Thursday, 23 February 2017

Aldi Luxurious Irish Cream Liqueurs

I recently found out to my delight I have some Irish heritage so I was delighted to toast the up coming St. Patrick's Day, with Aldi's Luxurious Irish Cream Liqueurs .
I know we all like to have this at Christmas time but with such great prices to buy, why limit yourself to Christmas. Plus if you are a keen cook it is wonderful to use in all sorts of recipes . We got to try two totally yummy liqueurs ,

Ballycastle Irish Country Cream (£3.75 – 70cl)
On sale in stores nationwide now
Another luxurious, creamy delight from Aldi, the Ballycastle Irish Country Cream can be enjoyed in a cool glass over ice or even served over a scoop of Gianni’s Soft Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream (£1.19 – 2L tub) for a dessert with a difference.

It is such a yummy drink so smooth and with a wonderful taste very creamy. I had not used it to cook with before so as my husband is a very keen cook he thought he would try it out. We used the recipe below as he thought it would be great for a dinner party dessert. Boy was he right! It was the most delightful thing I have had in ages. I think you would be mad not to try .

Ballycastle and Dark Chocolate Mousse
Luxuriously indulgent chocolate desserts. Perfect for dinner parties.

Serves: 2 people
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

100g Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa
1 Large Egg
25g Caster Sugar
30ml Irish Cream Liqueur
30ml Double Cream
Sprigs of mint to serve

Break up the chocolate and put in a ovenproof dish, put the dish over a pan of boiling water and melt the chocolate - allow to cool slightly.
Meanwhile separate the yolk from the egg white - put the yolk in a small bowl with the Ballycastle and the cream - whisk well.
Put the egg white in a separate bowl, whisk till the egg white is softly peaked, slowly whisk in the caster sugar till it becomes glossy and thick.
Add the previously prepared egg yolk and Ballycastle mixture to the melted chocolate.
Then fold the egg white mixture in, a spoonful at a time.
Spoon the mixture into two small glasses and refrigerate - decorate with some fresh mint as you serve.
This is his version which I think looks pretty good. He also added a poached pear and a lemon ice.

Specially Selected Irish Cream Liqueur (£6.99 – 70cl)
On sale in stores nationwide from 9th March, whilst stocks last              
This Specially Selected Irish Country Cream has a fantastic blend of fresh Irish cream with the finest distilled Irish whiskey for the perfect after dinner sweet treat. Add to a hot chocolate and top with whipped cream for an extra dose of decadence.

Another winner and really great over a little ice . I am already thinking of drinks for the summer and once again for cooking. Hubby got to try number two recipe .

Irish Cream Banana Special
This elegant and luxurious dessert choice is guaranteed to wow your dinner guests.

1 small banana
300ml Irish cream liqueur
100ml white rum
100ml semi-skimmed milk
2 tbsp fudge sauce (see below)
4 balls premium vanilla ice cream
Cocoa powder

For the fudge sauce
115g unsalted butter
275ml double cream
140g brown sugar
Dash lemon juice
Place 1 small banana into a liquidiser.
Add 300ml Irish cream liqueur, 100ml white rum, 100ml milk, 2 tbsp fudge sauce (see recipe below), and then blitz really well.
Finally place 4 small balls of premium vanilla ice cream into 4 frosted tumblers.
Pour over the cocktail and serve, dusted with cocoa powder.

For the fudge sauce
Make the sauce by placing the butter, sugar, and cream together into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Whisk well until you have a thick fudgy sauce.
Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice.

For me this was my fave. I loved the sticky fudgy sauce it was yummy. The only mistake we made was not letting the sauce cool a little more as we melted our ice cream a bit lol. I really did not care as it was so full of flavour. I had no idea that cream liqueurs could be so versatile.
This is our version and I can tell you I enjoyed every bit ! We also used our Aldi Food Possessor to make it!

So both will be on sale in sores nationwide from the 9th March, while stocks last. So run over to your local aldi store and stock up while you can and don't limit yourself to Christmas . You can find our lots of recipes at the Aldi web site

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Aldi Restaurant at Home Range

This household is a big lover of the Aldi stores. We recently had a new store one of the 600 spread over the country, open near to us. My husband who is the main cook loves the range and the great prices. So we already loved all the food items but when I heard about the new  Restaurant at Home Range we were very excited.  The range will be online on the 2nd March 2017 and nation wide by the 9th , but lucky us got to test drive a couple of items first.

Premium Food Processor

Prepare to cook like a professional with this Premium Food Processor (£49.99), perfect for mixing, beating and blending all ingredients. It also comes complete with pre-programmed Pulse, Ice Crushing and Smoothie cycles, and is available in cream and grey colour options. It also comes with a really handy case for all your accessories which is fab. Don't know about you but I am always putting things away then losing bits. This way they stay safe for when you need them. You can do everything with this machine from making cakes to chopping vegetables. Its easy to use and clean and not a huge machine, so does not take up much counter top space.  For the price point I think it is excellent and good value. 

Medium Fry Pan

This is a really handy size fry pan. ( from 14.99) not too small but a good size for most things. Very heavy and sturdy I think it will be around the kitchen for a while. Easy to clean and to use. The thing my husband loved was it could also go inside the oven which is great. Just be super careful to use oven gloves to get it out lol.  Nice shape makes it very easy to flip things and  cooks nice and even . Can't wait to see and try the whole range of cook wear as I was impressed by this one.

As I said the whole Restaurant at Home Range will be available in store next month from the 2nd online and nation wide by the 9th , but you can always find out more information at the Aldi web site

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving  a sample of the product 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Aldi Cocktail Challenge

Christmas is over but summer is coming so any excuse for a lovely fresh cocktail really! I was really excited to get to try out some ideas now dry January is over.
Aldi is one of our fave stores and they have a great range of drinks to make your creations with.
 So we tried

Gin, Lime & and  Cucumber Cooler

Really lovely and fresh and zesty. Be perfect for those summer BBQ's or just relaxing in the sun.


50ml London Dry Gin
6 slices of cucumber, peeled
1/2 lime cut into 2 wedges

40ml Del Rivo Apple juice
12 fresh mint leaves
1 tsp sugar
Crushed ice

Pour he gin and apple juice into a large cup or small owl . Add the sugar, squeeze of lime
Add the mint leaves and the cucumber and with the end of a wooden spoon, muddle/crush the mint and cucumber slightly to release their flavour. Pour into a glass and add plenty of crushed ice, drop in the lime half and stir
serve garnished  with a sprig of mint

We loved this really fresh and super easy to make but big on taste

Blackberry Smash

Delicious fresh berries and fresh lemon juice combine with the crisp taste of gin to make this cocktail the perfect weekend drink in front of the TV. With its uplifting citrus and berry notes, blackberry smash is an excellent drink to brighten up your winter

50ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin
1/2 cup of White sugar
1/2 cup hot water
10-12 blackberries
25ml lemon
6 mint leaves
sparkling water to top


Fill a tall glass and a cocktail shaker with cubed ice
To make the blackberry syrup dissolve the White sugar in the hot water. Once dissolved add in 10/12 blackberries and allow to cook down to room temperature before straining and chilling in the fridge
Add 25ml of blackberry syrup and all ingredients (except sparkling water)to cocktail shaker
Shake hard for ten seconds then  strain  through a tea strainer into the ice-filled tall glass
slowly top with sparkling water

This was so nice I can see me sitting around the BBQ sipping this on a warm summer night or siting all cosy by the fire


This is a lovely light cocktails but has that distinctive sour bite of the cranberry with the soft bubbles of the Prosecco


75 ml Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadent NV
25ml Rio D'Oro cranberry juice
1 tsp mixed spice


Dip the rim of a chilled champagne flute into the cranberry juice and then into icing sugar
Dip again  in the cranberry juice, then into the mixed spice and leave to stand
Make the sugar syrup - mix water and sugar and bring  to the boil in a saucepan
Stir until the sugar has dissolved and allow to cook
Mix the cranberry juice with 1 teaspoon of sugar syrup and fill the bottom 1/4 of the glass then top up with prosecco
Garnish with a cranberry cut in half and pushed onto the rim of the glass.

This could be a yummy summer drink but I thought it would also be great for a special meal in the winter, or Christmas. With the cranberry and mixed spice it would be perfect.
As you can see ours did miss the cranberry on the glass as when we bought all our items we totally forgot the fresh cranberries lol.


A Crisp and fruity drink great for parties

30ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin
15ml Old Hopking White Rum
Orange Juice


30ml Oliver Cromwell Dry Gin, 15 ml Old Hopking White Rum, fill a tall glass with orange and enjoy!

Really easy to make and tastes great .

We loved trying out these cocktails and it would make a fun evening for anyone. Hope you try and go over to the Aldi web site for lots more items for great meal

Please note I was not paid for this review , only receiving a sample of the product .

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Review

I love chocolate and so when I get the chance to try some yummy ones I am there in a flash.
Monty Bojangles make a range of fantastic delights and this one I got to try was soooo yummy.

Milky Mischief  Truffles

Delightful yummy bites of milky chocolate, smooth and tasty . Light as a feather and chocolate melty bliss.  What more can I say lol. Best part is if you are vegetarian you can enjoy them as well. Make a lovely gift if you can bare to part with them. I am putting them into hampers his Christmas as I think they fit the time of year perfectly.

You can find lots of information at the Monty Bojangles web site and also lots more yummy products for you to try. There are lots of recipes to make some great things fab with Christmas just around the corner.

Monty Bojangles Pistachio Marooned Chocolate Tart

Truffle experts Monty Bojangles have partnered with Michelin Starred Chef Mark Sargeant to create a range of delicious puddings, snacks and naughty treats.

Marks Top Tip: “The Monty Bojangles Pistachio Marooned Chocolate Tart is the perfect pudding for any dinner party. I would suggest serving up slices accompanied with crushed pistachios and truffles with a side of whipped cream.”

Serves: 10

Difficulty (1-5): 1

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 40 minutes

What You’ll Need:

400g Monty Bojangles Pistachio Marooned Truffles
450ml single cream
150ml whole milk
3 large free-range eggs
1 packet of sweet pastry

What To Do:

Line a fluted 10 inch tart case with the pasty and blind bake at 180°C until golden brown. Turn the oven down to 140°C.
For the filling, bring the cream and milk to the boil and pour over the chocolate and stir until chocolate and cream are mixed. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Beat the eggs then add to the chocolate and mix well. Fill the pastry case with the chocolate filling.
Carefully place in the middle of the oven and bake for 30 to 40 mins. or until the filling appears set but with a slight wobble.
Serve at room temperature.

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Dylon Dye - craft project

I love to craft and I was really excited to get a chance to try some of the fab dye's from Dylon UK.
I am a child of the 70's so the old tie dye was something everyone did. I also did a lot at college with silk screen and I loved it. It is so amazing to change or re fresh the colour of an item into something exciting and new.
I want to share my first project today and then once my second is ready I can share that as well.
I have recently got into crochet and while I am not very good yet I am keen lol. I love wool and I also love the idea of a variegated colour. I wanted to try this out with the super cold water dye's from Dylon. My colours I picked were these. I have to say I did make a mistake as I picked two colours that were very alike so I would have been better to pick a more contrasting one.

I also went out and bought some double knit 100 % cotton yarn as  I thought this would give me a better result.
I started by re rolling my wool into a skein so make it better to dye. I used a handy chair and it didn't take long really.

When that was done I tied little bits to keep the skein together and removed it from the chair.
Then I mixed my dye which was so easy and it had great instructions on the back. You just need the dye and normal table salt and water. I set up my three tubs which I have to say were a little big. I had just put all my jars out in the recycling lol!!

 I then wet my wool so it was damp and dipped the ends int my dyes. I wanted to get them to run into each other because I was hoping to make a new colour where they met. I did get a green but would have liked it a little darker but that was more me not dipping it right. I stirred for about 15 mins then I left it for about 45 mins. When It was done I rinsed it all off then washed it in a 40 wash  in my machine. I think you could also wash by hand but I did not want to chance it.  I put it into a long sock so it stayed nice and tidy. I  hung the skein up to dry over night and the next day rolled it into a wool and wow I had my own original wool! I wanted to see what it made up like so I quickly made a little simple beanie hat. I was delighted ! It was so much fun and I am excited to try my next project which I will be sharing with you.

You can find out lots more about the fab Dylon range and all the wonderful colours at

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Santa Maria and Day of the Dead

We have Halloween coming up and I love a good scare lol but just after we have the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead which is celebrated with festivals, parties and wonderful food and drink to come at the start of November . A time to remember long gone family and friends with a smile. So while you may think going by the name that its a creepy thing, its not . Its a joyful time and the day perfect for a Mexican party.

So I got to try some Day of the Dead must haves

Santa Maria's Taco Seasoning Mix a blend f chilli, cumin and oregano. Combined with a favorite filling such as Chicken, Pork r vegetables and serve n a crisp taco shell for a fab Day of the dead meal.

A Mix of chilli, garlic, coriander and oregano, the Fajita seasoning mix is guaranteed to add Mexican flavour to get together. Simply fry with your meat or vegetables for a tasty meal.

 Santa Maria's soft Plain Flour Tortillas are the perfect base for almost any Mexican food from fajitas to quesadillas and burritos. Something  everyone should have in the cupboard.

We made up our own recipe's but I will share a Santa Maria one with you too.
So we made a spice beef mince fajitas. We used this recipe but where it tells you to use chicken we used mince beef as its one of our faves.

Spicy Chicken Fajitas

Serves 4


1. Slice the chicken , onions and red peppers into thin strips.
2. Fry the chicken ( or minced beef for us) in a hot pan until golden brown. Add the onions and red peppers

3. Add the seasoning mix and lower the heat to medium. Cook for 3 minutes
4. Heat the tortilla wrap according to pack instructions
5. Place salad leaves on each tortilla and p with the fajita filling and guacamole
6. Gold and garnish with lime and coriander
7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

We added some salsa and Tortilla chips to ours and it was yummy. We can't wait to try out some more meals using these great products. There is lots of information and ideas to make your Day of the Dead get going over at the Santa Maria so make sure you check it out.

Please note  I was not paid for this review just receiving a sample of the products

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Love Your Mouth Challenge

I recently got asked to take part in a  Love your Mouth  Challenge  all about oral health, and also to look at some facts. I was shocked at how people admitted to not brushing their teeth and also how many conditions are preventable is we have good oral hygiene. I know I can't go to bed without brushing my teeth and although I have good teeth, I have to be very careful with gum care.
The little survey was easy and simple to do, not many questions and it then told you recommendations for products for you. My products were
Corsodyl Toothpaste to help with bleeding gums and also Corsodyl Daily mouthwash for everyday gum protection.
I already use both and have done so for some time so I know they are both excellent products.The tooth paste leaves your mouth really clean and the mouth wash is not too strong .  I also got a cute little timer as its recommended you brush for at least 2 minutes. I thought the timer was a great idea and also wonderful for children. Start them young on oral health and it becomes second nature as they grow older.

I really hope you pop over to the web site for the challenge and to find out lots more information on oral health. It takes seconds but can be so important.