge freezer has!

There’s a fridge compartment, a freezer compartment and a compartment called the ‘Switch Zone’ which can be used as either a fridge (+5 degrees) or keep it as a freezer (-20 degrees), dependent on your needs. It’s so flexible! I think this will become especially useful at Christmas when I’m buying lots of party food and need a place to store it all.  You can easily control the temperature on the outside of the fridge door. The separate compartments also mean you can open them individually, reducing the amount of electricity loss by up to 60%, making sure you save money and save your food from perishing unnecessarily!

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The freezer compartments – You can see the ice maker at the top on the left. The right section is the ‘MyZone’ which means it can be changed from freezer to fridge or vice versa easily enough.

There are two compartments in the fridge – the humidity zone and the dry zone, which work with different ingredients to keep them at their freshest. Fruit and vegetables thrive in the humidity zone as it keeps them at their optimum humidity and moisture levels (90%) by using a unique plant fibre membrane – you can go away for days knowing when you return it will still be ripe and ready to eat. Cheeses and meats should be stored in the dry zone which reduces humidity to below 45% – meaning things will definitely last longer by between 4 and 7 days which makes a massive difference!

The whole fridge is also equipped with Haier’s anti-bacterial technology. This is done through a UV light which eliminates bacteria throughout the fridge. What I noticed immediately when starting up the fridge was the fantastic lighting. The fridge has a daylight touch to it, so that it feels really bright and you can easily see what’s hidden in the depths. No more yoghurts discovered weeks after their sell by date in the corner.

And perhaps, most importantly when you have an open kitchen/diner like we do the fridge is low noise – so low noise in fact, that we can’t hear anything. It also has an A++ rating, which means it’s incredibly energy efficient

Want to find out a bit more? Watch the video below.

There are so many useful features in this fridge freezer which will help me with my food waste challenge and make it so much easier. Take a look back over my old posts to see some useful tips for preventing food waste.

This was a sponsored post by Haier UK. For more information, please visit: www.haier.com/uk or visit their facebook page @HaierUK.

 

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June 26, 2017

Preventing food waste and saving money

As you’ll know from my previous posts, I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the Haier fresher food challenge. I reported back on our food waste after a week and was disappointed at the amount of food I had to throw away, simply because I’d forgotten about them or not looked after them properly. (Have a look back through my posts to see the previous videos)

The lovely people at Haier, no.1 worldwide in household appliances, took a look at my videos and came back with some handy hints and tips as to how to prevent this kind of waste in the future. They linked with the people at Love Food, Hate Waste and have created a video which looks at how I can make my food last longer and avoid any wastage. See below for their advice.

What fantastic advice! I was really disappointed by the amount of waste I had in the fridge when I reviewed it (you’ll see I had to throw away chicken, yoghurts and all sorts!). I saved it all up to be thrown away in one go, and usually don’t do that…and it shows the quantities of waste that is thrown away.

Thanks to Haier I now have some great ideas for making my food last longer, and taste fresher for longer too. I’ll definitely be using the tip to add some kitchen towel to a bag of salad to give the leaves a better shelf life.

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I’ll also be adding my citrus fruit, apples and pears into the crisper compartment of my fridge, as Helen (the lovely lady in the video) explains that they will last much longer this way. This seems so obvious, but it has been a habit of mine to stick this kind of fruit into the fruit bowl, so this is a little easy change which can make a huge difference!

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Something as simple as separating chicken breasts and freezing half will also be a regular occurrence from now on as will freezing yoghurts before they go off, and then enjoying them as an ice cream alternative. Genius!

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All of these tips are so easy to implement, that I’d be stupid not to! Trust me, there won’t be as much food waste in this household going forwards.

The added benefit to all of this, as well as the obvious benefit to the environment is that I would save around £547 a year by sticking to the above tips and tricks.

For more information, please visit: www.haier.com/uk or visit their facebook page @HaierUK.

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June 24, 2017

Tasting Georgia

Before I was contacted to review the Tasting Georgia book, I knew little to nothing about Georgia as a country or anything about the history or culture of the country. It was a truly fascinating read and it’s certainly sparked an interest in visiting Georgia. It even lead to some googling for flights and hotels…I see a long weekend in the near future!

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The author, Carla, takes us on a fascinating journey through Georgia in this book. With information on the history and culture of the country dotted throughout, there are also details of where to stay and what to eat in every region of the country. You can feel the passion coming through in her writing and her love for Georgian food and wine is clear. Packed with recipes to recreate at home, there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge in Carla’s favourite dishes any night of the week.

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There’s a big focus on wine in the book and in each region Carla explores traditionally made wines which are created in large terracotta pots (Qveri).

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It was interesting to discover that the social fabric of Georgia would seem in part to be held together by the Supra or Georgian Feast looked over by a formal or informal toastmaster. All the food is on the table at the same time and there are no desserts apart from fresh fruit, nuts and possibly the Churchkhela. These look like sausages and can be found hanging in groups on strings. They are in fact made of nuts coated in thickened grape must or fruit juice without the addition of sugar.

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Carla takes us into Markets, Wineries, Monasteries and even to a small farm with twenty cows near the Turkish border specialising in aged cheese. The book is packed with interesting stories, exciting places to visit and lovely dishes as well as beautiful photography, which will have you planning your trip.

This book allows you to escape into its pages to discover a country that beckons to the explorer, chef, wine connoisseur and tourist in all of us.

Find out more about this book at: www.tastinggeorgia.com or purchase for only £30.

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