Friday, 28 February 2014

Butternut Squash Soup~ 5-2 diet



Thick, creamy and delicious  butternut squash soup that’s low fat and very filling.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

I Butternut Squash
1 granny smith Apple
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 small white onion
1 teaspoon olive oil
500 ml water


Method:

1. Peel the squash, cut and discard the seeds and chop into small cubes.
2. Chop the apple into small  cubes
3. Peel the onion and dice it finely.
4. Put the squash and apple in a large microwavable bowl with lid and add 250 ml water.
5. Cover and cook for 10 minutes in the microwave until the squash is fully cooked.
6. Put oil in a pan and place it on medium heat.Once the oil is hot add the onion and saute until translucent and soft but still pink in colour.
7. Add the cooked squash and add another 250 ml water  to the pan with the onions and bring the soup to a simmer.
8. Add the salt and black pepper and stir.
9. Transfer the soup to a blender jug and carefully blend to a smooth texture.(You may need to do this in two batches)
10. Return the blended soup to the saucepan and reheat to a slow simmer.
11.Turn off the heat and serve the soup into serving bowl.Garnish with a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.

Calories per serving
Carbs
Fat
Protein
Sodium
Sugar
132
29
3
1171
1188
11

This soup can be part of the 5- diet, its is approximately 132 calories per serving ( 1 bowl of soup) 
NB-Bagel not included in calorie count.

































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No Croutons event by Jac of Tinned Tomatoes Guest hosted by Lisa's Kitchen

Monday, 24 February 2014

Enabling threaded commenting on blogger blog


Enabling threaded commenting
If you have commenting enabled on your blog, then threaded commenting will work provided you have your blog feed set to "Full," and have chosen the “Embedded" option as opposed to “Full page” or “Popup window.”
Threaded commenting is useful as it allows you to reply to each specific individual comment and participate in a group discussion or follow individual conversations.

1. To change your commenting settings, just go to the Comments section and select settings


2.In settings select Posts and comments.



3. In posts and comments a box will open up offering 4 options:

  • Embedded
  • Full Page
  • Popup window
  • Hide


5. Select Embedded and save.


6. Click on  settings and choose Other



7. Where is says Site Feed change it to Full and Save.You have now enabled threaded commenting.


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Ginger and lemon cheesecake


Spicy ginger nut base with a tangy lemony creamy filling makes these cheese cakes decadent and tasty.

For the base:

250 grams ginger biscuits
100g butter melted

For Filling:

250g cream cheese (Italian mascarpone)
100g icing sugar
50 ml double cream
1/2 teaspoon lemon essence
½ teaspoon lemon zest

For Garnish:

White chocolate swirls and milk chocolate lemon chocolate segments


Method:

Make the base:

1. Put the biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush to make crumbs using a rolling pin.
2. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl and then pour over the melted butter.
3. Mix thoroughly until the crumbs are completely coated and you have a coarse sand like texture. 
4.Spoon the mixture into 6 individual serving glasses to form a layer approx 1.5 inches thick. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour to set firmly.

Make the filling:

5. In a bowl add the cream cheese, the cream, the lemon essence, lemon zest and the icing sugar. 
6. Whisk the mixture thoroughly until it’s thick, smooth and creamy. Place a star nozzle in a large piping bag and fill it with the mascarpone mixture. Keep aside in fridge until ready to use.
7. Remove the biscuit filled glasses from the fridge and pipe a generous layer of the mascarpone mixture on onto the chilled biscuit base. Return the glasses to the fridge to chill for 1 hour.

8. To serve garnish with some white chocolate swirls and lemon chocolate segments.

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Giveaway tickets to Cake International London ExCel



citrusspice has  teamed up with Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show to offer 5 lucky readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to this fantastic show at the ExCeL, London from 10-12 April 2014. 

With all the latest inspiration, supplies and advice from the baking world, demonstration theatres, special guests and fantastic special features, this is a must visit for any baking fan.  For more information please visit www.cakeinternational.co.uk.


Venue
Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show
ExCeL, London

10-12 April 2014

09.30 – 17.30 (Sat 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)
Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £5.00
All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Monday 7th April 2014

For more information or to book tickets please visit www.cakeinternational.co.uk.  Alternatively, phone the Ticket Hotline on 01425 277988.

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·         Closing date – 31st March 2013. Open to Uk residents over the age of 18 only

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Giveaway tickets to Cake International Event City Manchester


citrusspice has teamed up with Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show to offer 5 lucky readers a chance to win a pair of tickets each to this fantastic show at the EventCity, Manchester from 7-9 March 2014

With all the latest inspiration, supplies and advice from the baking world, demonstration theatres, special guests and fantastic special features, this is a must visit for any baking fan.  For more information please visit Cake International

Venue
Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show
EventCity, Manchester
7-9 March 2014

Ticket Prices:
Adult £12.00 (£10.00 Advance Price)
Senior £11.00 (£9.00 Advance Price)
2 Day Ticket: Adult £16.00 Senior £14.00 (Advance Only)
3 Day Ticket: Adult £22.00 Senior £20.00 (Advance Only)
Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £5.00
All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Monday 27th Feb 2014

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

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

How To Enter


·         Simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries
·         Entries can be via blog comment, Facebook, Twitter etc
·         Please read the rules they form the terms and conditions of this Giveaway
·         Closing date – 27th Feb 2014. Open to Uk residents over the age of 18 only

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
  • For bonus entries you can return to this page and enter the daily bonus entries. 
  • If you are still unsure as to how Rafflecopter works please do check out this short video.


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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Round Up ~In my VEG BOX ~CARROTS


We had an amazing 43 entries in the wonderful event In my VEG BOX ~CARROTS
Many thanks to everyone who participated.Here is the round up of all the awesome entries.