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Christmas Gift Guide

November 25, 2017

It’s nearly December and I’m so excited for Christmas! It’s time to start buying presents, opening advent calendars and singing along to Christmas songs. I’ve put together a list of gifts which are perfect for food and drink lovers and bloggers.

Hygge Box 

Hygge is a Danish word which is all about enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Hygge Box is a monthly subscription box, full of Hygge goodies and items promoting self care. They also sell one off boxes which can be personalised. I’ve already got my eye on the hot chocolate box.

I recently met the lovely owners Gabby and Sally at a Hygge workshop session, where we made Christmas heart decorations. I love the concept of Hygge and the selection of treats in this box. I received a range of food items, accessories for the home and some candles.

Montezuma’s orange chocolate is now one of my fave chocs, its so delicious that it made us go out and buy more! The fudge drinking chocolate is also pretty special with the Parkin cake on the side. I love getting cosy in the evenings and lighting the candles and making a hot chocolate. I think this box is an ideal Christmas gift and a great way to treat a loved one.

Wax Lyrical Candle & Reed Infuser

Wax Lyrical is a luxury fragrance company based in the Lake District. I’ve been trying out their candle and reed diffuser which was made in collaboration with Silent Night. This set will transform your home into a haven of calm and serenity. Both products are blended with lavender, chamomile and sweet orange.

They smell lovely, I’ve been burning the candle every evening. The lavender is very calming so it helps me drift off to sleep. These products would be ideal for anyone who has difficulty sleeping. Wax Lyrical also have a gift scent range which is perfect for Christmas or Special occasions, you can also add in your own personalised message. Check out the GiftScents range here.

Food & Drink

Truffle Hunter

Truffle Hunter is a brand based in the Cotswold’s, providing a range of the finest truffles from England and Europe. They offer a wide range of gourmet truffle based products such as Truffle oils, salts, minced truffle and truffle mayonaise.

I tried out a few of their products, my favourite is the tagliatelle topped with English truffle oil. The oils are very rich and luxurious so you don’t need to use very much, you only need a drizzle on pasta, risotto or pizzas. I was very intrigued about trying the truffle ketchup. It livens food up a bit and goes well with chips, burgers or added into spaghetti bolognese.  These products would make great gifts for any foodies or anyone who likes to experiment in the kitchen.

Ibiza Ice Wine

I love wine but sometimes fancy something a bit lighter and less rich, this is why I enjoyed trying out Ibiza Ice Wine. Both wines tasted very light and the ABV is only 5.5%. The pomegranate sparkling wine is fruity, bold and sweet but not sickly sweet. The lychee, lime and melon is very fruity, exotic and refreshing. Another thing I like about these wines is that they use natural ingredients with no refined sugar. The bottles are ideal to carry around and even have a stay cool aluminium bottle so don’t need to be chilled. Buy them as a gift or treat yourself to some this November as its National Pomegranate Month. They are available to buy on DrinkSupermarket.com

For Bloggers & Brands

Just Add Blog

Just add blog is a monthly subscription box delivered to your email. Each month you get 5-7 digital items to help improve your blog. Items such as flatlay photos, fonts and e-guides. My favourite item for November was the e-guide to using Facebook groups effectively. Facebook is probably my least engaged channel for my blog so I found the tips very useful, at the end it includes some great blogging groups to join. The boxes are $10 a month or $25 for 3 months. To get 25% off just add code – WFHC172H88N0. Take a look at the previous boxes here.

Printsome

Printsome personalise garments such as t shirts, bags & hoodies. This can make a unique personal gift or would be great to use for a business. Check out their personalised collection services here, also if you get express delivery the items can be with you in 2-4 days.

USB Makers

Portable power banks are a lifesaver when your out and your phones running out of battery. USB makers provide logo branded powerbanks. USB makers sent me a motivational one saying “Make it Happen”. Adding a logo is ideal for brands and bloggers to enhance your identity and awareness. Check out the range of powerbanks here.

*Some items have been gifted to me but all opinions remain my own*

Food UK

Boozy Bloggers Brunch with The Avenue Cookery School

October 27, 2017

#BoozyBloggersBrunch

Recently I attended a brunch cooking class with fellow bloggers and Avenue Cookery School. We cooked eggs benedict, soda bread and had an endless supply of bloody Mary’s.

We had been spoilt with the amazing brands that were involved. Brands such as Pips organic who’s orange juice is delicious and Truffle Hunter truffle oil which tastes great drizzled over pasta or meats. What breakfast is complete without a good cuppa tea from TeaPigs.

Avenue Cookery School Brunch London - Enjoy the Adventure BlogOn arrival I was greeted with a delicious bloody Mary served with celery, this had been made with Big Tom’s spiced tomato mix and Absolut Vodka.

Cooking Brunch

So we started out making a soda bread which was really easy to make and only took a few minutes to complete. We then moved onto making the hollandaise sauce, our sauce did become a bit of a scrambled mess but luckily the chef Richard was there to fix it. To make the sauce you need 2 egg yolks, we used Clarence Court eggs and a spoonful of Belazu Chardonnay Vinegar.

We then poached the eggs, I’m pretty impressed with how ours turned out. Whenever I used to cook them at home, there would always be so much egg white left in the pan. The trick is to crack the egg onto a plate first and get rid of any of the white which is too liquidy. You then boil the water, reduce the heat and swirl the water. Allowing the bubbles to disperse and just as the water stops spinning carefully add the egg.

Avenue Cookery School Brunch London - Enjoy the Adventure BlogMy favourite part of the morning was eating our creations, everyone’s dishes looked fab! We all had the option of using salmon or Denhay bacon, I couldn’t resist the bacon and it was slightly crispy which I love! On the way out we were each handed an amazing goodie bag filled with a selection of treats such as muffins, brownies, oil, bacon and eggs. Thanks so much to the Avenue Cookery School for hosting this brilliant event! The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly, I’d definitely recommend checking out their cookery classes.

Avenue Cookery School Brunch Cake London - Enjoy the Adventure BlogCan you believe the photo above is actually a cake!? It was very tasty too, although was strange to eat as you expect to be biting into an egg then get a sweet sugary taste.

How to get here

Avenue Cookery is located in Wandsworth, the nearest station is Wansworth Town, address below:

3 Enterprise Way
Wandsworth
London
SW18 1FZ

Book your own Sunday Brunch Club here 

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Cranes Cider Review

September 14, 2017

I absolutely love cider I always have it in pubs or at bbqs. I have been trying out Cranes cider, they have 3 flavours to choose from Cranberry & Lime, Blueberry & Apple and Raspberry & Pomegranate.

Cranes Cider

The brand Cranes was developed by identical twin brothers Ben and Dan. At University they enjoyed socialising and drinking but wanted to find a drink that wasn’t full of sugar but still tasted great. They managed to develop a naturally light cranberry based cider with 30% fewer calories compared to brand leaders.

The brand name came about by their Dad doing some research and discovering that cranberries used to be called crane-berries after the small, pink blossoms which resemble the head and bill of the Sandhill Crane.

Cranberry & Lime

This drink is refreshing with the perfect balance of sweet and tart, ideal for a sunny afternoon.

Cranberries & Lime Cranes CiderBlueberry & Apple

This has a lovely crisp flavour and is sweet without being sickly, a perfect drink for a bbq.

Blueberries & Apple Cranes CiderRaspberry & Pomegranate 

This is my favourite one it’s the sweetest of the bunch, but not overpoweringly so. Accompanied with some ice this makes a delicious fruity treat.
Raspberries & Pomegranates Cranes Cider
 All 3 ciders were light and didn’t leave you feeling bloated afterwards. They were also sweet but not sickly sweet like some ciders can be. If you like fruity ciders then you should definitely give Cranes a try.
Check out Cranes ciders here Drinkcranes.co.uk
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Secret Food Tours Berlin

August 8, 2017

The best way to explore the history, culture and food across Berlin is with a food tour! Secret Food Tours have a range of tours across Europe and the USA including Paris, Barcelona, Rome, New York and many more.

This is so much more than a food tour, it’s a chance to learn about the past and present culture of Berlin, our tour guide Margot was brilliant giving us insider tips and showing us some amazing street art along the way.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureI can’t spoil the locations of the tour as you’ll have to go experience this for yourself but here are some foodie photos to make your mouth water.

The Food

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureOur first stop was a doner kebab, normally I’m not a fan of these but I loved this one. The chicken was really succulent and went well with the creamy sauce and salad. At most of the stops you have the option to get a drink such as a beer, wine or soft drink.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureOur next stop we had spaetzle, this is very similar to mac and cheese, it tasted amazing so rich and creamy and topped with crunchy onions.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureWe stopped for some tasty candied nuts

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureNext up is the infamous currywurst, we went to a butchers which had loads of German builders sat outside, you can always tell it’s good quality when locals eat there.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureThe schnitzel is delicious!

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureLast but not least is the German cheesecake which was delicious!

If you have any allergies or preferences these can be catered for, also if your too full like I was near the end you can always ask for smaller portions. The price for the tour is reasonable for the amount of food and drink you get. I highly recommend this tour and if your a foodie fan looking for the best spots in Berlin then this 3 hour tour is perfect for you.

To check out the tours click here

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*Thanks to Secret Food Tours for inviting me to this tour, all opinions remain my own*

Food UK

Italian cooking class with Obby

July 11, 2017

Obby

Obby is a website listing a whole selection of different classes, courses and workshops in London.  All of the classes look really fun, they are a great way to try something new and meet like minded people! Ranging from cocktail making, photography, floristry and cheese tasting to jewellery making, calligraphy and lollipop making, there are so many options to choose from. There is something for all ages and interests, they would all make great gifts for the whole family to enjoy. Recently, I was invited to try out the Italian cooking class which I was very excited about!

Emma’s Kitchen Simple Italian Cooking Class

The class is based in Emma’s home, immediately upon entering you feel so welcome. Emma’s so friendly and engages with everyone in the class making us all feel included. We started the night off with some nibbles and prosecco or wine, which were always topped up thanks to Emma’s husband and friend who were there to help out during the class.

Emma goes through how to cook each dish and get’s people to help out with chopping and mixing etc. You can get involved or watch how its done, it’s up to you how much you want to join in. We made an amazing selection of dishes including gnocchi with pesto, Neopolitan meatball, Italian lamb with potato garlic and rosemary, spaghetti vongole, chicken paillard with rocket and lemon and also a risotto carbonara. All the dishes tasted amazing my favourites were the gnocchi with pesto and the Neopolitan meatballs. I’m going to attempt to make my own pesto at home and I’ll also be trying out the risotto carbonara as it looked pretty easy to make. I’d definitely recommend this class. I learnt so much and it’s inspired me to make a lot more Italian dishes at home.

Discount Code

Enter discount code : ENJOYTHEADVENTURES10 to receive £10 off your next class

Check out the classes at – www.obby.co.uk

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The Polish Bakery Review

July 9, 2017

Recently I got to try out some products from the Polish Bakery. Having never been to Poland, I was intrigued to sample some Polish breads and cheesecake. Here is some more info about the bakery:

The Polish Bakery

The Polish Bakery is an award winning family business, founded 14 years ago in London. Making them the oldest Polish bakery in Britain. They use traditional recipes with an authentic Polish taste, placing great importance on the quality of their products.

This Year The Polish Bakery won three Business Awards including the title of West London Company of the Year, Park Royal Business Awards and Park Royal Food company of the Year. They began in independent stores throughout London and grew rapidly to the point where they are now supplying nationwide to Asda, Waitrose, Tesco Sainsbury and Morrisons.

The Polish Bakery

Chia seed bread

This bread was my favourite, it tastes great toasted! It’s also good for a sandwich or with some soft cheese. Chia seeds are considered a ‘superfood’ so it’s full of nutrients.

  • Rich in omega 3 acids
  • High in fibre
  • Loaded with antioxidants

The Polish Bakery Bread

Rye bread with prunes

I’m not a massive fan of rye bread I think its too hard and chewy. However I did like the addition of prunes in this bread, it added an extra bit of taste making it more enjoyable.

  • Yeast free
  • Natural sourdough
  • Good source of energy

The Polish Bakery Bread

Vienna Cheesecake

This was delicious! It’s very creamy and comes with a layer of dark chocolate on top, but it wasn’t too sweet which made it more enjoyable for me. It didn’t have the traditional biscuit base it was more sponge like, which shows the Polish authenticity the bakery brings to its products. We received a huge portion of this, so it’s great to share around with friends.

The Polish Bakery Cheesecake

I loved trying out these products it’s so nice to try freshly baked goods. I will have to try out some more Polish foods and visit the country to learn more about their culture. The Polish Bakery also have a large range of cakes such as poppy seed cake, apple pie and Polish doughnuts all of which sound delicious!

The Polish Bakery - Enjoy the Adventure

Check out the Polish Bakery products here

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