Tuesday, 30 September 2014

PG Personali-Tea Quiz

Are you a Strong character, or a bit more Mellow?  The cheeky PG Tips Monkey asked me to discover my Personali- Tea in a quiz running on Facebook and find the best tea that suits my personality.

As you can see from the postcard I was sent I am the 'Strong One' always around to help friends and steer them through a drama.

It certainly is close to the mark and along with the postcard they sent me they sent me the four teas  that make up the different personali-teas and some pampering goodies well because Monkey is a very kind chap

As they explained, "With so many different varieties available, it’s all about providing teas for every taste and finding the perfect tasting cuppa for your personality."

I just have to say when it comes to tea, I have been drinking PG Tips since I was a child I am a tea addict, it is the drink I would choose if I was only ever allowed to choose one drink for life. It would also have to be PG Tips, I have to have a cuppa, after a night out partying (not that this happens these days), I have taken my Pg Tips on every holiday, to every hotel I have ever stayed at. If I could choose one of the blends that suits my taste it would be the Rich one. I love Assam tea.

The Rich One
PG’s best ever blend. A fine mix of African, Ceylon and Assam teas. PG Rich has a bright golden colour, citrusy taste and rich aroma.  maybe it is that citrus flavour that draws me, as you all know this blog is full of lemony recipes, and me rattling on about it. PG Tips describe The Rich One as  like a hug in a mug. It sums it up perfectly.

The Fresh One
You guessed it; this is PG’s fresh tasting blend! This blend is made from 100% Kenyan tea. The unique pressing process, makes this one a tasty well rounded cuppa! It’s fresh & smooth tea flavour, aroma likened to ‘freshly baked bread’ and a deep red colouring, promises to provide an easy to drink cuppa. I love this tea, its the perfect afternoon cuppa, vibrant and very hydrating.

The Mellow One

The most smooth tasting PG Blend. A unique mix of decaffeinated and African teas ensures this PG variant is delicate and easy drinking. The light, bright & aromatic character of this cuppa ensures it has a clean finish, making it perfect for those who prefer tea with a softer tone. This suits those who like a mild, weaker taste to their tea, I like it last thing at night when I need my last cuppa but also need to wind down.

The Strong One
The boldest tasting PG Blend. Combining Kenyan and other African teas,  the perfect tasting cuppa to kick start your day. With a strong, bright red colouring, malty aroma, and thick tea character, PG Strong is definitely not a tea you will forget and this tea at first I felt was too strong, I drink really really well brewed tea, I have a dash of milk, no sugar, I was told by a builder recently " You have your tea so strong, you make builders tea seem like its for ballet dancers! I take this as a compliment!
This tea has grown on me over a few days. Its my go to blend for days when I need 'oomph' and certainly gets me knuckling down with my blogging!
Which tea do you think you would like, you can visit http://www.pgtipspersonalitea.co.uk/ to find out!
Disclosure : I received a box of goodies through the post as a thank you for taking the quiz.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Win £50 for Autumn!!!

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey but we feel a little bit sunny still!!

This is an Autumn, we love you giveaway!

Summer may be over but some of UK Bloggers finest, are here to keep the heat with an amazing £50 cash sent straight to your Paypal/bank account

No real reason, no brands to promote, just a outpouring of love to the blog readers from

Sarah Bailey from Life in A Break Down
Helen Dickinson for Mummy To The Max

Psst we all have some fab giveaways running too!!

Autumn treats to see you through the colder months. Treat yourself to something cosy and warm.

Maybe the perfect night in, in front of the fire with a bottle of bubbly

Your choice as the £50 is to spend on whatever you want.

What will you do with the prize?

Freebie Friday 26th September

This day seems to come around so fast, this year is flying by. I hope your postie has kept you busy with sample deliveries and prizes.
I received the Nivea Moisturiser this week oh and finally won a Cadbury bar of chocolate on the Win A Banger giveaway, with a million to grab plus many other prizes, don't forget to try daily. The ones that stand out for me this week are the free meals from Little Dish and the O2  £10 off Rail Travel (no minimum spend)

Blogger Linky

Bloggers feel free to add your fabulous giveaways, blog deals and discounts. The giveaways are a great reason for my readers to come each day, you can add anytime as its open all week each week.

Plus  on the linky is a rather fab £50 Autumn giveaway hosted by myself and a few other lovely bloggers.


I got an email this week to get new friends to join to Krispy kreme and receive a free doughnut, I get a thank you the email says,but if five friends sign I get a half dozen!!

So sign up grab the freebie and then you will get emails to get the free half dozen too.

I consider you my friends so have a Krispy Kreme on me


Stoptober free help pack 

Stop smoking for 28 days and you're 5 times more likely to stop for good. There are lots of free support tools from apps to packs - we have all the help you need.


Free Disposable Contact Lenses 
(You will need to cancel if you do not wish to continue)

Little Dish meal 

Dove Advanced Hair Series BB Cream


Gucci Premiere Eau De Toilette sample


Free Pint of Ale (700 pubs)


Bodyform New Roll Press Go 3 samples

 iphone 6/6 plus screen protector

Free Krispy kreme for new sign ups (see Spotlight above) 


SUN PERKS (Members only)
Free E-book Cecelia Ahern One Hundred Names 
Free Match Attax book and 42 Cards
Free E-book Mr Skip Michael Morpurgo

Worth A Go As So Many

1,000 Lily O' Brien Tasting Selection chocolates 18/10

200 L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara (Need to login/register)

1,000 Stabilo Pens (Answer 30)

100 Nuby Baby Product Bundles

Over 1,000,000 prizes (Cadbury, meals, music)

O2 Priority

Free £10 East Coast Travel eVoucher

 Available for the first 10,000.If you don't have O2 Priority Moments you can order an o2 sim card for free then place it in your phone and activate it.
Free Oil (Halfords)

Also if you have been with O2 Priority for a year, look around the app for the free £10 off Argos, no minimum spend or a £10 Debenhams E voucher!! Another reason I love O2!

Money Off
£1 0ff Boursin Shallot and Chive
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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Gnocchi With Spinach, Tomato and Basil Sauce

The final dish  I am making with the new Lake District Co Cooking sauces looks laden with calories, yet surprisingly worked out at 371 calories per portion.
A creamy cheesy gnocchi bake and less that a diet type ready meal. These sauces use quark, the wonder ingredient and adored by Slimming World folk across the world. 

I have been trying out a Spaghetti Quarkonara see here with the full review and the family favourite a Chicken Tikka Rice see here

The recipe was like the other Lake district Co suggestions,fast and simple. a great time saver and a chance to use my personalised spoon, thanks Lake District Co.

 Packed with spinach, the result was a creamy cheesy comforting dish. I thoroughly recommend you give it a go.
I would use low fat cheese next time, even swapping the gnocchi for pasta to make it even healthier.

The all-new Lake District Dairy Co. Cooking Sauce line-up will be found in the chilled goods dairy cabinets of supermarkets such as Sainsbury's nationwide this Autumn.

For more information please visit www.LakeDistrictQuark.co.uk - RRP £1.75 per 200g pot.

I received the ingredients in order to recreate the dish above.

Chicken Tikka Rice

This is the second post for the lake District Co new cooking sauces, I received a hamper with all the ingredients to try out the new low fat healthier sauces and of the three this Chicken Tikka Rice was voted our family favourite. 

Its also one of the nation’s favourites – a beautiful blend of herbs and spices for perfect curry dishes with minimal fuss and packing in a great taste but not piling on the calories the 200g pot which served three healthy appetites has 150 calories for the whole pot.

All the sauces are fab for those who are busy and of course the health-conscious, these naturally low fat cooking sauces are a great product to keep in the fridge for the nights you have not the time or inclination to cook from scratch but don't want to resort to a takeaway.

The sauces are made with quark, the natural dairy ‘wonder ingredient’, they boast half the calories and treble the protein of other stir-in dairy sauces.

The dish cooked in minutes, even less than the recipe card states as I used ready cooked rice and this made it a fast warming satisfying meal that pleased everybody. The creamy mild flavoursome sauce I would happily use again. I omitted the raisins and almonds further making the dish with less calories and next time I will add more veggies in to make it even more nutritious

For the full review see here and for the tasty Gnocchi Cheese bake see here 

Contains NO preservatives or artificial flavours.
Nutrition (per 100g):
75kcals, 4.5g Sugar, 2.6g Fat, 0.6g Saturates, 0.74g Salt

The all-new Lake District Dairy Co. Cooking Sauce line-up will be found in the chilled goods dairy cabinets of supermarkets such as Sainsbury's nationwide this Autumn.

For more information please visit www.LakeDistrictQuark.co.uk - RRP £1.75 per 200g pot.

I received the ingredients in order to recreate the dish above.

Lake District Cooking Sauces Spaghetti Quarkonara

 The star attraction and purpose for this feature are the new  The Lake District Dairy Co. Cooking Sauces that boast a healthier and convenient way to make meals. The new sauces, made by British Farmers, have already impressed food experts before they’ve hit the shelves, having just won at the World Dairy Innovation Awards.

 My readers of old, will know I lost three dress sizes in five months with Slimming World and quark was and is a SW muched used ingredient. Now with healthy eating still being on the agenda, I like to cook a majority of meals using low fat and sugar alternatives, that way I can indulge at certain times and not worry. Combined with a fast way to prepare a dish that will be tasty and feed a family I was looking forward to trying.

The Lake District Dairy Co. invited me to use the Cooking Sauces and their chosen recipes as an alternative to traditional dairy ingredients such as crème fraiche or double cream, to create a variety of healthy and flavoursome day to day dishes.

I had all the items sent to make a Spaghetti Quarkonara, a much healthier take on a Carbonara. Also the Indian dish usually one to avoid a Chicken Tikka Rice and finally one that you would probably steer clear of if you were weight watching a Gnocchi and Cheese Bake. 

One of my favourite meals is Spaghetti Carbonara and I make my own low fat version, I never use cream now, I use very low fat cream cheese, so i was interested to try this first. So impressive are the health credentials of the new range, that when making a creamy spaghetti carbonara using the Lake District Dairy Co. Garlic & Herb Cooking Sauce instead of cream cheese cooking sauce, the fat content was reduced by 28g – a staggering 88%, and the calorie content dropped by 227 kcal per portion too. The meal was easy to make, I found it very simple and dinner was ready in 10 minutes. I opted out of the nutmeg as not so keen on the flavour in savoury dishes

300g ‘quick cook’ spaghetti
250g The Lake District Dairy Co. Garlic & Herb sauce
150g flaked ham hock or finely chopped ham
4 tbsp parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 

1. Bring a large pan of boiling water to the boil, add the spaghetti and stir well. Simmer for 7 mins or according to pack instructions.
2. Drain the spaghetti in a colander reserving 100ml of the cooking water. Empty the sauce into the
pan and gently heat until piping hot. Add the spaghetti, ham, parsley and 60ml of the cooking water
and toss to mix. All the spaghetti should be nicely coated in sauce, add a little more cooking water if liked.

3. Divide between warmed plates and serve garnished with more parsley. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

There were mixed reviews for this, Chris loved it, but then he is a mad fan of plain quark. Conor loved it more than my own recipe, he does not like cheese or cream cheese, so a great one for him. granny liked it and said it was really tasty. I was the only one who was not so keen, it seemed a bit bitter for my taste buds. maybe it had too much garlic, I could not put my finger on whether something was missing or needing adding. As you know I often tinker with recipes and adjust them, the fact that three people liked it means I will try again, and maybe add Parmesan to my portion before serving, also smoken bacon may be a great option.

I am adding the other two recipes to a separate feature as this is getting quite long.

Chicken Tikka Rice see here and the
Gnocchi With Spinach, Tomato and Basil Sauce here

The all-new Lake District Dairy Co. Cooking Sauce line-up will be found in the chilled goods dairy cabinets of supermarkets such as Sainsbury's nationwide this Autumn.

For more information please visit www.LakeDistrictQuark.co.uk - RRP £1.75 per 200g pot


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