Monthly Archives: November 2011

Win a Vegetarian Christmas with Linda McCartney

Christmas will soon be here and for the vegetarian readers of my blog, I have a giveaway that will make Christmas go with a bang from the lovely people at Linda McCartney.

You can win:

To enter this competition, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post by 6pm on Tuesday 6th December. Its that simple!

This competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winner will be announced as soon as possible.

Good luck and happy cooking! :-)

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only 1 entry per person
  2. The competition will close at 6pm on Tuesday 6th December GMT
  3. The winner will be chosen by and will be contacted via email as soon as possible after the competition has closed.
  4. The competition is open to UK residents only
  5. The prize will be delivered by Linda McCartney Foods once the winner’s contact details are confirmed

For another two opportunities to win a vegetarian feast for Christmas, please visit Maison Cupcake and Fuss Free Living

This competition is being promoted on Loquax Competitions

Coffee and Cake: Kenco Millicano Product Review

Hello everyone. I am back. Did you miss me? I missed you all. Thomas is doing fantastically and I am loving motherhood. You can follow my progress as a new mum on my sister blog Jo’s Nursery. I have a backlog of posts to get through so I will do my best to post regularly from now on, however please bear with me if I do not. A 4 week old can be quite demanding!

Today I would like to tell you about an amazing new coffee I have discovered. It is called Kenco Millicano and is the best tasting instant coffee that I have ever found. The reason it is the best tasting instant coffee is because it contains 15% finely milled roast and ground coffee, making it taste like freshly brewed coffee. With a newborn in the house and a distinct lack of sleep happening, a good cup of coffee to get me going in a morning is a must. Since finding Kenco Millicano, I have not looked back and I highly recommend it.

Kenco Millicano have spoken to over a thousand women across the UK to find out what the hottest trends for 2011 were. One of the most interesting trends for foodies is the ‘retro recession’ with people trying to be more cost conscious and frugal with their food purchases.

The report features the biggest upcoming trends for food such as:

  • Scandi-Style: There’s a new interest in the clean, fresh tastes of Nordic cuisine, with herring, lingonberry jam and Västerbottensost cheese enjoying a surge in popularity
  • Olde worlde recipes will continue to inspire nostalgic cuisine. Heston Blumenthal’s new venture, Dinner, interprets dishes from as far back as the 14th century, likewise at Marcus Wareing’s Gilbert Scott the menu features old school offerings like Mrs Beeton’s snow eggs with Everton toffee. 17th century grog cocktail anyone?
  • Inexpensive but tasty food: Jay Rayner’s latest discovery BBQ Shack smokes brisket and pork shoulder over hardwood pits for 18 hours, transforming the taste and texture. While stocks of salmon and cod dwindle, so too does our appetite for them, but coley and pouting will surge in popularity.

As part of the inexpensive but tasty food trend, Kenco sent me a frugal fruit cake recipe to try. I was really impressed with the recipe. It is delicious and you can hardly tell it is frugal at all. It smelled so delicious I would of eaten the cake mix uncooked if I had not of been pregnant when I made it.

Frugal Fruit Cake


  •  150 ml (¼ pt water)
  • 100 g (4 oz) sultanas
  • 125 g (5 oz) caster sugar
  • 113 g (¼ lb) butter
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150 g (6 oz) plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  2. First grease and line a 1 lb loaf tin, then grease the paper.
  3. Take a large, thick based saucepan and put in the water, sugar, sultanas, butter and bicarbonate of soda. Place pan on a medium heat, stir ingredients together and bring to the boil, then boil for 10 minutes exactly, but don’t go away – if the temperature isn’t controlled it may boil over.
  4. When the 10 minutes is up remove pan from the heat and allow mixture to cool. Then add the beaten egg, and the flour and baking powder, sifted together. Mix well then place in prepared tin and bake on the middle shelf for approx 1½ hours.
  5. This dark and sticky cake is a family favourite and gets even better if kept for a few days.

Many thanks to Joanna for sending me the coffee to review and the fruit cake recipe. It is much appreciated :-)

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