Lidl Green Tea With Vanilla and Some Cooking

Popped into Lidl yesterday so my husband could stock up on his favourite chocolate seashells.  We only shop there once in a while and I spotted some Green Tea with Vanilla which I thought was worth a try.

It is Lord Nelson brand.  Nope, I’d not heard of it either.  I’m not a huge fan of regular green tea to be honest but I really liked this.  The packaging is really naff though.  One to hide in the tea caddy!

It reminded me that I’d bought some Matcha Green Tea from Twinings to make some green tea cupcakes using a Hummingbird Bakery recipe as they looked a bit, err green and Halloweeney.  Turns out I also needed green tea teabags for the chocolate cake base so I got to use my new teabags too.  Unfortunately my Matcha wasn’t powdered (or particularly green) so I had to get the pestle and mortar out.  The frosting turned out a little grey as a result but they still looked great in Halloween cases from Asda – they came with cute matching bat picks – I also got to use my Wilton star piping nozzle and boy does that give great results for not much effort!

It seems I was on a bit of a cooking roll today as I also made some Ginger Beer and Tangerine Glaze Ham using a BBC Good Food recipe: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/864635/ginger-beer-and-tangerine-glazed-ham

So so simple.  Pop the gammon join in a pan with a bottle of ginger beer and some fragrant spices and finish it off in the oven with a honey and mustard glaze.  Totally scrummy and I even went to the effort of using some left over slices for Welsh Rarebit for tea.

Nail Challenge Week 17: Glitter

Week 17: Patterns – Glitter

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Base colour: Revlon Moon Candy (deep purple)

Glitter: Revlon Moon Candy (lilac flake glitter)

Top Coat: Seche Vite

Verdict: I bought this in America and was disappointed by the flake glitter.  It’s very chunky and needs a very thick top coat!  I do like the effect though and I’ve just ordered China Glaze Luxe and Lush to see if that’s any better.

The Novice Yoghurt Maker

I’ve had my yoghurt maker about 6 or 7 years I think.  It was a special in Lidl and it hasn’t been out of the box until now!

What you need:

1) Yoghurt maker (although I believe people used to use an airing cupboard in the olden days)

2) One small pot of natural yoghurt

3) One litre of cold pasturised milk

What you do:

1) Mix the yoghurt and milk together and pour it into the pots that come with the yoghurt maker

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2) Put the lid on, turn it on and wait 14 hours

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3) Cool in the fridge and then eat yoghurt!

Verdict: My first batch was a little runny but still edible and it tasted like yoghurt.  More importantly we didn’t die or anything!  My daughter had hers with strawberries and honey and I had mine with some Tate & Lyle’s Golden Syrup.  You can keep back one pot of yoghurt for the next batch but it’s probably not something I’d make very often.  My daughter just wanted to ‘make something’ and I remembered the yoghurt maker so hence the experiment.  It’s very easy to do and cheap too.

I really wish that I’d seen this recipe at the time though: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/yoghurt-cake-3528

 

Nail Challenge Week 15: Delicate Print

Another mini photo tutorial for you.  This time is a butterfly wing:

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Base colour: Sinful Colors Neon Purple (dries matte)

Black detail: Hand-drawn using a fine permanent marker.  I did try a brush but I just couldn’t get the lines fine enough.  Perhaps I was using the wrong kind of brush?

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Solid black detail: Nails Inc London Nights kind of spoldged on carefully.

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White: Nails Inc Floral street applied with a dotting tool (still loving my dotting tool).

Top Coat: Special FX Top Coat – very important as all of my other top coats smudged the permanent pen!

Verdict: Very easy as most of the detail was drawn on.  You have to wait until the base coat is completely dry though so it’s a bit of a pain.  I’d love to try this over a ombre or sparkly nail polish next time.