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Bake Box – the treat that keeps on giving. And win, win, win!


The Bake Box

It’s easy to feel flat at this time of year when the excitement of Christmas is long gone and the days are short.

How about treating yourself to regular surprise? 

In these modern days of email and social media (remember letter writing?) it’s rare to receive something unexpected through the post. With the fabulous new Bake Box you get every an exciting box of goodies every couple of months.

Bake Box is the brand new subscription box designed for blossoming bakers to build up a brilliant repertoire of new skills as well as a collection of great baking equipment.

Bake Box is the first of its kind available in the UK and
includes recipe cards for 6 stunning bakes and the tools
needed to transform any cake into a showstopper.

The contents of each box are kept secret – so each package is a surprise!

The Bake Box

With a subscription to the Bake Box you automatically receive complimentary access to the gorgeous Bake Club site. Here you can check out masterclass videos, enjoy fortnightly bonus recipes, expand your knowledge of ingredients and techniques and show off to your fellow bakers!

Bake Box won’t break the bank either. At £14.99 per box it’s great value for money as each box contains at least £40 worth of equipment. Wow!

Sign up here now. I already have!



And for 3 VERY lucky people we have a fabulous Bake Box to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning  enter now.



#treatyourself #bakeclublive #win




Essential Items to Keep in your Car

Essential Items to Keep in your Car this Winter

Essential Items to Keep in your Car

(and how to organise them)

Extremely cold weather is forecast and it won’t be long before de-icing the car will become part of the morning routine. So now’s the perfect time to ensure that you have all the essentials you need in your car.

It’s important to be prepared for inclement weather but also family outings can be so much easier if you’re prepared.

Rather than packing everything every
time you leave the house, have a think
about what you use on a regular basis
and keep it in the car.

Obviously there’s no point loading the car up with loads of useless clutter that weighs it down and increases your fuel consumption, but some useful bits and bobs can make life much easier!

Here’s what (and how) I pack in my car to make family life run a little more smoothly.

In the glovebox

  • Purse containing coins for car parks
  • Torch
  • Details of breakdown service and insurance (make sure you also have a copy at home)
  • Pen
  • Notebook
  • Glasses/sunglasses
  • Phone charger
  • Lipbalm

In the door/seat pockets

  • Hand sanitiser (essential post-petrol stop)
  • Ice scraper
  • Window cloth
  • Road map (if you’re retro like me and prefer it to satnav)
  • Small activity book per child
  • Ziploc Bags (for storing all sorts of bits and bobs or in case someone feels unwell)
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues

In the boot

  • Warning triangle
  • Fluorescent vests
  • Spare tyre or equivalent
  • First aid kit
  • Re-usable shopping bags
  • Umbrella
  • Suncream
  • Towel
  • Woolly hat, gloves and pack-a-mac
  • Roll of tin foil (this may seem bizarre but tin foil can be used to wrap leftover picnics, keep you warm in a crisis, and create a temporary blackout-blind at a holiday property)
  • Picnic rug (for picnics – obviously – and also to keep little ones warm)
  • Scissors and tape
  • Hair ties, clips and hairbrush

I have found the best way of storing everything in the boot is in a sturdy basket as it doesn’t fall over or roll around when I’m driving.

I don’t keep any tools or jump leads etc. in my car as I would have no idea how to use them! In the event of a breakdown, I would always ring for roadside assistance.

Stay safe this winter.



#drivesafe #snow #ice #family

Essential Kitchen Gadgets & Equipment

Essential Kitchen Gadgets

I loved watching Mary Berry’s cookery programs on TV recently – she’s my kind of cook – non-egocentric, sensible and precise, yet fun. I learned some great tips from her too.

My favourite tip is so simple I can’t believe I have never used it before. When measuring out tablespoons of something, such as flour, soft cheese or mayo, leave a gap between each in the bowl so if you are interrupted by children/phone/doorbell, you can come back and see instantly how many you have added.

I liked to see what equipment she uses
as well – I have my favourite gadgets at
home but it’s always good to get
recommendations from the experts.

I’ve since read about Delia’s favourite gadgets, and Jamie’s too (though he is far more cavalier than I am in the kitchen). And after all this research (and years of practise) here’s my definitive list:

In the drawer


Lemon zesterLemon squeezer & zester

This is the lemon squeezer I used as a child when I baked with my mum. I managed to ‘procure’ it when I left home and I still love it. It fits perfectly on top of a measuring jug and captures the pips while you squeeze. I bought the lemon zester myself and it’s so handy, I often add lemon, lime or orange zest to fish dishes and bakes too.


Wooden spoon, box grater, potato
masher & a spaghetti spoon

Enough said!


Scissors and knivesKnives & scissors

As with pans, buy the best you can and keep knives sharp with a knife sharpener. I only actually use three. A long serrated knife for bread, a smaller knife for fine chopping and a large sharp knife for bigger veg, such as squash and potatoes. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago <link to previous blog> I like to ‘chop’ with my kitchen scissors as I find it much easier for herbs, meats and pizza.


Vegetable peeler

My personal favourite is an Oxo Good Grips peeler – it works a treat.

In the cupboard



Buy the best you can afford and they will last a very long time. My favourite pan is a large lidded frying pan also known as the ‘magic pan’ and was bought for me by my mum one Christmas around 10 years’ ago – it’s still going strong. I also have a pan with a steamer on top, which was a wedding present almost 15 years’ ago and has been used almost every day since.


Electronic scales

Mine are really cheap – I bought them because I like the pattern and they work!


Plastic stuff

Two measuring jugs, a sieve, a colander and a pair of tongs. All cheap and cheerful but they do the job.


Electrical stuffElectrical stuff

I like to keep these to a minimum as I don’t like worktop clutter and I have made purchases in the past that just gather dust. I use a hand-held whisk/mixer all the time for bakes and a stick blender for soups and sauces. I do also have a food processor for pastry and other bits and bobs but it’s not used as often.


Other stuff

I’m hopeless at finely chopping an onion and so I bought one of these clever little Rotomac gadgets that quickly chop at the pull (or five) of a handle. No power needed, just a quick wash afterwards and, even-better, no drippy eyes.


And making use of the Rotomac and lemon zester in this gorgeous recipe from Fantastic Food for Less.

Rich Lemon Chicken

Rich Lemon Chicken

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 238 per portion
Fat 10g (2.8g sat) per portion


  • Olive or sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Chicken thighs 1kg (2¼lb) or 6, skinned, boned, meat cut into chunks
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Lemon 1, grated zest and juice
  • Chicken stock 300ml (½ pint)
  • Fresh thyme sprigs 2, or ½ tsp dried
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Egg yolks 2
  • Parsley or chives small bunch, finely chopped
  • Cooked macaroni or small pasta shapes to serve (optional)Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large lidded frying pan over a medium-high heat and add the cubed chicken. Fry for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  2. Push the chicken to one side of the pan, then add the onion and fry for 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Add the lemon zest and juice, then the stock, thyme and a little salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, stirring, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Scoop the chicken out of the pan with a slotted spoon and keep warm. Beat the egg yolks together in a bowl, then gradually beat in the hot stock and onions until smooth.
  5. Return the sauce to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly until it has lightly thickened. Return the chicken to the pan and stir in the chopped herbs. Serve with cooked pasta, if using.

Cook’s tips Be careful not to overheat the sauce at the end when thickening with the egg yolks; if it boils, they will curdle. If you are short of time, you may prefer to use 600g (1lb 5oz) of ready-diced chicken thigh meat, chicken breast mini fillets or turkey breast slices.

A Dairy Cookbook recipe.

#recipes #chicken #greek

Competition | Win a Moulinex Fresh Express

Competition | Win a Moulinex DJ 750 G Fresh Express


Win a Moulinex DJ 750 G Fresh Express

Shred slice and grate in seconds.

This versatile, safe and handy gadget is a must have for every modern kitchen.

The 150W motor makes food preparation effortless. It quickly grates, shreds or slices a variety of fruit, vegetables, cheese and even nuts. It is also very easy to clean and dishwasher safe.

Fresh Express is fun to use, safe, and easy to clean. It quickly grates, shreds or slices a variety of fruit, veg, cheese and even nuts.

The fast and easy way to get your 5-a-day!

Enter now!


Watch the Moulinex video for more product information.


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