Our favourite five – February | Food, flowers, and a farm

Our favourite five February

Once again, I’m back to being late with our favourite five – oops! I didn’t manage to get it written up by the end of the month, and March has been super busy so I’ve barely even turned the laptop on! I’m here now though, better late than never, right?

So, what were our favourite five for February? (That’s a lot of f‘s!)

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Chocolate coffee ganache tarts | Recipe

Chocolate coffee ganache tarts

It’s been a while since I’ve made a tart, and it’s also been a while since I’ve made ganache (I could eat a bowl of that on its own…). The first thought that came into my head when I saw the chocolate coated coffee beans in the most recent Degustabox, was chocolate coffee ganache tarts – yummy. Using dark chocolate makes them very rich, but it also compliments the luxury of the coffee beans. The size of the tarts makes them perfect for a grown up party, or maybe with cocktails!

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February Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

February Degustabox

I had to wait a little bit longer for my Degustabox last month as there was a problem with it in transit, but it was worth the wait as there were some exciting products in there; lots that I’ve never heard of, actually!

  • Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
  • Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
  • All for much less than you would pay in the shops!

So what was inside the February Degustabox?

February Degustabox in the box

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A family feast with Chicago Town – #NotJustForDinner

Chicago Town #notjustfordinner

Pizza. One of the most popular dishes for meal times in our house. I don’t have a favourite topping, I’m always changing my mind with what I fancy; but as long as it has plenty of cheese on it, I’m good! It’s usually my go to choice for family gatherings too; Jacob’s birthday last year involved pizza, and it’s also our traditional Christmas Eve dinner choice. We like to be different! 😉

And so do Chicago Town, which is why they have a challenge running at the moment daring people to use their pizza #NotJustForDinner! The Deep Dish pizzas are so versatile, they can be eaten in a whole variety of situations; just some of the entries so far include eating while playing family games, skateboarding, and even window cleaning! Read more

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January Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

January Degustabox

It seems like ages since I last welcomed a Degustabox into my house. I think it’s because the Christmas one arrived a bit earlier than usual and this one a little later; not that I’m complaining, I always love the arrival of a new Degustabox!

  • Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
  • Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
  • All for much less than you would pay in the shops!

January’s box included quite a few brands I had never heard of, with some I will certainly buy again. I did enjoy everything in it though.

So what was inside the January Degustabox?

January Degustabox

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Frozen inspired biscuits | We Bake with Dr Oetker

Frozen inspired biscuits - We Bake with Dr Oetker

I revealed a while ago that I had been asked to become a founding member of the Dr Oetker We Bake community, and I was over the moon to accept! I’m so happy to see the delicious looking bakes on the site; there are so many talented, creative bakers in the We Bake community! My latest Dr Oetker bake is my contribution to our most recent bake club meet, with the theme of Frozen or snow; so I used a combination of both to come up with two different designs.

The biscuits themselves are crumbly, and easy to make; easy enough for the children to get involved too. The same goes for decorating them; I did the snowflakes on these myself using a coffee design template “thing”, but the kids can of course have fun creating their own snowflake design!

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Slow cooker smoky gammon stew | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Slow cooker smoky gammon stew

I do love my slow cooker but admittedly, I don’t use it as often as I mean to. One of my favourite dishes that I always make in the slow cooker is a stew. I’ve been fancying something a bit different to a beef and vegetable stew, so I bought a gammon joint, and then just randomly chucked loads of ingredients in to make this smoky gammon stew; it turned out lovely! Perfect for a cold winter day. It’s also completely syn free on Slimming World!

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Panasonic Gourmet Processor | First Impressions

Panasonic Precision Gourmet Processor - First Impressions

As part of my role as a Panasonic Kitchen ambassador, I have previously tried out the Steam Combi Oven and the High Power Blender; both of which I was absolutely amazed by and I think would be a great addition to any kitchen. Recently I was sent the third product to try out as part of my ambassadorship; the Gourmet Processor. I do already own a food processor, but just a bog standard one with a few different blade attachments; nothing like this one.

Introducing the Precision Gourmet Processor, the latest all-in-one convenience. Japanese glass touch programme interface technology offers easy and elegant operation when preparing food in a variety of ways, ensuring your fresh ingredients become spectacular meals, every time.

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December Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

Review - December Degustabox

I was really looking forward to the December Degustabox; well, I look forward to them all! There’s just something about receiving surprise packages in December though. It was like an extra bundle of presents! There was some nice Christmassy products in there this month too, which was a nice addition to my stockpile…

  • Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
  • Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
  • All for much less than you would pay in the shops!

So what was inside the December Degustabox?

December Degustabox

 

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Cinnamon honey shortbread | Recipe

Cinnamon honey shortbread

If there is one thing I love eating during the festive season, it’s shortbread. Though the shop bought stuff is tasty, I do love to make my own as it is so simple and fills the house with tempting smells; it’s hard not to eat it straight from the oven! I have to say, it doesn’t last long though; it’s just so moreish, isn’t it?

Leisure Cookers have asked me to put a Christmas twist on one of my favourite recipes, to coincide with the Tribe to Table foodie trends. Being a keen baker, I chose the sugar free baking trend; saying that, this recipe isn’t completely sugar free, but refined sugar free instead, as honey replaces the usual sugar.

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