Friday, 24 March 2017

Vegetable Spicy Chilli Crumble

A few weeks at my healthy eating cooking class which take place at Chequers Cookery School in Deal, we have made a vegetarian meal because it is full of all the goodness that we need and it is low in fat. Vegetarian food is normally lower in fat because it is meat that is fatty. This is actually one of the most enjoyable meals that we have made at my healthy eating cooking class. It wasn't to spicy so Tilly ate it too. Crumble is often associated with a dessert but you can use it as a savoury dish too

Ingredients

125g Canned red kidney beans
125g Canned butter beans or something similar
1 Red onion (peeled and finely chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (peeled and crushed)
500g Mixed vegeteables, Diced
1 Can Copped tomatoes
1/4 Teaspoon of chilli flakes or 1 fresh chilli
1 Tablespoon of tomato puree
2 Bay leaves
1 Cinnamon stick or 1/4 teaspoon of cinamon
1 Teaspoon of cummin
1 Tablespoon of mild paprika
Salt and pepper
Handful of fresh coriander




For the topping

126g Cheese
250g Plain flour and a pinch of salt
125g Butter

What do you need to do?

You need to pop all of your measured spices in a bowl and chop all the veg into small pieces, dice the carrot smaller as it takes longer to cook. Drain and rinse your beans off.



Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the garlic, chilli and onion for 5 minutes


Add all the spices, tomato paste, and vegetables into the pan and stir well. Then add the beans and tomatoes ( including the tomato juice). Add 150mls of water and bring to the boil. It will look like there isn't enough water int he pan, but this is fine. The vegetables contain water and as the veg cooks, it will release some of the water. When its boiled, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 25 minutes or until the veg is tender.



Place the flour in the mixing bowl and add the butter. Rub the butter into the flour to form a crumble and add the cheese in there too


Chop the coriander and leave to one side for the moment, place the vegetable in to an oven proof dish and add the coriander. Make sure there isn't too much water when you place it in your oven proof dish, otherwise your crumble will get too soggy, you need just enough liquid to stop it getting too dry to eat. Sprinkle the crumble on the top and place in the oven at 200 degrees/ gas mark 6 for 25 minutes.




Eat it on its own or with a side dish like a salad or a jacket potato. For more details of the classes please pop over to chequersdeal.co.uk or cal them on 01304 362 288

Thursday, 23 March 2017

My Thoughts On The Terror Attacks Of London

I knew the time would come when I would have to explain terrorism to my child. But we live in a sad world where it seems to be everywhere! After seeing the shocking images on TV after the terrorist attack in London yesterday, I found myself explaining to my 7 year old that this doesn't happen all the time. But sadly with the campaign of terror stepped up over the world, it is getting more common. We have stood with the world as their cities were mindlessly attacked and innocent people killed and now the world is standing with us.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

No Strings Attached Cordless Straighteners Review

I was asked to review some No Strings Attached Cordless Straighteners from Lee Stafford, now anyone that knows me, will know that I like doing my long hair in to different styles and quite often If I am travelling to London, I can be seen plugging my straighteners or curling wand into the plugs that are there for your laptop or mobile phone.... because commuters love the smell of my burnt hair first thing in the morning!


Other than that, because I work on a Fragrance counter for Superdrug, I like to do my hair, because my appearance helps to sell the fragrance. So being the busy mum that I am often trying to do my hair for work, whilst looking after my 7 year old daughter and having to run about making her breakfast, getting her PE kit together, finding her missing shoe, making sure she cleans her teeth...... the list is never ending! So I have to get up early to be able to straighten my hair in peace and quiet. When I was asked to review these, I thought how fantastic! I could run about the house getting Tilly ready whilst doing my hair.



When they arrived I was surprised that they were so heavy, The Straighteners come with the cordless straightener, a base to pop them in to heat up, a little bag for the straighteners and a heat mat. I had wanted a heat mat for a long time, so This was a bonus for me. The base is very heavy, so it isn't the kind of product that you would want to take on holiday, it would really weigh your luggage down. Also it is not the type of product that I could throw into my handbag and do my hair on the way to London. You could however use it as a corded product if you are travelling.



The straighteners fit into the base and they warm up, Then you remove them to do your hair, My hair is long and not particularly thick so I started to do my hair, after about five minutes and completing a few sections of my hair, they needed to go back into the heating base to warm up again. This took a few minutes to warm up again and then I could do my hair again for another five minutes. I felt that they never stayed warm enough to straighten my hair properley and that as soon as you removed them from the heating base, they started to cool down. This resulted in my hair not straightening properley.

Before straightening with cordless straighteners

After straightening with the cordless tongs 

The travel bag is big enough for the straightener and the cord but not the base, So I would have liked to see the a bigger bag to pop everything into. The straighteners heat up to 230 degrees, which I prefer. I currently have some Coco Loco Straighteners from Lee Stafford and they heat up to 200 degrees, I do prefer the hotter straighteners as I like to get poker straight hair. The straighteners are very hot when fully heated and you need to be careful when holding them as they get hot on the outside of the metal plates, but this makes them really good for curling your hair, because there is a  lot of heat. They don't come with adjustable heat either, so you have to wait for them to cool down a bit if you don't want to use them at the 230 degrees.

I really like the idea of these straighteners as you can use it as you are getting ready around the house, but feel to use them as cordless straighteners, my hair is too long. So you do have the option of adding the cord from the base into the straighteners, this gives you the corded option again which is better for popping in your handbag or suitcase for a holiday - but then you are back to the corded straighteners.

I think that these are perfect if your hair is shorter and you have the time to keep heating up the straighteners, but unfortunately, they didn't seem to suit my hair.  The concept is good but the reality not so! You can get these from Amazon for £49.99 and free delivery with Amazon Prime.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Jobs in the UK: Searching, Finding, and Landing Trends


Finding a job in the UK can be a daunting task. It requires a lot of commitment and pure drive. While it is possible to just land a job by pure luck, it is invaluable to learn and understand the current trends in the job market in order to be completely successful in your career.

Social media dominates the current social climate. It is difficult to turn anywhere without someone posing for and posting an Instagram photo, making a Snapchat video or using Facebook live. The importance of social media is not lost on the job market. In fact, 79 percent of people looking for a job turn to social media to help with their search. LinkedIn is not the only website for job seekers anymore. Facebook and even Snapchat users can utilize more creative ways of going about networking for a job. Online job search companies are certainly a useful addition to the currently used social media accounts. After doing the necessary research on where the best places are to find a job in the UK – Leeds for instance ranking the 4th best city – you can use these resources to find the perfect job for you, it’s as easy as typing ‘jobs in Leeds’ in the search bar, and away you go

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Coronation Street Grooming Story Is Mirroring My Life

Coronation Street is really good for highlighting real life problems as well as the obvious story lines that possibly couldn't be true. But their latest story line involving Bethany Platt has really hit a nerve with me. From the moment that Nathan started to 'befriend' her, I knew where the story was going. What makes this story line harder to deal with is that The victim is called Bethany, the same name as my own daughter who was 'befriended' by an evil man Nathan. This man also turned out to be a paedophile and although he never got found out to be offering my daughter to a paedophile ring, He did get my daughter pregnant and offer their unborn child to other paedophiles on the dark web.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Childline And NSPCC App To Help Vulnerable Children



Yesterday the NSPCC’s Childline  launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their smartphone in the UK and Channel Islands. NSPCC and Childline have always been there to help when my kids were younger and needed advice on a variety of things. more recently they have been good with advice on internet grooming after my daughter was groomed online by a paedophile. The app is called ‘For Me’ and was invented by four teenagers who wanted to make technology benefit the community and realised there was an urgent need for young people to have easy access to confidential advice and support. The app is now available as a free download with users being able to interact with all of Childline’s online services.

A Most Very Special Birthday Treat From Tiffany's

I really don't know how to start this post as we spent a very magical day with the wonderful staff at Tiffany's In Westfield on Sunday. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how wonderful the customer service was in Tiffany's when my child ran in looking like an urchin from a Charles Dickins book, okay she wasn't that bad but you know how we worry as mums and that was how I saw her that day. The staff were so lovely and one of them Sahar spent time showing her around the store. You can read about it here. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Making Mothers Day Cards With Gel-A-Peel

Mothers day is fast approaching and as I have been a mother for 24 years, I do like to get a gift that is home made, this way it is made from the heart and filled with unconditional love. I also know that when the older three were little, they would be so proud when they gave me a home made gift. Even if it wan't very good, they would give it to me with the biggest grin because they were so proud. Now with Tilly being 7 years old, I get to enjoy this whole experience all over again, because there really is nothing more special than something your child has put effort in to.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

How Do You Use The Black Hole Or Tornado On Snatch?

So I have been playing Snatch for three weeks now and it is safe to say that I have become slightly addicted to it. I am not quite on the verge of Snatchers Anonymous yet, but its close! So the more I play the game, the more I am learning and I really want to share the the tips with you guys.

So the Super weapons! What are they and what do they do?

Thursday, 9 March 2017

A Birthday Letter To Tilly On Her 7th Birthday

Dear Tilly

I can hardly believe you aree 7 years old. Seven is a funny number because it is lucky, so I am sure you will have so much luck for the next year. God only knows you deserve some. You're only 7 years old but you have had your fair share of life disappointments and sadness, but you have over come all of it and you are blossoming into a beautiful little girl. I am so proud to say to people 'Actually that's my kid!'. Seven is so special for you too because you have waited so long to start Brownies. Your big sister is a Brownie leader and your name went on the list as soon as you were born, in fact possibly before you were born. Kim decided that getting your name on doctors lists, the best nurseries and everything else was less important than Brownies. So today is a special day for her too.

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