Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Introducing the Riverford Companion & A Recipe Box #Competition

It’s getting very cold and we are definitely starting to feel the chill.  It’s time to think about wholesome inviting food that will comfort us through the long dark winter months, plenty of tasty soups and stews to fortify us and warm our bellies.

I was excited with the delivery of my new cookbook as it had lots of recipes that make vegetables sound exciting!  Plus rather helpfully the recipes aim to be quick and simple so easy enough for those always in a mad rush (getting children from various playdates and school activities) to squeeze in the time to make them.

The Riverford Companion autumn and winter cooking with a veg box compliments those that already use Riverford for the delivery of their seasonal organic veg.  They wanted to make cooking with their veg boxes a pleasurable experience.  It’s certainly easy enough to navigate around the cookbook it is sectioned into recipes concerning a particular vegetable and also comes with lots of useful guidance about how to prep and store each one.  I think it gives you the confidence to experiment with vegetables you might be unfamiliar with using, for us that would be the pumpkins, which we only ever buy as Halloween decorations!

The roast potatoes with lemon, rosemary and thyme look amazing!  

I might just have to try my hand at a few of the recipes and then impress everyone with my newfound cooking knowledge.  The recipes are broken down well and very clear so even a novice cook like myself should be able to manage them.  I like the fact they offer variations at the bottom so you can alter the end result slightly if you wanted.  I think my mum will wonder what’s going on if I presented her with one of the many delicious recipes!

At the back of the recipe book you have a section of useful basics, all the things you need to know about making soups, stock, risottos and dressings.  The book is available to buy for £12.99 from their website, it would make a wonderful gift for the family foodie, bound to inspire them to incorporate different vegetables in their meals.  It really is a good price for an attractive hardback book with very tempting pictures, prepare for your mouth to water!  The hardest part for me is deciding which recipe to attempt first, I want to get cracking straight away.

It such a shame Riverford do not deliver their recipe boxes to my area, please do check before entering the competition, I would hate for you to be disappointed if you did win.  But the good news is they do hope to keep on expanding so I am sure they will get round everyone one day!  Much easier than having to head to the shops, shopping with children is an experience (to put it politely!)… So if you can avoid it by ordering recipes boxes then all the better!

If you would like to enter the competition to win a Recipe Box (worth £39.95) then please fill out the form below by the 15th of December.

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First Santa

I can’t believe how quickly Christmas is coming; we have even seen our first Santa already!  I wonder how many we will see before Christmas.  The boys were not entirely convinced about this one, so I said I thought perhaps it was one of Santa’s helpers rather than the actual Father Christmas, to which one of them said I definitely think its two elves in there, one on the others shoulders!  It is funny what goes through their minds.  But best of all it’s another year of believing and I want to hang on to that.  The boys also had a chance to decorate biscuits and have their face painted.

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They have made me smiles lots lately, just the little things they do, my youngest has been collecting the nibs off coloured pencils and pretending they are his gems… whenever I see another little pile of the “gems” I beam.  He has always been something of a collector, coming home with pockets laden with all kinds he has managed to salvage from the school field, but at least the latest collection is very colourful!

I am enjoying the build up to Christmas; we have quite a full calendar of events ahead of us, with school plays (my two are featuring as a rat and a dog this year), grotto visits and festive dinners.  Our local theatre has had more exciting things to do lately too; I enjoy supporting them as much as possible.

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I have been feeling a bit more tired than usual the last few weeks but I think its because I have been busier than usual behind the scenes on my blog.  After my successful fundraiser I moved onto starting to write my Baby Shower Gift Guide feature ready for a surprise baby shower next week, I have kindly been gifted £360 worth of wonderful presents for a friend so I am sure she will be delighted when she finally sees them.  Although I have vowed that is my final baby shower, so please friends take note NO MORE BABIES please.

#netflixstreamteam November Viewing

I don’t really know what I can write for my Netflix update this month, lets just say I have been watching FAR too much Son’s of Anarchy.  I hoped to give you a heads up for another show you should start viewing but our evenings have been focused around Jax and his not always so merry band of bikers.

We are well into Season 6 now and it’s been a roller coaster.  I think I have watched too much too quickly and got a bit disillusioned, but with Season 7 marking the end of the series I am almost there!  I think it’s been a difficult show to watch, its not always nice or pretty, the characters are not really consistent (there loyalties shift all over the place!) and the ranks thin out quite quickly (so try not to get too close to any one particular character!!!).  I am looking forward to drawing a line under the show and moving on to pastures new with less dark and sinister topics.

Let’s be honest I miss Hook and have been neglecting him since starting Son’s.  So I am going to play catch up with Series 5 as that is on episode 7 now.  I miss my fairy tale villains they might tear out your heart to control you but they still behave better than the majority of the Son’s bad guys!

Hubbie wants to start Narcos but I am going to leave him to that and pick something softer for me!  I do not think I can face another series of violence and drugs just yet!  Fortunately there is so much choice on Netflix and we can both watch different shows on separate devices, this time I am going to find something just for me no doubt gushy and romantic, or I might just pause and rewind on Hook scenes a lot!

The boys have been happy with their viewing choices; they have been revisiting the Home Alone films.  Always a good option with Christmas on the way, although afterwards they do tend to try and make traps!  Youngest put marbles all over the floor today but sadly self owned himself and landed on his nose, unfortunately childhood does seem to come with its share of knocks.