Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Bubbles & Brunch with Phil Vickery


Yesterday me and my sister were so excited to be attending the JML Bubbles and & Brunch event held at the Good Housekeeping institute in Soho London, where Phil Vickery would be cooking up some delicious food for us to sample, as I am sure you will know Phil is a Celebrity Chef who has been working with ITV's This Morning for many years.

On arrival we were greeted with some drinks and a chance to have a look at the new products by JML which are the Grill Circle and the Copper Stone Pans.  Next we were given a talk by Ken Daly the CEO of JML,  he told us some very interesting facts of how the company was founded by John Mills in the basement of his house in Camden town in 1986 and how JML has become a recognised household brand.

Grill Circle & Copper stone Pans 




I have had my eye on the copper Stone Pans as not only do they look very stylish, they also have amazing technology.  The heat is distributed evenly so the food will cook quicker, plus the triple layer non stick ceramic surface is scratch resistant and hard wearing so it will last.

Phil Vickery cooked some sausages in them and because of them being non stick no oil was needed, making cooking with them a great choice as food is more healthy and enjoyable. We were lucky enough to come away with the 20cm Copper Stone Pan which I am super excited about and I can't wait to use it. They also come in sizes 24cm, 28cm ranging from £19.99 to £29.99 they can be found at www.jmldirect.com


Phil Vickery making some Prawn burgers using the Grill Circle, this is a very clever piece of equipment as it has different cooking zones so you can cook more than one food at a time. You can grill, saute, boil, steam, fry and BBQ and fondue.


Here Phil is making some Japanese Grilled Marinated Salmon, this was absolutely delicious and full of flavor. On the other Grill Circle, Phil has some Pork cooking.  It is grilled healthy as the unique concave design drains away all the unhealthy fat into a removable drip tray below. The Grill Circle has an adjustable temperature function with five different heat settings to allow for maximum control of your cooking, the stay cool handles means it can be taken straight to the dinner table, so food can be kept warm and served.

The Grill Circle is also non stick making it very easy to clean and that is always good news.
The Grill Circle is £69.99 or the Deluxe package for £79.99 both can be found at www.jmldirect.com

Tasty food on the day
We had such an amazing time and really enjoyed sampling Phil Vickery's cooking. 




Thursday, 10 March 2016

Banana Loaf



How to make this delicious Banana Loaf

                       2 ripe bananas
175g (6oz)      butter or margarine
175g (6oz)      caster sugar
                       3 eggs
225g (8oz)      self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon   baking powder
1/2 teaspoon   vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon   ground cinnamon
                      1 banana for decoration (optional) I tend not to decorate with sliced banana.


Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas 4

Peel the bananas then crush with a fork, Beat together the butter or margarine and sugar then add the eggs alternately with the flour and baking powder. Fold in the crushed banana, vanilla essence and cinnamon.

Pour the mixture into a greased 450g (1lb) loaf tin, and top if liked with long thin slices of banana. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 mins, in my oven it seems to take just over an hour but do keeping checking to make sure it is cooked in the middle. when cooked cool slightly then turn on to a wire tray to cool.

This recipe is from a book called The Dinner Lady,  I love to make this quiet regular as my son loves to take it to school in his packed lunch plus it goes well with a nice cuppa.







Monday, 4 May 2015

Nestle Creepy Crawlies Blogger Challenge


We are very happy be taking part in an exciting Creepy Crawly Challenge giving us the chance  to get Creative and make our very own Bug....Nestle have been working with food artist Prudence Staite who has created a 10 foot giant Cereal Caterpillar made out of Nestle Cereals, to show how nutritious Cereal can be.

According to new research by Nestle Cereals 47 % of children have munched on a Creepy Crawly but over two thirds refuse to eat their greens. So they created the giant Caterpillar made out of Nestle Cereals and went on tour around the UK,  to help show there is an easier way of getting a Bowl of goodness, other than munching on a Creepy Crawly.
A bowl of  Nestle Cereals for breakfast contains Whole grain, Vitamins and Minerals and Fibre plus they taste delicious, this is how we like to start our day.

We decided to create a Beautiful Butterfly and this is how we did it.

bits and bobs to get started

We used a Shreddies Cereal box, Pva Glue,Feathers, Foam Shapes, Metallic Shapes,Pipe Cleaners,Googly Eyes.

These are the shapes that have been cut out
Cut open the box, Draw a body and some Wings


Next Make holes in the Butterfly Wings and Body and top of the head, attach the body and wings with pipe cleaners, also use Pipe Cleaners for the Antennae.





Twist the Pipe Cleaners in place to hold the butterfly together, this also creates a nice stand to help the butterfly stand up as if it was floating, then at the front of the Butterfly add some more pipe cleaners for the legs...now for the exciting part time to decorate your butterfly, first glue on some googly eyes.

Add some nice Metallic and Foam Shapes and Feathers. 


More decorating going on here

Ta da our beautiful Butterfly


We had so much fun Creating our amazing Butterfly, we are deciding what bug we would like to make next.

We were given boxes of cereal and craft pack to take part in the challenge.




Monday, 26 January 2015

Nestle Cereals #BreakFastWeek Challenge.




We are very excited to be taking part in Shake Up Your Wake up with Nestle Cereals #Breakfastweek challenge, to celebrate National Breakfast week that starts on 25th - 31st January this year. 

We simply have to mix,shake up or stir our chosen Nestle Cereals to create our very own concoction and give it a name.

We chose to shake up our wake up by mixing 1/2 portion of Chocolate Chip Cookie Crisp with 1/2 portion Cheerios with Cold milk and have named this very tasty creation....Cookieios.


We know breakfast is the most important meal and what a fun and creative way to start the day, plus it tastes amazing too, the Chocolate Chip Cookie Crisp mixed with Cheerios and ice cold milk gives a nice flavour and making it a very good combination.


We have always been massive fans of Nestle Cereals....they now carry a very distinctive green banner so you know when you see it your are looking at a cereals that are made with whole grain and contain at least five vitamins and minerals and fibre, making it a healthy choice.