The Sunday Bake service with Stork and John Whaite

Stork with butter

Great British Bake off winner launches new social media baking service, John Whaite has teamed up with Stork to help you avoid baking blunders.The service which has launched on Stork’s social media channels has tips from John Whaite, a baker who knows a thing or two about creating a show-stopping bake. The tips are aimed at everyone who’s ever wanted to bake, as well as hints and recipe inspiration on Sundays

The Stork with Butter Sunday Bake service has launched on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and to give you some ideas of what you can expect here are a couple of delicious recipes. I had a go and making these very simple Spiced Lamb Pasties, which were very moreish a deliciously tasty.

lamb pasies  lamb pasties recipe

Spiced Lamb Pasties.

    


Makes 4
For the Pastry
250g plain flour
¼ tsp table salt
125g Stork with Butter
1 large egg
2tbsp. cold water

For the Filling
250g 20% fat lamb mince
100g frozen peas, defrosted
100g coarsely grated sweet potato
½ tsp table salt
½ tsp finely ground black pepper
2 tsp ground coriander 
1 tsp ground cumin 
1 tsp ground allspice/pimento 
½ tsp ground cinnamon 
50g toasted pine nuts      
75g feta cheese, crumbled
Zest of 1 large lemon  
To glaze 
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tsp water 

Method 
For the pastry, toss together the flour and salt then add the Stork with Butter and rub it into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix together the water and egg and add to the flour. Use a dough scraper or butter knife to cut the liquid into the dry ingredients. When it starts to clump together, use your hands to press the mixture into a smooth paste. Wrap the pastry in cling, roll into a short, stout sausage, and chill for at least an hour. 
For the filling, mix the ingredients together until very well combined. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 4. 
To assemble, take the pastry from the fridge and cut it into 4 fat discs. Flour the worktop and a rolling pin, and roll each disc out into a circle of about 18cm in diameter. Place a quarter of the filling onto one half of each pastry circle, leaving a good 2cm margin from the edge of the pastry then fold the empty half of pastry up and over the filling. Crimp the edges to form the classic pasty shape. Glaze the pasties liberally and place, well-spaced, onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Drip Cake.


Suggested serving 14-16 
For the Cake 
300ml boiling water
450gm dark brown muscavado
180g Stork with Butter
150gm caster sugar
6 large eggs
360ml buttermilk
120gm cocoa powder
480g self-raising flour
1tsp bicarb powder
For the Buttercream 
350g Stork with Butter 
350g Sunpat smooth peanut butter 
500g icing sugar 
For the Chocolate Drip 
75g dark chocolate chips 
75g double cream 

To Decorate 
A selection of your favourite chocolates (Reese’s peanut butter cups and chopped Curly wurly’s are a great topping)

Equipment 
3 x 20cm loose bottomed cake tins 
Small offset palette knife or any other knife if you don’t have a palette knife
Flat cake/dough scraper or you can use the knife again
20cm cake card, stand or plate
Icing turntable or plate to put the cake on
Piping bag fitted with large open star nozzle 

Method
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Grease and line the bases of 3 x 20cm loose-bottom cake tins. 
For the cake, dissolve the dark muscovado sugar in the boiling water and set aside until needed. In a mixing bowl using an electric handheld mixer, or in a KitchenAid fitted with paddle attachment, cream together the Stork with Butter and caster sugar until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat after each addition. Add the buttermilk along with the cocoa powder, and beat until smooth. Sift over the flour and bicarb and beat just until incorporated, then slowly pour in the sugar-water mixture, beating. Once you have a smooth batter, divide between the cake tins and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then invert 
onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
For the buttercream whisk together the Stork with Butter and peanut butter until very pale and fluffy – about 5 minutes. Then add the icing sugar and whisk again for a further 5 minutes until very pale. 
When the cakes are cooled, sandwich them together with a layer of buttercream in between each cake. Put the cake onto the cake card and onto an icing turntable (if using) and with the small offset palette knife, spread a generous helping of buttercream over the top and sides of the cake – be careful not to touch the cake with the palette knife to avoid mixing crumbs into the buttercream. Get the top and sides as smooth and sharp as possible, and then chill the cake for 20 minutes. Put the leftover buttercream into the piping bag.  
Meanwhile make a ganache by placing the chocolate chips into a heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan bring the cream to a simmer, remove it from the heat, and then pour it over the chocolate chips. Wait for 30 seconds then whisk together into a smooth, glossy ganache.
Pour a little ganache over the top of the cake and coax it towards the edges of the cake allowing it to run down the sides.  Chill for 10 minutes. 

To finish decorating, pile a selection of various chocolates and sweets on top of the cake – this looks better not quite central and herded together in one area.  

Check out www.bakewithstork.com for these and more delicious recipes,

Me To You Online - Fathers Day Competition and 20% Off Discount Code


I'm delighted to collaborate with Me To You to share with my readers this amazing Fathers Day competition where you could win £50 pounds worth of Me To You Fathers Day goodies for your Dad or Grandad, To enter simply click this link Me To You Online - Fathers Day Competition and you will go straight to the Me To You website where entry is simple. The Me To You competition closes on the 12 June so what are you waiting for. Good Luck

Thanks to Me To You I can offer my readers an exclusive discount of 20% simply use this voucher code at the checkout  mummybeautiful20 which gives 20% off  until Midnight on Fathers Day.

Enjoy the discount and Good Luck with the competition x

About Me to You Online.
Me to You Online is the largest specialist retailer of the adorable Tatty Teddy ranges. Established in 2006 and holding nearly 10,000 different products featuring the Me to You Bear brand, customers are guaranteed to find the perfect bear, card or gift for a huge range of occasions. They also hold a large catalogue of past releases and Limited Editions not available as standard stock.


NEW WALKERS BUGLES

NEW WALKERS BUGLES

I do like a nice savoury snack, especially of a weekend whilst curling up on the sofa watching a movie, So I was really intrigued to try Walkers Bugles. Walkers Bugles are a delicious new savory corn snack which comes in cool cone shapes.

WALKERS BUGLES corn crisp

Walkers Bugles look amazing and taste ever so delicious and crunchy and very very moreish. Walkers Bugles comes in three delicious flavours.

WALKERS BUGLES Sour Cream and Black Pepper

Sour Cream and Black Pepper - My son loved these, A delicate taste of the sour cream with a light peppery taste.

WALKERS BUGLES Cheese

Cheese - If you are a cheese fan then you will love these cheesy crunchy corn crisp.

WALKERS BUGLES Southern Style BBQ

Southern Style BBQ - These have to be my favorite, I love the BBQ flavour very morish and my new go to snack.


Walkers Bugles are available in all major supermarkets from May 2016. Available in sharing bags of 110g at RRP £1.99, multipacks of six 20g bags at RRP £1.50 and as single bags of 30g at RRP £0.57.

Keep up to date on exciting news about Walkers Bugles www.walkers.co.uk





I was given these delicious Walker Bugles to share my honest thoughts.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste


Fasten your seat belt and get your taste buds ready! Cadbury Dairy Milk gets the choc on the road with the UK’s first ever Monster Truck Taxi. The impressive vehicle was specially created to celebrate the launch of the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste and bring Brits chunks of deliciousness and a ride to remember.

Dwarfing all cabs on the roads, the Big Taste Monster Truck Taxi is 9ft tall and weighs a whopping 1.5 tonnes. Adorned with the iconic Cadbury purple, the car will open its doors to chocolate fans all around the country that are curious to discover the thrilling taste sensation of the new bars in the range: Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Toffee Whole Nut, Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Oreo Crunch and Cadbury Dairy Milk Triple Choc Sensation.


The Big Taste Monster Truck Taxi takes to the streets of London and will then set off on a journey across the country, making a stop in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool where it will give chocolate fans the chance to enjoy an exhilarating experience inside the cab, as well as sample some delicious new product. Giant wheels are in motion for an epic adventure that will take all your senses on a joyful ride, so what are you waiting for!

Big Taste Monster Truck Taxi will be touring the nation on the following days:

27th May – London, King’s Cross
29th May – Liverpool, One Paradise Place
31st May – Manchester, Wellington Statue
2nd June – Birmingham, Bullring

As if that wasn’t enough, chocolate fans will have a chance to grab a seat in the Big Taste Monster Truck Taxi and enjoy an epic experience like no other- keep your eyes peeled for more details.

To keep up to date on exciting news about Cadbury, visit www.facebook.com/cadburyUK or tweet @CadburyUK.#TastesLikeThisFeels


Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste is available now in most major supermarkets
Weight: 300g
RRP: £3.49

LEGO: Marvel Avengers

LEGO: Marvel Avengers

We were delighted to attend a recent LEGO Marvel screening at the Odeon Cinema Covent Garden London.

Marvel Avengers event  LEGO building

When we arrived we were spoilt for choice as there were lots of activities to keep us occupied before the screening began, the kids enjoyed colouring in and had the opportunity to build their very own Lego creations.


They also had the opportunity to test their gaming skills as they played LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on PlayStation 4.

iron man

It was great to get to meet the larger than life superheroes when we had some fun photo opportunities with the marvel characters and as huge Marvel fans we were really excited to watch a couple of episodes from Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution Season 3-  It was great to watch our all time favorite superheroes defend the world from Ultron.


Thank you for a fantastic Day LEGO.

WIN A HASBRO TOY BUNDLE FOR NOVOTEL SUPERHEROES DAY!

 WIN A HASBRO TOY BUNDLE FOR NOVOTEL SUPERHEROES DAY!

On Saturday 04 June 2016, Novotel hotels invite families to enjoy a FREE family fun day at any of their 33 Novotel hotels in the UK.  To celebrate they are offering one lucky winner the chance to win the ultimate toy bundle. Filled with products that every superhero will be excited by from brands including Play-Doh, My Little Pony, and Frozen from Hasbro as well as Fruit Heroes, the perfect snacks to fuel young caped crusaders and the first children’s fruit snack to be accredited under 5% free sugar with the Sugarwise label. 

KAPOW! From fighting to save the planet, undertaking missions from the Craft Captain to creating some tasty delights (no Kryptonite allowed near by) there is a whole host of activities available for children aged 5 to 11 years old.

BLAM! There will also be fun in store for Mum and Dad! All activities are designed so that parents can participate with their little heroes.

Kripes! And every superhero gets a goodie bag filled with products! 

Places are limited so make sure you secure your space today by registering at www.novotelheroes.co.uk 

If you are looking for your next family getaway don’t forget that kids stay and eat breakfast for free at Novotel hotels in the UK. Most Novotel hotels also feature a dedicated kids corner to help keep kids entertained. Families can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi so they can share their photos and holiday stories with friends and loved ones, or even send a digital postcard home from the Moncierge virtual concierge in the Novotel lobbies.

Now You Can WIN a Hasbro Toy Bundle Ahead Of Novotel Superheroes Day. (One Lucky winner could win this cool bundle See Image*)
*The winner will receive one toy bundle including one product from each of the following Hasbro brands, Play – Doh, My Little Pony and Frozen contents could vary.

Hasbro Toys Bundle


More competitions at www.theprizefinder.com

Motor Show 2016 - Our Highlights


We were really excited to attend the Motor Show in London's Battersea Evolution Centre, The kids were super excited and my husband couldn't wait to explore.


When we arrived we were greeted by some cool looking crash test dummies and an array of cars set outside,

Inside the Evolution Centre was a host of cars from my son favourite car the Nissan G8 to BMW's which is my husband favourite whilst my youngest  adored the dodge viper.


There were so many car brands and models which really made our day, we also had the opportunity to see the cool Bloodhound the supersonic land vehicle.


The kids were so excited to explore and take photographs beside their favourite cars, unfortuanlty we didnt get a chance to listen to the guest speakers but with so much to see and do we followed the kids lead and enjoyed exploring.

  

By the time we left the Motor Show my feet ached, we had such a fantastic day and most defiantly will look forward to the next Motor show,


For more information on the show and its highlights visit TheLondonMotorShow.co.uk.

Fifties Fashion



There is something about the fifties fashion that is just magical, the puffy skirts and halter neck tops and bolero tops, styled together or separately they all can look so elegant, I adore the trousers styles of the fifties so here is my favourite outfit from Vivien Holloway.

Vivien Holloway produces beautiful dresses and separates all made in the UK with an authentic vintage style that will fit and flatter modern figures and ease of care to suit modern lifestyles.


I love this classic looking 3 /4 length sleeve shirt it looks very elegant, perfect for this summer season. £39.99


Everyone who knows me, knows I love this style of trouser, these 1940s Swing Trousers 
    would go perfectly with the crisp white shirt. £55.00


Most women will understand when I say you can never have enough bags and this one is perfect Pin up Lips Clutch Pearl
£49.00

If you would like to know more about Vivien Holloway then visit www.vivienofholloway.com..

CADBURY DAIRY MILK MEDLEY

 CADBURY DAIRY MILK MEDLEY

We love chocolate so we were delighted to get our hands on the delicious new Cadbury Dairy Milk Medley, Cadbury Dairy Milk Medley bars are delicious new chocolate bars and come in two tasty varieties.

CADBURY DAIRY MILK MEDLEY bar

We love this delicious medley of dark chocolate chips and ,with sweet caramelised hazelnuts, along with the raspberry pieces that give it a little kick.My son loved the sweet twang of the raspberries.

DAIRY MILK MEDLEY raspberry and hazelnut

This Cadbury Medley bar is delightful and full of flavour.

New CADBURY DAIRY MILK MEDLEY

I love this irresistible combination this defiantly had to be my personal favourite, filled with dark chocolate chips and soft fudge pieces and crunchy biscuit, this melt in your mouth medley bar is very morish,

DAIRY MILK MEDLEY crunchy biscuit and fudge

We love the new irresistible Medley bars, unfortunately, I had to share, so I'll be purchasing a bar for some late night munchies over the weekend.

 For further details head to www.cadbury.co.uk.

Our Big Night In With Pee Wee's Big Holiday

Our Big Night In - With Pee Wee's Big Holiday

 We had never watched Pee Wee, So we were super excited to take part in Pee Wee Big Holiday, to help us enjoy ever minute of the movie we were given a cool watch kit, the watch it was the perfect opportunity to watch the movie using our watch it map we could locate each scene of the movie on our map and open the corresponding package, it was a really fun way to watch the movies and join in and the kids loved it.

Netflix Pee Wee's Big Holiday

Pee Wee's Big Holiday is a fun family movie which follows Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) who is a fun yet young at heart character, Pee Wee has never left his small hometown fairville, But one day Pee Wee meets a cool looking stranger who inspires Pee Wee to take his first ever holiday. Pee Wee sets off on an exciting trip but all is not what it seems, as Pee Wee finds himself  encountering lots of interesting people on his way. Check out this funny trailer.


Pee Wee's Big Holiday is a fun filled movie with lots of laughs that kids and adults alike will enjoy, the perfect Netflix Night in. It was great to watch Pee Wee set off on his first ever holiday which was defiantly an unforgettable adventure.

Pee Wee's Big Holiday

Check out Netflix for this fun family movie and more




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PERSIL BIO CAPSULES: GIVING OUR KIDS EVEN MORE MESSY PLAY

 PERSIL BIO CAPSULES POUCH

We love these  Persil Capsules as they are great for removing dirt and grime and left my clothes smelling amazing, but if you head down to your local shop you will find these cool pouches which now have two extra capsules in every pouch,  which is great for value for money. Persil  Capsules are tough on stain removal the biological detergent offers everything you need for effective stain removal.

CLOSE UP OF  PERSIL BIO CAPSULES

Persil understands that ‘Dirt is Good’, and thanks to the added capsules in the new Persil Mono Capsules pouches, you can say yes to more messy adventures. Puddle jumping, practising cartwheels in the park, painting their next masterpiece – wherever the mess comes from, Persil Mono Capsules are on hand to spin it away.

Clare Logan, Brand Manager for Persil, says: “We’re really excited to offer consumers even better value through the addition of two extra Persil Mono Capsules in our new pouches, compared to the previous packs. We believe that dirt is good – so we’re thrilled to be able to give households up and down the country more opportunities to enjoy messy play through the extra capsules – knowing that wherever the dirt comes from, Persil is on hand with its powerful stain removal to take care of it.”  


The newly designed Persil Mono Capsules pouches not only contain extra capsules, but they have 70% less plastic. They are available in 12, 22 and 38 packs – with the 12 and 22 pack containing two extra capsules and the 38 pack containing three extra capsules.




I was given some Persil Mono Capsules, However, all thoughts are that of my own.

Sown And Grown


Breakfast is a really important part of the day, so I was really excited to try Sown and Grown.
Sown and Grown is a delicious range of Granola and Muesli which  comes in six delicious varieties.


Sown and Grown were developed by husband & wife team Phil & Rachel Toms, Sown and Grown contains only British grains. I love that the Sown and Grown range come in these cool looking tubes which are not only great for storage but it also helps keep the grains fresher for longer. Sown & Grown comes in six varieties and exclusive to Sainsbury's, we were delighted to try....

 Sown and Grown Muesli - Mixed Berry and Nut

Sown and Grown Muesli - Mixed Berry and Nut: This was delightful I had this with some ice cold milk it was delicious, the dried berries gave a hint of sweetness.

 Sown and Grown Granola - Apple and Blackcurrant:

Sown and Grown Granola - Apple and Blackcurrant: This is delicious I could resist nibbling on it directly from the pot, it tasted lovely I really couldn't stop eating this, I love this granola with some natural yoghurt and fresh fruit it tastes delicious. I will defiantly be purchasing this again.

Sown and Grown are delicious as an everyday breakfast or great as a snack, for more information check out Great Little Grains or head down to your local Sainsbury's store and but some you won't be disappointed,

Star Wars Day: with Star Wars 4Kids Pasta Shapes

Star Wars 4Kids Pasta Shapes Tin

Most of you may already know that is was Star Wars day this week, so to help celebrate this awesome day we had the opportunity to tuck into these delicious  Crosse & Blackwell new Star Wars 4Kids pasta shapes.

Star Wars 4Kids Pasta Shapes with flying saucers

We thought long and hard on an out of this world recipe to help celebrate Star Wars Day, myself and my son thought of a few recipes that we might like to try, but my son came to the rescue with these delicious flying saucer bagels with a side of the cool Star Wars  pasta shapes, it was delicious and was the perfect lunch time snack.

Star Wars 4Kids Pasta Shapes characters

My son loves these so much, it was great checking out the charcetrs, Star Wars Pasta shapes come in a tasty tomato sauce and count as 1 of your 5 a day, they are also Low in fat and sugar and contain no artificial colours or flavours. Avaiable from all major supermarkets, Star Wars 4Kids pasta shapes cost around £0.30p for a 213g tin,