Saturday, 29 September 2012

Massive sock bun revisited

Hello everyone,
I was tidying up the other day when I found a stray pair of black leg warmers, "huh" I thought to myself now what can I do with this? Well let me tell you. I rolled it up, put my hair in a high ponytail, fanned my hair around it and secured it with 2 spin pins. The effects were stunning!!!!!

In case my instructions are not very clear here is a youtube tutorial I did using a sock a while back.


What do you think? Will you be trying it?
Rose xxx

Monday, 17 September 2012

Wonderbag cookery

Hi everyone,
I recently bought a Wonderbag which if you don't know looks more like a beanbag chair or pet bed than anything to do with cooking. 

Mine is a lovey orange pumpkin and I am was so  excited when it arrived but hit a problem as unfortunately I didn't have a suitable pot to put in it.A quick bit of research regarding sizes and types of pots followed by a trip to Ebay and I bought this 9inch aluminium casserole. The pot needs to be a good conductive material with side handles and the correct size for the purpose (too big will loose heat in the airspace between food and lid). My pot cost £11.99 delivered and is perfect and sturdy, worth noting though that the begger gets hot handles on the side and lid so be careful!!! I am going to get some smaller ones for rice pudding and porridge from the same seller as it is a bit big for the smaller amounts!

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Click this link to buy a casserole pot.

Click here to buy a Wonderbag. 

The first thing I made was porridge in my Wonderbag and I was so excited to do it I think I got a little bit giddy and broke my cardinal rule and didn't measure!! I boiled some milk on the stove and then chucked rather too much porridge in the pot! I stirred it, lidded it, bagged it and left it overnight. I was so excited the next day but was greeted by what can only be described as a "porridge cake" in my pot! It was however cooked and hot so a quick glug of milk and a bash about with a wooden spoon on the stove and, hey presto, Porridge!! Admittedly there was enough to feed the whole street but you live and learn and it was delicious.

Today I have adapted one of the recipes in the little cook book they give you to make some creamy chicken. I will put the recipe below for you but it is all going great so far and I can't believe it is 11 AM and I am sat down blogging with tea already made!

My Creamy low fat one pot chicken
Serves 3

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200mls of chicken/veg stock (or wine)
100mls water
3 fist sized potatoes
3 Sainburys basic chicken quarters with skin on
teaspoon of oil
100g low fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
garlic to taste

First get the pot hot and add oil, brown the chicken to golden turning it as needed. When it browning take off the skin and discard (I do it this way so the chicken won't dry out). add the flour and coat the chicken by stirring it round the pot, don't worry about bits sticking to the bottom of the pan that is fine and adds to the flavour. Next add the stock and stir whilst de-glazing (scraping) the bottom of the pan to get all the yummy flavours mixed. Throw in all the other ingredients and bring to a boil giving it a good stir. Cover with the lid and reduce the heat to low for 15 minutes whilst you have a brew and relax!!

After 15 minutes put it in the bag, tighten it up and leave for 4 to 6 hours (or longer as it cannot overcook).

My porridge

serves 4 generous portions

4 cups of porridge oats
8 cups of boiled milk or water

Last thing at night put the porridge in the pot, pour on boiled liquid, lid it, bag it, leave it. Go to bed, get up and serve!!

It really is that simple I promise.
You can adapt most recipes that are pot cooked and you get tons of ideas from the website and cook book they give you. Just remember you will need to reduce the amount of fluid used in traditional cooking or reduce it down before serving (just remove meat like chicken to avoid drying it out).

Now for the great news for the planet

The Wonderbag company do a scheme called "Buy One Give One" which basically means that for every Wonderbag sold , they give one to a family in Africa. They have already given to 150,000 African homes which will cut their average fuel usage by around 30%. This will help them to save them money and reduce the family's poverty. Also it will reduce not only your cooking bill and carbon footprint but free you up to to spend more time with your family in the evening rather than being frazzled in the kitchen.

Hope you enjoyed this and see you all soon
Rose xxx

Collin Resulttime Regenerating Collagen Gel

Hello everyone,
I recently purchased a glossy box and in it was a little sample of Regenerating Collagen Gel from Collin Resulttime. I had never heard of the company but the ingreadients looked fine and the promises were tempting so I thought "Oh go on then" and away I went!
Here are the official promises from the website blurb.

It's not cheap at £47.25 for 50ml but it should last a couple of months.


Our Star Product, universal for all ages and all skin types. An amazing answer to fight against all of the signs of skin ageing.
This exceptional formula combines Vectorised Micro-Collagen, an exclusive active ingredient patented by COLLIN RESULTIME, with 14 other structural molecules naturally found in the skin to regenerate it and preserve its youthfulness. Women attest it : 89%* of them find that their skin is plumped up, hydrated for : 95%** and firmer for : 86%*.
% of satisfaction gathered during a use test under dermatological control carried out on 20 women for 21 days :
*with twice weekly application as a mask
** with twice daily application as a serum

As you can see there are two ways you can use this product, you can either apply thinly like a serum on a cleansed face before moisturiser or thickly as a 15 minute mask. On my first use I applied it to freashly cleansed skin as a mask and sat back to relax waiting for my beautiful skin to develop. After ten minutes my face felt very hot to the touch and was bright red!! I immeadiatley rinsed the product of and applied moisturizer to my poor baked face to see if it would cool and contacted the website for advice. After half an hour my face was back to normal and no ill effects seem to be apparent so I went to sleep.

The next day the company rang me to check I was ok and said it was most probably a normal reaction to the cell renewing ingreadients that my skin was not used to. I was sceptical but decided to give it another go and boy am I glad I did!!!
After using it for a week as a serum last thing at night with NO further hotfa e incidents my skin is smoother, less red and a lot less "bumpy". I usually have lots of blocked pores and under the skin spots but these seem to have virtually disapeared!! I can't wait to buy some more and perhaps try some of their other products too!!
You can buy the products here at a salon
                                         or here online

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Worlds Easest Victoria sponge cake recipe with grams, ounces & cups conversions

Hello all,
It is my twin boys Tom and Harry's 10th birthday today and I posted a picture of their cakes on twitter as I made them. I was asked for the recipe which I am going to share here as it's really easy and foolproof. It is the same method I have used since I was a child and is no fuss or fail factor involved.

You will need an electric mixer (handheld or stand), two cake tins 20-cm/8-inch (I use silicone ones as they need no greasing or lining!), Cake rack (an oven shelf will do if you don't have one).

Turn the oven on to preheat at 180 C/350 F/Gas mark4 (if it is a fan oven reduce the heat slightly)

This is in cups for Sara (@roseetpink off twitter).

1 cup of butter/margerine
1 cup of caster sugar
2 cups of cake/self raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 eggs

I fill with raspberry jam and butter cream but some use whipped cream. You can dust with powdered sugar I use water icing on top. (let your imagination go wild!!!).

1. Put all the ingredients into your mixing bowl, dry on the bottom and wet on the top.
2. mix with electric mixer till smooth.
3. divide between the cake pans.
4. put in the middle of the oven for 25-30 mins.
You will know when it is done as if you lightly touch the top it will bounce back. it will be golden brown in colour and coming away from the edges slightly. 


Here is the recipe again in imperial and metric.

175g/6oz butter, softened or margarine (stork is very good)
175g/6oz caster sugar
175g/6oz self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs

Let me know what you all think? see you soon

Rose xxx