Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Challenge

A little bit of honey, a whole lot of Jack

Yep that’s right, it’s another competition…and get ready to see a few more before the month is up! The prizes are piling up for my third year blog anniversary comp but in the meantime you can also enter to win some new Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey.
It’s a new drink from JD – a blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a unique honey liqueur of their own making, for a taste that’s one-of-a-kind and unmistakably Jack. With hints of honey and a finish that’s naturally smooth, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey is something special.
For a chance to win, you can take part in any of five fun challenges over at www.yourvine.com/jack-daniels-honey.
Enjoy (responsibly!) ;)

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Love Da Popcorn Competition

Love Da Popcorn - Level 4 - Bathing in popcorn

I thought I’d give a quick mention about this Love Da Popcorn / Yourvine challenge for all you food and competition lovers out there!
Love Da Popcorn was first featured on Dragon’s Den and when Peter Jones said ‘I’m in’ things got interesting! The collaboration resulted in a new fun range of flavoured popcorn including sea salt & black pepper, sea salt & balsamic vinegar, white chocolate, caramel & toffee, sweet chilli & lime and sweet honey & sea salt (available in Waitrose around the country).
To be in with a chance to win some tasty popcorn, sign up over at Yourvine using this link: www.yourvine.com/invite/Oq2bwuNn and take part in one (or all!) of the popcorn challenges.
Here are the challenges:

Level 1 – It takes one to know one

Challenge: It’s time to unveil our magical poster generating machine… Step inside popcorn lovers and make a poster about yourself.

Reward: A large bag of Love Da Popcorn


Level 2 – And they lived happily ever after

Challenge: We’re full of stories, but now it’s your turn. Here you get to tell us a story about a funny failure from your past.

Reward: Break a Guinness World Record and try new flavours before anyone else


Level 3 – Love Da Popcorn Basketball

Challenge: Play a game of popcorn basketball with your mouth as the net.

Reward: Get 5 bags of limited edition white chocolate popcorn and an original signed Love Da Popcorn poster


Level 4 – On a mission

Challenge: We’re on a mission to supply the whole damn world with popcorn. But in the meantime, there are a few people we really want to see with a bag of Love Da Popcorn, and you can help make it happen….

Reward: A year’s supply of Love Da Popcorn

Also you can see some of the amazing entries that have already been submitted for Popcorn Basketball here – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEED383B98D21496A&feature=plcp
All fun ways to win some free tasty popcorn. Let me know if you take part and what tasty flavours you would like to try!


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Jubilee Jubilations

Jubilee celebration cupcakes from www.tastygorgeous.biz

I couldn’t let this weekend go by without mentioning the Jubilee! Not only is it a fantastic way to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II reign for 60 years but it’s also a big excuse to get all patriotic and adorn our streets, our food and even ourselves in red, white and blue! Also below is the recipe for the new Elizabeth Sponge, a rich chocolate sponge cake with peppermint frosting and diamonds!*
(*Not real diamonds – glacier mints disguised as them!)
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Elizabeth Sponge Recipe

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Baking temperature and time (using Neff’s CircoTherm®): 160C for 25-28 minutes
Baking temperature and time with any other oven: conventional 180C gas mark 5
Serves: 8-10
Chocolate sponge:
200g Caster sugar
200g Butter softened
4 Eggs – lightly beaten
250g Self raising flour
1 tsp Baking powder
4 tbsp Cocoa dissolved in 4 tbsp hot water
1 tbsp Maple syrup
Dark chocolate peppermint cream filling
55-65g Peppermint matchmakers
55g 85% Dark cocoa solids
100ml Double cream
15g Butter
1 Egg white whisked until stiff
200g Plain Belgian chocolate
175ml Double cream
30g Butter – soft
6-8 Glacier mints – crushed roughly
Sponge method:
– Lightly oil 2 x 23cm (9”) sandwich tins and line the bases with circles of baking parchment
– Cream butter and sugar until light and Fluffy, add eggs a little at a time
– In a separate bowl sift together the flour and baking powder then fold in to the butter, sugar and egg mixture
– Stir in dissolved Cocoa and maple syrup and mix thoroughly
– Divide mixture between the two sandwich tins
– Place tins in the centre of a pre-heated oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes.
– Sponge is baked through when well risen and firm to touch. Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes then carefully turn out on to wire racks, remove baking parchment and allow to cool thoroughly
Peppermint cream filling method:
– In a saucepan over a low heat, warm the cream and gently melt chocolate and Matchmakers into the warm cream
– Once melted together remove from heat and beat in the butter
– Fold in whisked egg white then leave to cool and set
Ganache method:
– In a pan over a low heat, melt chocolate into the cream, remove from heat
– Beat butter into the mixture until it’s thick and glossy. Set aside and allow to cool
Construct the perfect Elizabeth sponge:
– Spread peppermint cream filling on to one cooled sponge then sandwich the second sponge cake on top
– Use the Ganache mixture to spread across top and down the sides of the cake
– Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving
– Sprinkle the top with crushed Glace Mints for a diamond like sparkle
Cooks tip:
For additional texture, break 4-6 matchmakers into small pieces and scatter over peppermint cream before assembling the cake
How delicious does that cake sound? I’d be tempted to add matchmakers but know I will eat them before they make it onto the cake! Whatever you’re doing over the bank holiday weekend, have a lovely time and if you’re baking I’d love to hear about what you’re making.
P.S. Cupcakes featured are from my new cakes and bakes website www.tastygorgeous.biz and start from £1.50 each.


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