Saturday, 18 June 2016

Mary Berry Puddings Review

Now if you read my blog often you will know I like to if I feel well , bake. To be fair I prefer the decorating side more than the baking but I still enjoy the art. As a child growing up I lived with the best baker, my mum. She could cook anything and made the most yummy cakes and pies you could imagine. Her fave was the wonderful Mary Berry and I can remember watching her on T.V with my mum many years ago.
It is amazing she is still on T.V and doing so well.
So I was very excited to learn that she was bring out some puddings which were ready to eat, what a treat.

What I also thought was very interesting was a wee Q & A session with Mary and I wanted to share that with you also before I go into details about the products

1. What inspired you to create the new range of traditional puddings to share?
British Classic puddings are great for family occasions and I want to share my favourites.

2. Why do you think classic pudding recipes will always be popular?
These are the puddings that people love and remember.

3. Was there a reason that you chose to launch with the Belgian Chocolate Brownie Pudding and Luxury Summer Fruit Pudding.
I love brownies and this was a perfect excuse to make it into a pudding.  Summer is my absolute favourite and there is no reason not to have it all year round.

4. Have you always had a sweet tooth?
Its not about having a sweet tooth, I love to end a meal with something on the sweet side and these puddings are very tempting !

5. You mention that your mother was an inspiration for the new products, what was her favourite dessert and were you inspired to bake because of her?
Mum loved Bread and Butter Pudding and hers was the best.

6. How does creating a ready made dessert recipe differ from creating a recipe for a book?
They are all very similar but I make sure that only the best ingredients are used.

7. You’ve had a very busy start to 2016, are you looking forward to what’s coming up?
I certainly am - more Great British Bake Off, my own programme, another book, life is good!

8. Do you manage to enjoy leisurely meals with your family?
Yes definitely, the more often the better

 This is a little information about the products

Queen of Puddings’ Mary Berry launches new delicious sharing desserts for the family

Serve up a slice of baking legend Mary Berry’s first ever range of desserts1 – based on Mary’s original family recipes featuring the ‘Queen of Puddings’ personal favourites and scrumptious sweet treats that will delight the whole family. The Belgian Chocolate Brownie Pudding comes with a white Belgian chocolate sauce to pour over and the Luxury Summer Fruit Pudding is bursting with juicy fruit and features luxurious layers. The products are designed to get families together around the table and are table presentable - meaning mum could even pass them off as her own! Both traditional puddings will be available from Ocado, Waitrose and Tesco from mid-April.

..Mary Berry says: “One of my favourite childhood memories is sitting around the table and the anticipation of my mother bringing the dessert to the table. These cherished moments inspired the creation of my new pudding range. So whether it’s an indulgent and chocolatey dessert or a light and refreshing summer pudding, there is more than enough to go around.”

The rich Belgian Chocolate Brownie Pudding is lovingly baked and one of Mary’s family favourites. The brownie base includes chunks of Belgian dark chocolate and the pudding is served with a decadent white Belgian chocolate sauce. Best brought to the table piping hot and served with a scoop of ice cream, this indulgent pud is ideal for sharing.

A British classic summertime favourite, Mary has also crafted the Luxury Summer Fruit Pudding. Summer fruit syrup infuses the soft white bread layers which are then covered with copious amounts of summer fruit compote. Packed with juicy blackcurrants, raspberries, blackberries and sweet strawberries, the dessert is best served chilled on a hot summers day on it’s own or with a dollop of cream.

The Mary Berry Belgian Chocolate Brownie Pudding and Mary Berry Luxury Summer Fruit Pudding will be available from Tesco and Ocado from the 18th April and Waitrose from the 27th April and is produced under licence by The Hain Daniels Group

I tried both and I can honestly say they were yummy. Rich and creamy chocolate and yummy fruit layers they were both a delight. So if you need a Mary fix but don't have time to get out her cook book, run our and grab one of these puddings, relax and enjoy.

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

Monday, 13 June 2016

Hen Night Party

My daughter is getting married next month and this was a chance to get together with her friends and family to have a little fun. Us older members went for the afternoon tea which was great and wonderful games thought up by my daughter in law. I think you can see we all had a lovely time. The younger ones all went on to a theme park the next day lol.


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Hartleys Mixed Berry Flavour Glitter Jelly Review

Now I love jelly! I have so many happy memories of the all the fun ones my mum would make as a child. To be honest I still make it as I think the fun can still go on even as an adult lol.
I was so excited by a new range of Glitter and yes I did say Glitter jelly's. I got mine all ready to make up for a party !

It was super easy to make and no endless mixing which was great. I filled up my lovely blue mould and waiting for the fun part of eating it.
We had a little party planned so it was a chance to dress up and have fun

The jelly was yummy and everyone was super impressed by the glitter. So what are you waiting for get out today for your glitter and have a party with Hartleys!

Lots of information at

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

Thomas J Fudges and National Picnic Week Review

So all through June this year it is National Picnic week. A chance to dust off those baskets and get out in the fresh air ( weather allowing!) and have fun. Nothing better than a beautiful day , the family and eating all that yummy stuff you know its a treat to have.
I tried a couple of lovely products which would be great for your picnic.
They are made by Thomas J Fudge and what a yummy range of products they have. I got to try

Wondrous White Chocolate Florentines

A yummy bit of white chocolate layered up with caramel and fruit and nuts. Has a lovely citrus zing as well and so oooo I can't tell you.

Piquant Cheese and peppercorn crackers

A melt in the mouth cracker that tastes so yummy. Perfect with so many things but I loved mine with cheese. Salsa would be nice or any dip . Idea for your picnic or day at the beach.

You can find out lots of information about Thomas J Fudge at

and National Picnic week at

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

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Lurpak Spreadable Infusions Review

I love butter ! It makes everything taste so yummy. As a child we would have Lurpak butter it was a little special treat and one we all looked forward to. As I grew and got my own family I tried to carry on that tradition.
Now our favourite butter has perfected a new and exciting spreadable yummy infusion. It has been developed to go with everything from wraps to bagels ( my personal favourite) and pitta.

There are three to choose from:

Chilli & Lime

A lovely blend of chilli  and lime. Not too hot with a lovely taste too yummy not to try.

You can also find a range of wonderful ideas for your infusions by Dan Lepard one of the worlds most widely read bakers. We tried 

Lamb Kebab in Pitta with the chilli & Lime Infusions

Dust cubes of lamb wit cumin powder, divide onto skewers and grill. Toast lightly and split the warm pitta open, generously then spread the inside with the Lurpak infusion fill with salad  and Greek style yogurt and fresh mint. Totally yummy and fab for the BBQ ( if we ever get the weather!!) so tastily.

Smoked Chipotle

A totally yummy smoky taste really great on all kinds of things but we tried :

Avocado Quesadilla with lurpak infusions smoked chipotle 

Take two tortillas, spread Lurpak infusion liberally on each. Top one tortilla with mashed , ripe avocado, finely grated  carrot, grated  cheese and chopped fresh coriander. Press the second tortilla on the top and bake in the oven until crisp and golden. Cut into wedges to serve.
Has to be our top meal for ages I am thinking of trying it cold as I would like to take it for a picnic type meal.

Sea Salt & Pink Peppercorn

Nice peppery kick without burning your mouth. 

Grilled Cheese Artichoke & Sundried Tomato Panini with Lupak infusions sea salt & pink peppercorn.

Grated edam cheese and mix with a little parmesan . Drain and quarter the artichoke hearts and sundried tomato , mix with  the cheese and a sprig of basil, or flat leaf parsley. Spread the panni generously with the lurpak infusion and top with grated cheese , artichoke and fresh tomato mixture and bake until golden.
I had never tried artichoke before but with the infusions it was so good. I can't believe  I had not tried it before.

You can find out lots more information about Lurpak and their products at 

And more about Dan Lepard at 

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

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Bioglan Review

I have had a few health issues and also long term conditions which can be a little exhausting at times. So recently I was asked if I would like to try out some Bioglan products.

So I had to try:-

Supergreen Berry Boost

This is a perfect way to get all your fruit and vegetables in with ease. Each serving is equivalent to 16 portions of fruit and veg. Not only that it s also packed with 20 ingredients and full range of nutrients to add good health. It is good for energising, vitality, immunity and digestion .
You can add it to water to make a great drink or add it to non acidic juices and smoothies.
I tried it as a drink with water and was really happy with the taste . I have to say I have felt better the last few days so I plan on carrying on . The power is very fine so one 100g pack should be great value.

Supergreen Cacao Boost

Once again with have a fab way to get that veg fix. This one is equivalent to 14 portions of fruit and vegetables in one serving.
Great for alkalising, energising, vitality, immunity, digestion, and natural mood boost. Packed with cacao for extra vitality and rich chocolate flavour. Once again you can mix with water or add to non acidic juices. It is also great for iron.
Tastes great and does you good what more can you ask for .


Natural vitamins, minerals and amino acids from algae and also high in protein. This was a new one on my so I was very interested in all the 100 + Nutrients it contains. I made up the green smoothie
which is on the packet and I have to say it was good. It is a little harder taste to get used to to but not bad at all.

Raw Bites

A yummy mix of chia , maca and peanuts.Free from refined sugars , added flavours, colours and preservatives. 100% natural . Lts of superfods t gve you energy and stop sugar cravings.
My only issues is I had them all at once because they tasted so good lol.

All these products are available at waitrose, holland barett, superdrug, Amazon, ocado, boots, tesco.
And online at and chemist direct.
For more information check out

Sunday, 24 April 2016

To Blog or Not to Blog

I have had my blog for some years now. I have gone from not even knowing what a blog is , to attending a blogging conference last year! Its been a steep learning curve and I think that I have done a fair job. I wish blogging had been around when I was younger as I think I would have loved it. I know my mum would have as she loved to write. I still have a stack of her short stories that I keep saying I will write up one day !
I have learnt so much about social media and other people from all parts of the world. I also have made such nice blogging friends like Jaime from The Olivers Madhouse and Cathy who's antics with her son never fail to make me laugh.
I have had so many chance to try out products and have contact with some lovely brands, even if it is a tiny thing  I am also grateful. I know I will never set the blogging world on fire but I also try to do a good job not matter what  I am writing about.
Recently I have hit a wall. I have nothing to say and often sit at my computer trying t come up with something. I feel guilty as  have not been trying real hard to post on my blog.
I have stopped looking at the rankings as once I started slipping it hurt lol.
So I am doing some thinking on if  I should continue who if Jollyjillys has run its course?
I wonder if this is common? Am I alone on this lack of energy or is it something that hits if you have been blogging for a while.
I have some wonderful happy memories of how exciting I found it all lol so I am really not sure.
Hope someone reads this lol and love to hear your views as well

Drawing by Alan Ford