Tesco Flame Academy: BBQ Recipe's & Top Tips

In honour of BBQ season Tesco have launched Flame Academy! An easy to use recipe hub which is filled with delicious recipes, tips and advice for all levels of barbecue experience. I was delighted to put a few of Flame Academy's Top Ten Children Recipes, So I enlisted the kids to challenge me by choosing a couple of recipes that they would like to try,

Spiced chicken skewers with herby rice recipe

6 boneless and skinless chicken thighs, cubed
3 tbsp curry paste
200g (7oz) fat-free Greek-style yogurt
1tbsp sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped
1tsp cumin seeds, roughly crushed
1 tsp ground turmeric
300g (10 1/2oz) basmati rice
200g (7oz) spinach leaves, washed
handful coriander, leaves picked and finely chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice

Step 1 - Combine the chicken, curry paste and 2 tbsp of the yogurt in a non-metallic bowl and set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.
Step 2 - Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat and cook the onion until just beginning to brown. Add the cumin, turmeric and rice and stir well.
Step 3 - Add 450ml (3⁄4pt) water, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the spinach. Cover and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Stir through the coriander and lemon juice.
Step 4 - Thread the cubed chicken onto 4 skewers (ensure you soak wooden skewers 15 minutes prior to use).
Step 5 - Put a griddle pan over a high heat until smoking hot. Put the skewers on the griddle and cook for 6-8 minutes, turning every 2 minutes, or until cooked through and no pink meat remains.
If cooking on a barbecue, place onto the barbecue on a medium/high heat. Cook for 5-6 minutes; turning regularly until they are cooked through and no pink meat remains.
Step 6 - Serve the chicken with the rice and the remaining yogurt.

Beef kofte with apple raita recipe

For the raita
1/2 red apple, coarsely grated, excluding the core
a squeeze of lemon juice
handful mint leaves, chopped
150g (5oz) natural yogurt
For the kofte
500g (1lb) lean beef mince
1/2 small onion, coarsely grated
2 tsp ground cumin
3 tsp paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
4 mini flour tortillas
1 large carrot, grated
1/4 Chinese cabbage, shredded

Step 1 - Make the raita, toss the apple with the lemon juice to stop it browning. Stir into the yoghurt with half the mint. Cover and chill until needed.
Step 2 - Make the kofte, thoroughly combine the rest of the chopped mint with the beef, onion, cumin, and paprika in a mixing bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. With slightly wet hands, form heaped tablespoons of the mixture into ‘torpedo’ shapes or spheres and set aside on a plate. There should be about 20 kofte.
Step 3 - Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the olive oil. Fry the kofte gently for about 8 minutes, turning often, until browned all over and cooked through. 
Step 4 - Serve hot or cold, with the apple raita, tortillas, grated carrot and cabbage

Both of these recipes tasted delicious and were perfect for the kids, and very easy to follow. A huge thumbs up from us and we are most defiantly looking forward to trying some more of Flame Academy's recipes. Check out Ben Tish (Executive Director of The Salt Yard Group) is Tesco’s Flame Academy master and he has kindly provided us with a selection of BBQ tips.

Flame Academy: Ben Tish’s top tips for wowing barbecue quests

•It’s important to know when the BBQ is ready to cook on. The flames should have subsided and the coals turned and even, ashen grey.
•Use hard stalks such as thyme, rosemary and oregano to throw onto the BBQ coals and smoke whatever your cooking. Great for a quick smoke hit!
•Slow cook whole chickens and larger cuts of meat with some vegetables help keep them juicy and tasty. Dissolve 10% salt to 90% hot water to make a solution and then cool.
•For larger cuts of meat, a lump of seasoned hard wood such as oak or birch set at the side of the shen coals will gently really a stream of perfumed smoke and in turn smoke and flavor whatever your cooking with.
•Smoking chips thrown onto the coals will give a smokey boost of flavor to smaller items such as steaks, chicken thighs and fish fillets.
•Use the coals as another cooking medium. Wrap vegetables in foil and nestle them between and under the ashen coals to slowly cook and flavor. Great for potatoes, aubergines, beets and carrots.
•A digital meat probe is great for checking if large cuts are cooked through correctly.
•Fish cooking clamps are brilliant for cooking- and turning large flat or round fish without the worry of then breaking or sticking
•A fire chimney is a fast, reliable way to start up your BBQ. It’s also great if you are using your BBQ for a period of time to cook larger cuts or several dishes. You can start the chimney next to the BBQ and then top up as and when needed, just giving yourself 10 minutes to do so.

If all this BBQ talk has left you inspired watch Ben Tish;s Top Three BBQ Recipes and check out foodie bloggers Crumbs Food who have just created a video about cost-effective BBQ Recipes

Make sure you check out Tesco - Flame Academy for all of your BBQ needs this summer.

X+Y Movie Review

We were really excited to watch the critically acclaimed drama X+Y  Inspired by a true story,
X+Y  follows maths genius Nathan (AsaButterfield) who from a very early age is diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, Nathan struggles to to connect with those around him, especially his own mother (Sally Hawkins) who desperately wants to connect with Nathan and comfort him following the death of Nathans.

Nathan is a talented boys who finds comfort in what he knows best numbers and mathematics.Nathan soon builds an amazing bond his teacher Mr Humphreys (Rafe Spall) and soon Nathan's amazing mathematical talents win him a place on the United Kingdom Maths Squad,This amazing opportunity will see Nathan's life move in a new direction, when the British Team is invited to Taiwan Nathan meets Zhang Mei (Jo Yang), This see Nathan experience a whole new range of emotions and feelings.

X+Y is a heart warming movie that will almost certainly have you reaching for the tissues.Suitable for ages 12 and above.

If you would like to know more about the movie check out Facebook XplusYfilm

We were given the movie to review - All thoughts are honest and that of our own opinion.

Cafe Rouge - Menu Pour Les Enfants Review

We were delighted to attend Cafe Rouge a family friendly french restaurant in Holborn Central London. Cafe Rouge serves a host of french dishes, Baguettes salads and steaks.

And from this July Cafe Rouge has just launched a dedicated children's menu, So we couldn't wait to sample a few dishes from the kids menu and the main menu. We were super excited as we looked through the Cafe Rouge Menu, with so many amazing dishes to choose from we were certainly spoilt for choice.


After a lot of debating we finally decided on our dishes, While we waited for our food the kids were given colouring pencils, so they could colour in the mini colouring in section on their menus, This was a great way to keep the children entertained whilst we waited.


The kids menu offers an amazing three course meal with a drink all for only £6.95 which is amazing value, The Menu Pour Les Enfants has seven main meals options as well as five desserts options to choose from, So there is defiantly something that every child will like, Soon we were greeted with the childrens starter a delicious warm Artisan Bread with Cucumber, Carrots and Tomatoes with a tasty Tomato Dip.


The kids all choose different meal options from Poulet Goujons and Frites, Macaroni Cheese and Fab Fishcake. The boys really enjoyed their meals and said that they were very tasty indeed, the portions sizes were perfect too.


The desserts were just as delicious, The kids enjoyed Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Crepes. 
Here are some quotes on exactly what the boys had to say about their evening at Cafe Rouge
"It was comfortable and spacious and I really liked the food" 
"I loved the Ice Cream, I want to go again" 
"I enjoyed the Crepe it was yummy"

We all had an amazing family time at Cafe Rouge, whilst the children munched their way though their three course meals, myself and my sister opted for Demi Poulet and Filet De Sumon from the main menu, Absolutely delicious.


The atmosphere at Cafe Rouge was great and the staff were friendly and helpful and best of all the food was deliciously tasty, it was a real pleasure to eat at cafe Rouge and we most certainly cannot wait to go back and sample a few more dishes.

Thank you Cafe Rouge for the amazing experience and the yummy food, We very much look forward to our next visit. Check out Cafe Rouge to find out your nearest restaurant Cafe Rouge

LEGO Dream Home Competition

Both of my boys love LEGO, So they were super excited to take part in Ocean Finances blogger challenge where they boys get the opportunity design their very own dream home.

As I set out to work and left my boys in the capable hands of their Grandma, My son had already began his dream home challenge, So I was excited to see his creation on my return, But what I found when I got home amazed and astounded me.

My son opted for a rainbow effect across his dream home, complete with windows and doors, Outside is a small selection of pretty flowers and plants and a cool tree.

The backyard is a cool relaxing area, where the Lego friends and chill out and relax, There are benches to sit on and no dream home would be complete without a swimming pool with a diving board where the Lego friends can show off their skills.

 Here is an over view shot of the dream house, As you can see my son also added a cool Lego car to complete his stylish and yet very practical dream home.

I must say I'm extremely proud of my sons creation, so much so that its now my phone profile picture, Well done to him for his creative thinking, This is defiantly my dream home too.

If you are a blogger with children and you would like to enter the Lego Dream Home Competition with the opportunity to win 1x £150 Toys R Us voucher check out Ocean Finance/Dream Home competition  for more details on how you can enter.

Disney Pixar's Inside Out at The Disney Store This Summer #SHARETHEJOY

To celebrate the release of Disney.Pixar’s critically acclaimed, smash hit movie Inside Out, Disney Store is hosting a series of exciting in-store events and competitions to launch the officialInside Out product range.

In-store events across the UK will take place starting 19thJuly. All ages can take part in the free Disney Store activity where guests are transported into the Inside Out emotions Headquarters. They will be introduced to all five of the emotions on screen, and with the help of Disney Store Cast Members, create their very own Joy memory spheres. This experience will provide children with the opportunity to reflect on their own joyful memories and create an image within their memory sphere to display on the Disney Store Memory Bank. In addition, there will be a free set of emotion button badges for every child taking part.

Disney Store guests in store and online will be encouraged to take a photo of themselves in a joyousmoment and to share on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #sharethejoy or upload on the Disney Store UK Facebook pageEntrants will also be able to take part in a competition to win a weekend stay in London for a family of four and a private shopping experience atOxford Street Disney Store*.

From 26th June, Inside Out fans will have the opportunity to purchase product based on the five emotions featured in the film – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. TheTalking Anger figure, on sale for £25.95 (RRP) in stores and online, brings one of Inside Out's most animated emotions to the playmat. Pressing his hand sends him into a rage, as he speaks one of 13 phrases with moving mouth and arm actions. Inside Out Talking Dolls, Sadness and Joy, will also be available for £15.95 each (RRP)adding to the exciting Disney Store Inside Out product range, which further includes stationery product such as sticky notes and bags.

Lastly, Disney Store will be launching apparel ranges, including licenced products such as pyjamas and T-shirts. Disney Store will roll-out further exclusive product lines and social media activity throughout the summer.

Inside Out is released in UK cinemas on 24th July, is a film based in ‘Headquarters’, the control centre inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind. Five Emotions are hard at work, led by light-hearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear heads up safety, Anger ensures all is fair and Disgust prevents Riley from getting poisoned - both physically and socially. Sadness isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else

Rachel's Inspired Ice Cream Recipes

To celebrate National Ice Cream Week, I have chosen a couple of my favourite Rachel ice cream inspired recipes, which are perfect for those hot sunny days, and great for both kids and adults.

Fat Free Blackcurrant Yogurt Ice Lollies

These delicious Yogurt Lollies are easy to make and look amazing.
450g Rachel’s fat free blackcurrant yogurt
Makes: 6

Step 1. Take the yogurt, mix well  in the pot and decant into ice lolly moulds. You may find a measuring jug easier to pour the yogurt from.
Step 2. To decant the ice lollies, leave them to come to room temperature then carefully prise out of the moulds.
Try:  Experimenting with Rachel’s other fruity fat free yogurt flavours

Quick Berry Ice-cream with Biscotti 

These Instant frozen yogurt deserts are perfect for when you want a quick, easy pudding
400g frozen fruits – mixed berry
450g Rachel’s Blueberry Yogurt
300g Rachel’s Greek Style Natural Yogurt
100g icing sugar

To serve: Almond biscotti biscuits
Serves 6 Preparation time  10 minutes  plus freezing time

Step 1. Add the frozen fruits to a food processor and pour in the yogurts and icing sugar, whizz until blended
Step 2. Spoon directly into small glasses or bowls, or pour into a container and place in the freezer to scoop later
Step 3. Serve with almond biscotti biscuits. Try making this with any frozen fruits – have fun experimenting

Kellogg's Special K Brings Breakfast To Life with It's colourful New Range

Special K bring breakfast to life with its brand new tasty colourful range, The new porridge's, cereals and snack bars launch this July as part of the brand’s ‘Live in Colour’ campaign which encourages women to live a life full of variety, choice and fun, and leading the charge is Tess Daly’s Recipe, a blend of Special K with red apple, almond and vanilla flavour chosen by Tess herself.

The Strictly presenter, who has her face on the cereal box, was involved in the cereal making process from the get go, assessing different options and being very clear about the taste she wanted.  The final flavour decisions were even made at her home.
Tess Daly’s Recipe Special K -  consists of a delicious blend of  crunchy rice wholewheat and barley flakes with vanilla flavour cereal clusters and almonds, with flakes of dried apple. Packed with 9 essential vitamins & minerals plus wholegrain and fibre, Each mouthful is absolutely delicious and is the prefect way to start each morning.

And that’s not the only Special K treat coming this summer, Why not check out Kellogg's other  tasty range.

Special K Protein Crunch With 7.7g of protein per 45g serving, and made from natural plant sources, this cereal is the prefect way to start the day and tastes great. This new cereal comes in the form of delicious crunchy clusters. They’re made from six wholegrain's with a touch of honey and cinnamon and toasted to perfection for a delicious crunch.

Special K Super Porridge's* Special K Super Porridge's offer a touch of indulgence while still packing a nutritional punch. They contain barley, oats, rye, wheat flakes and spelt – with a selection of fruits, seeds and nuts for added flavour – and they’re high in fibre with seven vitamins and iron.
(*Special K Super Porridge varieties are: (5 Grains: With Apricot, Linseed and Pumpkin Seed) (5 Grains: With Raspberry, Pomegranate and Pumpkin Seed) (5 Grains: With Almond, Pecan and Sunflower Seed)  

Nutri K - The classic Special K flake has undergone a big change, and all Special K cereal products now boast the Nutri K flake, which has already gone into stores. It’s fortified with a bundle of nine vitamins and minerals and is now ten per cent lower in sugar. The various minerals help muscle function, immunity and vitality to ensure you get the most out of your day and tastes amazing.

Special K Granola: Chocolate and Hazelnut - This granola is delicious and is great served with ice cold almond milk or with plain yogurt, amazingly tasty and still has 30 per cent less fat than the average granola.

Special K Red Berry Cereal Bars - Special K Red Berry cereal bars have undergone a recipe overhaul. They now contain a mix of three different cereals for added texture, and are now a source of wholegrain and berries and are lower in sugar. They taste amazing and are perfect for on the go.

All of the Kellogg's Special K products are available in major supermarkets ;Special K Tess's Recipe (RRP £2.99 for 360g), Special K Protein Crunch (RRP £2.99 for 390g), Special K Super Porridge (RRP £1.99 for 5 x 30g sachets), Special K Original (RRP £3.29 for 550g) Special K Granola: Chocolate and Hazelnut (£2.99 for 450g) Special K Red Berry Cereal Bars (£1.99 for 5 or £2.99 for 10).

Crayola Colour Alive - Minions

My boys love getting creative, so we were really excited to try Crayola Colour Alive a cool new exciting way where creativity turns into an interactive 4D image. 

The Crayola Colour Alive Minions is a 16 page colouring in book which is full of your favourite Minion characters in various outfits and cool scenes, also included in the pack are seven coloured marker pens.

We couldn't wait to get started, with so many amazing pictures to choose from my son settled down to get creative, once his picture was fully coloured in, we to download the colour alive app which is available on any IOS android portable device and followed the app's simple instructions, 

As we hovered our ipad over the colouring in page and we were amazed as the image jumped off the page, it was awesome to see the Minion picture come alive in 4D, it was great that we could also pose alongside our creation and save the images so that we could view them later. Almost all of the Crayola colour alive images have additional content which allows the backgrounds to come to life or flash once animated.

We are super impressed with Crayola Colour Alive, we love that our simple colouring in picture of the Minion's characters can be viewed in a colourful 4D image. Crayola colour Alive is available from leading retailers nationwide for RRP £6.99 per pack.

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