Thursday, December 24, 2015

Blogmas - Day 24 & 25

Day 24 & 25 


Well we have reached the end of blogmas, it was a challenge for me to post everyday on here, and so todays is a roundup of what I have posted 

Day 1 - Chocolate Orange Cookies 
Day 2 -Baileys Chocolate Review 
Day 3 - Whittards Festive Chai Black Tea Review 
Day 4 - Cooking Books Wish list 
Day 5 - Bircher Muesli 
Day 6 - Favourite Christmas Foods 
Day 7 - Girl Guiding Christmas Fate 
Day 8 - Food Cushions 
Day 9 - Christmas Mugs 
Day 10 - Photos of Christmas Items Bought 
Day 11 - Day 15 - Cookies & Bamboo's 
Day 16 - Christmas Crumpets Review 
Day 17 - My Christmas Tree 
Day 18 - Cheese Stars 
Day 19 to Day 21 – Smoked Salmon Scrambled Egg 
Day 22 – Beer questions 
Day 23 – 8 things I have learnt from blogging 

Well that is all I have done, it has been a success!! 

Some finally pictures of my plants and pre-christmas treats 



Have a great Christmas and see you guys in the New Year 

Nic xx

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Blogmas - Day 23

Day 23

It's 2 days before Christmas, as we are all busy preparing for our Christmas dinners, doing the last minute shopping. 

So in this post I will reflect of the last 8 months of this blog and what to learn in 2016

  1. I can do very popular posts even if's because I shared them to a linkie
  2.  Keep going at it, even though you do not get a single comment!
  3. Have fun doing it that is what it's all about
  4. Practice your bakes before!
  5. Hopefully get some skills from this!  
  6. Improve on followers aka get a few more!!
  7.  Be careful how much you bake! (I have had a week of eating bakes as nobody at work has eaten them!)
  8. Enjoy the new year!
 Thanks for the support of this blog, I will post a mini post tomorrow as a round up post of this blogmas till next year 

Nic xx

 

 

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Blogmas - Day 22

Day 22

  I'm really bad at doing this blogmas , I have had a busy day today with finishing up my Christmas shopping. I have most problem that effects us ladies what to buy for men?

I have always bought my dad beer, i know, but there are so many breweries, so many types. Independent breweries or the main ones that are stocked on the supermarket shelves

If you buy beer for your family, what is your favorite to buy? 

 Nic xx



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Blogmas Day 19-21

I have been really busy again, it seems that work want to own this time of year, plus buying presents and driving lessons to to!

Day 19-21

What is your favorite Christmas breakfast? Mine is scrambled egg with smoked salmon. I do love it as it's luxury and filling! I also like it with bacon to here is my version

Scrambled Egg with Smoked Salmon 


Preparation time: 5 minutes 
Cooking time: 5 minutes 
Total time: 10 minutes
Serves :1

 Ingredients 

  • 1/2 Pack of smoked Salmon Trimmings 
  •  1 Egg
  • Splash of milk
  • Knob of Butter
  • 1 Slice of Toast (I prefer Wholemeal Bread)
  • Pepper to season

Equipment 

  •  Milk Saucepan or similar Small Saucepan
  • Small Glass bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Small Whisk or Microwave whisk  

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Recipe - Leek & Salmon Pie

I was lucky to get my first blogging assignment on behave of British Leeks to produce a recipe that involved Leeks, so after some though I came up with this quick cheats pie 

 Leek & Salmon Pie


Preparation time: 30 minutes 
Cooking time: 30 minutes 
Total time: 1 hr

 Ingredients 

  • Half a pack of Ready Made Puff Pastry 
  • 1 Leek, chopped in rings 
  • 1/2 Pack of smoked Salmon Trimmings 
  • 1/2 Red Pepper, Chopped 
  • 1 Carrot, Peeled & Chopped 
  • 1 pack of White Sauce, made to pack instructions 
  • Grind of Black Pepper & Salt 
  • Milk to brush the top of the pie 

Equipment 

  • Rolling Pin 
  • 1 large Saucepan 
  • Measuring Jug
  • Pie Dish Rolling pin 
  • Pastry brush 
 
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Blogmas - Day 18


Day 18

Oh it's 1 week till Christmas, were did the time go!!

anyways a quick recipe for cheese stars

Cheese Stars


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Makes: 12

Ingredients 
  • Half a pack of readymade Puff Pastry
  • 50g of Parmesan Cheese or Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • Grind of Black Pepper

Equimpment

  • Rolling Pin 
  • Star cutter
  •  Baking Sheet 
  • Wire Colling Rack
 
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Blogmas - Days 16 & 17

I have been really busy again, work consultations, which have not been fun at all. So I would share some more products I have bought on a christmas theme and my tree

Day 16 

I recently bought some fun crumpets, one like trees and the massive version, they were all very yummy!!

Kingsmill Christmas Tree Crumpets


Warburtons Giant Crumpets 

I loved the advert for these with the Muppets (I have yet to see the second film and TV series) I'm yet to try them, but they look amazing!


Day 17

I finally finised putting my tree up, I live in a small flat so it's nice to have a tree



Till next post 

Nic xx

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Blogmas - Days 11-15

So sorry I forgot to post the last few days, due to work with consultations and I also did not get the job I had the interview for :(


Day 11-15


This post really is all for the last 4 days of not posting! I made some Gingerbread men Shaped cookies from some shop bought cookie dough in the freezer. I mostly followed the packet instructions! 



 Rolling out the dough and using the cutters to produce about 6 "men"
 Then baked for 12 minutes at 180 Fan / Gas Mark 6
Also I bought a lucky bamboo!!

Till next post 

Nic xx

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Blogmas - Day 10

Day 10 


Hi guys, I had my interview so I'm hopeful I might have got the job, I won't know till next week, so another, random post of my photo's not a lot of Christmas food or recipes. This week is to busy for me, so sorry :(

Decembers Flamingo Candles - The Melt Crowd Box -
I loved all the fragrances from this months box, my favorite was Black Tea & Almond and Snow Angel. 
 My Gingerbread family Yankee Candle Tea Light Holder - I got this mended as it broke, I love the fragrance of Christmas Cookie which I always burn at this time of year
 Ikea plants (the fake ones) are always so pretty, no watering!!
 Reindeer ornaments - this one is from last year, I love the bell on it!
Gingerbread cutters, waiting to be used in making Gingerbread, recipe coming soon!!

Well that is all for today, till next post 

Nic xx

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Blogmas - Days 7, 8, 9

I'm sorry I'm really bad at posting on correct dates

Day 7

Today was our Girl Guide Christmas fete, the girls have stalls with Games, biscuit decorating and a cake stall/ i always buy a cake from one of the stalls, unforutaley I was on the tea & coffee duty, so I did not have time to photograph the cake I bought, then it got squashed on the way home :( I did get a candy cane though. 

Day 8

I'm a really bad at not buying Christmas novelty items that look like food, unfortunately I bought one this year


A Christmas Pudding Cushion!

Have you guys bought one of these novelty items?

Day 9 

Not a massive post as I have a job interview tomorrow for a trainee position - fingers crossed! So I will post my collection of mugs that have a Christmas theme.




Till next post :)

Nic xx

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Blogmas - Days 4, 5, & 6

Hi guys, it's 4 days into December - crazy!! 

Day 4

Today has been quite busy with my driving lessons, so I have not much to post for today, but a wish list of books that I would like to cook with next year 

Day 5

I'm at work all today, so I have not the easiest time to spend time blogging, so I'm revising a recipe of mine from the summer to hopefully bring some sunshine back! 

I had a carton of almond milk at the back of my cupboard, which needed to be used up, I have never tasted it so, with a quick taste So I decide to use it in a favorite breakfast on my mine, when I was on anti malaria/antibiotics medication when coming back from Kenya, my poor mum had trouble with breakfast for me, as I had not eaten a lot of food, she tried her best with porridge made from water and sweetened with honey - yuk!!! But reading through her New Convent Garden soup book she found this bircher muesli recipe, I'm adding Almond milk this time as I can have diary and will also do a version with out the diary which is in the book.

Bircher Muesli

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1hr/1 Day 
Total time: 1hr 10 minutes/1 Day 15 minutes
Makes: 1 

The Diary version:

  Ingredients 

  • 50g Rolled Porridge Oats
  • 75ml Almond Milk
  • 1/4 Green Apple
  • 1/4 Pear
  • 10g Full Fat Greek Yoghurt
  • Juice of 1/4 Lemon

Non-Diary version

 Ingredients 

  • 50g Rolled Porridge Oats
  • 75ml Apple Juice
  • 1/4 Green Apple
  • 1/4 Pear
  • 10g Greek Yoghurt (you can not use the yoghurt or a non-diary version instead)
  • Juice of 1/4 Lemon

Method 

  1. Place the oats and apple juice (almond milk for the diary version) in a large bowl, stir and leave to soak for at least 1 hour or ideally overnight 
  2. When the soaking of the oats has finished, leaving the skins on grate the apple & the pear, and then add them to the oats, with the the lemon juice and yoghurt and stir well 
  3. Serve with nuts and seeds.

Taken from this book

Day 6 


Another day at work, so I would share some thoughts about favorite Christmas, things to eat. My favorites are:
  • Turkey
  • Bacon - I love crispy bacon on top of the turkey not soggy
  • Stuffing - Sausage meat one
  • Homemade Mince pies or crosses or tart - my late Gran made really lovely Wholemeal pastry based Mincemeat tart (I will make it next week) 
  • A glass or two of wine!! I don't drink as much due to my work patterns, driving lesson and my volunteering, so I have lots to compaste! 
  • Advent Calendar Chocolate - Simple chocolate heaven!
  • Mulled Wine/Cider - Hot drink yes please :)

Hope you enjoyed this post, till next time 

Nic xx


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Blogmas - Day 2 & 3

Hi guys this is day 2 & 3 of my sort of Blogmas, enjoy :)

Day Two - December 2nd

Food shopping can be enjoying with the pressure to buy Mince Pies, Turkeys and all the trimmings. I do like to buy my food in bits and pieces. I also look out for special foodies items that I might only have a this time of year so hence the bill at the supertanker going up, which confuses the checkout assistant when you squeeze so much in a small basket!

So Anyways I bought a couple of items that I thought I would try over the festive period


Baileys Chocolat Luxe 50cl rrp £18 (I paid £15)

I love the limited edition design of the bottle, it looks really tempting. I'm really keen to start drinking this, maybe over some ice cream or just as a plain shot. 

Have any of you guys tried this yet, I'm keen to see what you think!

Day Three - December 3rd


It has been dark today, I suppose to impose the wonder of the temperatures outside getting colder, which in turn is the  perfect time for Christmas flavoured Tea's. I always buy a spice winter tea around this year wether it's a fruity one or a tea blended one. This year I'm trying from last year - Whittards Festive Chai Black Tea
 As soon I opened the box, I got the smell of spice and vanilla, which was nice. Once in the cup with milk, the spices seemed to disappear, maybe not enough milk! It had a nice rounded Chai taste, but not overally of spice. Overally a nice tea, will be drinking this all the time up to the big day. 

Any special teas that you guys drink at this time of year any recomdenations to try would be lovely

Hope you enjoyed this post, till next time 

Nic xx

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Recipe- Chocolate & Orange Cookies

Hi guys, long time no see! I have been really busy with applying for jobs and preparing for Christmas, as it's now the first of December (where has the year gone!!). I'm trying to do a post at least once a day for a sort of Blogmas. I have watched Volgmas before, so it shall be interesting to see if I can keep up doing a post a day! To the bake, I have not done anything since October! So now i have a few spare minutes to bake, here is some simple but grown up cookies.  

Chocolate & Orange Cookies


Cooking time 

Prep Time : 15 mins 
Cook Time: 15 mins 
Total Time: 30 Mins 

Skill level 

Easy 

Servings  

Makes 24

Ingredients

  • 100g Soft Brown Sugar
  • 100g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 100g Butter, softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 85g White & Milk chocolate, chips or chopped into chunks
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • 1 tube of Edible Decorations

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