Courgette, Spinach & Marscarpone Pasta

This creamy, filling and satisfying pasta dish is a delicious and easy mid-week meal, perfect for all the family, while being packed with lots of healthy veggies, with a temptingly rich sauce for an indulgent feeling. It’s a great way to use up any wilted spinach left in the vegetable drawer. This recipe works perfectly…

How to BBQ on a budget and still impress your friends?

It’s been a long winter, December was minus something, February saw sleet and wind and the April showers were definitely out in full force this year. The memory of last summer is a distant one and the thought of sunshine warming the skin sends you into a desperate plea for sunny May days.. The glimmer…

Lidl is not so ‘little’

Another German discount supermarket which hit the UK shores back in 1994 and now have over 700 stores in the UK, as well as other countries. Rivalling Aldi in many cases, they too go from strength to strength in the cut price bracket. Is there a preference for either? Not really, it will depend on…

Why is Waitrose so expensive?

You only have to mention shopping at Waitrose to a great deal of people, and the reaction is – ‘gosh, they are expensive’. Unfortunately, this is quite true, as on price point, they can be more expensive than the likes of their main competitors such as Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons, without even considering the…

Why Aldi Shoppers are Savvy Shoppers

Aldi supermarkets originated in Germany in 1946, but are now prevalent in 20 countries worldwide, including 775 stores (2018 figure) in the UK, which they predict will rise to around 1200 by 2025. Aldi appeared in the UK in 1990 and would appear never to have looked back. The meteoric rise of this supermarket is…

Is Tesco the ‘people’s choice’?

With just over 30% of the retail market share, Tesco still retains top spot above other supermarkets. However, with the proposed merger with Asda, will they become the true giants of the industry? Perhaps Tesco deserve first place due to the range of additional benefits it offers for loyalty. Even though it cannot beat Aldi…

Review: Russell Hobbs Food Collection 3 Tier Steamer Model 14453

Steaming is a very healthy way to cook food and this steamer from Russell Hobbs has 7 litres capacity, 3 tiers, a rice bowl and a 60 minute timer. The steamer is made of brushed stainless steel and plastic and measures 378mm high, 192mm width and 240mm depth. The plastic baskets are not made of…

Rosemary! How To Grow It and How To Use It!

Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) is one of the most beautiful and useful herbs; it’s evergreen so looks good all year round, has a wonderful aromatic scent, is delicious in cooking and has many other health benefits. It is very easy to grow and a small plant costs about £1.25 – £2.50. It will grow steadily year…

How to Re-Grow Vegetables For Free

You may have noticed that I like using spring onions (scallions or green onions) as I think that the flavour “livens up” so many dishes from salads and simple rice dishes to delicious bakes and stews. I like onions of any description and they’re so healthy too – but did you know that spring onions…

Grow Your Own … Strawberries!

Strawberries are so easy to grow and I think, one of the most rewarding crops. All you need to start with is a strawberry planter – you can buy plastic pop-up ones, or a large pot. I have grown them in an old tyre, which worked very well! There are also hanging planters, which can…