Tuesday, 24 November 2015

3D Table top Christmas Tree

Christmas does not feel like christmas without a christmas tree up. Many people live in flats or bedsits and there is no where to put up a full size christmas tree and often have to  miss out. This little 3D tree can be made in any size using simple card. It's easy to make but looks great on a table, desk, window ledge or on a shelf.

To make the 3D Christmas Tree you will need:

  • 1 piece of white a4 paper
  • 6 pieces of Green a4 card 
  • Pva Glue (or glue stick)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Gold, silver, red, green decorations such as gems, berries, bells, buttons, stickers.
  • 1 small glittery foam gold star ( or you can cut out a star from gold card)

1. Fold the a4 sheet of paper in half and place the sheet with the folded side to the right in front of you.

2. Draw a Christmas tree shape with a pencil as per picture below.

3.Cut the tree shape out.

3. Using the white paper tree template cut out 6 identical trees from the green card.

4. Fold each green card tree in half. You should have 6 folded trees.

5. Place two trees of the folded sides next to each other and spread glue on one side and stick the two tree halves together.

6. Continue following step 5 until you have all 6 green card trees stuck together like a concertina.

7. Once all six green trees are stuck together, stand the tree up and fan it out to create a 3D tree.

8. Using any decorations of your choice and plenty of imagination decorate your tree as desired. Finally stick a gold star at the top of your tree.

This post is in collaboration with viking direct . I purchased the green card, white paper and glue from Viking Direct who supplied the  equipment in this post.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Cooking with Old El Paso at Food at 52 and a giveaway

Mexican food is firm favorite in my house, we love the flavours and easy recipes that can be created with simple ingredients. Some of our favorite Mexican recipes are tortillas, burritos, enchiladas, nachos and we love the salsa and the guacamoles.

Old El Paso make cooking Mexican food easy with their deliciou range of sauces, salsas and the ready to fill taco and tortilla  shells and burritos. They recently hosted a Mexican cookery class at Food at 52, a cookery school in Old Street which I absolutely adore having been there several times to cook.

As we waited for the rest of the team to arrive we were spoilt with some delicious nibbles and drinks to get us in the mood of the Mexican evening.

Attending these cookery events are always fun because not only do you get some recipe inspiration from the product, get to enjoy the food created but also make some new foodie friends too.

The cookery session was fun, the vegetarians made a filling of sweet potato, onions, peppers and courgettes  while the non vegetarians created a filling from mince and also chopped  lots of lovely salad toppings to go on top of the tortillas.

I was a guest of Old El Paso at Food at 52 and this post is all about my personal experience of the evening.

As always I endeavour to try and share my experience with my readers so in collaboration with Old El Paso I have one hamper full of Old El Paso goodies for one simply food reader  to win so that they too can create their own mid week Mexican feast to taste.

The Prize:

  • Extra Mild Super Tasty Stand ‘N’ Stuff Soft Taco Kit
  • 8 STAND’N’STUFF Tortillas
  • 12 Crunchy Taco shells
  • 2 x Garlic & Paprika Taco Seasoning Mix
  • Flour Tortillas Regular 8 Pack
  • 2 x Smoky BBQ Fajita Seasoning Mix
  • Mild Thick n’ Chunky Salsa

How To Enter:
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  • 1 Old El Paso hamper 
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  • This competition is open to UK residents only over 18 years of age. Please read the rules below .
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  • Closing date - Dec 5th 2015 12.00 am
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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Restaurant review Mangal 1.1

On a cold october evening, what is more welcoming than a restaurant that has log fire, low beamed ceilings, rustic tables and chairs and a warm ambience. You can find all this at Mangal 1.1  based in Shoreditch at The Comedy Cafe and Bedroom Bar at 68 Rivington St London, Greater London EC2A 3AY

The restaurant serves middle Eastern Cuisine. A variety of kebabs cooked on charcoal grills all served with warm bread and salads are a favorite with non vegetarians. The vegetarians can easily enjoy the fresh Mediterranean salads and vegetarian meze dishes and falafels.

My friend Heidi and I had the opportunity to sample the food at Mangal 1.1.We started off with some juices to wet our appetites and than munched on fresh bread served with Hummus a dip made with chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice, Cacik a dip made with cucumber and yoghurt, Ezme a salad of finely chopped vegetables and herbs and Patlican salad made with grilled aubergine and chopped peppers. 

All the dips with the hot bread were really delicious and a perfect start to the meal. I could have easily munched through another plate of these delicious salads and dips instead of the main course.

For our main course Heidi had the lamb shish, marinated cubes of lamb grilled on skewers served with a green us salad, she said it was delicious. 

Being a vegetarian, there were only two options to choose from; the Falafel deep fried chickpea balls or the Sebzeli Guvec which was a dish made with courgettes, aubergine, potato, green and red peppers with mozzarella cheese.

I was offered the Falafel which was served with salad and Hummus. The falafel were a little dry for my  taste, I guess this was probably from the double frying. 

For dessert we shared a plate of baklava, a sweet nut filling encased in filo pastry and drenched in sugar syrup all washed down with filter coffee. Baklava were delicious and had a very authentic flavour.

Mangal 1.1 is the perfect place to grab a quick meal after work whilst in London.
Heidi and I were invited to the Mangal 1.1 as guests to try out their food, all the views and opinions in this post are of my own experience.
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