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    Thursday, 8 November 2018

    RECIPE: BONFIRE CHILLI WITH BIRDS EYE PULSES #AD

    Now the clocks have gone back, I am FULLY committed to winter dinners. Warm, comforting bowls of goodness, perfect for seeing you through those cold, winter nights ahead. And you don’t get much more comforting than a big ol’bowl of hearty chilli, now do you? 

     Now, I LOVE a good beef chilli, it’s one of my go-tos at this time of year – and when Birds Eye challenged me to create a recipe using their fab range of pulses – I knew this was the dish that I wanted to share.
    For this recipe, I’ve used big tender chunks of beef (instead of mince) which I think helps add a real depth of flavour and texture to the dish. I also love adding pulses to my chilli to help bulk it out and pack in loads of extra nutrients - but rather than reaching for cans of beans, I've used the Birds Eye Mexican Bean Mix for this recipe and they are just SO easy to use!

    I've always been a big advocate for frozen veg and pulses – unlike their tinned or dried counterparts, freezing helps to lock in all the natural goodness and that’s exactly what these babies are packed with! They're a rich source of protein, contain plenty of fibre and they even count toward one of your five a day!
    The Mexican Bean Mix contains a blend of red kidney beans, black beans and chickpeas – and what I love is that they're ready to cook straight from frozen. They only take four minutes to cook and there's no soaking or draining, just straight out the bag and into the pan. That means less time spent faffing with ingredients and more time spent actually creating recipes - dreamy, right?

    WHAT YOU'LL NEED
    400g diced beef
    1 bag of Birds Eye Mexican Bean Mix
    400g chopped tomatoes
    2 peppers (I used red & green)
    1 red onion
    1 brown onion
    1 red chilli
    2 garlic cloves
    3 tablespoons tomato puree
    1 beef stock cube
    200g Sweetcorn
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    1 teaspoon ground coriander

    WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO DO:
    1. Brown your beef chunks in a pan for 6-8 minutes until they’ve got a nice colour on all sides, before transferring on a bowl

    2.Add a little more oil to your pan then add the onion, chilli, garlic and peppers and fry for 3-4 minutes until they all start to soften

    3. Next add your spices, followed by the stock cube, tomato puree and tinned tomatoes. Add 300ml of hot water then pour in your Birds Eye Mexican Bean Mix and sweetcorn.

    4. Give everything a good stir then add your beef back to the pan and bring the heat to a gentle simmer.

    5. Leave to gently bubble away for 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened

    6. Remove from the heat and enjoy! Perfect served on its own with crumbled feta and fresh chilli, with rice or in a wrap!
    There's three variety of Birds Eye Pules - Chickpea and Spinach Mix (which would be great for curries), Italian 3 Bean Mix (hello sausage casseroles) and the Mexican Bean Mix which I've used above. You can pick up a bag in the frozen aisle at big Tesco & Asda stores and Ocado for just £2.00. 

    * This post was sponsored by Birds Eye

    Monday, 5 November 2018

    THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP WARM THIS BONFIRE NIGHT

    November 5th - Bonfire Night! Not only does today's date mean fireworks, but it also means we are OFFICIALLY entering the BEST time of year. It's time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, (faux) fur coats and Christmas music (can you tell I'm excited for December 25th already?). I love this stretch from Bonfire Night up until Christmas and going out to watch a display is one of my favourite ways to truly kick of winter celebrations!

    Now, whether you're planning to get cosy and watch the fireworks from the comfort of your sofa, or you're heading out to a display, I've rounded up the perfect ways to get you warm this Bonfire Night!
    REMEMBER YOUR LAYERS
    If you're planning to head to a display, you need to wrap up warm! It's suddenly got SO cold, so if you're braving the elements to go stand in a field for a few hours, you're going to need to master the art of layering! A turtle-neck body, under some thick black leggings with a cosy knit jumper and my trusty teddy coat is my go-to look for keeping warm. Team that with a pair of heavy duty biker boots and a beret and you're good to go!

    KEEP YOUR FINGERS AND TOES TOASTY
    My secret weapon for keeping my hands warm when I'm outdoors? HotHands. They're single use heat pads which are designed for keeping your fingers and toes warm in the cold! You just open the pack, then they start to heat as soon as they're exposed to the air - within 10-20 minutes, you've got yourself a nice warm little bean-bag that will keep you toasty for most of the evening! You can buy them from Amazon for around £7.50 for two packs of five and are an absolute life-saver when you're standing out in the cold!
    HAVE A COMFORTING DINNER
    Autumn dinners are the best. They're stodgy, comforting and perfect for warming you from the inside when it gets chilly! On Bonfire Night, there's no better dinner than Chilli Cheese Hot Dogs! Gather all your mates, get a big pan of chilli on the go and pile up your hot dogs while you enjoy the fireworks! Proper winter warmer food!
    BREW YOURSELF A WINTER WARMER
    Talking of winter warmers - Bonfire Night usually marks the first Mulled Wine of the season for me but if you're looking for a good alcohol free alternative (because Monday is a School night after all), go for a luxurious hot chocolate, piled high with whipped cream and marshmallow. Perfect for keeping you toasty from the inside!

    What are you plans for Bonfire Night?
    I'd love to hear how you'l be spending it in the comments below!

    * This post was sponsored by HotHands

    Friday, 2 November 2018

    BY CHLOE, ONE TOWER BRIDGE

    I have to be honest and say that when I visited By Chloe, I came here, very much with the opinion that I would hate it. I’d heard some pretty scathing reviews - mainly that the food here is all style and no substance – BUT I have to say, I was actually…impressed.

    Now, you’ve probably heard of By CHLOE by now – or at least seen it! It’s a vegan ‘fast-food’ restaurant that’s been plastered all over Instagram since it launched in Covent Garden back in February (you know the ‘Guac Save the Queen’ mural I’m talking about).

    Originally from New York, it’s HUGE within the vegan community but also with a growing number of meat-eaters, mainly for the fact that they’re serving vegan ‘comfort’ food, that’s actually been made with carnivores in mind. So what exactly does a carnivore eat in a vegan restaurant?
    The Pesto Meatball Sub is a definite order. Instead of traditional meatballs, these are made from pesto, portobello mushroom and veggies, packed into a potato sub roll and slathered with delicious marinara sauce and basil pesto.

    The Quinoa Taco Salad was really good too. Chopped romaine lettuce, topped with spicy seitan 'chorizo', black beans, sweet corn, avocado, tomato and tortilla strips. So fresh and packed full of flavour!
    I'd also recommend a portion of the Air Baked Fries and the Mac & Cheese - which is actually made from a sweet potato & cashew 'cheese sauce' then topped with shiitake 'bacon' and almond parm!

    It's by no means going to convert me to vegan life BUT it's most definitely better than I'd originally expected! The one thing I would say though, is to visit the Tower Bridge restaurant. It's far less busy and the service is a lot better than the Covent Garden one!

    By Chloe One 
    6 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD  

    * I was invited to review by CHLOE 
    All opinions are my own and honest