Sunday, 14 September 2014

Giveaway tickets for Crafts for Christmas NEC Birmingham

 Crafts for Christmas at  the NEC Birmingham 
from 6-9 Nov. 



 

Crafts for Christmas is once again at the NEC Birmingham from 6-9 Nov. You can find some  unusual handmade crafts for the home and garden and enjoy a day out for all the family. Exibiting at the show there will be  up to 250 artist crafts people from all over the UK who will be bringing you the very best in unusual and inspiring crafts, not usually found on the high street.

Highlights of the show:

Prima Craft Theatre-Get crafty with Prima in their Craft Theatre, where you can pick up top tips from the experts, and watch them demonstrate a gorgeous range of creative projects!

Live Music-Playing all your Christmas favourites and a few TV and film classics will be saxophone quartet 'Sax on TV' - sure to get you in the Christmas spirit as you while away the hours Christmas shopping!

Christmas Product Showcase-If you’re looking for inspiration for Christmas gifts this year, then look no further than the Christmas Product Showcase at the entrance to the show.

Gift Wrapping-Not only can you buy all your Christmas gifts here, you can have them wrapped by the experts too! Sparkly ribbons, bows, rosettes... whatever takes your fancy - your presents will look almost too good to unwrap!

Tickets
Adult £12.00 at door
Senior citizens £11.00 at door

SAVE MONEY! Save up to £2 off each ticket when you buy them in advance (by 5pm on the Monday before the show starts.) After this, you can buy full price tickets on the web until 10am on the last day of the show, but tickets will need to be self-printed. You can, of course, always buy tickets on-the-door at the show.

Crafts for Christmas have been very kind and they have agreed to send 1 pairs of tickets each  to five lucky winners as a giveaway prize.

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Chocolate Fudge cake with Strawberries


Rich and delicious chocolate fudge cake with chocolate dipped juicy strawberries.

Ingredients:

275 g caster sugar
175 g soft margarine
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
175 g natural yoghurt
225 g self raising flour
50 g cocoa
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

For the icing:

50 g margarine
30 g cocoa
5 tablespoons milk
240 g icing sugar

For Garnish:

White chocolate hearts and stars
20 strawberries
120 g milk chocolate

Method:

1.Preheat oven to 170 degrees C /325 degrees F
2. Line the sides and base of a 9 inch spring form baking tin and grease it.
3. Melt the milk chocolate in the microwave for 2 minutes  and when it is fully melted, dip 6 strawberries in them and leave them to set in the fridge.
4. Slice the remaining strawberries in half keeping the leaf on and keep aside for garnishing later.
5. In a bowl add the sugar and margarine and beat until light and fluffy.Add the yoghurt and eggs and beat again until fully incorporated.together.
6.Sieve together the cocoa, flour and bicarbonate of soda and add it to the butter and egg mixture. Fold the mixture until all the flour is incorporated.
7. Add the cake batter to the prepared baking tin and smooth the top.
8. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until a skewer inserted in it comes out clean.
9. Remove cake from oven and leave to cool in the tin.
10. Once cake is cooled remove it from the tin and remove the paper lining.
11. Place the cake top side down on a serving dish.


Making the icing:

12.In a pan add the margarine, when it has melted take it off the heat. Sieve the cocoa and icing sugar into the melted butter. Add the milk and whisk together to form the chocolate ganache.
13. Let the ganache cool slightly, than pour it over the cooled cake and spread it on the sides and top of cake.
14. Let the ganache  set for 15 minutes.
15. After 15 minutes , add the 6 chocolate dipped strawberries on the top of the cake and place the remaining strawberries halves around the circumference of the base of the cake.Decorate the top of the cake with chocolate hearts and stars.



I have baked this cake for the great Verbaudet summer bake off, since the theme was summer, I have used strawberries in my cake. To participate in this bakeoff,  Verbaudet sent me the great British Bake off recipe book, some edible decorations, measuring spoons and oven gloves.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Giveaway Tickets to Cake International NEC Birmingham.






Birmingham hosts the World’s Largest Cake Show




NEC, Birmingham – 7 – 9 November 2014

With over 150 exhibitors and 1,000 competition entries, Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Baking Show is the largest of its kind and is set to be the best yet. Returning this autumn to the NEC in Birmingham from 7 – 9 November, the event will showcase a host of exciting exhibitors and features to inspire budding bakers.

There will be exciting chocolate focussed activities include demonstrations by pastry chefs, competitions, interactive demonstrations on the history and origin of chocolate as we know it today, samples, workshops for children and a chocolate sculpture.

Highlight of the show will be the Cake Grotto which will be a staggering 10 foot long Christmas extravaganza complete with edible rocking horses and reindeer. PME will be hosting classes live at the show in front of an audience and visitors can also get involved in a host of other workshops and try a number of specialist activities and cake decorating techniques from the experts at The Renshaw School and more.

Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show, featuring the new The Chocolate Experience at the NEC, Birmingham is a must-visit show this autumn.  For more information please visit www.cakeinternational.co.uk.

Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show
NEC, Birmingham
7 – 9 November 2014

Fri 09.30 – 17.30; Sat 09:00 - 17.30; Sun 09:00 – 17:00
Ticket Prices:
Adult £14.00 (£12.00 Advance Price)
Senior £13.00 (£11.00 Advance Price)
2 Day Ticket: Adult 18.00 Senior £16.00 (Advance Only)
3 Day Ticket: Adult £25.00 Senior £23.00 (Advance Only)
Under 16s free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £5.00
All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Monday 3rd November 2014

For more information or to book tickets please visit Cake International. Alternatively, phone the Ticket Hotline on 01425 277988.

Cake International have been very kind and they have agreed to send 1 pairs of tickets each  to five lucky winners as a giveaway prize.

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 – 14th October 2014. Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only

For Good Karma
Follow Cake International  on Twitter @thecakeshows  and  on Facebook – Cake International

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  •  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. 
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Blueberry and apple smoothie


Refreshing breakfast smoothie with antioxidants and healing power of ginger.

Ingredients:

200 g fresh blueberries
I apple
1 tablespoon goji berries
1 large cup of ice cubes ( approx 20)
1 cm piece of fresh ginger peeled
1 tablespoon honey

Method:

1. Wash the blue berries, reserve a few for garnish and add the remaining to the Optimum 9400 blender.
2. Core the apple and cut it into chunks and place it in the blender.
3. Add the cube of ginger and goji berries together with the ice and honey. Blend to a smooth purée.
4. Transfer to serving glasses and garnish with few blueberries before serving

I made my Blueberry and Apple Smoothie in the Optimum 9400  blender, it is a great blender that will create amazing smoothies, ice creams, sorbets, smooths, nut milks  in a jiffy. It also grates, slices and grinds.
The Optimum 9400 is currently available at a special price of £ 329.00, it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee with free return postage of you are not totally satisfied with it. To read more about it and purchase one you can check my review here. 

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Urban Village Resort Bournmouth

A few weeks ago I was lucky to win a kids themed sandwich making competition held by Primula spread.
I created three different sandwiches and it was the wise owl one that won the first prize.


The prize was a two night stay at the Urban Village resort of my choice. I chose to visit Bournemouth as I love being by the seaside and there is a Urban Village resort based approximately three miles from Bournemouth beach and town.

It took us approximately two hours to drive to Bournemouth from London, since we were a little early for our three o'clock check in we decided to stop in nearby Boscombe for lunch. We found a lovely vegetarian cafe called The Salad Centre where we had a delicious lunch. After lunch we took a little walk around the town centre before checking into the Urban Village resort. We were given a family room which is large enough for two adults and two children or three adults. The room was clean and comfortable with a double bed and a double sofa bed and free wifi was available too. The bathroom had a shower and wash basin and fluffy white towels were provided. The room  facilities were basic but complimentary tea and coffee was provided, although there was no fridge which would have been useful.


Urban Village Resort also has an indoor swimming pool and spa. Although the spa treatments were not free, they were available to book separately at the spa, which we did for our last day. We spent the afternoon swimming, using the sauna and steam rooms. We were disappointed that the jacuzzi was out of order and we were unable to use it. The changing rooms were acceptable although many of the shower doors did not have locks that worked.

Breakfast was included in our stay. There was a large selection of pastries, fruit, yogurts, cereals and also a full cooked English breakfast with tea, coffee and juice. It was very busy at peak times but the food was continuously refilled so it was not a problem.


Luckily the weather held and we were able to spend a whole day at Bournemouth beach. The beach was clean with powdery sand and deckchairs and sunbeds were available to hire. It is a lovely beach and we had a very relaxing day.

On site at the hotel there was the Verve Bar and Grill and the Victory Pub and Kitchen. Guests could also relax with a coffee in the onsite Starbucks Coffee Shop.In the evening we decided not to dine at the Urban Village restaurant,  instead we sampled the cuisine at a lovely local Indian Restaurant called Signature Spice. The food was tasty and the service was superb.


On our last and final day we treated our selves to  the spa treatments before checking out at eleven am. Sadly the weather turned for the worst and we had to cut short our trip to the nearby town of Poole. However we managed to get a few snaps of the harbour as we drove through.


We thoroughly enjoyed out stay and would definitely consider staying at the Urban Village Resort again.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Raw Mango Salsa


Spicy and tangy salsa that is perfect for summer barbecues and parties.

Ingredients:

3 small green raw mangoes
Handful of fresh coriander leaves
3 green chillies
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar


Method:

1.Cut the mangoes in half and remove the stone, keeping the skin on, chop the mango roughly.
2. Wash the coriander and chop it up roughly  including the stalks.
3. Half the chillies and remove the white membrane and seeds and roughly chop them up.
4. Add the mango, coriander, chillies, lemon juice, salt and sugar to the Optimum 9400 and pulse the ingredients for 30 seconds to get a coarse texture.
5. Transfer the salsa to a serving bowl and serve with tortilla or potato chips.



I made my mango salsa in the Optimum 9400  blender, it is a great blender that will create amazing smoothies, ice creams, sorbets, smooths, nut milks  in a jiffy. It also grates, slices and grinds.
The Optimum 9400 is currently available at a special price of £ 329.00, it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee with free return postage of you are not totally satisfied with it. To read more about it and purchase one you can check my review here. 


Saturday, 2 August 2014

In my VEG BOX ~ Sweetcorn round up



Thankyou to everyone who took part here is the round up of the lovely entries.
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