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Review of the Hotpoint SUPREMECHEF MWH338SX 33 Litre Combination Microwave Oven – Stainless Steel

When we moved into our home in Devon, a converted psychiatric hospital on the edge of the Moors, we inherited a large and pretty ancient Aga. I was so excited about this element of the kitchen because I'd always loved other kitchens I'd visited with the cosiness of an Aga or Rayburn, and because my kitchen is well and truly the heart of my home, it felt like the perfect option!   However it isn't all it's cracked up to be, in fact I find myself making a lot of compromises for it- and ...

Refreshing passion fruit ice-lollies with Arla organic, free-range milk

My family gets through a lot of milk, even when I buy as much as the fridge can hold in my weekly shop, I still end up topping up at least twice a week! I still get whole milk for the girls, even though they are well past their toddler years, as they love the creamy taste. For me, it’s semi-skimmed, although I love a big glass of creamy whole milk! Just over a year ago, after a lot of reading around the subject, I made the commitment that going forward I was only going to buy free-ra...

Low-calorie strawberry ice-cream recipe with a surprise ingredient!

Now we have finally moved into summer, it's such a treat to have ice-cream in the freezer, but as much as I love ice-cream, it's something that I rarely indulge in while I am trying to be mindful of what I eat, as it's full of sugar and fat. I haven't ever had a go at making a healthy alternative, and I love the idea of having a guilt-free ice-cream sitting in my freezer this summer!   I was really curious when ao.com asked me if I'd like to try out their low-calorie strawberry ...

Eating out in Devon: the hidden gems

I love Devon, and I'm so glad that we moved our family back here 5 years ago, just before my 2nd daughter was born. I wanted my girls to have the same childhood experiences that I did, summers spent on the beach, swimming in the sea, and surrounded by beautiful countryside. I had lived in London since leaving university, and as much as I loved it, it's not where I envisaged my children growing up. One of the things that I loved about living in London (and still love when I visit) is just ...

Celebrating ‘Feaster’ with Iceland

A friend said to me a while ago, 'but do you really like Iceland, or do you just have to say you do', and I had to assure her that yes, I really do love Iceland, and finding out about their new products and innovations. Not only do they work so hard to constantly come up with new and exciting products, but they are paving the way for other supermarkets by pledging to be plastic-free within their own-label range by 2023. From my experience they are the most innovative and forward thinking of ...

A lot of luxury at Iceland this Christmas

 Last weekend I was invited up to Iceland's test kitchen to try out some of the luxury foods on offer this Christmas. It was a thoroughly festive day- not only did we have demonstrations from Iceland's head chef Neil Nugent on how to cook our Christmas turkey (including a fantastic smoking and salt-baking method), but we were able to sample mince-pie cocktails, have a go at some food graffiti and to pick up some tips on styling our Christmas tables! This was a fantastic chance for ...

Pink’n’Whites

 I was first introduced to Pink'n'Whites when I joined Slimming World. My friend Emma said I must buy some, as they make a brilliant low-syn snack, and are great to beat a sweet craving. I bought my first packet in the pound shop, and they were such a saviour to me and my sweet tooth! What are Pink'n'Whites? Pink'n' Whites are made of 2 crunchy wafers, filled with pink & white mallow. They are very low in fat (98% fat free) and are only 50 calories each, or 2.5 syns on Slimming ...

Frylight- a healthy choice for all cooks

Recently I was invited along to a cookery day in London, hosted by Frylight. We were going to be cooking alongside John from Food52, with the lovely and knowledgeable Frylight expert and consultant nutritionist Helen Bond talking through what we were cooking, and enlightening us on some of the truths and myths about fats in our diets! I've been a big fan of Frylight since I discovered it when I joined Slimming World, I love that the spray action controls the amount that you use- rather ...

Iceland Slimming World curry buffet for Curry Week!

I love a curry buffet, I always find it so hard to commit to one type of curry (because I want them all!), so I love being able to pile up my plate with lots of different varieties. Doing a homemade curry buffet, however, is a labour of love because each individual dish is like making a meal in itself, and unfortunately it's just not something that I have time for in my life! Equally, I don't have a decent Indian takeaway near me, and both the cost, and the high fat content would put me off ...

Warm cookie s’mores with Maryland Thins

I've always loved Maryland cookies- the generous chocolate chip to cookie ratio, and the excellent value for money meant they always used to be my cookie of choice! These days, while I'm on my weight-loss journey, I try not to have cookies in the house, as I am not good with willpower, and sweet snacks are my main downfall! I was therefore excited to see that they had released their new 'Maryland thins'- the same tasty chocolate chip cookie, but a lighter, crispy and lower calorie version. ...