Monday, 18 April 2016

Review:- The Ilchester® Cheese Snacking Net

The Ilchester Snacking Net from Ilchester Cheese is a handy net full of individually wrapped portions of Britain’s favourite cheeses – perfect for lunchboxes, popping in the office fridge, or tackling those pre-dinner hunger pangs.

As a Slimming World member I have to be careful of my cheese intake and I'm limited to 30 grams a day as a healthy extra.  These cheeses come in 20g portions so are perfect to help limit me, popping one and a half in my lunch box or on top of food.   Cheese is one of my favourite things and I love to try all different varieties.   This net is perfect for me as it holds a great selection including British favourite Mature Cheddar, creamy Red Leicester, smoky Applewood®, nutty Jarlsberg®, childhood classic Babybel®, and tangy Edam.

The Ilchester® Snacking Net is now available from Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco and Co-Op at an RRP of £2.75.

Review:- Harry's Restaurant

For 20 years Harry's restaurant and Harry's Grill Bar reigned supreme in Exeter, but towards the end of 2015 Harry's grill bar was not more, and Harry's restaurant was tasked with continuing the popular Harry's name.   I was really disappointed when I heard the grill bar had closed as their steaks were impeccable.   I last reviewed the restaurant in 2014 and they kindly invited me to try out their updated menu for the New Year (even though it is the end of March!)

The restaurant is situated on Longbrook Street and provides a relaxing and friendly atmosphere to dine in. I couldn't really explain Harry's restaurant as 1 particular culinary style, there is a vast menu with lot's of options from Mexican dishes to burgers and nibbles accompanied by a large selection of wines, cocktails, milk shakes, and they now even open for breakfast.

While looking through this menu and trying hard to choose our dishes we ordered some milkshakes to keep us going.  I opted for caramel while Nick went for the classic chocolate.  They were deliciously thick and creamy and super sweet, almost like having a dessert as a starter!

Nick eventually chose a 'Greedy Hog', which is a beef patty, pulled pork, cheese, pickle, BBQ sauce burger with fries and 'slaw. The portion sizes, as you can see, are very generous!  A decent sized burger with a good amount of chips, the burger was too big to eat as one and Nick surrendered and had to cut it in half/eat with a knife and fork!  The pulled pork was succulent and with a rich BBQ sauce that complimented it well and a tasty home made 'slaw.

I went for 'Hog & Mac' which is a pulled pork roll, macaroni cheese, slaw and BBQ sauce.  Eating a macaroni cheese out can always be a risk, some places opt for show bought packet mixes that are pasty and flavourless, but that didn't seem the case here.  There was a thick layer of melted cheddar on the top, so even if it was a packet mix it tasted amazing and was VERY cheesy!  I ended up adding the 'slaw, BBQ sauce and some Mac to my burger to make the ultimate taste party in my mouth!  I really enjoyed the dish and would definitely eat it again!

Although we had every intention of trying out their delicious desserts as well, we were so full that we couldn't possibly manage another morsel (I blame the milkshakes!)

Book a table online here

Food ***** Service ***** Atmosphere *****
L x

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Slimming World Friendly Recipe- Marinated Chicken Tikka Kebabs with Creamy Mint Sauce

This is a delicious and easy kebab recipe, prefect for bbqs and weekends in the sun! Or even those without...

Extra Easy Syn Value:- syn free 

Healthy Extras:- B

You will need:-

140g fat free natural yogurt
5 tbsp tikka curry powder
Juice of 1 lime
500g Chicken breasts diced

Creamy Mint Sauce-

Fat free yoghurt
1 tbsp mint
1 garli clove finely chopped
Pinch of Salt & pepper 


Mix the lime juice with the yoghurt and tikka curry powder.  Pour the yoghurt mix over the chicken and leave to marinate over night for best flavour, or at least a few hours.

Add the marinated chicken chunks to a kebab skewer

Cook in a griddle pan or grill for 3-5 mins, turning regularly until chicken is cooked through

Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients together

Serve the chicken in a wholemeal pitta with salad and the mint sauce

L x

Saturday, 16 April 2016

How to Prepare Perfect Poached Eggs Every Time (Slimming World Friendly)

This is one of my snap chat videos that I decided to upload to Youtube. 

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Monday, 11 April 2016

Slimming World Friendly Recipe- Shredded Chicken & Cheese Chowder

Chuck the ingredients in in the morning...

Lovely dinner ready by the time you get home from work

Serves 4

Extra Easy Syn Value:- 2

Healthy Extras:- A 

Chowder is traditionally prepared with milk or cream and thickened with broken crackers, crushed ship biscuit, or a roux.  I have adapted to make it a little more slimming world friendly, replacing the milk with fat free fromage frais.  You can pack this with speed veg and I topped mine with melted cheese for an extra  creaminess, but also tastes great without

You will need:- 

4 slices bacon all fat removed and then diced
4 large chicken breasts
handful of new potatoes, diced
1 onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
1 large tin sweetcorn
1 litre of chicken stock (can be made up with cubes)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons corn flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tbsp fat free fromage fais
40g extra light chedder per person/portion


Place all of the ingredients, except the cornflour, fat free fromage fais, and butter, into your slow cooker dish.  Make sure there is enough stock to cover everything, if not add some extra water

Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours

30 mins before finishing time, in a small bowl whisk together corn flour and fat free fromage fais, plus 2 tbsp water. Stir in the corn flour mixture and butter to make the chowder thicker and creamier

Pull out the chicken breast and shred with 2 forks

Sprinkle with cheese and serve

L x

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Review:- Chiquito

For years I have been desperate for a decent Mexican restaurant to pop up in Exeter, and then 2 come along relatively quickly!  Now home to Las Iguanas and Chiquito and Gus's Mexican Kitchen, the Mexican cuisine is now fully represented!

Chiquito has recently launched a new menu and invited me to try to it out. I haven't had a chance to eat there since it opened just before Christmas, but noticed that it has always been popular and at first it was very difficult to even get a table! From the moment you walk through the door there is a warm, welcoming and lively atmosphere, with Mexican music and sombreros a plenty.  There's a host of authentic features that capture the very essence of all things Tex Mex with a very large and varied menu. 'Tex-Mex' is a term describing a fusion of American and Mexican cuisine, and the Chiquito menu stays true to this.  I was really supposed at just how much was on the menu, I believe there is something there for even the fussiest of eaters!

We decided to go for starters and mains with a selection of side dishes to share, although if my appetite was bigger I could easily have ordered more!  I started of with the classic Jalapeño Poppers- Breaded jalapeños filled with cream cheese and served with a sweet jalapeño jelly. Jalapeño Poppers are one of my favourite things, and these didn't disappoint! Although I usually eat them on their own the jalapeño jelly had a great sweetness to accompany the spice and cream cheese filling.

Nick chose Peri-Peri Prawns, King prawns in a Peri-Peri sauce, topped with a citrus crunch and served with tortilla chips.  There were only 4 small prawns in the whole dish (definitely didn't seem to be "King") and Nick felt underwhelmed overall. There was more spice than there as flavour!

Here is the massive selection of food that we got for out main course!

For out sides we chose some sweet potato fries, Mexican garlic bread (2 tortilla wraps topped with garlic butter and cheese) and some haloumi. The sides were all tasty, the sweet potato fries were beautifully crispy- just the way I like them!  The halloumi was nice, but it was a really thick slice which meant the middle was completely cold, unlike the crisp grilled outside

I went for Quesadillas- folded tortilla topped with mozzarella and baked until golden. Filled with BBQ pulled pork and served with a citrus dressed salad.  I make Quesadillas at home a lot and really enjoyed these.  Unlike mine the cheese was on the outside, which was really tasty.  There was plenty of filling and over all it was delicious. 

Nick chose Chimichanga- A golden fried tortilla filled with Mexican spiced rice, refried beans, jalapeño cheese sauce, melted mozzarella and beef chilli and served with skin on fries.  The Chimichanga itself was huge and had a massive amount of filling that was delicious.  The tortilla was beautifully crispy and in no way soggy, really enjoyable.

We enjoyed our meal overall and would definitely return again, there is so much moreon the menu that I would love to try!

Food **** Service **** Atmosphere *****

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Reiew:- The Living Food Kitchen

The Living Food Kitchen, established in 2009, believes that loving what we eat is essential to feeling good. Their ethos is based on wholesome, natural, living food, provided by nature. The Living Food Kitchen looks to incorporate the goodness provided by nature in to great tasting snacks. All their food is therefore plant based, 100% natural and, where possible, organic. The range is free from animal products, lactose, gluten and soya – so even those with intolerances can enjoy in confidence.

Mouth watering dairy-free flapjacks made with gluten-free oats, virgin coconut oil and sugar. The perfect wholesome snack made with the finest natural ingredients. The Buckwheat is slowly dehydrated to preserve the plant’s enzymes and nutrients. I was a little sceptical and thought that they would never be able to match a regular flapjack but I was presently surprised and the great taste and texture.

Delicious raw pesto and hummus varieties. Made with fresh, healthy ingredients, these are the perfect way to add a tasty, nutritional hit to any snack or meal. The Living Food Kitchen is the only UK company to produce raw hummus using sprouted chickpeas.  I love hummus and was pleased at the great flavour and texture of these, it definitely tastes a lot better and you feel better eating it knowing the health benefits. 

The perfect healthy alternative for those with a sweet tooth! Righteous treats made from very good things! These treats will fulfill your sweet needs through only natural sweeteners. The Living Food Kitchen was the first UK company to produce fresh, dairy free, ‘raw’ desserts and I was most sceptical of these but they taste great and I would actually not be able to tell that they were free from animal products, lactose, gluten and soya. 

These delicious dairy-free shakes are jam-packed with the goodness of almonds, as well as a variety of super-foods. Great as a breakfast treat or a pick me up between meals.  They are all super tasty and taste just like a regular fruit smoothie. 

I was unable to get any syn values for these products, although I know the health benefits are great.  I would definitely try all these products again and they have officially changed any pre conceived ideas I had of "free from" foods. 

Check out their website here 

L x