Love Ginger Beer? Here’s Your Chance to Win a Case of Fentimans New Spiced Ginger Beer!

I do love ginger beer as I love the taste of the ginger combined with the bubbles that make a gorgeously refreshing and thirst quenching drink.  Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to get the chance to try the Original Ginger Beer from Fentimans which was yummy so of course I was very excited when I heard they had a Spiced Ginger Beer!  The spiced ginger beer is infused with Eastern spices to create a delicious warming drink for the winter and a tasty and refreshing drink for the summer.

I was curious to see how much spice Fentimans had included but it isn’t too strong for the British palette to handle.  Great chilled, this delicious drink is gluten free and not too heavy on the alcohol at 4%.  Although great on it’s own this ginger beer is also great combined with other flavours.  I decided to have a little play with creating a recipe using ginger beer that used the flavour as it’s core instead of masking it and one that was easy make too.

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 These jellies are simple to make and are a fabulous light adult dessert that isn’t too calorific and perfect for anyone that loves ginger beer.  My recipe uses alcoholic ginger beer but Fentimans also has a non alcoholic ginger beer (traditional) should you prefer or in case you are making this for children.

Not so keen on cinnamon no problem don’t add it in, recipes are not set in stone so get creative and adjust them to your taste.

This particular recipe can be made with or without the creamy vanilla and cinnamon topping.  The creamy topping can be kept runny or you can add gelatin to make it thicker, again you choose.

I made these in disposable plastic cups as it was much easier and help reduce washing after but you can use pretty glasses if you have any.

Ginger Beer, Vanilla and Cinnamon Jellies

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Serves 8

Ingredients

For the Ginger Beer Jellies

1 330ml bottle of Fentimans Spiced Ginger Beer

150ml water

Water for soaking the gelatin

4.5 gelatin leaves

For the Topping

180ml double cream

a pinch of cinnamon powder

1tsp vanilla essence (preferably a good quality one with seeds)

1 gelatin leaf

Water for soaking the gelatin

Method

For the Ginger Beer Jellies

Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water for about 10 minutes.

While the gelatin is soaking gently pour the ginger beer into a jug as we don’t want this frothing.

Warm the water and once it starts to bubble a little remove it from the heat and set aside for two minutes.

Squeeze the water out of the gelatin and add this to the heated water and stir in, it takes seconds to dissolve.

Add the water to the jug of ginger beer, stir gently then pour evenly into your glasses / cups.

Place in the fridge for about 5-6 hours to set. I left mine overnight to be sure.

You need this part to set before starting the next.

For the Topping

Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water for about 10 minutes.

Warm the cream and once it starts to bubble a little remove it from the heat add in the vanilla essence and cinnamon, stir and set aside for two minutes.

Squeeze the water out of the gelatin and add this to the heated cream and stir.

Pour this over the set ginger beer jellies and place in the fridge to set.  The amount is far less than with the ginger beer so it won’t take as long to set.

Place in the fridge for about 3 hours to set.

When this has set you can grate over a little chocolate and add any garnishes before serving.

What a slightly different version?

You don’t need to set the cream, instead you can skip the heating and the gelatin, add in the vanilla and cinnamon and pour over the top of the jellies.

Again add on any garnishes and serve.

Just a note, not all gelatin is animal based so you can still make this whether you are vegetarian or vegan, obviously minus the cream.

Enjoy!!!

We all love a great giveaway so here is my first of the year.

One lucky winner will win a case of the Spiced Ginger Beer which you can either keep all to yourself or enjoy with friends.  Drink it straight up or try one of my ginger beer recipes the choice is yours.  Just a little heads up I have a Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipe coming up soon and it’s loooooovely!

Entry is super easy just enter via the rafflecopter form.

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Did you Cut your Spending this Christmas?

I have been reading all sorts of articles over the Christmas period from those about gift ideas for various members of the family, great party food ideas and more.  Some of these were found online and some I found in my inbox.  One that caught my interest covered spending over the Christmas season.

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An online voucher company recently did a survey and discovered that 42% of those asked have tried to save money this Christmas.  It’s not surprising Christmas is an expensive time of year and it’s hard especially when you have little ones not to feel that you should get them the latest toy that they really want and have been on about for the last month and a half.  With our desire to make Christmas as special and magical a time as possible for children and loved ones some really do get a little spend happy it’s easy to get swept up in the Christmas buying frenzy that seems to happen and sometimes we might swipe the plastic a little too much it’s easily done as by not physically handling cash it can make you a little less aware of what you are spending resulting in quite a few cases in accounts being overdrawn as we venture into the cold January months.  I wrote a post in November titled ‘Save this Christmas and Enjoy a Happy New Year’ which I hope some of you managed to read and this gave some great tips on how you could save money for this Christmas as well as begin working on saving money for the next.

The company that carried out the survey that caught my attention was none other than My Voucher Codes which I frequently use and you can see the full survey ‘here‘.  The great thing about this particular company is that savings are not merely restricted to Christmas time although saving money at this expensive time of year is of course great.  These guys like many other voucher services allow you to save money on a whole array of products /  services from holidays, dining out, shopping for clothes, jewellery, beauty products, the list goes on.  I will be using vouchers to help save me money over the year and might even buy a few Christmas gifts on the way to reduce the load for next Christmas.  I’m quite excited to see they link to the offers on the buyagift page where I plan on making the most of discounts and go on a few of the experiences yet again.  The gift and occasion page is one to keep an eye on for those needing gifts over the year or want to get their Christmas shopping for the coming year finished early.  At the moment many of the stores they list are offering up to 50% off so if you want to grab some bargains why not go take a look.

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Have fun shopping x

Do you use money saving voucher sites like these and which do you use?

November Fab Finds

Now that November is truly over and well are well into December I am going to tell you all about the Fab Finds that I came across last month.  In my Fab Finds features I will include products that I have either come across when out and about shopping, samples of items that I have tried and loved and also products that I have been sent for consideration that I have liked.  My first every Fab Finds feature included some items that I discovered in September that I really liked, October was super busy for me and I didn’t find anything particularly Fab so I skipped that month, there is no point wasting anyone’s time telling you about pointless items now is there.

This month my Fab Finds post seems to have been taken over by items for foodies.

One of the items that I was introduced to in November which I found handy was a healthy Italian alternative to sweets.  My girls love sweets and when they get them from anywhere be it birthdays at school where they get a sweet of some kind, birthday parties, their grans, friends or uncles houses they will secretly squirrel it away somewhere in their bedroom out of my sight.  I know they do this as I find sweets lying around and sweet wrappers carelessly disposed of on the floor next to the bin (come on kids really, you somehow missed the bin by 2cm).  I find that if a sweet craving is hijacked by a healthier sweet item being introduced such as whole pieces of fruit – not always a child’s first choice or something like dried fruit then the craving is satisfied reducing the need for sugar and rummaging through their room to find their hidden sweets when mummy isn’t looking.

Noberasco the Italian masters of dried fruit have a selection of fruit cubes which can be found at the Ciao Gusto Italian Shop on Ocado.  They have a range of flavours including Plum,  ‘Red Fruits’, Apricot and Pear.  The Fruttime packs are great for adding to lunchboxes and also for adults wanting a convenient snack that doesn’t include the hydrogenated fats and cereals that appear in so many snacks these days.  The products do not contain pectin, colours, gelatinizing agents, apple juice, added sugar, artificial flavour or preservatives just 100% fruit.  The pouches are a handy size making them easy to transport and they are resealable so you don’t need to finish the whole pack in one go.  Just a reminder though that although they do not contain added sugar the product will contain natural sugars from the ripe fruits used and also will not have the fibre that comes with the fruit.  I have been using these as an addition to whole fruit, it’s great as an after school snack on the way home or on the way to the tutors.

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Another item that I thought was rather good especially for children was Puds in a Mug.  These are a recent addition to the Dr Oetker range.  There are times where the little ones or I get a craving for cake and and nothing else will do.  Dr Oetker has 3 products in this range:

Dr. Oetker Pud in a Mug Sponge Puds are available in Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco and Co-op.

Dr. Oetker Pud in a Mug Velvety Desserts are available in Asda.

The MRRP is £0.79.

I made tried the rich chocolate dessert which really did have a rich chocolate flavour.  Although not the same as home made it helps when you need cake straight away and is not bad at all when eaten whilst still hot with vanilla ice cream.  It’s super easy to make, you simply add milk and microwave.

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I use coconut milk quite regularly and recently I came across a new coconut milk pouch in Asda.  The pouch contains 200ml of coconut milk where as the tins have 400ml.  Normally I use tins and reduce the milk as it isn’t always thick enough and there is a touch too much so the pouches make a fabulous alternative, these simply need pouring over the food you have cooked and heating through which takes a matter of minutes and adds a gorgeous creamy coconut flavour to your dish.  The coconut content is high too, this is one of the better quality products on the market as it contains 60% coconut extract where as many other have less and don’t taste as good.  I am looking forward to experimenting with some more vegetable pasta dishes so keep your eyes peeled for some yummy recipes coming soon.  This is high in fats but should be fine when eaten as part of a balanced diet.  In many instances you will be combining it with vegetable which will contain fibre and will actually trap some of the fats within the fibre strands helping to eliminate some of them from the body.

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Have you discovered anything Fab recently that you would love to spread the word about?

One in Five Children DON’T KNOW That Milk Comes From Cows

It’s amazing the things that I get sent through to my inbox.  Amongst all the spam emails I get various forms of informative ones, some that I have no interest in at all (sorry guys, I can’t feature everything) and some that are interesting and relevant to me.  I thought today I would feature the information from one company that I thought was interesting and relevant to parents in the UK.

The post title is a big giveaway as to the topic but here we go.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons has found that the younger generation have a few things to learn about food provenance.  They conducted research which revealed that a shocking one in five children don’t know that milk comes from cows and almost a third of children believe a cow’s diet consists of sandwiches and pizza.

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Fortunately my children are a bit more aware of where some of their foods come from although they of course be could be shown more and going to local pick your own farms, animal farms and even growing their own fruit and veg are a great way of showing children where the foods they eat originate.  In addition if you start early they will have a head start in their science lessons!!!

To help the younger generation , Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons has partnered with Giovanna Fletcher to help kids understand more about food provenance; in particular where the glass and a half of milk used to make each packet of its iconic Buttons comes from.  In the video, Giovanna takes some parents and kids back to the farm to learn some truths:

New research from Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons reveals the bizarre myths that children between 4 and 8 believe about their food

  • Over one in ten boys (11 per cent) believe milk comes straight from the supermarket.
  • A fifth (20 per cent) of five year olds believe that chocolate is made from eggs.
  • Almost a third of children (29 per cent) believe a cow’s diet consists of sandwiches and pizza.

It’s shocking really I knew so much more about my foods originate from I was younger and that was due to being taught in class.  What on earth are schools teaching now days! (Let’s not get me started there.)

The survey also revealed that parents across the nation care about food provenance, with a whopping 73 per cent stating that knowing where their food comes from is important to them. However, it seems the younger generation have a few things to learn when it comes to this topic.

The research also revealed that children are unsure of what is used to make chocolate, with over a third (32 per cent) of the children likening the ingredients to those found in a cake.

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  1. Eggs (20 per cent)
  2. Flour (12 per cent)
  3. Plants (9 per cent of four year olds)
  4. Wheat (6 per cent of four year olds)

Catherine Young, Senior Brand Manager for Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons says “Whilst some of the findings from the research are amusing, it has highlighted that more needs to be done to make farming and food provenance as important to children as it is to their parents.  We’re really proud that we source our milk from Selkley Vale – a cooperative of farmers from Wiltshire and Gloucestershire farms – and believe it’s important for children to understand the journey of their food. We hope the video will help parents  show their children about this in a stimulating and enjoyable way!”

Do your little ones know where milk comes from?

Tommy Tucker Gourmet Popcorn (plus a competition too!)

Who loves popcorn?  I am sure if you were all in the room with me I would see a sea of hands.  I think that there are very few people that do not enjoy this treat that is if you think about it very versatile as it can be found in a range of sweet and savoury flavours.  Recently a company called Thomas Tucker got in touch and sent me some of their popcorn to review.  I must admit I hadn’t really known much about this company before now which really is a shame as they are a UK based company and I do love to promote UK based products where possible.  Their popcorn is apparently so good that they are the supplier of choice for the British cinema industry, they also supply their goods to a string of high-profile businesses across the retail, leisure and hospitality industries, and, since their acquisition of RJ Foods in 2015, offer a growing portfolio of baked goods too.

I was pleased to discover that their popcorn does not contain artificial colours or flavours and is wheat, GM and gluten free so we were off to a good start before they had even sent the product.

Mr Squishy a foodie himself clearly sensed the presence of food hidden within the box and tried his hardest to break into the box and begin consuming it’s contents but fortunately to no avail as it had been sealed well thankfully.

Tommy Tucker have a range of popcorn available and they sent me some of their gourmet range to taste.  Of course I was besides myself with excitement, who wouldn’t be!

So the big question, was it any good?

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Salted Caramel and Vanilla

For the lovers of sweet and salty combined of whom I know there are many this is the flavour for you.  With the perfect mix of sweet and salt and is my favourite out of the selection I tried.  I can safely say it’s yummy!

Raspberry Sensation

Unusual for a popcorn flavour but interestingly this actually does seem to work.  There is a lovely sweetness from the toffee coat with a tangyness from the raspberry.  This sure is a unique flavour, I wish it could be counted as one of my five a day.

Indulgent Cocoa Nib

This has a lovely toffee and cocoa nib coating that really did go down well, my hubby, daughters and little man polished this off but I did manage to try a few pieces first.  Perfect for chocolate lovers which we have no shortage of here.

Gingerbread Latte

Would you believe I have never had an actual gingerbread latte before?  I know for a foodie that really is awful but I hope to rectify that this winter.  This is lovely it tastes like a crunchy gingerbread and is super tasty.  It’s also my favourite (ok, so I have two but it’s really hard to decided between them!).

Tropical Coconut

Again with a toffee coating but this time combining it with coconut with works again incredibly well.  I do love coconut and am impressed how well it works as a popcorn coating.  I love this too!!! (Also my favourite lol, I see a trend here.)

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The recipe creators at Tommy Tucker have clearly done a superb job and are clearly simply fabulous at what they do.  Dare I say the test is in the tasting and I’ve tasted and thoroughly enjoyed it.

A suggestion for the company although probably unnecessary would be to make the packs resealable.  I know that this suggestion might sound ludicrous to some but I have a couple of friends who like to spread the enjoyment of such a product over a period of time, I know crazy right! just buy more packs lol.  Anyway, for their sake I would suggest the resealable pouch.  Not such an issue at mine as I live with what seems like a swarm of locusts and this sort of thing doesn’t last long at all in fact it generally becomes every one for themselves and you wouldn’t believe how well Mr Squishy does with the treat food scrambles (he is shockingly strong for a 2 year old).

Now for those that are unaware I am from Greek origins and as a result we of course love to eat food but we tend to love to share food too.  Don’t worry I am not sending anyone any half eaten packs of popcorn, those are mine!  But what I am doing is giving away one box of the NEW flavours as featured above of Tommy Tucker Gourmet popcorn.

OK, so you all know the drill but for those that don’t and are recent discoverers of my fabulous blog (even if I do say so myself) entry is super simple – trust me if I can do it so can you.  With odds far better than the lottery and gorgeous Gourmet popcorn up for grabs you’d b crazy not to enter.

Instructions if needed can be found here:

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Not all of the entry options are compulsory but the more you do the more entries you will gain.

Look out for the daily entry options for extra entries.

Likes on Facebook are NOT compulsory but are very much appreciated plus it will ensure you don’t miss great posts, freebies and competitions.

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Mr Squishy’s Super Fun Day Out with Mamia

Mr Squishy loves to go out and have fun.  He gets super excited and simply can’t contain himself and tends to squeal and bounce about so when Aldi asked us to go on a mini adventure and take some of their 100% organic baby food with us he simply couldn’t contain himself.   He made it clear what he wanted by pointing to “outside” then helped mummy get all that was needed for him to have a nappy change (did you know Mamia nappies only cost 8.5p each!) so he was almost ready.  Come on mummy, hurry up!!!

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Of course no little person can go out adventuring without a drink and snacks and Mamia have a great range starting from as little as 59p.
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With the pushchair loaded up with various things to snack on Mr Squishy was ready to go.

First stop the ducks.  He loves ducks.  Mr Squishy learnt how to say duck a little while back although it didn’t quite sound the same as when mummy said it.  She looked mortified the first time she heard him say “duck” and then burst out laughing, she laughed so much she almost cried.

Hi ducks.

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Mr Squishy loves to chase the pigeons, not so much the geese as they are almost as big as him and a little scary.  Round and around the park he chased the pigeons.

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Then the pigeons decided to chase him back.  He wasn’t so sure he liked that so much.

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All this running around was thirsty work!


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That was yummy!  Mr Squishy loves apple and blackcurrent juice.

Now for a snack.

These apple flavour Junior’s mini rice cakes will do just fine and at 69p mummy thought they were a bargain.

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These are tasty and very moreish, maybe I’ll have another and another.

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Mummy do you want one?

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Mr Squishy loves hunting for animals and minibeasts.

Oh look there’s a squirrel, let’s chase it.

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Ooooooo a spider having lunch.

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Is it lunch time yet mummy?

I’ll have a little of this as I’m hungry again thought Mr Squishy as he reached for his Mamia Organic Mango and Apple puree pouch.

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Mr Squishy had a wonderful day out and didn’t want to go back home but mummy had to go and get his big sisters from school.  He is looking forward to his next little adventure and hopes mummy gets in plenty more great snacks and drinks for him to enjoy on his travels.

This post is an entry for BritMums #MamiaDaysOut Linky Challenge, sponsored by Aldi Mamia.

September 2016 Fab Finds

Each month or so I come across items that I think are pretty fab and are worthy of a mention on my blog.  I am hoping to create a regular feature with the products that I discover whether they are little items sent to me, freebies I have managed to get my hands on or something simply lovely that I feel I must tell the world about that I have discovered on a shopping trip.

It’s my first of these monthly round ups and this feature covers some great products that I discovered in September not including of course items I have already reviewed on the blog.

First up is some delicious ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s.

The guys at Ben & Jerry’s as you all know created their spectacular cookie dough ice cream a while back and this has kept many of us company through movies, break ups and more.  Well it appears that they have decided to make their cookie dough even cookier and from this thought was born the ‘Wich’.  This labour of love (sorry I have not ability to control myself today) was created after hours of intense ice cream making and tasting (who wishes they were there to help???) and the final result was a new range.  I proudly present the ‘Wich Family’.

S’wich Up

If like me you love cookie dough this is for you.  Combining vanilla ice cream a chocolatey cookie swirl, chocolatey cookie sandwiches and cookie dough chunks.  So call up the girls, arrange that movie night and sit on the sofa and enjoy a tub each (they are on offer at the moment in supermarkets so why not splash out).

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Wich

Yummy cookie dough or chocolate fudge brownie ice cream is sand’wiched between two soft-baked chocolate chip cookies!  Yum!

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A mini version of a wich although quite frankly adults won’t be eating just the one.  These are great for kids.

Where has this been all my life??? I I must admit it’s pretty yummy and it’s not easy to hide it from the husband and the children and my feeble attempts at doing so have failed miserably.  I might mention I loved what I tried so much I had to go shopping again and get more, returning with enough Ben & Jerry’s to fill a freezer draw!

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I have also been enjoying this lovely sparkling Wild English Elderflower drink from Fentimans.

I do love elderflower drinks and adding the sparkle to it for me is a touch of genius!

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McVitie’s Nibbles

If you like chocolate biscuits you will love these crunchy biscuit balls that come in either a milk, dark, double chocolate or caramel and chocolate coating.  I noticed these on one of my shops, grabbed some for the kids and they loved them.

The easy seal pack is totally unnecessary, you won’t be leaving any in the pack.

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Stella McCartney – Pop Eau De Parfum

I was given this on a recent shopping trip in the West End.  I love mini perfume samples as they are so easy to pop into a handbag and weigh next to nothing.  It’s also nice to sample a fragrance in the privacy of your own home rather than having to smile politely and rush to the nearest bathroom to wash it off it you hate it.  This is a lovely floral and woody scent.  It isn’t overpowering and is lovely and light.

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That’s it for September I am hoping to have found some more great items for you this month.

Wish me luck x

Fentimans Original Ginger Beer

I introduced regular readers a little while back to a company called ‘Fentimans’ who make a lovely range of drinks. The last time I wrote about this company I was spreading the word about their gorgeous Sparkling Lime & Jasmine which is rather delicious.
Well I’m at it again this time to tell you about their fabulous Original Ginger Beer.  This is without doubt the best ginger beer I have tasted to date and I have tried a few. This particular Ginger Beer contains 4% alcohol and is botanically brewed in Great Britain. It is also gluten free!  In comparison to other ginger beers this is a far smoother version, not as sharp a flavour as many others and with just the right amount of sparkle. This is a fabulously refreshing drink and really does keep your taste buds happy too.  I would highly recommend it as it was very easy to drink and extremely refreshing.  A word of advice, don’t share!  You will want to enjoy the whole bottle.  Each bottle contains 330ml of this fabulous drink.

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I have been enjoying this with a variety of snacks as it goes well with nuts, crisps and also olives.

Want more kick to your ginger beer than they also have a Spiced version to enjoy.  I plan on looking out for this on my next shopping trip as it sounds delicious.

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Fentimans have a growing range of drinks from soft to alcoholic.  I recently tried their rose lemonade which was fabulously refreshing and easy to drink.

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Having excited your tastebuds I thought I it would be mean of me to just tease you so as a gesture of goodwill I am holding a competition for one of you to win a box of the delightfully delicious Ginger Beer.

To enter just fill in the Rafflecopter form.

Instructions if needed can be found here:

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Not all of the entry options are compulsory but the more you do the more entries you will gain.

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Cooking Fajitas with Santa Maria

Today is Mexican Independence Day a fun-filled fiesta packed with fantastic food, music, friends and family.

Why not mark the occasion this year with Santa Maria’s selection of authentic and delicious Mexican selection.  You can indulge in tasty tacos, deliciously tasty fajitas and even some fabulous pulled pork.

We were sent a selection of products to enjoy.

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Mr Squishy was extremely excited to see the tortilla chips!!!

My husband is looking forward to the pulled pork and I love the fact it is quick and easy to make.  I had a friend over to help me celebrate Mexican Independence Day this lunchtime and naturally I had to make a delicious meal for us both to enjoy.  Using quite a few items from the picture above I made some gorgeous fajitas with my own guacamole recipe and served some tortillas to add to the fun.

Guacamole

Ingredients

2 avocadoes

1 small clove of garlic finely chopped

1 small onion finely chopped

zest  of 1 lime

juice of 2 limes

1tbp chopped coriander

1tsp chopped pickled jalepenos

paprika (optional)

Method

Clean the skin off the avocados, remove the stone and mush with the back of a fork.

Add in all the other prepared ingredients and stir well.

Sprinkle over a little paprika to make it look pretty (optional)

Serve!

I served mine in a lettuce bowl, you need 1 baby gem lettuce for this.

Great for dipping tortilla chips in.

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You can spice this up more with some Santa Maria Hot Sauce.

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Fajitas

Ingredients

1.5 tbs Olive oil

500g chicken

3 small onions sliced

2 sweet peppers sliced

1 Pack of Santa Maria Fajita Seasoning Mix

Greek Yoghurt (as much as you need)

Santa Maria Salsa

Method

To Make the Fajitas simply coat the chicken in the oil and then use the whole pack of fajita seasoning.  Throw into a hot pan and stir fry.

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Once cooked through add in the chopped peppers, cook for a few minutes then add in the onion and cook for a few more minutes.

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When cooked through serve with soft tortillas, salsa, guacamole and sour cream or Greek yoghurt.

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The fajitas were super simple to make and I am sure if I had allowed my daughters to do it themselves the’d have no problem so for those who don’t cook often or are nervous about cooking rest assured this is virtually fool proof!

Enjoy!

Delicious Desserts from Pots & Co and your Chance to Win a Dessert Hamper

I’m pretty well known for being the person that makes the yummy desserts amongst my friends and family and this is a title I have worked hard to achieve and will strive to maintain. A recent example of my work is my my Almond and Amaretto Cake in a Double Chocolate Cage which not only looked good it tasted fabulous although it was enormous.

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The only problem is if you make your desserts yourself when you decide you want cake or dessert but don’t have the time or the inclination to make your own ( we’ve all been there ) you are stuck as many desserts in stores are simply not up to scratch, trust me I have tried a fair few and would now rather eat nothing than suffer their sickly sweet offerings in some cases and in others sponges that are bland or too sweet and feel overly dense or like eating something equivalent to a dry aerated sponge. Fortunately I have found my salvation in the form of some excitingly scrummy dessert pots from Pots & Co.
I want your full attention now as food for me is serious business.

Pots & Co have a range of desserts by Michelin-starred chefs which have been designed to give people like myself who are not Michelin-starred chefs but enjoy flavoursome greater tasting and superior quality desserts than those found on supermarket shelves.  You don’t need to be a food snob to appreciate well made delicious desserts.  These desserts are handmade from the finest ingredients with no artificial colours or preservatives or flavours.  The desserts that are cooked are baked are slow baked so as to give just the right texture and flavour.  These desserts are even suitable for vegetarians and gluten free!

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the following delicious flavours and must say this is one of the best dessert tasting I have done.

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Little Pots of 70% Chocolate

Rich smooth and delicious once you try this you will understand when I say one pot is not enough.  With a spoon attached these are easy to transport, great for the hardcore chocoholic that simply can’t be caught without chocolate on standby.  This divine chocolate ganache is made with the finest 70% Belgian chocolate.  The texture is gorgeously smooth and this dessert simply melts in the mouth.  These are great for lunchboxes whether you are 3 or 63 I doubt there will be any complaints.

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Passion Fruit & Orange Pot

Here we have a combination of passion fruit and orange compote set on a cheesecake cream that is in itself bursting with tangy flavour.  It is not only a great combination but again a fabulously thick and smooth dessert that smells just as good as it tastes.  I love the fruity taste of this dessert it’s a great alternative if you want a change from something chocolatey but still yummy!

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Rhubard & Custard

This consists of a smooth Madagascan vanilla custard set on fresh and tangy rhubarb compote.  This fabulous summer dessert flavour pot is one that you will want to eat all year around.  The quality of the ingredients is clear from the taste this is a gorgeous dessert, it’s so good, you’ll want to lick the pot!

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Salted Caramel & Chocolate Pot

The combination of salted caramel. chocolate and sea salt is simply amazing. The flavours work incredibly well together as the ingredients and their quantities have been combined perfectly.  Possibly my favourite although I’d need to try them all again for comparison purposes of course just to make sure.  This super velvety dessert is bound to be a winner with adults and children.  Chocolate lovers will be running back to stores to stock up on their supplies once they have sampled this seriously good pot.

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Little man was very excited about trying the delicious looking dessert.

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My mini food critic in the making was in heaven, he loved the pot and sat in silence whilst he ate with the biggest smile you have ever seen.  Clearly he was happy with the dessert.

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We were extremely impressed at the quality of the desserts.  Each had its own distinct yet delicious flavour and is a real treat for the tastebuds.  I also loved the fact that most came in the cutest coloured ceramic dishes perfect for my own dessert creations.  In fact if I play my cards right I may be able to fool friends and family into thinking I made them lol.

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Available to buy from Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, Budgens and Harvey Nichols the larger pots are normally priced at £2 a pack although if you look you may find some on offer.

I was sent some products for an honest review, all views are my own.