Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Recipe: Melanzane Ripiene (Stuffed Aubergines) #vegetarian

Another delicious vegetarian recipe from Gennaro Contaldo for you today.  I love that he talks of how popular vegetable dishes are in Italy, highlighting the vitality of freshness of the vegetables, as well as ekeing out whatever is in the pantry.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Recipe: Pick Me Up Juice

If you're flagging with all this Christmas prep, shopping, cooking and planning, the this juts what you need.  Perfect for a well-needed shot of vitality when energy levels flag, and full of zing, it will give you the boost you need.  The bonus is that the strawberries and watermelon have added beauty benefits, and adding the cinnamon helps regulate your blood sugar levels.

Recipe: Chocolate and Cinnamon Malt Biscuit Stars

As we all tend to overindulge at Christmas, today we have a slightly healthier recipe for you.  Still delicious, but packed with god things too, these pretty chocolate and cinnamon malt biscuit stars make lovely table decorations when arranged as trees.  The recipe replaces refined sugar with Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract, which provides slow release natural energy so you don’t get a sugar rush followed by an energy slump.  To up the flavour and the health benefits, stir chopped dark chocolate into the dough and bake as below.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Make Digital Play Real with Magikbee Smart Toys - and Win a Magik Play Starter Set

Digital play is becoming ever more the norm for young children, with kids as young as three being adept at using their parents iPads and Smartphones, often at the detriment of more physical, traditional play. With the current emphasis on coding, STEM skills and digital tech, giving our children the chance to develop technical know-how is imperative, but can it be combined with a more traditional style of play too?

Meet Magik Play, the world’s first iPad™ game, that merges real wooden toys with kids educational apps.

Recipe: Strawberry & Granola Trifle

We love this delicious (mostly) healthy dessert, which uses the yummy new granolas from Fava Mill.  Perfect for throwing together for a quick lunch time dessert, or a light after-dinner treat.  We'll be treating guests to this later in the month.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Win with Sudocrem - Kindles, Gift Cards, Goody Bags and More to Be Won!

Sudocrem have launched their new Christmas Chaos game and are offering you the chance to win.  In this fast and frantic Facebook game, users can win fabulous prizes, including Kindles, Mothercare vouchers and more!

Recipe: Sticky Gingerbread Puddings with Toffee Pear Sauce

The perfect end to any meal over the festive season, this delicious pudding is equally at home on the kitchen table or at a dinner party.  Great comfort food too!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Recipe: Blackberry and Blueberry Christmas Cake

A lighter alternative to the traditional cake, this delight is perfect for anyone not a fan of the usual heavy dried fruit cakes.  The light almondy sponge cake is speckled with blackberries and blueberries and drizzled with glace icing, the perfect combination of sharp and sweet.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

How to Budget with an Inconsistent Income

Everyone knows that budgeting is a wise and smart thing to do but how many people actually budget? A lot of us just earn and spend and we do not plan for or track the money that comes through our hands. However, for some people, they find it hard to budget because their incomes are irregular and inconsistent.

Recipe: Chilli Piccalilli

Piccalilli is an English interpretation of Indian pickles, possibly dating back to before 1694 when it featured in Lady Anne Blencowe's "Receipt Book" as "Pickle Lila, an Indian Pickle".  A relish of chopped pickled vegetables and spices, the distinctive yellow chutney uses up a glut of veg and makes a delicious addition to a cold buffet or cheeseboard.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The BIG Christmas Giveaway Day 25: Win a Toddlebike 2

Here we are, the final day of our BIG Christmas giveaway. 25 days of wonderful prizes, you'd almost think it was Christmas or something! Don't forget a lot of our competitions end at midnight tonight, so if you haven't entered yet do so now, and if you have pop through and give them all a last tweet and free entry go. Today we have a fantastic prize for any toddler you know, the Toddlebike 2. Good luck!

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