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Treatbox -The Monthly Subscription Box For Sweet Lovers (Review + Giveaway)

Treatbox -The Monthly Subscription Box For Sweet Lovers (Review + Giveaway)


Treatbox.com
Fancy enjoying a monthly treatbox all to yourself? I don't know many mums that would turn that down! Well, with Treatbox, a newly launched sweet lovers subscription box service, you can do just that for only £15 a month.
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Treatbox discovers and sources the best treats from around the world, then sends them to you once a month, every month! I was lucky enough to be sent a trial box recently and was really impressed with both the amount of treats included (it should easily last you a month...unless you have 'problem') and the quality of them, with well known luxury brands such as Guylian, Droste and Seed and Bean part of the package.
Treatbox.com
Treatbox put you in control, so you can swap between different treatboxes (there is a chocolate treatbox, a candy treatbox and even a retro sweets treatbox), pause or cancel your subscription, or even send a treatbox from any given month to a friend or relative instead (perhaps redirect one for Mothers Day next month?).

20% OFF YOUR FIRST TREATBOX

Simply enter the code TREATME at the online checkout for 20% off your first order! Subscriptions are shipped on the 19th of every month (or next working day if it's a weekend) and they deliver to all of mainland UK. Treatboxes are designed to fit through an average size postbox, so no need to stay in for the delivery man either. Just make sure, unlike me, you hide your treatbox straight away, otherwise you'll end up havng to share it.

WIN A TREATBOX

If you fancy winning one of these fab treatboxes, all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. UK entrants over the age of 18 only please. Mandatory entries need to be completed first so please post a blog comment before you complete any of the other methods of entry.


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Honey Orange Soy Glazed Salmon

Honey Orange Soy Glazed Salmon


Honey Orange Glazed Salmon
Spring has sprung here in Cornwall over the weekend and I for one am so ready for (hopefully) warmer, drier days and lighter evenings (I really hope I haven't jinxed it by writing that!). This winter has been wet, wet and more wet and that kind of weather has meant copious amounts of comfort food in this house. Unfortunately this has resulted in some rather unwelcome expanding waistlines for hubby and I, so it's now time to ditch the cheese, butter and carbs and get back into a lighter, more healthy way of eating, starting with these yummy glazed salmon fillets.

These tasty, honey orange soy glazed salmon fillets are so quick and easy to make (I timed it at 17 minutes in total) and they pack a punch in flavour too. I served the salmon with some boiled rice and veggies and it made a filling but healthy main meal for the family.
Honey Orange Glazed Salmon

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING HONEY ORANGE SOY SALMON

  • Swap the oranges with lemons for a zingy fresh dish.
  • Serve this easy glazed salmon with rice and stir fried vegetables for a healthy main meal.
  • You could always try the sauce with chicken fillets instead, but the chicken will need to be cooked for longer.
  • Scatter with freshly chopped parsley (as long as you don't have children who are not so keen on green garnishes!).

OTHER SALMON RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Honey Orange Glazed Salmon

HONEY ORANGE SOY SALMON


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Honey Orange Soy Salmon

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 7 MINStotal time: 17 mins
Quick and easy glazed honey, orange and soy salmon fillets - perfect with rice!

ingredients:


  • 4 Salmon Fillets
  • Juice of half an Orange
  • 3 TBSP Honey
  • 2 TBSP Soy Sauce
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Orange slices to serve

instructions:


  1. Heat some olive oil in a shallow casserole then sear the salmon skin side down for 3 minutes, flip over and cook for a further two minutes.
  2. Push the salmon fillets to the side of the pan then pour in the orange juice and allow to reduce by half then stir in the  honey, soy sauce and garlic cloves. Cook for a few minutes until the sauce is glossy. 
  3. Remove from the heat then season and serve with the fresh orange slices.


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Forget Oysters On Valentines Day

Forget Oysters On Valentines Day


Valentines Steak
Oysters, strawberries and sweet treats may be what we traditionally associate as the food of love, but the British public are far more likely to opt for a juicy steak, roast dinner or spicy curry to get in the mood, according to new research from the number 1 recipe box in the UK, HelloFresh.
HelloFresh
Over a third of British men and a quarter of women are planning a romantic night in with their partner this Valentine’s Day, as couples shun busy restaurants in favour of an intimate night alone. When it comes to the menu, the most popular dish to cook up on date night is a steak, with 35% of survey respondents saying that recreating the restaurant classic at home is the perfect recipe for a night of passion.

A full roast dinner is the second most popular choice, with two in ten (22%) respondents saying the traditional British meal is the best way to seduce their other half. It’s well-known that spicy food can act as an aphrodisiac, so it’s no surprise that 17% of those surveyed reported that a curry is their go-to dish when cooking up a night of romance.
HelloFresh
HelloFresh believe that food and love go hand-in-hand at any time of the year, so it’s no surprise that seven in ten people prefer being cooked for on a date night, rather than being taken out for dinner....and it's the good old British classics that are the clear winners on the kitchen front. 

According to the HelloFresh poll of 1,500 adults, an astonishing two-thirds of British women believe that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Surprisingly, however, only a third of men believe they can cook their way into the bedroom.

“Recipe boxes are a great solution for Valentine’s cooks looking to impress without stress,” says Patrick Drake, Co-founder and Head Chef at HelloFresh. “A box of ingredients delivered to your door can help to take the pressure off, giving you more quality time together. The way to a partner’s heart really is through their stomach.” However beware the curse of the full stomach. Of those surveyed, nearly a quarter said that a romantic evening in had gone wrong, with eating 'too much' reported to be the most common reason...or in my case falling asleep in front of the TV after eating too much!

Have a great foodie Valentines Day!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for HelloFresh. All thoughts are my own.
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Biscoff Swirl Brownies

Biscoff Swirl Brownies


Biscoff Swirl Brownies
I've got a little addiction at the moment to the very naughty but oh so moreish Lotus Biscoff spread.  In an effort to stop an unwanted 'spare tyre' around my middle, I decided I needed to use what was left in jar to stop me taking spoonfuls from it every time I walked past the cupboard (the cupboard that is locked to stop the kids getting in it!). So, yesterday morning the kids and I embarked on a little half-term baking and came up with these super rich, chocolatey brownies, swirled with the sweet biscoff spread.

These biscoff swirl brownies are really easy to make but oh my goodness they are good. Squidgy and rich, just how a brownie should be. They would also make a great bake for your loved one on Valentines Day this Wednesday.
Biscoff Swirl Brownies

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING BISCOFF SWIRL BROWNIES

  • These brownies can be frozen so make a batch and pop them in the freezer for a later date.
  • Try swirling peanut butter through the brownie mixture instead of the biscoff spread for a peanut butter swirl brownie.
  • Try adding white chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate chips for a 'snow flecked' brownie.
  • Serve them warm as a pudding with a dollop of clotted cream or ice cream.

OTHER BROWNIE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Biscoff Swirl Brownies

BISCOFF SWIRL BROWNIES


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Biscoff Swirl Brownies

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 55 mins
A rich and moist brownie swirled with sweet biscoff spread.

ingredients:


  • 200g Dark Chocolate
  • 200g Butter
  • 275g Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 90g Plain Flour
  • 35g Cocoa Powder
  • 100g Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Jar Biscoff Spread

instructions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c/160°fan and line 20 x 20cm baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate and butter in the microwave and set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk the eggs and light brown sugar together using an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Stir the chocolate mixture into the eggs and sugar and mix until combined.
  4. Sift in the flour and cocoa and fold in with a large metal spoon then stir through the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
  6. Microwave the lotus biscoff spread for 10 - 20 seconds to make it runny, then dollop spoons onto the brownie mixture and swirl through with a knife.
  7. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes and leave to cool completely before cutting into squares.


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Kale Pesto in the Optimum Vac2 Air Vacuum Blender

Kale Pesto in the Optimum Vac2 Air Vacuum Blender


Kale Pesto in the Optimum Vacuum Blender VAC2

ORDER AN OPTIMUM AIR VACUUM VAC2 BLENDER THROUGH MY AFFILIATE LINK BELOW AND USE THE FOLLOWING CODE FOR £20 OFF YOUR PURCHASE - CODE: AMB20

Who doesn’t love pesto?..... and making it just got a whole lot easier for me in my new Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender from Froothie (you can read my initial review here). The taste of homemade pesto is heads and shoulders above the shop bought stuff (although I do admit to having 4 jars in my cupboard for tea time emergencies) and thanks to the Optimum blender’s vacuum function, the colour of this pesto stays a lovely vibrant green too.

Usually I’ll make a classic basil pesto with pine nuts and parmesan, but as we’re trying to be a bit more frugal in the grocery buying department (new car needed soon), I opted to use kale with walnuts and a vegetarian hard cheese, which cut the cost of the pesto significantly.

This kale pesto is perfect spooned through pasta or can also be served with grilled chicken or fish.
Kale Pesto in the Optimum Vacuum Blender VAC2

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE PESTO

  • Feel free to use any hard cheese in this, such as parmesan or grana padano
  • You can also substitute the walnuts for another type of nut – almonds or hazelnuts would work well
  • For an added kick, add a pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • The pesto can be frozen. Alternatively you could freeze it in ice cube trays and add a couple of cubes to stocks and stews to add flavour.

OTHER PESTO RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Kale Pesto in the Optimum Vacuum Blender VAC2

KALE PESTO


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Kale Pesto

prep time: 10 MINScook time: total time: 10 mins
A fresh and frugal green pesto made with Kale, Walnuts and Vegetarian Hard Cheese.

ingredients:


  • 85g Kale
  • 85g Walnuts
  • 85g Grated Vegetarian Hard Cheese
  • 85ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 75ml Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper

instructions:


  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until combined.  Simple as that!


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Introducing the Optimum Vac2 Air Vacuum Blender from Froothie

Introducing the Optimum Vac2 Air Vacuum Blender from Froothie


Introducing the Optimum Vac2 Air Vacuum Blender

ORDER AN OPTIMUM AIR VACUUM VAC2 BLENDER THROUGH MY AFFILIATE LINK BELOW AND USE THE FOLLOWING CODE FOR £20 OFF YOUR PURCHASE - CODE: AMB20

I've got a brand shiny new kitchen gadget to tell you about today! The new innovative Optimum Air Vacuum Blender VAC2 is a truly revolutionary appliance set to pave the future for the blender industry. When removing air from the jug prior to blending, oxidation and the destruction of nutrients is eliminated, creating smoothies which stay fresh, full of flavour and are of optimum nutrition. With the inclusion of the vacuum tumblers, you can even blend smoothies ahead of time and enjoy the same great taste and nutrition later. The VAC2 is the must have healthy living solution of 2018!

Check out it's brilliant features in this short video.



WHY VACUUM BLENDING?

Powered by a first of it's kind Vacuum Blending Technology, the Optimum Air Vacuum Blender VAC2 is a groundbreaking appliance designed to improve food quality, preservation and shelf life. 

Take this example...
Optimum Vac2 Blender
I blended a green smoothie (containing spinach, kale, mango and kiwi - one of my favourites) at 9am yesterday morning. The first picture (below) shows the colour of the smoothie at 9am, the second photo shows the smoothie 12 hours later. This is game changing for me as it means I can blend up my morning smoothie just before I go to bed with no effect or trade-up on quality, taste or nutritional value. It also means I can spend an extra 5 minutes on the cross trainer in the morning sleeping.
Optimum Vac2 Air Vacuum Blender

BLADES

The blade assembly in the Optimum Air Vacuum Blender VAC2 combines the highest quality materials with ingenious design elements which allow the machine to out perform it's rivals.

With premium quality stainless steel, the custom alloy blades can cut through the hardest of ingredients. Whilst most domestic blenders offer 2 blades, the Optimum Vacuum Blender contains 6 - enough to blend thick foods like nut butters and pate, into a smooth and silky consistency. This is particularly good news for me, given my propensity for blowing up blender motors trying to make things such as smoked mackerel pate 😓. I'm very hopeful the Optimum VAC2 Air Vacuum Blender will do these types of jobs with ease. 

Two of blades are also precisely angled to prevent foods from getting stuck and to create a vacuum in the blending jug. The multi-faceted edge on each blade allows you to effortlessly combine wet and dry ingredients in a single blending mix, saving you time and energy.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Faster and Higher Nutrient Absorption

Nutrients are absorbed more quickly by the body, as digestion is reduced.

Improve Eating Habits

By nourishing your body with vital vitamins and minerals from real foods, you will feel fuller, longer which will reduce hunger pangs and the inevitable biscuit tin raid.

Prevent Blood Sugar Spikes

Blending retains fibre in fruits and vegetables, which can help prevent spikes in your blood sugar.

Easily Incorporate Superfoods

Upsize your nutrition easily by adding superfoods like maca, chia seeds and flax, to your morning smoothie.

Increase your Vegetable Intake

Easily incorporate greens, such as spinach, kale and other vegetables in your smoothie for a tasty, wholesome meal.

WHAT CAN YOU DO IN YOUR OPTIMUM VACUUM BLENDER VAC2?

  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Green Smoothies
  • Grinding nuts and grains
  • Crushed Ice
  • Nut Butters - almond for example
  • Nut Milks
  • Ice Cream from frozen fruit - banana ice cream is really yummy!
  • Spreads and dips - hummus, baba ganoush etc
  • Fresh Fruit Juices
  • Cocktails
Keep an eye out for some yummy recipes made in the Optimum VAC2 Air Vacuum Blender soon! I'm really looking forward to experimenting with it. I'm trying out a Kale Pesto tomorrow and I'll let you know how it goes.

As an Ambassador of Froothie, the UK distributors of Optimum blenders, if you order the Optimum Vac2 Vacuum Blender through the link in this post, then the delivery charge will be paid straight back to your debit or credit card. All you have to do is write the following code in the comments box when ordering:Free Ambassador Delivery Code - 5251. DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE £20 DISCOUNT CODE TOO. CODE: AMB20

Disclosure: I was sent the VAC2 blender to review. If one is bought through my affiliate link I will gain commission. All thoughts are my own.
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