Wednesday, 22 May 2013

BBQ Pulled Pork

This yummy recipe is super easy, virtually fat free and mouth watering good.

1  Large Pork Joint (Remove all visable fat)
1 Carton of Passata
5 Tablespoons of Worcester Sauce
3 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
3 Tablespoons of Sweetener
2 Crushed Cloves of Garlic
1 Tablespoon of Smoked Paprika

1. Sear the pork in a hot frying pan
2. Add the rest of the ingredients to a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes
3. Transfer the pork to a roasting dish lined with foil
4. Pour the sauce over the pork
5. Cover the pork with foil
6. Bake at 160 degrees/gas mark 3 for 5 hours
7. Remove the pork from the oven and rest for 15 minutes
8. Use 2 forks and gently pull the pork so that it shreds

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Baby Food Cocktail

Yes you read that correctly. Baby food cocktail. Stay with me. I really fancied making some bellinis and searched the supermarket for a fruit puree/liquor but couldn't find anything suitable. First stop was the alcohol section. Nothing. I looked at the fruit isle, dessert isle and baking isle and still couldn't find anything that could go in a bellini. I then had a light bulb moment and headed to the baby section. The baby fruit puree was absolutely perfect. 

Scoop a heaped teaspoon of puree, pour into a champagne flute and top with prosecco. Calling it one of my 5 a day might be a stretch too far but it does taste fabulous. Great for kicking off a special evening, or in my house, a little pick me up the morning after the night before. This will definitely be my drink of the Summer. Cheers!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Top 5 Summer Party Dresses

Summer is on it's way. Not quite here yet but its arrival is imminent. Whether your summer includes a wedding, garden party or a day at the races, chances are you're gonna need a killer dress to party in. River Island stock an amazing collection of head turning dresses that will keep the "what the hell do I wear?" panic at bay all season long. River Island cater for a wide range of budgets, so whether your looking for an investment piece or need a new dress the week before pay day, you will find something for you. Here are my favourites...

Summer 2013 Party Dresses

Sunday, 12 May 2013

My Skincare Routine

I don't know if it was the extended winter weather or perhaps turning 30, but my skin has changed significantly over the last couple of months and I have had to completely change my skin care routine to cope with it. I used to have fairly oily skin, but overnight it turned to dry. My face was so dry that the skin was literally peeling from my forehead and nose, and wearing foundation was a total nightmare. I decided to embrace the change and revamp my skincare routine. I have been using these products daily for the last few weeks and I am pleased to have kissed goodbye to dry and flaky skin, and my face is now back to smooth and supple. 

This is my new daily skincare routine:

Step 1 Cleanse - Garnier Fresh Essentials Gel Wash
Step 2 Tone - Simple Soothing Facial Toner
Step 3 Moisturise - Olay Essentials Double Action Day Cream
Step 4 Prime - Nars Oil Free Pro Prime

Has your skin ever done a 180?

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Healthy Takeaway Alternative - Prawn & Turkey Balls

I fancied a healthy alternative to a Chinese takeaway, and rustled up this little number, Steamed Prawn and Turkey Balls. 
For this recipe I used:
1 pack of minced turkey 
a handful of ready to eat prawns
teaspoon of ginger
2 finely sliced cloves of garlic
half a chilli
juice of half a lime
couple of splashes of soy sauce

After finely chopping the prawns I threw all the ingredients into a bowl and squished with my hands before rolling into balls.

I then steamed them for 12 minutes and served on a bed of noodles with Pak Choi. Delicious, quick and healthy.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

April Empties

Here are my beauty empties for April:

Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer
Right Guard Xtreme Dry Anti Perspirant
Mitcham Advanced Control Anti Perspirant
Nivea Pearl and Beauty Shower Cream
Garnier Fresh Essentials Refreshing Gel Wash
Palmers Firming Butter
Doo Gro Shea Butter Serum
World of Curls Moisturising Oil Sheen Spray
Boots Soothing Foot Soak