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CLOSED Cheers to smoothies! A review of the Hamilton Beach Wave-Action blender – and a giveaway!

I haven’t always been a “smoothie gal” – but now I am. Since having the baby I have become more aware of what I eat and drink, and more determined to give my body the nutrients it needs to function well. I’m happy to report I’m eating more fruits and veggies than I was before becoming a mom. Thankfully, a new grocery store has opened in our neighborhood, and it takes me very little time to walk there and to stock up on fresh quality produce. The abundance of seasonal fruits and veggies inspires me and keeps me motivated. I love summer – and I love smoothies ๐Ÿ™‚

Being such a new and passionate smoothie supporter, I was excited when I was contacted by Hamilton Beach and asked to review the latest addition to their range of blenders, the Wave-Action blender. The blender I use regularly is one I bought a few years ago. It is a versatile workhorse, and besides drinks I have been using it to make soups, dips and even mashed potatoes. They all turn out creamy and velvety, just the way we like it. I was curious to see how the Wave-Action blender would fare compared with my old blender, so I happily took on the challenge. Keep Reading

The Red Gold Tomatoes giveaway winner!

Thank you all for taking part in the Red Gold Tomatoes giveaway. The winner is Regina, who wrote, โ€œBurgers!! We donโ€™t eat them a lot, so I think that is why grilling season excites meโ€ฆnot to mention I am not the one cooking!!”

The winner has been notified. Stay tuned – another giveaway is coming up soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

CLOSED The goodness of tomatoes, the goodness of summer: a review of Red Gold Tomatoes grilling recipes – and a giveaway!

To write about food is to write about memories – and this is certainly true in my case, when it comes to writing about tomatoes. To me, they remind me of the many gorgeous summers I spent in the countryside while I was growing up. My aunt and uncle owned a small house about 20 miles away from the city, and they loved having me and my niece Anne Marie over when school was out for the summer.

Those were the days I never got tired because the world and its wonders kept me in awe, and my uncle’s garden was something to behold. We used to play hide-and-seek in that garden, tirelessly running around the cherry trees, digging deep and hoping to discover allegedly long-lost treasures at the root of the old fir tree, or happily hunting down Colorado beetles in the mild sunset light. We would always play and eat in that garden – who could have resisted freshly picked raspberries, apricots, apples and, of course, tomatoes? Indeed, no day would pass without me eating a tomato from my uncle’s garden. Firm, slightly sweet and deliciously thirst-quenching, my uncle’s heirloom tomatoes would give me that much-needed energy boost to go on with my playing.ย  Keep Reading

Raw Spice Bar giveaway: We have a winner!

Thank you all for taking part in the Raw Spice Bar giveaway. The winner is jberry, who wrote, โ€œIf I had to pick just one, Cumin. Having a comforting quality, tasting like home in a way. It represents so many ethnic palates as well.โ€

The winner has been notified. Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways! ๐Ÿ™‚

CLOSED Spices for the heart and mind: a review of Raw Spice Bar – and a giveaway!

I have always wanted to know more about spices and the art of combining them to create the perfect flavors. When we lived in England I used to love the cooking shows which featured Chef Atul Kochhar. A twice Michelin starred chef renowned for his modern take on Indian cuisine, he is also what I would call “a spice genius.” Every time I watched Atul’s shows I was amazed with his artistry. To Atul, nothing was random: every ingredient had a reason to be there, and every added spice was discussed in a way which made perfect sense to the uninitiated, such as myself.
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Hamilton Beach slow cooker winner!

Thank you all for taking part in the Hamilton Beach giveaway – and thanks for all your fabulous slow cooker meal suggestions. The winner of the giveaway is Amanda Hendricks-Selby, who wrote, “Iโ€™d make cornbeef and cabbage. omg I want some now lol”

The winner has been notified. Stay tuned for more giveaways! ๐Ÿ™‚

CLOSED Fall cooking, simplified and always delicious: A review of the Hamilton Beach Set ‘N Forget slow cooker – and a giveaway!

As I enter the third trimester of my pregnancy, things are getting rather complicated and difficult to handle both at work and at home: my back hurts, leg cramps are “killing” me, I’m not as fast as I used to be, and I get tired easily. Cooking looks more and more like a chore, and I find it difficult to focus. After a busy day at work, I lack the energy to do even the simplest tasks, and lying on the sofa is my idea of bliss. I need all the help I can get, especially when it comes to cooking.

Thankfully, Hamilton Beach have recently contacted me and have given me the chance to test their Set ‘N Forget 6 quart programmable slow cooker. This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time! I tested the slow cooker for a good few weeks, and now I’m hooked. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep Reading