Veggie sausage fried rice wrap cones

Cauldron is a sponsor at this year’s British Street Food Awards. They are challenging bloggers in conjunction with Foodies100 to submit their favourite street food recipe using a Cauldron product of their choice. They sent me a voucher to take part.

Cauldron voucher

I used to follow a vegetarian diet and during this period I regularly bought Cauldron smoked tofu. However as the boys haven’t been introduced to tofu, I didn’t think this was the time to see if they might like it. So instead I used the voucher to purchase Cauldron Lincolnshire vegetarian sausages. These are widely available at most major supermarkets.

Cauldron sausages

I wanted to do something more inspiring than serving my sausages with onions in hot dog rolls. So for my street food, I cooked the sausages with fried rice and then served it in wraps folded in a cone shape. I also did a variant for son2 serving his sausages with noodles and broccoli, as he has recently decided he doesn’t like rice.

wrap cone

Veggie sausage fried rice wrap cones

Ingredients (serves 2 adults and 2 children)

4 wraps
1 packet of 6 Cauldron Lincolnshire vegetarian sausages
280g long grain rice (80g per adult and 60g per child)
1 pint stock (made from 1 vegetarian stock cube and boiling water)
100g Chinese leaf
2 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
Barbecue sauce

Method

Tear the Chinese leaf into pieces.
Peel and push garlic through garlic press.
Cut the sausages into short pieces.
Fold the wraps into quarters, then shape into a cone.
Balance the wraps in mugs.
Add the olive oil to a wok and heat.
Add the garlic.
Add the rice and cook for a few minutes to coat with oil.
Gradually add the stock a few tablespoons at a time, stirring occasionally until absorbed.
After the first few tablespoons of stock, add the sausages.
Add the Chinese leaf when the rice is al dente, (after approx 20 mins).
Season with salt and pepper.
Allow the rice to soften to your preferred taste and ensure some of it goes crispy.
Spoon into the wraps.
Serve with barbecue sauce or your preferred relish and enjoy.

wrap cones

We enjoyed eating our street food in the garden. The boys gave it the thumbs up.

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Disclosure.  This post mentions a product I purchased using a voucher I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Real Mums All-Bran Challenge

Britmums have challenged bloggers to take part in the Real Mums of All-Bran 5-Day Challenge which is all about embracing our tummies and the way they look. I was too late to get the free products, but I have purchased a packet of All-Bran bran flakes so that I could participate.

All-Bran bran flakes

So I tried my bran flakes for 5 consecutive days as per the challenge. I found them a rather boring breakfast, but the Golden Crunch, Red Berry Crunch and Chocolate Wheats varieties sound more tasty. I’ve never been particularly bothered with digestive issues, so can’t say I noticed a difference by eating All-Bran. Otherwise I’m generally happy with my tummy, although more toning exercise would help. My regular breakfast cereal is oat based rather than bran.

And did you know that 90 to 95 per cent of the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin is made in the gut? A study* of 1,000 UK women found 52 per cent experience digestive complaints, such as bloating or gas, at least once a week. Eating fibre everyday is a simple remedy for happy tums.

*Source for all research findings included in this document: Kellogg’s All-Bran Save Our Stomachs European Research Study (2014) conducted by Edelman Berland.

This post is an entry for the Real Mums of All-Bran Linky Challenge, sponsored by Kelloggs.

Disclosure.  I didn’t receive any free product.  All opinions are my own.

Britmums Book Club review – The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings

This is my second review for the Britmums Book Club. This time I received a free copy of “The Judas Scar” by Amanda Jennings, including a signed postcard.

The Judas Scar

This is what it says inside the front cover.
Scars. We all carry them. Some are mere scratches. Others run deeper.

At a school rife with bullying, Will and his best friend Luke are involved in a horrific incident that results in Luke leaving.

Twenty-five years later their paths cross again and memories of Will’s painful childhood come flooding back to haunt him. His wife, Harmony, who is struggling after a miscarriage that has hit her hard, wishes Will would open up about his experiences. But while Will withdraws further, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic stranger from her husband s past, and soon all three are caught in a tangled web of guilt, desire, betrayal and revenge…

This story was so gripping that I read it in less than a week, which is unheard of for me. It is a thriller and I couldn’t put it down. I won’t say much as I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet. It revolves round the three main characters, Will, Harmony and Luke. And bloggers will appreciate this bit, it even features social media, with Will looking up the school bully on Facebook and sending a “friend request” although they had never been friends.

The Judas Scar” is Amanda Jennings second book and I’m certainly adding her first book “Sworn Secret” to my reading wishlist. I thoroughly recommend “The Judas Scar“.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Draw With Me – Space

Last year I found a nice kids drawing competition on “This Mummy Loves” blog which my boys enjoy taking part in. It is a monthly competition and this month the theme is Space. Last month only son2 took part and this month we have reversed and only have an entry from son1.

Son1 has done a very detailed drawing which he tells me is the “Fly Me to the Moon” special assignment from his Lego City Wii U game.

lego city special assignment fly me to the moon

lego city special assignment fly me to the moon

He started giving me a very detailed explanation of his drawing, so I suggested we do a video instead.

This Mummy Loves...

This post is an entry to Draw With Me.

Guest post by #MorrisonsOnline Grandma

I have previously blogged about shopping in store at Morrisons here. Now Morrisons are extending their online delivery service across more areas of the country and offered me £80 of their vouchers to spend on online delivery to blog about. However as I don’t reside within the new delivery area, I passed the opportunity onto my mum. Below is what she has to say about her experience with Morrisons delivery service.

I was pleased to take part in Morrisons new delivery service as I do some shopping there since they opened a store about 5 miles away. This journey is quite easy by public transport from my home area, but the great difficulty is the many stairs there are to negotiate at the station if I have purchased heavy items. I use public transport as I can no longer see well enough to drive.

It was easy to sign up for Morrisons online shopping and the ordering process was straight forward except that when I checked my basket I found the order for some items had mysteriously doubled. I was able to find all the products I wanted except for pak choi – pork chop was suggested. It was not so easy to find items in the shopping basket when I wanted to change something as most items began with the word Morrisons. When I chose a delivery slot one item was not available on that date.

Morrisons delivery

My order was delivered on time by a friendly driver. I received an email afterwards from Morrisons asking me to rate the driver. I gave him 5 out of 6 as he had not told me about a substitution for one item, which had been replaced by a more expensive item and, unlike my first online order at Tesco, I had been charged the dearer price. All the products were packed in colour coded bags – yellow for freezer, red for fridge and purple for cupboard. The driver explained that he would collect the bags for recycling on our next delivery.

I enjoyed making my order having planned the meal I was going to prepare for 4 family members. I decided to use lamb as this is my daughter’s favourite meat. So the menu was as follows -

Starter – a grapefruit candle

Main course – Lamb cutlets served with baked potatoes, roast aubergine and celery, home grown french beans and mange tout peas, individual Yorkshire puddings, gravy and mint sauce.

Dessert – Pineapple crumble with ice cream.

The meal was very successful for the family except for one of the potatoes which had an area of black inside. While preparing the meal I was disappointed to find that one of the aubergines was bruised at one end, depite being wrapped in a protective sock, so this had to be cut off. The quality and freshness of the rest of the products was good.

The cost of the meal was as follows -
Grapefruit 70p
Lamb £3.96
Potatoes 66p
Aubergines £1.18
Celery 69p
Flour, egg and milk for Yorkshires 50p
Mint sauce 20p
Crumble mix 70p
Ice cream 85p
Tin of pineapple (for grapefruit candles and crumble) 60p
TOTAL £10.04

Maybe I need to explain the grapefruit candles. Cut the fruits into half. Place a cocktail stick in the centre of each half. Place cubes of pineapple up each stick and top with half a cherry. Morrisons grapefruit were sweet enough without adding any sugar.

morrisons delivery

It is not possible to make a complete comment on the quality of service. Ordering online means that you cannot speak to the fishmonger about the filleting of fish or to the butcher about the cut of meat and there are no options in the ordering process to specify any requirements. As I had previously bought fish on the advice of the fishmonger in the store, I was able to place my order for salmon with confidence from the description and picture given on the order sheet and I received what I expected.

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Disclosure.  Morrisons Grandma received £80 of Morrisons vouchers for free.  All opinions are her own.

3rd prize for my recipe!!!

I just had to blog about my exciting news. The judges at Gourmandize liked my Mini Garlic Pizza Wraps recipe so much that they awarded me 3rd place in their Tour de Food competition. The theme was food that you could eat on the go. It is always nice to win any competition, but I’m really thrilled as this was judged rather than a random draw. And well done to Irina and Emma who came 1st and 2nd with their Butternut Samosa Empanadas and Vegan Snack Bites respectively.

Mini Garlic Pizza Wraps

Mini Garlic Pizza Wraps

An active family

Mark Warner are challenging bloggers to share how their family keeps active together. This challenge is in association with GoApe.

We haven’t been able to do many active things as son1 gets tired very easily due to his leukaemia. But in May we decided to test his strength and stamina with a walk across the common. The distance was about 2 and a half miles either way, so 5 miles in total, with a pub lunch enroute. It was rather a wet day and the boys wanted to go home before we even got to the end of our road. But with some cajoling, we carried on and they were happy by the time we reached the common. We were pretty slow, so it took us about an hour and a half each way. And although son1 did flag, we were so proud of him for achieving it, only a year after his diagnosis at which time he needed a wheelchair.

Center Parcs July Challenge: Ice Lollies

Tots100 and Center Parcs have challenged bloggers to make ice lollies this month.  See this webpage for more details, where Center Parcs ice lolly enthusiast, Deb Rogerson, has shared her tips on how you could make your lollies. I was most inspired by Deb’s first tip which says Want to experiment with different flavours? Mix Greek yoghurt with a squeeze of honey, then just add your own additional flavouring. How about adding some crushed blackberries or blending banana in with the yoghurt? Transfer your mix to ice lolly moulds and set in the freezer.

Homemade ice lollies

Ice lollies are just what is needed during this heatwave and the boys were keen to help out making some. I already had some lolly moulds but I don’t think I’d used them since the boys were babies, as it is so convenient to just buy lollies at the supermarket. But I used to make healthy  sugar-free lollies from fruit puree when they were teething.

Both boys decided they wanted to make strawberries lollies, so we added water to dried strawberries, in the ratio 9 parts water to one part strawberries. Once the strawberries had softened, we spooned it into the moulds, closed them and put them in the freezer.

Meanwhile I also made up jugs of lemon and orange squash and poured these into the other moulds, so that we had a choice of 3 flavours. We left them in the freezer overnight to set.

Then the next day we enjoyed our lollies. The boys gave their strawberry lollies a big thumbs up. I tried a lemon one and it was lovely and refreshing. Once we’ve finished the others, I plan to make some more, as it is so quick and simple and also very budget-friendly. Next time, I’ll try making some yoghurt lollies.

homemade ice lollies

The boys enjoying strawberry lollies that they made

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 July challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Forest.

Mini Garlic Pizza Wraps

This is my own recipe for tasty quick little snacks to eat on the go. Or alternatively as an appetiser. I cook them under the grill but you may alternatively cook them in the oven if you prefer.

Mini Garlic Pizza Wraps

Mini Garlic Pizza Wraps

Mini Garlic Pizza Wraps

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 wrap
30g butter
80g grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese
2 cloves of garlic

Method

Using a 2.5 inch circular cutter, cut 8 circles from a wrap.
Peel cloves of garlic and crush through a garlic press.
Mix garlic and butter together and spread onto the wrap circles.
Top with grated cheese and cook under preheated moderate grill for a few minutes until topping is bubbling.
Serve and enjoy.

mini garlic pizza wraps

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Magno-Z Ambassadors and giveaway

My children were delighted when our family was picked to be 1 of only 15 Hair-ee Spring Magno-Z Ambassadors in the UK. Magno what I hear you ask. Magno-Z are the latest toy craze soon to hit UK school playgrounds and we received 12 of them free to review.

Magno-Z

Magno-Z are magnetic, stretchy, springy and hairy. They stick together or to any other magnetic surface. They come in 6 colours and 9 characters, so son1 quickly worked out that there are 54 to collect. The backing card tells you the name of each character and describes their personalities.

magno-z

You can see the TV ad here. It has a very catchy tune which the boys and / or I can often be heard humming.

magno-z

Three of our Magno-Z have been given to the boys friends on playdates, letting them choose their favourites. Although son2 was very upset when he realised we had given blue Bruce away to one of son1’s friends. Oops. Blue Bruce was son2’s original favourite and he wants me to get him another. Also the boys took half of the Magno-Z each to show their friends at school, getting thumbs-up reactions all round.

magno-z

Here is a video of what my boys think of Magno-Z.

Magno-Z are suitable from age 3 and will appeal to both boys and girls in my opinion. A great pocket money toy at £2.99.

I’d love to hear which character and colour Magno-Z is your favourite.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway two Magno-Z toys courtesy of Brainstorm to one lucky winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And don’t forget to check out my other giveaways.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.