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Blogmas 2014 Day 9 – Favourite Christmas Drinks!

Favourite Christmas Drinks.

A & C: We LOVE Christmas drinks, pretty much all of them. But we thought we would share our favourites with you, and how to make them amazing – both non-alcoholic and alcoholic.

Snowball

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The best of all of the Christmas drinks! This is super easy to make, first of all though you need a tall glass and LOADS of ice. Add ice to your glass, at least half way up the glass, then add a shot glass measure of Advocat (Aldi’s is just as good as the branded!), then add a drop of lime cordial and fill up with lemonade. Cocktail cherries are a must for this drink, and you need at least three (we love cocktail cherries…). Give it a good stir and enjoy!

p.s you can add a measure of Brandy to this too, if you’re feeling brave.

Hot Chocolate (with everything!)

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Our favourite hot chocolates to use for this are Galaxy’s Bubbly Chocolate, or one from Whittards if we are feeling particularly extravagent. Make it in the usual way, then add whipped cream, marshmallows and a dusting of cocoa powder. Perfect for a wintery evening sat by the fire.

Mulled Wine

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A lovely Christmassy treat, and easy to make. You need the following…

Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bay leaf and the spices. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Off the heat, stir in the sloe or damson gin if you are using it (makes it extra yummy if you do, but obviously alcoholic). Strain into heatproof glasses and serve at once.

Amaretto Sours (Chloe’s specialty!)

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The perfect drink for all occasions, so we couldn’t possibly miss it out! All you need is a shot of amaretto poured over lots of ice and then a dash of sour lemon. Trust us, as soon as you try it you will be texting everyone with all the heart shaped emojis you can find.

Babycham (or Babyham as Annie’s Mum calls it)

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The easiest of all the drinks, serve chilled with ice. Umbrellas and cocktail cherries are optional, but way more fun!

What’re your favourite Christmas drinks? #twolittleowlsblog

p.s remember to drink responsibly, we always do!

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Blogmas 2014 – Day 2!

A & C: Happy 2nd of December! We are so excited to be doing Blogmas this year, and it’s Day 2 already! (Click here to see the full schedule we have lined up for December).

Today, we will be sharing our favourite Christmas recipes with you.

A: Perfect Mince Pies ft. Jamie Oliver

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I was watching Jamie Oliver’s Christmas series last year, which is one of my most favourite things to do whilst wrapping presents and drinking snowballs, and when he made these I knew I would have to give them a go. They are SO SO easy, and look really effective too! (Soz about the quality of the photo though, it’s from my instagram and it’s the only one I had!). You basically make (totally buy) your pasty, both filo and puff – line cupcake trays with the filo and then fill the rolled puff pastry with mincemeat (home-made or shop bought, who’s got time to make mincemeat when there’s Christmas films to watch), roll it into a sausage shape, cut into inch wide pieces and pop them into the filo cases, then bake for 25 minutes. Once they are cool, dust them with icing sugar and glitter to make them look super festive. I served them at my Christmas Eve party and my family really loved them, plus you get to eat the filling and the case – amazing and zero washing up! I don’t actually like mincemeat so I made some with homemade cherry jam, a perfect substitute, which went down equally as well as the mincemeat ones. Plus you can freeze them!

Click here to head to the Jamie Oliver website for the full recipe, if you want to make them properly and not cheat like me!

C: Millionaire Shortbread

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Okay I’m gonna be honest, I will make Millionaire Shortbread for any excuse. It’s so so yummy, full of calories and is totally bad for you but if you can’t eat it at Christmas, when can you? I have actually written about it before on the blog, so just click here to see the full recipe – and trust me, you should go and check it out (Annie’s banned me from making it too much because it just tastes SO good).

What’re your favourite Christmas treats and recipes? We would love to know, and would love to have a go at making them ourselves! #twolittleowlsblog

Foodie Friday: Hello Fresh’s Undercover Ratatouille with Lemon Roasted Sea Bream

C: Hi guys! Happy Foodie Friday! Today I am going to share with you another Hello Fresh recipe which I really enjoyed making (and eating). If you have not heard of Hello Fresh then make sure you check out our previous posts here and here, where we explain what they do and introduce you all to some of the other recipes we received!

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So here is a picture of the recipe card/what the Sea Bream is meant to look like when finished and underneath is my attempt!

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I don’t think I did too badly really! All the ingredients were super fresh and lovely, and the cards make it simple to re-create a professional looking meal. I had to add in roasted new potatoes, as the boyfriend doesn’t seem to think a meal without carbs is an acceptable one. To be honest, I did think they were needed/maybe we both eat too much!

Overall the food was lovely and easy to do – it only took 30 minutes to create a healthy and different meal to what we would normally eat. Perfect for week days when you don’t have a lot of time to cook after finishing work.

Click here to head to the Hello Fresh website.

What do you guys think of Hello Fresh? Have you tried them before? #twolittleowls

Foodie Friday: Hello Fresh’s Mexican “Dirty Rice” with Chicken and Chorizo

C: We posted last week about our Hello Fresh boxes that we recently received (you can see the post here) and I have been testing out some of the amazing recipes they sent me!

Here’s the first recipe:

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And here is my attempt!

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As you can see I did a pretty good job! The recipe card was super easy to follow, meaning I got a professional looking meal that was easy and quick to make. It was super tasty, I’m not normally a big fan of rice so I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this.

The herbs and spices provided made this so yummy that the boyfriend ate 3 bowls full – a clear sign that tea was a success! I really enjoyed making (and eating) this, so the recipe card has been kept so I can do it again!

I loved my first Hello Fresh experience as it means you can try something you wouldn’t normally make, and although a little pricey you get to keep the recipes to do again! Perfect! Click here to head to the Hello Fresh website – they update their recipes weekly so there’s always something new to try!

What do you guys think of this? #twolittleowlsblog 

Foodie Friday: Hello Fresh!

A & C: Welcome to another Foodie Friday! This week we’ve decided to share a new discovery with you; an amazing company called Hello Fresh. We both received vouchers for Hello Fresh in our You Beauty Discovery boxes last month and they were for a whopping £25 – which is super generous! We hadn’t actually heard of the company before, and just in case you haven’t either here’s a bit of a back story.

Hello Fresh was set up by Patrick, who had a dream of changing the way the nation eats. He spends time prepping new recipes each week, sources the best ingredients and puts them together for his customers – who can hop onto the website, order a box of their choice and have it delivered straight to their door. No stressful shopping queues, no time wasted and easy recipes to follow with literally everything you need. There are three boxes to choose from; the Classic box, the Veggie box and the Family box. In each box, you get a choice of how many meals you need; 3 meals per week for 2 persons, 3 meals per week for 4 persons or 5 meals per week for 2 persons. The starting price for these boxes is £42, which works out to be £7 per person per meal. A bargain for such yummy food delivered direct to your door.

Because our vouchers were for £25, this meant that we got all of this for just £17 – ah-mazing! We’ve decided to break this down into a few posts, because there’s just too much info and photos for one, so in today’s post we will show you what we received in our boxes with a run down of each recipe, and over the next few weeks we will show you the delicious food we made and let you know how successful the recipes were. We both cook every day, and love cooking – but it can become a chore so these boxes are such a treat for us – they really take the stress out of meal-times, planning your food, shopping for food, working out how to cook it, checking you have the ingredients etc. So here’s what we received!

A: 

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The boxes are absolutely jam packed with goodies. I couldn’t quite believe the amount of food that amount been delivered to be honest, and it even came with it’s own cooler bag which is super re-usable (my boyfriend has been taking his pack-up to work in it!). The cooler bag had the meat; chicken, beef and salmon in it, as well as other ingredients that needed to be kept cool. I even got little sachets of tomato ketchup and mustard, as well as a sachet of peppermint tea leaves – so cute!

C: I ordered my box a week after Annie, so I received different recipes to try.

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First up… look how full of food the boxes are! I love anything in miniature (I have a problem) so I loved the little mini pots of herbs etc – the boyfriend isn’t so happy as I have kept them for when I will obviously need them again. Hope you enjoy having a look through the recipe cards I received:

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We are so excited to get started with these and can’t wait to show you our finished recipes! Keep following Foodie Friday’s to see how they turn out!

If you want to find out more about Hello Fresh, click here to head to their website.

Have you had a Hello Fresh box before? What’re your favourite recipes? #twolittleowls

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An Introduction to Foodie Friday – Gourmet Burger Kitchen!

A & C: As most of you probably know, we are great lovers of food. Any kind of food makes us happy – cheese, cakes, donuts, sunday roasts, beetroot, garlic naans, pecan plaits, pickled onions, steak and onion rings, chinese, pizza, pasta – we love all the foods, and to reason the excessive calorie intake, we have decided to start a weekly installment; Foodie Friday! Every Friday, we will share some of our favourite meals, recipes and food with you – whether that’s meals we have had out in amazing restaurants or something we have cooked ourselves at home. So here is our first Foodie Friday – and the only way to introduce our new project is with a burger!

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When we visited London a few weeks ago we stumbled across a Gourmet Burger Kitchen, or GBK. We hadn’t ever been to one of these before – we live in the middle of nowhere and the closest one to us is nearly a two hour drive away, but we had heard amazing things and we do love a good burger, so we had nothing to lose. We visited the GBK on Westbourne Grove in London – it was just round the corner from our hotel (perfect for us because we were in a food coma by the time we headed back to the hotel). The restaurant had a really cool retro feel, with swish lighting features and an open kitchen so you could watch the chefs hard at work. The menu choice is also huge, it took us both ages to decide what to have – The Cambeburger, The Taxi Driver, The Kiwi or The Don – and if this wasn’t enough choice, you can even ‘make your own’ from a choice of toppings, bun and burger. Plus they ask you how want your burger cooking, which is such a good option to have – we both decided on medium!

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A: I decided to go for the Blue Cheese – a 4oz or 6oz prime beef burger topped with house mayo, relish, salad and a slice of gorgonzola or blue cheese sauce in a toasted sesame seed bun. I went for a 4oz burger (cos I’m a whimp) with a gorgonzola slice and it was £6.45. Looking at the picture, I could eat it all over again. The burger itself was really juicy and having it cooked medium was perfect – it was just pink in the middle and really tasty. The gorgonzola cheese made a really good topping too!

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C: I went for the 6 oz (because I’m better at eating than Annie) Cheese & Bacon Burger which included smoked cheddar, BBQ sauce, crispy bacon, house mayo, dill pickle and salad. For £9.20 I think this is one of the best burgers I have ever eaten, and I like to think of myself as quite the burger connoisseur! It was cooked to perfection and was just what I needed after a busy day walking around London.

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We both decided to share sides, and chose the sweet potato fries with baconnaise and homemade onion rings with garlic mayo. We LOVE sweet potato chips – they are one of our fave ever things, and to be totally honest you need to visit a GBK even if it’s just for the sweet potato fries. They are super crispy and yummy – the onion rings are just as good too! We also loved the way everything was presented – the enamel mugs and containers go really well with the retro feel.

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We were going to be super sophisticated and have cocktails too but we were far too full/had been laughing to much at this sign that someone has obviously changed. Kudos to whoever did it (we are very easily amused), the staff were also very concerned that we would be insulted – they obvs don’t know us very well – and asked us if we would rather move. Very kind and considerate of them. GBK also have a downloadable app, which makes it really easy to find your nearest one (always a winner), and it’s full of challenges and games. We got a free dip for just making our first visit to a GBK! We’ve included a link to their website here, but we will warn you – the photos of their burgers will make you really hungry, if you’re not already after reading this! We will definitely be visiting a GBK again soon, and we can’t wait.

Have you ever been to a GBK? Any other burger recommendations for us? #twolittleowls

The I <3 Food Tag

A & C: We spotted this on Raindrops & Teacups blog and although she didn’t tag us to do it, we really wanted to have a go because… well we basically love food. You should also go and check out her blog because it really is lovely 🙂

What’s your favourite food?

A: Cheese. 100%. I love all the cheeses.

C: Cheese, bread and pecan plaits (I have gone through a weird obsession where I have to have one every day… starting to get over it now but it was a tough couple of weeks).

Any weird foods you like?

A: I could sit and eat a whole jar of pickled beetroot pretty easily. Not a weird food but the amount of it that I eat is weird, but it’s healthy so it’s allowed.

C: Pickled onions, everyone thinks they are gross but I love them.

Favourite vegetable?

A: Sweet potato. Love that stuff.

C: Sweet potato and sweetcorn. Basically all the sweet stuff apparently.

Favourite fast food?

A: This is totally gross but when I’m hungover I love a dirty burger from Burger King.

C: (totally lolled at the use of “dirty burger”). I also love a good Burger King or a McDonalds chicken burger. Basically… all the (dirty) burgers.

Favourite Sauce?

A: Depends on the food that I’m dipping but I love ketchup/salad cream/mango chutney (or chuckney as my bf thinks it’s called).

C:All the sauces! My boyfriend calls me “saucy mc-saucerson” not because I’m super-sexy-saucey but because I have to put sauce on EVERYTHING I eat. Same as Annie though, I love ketchup, salad cream, mayo, BBQ and mango chutters!

Chinese or Indian?

A: Indian.

C:Indian every time. I am partial to a Chinese every now and again though.

Food pet hates?

A: Peanut butter in general. Especially when people eat it with their mouth open. WHAT.

C:People eating loudly = VOM. I have to walk away. I also hate celery, aubergine (aka dead peoples skin) and eating meat off the bone.

Pizza Hut or Domino’s?

A: Domino’s.

C:Domino’s every time! I love their garlic and herb dip!

Name three foods you could never live without

A: Cheese (see above), beetroot (see above…) and cereal.

C:Bread, cheese and Marmite.

A food you hate?

A: Cucumber. And Bananas. They’re the worst.

C: I answered this earlier, dayum. I do eat bananas though… because I know they are good for me so I force them down. I only eat half though (before vommage) and then get made fun of at work!

Favourite restaurant chain?

A: Nandos! Although Chloe and I went to a GBK for the first time a few weeks ago and it was like we had died and gone to heaven.

C: Gourmet Burger Kitchen is now my favourite too (we shall be posting photos soon of all the amazing things we had to eat there!)

Three most important things at a restaurant

A: Food, value for money, cleanliness and service.

C: Cleanliness, nice people/atmosphere and the food has got to taste good!

We had loads of fun doing this, and we tag anyone who has read this! #twolittleowls

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