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Monster Island - Movie Review

I love a good animated movie, so I was delighted to head into Central London to Warner Bros headquarters De Lane Lea, to watch the new animated movie Monster Island.

Monster Island follows Lucas a boy who's looking to fit in with his peers, Lucus is determined to convince his dad to let him go to a party, but Lucas's dad is adamant that Lucas is not quite ready. Lucas decides to break the rules and sneaks out to the party against his dads wishes, but all doesn't go to plan and when some of the kids decide to humiliate Lucas, he soon discovers his real identity when he transforms into a huge monster, but the explanation given by his dad is just not enough and Lucas yearns to find out more about who he is.

Curious about the stories of his past Lucus runs away in search for Monster Island to uncover the truth, he soon finds himself on a scary life-changing journey where he comes face-to-face with some scary looking monsters, but when Lucas learns the truth about his identity and his family background he realises being a monster isn't that bad after all.

Monster Island is a cool animated movie is full of adventure with at times very mild scary scenes, the movie is fun and entertaining with funny moments throughout, an entertaining movie for the whole family. Monster Island is in all good cinemas on the 21st July.

JML: Bubbles & Brunch with Phil Vickery

I was absolutely delighted to head to the Good Housekeeping Cookery School in Central London to the JML Bubbles and Brunch event with renowned chef Phil Vickery. Before the cookery demonstrations began we had the opportunity to feel and touch JML newest cookware and talk to the JML team and learn more about JMLs innovative creations courtesy of Ken Daly JML's CEO.

Phil Vickery showcased his stunning cookery skills and made an array of delicious dishes using the Grill Circle and Copper stone pans, (check out one of my favourite recipes below) we were stunned at the vast array of tasty healthy recipes we could cook.


Grill Circle: The cool looking JML Grill Circle allows a healthy grilling experience both inside and outside, the Grill Circle is a unique circular design with raised griddle bars to ensure an even cook. Phil Vickery gave a great demonstration and showed us the various way we can use the Grill Circle, from cooking salmon, prawn burgers to joints of meat, we even got to see how the flat cooking zone can be used to make sauces and eggs.

Copper Stone Pans: I quite simply love these pans not only do they look really cool, but they feel amazing to hold and use, the Copper Stone Pans are non-stick, scratch resistance and extremely durable, the most amazing feature is the non-stick ceramic surface which means that there's no need for any oil, which makes it the perfect healthy option choice when it comes to cookware. The Copper Pans come in three different sizes 20cm, 24cm, 28cm and range at price from £19.99 to £29.99.


Phil Vickery's Fresh Pineapple with Chilli and Vanilla Syrup

100ml cold water
150g caster sugar
1 vanilla pod (split with seeds removed)
1 small red chilli
55g butter
1 fresh pineapple sliced
200g greek yoghurt 

Step 1 - place the sugar and water into the copper stone pan, add chilli and vanilla pod and bring to the boil.
Step 2 - once boiled leave to cool ad infuse
Step 3 - in  a larger copper pans butter as the butter begins to brown ass the pineapple and brown on both sides until golden.
Step 4 - serve warm with a helping of greek yoghurt or ice cream.

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Heinz has launched four BRAND varieties of Heinz [Seriously] Good Sauces, the delicious range is versatile and ready to use, the new sauces include:

Creamy Chive Sauce -  Deliciously zingy and creamy sauce with chives and crème Fraiche. Ready to eat, it can also be used as a dip or add that extra something to summer classics such as salmon fillets or fish cakes.zingy and creamy with potatoes.

Creamy Pepper Sauce - A creamy and warming pepper sauce is perfect for a cheeky mid-week steak treat. For those who would prefer to avoid red meat, it is also delicious with chicken, giving a fresh and delicious twist to BBQs dishes.

Creamy Béarnaise  Sauce - Perfect with meats and fish, a french classic is made with chopped shallots and tarragon. Rich and buttery.

Creamy Tomato & Garlic Sauce - A rich and lively tomato and garlic sauce is perfect for chicken and grilled meat dishes.


Available in Sainsbury’s and Morrisons with an RRP of £1.99, these great tasting condiments are the perfect way to add excitement and liven up everyday meals, I recently had Sausages and Mash with a helping of Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Chive Sauce, it was delicious and gave a family favourite a completely new taste. Here are some delicious recipe inspirations using Heinz [Seriously] Good Sauces.

Classic steak sandwich

2 tbsp olive oil
50g butter
2 large onions, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
500g sirloin steak (about 2 large or 4 small)
100g rocket
1 baguette or 2 batons, halved
100g Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Pepper Sauce
Heat 1 tbsp of the oil and the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 10 mins, until golden and beginning to caramelise. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add the rest of the oil to the pan, and turn up the heat. Season the steaks and cook for 2-3 mins per side, or until done to your liking. Remove from the pan and leave to rest for 4-5 minutes before slicing.
Arrange the rocket over the halved baguette, then top with the onions followed by the steak. Spoon on the Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Pepper Sauce and sandwich together. Serve immediately.

Poached Salon & Asparagus Salad

8-10 sprigs tarragon
1 lemon, juiced
4 salmon fillets,
about 140g each
400g asparagus, trimmed
120g bag baby leaves
6 radishes, sliced
100g Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Béarnaise Sauce
1. Fill a large shallow pan with water and add 6 tarragon sprigs and half the lemon juice. Add a little salt and bring just to the boil, then slide in the salmon, turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and poach for 8-10 mins. Once cooked to your liking, remove from the pan, drain and leave to cool completely. Remove any skin.
2. Bring the water in the pan back to the boil, add the asparagus and blanch for 2 mins, then remove and cool under cold running water, drain well. Arrange the asparagus with the baby leaves and radishes on a serving plate. Flake over the cooled salmon. Mix the remaining lemon juice with the Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Béarnaise Sauce to loosen it, then drizzle over the salad. Chop the leaves of the remaining tarragon sprigs and scatter over the salad.

Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs

2 tbsp olive oil
500g sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
½ tsp cayenne
½ tsp cumin
1 can chopped tomatoes
4 eggs
4 heaped tbsp Heinz [Seriously] Good Chive Sauce
1 tbsp chives, snipped
Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the potatoes and fry for 2 minutes, then pour in 100ml water. Cover with a lid, turn down the heat a little and cook for 5 minutes, shaking the pan to move the potatoes every so often.
Turn the heat back up to high and add the onion and red pepper, fry for 1 minute, then pour in another 100ml water, cover, turn the heat down and cook for another 5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.
Add the garlic, cayenne, and cumin and cook for 1 minute before stirring in the tomatoes. Cook together for 1-2 minutes, then make 4 holes in the mixture. Break an egg into each hole then cover the pan and cook over a medium heat for another 5 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to your liking. serve, drizzle with the Heinz [Seriously] Good Chive Sauce and scatter over the snipped chives.

Jerk Prawn Tacos

2 avocados, stoned and chopped
1 lime, ½ juiced
500g raw shelled sustainable king prawns
2 tsp jerk seasoning
1 tbsp olive oil
8 soft corn tortillas, warmed
2 little gem lettuces, shredded
½ jar Heinz [Seriously] Good Tomato & Garlic Sauce
Handful fresh coriander leaves
For the pickled onions
1 lime, juiced
½ tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large red onion, finely sliced
First pickle the onion. In a bowl mix the lime juice, salt, sugar and olive oil, then stir in the sliced onion, turning it well in the mixture. Leave to pickle for at least 30 minutes.
Toss the avocados with the juice of half the lime and cut the other half into wedges. Toss the king prawns with the jerk seasoning, plus salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat the olive oil in a wok and stir-fry the prawns for 3-4 minutes until cooked through.
Top the tortillas with the lettuce, pickled onions, avocado, and prawns. Spoon over the Heinz [Seriously] Good Tomato & Garlic Sauce, then top with a few coriander leaves. Serve immediately with lime wedges for squeezing over.

For more recipe inspiration, visit heinz.co.uk

Super Sour Bear Yoyos

We love BEAR Yoyos, so we were excited to try the new Super Sour BEAR Yoyos which come in three delicious pure fruit rolls Sour Strawberry and  Apple, Sour Blackcurrant and Apple,  Sour Mango and Apple.

Yoyo's Sour Yoyo's come in individual packs or boxes of five, each individual pack contains 2 fruit rolls, free collectable cards inside and are perfect for lunch boxes and a great healthy snack

Sour BEAR Yoyos only contain 100% pure fruit & veg, with no added sugar and never from concentrates, and high in fibre perfect as one of your 5 a day. We love the zingy sour taste of the sour Yoyos's they taste amazing. For more information check out Bearnibbles.co.uk/yoyos-sours.

Feeling Fresh with Soft And Gentle

It's important that I feel fresh especially during work when I'm meeting and greeting parents. I generally carry a small deodorant in my bag for on the go freshness so I can top of during the day. whatever your needs this summer Soft and Gentle has a range suitable for you.
0% Aluminium free range -  These beautifully scented deodorants are kind on the skin and are perfect for those with sensitive skin as they contain no aluminum, parabens or alcohol, the 0% Aluminium range comes in three fragrances:

Active - a fresh and lightweight scent of green tea.
Floral - a fresh and lightweight scent of roses.
Care -  a fresh and lightweight scent of coconut water.

Soft and Gentle aluminum free is scientifically developed with natural plant extracts providing sweat and odour protection. Whichever fragrance you chose you will stay fresh all day.

Soft And Gentle Compressed - These compressed sized deodorants are perfect for me, the great thing is that you have the same amount of deodorant but the amount of gas in the can has been reduced.

This means that the 75ml compressed can feels lighter than the old 150ml can due to the reduction of gas. but the double high concentrated deodorant will last as long as the old can, which is great news for those like myself who like deodorant on the go. The New Compressed Soft and Gentle deodorant still offers a 48-hour protection and leaves no white marks.

The Soft and Gente range can be found at Boots, ASDA and Superdrug RRP £2.99.