Roast Potatoes and Yorkshires in Coconut Oil?!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Us Brits love our roast potatoes and Yorkshire puds! They are our Sunday treat and personally, I can not get enough of them.

Normally, perfect roast potatoes are traditionally made with goose fat - now I don't know about you, but the thought of using goose fat creeps me out. My mum has always made them with olive oil, which is amazing, but I wanted to try something different.

I literally use coconut oil in everything - remember my coconut oil review? It is my most read blog post (so far!). Check that out here if you haven't already.

Coconut oil potatoes.. Hmm - sounded like heaven to me! So I thought I would try it.

For the following, I used Chi coconut oil - check them out here. I wrote more about them in my previous post - but these guys are great. I have one jar in my kitchen and one in my bedroom that I use to remove make up, as a moisturiser and a conditioner!

Roast Potatoes

For the potatoes, you will need:
1kg Potatoes
(really, any potatoes are good. I used salad potatoes because they were on offer!)
2tbsp Coconut Oil
Salt and Pepper

Cut your potatoes into the sizes you prefer - I cut mine in half. 

The trick to the best potatoes is to part boil them - this cuts their roasting time and makes them soft and amazing.

Place them into water and bring to the boil. Add a little salt.

When the potatoes have been boiling for about 1-2 minutes, drain them. They do NOT need to be cooked through.

Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 6 (200 degrees C or 400 degrees F). Pick a dish and melt about a table spoon of coconut oil by putting it in the oven as it is heating up.

Once the coconut oil is melted, add your potatoes and mix them up, making sure the coconut oil is on all of the potatoes - I add another tablespoon of coconut oil over the top if it is needed.

Pop them in the oven for 30 minutes and taadaaah! Perfect roasties. They may need a little longer, or even a little less. It is better to check them after 20 minutes or so.

When they are done, this is what they should look like. YUM! I then crack salt and pepper over the top and serve.

Yorkshire Puds!

Next up, we have the Yorkshire Puds. These are so simple to make and are completely fool proof.

You will need:
100g plain flour
(yes, plain!)
100ml milk
(I used skimmed milk)
2 eggs
Coconut oil

First step, sift your flour into a bowl, add the milk and eggs - mix well. Allow the mix to stand for 10-15 minutes or so. Lumps are not the enemy! The mix should be a little lumpy.

Whilst the mix is standing, grab your muffin dish. Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 8 (230 degrees C or 450 degrees F). Pop some coconut oil in each partition - you want enough to cover the bottom entirely. Then place the dish in the oven to heat up.

When the coconut oil has reached a high temperature (leave the dish in the oven for about 5-10 minutes) you are ready to pour the mix in. This step is really important as it is the key to great Yorkshires!

You want to fill each partition about a third full - like this:

Pop them in the oven for 15 minutes - now if you open the oven door, they will deflate, so be patient! Sometimes, I think they need a little longer, so I am constantly peeking through the oven door (without opening it!) to check.

These took me 18 minutes. Aren't they perfect!?

I had both with some gravy - the gravy was literally made from an Oxo gravy ready mix. YUMMY!

Enjoy :)

April's Freebie Haul!

Monday, 27 April 2015

I love getting free samples through the post - who doesn't?!

At the end of each month, I am going to attempt to bring you guys my freebie haul from that month. Basically, I will apply for as many free samples on the 1st of the month and tell you about what I get!

This month...

First up! PG tips are giving away samples of either their green tea or their juicy red berries tea! Now, I already drink their green tea, so I chose the berries! This did come in gorgeous packaging with a voucher - unfortunately I can't show you that as I was too hasty! I have used the voucher :)

I am pretty sure they are still giving out samples - check it out here!

Next up is Aveeno cream. I have never tried Aveeno before so I am really excited to try it!

OMG OMG OMG TEA! I love this brand of Redbush. The Redbush Tea Company are just amazing. When I saw they were giving away free samples - I was straight in there! I LOVE them all - my favourite? You guessed it! Roobios Chai :)

I use Colour Catchers in every laundry load - so I was so happy to get this through the post!

I am yet to try these - but I know I will! These dosing devices were from SuperSavvyMe which is an amazing website that has coupons and samples available to all - check it out! I got all three for free. They are so useful!

Bodyform are great and these are always handy to get! Honestly, I don't even remember actually applying for these, but I am not complaining!

Don't forget to check out the freebie from Wrappz too! 

That is a free phone or tablet skin!
Check out my post here

I think this is a pretty successful month! What did you get this month?

NB: When getting free samples - I would ALWAYS recommend having an alias email address that you don't mind being spammed on!

Disclosure: all opinions stated in this post are my own. I only post reviews about products that I am passionate about and think you should all know about! Thank you for reading :)

"My Mug and I" with Fiona!

Friday, 24 April 2015

This week, we have the lovely Fiona from Wishes, Hopes and Dreams.

Wishes, Hopes and Dreams is a blog about lifestyle, books, music and recipes. Currently, Fiona is doing the 90kg Rice Challenge and has been posting fantastic recipes along the way - my personal favourite is the Mexican Burritos. Make sure you check her out!!

Here we go!

Hey! Who are you and where do you come from?
My name is Fiona and I am from a small village 5 miles west of Glasgow airport

How long have you had your favourite mug?
I actually have several depending on which mood I'm in and what I'm having. The one I class as my very favourite, I've had for over ten years.

Where did it come from?
A supermarket - though I have no recollection as to which one

Why this one?
Good size and the tea stays hot

Does it really make your drink taste better?
 I like to think so, but it's probably all in my head

What is your favourite thing to have in your mug?
Tea, tea and more tea!!

When do you have your first cuppa?
First thing in the morning. Either in the house or at uni

How many hot drinks do you have per day?
A minimum of two as anything less than that and I don't function

What is your favourite thing to do whilst with your mug?
Eat chocolate and read a book.

A big thank you to Fiona for taking part!

Would you like to be a part of My Mug and I?

Click here to find out how!


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Cyprus! I love Cyprus.

The fact that my mum's side of the family is Greek Cypriot did make me want to explore Cyprus more, but even if I wasn't Greek, I would love it anyway!

I love that it is only a four hour flight and that they drive on the same side of the road that they do in England. It is like a hot home!

Deliberately - I will keep the typing short as I have included a lot of pictures - ENJOY!

Take off! England is pretty awesome. 

Look at those mountains?! I have no idea where this is.. But I think it is the French Alps. Looked amazing! 

On the plane.. I love this stuff! In the box was a load of awesome snacks!
As we landed - we saw this. Although the picture doesn't do it justice, it looked like a dinosaur!

Our pool had loads of frogs in it! 

At 1am - I bet my brother €20 that he wouldn't jump in the cold pool...

These were the best thing ever! You pick your frozen yoghurt, then add whatever toppings you like! AMAZING! Greg was hooked from day one...

The food was amazing! However, I don't think I will eat octopus again.. Too creepy!

So much cool stuff to look at - I loved this cafe! I am desperate for it in my garden. Everywhere we looked, we were surrounded by banana plants - which are amazing!

This dog followed us for a while.. It didn't have an owner!

Love the beach :)

My mum lit some candles in the church near the beach - although you can't see it, there were so many sparrows in there!

This is a shipwreck - pretty cool huh?!

I hope you enjoyed these pictures almost as much as I enjoyed going! :)