Tuesday, 7 November 2017

British Stiff Upper Lip

British Stiff Upper Lip now that is a phrase often heard but what does it really mean? Well traditionally is been used to describe British people being resolute and unemotional in the face of adversity. Does that also read that we are boring or carry no emotion? I am of the opinion that it does not mean that at all. I think I am emotional I am caring and kind as much as  I can be. However I am also guilty of pretending I can manage when deep down I am drowning . My favourite saying is ' I am fine don't worry' but really I mean help me please. So maybe I do suffer that 'Stiff Upper Lip' after all.

I think its great to be strong and stand up for what you think is right but not to say ' I am ok' when you are not. Seek help if you need and don't be too proud to as for it . I am going to work on that idea what wonder what you think about ' British stiff upper lip'?

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

New York Mini Maple Bagels

I love Bagels of any shape or size and the best are from New York Bakery  Co.  This week we got to try their  New Maple Mini Bagels. Yummy little bites of low fat goodness.

To make it all the better there is a competition to create a dish or creation around Halloween or Bonfire night for your family and friends.
Well its been a hectic couple of weeks here so not much time to really get my thinking cap on.
First my husband , my granddaughter and I enjoy some yummy chocolate while we came up with our idea.

So we decided on a yummy buttered bagels with a homemade custard. I cut them into half and buttered well . Then laid them face down and then made up a custard with eggs and milk and some sugar. This was poured over the top.
I then cooked it in the oven until the egg custard was set. Well I can tell you it was yummy and perfect for a chilly night  in bowls with maybe a dash of cream.

I am amazed at how much you can do with bagels and how many ways they can be served.
For lots more information hop over to the New York Bakery Co. And I would love to see your creations

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

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Special Edition Tilda Rice and ' Mums helping Mums' Campaign Review

As a mum I am always on the look out for a a great idea to help others.  So when I was asked to read about this worthwhile campaign I was very happy to do so.

Tilda rice has announced that they will be carrying on their work with the United Nations World Fod Programme in 2017. Global priority being given to the project ' Mums Helping Mums' campaign.

Tilda  'Mums Helping Mums' campaign is the start of a three year commitment helping the WFP's Mother 7 Child Nutrition programme. In September and October the Tilda will be donating nutrition boosting meals to new or expectant mothers where its needed most.  So for every specially marked pack of Tilda Pur Basmati 1kg and 5kg, and Tilda steamed Pure Basmati pouch, Tilda will provide at least one nutrition boosting meal, helping towards a better start for newborns. Tilda has a wonderful target of 1.9m nutrition boosting meals in 2017.

This will also be supported by a 'Mums Helping Mums' cookbook, featuring recipes donated by some of the UK's favourite mums and foodies, and also well known names.
The cook book is hopefully going to inspired UK mums to get in and start cooking. You can go to Tilda.com to download the cook book. It really is full  of yummy ideas and I would say they are not hard to make an do look tasty.

There was so many yummy ideas but we love a curry so went for
Anjum Anand's Cumin flavoured chicken curry.
The full recipe can be found in the cook book but it was simple and fast and we really enjoyed it.

So why not buy a Tilda special edition rice this week and every week. Not only is it great rice you will be helping mums all over the world to give their children the best start.

The cookbook and lots more information can be found at 

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

Thursday, 21 September 2017

London Cocktail Week and Discover Kale Review

Say the word  'Cocktail' and you have my attention ! Who does not like the idea of that fancy little drink which is normal sporting a mini umbrella or fancy fruits.  So when I got the chance to try making cocktails at home to help celebrate London Cocktail week (2nd-8th October ) I was in.
With the help of  Discover Kale , a really fantastic site with tons of ideas to use the yummy vegetable Kale I was on my way.

Now I know normally you would not think of vegetables as being great in a cocktail but I was so surprised about how many ways you could use them. Plus Kale is one of my favourites so I was keen to find out more.
I also got to use a really lovely Gin that is new to me called Pin Gin, made by the Lincolnshire Premier gin company Bottomley Distillers.
First I got to taste the Gin and was surprised by its lovely smell and taste. You could taste cucumber and spice and every time I tried it I could pick up another yummy ingredient.

We made a Kale Collins which is like A Tom Collins but with kale.
We used our juicer which I have to be honest in saying its not been out in the light for some time !! We juiced a pack of kale down , the added in cucumber, ice, a teaspoon of sugar syrup, lime , and gin.  Put into our shaker and then a quick jig and it was ready. Strain into a glass and fill to top with soda or tonic water. Garnish with cucumber and you have all set. It was such a surprised as it tasted really fab. Refreshing and tastes great.

We also made some little shots Blue is Gin tonic and blue curacao
Red is Gin tonic bitters and Italian aperol
And Green in Gin lemonade and peppermint liqueur.

You must visit Discover Kale and it is such a great item. I was amazed at all the properties it has.

Anti Inflammatory
Omega fatty acids
Immunity and sustainable

 So I hope you will join in with London cocktail week and Discover Kale you will not regret it!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Aldi Summer Wine Festival Review

Very exciting if you enjoy a glass of wine, and the last few weeks of summer, Aldi is launching a limited edition range of 24 wines from the 3rd August.  Wonderful wines from all over the world.
We got to try one bottle in the range.

Painted Dog Chenin Blanc Viognier £6.99
Available in store and online

A really yummy fruity and crisp, creamy wine perfect to go with any meal or just to enjoy. Best part about this wine is 5 % o the profits from every bottle sold goes to the Tusk Trust Conservation Fund to help protect South Africa's endangered animal - the wild dog.

There are so many in the range get along to the store or look online at all the others!

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

Summer Baking At Aldi Review

I love to bake when I can its a small pleasure that I found fairly late in my life. I am always looking for new products at good prices, and also fun things to do with my grandchildren.  Aldi have a great range available in store from the 27th August so excite everyone who bakes.
I was lucky to get to try one of the range out and I had a little helper who was very excited as well.

The Aldi Sweet Treat Maker (19.99) helps to take out any stress from making yummy homemade goodies. In the range are a teacake maker, mini pancake or waffle maker. The latter is the one I got to try. I have to say I was impressed by its style mine was in a lovely cream, and its functions. It features temperature control, auto lock and a great cord wrap for upright storage. It seemed to give great value.
We were excited to open it and see what it could do!

 I was impressed as it came with inter changeable plates to make waffles, donuts and mini waffles. Also came with a recipe booklet and full instructions.

It was super easy to use and gave yummy results. Excellent value for the money. Now would also be a great time dare I mention it to add this to Christmas gifts!
There are lots of other great ideas to choose from so get into store after the 27th.

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

Monday, 7 August 2017

Bullying and its Effects

I had a wonderful childhood. My parents were hardworking Londoners from good sturdy stock. They moved us to Essex when I was four and as my mum worked from home I had her company all the time. She was the best mum a kid could want and as we were together all the time our bond grew and grew. My brother was 10 yrs older so most of the time it was me and mum.
I was tiny when I was a toddler and so much so my mum was very worried. As I grew though I developed a weight issue. Mum would take me to doctors to be told it was an hormone problem , but no one could offer advice. We knew it was not from what I was eating as my mum was an excellent cook, of very healthy food.

All was fine and I started school and was doing so well I went into junior school (age 7-11) when things changed. At that point the bullying started.  I wasn't very big but the bullies would use it to make my life hell. I got through but in my last year I got a teacher who hated fat kids, simple as that. It was so well known other parents would say to my mum ' Hope Jill does not get  Mr X he hates kids with weight issues' ! He would not pick on me as such but he made sure I did not get the same chances as others. He had favourites where sporty and fit and anyone else fell by the wayside.

When I moved to senior school at 11 my parents were confused I was not in a higher class as I was bright. We later found out he had sent my report which was very bad and mostly lies, which meant the new school thought I had educational issues.
Senior school was ok at first but the bullying continued, and as we were older it got nastier . I loved my class and my friends but a year in they moved me up to another class. I hated it!! My old class mates didn't want to know and my new class mates didn't care either. The work was harder and life was bad. I was lonely and sad and the bullies knew it and used it.
I couldn't walk past boys without comments and some of the girls were as bad. I couldn't wait to leave but although I got away from the bullies, the effects on my life stayed.

I am now 59 years old and I think I still suffer the bully effect. It made me into a different person I believe, and I often wonder what my life would have been like if I had been bully free. I still lack confidence even today and still have weight issues even though its more medical today.
I wish anyone who has bullied or put someone down even in fun could know what its like. It can leave someone with long term issues they may never get over.

I am a good person and have a wonderful family which I am very proud of. I try not to think about the past but as bullying is always in the news in different forms, So I thought I would share my experience's with you.
Be kind and think before you speak please .