Natural History Museum Ice Rink


We were really excited to head down to the Natural History Museum to check out the Museum’s open-air ice rink. As we approached the museum we were in awe of the festive lights around us along with the stunning Christmas tree the stood central in the Ice Rink.

 

We were really excited and before long we were on the ice some, luckily for the less experienced skaters like myself there is a mini ice rink attached the central ice rink, giving me the opportunity to build up my confidence, The boys are defiantly a lot more experienced than I, so they wasted no time and were off skating and showing off their skills. I really loved the atmosphere everyone was having so much festive fun and for those who didn't want to go on the ice, there was plenty of space inside and out to watch and listen to the music.


Or if you are feeling thirsty you can relax in the Museums Café Bar where you can sit and watch the skaters on the ice from the balcony, there's also a delicious Hotel Chocolat’s rink-side stand where you can purchase a Hot Chocolate along with a range of chocolatey gifts.


Natural History Museum Ice Rink is currently running a Kids Fast Track Skating Course available for children aged 6 upwards to be taught key skating skills to get them skating well within a matter of days, the last course will take place this Tuesday 2nd January - Friday 5th January 2018.


Natural History Museum Ice Rink is open until the 7th January 2018. 


We can't recommend The Natural History Museum Ice Rink enough, defiantly a fun-filled day out with the family.for more information check out www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/ice-rink.

Disney On Ice: Passport to Adventure


We were delighted to attend Disney On Ice Passport to Adventure featuring all of our favourite much-loved Disney characters.


We watched in awe as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse Donald, Daisy and Goofy took us on an adventure where we got the chance to meet The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and my all time favourite Disney’s Frozen.

 

The  show was spectacular and the stunning choreography and scenery change kept you on the edge of your seat wanting more, a fantastic must-see show for Disney fans both kids and adults alike


Disney On Ice: Passport to Adventure is still showing at The O2 in London until 30.12.2017. 


For more Information check out Disney On Ice


Christmas Dinner: Leftover Recipes

Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner is something we all look forward to, but like most, you’ll soon be facing a mountain of leftovers. Luckily The Christmas Leftovers Guide have produced a range of simple recipes for your leftovers. I have selected just a couple that I would like to try.


The great thing about this recipe is, apart from the base, you can literally add any ingredients you want! 

Ingredients (per Calzone)
140g of flour
4 eggs
200ml of milk
Dash of oil
Any leftovers you want!

Cooking Instructions (if all ingredients have been pre-cooked)
Tip the flour into a mixing bowl and add 4 eggs, beat the mixture until smooth
Add 200 ml of milk and continue to beat
Add a dash of oil into a large round baking tray and heat at 200°C until warm
Pour mixture into the warmed baking tray and cook for 20-25 minutes until the Yorkshire pudding is golden and puffy
Remove the pudding from the oven and begin filling it with your ingredients but don’t get too greedy as you’ll need to roll this up
Once rolled, place back in the oven for around 10-12 minutes (depending on what your ingredients are)



vegetables have to be the overlooked leftover at Christmas and generally, they’re thrown out, but this Veggie burger recipe can easily be created using any vegetable leftovers.

Ingredients (for 4 people)
Any leftover vegetables (quantity depends on the size of your burger)
2 cups of cheese
1 bag of salad for garnish
4 bread buns 
Cranberry/apple/mint sauce

Cooking Instructions
Cut all vegetables you intend to use into as small pieces as possible
Proceed by using a potato masher to break your ingredients into one mixture
Begin to manipulate the mix into burger patties
Add oil to a frying pan and cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes on either side
Toast or warm bread if appropriate and serve with a side salad

Lentil Nut Loaf

nut loaf

If you are looking for a vegan friendly main this Christmas or an additional side, why not try this Lentil Nut Loaf,
laced with dried cranberries, roast hazelnuts and walnuts, the lentil and carrot base is all bound together with the help of ground flax and oat flour making these a crowd pleaser regardless of anyone's dietary preferences.

Preparation time - 10 minutes
Cooking Time  - 30 minutes

For the Lentil Nut Loaf

● 1 can green lentils, drained and rinsed, approx. 250g
● 60g (½ cup) roughly chopped roast hazelnuts, unsalted
● 30g (¼ cup) roughly chopped roast pistachio nuts, unsalted
● 30g (¼ cup) dried cranberries
● 1.5 tbsp (12g) Linwoods Milled Flaxseed
● 1 garlic clove minced
● 80g (⅓cup) finely grated carrot
● 2 tbsp (30g) oat flour or whole grain flour of choice
● 1 tsp dried oregano
● ½ tsp dried thyme
● ½ tsp Pink Himalayan Rock Salt
● ¼ tsp paprika
● ¼ tsp Black Pepper
For the Cranberry Apple Glaze:
● 1 tbsp (15ml) maple syrup
● 2 tbsp (30ml) apple puree
● 1 tsp (5g) tomato puree

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
2. Lightly mash lentils leaving some whole.
3. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl.
4. Grease and line 4 mini loaf pan with baking paper.
5. Divide mixture between the 4 mini loaf pans and bake for 15 minutes.
6. Meanwhile mix together all cranberry glaze ingredients in a pot. Bring to the boil over a medium heat and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Blend using a hand blender.
7. Spoon 2 tsp of the glaze over the top of each mini lentil nut loaf.
8. Return to the oven and cook for 8 - 10 more minutes. 
9. Remove and allow to cool for 2 minutes before removing from the mini loaf tins. 
10. Serve with roast veggies, some steamed greens or just as they are!
11. These can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven for 4-5 minutes


Recipe from Linwoods and Peachy Palate.

HEINZ DELIVERS A WORLD OF FLAVOUR TO THE FREEZER AISLE

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HEINZ has a brand new range of Weight Watchers frozen ready meals, perfect for a quick-fix comfort meal this winter or Alternatively they will work well as a great substitute meal for January’s dieting season.

Each Weight Watcher meal from Heinz Balance meal is a great source of protein, under 500 calories, they are Low in saturated fat, Available in eight world flavours, these meals are the perfect addition to a healthy and balanced lifestyle, allowing you to continue eating the food you love, without compromising on taste.
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Creamy King Prawn Pasta – Juicy king prawns, garden vegetables and tagliatelle tossed in a delicious
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Meatball Penne in spicy tomato sauce – Beef meatballs with penne pasta in an arrabiata sauce, with cherry tomatoes, Italian herbs and a kick of fiery chilli.
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Chicken and Chorizo Paella – A Mediterranean inspired paella with tender chicken, smoky chorizo and roasted vegetables.
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Chicken Tikka Masala – Tender chicken pieces and lentils combined with a blend of warming Indian spices and a creamy tikka masala sauce.
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South Indian Vegetable Curry – An aromatic dish of chickpeas and vegetables, with a mix of warming Indian spices.
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Chinese Style Chicken Noodles – A delicious fusion of seared chicken with crunchy vegetable and noodles coated in an oriental style sauce.
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Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Jalfrezi – Tender chicken pieces & roasted vegetables in an aromatic curry sauce with a fiery chilli kick
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Mediterranean Chicken Pasta – Tender chicken pieces & roasted vegetables cooked with spirali pasta in a rich tomato & herb sauce.
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The Weight Watchers from Heinz Balance range is available in stores from early October 2017*, with a RRP of £2.79.