Review: Heinz [Seriously] Good Sauces!

I love a good cause, and the Heinz [Seriously] good mayonnaise is, in my opinion, the best mayo out there!! I was really excited to hear that Heinz are bringing out a whole range of Heinz [Seriously] good sauces, and couldn't wait to try them out!!

Heinz [Seriously] Good Pepper Sauce
A creamy and warming pepper sauce is perfect for a cheeky mid-week steak treat. For those who would prefer to avoid red meat, it is also delicious with chicken.

Heinz [Seriously] Good Béarnaise Sauce
This mouth-watering French classic is made with chopped shallots and tarragon. Rich and buttery, it will perk up a BBQ of steak, chicken or fish.

Heinz [Seriously] Good Chive Sauce
Upgrade your summer potato salad by adding a spoonful of this deliciously zingy and creamy sauce with chives and crème fraiche. Ready to eat, it can also be used as a dip or add that extra something to summer classics such as salmon fillets or fish cakes.

Heinz [Seriously] Good Tomato & Garlic Sauce
This rich and lively tomato and garlic sauce is perfect for chicken and grilled meat dishes. A real crowd pleased, it’s a must-have store cupboard ingredient for summer, offering a fresh and delicious twist to BBQs and al fresco dishes. 

My personal favourite is the peppercorn sauce! It goes sooo well with steak, but I have also found myself using it on almost anything. 

Try it out as a dipping sauce with my Philly Cheeseteak Fries!!

Classic steak sandwich



2 tbsp olive oil
50g butter
2 large onions, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
500g sirloin steak (about 2 large or 4 small)
100g rocket
1 baguette or 2 batons, halved
100g Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Pepper Sauce


Heat 1 tbsp of the oil and the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 10 mins, until golden and beginning to caramelise. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add the rest of the oil to the pan, and turn up the heat. Season the steaks and cook for 2-3 mins per side, or until done to your liking. Remove from the pan and leave to rest for 4-5 minutes before slicing.

Arrange the rocket over the halved baguette, then top with the onions followed by the steak. Spoon on the Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Pepper Sauce and sandwich together. Serve immediately.

L x

Review: Everdine Clean Eating Delivery

As someone who always tries to eat healthily, I know how time consuming and expensive this can be! As much as we prep and plan, sometimes life just gets in the way.  I was asked to try out and review Everdine. They offer clean and wholesome gourmet meals, cooked and frozen, then courier-delivered.  I couldn't wait to give it a go!!

Everdine is a subscription service, so you can set yourself up to regularly receive a batch of fresh and delicious meals. I went on their website and was surprised and the large selection of meals on offer, and actually struggled to choose just 8! You have the option to choose a box of either 8 or 12 meals, and there are plenty of vegetarian options to choose from. For a box of 8 meals, it works out at only £6.90 per meal!

I finally managed to choose my 8 meals, and eagerly waiting for delivery! You can also select a Saturday delivery at no extra cost, which is perfect for those who work full time. 

When my meals came I was immediately impressed with the portion sizes!! There were not as small as I had expected, and each dish was PACKED with vegetables!  Here are my 4 favourite meals: 

Mushroom Spaghetti Carbonara. An unusual yet delicious and healthy twist to a classic carbonara. The celeriac puree gives a creamy texture, perfect for people who want indulgence without unnecessary calories. Wholewheat pasta helps you get the recommended intake of whole grains, and oyster mushrooms serve as a great source of iron and protein.  This dish was super flavoursome and filling. 

Pulled Beef Ragu Spaghetti. This home favourite meal is packed with rich nutrients, B vitamins and vital minerals such as copper and selenium. The combination of a healthy portion of colourful vegetables, tender pulled beef and wholegrain pasta makes this dish a well-balanced all-rounder after a long day at work. A large portion and again, super filling!!

Smokey Chicken Fajitas. This flavoursome Mexican favourite has been reinvented in a clean and flavourful way! Chipotle and paprika give this dish its rich smoky flavour, while herbs add texture and taste to the bulgur wheat. Mexican is one of my favourite cuisines, and this dish did not disappointing. 

Cherry and Hoisin Duck with Wilted Greens. Lightly marinated duck breast is paired with delicious greens, blanched to bring out flavours while keeping nutrients intact. Rich in protein, iron, vitamin B6 and niacin, this delicious meal is full of goodies to keep you going all day. One of my favourites with plenty of greens. 

I would definitely use the Everdine ordering system again, for a week of guilt free and delicious meals. The meals were all fresh and really easy to prepare in the microwave. 

If you fancy giving this a go, you can order your first box with a £25 discount by following this link!

10 Random Things I Hate...

I saw this awesome post by my friend Hayley at Sparkles and Stretchmarks, called 10 Random Things That I Hate.  Hayley was inspired to write her list while reading  Bill Bryson's book The Road To Little Dribbling. 

In the book Bill states that he believes every person should be allowed to have a list of things that just irritate the life out of them, without having to apologise for it or explain why, no matter how trivial it may seem.

Of course, there are a lot more pressing things in the world that I hate, like cancer, bullying and animal cruelty, but this isn't that type of list.

So, inspired by Hayley and the musings of Bill Bryson, I decided to try and create my own list. My first thought was "How can I narrow the many, many things I hate down to a list of just 10?" But it actually came pretty easy. So, in no particular order of hatred, here's my list!

1. People that say 'Pacifically' when they really mean 'Specifically'.

Or when they say the Specific Ocean.

2. The words 'Minge' and 'Moist'

 Don't ask me why, but I just can't stand the words. I've grouped them together as one, as the 2 words together create a whole new hell, and lead to physical cringing from me.

3. Cold Egg. 

I love eggs in every form, except cold. The minute the temperature of a cooked egg is cold. it's a no from me.

4. When people misspell my name.

L A T O Y A H. The H is very important to me, and it get's left off by everyone, all the time.

5. Feet.

All feet. Including my own. I find them so weird, if I could not have feet and still function normally as a human I would be very happy.

6. Michael Bublé's Singing Voice

I was tempted to just put Michael Bublé himself, but seeing as I don't know him, I thought that was a little strong.  BUT, his singing voice gives me the creeps. Like, properly makes me feel a bit queasy.

7. Cherry flavouring.

I love cherries, but the fake cherry flavour makes me gag.  I think it reminds me of medicine when I was younger, and I now can't even deal with the smell.

8. Facebook.

There are so many many reason's that I hate Facebook.  I just don't seem to have the patience for dickheads any more, and Facebook is full of them. Even when being selective with who I befriend, they seem to leak through.

Unfortunately, my blog Facebook page has my largest following and generates the most views for me.  So I have to keep it and use it. Facebook also has really weird algorithms in place that control how many people see my posts, and they also try and back small businesses into a corner and force them to pay up to £12 a post to get current followers of mine to be able to see the post in their feeds?! Grrr...

9. My Resting Bitch Face. 

It's bad. In fact, my face in general is bad. But mainly I look like I want to stab people up and am in a vicious rage, when I am in fact just in rest mode.

10. Mrs Brown's Boys

I'm still waiting for someone to explain what is funny about this show? When are the jokes supposed to star?

So there you have it.  10 Random things I hate.  I feel better already!! What are yours?  Let me know on my social media channels.

Mental Health Awareness Week: It's OK not to be OK.

I'll start by giving you a warning: This isn't one of my usual posts.  There are no food pictures, recipes or reviews. It may not appeal to those that usually frequent my blog, but I request that you please read it until the end. 

As I write this post, we're half way through Mental Health Awareness Week– a national campaign designed to help shed the stigma around the topic. 

Only a small minority of people (13%) report living with high levels of good mental health.
More than 4 in 10 people say they have experienced depression.
Over a quarter of people say they have experienced panic attacks.

Even though so many people are affected, there is a strong social stigma attached to mental ill health, and people with mental health problems can experience discrimination in all aspects of their lives. 

I have personal experience with mental health issues, as a teenagaer and in adult life.  If I'm being honest with myself, I feel slightly uncomfortable writing that sentence, in public, and for anyone that looks at this page to see. But that's also partly why I wanted to write this post. I'm certainly not a celebrity, and I'm certainly not someone to look up to, but I do have this blog platform (that a surprising amount of people read!)

On some of the few occasions I have spoken to people about my experiences with mental health in the past, I've been told things such as,"But you're so bubbly and outgoing, how can you be feeling depressed?" Or even worse, "Why don't you just cheer yourself up and get on with it?" 

The truth is, it isn't as easy as 'snapping out of it'. Mental health issues are a real life thing that can take over your body and control you, and it feels like every bit of happiness has been removed from your body and will never return.

Most people who experience mental health problems recover fully, or are able to live with and manage them. But for people to get the support and help that they need, there needs to be an end of portraying mental ill health in a negative light.

It's OK to not be OK. Something that has taken me a long time to realise, and something I wish that I could make everyone see. There is support out there, and it is OK to ask for it.  You don't need to feel this way forever.

When I started writing this post I wanted to make sure that there was a purpose. I found some great resources that I wanted to share.

Ever thought about your own mental health?  Find out how you're doing compared to the national average, by taking this survey from Mental Health Awareness.

Click the image below to find out about looking after your mental health.

Check out this head space app. Learn to meditate in just 10 minutes a day with the Headspace app. Daily meditation has been shown to help people stress less, exercise more and even sleep better.

If you need support or need to speak to someone, there is a huge amount of support numbers here.
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