Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Halos N Horns Little Book of Holiday Fun

Halo and Horns recently conducted a survey of 500 mums with children under 5 years old.
There results show that
  • 75% of mums say that they prefer to spend their time on holiday playing with the kids.
  • 60% of mums also said they plan their activities before they head off.
  • but 68% of mums agreed that its doing something spontaneous that gives the best fun all round.
You can download or request your free copy of the book by post here.
As an added bonus to help make bath time good clean fun, there’s a 50p off Halos N Horns coupon inside - you can use it for Halos N Horns gorgeous fruity-smelling Zingy Orange Hair & Body Wash, Mango Melon Shampoo & Conditioner and Berry Burst Shampoo and Detangler.

The new and updated edition of The Little Book of Holiday Fun contains some lovely playful games and activities to keep you and your little ones entertained, from water-based outdoor fun, to bath time fun at home and away, and creative ideas for making things together.  
Plus, there are great tips on surviving the car journey, which i'm sure every mum will admit are always helpful; activities for the beach; fun games when swimming and splashing about; the perfect family picnic; making the most of being outdoors and inspirational ideas for rainy days.

In the Halos N Horns holiday fun survey 76% of mums say doing something fun with their child is what makes them happiest, and i am definately agree with those mums. As a family we are always doing fun things, baking, painting, messy fun, the park and more.
I can't wait to make the "sheepy hand" out of the book.

When asked what toddlers have most fun playing at a whopping 73% said it was playing with water. Again i hugely agree with this as i had a 1 year old that seems to be drawn to water, no matter where we are, and a 3 year old that just loves jumping in puddles.

Wherever you are and whatever you’ve done your mucky little monsters will probably need a bath to round off the day. 
Your kids will love the fruity-smells and bright colours of Halos N Horns shampoos and body washes.
You’ll love them too because many of the ingredients that might irritate your little ones’ skin have been removed, (such as SLS and parabens) making them really kind and gentle for delicate skin. It’s no more bath time battles, just good, clean fun!  The Halos N Horns range includes:
·         Halos N Horns Baby Bath: a safe and gentle all-over hair and body wash, ideal for angelic little souls (after the first month) and pregnant mums.
·         Baby Moisturising Lotion: a gentle, hypo-allergenic non greasy lotion made with naturally derived moisturisers, ideal for baby’s delicate skin.
·         Zingy Orange Hair & Body Wash: an all-rounder to encourage kids into the bath and ready for bed, with a fruity smell inspired by freshly squeezed, juicy oranges. 
·         Mango-Melon Mayhem Shampoo & Conditioner: the fruity, tropical fragrance and the green gooey gel will appeal to kids; whilst parents will love the simple, speedier 2-in-1 formula. Designed to cleanse and condition the hair and leave it silky smooth.
·         Berry Burst Shampoo & Detangler: with natural plant-derived conditioners this easy to dispense formula leaves hair clean, shiny and tangle free.  Great for little girls with long hair, it’s an end to combing nightmares! The fresh fruity smell is even more appealing.
·         Toothy Fruity Toothpaste: a strawberry flavoured toothpaste for children, with added fluoride to help reduce tooth decay, and free of SLS. 

So why not get your free copy Of the Little Book of Holiday Fun today 

Loren x

Do you have a budding photographer? Yes? Then this is for you


Get snap happy with the kids this weekend to win some amazing prizes!
No matter whether there’s rain or ‘shine, if you’ve got a digital camera there’s plenty of fun to be had during the remainder of the summer holidays.


VTech are calling on budding David Baileys’ to send in their best summer snaps for a chance of winning one of 25 new Kidizoom Twist cameras worth £49.99 each and the chance to become a VTech toy tester with a year’s supply of toys and their very own page on the VTech website where their reviews will be posted!
VTech have teamed up with popular children’s show Milkshake so kids can enter their ‘family fun’ photographs (before the 16th September) on the Milkshake website.  Whether you’re having a day out at the park, having fun on the swings and the slides, a visit to the zoo or even making cakes at home capture it on camera to be in with a chance of winning. The more colourful, exciting and fun the better!


 
About Kidizoom Twist
VTech Kidizoom Twist is the latest addition to the multi award winning Kidizoom range. This ultra-cool camera comes complete with a rotating ‘self-portrait’ lens, so kids can now put their favourite subject - themselves - in the frame. 
As well as allowing children to view their own self-portraits on the LCD screen as they take them, the 2 mega pixel all-in-one super gadget also doubles as a video camera so mini movie makers can capture all their adventures on film. And for budding Spielberg’s there is also a built in editing function, so little ones can perfect their masterpieces by adding wacky effects such as fun stamps and photo frames. The Kidizoom Twist has a voice recording option with five different voice changing effects, so kids can pitch up, pitch down, slow, robot and echo their voice recordings as well as five great games to play with.
RRP: £49.99
Age: 3 years+

For more information visit www.vtechuk.com
To enter the competition visit www.milkshake.channel5.com/competitions/vtech

Loren x

Gloop fun

What you need
Cornflour
Water

Method
Cover everything!!!If your doing it up to table a waterproof table cloth is a good idea, likewise if your doing it on the floor cover everything. Aprons are also a good idea.

Slowly mix together water with cornflour.
It will seem really hard to mix, but once you start playing with it it will go from hard as your pick it up, to completely runny and pouring out your hands.

We started with ours in a bowl, but it ended up on the highchair tray.

Jack didn't like it at all, which i think was the texture, but me and Eva got stuck in and Eva loved playing with it, and watching as she picked it up and it was hard, then it turning runny and her dripping it everywhere.

This is messy, but its great fun. If youve got a toy tea set or plastic cups you can have great fun picking up and dripping the gloop into the cups.

Definately worth getting some cornflour in for a rainy day. Or do it in the garden on a sunny day :-D

Loren xx

Roast Chicken with honey butter and chorizo stuffing-Tea tonight

Roast chicken with honey butter chorizo stuffing:
Serves 4-6



Rachel’s quote: ‘Chorizo and honey are two powerful flavours that are carefully balanced in this stuffing, they both work wonderfully with the supremely versatile chicken.  I have used Kerrygold Honey Spread as a convenient cheat for adding both honey and butter.’

Ingredients:
·   40g (1 ½ oz) Kerrygold Honey Spread
·   110g (4oz) chorizo, finely chopped
·   100g (3 ½ oz)  white breadcrumbs
·   1 chicken (1.5 – 2.25kg or 3lb 5oz – 5lb)
·   2 tbsp thyme, chopped
·   1 tbsp olive oil
·   1 onion, peeled and chopped
·   1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
·   Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:
1.       Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°f/Gas mark 4.
2.       First make the stuffing, melt 25g of the Kerrygold Honey Spread in a saucepan with the olive oil, then add the onion, garlic and chorizo, cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 8-10 minutes or until the onions are soft but not browned. 
3.       Take off the heat, then stir in the thyme and breadcrumbs.  Season to taste with salt and pepper then allow to cool.
4.       Spoon the cooled stuffing into the chicken cavity and place the chicken in a roasting tin.  Smear the remaining Kerrygold Honey Spread over the skin of the chicken and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. 
5.       Place in the oven and roast for about 1 hour and 30-45 minutes (allowing about 20 minutes per 450g/1 lb), until cooked, basting occasionally.  If it begins to look quite dark while cooking, cover with some foil. 
6.       To check whether the chicken is fully cooked, stick a skewer into the thigh with a spoon placed underneath to catch the juices, the juices should run clear.  Also, the legs should feel quite loose on the bird. 
7.       When cooked, transfer the chicken to a serving plate and leave to rest, covered with foil and in the oven at the lowest temperature.  This will keep the chicken warm while you make the gravy or sauce.
8.       Spoon the stuffing out of the chicken into a serving bowl or onto a plate.  Carve the chicken and serve.


Our Verdict

I am cooking this for tea tonight, so will update what we think later, but it looks yummy. I just need to decide what to serve it with.

Loren xx

Rachel Allen has teamed up with Kerrygold to produce The Kerrygold Community Recip-e-book, available for free download in October. For more information on Kerrygold, the Recip-e-book and some delicious recipes visit www.facebook.com/KerrygoldUK

Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread Biscuits

Chocolate dipped orange shortbread biscuits:
Makes 15–20 biscuits



Rachel’s quote:These shortbread biscuits are incredibly easy to make and you can cut them in to whatever shapes you’d like.  I’ve taken the small extra step of dipping them in melted chocolate, they look lovely when set and the chocolate of course goes really well with the orange zest. Recipes with so few ingredients demand the very best quality produce and that’s why I use Kerrygold butter.’

Ingredients:
·   100g (3 ½ oz) Kerrygold butter, softened and diced, plus extra for greasing
·   150g (5oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
·   50g (2oz) caster sugar
·   75g (2½ oz) dark chocolate, broken in to pieces
·   The grated zest of one orange


Method:

1.       Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°f/Gas mark 4.
2.       Grease a baking sheet with a little Kerrygold butter.
3.       Sift the flour into a large bowl and, using your fingertips, rub in the Kerrygold butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and orange zest and bring the whole mixture together to form a stiff dough. (Don’t be tempted to add any water.) Alternatively, briefly mix the ingredients in a food processor until they come together.
4.       Transfer the dough to a lightly dusted worktop and roll out to about 5mm (1/4inch) thick. Cut into rounds, fingers, squares or dinosaurs, then lift carefully on to the prepared baking sheet with a palette knife, spacing the biscuits evenly apart.
5.       Bake for 6–10 minutes or until pale golden, then remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for a minute or so before transferring to a wire rack to cool down completely.
6.       Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.  When the chocolate has melted, dip the shortbread in about half way in to the chocolate, then allow any excess to drip off and place on a plate to cool and set.
Rachel’s Tip:  If you want to mix things up with your biscuits you could always try using milk chocolate or white chocolate.

Our verdict
I couldn't find my camera when we were making these, and they were all eaten by the time i found it, but i will add some pictures next time we make them(which we will be).
The biscuits are really easy to make, and really yummy. I ate one before we dipped them in chocolate and that was really yummy, but after dipping in melted milk chocolate, well there are no words to describe how yummy these were mouthwatering. The chocolate really complemented the orange in the biscuits.

Next time i think i will get some white chocolate as well as milk chocolate, and dip half the biscuit in milk chocolate and when that's set dip the other side in white chocolate. Just to make it extra chocolately (can you tell we love chocolate).

So why not give them a try.
Loren x

Rachel Allen has teamed up with Kerrygold to produce The Kerrygold Community Recip-e-book, available for free download in October. For more information on Kerrygold, the Recip-e-book and some delicious recipes visit www.facebook.com/KerrygoldUK

Monday, 29 August 2011

Spicy chicken Pitta Breads

I was recently sent a bundle of Schwartz products to review, so will be sharing some yummy recipes
This one is a firm favourite in our family.

Ingredients-
Diced chicken
Schwartz Medium Curry Powder
Mayonnaise
Lettuce
Spring onion
Cucumber
Cherry Tomatoes

Firstly fry your chicken in a little oil until its cooked all the way through. Then sprinkle with Schwartz medium curry powder and fry for a few more minutes.
While the chicken is cooking prepare the salad, and toast the pitta breads, then cut them open, spread with mayonnaise and fill with salad. Then add the spicy chicken.

It really is as simple as that, and is so delicious and filling.
You can use whatever salad you like, and can change the mayonnaise for anything you like. Daz likes his with A spicy relish.

Loren x

Why not take a look at schwartz.co.uk to see some of their recipes.

Soreen-review

 
We were sent 3 different products from soreen. Soreen Snack fruity malt loaf, Soreen Banana Loaf, and Soreen Apple and Sultana Loaf.

Soreen Snack Fruity Malt Loaf-RRP from 70p
The snack packs, are a handy pack containing two pre-buttered slices, and are available in two flavours that adults and children alike will love; Fruity Five and Original Malt Loaf. We tried the Original Malt Loaf.

This is a really brilliant idea, perfect for lunchboxes, be it for school or work, or just a snack to take with you for all the family when on the go.
The butter didn't seem to be spread out very well, but rubbing to 2 slices together soon solved that problem.
These were brilliant for popping in my handbag or changing bag when we were going out, and i could just grab them on the way out as opposed to having to slice, butter and wrap up an original malt loaf.

Soreen Banana Loaf-RRP from £1.29 for a large loaf
The Banana Fruit Loaf is full of bananas and is bursting with deliciously squidgy energy, and the pale colour from the natural ingredients, means a fruity and lighter tasting alternative to the original malt loaf. For those that don’t like raisins or sultanas, Soreen’s new Banana Loaf is a welcome addition to any kitchen cupboard!  

This is my absolute favourite, i couldn't get enough of it. I was very reluctant to share :-O but i did, and Jack loved it as well. I will definately be putting this on my weekly shopping list.

Soreen Apple and Sultana Loaf-RRP from £1.29 for a large loaf
The fresh and fruity Apple and Sultana loaf is packed full of deliciously squidgy energy and the sweet apple taste is topped off with a delicate hint of cinnamon. Lighter in colour than the original Soreen malt loaf, the Apple and Sultana fruit loaf also provides a mouth-watering base for a bread and butter pudding. For a decadent twist serve with lashings of cream.

I personally don't like cinamon, so I didn't try this, but my Dad did and he said it was really nice. Daz also took some to work and he said that him and his work mates shared it out and they all absolutely loved it, and wanted more.

Fun Recipe
We were also sent a fun recipe to use with the banana loaf, although you could do the same with any of the soreen range.

Mini Banana Castles

Ingrediants:
x1 Soreen Banana Loaf
x3 Ripe Bananas
x1 tub vanilla ice cream
x1 bar of chocolate for shavings(this is optional)

Method:

·         Slice the Soreen Banana loaf into thin slices and toast until golden brown
·         Use a pastry cutter to cut round shapes into the slices to create the bases of the castles
·         Slice the bananas and lay onto each of the toasted slices
·         Scoop some ice cream from the tub and place on top of the banana slices so that it creates a tower
·         Make some shavings of chocolate with a grater and sprinkle on top of each castle
·         Serve - yummy!

And it really is yummy, definately worth a try.
Overview
We give all 3 products a huge thumbs up. I will definately be stocking up on the banana loaf and the snack packs, along with the orginal malt loaf.
I definately recommend going out and trying something new today. A yummy snack, and much better for you then chocolate. The loaf's contain less than 1.5 per cent saturated fat, and are a delicious tasting treat for children, and the perfect afternoon snack to stave off cravings or as an energy boost before or after activity, or a hard work out.

Loren xx

Sunday, 28 August 2011

The thing i dream of owning the most

I was tagged by The Hart of the Munchkin Patch to share what i dream of owning the most.

It might sound silly to some, but i would love to own a caravan. Not a static one, a touring one.
We had one when i was growing up, and the times we had were just amazing. From weekends away, to weeks or 2 weeks it was just fantastic.
And i would love for Eva and Jack to experience what me, my brother, my parents, my auntie uncle and 2 cousins got to experience.
Holidays don't need to cost the earth, and don't need to be jam packed with expensive activities. We used to pitch up in a field and make our own entertainment. We have been all over the country, and even to france in the caravans.
No tele, just books, boardgames, swingball, bat and ball and other outdoor games, and our imaginations.

So that's what i would love to own :-)

Feel free to do your own "The thing i dream of owning the most" post on your blog. I can't tag anyone as i think i'm the last person to be doing this, and everyone's already done theirs"

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Weightwatchers hot chocolate-review

I jumped at the chance to review weight watchers hot chocolate, as I'm trying to lose a few lb's but have got such a sweet tooth, i can't go without treats.

To make it you simply boil the kettle, add 3 heaped spoons of chocolate powder(or 1 sachet) to a mug, and add 200 ml of water (i just filled my mug to the top).
I usually add milk to my hot chocolate...and dare i admit it, sugar!!!! So i was expecting this to taste bitter to me. It had an edge (bear in mind i usually have sugar in hot chocolate), but was really tasty, and i was really impressed. Definately what i was looking for to give me my chocolate fix whilst trying to eat healthily.

You can either buy it (available in Morrison's, Tesco and Sainsbury's) in a tub of 20 servings(220g)- rrp £2.90 or in sachets that rrp at around 30p.
The tub is ideal for at home, and the sachets are great for work, or if your going out to a friends, or if you just don't want to have to spoon out the chocolate powder.
Containing just 0.9g of saturated fat, only 40 calories per cup and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, it can be enjoyed while sticking to healthier eating but without having to compromise on taste. For those doing weightwatchers it's just 1 propoint per serving.

I was also sent a fantastic recipe with a twist. "Iced Chocolate", which is a really delicious chocolate milkshake.
How to prepare:
  1. Make up the Weight Watchers Hot Chocolate Drink with 100ml (3 ½ fl oz) freshly boiled water
  2. Put ice cubes into a tall glass and pour over 100ml (3 ½ fl oz) skimmed milk
  3. Pour over the hot chocolate, stir and serve – or put in a flask to take on a picnic
I was worried that with the boiling water the drink would be warm, but it wasnt, the ice more or less melted straight away, but once mixed the drink really was "ice cold".

I will definately be buying this product in future :-) My sweet treat when my little lovelys are in bed- My guilt free me time with weight watchers.

Loren x

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Ben and Jerry's - Wich

The ‘Wich Joins the Ben & Jerry’s Fairtrade Herd!

Legendairy ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s are over the moon to welcome the ‘Wich to their fair-trade family at long last!

The ‘Wich combines dairyingly delicious vanilla and chocolatey chip ice cream, sandwiched between two chewy chocolate chunk cookies.

Ben and Jerry’s aim to make all of their ice cream in the nicest possible way; with milk from their Caring Dairy, free range eggs from happy chickens and Fairtrade ingredients where possible. As co-founder Jerry Greenfield says, “Fairtrade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie.”

Grab your ‘Wich at selected supermarkets now!

Find out more at www.benjerry.co.uk.

-I have yet to try the new Wich, as it's only available in Tesco and Asda, and my local supermarket is morrisons. However i am going to Asda this week, so will let you all know my verdict once i've tried it. It looks delicious.
It's retail price is £1.50.
Anyone tried this yet? If you have or do, let us know what you think by commenting below :-)
Loren x

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Bic Soleil Razors-Review

BIC Soleil® - Just Live

After using a reusable razor since i started shaving(a few different ones may i add) i was asked to review the new BIC Soleil range, which are disposables.
Well can i start by saying why on earth have i been using reusable razors all this time?!?!?
I'm going to do a few comparisons:
My current razor - £6.42 for 4 new blades.
Bic Soleil - Miss Soleil - £2.70 for 4 razors               
                 Soleil Bella - £4.99 for 3 razors
                 Soeil Lady - £2.99 for 4 razors
                 Soleil Scent - £2.99 for 4 razors
So I've been paying more, for less??? With BIC i get a complete new razor every time, whereas with my previous razors i was only getting the heads!!!!

So not only am i getting more, it's more hygienic. I'm not alone in the fact that as time goes on, with reusable razors, the handle, starts to get a bit grubby with soap build up, sat for months on wet windowsills/shelves etc.

So maybe they aren't as good as my reusable razor?...Nope they are fantastic, if anything i would say better, my legs felt sooo smooth after using the scent razor, and it smells divine(lavender). I have now tried each one(Miss Soleil, Soleil Bella and Soleil Lady) to find out which my favourite is...I love them all, how can i have a favourite.

When i used to think of disposable razors i thought of the boring little plastic ones, but BIC Soleil have completely changed that. The Soleil range is sleek and stylish, as well as being vibrant and colourful. There is something for everyone. You will be proud to have a Soleil razor in your bathroom.
I also love that they have a plastic cover that fits over the blade. Having young children(1 and 3) this just gives me that extra peace of mind, that if by some chance my razor fell into the bath while they were in it, or they got hold of it(they are always kept out of reach, but you can never be too careful) they wouldn't get cut if they picked it up.

 The Soleil Range


Miss Soleil® - fits perfectly with your active summer lifestyle!
For ladies who want the perfect work/life balance and know that beauty should be as stress free as possible, Miss Soleil® is the ideal solution. The non-slip grip and pivoting handle make it the perfect razor for an active lifestyle. From shopping with friends to heading off to hear your favourite bands at your nearest festival, Miss Soleil® will ensure you’ll look great when you’re dancing, even if it’s in a muddy



Soleil® BellaTM – you’ll be ready for anything!
For summer evenings spent catching a film with friends or for a girl’s night out sipping a cocktail or two in town, the Soleil® BellaTM will ensure you’ll be looking and feeling your best. With its pivoting head and moisturising coconut Milk, the only difficult decision you’ll have to make is deciding where to go!  











BIC Soleil® Lady – leaves you looking great

The BIC Soleil® Lady offers a silky shave and leaves you with flawless pins. Its bright and sunny citrus colours make it perfect for popping in your beach bag so you’ll be ready for impromptu activities.  Soothing Aloe Vera and nourishing Vitamin E is great for sensitive skin so there’ll be no reason not to show off your legs in your favourite summer frock! 

 

 

 

BIC Soleil® Scent – leaves you feeling recharged
The BIC Soleil® Scent leaves you feeling re-energised and ready to take on that new challenge. Whether you’re planning an exciting trip away or simply heading off for a game of netball with your friends, you’ll be left feeling recharged and ready to experience new hobbies whatever they may be.

 

 

 

 

Emma Willis is fronting the BIC Soleil campaign and she said

“I’m thrilled to represent such a well-known brand. BIC® Soleil®‘s range of brightly coloured, stylish razors look great in my bathroom! By using my BIC® Soleil® shaver I can spend less time on my beauty regime and more time enjoying the summer!”

 

Shave your way to a more colourful life with BIC Soleil shavers. For more information about the BIC Soleil range, please visit http://www.facebook.com/BICSoleilJustLive.

 

Give them a try, i bet you will be very pleasantly surprised. Loren xx

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Honeyed oatmeal biscuits(or yummy flapjacks as i call them!!)


Honeyed oatmeal biscuits:
Makes about 24

Rachel’s quote:  ‘ These oatmeal biscuits couldn’t be faster to prepare, with everything simply melted then mixed together before being baked.  I have used Kerrygold Honey Spread to give them a delicious honey flavour.  I have used Kerrygold Honey Spread as a convenient cheat for adding both honey and butter.’

Ingredients:
·   175g (6oz) Kerrygold Honey Spread
·   110g (4oz) caster sugar
·   250g (9oz) oats
·   1 tbsp golden syrup
·   1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:
1.       Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°f/Gas mark 4.
2.       Place a saucepan on a medium-low heat; add the Kerrygold Honey Spread, golden syrup and vanilla extract.  Melt and stir together, then stir in the caster sugar and oats and mix well.
3.       Spread onto a Swiss roll tin and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until golden.
4.       Cut in to squares while still warm, then place on a wire rack to cool.

What we think.
I will be totally honest here, i was really dubious about making these biscuits. My only memories of honey are my nan having vast amounts in her porridge and tea(yes honey in tea instead of sugar) and even the smell is completely unappealing to me.
But hey, i love a challenge, so upon being asked to try out some "honey" recipes from the new Rachel Allen community cookbook, using the new Kerrygold honey spread, i was more then willing to give it a go. There is a selection of recipes i will be sharing with you, some savoury, some sweet.
So this morning when Eva asked to make biscuits(nothing new there) i said ok we'll try these. I didn't think she would be overly impressed as her favourite part of making biscuits is the rolling and cutting shapes out of the dough.
But she proved me wrong, she loved making these.
She measured out the honey butter, golden syrup and vanilla essence into a bowl, and then i put a pan of water on to boil. While waiting for the water to heat up to melt the butter mix, we weighed out the oats and sugar. She then mixed them together while, i stirred the melting butter.
I then turned off the boiling water, and put the bowl on a towel. I told Eva to be very careful as the bowl was hot. She then spooned the dry mix into the wet mix and we mixed it together. She then spooned it into the greased baking tin and i put it into the preheated oven.

When cooking they smelled so strongly of honey, i was still convinced i wouldn't like them.
So after 30 minutes i took them out of the oven, cut into squares(i cut them into large squares, so didn't get 24, but then did cut them smaller) and put on a wire rack to cool.

Then came the taste test, i took a tiny nibble...Mmm that's ok, so a larger bite. YUM!!!!
They taste delicious. Jack on seeing me eating one was then round my ankles for a piece. And his verdict...a resounding yum. He gobbled it up, and i'm sure he would of had more if i'd let him.
It took us around 10-15 minutes to make these, but if you were making them alone, without a child helping it would take you less then 5.
Go on, give them a try, and let us know what you think.
Loren x

For more information on the Kerrygold, delicious recipes and to be in with a chance to have your recipe featured in the Kerrygold Community Cookbook alongside Rachel Allen’s please visit www.facebook.com/KerrygoldUK

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Organic Baby food from Baby Zilli-Review

I was thrilled when we were asked to review some Baby Zilli Baby Food, as even though Jack usually eats what we eat now(he's 15 months) sometimes that just isnt practical, and i also like the peace of mind of keeping a pouch of food in the changing bag if were going out for the day. We were sent 4 products to review, Pasta Pomodoro, Cock-a-Leekie, Fruit Medley Pud and Fruit Berry Crumble.

Aldo Zilli comments "All the Baby Zilli dishes are completely organic, free from artificial flavours with absolutely no additives. Its all natural, good stuff that your baby will love."
Each Baby Zilli recipe has no added salt or sugar, no bulking agents, no E-numbers, no preservatives, no artificial additives, no GM foods. They are just 100% organic goodness.
So does this matter?
As a mother of 2, all this does matter. When it came to weaning Eva 3 years ago, there was nothing like this on the market, all the baby foods were processed jars. After looking around i decided i was going to make all her food myself, for 2 reasons, firstly the majority of jarred foods contain additives or preservatives of some kind. And secondly, the bland taste...and the fact that they all tasted the same. I wouldn't eat it, so why should i be feeding it to my baby.(this is/was just my personal opinion).
On having Jack i found a similar product to the Zilli range, which was great, i still cooked as much home cooked as i could, but when we were out and about or going to someones house i could take a pouch of food, that was nearly as good as homemade and feel happy in the knowledge Jack was enjoying the food, but that it was also good for him.
I was a bit dubious how Jack would react to a bowl of "baby food" as he eats what we eat, but was so pleased to how much he enjoyed it, that i will definately be stocking up and recommending Baby Zilli to as many people as will listen.
The recipes used are ones Aldo created for his own children, so you can rest assured your baby is eating the best.
The packaging states "Good enough for Mamma and Papa to eat" but i couldn't tell you if thats true or not, as i didn't get chance to taste it, Jack wolfed it down.

The Range and Prices
Brekkie and Stage 1-89p consists of
  • Zilli Greens(spinach, peas and pear)
  • Tutti Frutti Mix(peach, banana and apricot)
  • Blueberry Blast(blueberry, banana and apple)
  • Aldo's Fruity Punch(pear, apple and banana)
  • Tasty Veggie Blend(sweet potato, butternut squash and broccoli)

  • Aldo's Fruit Brekkie(rice, pear, peach and milk)
  • Banana Cereal(rice, banana, apple and peach)
Stage 2-£1.29 consists of
  • Potato and Lamb Stew(winter vegetable and mint)
  • Chicken and Parsnip(potato, onion, and tarragon)
  • Zilli Fishy Dishy(salmon, mashed potato and peas)
  • Fruit and Veg Puree(broccoli, carrot, sweet potato, and pear)
Stage 3-£1.69 consists of
  • Cock-a-Leekie(chicken, lentils, and leeks)
  • Pasta Pomodoro(pasta, tomatoe and vegetables)
Pud-£1.29 consists of
  • Red Berry Crumble(strawberry, banana and blueberry)
  • Fruit Medley Pud(apple, banana and plums)
Juice-89p consists of
  • Organic Apple
  • Organic Summer Fruits
  • Organic Orange, Mango and Apple
  • Organic Tropical
You can purchase the Zilli range from Waitrose, Tesco, Ocado, Budgens, amazon.com, and several other online outlets.
To see the full list of stockists and more on the Zilli range go to http://www.zillibaby.co.uk/
Definately check it out as they have got an online club and if you register before 2nd september 2011 you can be in with a chance to win a months supply of Baby Zilli food, aswel as a fantastic "latest news section"which is full of helpful tips.

Our Zilli Experience:
Our Zilli Food arrived today(16/8/11), so after eating 3 boiled eggs with Eva, i thought i would open the Pasta Pomodoro(as you can see the pouch is empty in the picture at the top of this post) and give Jack half, being as he's just eaten eggs, so i did, popped it in the microwave for a few seconds and gave it a good stir to make sure there was no hotspots(please note, Baby Zilli say to heat up by popping the pouch, or bowl of food into a bowl of warm water). Gave it to Jack to feed himself, turned round to carry on cooking mine and Daz's tea, and it had been eaten, and Jack was telling me in his own way he wanted more.

So i put the remaining half into his bowl, another few seconds in the microwave, another stir and he polished off the lot.
So then i gave him the Fruit Berry Crumble for pudding, and again he was delighted with it.

(isn't he gorgeous)
And again he ate the lot, and has gone to bed a nice full tummy, a very contented boy.

So just to say again, i am so impressed, Well Done Aldo Zilli and Dean Dunham for creating this fantastic range.
5/5 for us.
Loren x