Comparing Camberley Coffee Shops – Where has the best Tea?

When I gave up my day job back in November I started a new routine. I’d take the children to school, go to the gym and then head to a coffee shop for a nice cup of tea and to get some blog work done. This routine has continued since then and I’ve now managed to try all of the coffee shops in my local town to find out whee has the best tea for both type of tea and the value for money.

Comparing Camberley Coffee Shops - Where has the best Tea?

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Gin Explorer Review and Giveaway

Anyone who knows me will know how much I love gin. It’s been my drink of choice for years and whether drinking socially in the evening, out with friends or at a summer garden party it is always the drink I go for.

I also love a subscription box so when Gin Explorer got in contact I couldn’t have thought of a more perfect combination for me – a monthly subscription box of gin! Gin Explorer sent me their December box to see for myself what their great idea is actually like.

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Yazoo No Added Sugar Review and Giveaway!

I have drunk Yazoo since I was a child – it was always a lovely treat on the grocery shopping day and I remember, as they didn’t need refrigerating we could always have Yazoo in the cupboard for milk drink emergencies!

Yazoo No Added Sugar Review and Giveaway!

But now, years later, not only are the children getting to enjoy Yazoo too but there’s also a new range of No Added Sugar drinks – so they can have that same lovely milk drink without the sugar.

Yazoo No Added Sugar Review and Giveaway!

Yazoo No Added Sugar Review and Giveaway!

The new range of comes in three great flavours – Strawberry, Banana and Toffee. The children loved all the flavours although LP wasn’t as keen on the toffee as it was just a bit too sweet and sickly for her liking but Little Man couldn’t get enough of it.

Yazoo No Added Sugar Review and Giveaway!

LP and Little Man love milk based drinks and we have a lot of milkshake powders at home but these are always messy, always have lumps in and are just not that convenient. With Yazoo they always have their favourite drinks ready to enjoy. They love them after school, as a treat on a weekend or even in lunch boxes and on a day out – although, to me, they are a lot tastier straight from the fridge.

Yazoo No Added Sugar Review and Giveaway!

No Added Sugar Yazoo is now a fixture in our fridge – with no artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours it’s great for the children to drink whenever they want it – and Hubby and I might have been enjoying it too! We all love Yazoo and it still has that same great taste I remember from childhood.

Yazoo No Added Sugar Review and Giveaway!

I have teamed up with Yazoo to give away a month’s supply of Yazoo to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning your choice of flavour just complete at least one entry on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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An Evening with a Brand New Vegetable – Kalettes!

A few days ago I was invited to London to spend an evening learning about a brand new vegetable – Kalettes. I didn’t even know you could make new vegetables. I pretty much thought that the vegetables that we could buy in shops were ones that had always grown and would always grow – but knowing that more vegetables can be invented and produced is pretty amazing.

An Evening with a Brand New Vegetable - Kalettes!

Kalettes has been 15 years in the making. It’s a cross between kale and brussels sprouts and is set to be a great alternative to sprouts this Christmas. The combination of kale and brussels takes the edge off both vegetables, making Kalettes a great vegetable for people who may not be keen on brussels sprouts – but people who love brussels or kale will be sure to love Kalettes too!

We spent the evening at Catus Kitchens, home to the Michel Roux cookery school. The evening started with drinks and snacks – Five Spice Kalettes and Kalettes Sushi! It was a great introduction and nice to get to know the other bloggers too.

An Evening with a Brand New Vegetable - Kalettes!

We then got to see the Saturday Kitchen set where the show is filmed which was fantastic – seeing such an iconic kitchen firsthand. The lovely Mel took some photos of me in the kitchen and I can imagine that standing there in front of a TV audience would be pretty nerve wracking!

An Evening with a Brand New Vegetable - Kalettes!

It was then time to make our way to the cookery school kitchens where we were taught how to cook using Kalettes as well as finding out more about the product. The chef showed us how to cook a chicken supreme, stuffed with Kalettes, roasted red pepper and gruyere cheese. It’s not the sort of thing I would cook at home usually and so it was great to learn a new recipe and a really versatile way of using Kalettes too.

An Evening with a Brand New Vegetable - Kalettes!

We then got to make the dish ourselves and it was quite fun! I had Dave for company whilst we were cooking and it was a great way to really reinforce the recipe rather than just watching someone else cook it for us.

An Evening with a Brand New Vegetable - Kalettes!

An Evening with a Brand New Vegetable - Kalettes!

We also made a side salad of Kalettes, beetroot and chestnuts – topped with goats cheese that would be a fantastic side to have at Christmas and a great alternative to brussels sprouts. Plus, it was super easy to make and took no time at all which, on a busy Christmas day, is always a positive.

The chef had cooked roast potatoes for us and we plated our meal up and then went to a big dining room to enjoy our dinner together. It was the perfect end to a lovely evening and I know I’ll be cooking both of these dishes again in the future.

An Evening with a Brand New Vegetable - Kalettes!

Kalettes really does combine the best flavours of both kale and brussels sprouts, creating a sweet and nutty vegetable that is just so versatile – it can be sautéed, roasted, grilled or even eaten raw. You can find out more about Kalettes over on their website – it will definitely be featuring in our Christmas dinner and many other meals before and after too!

An Evening with a Brand New Vegetable - Kalettes!

Disclosure: I was invited to the above event and compensated for my time however all opinions are my own.

A Festive Hotel Chocolat Giveaway

One thing that we are surrounded by at Christmas – other than friends and family – is chocolate. It’s something we have at home to share or ready for when we have visitors but we also buy it as gifts and stocking fillers.

This Christmas Hotel Chocolat have a fantastic range of chocolates that are perfect to share as a family or to give as gifts to anyone from school teachers to colleagues in the Secret Santa. To celebrate the festive season Hotel Chocolat sent us a couple of treats from their range and have given us a little something to give away too!

A Festive Hotel Chocolat Giveaway

Hotel Chocolat Sleeksters are something I love. Great collections of chocolates with flavours and fillings to suit everyone. The perfect boxes of chocolates to share – and Hubby and I have often shared a box over the course of a week whilst watching TV in the evening.

A Festive Hotel Chocolat Giveaway

The Christmas Sleekster is a collection of thirty chocolates all full of festive flavours from caramel to cinnamon and Champagne to praline. They’re the perfect chocolates to share after dinner on Christmas day or to take as a gift when visiting family over the festive season.

A Festive Hotel Chocolat Giveaway

We were also sent the Toasty Toddies which are nice and boozy chocolates, made with Saint Lucian rum, dark cherry brandy, blood orange and port. They’re adult chocolates with that festive kick, perfect for toasting the season on Christmas Eve.

A Festive Hotel Chocolat Giveaway

I have teamed up with Hotel Chocolat to give away a Christmas Sleekster box of chocolates to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning just complete one or more entries on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

The Christmas Sleekster has an RRP of £22.50 and the Toasty Toddies have an RRP of £10.00

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Disclosure: We were sent the above products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.