Thursday, 29 June 2017

Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen

In my house we have lots of favourites but one brand we really love it Santa Maria. A vast range of products all designed to delight the taste buds.
So knowing they have a new range out got us very excited indeed.

The new Latin American Kitchen range brings dishes from the length and breadth of Latin America.
If you close your eyes and think of Latin America are you like me and think of jungles and beaches or smart cities. I know it makes me think of partying ,  salsa dancing  and music and fun.

More and more Latin American restaurants are popping up all over the UK, Santa Maria invites you into their kitchen with a wonderful range of sauces, rice , seasonings, tortillas, toppings and sides.
There is a range of 19 cook in sauces to pour over meat, fish or vegetables and serve with Santa Maria Latin American Rice. Its all quick to make and will disappear from your plate even quicker .

Santa Maria Caribbean pineapple and chilli Sticky Sauce

A Chinese-Caribbean fusion. In the 19th century workers came to the plantations and their food ideas combined with local ingredients gave us exciting food.  This is a yummy sticky sauce with just the right amount of heat to make your taste buds sing. This super tasty recipe uses the sauce.

Caribbean Pineapple & Chilli Sticky Sauce is typical of Chinese - Caribbean fusion cooking. Enjoy this sauce with Coconut & Chilli Rice.

1. Heat 1 tbsp of cooking oil in a frying pan. Add 300g diced chicken breast and fry over high heat until well browned.

2.Reduce the heat, add the contents of this sachet and stir well.

3.Simmer for 2 minutes, or until fully cooked. Serve with rice from Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen range and salad.

Vegetarian? Replace chicken with stir-fried or steamed vegetables.

No of portions
Caribbean Pineapple & Chilli Sticky Sauce
1 tbsp Cooking oil
300 g Diced chicken breast
1 sachet Santa Maria Caribbean Pineapple & Chilli Sticky Sauce
1 pack Santa Maria Arroz Con Coco y Chile Coconut & Chilli Rice

There are so many sauces and seasnings mixes I would have to write about 10 blog post to cover them all, the range is vast.
We loved the creamy chicken curry seasoning mix lovely rich flavour so yummy.

I love the range of Rice packets. Cook in a flash and already spiced and seasoned to say you time.
We loved the Spicy Red Rice which had a lovely rich taste.  This recipe uses the rice and it tastes great.

A satisfyingly chunky tomato sauce with garlic, paprika & peppers, served with spicy red rice. Just add your favourite vegetables!

1. Heat 1 tbsp of cooking oil in a frying pan. Add 300g raw peeled king prawns and fry quickly over high heat.

2.Reduce the heat, add the contents of this sachet and stir well.

3.Simmer for 1 minute, or until fully cooked. Serve with rice from Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen range and salad.

Don’t like prawns? Replace them with chicken.

No of portions
Peruvian Garlic & Tomato Sauce
1 tbsp Cooking oil
300 g Raw peeled king prawns
1 sachet Santa Maria Peruvian Garlic & Tomato Sauce
1 Pack Santa Maria Arroz Rojo Spicy Red Rice

Both of these ideas would be great with the perfect little soft tortillas . Irresistible little taste delights a perfect item to have along side your Latin American meal.

To finish off there are a great range of those finishing touches such as Salsa and sour cream to name a few. And the regulars like Guacamole and refried beans

Santa Maria's New Latin American range will be out in sores nationwide over the summer, beginning in Morrison's in June.  We will be doing just that and we can't wait to cook some more yummy food with these excellent products.

For lots more information and more wonderful recipes why not visit the Santa Maria web site at

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Aldi Frosecco Challenge

Its been so warm the last couple of weeks we all need something to help cool off.  Aldi have such a great range of products that are perfect for those summer BBQ's and parties.
I was asked to try one of their fab cocktail ideas so I jumped at the chance to play with some great ingredients.

This a Frosecco and yummy mix of delicious strawberry and orange mixed with Prosecco

·         150ml Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG,     Aldi, £7.99
·         20ml fresh orange juice
·         1 cup frozen whole strawberries
·         1 teaspoon honey
·         Garnish with fresh strawberries or oranges
·         Blend all ingredients together until smooth
·         Garnish with orange slices and/or strawberries as desired
·         Serve immediately

It was very simple to make and it tasted so fresh and light.  Not expensive at all and I think most people would enjoy it. We loved making it and I can tell you it did not last long lol. This is our attempt.

There is lots o information on the Aldi web site and lots of other recipe's to make and enjoy.

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product 

Monday, 19 June 2017

Aldi Camping Range

As a child I was brought up on camping. We went a few times a year and I can honestly say they were the best holidays.  My parents would have loved the value for money camping range from Aldi. Great selection and prices just ideal for getting our in the fresh air for summer.
I just got to see some really great plates which would also be just as handy at home. Wonderful for the children to take outside and no worry about getting broken. Hard wearing and with a nice style. There are also a range of serving dishes and lots of other items on the Aldi web site and in stores from the 18th June

set of four plates £5.99 
So check out the web site and get out into the fresh air this weekend.

please note I was not paid for this review just receiving a sample of the product

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Aldi Coastal Home Range Review

Everyone loves to find good quality products at fantastic prices.  I was excited to see the new Coastal Home range
This range is really great and Aldi is taking on other retailers to offer shoppers the total home makeover for just £150!

From boats to beach huts, nautical style interiors are my all time favourite. I don't live far from the seaside but I do live in a sailing town so it is perfect for me.  With big names such as John Lewis and The white company offering nautical ranges, Aldi is taking them on ! They are bringing the style to our homes this summer with its coastal bathroom, bedroom and Home ranges which will be on sale for 1st June.

The range is really great and you can bring the look to any room in your house for really great prices.
So I got to see a few pieces

Printed Runner

This is a really nice runner with a great non slip backing. Its a great size and would be fab anywhere in the house but this one I think will look great in my kitchen . Lovely strong colours and for £6.99 you can't fail .

Door Stop

I love this super cute little boat door stop. Nice and heavy and a good size it is great.  Why not have style even for a door stop ! Best still it is a fab price of £4.99

Decorative Cushions

A little tease in the above picture it the really great pillows. Very good quality and with nice firm inner pillows they will bring that coastal style into your room in seconds. Best part is the are reversible with another design on the back.

Coming in at a great price of £4.99. I love it and I have a great pale blue sofa coming soon so they will look perfect.

Aldi also have a range of Coastal Home decorations and I got to see this super stylish and simple fish.

Which I am going to put in my bath room as it fits in so well with the coastal theme. Very simple wood and very natural and clean, I love it.  From £2.99 I am sure you can find some great things.

So rush on down to your local Aldi to the the Coastal Bathroom, Coastal Bedroom and Coastal Home range while it is available . You can also check out the Aldi web site at :-

Friday, 9 June 2017

Natures Finest :Top Tips For Better Multi Tasking

Summer can be a really busy time for us all. While some have the easy days without having to drag the kids up and out to school, others still have to manage childcare through the long warm months.
Natures Finest have teamed up with time management expert, Mike Gardner and a whole lot of industry professionals to you top expert tips to help manage your day.

To show people how to make the most of their time, and increase productivity, Gardner advise people to "plan ahead", and focus on managing difficult tasks at your most productive time of day, and tackle the easier ones when you feel less energetic.

Gardner's top tips include:

1. Plan ahead and make a to -do list
2 Start with managing your most challenging task first
3 Tackle easier tasks when you feel less energetic.

To ensure the nation are making the most of their days, Nature's Finest has joined forces with so many people to bring their advice and skill to the table.

"Schedule work free family time. Life is busy and its all to easy to be on the go all the time" - Rachael Dunseath, MD and founder of Myroo Skincare.

" Its essential to make a to do list and estimate how long each task should take to enable the day to be planned " Yunus Lunat, Ison Harrison , The Law Society.

For me it seems like some days are an up hill struggle but you just keep going. I do think planning is key and also taking time to just be you!  We all tend to put far too much pressure on ourselves to have that perfect life, when in fact no ones life is perfect.

Would love to hear your tips for time management and I know Nature's Finest with be sharing tips and tricks on their
 social media so why not join in

Twitter: @NatfinestFruit
Facebook: @NaturesFinestUK
Instagram: @naturesfinestfruit

So I am going to time manage a long soak and then I am going to tuck into my yummy fruit pots !

please note I was not paid for this review just receiving a sample of the product

Friday, 26 May 2017

Aldi's Festival Camping Range Review

Well the sun is out in the UK and we are well used to grabbing it while we can! Its also getting to the start of summer festivals so it was exciting to get the see the new Festival Camping Range by Aldi.
As normal excellent products at great prices.
From Sunday 4th June you can pick up some wonderful special buys in stores. Everything from a fab Tipi tent to small pop up ones and a whole range of fab items. I got to try a few accessories.

Inflatable chair.

Coming in at £12.99 this is great for camping but also for sitting in the garden when you need extra setting. Easy to inflate and with a nice fabric feel seat area I was surprised how comfy it was. Plus side if the kids leave it out and it rains it will dry in no time. If you are going camping it can be taken down so saving lots of space.

Sleeping Bags

I was impressed at these ultra light bags . Rolls up to a nice size and slips into its own carry bag. At £11.99 it would be worth having a couple not just for camping. Be great for unexpected guest or sleep overs with kids.

I also had a lovely plush throw which was light and easy to carry as it had a handle strap. My husband stole it for the car and went away for the weekend before I could grab a picture. Aldi do a nice range of throws but this would be great for picnics . A far size but as I said very light.

So If you are planning some camping or a festival get along to your nearest store and online from the 4th June.
You can find out more about Aldi and the festival camping over at .

Please note I was not paid for the review only receiving a sample of the products 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Please help A fellow Blogger

Hi everyone! hope you are well and that the sun is shining for you . I am writing today really to ask help which is something I don't do normally.
I have a very beautiful daughter who has been dancing or singing all her life. She has also spent the last 4 years at University training to be a nurse, and also getting married an caring for a 2 yr old.

We are also delighted she has been nominated in The National Entertainments Awards for Best Solo Female.
She needs votes and I am hoping I can reach out to my blogging friends for your votes. She really has a wonderful voice and you can find her on you tube if you would like t listen. There is not much time left as voting closes on the 5th of June.

This is the link to vote 

Look for the Poll BEST FEMALE SOLO (Poll 1 of 2) and select Natalie Lomax

Its very easy to do and will take seconds.
It would mean so much to her even if she does not win.

Thank you so much