Slimming World – Syn Free Snacking – Garlic and Chilli New Roasties

I don’t and will never claim to be a food/cookery blogger but I really have to share these beauties with you.

Let’s start by setting the scene girls round for a few drinks, normally I would crack open the wine and Doritos, Kettle chips etc and an array of dips and max out my calorie intake in minutes as crisps and dips or cheese and biscuits are my favorite things to eat .

No more!

I know that if  I have the girls over  I will max out my syns on vodka but with slimline bitter lemon but  it is always worth it.

Slimming World – Syn Free Snacking – Garlic and Chilli New Roasties


Shopping List:

Bag of baby spuds -I love Charlotte baby potatoes but it’s up to you.  I think the smaller the better.

Lazy chilli

Lazy garlic

Seasalt and Black Pepper

Fry light

Lets do it:

Par boil potatoes in a saucepan. Drain and if you want really crispy edges bash them up a bit (this is a technical term for shaking them up a bit in colander so they have rough edges)

Put them in a roasting tray and coat with Fry Light.

Then add in some chilli and garlic. I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules to how much of each I usually throw in a teaspoon of each, though I am a bit heavy handed when it comes to the chilli!

Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Mix through so that each of the potatoes are coated with the oil and seasoning combo and put in the oven.

I am a gas mark girl, so usually gas mark 5  (190°C).   I seem to cook everything on 5.  Leave them to magic themselves into perfect balls of chilli and garlic heaven -20 minutes is usually enough.

You could also make potato wedges or chips in the same way.

Totally syn free snacking – gets a thumbs up from me.

Have a go and let me know how you get on or share your variations with me.

Oh my life has changed!


Well it’s official I am teaching myself to crochet with the help of YouTube. The flower above is my first ever attempt at crocheting and it’s really quite easy.

Let’s see what else I can find to make.

Any suggestions of great items to make? Let me know share your suggestions below.


This weekends challenges

This weekend I am at home!

This may seem like a weird quote but I feel that for weeks I have been everywhere else but at home. Tim is working so I can do as I like ‘Yippee-ki-yay’ as Bruce would say in Die Hard. Anyway I seem to have digressed already.

The plan for Saturday:
1. Pop to the allotment to see what’s going on there and see what needs to be harvested as we haven’t been for weeks.

2. Make some chutney from the gherkin glut and whatever else I can find at the allotment.

3. I need to go shopping for a coat, a commuting coat not too heavy but something smart.

4. I need to find a new fridge freezer. Will I find what I want, what I really really want? Who knows we will have to see tomorrow!

5. Stock up on foods to make slimming world week easier. Guess I will be doing a bake sesh for this too

Let’s see how far we get!

What are you up to? Do you have any great chutney recipes you would like to share?

Enjoy your weekend
Elaine x

Stain Removal – Vanish Gold Powergel – This stuff is magical

I am not a big reviewer of washing products as none really impress me and I think they are all much of a muchness. I am sure people will disagree but I can’t be bothered to get excited about it. If my clothes are clean and smell nice that’s a bonus for me.

But this magical Stain Remover nearly has me lost for words.

We were at the seaside for the weekend and they boys had ice creams, Leo being Leo had to be different and opted for a bright blue lolly – Mr Bubble or something it was called. Anyway needless to say he had dribbled it down him arm, across the back if his hoodie even in his hood. How he managed to get this lolly everywhere I do not know. Last time he had one of these blue evil lollies he ruined his T-shirt.

This time his hoodie was practically new so on the way back to the holiday home I stopped in Asda and picked up some stain remover not expecting it to work at all.

I followed the instructions and left for a few minutes to let the product work into the fabric and put in the washing machine with some normal washing powder on a normal 40 degree wash, crossed my fingers and waited.

The machine finished and I opened the door expecting the stains still to be there but by the magical power of Vanish Gold Powergel all the stains had gone.

I am so impressed I am on the hint for other stains now too see if they can remove older stains. I am annoyed I didn’t take pictures before to show you just how blue this lolly stain was.

Give it a go it’s definitely worth the £4 I paid!

The Very Yummy Michel Roux Jnr

This week I was lucky enough to meet the lovely and very smiley Michel Roux Jnr.

I caught the train into London and made my way to Devonshire Square with my colleagues Carly and Anna. My other colleague Judy we were meeting there. After a bit of palava on the central line we just arrived in time.

We settled in our chairs as Chef Michel made his entrance. He did a demo and chatted to us about his cooking.

He chatted to us about his recipes and showed us how to compiled three recipes from his book.

I was a bit worried about going as I didn’t want to shatter my illusion. But, he was smiley, chatty and a bloody lovely man. Though I do regret not asking for a recipe to use up my glut of courgettes and gherkins.


Ideas and Pipe Dreams

Ideas and Pipe Dreams

I love it when us girls get together we always have a giggle and at some point the conversation will turn to our ‘Delboy Millionaire Dreams’ moments.  Do you have these?

We will sit and think of all the things that we would love to have in our lives.

I think our current list is about 6 or 7 different business ventures that could potentially be big earners in our dreams.

Every time I think about these ideas I get a little bit sick as about 7 years ago I wanted to open a ‘soft play type area’.   Now we have one in town and its not ours.  To be fair its not quite the same as our ideas.

Then, today, on my drive home I have just noticed that a vintage, preloved shop has just opened, so that’s another one to cross off the list .  However, mine  also consisted of a tea shop serving tea in mismatched china, with massive Victoria sponge sandwiches and cupcakes then in one corner we would host vintage crafting sessions like crocheting, knitting and needlecraft too.


Which one will I cross off next?

Possibly,  the idea’s are too big which is why they will never get off the ground and we should think smaller?

Maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board and reassess the list of potentials and actually bite the bullet and have a go or are they all just ideas and pipe dreams.


My Top Ten Favorite Films

My Top Ten Favorite Films

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Gene Wilder
  2. Steel Magnolias – Olypmia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine
  3. Stand by Me – River Phoenix
  4. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation – Chevy Chase
  5. Practical Magic – Sandra Bullock, Stockard Channing
  6. The Lost Boys – Jason Patric, Corey Haim
  7. The Italian Job – Micheal Caine
  8. Breakfast at Tiffanys – Audrey Hepburn
  9. Meet Me In St Louis – Judy Garland
  10. Forrest Gump – Tom Hanks

These are mine in no particular order but they are always easily to hand for those 4am mornings when I can’t sleep or Sunday afternoons.

What are yours?