Food · Food hampers · Health · Snacks · Subscriptionbox

It’s Summer BBQ Time with Degustabox! 

This months Degustabox theme is the BBQ ! So summer is finally upon us, we are dusting off the barbecues and stocking up on coals. Alcohol, spices, snacks, drinks, biscuits and sweets are an integral part of our Great British BBQ Season and in this months box there is even a non alcoholic wine for the designated driver! As a blogger I get to sample items from both non alcohol and alcohol boxes so I may have an extra item or two in my box. 

Ken has been so happy since this mornings box arrived, it includes lots of goodies he likes and seeing as he bought me two bunches of flowers this morning I can not let him have them! 

The Degustabox is geared around a family, it has a great selection of different items each month that a family can share. Some of the items may be hot off the press and not even in the shops or are brand new on the shelves. Even the brands I am familiar with have new lines that have been included in this BBQ theme box. I love receiving my monthly Degustabox and if I didn’t get one sent me to review I would definitely subscribe. £12.99 monthly is the standard cost including delivery and each box has over £20 worth of goodies. Go to http://www.degustabox.co.uk and get your first box for just £5.99 with my code 8c0x9 You can cancel at any time. Dates of deliveries and cancellation times are listed on their website. Each month I review the contents and here are this months delights! 


Now this is why Ken is happy, he loves his Haribo! Summer Frenzy Haribo Starmix Beeey flavours and  Tangfastics Ice Cream and Sorbet flavours – 25grams of these winktastic sweets are 4.5 syns. He has already sampled the Ice Cream Gorbet and unfortunately one or two fell into my mouth too! It’s lovely to see different flavours arriving and the Berry flavour looks so good too! Haribo Summer Frenzy is perfect for sharing but Ken had better move these quickly before I don’t share! £1 bag

Staying with the snacking theme I move onto LighterLife Fast Light Bites – Mango with Vanilla Yoghurt freeze dried fruit and yoghurt chips  

They are only 46 cals per bag and that makes it only 2.5 syns per bag!  High in fibre and made with 100% fruit £1.49 bag 

Now being a dog lover I had to choose these next These gorgeous cute little Scottie Dogs are made with Walkers iconic Pure Butter Shortbread loved by everyone. Instantly recognisable in its tartan box Walkers brand is a pure favourite with shortbread lovers £1.95 

ENRJ – Energy Juice: Mango & Passion fruit and Apple & Berries
ENRJ is a freshly pressed fruit juice, naturally caffeinated with green (unroasted) arabica coffee beans (a double espresso worth) for a longer-lasting energising lift. Made from real ingredients, with nothing artificial, no added sugar, less than 100 calories per bottle and one of your five-a-day; fuel your day the healthy way! Two beautiful flavours – Mango and Passionfruit and Apple and Berries – a 250ml bottle is only 4.5 syns £1.75 

Now here is another for Ken, he loves a cheeky little Cider and how cheeky are these? Rosie’s Pig – Weston’s Cider have two lovely little ciders included this month

Rosie’s Pig Flat Tyre is an award winning cloudy sparkling cider with Rhubarb and sounds divine! Rosie’s Pig Handbrake is a cloudy sparkling cider with damson for a unique fruity taste. I will have to insist on at least a taste of these! £1.99 

A household favourite Schwartz appears in everyone’s cupboards synonymous with home cooking it’s the first nationwide  spice brand that springs to mind Spicy buffalo wings and BBQ pulled chicken spice blends are set to make sure your BBQ is a tasty hit with all the family £0.85

Original O’s Cumin and Sesame Nibbles is made from a families secret recipe and I hear it’s addictive
4.5 syns per 25gms – available online at Amazon £2.99

Eisberg Alcohol Free Sauvignon Blanc

Ensure that your designated driver doesn’t feel left out! An unbelievable 22 calories per bottle it’s also great for those who want to avoid the temptation of alcohol! It’s made in exactly the same way as your favourite wine but the alcohol is removed at the end £1.49 

Capsicana Brazilian Chilli and Coconut Quick Cook Sauce is a fiery hot blend of classic Brazilian food designed to recreate Latin America’s most delicious dishes. Based on Monqueca stew from Bahia state north of Rio the recipe instructions are clearly visible on the back of the pack with other cooking suggestions inside.
7.5 syns pack. Visit http://www.capsicana.co.uk for lots more recipe ideas £1.99 

Berrywhite Organic Drinks come in 4 delicious flavours – one of which has been included in this months box. The flavour I have received is Organic Peach Made from Organic fruit juice blended with mineral water they are one of your 5 a day. 10% of profits go to the Berrywhite Foundation and have no added sugar or preservatives and nothing artificial £1.39

Last but certainly not least in my eyes as I have got my eyes on this beauty is Spoon Granola 

Apple and Peanut is a unique granola flavour and I can’t wait to try it. Wholegrain Oats with chewy baked apple, whole peanuts, Crispy Coconut chips and ground cinnamon is making me wish my day away! No refined sugar and high in fibre 8 syns for 35 grams is a healthy way to spend them! £3.70 

Food · Health · Kitchen · Kitchen appliances

The ‘Good Egg’ Master

When I first saw the Eggmaster I did a little research and found some negative posts. Not so much about the machine, how it works but about the usefulness of the end product. These reviews are a little outdated now My first Impression was how compact this is and that is a big bonus considering how much space is taken up by gadgets in our kitchens. My second surprise was how simple and straight forward it is to use. Within half an hour I had some tasty additions for our Summer evening salad.. Chorizo and pepper and Egg, cheese and mixed peppers. 

My conclusion is that it’s a real nifty gadget to have in your kitchen, great for using leftovers and a fantastic tool for creating more interesting lunchbox contents. This would be great for getting children involved creating their own healthy lunches making them envious of all their friends. Buy the Eggmaster online at Amazon £29.99 

Beauty · Jewellery, watches, lifestyle,

Estée Lauder Double Wear Cushion Stick Frank Review!

Firstly I have to apologise for the rubbish photograph. Unfortunately I was unable to get a clearer photograph this morning!I have stuck with this for a while but realised this morning that a review was needed! When I first bought the product I was impressed by the radiant glow my skin had after application. It went on relatively easily but I found it a bit of a faff!

Within a short space of time the sponge applicator fell off and wouldn’t stay on making application extremely difficult. I have to give Estée Lauder credit for replacing this via their helpline without question.  This morning whilst in the middle of using the replacement for the second time, the sponge applicator spun off and this resulted in a 3 inch scratch down my face. See photograph for the first applicator that came off the first product and the applicator off my replacement. As you can see by the nozzle it is quite pointed and really took me by surprise when it happened. 

This product – the makeup fluid is excellent but I think it’s time for Estée Lauder to rethink the design. I have a red mark down my cheek and this completely is the opposite of what I was trying to achieve. 

Would I buy it again? No, however the quality of the foundation is excellent but application makes it unpractical. Come on Estée Lauder – we ALL KNOW you can do better than this! 

Food · Health · Low Carb

What a Catch! Big Fish Brand 

I am delighted to be chosen to receive a fantastic sample range of the Big Fish Brand. Their range can be found in Farm shops and independents around the country and it’s well worth keeping an eye out for. Having never been a great Fish lover but conscious that I should try more, I was over the moon to receive this delivery.  The first thing I noticed is there was no strong Fish smell which told me my delivery was the most important requirement – fresh and freshly frozen. The Big Fish Brand is a family owned company based in Grimsby on the North East Coast of England.  Their Fish is sourced from Northern waters. 

Their salmon fillets are so delicate and fresh with a beautiful colour and flavour . I decided to experiment making a low carb dish with my favourite bread alternative Lo-Dough from http://www.lodough.coMy dish which I have named Finding Dough Ree is layers of exotic mushrooms, Big Fish Brand Salmon Fillets, wilted spinach and served with a lemon and dill sauce. It was a truly delicious dish and all credit goes to http://www.bigfishbrand.co.uk and http://www.lodough.co for such a great mealFancying some avocado this morning but conscious of keeping my calorie and fat intake down I decided to have a ‘mix up’ Big Fish Brand Smoked Salmon 50gm pack is a perfect serving for one. With my salmon I mashed 1/4 avocado and mixed in 3 chopped cherry tomatoes, salt and fresh ground pepper, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp dried coriander. Served with a slice of toasted soda bread my breakfast was divine. Just divine!  

The next time you are pondering about whether to buy fish, if it’s Big Fish Brand- hesitate no longer, you are about to make a great choice! 

Food

               The BIG Catch! 

The next time you go into your local farm shop, independent retailers, Cosco, specialist food shop or shop at Ocado look for the @bigfishbrand ! They have such a great range – Natural Sea Trout and Salmon, Salmon Marinaded with Garden Mint in easy cook microwave bags from frozen, Hand sliced Smoked Sea Trout and Salmon free from any artificial additives. Free on SW and 4-5 Smartpoints per Fillet on WW and 2 Smartpoints per pack for the smoked Salmon and Trout. The fish is caught in cool clean Northern Waters and processed in Grimsby. Big Fish Brand is a family run business.

For more information visit http://www.bigfishbrand.co.uk

Food · Health · Low Carb · Slimmingworld · Weightwatchers

Petit Pois – Going Green In a Day! 

Today I decided to empty the freezer. We only have a small freezer space and the 750gm bag of Petit Pois was taking up too much space! 

After putting my thinking cap on I made two lovely recipes I share with you below. 

The first dish is Petit Pois Hummus and is so delicious and great with fresh crunchy crispbreads. 

The recipe is simple and quick. It’s 10 syns for the whole amount on Slimming World and 17 Smartpoints on Weightwatchers. It will serve at least 6 portions 


My second recipe which I used the remaining peas for is Minted Petit Pois and Potato Soup with Smoked Bacon.

The whole pan is free on Slimming World and apx 20 Weightwatchers Smartpoints but serves at least 4 and again is lovely


It’s amazing what you can make with a bag of peas! 

Flowers · Gifts

Prestige Flowers – A Cut Above?

So why choose Prestige Flowers? 

I have been lucky enough to receive a beautiful bouquet of wonderfully fresh flowers from Prestige Flowers so I can easily answer that question.  My first impression is how robust and attractive the box is. With a carrying handle in the lid they are easily transportable and how well protected the contents are. 

My delivery is a delight to the senses! 

On opening the first thing I spot is the most beautiful bouquet of fresh cut flowers lovingly cosseted in rose red floral paper. The flowers are securely tied and beautifully arranged. On further inspection of the box I also find a small box of British crafted truffles, a flower care guide with essential tips on getting the most from your flowers, and a personalised message card. There is also another box which when opened I found a small sturdy glass vase! 

Perfect! Time to arrange my flowers! The flowers contain flower food to help retain their appearance and lastability. 

I am truly no expert when it comes to arranging flowers but soon find it’s so easy to create a very beautiful arrangement with this stunning bouquet 

I am delighted with my gift, I can truly say Prestige Flowers really live up to their name – they are the Prestige brand of choice for that special gift for someone close to your heart! Visit http://www.prestigeflowers.co.uk for a truly beautiful gift for any occasion