Food, Reviews, Unboxing

More Food!

Oooooooh yes. This is actually my July Degustabox, but as I only got it when we got back from our holiday during the last couple of days of July, I decided not to rush it and instead try as many things from it as I can before writing about it.

I have to say I’m very pleased with the contents of this box. There’s a wide range of different food stuffs and there should be something for everyone. Also, I love it that even though the box is great value for money, the items in it are still very much affordable. So it’s not like trying out luxury products that I’m never going to repurchase, but instead it’s finding new items that I could buy again! Love it.

  1. Frylight Cooking Spray With Avocado Oil £2.99. I already use Frylight oils for frying, but hadn’t tried the avocado one yet. They’re a range of 1kcal cooking sprays that make frying quite a bit healthier.
  2. Maille Dijon Original £1.99. They’ve included a recipe (Maille Dijon Original Fillet Steak) that uses this. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks easy to make and yummy.
  3. OLOVES Healthy Olive Snacks 2x £0.99. Loved them. They were seasoned with chilli, garlic and oregano. I wouldn’t have expected them to be quite so nice provided the type of packaging, but they were lovely and would be a great addition to a lunchbox .
  4. Crafted £1.80. I got the Mango & Passionfruit one. It’s quite sweet, being a juice, but also refreshing. I quite liked it.
  5. Blossom Hill Spritz £4.99. You can choose whether you want your box to include alcohol or not. I currently have mine including it so I got a bottle of this very fresh and summery wine in my box.
  6. Rowntree’s Randoms 30% Less Sugar £1.29. They were really nice. I’m loving the less sugary versions of things and if you can make sweets that are essentially pure sugar less sugary then I’m all for it.
  7. Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin £2.99. I haven’t tried them yet but am very much looking forward to it.
  8. Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Red & White Quinoa £1.99. Again one thing that I haven’t tried yet, but am excited to try.
  9. Ryvita Thins Three Cheese £1.89. Oh my delicious goodness. They were sooooooo nice. I think they were one of my most favourite things in this box actually. I could’ve devoured the whole thing if I didn’t have to share. I guess I should be glad that I did have to share though haha.

Overall I’m very happy with what I got in there and am eagerly looking forward to my August box.

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(Also if you’re now thinking it’s something you would like to try then I’m more than happy to share my invitation link which gives you £7 discount for the first box, making it £5.99, and some points for me!)

I’ll go get some more of those three cheese thins now. Or maybe not… I probably shouldn’t.

G.

Food, My life, Reviews, Unboxing

New Box!!! Omnomnom ;)

In my previous post (or a couple of posts back, I can’t remember) I mentioned that I’ve subscribed to a new monthly box and that it’s quite a bit different from the beauty boxes that I’ve been getting so far. Well, a couple of days ago I finally received the first one of those boxes and I’ve been itching to share it with you! I have to tell you though, in some ways I wish I’d have waited a month before placing my order (you’ll see why in a moment), but I was just too excited to try it out.

Tadaaaaaaaah! Degustabox!

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Yes, apparently you can also subscribe to food! The reason why I wish I’d waited a month is because I really need to be good with snacking and stuff before the wedding so I’d fit into my dress haha. But it has been another example of the tiny amounts of willpower I have actually found from somewhere because I haven’t yet devoured everything in the box. I’m rather impressed with myself.

Firstly, the box itself is soooooooo cute! Secondly, it’s really well packaged. I think my food felt really safe and snug in there. Thirdly, you get this pretty little leaflet that tells you what you have in the box and on the other side there’s a recipe – this month it was ‘Beer can chicken on the BBQ’. And last but not least – all the fooooooood. Oh my goodness me.

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There’s a bit of everything and I’m not going to go through it all in detail as I haven’t actually tried all of it yet. However I must say that I really like how there’s a couple of light bites (Mango with Vanilla Yoghurt Fruit Chips + Superfood Fruit Bar) in there, a few organic bits (Berrywhite Organic Drinks), some slightly naughtier snacks (Haribo Summer Frenzy + Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Scottie Dogs) and actual cooking ingredients (Capsicana Brazilian Chilli & Coconut Quick Cook Sauce + Schwartz Authentic American Flavour) as well as drinks (Westons Cider + Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol Free Wine). It’s got something for everyone, I think and I can’t wait to actually dig in there in a couple of weeks! Gobblegobblegobbleomnomnom.

So far I’ve had the ciders which surprisingly enough I really liked. I’m usually not a big fan of appley apple ciders, but the addition of rhubarb in one and damson in the other was rather pleasant. Then I also had the Berrywhite organic Lemon & Lime drink, which was quite mellow as it was juice blended with mineral water and I also had the alcohol free wine which again I quite enjoyed and would buy again.

Uhmmmm yeah so that was what I was so excited about. Food. I love food. Unfortunately it loves me back so much that once it’s in my mouth it’s like ‘Yeah, I like this girl, let’s just hop on her hips and stay there until the end of times’. Oh well, I’m sure many of you can relate to this and I’m not alone.

I’ll go and try not to eat any of the goodies now. Or have just one…

G.

 

 

 

Food, My life, Recipes

Rice Krispies Easter Eggs

As Easter’s only around the corner now I’d love to share one of my little Easter treats recipe with you lovely people. I don’t actually really celebrate it myself, it’s more just about the cute bunnies, decorating eggs and having egg tapping contests. Eggs. What a weird word.

Anyway, for some reason I have a couple of massive boxes of Rice Krispies at home and I don’t really like them in their original state, so I’m always trying to think of ways to use them up. One of the easiest recipes that I know for them is the ‘Traditional Rice Krispies Bars’. Ok, yes, that’s also the only recipe I know that uses them. That means that I just have to keep coming up with different variations and shapes and colours and flavours and all of that though. So still keeping it interesting.

To make 12 Rice Krispies Easter Eggs you’ll need the following:

  • 150g Rice Krispies
  • 200g Mini Marshmallows (if you don’t care about the pink undertone you can used mixed colours like I did, but if you want the base to be white then use just white ones)
  • 50g Butter
  • Food colourings (that’s optional, but if you want different coloured eggs you better have some at hand)
  • Egg shaped thing (I don’t know what they’re actually for, but I got a pack of 10 from my local supermarket for £1.50. If you don’t have any though, you can just make the shapes using your hands. Or spoons. You know, now that I think about it, I can’t actually vouch for this working without the egg things as it’s a very sticky mix… If you do try going freestyle, let me know how it works out.)
  • Oil spray (that’s if you use the egg things)
  • A bowl (microwave safe) OR a saucepan
  • Some utensils to mix the super sticky mixture and a spoon to spoon it
  • Muffin tin/egg box (as soon as I’d finished with my first egg I realised I’d forgotten that I’ll actually need to put them somewhere and panicked until I remembered I have my good old muffin tin where I can put them)
  • Sprinkles etc are also optional but will brighten it up quite nicely

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Step 1(Now, I did this in batches as I wanted to do each batch a different colour. You could make the whole mixture first and then divide it into how many colours you want, but I thought it’d be way too sticky for this, so I just did the first few steps a couple of times.) Place your butter and marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl. (Don’t use a tiny little jug like I did. I was a fool. Use a properly sized bowl instead. Be smarter than me and think ahead to step 4. Many regrets.) Once you’ve put them in the bowl, microwave for 30 seconds whilst keeping an eye on it. Marshmallows do funny things in the microwave. (Or you can use a saucepan and do it over the hob if you’d like.) 

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Step 2 – Mixmixmix. Mixmixmix. It’ll be oh so sticky and look like you’re never going to get the bowl clean again but it’s actually a lot easier to clean than you’d think. Make sure there aren’t any more marshmallow lumps left (you can see a few lumps on my picture) and microwave a little more if need be.

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Step 3 – Add the food colouring. The red didn’t make THAT much of a difference to my mix as it was already pink, but it made it a bit more vibrant. It’s very important to add the colouring now not later or earlier by the way.

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Step 4 – Add the Rice Krispies. Now, that’s where the regrets came to play. My jug was way too small for me to mix it all in here (these puffs are SO light in weight, which means you need to add quite a lot to get the required amount) without turning all the little puffy things into dust so I had to transfer all of it to a bigger bowl and continue there. Mix it all and make sure it’s done properly. I know it’ll probably look like the tiny amount of butter and marshmallow mixture couldn’t possibly coat all the puffs but it will. I have picture evidence. (Yes, once I’d used a proper bowl to combine it, I put it all back in the jug for picture purposes. Don’t ask. I’m somewhat ashamed.)

Step 5 – Spray the egg thing with oil so the mixture won’t stick to it. Then spoon some of it into the egg thing. I mean, you can probably try your best and it’ll still be at least a tiny bit of a sticky mess (if it’s not then you’re a wizard and I’d like to know how you managed it), but it’s relatively straightforward. Pack it in a little to make sure there’s some structure to it and then close the two egg halves for a few seconds to seal it before taking it out.

Step 6 – You’re pretty much done! Once you’ve taken the egg out, it’ll need some time to set so be good and give it some support and time. (Ask it if there’s anything you can do to make it more comfortable. Like make it some friends. That’s what I did.) I also gave them muffin case nests.

Step 7 – Decorate with sprinkles. Or chocolate. Or anything you want, really. They’re Easter eggs and meant to be made as pretty as you can.

Quick summary of the steps:

Step 1 – Place your butter and marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds whilst keeping an eye on it

Step 2 – Mix it and if there are any marshmallow lumps, microwave a little bit more

Step 3 – Add the food colouring

Step 4 – Add the Rice Krispies and mix thoroughly

Step 5 – Spray the egg thing with oil, fill with Rice Krispies mixture, pat tight, close the egg thing for a few seconds and then take the ‘egg’ out

Step 6 – Place the ‘egg’ in a muffin tin or egg box for support so it can set

Step 7 – Decorate with anything you want – sprinkles, melted chocolate, etc

Tadaaaaaah! They’re really easy to make, even if the process is a little messy. But like I said – it’s actually surprisingly alright to clean up. Must be some Easter Bunny magic at work. They’re also very yummy (my SO can vouch for that) and I can’t wait to make them again next weekend.

G.

 

Food, My life

We meat again…

Yes. Looks like meat’s back on the menu, boys! It just happened without much thought. Ok, some thought went into it. And a small mental breakdown. I don’t know, don’t ask me. It was weird. Anyway, what made it happen was a choice between a weird mushy chickpea burger and a spicy chicken burger. Sooooo yeah.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m on about – I left meat out of my meals for just over a week in the beginning of February. Mainly just out of interest. Partially also to see if it’d have any health benefits (I think my stomach is a bit calmer now?). And also to introduce more veggies to my menu. Because I love veggies and I’m just too lazy to bother with them. I love fruit too. Like, a lot. I’m pretty sure I have my 5 a day of fruit and veg. Mostly fruit. I really need to cut back.

My conclusion is that I still love veggies, however I’m still too lazy to bother with them much. Actually no, I love veggies even more now, not just ‘still love them’. It has been somewhat of an eye-opener. I enjoyed most of my vegetable meals very much (except for that mushy chickpea burger). Some of them more so than their meaty counterparts. For example all the vegetarian pizzas that I tried (I mean, I had to be thorough with my research, so I needed to have as many as possible), were incredibly nice and I think I’ll continue to get them instead of ones with meat.

I think that’s the biggest thing I’m taking out of this whole experience. It’s so easy to get meat wrong and if it’s of poorer quality at all it’s just not nice. Vegetable dishes however are pretty much what they say on the label. And they’re often fresh. Not that meat foods aren’t fresh. Ok, I’m getting all muddled up here now.

Moral of the story – even though I’m not a true convert, I believe I’m now more likely to get/prepare a vegetarian meal than go for a poorer quality meat alternative.

And who knows, maybe I’ll ditch meat for a while again in the future. Until then I’ll just try to keep things balanced (the five doughnuts I’ve had throughout the day were to balance the… who am I kidding, they were just delicious).

(Also, yes, I know my picture for this post features fruit not vegetables/meat, which are the main topics, but I’m staying in a hotel at the moment and that’s all I’ve got to work with without leaving my room. Plus I sneakily mentioned fruit earlier. Just for this reason. And because I love fruit.)

G.