Saturday, 2 September 2017

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl


I look forward to having a leisurely breakfast on Sunday mornings. I am not a big fan of fry up breakfasts, instead my my favorite is coffee with pastries and having yoghurts with fruits and nuts. There are so many combinations of flavours you can create by combining different flavours of yoghurts and fruits that you would never be bored.


This simple strawberry smoothie bowl is so tasty and delicious and it really looks so pleasing to the eye served in this beautiful Sainsburys Home Bloomville range of dinnerware. The Bloomville range comes in a pretty floral design in pastel colours, it is really cheerful and would grace any breakfast or dinner table beautifully. Available in the range are dinner plates, side places, pasta bowls, mugs, cake plates, coasters, trays, spatulas and wooden spoon  and matching tea towels and oven gloves.

The dinnerware is made from porcelain and is dishwasher and microwave safe. It is reasonably priced as most items start from as little as £3.00 each and you can purchase as many pieces as you want to make a set for two place setting to six place settings depending on your family size. You can also buy separate pieces should you need replacing anything.


Back to my Strawberry smoothie bowl recipe, actually there is no set recipe!!! All you need is some yoghurt and fruits.


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Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
Creamy strawberry yoghurt garnished with fruits, granola and honeyed almonds.
Ingredients:
  • 100 g Strawberry Yoghurt
  • 1 Kiwi peeled and sliced
  • 8 Strawberries hulled
  • 15 Blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon Granola
  • 10 Honeyed Almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chia Seeds
Method:
1. In a blender add three strawberries and the yoghurt and blend it for a minute.2. Pour the strawberry smoothie into a serving bowl .3. Garnish with the remaining strawberries, blueberries, kiwi fruit, granola and almonds and sprinkle with chia seeds.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 serving




** The dinnerware featured in this post was sent to me by Sainsburys Home, all opinions expressed in this post and pictures are my own.

Giveaway tickets to VegFestUK London - 21st and 22nd October



I am really excited to attend the VegFestUK Festval in London between 21st - 22nd October.   There will be around 250 stalls, 23  vegan caterers, and  over 100 speakers at the show. Together with the opportunity to sample lots of lovely food and drinks you will opportunities to view cookery demonstration, attend many interesting talks and partake in many activities. The show is held at Olympia London.

It is the perfect place to mingle with friends, sample some great vegan chocolate, dairy-free cheese, meat free meats and also purchase some great edible Christmas presents. For more ticket information to visit the VegFestUK Official site.

 As always I love my readers to have the opportunity to attend events that I enjoy. VegFestUK have been very generous and have offer to send one simplyfood reader a pair of weekend tickets worth £50.00


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Friday, 18 August 2017

Tidbits from my Pantry- Homeware

Last few weeks I have had the opportunity to attend many events where brands showcase their products. I love attending these homeware shows as you get a chance to see new products that are being launched on the market, together with some old time classics.
I am sharing below a round up of some really lovely samples, I have had the privilege to test out and use in the simplyfood kitchens.


1. Gourmet Gadgetry Vintage Tea Party Mini Toasted Sandwich Maker has non-stick baking plates to make 8 cute little toasted sandwiches ideal for a tea party.

2. Tala Salt and Pepper Mills are adorable novelty mills that are perfect for the dinner table.

3. Tower Veggie Peeler and Brush is very convenient as it is placed on your finger whilst peeling vegetables. The accompanied brush is handy for cleaning vegetables and fruit.

4. T and G Crush Grind Spice Mill crushes and grinds all types of spices and herbs. It has an adjustable setting for coarse and fine.


5. Addis Pop and Store is a collapsible container that can be used to keep your food fresh.

6. Sparq Home Hammered finish Copper Mule Mug is a really lovely size for serving chilled drinks in a stylish way.

7. Sistema Bento Lunch Box comes complete with compartments, food tray and a yogurt pot makes taking packed lunches very convenient keeping various foods separated.

8. JWP Good 2 Go Portion Perfect is a storage container collapses down for easy storage and helps to maintain healthy portion sizes for a balanced diet.


9. Mason Cash Wooden Spoon is a 3 in 1 utensil which stirs and blends, measures and scrapes.

10. Victorinox swiss made handheld grater with a curved silicone handle and safety cover to protect the blades.

11. Viners spoon, fork and knife set.

12. Kitchen Aid Silicone Spatula is perfect for all baking tasks.


13. Bobble make water better filter bottle is a reusable bottle that filters water as you drink. This is perfect for on the go in the car to work or at the gym.

14. Zoku Shooter Ice Moulds create edible ice glasses perfect for serving desserts or cold shots.

15. Jersey Pottery sardine run designed Jug is a cute little jug for milk or cream and would look perfect on any table.

16. Aladdin Bistro To-Go Hybrid Bottle keeps drinks cool for 12+ hours and ice for 16+ hours which is perfect for picnics.


17. Kilner Jar is a perfect little glass jar that is ideal for serving mini drinks.

18. Kuhn Rikon Scourer is a stay clean silicone scrubber that is hygienic and dishwasher safe.

19. Any Sharp is a kitchen knife sharpener with a powerful suction grip securing the sharpener to the table or flat surface and is good for straight or serrated blades.

I am totally thrilled with all these new items. They are going to be very useful in and around my home, especially the storage and cooking utensils which you can never have too many off.

I would like to thank all the brands that are featured in this post who have gifted me these wonderful products to try.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Lobster Apron Review and Giveaway.



There is one place in my house where I spend the most time and that is in the Kitchen. I am always trying out new recipes for the blog, but more cooking means more cleaning and one thing I find I always get wrong is that I get stains on my cloths from splatters or just touching my hands on my clothes and marking them. Indian spices such as turmeric are very healthy but the colour stains terribly. Keeping this in mind, I make sure I always wear an apron whilst cooking. I go through so many aprons each year that I have to keep replacing them frequently. I hate to wear discoloured aprons so always keep clean fresh ones in the drawer. When Lobster Homeware asked me if I would like to receive one of their new Lobster Aprons I jumped at the chance. You can never have too many aprons in the home.

My Lobster Apron arrived in a lovely white fabric bag. When I opened it, I found the cutest apron ever, white heavy duty cotton with red  lobster pattern all over it. It has a button adjustment on the neck strap so that it can fit anyone and it also has sturdy ties for the waist. However the best thing about this apron is that it is no ordinary apron. Integrated into it, is a pocket on the bib for holding a mobile phone. No more losing the mobile phone when you need it for that quick photo whilst cooking.



There are two detachable oven gloves attached to the apron, so that you always have gloves at hand when you need to lift something hot. The gloves can also be used as heat mats.This is brilliant innovation as I can never find gloves nearby when I need them and often use a tea towel which is not really safe. The apron has two loops on the waist line for holding tea towels so I am less likely to wipe my hands on the apron itself!! The apron also has two large pockets, I love this as it allows me to have a pen and pad ready at hand when I am developing recipes to jot down.





The apron is well thought out and perfect for a foodie like me as I have everything I need at hand within the apron. The apron retails at £ 35.00 and you can purchase it from Lobster Homeware. It may sound pricey but it is fantastic quality, and has so many more extras incorporated in it that it's worth it.

The aprons are also available in different designs. Lobster Homeware also support the ssafa-The armed forces charity. For every camouflage barbecue apron, they will make a small donation to the charity. That is so noble of the company, don't you think???

*** I was sent an apron to test out in my kitchen, all views and opinions shared are my own as are the photos.

As always I love my readers to try out products I use in my kitchen. Lobster Homeware have been very generous and have offered to send one simplyfood reader an apron.


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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Bakar Khani ~ Sweet Puff Pastry Biscuits from Pakistan


I love cookery books, not only do I like cooking from them but I like reading them from cover to cover. I admire the beautiful photos and imagine the author creating all the wonderful dishes in far away places. I own many recipe books but my most favorite ones are those that tell a story and take you back to the roots.

Mountain Berries & Desert Spice by Sumayya Usmani is one book that I totally fell in love with even before I had opened the front page. I loved the beautiful bold orange and pink cover with a paisley intricate flowery design. I immediately wanted to touch the book and peer at what it contained.

When I  looked at the book, I can say I was totally thrilled with the content. The book has recipes that are inspired from the Hunza Valley to the Arabian Sea. The book has authentic Pakistani sweet and dessert recipes using amazing spices and Eastern flavours. The desserts are very lavish and beautifully captured.


Included in the book is a chapter explaining all the authentic ingredients used in the recipes which is extremely helpful for those who are creating the recipes for the first time and are new to the ingredients. The book takes you on a sweet and aromatic journey through mouth watering desserts.


There are so many recipes that I want to make from the book such as the Pakistani Jalebis which are crunchy spirals dipped in a sugar syrup. The Qawwami Seviyan, a roasted vermicelli topped with nuts and Bakar Khani which is a sweet puff pastry biscuit. I finally started with the Bakar Khani, you can see my recreation below which was made with a few minor changes from the original recipe .



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Bakar Khani (Sweet Puff Pastry Biscuits)
Sweet Puff Pastry Biscuits with nuts and poppy seeds
Ingredients:
  • 1 sheet (320 g) Ready to Roll Puff Pastry
  • 2 tablespoons Caster Sugar
  • 60 g Pistachio, almonds and cashew nuts (coarsely ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F 2. In bowl add the nuts, cardamom powder and sugar and mix together well.3. On a lightly floured surface unroll the puff pastry and smooth it out.4. Brush the pastry with the melted butter and sprinkle the chopped nut mixture on top.5. Roll up the pastry from the long side and make a swiss roll shape.Secure the end by pressing the pastry down with your finger, so that the biscuits don't unravel whilst cooking.6. Cut the pastry swiss roll into 1 cm thick rounds and place them on a grease baking tray.7. Using your fingers apply pressure to the outer edges of the discs to flatten them slightly to thin them so that when baking the centre of the biscuit rises to form a dome shape.8. Brush the biscuits with some milk using a brush and sprinkle them with poppy seeds. 9. Bake in a pre heated oven for 18-20 minutes, until the biscuits are a light golden brown in colour. 
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16

The original recipe did not have nuts in it , that was my personal addition. The Bakar Khani, turned out delicious and they were really flaky and delicious served with a cup of strong Arabic coffee. You can store them in an airtight container for up to a week.


I totally loved the book and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes Eastern desserts.

Book Details :
Mountain Berries & Desert Spice Book  by Sumayya Usmani
ISBN978-0-7112-3852-7
Retails  £20.00

My score for the book: 14/15 this is a high score but the book is definitely worthy of it.

Content -5/5
Illustrations-5/5
Recipe Instructions-4/5

 I was sent a copy of the book to review as always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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