13th June 2017 by - No comments

The sun is out! We in London are enjoying the sunshine and the lovely outdoors.

My kids are enjoying picnicing outdoors and just lounging around the garden.

I find carton drinks & juices in those handy pouches are a godsend in the summer months. Not only are they spill friendly, they are so easy to pack away for trips to the park and also in lunch boxes. But some on the go juices can contain so much sugar and nasty additives we have to be careful when making choices.

One of my favourite brands Appy Drinks has brought out a great selection of fruity pouches, in addition to their carton range, filled with sugar free juice and with some of your kids favourite cartoon characters on the packaging. So everyone is happy!

The new range is sweetened with stevia instead of sugar, and contains no GMOs or artificial preservatives, making them a great option for kids’ lunchboxes as well as perfect for drinking on the go now that the days are getting warmer.

Stevia is a healthy and sweet leaf, it makes a great natural replacement from sugars and artificial sweeteners. Appy uses more elements of the stevia leaf to give a refined delicious taste that is low in calories!

The products can be found in Ocado, Tesco, Whole foods market and Spar.

Verdict –

My boys loved the pouches & the cartons, they look and taste great! Apple has always been a favourite of my boys and they have tried nearly every apple juice available in supermarkets, and they loved this one!

Here’s a little tip! In the morning before heading to school place the pouches in the freezer for an hour or so. This way your kids will have a fruity and cool drink to enjoy at lunch time!

The stevia gives the drink a perfectly natural taste and without all the nastiness of sugar and artificial sweeteners.

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If you want to win a huge hamper filled with Appy drinks and other goodies, including a fantastic Peppa Pig puzzle by Jumbo games –

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All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter link below, the competition is open to Uk residents only & closes on June 29 2017. Good luck! Options to enter are listed on the Rafflecopter!

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In the meantime make sure you follow the Appy social media accounts & visit their website below. The Appy Instagram account has some super cool tips!

http://www.appykidsco.com

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12th June 2017 by - No comments

If there was any era I could go back in time to and experience for myself it would have to be the 1930’s. Especially Paris in the roaring 30’s ; the music, the clothes, the era of having fun. The age of Jazz.

I first came across Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald in my favourite movie Midnight in Paris. A lovely couple who have an intense yet extremely loving relationship. I then found out that Christina Ricci was to star in a mini series about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. So I just had to find out more about her exciting life. An author and wife to the great Scott Fitzgerald, her life had to be anything but boring.

The Book –

A novel of the woman dubbed ‘The First Flapper’ – Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife and muse to F.Scott Fitzgerald. Set against the glamorous backdrop of the Roaring twenties, Z is the story of the woman who lived large and ached to find her own identity in the shadow of her celebrated husband.

Verdict –

Firstly let me try to explain what this book is – is it fact or fiction? Well its fictional but based on true facts so it is ‘biographical fiction.’ Im guessing because not too much information is available of Zelda’s life, what is available has been cleverly glued together to form this novel.

This book is exactly what I look for in biographies, it is a novel so instead of just giving us facts and figures it takes us on a journey of Zelda’s life. Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald had a fantastically glamorous life, but it was also filled with ups and downs.

The characters who make up their circle of friends – Hemingway, Picasso, Cole Porter, Gertrude Stein. Living a life filled with parties, excess, drinking, frivolity can ultimately lead to depression and we find out about Zelda’s demons who she battled with through her life.

I really enjoyed this book and am very excited to see Zelda’s life come alive on screen.

A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is available to purchase on Amazon and at all bookstores now.

 

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7th June 2017 by - No comments

My herb garden absolutely loved the sunshine and the mint, coriander and parsley my darling father planted not long ago has gone wild. The mint and parsley we use often in salads etc, but coriander is used less often so I wanted to utilise it before it wilted away.

Searching online for methods to harvest and store coriander leaves I opted to chop and freeze the leaves, this way it would be available to add to home cooked meals over the year ahead.

I already use frozen chopped onions and garlic regularly. Not only does in make the whole cooking process quicker, the vegetables are always fresh and ready to use.

So why not frozen herbs.

Ingredients –

  • Fresh Coriander leaves (take off thick stalks, wash thoroughly and pat dry with paper towel)
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil

Method –

  • Finely chop the coriander leaves in a food processor or by hand
  • Add the olive oil and continue to blend until it forms a thick paste
  • Carefully spoon the paste into an ice cube tray
  • Place in a freezer overnight
  • Once frozen remove from the ice cube tray and place in a sealable bag
  • Store in freezer and use when needed.

Ideas for using coriander in cooking –

  • Add to oven baked salmon with lime & chilli for a tasty crust
  • Add to chicken with garlic and soy sauce for a delicious marinade
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