Arla Skyr Yoghurt Breakfast

So I recently attended the Arla Skyr Yoghurt launch at the Ham Yard Hotel in London. Arla Skyr is a yoghurt from Iceland and is made using traditional Icelandic methods. I’ve never been to the Ham Yard Hotel and the interior in the hotel is really cool.

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We then began the breakfast and mingled at the table before having a talk from Nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed who explained to us the benefits of the yoghurt and ways we could incorporate it into every day dishes.

Launch of Skyr yoghurt at Ham Yard Hotel

Source: Cow PR

Launch of Skyr yoghurt at Ham Yard Hotel

Source: Cow PR

She recommended the popular choice of Yoghurt and Muesli/Granola. She also mentioned substituting it for certain ingredients in dishes like Lasagna and Curries to Risotto and Soups.

Launch of Skyr yoghurt at Ham Yard Hotel

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The yoghurts come in 3 different flavours Simply Natural, Strawberry and Honey. They come in either big pots or the snack size like Charlotte is holding in the picture above. The snack sizes come in 5 different flavours Simply Natural, Apple and Lingonberry, Nordic Sour Cherry, Strawberry and Nordic Mixed Berry. The snack sizes contain just 114 kcal with 14.1g of protein, which is sure to give you the fuel you need for the day. The big pots are priced at RRP £1.69 and the snack sizes are RRP £0.85 and are available at all major retailers.

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The Simply Natural Yoghurt is made with just one ingredient Skimmed cows milk making the yoghurt fat-free. It’s also high in protein and reduced in sugar. We then tried the yoghurts and had some breakfast. We all had the same idea of taking pictures before we ate the food.The Simply Natural is quite sweet without any fruit added compared to past yoghurts I’ve tried. I liked the Nordic Sour Cherry the best.

Launch of Skyr yoghurt at Ham Yard Hotel

Source: Cow PR

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We then got ready to go on our ‘Feed your Adventure’ tour of London where I learnt some interesting facts about London. The weather was great and we set off for our tour. Here are some highlights from the tour.

Launch of Skyr yoghurt at Ham Yard Hotel

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We went to Phoenix Gardens which is a community Garden. None of the plants get watered or maintained and have to survive by themselves.

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We were then shown the smallest road in London,Greek Court.

Launch of Skyr yoghurt at Ham Yard Hotel

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We then went to Soho Square Gardens where we saw trees that dated by to the mid 17th Century.

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We then headed back to the hotel and said our goodbyes. It was a great event and I got to meet fellow bloggers. I would definitely recommend the product as you feel full for longer and get a great source of protein from a small pot of yoghurt.

Launch of Skyr yoghurt at Ham Yard Hotel

Source: Cow PR

Launch of Skyr yoghurt at Ham Yard Hotel

Source: Cow PR

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Thanks Again MOO PR and Arla Skyr.

Adeola x

Tom’s Kitchen Earth Hour Dinner

A couple days ago I attended an WWF Earth Hour Dinner at Tom’s Kitchen in Somerset House. Tom Aikens created a menu specifically for the night. Tom based his menu for the night based on the Six simple Live Well Rules set by WWF.

1) Eat more plants – enjoy vegetables and whole grains!

2) Eat a variety of foods – have a colourful plate!

3) Waste less food – one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted.

4) Moderate your meat consumption, both red and white – enjoy other sources of proteins such as peas, beans and nuts.

5) Buy food that meet a credible certified standard – consider MSC, free-range and fair trade.

6) Eat fewer foods high in fat, salt and sugar – keep foods such as cakes, sweets and chocolate as well as cured meat, fries and crisps to an occasional treat. Choose water, avoid sugary drinks and remember that juices only count as one of your 5-a-day however much you drink.

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As starters we were treated to Honey Mustard Glazed Sausages with Rosemary. They were delicious and had to control how many I took as I hadn’t even got to the main course yet.

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 The other starter was a Toasted Brioche, Aubergine Caviar with Red Onion Jam. This also was delicious and made Aubergine taste great as I’m not a huge fan of Aubergine.

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We then had a demonstration on one of the main courses by Head Chef Richard as Tom Aikens, the founder of Tom’s Kitchen was unable to attend. Richard cooked the Pearl Barley Risotto, with Basil & Grated Cauliflower. Really simple to make and Richard recommended using Barley instead of risotto rice as it’s cheaper and provides more nutritional benefits.

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We then enjoyed a candlelit dinner with battery-powered tea lights to prepare us for the Earth Hour and inspire us to do so during the Earth Hour.

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 The other main course which I had was the Mackerel Fillets with Apple & Potato Salad. This was a nice, filling salad which was healthy and delicious.

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Lastly, for dessert we had Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding with Bread and Butter Pudding Ice Cream. Instead of using regular bread, they used Brioche and Croissants. It was sweet and creamy and the perfect finish to the evening.

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Don’t forget to do your part whether it be holding a candlelit dinner with friends or simply just turning your lights off this Saturday the 28th of March at 8.30pm  . And be sure to look out for famous landmarks such as the London Eye, and Big Ben who will be switching off their lights for WWF Earth Hour.

Adeola x

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The Apartment X Starbucks Verismo

So just before Christmas I attended an event run by The Apartment, a company who organise different events for over may industries including Fashion Week. The business was created by blogger AbimarvelEvery London Fashion Week they hold a Fashion Week event and invite around 60 bloggers from around the world. 

STARBUCKS VERISMO 6 STARBUCKS VERISMO 2 STARBUCKS VERISMO 1The event was in association with Starbucks Verismo, and 9 bloggers including myself were invited to bake 2 recipes including the Starbucks Verismo Coffee in it. John Whaite the Great British Bake Off winner Season 2 guided us through the recipes and helped us bake the food. We started with  Mocha Choca Madeleines (Click for Recipe). STARBUCKS VERISMO 38 STARBUCKS VERISMO 39 STARBUCKS VERISMO 91 STARBUCKS VERISMO 83The Starbucks Versimo Coffee machine is available to buy from websites such as Selfridges and the Starbucks website itself. STARBUCKS VERISMO 4 STARBUCKS VERISMO 8 STARBUCKS VERISMO 79We all made sure we were updating our Instagram and Twitter accounts and once we all took loads of pictures of the Madeleines, we then moved onto the Caramel Shard Cookies (Click for recipe) which were quick, easy and delicious.  The only difficult part of the recipe is making the Caramel, and John kindly made the caramel for everyone. STARBUCKS VERISMO 60 STARBUCKS VERISMO 88 STARBUCKS VERISMO 11 STARBUCKS VERISMO 96

At the end of the day we all had a great time. Thanks again Abi!

Photos by Abimarvel

Adeola x

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Caramel Shard Cookies

Here is a recipe for Caramel Shard Cookies.

STARBUCKS VERISMO 60The Starbucks Versimo Coffee machine is available to buy from websites such as Selfridges and the Starbucks website itself.

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Ingredients-

For the caramel:

• 100g caster sugar
• 3 tbsp water

For the cookie dough:

• 200g light brown muscovado sugar
• 150g salted butter, at room temperature
• 200g plain flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• Seeds from 1 vanilla pod, or 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract

Essential equipment
1 large or 2 small baking sheets

Method-
1. Place the sugar and water in a pan and stir to mix them, then place the pan
over a high heat and allow to boil without stirring it again. After about 5
minutes the sugar will have turned amber in colour and the bubbles will have
reduced in size. Pour on to a baking sheet and leave to solidify for at least 10
minutes.

2. To make the cookie dough, beat the sugar and butter together until paler in
colour and lighter in texture. You could do this with an electric whisk or in a
freestanding electric mixer. Add the remaining ingredients and mix by hand
into a stiff dough. Leave in the bowl and place to one side.

3. Break the dried caramel into small shards and add to the cookie dough. Stir
or knead the shards into the dough until they are well incorporated. Chill the
dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas 3.

5. Divide the dough into 20 and roll into little balls. Place these, spread well
apart, on baking sheets. Bake for 15–20 minutes, or until the cookies are
baked and have turned golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and
allow to cool before gobbling up.

Perfect coffee partner: Starbucks Verismo Guatemala Antigua Espresso Americano- the medium roast’s gentle tones harmonises perfectly with the crispy, sweet biscuits.

Photos by Abimarvel

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Mocha Choca Madeleines

Here is a Recipe for Choca Mocha Madeleines.
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Mocha Choca Madeleines

Makes 16

Ingredients

100g salted butter

2 eggs

100g caster sugar

1tsp instant freeze-dried coffee

85g plain flour

15g cocoa powder

For the sauce:

2 tbsp golden syrup

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp water

Essential equipment

6-hole madeleine tin (or a 12-hole shallow bun tin), greased and floured

Disposable Piping Bag fitted with 10cm plain nozzle

Method

Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Do not let it boil. Set aside.

Put the eggs, sugar and coffee in a mixing bowl and beat with a hand-held electric whisk until light and fluffy and tripled in volume. If you have a freestanding electric mixer, you can do this using the whisk attachment. This will take 12–15 minutes.

Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the egg mixture, and pour in the butter. Gently, and I mean gently, fold these additions into the egg until smooth and silky.

Scoop the mixture into the piping bag and fill the madeleine molds about 2/3 full. Bake for 8–10 minutes (a minute or two longer if using a bun tin), or until the madeleines look slightly browned around the edge. Turn them out of the tin as soon as they are baked or they will stick.

To make the sauce, simply whisk together the ingredients until you have a smooth, glossy dip.


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The Starbucks Versimo Coffee machine is available to buy from websites such as Selfridges and the Starbucks website itself.
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Perfect coffee partner: Starbucks Verismo Espresso Roast Latte – the Latin American and Asia Pacific blend, which is dark roasted and has the perfect deep caramel tone to match the ultra-chocolaty flavours in these quick treats.

Photos by Abimarvel

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Creamy Pasta

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Creamy pasta is one of my favourites because it’s extremely delicious and takes less than 30 minutes to cook. Your guaranteed a delicious pasta dish every time.

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Ingredients-

  • 500g Penne Pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 300g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 200g bacon, rind removed, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 300ml cream
  • 250ml milk
  • Pinch of black pepper

Method-

  1. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until just tender. Drain. Return to saucepan.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat until sizzling. Add mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes, or until light golden. Remove to a plate.
  3. Add bacon to frying pan. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until crisp. Sprinkle flour over bacon. Stir until well combined. Remove frying pan from heat. Slowly add cream and milk, stirring constantly until combined. Return frying pan to heat. Bring to the boil. Add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add sauce to pasta. Cook over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through. Spoon into bowls, sprinkle with black pepper and serve.

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Adeola x