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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Event announcement ~ Lets cook for Mothersday

Motherdsay in the Uk is celebrated on March 15th this year. It's a very special day where it gives every child an opportunity to appreciate their mums and show them how special they are. Mothersday does not mean that you need to buy expensive gifts, but a showing of appreciation through small acts of kindness are whats more important. In this event I am proposing that we cook a special dish for our mums, it could be  a dessert, cake, savory dish or even a cup of tea. Please share your mothersday recipes in this event.

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1.Prepare a dish vegetarian dish  (eggs allowed) please link your dish using the linky below by entering your Dish Name and Post URL
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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Sharon Fruit Smoothie

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Sharon Fruit Smoothie

The most refreshing tropical flavour smoothie to enjoy.

  • 3 ripe sharon fruits
  • 1 gala apple
  • seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)


1.Wash the sharon fruits and cut off the top stalk.Slice the sharon fruits into chunks and add to the Optimum 9400 blender.2.Core the apple and keeping the skin on, cut the apple into chunks and add to the Optimum 9400.3.Add the pomegranate seeds to the Optimum 9400, reserving a tablespoon for garnish..4.Add the ice cubes, lemon juice and honey to the optimum 9400. Blend all the ingredients for 60 secnds and then pour the smoothie into serving glasses and garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Prep time: 5 minsTotal time: 5 minsYield:4 servings

I made my Sharon Fruit Smoothie in the Optimum 9400 blender. It is very versatile and it will blend, purée, grate, chop, make ice cream, hot soups, nut butters and nut milk.

To read about the Optimum 9400 check my review post here. The blender is currently on a special offer at £329.00 with a thirty day money back guarantee with free postage if not satisfied. You can also get an extra two years warranty if you order through this site You can order yours here.
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I was given the Optimum 9400 to use in my kitchen , I was not asked to write a positive review.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Coconut Banana Bread Bites ~Secret Recipe club 16th Feb 2015

This is my assignment with the Secret Recipe Club.The aim of the club is that you are allocated a blog from which you have to select a recipe and try it and blog about it. For the month of February  my assigned blog was Mangia which means "Eat" in Italian. Mangia is written by Chelsey who comes from a large Italian family and lives in Texas. The main theme of the blog is healthy gluten free recipes. I really enjoyed reading the blog and discovering new healthy ingredients for cooking. I chose the Coconut Banana Bread bites for my challenge.We really enjoyed them.

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Coconut Banana Bread Bites

Healthy and delicious banana bites encased is sweet tendar coconut..

  • 2 small ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons dessicated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed mealt


1.Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / 350 Ddegrees F.2.line a mini muffin tin with mini cake liners.3.In a large bowl add the bananas and mash them with a fork. Add the coconut flour, dessicated coconut, maple syrup,vanilla essence ,salt, almond butter, coconut oil, cinnamon and flax seed meal and mix together to form a dough. 4.Fill the mini cake liners with a teaspoon of mixture in each and bake in the preheated oven for 12- 15 minutes until golden brown. 5. Remove from oven and serve with a glass of cold milk.
Prep time: 5 mins time: 20Total time: 25 minsYield: 24 mini bites

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Giveaway OXO Hand Whisk and Measuring Jug

I love the OXO range and I have many pop containers and kitchen accessories from OXO. They are robust and perfect for a foodie like me. I use both the jug and whisk in my kitchen and to get some baking tips do read my post here.OXO have been very kind and in celebration of Valentines day they have agreed to send one simplyfood reader an angled measuring jug and a whisk to help them along with their baking.

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