Monday, 4 October 2010

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I was going to try and come up with something to do with the Nakd bars and cook book I received recently, but since it's a 'Family Cookbook' I decided against the Nakd gags!

So I said I would do a catch up post but it turns out I didn't take very many photos, just a few random shots here and there:

Favourite yogurt combination, chopped nectarine with thick Total Greek yogurt, raisins and white chocolate chips.

Even better when served with fresh squeezed orange juice.

I've been trying to consume lots of fruit, veg and just vitamins in general so have enjoyed a few smoothies with rice milk, frozen banana ans fresh strawberries

Friday night's dinner was beef enchilada's with lots o' cheese! I never get tired of Mexican food!

Porridge made with rice milk with peanut butter stirred through and topped with Total Greek yogurt and Ikea Lingonberry jam - this is up there in my top 10 favourite porridge toppings! It was far too much though and my cat Jeff was hassling me so I was naughty and gave him the leftovers.

He scoffed it so fast I barely had time to snap a picture of him enjoying his porridge! 

Cous cous salad, raw chopped carrot, courgette and onion mixed with plain cous cous and a tin of sardines in tomato sauce. This was good but I prefer to have sardines on their own with something on the side rather than mixed in.

Yet more Total Greek yogurt (I have eaten so much but still have for large tubs and 4 small tubs left!) with some granola and a chopped nectarine.

This was a Weight Watchers recipe, can't remember exactly what went in it but there was definitely lamb mince, courgette and halloumi. I used the left over mince and sauce on spaghetti then next day which was fantastic! I actually wasn't too keen on the courgette skin after it had been roasted but loved the filling on spaghetti

And another bowl of Greek yogurt with nectarine and cinnamon.

That's just a few snaps from the last week and a half, there was loads more, good and bad!

before I forget a few people had asked where I got the guar gum from, I did answer in the comments but I know it's easy to miss replies there. I ordered mine from ebay actually. I just looked for an ebay shop that sold lots of similar products and a good track record, I can't remember the seller but I chose with with a lot of feedback and it was 100% positive. The xanthan gum should be easy enough to find in most supermarkets. Both gums are pretty cheap, only a few pounds each and I use 1/4 tsp guar gum and 1/8 tsp xanthan gum per smoothie so it lasts a long time.

Since my last post I received another envelope of Nakd bars (free and totally unexpected) this time it was the new flavours fully clothed.

I do love all three flavours, but Cocoa Orange remains my favourite, followed by Coca Mint, Cashew Cookie and Pecan Pie! Basically I love them all and would be happy with any one of the flavours! The Berry Delight is a nice addition to the gluten free range as it's the only fruity bar, it makes a nice change and will come in handy for avoiding sweetie cravings as it tastes really sweet and juicy! I wasn't sure about Cocoa Delight after my first taste but I tried a second bar and was very impressed, it's a much more grown up sort of taste, like a nice high % bar of dark chocolate, only chewy!

I was also lucky enough to receive a copy of a new cookbook, I love cook books and have a ridiculous amount of them as well as many folders filled with recipe pages torn out of magazines and printed from the web. I was delighted when I received an email asking if I would be interested in trying out a new cookbook - of course I would!!

I was sent a copy of the new Melinda Messenger's Family Cookbook to try out, along with a discount code for 20% off for anyone who is interested - MMCook10 This is for the New Holland Publishers site which I can't actually get to load right now, hopefully it's just my browser.
The book includes the following sections:

I particularly like the Weekend Lunches as that is one of my weak points, having a proper lunch on the weekends, it's so much easier in the week when I have to be organised and pack something the night before.
I haven't made any of the recipes yet but have read through a few of them as well as the introductory text for each section. It's nicely written and seems easy to follow with  nice personal touch too. Even though it says it's a family cookbook I would still get a lot of use out of it when it's just the two of us at home, it's not specifically aimed at people with kids though does have a lot of suitable recipes that kids can help with too and the Trying New Things chapter is an interesting idea.
I'll post a wee bit more over the next few weeks as I start trying out some of the recipes.
The only downside is that there just aren't enough pictures of the food! Obviously I love food pictures! In books where only some recipes are photographed I do find that I tend to end up making only the ones that do come with pictures. I'm not really sure why as it's not like I ever expect mine to look anything like the picture in the book!
I do love Melinda's porridge page where she says "the fun is in the fine-tuning" and goes on to talk about the best part - add-ins and toppings! :D I'm going to try her suggestion of banana, dried apricots and cinnamon, sounds simple and delicious!

I'd better finish up now as I have a free meal at Wagamama tonight! 2 courses and two drinks each as it's a new store opening - I know, in Aberdeen!? I'm so excited! I do still feel pretty rough but I can't bear to turn it down!



  1. That food all looks so yummy. I love Nakd bars - can't wait to try out the new flavours :)

  2. Oh, that cook book sounds good, can't wait to hear more about the recipes.

  3. Look forward to seeing your new creations from your new book x x

  4. how had i never thought to put lingonberry jam on porridge? we have some in our fridge and everything! :)


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