Monday, 10 September 2012

Meal Planning Monday - 10th September


I am back on the meal plan bandwagon after a rather depressing month or so off. Everything went a bit pear shaped after my birthday week and I because a little lazy and disinterested in cooking. I was sick of having to be in charge of meals so went on strike.

We ended up spending far too much on takeaway, and sporadic mid-week shopping, so finally last week the boyfriend begged me to start meal planning again. So here it is...

Monday: Turkey Chilli with rice
Tuesday: Tuna pasta bake
Wednesday: Chicken Thighs and potato croquettes
Thursday: Ravioli on toast/ egg on toast or (sort yourself out night)
Friday: Sausage and bean casserole
Saturday: Bacon Sandwiches for breakfast/lunch and then leftover casserole for dinner.
Sunday: Chicken dinner at around 2pm.

It is pretty straight forward, pretty healthy and I have all the ingredients in the house from last weeks food shop.

I have even created a monthly excel spreadsheet totting up my weekly spend and which helps me create my online shopping list (yes, I am a geek).

How do you plan your weekly meals? Do you plan or wing it? Any money saving tips would be loved also....

I understand some may find these posts boring as there is no recipes but it is as much a tool for me to keep on top of everything and to refer back to when feeling uninspired.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Malteasers - The lighter way to enjoy Cupcakes.


I baked these little beauties back in June, I fancied experimenting with flavours and as Malteasers are completely amazingly addictive and basically chocolate covered crack I thought I would try to make a Malteaser-type cupcake!

Initially I didn't just want to put Malteasers into a cupcake, I wanted to recreate the flavour of the malty honeycomb in the sponge. I scratched around my cupboards looking for inspiration and found a few sachets of Horlicks lurking right at the back of my spice shelf, who knows how or why it came to be there but it was perfect!

The addition of horlicks added a really lovely subtle malt flavour to the sponge but they weren't massively "horlicks-y" which was just what I was going for. The flavour was lovely but the best bit was the smell. The smell of horlicks is something I find quite comforting, and add that to the already comforting smell of freshly baked and cake and your onto a winner.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Cocoa Boutique - Review


I was recently contacted by a lovely new company called Cocoa Boutique that wanted me to try their new Chocolate Tasting box and give them a little review. I have never in my life said no to chocolate so I wasn't about to start now!

A bit about the company;
Cocoa Boutique is a luxury artisan chocolate tasting club on a mission to bring it's members the very best Pralines, Truffles and Caramels.

All of their chocolates are hand made by award winning Master Chocolatiers such as; Barry Colenso, Pierre Ledent and Claire Hicklin to name but a few. Plus there’s a few hidden gems in each box from up and coming British chocolatiers to stretch your taste buds and give you a truly artisan experience.

My Introductory Box arrived in a handy letter box sized box and I wasted no time in tearing into it. I was pleasantly surprised with the packaging, it definitely lived up to its "luxury" name. Nestled in the beautiful cream coloured box, under a layer of delicate tissue paper were the most wonderful selection of chocolates! ...

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