The Ultimate Quark Guide & Cookbook | Review & Giveaway

I was sent a copy of this book for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

As someone who follows Slimming World (although I really do need to get back on track properly now), quark is definitely something on my radar. You may not have realised but it was recently World Quark Day. To celebrate on this day, Queen of Quark released an updated e-book copy of the guide & cookbook.

The Queen of Quark was born and raised in Germany and has been a lover of quark since an early age. Realising quark wasn’t used as much universally, she made it her mission to change that and introduce it to people across the world through some wonderful recipes.

I was kindly provided with a copy of the book for review which is great for me as someone who uses quark quite a bit. However I have often found myself making the same few dishes as I wasn’t sure what else I could use quark for. Well I need wonder no longer.

The guide and cookbook itself starts off with introductions, acknowledgments and all the usual stuff you’d expect. I also loved the quotes interspersed throughout the book about healthy eating and food. As someone who is getting back into the swing of healthy eating, this is really helpful.

There are a range of different recipes to try – from breakfast dishes to soups to delicious desserts. We’ve only used quark in the past for lasagne and a couple of different desserts so it was truly interesting to see what other dishes I could attempt. I’ve now got a list as long as my arm of dishes I want to try – there’s a few different desserts that the kids are desperate to try!

These are just three of my top picks from the cookbook. We love pancakes in our house so these are definitely worth a try and I can see these being a weekend staple breakfast for a while to come. I’m probably the only real soup fan in my house so I don’t make it very often but this will definitely be worth trying when I do.

Now what can I say about the cheesecake? How delicious does it look? Cheesecake is one of my family’s favourite desserts so I can safely say this recipe will be tested out soon!

All in all, I quite enjoyed this guide and cookbook from the Queen of Quark. I really liked finding out more about quark and discovering recipes that I would never have thought of using quark in. I can’t wait to tie these recipes into my healthy eating and see how I get on. This cookbook will certainly be getting a lot of use.

The Ultimate Quark Guide & Cookbook is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, due for release on the 8th of February 2019. Click below to pre-order your copy {affiliate link}.

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Degustabox | November

We were sent the box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s that time of the month again, our thoughts on this month’s Degustabox. This is the ‘festive’ Degustabox – so what did we get in the box? (You can buy yours here for just £12.99 including delivery!).

Tabasco Original Red Pepper Sauce – £2

This isn’t something we use all that often but it is something we always have in our cupboard, just in case. Made with just three ingredients: red peppers, vinergar and salt; it has zero calories and is vegan too! I’ll definitely be using this at Christmas time.

The Bee’s Knees Non Alcoholic Sparkling Wine 20cl – £1.89

If you will be enjoying a festive tipple but someone prefers a non alcoholic alternative, this may be the drink for you. It is a sophisticated, vegan friendly alternative to sparkling wine, made from grapes and infused with green tea.

Mallow & Marsh Cranberry Marshmallows 

These were a lovely addition – we’ve had Mallow & Marsh products before and absolutely loved them.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Snowman – £3

This barely made it out of the box before Steve claimed it. He is a big fan of Reese’s products so this was a lovely seasonal treat – a peanut butter filled snowman with a chocolate coating. Steve certainly enjoyed it.

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Chunky Tomato & Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup – £1.80

These are the product of the month and I can see why. I think I’m in love. I adore soup at this time of year – well, anytime of year actually if I am being perfectly honest – and I absolutely loved these. They are a new brand to me but I will be certainly getting them again – especially the tomato soup as it was absolutely delicious!

Jules Destrooper Almond Thins & Belgian Chocolate – £2.19

Unfortunately these got a bit damaged in transit to my house however that didn’t affect the taste. I am not an almond fan so I didn’t like this – a shame as I love most other  Jules Destrooper products. Steve found them okay but the kids absolutely adored them! Goes to show you can’t please everyone all of the time.

Weetabox On The Go Kids – £2.99

Now I don’t know about your kids but my son loves breakfast drinks or even those little probiotic drinks you can get! Jack was very excited to see these – there are four single serve pouches in this multi pack and are a source of vitamin D, calcium, fibre and protein. They have no artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours.

Emily Veg Crisps Sweet Potato Sticks -£1

I’ve previously tried the Emily Veg Crisps and really liked them so I was very excited to see these new sweet potato sticks. They made for a great snack and were very flavourful as I expected.

Nick’s Coconut Bar – £1.45

A rich and delicious naturally sweetened coconut bar with no added sugar, this was a great snack and perfect for some guilt free indulgence.

Jack Daniel’s & Cola and Jack Daniel’s & Light Cola – £2

This is the second or third month in a row that we’ve had Jack Daniel’s products and whilst I am appreciative and the drinks have been different each time, it is getting a little monotonous now. As always, they tasted good but I’d like to see something different next month.

Kallo Organic Vegetable Stock Pots – £1.80

What is a kitchen without some stock pots or cubes? We always have some and these are natural, organic and have no added MSG or artificial ingredients. I was very happy to see these included.

With a price point of £12.99, this box works out as roughly around £23/£24 in content value which is a great deal – almost double the price you are paying. I was quite impressed with this box this month however for a festive theme, this could have been way more festive and I’d like to see a difference from Jack Daniel’s products in the future.

What would have been your favourite item?

Degustabox | October

I received the monthly Degustabox food and drink subscription box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m a little bit delayed in posting this, I’m afraid. Half term and Halloween and Fireworks night made life very busy and with the new box due out sometime next week, I knew I needed to get this up soon to show you the items we received in last month’s Degustabox.

I’ll be honest with you and say upon opening that I wasn’t completely wowed by what was inside however this month I can actually say with all certainty that will use absolutely everything and we already have!

So what did we receive in our box this month?

Spoon Granola Cherry Bomb

Steve is a big cherry fan so this is a fabulous option for breakfast for him. We have so many different cereals at the moment though so this has gone in the cupboard until we need a new one.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey & Lemonade – £2

These definitely have the sharp flavour of Jack Daniel’s that you come to expect with the sweet taste of lemonade. These were a lovely addition to the box, especially after recently trying the Jack Daniel’s cider. They’re an affordable price too!

Upbeat Spring Water – Summer Lemon and Blueberry & Raspberry flavour – £1.59 each

These flavoured spring waters have zero sugar, are low in calories and have real fruit flavours and taste absolutely delicious. We are trying to limit the amount of fizzy drinks we consume so these would be a great alternative.

Ginger Beer by Supermalt – £1.19

Steve is a big ginger beer lover so this was a welcome addition. This uses real ginger extract and a delicate hint of lemongrass. This will definitely be something we purchase again.

Shreddies Original Shreddies Breakfast To Go – £1.99

A new product on the market, Jack was very excited by this and couldn’t wait to have it for breakfast. It comes with a portion of Shreddies cereal and a carton of milk. It also comes with a recyclable cup and a spoon – so you simply pour and eat.

LIFT Instant Lemon Flavour Tea – £1.49

Now seeing this product of the month in the box brought back memories. I remember drinking this at my Nan’s house when I was a child and she always made sure she had some in the house for me when she was looking after me. It can be enjoyed hot or cold and is super sweet and delicious.

Get Fruity Bar Moist Mixed Berry – 70p

I love bars like this. It is made with real fruit and gluten free wholegrain oats. It contains no artificial ingredients, no added cane sugar, it’s vegan, gluten free and a great source of fibre. I am a big berry fan and always opt for things with mixed berries in so this was a real low calorie delicious treat for me.

KitKat Chunky Salted Caramel Fudge – 45p

Now I’m never going to say no to a KitKat Chunky – it is one of my favourite chocolate bars and this new flavour in the range is incredibly delicious. Of course I had to share with the rest of the family – not fair!

Clipper Fairtrade Everyday Tea – £2.89

I don’t drink too many hot drinks but I am partial to a cup of tea every now and again and visitors often have a cuppa when round mine. This box of tea is great value, great taste and I even got a free gift of a tea towel. You can’t go wrong with a box of teabags in a subscription box like this.

Heinz Creationz Mexican Beanz – £1.75

I love receiving stuff like this in the Degustabox as it is the perfect thing to put in the pantry and pull out when unsure of what to make. I am a big fan of the Heinz brand and have been intrigued by the Creationz range. These make a great option for lunch.

Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen Mexican Spiced Tomato Sauce – £1.89

I generally like to make my own sauces but I always like having something like this to hand. We are big fans of Mexican flavours in this house so this sauce was always going to go down a treat!

Overall, I was very impressed with the box. For just £12.99 including delivery, you really are getting great value for money – this box itself is worth around £20 in terms of content. I can’t wait to see what next month brings.

Dining Out In London

As a mum of two young children, I don’t get the chance to go out all too often. If I do get to go out, it is usually for a family meal or on the very odd occasion, a night out locally with friends. Every now and again though I like to head into London with some friends and experience what the capital city has to offer.

In the last few years, I’ve visited London for a variety of different reasons – concerts at the o2 arena, blog events at various locations, a birthday event at a prestigious venue. The one thing that always comes to mind is finding the right place to eat – you’ve got to choose the right dining experience for everyone, after all.

It can be very tempting to opt for the chain restaurants where everyone knows exactly what they’ll order but when I am in London for a special time, I don’t want to be ordering the same old dishes that I normally do. I want to find an eatery that is new to me; perhaps try a new cuisine.

I haven’t been into London for a while now but my friend loves eating out in London and heading to the theatre and it is something we are planning on doing soon. But we want to find a lovely new place to enjoy some delicious food. This is where SquareMeal comes in. You can search the largest number of bookable restaurants, bars and pubs in the UK plus check out ideas from independent critics.

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If you are looking for something a little more private, they can also help you find the best private dining and function rooms – and if you’re looking to hold an event, you can also search for the best event venues in the capital – something that those who hold blogger events may find incredibly useful, for sure!

They also have a selection of offers for different restaurants, pubs and bars in the city so you can check that out first to see if there is one in your location or make your search location specific to find a great eatery close to you. Something I also love about it is that you can book a table via the website and they don’t take a fee plus read multiple reviews of previous customers to know that you are choosing the right place.

Something I plan on doing more next year is spending more time with friends. When Jack was over 2, I managed to do more with friends as I felt more comfortable leaving him and with Olivia turning 2 in January, I’m quite excited to have some time to spend with friends in 2019 and getting to enjoy some delicious food and company. I’ll certainly be using the SquareMeal website to help me choose the perfect place to dine – I am quite lucky to have friends who are as adventurous as me when it comes to trying new cuisines so I’m excited to try different places across the city.

How do you choose where to eat when exploring the capital?


Degustabox | September

We received this box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

The time has come again to talk about what we received in our monthly Degustabox. You can buy your own here for just £12.99 including delivery. So what was in our boxes this month?

As always, there was an interesting mix of products in the box. Here’s what we got and what we thought:

Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps – £1.80

These didn’t last long in our house – they were so delicious and so moreish! All of us loved them, they tasted amazing.

Dr Karg’s Organic Wholegrain Snack Tomato & Mozarella – £1.60

This organic crunchy snack pack is fibre rich and natural. These are baked, not fried, made of crunchy grains and seeds, myself and Steve weren’t fans but the kids loved them, snacking on them throughout the day.

Indie Bay Snacks Pretzel Bits – 99p 

Another great snack option. These are made using alternative flours like spelt and quinoa. They have two new flavours – Smokin’ BBQ and Easy Cheesy. We were sent the Smokin’ BBQ and these were absolutely delicious. They’re vegan too.

A2 Milk Long Life Whole Cows’ Milk – £1.50

We don’t tend to buy A2 milk but long life milk is always handy to have in the house. This milk is naturally free from the A1 protein found in regular cows’ milk. This will be kept in the pantry for when we have no milk.

Mallow & Marsh Raspberry Marshmallows Coated In 70% Dark Chocolate

These were such a delicious treat – it was very difficult to persuade me to share with everyone else!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups -89p

If there was anything that Steve and Jack could eat constantly, it would be peanut butter. These three peanut butter cups were the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter and they really enjoyed them.

Good Hemp Hemp Seed Hearts – £3.99

These are natural hemp seed kernels which have a delicious light and nutty flavour. They are high in protein and omegas 3 and 6. A good snack, we haven’t actually used these yet as I’m not quite sure what to do with them.

Cadbury Oreo Instant Hot Chocolate – £2.99

With the cold nights rolling in, this was a welcome sight in the box. My family love Oreos so this hot chocolate was always going to be popular.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cider – £2.29

We love a good cider and were very excited to see it included. We haven’t tried it yet as we can’t decide who actually gets to have it, haha!

Juicy Fuel Cola – £1.50

This was an intriguing cola drink. A fruit cola made from 100% natural ingredients, with no added sugar, no added chemicals, no e-numbers or any chemical nasties, this was a tasty drink.

CHOC CHICK Cacao Nibbles – £1.85

This is a tasty snack pack full of anti oxidants, magnesium, iron and is a powerful prebiotic. This makes for a great and tasty snack.

Yes! Fruit and Nut Bars – £1.20 each

Finally we were sent a few different bars from the Yes! range to try. I am a big fan of fruit and nut bars so loved these as these are great for a snack. They’re a fab addition to what we thought was a great box and didn’t last long.

Overall I was quite impressed with this box. It was slightly veering to the sweet side rather than savoury with the contents this  month but we liked it all pretty much. Once again, the value of products FAR exceeded the cost of the box (including delivery) – it’s always fantastic value for what you get.

Which would have been your favourite item?