Foodsaver Fresh Review

Sponsored by Foodsaver Fresh.

For the past two weeks I’ve been busy testing out the Foodsaver Fresh. A vacuum sealing system designed to help your food last longer.

A bit of background…

What is the Foodsaver Fresh

The Foodsaver Fresh is a vacuum sealing machine designed to keep your food fresh up to two times longer than conventional storage systems such a zip seal bags, tin foil, cling film or containers. It’s the number one vacuum sealing system in the US and is now launching in the UK…

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Brandy Buttercream

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Well we’ve reached the final day of my Festive Buttercream Week. I hope you’ve liked my new flavours.

My final new recipe is inspired by the Christmas classic, brandy butter. It’s something I hadn’t tried until I met Jon and I’ll admit that until I tried it I was unconvinced that I’d like it (I’m not really a huge fan of brandy as a drink in it’s own right). He eventually convinced me to give it a go on my mince pies and I was converted, it’s absolutely delicious.

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Marzipan Buttercream

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It’s day 4 of Festive Buttercream Week and today’s recipe is Marzipan Buttercream.

My husband and my Dad are both huge marzipan fans, so I wanted to create a recipe using one of their favourite flavours. It includes lots of real marzipan, as well as a few drops of almond extract to really bring out the flavour. It would make a fantastic alternative to using marzipan under your icing on your Christmas cake, or a little piped on top of your mince pies…

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Honey Roasted Sprouts with Pancetta

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Sponsored by Crisp ‘n Dry.

I don’t know about you, but I’m already feeling very festive, so when Crisp ‘n Dry challenged me to have a Crisp ‘n Dry run of our Christmas dinner I jumped at the chance. Any excuse for a bit of festive cooking.

Whilst I was busy whipping up Christmas dinner I thought I’d also share my recipe for honey roasted sprouts with pancetta. In my opinion roasting is the best way to cook sprouts, it adds so much flavour as well as a little crunchiness to the outer leaves. Coupled with the saltiness of the pancetta and the slight hint of honey they taste delicious…

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Gingerbread Buttercream

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I love gingerbread biscuits at Christmas (well all year round really, but they just feel “right” at Christmas), so when it came to thinking up a flavour for day 3 of my festive buttercream week I decided that it had to be gingerbread.

I’ve experimented with ginger buttercream before but never managed to get the flavour quite rich enough to really bring all the memories of gingerbread biscuits when eating it. I ended up pouring over gingerbread biscuit recipes thinking about what gives them their distinctive flavour and thinking about whether I could somehow shoehorn that into a smooth buttercream…

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Peppermint Buttercream

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Welcome to day 2 of Festive Buttercream Week, the week (that I made up) to celebrate all things smooth, delicious and perfect for piping onto cupcakes.

Today’s buttercream flavour is peppermint, which is served here on my yummy chocolate cupcakes. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also the perfect buttercream choice if you’re planning on getting a Christmas kiss under the mistletoe…

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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

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A couple of weeks ago I decided to experiment with some new buttercream flavours. I thought it would be fun to create some along a Christmas theme and as it turned out I found not one, not two, but five new flavours. So this week is now officially Festive Buttercream Week 🙂 A week of different flavours, perfect for adding a festive twist to your cakes.

My first new flavour is chocolate orange. The reason these are first is that my parents were visiting last week when I was testing the recipe and my mum enjoyed it so much she’s been nagging me to share it so she can make some more…

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Peanut Butter Oreo Brownies

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Sponsored by Oreo

Did you know that the Oreo is the world’s favourite biscuit? Every year 7.5 billion are eaten across the globe!

Just take a moment to imagine 7.5 billion Oreos.

I think we’re definitely in need of the drooling emoji right now

To keep all of us cookie lovers happy Oero have launched a range of new flavours…

Choc’o Brownie Flavour Oreo
Mint Flavour Oreo
Peanut Butter Flavour Oreo
Strawberry Cheesecake Flavour Oreo

…and they challenged me to create a delicious recipe using one of them to share with you all.

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Halloween Meringues

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This Halloween I’ve joined together with a group of other bloggers to share some spooky recipes suitable for people with a variety of food allergies.

Halloween can be a particularly difficult time of year for anyone with a food allergy, especially for children. All their friends are out trick-or-treating or enjoying Halloween goodies and they aren’t always able to join in due to the risk of a reaction…

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Spooky Rocky Road

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a rocky road recipe and seeing as I have ones for Easter and Christmas (as well as my classic version) I thought it would be fun to create a Halloween version too.

Earlier this year my Creme Egg Rocky Road went a little crazy on Facebook with over 5 million video views in just a few days. However with success comes lots of feedback and one comment that popped up A LOT was “ooh this looks good but make it without the raisins and cherries”. Now personally I like a little fruitiness in my rocky road, but I thought I’d listen to you all and make a new version which leaves these out…

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