RECIPE JOURNAL: Honey and Sweet Chilli Chicken {guest post by Iona Bruce}

JamJarGill:RECIPE JOURNAL: Honey and Sweet Chilli Chicken {guest post by Iona Bruce}

Iona

I am excited to introduce yet another guest author here at JamJarGill.com, Iona Bruce, of IonaBFit is a personal trainer, fitness blogger, competitive trampolinist, and weightlifter from Glasgow. Her blog www.ionabfit.com shares fitness advice, workouts, lifestyle tips, and recipes which are easy to recreate at home!

Check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and of course at her blog itself. 

She has very kindly put together a delicious and healthy looking recipe for you to try at home….

 

Honey and Sweet Chilli Chicken
Serves 2
This simple chicken dish is a great healthy alternative to that Saturday night takeaway. It gives you all the flavour you could want but takes less than 15 minutes to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 400g chicken, chopped.
  2. 4 desert spoons of sweet chilli sauce.
  3. 2 desert spoons of honey.
  4. 1.5 desert spoons of dark soy sauce.
  5. Lemon juice, optional, to taste.
  6. 3 spring onions, chopped.
  7. 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.
  8. 1 cup of rice, rinsed.
  9. 2 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Add the sweet chilli sauce, honey, and soy sauce to a bowl and mix.
  2. If you find this too sweet, add lemon juice to taste.
  3. Add the chicken to the bowl and cover in the marinade.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for two hours (this step can be missed if in a rush).
  5. Add the coconut oil to a frying pan and melt over a medium heat.
  6. When the pan is hot, add the marinated chicken.
  7. Cook thoroughly, making sure to keep stirring.
  8. Once the chicken is cooked, add the spring onions and stir through.
  9. Whilst cooking the chicken, add the water to a separate pan and bring to the boil.
  10. Add the rice and cover with a lid before simmering for 10 minutes.
  11. Once cooked, leave for a few minutes, or until the rice has absorbed the excess water.
  12. Remove the lid, mix the rice and allow to stand for another 2 minutes.
  13. Add the rice and chicken mixture to a dish and serve immediately!
  14. To add a ‘crunch’ to the dish, serve with homemade tortilla chips http://www.ionabfit.com/2016/04/16/tortilla-crisps-recipe/.
So they call me Jam Jar Gill... http://www.jamjargill.com/

 

Please do drop me a line at jamjargill@gmail.com if you too are interested in writing a guest post… I am always interested in collaborating with my blogging community & small and/or local businesses 🙂

 

 

 

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {week 47}

So we’re into week 47 of Meatless Monday… 

My  week in 4 (week ending Sunday 22 May 2016):
  1. Posted this week by one of my teacher friends, but actually made a lot of sense…It is in fact pretty rare to know what you want to do with your life at 18…but we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about this…I’ve decided now to categorize my 20s as my Goldilocks era, I was trying things out and trying to work it all out and that’s ok…30s is for settling, and sorting you need to go out and experience the world a bit, I’d advise anyone to do the same 🙂
  2. I got an Amazon Fire TV Stick for Christmas from my lovely hubby, and I have also been getting more and more addicted to Spotify recently (please check out my playlists here) and so when we had some couple friends coming over for a dinner party this week, also bearing in mind we no longer have a working traditional stereo, I suddenly thought, ah I wonder if there’s an app on my firestick for Spotify, and sure enough there was! 😀 this was quite a revelation as now I can play music again in the house! Hurray! so definitely a discovery worth sharing. Really pleased overall with my Firestick, please see link below for how to order one, they’re super easy to set up and transform any TV with a USB port into a internet ready TV:
  3. I saw this quote this week and just wanted to share it purely as a good reminder 🙂
  4. The Global Retreat Centre, which I am a big fan of, have rebranded their emails this week and are sending out weekly thought provoking reminders, I saw this week’s one and definitely thought it was worth a share, as it really was quite profound. 
Right onto food…

Breakfast:

I went back to Aldi shopping for the first time in ages this week and picked up this super yummy new granola which I had with my usual nice mug of lemon, honey and ginger.

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk47: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk47: Breakfast

Lunch:

Lovely Meze with sugar snap peas, peppers, carrots, baby corn and pitta and a cup of lady grey team and some a nectarine, an apple and a Dark chocolate Tunnocks Caramel Bar

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk47: Lunch

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk47: Lunch

 

 

Dinner:

It was the last night before my hubby came back from his bro-in-law-to-be’s 5 day stag do in Madrid so I thought I would treat to myself to something a bit indulgent for dinner and this is how I did it… (I also started, whilst cooking with some sweet and salty popcorn to keep me going after yoga and finished with a more healthy apple)…

Baked Camembert with Garlic, Black Pepper and Naan
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15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. (quantities for 1 adapt as necessary)
  2. 1/2 a Camembert
  3. 1 tsp of Crushed Black Pepper
  4. 1 Garlic Clove
  5. 1 Heaped tbsp of Homemade (if possible) Chutney
  6. Around 6 Sundried Tomatoes (cut into pieces with scissors)
  7. 1 Garlic & Coriander Naan Bread
  8. Handful of Fresh Olives
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200'C
  2. Place your Camembert in an oven proof dish, ideally with a lid*
  3. Cut your garlic into small chunks and then insert in your Camembert evenly all over
  4. Sprinkle your black pepper on top (another thing which works well, when in season is rosemary)
  5. Place the lid on your dish and bake for 5 mins
  6. Then bake for a further 5 minutes without the lid
  7. Cut your naan in half and toast in the toaster **
  8. Then cut your sundried tomatoes and arrange on a plate
  9. Then cut your naan (again with scissors) and arrange on a plate
  10. Arrange all other bits you want too, like olives and chutney and perhaps some pepper slices to dip
  11. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. * I got this brie baker from Lakeland Ltd and I love it :)
  2. ** I know that Naan and Camembert doesn't seem at all like a natural pairing, as they are from two cultures which geographically couldn't be further apart, but let me tell you this discovery was a revelation, they are truly delicious together and I will definitely be doing this again
So they call me Jam Jar Gill... http://www.jamjargill.com/

Please check out my Pinterest meatless inspiration board: #MeatlessMonday  to gather some pinspiration:

pinterest board

Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:

And check out #meatlessmondays on this blog to see all my Meatless Monday posts and recipes. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

 

 

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CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

So this is the 4th of my series of blog posts reviewing our cat tracking collars and app from KADDZ, check out #KADDZ  to see my whole series of blog posts on these collars. 

This time I said I would go into some of the reports under the individual cat profiles, more and more of which become available as more and more data is collected by the collars.

Right so from the profile screen you see you have a button called…

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

Click on this and you will get the following screen…

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

In this post I’m going to focus in on the 1st 3 reports available from this list…

Heatmap
JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

This is one of the most fascinating of the report as it tracks on a map where your cat spends most his/her time, I found this particularly fascinating when this report first became available as my perception was that the cat I was looking at was out all the time! However the heatmap showed otherwise and actually if you looked at it in percentage terms you can be quite surprised at the results. The other cool thing about this report is you can break it down to show their movements for day and night together and separately at just a click of the central button…

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

Interesting Paths
JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

This report makes a list of all of your cat’s individual journeys, you can then click into each one to see how they have got from A to B, and all their stops along the way. To get the most interesting reports it’s best to click on the ones with the most stops. Here is the list view:

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

Here is an example of one of the Interesting Paths which Akita has taken:

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

You’ll find as you gather more data that your cats have quite a specific routine of how they get to and from all of their favourite places, this is just so fascinating. 

Current District
JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 4)

This is a daily report to show you a ring fenced off area of what your cat’s current district is. It shows you a date in the top right corner of the report, so you can always see what day you are looking at, it then has a highlighted ring fenced area on the map along with drop pins with times showing the points which they have registered as being situated throughout that day. You can simply click the arrows on each side of the map to look at the report for the previous day and then to come back to the current day so that you can compare and contrast. You can also, as with all maps on this app, zoom in for more detail if wanted/required and change between as normal and satellite map based on preference as described in my last post. A few example screenshots given below: 

In my next post I will go into some of the remaining reports available in more detail… we continue to be very impressed by these collars and their functionality. If you have any questions at all please comment below and I will answer wherever I can, and if not direct your query to my contacts at KADDZ directly.

Check out #KADDZ  to see my whole series of blog posts on these collars. 

You can also check out their company using the following links:

KADDZ on Facebook

KADDZ on Twitter

KADDZ on Pinterest

KADDZ website

KADDZ on YouTube

KADDZ tracking collars

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {week 46} – slightly delayed this week

So we’re into week 46 of Meatless Monday… Firstly want to apologise for not getting this out on Monday – I was having some WordPress issues – basically my site just seized up and I couldn’t add any more photos or update any widgets, luckily our developer friend Stu came to the rescue and so now it’s all back up and running – hurray! It has highlighted that I need to sort out and web optimise all my media, which I will do now I have found a really handy bulk re-sizing tool called bulkresizephotos.com which I am linking here for all my blogging pals – basically you just prep, edit, crop and filter all your photos in the usual way and then before uploading to your blog go to this link and drag and drop them all – set to resize to 40% and it all does it all for you and then creates a zip file which you simply then just need to unzip and then upload to your media library on your blog. Going through this process may seem laborious but is genuinely worth it and should really speed up how quickly your site loads. Hope this advice helps you too…

My  week in 4 (week ending Monday 16 May 2016):

 

 

  1. My dear friend Kitty posted this in our Bookclub WhatsApp group this week and I just loved it so thought I would share with you 🙂
  2. This weekend my hubby was off on his bro-in-law-to-be’s stag in Madrid, so I went off to see some of my further afield girls, starting with my very dear friend Tuely in Cheltenham and she took me for drinks and dinner at somewhere very much up my street, as stunning converted 1930s cinema in town called The Daffodil, I just love love love deco and this place really was truly stunning and the service, food and drinks were all delicious too – highly recommend for if you’re ever visiting the area.
  3. Whilst we were in there I tried my first ever French Martini! How I have missed this one I have no idea but I’m telling you if you haven’t had one you need to ASAP – they really are Oh my God delicious!  
  4. After staying with Tuely for a night I went on to say with my Cat in the Countryside between Cheltenham and Bristol, it was truly idyllic there, both of these friends are just so special to me, both of them I can go up to a year (or even more) without seeing and yet without fail when we meet up it’s always like I saw them yesterday. Both true kindred spirits. 
Right onto food…

Breakfast:

Fresh bread toast spread with thick set honey, and a nice mug of lemon, honey and ginger.

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk46: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk46: Breakfast

Lunch:

Lovely Meze with sugar snap peas, peppers, carrots and pitta and a cup of lady grey team and some melon, an apple and a Dark chocolate Tunnocks Caramel Bar

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk46: Lunch

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk46: Lunch

 

 

 

Dinner:

It was a bit of random dinner, but I had one defrosted pumpkin falafel left over from my weekend away so wanted to make sure that was used… So I had some carrots to keep me going whilst I was cooking it and then just had a couple of slices of fresh bread and some salad on the side and then a rooibos tea and some of my favourite chocolate for desert.  

  • JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk46: Dinner
    JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk46: Dinner
  • JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk46: Dinner
    JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk46: Dinner
  • JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk46: Dinner
    JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk46: Dinner

Please check out my Pinterest meatless inspiration board: #MeatlessMonday  to gather some pinspiration:

pinterest board

Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:

And check out #meatlessmondays on this blog to see all my Meatless Monday posts and recipes. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

 

 

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {week 45}

So we’re into week 45 of Meatless Monday… The week started with a bank holiday Monday – hence all the food below being cooked at home and ended with my cousin-in-law’s hen do and British Summer time finally catching up with the clocks!

My  week in 4:

 

 

  1. I’m a big believer in reinstating self belief, I’m not talking about being cocky here, I’m talking about believing in good and believing you deserve it and you can do it – So hope this prompts you to do just that this week 🙂
  2. So Monday last week was bank holiday as I said, but I was determined to not let my yoga session drop even though my regular class was on holiday, there are just so many options for free yoga videos on YouTube and with my Amazon Fire Stick I can transmit it right to my TV – which then becomes my yoga oyster! So my message on this one is stay motivated and keep going – it’s so worth it!
  3. This was my Pocahontas costume for the Disney themed evening at my cousin-in-laws hen do – not bad for £15 off eBay 🙂 pretty impressed. 
  4. Finally this was our lovely hen, my cousin-in-law Penny we had a lovely weekend celebrating her hen – bring on the wedding in just under a month – eeek – really need to find something to wear… but more on that later…now on to food! 

Breakfast:

Cheerios with semi skimmed organic milk, and a nice mug of lemon, honey and ginger.

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk45: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk45: Breakfast

Lunch:

I went for some lovely veggie crepes as I was at home, so simple to make and so delicious. Batter is just milk at egg together 250ml + 100g plain all-purpose flour. Filling is any veg you have in your fridge fried off in a little coconut oil, garlic, salt and pepper and a bit of grated cheese, just so tasty and versatile. 

Snacks:

I had about 4 fresh organic carrots straight from the fridge to snack on during the afternoon, they are just so lovely fresh and sweet, and then I had my vitamin c drink as I realised that I hadn’t already that day…

 

Dinner:

For dinner this week, I had to take our under cupboard kitchen lights back to IKEA this week to exchange them, as they were faulty, but as they say, every cloud, it meant I got to stock back up on my two fave veggie frozen delights from IKEAs lesser known, but quite brilliant, Food Market, Veggie Cakes and Veggie Balls 🙂 So I opted for the veggie cakes with a bit of side salad for dinner, simply, fresh, healthy, delicious! 

Please check out my Pinterest meatless inspiration board: #MeatlessMonday  to gather some pinspiration:

pinterest board

Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:

And check out #meatlessmondays on this blog to see all my Meatless Monday posts and recipes. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

 

 

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NETWORK & NATTER WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah

This was my first experience of hooking up with a local creative person in order to do a bit of an interview about what they do and how they got into the career they now follow. I found Alle through a local magazine article from the Cranfield Village newsletter that my friend at work spotted and showed me, she had an article in there as had won an award for her website alle-interiors.co.uk.  

I am currently looking to collaborate with more and more creative people and expand my networking in the world of blogging I decided to drop her a line on the off-chance that she might be interested in collaborating, she came right back to me and suggested that we did lunch the following week at my favourite place to eat on Cranfield University Campus, Cafe Bookshop…right then I knew she was my kind of lady :).

I had for a while been admiring the Cup of Tea with… posts at Sarah Akwisombe.com (definitely one of my favourite bloggers of the moment) as just such a great way to hook up with fellow creative people and learn about what they do and of course write to your readers about them too, a bit of free marketing for them and an interesting read and write too – win win win! So this was what I suggested to Alle and she loved the idea too :).

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah: Alle and her lovely Assistant Meg

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah: Alle and her lovely Assistant Meg

And so follows the 10 questions I asked her… along with a few images of her work…

1. How long have you been an Interior Designer?

Since March 2007 when I completed the Professional Interior Design Diploma course

2. How did you get into Interior Design and do you have any top tips for people who would like to break into the industry too?

Interior Design is a positive and interesting profession where I was able to express my creativity and people skills. Being Dutch had some influence, being that we as a nation are very house proud! A local City and Guilds course in Interior design had given me a basic interest and knowledge, but I was unable to build on this locally. Due to being a single mum I looked at distance learning courses and came across the National Design Academy. At this establishment you can follow some practical day workshops and achieve qualifications up to degree level. Apart from Interior Design they also do a Diploma course in hand sewn curtain making and soft furnishings, which I completed in February 2015.

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah

3. How do your design jobs come about? Where do you source your work?

My work is mainly word of mouth and through some advertising locally.

4. When and how did you decide to work for yourself?

In 2007 I attempted to start to be self-employed getting some commission work through Hammonds Furniture, but after 10 months I realised that as a single mum this was not going to work out. I then became employed at Laura Ashley as an Interior Designer. In September 2014 I took the plunge again and decided to open a workroom to make curtains and soft furnishings as well as providing my clients with Interior Design services.

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah: WAB awards Wenta 2016 Alle Interiors

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah: WAB awards Wenta 2016 Alle Interiors

5. You come from the Netherlands, did you work in Interior Design there or just since you moved to the UK?

In January 1991 I moved as a Registered general Nurse to England to be married to an Englishman I was engaged to for several years. Interior Design became my passion after having my three children, going through a divorce and wanting to make a positive change in my life.

6. Who has been your biggest influence in the Design World (Brand or Person or both)?

Laura Ashley, Nicky Campbell, Sarah Moore, and architect George Clarke.

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah

7. Do you work with both businesses and residential customers? And if so how do these jobs differ from each other?

Mostly residential customers, however this can include a 5/6-bed property from blank canvas.

8. Did you always know you wanted to work in Interior Design?

No I entered this profession at a slightly later stage in life after a career change period.

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah

9. How would your friends describe you?

Outgoing, thoughtful, kind, creative….

10. What’s the next career goal you would like to tick off your bucket-list?

Alle Interiors has now traded for their first year and a half. It has been exciting and scary at the same time. We employ an assistant Interior designer part -time. Our next goal is to move premisses and employ more people in our workroom providing a professional service to our clients.

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah

JamJarGill: A CUPPA TEA WITH: Local Interior Designer Alle Dekenah

Have you found this post inspiring… please check out Alle Interiors on her website & on Facebook  or drop her a line: Tel: 01908 240 739, Mob: 07712 150 721, Email: alle@alle-interiors.co.uk

If you are a creative person or local business and you would be interested in either a featured “network & natter” post on you, or me shaddowing you for a day and blogging about that or you want to write either one or a selection of guest blog posts at jamajargill.com please drop me a line jamjargill@gmail.com – I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Sunday! 

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CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 3)

So this is the 3rd of my series of blog posts reviewing our cat tracking collars and app from KADDZ, check out #KADDZ  to see my whole series of blog posts on these collars. 

This time I said I would go into some of the features of the app itself…

Before I begin I would just like to say that I am very impressed indeed by the operating instructions which are provided on the KADDZ website as a step by step guide, broken down in to logical sections, with photos throughout, it is very easy to follow and fab to make reference to whenever you come across a new feature. It is quite rare to find such a useful instruction manual, especially from a start up company, so I definitely felt it was worth mentioning, as it is clear that whoever put it together went to a lot of effort to do so, so thank you KADDZ. 

When you first get the collars you activate them using the registration code, which you would have been emailed, as referenced in my previous post, but just to go into a little more detail we went for creating an account with KADDZ directly (as opposed to through Facebook) on one phone and then adding both the other user and the 2nd cat collar after that.

One of my favourite features of this collar is the home zone. The way this works is that when you first setup and register your collar(s) you set your home zone by entering your home wifi details, then when ever your cat(s) enter your home wifi transmission area it registered them as being at home. Please note, during initial set up the cat collar must be in the home zone, once set up you’ll see your collar(s) on the map depicted as a red circle with the number 1. As soon as your cat leaves the home zone you’ll see your cat’s pictogram on the map, as you can see in the screenshot below:

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 3)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 3)

Each cat then has a profile screen, for which you can pick your favourite photo of them and enter their basic stats too, which is where you go to get more detail about their individual activity… As more data is collected on your feline friend more reports and features become available and their content more interesting too.  

You can set up a range of alerts on your cat’s individual profiles simply by going into Settings>Notifications and then ticking the boxes which you want to be alerted on; we’ve personally decided to tick all options on both cats as it doesn’t seem to affect the battery life too much but really does give you an extra level of comfort when you’re out at work during the day and your phone pops up with “Akita has returned home” for example. 🙂

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 3)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 3)

 

Once you are all set up on the app and the collars are activated the next thing to do of course is to prep the collars and get them on your cats. This is described beautifully on this putting on the collar section of the guide referenced above, including mini videos to show how to put each part together. 

And as for changing the battery…it really is just so simple a kid could do it, as shown in this video:

The reflectors provided are a really nice additional safety feature, especially if your cat(s) go out at night and also come in a range of colours to give the collar a bit of personality too. I picked out an orange one for Akita’s collar and a teal one for Medes’ collar… Medes wasn’t quite as keen to get his photo taken this time, but I got a couple for you…

Whilst you are waiting to gather enough data for the various different reports which populate in the individual cat profiles you instantly have access to the map which shows where your cat(s) are at any given point and also has some additional cool little features:

  • You can switch between photographic and normal map by clicking on this button: JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 3)

 

 

 

…both of which are powered by google maps. 🙂

  • Another good one is  the trail feature from the main map screen so you can see all the recent spots your cat has gone to, you can access this by clicking on the following button: JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 3)

It then shows you dots to indicate the most recent spots:

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 3)

JamJarGill: CAT PARENTING: KADDZ product review (pt 3)

 

In my next post I will go into some of the reports which become available as your collar gathers more data… we continue to be very impressed by these collars and their functionality. If you have any questions at all please comment below and I will answer wherever I can, and if not direct your query to my contacts at KADDZ directly.

Check out #KADDZ  to see my whole series of blog posts on these collars. 

You can also check out their company using the following links:

KADDZ on Facebook

KADDZ on Twitter

KADDZ on Pinterest

KADDZ website

KADDZ on YouTube

KADDZ tracking collars

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WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

I love collaborating with local/small businesses and fellow bloggers alike I am excited introduce you to my second guest author here at JamJarGill.com, Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies with her guest post: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland. 

JamJarGill: Wanderlust: Guest Post: Things to do in Italy

Stella Ryuk

I met Stella through one of my blogging networking groups on Facebook (a fantastic way to connect with your blogging community) but neither of us can remember which one – haha! As soon as I saw the name of her blog I knew she was my kind of girl – foodie and travel obsessed! – perfect! 

She is a Photographer, Journalist, Traveler, Foodie &  Blogger from Athens in Greece and loves traveling all over the world and trying out local cuisine. Anyway enough waffle from me, on to her lovely blog post… You can check Stella out on her Traveling Foodie Facebook Page, Traveling Foodie Twitter and of course on the Traveling Foodie Blog itself. 🙂 

 

10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland

 

Milan:

  1. Take a night selfie at the Duomo Square
    The Duomo is a magnificent church and taking a selfie is a must for all travelers, but a night selfie is even more intriguing with the city lights. And quite challenging too!

    WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

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  2. Walk through the Sforzesco Park and visit the Palace
    It is one of the most beautiful parks of Europe, full of trees and lakesides, young people in love!

    WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

    2.

 

Como:

  1. Hike to the top of the Baradello Castle
    That’s a great way to spend an outdoorsy day, hike about 1,5 km to the top of the hill that oversees the city of Como and the lake. The view: Breathtaking!

    WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

    3.

  2. Walk across the lake Como
    There are so many beautiful villas there, and even if we can’t afford them we can surely admire them!

    WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

    4.

  3. Eat pizza with anchovies
    Yes, this is tricky because not many people like anchovies but if you do, don’t miss on that opportunity.

    WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

    5.


Lugano:

  1. Admire the Lake Lugano
    Don’t miss the amazing view of the lake Lugano on the way to the city of Lugano, stop right before in Paradiso and enjoy!

    WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

    6.

  2. Find the Head Statue in Lugano
    Go on an adventure and find the head statue by the Polish artist Igor Mitoraj, called Eros Bendato. You will not regret it.

    WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

    7.


Pavia:

  1. Walk across the Ticino River
    Pavia is a little village south of Milan, and it has a very nice bridge crossing the Ticino river. Its view is incredible and those of you that like photography you will appreciate it.

    WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

    8.


Bergamo:

  1. Go on a gate hunt in the old city
    Bergamo is known for it’s magnificent old city or otherwise known as upper city. Why not go on a hunt for its gates, you might actually fall in love with the view in the meantime. I know I did.

    WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

    9.

  2. Eat ice cream, please
    Wherever you are in Italy, seriously, eat ice cream! It’s a unique experience that you must have.

    WANDERLUST: 10 Things to do in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland {guest post by Stella Ryuk from Traveling Foodies}

    10.

 

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {week 44}

So we’re into week 44 of Meatless Monday… 

My  week in 4:

1.

 

  1. I saw this film on Facebook this morning and just thought it was so profound it was worth a share, I hope his words resonate with you as much as they did with me.
  2. Another Facebook share from this week – but sometimes coincidences are just to funny not to share haha 
  3. It was Pay Day Night out this Saturday and we were back at my new favourite place to go out in MK, Revolución de Cuba. Love this photo taken by their photographer with my Marie 🙂 We had a wonderful night dancing the night away till the early hours of the morning #happytimes
  4. Namaste is one of my favourite greetings, even more so once I learnt what it meant a few years ago, I don’t think everyone does know, so I thought I would share. I just love the concept that everyone is just a soul which needs and craves love and sometimes when human beings are a challenge or there are break downs in communication or clashes in personality type we forget this, so this is a good reminder, hope it helps you too. 
Right on to food…

Breakfast:

Cheerios with semi skimmed organic milk, lemon, honey and ginger, a mini glass of juice to have my vitamins with and a Green Earl Grey Tea to take to work.

Lunch:

Went back to my favourite meze for lunch, fruit wise I had some blueberries from Abel and Cole which were a lovely afternoon snack, and of course I took them to work in a little jam jar 😉

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk44: Lunch

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk44: Lunch

Dinner:

Came in after yoga late and tired but determined to cook again :). This week in my Abel and Cole box I had some purple sprouting broccoli so I just threw together some broccoli cheesy pasta….here’s how I did it…

Baked Camembert with Garlic, Black Pepper and Naan
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. (quantities for 1 adapt as necessary)
  2. 1/2 a Camembert
  3. 1 tsp of Crushed Black Pepper
  4. 1 Garlic Clove
  5. 1 Heaped tbsp of Homemade (if possible) Chutney
  6. Around 6 Sundried Tomatoes (cut into pieces with scissors)
  7. 1 Garlic & Coriander Naan Bread
  8. Handful of Fresh Olives
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200'C
  2. Place your Camembert in an oven proof dish, ideally with a lid*
  3. Cut your garlic into small chunks and then insert in your Camembert evenly all over
  4. Sprinkle your black pepper on top (another thing which works well, when in season is rosemary)
  5. Place the lid on your dish and bake for 5 mins
  6. Then bake for a further 5 minutes without the lid
  7. Cut your naan in half and toast in the toaster **
  8. Then cut your sundried tomatoes and arrange on a plate
  9. Then cut your naan (again with scissors) and arrange on a plate
  10. Arrange all other bits you want too, like olives and chutney and perhaps some pepper slices to dip
  11. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. * I got this brie baker from Lakeland Ltd and I love it :)
  2. ** I know that Naan and Camembert doesn't seem at all like a natural pairing, as they are from two cultures which geographically couldn't be further apart, but let me tell you this discovery was a revelation, they are truly delicious together and I will definitely be doing this again
So they call me Jam Jar Gill... http://www.jamjargill.com/

 

 

 

Please check out my Pinterest meatless inspiration board: #MeatlessMonday  to gather some pinspiration:

pinterest board

Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:

And check out #meatlessmondays on this blog to see all my Meatless Monday posts and recipes. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

 

 

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {week 43}

So we’re into week 43 of Meatless Monday… 

My  week in 4:
  1. Our Queen turned 90 this week, I am not a complete royalist however I am very proud to live in a country which has a royal family like ours, I just love the tradition of it and I think with William, Kate and Harry it holds a very bright future too. So many happy returns to her Majesty.
  2. We had booked our first theatre trip with my beloved Bookclub months ago now and this week it came round, we went to MK theatre to watch the stage version of the Bodyguard. I have to say overall I was very impressed and it was different enough from the movie to keep it interesting. I just love hanging out with these girls though – they really are just awesome in every way. 
  3. This is my melancholy image of this week, picked out to symbolise the passing of just so many special people in the limelight this year, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels, Ronnie Corbett, Victoria Wood and now this week Prince too 🙁 all of these were household names, all of them were part of my childhood, and it’s very sad indeed to see them all go in such quick succession, I really do hope they are all now at peace and my thoughts go out to their family and loved ones.     
  4. To end on a happier note, Bookclub theatre trip turned into an impromptu Bookclub night out at my new favourite place to go out in MK, Cuba Revolution, the atmosphere in there is just electric and there is just such good music – I just love nights like that where you just dance and dance and dance 🙂 definitely one of my favourite happy places. 
Right on to food…

So I promised you a more exciting week food wise and as you will see I have delivered :)….

Breakfast:

Cheerios (for a bit of a change) with semi skimmed organic milk, lemon, honey and ginger, an Actimel and a Green Earl Grey Tea to take to work.

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk43: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday: wk43: Breakfast

Lunch:

This was where I got organised and actually prepped and made the Sunday before… I had a pumpkin in the fridge to use up and whilst I have got comfortable with my mac-no-cheese and pumpkin and goat’s cheese recipes I felt like it was time to try something completely new. So I went onto the trusty BBC Good Food Magazine website and typed in “pumpkin” into the ingredients search (a feature of this website which I love and is just so useful if you have random ingredients in which you don’t know what to do with and started searching through the recipes for inspiration… I came up with this recipe for Pumpkin Falafel…here’s how I adapted and made it…

Pumpkin falafel pockets
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Ingredients
  1. 1kg pumpkin or butternut squash, deseeded and cut into wedges
  2. 400g can chickpea, drained, rinsed and dried
  3. 2 garlic clove, chopped
  4. 1 tsp ground cumin
  5. small bunch whatever fresh herb you have to hand - for me this was sage and chives, roughly chopped
  6. Matzo Meal or bread crumb (added to dry out the mixture)
  7. I cheated and got shop bought coleslaw to serve
  8. 4 wholemeal pitta bread to serve
Instructions
  1. Put the pumpkin in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with cling film.
  2. Cook on High for 10 mins or until soft.
  3. Tip the chickpeas, garlic, chilli flakes, cumin and the fresh herbs into a food processor, then whizz until the chickpeas are finely chopped but not smooth.
  4. Allow the pumpkin to cool slightly, throw straight into the processor, skin and all, you can fish out bits which don't blend after and add to the chickpea mix with some seasoning and the breadcrumbs.
  5. Give everything a good stir, then shape into 12 little patties with your hands. Put the falafels on a plate and chill for 10 mins (I coated them in plain flour to prevent them sticking before chilling)
  6. Prep your pittas by heating in the toaster and get your salad/ coleslaw ready to serve
  7. Once your falafels are chilled take them out and the ones you want to use right now, shallow fry in coconut oil until golden on both sides, if you have leftover ones freeze raw and wrapped in clingfilm to separate, defrost fully before using.
  8. Put all your components together, serve and enjoy!
Adapted from BBC Food Food Website
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And here are my photos….

Dinner:

 

For dinner I went back to an old favourite of Beetroot and Haloumi Salad, you can find the full recipe in wk9. I cooked the beetroot in the morning so it was nice and quick when I got home after yoga to just wizz it up with some lemon slices and olive oil, cook the haloumi and then serve on a bed of leaves. This is such a lovely fresh dish, inspired by a Nigella recipe and one I always come back too 😀 and I had plenty left over for lunch the next day. I finished with a yogurt for dessert.

 

Please check out my Pinterest meatless inspiration board: #MeatlessMonday  to gather some pinspiration:

pinterest board

Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:

And check out #meatlessmondays on this blog to see all my Meatless Monday posts and recipes. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

 

 

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