Foraging For Summer Fruits with Robinsons Fruit Shoot

 

Fruit Shoot has partnered with foraging expert, Fergus Drennan, to create a range of hints and tips about foraging for fruit in your local area. We were given a really cool foraging kit to help us prepare for our adventure.


We were really excited to explore our local area and forage for fruit, the countryside defiantly offers more of a variety, but it's good to know that the inner-city also has a range of parks and public spaces where you can forage. We like foraging in an East Londons Cemetery Park which allows you to forage and explore responsibly.


During this hot summer days, what better way to stay refreshed than with the taste of delicious summer fruits, inspired by the real fruit taste of Fruit Shoot which contains real fruit foraging expert Fergus Drennan has some top tips on foraging safely to discover the taste of summer.

  

We had an amazing afternoon exploring and came across some familiar as well as unfamiliar berries, so we ensured we followed Fergus Drennan top tips and safety advice to guide us!


Fergus Forging Tips

1. Safety First - Before setting out on a foraging expedition remember to make sure you know the fruits that you will be looking for! NEVER pick and eat anything if you're not sure what it is as some plants are poisonous and can make you ill.

2. What To Wear - There is no dress code for foraging, if its cold wrap up in thermals or wear practical clothes like waterproofs or wellies. Don't let the rain and wind put you off, it's all part of the elemental experience. Forging can get messy, so don't wear your best shoes.

3. Don't Be Greedy -  Avoid collecting all the fruit that you can see as other creatures rely on them for food, blackbirds and pigeons love ripe berries, and young foxes will eat fruits like cherries and plums.

4.  Grow Your Own - Collect seeds and plant them, you could even create a dedicated wild food plant area in your garden, or pots indoors if you don't have any outside space.

5. Brush Up On Your Knowledge - It's also worth on checking which plants are rare, threatened or protected by the law (even if edible) in the wildlife countryside act. The woodland trust also has great tips for foraging.


Inspired by our afternoon foraging and looking for summer fruits, the boys thought of a cool new Fruit Shoot flavour called Bannaberry, a concoction of their favourite summer fruits with a banana flavour twist.

  

With the few Blackberries we did manage to collect, we decided to make some Fruit Shoot Ice pops, we thoroughly washed a sliced the Blackberries and added some Strawberries and Raspberry, we then filled up our ice pops with a favourite Fruit Shoot soft drink Summer Fruits and waited for the ice pops to set! They tasted absolutely delicious!


Robinsons Fruit Shoot Summer Fruits soft drinks contain only real juice, no added sugar only naturally occurring sugars and no artificial colours or flavourings. Check out www.fruitshoot.com


Meeting Buttons The Animatronic Cadbury Cow


To celebrate the Adopt a Cow Campaign Cadbury has created a realistic eight foot (moo-ing) animatronic cow named Buttons, we were excited to visit Buttonsthe Cadbury Cow in Central London last weekend, where we got the chance to meet artist Rose Blake and learn how to sketch Buttons during a life drawing class.

  

We had the most amazing time posing for pictures and putting our artistic skills to the test, best of all we got to sample some delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons.


Cadburys Adopt a Cow Campaign comes in response to research, which revealed that city children are a bit confused when it comes to cows and what they look like, with one in 10 believing that a cow is the size of a double decker bus whilst over 10 per cent think that they’re as small as cats.


It takes approx 23,000 cows produce the fresh British and Irish milk that is used to make Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons and through the Adopt a Cow initiative, you can choose to adopt 20 different cows with differing personalities, simply buy a Cadbury promotional pack and enter the unique code inside and you can be in for a chance to win an exciting farm getaway to meet one of the Cadbury cows in real life. For more information check out adoptacow.cadbury.co.uk.

Lacura Sun care


The summer holidays have just begun and no doubt we will be spending much more time outside. Sun protection is hugely important to us so I was really keen to try Lacura Suncare

Lacura sun care is available from Aldi and has a range of sun care products suitable for all the family. Sun safety is really important especially delicate young skin, Lacura has skin protection suitable for the most sensitive skin and excellent SPF protection from 15 to 50. I always opt for a high sunscreen factors to ensure myself and the kids and protected to the max. I was delighted to try all of these amazing Lacura sun lotions and sprays, but here are my top two and my reasons.

Lacura SPF 30 Spray – 200ml - £2.79 
Lacura SPF15 Oil Spray - 150ml - £2.99
Lacura SPF 15 Lotion £2.79, 200ml 
Lacura SPF50 Clear Spray - 200ml - £3.29
Lacura SPF50+ Sensitive Lotion kids/adults – 200ml - £2.79


I love the high protection offered, I also love the simplicity of using the refreshing sun spray, easy to use and great on the go.


I love this Kids extra sensitive sun lotion, it's perfect for my son who has sensitive skin, it's also extra water resistant which is amazing, especially for those days on the beach, it fits perfectly into my bag and can be used on the go and with a very high UVA and UVB protection this is a must have for the family.

Lacura is available from Aldi and prices start as low as £2.79 which is amazing, check out Aldi online www.aldi.co.uk or your local Aldi store.

Your Chance To Meet Buttons the Cadbury Animatronic Cow


Cadburys has launched a brand new campaign which comes in response to research, which revealed that city children can be a bit confused when it comes to cows and what they look like. One in 10 believes that a cow is the size of a double decker bus whilst over 10 per cent think that they’re as small as cats. It takes 23,000 cows produce the fresh British and Irish milk that is used to make Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons and through the Adopt a Cow initiative 20 families will get the chance to meet one of the Cadbury cows in real life.


When you buy a Cadbury promotional packet simply and enter the unique code on the back for a chance to win an exciting farm getaway adoptacow.cadbury.co.uk.


To celebrate the Adopt a Cow Campaign Cadbury has created a hyper-realistic eight foot (moo-ing) animatronic cow named Buttons who has taken to the streets of London to show families exactly what cows do. Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons are also inviting Families to a Cadbury Little Pi-Cow-So Masterclasses Led by renowned artist Rose Blake, attendees will learn how to sketch Buttons during a life drawing class and pose for pictures with the friendly cow. Families will also get to sample delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons and leave with a fun-filled goodie bag so they can continue to channel their artists within at home.

What:  Illustrator Rose Blake hosts life drawing class where families can meet Buttons the Cadbury animatronic cow and learn how to sketch her
Where: Level 4, Frobisher Rooms, Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS
When: 22nd and 23rd July 2017
Open to: Families with children aged 4+

The Little Pi-Cow-So Sessions are set to be an activity the whole family can enjoy. For full information and to book your free tickets, visit the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cadbury-little-pi-cow-so-masterclasses-tickets-35734143786  Hurry spaces are limited!

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

I Want To Be More Berocca


I tend to suffer from tiredness and fatigue due to working two part time jobs, running a home and a family, I normally left feeling pretty exhausted, but I know I'm not alone.


Berocca recently carried out new research that reveals the UK is increasingly becoming a nation of recluses with low energy levels causing nearly half of people to miss out on new experiences, of the 2,000 people surveyed, 1 in 4 feel too tired to spend time with family and friends. Most of us view tiredness as their number one health concern, so  The Berocca Energy Report was launched to encourage Brits to look after their own energy and fatigue levels, so they can be ready to embrace life’s opportunities.

Energy crashes are disrupting daily lives with top activities being missed out on including:

1.       Trying new experiences (42%)
2.       Meeting new people (35%)
3.       Spending time with friends and family (28%)
4.       Reading books (28%)
5.       Going for dinner (27%)

Brits report having energy spikes and crashes an average of 3-4 times each week, with energy levels lowest at 3pm on Mondays.  Additionally, two-thirds of us want an energy solution that is not dependent on caffeine or sugar. The Berocca Energy Report aims to inspire Brits to seek natural energy alternatives and embrace the activities they were once too tired to commit to

Expert Dietitian and Nutritionist, Dr Sarah Schenker says: “Very often low motivation and energy is caused by poor diet and sleep. The lack of key nutrients can also leave the body feeling drained. B vitamins are important for the release of energy from food and drinks, a poor intake could cause tiredness and lethargy throughout the day and impact on being able to enjoy life.”



I have used Berocca before as it was recommended by a friend, the great thing is that I actually felt that Berocca did make a difference in the way I felt, but after a while I stopped taking it as I felt good, but of course I just fell back into the same routine as I was prior. So I'm now pleased to back to starting each day again with a Berocca.


Berocca is packed full of 8 energy releasing B vitamins and other essential nutrients which are scientifically proven to help support energy release and help with mental performance, and you can take it every day simply by dissolving one of the four delicious effervescent Berocca tablets in water, but if you don't like effervescent Berocca also have easy to swallow tablets. For more information visit Berocca.co.ukTwitter (@BeroccaUK) and Facebook (@Berocca).

Spaghetti Bolognese


We all want to cook quickly as time is precious and we don't seem to have much of it, so why not try this delicious Microwavable Spaghetti Bolognese. This microwaveable recipe is courtesy of The Ideas Kitchen which has a host of delicious recipes as well as some simple microwavable recipes which are mainly cooked using a flatbed microwave which allows the food to cook more evenly.

Cooking Time - 27 mins  Serves 4
Ingredients:
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 large Onion
3 crushed Garlic Cloves
1kg lean minced Beef
2 large glasses Red Wine
2 x 400 g cans chopped Tomatoes
1 x 290 g jar antipasti marinated Mushrooms
2 fresh Bay leaves
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tsp dried Thyme
Balsamic Vinegar
12-14 sun-dried Tomatoes
Pinch Salt
Pinch Black Pepper
800 g - 1 kg Spaghetti


Method:

1-Place all of the Bolognese ingredients into the bowl.
2-Cover with pierced cling film.
3-Cook on high in the microwave 10 mins. Then on a medium for another 15-20, In the meantime, prepare your spaghetti by heating on the hob in a large pot of boiling water.
4-Serve with the spaghetti sprinkled with basil leaves.


Michelin Starred Bohemia’s - Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Cake

 Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Cake

In celebration of World Chocolate Day,  Head Pastry Chef Ellen de Jager-Smith at Michelin Starred Bohemia has shared her recipe for her delicious, healthy, gluten-free chocolate cake - which includes no cream, butter or sugar.

Ingredients: (To make 10 cupcakes or 1 small cake)
100g Ground almonds
45g Cocoa powder
5g Baking soda
5g Gluten free baking powder
3 Eggs
140g Maple syrup
200g Almond milk
200g Pitted dates
50g Grated courgette
200g Olive oil
150g Dark Chocolate

Method:
Sieve all of the dry ingredients together
Whisk the eggs and add the maple syrup
Blend the almond milk, dates, grated courgettes and olive oil together
Melt the dark chocolate
Add the dry ingredients to egg mixture to create a smooth batter
Fold the almond milk mixture carefully into the batter and pour in the dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 160°C
Pour the mixture into a lined tin
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes for cupcakes and 40 to 50 minutes for a cake

Ingredients: – Chocolate, avocado and date icing
2 Avocados
250g Dates
15g Cocoa powder
60g Maple syrup
350g Almond milk
A pinch of salt
400g Melted dark chocolate

Method:
Blend everything (except the dark chocolate) in a food processor
Add the dark chocolate carefully whilst blending
Decorate as you please

Michelin Starred Bohemia’s - Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Cake


Bohemia was the only restaurant in the Channel Islands to be listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants. The 4AA Rosette restaurant also received the highest score in the Channel Islands in the Good Food Guide with a glowing score of 7 and was listed as the best restaurant in Jersey in the guide’s ‘Top 50 Restaurants in the UK’.

Recipe and images courtesy of Head Pastry Chef Ellen de Jager-Smith at Michelin Starred Bohemia
Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, Channel Islands.

Disney Pixar: Cars 3


We were beyond excited when we headed to the recent Charity Gala Screening of Cars 3 in West London, both of my boys have grown up with watching Cars and believe me we have watched it on re-run several times,  so we have a great fondness for the Disney Pixar characters especially Lightning Mc Queen, without spoiling too much for those who are as excited as us to see the next installment, Cars 3 sees Lighting Mc Queen attempt to take on the next generation of cool high tech racers, in particular, the new rookie Jackson Storm who makes it clear that he thinks it's time for Lighting Mc Queen to retire, but Lightning Mc Queen is not yet ready to call it a day despite losing in a recent race to Storm.


Lighting Mc Queen is determined to succeed and finds he needs the help of a young race technician Cruz Ramirez, Cruz attempts to help Mc Queen win the final race of the season The Piston Cup, but soon find herself admitting her deep desire to race. inspired by the late Hudson Hornet, Cruz helps Lighting Mc Queen prepare for the Piston Cup, but things take an unexpected and inspiring turn.


We most defiantly loved the movie, it certainly lived up to out expectations and more with a huge unexpected twist, a must see for any Disney Pixar fan, especially Cars fans who will love this next chapter.


Cars 3 is out in all good UK cinemas nationwide from the 14th July, to stay updated with Cars 3 check out @Disney_UK #Cars3

Despicable Me 3 with #VuePresents


We loved the first two Despicable Me movies, so we are super excited to finally get the chance to watch the cool brand newly released Despicable Me 3, featuring Gru and of course our favourite minion characters.


Movie Synopsis:
Those cheeky lovable Minions are keen for Gru to return to his villainous ways, and when the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him, you would think Gru would retaliate, but he doesn't and decides to take a trip to meet his long lost brother, sibling rivalry is soon put on hold as they both join forces to take down villain Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks to take revenge against the world.


To celebrate the launch of Despicable Me 3 in cinemas, Vue has partnered with self-professed ‘Imagination Explorer’ Dominic Wilcox to think up some super fun inventions that would make trips to the cinema even more fun than they already are.


Taking inspiration from the film and its cool gadgets Dominic Wilcox has come up with some cool inventions including the Munch Muffler that quietens noisy eaters, Emergency Hands to cover your eyes during scary moments and a Popcorn Slider - that has actually been brought to life as a prototype.


I certainly love the idea of the Popcorn Slider, no more passing and hunting for who has the popcorn whilst watching your favourite movie, it would definitely be loved by the kids too. We are most definitely looking forward to our Despicable Me 3 Vue movie night and will share our thoughts on the movie soon. Despicable Me 3 is in Vue venues nationwide, Check your nearest Vue for timings.

Robinsons Refresh’d


We have had some glorious summer days recently and I most defiantly have been enjoying and making the most of the sunshine, but in these warm days, I want some delicious yet healthy to quench my thirst and sometimes water just doesn't hit the spot. So I was really pleased to get my hands on these Robinsons Refresh’d drinks.


Robinsons Refresh’d come in three delicious fruity flavours: Orange & Lime, Apple & Kiwi, and Raspberry & Apple, each drink is a mix of spring water and real fruit and contains no artificial sweeteners, colours, flavourings or preservatives which help people make healthier choices helping people reduce sugar intake.



Apple & Kiwi Refresh’d is mouth deliciously mouth-watering and refreshing.

Apple & Raspberry juicy raspberry and red apples combined to deliver delicate complementary taste.


Orange and Lime a fresh taste of juicy orange and zingy lime.


Robinsons Refresh’d contain 100% naturally sourced ingredients, with a refreshing real fruit flavour. Refresh’d contain simply real fruit, spring water and naturally sourced stevia leaf extract. They are simply delicious. Refresh’d retails at £1.29 for a 500ml bottle and is available from all major retailers nationwide.