Hello Fresh Box #3 - May 2015

You may recall me saying that the Hello Fresh boxes would only be a treat for us, well I am getting slightly addicted and finding them difficult to resist, so, here I am reviewing my third box! 

If you are unfamiliar with Hello Fresh, read my first Hello Fresh blog post here in which I explain a little bit about how it works. If you just want to see what mouth watering dishes I made from this box carry on reading.

 Black Bean Chili with brown rice and citrus crème fraiche.

This was beautiful, the cooling citrus creme fraiche was a delightful contrast against the chilli. The only way this could have been improved upon is if there was beef mince in the chilli. 

Herby Pork Stuffed Chicken Breast with an easy pan sauce.

I never would have thought to use sausage filling to stuff a chicken breast, but I will now. It was amazing. I was very wary about the roasties as I had to put them straight into the oven without par boiling as I usually would, I ignored my mind and followed the recipe and I'm glad that I did, the roasties were perfect, crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. I did ignore the recipe for the broccoli and cooked it for longer than stated because I like my broccoli soft. I very nearly gave up on the easy pan sauce, it just would not thicken up, I turned the heat up high and carried on stirring and eventually it did thicken up, I'm glad I didn't give up because it was delicious and is something that I would make again. 
Souk-ulent Chicken Tagine with apricot, flaked almonds and cooling yoghurt.

This was beautiful, not the type of dish that I would ever come up with or pick off a menu but I really enjoyed it, having never cooked with Ras-El-Hanout previously I am now a huge fan of this spice, it smells delicious and really adds something special to a dish, plus it looks very pretty as it contains rose petals.

Bang Bang Bangladeshi Biryani.

I put this meal off for so long, I'm not the biggest fan of hot food so the 'bang bang' in the title was quite off-putting. I shouldn't have been put off, yes, it was hot, but it wasn't overbearing, it was hot in a nice way that I could enjoy and appreciate.

Tagliatelle with smoked salmon and lemon.

This was my least favourite dish of the box, which is a surprise as it is the dish that I was most looking forward to and is the meal that I am more likely to make at home than the others. The flavours were nice but we both found it to be very dry and, I hate to say it, bland, I did add extra tagliatelle in than the recipe stated (there was only going to be a little bit left over so I just put it all in) so maybe this is why it was dry, The creme fraiche sauce mixture that was added during cooking seemed to disappear into nothing. I'm guessing this has more to do with me adding more pasta/not cooking it quite right rather than the actual recipe.

Hello Fresh give you rewards once you have ordered so many boxes, as this was my third box I hit Apprentice Chef level and received a recipe journal, a tote bag and a silver thing (!), does anyone know what this is?

If you like the look of Hello Fresh sign up here and use my discount code J6J5KN to receive £20 off your first box.


Aria's Twelve Week Update

Yesterday Aria turned 12 weeks which I am really not happy about, even though it is a while away yet the 12 week mark has really made me panic about going back to work. 

baby lying on pink rug with milestone cards at 8 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks old


Review : Sudocrem Care & Protect

Lately we have been trialling Sudocrem Care & Protect as a preventative for nappy rash, here I will be discussing the product and how we got along with it.

Tube of Sudocrem Care & Protect used for reivew


Review : The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri

I've previously mentioned my love for the Green Earth Wok by Ozeri, I've now been lucky enough to try out the frying pan from the same range. Read on for a review of the 26cm/10" non-stick frying pan.


My Breastfeeding Cafe with Medela

As part of my ongoing project with Medela I was asked to hold a get together with fellow breastfeeding mum's to chat about breastfeeding over coffee & cake. We went along to Lollipops & Ladybirds on Friday and enjoyed cappuccinos & homemade carrot & orange cake while chatting all things breastfeeding and putting the world to rights! 

My mum's are Victoria, mum to four week old identical twins Madison and Kendall, Natasha, mum to Eva, Emma who is a breastfeeding peer supporter and mum to Nate & Isaac, fellow blogger Georgina, mum to Squidge and Joanne, mum to eight month old Amelie. 


Using Up The Kitchen Leftovers #1

We're always left with loads of food waste at the end of the week, especially after having a Hello Fresh box for the week. I've decided to set myself a challenge to minimise our food waste by either using it up or preserving it.

box of food waste


Lollipops & Ladybirds Cwmbran

Cwmbran based Lollipops & Ladybirds is a cafe with a difference, not only is it a cafe geared towards young children and babies it also has a pottery service and plays host to many baby/toddler related groups.


Moaning During Pregnancy and Why It Is Okay

Why is it that people are offended by pregnant people stating that they are feeling unwell? Granted, pregnancy is a blessing and not an illness, but some people do have a LOT of illnesses alongside their pregnancy. 

40 weeks + 1 day pregnant overdue


Review : Ozeri WeightMaster II - Scale with Weight Change Detection

As well as calculating your BMI these bathroom scales will tell you if you have lost or gained weight since your last weigh in, they light up green for a loss or red for a gain. 

Ozeri WeightMaster II box

Carry on reading to find out more about how they work.


Sweet Treats from Marks & Spencer's Taste of the British Isles Range

This Summer Marks & Spencer have reinvented some forgotten classics. Including coconut ice, a selection of fizzy pop sweets and some delicious chocolates, there is something for everyone.

We were lucky enough to trial this yummy selection, carry on reading to see what we thought of these sweet treats.