Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas Wreath

I love the run up to Christmas, the christmas lights, the decorations in the shops, the christmas bazaars and the christmas markets. My favorite thing is to visit the arts and crafts shops and check out all their lovely festive decorations like ribbons, tinsels, glitters, fabrics and so much more. There is nothing more special than making home made gifts and decorations for christmas.
My first project each year is to make a christmas wreath for our front door. Over years we always try to make something different, this year we decided to make our wreath traditional  by making a rattan wreath with ribbons and bells. The bells on the wreath jingled in the wind making a beautiful sound.

To make our christmas wreath you will need:

12 inch natural rattan wreath
Red ribbon 1 metre
3 metres cotton christmas patterned ribbon
1 reel natural raffia
holly, berries and christmas trimmings of choice
Glue gun
Red and white bells


1. Fold the red ribbon in half and tie a knot about 6 inches down from the looped end.This is for hanging the wreath on the door.
2. Tie the red ribbon on the top of the wreath at 12 o'clock position in a bow.
3. Wrap the cotton christmas ribbon around the wreath  and recure the ends with  glue gun.

4. Between the 5 and 8 o clock positions on the wreath arrange the christmas trimmings and glue them down using the glue gun.

5. Thread the bells onto the raffia and tie them in between the decorations.
6. Position the bells and if necessary stick them down with some glue to secure them.
Wreath is ready.

I was sent a hobby craft voucher to purchase the craft items to create the christmas wreath for "Deck your doors campaign" by direct blinds.

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, 2 November 2014

Vegetable and tomato pasta Sauce

Spicy tomato sauce cooked  with Mediterranean vegetables 


 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


 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.

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