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Chow Mein


To celebrate Chinese New Year in 2018, why not rustle up this deliciously quick and easy Chow Mein recipe to celebrate Chinese New Year, the original recipe from Ken Hom contains no meat, but I decided to add some beef steak and a couple of green chillies to my recipe.

Ingredients:
225g dried or fresh egg noodles
1 1/2 tbsp groundnut or vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
50g  carrots, shredded
50g  mangetout, trimmed and shredded
3 tbsp spring onions, finely chopped on the diagonal
1 red pepper, shredded
pinch sugar
2 tsp light soy sauce
2 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil, plus more to serve
1tbsp rice wine
1 medium beef steak sliced thinly

Method:
  1. Cook the noodles following the packet instructions. Drain and cool 
  2. Transfer to a bowl and toss with the sesame oil. Set aside
  3. Heat the wok over a high heat and add the groundnut oil once it starts smoking, stir-fry the garlic for 10 seconds, then add the carrots, mangetout, spring onions and red pepper.
  4. If you are adding beef them stir-fry until browned and cooked.
  5.  add the noodles, sugar, soy sauces, rice wine, season with white pepper and salt. Drizzle over a little sesame oil and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Recipe from Ken Hom Chow Mein Recipe

Chinese New Year 2018


To Celebrate and welcome in the Year of the Dog head into London this Sunday where you can join in the celebrations, each year thousands of people head to London's West End to enjoy the spectacular parade which is organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association.

When: Sunday 18 February 2018
Where: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
Cost: No tickets required

The festivities kick off with a vibrant parade in and around Chinatown, followed by spectacular free stage performances in Trafalgar Square, explore the festivities and family frindly actvities from martial art displays and a range of traditional Chinese street food, head over to Trafalgar Square which will hosts the main stage.
The highlights of the day - There are FIVE Celebration Zones, including the Main Celebration Zone, Talent & Community Zone, Family & Children Zone, Martial Arts & Cultural Zone and the Food & Cuisine Zone

10:00: Opening parade
12:50: Dragon Dance and Flying Lion Dance performance at the Trafalgar Square Stage
13:15: Variety show by the Festival of Springs, Culture of China troupe, presenting an exciting mix of cultural dance and performance by top performers across China
14:45 Hong Kong Traditional Music Group Artemisia performing Chinese songs with Silk Road cultural influences
15:20 World renown Chinese Soprano Ms. He Wu
After 4pm: Surprise appearance of TV celebrity, Fashion Stylist and DJ, Gok Wan
17:30 Finale: Year of the Dog Finale on the Trafalgar Square Stage, cultural live performances, Lion Dance and pyrotechnics, with a spectacular pyrotechnic show.

For the latest updates on the day of the Chinese New Year London celebrations, follow the official #CNYLondon hashtag on social media. For more information check out www.visitlondon.com

The Perfect Valentines Gift For Cheese Lovers


I love cheese and with Valentines Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate then with this beautiful heart shaped red wax truckle filled with the finest vintage Cheddar. This delicious vintage cheddar is crafted in the heart of Somerset with love.

The Cheddar has been matured for over 15 months to give it a smooth, yet silky texture, with a very slight crunch, Perfect to eat on its own or accompanied with your favourite dish. Here are a couple of ideas so why not try these classic ingredients to help mark the day in style?

Strawberries and chocolate: Roughly break up the chocolate and place into a microwavable bowl. Place the bowl into a microwave and gradually warm, making sure to check every 10 seconds, giving a stir to check. Once you are happy that the chocolate is melted through, get your strawberries and gently dip. Place each dipped strawberry onto a tray/plate. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set. Sorted!

Figs and Honey:  Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Get 8 ripe figs, your favourite honey and some butter. Halve your figs and place onto a parchment lined baking tray. Put a small knob of butter onto each half then drizzle with a teaspoon of honey. Place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until soft and gooey.

Olives: Olives make a great partner for cheese and lots of them. Just dot them artfully around the board, simple and the perfect complement to our cheese!

Elderflower Prosecco: Pour 10ml of elderflower cordial into a champagne flute fill to the top with chilled Prosecco. Dress to impress by placing a fresh raspberry on.


The 400g Red Love Heart Cheddar Truckles are available for a limited time at WykeFarms.com/shop


Personalised Valentines Day Gifts With GiftsOnline4U


We all love to give and receive gifts, with so many special occasions coming this year I'm definitely looking to find unique and special gifts that I know my loved ones will love and cherish, and nothing is more special than a personalised gift, especially on Valentines Day.

I was ever so delighted to receive this beautiful Engraved Silver Heart Pendant from GiftsOnline4U, the stunning stainless steel heart pendant comes complete with two hearts, the front heart has a cut out heart design which looks amazing, the second heart is plain which makes it perfect for engraving a special message unique to you and the recipient, when you order the silver heart pendant online you have the opportunity to engrave your very own special message. My personalised  silver heart pendant has engraved Someone Special which is what my husband chose when I placed my order, I really love that I now have a necklace that not only looks amazing but it has a special message straight from the heart.


This stunning Engraved Heart Pendant came in a stylish grey velvet presentation box, you also have the option to include a greeting card and small gift bag which mean the gift will be ready to gift.
This Silver Engraved Heart Pendant is the perfect gift for that special loved one this Valentine’s, birthdays, Christmas or just because they are someone special. My order arrived within a few days, but there also is the option to order next day delivery or you can opt to use the free delivery service which I did, this mean you you get your gift within 2-7 days. The personalised Heart Pendant is made of stainless steel, the pendant is approx 30mm x 30mm with the necklace length around 18in in length.


I really enjoyed browsing GiftsOnline4U, the website is easy to use and navigate around, I found it really easy to select which occasion I would like to browse or whom you wish to buy for, this really helped me narrow down suitable gifts, in each drop down menu there is an array of personalised and unique gifts to choose from along with a Valentines Day gift section which will take you directly to all the Valentines products, there is defiantly something for everyone.

GiftsOnline4U offers hundreds of wonderful engraved gifts for all occasions, featuring a range of unique and personalised gifts for every special occasion imaginable. GiftsOnline4U  recently launched some stunning new designs of  which feature personalised glassware including pint glasses, tankards, tumblers and flutes, along with some Valentine’s themed Gifts from engraved photo frames

So this Valentines Day why not treat yourself or someone you love to a personalised gift, not only will it make their day but it will be the perfect keepsake. if you would like to see more Personalised Valentines Gifts or Engraved Gifts For Her check out www.giftsonline4u.com.

Time To Celebrate With Intercake


If you know me or follow me on Instagram you will most defiantly know that I love CAKE, I get quite excited at the thought of a slice of cake, but no cake tastes better then a celebration cake and last weekend it was my husbands Birthday, so what better way to celebrate than by designing your very own cool looking personalised celebration cake with Intercake.


Designing our cake was really easy, simply choose which image you would like on your cake and  pop into selected stores of Asda and Morrisons and upload your photo through iPhone or USB or scan in a printed photo, you can even add borders and a personalised message, you then get a receipt which you hand to the bakery staff who print your image and add it to your iced cake.

  

We opted for a large sized cake which was only £16, we were really happy with the finished result, best of all my husband loved the cake, not only did it look amazing but the soft sponge filled with raspberry buttercream topped with a generous layer of icing, every bite was absolutely delicious.


If you are looking for a Personalised Photo Cake for a special occasion than Intercake is a perfect choice, and as Valentines Day is approaching why not make a personalised photo cake for that special someone.


A small cake serves 22 people and costs £12 and the large cakes serve 40 and costs £16. The cakes comes in vanilla sponge with raspberry jam and buttercream filling and chocolate with chocolate buttercream filling (small only). Cake toppers can also be designed and ordered online in just a few simple clicks. Intercake kiosks can be found at Asda and Morrisons, to read more about Intercake and where you can get yours visit https://www.intercake.com.