Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Traditional English Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas (and a giveaway!)

We all know it is Shrove Tuesday on the 4th March in the UK. You would be hard pushed to find a bigger pancake lover than me, but I am not a fan of Shrove Tuesday. I know that doesn't make sense but allow me to explain;

Pancakes should not be limited to just one day a year, I feel like they get neglected 364 days of the year, pancakes are for life my friends, not just for Shrove Tuesday.

There are so many different style and flavour combinations you can give to your pancakes, fluffy american one, thin crepe ones, savoury, sweet, toppings, fillings... Seriously folks, they are the most versatile vehicles for all of the best flavours and ingredients.

I decided to keep my recipe simple for this post, as it IS Shrove Tuesday, I went for crepe-style. My go-to recipe is much more fluffy and american in style, so these felt a little more special. I steered clear of the traditional lemon and sugar and opted for a caramelised banana topping.

I used coconut oil to caramelise the bananas which lifted the whole dish to something pretty spectacular!

I also cooked the pancakes them selves using coconut oil, it gives a very subtle coconut flavour to the whole dish, not overpowering at all, just a little jazz hands to the dish on a whole.

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Traditional English Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas.
  • 300ml Milk
  • 1 Egg (medium)
  • 90g Flour
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Tablespoon (plus extra for the pan) Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Caster Sugar
Whisk the egg into the milkSift in the flour and whisk until smoothMelt a small pea-sized amount of coconut oil in a frying panPour in some batter, not too much, you should slide the batter around to coat the pan. Don't be afraid to go for a thin pancake.I slide a silicone spatular around the edge of the pancake, and shake the pan until the pancake slides around freely.Once it is sliding freely, go for the flip! Once nicely browned on both sides, start on the next pancakeThis mixture made 6-7 thin pancakes, which was perfect for a Sunday brunch for one. Once all the pancakes are done, add a tablespoon of coconut oil to the pan and the tablespoon of sugar.Throw in the chopped coins of banana, cook for just 2 minutes, until softened, then pour the bananas and syrup over the pancakes.Scoff Immediately!

The one good thing about Shrove Tuesday is the amount of delicious pancakes toppings that are available in the shops.

So, as I love you all dearly, I wanted to give you the chance to win some delicious pancake related things, due to some TNT courier issues this is a little late for Shrove Tuesday, but hopefully my "pancakes fo' life" campaign has convinced you to eat them any day of the week.

So to win a wonderful hamper courtesy of Abra-ca-deborah, simply complete the rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Roasted Red Pepper Soup & A Giveaway!

Soup is a wonderful, magical thing. No matter what mood you find yourself in there is a soup to match. When you are feeling under the weather there is earthy vegetable or chicken/noodle varieties. When you might have overdone it with cake and chocolate there is light miso or broth.

This weekend I was completely bitten by the fitness/health bug and knew I had to consume as many vegetables as I possibly could so decided to make soup!

The timing of this could not of been more perfect as I had just received my shiny new hand blender. The lovely people at Littlewoods sent me this beast of a blender to road test and review.

I have been eyeing up hand blenders for a while now. Previously I had been using this old smoothie blender that I acquired when me and Paul moved in together. It was not particularly powerful and always smelled like burning when you used it in anything more than short bursts. I had a brief flirtation with one of those £5 supermarket hand blenders but it broke during a particularly thick butternut squash soup recipe. Not ideal.

This beauty came with a few different attachments; the regular blendy one, a whisk, and a mini food processor bit, which will be great for making pesto. At 700W it certainly is powerful and it made short work of the below soup recipe.

I also made a quick smoothie and a tarka dahl with it and it was flawless everytime. It was very easy to clean and easy to store as it comes apart into quite small pieces.
My only criticism would be with the mini processor part. It didn't seem very powerful, although I do have a Cuisanart mini chopper/processor which would be hard to beat. To get your very own Tefal 700-watt Hapto Hand Blender, enter using the rafflecopter widget below

I have to say I would never of thought of buying homeware or electricals from Littlewoods but I was impressed with their small collection of brands. *pst* they also have a sale on at the moment...

Anywoo, back to the delicious food...

I decided to make something light yet flavour packed. I popped to my local food market in search of vegetables on Friday and saw these amazingly huge red peppers. I decided to run with this and grabbed some red chillies, plump tomatoes and a handful of basil. I salivated all the way home.

I started by roasting all of the above with some garlic and a drizzle of olive oil.

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Rad Red Soup
a fresh and flavourful summer soup.
  • 1 XL or 2 regular. Red Pepper
  • 1 (whole) Red chilli
  • 4-6 cloves Garlic
  • 3 medium Tomatoes
  • 1.5 Pints Stock (veg or chicken)
  • A glug Worcester sauce
  • 2 good pinches Kashmiri chilli powder
Roughly chop and roast all the vegetables in a drizzle of olive oil. Keep the garlic cloves in their skin. I slit the chilli down the middle and left it whole.Bring the stock to a boil and add the Worcester sauce and chilli powder. Boil for around 10 minutes until reduced by just under half.Take stock off the heat and squeeze the roasted garlic out of its skin into the stock.Add the rest of the roasted vegetables (I de-seeded the chilli before adding) Blend with the hand blender until smooth.I added a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

I served my soup with a handful of peppery rocket and a sprinkling of Parmesan.

This soup is jam packed with flavour, with a beautiful warmth. It is not too heavy or thick so perfect for a light summery supper.

To win your very own Tefal hand blender worth £69 enter below:

UK participants only I am afraid.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Giveaway: A Right Couple of Mugs and a sappy post.

Valentines day is just peeking its pink sparkly face around the corner and so I thought I would treat my lovely readers to a cheeky little giveaway.

Valentines for me has never been a big deal, we are not ones for grand gestures or schmaltz on February 14th. My opinion is pretty much that if you are only allowed to be loving one day a year, the world would be a sad old place to be.

Plus, our anniversary is in March so we save all of our pennies for a day when we are likely to get a table at our favorite restaurant, not surrounded by other loved up couples making grand gestures.

Now onto the sappy bit, so feel free to skip to the end if you like...

Hoss, my delightful other half (also known as Paulie) has been my boyfriend, best friend, chief recipe-tester, feet warmer, cheerleader, cheerer-uperer, and all round good guy for the past 7 years.

His constant support and encouragement has made this blog what it is, I have not always been the most confident person and when it comes to self promotion I am terrible. I am pretty much your typical self deprecating Brit. So, having that person in your corner, telling you they believe in you or that they are proud of your accomplishments is essential. That person for me used to be my Mum, and since she died I have really struggled. Having Paulie and his wonderful family has helped beyond words.

I guess I wanted this post to be a big soppy thank you to him. I couldn't have done it without you Bumder-face! (yea, we do pet names... what of it?!)...

So, back to the giveaway. The lovely people at T G Greens have offered up a set of these lovely Cornishware mugs, personalised with yours and your significant others name. Of course it doesn't have to be for a couple, you could get your children's names, days of the week, work or home... Whatever you want really! Simply complete the rafflecopter widget below to enter.

UK ONLY - Sorry to my international buds but this ones only for the UK.

Competition ends on Friday 1st February.

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T G Green's provided me with these mugs free of charge, to review and run this fantastic giveaway, so this is a sponsored post.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Pop Chips - A Healthier way to snack. (Giveaway)

So as you may know by now I am on a diet, while I will still enjoy the occasional cake-based treat, I need to spend some time becoming more balanced and healthy. One of my biggest weaknesses is crisps, I love nothing more than sitting down to watch a movie with a share bag of kettle chips or a bloody great bag of Doritos. Also, a lunchtime sandwich just isn't complete without a nice bag of cheese and onion walkers! Am I right?

When I started Weight Watchers it didnt take long for me to check the points of my favourite snacks and to be perfectly honest I was shocked! 15-20pp for a share bag, 5-9pp for a regular shop bought bag of crisps! I just couldn't afford the points! *sobs*

I started to experiment with "healthier" alternatives, which frankly went from bland to blander, oven baked, rice cakes, wholegrain I tried it all but none could fill the whole in my heart (exaggeration alert) left by the humble crisp.

Enter Popchips... I was apprehensive as my previous experience of healthy crisps had not been pleasant, but when the lovely people at Popchips offered to send me some freebies to try and review I bit their arm off (almost literally).

I was pleasantly surprised, I am not going to say they completely measure up to the mighty Kettle Chip or a full fat variety of your choosing but they were delicious! Packed full of flavour with an interesting texture. The chips are not baked or fried but popped.

"Popchips are popped with heat and pressure to make a naturally delicious crisp with all the flavour and less than half the fat of fried crisps, fewer calories and none of the fake colours or flavours (or greasy fingers) that gives snacking a bad name."

Despite reading all the websites and press releases I am still in the dark as to what "popping" entails, but however they manage it they have created a healthy snack alternative to my favourite crisps, so thank you Popchips!

For those Weight Watchers out there, a 23g bag of popchips is just 3pp and you seem to get more for your points than with baked crisps as they are lighter in weight.

So if you fancy giving them a go you can... Popchips – single serve and share bag - are available in five taste-bud popping flavours, including original, barbeque, salt & vinegar, sour cream & onion and salt & pepper. you’ll find them in waitrose and in selected retailers including whole foods, whsmith (stations and airports), planet organic, selfridges, harvey nichols, and costco. you can also order popchips from the comfort of your sofa through or

Now for the exciting bit...

The people at popchips are giving ONE lucky reader the chance to win 24 single serve bags of popchips!

To enter simply leave a comment below telling me your favourite snack food. It is as simple as that!

For an additional entry simply tweet " I have entered @nellyscupcakes #popchips giveaway, its pretty awesome: "

(feel free to adlib on the tweet, it will still count, just be sure to include a link!)

Make sure you leave a Separate comment below telling me you have done so (including your twitter username)

Unfortunately this competition is only open to UK residents.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

And the winners are....

Here are the lucky 5 winners of my recent Victory Tea giveaway. A lovely 16 bag trial pack of tea will be winding its way to you very soon!






So if all of you could please either email me for DM me on twitter your addresses so I can get these little guys in the post to you as soon as possible.

Hope you enjoyed the review and giveaway, sorry if you didn't win but you can head on over to the Victory Tea website to get your own trial pack for just £1!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Victory Tea: flying the flag for superior tea. (Giveaway)

I recently discovered a new and local tea company on twitter called Victory Tea. The fact that they are based just down the road from me in Heaton, Newcastle really caught my attention as I love to use local companies if I can, better for the environment and better for the local economy etc...

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

And the winner is...

Happy Tuesday lovely people!

As some of you know I had a rather exciting day yesterday! I will be blogging all about it this week, so watch this space!

Last week I hosted my first ever product review and giveaway thanks to the lovely Hotel Chocolat and Beth at Jam and Cream PR. I was blown away by the sheer number of entries! I had planned on writing down the entrants and pulling a name out of a hat, but at 112 comments my hand ached at the mere thought of it! So I instead turned to to help me pick a number between 1-112.

And the winner is... Number 71!

Congratulations to Emma H.
I will contact you shortly to sort out address details etc...
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