21st February 2018 by - No comments

I have lots of tools in my kitchen. Some I use daily, others weekly, some very rarely. Ive always belived in saving time by using the right tool for the task. Why slave over a task for hours on end when there is a tool that can do it for you in minutes?

I adore cooking as you all know, but baking is my hidden pleasure. I have always loved baking since I was little. Cakes, biscuits, desserts are such a pleasure to put together.

There has been on kitchen gadget which I have always used when baking. It is amazing and I think every household should have one.

The Tala Cook’s Dry Measure

So what does it do?

The Cook’s dry measure is an invaluable kitchen tool. Simply pour ingredients up to the desired level for speed and accuracy without using weighing scales.

The measure is calibrated in both metric and imperial, making it easy to follow favourite old cookery books, and recipes passed down from a mother or grandmother.

The measure is also calibrated for fluid measurements and can be used to measure liquids for immediate use, but is not watertight. The cooks measure has been made by hand, in England, in which the production method remains the same since the 1920s.

If you haven’t got one get one asap! You will wonder how you lived without it.

No more messy scales, simply put in the dry ingredients up to the point stated and voila perfectly measured ingredients!

I think mine must be 10years old!

You can buy them pretty much anywhere. See below for more details –

https://www.talacooking.com/catalogue/kitchen/baking/cooks_measures/tala_originals_cooks_dry_measure_01598.htm

24th January 2018 by - No comments

I am a self proclaimed seed-a-holic! I have always loved seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, chia. Way before the whole seed fashion came about, I would choose pumpkin seeds as my go to snack at anytime of the day.

My addiction continues to this day, I can honestly get through packets and packets of pumpkin seeds. My favourites are the ones with the shell on, and I love snacking on them.

The nutritional benefits of seeds and grains are endless. Filled with fibre and vitamins, they are essential for our bodies.

The only thing which I find so annoying with seed and grains is getting them from the packet to my bowl or in to the pot without spilling them everywhere. But one of my favourite brands ‘Andean Sol’ who is a specialist in healthy eating, has come up with the perfect solution.

The Products –

Andean Sol Chia Seeds range

Available in two variants – Organic Black Chia and Organic White Chia. Like our Organic Royal Quinoa range, they are also available in resealable spout pouches.

  • High in Omega-3
  • High in Fibre
  • High in Plant Protein
  • High in Iron
  • Gluten Free
  • Non GMO

Andean Sol Royal Quinoa range

Available in two variants – Organic White Royal Quinoa and Organic Tricolour Royal Quinoa in handy resealable spout pouches.

  • High in fibre
  • Source of Plant Protein
  • Low GI
  • High in Iron
  • Gluten Free
  • Non GMO

Verdict – 

I loved both these products immensely! Not only because of the super handy pouch that they come in, but that is a very added bonus, but because the quality of the seeds is 100%.

So easy to store, so easy to dispense. Thank you Andean Sol!

The benefits of Chia & Quinoa are endless.

I add Chia seeds to my porridge, granola, salads, pasta salads and I love adding a sprinkle to my smoothies! They are tasteless but add so much goodness. Watch my blog and Instagram accounts for lots of fun recipes coming soon using these cute seeds.

Quinoa is such a versatile grain. As a side dish with fish, meats. Perfectly filling and light as a replacement for oats in porridge. Royal Quinoa is a premium, larger variety of quinoa that cooks up fluffier and tastes nuttier.

Watch this space for some super yummy, healthy and easy recipes using these lovely seeds! xxx

In the meantime get hold of these cool punches via the Andean Sol website below or on Ocado!

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6th December 2017 by - No comments

I still cannot believe it is December, in a few weeks when all the Christmas festivities are over we will be ringing in the new year. I do very much hope that 2018 is a fresh start for the world we live in, and I very much hope this beautiful world looks forward to days of peace and happiness.

As you may know this year was a big year in our household, now my living room as a beautifully enlarged living room and my home is complete. We have the space we so wanted and a lovely large dining table to dine around.

But I think it is true to say that once you start decorating or building your home, you start getting ideas. How can I add more to my home? What little changes can make my home even nicer?

I attended Crown Paints press event a few weeks ago, and they have some wonderful ideas and colours for those of you wishing to add something new to your homes in 2018!

Crown Paints – Spring/Summer Colour Influences – 

Crown Paints has been manufactured in Britain since 1777, starting out in a small independent print shop in Darwen, Lancashire, where its headquarters remains.

A lot has happened over the last 200years, but it is still their mission to empower homeowners to realise the potential of colour. Paint is not just about home decoration, it’s about using colour to turn an ordinary space into something personal.

Crown Paints has a fantastic team of colour influencers who have put together the trends for 2018. Consultants, specialists and designers who have colour at the heart of everything they do and inspire people to decorate their homes with colour.

Crown Paints Trends for Spring/Summer 2018 – 

Linear – 

“This trend is about working with the simplicity of straight lines, keeping to slim black outlines in furniture and lighting as well as on walls gives a new and sophisticated look, a modern elegance.” Judy Smith (Crown Colour Consultant)

Provocative – 

“Brave, bold and provocative. With big blocks of colours and strong geometry that’s breaking free from the restriction of the walls.”  Justyna Korczynska (Crown Design Studio)

Bloom

Bloom is the romantic token of nature at its most magnificent, with fresh floral tones on a long spectrum from lively greens to deep seated pinks and purples. This artistic interpretation picks out the wide brush strokes on an abstract canvas, combining all the fresh colours of a beautiful English garden.

Verdict – 

I found the Crown Paints Spring/Summer colour influences absolutely inspiring and refreshing. I could see so many possibilities, so many ways to transform rooms in our homes beyond just floral wallpaper, or champagne coloured paint.

If you are looking for fresh ways to brighten up your homes, or a specific room, have a look at what Crown Paints has to offer.

https://www.crownpaints.co.uk