Sunday, 4 October 2015

My Sunday Photo 4th October 2015

I love these Autumn mornings, there is something quite eerie with the way the mist moves around the trees and so many colourful sights to be found.  I can't wait to get out and about with the camera.


Saturday, 3 October 2015

Mini Chocolate Souffles #GBBOBloggers2015

For  Chocolate week on the Great British Bake Off I wanted to try something I had never made but always wanted to try, the good old souffle.  Chocolate Tart sounded delightful but with my pastry disasters I decided to keep clear.  Once again a big thank you to Mummy Mishaps for organising the #GBBOBloggers2015 and this week Lucy will be hosting.

ini Chocolate Souffles
2oz Cadburys Bourneville
1/2 oz butter
2 egg yolks
4 egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp sugar

  1. Grease the ramekin dishes with butter and sprinkle with ordinary sugar.
  2. Melt the butter and the chocolate in the micowave and leave to cool.
  3. Beat the egg yolks with the vanilla essence for about 1 minute and then add the cornflour, mix until completely combined.
  4. Whisk the egg white with the sugar unti stiff. 
  5. Add a little of the egg white to the chocolate mixture to make it easier to fold into the remainder of the egg whites.
  6. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the chocolate mixture carefully.
  7. Fill the ramekin dishes.
  8. Bake at 200 degrees for approximately 10 minutes.

I cannot believe how simple and tasty these were to make.  A big thumbs up from Grotbags who is the fussiest of eaters.  These would be delicious with some vanilla icecream but unfortunately I forgot to buy some.  We will definitely be making these again in the near future.

Mummy Mishaps

Monday, 28 September 2015

Easy Cream Horn Trifles #GBBOBloggers2015

I had an absolute disaster baking this week, my mokatines looked like something out of a Carry On movie. I am far too ashamed to even blog about them.  So moving on quickly I decided to make something that my family particularly love but with a twist, instead of just using a custard filling I thought the cream horns would be nice like a mini trifle and surprisingly enough they didn't turn out too bad, plus they tasted great.  Once again a big thank you to Mummy Mishaps for organising the #GBBOBloggers2015 and this week Naomi will be hosting.

Easy Cream Horn Trifles
For the Puff Pastry
1 packet of ready made puff pastry

For the Filling
Melted chocolate for the end of the cones
1 quick Jel (I used strawberry)
4tbsps custard powder
2 tbsps sugar
1 pint milk
1 can of squirty cream
grated chocolate to decorate

  1. To start I made up the quick gel as on the packet, mixing with 1/2 pint of boiling water and then 1/2 pint of cold water and leaving it in the fridge until it started to show signs of setting.
  2. Make 1 pint of custard by mixing the custard powder with the sugar and mixing to a paste with a little of the milk, bring the rest of the milk to simmering in a pan and then add the custard mixture, stir until it thickens.  At this point I placed some greaseproof paper on the top of the custard to stop a skin forming and left it to cool.
  3. Unwrap the pastry and roll out until it is about 2mm-3mm in depth and cut in to 2cm strips.
  4. Wrap tin foil around some ice cream cones and then carefully wrap your pastry strips around the cones.
  5. Bake at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes until they are firm and puffed.
  6. Once these have cooled, carefully remove the ice cream cones from the centre.
  7. To fill the cones I stood them up in a mug and drizzled a little melted chocolate into each cone, hopefully to stop any spills once the jelly is added.  I then left this to set.
  8. Half fill the cones with the semi set jelly.
  9. Fill nearly to the top with custard.
  10. Add a good dollop of squirty cream and sprinkle with grated chocolate.

I intend to me far more organised next week instead of leaving it until the last minute and lets face it, it really can't get much worse than this week.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone's fab creations.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Heat Holders Tights

I am a huge fan of Heat Holders products and over time I have reviewed various items which I find to be cosy and very comfortable to wear.

Recently my daughter and I were sent a pair of Heat Holders Thermal Tights and with Autumn on its way, there could not have been a better time.   The tights we received were black and 140 denier, made from 91% polyester and 9% elastane.  Heat Holders use a specially developed thermal yarn which provides high performance insulation against the cold, with a brushed inside which maximises the insulation.

Now Grotbags has always had a thing about wearing tights, she never liked the feel of them against her legs but would quite happily wear leggings.  When she tried on the Heat Holders tights I couldn’t believe my luck, she absolutely loves them and says "they are so comfy".   This is great because I know  they will keep her warm, especially as her skirt seems to be getting shorter.  Apparently I’m not with it, how can she be expected to wear a knee length skirt!  This is another battle I am now facing, when did it start to matter how long your skirt was to a 10 year old?

I must admit I do agree with her about the comfort factor and will definitely be teaming my tights with my knee length boots, now that the chilly mornings have arrived.  The tights can be washed on a gentle 40 degree cycle but cannot be put in the tumble dryer, although I found they dried really quickly over the radiator.

We will be purchasing some more tights really soon as one pair is just not enough.  The children’s tights are available in size 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-13 years priced at £7.19 per pair and the adult tights are in XS, S, M, L and XL priced at £7.99.

We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is entirely our own.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Victory Pie #GBBOBloggers2015

Week 7 in the Great British Bake Off was Victorian week and on this theme I have made a pie that can use all the leftovers from a Sunday dinner or items from the store cupboard, afterall Victorians were rather thrifty and didn't waste money. Once again a big thank you to Mummy Mishaps for organising the #GBBOBloggers2015 and this week Debbie will be hosting.

Victory Pie
For the Pastry
8oz Tesco Plain Flour
4oz Tesco Butter
Pinch of Salt
Water to Mix

Pie Filling
4 Tesco Chicken Fillets
1 Tesco Gammon Steak
4 Tesco Pork Sausages
Pack of Tesco Pancetta
Tesco Stir Fry Medley Pack
Tesco Chicken Stock with a hint of Sage
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 clove of Garlic
2 tsps Mixed Herbs
1 tbsp Sunflower Oil

  1. Rub the butter in to the flour and add a pinch of salt, mix with approximately 30ml of cold water until you have dough.  Place in the refridgerator to chill.
  2. Dice the chicken breasts, gammon steak and sausages.
  3. In a frying pan add the oil, crushed clove of garlic and mixed herbs and brown all the meat. 
  4. Add a chicken stock to the pan along with 1 pint of water and simmer for about 25 minutes.
  5. At this point I added salt and pepper to our taste and thickened the stock with some chicken gravy granules.
  6. In seperate pans place about 2lb of diced potatoes in one pan and the vegetable mix in another one, boil until just cooked or to your preference.
  7. Add the vegetables and potato to the pie mix and place in a casserole/pie dish.
  8. Roll out the pastry and decorate to your liking.  This is the point when my daughter takes over as she loves decorating pies.
  9. Bake at 180 degrees for 25 minutes.

Tesco kindly provided the ingredients for this post and you can check out lots of other Baking ideas on the Tesco Real Food website.

I'm rather late posting this week but I'm looking forward to catching up with all the other bakes :) x

Mummy Mishaps

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

My Worries for the Future

I often worry about what kind of future my daughter will have, debts from previous governments are having a huge impact today and will burden future generations for years to come.  My Voucher Codes recently undertook a study to found out the main concerns parents had for their children and their future.

Living in the East Midlands, one of my main concerns is lack of affordable housing for the younger generations, most small houses and cottages are bought by property developers to use as holiday cottages which is leaving a huge gap in the housing market for those wanting to buy a starter home.  In the survey 40% of those living in the East Midlands were worried about house prices and high rents so it appears I am not the only one worrying about this.

Some areas are worried about extremism, terrorism and safety and I totally agree with this.  I cannot begin to imagine what our world will be like in 10 years time. Why can’t we all live peacefully side by side, no racism or acts of terrorism, we should be supporting those less fortunate than ourselves and although I am aware funds are limited and people have mixed views on this, may be we should scrap nuclear weapons and put this money to better use.  We should not have to live in fear for our lives and neither should the thousands of people fleeing from war zones.  I lost a dear friend through the terrorist attack on London and he would never have wanted all this fighting. 

Lots of people showed concerns about bullying, whether it be the school playground or at work and having experienced this first hand with one of my sons, I cannot express how much devastation this can have on a young life, continual harassment either verbally or physically can lead to depression, self esteem problems and even suicidal thoughts.  My son told me he wanted to die when he was 12 years old and it broke my heart, luckily, I helped him to overcome this, but what if I hadn’t? Would he have been just another casualty of mindless bullying?

So it appears I am not alone in my concerns for our children and future generations, I would be interested to know what your main concern is for your children?  You can find all the results from the survey here.

This post is written in collaboration with My Voucher Codes and I was asked to partake in this survey.