My go-to meal at the moment is vegetable stir fry with rice noodles; it’s quick, easy, healthy and delicious.
Step 1 – choose your ingredients. In the picture you can see I went for carrots, broccoli, cabbage, spring onions and pepper to go along with my rice noodles.
Step 2 – Prep your veg. Have as much as you like just make sure it is all chopped to your liking.
Step 3 – Heat your frying pan on a medium heat and add some sunflower or corn oil.
Step 4 – Add your veg in stages. I added broccoli first as it takes the longest to cook through and the cabbage last as it cooks very quickly. Once everything is added keep stirring it all through, add your seasonings (I added salt and pepper to mine).
Make sure to add oil accordingly throughout to make sure you create the steam necessary for stir fry and also to ensure you don’t burn your veg. If you are conscious about the oil making this a less healthy dish you can add water throughout instead. I did a bit of both (oil for taste and water for steam).
Step 5 – Once the veg is cooked through to your liking put the stir fry on a low heat, or even take it off the heat while you attend to the noodles.
For the rice noodles I had, I had to cover them in boiling water (from a kettle) for 3 minutes and drain them before adding them to my veg. However, you can buy fresh rice noodles which you can put straight into the frying pan to heat up.
Step 6 – Once the noodles are done, add them to the veg and mix through. Take the pan off the heat (if you haven’t already) and serve.
I prefer drier stir fry but you can add a sauce to if you like and switch out the veg and noodles. I often have stir fry with rice or cous cous.
Today is a bit of an odd recommendation, I’ll give you that, but I wanted to recommend my favourite breakfast since I’ve been eating it a lot recently.
Simply the breakfast contains two mini croissants, an apple and a nice (somewhat healthy drink) and sometimes a cute mini yogurt too.
To start with I put the mini croissants on top of a toaster (since they won’t fit in the toaster) to heat up. Be careful while doing this since the croissants can easily burn (and subsequently set a smoke alarm off).
While they’re heating up, turning them regularly, I chop the apple up and put it in a cup that acts as a small bowl, and grab a yogurt. I usually have a strawberry yogurt since that’s the flavour I prefer.
Once I’ve done this I will pour a drink. In this photo I had water with ice cubes and sliced lemon but usually I have apple juice or apple and elderflower cordial.
To serve I place the croissants to the side of the cup of apple with the yogurt, in its pot, also to the side, on a plate. I accompany the plate with a fork (for the apple) and a spoon (for the yogurt) to make eating obviously a lot easier.
Mmm, it’s so tasty!
Everyone loves cookie dough right? Like the type out of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream… It’s my favourite type of ice cream but sometimes I think I just want the cookie dough pieces on their own… Well, I found exactly what I was looking for.
At my local B&M store I found Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites which are literally the cookie dough pieces in the centre of a layer of chocolate. They are delicious as you can imagine if you too enjoy the ice cream I mentioned above.
Not very healthy of course, but a nice little treat for those of us with a sweet tooth.
Is this a food recommendation? Or is this a YouTuber recommendation? I think it’ll be both because I want to recommend a wonderful microwave cake recipe, but it’s not mine. I learnt it from Doug Armstrong, a vlogger on YouTube.
Making cakes by using a microwave is not a new invention, but it’s becoming seemingly more popular. Or at least in my opinion it is. Microwave cakes are easier on ingredients, on time and on the portion sizes. You can make a single cake and not have the others lying around to tempt you when you’re feeling peckish.
The recipe is…
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
- 2 tablespoons of water
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons of plain flour
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, although Caster Sugar can be used instead.
And mix and microwave for approximately 1 minute. This timing may be different for different models and wattages. For 800w, which is what my microwave is, I usually have to microwave the mixture for 1 minute or 1 minute and 10 seconds.
To see this recipe in action, you should visit Doug’s channel and watch the video I’ll add below. You should also subscribe to his channel if you want more delectable treats especially cheesecakes, as these are his favourite. But he doesn’t just bake and make food on his channel, he also does challenges, vlogs, collabs and most popular are his life hacks videos.
Here is his channel ‘about’ blurb: ‘Hey I’m Doug Armstrong, a British vlogger living in London. I like to make fun-filled, creative videos with varying themes inspired by my love for entertainment, food/cooking and music. From Life Hacks and Bacon Pancakes to One Direction parodies and funny challenges, you’ll find a wide array of content centred around my life and I have grand plans this year for bigger & better videos than ever before! Oh and I love cheesecake a lot 😀 Join our community and become a Dougling by clicking the red ‘Subscribe’ button above 🙂 http://Youtube.com/Doug’.
I recommend biscuits a lot due to the fact they tend to be the only new foods I try… so, today I’m recommending Chips Ahoy! Crispy Choco Caramel cookies. Chips Ahoy is an American brand, or so I gather, as the cookies are more widely distributed there than anywhere else. Recently, the brand has made its way to the UK with this new variety of cookie and another of a different flavour. As soon as I saw them advertised I wanted to try them and fortunately I found them in a local ASDA supermarket.
Before even opening the cookies, the packaging is so handy as it has a resealable tab at the top. The cookies were delicious (they’re all gone now). They are quite rich in chocolaty flavour and have nice chunky chips inside. These include: chocolate chips, milk chocolate coated caramel croquant and wheat and corn flakes, at least that’s what the packaging states.
They are so good and not as unhealthy as my last biscuit recommendation was!
Two weeks ago I compared Warheads to Toxic Waste while recommending both. I am again doing a similar thing but comparing Millions and their assumed successor Nanobytes.
Both sweets are exactly the same and at the moment are both equally rare to find, at least for me. I could only find Millions in Poundland when I was looking recently and they weren’t even in my local Co-op store and Nanobytes, well honestly, I’ve never seen in a shop as I have only received them as free gifts in two different issues of Shout Magazine.
They’re both ‘tiny tasty chewy sweets’ made with ‘real fruit juice’ with ‘no artificial colours’ and are both suitable for vegetarians like myself.
They’re just delicious chewy sweets and I recommend both.
P.S. I realise this was a kind of random and short post, I just wanted to explain that there is another pair of sweets that are basically the same and how much I like both.
Today’s food recommendation is Mini Beanies. These are adorable little biscuits that look a little like pizzas or even mini chocolate pizzas. I found these while shopping in the popular supermarket Asda. They’re super delicious and are made up of about four layers, from the bottom up: Layer 1 is the biscuit base, layer 2 is the milk flavoured creamy filling, layer 3 is milk chocolate and the final layer is the crunchy ‘choccie’ beans. The only downside to these biscuits is that they are very very unhealthy (I’ll let you see the ratings when you buy them) but for a lovely indulgent snack, which we all need from time to time, I totally recommend them.
So today… I’m recommending/reviewing the American sour candy Warheads.
From watching people on YouTube I became familiar with hearing about the sour sweet Warheads. I always wondered what they were like and how sour they were. I managed to find them in a small sweet shop in Gainsborough’s Marshalls Yard. They cost £1.99 which isn’t bad, especially considering that they are American and are pretty rare in our country. Anyway… I could save your money by telling you that they are exactly like our English sour sweet, Toxic Waste. I’m not complaining, I like that Warheads are basically the same, I like them, but in future I’ll buy Toxic Waste for £1 instead. They have the exact same flavours, the same look and shape, the same packaging. The only difference I could find is that Warheads are in a larger ordinary packet and Toxic Waste are in a plastic container resembling that of cartoon Toxic Waste barrel.
So for Americans, I do recommend Warheads if you want a good, strong, sour sweet and for those of you who are English, I recommend Toxic Waste if you also want a good, strong, sour sweet.
P.S. Sour sweets are my favourites.
Today, I’m going to do something a tiny bit different… Last week I recommended Cadbury’s Marvellous Mix Ups With Oreo and in that I said that I hadn’t tried the With Maynards version. So this week, with both packets still on special offer I’ve decided to try the Maynards version and write up my reaction here.
Without opening the packet, my initial reaction to the involvement of sweets is a negative one as I don’t like the combination of sweets and chocolate. This was proved when I tried Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations with the Jelly pieces inside, I thought that was awful. Fortunately, the sweets in this case are not masked within the chocolate and I don’t have to eat them with the chocolate.
- Cadbury’s caramel nibbles
- Maynard’s Jellies (Several Varieties)
- Cadbury’s Fudge Dream
I’ve now opened the packet… It smells nice and the sweets/chocolates within are a lot bigger than I expected. I’ve started with trying the sweets, they’re quite nice. Onto the caramel nibbles, delicious! I’ve always love these. Time for the Fudge… normally, I’m not great with Fudge; I like some but not most. That’s delicious too!
I’m genuinely surprised at how good these are! Even the combination of the sweets and the chocolate is good, something I was definitely not expecting. I honestly recommend these… What I thought would only be a reaction blog turned out to be another recommendation… awesome.
Today’s food recommendation is the Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Mix-Ups, more specifically the ‘with Oreo’ version as I haven’t yet tried the ‘with Maynards’ version.
I first tried these when they first came out as they were on offer. I do tend to get bags like this only when they are on offer because the full price always seems a bit steep for the amount (111g) of chocolate you get. Anyway, I absolutely love them.
I think their concept is really interesting and new. If I got a pound for every time someone wished that there was a pack of different chocolates mixed into one so that they didn’t have to pay for four separate bags, for example, I would be the richest person on Earth ten times over. Not only is it a mixture of four different products in one packet it is also a packet of brilliant chocolates.
So what’s inside?
- Cadbury Dairy Milk Giant Buttons
- Cadbury Pebbles
- Cadbury White Buttons
- Mini Oreos.
If you like chocolate, who doesn’t, and you like these products and won’t die because you’re allergic or something, I urge you to try this product if you haven’t yet.