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.
How To Enter


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·         Closing date – 15th  November 2014.  12.00 am Open to Uk residents over the age of 18 only

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Mornflake hamper giveaway

I recently received a hamper from Mornflake and I am loving all the products that arrived in my hamper. I have created a few recipes with the products, you can see the recipe here.
I am really excited that mornflake have been generous and agreed to send one citrusspice reader a Mornflake hamper to enjoy too.


The hamper consists of:
·         Mornflake Oatbran
·         Mornflake Oatbran Honey Raisin & Almond Crisp
·         Mornflake Oatbran Cranberry & Nut Muesli
·         Mornflake Superfast Fruit and Nut Muesli pot
·         Mornflake Organic Oats
·         Mornflake Superfast Oats
·         Mornflake Jumbo Oats
·         Mornflake Medium Oatmeal


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  • Answering the mandatory question will open additional optional entries.
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  • Open to UK Residents Only and you must be over 18 yrs old.
  • Closing date - 19th November 2014 12.00 am

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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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Savoury Oat Cakes


There are many types of oats such as Oats, Groats, Pinhead Oatmeal, Oat Bran, Jumbo Oats, Superfast Oats, Oatmeal and Organic Oats.They have a high fiber content, and they help remove cholesterol from the digestive system. High cholesterol levels correlate with the build up of plaques in blood vessel walls. If these plaques become damaged or grow too large, they can rupture, blocking a blood vessel and causing a heart attack, stroke, or blood clots elsewhere in the body. Lowering high cholesterol levels can therefore significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. 

Oats are an excellent source of manganese and molybdenum. They are also a very good source of phosphorus as well as a good source of copper, biotin, vitamin B1, magnesium, dietary fiber, chromium, zinc, and protein.
Mornflake is a company that sell a range of Oat based products, the range consists of different types of oats, Oatbran cereals, Muesli, porridge pots, cereal pots , oat bran and oat granola. I was sent a lovely hamper with some Mornflake products to try.

We have enjoyed the breakfast pots and I have also been baking with the oats. I found that Oats are very versatile and they are also great for adding to savoury dishes too. I created these spicy oatcakes for lunch and they were simply delicious.




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Savoury Oat Cakes

Savoury Oat cakes with a medley of vegetables.

Ingredients:
  • 240g Organic Oats
  • 1 Medium carrot
  • 60g Frozen sweet corn
  • 30g Frozen Peas
  • 1 Medium Potato
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh chilli paste
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
Method:

1. Peel the potato and carrot and grate them.2.Peel the onion and finely dice it.3. Add the potatoes, carrots, peas and sweetcorn to a glass bowl and add 2 tablespoons of water.Cover and microwave on high for 4 minutes until potato and carrots are cooked.4. Add 1 tablespoon oil to a frying pan and saute the onion on medium heat until it's translucent.5. Add the cooked vegetables to the onions, followed by the salt, green chilli paste, ginger paste, red chilli powder and lemon juice.6. Add the oats to the mixture and combine it on a low heat for 2 minutes until the vegetables, oats and spices are well mixes.You should not need to add any extra moisture as the vegetable mixture should be adequate to bind the oats.7. Once the mixture comes together, take it off the heat and allow to cool slightly.8. With wet hands, pinch lime sized balls from the mixture and roll into balls, Flatten to form round discs. Place on baking tray.9. Place the cakes into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.10. Heat a griddle pan and brush it with oil. Place the oat cakes on the pan and brush them with a little oil. Cook the underside for 2-3 minutes after which flip them over to cook the top side for another 2-3 minutes. You should have nice griddle lines on them.11. Cook the remaining oat cakes on griddle.Serve the savoury oat cakes on a bed of green salad with a chilli dip.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12


Monday, 13 October 2014

Pear and Spinach Smoothie.



I haven't posted my regular smoothie recipe for a while, that does not mean I have stopped making them and drinking them. On the contrary my family have gone smoothie made and each member is trying to out do the other by concocting unique smoothies. This is really pleasing me as they are trying new ingredients that I could have never got them to try. This pear and spinach green smoothie was created by my daughter and it really did turn out super delicious.Thanks to Optimum 9400, my angel in disguise who has converted my green veggie shy kids into smoothie junkies!!!

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Pear and Spinach Smoothie

Healthy and Delicious Vitamin packed smoothie.

Ingredients:
  • 2 Ripe conference Pears
  • 1 handful Baby Spinach
  • 12 Seedless Green grapes
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 10 Ice cubes
  • 100 ml Pear Juice
Method:

1. Place the grapes in the freezer overnight.2. Half the pears and remove the core and seeds, add them to the Optimum 9400 blender jug.3. Add the spinach, frozen grapes, ice cubes, pear Juice and honey and blend together on low speed, gradually increasing the speed for 1-2 minutes.4. Pour the green smoothie into serving glasses and serve chilled.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: 0Total time: Yield: Serves 2


I made my 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. 

If you decide that you want to purchase the  Optimum 9400 blender then please do order it from this link as you will get an extra two year warranty on it. Make sure you put in the comment box "special ambassador offer"

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Giveaway ~ Foodies Festival Christmas Old Truman Brewery – Spitalfields London


Foodies Festival Christmas

Old Truman Brewery – Spitalfields London 

November 28th, 29th and 30th 2014

 ‘Foodies Festival Christmas’ to be held at the Old Truman Brewery in Spitalfields London, 28th – 30th November 2014.



 Highlights of the event are:
  • Producers Grotto with Craft Beer Market and Pop-Up Breweries 
  • Pudding Hall  serving all types of sweet patisserie
  • Gingerbread House serving ginger beer and roasted ginger marshmallows.
  • Hands-on masterclasses in cake decorating, where you can personalise eatable treats to hang on the Christmas tree at home.
  • Carol singers
  • Elf cookery school
  • Christmas feasting table
  • Coffee Corner 
  • Cheese Village
A wonderful day out enjoying the Christmas atmosphere and ideal for sampling wonderful Christmas food, wines and beers. For event details and tickets click here.



Foodies festival have been very generous and have agreed to give 3 citrusspiceuk visitors a chance to win one pair of tickets each so that you too can join  in the Christmas festivities.

How To Enter:
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  • Closing date - 11th  November 2014 12.00 am
 *Terms and conditions
1. This competition is open to UK residents only who are over 18 years of age .
2. Complimentary tickets are valid for one day only at the London Show.
3. Tickets are non transferable. One pair of tickets per winner only.
4. Complimentary tickets obtained through this offer may not be duplicated.
5. All tickets will be scanned on entry to the show

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.
·        For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here
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·        If you are still unsure as to how Rafflecopter works please do check out this short video.

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

How to create a recipe box / card for your blogger blog.

Its been a little while since I posted a technical tutorial on this blog so today I am going to share how you can add a recipe box / card to your blog post. The reason one should add a recipe box is that it writes the recipe in microdata form which in turn makes the recipe easier to find across the internet.

How to create a recipe box / card for your blogger blog:

1. Go to any site such as photo bucket or image shack  and create an account where you can upload a photo and get a direct link to your recipe photo you want to use on your recipe card. Upload your photo and copy the direct url and keep a note of it  by pasting it in note pad. You will need this in step 2 at the very end.
2. Open a new tab in your browser and open  The Recipe Wiz
3. Fill the recipe box  tabs with the recipe instructions.




 3. Once you have entered all your recipe details , click on get microdata. Micro data code will look like this:



4. Copy the microdata code
5. Create a new post in blogger.
6. In blogger you need to have your post open in html format.



7. Once saved, your recipe card will have a photo of your recipe and all the instructions of your recipe written in microdata format finding it easier to find your recipe on the internet.
8.Your recipe card should look like this:































8. You can add additional text and photos above or below your microdata code if you wish to add more information or images in your post. However the microdata template will allow you to show one thumbnail picture only on your recipe card.
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