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Monday, 9 December 2013

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Chicken Tonight Review...


A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at  Chicken Tonight as they have recently expanded their range with a brand new selection of Tonight sauces. A few days later they sent me this wonderful hamper full of goodies to let us try out the Tonight range and have some fun too.


 I was asked to share some of my fun meal creations and names each one as a themed night for each day of the working week.


Monday- Student Tonight

I name this meal with thoughts of my oldest son in mind who is off to University on Thursday. He love a good home cooked meal so what better meal to start? Along with the Cottage pie Tonight sauce, I  added mince beef to the sauce and cooked it, then added pre cooked and mashed potatoes, grated cheese and served with cooked vegetables. This is an easy to follow recipe that he can also try when he is away from home. After I added the creamy mash potatoes and grated cheese, popped it in the oven for 10 minutes to let the cheese brown. Yum everyone loved this meal.



Tuesday- Chilling Tonight

For a nice relaxing Tuesday night we all shared a spicy Mexican Chile con Carne. For a fun and very tasty mid week meal I cooked the Chile con Carne  Tonight sauce up with mince beef, served it up with cooked rice and sprinkled cheese on top. My children love this meal as they know I always add tortilla chips as side. Sides also included tortillas and cheese done in the microwave for a few seconds and me and my husband had a nice glass of wine. Perfect meal and not a bit wasted!!


Wednesday- Dads Tonight

My husband love sausages so I named Wednesdays meal, dads Tonight. I made the children's dad this, as he loves sausages. This is a easy recipe as you just have to fry the sausages and transfer into an oven proof bowl with the sauce then leave it, to let the oven cook it. Once cooked I left him to watch his favourite dvd whilst I caught up in blog land.



Thursday - Mums Tonight

Yes this one was one for me, one of my favourite meals as I love curries.  This Tonights sauce is Mild Curry. Another easy recipe where as once you have fried the chicken you can leave it to cook in the oven. So using some free time,  I had a nice soak in the bath with lots of lovely bubble waiting for the curry to cook.

Friday- Movie Tonight

Friday night is mostly always a meal and a movie. We all enjoy Fridays and what better than getting ready for the weekend with good food, a movie and a nice cold drink?  What better day to try out Spicy BBQ Tonight and bring look forward to the weekend.

About the new and improved Tonight range

The Tonight range includes six delicious new flavours, making it easy to conjure up a show stopping hearty meal in a matter of minutes. The new sauces are inspired by Britain’s favourite recipes - all you need to do is add meat and serve with your preferred accompaniment.

Each of the sauces will offer Brits a family meal favourite - with all of the flavour and none of the fuss.

Now includes-

Beef and Ale Casserole
Spicy BBQ
Chile con Carne
Mild Curry
Cottage Pie
Sausage Casserole

It is available in all major supermarkets now, RRP £1.99.

About this review- I was sent this hamper to make some fun meals, I was not paid for this post and all thoughts on the meals and Tonight sauces are my own honest opinion.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

I Heart Cake, Hearty Slice Challenge...


Last week I was invited to take part in a fun baking challenge from find me a gift, to review one of these lovely Heart Cake Mould. Also I get to enter my cake creation into the draw, which one blogger will win a bundle of kitchen goodies worth £100.

I loved using the cake mould it is very sweet, I love how each piece cuts into hearts. When you have finished making your cakes you cut your slices in to large heart shapes which is great for yourself or to share with your loved ones.

The mould is very good quality, microwave, oven, freezer and dish washer safe and very easy to get your cake out of, all in one piece.

I made a strawberries and cream marble sponge cake and it tasted amazing, so much so it did not last 2 minutes, everyone loved it.


Serves 6 large hearts

Ingredients

  • 250g Margarine
  • 250g Caster sugar
  • 350g Self raising flour
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Medium eggs
  • 180ml Skimmed milk
  • 2 Table spoons cocoa powder

Topping

  • 200ml Double cream
  • 400g strawberries, washed hulled and half, few quartered
  • 1 Teaspoon cocoa powder

You will need

  • I heart cake mould

Method

  • Pre heat oven to 180c ( 170c fan )
  • Place the margarine, vanilla extract, and caster sugar in a bowl and whisk with and electric whisk until smooth.
  • Add a egg and a little sieved flour one at a time, then mix flour and milk together until light and fluffy.
  • Share the mixture into 2 bowls, add the cocoa powder to one bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon.
  • Spoon mixture into mould one spoonful then another to separate the colours.
  • Bake in over for 55-60 minutes
  • Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes then turn out to cool completely.
  • When cool place back in mould.
  • Whisk the double cream till double in size.
  • Place on to the cake top.
  • Place the chopped strawberries on top of the cream.
  • Sieve a little cocoa powder over the cake.



So so yummy, I can not wait to make another

You can also find every ones entry on Twitter by using the hastag #HeartySlice

How sweet is this mould? perfect for anytime of the year, sharing your hearts...

Heart mould £14.99 from find me a gift

About this review-

I got sent a cake mould to review and make a cake to enter into the competition. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion .

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Crispy Crunch Fruit Sundae : Easy Way Towards Your 5 A Day...

 
Over the weekend we have had fun making our own recipes, as we were invited to take part in the Jordans Recipe Challenge. Our idea will be posted over at their website for two weeks, so we wanted to come up with something fun, easy to make, tasty and healthy!!
 
We toyed with the ideas of flapjacks, cookies and fruit crumble but still needed to find something a little bit healthier. My children said "can we add lots of fruit" and I opened the fridge to find natural yogurt so that is how we came up with our recipe. They loved making these and had lots of fun layering up the ingredients. 
 
To start we made mine so we could set out a method of how to make them up. Then the kids mixed and matched all their favourite things, layer by layer, so they all had their customised recipes. The best part was eating them, they never left a thing and loved them as an afternoon treat instead of chocolate.
 
Chef Edd Kimber (winner of Great British Bake Off 2010) will choose a winner and two runners up and the winning recipe will be published in the Jordans Cereals newsletter.
 
We want to share our fun, fruity and healthy breakfast, brunch, snack or supper time treat, we have called it -
 
Crispy Crunch Fruit Sundae
 





Ingredients

Jordans country choc crisp

Jordans fruit and nut muesli

Jordans super fruity granola

500g Natural yogurt

300g Strawberries chopped

2 Bananas sliced

300g tinned cubed pineapple drained or fresh

Honey (optional)

Method

Chop all your fruit into bowls and get everything ready to spoon in.

Layer up, starting a few tablespoons full at a time with cereals,yogurt, fruit and repeat 3 times spoon a little yogurt at top the add a little bit of each fruit and cereal on top.

Squeeze a little honey on top for flavour

Try using different fruits, flavoured yogurts, one or more cereal and topping for a completely different treat.

We are hoping to try blueberries, Kiwi and raspberries this weekend



 
Big thumbs up all around and LOTS of "mum when can we have another!!"
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Room For Improvement Challenge...



Last week I was kindly asked by Money Supermarket if I would like to take part in a fun home improvement challenge sharing how I can get creative and improve any room of choice in my house on a budget of just £50.00.

With 4 children in the house all the rooms could do with a lick of paint (pesky fingerprints). Which one can I choose to improve? Sticking to the target spend..

After changing my mind a few times I picked out the family bathroom. I chose this room as its fairly plain, and a bit lot boring. I decided this room definitely needed a make over to make it more fun and colourful.


The only drawback to doing the challenge this week? school half term holidays!! Can I get the kids involved or will they be a massive hindrance? Time will tell..

 We spent the first 2 days of the holidays going around the shops and planning the colour scheme.( eating, drinking are NOT part of the budget!!)  I loved the look of Teal and Black accessories and the children agreed too.

To start I took down the silver shelve and painted it outside in black gloss. Then started painting the walls, a couple of coats needed to fully change colour. While waiting for everything to dry, we set about making our own piece of 'art'.


My youngest 2 were more than happy placing there hands in the paint then transferring to canvas (wash them immedialty please!!) and I tried a little writing to finish it off.

After everything was in place and the black accessories and bath mats were down I went around the shops looking for a few finishing touches. What does every one think?!

I am very pleased just shows what you can do with a little imagination..



What I bought

Paint ~ £15.99 B&Q

Gloss Black ~ £6.99 B&M

Heart ~ £2.00 Wilkinsons

Soap dish ~ £1.50 Wilkinsons

Tooth brush holder ~ £1.50 Wilkinsons

Pump soap holder ~ £2.00 Wilkinsons

Paint brushes ~£1.00 Poundland

Paint roller ~ £1.00 Poundland

Toilet roll holder ~ £3-99 £1.99 B and M

Bathroom mat set ~ £3.99 B and M

White canvas ~ £1.99 Home bargains

Woven basket ~ 0.99p B and M

Klip it bin ~ £1.99 Band M

3 glass vases £6.99 £3.49 Dunelm Mill

Splish splash sign £1.49 Dunelm Mill

3 tea light holders £2.49 £1.24 Dunelm Mill

£49.15

And all for just under £50.00


Not only have Money Supermarket sent me £50.00 challenge money to spend, everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw to win £500 of B&Q vouchers, I can only imagine how cool my house would look with this much money!!

Fingers crossed**

About this post ~ I was sent the challenge money to take part in this competition, I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts on what to do and buy are my own...

Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge Day 7 And #Runstreak Day 20 !!

Last day of the Ben And Jerry's #captureeuphoria challenge and we have had so much fun in the snow. After educating my kids never to make snowballs or snow angels in yellow snow we have lots of fun pictures to share. For me this one is priceless my 2 youngest having lots of fun sledging !! The smiles on there faces says it all....


Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge Day 6 ...


Today's #captureeuphoria picture is fresh snow, don't you just love to be the first one to walk through snow no one else has stood on? with plenty more heading this way I'm sure we will get fed up of it very soon. I'm hoping the snow don't get to deep so I can still get out to run and hopefully this time next week it has disappeared for another year!!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day Four : Runstreak Day 17...


Let it snow, let it snow, Let it snow !!!

Well we don't have a choice in the matter, now the snow has returned. Had some shopping delivered by our local supermarket so we havent got to use the car, and in bad weather my husband alwas uses the train to get to work. Tonight I made some hot cocoa covered it with whipped cream and marshmallows then watched the snow from inside where it is nice and warm. Today I didn't brave running in the snow now its turned to ice ( its like a ice rink outside now ). Took forever trying to walk to school in it so I decided to go to the gym and use the treadmill. I am not usually a treadmill fan as I usually get so bored out my head with it, today I had no choice and I surprised myself how much I liked it. So much so I ran 6 miles on it!!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day Three : Runstreak Day 16...



Today's fun picture for the Capture Euphoria with Ben & Jerry’s bloggers challenge is a picture of me after my run this morning. -6 degrees when I set off for to run with a friend and when I arrive home my hair and eyelashes were frozen. Only manged 6 miles with how cold it was, then later managed another 4 hope this counts for my mid week long run for Marathon training!!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day Two / Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

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...

As part of the fun Capture Euphoria with Ben & Jerry’s bloggers challenge I  am participating in this week, today's picture is one I'm sharing of my daughters teddy bear picnic. As well as how sweet the teddy's are, what is making me very happy is she has managed to keep her room tidy for 2 days now !!

She now has lots of room to dance, jump and make picnic for all her teddy's, guess who is first in line for ice cream ?



Monday, 14 January 2013

The Ben & Jerry’s Capture Euphoria Challenge: Day One...


This week I'm taking part in a fun bloggers competition to Capture Euphoria with Ben & Jerry’s. Over the course of the week I will be posting my best euphoric pictures taken on Instagram and posting it on my blog each day. At the end of the contest Ben & Jerry’s will be choosing one lucky blogger who has been asked to take part in the competition as a winner (with the most Euphoric photos) to win a top prize.

Here is todays Euphoria picture-


There has been many of wonderful pictures today of the snow, and lots of wonderful sights of the heavy snow on my run this morning when I didn't have my phone on me to take some pictures. Today the kids hoped the snow had fell to deep so they could have a snow day off school, as this didn't happen they went mad on the way home from school, snowball fighting with each other....

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Banana And Avocado Smoothie ...

Still smoothie-ing my way through the year, making healthier and not so healthy smoothies. Also #Runstreak-ing my way through the year ( running everyday ) for as longs as I can.

Every year on New Years Day me my husband and 2 sons all made a little fun challenge and see who can run everyday the longest as of yet  my husband stopped due to being really ill, my 2nd youngest had a day off, so its in between me and my oldest son (18) now!! bring it on as I'm still in the challenge and feeling fresh!! ha ha.

Today I'm sharing a banana and avocado smoothie, as I love avocados and banana are so good for you and filling.

Yesterday I managed to run 5 miles and today I got a just over 6 miles run in.

Serves 1


Ingredients

  • 1 Large banana
  • 1 Small avocado
  • 1 Medium pear
  • 1 tbsp Nutella
  • 120 ml Semi skimmed milk
  • Handful of ice cubes

Method

  • Peel the pear and remove the pips, peel banana, take the stone out the avocado and peel.
  • Chop all the fruit into chunks and place in a smoothie maker.
  • Add the milk and ice cubes.
  • Mix for 30 seconds then smooth for 30 seconds.
  • Serve straight away.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Britain loves Beetroot : Beetroot And Raspberries Chocolate Muffins ...


A couple of months ago I was contacted by the lovely people at Baxters, informing me that they are launching a Britain loves Beetroot campaign. They were looking for bloggers to take part in a making their own beetroot recipe as part of a fun challenge.  We love beetroot in our house, (only yesterday my son had it with his fish and chips) so I was looking forward to taking part.


 This is the hamper we kindly got sent- 4 different jars of beetroot, a cooking apron and this beautiful picnic hamper. It arrived Christmas eve, great timing then to go with lots of party food. The first thing we tried was some Rosy Roast Beetroot Roots , a recipe I posted for Baxters a while ago. Not having got around to trying it myself I was looking forward to making these. As it was for Christmas day dinner and we were already having mash and roasted potatoes, I decided to change the recipe slightly to 300g of parsnips in place of the potatoes.


Apart from lots of little snacks over the Christmas holidays using the beetroot, I was thinking is there a sweet recipe I could try? How could I incorporate beetroot into cake? There must be a way!! 

 Here then is my recipe I made up for the beetroot challenge.  My daughter who is not yet a beetroot fan could not wait to try them, and she loved them too...


Ingredients

  • 75g Beetroot in sweet malt vinegar, drained and grated
  • 75g Thawed raspberries drained and cut up
  • 125g Self raising flour (sieved)
  • 125g Golden Caster sugar
  • 125g Stork baking liquid
  • 2 Eggs
  • 25g Coco powder
  • 1tsp vanilla essence

Topping

  • 100g Cream cheese
  • 70g Icing sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of raspberries juice ( from the thawed raspberries)
  • 12 Thawed raspberries
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Sprinkle of icing sugar for dusting tops

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180˚C/Gas Mark 4.
  • Place 12 muffin bun cases in a 12 holed muffin tray.
  • Place the baking liquid and golden caster sugar in a bowl and mix together with an electric whisk.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time with a little of the flour.
  • Mix in the remaining flour and coco powder.
  • Using a wooden spoon mix in the beetroot, Raspberries and vanilla essence.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly between the muffin cases.
  • Cook in the middle of a preheated oven for around 25 minutes.
  • Once cooked place on a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Making the icing

  • Place the cream cheese in a bowl with raspberries juice and with a fork mix together.
  • Sieve the icing sugar into the bowl and mix again ( place in fridge for 30 minutes) to cool as it may get a little runny.
  • Place a spoonful on top of each bun.
  • Place a raspberry in the middle few chocolate sprinkles and little bit of icing sugar.



I was so pleased with how my beetroot and raspberries chocolate muffins turned out...

About this post- I was kindly asked to take part in this beetroot challenge and was not paid for this post. All thoughts are my own honest opinion...

Friday, 7 December 2012

Persil Warm Spice Review And Christmas Recipe Challenge ...


Last week I was kindly invited to take part in a Blogger Christmas cooking challenge. Persil Washing Up Liquid have teamed up with Ruth Clemens (blogger at The Pink Whisk and runner-up of the Great British Bake Off) to create some festive family recipes.

Along with some other bloggers I was given a chance to re create one of Ruth's recipes and also be entered into an opportunity to win a prize of £300 worth of kitchen vouchers from selected retailers.
(I was excited enough to be baking a plate full of treats so this was an added bonus).


Ruth’s festive recipes include-

  • Chocolate Orange Trifle
  • Christmas Biscotti
  • Mini Sausage Twirls
  • Orange Fig Glazed Ham
  • Spiced Apple Chutney
  • Candy Cane Meringues
  • Christmas Biscuits
  • Florentines

I decided to go with the Florentines as I thought they looked amazing and have never got around to making any up for myself yet so this itself would be a challenge ...

Here is Ruth's video on how to make them-


Makes 12


Ingredients

  • 50g golden syrup
  • 50g Stork Baking Liquid
  • 50g demerara sugar
  • 50g plain flour
  • 8 glace cherries, chopped
  • 45g flaked almonds
  • 40g mixed peel
  • 50g sultanas
  • 150g milk chocolate

Oven Temperature

160c(fan)/180c/Gas Mark 4.

Bake Time: 8-10 minutes


Equipment Needed 

  • Scales
  • Small pan
  • Silicone spatula
  • Medium and small mixing bowl 
  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Cutlery – knife & spoon
  • 2 x baking trays, 
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Wire cooling rack, 
  • Teaspoon
  • Pastry brush

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 160c(fan)/180c/Gas Mark 4 and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
  • Add the golden syrup, demerara sugar and Stork Baking Liquid to a small pan. 
  • Heat the pan over a gentle heat, stirring frequently until the sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from the heat and add the flour, flaked almonds, mixed peel, sultanas and chopped glace cherries into a bowl and stir to mix evenly.
  • Place spoonfuls of the mixture well spaced apart as they will spread, creating 6 Florentines on each tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Allow to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once cooled melt the milk chocolate gently in the microwave or over a pan of steaming water.
  • Coat the back of each Florentine with melted chocolate, allow to set.



Serve. Tips/Alternatives 

  • Use white chocolate to coat the Florentines if preferred.



I was very pleased with how the Florentines had turned out as they looked and tasted delicious (I should know I had more than my fair share).

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Styling The School Run With Lands' End...

The lovely people at Lands' End have asked me if I would like to join in a fun bloggers project they are working on to find our peoples style on the school run.I also got to choose something from their Autumn/winter dress collection as part of the challenge.

As a stay at home mum of 4, time is usually of the essence first thing in the morning, so a quick shower and on goes the Lycra ready for a session in the gym or a run. Going to school ready for sport then allows me time to get home to start the chores .Once all the jobs at home are complete,time permitting I love to have some me time getting dressed up with a touch of style. Then heading quickly out to collect the children.


I picked this red dress from their range. I was over the moon with the style,colour and high quality of material used in this dress.I always think that each season it's best to have a few quality pieces of clothing that you can mix and match with things you already have in your wardrobe, I realised straight away this dress would be just the right item.


I think this is a perfect style saver dress and I will be wearing it lots this season.I have tried this dress with a variety of accessories,for example long sleeve t-shirts, blouses jumpers different shoes boots etc each time creating a whole new look.


My daughter said to me mummy you look beautiful in this dress....bless I can always guarantee her to make me feel special!!!

About this post- I received a dress of my choice to show off my school run style,also this is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own honest opinion ...

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Samsung Hope Relay : Warm Up And Win....

With all the excitement around the London 2012 Olympics Samsung Mobile UK have some really great prizes up for grabs in there latest Competition Warm up and win...

We were really excited to be asked  if we would like to take part I don't think a day goes by when the Clairejustineoxox household is not running or jumping around so this is a perfect competition for us lot to take part in.

All we have to do to enter is film ourselves and make a 5 seconds videos for the‘Warm up and Win’ competition- part of Samsung’s Hope Relay.


I decided to go for star jumps on the Lincoln Cathedral steps...


My husband running video in Butlins Skegness...



My 2nd oldest sons triple jump on the beach...





My youngest sons silly falling down running video..



My daughters long jump...



Then we managed to get my oldest son to join in...


More about the competition

Warm up and win, win, win.

There are 3 great prizes up for grabs with the samsung hope relay warm up and win competition.
  • 1st prize – £5,000 John Lewis Voucher + GSIII Mobile Phone
  • 2nd Prize – £2012 Sports Voucher + GSIII Mobile Phone
  • 3rd Prize – GSIII Mobile Phone + Galaxy Tab

IT’S SIMPLE AND FUN TO TAKE PART
  • Watch our video
  • Pick your challenge
  • Film your 5 sec
And upload it on there YouTube page Samsung Mobile UK.

The competition is open until the 12th August so make sure your quick and there are some great Samsung prizes to be won (see the web page for details)

fun yeah?!!

 Even I could film myself for this long!!

About this post-we were sent 3 cool t-shirts and asked to enter this competition. We as a family love anything to do with sports and fun.We love these t-shirts they will come in very handy for exercising and running in.I decided to do this post and we was not paid for this...

Thursday, 26 July 2012

French Wines with Style...


A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to take part in a blogging wine challenge of  which 20 bloggers will be chosen to take part to pick the perfect summer recipes and pair them with Summer French wines.

From this challenge One of the bloggers will be chosen as the overall winner who will get the opportunity to learn more about the styles of French wines by attending a full-day tasting.A great treat for anyone who loves wine.

Most weekends we like a few glasses of wine. Sometimes being led by price rather than what we are eating.The problem with this is you enjoy the food you have and wine, but as two different experiences rather than as one whole. The chance to better understand wine and match up a wine to a food was therefore a rare treat.


We got sent a gift hamper including two International Wine Challenge award-winning French wines, as well as a couple of ingredients perfect for summer barbecues...


The first bottle we got to try was - Cave de Turckheim,Riesling Vieilles Vignes 2008.

This is a dry white wine made with riesling grapes and is enjoyed with fish,shellfish and hotpots.

  Origin Alsace,France

Abv 12.5%

Price £10-00 per bottle

Retailers All about wine,Slurp



We decided to enjoy this with a Sunday late afternoon tea of tuna and cheese melts,cheese,pork pies and french mustard.We love to have wine with nibbles as a family of 6 with 4 children we like to get them all sorted and the little 2 ready for bed before we begin which is not always early.The wine went great together with the food.


For me the perfect food for this wine would be Paella this wine would really bring out the flavours of the seafood in this dish but this is not a dinner I have mastered the art making myself ...yet!! ...


Next up was the Cellier des Dauphins,Cotes du Rhone villages 2011

This is a medium red bodied wine that uses GrenachemSyrah grapes which is perfect partner for a hearty beef stew.

Origin Rhone,France

Abv 13.5 %

Priced £7-49 per bottle

Retailers Waitrose,Ocado.



For me red wine is perfect with any kind of pasta,spaghetti or pizza meals.We served ours with Italian styles meatball and sauce spaghetti and topped with mature cheese.What I will take from this, is not to rush into buying any wine, rather actually planning a meal around a wine so that you really make the wine and meal special.

Many years ago whilst on holiday in Corfu I first enjoyed wine having a bottle with my moussaka almost every night. I have tried to make this dish many times at home and have always failed miserably. Perhaps the moussaka has been good all along? and all I am missing is the wine that best bought out the flavour of this dish. If I leave out the holiday brochures the husband might take the hint. If not I may actually now read the labels of the wine and not the price tag......

We have really enjoyed being asked to be a part of this and what a amazing prize for the winner...

About this post...

I was sent this hamper free of charge to take part in this competition 20 blogs were asked to join and one of the blogs will be chosen as the overall winner who will get the opportunity to learn more about the styles of French wines by attending a full-day tasting Master Class led by award-winning international sommelier Gérard Basset OBE at the Wine&Spirit Education Trust in London (16 August, 13 September, 4 October or 6 November).

The prize includes travel, overnight accommodation and dinner for two at the new 28°-50° Wine Workshop and Kitchen in Marylebone* (Ts and Cs apply as usual).

update- We did not win :(

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