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.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Give away Tickets to Vegfest Olympia London

VegfestUK 27-28 September 2014

Being a vegetarian I love attending events that are vegetarian  friendly. In September there is going to be an amazing vegetarian festival called Vegfest that is  being hosted at London Olympia from September 27-28th 2014 at Kensington Olympia.The event will be lots of fun for all the family with lots of activities such as cookery demonstrations, kids cookery classes, stalls, talks, workshops and book signing.

The tickets can be purchased on line from here at £ 10.00 each and as a special offer if you buy before August 23rd you can get a buy one get one free so you can take a friend.

Vegfest have been very kind and they have agreed to provide 1 pair of tickets to one simplyfood reader so that they can attend the show on Sunday.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Cherry and Apple smoothie


Refreshing summer cherry and apple smoothie.

Ingredients:

10 ripe cherries
1 pink lady apple
1 tablespoon lemon juice
12 ice cubes
2 cherries for garnishing.


Method:

1. De stone the cherries and add them to the Optimum 9400 blender
2. Cut the apple in quarters and remove the core and add it to the blender
3. Add the lemon juice and ice cubes.
4. Blend the smoothie starting on slow speed and gradually increasing speed. Blend for 60 seconds.
5. Pour into serving glasses, garnish with a cherry and serve immediately.

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. 






Saturday, 26 July 2014

Mixed Berry Ice cream with Cassis



Mixed Berry Ice cream with Cassis

Preparation time – 30 minutes
Chilling time –12 hours
Serves- 6

Ingredients:

200 grams /8 oz mixed berries - blackcurrants,raspberries,blackberries,strawberries
200 grams / 8 oz mixed berries - blackcurrants,raspberries,blackberries,strawberries for folding into ice cream and garnish
397 grams/ 16 oz sweetened condensed milk
125 ml fresh double cream
1 tablespoon sugar (optional if berries are little sharp)
1 tablespoon Cassis –blackcurrant liquor (optional)


Method:

1. Wash the 200 grams of berries and chop up into bite sized pieces.
2. In a blender jug add the chopped berries and add sugar. Blend to a coarse texture to form berry compote.
3. In a bowl add the condensed milk and the cream and whip till light and fluffy.
4. Fold in the berry compote.
5. Pour the mixture into a tupperware container and place in freezer.
6. After 3 hours take the ice cream out of the freezer and stir with a fork to break any ice crystals.
7. At 3 hour intervals repeat this process twice more (In total 3 times)
8. After the third time take the ice cream out of the freezer and allow stand for 5 minutes.
9. In mean time reserving few berries for garnish, chop the remainder into bite size pieces. To the berry mixture add a tablespoon of cassis- blackcurrant liqueur and mix together.
10. Fold the berry pieces into the ice cream.
11. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop ice cream into serving bowl, garnish with the reserved berries.
Serve immediately.


NB- Alternatively you can skip stages 5-7 if you have an ice cream maker. 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Baby corn and Broccoli Rice-Chinese Style


Delicious Chinese style rice that is easy to make and perfect accompaniment to any curry.

Ingredients:

240 g cold boiled rice
6 broccoli florets cut into smaller florets
8 baby corn cut into small  one cm rounds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon soya sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 green chilli cut into thin slices
1 red onion cut into thin slices
1 clove garlic cut finely chopped

Method:

1. In a wok add the oil and heat it up.
2. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for a minute.
3. Add the broccoli florets and baby corn and sauté for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables take on a little colour but are still crisp.
4. Add the salt, pepper, green chillies and soya sauce and stir fry for another 30 seconds.
5. Add the cooked rice and toss all the ingredients together until the rice is mixed with the vegetables and is warmed through.
Transfer to a serving place and serve hot.

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In my VEG BOX ~ Sweetcorn event by citrusspiceuk


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