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Make Christmas 2017 special with Kinder chocolate

Published October 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Kinder is the well known kids confectionery brand by Fererro. Ferrero being the 4th largest player in the global confectionery market. Kinder are most known for their kinder eggs which I have been around for as long as I can remember. Kinder chocolate has its own unique milky taste which is certainly identifiable once tasted. As well as those chocolate eggs with mini toys inside, Kinder now has a selection of festive stocking fillers and pre Xmas goodies.

 


For getting children in the festive spirit, nothing quite beats an advent calendar. Especially not one full of melt in the mouth mini kinder bars.
 


Kinder even have a letter to Santa kit too. This could be given with the advent calendar at the beginning of December. The kit contains writing paper, stickers and an addressed envelope to Santa’s grotto. It also includes 8 kinder bars.



Kinder has a fair few products to be used as stocking fillers or even small gifts for relatives and friends children. These include Kinder surprise Christmas eggs, bar packs, tubes, baskets, chocolate figures and even a Kinder mini fluffy toy gift set.

 


All of these yummy Kinder products will be in stores and supermarkets this month. Products will vary per store. These festive chocolate products range in price from just one pound to just under £8.00 each.

More kinder Christmas treats can be found on the Fererro website.

Choc affair: good for a cold Winter night 

Published October 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The October chill is kicking in quickly and there is only one perfect warning drink for those cold Winter nights and freezing frosty mornings – hot chocolate of course!

Luxury milky flavoursome hot chocolate that is, like these One shot mini tins from Choc Affair. In this little gift pack there are three tins of hot chocolate, all of which can be purchased as individual larger tins.

The hot chocolate is best made with steaming hot milk, then allowed to cool. My favourite is the salted caramel but they are delicious in there own way.

I was slightly baffled by the instructions. It tells me to use the whole tin in one drink? Or at least I think it means that. However I used less than a third of the tin for one cup of milk and the flavour is very rich, so I certainly don’t think they are meant as one drink tins.


And look what else we have from Choc Affair!

This is also a gift set but it’s chocolate pieces called Dinky Dots. These are disc shaped, a bit like buttons and again in three mini tin varieties.

Aimed more towards dinky people obviously but good for us big people too and perfect together with the hot chocolate.

Both gift sets cost £6.75 each, buy direct from Choc affair .

Aero heavenly mousse

Published October 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Many of you may have spotted these delightful big pots of Aero heavenly in the yoghurt aisles of supermarkets.
 


They look like regular chocolate mousse but are a bit more special, well the lids are gold after all.

The exciting new desserts come in large single pots. I believe these could be intended for sharing, but not in this house they’re not. So what’s inside the pots – well there’s fluffy soft mousse, contrasted with sprinkles of nuts and the sauce. 
 


Aero Heavenly comes in two great-flavours: a rich chocolate mousse with salted caramel sauce, and a divine salted caramel mousse, including a caramel sauce swirled with pecan nuts.  


 Most supermarkets now sell Aero heavenly mousse  including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, ASDA, Tesco and Ocado. They can be found in the yoghurt/chilled desert aisles. Prices seem to vary but Asda currently has them for £1.30 a pot.  


 They really are heavenly, but also very sweet, I couldn’t eat more than one in a short period, but yes they make a divine heavenly lovely fluffy treat. 

Degustabox September reveal

Published October 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes it’s that time of the month again! It’s Degustabox reveal, the box that keeps coming packed full of foodie surprises.




It’s a fairly random mix this month, perhaps not quite as many sweet/snack type products as I would have liked but there are some good food cupboard (as I call them) useful things here.  

Chocolate from Green & Blacks: £1.99. A really dark deep 70% cocoa bar here. Perhaps a little too strong on the cocoa for me but it would be great for making cakes or deserts with.

Mentos mints sharing pouch £1.19. There aren’t too many food things that I dislike; but! unfortunately mint and mint flavours are one of them. I can’t even use mint toothpaste as it makes me gag, even the thought of it. So no I’m certainly not a mint person. Luckily my children do like the occasional few mints so they had them.

 Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp £2.49. Nice big full size box as always. I really hate those small sample packs, they just seem to linger in the cupboard for all eternity. Full boxes get opened and used. I’m not a cereal person, I rarely eat breakfast but I have three children who need fuel before school and cheerios is quite healthy. 

Green’s egg custard mix £0.69 – I’ve not got around to using this yet. Just not had time or found a suitable recipe. It looks easy enough to make egg custard so hopefully I’ll give it a go soon.

Knorr concentrated stock £2.20 – A bottle of liquid beef stock. This goes good with beef stews or casseroles for added flavour.

Midi Ramen noodle kit – not got around to making these yet. I’m not overly keen on packet noodles such as these but we will see.

Dreams Rice Quinoa £1.60 – A milk alternative for those who can’t or don’t want to drink cows milk. It’s plant based. It’s okay, wouldn’t want to make me swap my normal milk tho. 

Wild Planet Albacore wild tuna steaks £3.49. I think this is damn expensive for one tin of tuna. It’s a no drain type but still expensive. I wouldn’t buy this due to the price and as three of us in our home (plus cats) eat tuna then it would get expensive. However it was nice, a richer flavour compared to other cheaper brands.



Tuna pasta is a really great easy meal. Large quantities can even be refrigerated and used for packed lunches in tubs etc. It’s really versatile too as any ingredients and sauce can be added.

The Virtue can you see here  was also in the box. I had two of them and they cost £1.35 each. It’s flavoured sparkling water. I found them a little bland and tasteless with only a slight hint of flavour. Not really something I would choose to drink. 

San Migel £2.00 per bottle – It’s beer and gluten free but again not for me. I’m not a beer drinker.

Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen £1.85 per pack.

Santa Maria have launched a new range of cooking sauces and rice packs. Latin American brings the flavours of South America here. There are five varieties of rice and five of the sauce.

Easy to make. Add chicken or other suitable meats, add any vegetables, add sauce, cook on high heat. The rice can be microwaved in the pack for a few minutes. Then serve and enjoy!


And that concludes my Degustabox reveal. All of this for just £12.99 a month which includes postage and packing too. With this box I was able to make two family meals with drinks, treats and a big box of cereal.
Get your Degustabox here. First time triers get a box for just £5.99!

Slabs – the biggest crisps I’ve ever seen! 

Published September 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Anyone who enjoys a good old bag of crisps will love a bag of slabs


Slabs are mammoth sized crisps. Not only are they big in size but they are also very thick too. Not as thick as wedges but they certainly pack some chunkiness compared to the rest.


These are like big chunky man sized crisps. The sort you could imagine a group of men on a building site happily tucking into. Of course anyone can eat them and they are also full of awesome flavour too.


There are five flavours in total to choose from, so a bit of something for everyone. Most of the flavours being based around more traditional crisp flavours such as the mature cheddar and onion and the salt & malt vinegar. For those who don’t like the flavoured crisps there is a sea salt variety too. My favourite being sweet red chilli. 

Two packet sizes – a 40g single serve and the larger 80g bag for the greedy gets! I think the larger may be meant for sharing? 

As these crisps are so big and thick, the way a crisp should be, it means hardly any crumbs. The odd chipped off chunky broken bits maybe but no small crumbs at the bottom of the packet with these.

Slabs are a very new product so are only available to buy in a few select stores at the moment. They are available to trade via the slabs website and will be on display at various foodie fares and shows across the country. I am hoping the crisps will appear in local stores or supermarkets in the near future.

BritMums #HealthyRedMeat challenge 

Published September 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I like to try and cook meals from scratch for my children and use healthy ingredients. This is extremely difficult when you have the worlds most fussiest teenage boy. However he is also a good cook and often chooses to cook his own thing, albeit not always the healthiest. 

One of the healthiest, tastiest and most versatile ingredients is lean red meat. Red meat includes pork, beef, lamb and less popular meats such as Veal, Mutton, goat and horse.  

 Experts  recommend including it in children’s diet from weaning onwards. It provides a range of important nutrients that are often low in toddlers and children – including iron, zinc, B vitamins, selenium and potassium.

 The  #HealthyRedMeat challenge via BritMums UK is sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel. I was challenged to create a  recipe with beef, pork or lamb.


And I chose lamb, my overall favourite one. Lamb can be expensive sometimes depending on the cut. I opt for small joints like this from Tesco as there are only 3 of us eating it. 

For my dish I chose a lovely traditional roast dinner. However I prepare the lamb with a little honey and herbs, thyme, basil, salt, pepper prior to placing in the oven and slow cook on low heat for about 3 hours. 

 

With a bit of luck the meat will be soft, tender and will literally fall off the bone with ease. The honey and herbs give it extra flavour. 

Then add potato and some vegetables, and gravy. 

 

Me and my girls all enjoyed our delicious lamb dinner. 
This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.

Hong Kong Crate

Published September 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yeahhh! It’s another snack subscription box from the other side of the world – Hong Kong to be precise. 

Watch my unboxing video to see what’s inside!

Hong Kong Crate subscription deliver monthly and ship worldwide. It’s $30 a month which roughly works out around £23 or so. Lots of snacks in this one, both savoury and sweet.  Subscriptions can be purchased via Crate joy

Aldi Ready set cook meals

Published August 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I do love shopping in my local Aldi, it's not as close as some of the bigger supermarkets and it's smaller building does mean it can get a bit crowded at busy times, but their produce seems just such good value for money compared to a lot of other places. I could probably feed us all (one adult, one teenager, 2 kids & 2 cats) for a week for under £50 if shopping there all the time.

Aldi recently asked if we would like to try out some of their new launch ready to cook meals. These meals, known as ready-set-cook recently had four new additions giving customers like myself a choice of seven different easy cook healthy meal choices.

Now I am usually skeptical about anything labelled a quick meal or a ready meal and even ready to cook. It makes me think "microwave meal" which are not always the healthiest from supermarkets. However these are not microwave meals at all. Instead it's a selection of stir frys, curries and other lovely sounding dishes.

Aldi's new additions which were only launched last month, include Chicken Tikka, Chicken Fajita, BBQ Pork Stir Fry and Beef Stroganoff. Plus a few other options which Aldi previously had.
 
The meals are fresh, not frozen and can be found in the refrigerator section of the store. They come in plastic trays, with sections dividing the meat and the vegetables. A satchet of sauce will usually be on top too.


 
Cooking each meal takes less than 15 minutes. Each one will vary in cooking method, the majority being stir fry so all you need is a frying pan or wok and a little oil. Each meal is also enough for two people, so much cheaper and healthier than a take away.

This is just one of the meal kits that I made for my dinner.

This is one of the chicken meal kits. All I had to do was heat the pan and add the contents, the sauce being last. Very easy indeed. What you see on the plate is half of one tray.

I was really surprised at just how delicious these are. Full of flavour, a bit of spice, big chunks of meat and fresh cut vegetables. All the hard work is done, no peeling, chopping, marinating etc; just simple frying.

The best bit being the price because they only cost £2.99 each and that's for 2 people meaning it's £1.50 per person (plus any extras you choose with it). The beef stroganoff costs slightly more at £3.99 but again only £2.00 per portion.

They seem really filling too and more than perfect portion sizes. If you add noodles or rice or a few fries then the meals will stretch even further and possibly feed three people. If like me, your on your own and kids want something else, then you can just cook half the tray and the other half the next day or cook the whole lot and refrigerate half, reheat etc. I'm not sure how safe re hearing these are tho so don't take my word on that one. I'm happy to do it myself but I'm not advising others.

I did find that I did not need to add extra sides or any noodles to any of the meals I purchased (5 of them!). I found them more than filling enough.

If you take a look at similar meals from other stores and even those online meal boxes and subscriptions you will find that none of them beat the small price of £1.50 per portion from Aldi stores.

 

Degustabox July

Published July 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I had a sneaky suspicion that my July Degustabox may just arrive with some sort of Summer theme; and I was not wrong either. 

The theme is Summer and it’s Summer outside. So let’s take a look what’s inside the box this month.

I was very happy with the Blossom hill spritz of course and am looking forward to popping it open over some ice on a hot day. 

My daughter Jordanna loves the Mango and passion fruit juice and of course it is much healthier and better than fizzy pop.


I would of liked to have seen more sweets, chocs or crisps in the box, but I was happy with a bag of new rowntrees ransoms. 

The fry light bottle is actually avocado oil as opposed to the usual olive oil. Again being more healthier and I can use exactly the same as I would any other cooking oil.


My girls will eat the Weetabix. I’m just not a breakfast person at all. We like ryvita thins and have tried a few of the other varieties previously. The Djohn mustard may come in handy to make a recipe, perhaps some sort of sauce or flavouring for a meat dish. 

I’m not too sure about the packet of Quinoa. I know it’s a more healthier version to rice but I just prefer the rice too much so maybe I’ll pass it on to someone who will enjoy it more. 

None of us are really keen on olives either so the Oloves will be passed on to an olive lover somewhere.

It’s a nice box. The blossom hill was a lovely surprise. 

As always Degustabox costs just £12.99 monthly which includes U.K. delivery. If you use this special code – OMES2 at checkout then this will give you a massive £7.00 off a box meaning you only pay £5.99. The blossom hill costs £4.99 alone to buy so it’s a bargain price to pay.

Subscribe on line over at the Degustabox website. 

Find Degustabox on social networks too. 

Instagram: @Degustabox_uk 

 Twitter: @DegustaboxUK 

 Facebook: @DegustaboxUK

Chimasu Snack subscription box

Published July 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Chimasu is an Asian smack box, bringing a taste of Asia to UK door steps each month.

Each monthly box comes filled with at least 12 snack products from Asian countries such as Japan, China, Thailand etc. The majority being products that we never see over here and would find difficult to get hold of.

Monthly subscriptions start at £18 per month. This includes free shipping to the UK. Subscriptions cost slightly less if you sign up and pay in advance for longer.

And here is our unboxing video, so you can see all the goodies we got inside our July Chimasu box. I had 19 products in total.

Pocky sticks are gaining some popularity in the U.K. now tho I doubt we will see the full range of flavour like Japan has. The chocolate biscuit product was lovely as were the fruity gummy sweets. I was very surprised with the sunflower seeds too, they were like sweet crunchy nuts. I probably won’t eat the noodles myself or use the green tea tea bags but everything else is going down pretty well in our house.

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