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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. 

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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.

Spoilt pig bacon

Published July 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It's that time of the day when I start getting hungry and it just so happens that I have some tasty packs of bacon in my fridge.

These packs come from Spoilt pig who have won several gold awards for their bacon.

Spoilt pig bacon comes from pigs that are reared in more healthy environments thus reducing the need for antibiotics. Antibiotics in animal food produce can have a great effect on resistance in humans.

Spoilt pig bacon seems to contain much less fat and rind than other bacon packs. The pieces also seem much thicker and generous in size. They make an excellent bacon sandwich at this time of the day.

Spoilt pig bacon is tasty and yummy and packs of both smoked and unsmoked can be purchased from Ocado, Morrisons, Nisa, Booths, and a few other stores.

Indigo Nutrition chocolate making kit

Published July 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Indigo Herbs are all about healthier lifestyles, healthy eating, superfoods and food for vegans. We were recently asked to try out one of their raw chocolate making kits. We are not a vegan family but we all love our chocolate treats so of course we agreed and then this box arrived. 


The kits start from £19.99 and contain all the ingredients needed to make our own "pure raw chocolate"


Raw chocolate is more healthier than the milk alternatives. Being a food suitable for vegans does mean no milk or dairy products are used. Therefore the finished chocolate is dark, stronger cocoa percentage and slightly more bitter than regular chocolate but it stlll tastes good. 

Have you ever wondered what gives good chocolate that wonderful chocolate smell? Well it's all down to this stuff! 

This being our melting organic cacao butter, it is known by other names too including cocoa butter and kakaw. From the moment I opened the packet I could instantly smell chocolate. This butter is 100% pure natural cacao derived straight from the cacao plant. It is one of the main ingredients in most chocolate products and is the ingredient which makes chocolate smell so good.

The butter is like small lumps of rock to begin with, it needs melting down to liquid and slowly too or the nutrients will be destroyed if heated too fast. Once melted we added the packet of raw vanilla powder and then all the cacao powder. Then it looked a bit more like chocolate.

With this kit we also got several small cake cases, but we also already had a few unused baking moulds lying around in the drawers, so this was a good excuse to get them out.

The chocolate mixture is poured into the moulds and we added some nuts and goji berries which are also included in the kit. Then put the moulds straight into the freezer to set. As chocolate does not really freeze, there is no risk of it spoiling if left too long. 

Raw chocolate does not taste as good when melted or when cooking with it. It tastes much better when set and ready to eat, so best not to lick the spoons with this stuff. 

And once set!


And that's not all of our raw chocolate creations either. We also found a quick yummy recipe on the Indigo herbs website for salted peanut butter cacao cups. These are really really easy and we happened to have half a jar of peanut butter in the cupboard too that needed using up.

Using the made raw chocolate mixture and the included cake cases, we poured a small amount of chocolate into each case and immediately placed them in the freezer to harden a little. Then took them out and placed a layer of peanut butter onto each one.


Followed by another layer of raw chocolate on top and back in the freezer for more time to set. These are just delicious and now I know how to make them, I will certainly be making some more.


There are several other raw chocolate recipes on the website, most of which just require the chocolate making kit and a few basic ingredients.

I found one main thing that differs with this raw chocolate as opposed to regular chocolate types is that it seems to melt much quicker, almost instantly after removing it from the freezer. It doesn't turn to mush in your hand but I could feel it start to melt very quickly. It's probably best kept in the freezer or a cold part of the fridge until ready for eating or using.

These kits are great and we have all enjoyed making and eating the chocolate. They can also make lovely gifts too. 

Chocolate from Willies Cacao 

Published July 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy



Well it’s a miserable wet Summers morning today isn’t it.? And when your stuck indoors witg nothing but Jeremy Kyle on the telly, there’s not much than cheers me up more than some gourmet chocolate. Now when I say gourmet, I don’t mean the slightly more expensive box of chocolates from the local supermarket, I mean the proper good stuff like this lot from Willies Cacao.


Cacao Willie produces a range of bars, along with a chocolate gift range. Thws can be purchased in the more high end stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and online at Williescacao.com. 

Their chocolate spread is pretty impressive being made with piedmont hazelnuts and Peruvian awajun milk chocolate. I should also mention that their chocolate is sourced worldwide using the finest chocolate beans from the best places. 

We only opened this stuff 3 days ago and the jar is now almost empty. 

They even have their own brand of hot drinking chocolate which is just what’s needed on a miserable morning like this one. 


Combine a lovely milky cup of this stuff with some of Willies Cacao dark salted Prailine truffles as they go together amazingly. 


The truffles are just divine, I absolutely love the whole salted chocolate/caramel concept, it’s sweet with a crunch and a slight tang of bitterness and it just works so well together. 


The black pearls here have nothing to do with any pirates or any ships around the Caribbean. They do however make excellent treats when watching a movie. Or you could give them as a nice gift! I how we couldn’t as they just taste too good to give away. This particular box happens to be a delicious passion fruit caramel flavour inside a milk chocolate ball. Believe me, these are really good! 

Finally for those of us who like cooking/ baking or experimenting with chocolate recipes and creations, there are these. 


Chef’s drops look like chocolate buttons inside these tins, and come as milk, dark, very dark etc. I love how each tin clearly states the cocoa percentage clearly on the front and even the chocolate origin. The chefs drops are used in recipes which require chocolate or for chocolate creations. 


Yes you can eat these button shape things straight from the tin if you really want to, but the main idea is to melt them down and use in some big else. Being small in shape and lots of them seems to reduce the melting times in comparison to a large bar of cooking chocolate. It may be a good idea to hide these high up, from little hands as it is very tempting just to stand and eat them. 

A taste of Italy with Crosta & Mollica. Giveaway included.

Published July 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Crosta & Mollica translates to crust & crumb in Italian and that is what Crosta & Mollica is all about – Italian breads, snacks, sides and treats. 


We have a lovely selection here of breads and snacks, the majority I have never previously heard of. The linguette are crisp flat breads or crackers. These make good light lunch snacks if looking for something a little different.

Taralinni are Italian snack foods and very popular in Southern Italy. They can be sweet or savoury and are formed into circular shapes with ends that overlap slightly. 


They remind me a little of pretzels but much thicker and slightly bigger. A nice filling snack or a meal accompaniment. 

Grissini and Tornessi are both breadsticks of differing sizes and textures whilst Crostini is an Italian appetiser made with small pieces of toasted bread and various toppings. Again any of these are good for simply snacking on when hungry or serve them with a nice Italian dish such as a home made bolognaise! yes that’s right, no shop bought sauce in a jar this time round. 


Of  course after filling our bellies with pasta, sauce and various savoury snacks, we were very much in need of something a little sweeter, Just like these! 


Baci di Dama are small cookies consisting of two hazelnut biscuits joined together with rich chocolate fondant. These are deliciously yummy. Sweet, crunch and melt in the mouth scrumptious. A perfect end to a nice Italian style dinner (minus the wine unfortunately) 

There are a fair few places to buy Crosta&Mollica produce. The list includes Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose with a full list on the website. 

GIVE-AWAY

As well as allowing me to sample many of their Italian treats: Crosta&Mollica are also giving away exactly the same selection to a winning follower. To take part just click on the enter linky button below by July 24th which is the closing date for this giveaway.

You must be a UK resident to enter. 

Enter here!

Degustabox June reveal 

Published June 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A few days ago my monthly Degustabox arrived with a Summer bbq theme. 

This time I thought it would be a nice change to do something different with the box, so I decided to make an unboxing video showing all the contents. 

All the products are shown in the video. I am including a few pictures too for those who can’t be bothered watching the whole video.

Snacks 

Brands are – Haribo, Walkers shortbread, &a Light Bites


Drinks

Brands – Eisberg, berrywhite, Westons cider & ENRJ drinks.


Cupboard items

Brands – Spoon Granola, Capsicana, Schwartz & Original O’s


Degustabox normally costs £12.99 per month with box contents adding up to much more than what you pay. If you use my DISCOUNT CODE” 0MES2 then this gives a massive £7.00 off a box.
Find Degustabox at http://www.Degustabox.com and on social networks:

Instagram: @Degustabox_uk                   Twitter: @DegustaboxUK                 Facebook: @DegustaboxUK

The snack organisation presents…….

Published June 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Their freeze dried fruit snacks & flavoured rice crackers! 

The snack organisation are a new brand in the UK and have a healthy selection of snacks including crackers and freeze dried fruit packets. 

I have been very lucky, sampling both the fruit and the crackers recently. 


The fruit packets contain 18g of real fruit. The fruit goes through a special process of freeze drying I’ve no idea what exactly happens during this process but they taste amazingly good. 

I’ve tried a few dry fruit snacks in my time. I found some of them damn right disgusting , some taste just like they say – “dried fruit” as in fruit that’s been left to dry out in the sun. Yuk! Needless to say these previous snacks were not worthy of a blog mention, but the Snack organisation  variety are. 


There are a few fruit varieties. I have the pineapple packer on display here with a few strawberry pieces at the side. It’s hard to pick a firm favourite but the mixture of banana with strawberry gives a nice mixed treat.


As far as this type of product goes (dried fruit snacks) these rank amongst my top picks. They seem to not just retain, but increase in sweetness compared to the original fruit itself.

These snacks, whilst full of nothing but 100% fruit; do give a whole different taste experience to eating actual fruit. So for fussy children these may come in very useful. Whilst they don’t taste like sweets, they do taste like a sweet fruity snack (if that makes sense. And young children especially may not even realise that actual fruit and nothing else is in the packs. 

And then, there was all these! 


These crackers come baked instead of fried which instantly makes them more healthier than any fried product. The packs are 100g and they come with many flavours to choose from, my personal favourite being sweet chilli. 

You will probably notice that some packets of crackers have different packaging. This is because there are 2 versions of the rice crackers. The oriental type in the black packets and the Ancient grains in the other packets. The main difference between these two is that the Ancient grain varieties are made with brown rice & quinoa and a few other different ingredients to the other packets. 


These rice crackers make a good tasty light snack and can be included in a packed lunch. They are fine to eat alone or use with some sort of sauce or healthy topping.

Again good for both adults and kids alike. My children really like these crackers. The shape and size of each one is perfect for small hands and the variety of flavours, including lightly salted means there is one to suit most tastebuds.

Both the crackers and dried fruit products can be purchased via The Snack organisation website but only as multiple packs, not individual. Individual packs can be purchased from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and other good shops and supermarkets.

Choc nibbles & win some! 

Published June 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I’m sure most of us parents who grew up in the 1980s/90s will remember these! 


The memories of coming out of school and straight into the local shop to buy a quarter of choc nibbles  for 30p with left over dinner money or (if we were lucky!) pocket money.

I loved and still love choc nibbles. If you don’t remember them, then maybe you just didn’t get out much. The best way to describe them is like a mixture of soft caramel, mixes with choc lick (another old favourite) and maybe a bit of ground biscuit and something else, then coated with chocolate and made into little sticks which taste delicious. 

It’s a shame how most corner shops have changed over the years, I loved looking at all the plastic sweet jars behind shop counters frantically browsing for the choc nibs.

 Although the shops may have changed and the majority of the cheap sweets in big jar memories are long gone, I am happy to say that Choc Nibbles are still around and here to stay.


You see I have discovered a place on the internet that loves those old fashioned chocolate sweets just as much as I do, it’s even called Choc nibbles. Their tasty treats aren’t available via the website but their are several stockists around the UK, including one just a few minutes away from me. 

The choc nibs can be purchased as jars or in bags or from sweet shops by measure. 

I never understood what exactly a quarter was, which we all would ask for as kids. A quarter of what exactly? Who knows but it was always a pretty big paper bag full. 

The bags contain 250g of sweets, yes even the measurements have changed over the years. 

These taste just like I remember. It is possibly the only thing that hasn’t changed about the nibbles over the years. 

They also make a slightly different variety too. 


These are similar in taste but appear to have been a little jazzed up with an extra shiny chocolate coating giving them a smoother and brighter appearance. Thus less cocoa powder on the hands like the original version. 

They do a few other versions of chocolate nibbles too such as toffee crumble nibbles and a Jammie version too. Also original choc lick, remember the chocolate dust stuff in white paper bags, that we dipped wet fingers in and licked off? Then by the time half had gone the bag got soggy and we ended up with chocolate dust all over our white tops! Oops!!


It’s like being a kid again with all these sweets! 

Giveaway 

I have two bags of choc nibbles to give away. If you want to win them then just click the link! 

ENTER HERE!
The giveaway is for two bags of choc nibbles and will close on July 3rd 2017.


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