Food and Drink

Living more sustainably………food!

Becoming more eco friendly isn’t just about changing your energy supplier or recycling. There is so much more that you can do and that include with your food. So here are some ways you can live more sustainably by make some changes to the food you buy and eat.

freshly dug up home grown carrots

Living more sustainably

Of course grow your own. Its something that has been around for a long time, right back hundred or even thousands of years. People would only eat what they could grow. Now people might not have the space or the time to grow everything, however you could start with something small. Maybe a single plant and see how they get on. We have gone from growing strawberries to having a large vegetable patch growing a lot of our own veg.

Sounds simple but don’t waste food. I know that I’m terrible for doing the food shopping and not planning out meals out properly. Which often leads to us having excess food in the house, but with careful meal planning I will be able to reduce our food waste and also our food bills.

Eat less meat, my hubby will hate me for saying it but from the research I’ve been doing it shows that cutting down on the amount of meat you eat is on way to be more environmentally friendly.

When it comes to having food waste, instead of putting it in your bin then compost it. It is great for the gardens but also helps the environment but not having extra going into landfill.

Take food with you from home each day, make sure you use re-useable containers. This was you save money on ready made items and also on the packaging.

Ensure you take water bottles with you everywhere, it again saves on plastic bottle and save your bank account.

If you would like some more ideas on how to live simply then Yaya at My Dreamality has a lovely post for you to read.

Let me know how your family is planning to become more stainable.

The cutest Valentines Biscuits from the Biscuiteers

It’s already February, how have we already arrived at the second month of the year? Not only is February my and my Hubby’s birthday month, it’s also Valentines day. Each year I wonder if my Hubby will remember, I mean how could he not remember, there are love hearts in every shop and surely all over his social media. Luckily for him, he does normally do something for Valentines day, a card and a bouquet of flowers. What more could I ask for?

Valentines-Biscuits-from-the-Biscuiteers

Well this year Biscuiteers got in touch to see if I would like to receive a gift tin of their valentines biscuits, for us to enjoy and maybe give him a little reminder. Biscuiteers are a London based company the specialise is luxury hand-iced gifts that can be delivered all over the world. Biscuiteers started in 2007 when Husband and Wife team wanted to offer something a bit different to the normal flowers that people get delivered. Over the last 12 years has seen them collaborate with some luxury brands, opened a cafe, written books and become a house hold name. All while producing unique luxury gifts. I have followed the Biscuiteers on Instagram for quite a while now, and have seen so many of the personalised items each one unique in it’s own way.

Valentines biscuits

Valentines Biscuits from the Biscuiteers

With Valentines day coming up the Biscuiteers have released a collection of valentines biscuits and chocolates. I choose the Vintage Love Letter tin, which includes 10 different Valentines biscuits and a lovely keepsake tin. Within the tin you can have the letter biscuit personalised, with up to 26 characters. I went with ‘Happy Valentines Day’ added to mine.

As I hadn’t previously ordered anything from the Biscuiteers I was actually slightly concerned about how the Valentines biscuits would arrive. I mean who really sends luxury biscuits through the post and they arrive in perfect condition, well the Biscuiteers do. I was really impressed to see that there wasn’t a forest worth of packing around each biscuit, or even the tin to be honest. With their clever way of ensuring each biscuit stays in place, just the right amount of layered packing and a really pretty outer cardboard box, my beautiful Valentines biscuits arrived in perfect condition. Really impressive.

Included within my Vintage Love Letters tin, was three hearts, a pen, a dove, post box, a stamp, two smaller letters and a larger personalised letter. Each one finished to a beautiful quality. I love having something that is a bit different and also a luxurious gift. As £35 for this biscuit tin, isn’t cheap but it worth every penny in my opinion. Not only are they beautiful to look at they really taste as good as they look.

My Hubby and I enjoyed eating them along with a lovely cup of tea. When the children are not about, we often like to sit down with a good cuppa and enjoy a chat while eating cake or biscuits, it’s not often we have that time, what with the children and work. But when we do it’s great to share a little treat at the same time.

The Biscuiteers have a large range of different items to choose from, if your looking for a new baby gift all the way to Wedding biscuits. Not forgetting the beautiful Christmas collections they release each year. Whatever the occasion you are needing a gift for then you will be able to find the perfect item with the Biscuiteers.

What do you think to them? Would you be happy to receive a tin of these beautiful biscuits for valentines day? I know I would be.

Thank you Biscuiteers for sending me this gorgeous gift tin of Valentines Biscuits, I can’t wait to see what your next designs will be.

 

Christmas food and drink lover…..

I love Christmas and everything that comes along with the joys of it all. Putting up the tree and all of the decorations up, heading to local Christmas markets, the town lights switch on. Buying gifts and wrapping them, seeing the tree with beautifully wrapped gifts under it. Not forgetting the food. For the last few years I have cooked Christmas dinner at home, with my Dad and sister coming along. This year I will be cooking for 5 adults and 3 children, and I love it.

christmas-food-guide

On Christmas Eve I prep all of the vegetables for the following day, I set the table, place little gifts on everyone’s charger plates. In the evening we will often have a cheese board along with a glass or two of wine. We always make fancy hot chocolates and watch a Christmas film with the children after their bath. I add marshmallows, sprinkles, cream and a candy cane. Once the very excited children have gone to sleep, Santa arrives and we enjoy a bottle of champagne and a nice box of chocolates.

Christmas day in our house is always full of fun and very focused around the food and drink. I put the turkey in about 7, when the children wake up to open their stockings. My Hubby and I start off with bucks fizz at about 9 in the morning and then continue to drink slowly throughout the day. As I prep all of the vegetables on Christmas Eve I then just have to cook it all on the big day. Ready for us to eat once it is all ready. I always aim for 1pm to eat but it’s often nearer 2pm, timings are just not my strong point. We then eat, along with more wine or fizz, before watching the queen’s speech and opening presents.

Christmas food guide

As food and drink plays such large part of Christmas in our house I thought I would share with you some lovely indulgent food and drink item to have over the festive period. Whether you are entertaining friends, looking for a foodie gift or just wanting something for yourself.

I love a hamper at Christmas, this fabulous sweet treat hamper is the perfect little gift for someone for Christmas. Or to buy for yourself to enjoy over the Christmas period. This little hamper bag is from Fine Me A Gift, they have lots of other yummy gifts to choose from.

Christmas biscuits are a must in our house for Christmas Eve, we all sit down with a hot chocolate and a Christmas film and eat a few to many. Plus Father Christmas loves a biscuit and a mince pie. Konditor and Cook have a lovely range of luxury treats that you can enjoy during the Christmas festivities.

At Christmas we always buy in so many items that we just don’t throughout the rest of the year. Pickled Walnuts, Stem ginger and alcohol socked apricots, all yummy and will be make perfect additions to all of the baking and cooking that I do over Christmas. Opies have a whole range of yummy fruit products that are perfect for baking with. I cannot wait to find recipes that I use these items in.

In our house ice-creams and cheesecake are a must have over Christmas, we regularly have people round so these mini cheesecakes from Oppo are perfect to keep in the fridge for when people turn up, plus at only 159 calories its perfect for a treat even after having indulged over Christmas. Oppo’s ice-cream is also low calorie and taste amazing. The chocolate hazelnut one is delicious, I have loved having Oppo ice cream in the freezer to enjoy.

No Christmas is complete without a Christmas cake right? Now I’m not the biggest fan of fruit cakes, although my Hubby loves them. So this cute little post box cake from bakerdays, it tastes yummy and they have a large selection of different filling and also styles you can choose from. Baker Days also offer personalised cakes and not just for Christmas.

Christmas Drink Guide

The Crane Twins are currently rocking the world with their amazing cranberry delights, this Cranberry and Blood Orange liqueur is the perfect addition to the Christmas drink collection. It has the taste of Christmas and added to prosecco it is a my new must have Christmas drink. If you pop over to their wed site they have a collection of cocktail recipes you can use, why not host a Christmas drinks party, or save it all for you.

Celia is an organic Czech larger, it’s also gluten free and vegan friendly, which makes it perfect for our house when then our vegan friends come round. It also tastes amazing and it’s lovely to have in the fridge not just for Christmas but all year round.

I love prosecco, it’s a staple part of my weekly food shop. I don’t often open a bottle just for me, but I enjoy a couple of glasses with friends on a weekend. This Sensi Vini Prosecco is going to be of the table on Christmas day, the gold bottle is a show stopper. I shall be enjoying with our Christmas dinner and then during the Queens speech.

When I was pregnant, I found it very difficult to find a drink that was an alcohol free wine. I really wanted a to have the celebratory feeling without the alcohol well Botonique is just that. It is an alcohol free and is lovely to drink, a low calorie Champagne that you can enjoy over Christmas even if you are driving.

My Hubby loves a rum and this Duppy Share is a great Caribbean Rum, that is full of flavour, it seems to be going down so my Hubby must be enjoying it. Duppy Share will make a brilliant addition to all of my cocktails for the Christmas drinks night that we have. It would also make a great Christmas present as well.

Now I have sorted out the drinks and yummy foodie bits, it’s jus the ‘big shop’ and the craziness involved with that a couple of days before Christmas. I hope that whatever you are doing for Christmas I hope you have an amazing time.

 

*I have been sent products to include within my food and drinks Christmas guide.*