Dorset Apple Cake Recipe

I got this delicious recipe from Mummy in a Tutu’s site. It is, what I call, a “store cupboard cake” with no fancy ingredients needed.

Ingredients:

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp all spice
  • 115g unsalted butter, diced and chilled, plus extra for greasing
  • 115g light brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 6-8 tbsp milk
  • 225g Bramley or Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 100g sultana

Method:

Preheat overs to 180C.

Mixed the flour, all spice and butter together by hand until it forms breadcrumbs.

Mix in the sugar, then the eggs and milk until it forms a thick batter.

Mix in the apple and sultanas.

Bake for 45-85 minutes.


Great eaten hot with custard or I made salted caramel butter icing for the top of the cake.

This recipe is so tasty!

Mango Chicken Curry recipe, featuring capsicana sauce

I was sent 4 different Capsicana sauces to trial. You can use them as a standard stir in sauce but if you go to their website you can get all kinds of recipes based around their sauces. 

I wanted to try the most mild sauce: chilli and lemon, as we aren’t huge spicy food eaters and I wanted to test the heat before I set my mouth on fire. I liked the look of their Peruvian spiced prawns in cream sauce but I already had chicken out for dinner and didn’t have any cream or half the fresh vegetables so I kinda based my recipe on theirs but then it went off in its own direction! I have also put it in video form if you prefer. 

Recipe:

  • Chicken breast
  • Red onion
  • Fresh ginger (thumb nail sized piece)
  • Coconut milk
  • Capsicana chilli and lemon sauce
  • Tinned mango

Brown off the chicken, and add the diced onion, ginger and mango. Fry all until chicken is thoroughly cooked. 

Stir in the tin of coconut milk and add Capsicana Sauce, season to taste. 

Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer until sauce is reduced, approx 20 mins. 

Serve with rice, or add some new potatoes at the same time as the coconut milk and they will cook while it reduces. 

Absolutely delicious recipe, 5/5 from my 9 year old, the youngest won’t eat anything with sauce so you will never win him over lol

*note, item was provided free for the purpose of this review, this has not effected my opinions. 

Mango rock cake recipe

I had half a tin of mango left over from dinner, so decided to make pudding too.

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup self raising flour
  • 1/2 tin mango, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp orange essence
  • 1 egg

Mix ingredients together in a bowl, you may need to add extra flour to make it the right texture.

Put on baking tray and cook for 20 minutes.

Amazing yet simple birthday cake

For his birthday jack decided he wanted a sweetie covered cake, which actually turned out to be fairly simple!

Recipe, per layer, so depends on how many colours you want. Each portion of batter is for a 20cm tin. 

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 1 to spoon milk
  • Drop of gel food colouring

Cream the butter and sugar, beat eggs and fold in flour. Add the milk and food colouring until required depth of colour is reached. 


Layer the sponge with jam and butter icing. Cover the cake with fondant icing, in whatever colour suits and then using a little butter icing to stick pic’n’mix to the top of the cake. I bought a selection of fun lollipops to stick out of the cake as well. 


This is such an easy cake to make and looks great!

Pizza Express Restaurant Review |#triedtested

What could be the best way to spend the weekend than having a family meal out? We got invited to try out a Pizza Express restaurant so I choose to visit the Worthing branch as it is the closest one to us.

Pizza Express is a restaurant that serves delicious food and freshly made pizza. Peter Boizot, the founder of the company, wanted to show his love and passion of Italian food. Boizot was shocked when he returned to the UK from Italy to find that there was no great tasting pizza in comparison to Italy. Pizza Express’ history really intrigued me and it also gave me an idea on what the food was going to be like. Personally, I love trying out different food from around the world; the flavours, the aroma, the presentation allow me to feel like I am actually in the original country of the food. The pizzas at Pizza Express achieved this as they made me feel like I was all the way in Italy.


It was the weekend, and I loved the idea of just taking my family out for a meal so that we could relax and just simply have a good time. Plus, who could turn down pizza?

Pizza Express was also a good opportunity to let my little ones to have something new. They are both fussy eaters and I wanted to overcome this. When I told them that we were going to Pizza Express, they got very excited about it. They just couldn’t wait to have some pizza!


As we came in to the restaurant, we were greeted by the receptionist and welcomed by the manager. I was impressed on how comfortable they made us straight away. The staff were so lovely, helpful and very friendly. They were also accommodating, which made me happy. Being a mum with little ones can make it difficult to find a restaurant and to not be stressed. I’m always worried that they will not behave in restaurants as other people might give us a look if the loudness from my children is disrupting them.


Pizza express is a good choice for a family meal. The staff are so good with children as they interact with them and provide colouring pencils and activity booklets for them; they are a child friendly restaurant which is amazing if you’re going to eat there with your little ones!

The restaurant appeared clean, presentable with a visible kitchen. I felt like this was a nice touch to the restaurant as you were able to see your pizza being cooked!

If you are planning to go to Pizza Express on a hot day, there is also a space available outside of the restaurant. It’s like a patio and is perfect for a sunny day when you want to enjoy your meal in beautiful, warm weather.

The decor looked simple but elegant. The atmosphere was delightful and very welcoming which is important when having a meal to allow you to enjoy the food. I was also pleased when I saw that they provided free wifi, which was important for me as a blogger.


As we sat down on our table, my boys were given activity booklets and colouring pencils. This entertained them whilst we were waiting for our orders.


The menu was well presented and in my opinion, it’s also well priced. They had a special offer of 3 courses for just £13.95! Download the offer or check out the nearest branch to yours as they might offering a different one.

Their menu offers a wide range of food and there is something for everyone. Whatever your diet is, I’m sure it will please you. I was surprised to see that they offered gluten free choices and low calorie options for people who have a diet preference. I was amazed by this as they have put the customers’ diets into a lot of consideration. You can also personalised your pizza which is amazing.

STARTERS

£2.95

£6.50
We began with the starters, which is delectable. We ordered calamari, marinated olives and baked dough balls. Their calamari was absolutely incredible and I really loved it. All the starters served to us were an instant hit  that I didn’t even manage to capture a photo of the baked dough balls as I was far too busy devouring it (I mean, who can blame me right?!)

DRINKS

£3.20 each

£3.20
Their drinks were simply divine; they were so refreshing and really summery. I chose the belvoir cucumber and mint presse. It tastes lovely that I’m still keen to know what ingredients they used to produce such a perfect drink. I fell in love  with my drink which was surprising as I’m not really a mint kind of person, you know? It was kind of a sweet sparkling drink with a hint of mint and cucumber. My boys had juice and loved them as well.

Main

£14.60
I wanted to give their special a go – the Zapparoli. I was surprised when they served it as it was really big and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to eat it all. I really loved it though as I found it perfect, tasty, delicious with a little bit of spice. This was absolutely my favourite out of all their pizzas. I would definitely recommend it!

My husband ordered the Pollo Forza and one again it was a huge portion so hubby shared some of it with me.  I thought hubby’s order was spicy and I found his pizza hotter than what I have ordered. It was sizzling with a kick of spice – about medium hot. It’s perfect for people who are all about the spicy food.

For kids 

£4.40

£8.95

£11.35
My children had Margherita, Pollo Chicken and la Reine (without the black olives). They also tried the Polenta Chips, which was a side dish. My kids had so much fun slicing their own pizza with the pizza cutter and even the kids portion were big for them that they couldn’t finish it either. They loved the Polenta Chips and it appeared to be a healthier version of a regular chips. It was heavenly! It also has a dip at the side, which made the chips even more delicious than it already was on its own. I would definitely recommend the Pollo Chicken kids pizza and Polenta Chips.


Since we couldn’t eat all of our pizzas we decided that we would take the rest home. We request for a takeaway boxes to put the pizza in.

Dessert

£6.50

£3.95

£6.50
The dessert course was the favourite part of the evening for my kids. The boys loved their vanilla ice creams and just couldn’t get enough of it. I tried their summer tiramisu which I found light and fruity. My daughter had the fondant chocolate cake with ice cream on top. When you took a piece of cake, warm, melted chocolate found its way out. It was a spectacular sight. My husband did not have a pudding as he was full.

As the restaurant got busier, I noticed that the manager was serving customers which was impressive. He was able to help his staff serving but still had the restaurant under control. He was very helpful alongside with his staff which I think was wonderful. He looked after us and made sure we were happy with everything

Our thoughts

We were very happy with our experience at Pizza Express. The food was delicious, made with finest, most fresh ingredients. The pizzas were unique with their tasty toppings and crispy crusts. There was something about it that made every bite. worth it. I thought the price was reasonable for the quality and taste of the their food.

The overall experience was excellent. I am really pleased and will definitely be recommending Pizza Express to everyone. We would like to thank the Pizza Express at Worthing for delivering a great restaurant service. We will definitely be coming back in the near future.

Have you been to Pizza Express before? Do you like Italian foods? Which of the dishes we chose have interest you? Please comment below as we would love to read your thoughts on it.

Disclosure: We were invited to the Pizza Express restaurant to enjoy a family meal for the purpose of this review blog. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own including pictures and the video that is up on our YouTube channel.

Family Fever

Pizza Express Restaurant Review |#triedtested

What could be the best way to spend the weekend than having a family meal out? We got invited to try out a Pizza Express restaurant so I choose to visit the Worthing branch as it is the closest one to us.

Pizza Express is a restaurant that serves delicious food and freshly made pizza. Peter Boizot, the founder of the company, wanted to show his love and passion of Italian food. Boizot was shocked when he returned to the UK from Italy to find that there was no great tasting pizza in comparison to Italy. Pizza Express’ history really intrigued me and it also gave me an idea on what the food was going to be like. Personally, I love trying out different food from around the world; the flavours, the aroma, the presentation allow me to feel like I am actually in the original country of the food. The pizzas at Pizza Express achieved this as they made me feel like I was all the way in Italy.


It was the weekend, and I loved the idea of just taking my family out for a meal so that we could relax and just simply have a good time. Plus, who could turn down pizza?

Pizza Express was also a good opportunity to let my little ones to have something new. They are both fussy eaters and I wanted to overcome this. When I told them that we were going to Pizza Express, they got very excited about it. They just couldn’t wait to have some pizza!


As we came in to the restaurant, we were greeted by the receptionist and welcomed by the manager. I was impressed on how comfortable they made us straight away. The staff were so lovely, helpful and very friendly. They were also accommodating, which made me happy. Being a mum with little ones can make it difficult to find a restaurant and to not be stressed. I’m always worried that they will not behave in restaurants as other people might give us a look if the loudness from my children is disrupting them.


Pizza express is a good choice for a family meal. The staff are so good with children as they interact with them and provide colouring pencils and activity booklets for them; they are a child friendly restaurant which is amazing if you’re going to eat there with your little ones!

The restaurant appeared clean, presentable with a visible kitchen. I felt like this was a nice touch to the restaurant as you were able to see your pizza being cooked!

If you are planning to go to Pizza Express on a hot day, there is also a space available outside of the restaurant. It’s like a patio and is perfect for a sunny day when you want to enjoy your meal in beautiful, warm weather.

The decor looked simple but elegant. The atmosphere was delightful and very welcoming which is important when having a meal to allow you to enjoy the food. I was also pleased when I saw that they provided free wifi, which was important for me as a blogger.


As we sat down on our table, my boys were given activity booklets and colouring pencils. This entertained them whilst we were waiting for our orders.


The menu was well presented and in my opinion, it’s also well priced. They had a special offer of 3 courses for just £13.95! Download the offer or check out the nearest branch to yours as they might offering a different one.

Their menu offers a wide range of food and there is something for everyone. Whatever your diet is, I’m sure it will please you. I was surprised to see that they offered gluten free choices and low calorie options for people who have a diet preference. I was amazed by this as they have put the customers’ diets into a lot of consideration. You can also personalised your pizza which is amazing.

STARTERS

£2.95

£6.50
We began with the starters, which is delectable. We ordered calamari, marinated olives and baked dough balls. Their calamari was absolutely incredible and I really loved it. All the starters served to us were an instant hit  that I didn’t even manage to capture a photo of the baked dough balls as I was far too busy devouring it (I mean, who can blame me right?!)

DRINKS

£3.20 each

£3.20
Their drinks were simply divine; they were so refreshing and really summery. I chose the belvoir cucumber and mint presse. It tastes lovely that I’m still keen to know what ingredients they used to produce such a perfect drink. I fell in love  with my drink which was surprising as I’m not really a mint kind of person, you know? It was kind of a sweet sparkling drink with a hint of mint and cucumber. My boys had juice and loved them as well.

Main

£14.60
I wanted to give their special a go – the Zapparoli. I was surprised when they served it as it was really big and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to eat it all. I really loved it though as I found it perfect, tasty, delicious with a little bit of spice. This was absolutely my favourite out of all their pizzas. I would definitely recommend it!

My husband ordered the Pollo Forza and one again it was a huge portion so hubby shared some of it with me.  I thought hubby’s order was spicy and I found his pizza hotter than what I have ordered. It was sizzling with a kick of spice – about medium hot. It’s perfect for people who are all about the spicy food.

For kids 

£4.40

£8.95

£11.35
My children had Margherita, Pollo Chicken and la Reine (without the black olives). They also tried the Polenta Chips, which was a side dish. My kids had so much fun slicing their own pizza with the pizza cutter and even the kids portion were big for them that they couldn’t finish it either. They loved the Polenta Chips and it appeared to be a healthier version of a regular chips. It was heavenly! It also has a dip at the side, which made the chips even more delicious than it already was on its own. I would definitely recommend the Pollo Chicken kids pizza and Polenta Chips.


Since we couldn’t eat all of our pizzas we decided that we would take the rest home. We request for a takeaway boxes to put the pizza in.

Dessert

£6.50

£3.95

£6.50
The dessert course was the favourite part of the evening for my kids. The boys loved their vanilla ice creams and just couldn’t get enough of it. I tried their summer tiramisu which I found light and fruity. My daughter had the fondant chocolate cake with ice cream on top. When you took a piece of cake, warm, melted chocolate found its way out. It was a spectacular sight. My husband did not have a pudding as he was full.

As the restaurant got busier, I noticed that the manager was serving customers which was impressive. He was able to help his staff serving but still had the restaurant under control. He was very helpful alongside with his staff which I think was wonderful. He looked after us and made sure we were happy with everything

Our thoughts

We were very happy with our experience at Pizza Express. The food was delicious, made with finest, most fresh ingredients. The pizzas were unique with their tasty toppings and crispy crusts. There was something about it that made every bite. worth it. I thought the price was reasonable for the quality and taste of the their food.

The overall experience was excellent. I am really pleased and will definitely be recommending Pizza Express to everyone. We would like to thank the Pizza Express at Worthing for delivering a great restaurant service. We will definitely be coming back in the near future.

Have you been to Pizza Express before? Do you like Italian foods? Which of the dishes we chose have interest you? Please comment below as we would love to read your thoughts on it.

Disclosure: We were invited to the Pizza Express restaurant to enjoy a family meal for the purpose of this review blog. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own including pictures and the video that is up on our YouTube channel.

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Fruit muffin recipe

We hit the local market this week and came away with a selection of really cheap fruit, so I decided to turn them into various flavours of fruit muffins, we had pineapple, blueberry, raspberry but would work well with strawberry, peach, Apple…anything really!

  • 110g butter
  • 250g plain flour
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • White Chocolate

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