Back in November we were asked to review the private dining experience with our very own private chef in collaboration with La Belle Assiette . We had our evening booked in for Saturday just gone, it was a blustery rainy Saturday night so we were glad to not be going out. That’s the beauty of having a chef come round and cook in your own kitchen. We didn’t have to worry about childcare, getting a taxi and could have a drink if we wished with high quality food in the comfort of our own home. Obviously I can’t drink as I’m pregnant!
Our Chef Daniel Kerr arrived in plenty of time before our guests arrived. I showed him briefly around our kitchen where the pots and pans were and left him to get on with the dinner. He brought all the fresh ingredients with him which were local to us. I’m all about local produce as Cornwall produces such high quality food all around us.
I love to try out new gadgets in the kitchen. This past week we have been trying out the Vremi silicone baking mats and the vegetable handheld spiralizer that we were sent.
You may remember a few weeks back we tested the Vremi whistling kettle as well. I have to say Vremi have some fantastic ideas for kitchen equipment.
Vremi Silicone Baking Mats
I’ve never used baking mats before and now feel I have been missing out! These Vremi silicone mats come in a set of 3. Two of them are full size liners for your baking trays and one is a half-size. They arrived in a tube which is handy to keep them in also. As well as being non-stick they are BPA free silicone and contain a flexible fibreglass weave.
It’s gets to this time of year and the colds come about. In fact as I’m writing this the household has the sniffles, sore throats and runny eyes.
One way we like to get loads of Vitamin C is to munch on little oranges as well them or mandarins/clementines/satsumas giving them the proper name.
We were chuffed to be chosen to take part in the #ChileanEasyPeelers challenge with Britmums. This challenge involved tips and ideas using the Chilean Easy Peelers on making lunchboxes fun, easy and exciting for the back to school period.
As a farmer’s daughter I have grown up eating red meat, it was always roast beef on Sundays, homemade pasties and of course beef stews with dumplings. This was our food. So when I was asked to join the #HealthyRedMeat challenge with Britmums and the Meat Advisory Panel it was like the perfect challenge made for me!
Nowadays red meat has been in the spotlight quite a lot, and experts fear that the nutritional benefits have been overshadowed by misleading negative views. To cut through the confusion, the Meat Advisory Panel, an independent group of health and nutrition experts, is partnering with BritMums to promote red meat in the diets of children.
As a busy working mum I batch cook most of our food, so when both my husband and myself get in from a long day at work, it’s just a matter of heating up what I have made previously. One of my favourite batch cook meals is lasagne. Out of one 750g packet of mince I can make enough lasagnes for the whole week for the three of us. It also happens to be one of our favorite meals so we honestly don’t get bored eating it for a week! I do garlic bread extra vegetables and sometimes chips or salad to go with.
When I was pregnant I used to eat and eat the Soreen Toastie loaf all the time. Breakfast, for lunch and as a snack as well. It gave me lots of energy that I needed, while I was growing a little person.
I’m a huge fan of everything Soreen and so is my family. A while back we tried out the Soreen squidgy cake bites in a tub which are great for a perfect night in.
This time we have got the chance to try out the new mini loaves. Soreen kindly sent me a little box of these new mini loaves.
I have an enormous sweet tooth, as you probably know, so being asked to taste some frozen desserts was like hell yeah of course I will give them a go. Even the Peppa Pig Ice cream lollies!
Of course you can’t send ice cream through the post, so we were given a few coupons and a list of retailers to find our sweet fun frozen desserts. We packed up baby girl and out we went to various supermarkets that stock these lines. We couldn’t find any of the Thornton’s desserts stocked in any of my local supermarkets that was on our list, but we found these great tasting Peppa Pig strawberry ice cream lollies and the WeightWatchers toffee and honeycomb sundaes.