Category: Food & Drink

Simple healthy meals with Cook

It’s no secret that I hate cooking. From thinking up a menu to preparation to washing up afterwards, I’m not a fan of cooking, though I do like the eating bit! A few months ago, we discovered Cook. I’m not really sure why it’s taken so long for us to use them, but boy am I glad we did. Like most people, my partner and I are busy, work a lot and don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. While we’d happily get take away pretty much every night, we know that’s not a great idea for our £’s and lbs! This is why Cook is such a great idea. There are lots of healthy options, both for vegetarians, pescetarians and carnivores. They do sides, lunches and desserts (not that we’ve tried them. Yet!) Here are some of my favourites:

Virtuous Veggie pot Chickpea Curry Red Lentil and Mixed Bean casserole Vegetable Lasagne

Most meals take about 50 minutes in our oven, which gives us plenty of time to shower, get Poppy sorted, get ourselves sorted, whatever we need to do. One of the reasons I like Cook food is that it cooks in the oven. We’ve only recently bought a microwave so it’s a great way of having a healthy ‘ready meal’. They’ve also got some new dishes out, including a Chinese range, which I’m looking forward to trying and I might even treat myself to a cheeky dessert this weekend!

This isn’t a sponsored post – I just love Cook!

Review – Papa John’s #CampaignForBetterPizza

Pizza is one of my favourite foods. It’s so easy and convenient and takes minimum effort, especially if you get a take away one. Where I live in Oxfordshire, we’re spoilt for choice for good pizza, either from a range of local independent pizzerias to national ones that deliver, meaning you can order your pizza in your pjs!

It came as little surprise to me, therefore, that a recent study showed that Oxford consumes more pizza than anywhere else in the UK. Not only that, Oxfordians demand quality from their pizza, spending more than anywhere else, per pizza. So when Papa John’s contacted me and asked if I’d like to have some (c/o) pizza to review and enjoy a relaxing night in, I jumped at the chance. There’s nothing I like more than vegging out on the sofa, with a good DVD and delicious food!

Papa Johns Pizza

I was really impressed with the veggie options available and ordered a Garden pizza for myself, with extra jalapeños and The Greek for my partner, knowing we’d share a slice or two. Both were delicious. We opted for the thin crust base, which was really good, as it wasn’t too thin and really filling. I even had enough left over for lunch the next day! I really liked the tomato sauce too. It was really tasty and there was plenty of it. After a long day at work, it was just what I needed – especially as my partner went to pick it up, meaning I had plenty of time to get comfy on the sofa in preparation for my pizza feast!

Garden Pizza

One thing I didn’t realise about Papa John’s pizza was that they offer a no-quibble ‘Quality Guarantee’ and in the unlikely event that you’re not totally satisfied with your Papa John’s pizza, you can request a replacement completely free of charge! How good is that? This Bank Holiday weekend, to recognise Oxford’s love of pizza, Papa John’s are extending their ‘Quality Guarantee’ for one weekend only (from Saturday 2nd May – Monday 4th May) and pledge that if a customer is not 100% happy with the quality of their pizza from another national pizza delivery chain, Papa John’s will replace it like-for-like, free of charge and no questions asked.

To claim the offer, Oxford residents must visit www.campaignforbetterpizza.co.uk. An online proof of purchase receipt must be submitted with the claim to qualify for a free replacement pizza (T’s & C’s apply. Check the website for details). Don’t live in Oxford but want a pizza bargain? Non-Oxford pizza lovers can get 50% off when you spend £15 or more. Just click the link above. Not a bad way to celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend eh? Let me know which pizza you’d opt for.

*Disclosure: I was sent the pizza for review purposes, along with a DVD and board game. As ever, opinions are my own.

Tuesday Treat – Ann’s Pasties

Everytime we visit Cornwall, there are certain places we go: Gunwalloe Beach, the Lizard Point, Smugglers Chips Shop and Ann’s Pasties. Ann’s is the perfect place to buy a warm and hearty pasty after a morning spent hiking around the Cornish coastal path. It’s unlikely we’ll get down to Cornwall this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to go without Cornwall. Ann’s Pasties.

Anns Pasties

This is because you can get Ann’s Pasties through the post! I ordered a box of 10 uncooked vegan pasties and popped them in the freezer. They take an hour to cook and need 15 minutes to cool so you don’t burn your mouth on them. I sprayed olive oil on the baking tray so they don’t stick and before you know it, you’ve got a little taste of Cornwall in your own home. This has pretty much made month!

(Can you see one of Poppy’s dog hairs on my plate above?! I don’t know how she does it, but they get everywhere all the time!)

Half Term Holiday Blues

So this week is half term. I had loads of lovely things planned, like chilling out, watching Gilmore Girls in front of the fire, getting my knit, walking Poppy in lots of lovely places, taking lots of pictures and lots of blog writing, as well as the obligatory day of school work. However, my body had other ideas. Pretty much as soon as the school bell rang on the Friday before half term, my body gave up the fight to all the school germs. The hour stuck in traffic on my journey home didn’t help, nor did the driving around looking for somewhere to park when I finally got home. Since then, I’ve coughed and sneezed my way through half term, doing as little as I can. I should be well enough ready for school on Monday. Brilliant!

Veggie Breakfast at Burford Garden Centre

I have managed to get a back massage (essential!), and my OH and I did venture out for a bit of breakfast and shopping at Burford Garden Centre (before I lovingly gave him my cold!). They do a mean veggie cooked breakfast and I managed to find some new wellies. No more wet socks for me! While we were out for the day, Poppy spent the day in dog day care and had a whale of a time! It was her first full day and she loved it, although she didn’t love being dried by a hairdryer after getting caught in heavy rain on one of her walks! I bet she sulked all afternoon!

Now all that’s left to do is some school work and get everything ready for school next week. Not exactly the week I had planned – pesky germs!