Friday, 31 August 2012

31/08 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...

Welcome to the weekend hop where you can link up your favourite post of the week.

Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog.

clairejustineoxox

Thursday, 30 August 2012

White chocolate and cherry cheesecake...



All American favourite... A great pudding to take to a barbecue party. Make the day before as it improves with chilling.



Serves 10-12

Preparation time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 40-45 minutes

Chilling time: overnight or 6 hours

Biscuit base

  • 50 g (2 oz) butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 250 g (9 oz) digestive biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup

Cheesecake

  • 200 g (7 oz) white chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 675 g (1½ lb) Philadelphia full fat cream cheese
  • 75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200 ml (7 fl oz) double cream
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 225 g (8 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed

Topping

  • 250 ml (8 fl oz) carton full fat crème fraiche
  • 175 g (6 oz) British cherries


Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. 
  • Lightly butter a 23 cm (9 inch) springform tin. 
  • Put the biscuits into a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or blitz in a food processor. 
  • Melt the measured butter in a saucepan with the golden syrup, stir in the biscuit crumbs, mix well then press over the base and two thirds of the way up the tin sides.
  • Bake the biscuit crust for 5 minutes then take out of the oven and lower the oven temperature to 150ºF/300ºC/Gas Mark 2.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure that the water does not touch the base of the bowl. 
  • Take off the heat, stir briefly and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together in a bowl with an electric whisk or in a food processor. 
  • Gradually beat in the cream until thick once more then beat in the eggs one at a time, beating until smooth before adding the next one. 
  • Stir in the melted chocolate.
  • Scatter the stoned cherries over the biscuit lined tin then spoon the cheesecake mixture over the top.
  •  Bake for 35-45 minutes until the cheesecake is firm around the edge and just beginning to colour while still slightly soft in the centre. 
  • Turn off the oven, open the door slightly and leave to cool completely. 
  • Chill in the fridge overnight or for at least 6 hours.

When ready to serve 

  • Loosen the edge of the cheesecake with a knife, remove the tin and transfer to a serving plate. 
  • Spread the crème fraiche on top then decorate with the cherries on stalks. 
  • Cut into wedges to serve.


Guest Post Credits- Seasonal Berries

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

What I'm Wearing : In The Blue...


Another outfit post from my holidays at Butlins a few weeks ago.Got my 9 year old to take me these pictures on my phone whilst everyone else was rushing around getting ready...

 

 
Top - Matalan
Trouser - Matalan
Shoes - Clarks
 
 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Tower Of London Day Out : Wordless Wednesday Linky...

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...

Flaming cherries jubilee...

Impress your friends...


Need a quick and easy dessert that will create a stir, then this easy cherry compote fits the bill, add a splash of Cointreau or brandy at the end, warm through then light with a long match, stand well back and wait for the applause.


Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 13 minutes

You will need

  • 1 lemon, pare rind from lemon with a vegetable peeler and squeeze juice
  • 200 ml (7 fl oz) water, plus little extra
  • 75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
  • 400 g (14 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed
  • 4 tablespoons Cointreau or brandy


  • Scoops vanilla ice cream to serve


Method

  • Add the lemon rind, juice, water and sugar to a small frying pan and simmer gently for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Boil for 3 minutes until syrupy.
  • Add the cherries and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes until they are softened and the juices have coloured the syrup.
  • Lift out and discard the lemon rind.
  • Add the liqueur or brandy and bring just to the boil, flame with a lit match (use extra long ones so you don’t burn fingers) making sure to stand well back then take to the table.
  • When the flames subside spoon into dishes and serve with scoops of ice cream.


Tip:

  • Look out for a cherry stoner when you are next shopping, this handy gadget makes light work of pressing out the cherry stones, it is about the size and price of a garlic press, but once you have one, you will wonder how you ever managed without it!


About this post-

Recipe and photo credit by-  Seasonal Berries

Monday, 27 August 2012

Cherry clafoutis...



French classic that’s ideal to serve after a Sunday lunch, made with a sweetened batter, not unlike Yorkshire pudding, it tastes great served with scoops of vanilla ice cream or a soft spoonful of crème fraiche.



Serves 6

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Standing time: 15-30 minutes

Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

What you need

  • 100 g (4 oz) plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 50 g (2 oz) caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Grated rind of ½ orange
  • 50 g (2 oz) butter, melted plus extra 15 g (½ oz) to grease the tin
  • 300 ml (½ pint) semi skimmed milk
  • 300 g (11 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed
  • Icing sugar, sifted, to decorate

Method

  • Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, add the sugar then the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, orange rind and melted butter, whisk until smooth. 
  • Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth and frothy. 
  • Set aside for the batter to rest for 15-30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC /350ºF/Gas Mark 4. 
  • Generously butter a 20 cm (8 inch) diameter by 4 cm (1½ inch) deep round cake tin with a fixed base, add the cherries and heat in the oven for 5 minutes until sizzling hot.
  • Quickly pour in the batter then return to the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until the pudding puffs around the edges and the centre is just set and cooked like a custard tart. 
  • Take out of the oven, dust the top generously with sifted icing sugar and serve warm with spoonfuls of crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream. 
  • The dessert will sink as it cools so don’t be alarmed.


Recipe and photo credit by - Seasonal Berries

Cake Masterclass Red Hot World Buffet : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...

On Wednesday me and my daughter got to attended a masterclass at Red Hot World Buffet to celebrate the launch of their brand new range of artisan cakes to take home.


 It was lovely to meet their head pastry chef Darshan Choudhari and watch him make this amazing strawberry cheese cake.The cheese cake was topped with yummy strawberries laired in fresh cream around the side and was sprinkles of chopped pistachio nut.

 
The masterclass was very interesting and once Darshan had finished making the strawberry cheese cake we all got a slice to try which was amazingly yummy...
 
 
 
Above is pictures of some of the amazing cakes that Red Hot World Buffet sell and you can call in store to arrange to buy.Prices range from £11-49 up to £15-99 the strawberry cheese cake looks like  my favourite one of all but saying that they all look fabulous.The Cheese cake is  priced at £15-99 and I would welcome this as a present any day of the week...
 
 
All the cakes are made with fresh ingredients ...
 
 
After we had the cake making tutorial we set on making our very own creation.I really wanted to go and make a posh looking cake but as joint effort with my daughter I let her lead the way. First off we sliced the cake and filled it with strawberry whipped cream and freshly slice strawberries.Then my daughter stuck 2 wafer tubes in the middle that looked like eyes so we decided to go for a face.
 

 
 
 Our finished cake...
 
This was a lovely morning and my first ever blogger's event in which I also got to meet some lovely people.  
 
We didn't win the cake off but we had a great time and even walked away with our yummy cake and a voucher for a free meal !!
 
 I will keep you updated on pictures of the food once we get to try it out which I am very looking forward to..
 
 
clairejustineoxox

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Back To School With Littlewoods...

The lovely people at Littlewoods.com kindly asked us if we would like to try out some of their back to school uniform range.As large family with 4 children this is always a expensive time of year so I was very pleased to have been asked.


My oldest son has left school now so we only 3 to cater for and luckily I got my youngest son uniform sorted last week. I decided to pick some things for my daughter from their School uniform selection and was very pleased with the high quality clothes we received.

 We ordered  all aged 9-10 years as my daughter who is 7 is big for her age and can never usually fit in 7-8 years .The clothes I would say were all spot on for the size stated.

We recieved-

3* White school shirts priced from £10-00 from £0.50 per week Interest free

2* School dresses from £17-00 for a pack of 2 or From £0.85 per week Interest free

2* School cardigans  from £15-00 for a pack of 2 or from 75p a per week Interest free

They also sell a range of children kickers school shoes great for back to school.



I can't believe how big my baby looks in these clothes she is growing up so fast...

About Littlewoods interest free shopping

Keep things affordable with bite-sized weekly payments

All items are available interest-free over 20 weeks

There's free delivery, plus free returns if you change your mind

And as a big thank you for shopping with them, you'll earn Rewards to put towards more goodies!

The school holidays seemed to go by slow at first but now flying by which reminds me I still have to buy 2 P.E bags and 2 lunch boxes for my little 2,shoes for my daughter and a full uniform for my 15 year old who is over 6 ft tall and size 12 feet !!

I keep putting off buying his uniform for this reason. I must get busy buying the rest of the uniform before its too late.I have loved spending time with them all over the 6 weeks holiday and can't imagine how quite and peaceful the house will be once there all back at school I will enjoy it I'm sure but only for a little while.

Has everyone else got everything ready for back to school? or is it just me who has left it till the last week?

About this review-we got sent some back to school clothes (as above) for the purpose of the review and was not paid for this post,all thoughts on this post are my own honest option...

Saturday, 25 August 2012

All The Fun On The Carousel....

This week I'm linking up our fun at the fairground with Coombe Mill for our outdoor adventures.We don't do many fairground rides but one ride we all love is the carousel.When we went to Butlins for a few days at the begaining of the holidays this was the ride we all had most fun on,even me!!

 




Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 24 August 2012

24/08 Link Up Your Favourite Posts Of The Week : Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop...

Welcome to the weekend hop where you can link up your favourite post of the week.

Simply link up to 3 different post or just your main blog...

clairejustineoxox

Mini cherry and lemon drizzle cakes...


 Quick and easy

Who can resist this bite sized version of a favourite cake with a jewel like cherry in the centre.

Makes 18

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 10-12 minutes

What you need


50 g (2 oz) soft margarine

50 g (2 oz) caster sugar

75 g (3 oz) self-raising flour

1 egg

1 lemon, grated rind and juice

18 British cherries, about 125 g (4½ oz) in total, stalks and stones removed

75 g (3 oz) granulated sugar

Method

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. Lightly brush 18 sections of 2 x 12 mini muffin tins with a little sunflower or vegetable oil.

Add the soft margarine, caster sugar, flour, egg and lemon rind to a bowl and beat together until smooth.

Divide the mixture between the oiled muffin tin sections and press a cherry into the centre of each. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cakes are lightly risen and golden brown. Meanwhile mix the lemon juice and granulated sugar together in a bowl.

Allow the cakes to cool for a few minutes then loosen the edges with a knife and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper. Quickly spoon the lemon juice mixture over the hot cakes and leave for the syrup to soak in and the sugar to form a crunchy topping. Serve warm or cold.

Guest Post Credits-  Seasonal Berries

Thursday, 23 August 2012

What I Wore And Where I Wore It : Tower Of London...

On Wednesday we went to visit the Tower of  London and as lots of you loved my t-shirt here I thought I would have this as my outfit post today...

I love this t-shirt too and was so happy to pick it up in the Primark sale a few weeks ago for £3-00 in the sales and as I can't resist a bargain I also have a different design in red too !!

 





Top - Primark
Jeans - Abercrombie and Fitch
Shoes - Keds
Linking up with-


pleated poppy
 
 

Superbreaks : Chester Zoo Review...

One of the lovely member of the Community Outreach Team for Superbreak.com kindly asked me if my family would like an opportunity to go to one of the great attractions from one of their fabulous day's out selection .We are always looking for somewhere fun to take the kids especially when they are off school so we were very excited in picking a place to go.I got sent a list of some great places to visit  like Cadbury World, Chester Zoo, the London Eye, the London Dungeons and lots of other great days out.


As we have tried out lots of places on the list and have tickets to go to London Dungeon today we decided it was going to be between Chester Zoo and Cabury World hmm chocolate or animals....as we are trying to be good for our marathon we already have booked in Chester in 7 weeks we decided to make it Chester Zoo 'city breaks'  so we could also have a look around the streets we will be running along very soon.

After over sleeping on the day, due to a really warm and restless night we eventually got up put our summer clothes on (as the sun was shining!!! ) and set out at 8-15.We drove to Chesterfield train station but missed the train by 2 minutes,typical when in a rush!!

As my mother in law lives nearby we managed a short visit and ended up with a goodies bag of yummy food to share on the train so everything turned out OK in the end..Lucky at Manchester it was only a short wait till the Chester train came in.At Chester we managed to get a bus ticket from the train station that only cost £6-00 for a family of 4 return which I thought was great value.


On the train my daughter was saying she was so looking forward to seeing the elephants.What a great surprise that they were one of the first animals we got to see, they were so sweet we loved watching them and could have easily stay looking at them for hours.They were mine and my daughters favourite animals of the day.


On the journey from Manchester to Chester we realised that the great British weather typically decided to change and we were not dressed for the weather that was thrown upon us.Every mile it started to rain and rain until we arrived at Chester it was a downpour so us lot in our summer dresses and shorts maybe looked a little out of place but we were not going to let the weather stop our fun...


We didn't get to try the mono rail this time as there was a queue and standing waiting in the rain wasn't the best plan. The mono rail by all accounts gives a good overview of the Zoo, so we will endeavour to go on that next time.





One of the places I was looking forward to visiting was the butterfly house.I visited a butterfly house earlier this year and loved it. Both my children were scared of the butterflies coming near them.This time around they knew what to expect and I was so proud they stayed in and learnt all about the butterflies.I loved the big blue ones that looked amazing but they were to quick for me to take a picture of them.


How sweet is this monkey...he was sat all alone watching the other ones play....



Pink flamingos are adorable I always love to watch them...


Looks so peaceful I'm glad this little madam had eaten lunch already...


Did I mention rain!! we waited in the green houses for a while until it slowed down...




This is how much rain fell as this was the pathway to the exit,even the little ducks thought it was home..

What we thought of the zoo

According to the official blurb there are over 8000 animals and 400 different species in the zoo. I would say ideally it's a two day visit to fully appreciate all that's on offer to see. What I really liked is that the animals had plenty of space and the habitat was as close to their natural environment as possible.Unlike some Zoos where they seem to just have two of everything, at Chester Zoo they had actual colonies of many animals and you really felt they had good natural living conditions.

We loved the zoo it was a great day out.The weather was a downer, on the plus side though it means we will be back soon to fully explore on a warm day. All of the animals looked well taken care of and content with their homes. We would recommend a good pair of walking shoes and a camera, arrive early and leave late to maximise your trip. Another good point is that like us many people came with picnics, and there was plenty of places both indoor and out where you could sit down and enjoy your own lunch. Overall a 5 star day out and fully recommended by me and my tribe...


About Superbreaks

Superbreak is the market leader in the provision of UK and European short breaks. It has been established for over 25 years and from day one, we have specialised in providing short breaks within the UK. We aim to make our customers’ life easier by allowing them to book packages, be it for theatre breaks or just short city breaks across the UK.

You can find out more about Superbreak on their website Superbreak


About this review- we were kindly sent a family day pass to try of Chester Zoo courtesy of superbreaks,we paid all travel expenses and I was not paid for this post.All thoughts on the zoo are my own honest opinion.

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