Trying Something New With Nothing But. and Fru Snax

Trying Something New With Nothing But. and Fru Snax
 I was recently sent these snacks to try – two packs of each flavour snack from the Nothing But. range and 2 different packs from the Fru Snax range. We were sent the Sliced Beetroot and Parsnip and the Mange Tout and Red Pepper Nothing But snack. For the Fru Snax, we were sent peach slices with vanilla yogurt melts and fig slices with cherry yogurt melts.
First up, the Nothing But. range. These snacks are essentially freeze dried vegetable slices. Like they say on the bag, all Nothing But. do is cut them out, take them out the water and put them in a bag. I will be honest and say the flavours didn’t appeal to me too much. I am a favour of all four flavours separately  but I did think the combinations a little odd. Steve wasn’t a fan of either, I liked the beetroot and parsnip but disliked the mange tout and red pepper and Jack loved both! These really are very personal to each specific person as some will like the taste and some won’t whilst some won’t like the freeze dried concept. I didn’t particularly mind. 
I passed on a bag of each flavour to my Dad and he seemed to like them so thats a 50% vote for the Mange Tout and a 75% for the Beetroot! Not bad!
Now onto the sweet stuff…
In comparison, I loved the idea of these flavour combinations – especially the yogurt melt idea! My Dad unfortunately didn’t get a look in with these and I was very lucky to myself – otherwise Jack and Steve would have eaten the lot! These are incredibly tasty – I really liked the peach slices with vanilla yogurt melts (especially the yogurt melts!) and Steve really liked the cherry melts from the fig pack.  Like most other times, Jack liked both – I swear he likes pretty much anything! These definitely get the thumbs up from us!
All in all, I can’t say that I would necessarily pick up anything from the Nothing But. range if I passed them in the supermarket…I just don’t think they’re for me. I would, however, definitely add some items from the Fru Snax range if I was to chance upon them – they are such a tasty lightweight snack and you can munch away with no guilt!
Do you like the idea of either of these?

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These items were sent to me for the purpose of review.

Blog Every Day In May | Food Glorious Food

Blog Every Day In May | Food Glorious Food
I love food. Pretty much any food. I love it. Although I don’t really post many foodie posts on here, I thought that today, instead of sharing a recipe, I would do a roundup of all my foodie posts from the past. Whether they are a recipe made from scratch or an item sent for review, please enjoy!

Okay, so perhaps I did more foodie posts than I actually thought..oops! Regardless, please take a look! I also have a few more foodie posts to go up over the next week; a review of some Discovery products plus some Briska cider…yum!

sweets for my sweet

sweets for my sweet
When offered the chance to review some of All Occasion Sweet Shop’s yummy treats, how could I resist? I was actually partaking in a 2 week diet trial at the time of their arrival and had a fight on my hands to ensure I managed to try some of them for myself – but I managed to, even if only just.
I was sent four of their sweet jars* to review: the Flying Saucers Jar, Rhubarb & Custard, Refreshers and Haribo Happy Cherries. I gave Steve the pleasure of opening the parcel and he was audibly pleased at what we had received! Not only were there some old favourites included but they each come in jars akin to those from sweet shops of yesteryear – the ones that can stand upright or on their side. This was a big plus for us, especially me who believes packaging is part of the appeal when it comes to products.

I’m sure you all know how the above items taste but if not, let me tell you – they were delicious! Family and friends that happened to pop by all indulged in some sweets themselves and loved them. These jars retail at just £4.99 apiece and are perfect unique gifts for just about anyone in your life. 

It has come to that time where I am seriously starting to think about my wedding and I couldn’t help but notice that the All Occasion Sweet Shop has a section dedicated to weddings. I just may have to incorporate sweets into my big day somehow; I know they would definitely be a huge hit.

For sweet hampers, jars, gifts or just some old favourites, All Occasion Sweet Shop is definitely the place to look – offering a variety of options, you’re bound to find what you are looking for. See what all the fuss is about and check out their website here.

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Homemade Banoffee Pie – Recipe

Homemade Banoffee Pie –  Recipe
Steve decided to rummage through our tin cupboard yesterday, to see just what was hanging around in there. He found a variety of things, had a look on Google to see what he could make with them and then stumbled across this recipe on AllRecipes and adapted it just a little to make it his own.
Ingredients
Base: 100g (3.5 oz) butter, melted
250g (9 oz) digestive biscuits
Filling: 100g (3.5 oz) butter
100g (3.5 oz) dark brown soft sugar
397g Carnation Condensed Milk
Topping: 4 small bananas
300ml carton of double cream, lightly whipped
Grated chocolate
Yummy! 
Preparation
Prep time: 20 minutes Extra Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
1. Grease a 20cm (8″) loose-bottomed cake tin.

2. To make the base, process the biscuits until crushed. Stir in your melted butter. Press the mixture into your cake tin, plus 4cm (1.5″) up the sides. Leave this to chill whilst making your filling.

3.Place butter and sugar into a non-stick saucepan over a slow heat. Stir until the butter melts & the sugar dissolves. Add the condensed milk and bring to the boil slowly, whilst stirring throughout. When the caramel starts to boil, remove from the heat and pour over the base. Leave to cool then chill for an hour, until it is firm

4. Serving time. Remove pie from tin and put on serving plate. Slice the bananas and fold half into the softly whipped cream. Spoon over the caramel layer. Decorate with the remaining bananas and grated chocolate.

Be aware that the prep time given above is what AllRecipes recommend, however we found that it took quite a while longer as heating the condensed milk and whipping the cream took a lot longer than you would expect. 

This was absolutely delicious, although I could only manage a few mouthfuls as it was so sickly! I’m such a lucky girl!

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The Spice Tailor Curry Pouches – A Review

The Spice Tailor Curry Pouches – A Review
A few weeks ago, I was kindly sent some curry pouches, courtesy of the Spice Tailor range by Anjum Anand, to review. I had seen a few reviews on various other blogs and had thought they sounded great, so when given the opportunity, I was more than willing to give these a try. As some of you may know, I don’t claim to be a beauty blog nor a fashion blog, I write about what interests me – and being a huge curry fan, this definitely tickled my taste buds!

The Spice Tailor curry pouches(*) are designed to make ‘authentic, delicious Indian meals in just 10 minutes‘. The range includes such delights as the ever popular Korma, Tikka Marsala and Rogan Josh, but also includes less well-known sauces such as Mangalore Herb and Keralan Coconut. These are rarely found in Indian restaurants and takeaways across Britain, seemingly staying an Indian secret…until now. These two lesser-known pouches were the two I was sent to review.

Their packaging is bright and colourful, they would definitely catch your eye in a supermarket. Another great thing about the packaging is the fact that the spices are kept separate from the sauce in their own little pouch – handy to stop you from overloading on them.

The Mangalore Herb was tangy and spicy, just right for me, but not quite spicy enough for Steve. We had a little disaster in the kitchen with this one, as the instructions tell you to pour some oil in a pan and put the spices in. Steve did this and black smoke rose up from the pan. This black smoke, of course, was very spicy and we spent half an hour airing out the house before giving it another go. Let’s just say, we were a little more careful with the Keralan curry.

Yes, I have an extremely dated kitchen – I can’t wait until we can buy a place of our own and redecorate!

The pictures above are of the preparation of the Keralan Coconut curry. Learning from our mistakes with the Mangalore curry, we only added a small dash of the spice for this curry, preferring to add as we went along if needs be.

To prepare this curry, you need:
-300g firm white fish, prawns, pork, chicken, duck breast or vegetables (It’s your choice – we chose chicken)
1tsp vegetable or  olive oil

THAT’S IT. Everything else is tucked away in those little pouches. The instructions tell you to:
1. Heat 1tsp of oil in a pan, add spices and cook for 20 seconds
2. Stir in the sauce along with 50ml of water and bring to the boil
3.Add your choice of meat or vegetables and simmer until they are cooked through.

Simple, easy and ready in 10 minutes. So what did we think?

As mentioned before, Steve wasn’t a total fan of the Mangalore Herb curry so it was interesting to see how this one measured up to his expectations. It was a success. Being coconut based, we were expecting a taste similar to Korma and although it was alike in some ways, this wasn’t as sweet and felt less indulgent than a Korma. Although it wasn’t as sweet, it definitely left me wanting more and I have been keeping my eyes out for these pouches ever since.

Would you give these curry pouches a try? You can buy them here for just £2.89 which I think is a total bargain for such a great product. I will definitely be repurchasing as I’m often pressed for time and a ten minute meal is right up my street.

xo

(A * means I was sent this product free of charge for consideration of review. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and always will be.)