Friday, 20 October 2017

Recipe- Slow Cooked Sticky BBQ Pulled Pork With Spicy Rice

This meat is fall-apart tender! The marinade enhances the natural flavors of the pork. When you're done shredding the pork, pour as much of the remaining sauce over the pork as you like. I seriously couldn’t get enough of the sauce! 

The Spicy Rice packed with lots veggies & flavour really did compliment the Pork very well, It was a bowl full of heaven! 

This again is super quick & easy to make! Prep time for both Pork & Rice is about 15 minutes in total & Cooking time for the Pork is 8hrs on low in the trusty slow cooker & about 10-15 minutes for rice. 

Ingredients- Serves 8

For the Pork;
  • 1x Large Onion, sliced
  • 6-7 lbsx Boneless Pork Shoulder 
  • 1x Tbsp Sea Salt, to taste
  • 1x Tsp Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1x Tsp Paprika
  • 1x Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1x Cup your favorite BBQ Sauce 
  • 2x Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3x Large Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 2x Tbsp Brown Sugar
For the Spicy Rice;
  • 50g Rice
  • 1/2x Tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2x Tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/4x Red Pepper, diced
  • 1/4x Green Pepper, diced 
  • 1/4x Yellow Pepper, diced
  • Can of Kidney Beans, drained (optional)
  • 1x Carrot, shredded (optional)
  • 1x Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2x Chicken Stock Cube
  • 200ml Water
  •  Frylight


For the Pork;

  1. Chop 1 large onion & place it into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Combine 1 Tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper and 1 tsp paprika & generously sprinkle the pork roast. Massage the roast to rub the seasoning into the meat. Place meat over the onions.
  3. For the marinade, combine: 1 cup chicken broth, 1 cup BBQ sauce, 2 Tbsp liquid smoke, 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tbsp brown sugar & 3 pressed garlic cloves then stir to combine. Pour the marinade over the pork.
  4. Cover & set on low for 8 hours. Remove the meat to a large bowl and shred with forks. I nit-picked the heck out of it and remove all the fat. I hate finding surprises in my meat and love not having to inspect what I'm biting into.
For the Spicy Rice;

  1. Chop the peppers into small chunks
  2. Place the rice into a pan & give 3 sprays of frylight. Set at medium heat & stir rice until it begins to brown.
  3. Add 100ml of water, stock cube & chilli flakes. Reduce heat to low-medium & stir occasionally until rice absorbs the water, be careful not to let it stick to the pan.
  4. Once rice has absorbed water  add the chopped peppers, kidney beans, shredded carrot, garam masala, soy sauce & remaining 100ml of water.
  5. Set on a low heat & stir occasionally until all water has been absorbed. 
Then mix the Pulled Pork & Spicy Rice together, or serve side by side, completely down to you.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Prestige Flowers: A Review

What better gift can you send than flowers?

Flowers suit every occasion, they are delicate, beautiful, hand picked & arranged perfectly.

The next best step would be getting them delivered safely to your door in a beautifully designed box with the option of next day delivery (for those last minute shoppers)…

But surely there isn’t a place that can do all that & send a bouquet that is actually beautifully designed & decorated? There is…

Prestige Flowers

Last week I was contacted by Prestige Flowers asking me if I’d like to review one of their bouquets. Of course I said yes, who says no to free flowers? I was told I’d be sent their Tikal Bouquet & after looking at photos on their website I was really excited to receive my flowers. And when Royal Mail delivered my box (yes, they come in a box!) I was not disappointed.

I was lucky enough to be sent a vase, too-which is an optional extra you can choose to add for £5.99. You could also add a box of chocolates or a teddy for a small fee. I think it’s really good that you have the option to personalise your gift. 

At £34.99 for a small bouquet, going up to £44.99 for a large, (I’m not sure what size bouquet I was sent) these are not cheap as flowers go, but I do think that for a mix of quite exotic flowers, it’s worth the price tag. I don’t really know flowers, apart from the standard ones, but from a quick look at the website I now know the bouquet contains ‘mango orange callas & roses with complementary blooms, thistles & aspidistra’ I think the colours work really well together, making the flowers nice & bright & something I got lots of compliments on from everyone who visited.

Overall I have been really impressed with Prestige Flowers & I would gladly recommend them to others. The bouquet was stunning, but I also think it is important to get the little things right too, such as the packaging & delivery as these all add to the experience, & Prestige Flowers seem to have got this just right. The user friendly website, competitive & reasonable pricing, & their stunning ranges all help to make Prestige Flowers a go to site for your next flower bouquet. Perfect for if you have a loved ones birthday coming up! You can check out some more beautiful Prestige Bouquets here.

Here’s hoping MR.B is reading this & takes the big fat HINT! 

Thank you so much for the flowers, Prestige Flowers!

*Disclaimer- I was sent this bouquet of flowers from Prestige flowers in exchange for an honest review, however all thoughts & opinions are that of my own. 

Friday, 29 September 2017

Protecting Babies Tushies- Sudocrem Care & Protect Review

When you have a baby you find yourself discussing things that you wouldn't have dreamt of discussing before. Bums are the perfect example of this. All of a sudden this area of the human body becomes a very important part of your life - colour of the bum, smoothness of the bum, which products to put on the bum & even what comes out of the bum is openly discussed with anyone who will listen!

As we all know, a baby's skin is delicate so what we put on it has to be delicate too. This is especially important for baby's bum because of all the nasties it encounters. 

When I was asked to try out Sudocrem Care & Protect on Isaac's delicate little bum I thought 'why not, I know the brand well & it'll give me another chance to talk about bums'!

Ever since having Jamie, 9 years ago, I have used the standard Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream. It always did the job I wanted it to (keeping those cute bums free from soreness) & that's why when I had Gracie-Mae & then Isaac, I stuck to the product I knew would work. The only problem with this product, in my opinion, is how thick & tacky it is - you can't really rub it in properly & little one is left with a big white patch on their skin. 

Sudocrem Care & Protect is different because it has a much smoother consistency & it rubs in beautifully. I also love the fact you can open the tube one-handed because more often than not I only have one hand available! 

On the first use I did squeeze a bit too hard & loads of cream came squirting out - I think I underestimated just how runny it would be. You can see the difference in consistency in the image below.

Sudocrem Care & Protect is a barrier ointment that has been specifically designed to help prevent nappy rash & can be used at every nappy change. It forms a protective barrier that seals in the skin's natural moisture & guards against infection. It also contains ingredients such as vitamin E & Pro Vitamin B5 to condition baby's delicate skin.

Overall it was a pleasure to use Care & Protect, I would say it works equally as well as the Antiseptic Healing Cream but soaks into the skin better & the fragrance is less medical (I put some on my hands because I liked the smell so much!)

Have you tried Sudocrem Care & Protect yet? What did you think?

*Disclaimer- I was sent this product in exchange for an honest review, however all thoughts & opinions are that of my own. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Recipe- Slow-Cooked Chilli Con Carne

Oh, slow cooker, you do make my life so much easier! You're like a personal chef, working hard all day in the kitchen while I do other, more exciting things - like laundry, doing the school run, & checking Instagram (again). Okay, so while cooking is pretty much my favourite thing to do when I'm at home, I know not everyone feels that way. On days you don't feel like cooking in the evening or life is just too hectic, this slow cooker chili con carne will hit the spot with little fuss. The best part is it makes at least 8 servings, so you can freeze half for another time.

All you have to do is brown the meat first, then stir together all the ingredients in the slow cooker & plug it in. To dress it up, top your hot bowls of chilli with sour cream, grated cheese or chopped green onion, then grab a spoon & dig in.

Now I will be honest with you, this was the first time I've made this chilli from scratch & even though it did taste nice, it wasn't the best. So if any of you guys have any tips to make it taste better, please send them my way! 

With just 10 minutes prep time & the Slow Cooker doing all the work, it really is a quick & easy meal to make. 

Ingredients- Serves 8
  • 900g Ground Beef
  • 1 1/2x Onion, diced
  • 1x Red Pepper, de-seeded & diced
  • 1x Green Pepper, de-seeded & diced
  • 1x Cup Celery, chopped
  • 1x Can Red Kidney Beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1x Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1x Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2x Tbsp Tomato Purée 
  • 2x Tbsp Wostershire Sauce
  • 5x Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 2x Tbsp Mild Chilli Powder
  • 2x Tsp Ground Cumin
  • Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper, to taste

1. Warm a large frying pan or pot over medium-high heat. Add the meat & cook, stirring frequently, until browned & any excess liquid is evaporated. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker with at least 5-quart capacity. 

2. Add the onion, red pepper, green pepper, celery, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic, chili powder, wostershire sauce, cumin, salt & pepper to the slow cooker. Stir to mix it all together.

3. Cover & cook on HIGH for 5 hours, or on LOW for 8 hours.

4. Serve with sour cream, grated cheese, & chopped green onion or chives.