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Celebrating International Picnic Day with Tesco

International Picnic Day takes place on the 18th of June this year and to help celebrate, Tesco's have recently launched their brand new Mediterranean deli range. The range consists of mix and match nibbles such as Crispy Mushroom Arancini, Moroccan Inspired Falafels, Meatballs in a Smokey Marinade, Lamb and Chicken Kofta's, Feta Spinach Pastries and Sweetcorn Fritters.... and I can tell you they are seriously yum!



The deli range is on a permanent multi-buy of 3 for £5 and many of the dishes included can be served hot or cold to suit you. We are away this weekend but are planning to take our hamper of goodies up the A303 with us to share with our relatives in London.
PICNIC TOP TIPSPack with numbers - consider how many people you're feeding and pack appropriate quantities. Look out for mix and match deals like the 3 for £5 deli range at Tesco.Water - freeze bottles of water overnight and place in your picnic hamper to keep things cool. By the time you've arrived they …
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Fruit & Nut Oat Bars

We all know Breakfast is the most important meal of the day...eat like a king and all that (I tend to eat like a king for lunch and dinner too, mind you 😋). You've also got to do your best to keep those horrible mid morning hunger pangs at bay and to stop the sneaky 11am biscuit tin raid!

I make a batch of these grab and go Fruit and Nut Porridge Oat Bars very regularly for mornings when time is too short to sit down for breakfast - and during term time that's quite often in this house. I'm sharing the recipe with you today to celebrate the Wake Up To Organic campaign, this year on the 14th June 2017. Independent shops and cafe's across the country will be serving up free organic mini breakfasts to showcase the delicious range of organic food and drink they have on offer, demonstrating how simple it is to make the switch to organic and how important eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast is. To find your local place to grab a free organic breakie on the 14th June …

Child Friendly Chicken Noodle Stir Fry

It's been far too long since I've posted a recipe on here. Unfortunately due to a family bereavement, the last month or so has gone by in a bit of a blur, with no real inclination or energy to post - grief is SO DRAINING 😢. Time is a great healer they say, although I don't suppose I'll ever get over the loss of my dear Dad (he sadly took his own life after another battle with the evil depression), but I now feel in the right frame of mind to start blogging again and I'm itching to get creative in the kitchen! Cooking is my relaxation, and I need a bit of that at the moment.

This Chicken Noodle Stir Fry was a quick and easy mid week recipe that the kids absolutely loved. The stir fry sauce isn't spicy so suits the fussiest of eaters, and most of the ingredients can be found in your store cupboard.

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING CHILD FRIENDLY CHICKEN NOODLE STIR FRYVary the veg by adding corn, mushrooms or courgette - whatever your fussy eaters will enjoy!If you want to …

No Bake Zingy Lime Crumb Pie

This No-Bake Zingy Lime Crumb Pie is going to be my go to dessert this summer. A zingy lime cream encased in a sweet biscuit crumb - much like a no bake cheesecake...but better! It's seriously yummy and will happily sit in the fridge for a couple of days so there's no need to scoff it all at once if you don't want to 😜. It's quite rich too so the recipe made in a 20cm springform tin will easily feed 8 - 10 people, the perfect size for a family gathering or summer BBQ.


TOP TIPS FOR MAKING NO-BAKE ZINGY LIME CRUMB PIETry using ginger nut biscuits instead of digestives for a more grown up taste.For a 'fancier' dessert, pipe some whipped double cream around the edge of the pie and decorate with slices of lime.I whip the condensed milk, lime juice and double cream with a hand held electric whisk but you can do it by hand if you want to - it will give you a good arm workout!You can make the Zingy Lime Crumb Pie up to 3 days before you need it so it's a great ma…

Celebrate National Tea Day with English Tea Shop's Luxury Organic Collection + Giveaway

With over 165 million cups of tea brewed daily in the UK , it’s no surprise having a cuppa has become a Great British tradition and is proudly celebrated each year on National Tea Day (this year on the 21st April). To celebrate, speciality organic tea company, English Tea Shop, has kindly given one Jam and Clotted Cream reader the chance to win a Luxury Organic Gift Tin (pictured above).

The Luxury Organic Collection contains 72 individually wrapped pyramid tea bags and features a diverse range of classics to more unusual herbal varieties. The range includes:

Organic and Fairtrade English Breakfast: A pure Ceylon black tea sure to quench any thirst for a proper English brew Organic and Fairtrade Earl Grey: A quintessentially British tea delicately flavoured with bergamot Organic and Fairtrade Green Tea: A delicate and refreshing blend of 100% organic and Fairtrade green tea Organic and Fairtrade Peppermint: A revitalising and delicious tea packed full of antioxidants Organic Chocolate…

Carrot & Zingy Lime Cupcakes + Mary Berry Homeware Competition

Happy Easter everyone! This April my favourite TV cook Mary Berry has just launched a brand new range of homewares and I've got a really easy Easter inspired competition for you to enter to be in with a chance of winning the range (which includes a cake stand, cake plates, cake forks and a set of two mugs).



More about the competition below but first I want to tell you about these fab Carrot and Zingy Lime Cupcakes with a Cream Cheese Frosting which I've made for the long Easter weekend.


The cupcakes use a melting method, so it's as easy as putting the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan, melting it over a low heat and stirring in the rest of the ingredients. The frosting is my super simple cream cheese frosting with some shop bought sugar carrots to decorate on top - of course you can make your own if you want to. The lime zest really makes these cupcakes and you could always sprinkle some extra zest on top of the icing for extra zing! Read on for the recipe and how to enter…

Chocolate Easter Eggs & Bunnies from M&S

M&S recently asked us if we'd like to try some of their Easter Eggs from the 2017 range. Err...yes please, it's a hard job but somebody has to do it! 😋😋😋

As you can imagine the kids were delighted when the delivery man arrived on our doorstop with this lot and they wasted no time in ripping open the packaging and tucking in.

Here's what we thought....

Bennet Bunny (£16)


A HUGE life size Swiss Chocolate Bunny weighing in at a whopping 900g. This would easily be enough chocolate for 2 or 3 kids! The chocolate is lovely and creamy and I'm afraid to say Mr Bennet Bunny lasted less than 24 hours in this house, thanks to the kids and their friends from around the village (they seemed to descend on my house once word had got around we had a giant chocolate bunny in residence).

It really is very big so it's perfect to give as a family present, or alternatively you could just sit in a corner eating it's body parts one by one. I thought the ears tasted the best.