Lighten Up, Y’all – Classic Southern Recipes

I’m still getting used to the cooking styles and tastes that come from the Southern States.  Most things I have loved but some things have just blown my mind because I just never seen them before.  When this Lighten Up, Y’all cookbook by Virginia Wells became available for review on Blogging For Books, I snapped it up quickly!

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Easy…ish Chicken Potstickers/ Gyoza

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Back in Sheffield, we used to go to a number of little sushi restaurants.  I loved the little plates whizzing around the conveyor belt waiting to be snapped up.  Adam has never really liked any fish so he was never a fan of any of the rolls.  He usually ordered chicken katsu and chicken gyoza.  I can’t blame him really; they are both really yummy!

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Tea…Green Tea

If anyone has ever offered me a cup of green tea, I have always politely declined.  I had a bad experience with some green tea ice cream once; it was gross!  But lately I have been expanded my tea trying palette and was intrigued when I was asked to try out some Matcha Green Tea Powder from Kiss Me Organics.  With the powder, I received a link for a pdf recipe book with loads of stuff in – hot drinks, cold drinks, baking, pizza dough, sauces…loads!  I never really realised how much you could actually make with green tea powder!

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My First Influenster VoxBox #FrostyVoxBox

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A few weeks ago, I received my first VoxBox from Influenster.  Influenster is a social review site, where you can write and search for product reviews.  I have found it quite useful when buying certain things.  I will always have a quick look on Influenster to read the product reviews.  Reviews are completed on just about anything; shops, makeup, beauty products, food, appliances etc. If you write reviews on here, you are awarded with points that go towards certain badges.  The more points, badges and tasks you do, the more likely you are to get a questionnaire to see if you are suitable for a product testing VoxBox.  Sharing reviews on social media also helps too…the more followers you have across the board increases your social impact.

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Tried & Tested No. 2

A few weeks ago, I shared 5 recipes that I had tried, tested & enjoyed.  I’m back again to share another 5 with you!

We are still trying to cook meals from scratch and only buy the ingredients we need for the meals we have planned to have that week.  I know that some people love meal planning and some people don’t.  I like it because we hardly ever have food go to waste or out of date.  I also like that we often make a larger portion of a dish and then freeze the rest for another night, which is great if we have a few errands to run when Adam gets home from work and then we can’t be bothered to spend an hour preparing food!  How do you plan for your meals?  Do you batch freeze?  How do you do your food shopping if you haven’t got meals planned?  I am eager to hear what other people do, as I am open for new techniques/ options.  Meal planning seems to work for us at the moment but I find it really hard to keep our meals varied!

Anyway… here are a few recipes that we have tried recently and what we think about them!

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