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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Easy banana ice cream | Recipe

Easy banana ice cream

I know it’s not really the weather for ice cream at the moment, but ice cream is completely fine any time of the year, right? When I saw the frozen function on the Panasonic Gourmet Processor I had just the recipe in mind; this easy banana “ice cream”. I say “ice cream” as it isn’t really ice cream, but it looks like it, feels like it, and almost tastes like it; but it uses just one ingredient – bananas!

I have added a couple of extras to this easy banana ice cream, but you could add whatever you fancied, really. It’s delicious with a drizzle of honey on the top, and it really does feel like a naughty treat. It takes just seconds to whizz up in the Panasonic Gourmet Processor; though there is a little preparation required first.
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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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November Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

November Degustabox review

I was really excited for November’s Degustabox, which was the Christmas box. I can’t help it, I love Christmas and get excited by anything related to it! The Degustabox delivery day is the best food day of the month for me. Noah loves to help discover what is inside it too, and help set all of the products out for photographing.

  • 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 November Degustabox?

November Degustabox review

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Fail-Safe Meal Ideas for When Fussy Eaters Come to Dinner

Fail-Safe Meal Ideas for When Fussy Eaters Come to Dinner

Fussy eaters can be the bane of your life if you’re hosting a dinner party. Whether they’re fussy kids whose parents choose to give you an advance list of likes and dislikes, or adults who just sit at the table and pick. To help, we’ve got the perfect list of fail-safe meal ideas that will please even the most difficult of diners.

Start with the basics

Homemade baked beans are fun, easy to make and recognised by everyone. Buy a tin of haricot beans and add water, a couple of tablespoons of ketchup, a pinch of salt and pepper, some bacon, some vinegar and some sugar. You don’t have to go overboard on the dry ingredients – just a pinch will do.

Mix all of the ingredients together, place in a dish covered with foil and bake for around 40 minutes. Of course, you’re welcome to leave the bacon out of the recipe for a vegetarian take on this classic side dish.

Enrol the kids in the preparation process and they may just be more inclined to eat it. They may even tell other guests just how good the dish is because they helped to make it. Read more

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Easy filo mince pies | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Easy filo mince pies

Christmas is upon us, and that means lots of festive food consumption is underway! Though for a lot of us, I think it has been for a couple of months already, as seasonal products seem to enter stores earlier and earlier these days.

One of my favourite Christmas foods has to be a warm mince pie, with lashings of double cream; not so good for the waistline, but mighty tasty! I usually make my own mince pies with shortcrust pastry, but this year I decided to use filo pastry instead; mainly to cut down the syns*! They are still really good though, especially fresh from the oven when they are warm and still crispy.
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Lemon & blueberry surprise cupcakes | We Bake with Dr Oetker

Lemon and blueberry surprise cupcakes - We Bake with Dr Oetker

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you may have seen a few weeks ago that I was asked to be a founding member for the new Dr Oetker We Bake community. It’s kind of a cross between Instagram and an online baking club! You can upload photos of your bakes to the community to share with other members, check out others bakes, and also join in community and personal challenges where you can win some amazing prizes!
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