Sunday, 1 March 2015

Mothersday Day Nik Nak Holder Pots



















With Mothersday coming up soon, its really nice to get children to make home made presents for mums. The gifts are more personalised and it also teaches children that not all presents gifted need to be shop bought and have be expensive. These little nik nak pots are really easy to make and all the craft items needed are ones you can find around the house or you can use scraps.This activity is suitable for young children with adult supervision.


To see how you can make these Nik Nak holder pots please watch the video here:


You will need to make the pots:

1 small round plastic container
Coloured paper
scraps of ribbons and braid
Some buttons, sequins or decorations of choice
Double sided tape
Glue gun or fabric glue
Scissors
Gifts to put into the cups such as jewellery, pens, brushes, chocolates, candles, miniture bath stuff.


Some gift ideas to put into your pots:


Candle Holder


Chocolate Holder

Makeup Brush Holder


Jewellery Holder



Pen Holder



Giveaway ~ Kirstie Allsop Kitty coin purse kit


Creating home made gifts is a really nice idea. People are often scared to attempt making things at home because they don't have the knowledge. However with the Kirstie Allsopp kits, making things at home is simple and easy to do.The kits come with all the things you need to complete your project with detailed instructions as well. With this in mind I am hosting a giveaway for two Kirstie Allsop Kitty coin purse kit for two citrusspice readers. The kits contain everything  you will need with full instructions to make your own coin purse.The purses are in beautiful floral fabric , lined and have a metal clasp.

How To Enter:
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  • 2 kitty Allsopp Coin Purse kits (one prize per winner)
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Friday, 27 February 2015

Plum, Beetroot and Apple Juice




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Plum, Beetroot and Apple Juice


A clensing and healthy juice to kickstart your day.

Ingredients:
  • 10 ripe plums
  • 1 gala apple
  • 1 small beetroot
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar(optional)
Method:

1.Wash the plums and cut them in half and remove the stones.Put the plums in a bowl.2.Core the apple and keeping the skin on, cut the apple into chunks and put in the the bowl .3.Peel the beetroot and cut it into chunks and add it to the bowl.4.Add all the fruit into the Optimum 600 juicer and extract the juice, Once all the fruit has been juiced, taste it and if required add some agave necter to sweeten it. 5.Add the icecubes to two tall glasses and pour the juice into the glasses, serve immediately.
Details
Prep time: 10 minsTotal time: 15 minsYield: 2 servings


I made my Plum, Beetroot and Apple Juice in the optimum 600 juicer. To read about the Optimum 600 juicer check my review post here.

The Optimum 600 juicer juices whole fruits and vegetables with no food prep required!
Slow speed – Only 65rpm! Designed to last, high-quality SGS approved parts Induction Motor designed to last, 10 Years Comprehensive Warranty
User friendly Easy to clean (Self Cleaning function) Low Noise, as low as 40dB
Ingredient flavour preserved, due to the slow speed of only 65rpm More nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes Less separation & 35% more juice than centrifugal juicers Safety sensor CE and SGS approved

Exciting news is that the Optimum 600 is currently on a special offer at a discounted price of £249, it normally retails at £329.00 if you would like to purchase an Optimum 600 juicer at this special price, please click here.


I was given the Optimum 600 juicer to use in my kitchen , I was not asked to write a positive review. 

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Flaked Rice Pudding -Kheer


Rice pudding is a very popular Indian dessert that is served at religiousfestivals and as prasad- a  sweet offering to the dieties. It can be made from short grain rice or flaked rice. In todays post I have made my Kheer using flaked rice and adding traditional Indian spices such as saffron, cardamom and nutmeg.




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Flaked Rice Pudding -Kheer


Creamy rich flaked rice pudding cooked with fragrant Indian spices and nuts.

Ingredients:
  • 1.5 cups full cream milk
  • 1/2 cup thin flaked rice
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 almonds
  • 5 cashew nuts
  • 5 pistachio nuts
  • 1 teaspoon cardamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • few strands saffron

Method:

1.In a heavy bottomed pan, pour the milk and bring it to a slow simmer. 2.Put the flaked rice in a large sieve and rinse them under cold water.3.Add the rinsed flaked rice to the milk and simmer the milk until the flaked rice is soft, it will takeabout 8 minutes.4. Add the condensed milk to the pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes longer .5.Slice the the nuts  and keep them aside.6. Add a few strands of saffron, half the nuts, cardamom powder, nutmeg  into the rice pudding and stir together 8.Take the rice pudding off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl , garnish with remaining nuts. 
Details
Prep time:10 mins Cooking Time:20 minutes Total time:30 Yield: 3 servings


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Monday, 9 February 2015

Giveaway Tickets to Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts ExCeL, London



Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts with Fashion and Embroidery

 ExCeL, London 27-29 March 2015
The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show with the popular Fashion and Embroidery element will take place at the ExCeL, London from the 27-29 March 2015Creative crafters and savvy stitchers will be in sewing heaven in the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts aisles. Over 100 exhibitors from across the UK will gather at the ExCeL, London to showcase their wares and supplies, share advice and offer inspiration to those looking to embark on their next creative project.

FACT FILE
Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts with Fashion & Embroidery
ExCeL, London
27-29 March 2015
Open 10am – 5pm
Ticket Prices:
Adult £10.00 (£8.00 Advance Price)
Senior £9.00 (£7.00 Advance Price)
Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £5.00

All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Monday 23rd March 2015

ICHF have been very generous and again this year they have agreed to provide tickets for citrusspice readers. At citrusspiceuk I have 1 pair of tickets each for 5 lucky winners to attend this amazing show.

How To Enter:
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·         Entries can be via blog comment, Facebook, Twitter etc
·         Please read the rules they form the terms and conditions of this Giveaway
·         Closing date – 28th Feb 2015.  12.00 AM Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only

How Rafflecopter works:

  • You will need to complete the mandatory entry first – usually making a blog comment. You can do this by clicking on leave a comment at the bottom of the post and leaving your reply in the comment box. Please note your comment will not show immediately as it needs to be moderated however rest assured it will appear on the site, so carry on with rest of entries.
  • Login to Rafflecopter – click to see what the question is. Make a comment answering the question on the blog.
  •  Go back to Rafflecopter and click the green button to tell me you have made a comment, this will unlock all the other options. All entries are checked to see that the mandatory question is answered, if its not all bonus entries will become void. 
  • Rafflecopter will tweet, like and follow on your behalf.
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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Middle Eastern glasses an addition to my blog props.



From time to time I love sharing how I come about obtaining some of my props for food photography. There is never a time when my eyes are not looking out for props whilst I am out and about, window shopping, at a restaurant or at a charity shop . This is an obsession and I just can't stop it.

Some time ago I went out with a group of work mates to a Lebanese restaurant for a meal. The restaurant was very ethnic with beautiful authentic rugs hanging on the walls and had a very middle Eastern Decor and ambience. The food was amazing and it was served in the lovely hand painted pottery, plates and bowls. But what really caught my eye was the lovely green and gold and silver rimmed glasses they used to serve the tea in. They were so pretty that all evening I had my eyes on them and couldn't stop admiring them.


The meal was over and we left the restaurant, although I was now on the look out for the pretty glasses I had seen.I googled the glasses but most came in sets and since all my blog props are only for photography it seemed a little bit extravagant to buy a whole set when I only needed one or two. My sensible side decided that I wil not purchase them and the thought was put at the back of my mind.


A few weeks later, while I was at work a collegue who knows about my prop obsession handed me a white paper bag, the type that restaurants put your takeaway in. I opened it thinking she had chosen to share her doggy bag from her previous nights meal  for my lunch!!! To my enormous surprise, wrapped in serviettes were the three glasses I had my eyes on from the Lebanese restaurant. My friend had been to the same place for a meal and somehow managed to persuade the owner to give her the glasses for me. I was overjoyed and couldn't wait to use them in a photo shoot.
Here is a picture of the two glasses in my  Almond masala milk recipe. Arn't they just gorgeous. I absolutely love the intricut gold and silver trim with the in lay design on the rim.




Monday, 2 February 2015

Almond Masala milk


Masala Milk is a very popular milk drink served at weddings and special occasions all over India.It is a milk drink made from full fat dairy milk which is boiled and reduced and than  enchriched with spices nuts and saffron. It can be served hot or cold. I have given this traditional drink a twist by making it with almond milk.



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Almond Masala milk


Beautiful araomatic Indian spices fused in sweet almond milk with royal nuts and saffron

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 10 raw almonds
  • 10 raw cashew nuts
  • 10 raw pistachio nuts
  • 1 teaspoon cardamon powder
  • few strands saffron

Method:

1.Soak the almonds in 1 cup water for 2 hours 2.Add the soaked almonds and two cups of water to the Optimum 9400 and blend the almonds until you get smooth almond milk.3.Line a large jug with a muslin cloth and pour the almond milk into it to strain the milk. Squeeze out the milk and discard the almond residue.4.Pour the almond milk into a bottle and keep it in the fridge and use as required 5.Coarsely grind the nuts in the Optimum 9400 and keep them aside 6.Pour the almond milk into pan and heat it up to slow simmer 7.Add a few strands of saffron, the ground nuts, cardamom powder and the sugar and mix together 8.Pour the hot almond masala milk into serving glasses and serve hot
Details
Prep time:10 mins Cooking Time:5 minutes Soaking Time:2 hours  Total time:2.15 hours Yield: 6 servings


I made my Almond milk in the The Optimum 9400 blender which was sent to me by Froothie to try out, you can see the original review here. 
All the views of the Optimum 9400 are of my own experience of the blender and totally honest and unbiased.
It  is available to buy at £329.00, It comes with a 1 MONTH TRIAL - MONEY BACK GUARANTEE (includes return postage costs for UK customers) Currently it is available on special offer only £299 for a limited time using your launch special intro coupon type intro30GBP.
If you like the sound of this awesome blender, please orders it through here.





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