Petshop Pooch!

Liz and Pippin

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If you’re a pet owner you may already be using PetShop.co.uk – a nationwide home delivery subscription service to pet food. If you’ve not heard of them yet, let me introduce you to the brand. PetShop.co.uk are young online company with a team of friendly, helpful staff dedicated to saving you time and money. Plus all of their staff are pet owners so understand the needs of other pet parents. Essentially they are an online pet shop for all your pet’s needs.

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Knowing I had a little furbaby of my own they asked me (or rather my 7 year old Lhasa Apso Pippin!) to review some of their natural and organic pet food brands. I jumped at the chance because I wanted to bring something different to the blog and show you a peek into the life behind these pages, plus I know many of you are also pet parents and may like a review of this new idea. Food subscription services are huge right now but I’d never heard of a pet version (and it’s not just for dogs) so I decided to give their service a try.

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We were sent products from three brands including Almo Nature Dog Food, Nature’s Menu Dog Food and the new Pedigree Dentaflex. The products arrived well packaged and addressed to both myself and Pippin which I thought was really cute. He tore into the parcel, grabbed the Almo dog food sachet and trotted off with it, happily ready to hide it in his basket for later (he does this with anything he likes – toys, treats, food – so I took this as a good sign!

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Before the trial with Petshop, we were using a food recommended by our vet which is pretty pricey and we have to go to our vets to pick it up when it’s running low. The Almo Nature Dog food is very alike with similar ingredients, size of biscuits and nutritional benefits and Pip literally scarfed it down in a matter of seconds so I would consider swapping over to the brand, especially because of the ease of having it delivered. Also the price is about £1.50 lower per kg and this is an all natural alternative.

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So what do you think to a food subscription service for your pet? Would you buy your pet’s food and treats online because of the convenience? Tell me all about your furbabies and their favourite foods!

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Sponsored Post: Old el Paso Breakfast Burritos Recipe

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Celebrate National Breakfast Week with a Full English Breakfast Burrito!

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day but mornings leave me with very little time to eat properly. With a little inspiration from Old El Paso I’ve found a way to spice up my breakfast on the go!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

My mornings are often a rush even on weekends, but there’s nothing I love more when I have the time than to make a full English fry-up for breakfast with a mug of piping hot coffee and a glass of juice on the side. Don’t get me wrong, I love cereal and toast as much as the next person, but a full English is pretty much a staple breakfast for a lot of families in the UK, for me it makes it a great treat. The great British fry-up typically consists of sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns, toast or fried bread and black pudding. Throw in some brown sauce or ketchup and you’ve got yourself a winning combination, but have you ever thought of adding something a little different to spice things up a bit? Old El Paso challenged me to turn an English breakfast into ‘The Brexican’ – using Mexican inspired flavours and ingredients.

Knowing time is never on my side in the mornings, I wanted a dish I could prepare quickly and eat on the go!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Creating the Recipe

I thought about what my favourite ingredients were – sausages, bacon, eggs and beans being top of my list – and then thought about how I could make the breakfast portable. Old El Paso Soft Flour Tortillas seemed the perfect ingredient and meant I could turn my Brexican into a burrito! I also swapped baked beans for Old El Paso refried beans, scrambled the eggs with some Old El Paso Spice Mix for Roasted Tomato and Pepper Fajitas to add seasoning, and layered them up in a tortilla with crispy bacon and meaty sausages topped with chunky tomato salsa. It was a total experiment but it tasted great! To save time (and washing up) I baked most of the ingredients in the oven, then assembled, wrapped, rolled and away I went. For mornings when you have more time, I would also recommend serving the Breakfast Burritos with giant mushrooms topped with more salsa.

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Old el Paso Breakfast Burritos Recipe

A Mexican inspired twist on the classic full English breakfast. These Brexican Burritos are made using Old El Paso Roasted Tomato and Pepper Fajita Seasoning Mix, Soft Flour Tortillas and stuffed full of scrambled egg, crispy bacon and meaty sausages – delicious!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Medium Pork
20 mins Serves 4

What you’ll need:
8 Rashers of Lean Smoked Bacon
8 Sausages
4 Large Mushrooms, e.g. Portobello
6 Large eggs
Old El Paso Roasted Tomato & Pepper Fajita Seasoning Mix
Old El Paso Refried Beans
Old El Paso 8 Super Soft Flour Regular Tortillas
Old El Paso Thick ‘N’ Chunky Salsa

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ̊C.
  2. Spread the bacon, sausages and mushrooms out across 2 baking trays and place in the oven to bake for around 20 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the sausages and mushrooms are cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into the mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly before pouring into a saucepan and cooking on a low heat, until scrambled, stirring slowly throughout.
  4. In a second saucepan, gently heat the refried beans until hot. Using oven gloves remove the trays of bacon, sausage and mushroom from the oven.
  5. Finally, warm your tortillas in the microwave for 35-40 seconds.
  6. To assemble your Breakfast Burritos, spread the refried beans on the soft flour tortillas using a metal spoon, then top with a layer of bacon, sausage, scrambled egg sprinkled with fajita seasoning mix and a large spoonful of salsa.
  7. To wrap your burritos up – fold the bottom edges upwards, then the sides inwards to create a roll with one open end.

Tip: Try warming the flour tortillas through by simply microwaving for 30 seconds before serving.

For more recipes visit www.oldelpaso.co.uk/mexican-recipes.

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

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Sponsored Post: Christmas Party with #Lidlsurprises

Christmas Party with Lidl

If you’re like me, now we’re approaching Christmas, there will be a lot of festive occasions to attend on your social calendar. Over this past weekend I’ve had both a 21st Birthday Party and Christmas get together and as I was nominated to cook for both occasions I decided to have a little fun with my guests and serve them (unknowingly) a top notch Christmas style buffet from none other than Lidl! Below are some of the photos from the two events with a festive flavour plus my guest’s reactions once they found out it was a #Lidlsurprises buffet. For more inspiration and Christmas Recipes head on over to the Lidl website.

Currently there is a wide range of Christmas foods available in store under the ‘Deluxe’ brand so it was much easier to hoax my guests as they cooed over the table of nibbles. My guest’s ages ranged from eight to seventy and anywhere in between so I needed to cater to all tastes and dietary requirements.

For savoury foods some hits from the Deluxe Chilled range included the British Cheese Board, Scottish Oatcakes, Scottish Biscuits for Cheese and Italian Prosciutto. Plus favourites from the Deluxe Treats range included Strawberry & Cream Mini Shortbreads, Luxury Fruit and Nut Mixes plus Baklava (seriously, buy two packs of these (or more!) – they were gone in seconds!)

For dessert we also enjoyed a Deluxe Frozen Tarte Aux Framboises which easily served more than our 11 eleven guests and was fab with a splash of cream.

Lidl Christmas Buffet

Lidl Vegetable Crisps

Lidl Buffet

One guest reaching for another Baklava!

Lidl Deluxe Chilled Desserts

Our delicious desserts – these went down a treat with all ages!

Tarte Aux Framboises

There were a lot of guesses of where the food was from and when I announced it was all from Lidl, people were so surprised (even dumbfounded in some cases!) with one person saying they’d “never guess it was from Lidl, it’s superb” and another saying “the quality is fantastic, I”ll be getting some more bits in before Christmas!”

You might recognise this Christmas ad below from TV. Just like my guests, these guests had a hard time guessing where their Christmas drinks were from!

n.b. Products are available until stocks last, all prices are correct at time of publication and prices may vary by store.

All in all, I myself was blown away by the quality of the Lidl products and especially loved the cured meats and chocolate nut selections and I think just maybe I’ll be leaving out a Deluxe Baklava instead of a mince pie on Christmas eve so that Father Christmas can have a #lidlSurprise of his own this Christmas!

What Christmas food from Lidl will you be trying this year?

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