Walt Disney World

Sooo, I have been a bit quiet lately…first a few days away with the children to that ole capital called London of which I will write about soon and frantic organising and packing for a dream trip to Walt Disney World, Florida, with Disney and Virgin Holidays. How lucky am I? I know, I know…It does come at a price though and that will be an expanding waistline because I will be sampling lots of food around Walt Disney World finding about the Free Disney Dining Plan.

Customers booking selected Walt Disney World holidays before 4th November can receive Free Disney Dining Plan for all travelling plus $100 Disney Dollars per booking to spend in resort. (Terms and conditions apply so please check with the website)

Magic KingdomThis means that guests can dine in all six parks, the Downtown Disney area and other Resort hotels with three plans including Disney Quick Service, Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining offering a range of food for all in a choice of up to 100 dining locations. As a big family this is definitely something I am interested in exploring.

I will be posting lots of cute photos over the next week, lots of food ones and of course I will be seeking out my favourite Disney character, can you guess who that is?

I may also, just to prove that I can, go on a few rides too. Watch this space!

Anyway, packing to do and children to cuddle…





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Fruity Créme Brulée

The very lovely actress and chef Lisa Faulker was cooking up an array of sweet treats the other week and I was lucky enough to attend her masterclass. Using Onken yogurt to substitute cream in desserts such as Créme Brulée and Eton Mess we were able to indulge but not feel quite so guilty about it.

Lisa Faulkner and OnkenWe made some tasty smoothies using Onken fat free strawberry yogurt, blueberries, chia seeds, banana and apple juice. And another one using Onken Mango Papaya Passionfruit yogurt, mango and milk. Mmmm, very lovely.

Strawberry Yogurt Eton MessWe also made a Strawberry Yogurt Eton Mess essentially replacing cream for strawberry yogurt. Again this was lovely.

My favourite recipe though was for a Fruity Créme Brulée, a very child friendly dessert which the added surprise of popping candy!

Fruity Créme Brulée
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A healthier version of the classic Créme Brulée
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 1 pack of lemon jelly
  • 1 fresh mango
  • 20g granola
  • 20g popping candy
  • ½ pot Onken Mango, Papaya & Passionfruit Yogurt
  • 100g Onken Vanilla Yogurt
  • 20g Demerara Sugar
  1. Dissolve the jelly in half the amount of boiling water as stated on the packet. Leave until cool
  2. Whisk the mango yogurt into the jelly and place in the fridge
  3. Chop half the mango and place in the bottom of 4 ramekins
  4. Sprinkle popping candy over the mango
  5. Sprinkle granola over the mango and popping candy
  6. Top with the yogurt mixture and leave to set fro 1.5 hours in the fridge
  7. Once set slice the rest of the mango and place on top of the yogurt mix
  8. Smooth vanilla yogurt over the top of the mango
  9. Sprinkle with the sugar
  10. Using a blowtorch, or a quick blast under a hot grill allow the sugar to caramelise
  11. Eat!

Créme BruléeThanks to  Lisa, Onken and PR Team for a fabulous evening of delicousness!


Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is at the core of British tradition. Others can imitate it, but nobody can do it quite as well as we do. And that’s a fact! It’s the height of elegance and sophistication; right up until the point you get a big lump of cream on your face from going at a cake with too much gusto.

So if you’re planning on having your friends over for a delicious afternoon bite and a cup of tea or coffee, what cakes should you be serving? Remember, if you have a lot of people coming round, it’s likely they’ll have a variety of different tastes and cravings.

This doesn’t only relate to cakes, but to drinks too. Make sure you’ve got a number of different coffee pods and teabags in the house to cater for all their afternoon tea desires. Luckily, you can make a number of delicious coffees using Tassimo coffee pods, while you can also find pods that make tea and hot chocolate.

Here are the most popular afternoon tea cakes that will go perfectly with a round of tea and coffees.


Classic scones

How can you have afternoon tea without these little beauties? Of course, you could have cheese scones, or fruit scones, but the classic versions of the little teatime treats are perhaps most delectable when served with cream and jam.

Make sure you have plentiful dollops of clotted cream available and lay out strawberry or raspberry jam, or both!


Fruity teacake

Possibly a more acquired taste, but those who do love a fruity teacake are sure to gobble it up in an instant. And it’s great with a cup of tea!

Make with a selection of delicious dried fruits, demerera sugar, light brown sugar, self-raising flour, an egg, and butter. Great with orange juice or hot tea and remember you can make the tea with Tassimo coffee pods.


For a great recipe using the ingredients listed above, check out BBC Good Food.


Cappuccino cake

This is another type of cake where coffee pods could come in extremely handy. To get a real strong and vibrant coffee taste, be sure to make a cup of cappuccino to dunk in the mixture. When it’s baked, slice it up and serve with a couple of cups of Joe for a more Italian-style afternoon tea!

Coffee Cake

Strawberry cream tea cake

We’re going back to good old British basics now with the strawberry cream tea cake. A definite favourite at your afternoon tea party, this simple yet scrumptious cake is sure to delight your visitors.

Just make sure you pile the cream and strawberries high!


Cherry Bakewell cake

Just the way this thing looks makes you want to eat it all in one sitting. Two slices of cake sandwiching a layer of cherry conserve, drizzled in icing sugar and topped with tasty toasted almonds; tell me you don’t want to take a bite? Or several.


Remember, nothing goes better with a gorgeous slice of cake than a warming hot drink, so make sure you have the coffee machine primed and ready to fill up a few mugs.


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Fresh Cherry & Vanilla Traybake

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Café Pod Coffee Moments

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