Deiss Pro Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater: Review and Giveaway

Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater

I have been known to buy grated cheese, purely for ease and simplicity as normally grating cheese can just be such a chore, well that was until I got my hands on the cool Deiss grater/zester, made from stainless steel with a comfortable soft grip rubber non-slip handle, and comes complete with its very own safety cover.

grated cheese

I couldn't wait to put it to the test and decided to grate some cheese, I was surprised how quick and simple it was to use, the Deiss greater effortlessly grated the cheese with ease and I was left with finely grated cheese.The great thing about this grater is that you can use it for almost any grating/zesting need from:
Zesting oranges & lemons
Grating ginger or garlic
Perfect for Nutmeg, coconut and chocolate

 Deiss Pro Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater     

I love how compact this grater is, it's perfect for my kitchen needs, I will defiantly not be buying grated cheese now that I have this Deiss grater, the Deiss Pro Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater is easy to wash by simply wash under running warm to hot water or put it in the dishwasher. Also, I've collected a few tips to help you make the most out of your new grater:

Here are a few tips for using for using a Deiss Grater.

1) Freeze the Cheese. Colder cheese grates better. Put the cheese in the freezer for about 30 minutes before grating and you’ll avoid annoying clumping. Even softer cheeses like mozzarella and fontina will grate well if you freeze them first.

2) Oil the Grater. To avoid a messy clean-up, brush the grater with a little cooking oil or a bit of butter before using it.

3) Wash your fruit thoroughly. Use soap and water to wash off pesticides, waxes, and dyes. Allow the fruit to dry before zesting.

4) Remove only the outer part of the citrus rind. Hold the fruit firmly and rub it up and down along the grater. Avoid the white pith. Rotate the lemon slightly after each grating. Try not to scrape any section of the lemon more than once.

5) Remove excess cheese buildup. Sometimes, cheese or other products will get stuck on the underside of the grater. Remove them by tapping the grater against the side of your bowl or cutting board. If necessary, use a cleaning brush and put the grater under running water. Check out Deiss on www.facebook.com/deissofficial and www.instagram.com/deissofficial.


Deiss Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater

I have teamed up with Deiss to give three lucky readers the chance to WIN their very own Deiss grater, RRP on Amazon UK* £23.45 currently on sale for £9.98 also get an extra 20% off using this exclusive readers code - 65VAGHHI (NB:code expires on March 1) Good Luck. *contains affiliated link to Amazon Uk. This competition and more can be found on www.theprizefinder.com

Deiss Pro Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater

BEAR SPY ADVENTURE

BEAR Spy Adventure

We were given a mission, the mission was to accompany agent BEAR and Mole on their top-secret Spy Adventure, to save the world from the evil clutches of CLAW and his crooked crew of villains.

BEAR Spy Adventure cards   BEAR Spy Adventure kit 

To help us get started on our mission we were given a cool Spy Kit to help us on our missions, and inside every pack of Yoyos you can find and collect 65 New Spy mission cards to help crack the code and put the baddies behind bars. For more information check out www.bearcards.co.uk/secretspy.

BEAR Spy Adventure kit

Yoy can also get your very own Spy kit simply by collecting 10 barcodes from single Yoyo packs. BEARS pure fruit Yoyo's contain 100% pure fruit and have no added or artificial ingredients, they also count as one of your five a day.

BEAR yoyo's

BEAR Yoyo's come in individual packs or boxes of five, each individual pack contains 2 fruit rolls, and they come in six delicious flavours Strawberry, Apple, Blackcurrant, Mango, Raspberry, Pineapple.

yoyo's

BEAR Yoyo;s RRP single packs £0.69, Box of 5 RRP £2.29

SING #mysundayphoto


We have been having fun with this cool karaoke machine celebrating the release of the movie SING, here the boys were having a real good mess around, cranking up the volume and giggling at each other. SING is previewing this weekend in selected cinemas and is out on Friday 27th January. For more information on our singalong and the movie check out Our Karaoke Singalong : SING


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Our Karaoke singalong to Universal Pictures SING

Universal Pictures SING

We were lucky enough to watch a preview screening of the movie Sing last year, so we are really looking forward to its release in cinemas on Friday 27th January.

Karaoke SING

So to celebrate we have been having our own little Sing along to the soundtrack of the movie.

buster moon

The animated movie SING is a fun entertaining feet tapping feel good movie, Buster Moon, the owner of a theatre is determined to put his theatre back on the map, Buster Moon comes up with a plan to host a singing competition with a grand prize, and soon animals from the entire town turn up to take part in the competition.

SING Characters

The story follows Buster Moon and his five wannabe singers as they set to change their lives, as all they really want to so is sing, and they are hoping that Buster Moon will be able to help them change their lives forever. But all is not what it seems and they soon find themselves joining forces to put on an amazing show when Buster moons dream of the grand theatre come crashing down literally around them.

   

We had our very own singing competition and took it in turns to sing along to our favourite songs, the boys loved the movie SING so much they can't wait to watch it again. Read our full movie review HERE.


SING is previewing this weekend in select cinemas and is out on Friday 27th January, Staring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Seth McFarlane.

WAHL: James Martin Compact Food Processor

WAHL James Martin Compact Food Processor

I love cooking and baking, but often find I'm short on time and opt for quick and easy meal options especially during the working week. as I tend to avoid preparing complex meals which involve lots of chopping and grating. Many years ago I used to have a mini food processor to help me with my slicing and dicing needs, it didn't work so well as I'd often have to move the food around to ensure it all got sliced, so when it broke I didn't bother to replace it.

WAHL James Martin Compact Food Processor

So I was really excited to get my hands on this cool WAHL Jame Martin Compact Food Processor, the food processor not only looks really sleek but it's perfect for slicing and grating anything from vegetables, fruit and even meat, it also come with a 1 litre blender which is perfect for making smoothies and soups. the food processor comes with 7 attachments including, slicing and grating cutters, stainless steel blade, a whipping attachment and pastry dough blade. complete with a James Martin recipe booklet.  

Food Processor

I couldnt wait to put the food processor through its paces, so I decided to use it to slice some onions to make my much loved Eggy Pasta pasta.

sliced onions

I was really impressed with how quick the food processor sliced the onions, they were the perfect thickness for frying,  I don't know how I've managed to live without it as its perfect for my cooking needs, compact and sleek and very powerful, plus it's easy to clean and looks great. WAHL James Martin Compact Food Processor can be purchased for £49.99 from Argos

The £2 Challenge with Zamcog and Voucherbox

The £2 Challenge with Zamcog

This January Voucherbox.co.uk has teamed up with Zamcog a UK based charity that is dedicated to helping feed and educates Zambia’s most at-risk children. It costs £2 to feed and educate a child in Zambia every day. In an effort to change the way we think about food, Voucherbox is challenging the blogging community to live frugally for one day by cutting down on their food spending costs,

The Challenge - to feed myself and my family on £2 per person for one day, Voucherbox.co.uk will also donate £50 to Zamcog to help the charity continue their goal of supporting Zambia’s most at-risk children.

asda Shopping

Like most we would like to save money and be more conscious of our spending, so we were really excited to take on the £2 Challenge with Zamcog and Voucherbox. We had 2 per person for the day, So I put the £8 together and purchased our shopping form ASDA, here's what we got and how we fed ourselves for the day.

Shopping List ASDA -  One Day's Food Shop for a Family of Four
Milk £0.99p
Asda Cornflakes £0.38p
Bread £0.50p
Cheese £1.00
Banana's £0.75p
Frozen White Fish Filets £2.15p
Tomato Puree £0.39p
Asda Rice £0.42p
Garlic bulb £0.20p
Coriander* £0.60p 
Total £7.38p = approx £1.85 per person

toasted cheese sandwich

Breakfast
Corn Flakes and Milk
Lunch
Toasted Cheese Sandwich
Snack 
Banana
Dinner
Fish Curry & Rice

For the Fish Curry recipe check our my Cod Curry recipe HERE, *I had some curry powder and chilli powder already at home, but if you don't just omit the coriander and buy the curry powder. Also in the recipe, I previously added a small onion, but I have made it many times without and it tastes just as good.

fish curry

It was really a challenge to stick to the £2 budget and I had to be really aware of exactly what I was spending, I guess we don't always think how much we spend and often that few pounds or pence can go unnoticed, having a strict budget really made me think about what I spend and how much I take for granted the things that I just want to buy. It was a real eye-opener, and it can be done, so I really do intend to see how much more I can save week to week just by being mindful of what we eat and the costs.

For more information about the challenge please visit https://www.voucherbox.co.uk/blog/the-2-challenge/  and check out Zamcog

Royal Albert Hall #mysundayphoto


We were very lucky to be at the opening night of Amaluna - Cirque Du Soleil on Thursday at the Royal Albert Hall,  I couldn't help but capture the ceiling and stunning looking scenery as we waited for the show to start.


Due to licencing we were not allowed to take pictures of the show, which was a shame, but on the plus side it did give me the chance to fully enjoy the show rather than watching it through the lens of a camera.

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Amaluna Cirque du Soleil

Amaluna Cirque du Soleil

We were really excited to head to the Royal Albert Hall in London to watch Cirque du Soleil Amaluna, The production is a celebration of love, and a tribute to women, with female performers making up the majority of the cast. Amaluna is a coming of age story: Queen Prospera calls all the people of the island together to celebrate Miranda's journey into womanhood, during the celebrations, there is a storm which causes a group of young men wash up on the island, then follows the spectacular love story between Miranda and the young stranger Romeo,

Amaluna water bowl   
Miranda contorts around the rim on the bowl and plays in the water. 

Amaluna maranda
Romeo finds Miranda and the two kiss for the first time.

Aerial Hoop  Amaluna

We watched in awe as Marinda and Romeo's love evolved through the various astounding scenes, which incorporated the stunning acts which featured aerialists. dancers and acrobatics, amazing stunts and a touch of magic. along with some light-hearted comedy. throughout the show we were treated to live music and singing as the various acts graced the stage, the stage gently moved and lights and scenery swiftly changed which created an amazing atmosphere for the audience,

Amaluna The Amazons
We loved these fierce warriors as they showed off their flipping and jumping skills.

teeterboard
The men of the island attempt to escape using their teeterboard which saw they fly through the air.

Amaluna comedy  Amaluna

We were dazzled enthralled and thoroughly entertained,  Amaluna Cirque du Soleil is absolutely awesome, we enjoyed every single minute of the show and cannot recommend it enough. A mind blowing, jaw dropping show that you will be talking about long after the show finishes,

 Amaluna Cirque du Soleil

Amaluna Cirque du Soleil is now on at the Royal Albert Hall London until Sunday 26 February 2017, for more inforamtion on the show and how to book click here HERE.

THE CADBURY CREME EGG HUNTING LODGE

THE CADBURY CREME EGG HUNTING LODGE

I'm happy to see Cadbury's Cream eggs are back on the shelves, so to celebrate Cadbury is launching the first-ever travelling Cadbury Creme Egg Hunting Lodge, It will tour the UK from 27th January stopping off in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Edinburgh.

CADBURY CREME EGG

The lodge will be open for a limited time only and will be a delicious haven for Creme Egg lovers offering a Creme Egg inspired treats. from a takeaway area that is specifically designed for fans that are short on time, with an offering of gooey Creme Egg S’mores to-go. but for those with a little more time to spare will be able to enjoy the cosy outdoor area, complete with an egg-stravagent bush-craft menu, offering four inspiring ways to enjoy the deliciously gooey chocolate treat, including:


Gooey Creme Egg S’mores – gooey Creme Egg pieces and a giant marshmallow, sandwiched between two biscuits, toasted for added gooeyness!
Creme Egg Hunters’ Hot Choc– mouth-watering Cadbury hot chocolate, with melted Creme Egg added in for goo-d measure!
Creme Egg Forest Fridge Cake-  crushed biscuits, nuts and apricots, coated in a thick layer of delicious Cadbury chocolate, topped with  gooey Creme Egg  pieces
Creme Black Forest Toastie – the popular Creme Egg Toastie is back with a twist – gooey Creme Eggs mixed with black cherries, sandwiched between golden toast

To keep up to date on all the latest Cadbury Creme Egg news, including details of the Cadbury Creme Egg Hunting Lodge, visit the event page here www.facebook.com/cadburycremeegg or tweet @CadburyUK using the hashtag #CremeEggHuntingSeason

Locations and Timings:
27th January – The London Eye*, London (4:50pm – 9pm)
30th January – Broadmead, Bristol (Open 4:50pm – 9pm)
31st January – Broadmead, Bristol (Open 4:50pm – 9pm)
3rd February – Birmingham City Centre (4:50pm- 9pm)
4th February – Birmingham City Centre (Open 1:50pm- 6pm)
8th February – The Briggate, Leeds (Open 4:50pm – 9pm)
9th February – The Briggate, Leeds (Open 4:50pm – 9pm)
10th February – Festival Sq, Edinburgh (Open 3:50pm – 8pm)
11th February – Festival Sq, Edinburgh (Open 1:50pm – 6pm)
25th February – The London Eye, London (Open 1:50pm – 6pm
26th February – The London Eye, London (Open 1:50pm – 6pm)
                     
CADBURY CREME EGG

Cadbury Creme Eggs are back for a limited time only, available nationwide, until the 16th April, RRP
Cadbury Creme Egg single: 40g - £0.58, Cadbury Creme Egg five pack: 197g - £2.85, Cadbury Creme Egg twelve pack: 475g - £6.68.

Trion: Z ZEN LOOP SOLO

 Trion: Z ZEN LOOP SOLO

I recently have been suffering from some repetitive strain pains in my arm, so when I got the opportunity to try the Trion: Z Zen Loop Solo magnetic therapy bracelet I jumped at the chance.

Trion: Z ZEN LOOP SOLO

The Trion:Z Zen Loop Solo unique magnetic bracelet features the patented magnetic technology and ION Core, thanks to the medical 2x 1,000 gauss magnets,along with the orientation of the magnets and the infused Ion Core it produces over 1,500 negative ions per second, which are said to give a sense of well-being and aid in recovery and improve performance.

Trion: Z ZEN LOOP SOLO - PINK

Magnetic therapy has been studied by a number of eminent medical researchers and evidence suggests that magnets may increase blood flow and help with the healing process, and is considered by many health professionals to be an extremely powerful form of alternative medicine. read more about the technology Here.

Trion: Z ZEN LOOP SOLO

The Trion:Z Zen Loop Solo comes in four sizes small, medium, large and x-large, it's made using premium grade braided cord with a stainless steel magnetic push-fit fastening, and better still it comes in five different colours Black/Pink, Black/Blue, Black/Green, Black/White, Black/Red.

Trion: Z ZEN LOOP SOLO

I really looking forward to wearing this cool bracelet, I have only been wearing for a couple of days, so it's too early to say if it's making a real difference, but I certainly will pop back and update this post with my thoughts at a later date. For more information check out Trion: Z -Zen Loop Solo.

Moon #MySundayPhoto

moon

This week we got the opportunity to witness the amazing evening star, or should I say, Venus. I learned recently that the term evening star is a nickname term as the planet is visible and bright and can be seen by the naked eye.

venus

I stood out in the cold with my bridge camera to attempt to take a picture of venus but is was really difficult to get a good shot, although I did manage to get a good shot of the crescent moon.


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