We were asked to take part in a super duper secret blogger book giveaway with Miles Kelly publishers to celebrate World Book Day, which is on March 6th 2014. Considering we have huge love for books we could not resist taking part.
I was ‘given’ a blogger to study and spy on secretly to find out about his or her family to enable me to choose a book from the Miles Kelly website that I thought they would particularly like. I had great fun reading about this blogger and their tweets and then spent ages looking for the perfect book for them. I really hope they liked it, I know I would have liked it so fingers crossed.
Miles Kelly is a children’s books publisher and the website is really colourful and easy to navigate, the only trouble you may have is choosing a book because they are many many great looking ones from early reading books to fiction collections to books about animals and nature, space and so much more. I was pleasantly surprised at the prices of the books.
I was very excited to receive our surprise book too, a British Wildlife Handbook which is perfect as we live in the country and are surrounded by wildlife. Now we can find out more about these creatures, and as well as the facts the book has space for us to write notes about what we see. The book has a great flexible wipe clean cover which means it’s not too heavy to carry around but is sturdier than a paperback.
I can remember having something very similar when I was a child and I loved ticking off everything I saw and making a note of where I saw it, I love that it reminds us to get back to basics and take a look at our environment which sometimes gets forgotten in this modern age of technology.
So, thank you to my secret book giver for choosing this for us and thanks to Miles Kelly for organising it and inviting us to be a part of it.
For more information see Facebook.com/MilesKellyPublishing or Twitter @mileskellypub or mileskelly.net
My children do like a bowl of cereal for breakfast, and quite frankly I am just pleased that they go to school full ready for the day ahead.
I was truly aghast when I heard that lots of children go to school without any breakfast at all. That is so sad and really not a good start to the day for them.
Anyway we were sent a box of Cheerios to try, and I was sent a beautiful bouquet of gorgeous roses and sunflowers.
My children were already fans of the little round whole grain O shaped cereal but it now now has added vitamin D.
With so little sunshine in the UK, and I think an increase in using total sunblocks and covering up the sun’s rays there is a risk of vitamin D deficiency but each 30g serving of Cheerios contains at least 18% of the recommended intake of vitamin D and calcium.
So, did the children notice any difference to the taste? No and they still love Cheerios. Will we be buying it still? Yes we will. So, while the sun may be evasive at this time of year, hopefully my children are getting a little boost in their vitamin D stores thanks to Cheerios.
For more information visit Facebook.com/Cheerios
Disclosure: We were sent a box of Cheerios and also a lovely bouquet of flowers, however opinions are all my own.
I do like a bit of spice in my food so was more than happy to take part in the Schwartz flavour forecast challenge. The Flavour Forecast 2014 is a report developed annually by Schwartz and McCormick experts around the world which highlights to five trends as well as more than a dozen emerging flavours. This year’s top five trends are:
- Modern Masala
- Clever Compact Cooking
- Mexican World Tour
- Charmed by Brazil
I decided to concentrate on Brazilian cuisine because it is not something I have researched into cooking before. Although my recipe is not something new, it may not be greatly heard of here so I adapted what I could to make a spicy chicken using a traditional Brazilian herb and spice blend called Tempero Baiano. Apparently the ingredients can vary from household to household so this is my version.
Brazilian Chicken with Rice and Beans
Author: Cherished By Me
Recipe type: Main meal
- Tempero Baiano-
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1tbsp dried oregano
- ½ tbsp dried parsley
- ½ tbsp turmeric
- ½ tbsp white pepper
- 4 chicken breasts
- juice of 1 lemon
- 300g basmati rice
- 1 400g tin of pinto beans
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 crushed clove of garlic
- 150g frozen peas
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1l boiling water or chicken stock
- Mix the cumin, oregano, parsley, turmeric and white pepper together to make the tempero baiano mix.
- Make a paste by mixing the lemon juice and 1 tbsp of the tempero baiano mix together to make a marinade.
- Rub the chicken breasts with the marinade and leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil and cook the chicken for about 5 minutes each side or until cooked through.(The thicker the breasts the longer this will take)
- In the meantime heat 1 tbsp of olive in a deep frying pan and cook the onion and garlic for about three minutes until soft and clear. Do not allow to brown.
- Add the rice and coat with the oil for a couple of minutes.
- Stir in the peas and beans plus 1-2 tbsp of the dry Tempero Baiano mix along with most of the boiling water, bring to the boil and then cover and simmer at a very low heat for 10-15 minutes until the rice is cooked. Check that the rice isn’t boiling dry a couple of times and add more water as necessary.
- Serve the chicken on a bed of rice and beans.
Use left over Tempero Baiano mix rubbed onto a whole chicken before roasting, delicious.
Schwartz would love to hear everyone’s flavour stories which can be shared Here or Here. For every story shared Schwartz and McCormick will donate $1, up to $1.25 million to United Way and their partners’ organisations. Schwartz will be supporting Focus on Food, a charitable food education programme in the UK.
As well as the Flavour trends, they are predicting that this year’s top flavours will be:
- Aji Amarillo- a Peruvian yellow chilli
- Kasmiri Masala- a blend of spices
- Chamoy sauce- a Mexican condiment
- Cassava Flour
In 2014, global flavour leader McCormick, parent company of UK leading herbs and spices brand Schwartz, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The year long celebration kicks off with the launch of the 125th Anniversary Edition of the Flavour Forecast and the Flavour Together programme, with the goal of connecting people around the world as they share 1.25 million stories about the special role food and flavour plays in our lives.
Get involved and share your flavour story at Schwartz Facebook or www.Schwartz.co.uk
Disclosure: I was sent a selection of Schwartz herbs and spices as well as a shopping voucher towards the cost of buying ingredients.