I promised a while ago that I would post this recipe for Cheesy Bacon and Onion Rolls that I adapted from ‘Caramelised Spring Onion and Bacon Scrolls with Rosemary and olive Oil’ in Lorraine Pascale’s new book “How to be a better cook’.
These cheesy bacon and onion rolls are delicious, they make great grab and go breakfasts or pulled apart and buttered for those times when you need a little comforting. They are a little fiddly but these cheesy bacon and onion rolls are worth the effort.
1. Roll the dough out into a 20x50cm rectangle and brush olive oil over the surface. Sprinkle the bacon mixture over the surface and then half of the cheese.
2. After rolling the dough up from the long side into a swiss roll, cut into eight pieces.
3. Put each cheesy bacon and onion roll cut side up into a greased hole in a muffin tin.
If you have never heard of an Elf on the Shelf where have you been? It is a wonderful tradition that you can start with your family…but be prepared to get obsessed, the stakes are high because the Elf on the Shelf has been sent from the North Pole to help Father Christmas do his naughty and nice lists. Your Elf on the Shelf will help him by keeping an eye on the day’s activities but at night they ‘may’ get up to some mischievous behaviour thrilling you and your children in the morning when you discover what antics the Elf has been up to overnight. Previous Elf on the Shelf antics have can be seen on Pinterest .
The Elf on the Shelf Giveaway
I have a brand new Elf on the Shelf to giveaway, I acquired it last year but being the Grinch that I am…well I thought someone else can probably put it to better use. The box includes an activity storybook and a Boy Elf on the Shelf. For some great ideas of what your Elf may get up go to Pinterest . To win this Elf on a Shelf answer the following question making sure you put your answer in the comments section below and then fill out the rafflecopter widget.
Which of these books DO NOT have elves in them?
a) Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream
b) Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker
c) J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
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This giveaway closes on 5th December and I will post it to get to the winner the following week which I know will be the second week of December but you may thank me for the that, be warned the Elf on the Shelf may well wreak havoc!
A couple of months ago I had the privilege of meeting the lovely ladies behind Cheeky Chompers. Amy and Julie’s award winning Neckerchew is an attachable teething comforter with textures and patterns to stimulate babies and soothe sore gums. It was so interesting hearing Amy and Julie talk about the laborious process behind their unique idea (I bet you’re all thinking “Why didn’t I come up with that idea?”) But, It was only through their sheer determination and belief that they had a great product that it ever got launched. The pair even went on Dragon’s Den in March 2014 and although the Dragon’s loved the product they didn’t think the business projections were realistic. Now distributing in 19 countries Amy and Julie have well and truly proved the Dragon’s wrong.
Amy and Julie have both got young children and it was once they had children that they came up with the idea of the Neckerchew which launched in 2013. Cheeky Chomper’s Neckerchew is a combination of dribble bib and chewy teether. However the idea took a lot of stamina, searching for the right products and materials (it is manufactured in the UK) and ones that would withstand the rigorous safety tests, plus the different safety tests for different countries! I really admire them and it proves that if you put in the hard work you can get your dreams off the ground. Even with little ones at your feet!
Cheeky Chompers have just launched a new product, the Comfortchew, to go alongside the original Neckerchew. The Cheeky Chompers Comfortchew is a soft soothing stimulating blankie with the original attached branded Hippo teether. It also has the all important tags and can be attached to your baby, cot, car seat, buggy and dummy.
The Cheeky Comfortchew :
Attached cream teether
Ribbon tags and elasticated link for attaching to the baby’s wrist, cot, car seat, buggy or dummy
Machine washable at 40 degrees
Cuddle fleece: 100% polyester
Patterned fabric: 95% cotton, 5% elastane
Ribbons: 100% polyester
BPA and phthalates free
The Comfortchew from Cheeky Chompers comes in two stylish patterns and it is reversible. It has a RRP of £17.95.
I have one Cheeky Chompers Comfortchew in the Chewy and Co pattern to giveaway to one lucky little baby.
Just answer the following question leaving your answer in the comments below and don’t forget to fill in the Rafflecopter widget.
Win a Cheeky Chompers Comfortchew
Question: What was/is your best baby essential that you just couldn’t live without?
Yes it is that time of year again to get into the festive mood and I have some delicious Christmas biscuits flavoured with nutmeg and vanilla which will make great gifts or look lovely hanging from your tree.
I don’t think these Christmas biscuits have to be decorated, they are sweet enough on their own. And, sometimes we just want something that has a slight kick to it, which these festive biscuits do. But if you want to make them pretty use some royal icing, and remember less is more (unless you are feeding a gaggle of children of course).
These Christmas biscuits are also sturdy enough for little hands to decorate them with some glacé icing and sprinkles.
The dough for these biscuits will also withstand a lolly stick being inserted into them just like these very similar ones, if you roll the dough out thick enough. I’d recommend about 7mm in thickness.
Also, if you prefer crunchier Christmas biscuits roll the dough out slightly thinner and keep an eye on them after about 8 minutes, especially if your shape has thin edges such as the Christmas trees I have done in this recipe.
Big Cup Little Cup belong to the CaféPod family and they have launched a limited edition Reindeer Rocket coffee blend for the Christmas season.
Reindeer Rocket comes in Nespresso compatible capsules and are designed for Big Cups (Lungo) of coffee.
At a strength of 9, Reindeer Rocket (I so want to say fuel, although it could be called that) packs a punch and is perfect for cold winter days. I have an exclusive discount code at the bottom of this post so don’t forget to check it out.
This is my new favourite coffee, reindeer rocket from Big Cup Little Cup is a limited edition rich coffee with an intense flavour. Made from Arabica beans from Southern Brazil and Central America, and Southern Indian Robusta beans equals a coffee with hints of dark chocolate and chestnut.
Reindeer Rocket coffee has got me through quite a few stressful days and nights whilst I have been working on a university assignment, I haven’t found it too strong or overpowering which sometimes has a detrimental effect on me. The coffee is lovely served with some warm frothy milk but I have also enjoyed it black, savouring the smooth rich taste and with no bitter aftertaste either.
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Whilst the coffee really does taste great I can’t help but get teeny little festive butterflies at the name of the coffee, Reindeer Rocket! Whilst the little pods are compatible with Nespresso machines please check on the site for more information.
If you want to impress someone this Christmas then have a look at Prestat Luxury Christmas Chocolates Box.
Prestat are makers of the finest chocolates and truffles. These luxury chocolates have been enjoyed by kings and queens, sultans and maharajas, princesses and presidents and were awarded a Royal Warrant by the Queen in 1975.
I think I can award myself with the title of moderate chocolate expert, even as a young child I could tell the difference between cheap chocolate and luxury chocolate. It probably had something to do with my nan buying me ten’s of Easter eggs from Woolworths and my Uncle buying me top of the range eggs from around the world.
Give the Gift of Prestat Luxury Christmas Chocolates
Take my word for it, these chocolates are in the luxury category, the chocolate is thick and the fillings are deeply enrobed in the chunky chocolate. The fillings are fragrant, rich, luxurious…from my favourite which was the dark violet créme to a stunning milk walnut marzipan.
There was not one chocolate that we didn’t like. Even the seven year old, who weirdly loves coffee flavoured fillings gave the white coffee fudge his seal of approval.
There is a great selection of chocolates in this box which will keep the whole family happy, if you can bear to share.
Dark brazil nut, milk honey nougat, and milk sea salt caramel are just some of the delights.
A big bonus for me is that this box is alcohol free, I am not a fan of boozy chocolates, I like to keep them both separate.
So, if you are looking for a great present for someone this Christmas they will certainly love you if you give them the Prestat Luxury Chocolate Christmas Box.
At £16 for a 210g box, and a 325g box for £25 this is a bargain for chocolate of this quality.
Prestat chocolates come highly recommended from me, and if anyone bought me these as a gift I would be absolutely thrilled.
Prestat chocolates are available from the Prestat shop, Piccadilly, London and in Harrods. Also available in Liberty, Selfridges and John Lewis.
Disclosure: We were sent a box of Prestat Luxury Christmas Chocolates to review, however all opinions are my own.
Who says you have to have plain yogurt for breakfast? With these Chocolate, banana and oat muffins you get all the protein kick from yogurt, the slow release energy from the oats, a good carb kick from the bananas and a healthy chocolatey kick from the raw cacao powder.
There is a little sugar in these muffins, you can reduce this to individual taste. I love a breakfast on the go…especially great for teens who leave getting up to the very last minute. These have everything you could want or need in a breakfast.
These would also be lovely served with a dollop of thick and creamy Greek yogurt.
The Guinness World Records have been a part of my life since the year dot…I used to look forward to finding a brand new sparkly edition in my stocking every Christmas. I was also an avid fan of the television programme Record Breakers hosted by the late Roy Castle watching the latest wacky records being attempted. Well, can you believe that the Guinness World Records (GWR) has just turned sixty, and to celebrate their birthday with them the GWR invited a few bloggers and their children to a great big party!
Taking us through some fab GWR facts and how it has changed over the last sixty years was Craig Glenday Editor-in-Chief. For example fat cats are not going to get you in the record books anymore, and nor is gluttony. Records for driving very fast don’t cut it either but…taking a selfie may get you in the GWR books! The most expensive bottle of wine in 1955 was £8, in 2014 £75,000. I’ll have two then please. The tallest building in 1955 was The Empire State and in 2014 the Burj Khalifa, nearly 500m taller! In 1955 the highest paid footballer earned £60,000 and in 2014 it is Garath Bale who earns a whopping £85million.
The very entertaining ‘Professor’ Mark McKinley introduced us to some real life record breakers, we had an enthralling demonstration of the world’s fastest robot to solve a Rubik’s cube, a bunny hopping multi record breaking Joe, who had us all holding our breath whilst he hopped over a prone Professor. And to cap it off, having children and adults in hysterics was Paul Hunn’s record breaking skills at….having the World’s loudest burp!
This is a quick clip of Joe and his bike and the very brave Professor:
The Guinness World Records 2015 has a very shiny cover which also has a very special and clever feature to it. Using a free app you get augmented reality as well as all the great facts about old and new records. My children love this book and family tradition means that this ends up in one of their stockings every year too! And although the GWR are sixty years old they are most definitely not acting their age. Check out their website especially for children here.
We had such a great time at the party, we even got to attempt some world records ourselves, wrapping a present up the quickest, popping ten balloons in the fastest time (that hurt one’s bottom) and moving the most jelly in 30 seconds. Guess who stayed top of the leaderboard with that one? Yes me!! Eeekkk, I then had to attempt this again with an adjudicator by my side watching my every move! Unfortunately although I beat my first attempt by getting 180g, the world record is 250g in 30 seconds…never mind, I will just have to start practising.
Thanks to Guinness World Records for hosting such an officially amazing party, lovely to see so many familiar faces that I don’t get to see very often; Tara, Claire, Sian, Nickie , Cass and Ruth.
Oh, and to finish off the party we got to see the … World’s fastest shopping trolley in action, and…the World’s smallest caravan! Who’d have thought it, eh?
I love beetroot and last year began using raw beetroot a lot in my cooking, especially in sweet dishes.
I nearly fooled most of the children but they did catch on eventually.
However it can sometimes be a bit of a faff using raw beetroot so when Haywards asked me to write a recipe using their sliced beetroot I had to think hard.
Personally I think this is a meal in itself, however if you want it to go further and use it as a side dish then it goes beautifully with smoked mackerel. The saltiness of the pancetta (you could use chopped bacon instead) is a perfect match for the tangy sweet beetroot and the horseradish dressing adds some creaminess with a kick.
Unusually for me, this is not a quick recipe but the mini sautéed potatoes could be replaced with some waxy new potatoes if you are in a hurry. This is just as good cold as warm, I do love a cold potato and I also love all-in-one meals too!
For more Beetroot recipe inspiration head to Haywards.
Beetroot, Potato & Pancetta Salad with Horseradish Dressing
Hello! I am Nova and this blog is about me and my five children, who are rapidly flying the nest. I love baking, reading, writing, travelling and am a self confessed chocoholic, cakoholic and winoholic.