Harvey Nichols Hamper

Yep, it is that time of year again when we wrack our brains as to what Christmas presents to buy our friends and family, especially hard are those that want for nothing. But…who could possibly not love receiving a hamper filled with goodies? And while a hamper isn’t for everyone,  I for one would absolutely love to receive one. A hamper filled with food and wine is something that makes me squeal with joy! There is something exciting about opening a box and not knowing what is inside.

Christmas Hamper

I was thrilled to receive a Seasons Eatings Hamper from Harvey Nichols, the gorgeous wicker hamper was wrapped in a seasonably red ribbon and had two layers of goodies including;

Marc de Champagne Christmas Pudding

Brandy Butter

Cranberry Sauce

Darjeeling  Tea Bags
 Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee
 Shortbread with Chocolate Chips
Tin of Mixed Nuts
A bottle of Rouge 2012 750ml
Harvey Nichols HamperYes, the hamper is expensive at £65, if you break the cost of individual items down and I also think a box of nice chocolates would finish it off a little bit more, but the items are luxurious and I love the styling of the packaging, very swish (I love love the Highland Cattle on the box of shortbread). Plus you have a great wicker hamper to use as storage…and you can never have too much storage!
Harvey Nichols Hamper
Hampers come in all shapes and sizes, and also a huge range of prices but personally I think they make great presents and I would be very happy to receive this Season’s Eatings one.
Disclosure: I was sent this Hamper to review but all opinions are my own.


Meringue Ghosts Halloween is up there very nearly with Christmas to my youngest son M, he has been on countdown for months. We don’t even go mad, carve a few pumpkins, buy a new outfit and do a little trick or treating. I do love making family traditions though.

Meringue Ghosts

We are loving this easy peasy cute Meringue Ghost recipe from The Happy Egg Company. Perfect treats for Halloween parties and more.

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Meringue Ghosts
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Cuisine: Treats
Serves: 10-20
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • A few squares of chocolate
  1. Preheat the oven to 80ºC/ Gas mark ¼ *
  2. Whisk the egg whites until holding soft peaks
  3. Slowly add the caster sugar whilst whisking until stiff peaks are formed
  4. Put the mixture into a piping bag and pipe ghost shapes onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment
  5. Bake in the oven for 1 and a half hours.
  6. Carefully remove from the tray and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  7. Melt the squares of chocolate and use a cocktail stick to draw eyes and mouths on the ghosts.
  8. *If your oven doesn't go that low bake the ghosts at 100ºC for an hour instead.

Meringue Ghosts Thank you to The Happy Egg Company for the recipe.


Chocolat Chocolat

October 28, 2014 · 4 comments

Chocolat Chocolat

A clever chocolate shop called Chocolat Chocolat in Cambridge has come up with this fabulous idea of allowing its customers to create their own bar of chocolate. I was very lucky to have a play around and was sent three bars of my own creations.

chocolat chocolat

Choosing can be tricky, where to start…Dark 70%, Dark 55%, Milk, Caramel or White. Then there are over sixty toppings to choose from including dried fruit, nuts, spices, herbs and flowers, confectionery including marshmallows, chocolate buttons, fudge, popping candy and for decoration gold or silver flakes.

Chocolat Chocolat I chose a bar of white chocolate for the children…I know, such a kind hearted mum, with added popping candy, coloured mini beans and milk choco crunch balls. Suffice to say it didn’t hang around long and I barely got a nibble!

chocolat chocolat 5I also choose a Milk chocolate (34%) with fudge, honeycomb and caramelised hazelnuts for the topping. Ssssshhh but I hid this one. Well…

chocolat chocolat 6Yes it was as good as it looks!

And, then being an advocate of very dark chocolate it had to be Dark (70%) and to top it off, raspberry pieces, white chocolate buttons and pistachios. Mmmmm. Oh, I hid this one too…don’t tell them!

Chocolat Chocolat With each custom made bar you get to choose three toppings, there are suggestions made too, but half the fun in my opinion is choosing them yourself. As you can see the toppings are very generous, it is not just a little sprinkling of each one.

The bars cost £5.95 for one, £10.95 for two and £14.95 for three, plus delivery. This is not cheap but then this isn’t cheap chocolate and you do get what you pay for. I have tried a lot of chocolate over the years and this is excellent top notch quality. I am a fan of dark chocolate but I especially loved the milk chocolate, it was creamy and smooth and I couldn’t get enough of it. The bars would make a wonderful gift, if you can bear to give it away…and be warned the Chocolat Chocolat website has a lot more to offer too and you may just end up putting a few extras into your basket.


Toffee and Apple Cake

October 22, 2014

For ages I have had a craving for a toffee and apple cake. At first I was going to make cupcakes but then I thought why don’t I simplify matters and make a traybake . Then I decided to smarten it up a bit by cutting it into squares. So that is what I did. […]

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Attention to detail at Walt Disney World

October 20, 2014

I may have mentioned in this post how Disney have a great commitment to healthy eating, however I am pleased to say they also do sweet very very well. I managed a quick trip into Main Street Confectionery, and oh boy it was like heaven…the smell…I wish I could have boxed it up. Whilst I […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato & Chicken Pie: Higgidy Recipe Hunt

October 18, 2014

Those lovely people at Higgidy are on the hunt for a new recipe and they are asking for all to get involved. Higgidy are handing their next Special Guest Pie over to us, this could involve sharing a few key ingredients or a whole recipe. You haven’t got long though, as the competition closes on […]

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Rachel’s Organic Divine Desserts: Review

October 17, 2014

It has been a chaotic couple of weeks, back to uni happened, I still can’t believe I am in my second year now. I can really see how much the expectations have upped and that has left me feeling quite nervous and motivation has been, errr …hard. However the lovely people at Rachel’s Organic asked […]

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Giveaway: Lorraine Pascale’s ‘How To Be A Better Cook’

October 13, 2014

Lorraine Pascale’s new cookery book ‘How To Be A Better Cook’ aims to help inspire new and experienced cooks with Lorraine’s best tips and tricks to give a helping hand in the kitchen. Divided into eight sections including canapes & cocktails, starters, mains including chicken, meat and fish, vegetables and desserts and treats there is […]

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Free chocolates anyone?

October 11, 2014

Have I said before how much I like chocolate…oh yes plenty of times. Well, if someone offers you a free box of chocolates you’re going to accept it, aren’t you? “Oh and I have to have a beautiful bouquet of flowers too?”  Such a hard hard decision. Well, those pesky people at lovely florists at […]

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“Do You Fancy A Coffee?”

October 8, 2014

“Do you fancy a coffee?”, “Let’s do coffee soon”, “Shall we go and get a coffee?” “Time for a break, coffee?” How many times do you say those words? What did we do before them? Bump into a friend that you haven’t seen for ages and chances are you’ll make arrangements, or, say “we must […]

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