Mother’s Day ❤

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I love my Mum to the moon and back times a trillion, as I am sure everyone else does (there own Mum obviously, not mine – although if you met her I’m sure she’d catch a little place in your heart). I think it’s great that we have a special day each year to celebrate all the hard work and efforts our Mum’s (and Dad’s) put into helping us all achieve our dreams.

However, I am a big believer that every day should be special for our Mum’s and they should be treated like the Queen’s they are. I try my hardest to do this and don’t get me wrong, I have bad days where I snap at my Mum for something minimal or irrelevant, but I try to make my Mum to feel special every day – it means a lot to me.

So, my mum is addicted to sugar – there is no way I can sugarcoat it (excuse the pun) it’s a fact! She’d eat sweets all day long if she could and she’s not fussy, any sweet will do! A few weeks back my Mum decided to give up sugar (bad, naughty sugar) and I have to take my hat off to her… she’s doing AMAZING! She hasn’t had one sweet, biscuit or dessert! I’m insanely proud, not only because she’s my Mum and anything she achieves I clearly think is fantastic but, her will power and determination has shone through! Go Mum!

For Mother’s Day I’ve made these beautiful meringue kisses 💋. Surely she can have a sugary treat on this day!


They are super easy and have a real wow effect. You can build them up to make a lovely eaten mess dessert, simply have them with fruit or be extra naughty and enjoy one for breakfast with your Mum!

The recipe is below, you can use any food colouring you like – even make a mixture if you want to show off your skills!

Meringue Kisses
Makes 30
Time to Make: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 75g icing sugar
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp strawberry jam or your Mum’s favourite
  • red food colouring gel or your Mum’s favourite colour
  • 3 medium egg whites, at room temperature

Method:

  1. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Heat oven to 120C.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, using electric beaters (if you have one). Combine the two sugars in a separate bowl and add about a third of the mixed sugars, until totally combined and stiff. Slowly add the remaining sugar until you have a glossy meringue that holds stiff peaks.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together your chosen jam and food colouring.
  4. Pop your piping bag inside out (I usually put mine into a pint glass and fold over the edge to allow me to reach inside), using a spoon paint three lines of your coloured jam mixture from the top to almost the end of the bag. Pop your meringue mixture into the bag once your lines are drawn and twist the end to close.
  5. Holding the bag vertically over the tray, apply enough pressure to create a base, then quickly draw the bag upwards to create little points. You will see a striped pattern created in the meringue from the jam.
  6. Put in the oven for 1 hour – try not to open the door as this may cause them to crack. Leave to cool in the oven with the door closed for as long as possible.
  7. When ready to eat, serve with whatever your Mum like. Fresh fruit, cream, ice-cream etc.

Happy Mother’s Day ❤

 

 

 

 

Gousto…now you’re cooking!

Ok, so who’s heard of Gousto?

A few weeks back my mum thrust a leaflet under my nose asking for my opinion. After reading through the brightly coloured piece of paper I instantly wanted to find out more. On the internet I went and found out more about the world of Gousto…what a genius idea. Four meals – all the ingredients you need, delivered to your door in an insulated box on the day you request.

Straight away I ordered a box, I just had to try it out. I made sure my diary was pretty clear and I would definitely be available to eat the meals that week (that’s the only problem with having a hectic lifestyle – with products like this I cannot guarantee I will always be home to use the ingredients by their sell-by date).

Once entering your postcode and selecting your delivery date I was able to pick the meals and quantity (both persons eating and number of meals) I wanted…oh my gosh this was hard!!! So many of them sounds delicious my mouth was watering as I clicked the ‘add to my basket’ button!

Minimal days later my box arrived, neatly packaged and every item was labelled clearly in separate little pouches – oh another bonus point, all meat is sourced here in Britain – I love that. Also in the box we’re my chosen recipes with clear instructions and photos guiding me on each step of the process.
 

I cooked my first meal – Chicken Katsu Curry. (Yep, you read correctly, homemade Wagamama’s!!) The recipe card was easy to follow, every ingredient was measured out exactly in the packet provided so I had no faffing around with scales. A small amount of chopping but hey, that’s what makes you feel like a chef, right?!

Well the outcome was outstanding, flavours incredible and taste just out of this world. I felt like a full blown chef! I couldn’t wait for my next meal…I literally ran home the next evening!!!

Order your box today and I promise you won’t be disappointed, use code PROMO25 or follow this link for £25 off your first box – that’s basically equivalent to two meals free!!

Test it out and let me know your thoughts I’d love to see what you guys think!

British Pie Week…

Best week of the year? 

I have really enjoyed seeing everyone’s pie creations this week. It’s so nice to see people thinking outside the box and also sticking to the old traditional English pies! 

I stuck to a family pie tradition (A Nana Classic) and can’t wait to share it with you. At every family event it’s without doubt that my Nana is asked to make this pie (she also makes extra pies so everyone can take home a doggy bag – that’s how good it is!). It’s so simple, rather easy and just heavenly… you’ll be going back for seconds let me tell you. 

Cheese, Tomato and Onion Pie… see I told you it was simple! It’s exactly what is says on the tin, finely sliced layers of tomato and onion encased in mouth watering melted cheese, oh and did I mention the pastry also contains cheese?! It’s fair to say if you don’t like cheese, I’m sorry this recipe isn’t for you. Although, you could be creative and use something different such as pesto. 

Next time you have an event, make this and I promise people will be demanding you make more! 

Macaroons…

Little gems of pure happiness!

We often see these gorgeous treats in fancy cake shops or as part of decoration on a beautiful looking cake.

Well as a macaroon lover, I thought I’d have my first attempt at making some of my own… they can’t be that hard can they?!

I knew we had some family coming over, so I thought as a nice treat to go with their coffee I’d make some chocolate and nutella macaroons. The method is rather easy (which surprised me) and they didn’t take long at all – admittedly I only made 12 macaroons on this occasion, but the actual process doesn’t take long at all! They went down swimmingly, I can see myself whipping this up all the time now – I can’t wait to experiment with colours, flavours and decorations! Watch this space!

My recipe is shown below, don’t miss out any steps as all are very important for the perfect macaroon!

Chocolate and Nutella Macaroons
Total Time: 45 minutes      Makes 12

Ingredients: 

88g Icing sugar
29g Cocoa powder
84g Ground almonds
2 large egg whites
50g Caster sugar

For the filling:
100g Soft butter
50g Icing sugar
1 tbsp milk
2 tbsp Nutella

Method:

  1. Line two baking sheets with baking paper and preheat the oven to 160C. Mix together the icing sugar, cocoa powder and ground almonds. Put the mixture through a sieve and place to one side.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk your egg whites until forming soft peaks. Gradually continue whisking whilst you add in the caster sugar little at a time. When the mixture is shiny and thick its ready.
  3. Combine half of your dry mixture in with your egg whites and caster sugar, cutting and folding until all combined. Pour in the remaining dry mixture and combine fully until its shiny and has a ribbon like texture.
  4. Next, fill your piping bag with the mixture and pipe 3cm circles onto your baking sheets (they can be any size you wish – aim to have all roughly the same). Once all your mixture has gone, leave at room temperature for 15 minutes to form a slight skin. When this has form – put into the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Whilst they are cooking, in a large mixing bowl whisk together all your filling ingredients to form a nutella buttercream.
  6. Once cooking time is up, sandwich together using the filling and taadaa you have made your macaroons!

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After a little bit of googling I came across Simply Cook and WOW!! It’s revolutionary. It is so quick, handy and might even convert the takeaway lovers!

SO WHAT IS IT? I hear you screaming…

Simply Cook is a letterbox size box full of culinary pastes, infused oils, garnishes, rubs, specialist stocks and herb/spice blends all you need to make your plain bland chicken breast scrumptious.

Each box has four recipe kits inside and are designed to feed 2-3 people. Recipe cards are supplied with each kit, with easy to follow instructions (20 minutes cooking time for every recipe) and get this… a little tear away shopping list tab with the remaining ingredients you need to get in order to complete the tasty dish! You can choose your dishes and dietary types can be catered for (Gluten Free etc).

The first dish in my box was Prawn Linguine (you of course can cook them in any order you wish), and oh boy, it was to die for! The flavours were something I just wouldn’t have been able to achieve on a weekday evening. You HAVE to trial these boxes.

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