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Num noms Crazy Creation

Published May 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s those Num Noms once again! Love them or hate them but it seems they are here to stay. Here are a few of the season 3 characters.


Again the little plastic collectables come with various bits, we get the Num and the nom but also lip balms, stamps and rubbers. 

Of course Num noms are all about food and crazy creations with food and the people behind Num noms have launched a new campaign #NumNomsCrazyCreation and so I was left to make a tasty but wacky food combination.

Now this is probably not to everyone’s taste and it may sound revolting to some of you. It’s not the type of thing I could eat often or eat a lot of but it did actual work together fairly well. 

This is my very own – Baconana nut sarnie! 


It’s a strange one but very easy to make. All I needed was – bread, bananas, peanut butter and bacon! Yes bacon with banana!!!

There are a few ways to put it altogether. The bread can be toasted first or the whole thing toasted under a grill together which is my preferred method.


It’s best to start with the peanut butter and use according to taste/preference. It’s a good idea to cook the bacon first before peeling and  chopping the banana as bananas tend to develop black spots quickly after chopping them. 

The banana slices go on top of the peanut butter and then add the bacon. Add as much as you like of each. I preferred more banana on mine where as Jordanna only wanted 6 slices and 2 bacon and a good helping of crunchy peanut butter.

I did not use any extra butter or spread on the bread and I cooked the bacon in a George Foreman machine to minimise the grease and fat. 

Once the sandwiches were built, they went under the grill for a few minutes each side in order to make it a crispy bite. 

And that is our #NumNomsCrazyCreation. 

Brownie bar Yum Yum! 

Published May 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

After a hectic few days, it was time to put my feet up with a nice hot cup of tea and a big gooey yummy brownie from Brownie bar

The brownie bar is a unique subscription box which I came across over on Cratejoy. It is a monthly subscription which starts at £14.50. Each month bringing a selection of delicious brownie to your door. Each month with a new delicious flavour too. 


And there is my large bar of brownie. Baked to perfection just as a brownie should be – like sponge cake on the top and all soft and gooey in the middle. We got 8 smaller individual slices from this. 

Brownie bar must have read my mind as they sent me salted caramel flavour which happens to be one of my favourites. The top even came sprinkled with gold. 


And just look how thick these brownies are! 


And they are so filling too. Just one of the slices was enough to fill my belly for a while. They are very sweet, very gooey and just incredibly delicious. What more can I say? 

The brownie subsctipton can be ordered via Cratejoy or directly from the Brownie bar website. They deliver to addresses in the U.K. They have a choice of normal brownie box or gluten free and nut free boxes. If you don’t want to sign up for a subscription straight away then individual brownie bars with 8 square pieces can also be purchased. 

You can also find Brownie bar here on Facebook.

Raw chocolate snacks from the Raw chocolate company

Published May 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The raw chocolate company was one of my very early posts when I first started this blog. That was a long time ago and I am pleased to be munching away on their tasty products once again.


These are raw chocolate snacks. If like me your not too sure what raw chocolate is then the process is explained in detail here. To cut it short, raw chocolate is just how its name says, its raw and its organic. The main ingredients in raw chocolate products are organic fair trade raw cacao and organic fair trade virgin cacao butter. When chocolate is made raw it can be a little bitter or too strong to eat so to give the raw chocolate a sweeter taste; natural sweeteners such as coconut palm sugar, fruit powder, vanilla and Xylitol are added.

No milk is added to the raw chocolate or any other animal product making it fine for vegans to eat too. The chocolate does not contain any type of additives or anything artificial making it totally organic and raw.

The Raw chocolate company make and sell both raw chocolate bars and chocolate snacks. The snacks consist of raw chocolate over a selection of nuts and berries. Almonds, ginger, mulberries to name just a few. They look just like many other chocolate nibble type snacks and are good and healthier than regular chocolate snacks  for both adults and children.


The snack bags are 25g and a large bag 110g. These can all be purchased on the website.

As the chocolate is raw and made differently it is more like dark chocolate than the milk chocolate variety that most of us are used to. They do make a white chocolate bar, again with organic natural ingredients but no milk is used in their products.

I don’t mind dark chocolate anyway but I do not like the really dark strong 70% plus cocoa chocolate. It tastes way too bitter and not like chocolate at all. Raw chocolate snacks don’t have that extra strong bitter chocolate taste due to the natural sweeteners used along with the sweetness of the berries used. The stronger taste is the cacao powder dust which many of them are coated in.

They make a nice quick snack for us all. The 

Two by Two Artisan biscuits for children (& mummies of course!)

Published May 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Think of all the biscuit flavours that you may have tried in the past, be it strawberry, or any other fruit flavour. Do they actually taste anything like the fruit they are meant to be? I don’t think so! Usually not even close. Until now that is…..


These little cuties are the new Two by Two peach biscuits from Artisan biscuits. They are called two by two because each box contains two characters from well known nursery rhymes and stories. These include George and the dragon, Owl & Pussycat and the most recent addition – Mary and her little lamb. The nursery rhyme is even printed on the underside of the box. 

Artisan biscuits are a family run bakery who started over 70 years ago. All their products are still handmade by people and not robots with all natural ingredients sourced in the UK.

These new character biscuits are made with real peach juice and clotted cream. Of course I had to try the odd one myself to make sure my kids would like them as always! And I have to say Wow! These biscuits certainly are mouthwatering delicious. They do taste like real peaches with cream and if I had to liken the taste to anything then it would be the peach Oykos yoghurys which are also peaches with creamy yoghurt. I honestly was not expecting such an amazing flavour from a child’s biscuit. 

The packs contain about ten biscuits, five of each character. Each one roughly the size of my palm.  The designs are pretty, the flavour is just heavenly and of course my kids love them (as do I!) 

The other two by two products also contain natural juices and flavours including strawberry, toffee, lemon curd and vanilla. I think I may just have to try a few more flavours from the Artisan kids biscuits shop or rather my children will (honest!!). These biscuits cost £2.30 a box which is a good price for a special treat. 


They have lots of other goodies and biscuits too, even a whole section of treats just for us grown ups

Fish delivered! Ramus fish box

Published March 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I do enjoy eating fish, and I don’t mean the type you get from the chippy. My only problem previously has been cooking and preparing it. But! Being sent a box of lovely fresh fish has changed all that completely. I didn’t even need to go to a store or carry it home and risk smelling fishy as it was delivered to my doorstep. My fish box came from Ramus and they deliver various fish boxes nationwide. 

This photograph shows the full contents of my fish box. In total six different varieties of fish, each packet containing two fillets and also a pot of salmon rub. 

The fish arrives cool with ice but not frozen. It can be kept in the fridge and used within 2/3 days or frozen. I put it all in the freezer to begin with and found that the fillets only take a few hours to defrost when required.


All the fish arrives sealed in individual packets. This box contained sea bass, haddock, salmon, trout, hake and smoked haddock. 

Sea bass is a fish that I have enjoyed in the past but have not had for a while. It can be a very expensive fish to buy and is often found on high end restaurant menus. It is not something I have previously cooked myself and certainly never prepared. I did a bit of research and watched a few videos on how to prepare this full fish fillet. 

Yes this fish came complete with head,eyes, fins and tail on and the last thing I wanted was to do something wrong or eat a part I’m not meant to. A fish with head still on does put me off eating it a bit so the head was the first thing I cut off, followed by the finns and the tail. Then I had to literally slice it open and remove the guts and bones which wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but I got there in the end. 


The silver scales also got scraped to remove any rough bits. I placed some onion inside the fish, with salt and pepper and a bit of oil infused with lemon, wrapped in foil and cooked in the oven for about 25 minutes. Then the fish was cooked to perfection, lovely and flakey and I served with yellow rice, sweet chilli sauce and a bit of mayonnaise. Lovely! 

I will be buying sea bass again as I do like it, tho I may ask them to prepare it for me next time.

The salmon fillets are really easy to cook as it’s already filleted. Salmon can be cooked in so many ways and has a very distinct flavour. I do prefer all my fish grilled or oven cooked. I used the little pot of salmon rub with the fillets. It’s just a seasoning to help enhance the flavour and optional. I enjoy salmon served with pasta, rice or vegetables. Here the salmon is served with sweet potato mash, green beans a little sauce. A very healthy dish. 


Next the smoked haddock fillets. These can be purchased fairly cheap but make a great dinner. Again they can be oven cooked, grilled or fried. This time served with crispy potatoes and green beans. 


I stlll have the rest of the fish in my freezer which I am of course looking forward to using. It’s been really good cooking with fresh fish for a change and something I am hoping to continue to do at least once a week if not more. Fish is of course very healthy and full of good stuff for the body. Served with vegetables and it’s even more healthier and also very tasty. Fish can also be used to make various recipes such as fish pies. 

Jordanna has also enjoyed the fish meals with me as she likes it too. Izebella has tried the fish and Ryan is still as fussy as ever. 

Our Fish box costs £25.00. There are other box selections to choose from on the Ramus website as well as hampers, platters and fish gifts via the online seafood shop.

Mother’s Day ideas: Brown and blonde brownies

Published March 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

As it’s Mother’s Day in just a few days, I thought I would share some ideas of products I have tried recently and which I think would make great Mothers’s Day ideas.

The first one is Brownies and I think brownies would make a great alternative to the usual shop bought chocolates.

Of course brownie are one of those foods that need cooking correctly and to perfection or they just don’t taste good. (Did anyone have so called brownies served at school?). I have made them myself a few times and pleased to say they turned out just right, however nothing beats a baked bought brownie like the brownies from this place. 

So who are they? Well Brown and Blond are based in Leeds and they make delicious brownies like these. 


Brownies in lots of different flavours ans made with lots of nice things such as extra chocolate, nuts and peanut butter. These brownies were amazing and having just one is very filling so I would not advise eating lots of them at once. And just look how chunky they are too.  

Just amazingly delicious the way a brownie should be. 

I would much prefer brownies for Mother’s Day.  Or any day really. 

Cooking with Encona sauce

Published March 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Encona is the UKs number one best seller of  hot and spicy sauces. Their sauce bottles are infused with spices from all over the world. From the Caribbean to Asia there is a sauce for everyone as the sauces begin mild and go right up to extra hot. It’s just a matter of how hot one can handle. 

I guess I’m a slight whimp when it comes to hot sauce as I tend to stick to the medium or even mild ones. There is no way I could manage the extra hot products as I find some of the medium ones a little too hot. 

Encona sent me over these three sauces.


Smokey Jalapeño is the mild one, tho it still has a fairly mighty kick to it. It is of course Mexican inspired and great with tortillas, chilli and Mexican type food or even just dipping.

Then two medium sauce bottles – Amarillo chilli which is Peruvian inspired and made with Peruvian Amarillo chillis. It has a really sweet, almost like chutney aroma. The flavour is also sweet but certainly has some spice to it, hot hot hot for me. 

Thai chilli and garlic sauce obviously with Thailand inspirations and so a totally different type of spice compared to American or even Indian spices. This one is like a bright red/orangey colour. I’d say a little milder than the Amarillo chilli sauce with a more distinct flavour. 

Instructions on the back of the sauce bottles tell me how to best use the sauces, although the majority can be used in any way be it cooking with, drizzling, dipping etc. 

I had not made a fish dish in a while and with these new sauces from Encona I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try something new and totally made up (no reading recipes). 

I made a stuffed spicy sea bass with rice. 


After gutting and preparing the sea bass I placed onions, tomatoes and a good drizzle of the Amarillo chilli sauce inside the fish and wrapped in foil. 

Baked for approximately 25 minutes, unwrapped and drizzled with the Thai chilli and garlic sauce. 

Thus getting spices from both sides of the world as well as a lovely fillet of fish. The sauces strangely worked well together as one was used for cooking which gave the fish an overall infused flavour and even reduced the hotness of the sauce. The other sauce drizzled over bought the kick back.

Encona sauce can be found in all the main supermarkets and they have loads of them to choose from. Visit Encona to see the full range. 

February Degustabox Reveal 

Published March 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well about two weeks ago came a knock at my door and the arrival of my monthly Degustabox snack box. As always packed full of delicious sweets, treats and goodies and oh; was this a great box!

Starting with a few of my favourites – the goodies (sweets, crisps and all that) 


Look at these sweet goodies I found tucked in the box –

 1) Willy Chase: apple cider vinegar popcorn – a very strange flavour of “fit” popcorn but very nice and a rather huge (movie share) bag too. 

Next two bags of sweets courtesy of Bebeto – cheesecake jelly type sweets and Candy crush soft candy mix which was a colourful sticky assortment of many sweets. These didn’t last long as you can see. 

Finally and one of my favourite products from the February box – 3) Maui & Sons chocolate coated banana chips. These were delicious. I don’t normally like dried fruits but dried banana is an exception and when it’s covered in chocolate it’s even better. This is certainly one product that I’ll be looking out for again. 

“And then even more snacks!”


4) Peppersmith are mints and chewing gum. Mints and gum are two  of the few things that I really dislike. However they did not go to waste because my children do like mints and my friend got the gum. 

5) Ameicanos – The label states perfect with coffee and that’s probably because these are coffee. Coffee beans with dark chocolate coating. They were okay but not really something I’d go out and buy. The coffee taste was slightly overpowering. 

“Moving on to the beverages”

Lots of refreshing beverages came in February’s box. 

6) Coldpress – A blend of fruity greens in a bottle – kiwi, banana, and a bit of celery  and kale all blended together. The taste wasn’t really for me but my 9 year old daughter loved it.

7) Just Bee – This one is honey water with blueberry flavour and a natural antioxidant. I did not taste any honey in this drink and the blueberry flavour was fairly weak but tasteable. The drink on the whole is extremely refreshing and seems to be a real thirst quencher so these would be good for Summer bbqs.

8) Double Dutch – Cucumber and watermelon sparkling tonic. There are other varieties of course and all come in glass bottles. They are designed as mixers to have with a gin or vodka or any other tipple. However once again my daughter Jordanna; spotted this drink and asked if she could try it (minus any added alcohol of course). I tried it too and for a drink which contains cucumber it isn’t too bad at all. The fizziness makes it all the more better. 

9) Blossom Hill – Oh the excitement when I pulled this bottle out of the box! It’s wine and fruity bubbly “rosé” type wine too, my absolute favourite. Their fruit bloom wine is just 5.5% and has hints of summer fruits. A sweet fruity refreshing taste.

10) Koko dairy free – Its a milk alternative aimed mainly at people who can’t; for whatever reason drink regular cows milk. This one is made from freshly pressed coconut milk. The overall taste isn’t too bad – I’ve certainly tried worse milk alternatives. It does however claim to be similar to cows milk and suitable for use in hot drinks such as coffee and tea. This is where I have to disagree: and it may just be my opinion, but! It just does not taste right in a hot drink or on a bowl of cereal. 

 

“And last but not least!”


These are what I call the “cupboard” items or if I’m being old fashioned – the “pantry” stock. Those tins and packets that can be stored for a while. I often find 2/3 items in most of my Degustaboxes, some great, some not so good and some that last ages.

11) Heinz – Yes its beans, love them or hate them but us Brits seem to go through millions of the tiny orange things. These mini tins are a new no added sugar recipe. I don’t mind the smaller tins, in fact I prefer them because the bigger tins end up being wasted as only my two girls really eat them in our house. 

12) Willy’s apple cider vinegar – This was an extra free sample item included in Feb’s box. If I’m being totally honest I have absolutely no idea how or on what to use this stuff. I don’t think it’s the sort of thing to shake onto my fish and chips. I have read somewhere on the internet that it has a fair few health benefits as well as perhaps being used in some sort of cooking. The brand “Willy’s” being William Chase.

13) Kabuto – Its noodles, rice noodles to be exact. One of those on the go type pots that gets filled with hot water. Slightly spicy, not really something I eat myself but my daughter loves them.

And that concludes my February Degustabox reveal. All those goodies for just £12.99 a month, full sized products too and no tiny samples. Postage is free so sign up today at Degustabox UK

Chewy moon snack box for kids

Published March 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Chewy moon is a weekly subscription snack box for kids. 

The boxes are created based on the child’s age and come packed full of healthy natural snacks for children ages 3 and over.

Each box contains many snacks, each of these snacks comes in its own colourful package which all have animal images on them. 

Now when I hear the words “healthy snacks” I immediately think – raisins, dates, prunes etc, all the things I dislike and my kids aren’t overly keen either, especially not prunes. As you can see there were many snack boxes to try and not one of them contained raisins or prunes. The majority of the snack boxes were actually really tasty with sweet berries or nuts and other fairly healthy items. 

A menu detailing what everything is and what the ingredients in each pack are, comes included as do a few kids activity sheets.

Chewymoon sends a box of snacks weekly for approximately £4.99. It’s a mixture of sweet and savoury snacks which we all enjoyed, none of us found any thaf we really disliked. 

Chewy moon differs from other similar subscription services because – 

Snacks are sampled and approved by kids

And made by nutritionists who are experts in children’s nutrition

100% natural: packed with goodness, not sugar or other additives

Tailored and addressed to the child

Stories, fact cards and totems in every pack, making snacking and learning a brilliant experience.

Clearance XL – groceries for less

Published March 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A good way to save money on shopping is to head over to a website such as Clearance XL.  They sell many items including groceries, toiletries, clothing and even toys. Their products are really low cost and include end of line, excess stock, damaged packaging, near date foods and past sell by date products. Best before datdiffers greatly to Use by dates and is simply a date when most stores need to sell the goods by, most foods stay fine way past their by date but cannot be sold at full price in regular shops and supermarkets. Places like Clearance XL are able to sell these type of products on line. 

I was quite impressed with the selection of products available and that they even include clothes, shoes and toys too. I spent approximately £25 on the online store and got a huge box of products for it.  

I found snack items such as crisps, popcorn and chocolates a real bargain. Many of the crisps are sold in multipacks just like the supermarkets but Clearance XL sell 2/3 multipacks for just a pound. 

All this for £4!

And chocs all less than a fiver!

All of these snack products are either near the sell by date or passed the date but all were fine and the same quality as stuff within the sell by dates.

I managed to grab two packets of the Old El Paso stand and stuff taco kits which my kids love. They usually cost upwards of £2.50 each in shops but I got two packets for just a pound. Along with the cereal costing under 50p. 


These cans are known as Dr Fruit and come from Europe. 

It was just £3.00 for a pack of 24 cans. I was a bit hesitant about getting them as it’s not a drink any of us have heard of, but they taste really nice. It’s just fruit juices blended together and they went down well with my kids.
Being almost pancake day, I got one of these too. They usually cost more than a fiver but much less here.

And also many non food items too. 

Sparkly jelly shoes for Jordanna just a pound, white heel shoes for me which cost about £3/£4 and a purple fleece for Izebella which I think cost just £1.99. Absolute bargains and of course clothes and shoes don’t exactly have sell by dates or go off. 

And even the cats didn’t get left out as I was able to get a big tray of cat food tins for just £1.00 along with the lenor fabric conditioner just a pound too.

It’s quite easy to get carried away as all the products are so low cost, I could easily do all my cupboard grocery shopping on this website and for probably less than half of what I usually pay in supermarkets and I will certainly be ordering again. The postage costs are fairly low cost too and especially if ordering multiple items together. This page shows delivery costs which start at just £3.99 per box. 

To place an order, I did need to register for an account which does not take long, however I did find that my order disappeared once the account was created and worried that I’d have to do it all again. However I found that clicking the back button allowed me back on the checkout page and my order was there whilst still logged in, but it may be a good idea to register the account first. 

It is a really good website and I am glad I came across it. I don’t mind buying products and snacks past their sell by date because I know they are still good enough to eat and obviously try everything first before giving it my children. 

Clearance XL is definitely worth a look.

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