Organic UK has challenged a bunch of us bloggers to create easy recipes with a mystery box of beautiful organic produce in the hope we can inspire the UK to switch over and try their hand at eating and cooking organic food. As I’m always up for a challenge I said yes of course….
Organic UK has challenged a bunch of us bloggers to create easy recipes with a mystery box of beautiful organic produce in the hope we can inspire the UK to switch over and try their hand at eating and cooking organic food. As I’m always up for a challenge I said yes of course. I try and opt for organic as much as possible at home as not only is it better for me and my digestive struggles but the produce always looks and tastes amazing. No absorbing pesticides from your fruit and veg and the animals do truly have a wonderful life roaming free in the farm. I know it can work out a little expensive but think of the quality of food that you’ll be eating and the difference in price between some produce is minimal but if you can’t buy all organic then check out the dirty dozen. Organic is just as easy to cook yummy dinners and I have a few recipes for you to get stuck in below.
I wasn’t sure on what to expect but I was certainly wowed by the huge box that turned up. Everything was fresh and brightly coloured. The meat from The Well Hung Meat Company was really divine, I honestly have never had such tender steak and will be getting myself some more of that!
The box included:
Meat – Feather Steak, Pork Belly Slices, Lamb Mince
Veg – Savoy Cabbage, Limes, Onions, Leeks, Garlic
Pantry – Black Rice, Stock Cubes, Chopped Tomatoes, Spelt Flour Olive Oil, Dark Chocolate
Fridge – Cottage Cheese, Natural Yoghurt, Butter
- 300g Feather Steak cut into small chunks
- 200g Chopped Tomatoes
- 200g Stock
- Knob of Butter
- Splash of Oil
- 1/2 Onion chopped finely
- 4 Garlic Cloves chopped finely
- Thumb nail sized Ginger grated
- 1&1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1tsp Ground Coriander
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne - more if you want it spicy
- 1/2 tsp Ground Mace
- Juice of 1 Lime
- Splash Worcester Sauce
- 1 Yellow Pepper chopped into large chunks
- A few squares of Dark Chocolate
- Fresh Coriander
- 1-2 tsp sp Corn Flour
- 70g Black Rice per person
- Brown the steak and put aside
- Saute the onion and garlic in oil and butter
- Add all spices and cook for a minute
- Add a splash of water, the lime juice and Worcester sauce then cook off for a minute
- Add the beef back in and the pepper and coat in the mixture
- Add the chopped tomatoes, stock, dark chocolate and fresh coriander
- Mix 1-2 tsp of flour with water and mix in
- Season and pop (150/140º) in oven for an hour and half.
- Serve with rice, yoghurt and fresh coriander
- Lamb Mince 425g
- 200g chopped toms
- 300ml stock
- 1/2 Onion choppped finely
- 2 Cloves Garlic Crushed
- 1/2 tsp Ground Mace
- Fresh Rosemary
- 1 Cinnamon Bark
- 1 tblesp Tomato Puree
- 1 Bay Leaf
- Splash Worscester Sauce
- 200g Cottage Cheese
- Cheddar grated
- Fresh Chives chopped
- Leeks - to use as you would lasgane sheets
- Saute onion and garlic
- Add the mince and brown off
- Add mace, Worcester sauce, seasoning and mix.
- Add chopped tomatoes, stock, Cinnamon, rosemary and bay leaf. Bring too the boil
- Let it simmer for about 45 minutes
- Mix the cottage cheese, cheddar and chives together
- Slice leak down one side and roll out
- Once the lamb is cooked layer a deep baking tray with some of the lamb
- Add a layer of the cottage cheese mix
- Then add a layer of leek
- Repeat until all the lamb is used
- Grate more cheese on the top and pop into the oven (160 degrees) for 30 minutes
Sticky Pork Belly Parcels
- Pork Belly Slices
- Five Spice
- 100ml Stock
- 1/2 tbl Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 tbl Ketchup
- 1/2 tbl Shaoxing Wine or Sherry
- 1 tbl Soy Sauce
- 1 tbl Golden Syrup
- Thumb Nail Size Ginger grated
- 2 Cloves Garlic crushed
- Juice of 1/2 Lime
- Savoy Cabbage
- Season and add the five spice to the pork belly slices and lay in a baking tray
- Mix the rest of the ingredients except the savoy cabbage and fresh coriander
- Pour the mixture over the pork and pop in the oven (160 degrees) for about an hour
- Pull off the savoy cabbage leaves and boil for about 6/7 minutes
- Once everything is cooked pile the sticky pork into the cabbage and serve with julienned carrots and spring onion
I hope you have found a new favourite recipe and make sure you check out the Twitter hashtag #OrganicUnboxed for more inspiration. You can watch Madeleine Shaw kick off the campaign on the Organic UK Food site and below are a few other links for the pros of switching to organic foods
Do you eat organic or will you be switching?
Why You Should Consolidate Your Debt
When I was younger and fairly irresponsible I had a credit card (or 2!) that was well used plus an overdraft which was barely ever in credit. When using credit cards back then it felt like you weren’t using ‘real’ money, I would happily whack a Topshop haul on the credit card to forget…
When I was younger and fairly irresponsible I had a credit card (or 2!) that was well used plus an overdraft which was barely ever in credit. When using credit cards back then it felt like you weren’t using ‘real’ money, I would happily whack a Topshop haul on the credit card to forget about and just pay off the minimum each month with the hope that by magic it would disappear. Of course this didn’t happen and soon I realised I needed to sort my life and debt out before it got out of control. Today though, I am less stupid…well maybe.
I spoke to my bank who advised consolidating all my debts into one by taking out a loan and paying that off over a number of years. That way I would benefit by being able to put aside a set figure per month that would actually in turn be less than all my other debts put together. Streamlining my debts into one borrowed figure meant the hassle of trying to shuffle payments was taken out and I could worry less about not having enough funds at the end of the month.
Of course I had to come to terms with my spending issues and start hiding my credit card and living within my means. It was an adult decision and one I’m glad I did. It meant that while paying off my consolidation loan I could also save for a holiday I had planned so I didn’t feel like I was losing out on having fun too much because of being a little stupid when I was younger. Of course it’s always a good idea if you can pay off as much as possible as quickly as possible.
If you know you won’t be able to become debt free in a short amount of time then consolidating your debts might be a good idea for you. Of course you need to weigh up your options before going ahead but there are many pros for bundling your borrowing into one chunk. If shop around you may well find that you’ll get a lower interest rate meaning you’ll save money from the start. It puts your mind at ease with just one monthly payment so there is no juggling of debt and forgetting to put aside enough to pay off.
You can start with places like UK Credit who solely offer loans and have a great online chat support system or even talk to your bank about your options. Remember if you do not pay off what you owe it could ruin your credit rating for the future and if you do take out a consolidation loan then it’s a good idea to tackle any spending habits you may have because then there is a high chance they will pile up again.
Have you always been good with money?
New MAC Lipsticks
When I saw Have Your Cake on Laura’s blog I headed straight to the MAC website to order it. At the time you still needed to spend £30 for free delivery so of course I needed to order another lipstick. Oops! I opted for Brave as I wanted a nude lipstick (oh how I’ve…
When I saw Have Your Cake on Laura’s blog I headed straight to the MAC website to order it. At the time you still needed to spend £30 for free delivery so of course I needed to order another lipstick. Oops! I opted for Brave as I wanted a nude lipstick (oh how I’ve changed). It was between this and Mehr but I went for Brave as it was a Satin and I wasn’t looking for anything too matte (again oh how I’ve changed!)
Now if you have Flat Out Fabulous then you definitely do no not need Have Your Cake. The only difference is HYC is not quite as matte (it’s not a retro unlike FOF) and the shade is a touch pinker and brighter. On the lips you really couldn’t tell which is which. Brave is a beautiful everyday shade that I have gotten a lot of wear out already. It’s a pinky nude that is easy to wear that you could even apply without a mirror. I still think I need Mehr though. Ahem…
Do you own any of these two? Remember MAC do free del on all orders now!
Kylie Lip Kit Review: Posie K, Candy K & 22
I’ll start by saying yes; I watch the Kardashian’s. I’m a reality TV addict, there I’ve said it. I don’t follow their every move however, well until Kylie ventured into the lip kit making that is. These bastards sell out in 5 mins and I only ever found out they went on sale until they…
I’ll start by saying yes; I watch the Kardashian’s. I’m a reality TV addict, there I’ve said it. I don’t follow their every move however, well until Kylie ventured into the lip kit making that is. These bastards sell out in 5 mins and I only ever found out they went on sale until they had sold out. I figured out I needed to join her bloody website to get sale times, which I did for her only to start posting the times all over her social media. Enjoy my £2.08 Kylie! Anyway, I finally found out a time and stayed up till 12pm to order them (I’ve lost the plot I know!). I give into the hype way too easily but I am obsessed with liquid lipsticks so it was a given (you only need to read my liquid lipstick post).
I signed up to the Kylie Cosmetics website before hand so I wouldn’t be faffing around with added in my address etc. I knew the shades I wanted and lo and behold I managed to get them. I ordered Candy K, Posie K and 22. I’m sure you probably all know but they are $29 for each kit and UK delivery is $15. I got hit with £12.08 customs so they worked out about £27.50 each which in the grand scheme of things isn’t too bad when you get a lip pencil too.
But are they worth it?
Yes I think so. I definitely don’t need the liners but I guess that’s her ‘thing’ to over line them and fill in so I can see why she’s marketed them as such plus it’s a pretty unique set in that terms. The formula of these are very liquidy and the tube has no stopper so you need to a. be careful to not drip it over you and b. wipe excess off on the top which can get a bit messy. There is nothing ground breaking with the doe foot but application is easy. They dry incredibly quick and once dry you can barely feel them on plus they are transfer proof. They last so well too, I really do think this is a great formula. Candy K I’m not so sure on me but Posie K and 22 are gorgeous! Posie a beautiful pinky nude which leans more of a dusky pink and 22 is a muted orange red for which I have no dupes for, a rarity! That makes me feel somewhat better for dropping so much dollar. I want Koko K and would love to try True Brown but if it would probably look ridiculous on me.
I would prefer not to by the liner and they need a stopper but other than that I think they are great and worth needing to use cocktail sticks the next day to keep my eyes open.
Have you succumbed to the hype?