Saturday, 30 March 2013

Glasses Direct + Sunglasses Shop Giveaway

The Sunglasses Shop and Glasses Direct have come together to offer a very special competition prize. You could win a pair of Prada sunglasses (RRP £215) and a pair of glasses of your choice from Glasses Direct!

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Friday, 15 March 2013

Slow cooker - joint of beef, pork and lamb - easy & quick recipes

I bought a slow cooker a couple of years ago, I didn't really use it but tried out a few recipes and kind of left it alone. These days I literally use it every few days. I have cooked the most amazing things in it and I don't use recipes these days I just throw the meat and veg and stock in and leave it and 8 hours later I have a tasty casserole!

easy sunday dinner roasts! - fast, tasty and so easy to make

Beef for Sunday Dinner
A cheap joint of beef from a supermarket or butchers, I put this in the slow cooker, throw a few squirts of golden syrup over it, paste some english mustard around the sides and put on the lid and leave it for 8 hours on low or 4/5 hours on high. leave to cool slightly before carving

Lamb in redcurrant sauce
Leg of Lamb or any Lamb joint, some nice fresh redcurrant sauce or any jar, put the lamb in the slow cooker, add the redcurrant sauce on top, close lid and leave it cook. low for 8 hours and high for 4/5 hours. leave to cool slightly before carving

Pork sunday dinner
Cheap joint of pork - any kind. throw it in the slow cooker, add some apple sauce - home-made or a jar, just a couple of tablespoons and close lid, cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4/5 hours. leave to cool slightly before carving

now these days its very easy to buy slow cooking sauces, eg Schwartz Slow Cookers Chicken Curry I have tried a chicken curry one where you just add some chicken, onion, spinach and add the sauce which tasted lovely, I have also followed recipes such as a slow-cooked duck l'orange, which was absolutely amazing! I also make up the odd casserole, i put any meat in for example: chicken fillets/pork loin steaks/pork chops/chicken thighs/legs etc, then add chopped onions, mushrooms, any vegetables i can find, fill it up with water, add some chicken stock or beef stock and leave it cook on low for 8 hours. tastes amazing.

you can literally do whatever you like with it, so play around, make it up as you go along. Very handy for going to work in the morning, you could prepare it all the night before, leave in a bag in the fridge, add to slow cooker in the morning, leave it all day on low for at least 8 hours, a lovely dinner ready when you get home. Most of my meals serve 5.

any questions please ask, i am not a professional cook but can try and help lol

slow-cooking sauces are readily available at Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury's

Monday, 4 March 2013

My Book Reviews - My favourite Zombie Books

My Book reviews on good reads

Sanctuary: Surviving the Zombie ApocalypseSanctuary: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse by Joshua Jared Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

i really enjoyed this book, it was a fab zombie tale and i couldnt put it down. cannot wait to read more from this writer.

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Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the EndApocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

great book, fast paced, i read it in one night as i couldnt put it down! great zombie book it thats the genre you like. i also loved the fact it was based in spain.

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Safe HavenSafe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

loved it, i wanted to read it after i saw they have made a movie, i had a gist of the story from the trailers at the cinema and it was as good as i had hoped and thank god it didnt make me cry like the notebook!! great writing as usual, fab storyline and cannot wait to read some more books by nicholas sparks 

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White Flag of the DeadWhite Flag of the Dead by Joseph Talluto

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

best zombie series ever!

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The Remaining (Remaining, #1)The Remaining by D.J. Molles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

a great series, i enjoyed reading them and read all 3 in less than a week. it was a good take on the zombie genre - a man in a bunker all prepared for the end of the world, but was he? the zombies are fast and very dangerous in this book, it kept me on the end of my seat, am now awaiting book 4!!

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The Undead SituationThe Undead Situation by Eloise J. Knapp
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

one of the first zombie books i have read, it kept me on the edge of my seat and i stayed up all night reading it, it really quite scared me. thanks to this book i have since read countless zombie novels but this is in my top 10 of favourite zombie tales

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