Giraffe brunch date 

Hi guys, so today I thought I would share with you a little bit of what I’ve been up to. It involves that thing I seem to do far too much of lately, indulge in coffee and eat. Whoops! No wonder I couldn’t get my jeans done up this morning. Not kidding! 

Any way slight over share done with, earlier in the week hubby and I had a little brunch date. He suggested a little trip to our local Giraffe restaurant. 

  
As you can see it was really quite quiet when we visited. This was handy for me as I could take some pictures without bothering anyone. Giraffe has a pretty cool loft type interior, I’m loving the grey brickwork. The outside seating area is pretty neat aswell, we had forgotten our sunnies  though so opted to sit inside.  

 

This is a lovely place to sit as it actually over looks the river that runs through the centre of our town. As there are lots of other bars, restaurants  and coffee shops surrounding the river this gives for a very bustling atmosphere. 

  The food available is of the healthier variety with a bit of a Mexican twist. Expect dishes with ingredients such as chipotle sauce, avocado and chorizo.

My husband opted for the breakfast burrito, whilst I had bacon and scrambles eggs, with sourdough toast.  

   

Both of these dishes are part of the £5 breakfast selection, which includes a hot drink of choice. We both opted for flat whites. We were very surprised when these arrived in chunky glasses. Though a bit tricky to start with as the side of the glass is hot, this really displayed the quality craftsmanship of the barista.  


I used to be a barista myself so am a nightmare when it comes to coffee, I have high standards.  

 This didn’t disappoint and I even ordered a second. I really was feeling naughty that day. 

The service we recieved was lovely, the waitresses were really friendly and welcoming.  With great food and service this is somewhere I shall visit again very soon. 

Have you been to a giraffe restaurant before? Where do you like to go for brunch? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

My battle to reduce my food waste – A  lightly spiced carrot peel and orange cake. 

Now I really would forgive you for thinking that I’m a bit crazy, I’ve literally used my kitchen scraps to make this cake. I promise you I’m not, I just am on a bit of a mission to reduce the amount of waste I create, and as a an added benefit save a bit of money along the way. 

Yesterday my sister and her husband came round for a roast dinner. I was making these bake in the bag carrots (they were yummy btw).

 

The quantity I was making left me with an awful lot of peelings and half an orange. I was about to chuck the peels and send the orange in the kids direction. Let’s just say I had a bit of a lightbulb moment, I was sure there would be enough peelings to make a carrot cake.  

 

I wasn’t wrong and have a lovely carrot and orange loaf cake to prove it.  

 

So what did I use? 

Ingredients 

175g whole meal flour

1tsp bio carbonate soda

1tsp cinnamon

1tsp mixed spice

100g caster sugar

75g agave syrup 

150ml vegetable oil.

125g approx carrot peel 

2 large eggs beaten 

Zest and juice 1/2 an orange

Method

Add all your dry ingredients to your mixing bowl. Use a food processor to cut the carrot peelings into a finer texture. 

Next add your wet ingredients, remembering to beat the egg before adding to the mixture. 

Transfer to a loaf tin and bake in the oven for approx 30 mins at 180 degrees C.  You will know your cake is ready if when pierced with a skewer it comes away clean. 

Once cooled you can make a cream cheese frosting or just enjoy as it is. 

  

As you can see, the cake was enjoyed!

Do you have any ideas for using up your kitchen scraps? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

A consistently good chocolate cake 

Hi guys! 

Today I thought I would share with you  the receipe I use to create a super rich and moist chocolate cake. This is not one for everyday as it’s really very naughty, but is perfect for birthdays and other celebrations. As it was my sons birthday yesterday this was the perfect excuse to make one.  

 

I came across this recipie when searching for a moist chocolate cake recipie, the original can be found here on foodess.com. This is an American recipie so I had to do a bit of research to check certain ingredients and temperature settings, I don’t know about you but if you start talking celcius to me I haven’t got a clue. 

I thought it would be a good idea to share the adapted version for my British readers if like me you get a bit confused with Amercan terminology. I’ve stuck to the cup method though as it’s a huge time saver not having to worry about weighing ingredients. 

I have tried this recipie with both buttermilk and the milk and white wine vinegar substitute, I can confirm it works both ways equally well. 

Ingredients – 

1 3/4 cups plain flour

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

3/4 teaspoons table salt

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk or (1 cup milk and 1 tbsp white wine vinegar, allowed to stand for 5 minutes)

1/2 cup melted butter. 

1 cup hot coffee. 

Method – 

1. preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. In a bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla esscence, melted butter, buttermilk, and eggs to bowl. Mix well for approximately 3 minutes. 

3. Add the hot coffee and stir in, don’t be alarmed if you think it looks too runny, it’s supposed to be.

4. Pour mixture into  2 greased and lined cake tins. Bake in oven for approx 35 minutes. When done poke with a skewer, if it comes away clean your cake is ready, otherwise pop it back in the oven for a couple more minutes. If you feel top of cake is getting a bit brown cover with a sheet of tin foil for rest of cooking. 

5. Allow to cool in tin for ten minutes, then turn out into wired rack to finish cooling. Once completely cool decorate as you wish.  Jed wanted a Minecraft cake, and this is how it turned out. 

 

Let me know if you give this recipie ago. Feel free to share any baking tips in comments.

Bye for now, Katy 🙂 

Feeling the pinch and reducing food waste, yummy roast with all the trimmings still gonna happen! 



Hi guys! So today’s post is a little bit different. I don’t know about you but but when it gets to the end of the pay month, (we get paid on a weird day), still trying to produce a decent meal for five hangry people (that’s not a spelling mistake) can be a bit of a challenge. 

I’ve always prided myself in the ability to be a bit resourceful, sorry if it sounds like I’m blowing my own trumpet, but I thought it would be helpful to show a few tricks I’ve learnt along the way. 

Today’s dinner is a roast chicken with all the trimmings, I’m talking stuffing, yorkshires, gravy, the lot. As this is very much about using up whatever I have in the back of the cupboard and fridge there is no set recipie for this, but it will give you an idea of what you can do yourself. 

1. The chicken is being roasted on a bed of vegetable peelings, I won’t be waisting any precious carrots here. Combined with the meat drippings and a bit of flour you can still get a good flavoured gravy from those peeling that would usually being going straight in the waste. I’ve even chucked in the leaves from the top of the celery. I love doing this as is it removes the need to buy seperate gravy, and is a great money saver. 



2. I love a bit of stuffing with my roast, this is a great way of using up the ends of the bread that no one wants to eat, and would otherwise go in the bin. In a food processor I’ve just combined 4 bread ends, 1/2 onion, 100g butter, mixed herbs, 1 teaspoon mustard powder and the last bit of celery I had, seasoned with some salt n pepper. I have made this into balls that I’ve cooked in the oven for about 20mins. These were a big hit with the kids. 

3. I always save some meat from the roast to be making a stir fry rice the next day, tastes fab and costs next to nothing.  As the meats already cooked it so quick to do aswell, perfect on a busy school night. 



As you can see the kids have enjoyed their roast, the hubby did as well. I hope you have found this helpful, if like me you hate to be wasteful or just want to stretch some basic food items a bit further. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Sneaky veggie intake – tropical green smoothie 

Hi guys! So today your getting two posts, as I’m a mouthy so and so today, and seem to have lots to say. That and they are both relatively short posts, so I thought ‘why the heck not?’ Any hoo, I wanted to share this smoothie receipe with you, as it tasted great aswell as a great way to sneakily up the kids (and mine, hangs head in shame) veggie intake. 



What you’ll need:

1 large banana 

2 Kiwis 

10 green grapes

Large handful of Kale.

1 pot of mango chunks in juice – I have  used a handy del monte pot I have on standby in my store cupboard. A bonus is that it already includes the juice element I like to include. 

This will make either 2 smoothies or 4 smaller ones for kids. 

If a berry flavour is more your thing then check out this smoothie recipe from a previous post Here. I’ve  even gone to the lengths of telling my younger kids that this is green turtle juice, since they watched the TNT movie (Teenage Mutant Turtles to 80’s kids). I promise you though no turtles were harmed in the making of this post. Ha! I go to some lengths to get kids to eat the good stuff. 

Have you any crafty ways of including extra veggies to kids, or even for yourself? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂 



A healthy Pick n Mix alternative – Holland & Barrett find

My local high street is going through lots of changes, for the better I must add. This I put down to the perks of my home town recently securing city status. One of these developments is a spanking new Holland & Barrett store.

Now I must confess my motives for nipping in store were to check out the improvements to their natural beauty section, not to secure some healthy snacks. Ha, nothing changes there.

Anyway impressive beauty department aside, what got me most excited was the shiny new pick n mix station.

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This is a pick n mix with a difference, you won’t find any artificial sugary sweets here. What there is though is a huge selection of different nuts and dried fruits that you can mix and match like you would with a traditional pick n mix. Yum, guilt free snacking!

For me this is especially exciting as I have a son who is diabetic, so pick n mixes are usually a big no no, he’d end up in a diabetic coma – Awkward. Jokes aside, this is something that I know I can treat him to, he has no nut allergies fortunately, and loves nuts, we would have to be careful with the dried fruit but this is ok in moderation.

This is what my husband and I had this afternoon as a cheeky snack, whilst in town.

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The apple rings and, sweet chilli cashews are particularly nice.

Priced at £2 per 100g, this is not the cheapest way of buying such products, but to me this is a treat so the price is relative. Today though, the pick n mix was on offer at half price, so actually a very inexpensive treat.

Are you lucky enough to have one of these in you local Holland & Barrett store?

What healthy snacks do you like?

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

A healthy start – Smoothies all round

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Hi guys, this is just a quick one today. I thought I’d share with you what I have been making for breakfast this week. You see I’m crap at getting my five a day, however this little concoction helps out.

I call it my superfood smoothie, as it’s packed with dark fruit and some greens that the kids will happily drink without realising they are there. Thank you Kale.

These are also really cheap to make as I picked up the frozen bags of fruit for £1-£2 each, in Iceland. I got far to excited when I realised you could by peeled and wedged frozen apples, but there you go I’m easily pleased.

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You can add what you like, depending on preference but here I have included

25 raspberries
A large handful of blueberries
1 large banana
A large handful of Kale
150ml ish of cranberry Juice

This will give you 2 large or 4 small servings.

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I’m like a bear with a sore head in the morning, so I make these the evening before, and keep them in the fridge overnight. This is a great time saver when your in a hurry and saves the mess, who wants to be cleaning a blender before heading out the door?

Have you got any tasty smoothie recipes? I’m in need some more inspiration.

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

OOTD – A Breakfast date

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This is a little bit late in posting, I actually took these pictures last week when it was much colder, check out that frost. This is what I wore for a breakfast date with my husband.

We have three kiddies, so it can be a bit of struggle to find a baby sitter whilst also juggling shift work. Consequently evening time dates are very rare. This is why we tend to have breakfast or coffee dates, when the kids are at school. It’s a good job I like breakfast.

On this occasion I wore high waisted mom jeans, ankles rolled up, paired with a chunky orange sweater. Despite the cold I was in the mood to wear my Leather biker jacket from French Connection. The leather is super soft and of such high quality. Regular readers will also spot my favourite biker boots and the snood I purchased last week from Primark. My bag was a Christmas gift from my mum, it’s by Floozie @ Debenhams.

After breakfast we went for a stroll around the shops, we were just window shopping on this occasion. Still it was nice to be out in the fresh air.

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I think he's enjoying that sausage a bit to much.

Jeans: River Island.
Sweater: Marks & Spencer.
Leather Jacket: French Connection.
Snood: Primark.
Boots: Very.co.uk.
Bag: Debenhams.

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Say a Lindt Hello to their new chocolate bars – review

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I could not contain my excitement when the postman dropped of these goodies. It’s not every day the postman arrives with a box of chocolate heaven. Thanks to a Bzzagents campaign I received a selection of Lindt’s new Hello range.

The five available flavours are, Caramel brownie, cookies and cream, salted caramel, strawberry cheesecake and crunchy nougat.
Each flavour comes in either a treat size bar or a larger sharing bar. Personally I could happily consume an entire sharing bar myself. (Yes really, and you know you’d so the same).

I was a good girl for once and shared some of these treats with my family and visiting friends. I wanted a broad range of opinions to feed back to BUZZ h.q.

There was not one flavour that didn’t please. I’m usually a sucker for salted caramel anything so naturally I thought this would be my favourite. How wrong was I? Say hello to my name is strawberry cheesecake. This is like no other chocolate bar I’ve tried before, it really does taste like creamy strawberry cheesecake. Yum! hands down my favourite flavour.

What about you? Have you tried any of Lindt’s Hello bars yet?