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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Roasted pepper and carrot soup | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Roasted pepper and carrot soup

It’s definitely that time of the year right now, where I’m eating a lot of soups. Sometimes I will just open a tin for convenience (though not very often these days, as most have syns with following Slimming World) but I don’t think there’s any soup better than home made soup. The smell of it bubbling away on the hob, and the delicious flavours we can create depending on our mood.

I usually make a pot big enough that it does 5 or 6 bowls, or freeze it so I have got some ready for when I actually can’t be bothered to make any. Because the pepper in this roasted pepper and carrot soup is roasted, it gives a lovely charred flavour to the soup along with the sweetness of the carrots.

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Refreshing coconut and mango smoothie | Recipe

Coconut and mango smoothie

I know it’s kind of not exactly the weather for smoothies any more, but that doesn’t stop Jacob asking for them! So I thought a smoothie would be the perfect first recipe to try in the High Power Blender that I have been sent from the Panasonic Kitchen. The great thing about this coconut and mango smoothie recipe in this blender is that you can just chuck all the ingredients in, press the smoothie programme, and off you go. No need to pulse or anything to break ingredients up, as it does it all for you.

Coconut milk is a perfect addition to a smoothie, and I went even more tropical by adding mango as well. I also chucked some oats and chia seeds in for a bit more goodness, and voila; a tasty coconut and mango smoothie that is wonderful as part of breakfast or for a quick snack during the day. This is one of those lovely thick smoothies where the straw actually stays stood up –  love those!
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October Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

October Degustabox subscription Box review

It’s always an exciting day when I know our Degustabox is on its way. I love opening it up and seeing what’s inside. There hasn’t really been any that I’ve been disappointed in; I think there has only been 2 or 3 products over the last few months that I haven’t particularly liked. So for the amount you get in each Degustabox, I think that’s pretty good going!

  • 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 October Degustabox?

October Degustabox contents

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Slow cooker 5 bean chilli | Recipe (Slimming World friendly)

Slow cooker 5 bean chilli recipe. In slow cooker

I love my slow cooker, and especially at this time of year it comes out a lot. One of my favourite one pot meals to cook in there is a chilli. It’s usually a beef chilli but I decided to do a veggie one this time using the beans I received in my September Degustabox. I added a variety of tinned beans to make a 5 bean chilli – it’s totally syn free on Slimming World too, and makes a great EESP meal 🙂

This one is fairly hot but you could use mild chilli powder instead, or halve the amount of hot chilli powder. I love spicy food so I don’t mind the heat factor! You don’t have to use the same beans I’ve used either; whatever is available will be fine.

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Orange & lime battenberg | Recipe

Orange & lime battenberg - NSIWE

It’s been a few weeks since I joined in with the #GBBOBloggers2016 bake along; it was The Husband’s birthday, then the week after it was my birthday, and this week I am very last minute as I have been having Internet connection issues and getting incredibly annoyed! Anyway. It seems to be working again for now, so here I am!

We’ve all been feeling under the weather and with it being Tudor week, everything just looked… well, complicated! I didn’t really fancy any of it to be honest, but in the end I decided I would have a go at a battenberg; it does contain marzipan so hopefully it’s allowed! It’s not exactly a marzipan showstopper, but never mind…

Instead of the traditional pink and yellow Battenberg, I’ve gone for orange and green, seeing as it’s approaching Halloween too! I matched the colours to lime flavour and orange flavour. I only added zest rather than juice, so they aren’t powerfully citrus, just a delicate flavour.
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September Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

September Degustabox review

As you may be aware, I really love receiving a surprise Degustabox through the door once a month. September was no different, but I also decided to do an unboxing video which you can find below; you will see I had a little helper who was very noisy! But he’s cute so I’ll let him off 😉 The boys and The Husband also tried some of the products with me this month. I can also say this box had one of my favourite products so far.

  • 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 September Degustabox?

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