World of Flavours

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Mexican food has got to be pretty much my favourite food I think. The spices, the textures, salty tortillas mixed with cooling fresh vegetables, I love it!

And if you are going to have a Mexican night at yours, this tableware set is pretty much perfect. The bright colours remind me of the beautiful markets I visited when I was younger, full of energy and life. I especially love the little taco holder, it’s so much fun and you can fill up your plate to the brim!

Here are my favourite items from the World of Flavours collection. Check out the link for more items in the range.

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Mexican Four Piece Ceramic Dip Serving Set £16.82

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Ceramic Taco Holder £10.12
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Mexican Cast Iron Fajita Sizzler £19.86

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Mexican Ceramic Tortilla Warmer/Shallow Casserole £23.76

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Marina Cool Bags

I love these nautical style travel food bags from the new Marina range! Perfect for days out by the sea. Different sizes for carrying loads of delicious treats on days out, from a simple snack to a full on BBQ.

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1 // Marina Snack Cool Bag £8.65
2 // Marina: Collapsible Cool Basket £29.50
3 // Marina Medium Cool Bag £16.80

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New Collection

Blue and white kitchens are always so classic. I love clean striped dish towels and classic country ceramics, so when I saw this new Farmhouse Pantry collection I thought this is perfect for me.

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From milk jugs to storage containers, these few pieces below are my favourite. I think these would look perfect for the summer season, and brighten up any counter top or backyard breakfast table.

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1 .. Farmhouse Pantry Ceramic Flour Shaker £4.69
2 .. Farmhouse Pantry Milk Jug £4.47
3 .. Farmhouse Pantry Spice Jar Set of Six £22.31
4 .. Farmhouse Pantry Butter Dish £9.42

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Gifts for the Gardener

If your father is always out in the garden digging then these gift ideas would be perfect for you. Reward all his hard work in the dirt with some beautiful gardening equipment, helping to bring the fresh foods from the garden to the kitchen table!

I love the rustic country feel to these items, especially the gorgeous wooden apple store, and you always need some wine after a long day in the garden so this bottle carrier is perfect.

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1 .. Sussex Trug: Clay £17.65
2 .. Egg Baskets: Clay £14.45
3 .. Apple Store: 4 Drawer £115.45
4 .. Vegetable and Flower Seed Stores £13.35
5 .. Herb Pots: Set of 3, Shutter Blue £16.95
6 .. Kneelo: Cornflower £13.45
7 .. Bottle Holders: 2 Bottle, Cream £15.35
8 .. Sophie Conran Trowel £14.50
9 .. Large Compost Bucket: Slate £28.50

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day can be a tricky one sometimes, but if you stick with what works, and keep things simple, you will find a gift your Father will surely appreciate. My go-to is always something beer/BBQ related, but of course it depends on your Dad and his interests.

Check out my picks below, classic yet masculine. Let your dad have some relaxation time this year, even though he is always master of the grill in our house.

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1 .. 5 Piece Barbecue Set in Case £38.51
2 .. The Ultimate Lager Glass £13.99
3 .. Holkham Barbecue £38.50
4 .. An Enthusiast’s Guide to Homebrew Beers £15.99
5 .. Chunky Boards: Medium, Acacia £26.70

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Dress it up!

Today I am inspired by Jamie Oliver, so I cracked out my copy of his Food Revolution book and remembered his great ‘Jam Jar Dressings’.

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Above images via myrecipes.com

Summer season means salads in my kitchen, but none of those plain oil and vinegar dressings will do for me. So check out below four of his delicious recipes via jamieoliver.com. I just love knowing exactly what ingredients are going into my dressings. My favourite is the yoghurt dressing, as it tastes creamy but light, perfect for crisp romaine lettuce and crunchy cucumbers with chopped herbs.

French dressing:
Peel and finely chop ¼ of a clove of garlic • Put the garlic, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of white or red wine vinegar and 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into a jam jar with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • Put the lid on the jar and shake well

Yoghurt dressing: 
Put 1/3 cup of natural yoghurt, 2 tablespoons of white or red wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil into a jam jar with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • Put the lid on the jar and shake well

Lemon dressing: 
Put 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into a jam jar with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • Squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon • Put the lid on the jar and shake well

Balsamic dressing: 
Put 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar into a jam jar with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • Put the lid on the jar and shake well

To make your own dressing at home all you need a simple jam jar. But if you want to make it even easier why not check out these shakers complete with recipes right on the side!

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1 .. Salad Shaker Flask £10.65
2 .. Glass Salad Dressing Drizzler £8.25
3 .. Electric Salad Dressing Emulsifier £8.64
4 .. Acrylic Salad Dressing Shaker £6.50

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Think Pink!

Blossoms are blooming everywhere I look, spring has definitely and fully arrived. With spring comes delicious seasonal veg, a personal favourite of mine being rhubarb! I love these sweet and sour stems, it not for their flavour then their gorgeous pink and green blush.

So inspired by rhubarb I have done a pretty pink post! I hope you enjoy the lovely products from blush to rose to hot pink.

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1 // Pink Rhinestone Cocktail Shaker £19.95
2 // Coloured Colanders: Pink £7.46
3 // Pink Peony Stems, pack of 4 £43.66
4 //Le Creuset Large Mugs: Rose £9.96
5 // Strawberry Apron £17.96
6 // Nigella Lawson Butter Dish: Rosebud £16.75
7 // Bristol Cranberry Glasses: Champagne Flute £32.50

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Spring Crunch

Asparagus are in season this month, and to me they always add such a nice crunch and fresh flavour to any spring meal.
I especially love to make asparagus tarts, my go-to recipe for any impromptu weekend brunch. Keep some frozen pastry in your fridge and then just roll it out, top with asparagus and cheese, and maybe some extra bacon, and pop it in the oven. It is so simply, and yet tastes really decadent with the gooey cheese and crisp veg!
Take advantage of what’s in season this month and get some tasty asparagus for this weekend.

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As pictured above via BBCGoodFood: Asparagus Cream Pasta, Herby Asparagus and Bacon Tart, Asparagus Mozzarella and Prosciutto Parcels, Roast Tomatoes with Asparagus and Black Olives.

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Weekly Budget – Vegetarian

Another way to cut down on your weekly food shop is to try and incorporate more vegetarian meals into your diet. The cost of good quality meat can be high these days, and so being a bit adventurous with your cooking can really pay off.

Having the right tools in the kitchen always help preparing your meals that much easier, so find some vegetarian recipes and get ready to cook! Check out our recipe library for some quick inspiration.

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1 // Homemade Storage Jars: 1000ml £2.42
2 // Vegetable Brush £2.75
3 // Hotstone Grill £34.95
4 // Smart Slice Mandolin with Grater £31.91
5 // Java Preserving Bags: Vegetables £9.50
6 // Asparagus Steamer £34.55
7 // Pasta – Carla Bardi £12.99
8 // Bamboo Steamers: 20cm Three Piece £16.95
9 // Progressive Dice and Pop Cuber £13.75

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Weekly Budget – Freezer Meals

An obvious solution for budget friendly meals is making big batches and freezing them for another time. This can often feel daunting to me, so I would much prefer to make a meal, eat half, and save only one containers worth for later.

I myself have a small freezer and cannot handle having it full to the brim with unidentifiable meals, so I like to keep track of what I’ve made and it eat it up within the month.

Here are some great meal ideas that caught my eye – the kind of recipes that you can eat half and save the rest for a night when you need a quick and easy meal.

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Pictured above via BBCGoodFood : Lamb Souvlaki Skewers, Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup, Freezer Biscuits, Lamb and Apricot Meatballs, Friday Night Fish Pie, Cheese and Bacon Lasagne.

Below you can find the Bodum Hot Pots, which are perfect from the oven right to the freezer, as they are made from heat-resistant glass. Next we have the Casserole set which can go from freezer straight to the microwave, with vented lids. General store is perfect in these Clippit containers, which keep a tight seal, and both microwave and freezer safe. And last we have a Mason Cash earthenware dish and fun Le Creuset ramekins, so you can freeze individual portions.

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1 // Bodum Hot Pot Set: Red £37.50
2 // Microwave Casserole Set £10.50
3 // Clippit Storage Containers: Medium Rectangular £3.80
4 // Mason Cash Oven to Tableware: Square Dish £7.15
5 // Le Creuset Ramekins: Volcanic, Set of 2 £11.45

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