Summer is finally here! For me, one of the best things about living in Cornwall are the long sunny days spent at the beach with my family. By day we paddle in the sea, look for creatures in the rock pools and make some epic sand castles. As the sun starts to set we have a BBQ and a drink… or two! We return home sandy, sunburnt skin and feeling a bit gross. That’s where Living Sea Therapy comes in handy…
The Headland Hotel is one of the most elegant and iconic hotels in Cornwall. Located on the clifftops overlooking Fistral Bay in Newquay, the views are as breathtaking as the hotel. You may recognise it from the film Roald Dahl’s The Witches!
My kitchen cupboards are full to the brim with kitchen gadgets, I just can’t get enough of them. After spiralizers became popular I brought a handheld one and I can’t say I was very impressed with it, it now lives at the back of the cupboard with the rest of my reject gadgets. Recently I was offered the change to review a counter top spiralizer from Ideal World which also comes with a recipe book with over 40 recipes to make with your spiralizer.
Impressive! It comes with 3 different blades and it also has two slots underneath to store them. There are suction pads on the bottom so it doesn’t slip whilst you are using it.
Attaching the fruit and vegetables is very easy and so is changing the blades. I tried apple, sweet potato, carrot, cucumber, courgette and potato. The softer foods were very resilient however, the sweet potato did require a little more force when turning the handle. The carrot was a bit of a problem, it didn’t spiralizer well with any of the blades. Maybe if the carrot had been thicker it would have worked better.
Ribbon blade – Makes thick ribbon spirals.
Large grater – Makes thick noodle spirals.
Small grater – Makes thinner noodle spirals.
The spiralizer comes apart for easy cleaning. The only problem I experienced is that the sweet potato stained the white plastic.
For anyone wanting to swap high carb foods for a healthy and low-calorie alternative, then I would highly recommend this one. It is affordable at £16.99 and I can predict that I will be getting a lot of use out of this one. I have already started to swap things like spaghetti, noodles and chips for healthier alternatives which my children haven’t noticed! I made sweet potato fries which have been a big hit. I spiralizered them with the large grater, sprinkled over pepper and paprika, sprayed with oil, and then cooked them at 200c for 15 minutes.
Disclosurer: I was sent this item in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Last week I fulfilled one of my all time foodie dreams, visiting and attending a Christmas feast at River Cottage. I was a little apprehensive as it was my first time driving out of Cornwall but thankfully I had some moral support from Choclette from Tin and Thyme blog.
As well as involving my children with cooking food that we eat, I also try and show them where their food comes from. We grow herbs on the windowsill, pick blackberries from the hedgerows, grow vegetables in the garden and go strawberry pick. So I of course said yes when GroCycle invited us to review one of their mushroom growing kits.
The last few months I have been experimenting with gluten free baking, it hasn’t gone well! I had more or less given up on the idea of successfully baking anything edible for my family when I was offered the chance to review some gluten free mixes from Make It Gluten Free.
Recently I have noticed a rise in aloe vera juices in the shops, quite reasonably priced and something I have never tried before. So I accepted the offer to review some.
I received two bottles, aloe refresh mango and aloe refresh original flavour. They both contain natural flavours and natural colours so they can be enjoyed as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
In our household we are currently trying to be extra healthy after eating a few too many treats over the Christmas season!
Lamb is a great source of protein, zinc and iron. Recently I was asked to create a recipe using Welsh Lamb. It is excellent quality with its certified PGI status that guarantees that the meat has been reared and prepared to the highest standard.
The lamb I received was a very lean cut. It tasted lovely and tender in my slow cooked lamb biryani and completely debunked the myth that lamb is a fatty meat.
As you may or may not know, I am a keen cake maker/eater and a big Star Wars fan. No I’m not jumping on the band wagon, I’m a lifelong fan!
I was recently asked to review one of Baker days letterbox cakes from their Christmas designs. My first thought was that it was a genius idea and why didn’t I think of it! Secondly I thought, how is a cake going to survive the Royal Mail, especially my postman who is a bit heavy handed when it comes to parcels?!
One of the best things I like about cooking is trying different foods so when I was offered the chance to review Encona’s new marinades, I couldn’t wait to get cooking! I received the Korean BBQ and Moroccan Harissa marinade. Korean food is something I wasn’t very familiar with so I was keen to try the BBQ marinade first. The hardest thing about making Asian food, which I love, is cooking on a budget whilst keeping the flavours. There are certain ingredients that I wouldn’t use every day so I try and make do with the things I have in my cupboard already.