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Monday, 15 September 2014

Strawberries and Cream hot Quinoa breakfast~ Secret Recipe Challenge 15th Sept 2014

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. 

My assigned blog was Flavour Mosaic, the blog is written By Michelle who describes her self as the occasional cooker, however looking through her blog she has some amazing recipes so I think she is definitely more than just an occasional cooker as she sounds very experienced in cooking. Like me Michele loves spices and she loves playing with spice mixtures in her recipes to me that's what I love too so I shall be dropping by Michele's blog often to try out more of her recipes.

For the challenge I short listed many recipes but since I am trying to change our breakfast habits, I thought the  strawberries and cream hot quinoa breakfast cereal  would be the perfect recipe to prepare and present to my family. I followed the recipe and the only changes I made were that I used strawberry yoghurt instead of natural yoghurt and replaced the cinnamon with cardamom.

Delicious and warm breakfast that's healthy and delectable too.


60 g / 2 oz Quinoa
150 ml water
129 g low fat strawberry yoghurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of nutmeg 
pinch of cardamom
6 strawberries


1. Wash the quinoa and drain, add the 150 ml water and bring the quinoa to a slow simmer, reduce the heat to lowest setting and simmer until all the water is absorbed ( approx 10-12 minutes)
2. Wash and keep aside 2 strawberries for garnish and  chop the remaining strawberries into slices.
3.  In a bowl add the strawberry yoghurt, vanilla. nutmeg and cardamom and mix together.
4 To the yoghurt mixture add the cooked quinoa and mix together.
5. Get two serving glasses and spoon some of the creamy quinoa and yoghurt mixture.
6. Add a layer of strawberries and than add another layer of the quinoa and yoghurt mixture on top.
7. Finish off with a layer of strawberries.
9.Garnish with the whole strawberry

NB- You can also serve it as a chilled dessert.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Giveaway Tickets to Craft for Christmas NEC Birmingham

Crafts for Christmas at the NEC Birmingham from 
6-9 Nov 2014

Crafts for Christmas is once again at the NEC Birmingham from 6-9 Nov. Find unusual handmade crafts for the home and garden and enjoy a day out for all the family! Meet up to 250 artist crafts people from all over the UK who will be bringing you the very best in unusual and inspiring crafts, not usually found on the high street.

Highlights of the show:

Prima Craft Theatre-Get crafty with Prima in their Craft Theatre, where you can pick up top tips from the experts, and watch them demonstrate a gorgeous range of creative projects.

Live Music-Playing all your Christmas favourites and a few TV and film classics will be saxophone quartet 'Sax on TV' - sure to get you in the Christmas spirit as you while away the hours Christmas shopping!

Christmas Product Showcase-If you’re looking for inspiration for Christmas gifts this year, then look no further than the Christmas Product Showcase at the entrance to the show.

Gift Wrapping-Not only can you buy all your Christmas gifts here, you can have them wrapped by the experts too! Sparkly ribbons, bows, rosettes... whatever takes your fancy - your presents will look almost too good to unwrap!

Adult £12.00 at door
Senior citizens £11.00 at door

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Onken ~ Another Masterclass with Lisa Faulkner

I recently attended another master class by Lisa Faulkner for Onken at  the Terrace Suite at the Ham Yard Hotel. The theme for the master class was "Treat your self". Lisa showed us some wonderful desserts made with Onken Fruits and then we all had a go at creating our own desserts.

First on the agenda was the crème brulee,  It was exquisite and so easy to make. Using the Onken Mango, Papaya and passion fruit yoghurt and fresh mangoes , the crème brulee was definitely very tropical and luxurious.

Next we made yoghurt smoothies, the healthy berry smoothie was packed with blueberries and chia seeds and all combined with fat free yoghurt. It was the perfect smoothie for breakfast. The Tropical summer smoothie  made with the Mango, Papaya and passion fruit yoghurt and fresh mangoes and milk was ricjh and creamy and definitely my favourite of the two.

The highlight of the session was the Eton Mess,  a layered dessert made with delicious strawberry yoghurt, strawberry coulis, meringue and fresh blueberries and strawberries all garnished with hazelnuts. A majestic dessert that was truly delectable.

The evening ended with some refreshing and cool  Mango, Papaya and passion fruit Ice lollies and Strawberry and coconut Ice lollies.

I had a wonderful time at the Master Class and came home with lots of Ideas and Inspiration to create desserts with the Onken Fruit range.I would like to Thank Onken for Inviting me and for the lovely goody bag they gave me.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

My Kitchen Wishlist from Sabichi

I am in the process of de cluttering and redecorating my kitchen. Its an exciting process, choosing paint, new kitchen accessories and gadgets. I have decided to have satin finish gadgets but to infuse colour in the kitchen by having coloured cookware and knives and also to have funky coloured crockery for everyday use and have the bone china white tableware for dinner parties.

I find shopping on line is the best way  to choose everything I want and then have it delivered straight to my door.Totally stress and hassle free and all done from the comfort of my armchair.One particular site I love is Sabichi. Its a shoppers haven where you will find everything to kit out your kitchen, from electrical items,  cookware, bake ware, cutlery, linen, crockery such as pots and pan and kitchen storage too. I have created a wish list of some of my favourite items that you can see on my pinterest board.

My two new additions to my kitchen are a new kettle 360° swivel base stainless steel kettle. It features a satin finish with a water level indicator and removable washable filter. It has a concealed heating element for fast boil and easy cleaning. I like the fact that the kettle is generous in size with a 1.7ltr capacity, it is fully cordless with a boil dry protection which is very useful.

The stainless steel four slice toaster is also satin finish and matches the kettle perfect. It has a crumb tray and has extra wide slots so that you can toast, bagels, buns and muffins. I really like this feature and it is one of the main reasons I chose this particular toaster.
The toaster also features six position browning options which include a defrost and reheat options too. It has indication lights and a cord storage so that there is no long cord dangling on the work surface.
Elegant and stylish both the kettle and toaster  make the perfect match in my new kitchen.

I would like to thank Sabichi for sending me both the toaster and the kettle for review. All the opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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