Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Getting the Kids Outdoors: Family Activies

*In collaboration with Rawk

With so much technology around these days, it can be hard to get the kids off them and out in the fresh outdoors, growing up I was glued to my computer, as soon as I finished school I was on it and if it was the weekend sometimes I wouldn't be off it till the early hours of the morning! It took a lot to get me outside, i'll be honest, I hated walking, but then my passion for photography grew and grew and I was asking to go out and take photos every day! So whilst your little ones are still little' and whilst the sun is still shining, why not try out some of the following things to get the family together and spending quality time together without anyone getting bored!

Every child needs a pair of roller-skates, even if you insist on them wearing all the padding and protective gear, it's something all children have to try! There are different kinds of footwear you can have, whether it's inline skates, roller-skates or even Heely's, depending on the age of your little ones obviously, Rawk have everything you need if you weren't too sure where to look, they really aren't that expensive either which is fab! Why not even invest in some for Christmas, I know it's early but the sale section has some amazing deals which you won't want to miss! It's always good to be prepared!

Crazy Golf
When I was younger I lived just down the road from a crazy golf centre over in Southend (Adventure Island if you're interested), it was amazing, with the typical windmill holes and bridges too, with an Aztec feel and design and 2 separate 9 hole courses, take whichever takes your fancy! It can really bring out the competitive side to everyone but it's so much fun as well, perfect for all ages too, whether you have a toddler who can just about hold the club (they'll have lots of fun chasing the balls and having a go), or even a teenager, everyone will help each other and is a great opportunity for bonding time!

You don't need to spend crazy money on a campsite (unless you want to be by the sea maybe?) Instead, try setting up your own campsite in the garden, pitch the tent, get some snuggly blankets and pillows, some lanterns, books and teddies and yummy snacks and there you have it! Tell stories to them or create your own stories together, have some ice lollies, ice creams and other cold snacks on hand! Or if they're at the age of being "too cool" doing it with mummy and daddy, get them to choose a friend or two to come over and join in, it doesn't mean they have to stay out there all night though ha, but they can come in and go to bed watching a movie or something :)


Monday, 21 July 2014

Review | Gousto | Bulgar Risotto with Grilled Goat's Cheese

You may remember our reviews a few months back for the Gousto box, we loved the meals so much we were thrilled to have another opportunity to review some more! I love new meal ideas and trying foods i've not had before! If you've not heard of Gousto, here are some details below which I took from the previous post :)

Gousto is an amazing service which provides you with a box full of yummy, healthy and nutritious ingredients for certain recipes, every week you get the chance to choose from recipes on the website, which are updated every week, ensuring you don't cook the same meal twice! The recipes are then delivered right to your doorstep once a week so you decide when to cook! From delicious pasta bakes to oriental stirfrys, with different cuisines from Italian to Chinese, Indian to Caribbean, with plenty of meals to choose from you'll find it easy to choose meals to suit the whole family! 

I have taken pictures of the prep and cooking below, along with everything you need to know about how to cook the meals we were given! Don't worry if you're not much of a cook, these are so easy to do and can be done by anyone, also there's no worry about using too much or too little ingredients, everything comes in the exact portion needed for you so no food waste either, perfect!

So onto the first recipe..

Bulgar Risotto with Grilled Goat's cheese

What drew me to this recipe was the simplicity, i've watched on shows like Masterchef and Hells Kitchen where they cook risotto and it's always done so quickly, it seems like the perfect meal for those hot summer days where you just don't want to slave away in a hot kitchen! I've never cooked risotto before, nor have I ever tried Bulgar wheat, so I was a little nervous but excited to try them too!

The ingredients for this recipe are;
(for 2 people)

3 x Tomatoes
150g Sugar Snap Peas
10g Rosemary
155g Bulgar Wheat
30g Parmesan
Goats Cheese
1 x Red Onion
2 x Garlic Cloves
Vegetable Stock Cube
1 x Lemon
1tsp Chilli Flakes

Boil the kettle
Dissolve the stock cube in 500ml of boiling water
Cut the lemon in half

Now get all your prep done, chop up your tomatoes, onion garlic and rosemary and finely grate the parmesan!

Add some oil to a frying pan and once hot add your onion and cook for 3 minutes until softer, then add the garlic and mix together for a further minute.

Add the bulgar wheat and stir, allow to tots for 4-6 minutes, reduce heat to medium-low.

Add the rosemary, half the stock and chilli flakes if using.

Allow the stock to absorb - stir constantly.

Preheat the grill to a high heat

Once all the liquid in the pan is absorbed, add the tomato.

Add the rest of the stock gradually, allowing it to absorb and stir constantly.

Cut the goats cheese in half crossways and put under the grill for 5 minutes (we left it in for almost 10)

Whilst the cheese is cooking, add the sugar snap peas and mix well. Add the juice of the lemon and cook for another minute or until the bulgar is cooked through.

Tip: If the risotto becomes too dry, gradually add a few tbsp of water.

Add the parmesan to the pan and remove from the heat.

Season to taste.

Serve with the grilled goats cheese on top and drizzle with olive oil!

And you're done!
This was both Ben & I's favourite meal we've had so far and will definitely be making it again, it was so full of flavour, colour and is super healthy too! Abbie loved the bulgar wheat and the sugar snap peas too, win!

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Sunday, 20 July 2014


Can you see CHEESE!

Upset she wasn't able to blow the bubbles...

Happy Summer :)