Cookware Tests

I am a bit of an appliance freak. I love trying out new kitchen gadgets and the best part of writing this blog is testing new products and working with great brands.

No gadget is too small or too big to review, so if you have one then please get in touch via my PR/Advertising page.

Whole Side of Salmon w/ Brown Butter Sauce

Posted on December 19, 2012

This post is sponsored by Profiline.

Now that we are getting closer and closer to the big feasting day next week, I need to ask you – have you got your menu planned?

If the answer is no, never fear. For you last-minute kids, Christie has got your back.

All you need is a super fresh side of salmon and a little butter and you will have a show-stopping lunch or dinner with very little effort.

Sound good? Does the picture above look yummy? Great, let’s get into it then.


Sesame Prawn Balls from Gok Cooks Chinese

Posted on September 13, 2012

When I opened up my mail and found this inside I immediately thought ‘Oh no! Not another celebrity cookbook from a celebrity that isn’t even famous for cooking!’.*

Pessimistic. I know.

But then a funny thing happened. As I flicked through, I found myself furiously bookmarking and becoming more and more excited to get cooking.

So then I had to eat my words.

*Gok is a fashion stylist and UK TV star. (more…)

Banana and raisin cake {dairy free, kid friendly}

Posted on June 26, 2012

My daughter absolutely loves sultanas, raisins and raisin toast. I was considering making her a loaf of homemade raisin toast, but that seemed like too much work – so I quickly knocked up this yummy cake instead! Pretty lazy, I know. But I’ll get around to the home baked bread one day.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m quite bad (OK, terrible) at decorating cakes. No, I’m not going to link to previous embarrassing attempts, I’m feeling a little sensitive today. What can I say? Craft just isn’t one of my strong points. (more…)

Chocolate cake with coconut and walnuts

Posted on June 11, 2012

Me: “I can’t decide whether to make you a banana cake or a chocolate cake for your birthday. You like them both so much!”

Hubby: “Hmmm, yes that’s a hard one. Can I have both?”

Me: “A layer cake! Great idea!”

(Hubby looks confused).

Me: “I’ll make both, then put them on top of each other, sandwiched together with icing!”

(Hubby raises his eyebrows and smiles).

Me: “What kind of icing do you want?”

Hubby: (Zero hesitation) “Vanilla”.

Me: “OK (boring!). Which cake do you want to be the top layer?”

Hubby: “Chocolate, obviously. Because banana is chocolate’s bitch”.

(We both laugh).

—-ends. (more…)

Papa’s poached eggs {using Poachies}

Posted on May 21, 2012

For a long time I avoided trying to make poached eggs. I put them in the ‘too hard basket’ and simply got my fix ordering them every time we went out to breakfast instead. Lazy, I know.

Until one day I saw the ‘whirlpool’ method and I was fascinated – I immediately went into the kitchen to try it out. I swirled the water with a wooden spoon, poured in a few drops of white vinegar and cracked in an egg still cold from the fridge.

It did not turn out very well. Which really pissed me off.

However, I had got the bug, and the perfectionist in me began a 30 day experiment for the perfect poached egg. Sadly, I did not document any of it (it was way back in 2008) however, I can tell you that if you use the whirlpool method then the best thing to do is use a whisk to swirl the water and make sure your eggs are at room temperature before you start.

All of that is irrelevant, though, if you have a few Poachies on hand (but I promise to blog the above perfect method one day).

What are Poachies? Well, let me tell you. They are little bags that you use to poach eggs perfectly. Apparently, anyone can do it! (more…)

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