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Hellmann’s Mayonnaise with a Touch of Garlic

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Hellmann’s Mayonnaise with a Touch of Garlic

Hellmann’s Mayonnaise with a Touch of Garlic

Hellmann’s has a wide range of products, bursting with taste and made from high quality ingredients.

Their products include Mayonnaise, Flavoured Mayonnaise, Salad Dressing, Tomato Ketchup, and Salad Cream.

Until recently, I haven’t tried flavoured mayonnaise before. You can add some spark to your meal with Hellmann’s Flavoured Mayonnaise to bring an exciting twist to your everyday dishes.

Hellmann's Flavoured Mayonnaise

Hellmann’s Flavoured Mayonnaise

Hellmann’s Flavoured Mayonnaise are available in 7 different flavours: mayonnaise with a hint of caramelised onion, a twist of pepper, a hint of wasabi, a touch of garlic, a zing of lemon and a pinch of mustard.

I tried Mayonnaise with a touch of Garlic and it is very tasty.

Wedges with Touch of Garlic Mayonnaise

Wedges with Touch of Garlic Mayonnaise

You can brighten up your meals with Hellmann’s Mayonnaise with a touch of Garlic.

It is made with simple and real ingredients including free range eggs, rapeseed oil, vinegar and garlic.

I enjoyed Mayonnaise with a touch of Garlic with seasoned potato wedges and loved it! It is full of flavour but not overpowering, it is just right.

The product was provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Outdoor Adventure Campaign by Poppy Cat and Woodland Trust

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Poppy Cat logoLittle man is a Poppy Cat fan, and since he met Poppy Cat at John Lewis, he loves Poppy Cat even more!

The UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, the Woodland Trust, is partnering with the popular Nick Jr. series, Poppy Cat, to launch an outdoor campaign for pre-schoolers with an ‘adventure’ platform for its VisitWoods website for one month from tomorrow, 19th April 2013.

Visit Woods LogoVisitWoods.org.uk hosts information on over 11,000 UK woods that are open to the public.

Poppy Cat Mystery Trail

Poppy Cat Mystery Trail

Poppy Cat content has been created for the site with downloadable activity materials focusing on ‘Mystery Trail Adventures’ – available for children aged 2-6 years to engage them during family outings to the woods.

Poppy Cat Mystery Trail Adventure Pack

Poppy Cat Mystery Trail Adventure Pack

We were sent a cool ‘Poppy Cat Mystery Trail Adventure Pack’ to support the launch with the Woodland Trust’s VisitWoods.org.uk campaign.

To support the Woodland Trust partnership and allow Poppy Cat fans to continue the adventure at home, Nick Jr. will air nature-themed Poppy Cat episodes every day from the 18th April at 7.15pm for two weeks.  There will also be campaign content at nickjr.co.uk alongside Poppy Cat clips, games and activities.

Poppy Cat Mystery Trail

Poppy Cat Mystery Trail

Poppy Cat, starring the voice of Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), is based on the award-winning books created by Lara Jones. Poppy Cat’s heroic gusto and unquenchable curiosity propel each experience often leading to unexpected discoveries.

For more information on the Nick Jr pre-school series or the Woodland Trust Poppy Cat campaign, please visit www.poppycat.com / http://www.visitwoods.org.uk,

Older brothers and sisters can also discover more age appropriate activities via the Woodland Trust’s Nature Detectives initiative – naturedetectives.org.uk.

You can follow Poppy Cat on Twitter and Poppy Cat on Facebook.

The products were provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Put the Kettle on with PG Tips “The Rich One”

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PG Tips "The Rich One"

PG Tips “The Rich One”

By now, I think everyone already knows that I love a good old cup of tea!

PG Tips has recently added to its popular new premium teas by launching The Rich One. The Rich One is for those looking for a stronger and richer tea.

PG Tips cleverly designed Pyramid bags give the tea leaves room to move so you can get even more of the great PG tips flavour.

PG Tips "The Rich One"

PG Tips “The Rich One”

PG Tips has found an exciting way of making tea which captures the tea taste and aroma. First, PG Tips selects fresh leaves from tea gardens.

The high quality tea leaves are pressed to release their natural juices. Finally, the juice is added back to the tea leaves for you to enjoy!

Cup of Tea

Cup of Tea

While reading the information in the box, I was pleased to find out that the tea leaves in the pyramid bags are fully Rainforest Alliance Certified.

It means when you choose PG Tips, you are helping them to help the environment, the farmers and their families.

The Rich One is made of a complex and aromatic taste for a flavoursome treat. It is made of pressed leaves for a rich taste.

By pressing fresh tea leaves, PG Tips capture and preserve the genuine taste of fresh tea.

PG Tips "The Rich One"

PG Tips “The Rich One”

In addition to The Rich One, other parts of the new premium range include The Fresh One – a crisp taste for a refreshing pick me up.

The Strong One – a bold full flavoured taste for a bit of a kick, and The Mellow One (previously The Evening One) – a smooth taste of black and decaffeinated teas to help you unwind.

I love tea and PG Tips “The Rich One” is nice and rich, just how I like it!

You can follow PG Tips on Twitter and PG Tips on Facebook.

The product was provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Make Your Own Chocolate Pizza Kit by Prezzybox

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Make Your Own Chocolate Pizza Kit

Make Your Own Chocolate Pizza Kit

Prezzybox is the online gift shop with gifts and gift ideas for everyone, where you can find unique and personal gifts and gadgets guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face!

On Valentine’s Day, we reviewed their Love Hearts Tea Lights and Heat Changing Love Mug. They were so cute!

On Mother’s Day, we tried a Mini Cupcake Maker that makes perfect, beautifully cooked mini cupcakes in a matter of minutes – It was a success!

Melting the Chocolate

Melting the Chocolate

Now we were sent a Make Your Own Chocolate Pizza (RRP £12.95), which arrived in a cool pizza box.

Once it arrived, we couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen and start making our very own chocolate pizza.

The kit contains: milk chocolate buttons, white chocolate curls, jelly beans, rainbow drops, pizza pan and a recipe card.

Decorating the Chocolate Pizza

Decorating the Chocolate Pizza

You only need a microwavable bowl, spoon, apron and an adult to supervise as chocolate could get hot.

It was extremely easy to make. First little man placed the milk chocolate buttons in to the bowl and microwave for approximately one minute or until the buttons have just melted.

The melted chocolate was carefully poured into the pizza pan, sprinkled with white chocolate curls and decorated with jelly beans and rainbow drops.

Decorating the Chocolate Pizza

Decorating the Chocolate Pizza

The chocolate pizza was placed in the fridge for 2 minutes, then removed from the fridge to be sliced while soft and still in the pizza pan.

The chocolate pizza was returned to the fridge and left until set hard, approximately 15 minutes.

Chocolate Pizza

Chocolate Pizza

The chocolate pizza was then removed from the pizza pan and enjoyed! The whole family loved the chocolate pizza as it was very tasty.

I must say it was very enjoyable to make it and little man did most of it on his own (apart from melting the chocolate).

I love how colourful and bright the chocolate pizza was. It was like a rainbow!

You can create your very own chocolate pizza and tailor it to the lucky person who’s going to receive it.

You can then let your creativity fly! Sprinkle on some creamy white chocolate ‘cheese’ and add chocolate beans, jelly beans.

Little Chef and Chocolate Pizza

Little Chef and Chocolate Pizza

Since it is your chocolate pizza, you can add anything else you might have on to your pizza base to create a heavenly pizza treat made to order.

The diameter of the finished pizza is 7”/17cm and we sliced it into 8 yummy pieces of chocolate pizza.

Chocolate Pizza

Chocolate Pizza

Once the chocolate pizza finishes, you are left with the pizza pan so you can just buy more chocolate and decorations and carry on the fun!

Little man has already mentioned that he wants to make some chocolate pizza with marshmallows next time.

Make Your Own Chocolate Pizza would make a lovely gift to any chocolate lover, children and grown-ups!

You can follow Prezzybox on Twitter and Prezzybox on Facebook

The product was provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Old Amsterdam: The Perfect Choice for Cheeseboards

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Old Amsterdam Cheese2Old Amsterdam cheese is smooth, rich and creamy, easily sliceable and imbued with ripening crystals that excite the palate. It offers a beautiful depth of sweet and savory flavors.

Impress your party guests with the perfect cheese board with Old Amsterdam, a gourmet Dutch cheese with a creamy texture and a rich nutty flavour.

Old Amsterdam Cheese

Old Amsterdam Cheese

Old Amsterdam can be enjoyed as an after-dinner savoury treat with a bold red wine and water biscuits, with sweet condiments such as honey-mustard or chutney.

Old Amsterdam can also be enjoyed with selections of seasonal nuts such as pistachios or almonds to cleanse the palate. It comes coated in a sleek, black wax and is an indulgent alternative to Gouda.

Old Amsterdam Cheese

Old Amsterdam Cheese

So if you are having friends round for a get-together, having dinner with the family or simply want to treat yourself, Old Amsterdam is the cheese of choice this season.

A high quality, versatile, matured cheese, Old Amsterdam can also be grated, sliced, melted and cooked as part of a main course meal, a starter or appetiser or on its own as a snack. Old Amsterdam tastes best when brought to room temperature for at least one hour before serving.

Old Amsterdam Cheese

Old Amsterdam Cheese

How to create the ultimate cheese board:

  • The best cheese boards are made up of blue, aged, soft and hard cheeses.
  • Combine different milk types to create variety: cows, goats and sheep.
  • Serve approximately about 50 grams of cheese per person.
  • Choose three to five different types of cheese to give your board
    some variety.
  • Mediterranean Vegetables Pasta with Old Amsterdam

    Mediterranean Vegetables Pasta with Old Amsterdam

    Take your time and don’t forget to eat the light cheeses first; bries and chevres for example. You can then make your way through the spectrum of flavours ending with the hardest cheeses; the Old Amsterdam and Gorgonzolas.

The added extras:

  • Use crackers or slices of good quality raisin nut bread. The sweetness of the bread is a perfect balance with the richness of Old Amsterdam.
  • Arrange grapes or slices of pears and apples around the cheese. Mix almonds and pistachios in a small bowl to cleanse the palate.
Pizza Wrap with Old Amsterdam Cheese

Pizza Wrap with Old Amsterdam Cheese

I was planning on enjoying our Old Amsterdam Cheese in a cheeseboard, but there was no much left by the time we all had our meal.

Old Amsterdam cheese tasted lovely with our mediterranean vegetables pasta.

We only just managed to make some lovely Pizza Wrap with Old Amsterdam Cheese.

Vegetarian Pizza Wrap

Vegetarian Pizza Wrap

It was really simple to make. You just need to spread a thin layer of tomato passata on a wrap, then add your favourite ingredients.

Little man had Sweetcorn and Cheese Pizza Wrap, while I had Mushroom, Spinach, Sweetcorn and Cheese Pizza Wrap.

I must say it was very tasty and the rich and creamy taste of Old Amsterdam Cheese complemented our pizza wraps nicely.

Look out for it on cheese counters in Waitrose, Tesco, Booths and Morrisons, as well as independent delis and fine food shops across the UK. RRP approx. £2.49 per 150g.

You can follow Old Amsterdam Cheese on Twitter and Old Amsterdam Cheese on Facebook

The product was provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

 

 

Celebrate the Taste of Origin and Tradition with Giancarlo Caldesi

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Celebrate the Taste of Origin and Tradition

Celebrate the Taste of Origin and Tradition

Last week I was invited to a taste experience to celebrate the Taste of Origin and Tradition.

The event was hosted by the Consortiums of Grana Padano Cheese and Prosciutto di San Danielle to help promote these Italian Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products.

In truth, we know very little about how, when and why the food we eat is produced the way it is, and yet all of these elements pose a fundamental influence over the taste and quality of food.

Grana Padano Cheese

Grana Padano Cheese

The “PDO – The Taste of Origin and Tradition” campaign, was launched in partnership with the Consortium of Prosciutto di San Danielle and the Consortium of Grana Padano Cheese, is designed to promoted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products.

Now in its third and final year, and funded by the EU and Italian government, it is focused on sharing the unique qualities and characteristics of these products in the UK and raising awareness of what PDO status means.

Prosciutto di San Daniele

Prosciutto di San Daniele

Intrinsic to the landscapes of the Italian Po Valley and San Daniele del Friuli, Grana Padano Cheese and Prosciutto di San Daniele have been produced following the same traditional methods for tens of centuries.

The unique characteristics of the products are due to their reliability (they are regulated by the Italian and EU laws) and their traceability (they are from a defined geographical area).

Italian Chef Giancarlo Caldesi

Italian Chef Giancarlo Caldesi

Besides, their locality (the bond between the product and land produce special characteristics in each product), and their typicality (respect for traditional production methods to preserve the renowned flavours).

Italian chef Giancarlo Caldesi is throwing his support behind the campaign for the second consecutive year and he had some new treats in store featuring these irreplaceable products whose taste and texture has remained unchanged for centuries.

Summer Dish with Papaya and Prosciutto di San Daniele

Summer Dish with Papaya and Prosciutto di San Daniele

As well as juggling his Italian restaurants and schools, Giancarlo also actively works as a brand ambassador for Grana Padano Cheese and Prosciutto di San Danielle as part of a PDO campaign, which aims to promote authentic high-quality Italian produce and heritage.

It was a very different lunch-time experience in which I could immerse myself in the rich heritage of these two renowned Italian PDO products and wet my appetite with some delicious recipes to learn the true meaning of food traceability, authenticity and tradition.

Giancarlo Caldesi making Creamy Pasta

Giancarlo Caldesi making Creamy Pasta

We were treated to Bruscetta with Mushroom Paste and Prosciutto di San Daniele, Summer Dish with Papaya and Prosciutto di San Daniele on lettuce leaves, which was light and delicious.

There were also some Grana Padano Cheese and Prosciutto di San Daniele Fritters which were just so tasty and crunchy.

Creamy Pasta and Summer Dish

Creamy Pasta and Summer Dish

My favourite dish has to be Creamy Pasta with Mushroom, Grana Padano Cheese and Prosciutto di San Daniele sauce. It was full of flavour and it tasted simply divine!

For more information and suggestions on how to enjoy Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese, including recipes from renowned chef, Giancarlo Caldesi, visit www.prosciuttosandaniele.it and www.granapadano.it.

It was a very informative event and I had the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful Italian taste experience, thank you so much for having me!

I look forward to trying Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese at home.

I was under no obligation to write this post, just wanted to share my experience. The opinions expressed in this post are honest and my own.

Colman’s Season & Steam: Garden Herb Potatoes and Mediterranean Vegetables

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Colman’s Season & Steam Garden Herb Potatoes

Colman’s Season & Steam Garden Herb Potatoes

A perfect family meal isn’t complete without a delicious side of vegetables – especially when they’re steamed to lock in the flavour and goodness.

That’s why Colman’s put their heads together to rustle up Season & Steam – a new range of quick and easy steam bags, with blends of herbs that will complement your veggies perfectly!

The new range of Season & Steam products is the quick and easy way to add a burst of flavour to your vegetable side dishes.

Garden Herb Potatoes

Garden Herb Potatoes

Garden Herb Potatoes:

It was very quick and easy to make tasty potatoes, you only need to add 500g baby new potatoes and 100ml of water to one sachet of Season & Steam Garden Herb Potatoes.

Method:

  1. Make it: Tear open top of the pack, remove and unfold bag and place on a microwavable plate. Cut potatoes in half (2.5cm approximately) and place into the bag. Add powder from the bottom sachet and pour in the water.
  2. Garden Herb Potatoes

    Garden Herb Potatoes

    Season it: Tie bag with the blue tie along the blue line. Gently coat the potatoes with the seasoning mix, avoiding air vents on both sides. Ensure bag is upright on the plate and the potatoes are evenly spaced.

  3. Steam it: Microwave in full power for 9.5 minutes (900W), 12 minutes (700W). Leave to stand for 1 minute. Remove using oven gloves, check potatoes are fully cooked. Cut open bag, place into serving dish and enjoy!
Colman’s Season & Steam Mediterranean Vegetables

Colman’s Season & Steam Mediterranean Vegetables

Mediterranean Vegetables:

It is also simple to give a delicious, balanced flavour to daily vegetables. The recipe recommends adding 150g sliced courgette, 130g quartered tomatoes and 120g diced yellow pepper to one sachet of Colman’s Season & Steam Mediterranean Vegetables.

Unfortunately I didn’t have enough tomatoes in the fridge and no yellow peppers left, so I used one courgette, two small onions, one small tomato, one red pepper and two small green peppers instead.

Mediterranean Vegetables

Mediterranean Vegetables

Method:

  1. Make it: Same as above apart from adding water. This recipe doesn’t need any water.
  2. Season it: Same as above
  3. Steam it: Same as above, however microwave it for 5.5 minutes (900W) or 7 minutes (700W).
Mediterranean Vegetables

Mediterranean Vegetables

The Mediterranean Vegetables were lovely and full of flavour.

The whole family enjoyed the potatoes. It was my first time making potatoes in the microwave and they taste just as nice as oven potatoes. We really enjoyed the Garden Herb Potatoes!

Overall, we really liked both flavours, they are quick and easy to use, perfect for busy parents that want to add herbs and spices to make tasty dishes.

Colman’s Season & Steam is available in four exciting flavours.

We look forward to trying the other flavours from the Season & Steam range.

The product was provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

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