Friday, 21 February 2020

Breakfast with Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice

Breakfast is the most important part of the day, but it is difficult during weekday mornings to have a leisurely breakfast. When I am short of time, I always opt for overnight oats which can be prepared at night or cereal with my favourite glass of Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice. The juices are free from preservatives, artificial colours and artificial flavourings which is very important for our diets and they have a very unique refreshing berry taste.

The Ocean Spray Cranberry juices come in a variety of flavours such as Cranberry & Apple, Cranberry &  Raspberry, Cranberry Classic Light Juice Drink and Cranberry Original. I can easily pick them up from my regular supermarket Tesco and Sainsbury’s but you can purchase them from all major supermarkets.

Breakfasts  on Sundays are totally different. I enjoy lounging around in pyjamas, reading the papers and eating a leisurely breakfast. I have time to spend in the kitchen, making a cooked breakfast, pancakes and muffins for my family.  

Personally I prefer to eat pastries, fruits and usually a smoothie or chia pudding instead of a fry up. Did you know that the Ocean Cranberry Juice can be added to smoothies, chia puddings, and overnight oats, it has lots of health benefits and it is full of antioxidants and a great source of vitamins C too.

I love chia pudding and this week, I made it with Cranberry & Raspberry Juice Drink which I whisked with plain yoghurt and added Chia seeds. I left the chia pudding to soak overnight in the fridge. In the morning to serve I layered the chia mixture with mixed berries and maple syrup, it makes the most refreshing and tasty breakfast that is healthy too.

What is your favourite breakfast to eat? Are you a fry up person or do you prefer fruits and cereals and the occasional pastry? I would love know your breakfast choices, do share them in the comments below.

**post in collaboration with Ocean Spray

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Tandoori Cauliflower Bites

Cauliflower is a vegetable which you either love or hate. This recipe is so delicious that the fussiest eater will gobble it up. It's a great appetiser for parties, leftovers can be added to salad or stuffed in a pitta bread to make a delicious sandwich. You may also like this cauliflower curry or my spiced cauliflower soup .

Yield: Serves 4

Tandoori Cauliflower Bites

Tandoori Cauliflower Bites

These delectable spicy cauliflower bites are perfect to pop in the mouth.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 45 M


  • 450 g Cauliflower florets 
  • 100 ml Natural yoghurt 
  • Rice Flower 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon green chilli paste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Red onion slices and Lemon wedges for garnish


  1. In a bowl add the yoghurt, salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder,garlic, ginger, green chillies, coriander and rice flour and   whisk together. 
  2. Add the cauliflower florets  and toss them in the marinade to coat all the florets.
  3. Keep the cauliflower bites aside  to marinade for 30 mins.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
  5. Line a baking tray with foil and arrange the marinaded cauliflower on it.
  6. Spray with some oil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 mins. Stir in between  to bake evenly.
  7. Remove from the oven garnish with onion slices and lime wedges.
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Monday, 16 December 2019

Orange Spiced Shortbread

Shortbread is one of the easiest biscuits you can make, it only uses three main ingredients and you can flavour it in any which way you like such as chocolate, herbs and flowers too. For some lovely ideas why not try these Finnish Shortbread or Chocolate Shortbread.
Did you know that you can even add chilli to your shortbread, check out this chilli shortbread to find out how. To make shortbread rich you can even add clotted cream and make these clotted cream shortbread.

I have added christmassy flavours to my shortbread by adding orange zest, cinnamon and honey. My kitchen smelt heavenly whilst I was making them. I also love making Snowflake lemon shortbread for christmas as I am a big fan of citrus flavours.

To make the shortbread, making the dough in a good sized bowl such as the Mason and Cash mixing bowl makes life easy, it's a perfect accompaniment in my kitchen for all my baking tasks together with the generous sized wooden utensils too.

Yield: Makes 18

Orange Spiced Shortbread Biscuits

Orange Spiced Shortbread Biscuits

Crumbly melt in the mouth orange and cinnamon spiced shortbread.
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 20 Mrest time: 20 Mtotal time: 60 M


  • 180 g plain flour
  • 125 g butter
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar for sprinkling.
  • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoonful orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon thyme honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/375 F
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  3. Add the orange zest, cinnamon powder, honey and sieve in the flour.
  4. Without overworking bring the mixture together.
  5. Get a baking tray and pat out the mixture onto it to form a 12x6 inch rectangle that is 1 cm thick. Alternatively you can roll out the dough and cut it with cookie cutters.
  6. Sprinkle caster sugar over the dough and using a ruler score the dough to make eighteen 3 inch by 1 inch fingers
  7. Place the tray in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
  8. Bake the short bread after its chilled for 15-20 mins until slightly golden brown.
  9. Cut the shortbread whilst its hot on the score lines. Remove from baking tray onto a wire rack.
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** In collaboration with Mason & Cash

Monday, 9 December 2019

Broccoli and Sweet Potato Soup

Broccoli is full of antioxidants and vitamins and its perfect to include these in your daily diet. This broccoli soup is simple to make using basic ingredients , however it is super tasty and flavoursome.

Yield: Serves two

Broccoli and Sweet Potato Soup

Broccoli and Sweet Potato Soup

This healthy Broccoli soup is made with simple ingredients yet it is rich and creamy and perfect to serve for lunch or starter.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 35 M


  • 250 g Broccoli florets
  • 1 small sweet potato peeled and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Freshly crushed black pepper
  • 100 ml milk
  • 200 ml water


  1. Add the broccoli florets and the sweet potato in the steaming basket. Add water in the base of the steaming jug and place the basket in it. 
  2. Using the steam preset  function in the Froothie Evolve and steam the vegetables.
  3. Once the vegetables have been steamed remove the basket from the blender.
  4. Rinse the jug to remove the steaming water.
  5. Add the  steamed broccoli, sweet potato, salt, pepper, water and milk to the Froothie Evolve blender and select the smooth soup preset.
  6. Once the soup is ready pour into serving bowls and garnish with non some cream.
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I made the soup in my Foothie Evolve, it is really efficient It steams, cooks and blends. It is perfect to cook soups of all types. I also made my spiced cauliflower soup in it, which tastes delicious.

It is currently available in the Black Friday Sale at a reduced price of £449, it is usually £600. It comes with free delivery, 30 day no quibble returns guarantee, 0 % 12 month finance and free five years warranty.

 Since I am a Froothie Evolve Ambassador, if you buy using my affiliate link  you get an additional 2 years warranty, which brings the warranty to 7 years.   

To get this special offer please add the following text in the comment box when you order:
Ambassador (1572) special 2 extra warranty years 

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Spiced Cauliflower Soup in the Froothie Evolve Blender

I love soups be it winter or summer, nothing beats a hearty bowl of comforting soup with some fresh crusty bread. Making soup is not  a difficult task but sometimes it creates lots of washing up, where you need to precook the vegetables in a pan, then transfer to a blender to blend and then back to the pan to heat up.

Wouldn't it be great if you could have a gadget that would steam, cook and blend the soup in the one device? Well there is, it's the brand new blender called the Froothie Evolve.

What is different about the Froothie Evolve?

It is a high speed blender with cook and steam functions. It is smartvoice and bluetooth activated allowing hands free blending together with a vacuum function which means zero oxidation so you can get perfect smoothies without any discolouration.

What are the features of the Froothie Evolve?

  • It has cooking blending functions for cooking smooth soup, cooking chunky soup, making sauces and curds.
  • It has basic blending functions for smoothies made with fruit and vegetables.
  • It has high speed blending functions for raw soup, nut milk and for crushing crush ice.
  • It has steaming and blending functions to make baby food, steamed vegetable dips and mashed vegetables and fruits.
  • It has two tempered glass jars with heating elements, one for cooking, steaming and blending and the other with vacuum blending functions. 
  • It has Bluetooth and voice activation and can be operated with a smart device making blending efficient and handsfree.
  • It has a motor power of 1400W for blending and 900W for cooking and a maximum blending power of 1800W.
  • It comes in 5 stylish colours.
You can see the unboxing video below:

What is included with the Froothie Evolve Blender?
  • 1 Base unit 
  • 2 Glass jugs
  • 2 Lids
  • 2 Tampering tools
  • 1 Steaming basket
  • 1 Measuring jug
  • 1 Brush for cleaning
  • 1 Recipe Book
  • 1 Instruction manual

Like the sound of this amazing bender? 

It is currently available in the Black Friday Sale at a reduced price of £449, it is usually £600. It comes with free delivery, 30 day no quibble returns guarantee, 0 % 12 month finance and free five years warranty.

 Since I am a Froothie Evolve Ambassador, if you buy using my affiliate link   you get an additional 2 years warranty, which brings the warranty to 7 years.   

To get this special offer please add the following text in the comment box when you order:
Ambassador (1572) special 2 extra warranty years 

My thoughts about the Froothie Evolve:

I love everything about the blender such as the glass jugs so that no plastic is coming in contact with my food. I also like the smart activation facility and that it steams, cooks and blends in one. However if you are looking for a lightweight compact blender this one is heavy duty powerful blender and the glass jugs are a little heavy. It is also fairly tall and does take up a fair bit of worktop space. Using the blender is not difficult but you do need to be tech savvy.

Coming back to my soup I made this delicious spicy cauliflower soup in the Froothie Evolve. I used fresh turmeric which gives the soup a delicious earth flavour. You can check my recipe below.

Yield: Serves 2

Spiced Cauliflower Soup

Spiced Cauliflower Soup

Spicy cauliflower soup that is heartwarming and totally delicious.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 35 M


  • 250 g cauliflower florets roughly chopped
  • 1 medium potato peeled and diced
  • 1 cm piece of fresh turmeric root (or 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric )
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1/2 green chilli (optional)
  • 100ml soya milk
  • 150 ml water
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced for garnish


  1. This method is for the soup to me made in the Froothie evolve blender , it can be made on the stove top too.
  2. Put 100 ml water in the froothie jug. 
  3. Place the cauliflower and potatoes in the steaming basket in the blender and using the smart app select steam.
  4. Once the vegetables are steamed remove the basket from the jug and rinse the jug to remove the steaming water.
  5. Add the cooked vegetables to the jug with both the milk and water, turmeric, salt , pepper and green chilli and select the smooth soup option on the smart app.
  6. Once the soup is ready transfer to two serving bowls and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and scallions.
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NB- The soup can be made on the stove top, add all the ingredients in a pan except the milk, cook the vegetables until cooked and blend using a hand blender. Add the milk and bring to a simmer. Serve the soup garnished with sesame seeds and scallions.

You may like another version of my cauliflower soup

**In collaboration with Froothie, this post contains affiliate links.
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