Thursday, 13 November 2014

Betty Crocker Master Class and giveaway



I recently attended the Central school of cookery with some fellow bloggers to attend a Betty Crocker master class.The event was fun and interactive with a hands on baking and decorating class.


 After a brief introduction about the history of Betty Crocker, we set about baking  with the  Betty Crocker products.




The prepared Betty Crocker mixes are really easy to use and you can get guaranteed results each time you use them. The mixes can be used in innovative ways to create a multitude and variety of cakes that not only look good but taste awesome. You can check out the full  Betty Crocker baking range here.



At the event we used the red velvet mix, the vanilla mix, the brownie mix and the cookie mix.With amazing team work with my friends Akesha Reid and LeBinh we created some delectable cakes.


We made some lovely marbled swirley snowflake red velvet and vanilla loaf cake with frosting, some crunchy christmas brownie houses, chocolate chip cookie brownies and some Christmas themed vanilla cup cakes with vanilla frosting.



For the frosting Betty Crocker have delicious cream cheese frosting and their new vanilla Icing and Rainbow Sprinkles which is a two in one solution, you get the sprinkles with the icing. It is convenient and easy to use, as it comes with the perfect amount of sprinkles and the creamy vanilla icing to frost any cookies  or cakes. Betty Crocker™ Vanilla Icing with Rainbow Sprinkles is available in your local supermarket from and retails at RRP of £2.85.






















At the masterclass we had lots of fun creating and decorating the cakes. The emphasis was on christmas and we really enjoyed decorating our bakes with christmassy fondant cut outs.


I had a lovely time baking at the Betty Crocker Masterclass, and would like to thank Betty Crocker for inviting me and giving me a wonderful goody bag  so that I could continue baking at home too.






















3 of the photos  (the loaf cake in 1st picture , the group photo and the breaking egg
 one in collage) used in this post were from Preston Perfect Photography, the rest are copyright of citrusspiceuk

As always at simplyfood, when ever I try something new I like to give my readers a chance to try it too. Betty Crocker has been very kind and they have agreed to send 1 simply food reader 5 betty crocker products so that they too can create some lovely christmas bakes to enjoy during the festivities.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Giveaway Tickets to BBC Good Food Show Winter NEC


BBC Good Food Show Winter

The BBC Good Food Show Winter is running from 27-30 November 2014 at The NEC, Birmingham. To celebrate citrusspice has teamed up with the organisers to offer you 1 pair of general admission tickets each for 5 lucky winners. Tickets will not be valid for Saturday Entry.

The flagship BBC Good Food Show is bigger and better than ever before with the introduction of the BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Village and Stage, EatWell zone, Regional Food pavilion and the return of the Ludlow Producer Market. As well as a wide range of producers showcasing their products, the 3,000-seat Supertheatre will play host to an array of stars including The Hairy Bikers and Tom Kerridge with many other stages around the show including the Saturday Kitchen Stage sponsored by Lakeland and the Belling Live Cook Stage. With all of this and over 500 exhibitors, The BBC Good Food Show Winter is a food lovers’ heaven.

Not a winner? To book tickets and for more information on the BBC Good Food Show Winter please visit bbcgoodfoodshowwinter.com or call 0844 581 1360

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Vegetable and tomato pasta Sauce


Spicy tomato sauce cooked  with Mediterranean vegetables 

Ingredients:

 480g / 16oz passatta (sieved tomatoes)
1 green capsicum finely chopped
1 medium courgette finely chopped
60g / 2oz precooked sweet corn
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium red onion finely chopped
1 clove garlic finely minced
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon sugar.
1 teaspoon dried oregano
 Boiled pasta of choice for serving


 Method:

 1.In a pan heat the oil, when it is hot sauté the garlic and onions until translucent.
2. Add the vegetables and sauté for 3-4 minutes until they soften.
3. Add the passatta, salt, pepper, chilli powder and sugar and simmer the sauce for 10 minutes until it is thick and vegetables are cooked.
4. Place the pasta in a serving dish and spoon over the pasta sauce.


Submitting to:
In my VEG BOX ~ Peppers
Pasta please event by Jac of tinned tomatoes hosted by simplyfood

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Giveaway tickets to BBC Good Food Show London Olympia


BBC Good Food Show London

The BBC Good Food Show London is running from 14-16 November 2014 at Olympia, London. To celebrate citrusspice has teamed up with the organisers to offer you 1 pair of general admission tickets each for 5 lucky winners.Tickets will not be valid for Saturday Entry.

Visit the capital’s tastiest day out and sample the culinary delights of hundreds of exhibitors with the opportunity to browse and buy. Watch Michel Roux Jr, James Martin, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge and many others, demonstrating how to cook seasonal recipes at home. Other features at the show include The Wine Cellar, curated by Masters of Wine and Saturday Kitchen Live favourites Peter Richards and Susie Barrie as well as the brand new Wine Experience brought to you by the International Wine & Spirit Competition where visitors can sample an array of wines, including the first taste of the 2014 trophy winners. The pop-up BBC Good Food Kitchen will feature crowd-sourced favourites and selected dishes inspired by demos on the Supertheatre.

Not a winner? To book tickets and for more information on the BBC Good Food Show London please visit bbcgoodfoodshowlondon.com or call 0844 581 1361.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Halloween Oreo Pops



A speedy treat that can be made without any baking for a Halloween Party

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Halloween Oreo Pops

These no bake Oreo pops are easy and simple to make

Ingredients:
  • 12 Oreo Biscuits
  • 12 cake pop sticks
  • 1 cup white Royal Icing 
  • 2 tablespoon black Royal icing.
Method:

1. Lay the oreo out on a flat tray and gently push the cake pop stick in the centre of each very carefully.2. Fit a piping bag with a thin hole nozzle and fill it with the white icing .3. Pipe an outline around the oreo biscuit and then fill the centre of it to cover it in white icing.Leave the white icing to set for 30 minutes.4. Fit a thin nozzle into another piping bag and fill with black icing. Pipe a spider web design on to the white icing and leave to set for 30 minutes..
Details
Prep time: Cook time: 0Total time: Yield: Makes 12

                                        Step 1                                                          Step 2
                                                 Step 3                                               Step 4

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Giveaway Tickets to Ideal Home show Christmas Earls Court.


The Ideal home show Christmas  is taking place at Earls Court, running from the 19th - 23rd of November,
The perfect place to spend a day and get all your christmas shopping done under one roof. The venue will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring over 650 exhibitors across 7 sectors including: Interiors & Home Accessories, Food & Drink sponsored by Regina, Home Improvements & Outdoor Living sponsored by Hydropool, Fashion & Beauty sponsored by Lexus, Technology & Gadgets sponsored by Virgin Media, Christmas Gifts and Christmas Decorations.

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas will feature a host of festive favourite celebrities, including celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo, English actress and celebrity chef Lisa Faulkner, interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, gadget expert Suzi Perry, and well known TV personality and wine expert, Olly Smith. Our experts will be on hand at the show offering their own festive hints and tips to make your Christmas Ideal.

Highlights from the London Show
·        Christmas Ice Rink – The centrepiece of the exhibition is a spectacular ice rink  There will also be a Bandstand, which will feature a whole host of festive music.

·       The Christmas Theatre sponsored by Gocompare.com – The main theatre will host talks and workshops from a range of experts to advise on how to create the perfect homemade Christmas. The hourly sessions will focus on making Christmas cards, festive wreaths, decorations, table settings and much more!
·       The Christmas Catwalk sponsored by Lexus – A round up of the latest trends and festive fashion, from the best Christmas party dresses, hair styles, and make up looks to ensure you look your best throughout the party season!
·       The Christmas Champagne Bar sponsored by Hydropool – Treat yourself with a glass of bubbly and relax after all that shopping!
·       The Christmas Food &Drink Theatre sponsored by Regina – This interactive theatre will feature top celebrity chefs, including Gino D'Acampo, and drinks experts including Olly Smith, giving you handy hints and tips for your Christmas culinary creation and festive tipples to match. With live cook along demonstrations, foodies are able to learn from the experts in how to cook up a storm in the kitchen this Christmas.
·       The Gregg Wallace Christmas Restaurant - The acclaimed restaurant returns for another year, hosted by friend of the show Gregg Wallace, providing a traditional Christmas lunch with a twist.
·       Ideal Christmas Book Shop – A chance to browse through all the latest offerings from Celebrity Chefs and Bakers, plus DIY and Gardening experts, and find the best Christmas presents, all at exclusive show prices! Plus personalise any gifts by having the book signed by your favourite chef or expert while at the show.
·       Christmas Smart Home Technology powered by Virgin Media – To get you up to date with the latest gadgets and technology must-haves, we will be providing the lowdown on the hottest gadgets and technology to create your ideal Christmas. The friendly guys and girls from Virgin Media will also be on hand to tell you all about their latest offers and services.

Plus, with over 650 top brands and exhibitors offering innovative products that you won’t find on the high street, it’s the ultimate destination for all of your Christmas shopping. For more information click here

Ideal Home show Christmas has been very generous and have offered citrusspice a chance to giveaway 5 pairs of tickets to citrusspiceuk readers.
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