RECIPE JOURNAL: Mary Berry’s Mexican Tortilla Bake

I am a big fan of Mary Berry’s cookery programmes, it really is such therapeutic viewing and I have been working back through my series linked archive of Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking recipes recently with glee.

This is a recipe I recently saw her cook and so decided to recreate for a girls dinner party, it really was completely delicious and I would definitely cook it again. It also would adapt very well to a veggie version simply by replacing the beef mince with veggie mince.

It reheated well from the fridge, I’m not sure how it would do in the freezer with the tortillas but worth a go.

You can find all the delicious recipes featured on this series in this BBC book which is firmly on my wish list – birthday at the end of September – hoping to get it from somebody lovely 😉 

 

In the mean time here is the recipe (I have adapted a couple of the ingredients to what I had in) and below my photos I took whilst cooking it 🙂 Hope you enjoy and give it a go too….

Mexican tortilla bake
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 2 large onions, chopped
  3. 500g/1lb 2oz beef mince (or veggie mince if you want to make it vegetarian)
  4. A good shake of Tabasco Sauce
  5. 1-2 bell peppers, deseeded and diced
  6. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  7. 1 tbsp ground cumin
  8. 1 tbsp ground coriander
  9. 2 tbsp tomato purée
  10. 1–2 tbsp mango chutney
  11. 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  12. 1 small bunch fresh coriander, chopped
  13. salt and freshly ground black pepper
  14. To assemble
  15. 3 large tortilla wraps
  16. 250g/9oz full-fat mascarpone
  17. 100g/3½oz mozzarella, grated
  18. 100g/3½oz cheddar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3.
  2. Pour the oil into a large ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat, add the onions and fry for 3 minutes. Turn up the heat, add the mince and fry until brown, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon and stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tabasco, bell peppers, garlic and spices and fry for 5 minutes, or until all the moisture has evaporated and the mixture is quite dry. Stir in the tomato purée, mango chutney, tinned tomatoes and salt and black pepper. Cover with a lid, bring to the boil and transfer to the oven to simmer for an hour.
  4. Remove from the oven and stir in half the coriander. Increase the oven temperature to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
  5. Spread a third of the cooked mince beef mixture over the bottom of the ovenproof dish and lay one tortilla wrap on top. Spread a third of the mascarpone (see tip) over the tortilla and sprinkle with a third of each of the mozzarella and Cheddar cheeses. Repeat twice more so you have 3 layers.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until golden-brown and bubbling. Set aside for 5 minutes before serving and garnish with the remaining coriander.
Notes
  1. If your mascarpone is firm, you might find it easier to spread the mascarpone on each tortilla first before adding to the dish.
  2. If covered and chilled in the fridge, you can assemble this dish up to 6 hours ahead. Simply bake at 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 for 25 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.
  3. If uncooked and covered, this dish freezes very well.
  4. One thing which I did think I would add if I were to cook this again, as I think it would be very complimentary would be a small can of sweetcorn.
Adapted from Mary Berry's Foolproof Cooking
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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {1 year 8 weeks}

So we’re into 1 year 8 weeks of Meatless Monday… Into my 19th week of pregnancy too and soldiering on 🙂 

Here’s my  week in 4:

1.

    1.  I love, love,love the Girls with Glasses, I saw this video this week and it just made me smile all the way through – how many of us who are pregnant/have been pregnant have heard one too many of these!
    2. This is and should be my mantra for life! I have a horrid habit of overcomplicating things with the very best intentions because I am such a planner, when the thing (whatever it was I was planning) actually comes about I then realise how much I over complicate, the trick is to spot this trend before the event and also not over complicate when looking back on things too – hope this gives you as much food for thought as it did me!
    3. My phone case was definitely looking more shabby than chic, so I figured it was definitely time for an upgrade, I just love how cheap they are and the variety you get and the speed of delivery from Amazon now (they definitely seem to have sorted out their couriers!) this is the one I went for this time and it is even prettier in person 😀 – highly recommended

4. I’ve had some, passed-their-best, plums and flat nectarines in the fridge now for a couple of weeks, so I decided its high time I make some jam (you know to live up to the name and all) so that I did and 6 lovely new jars I now have to enjoy 🙂

Right onto food…

Breakfast:

Granola with semi skimmed organic milk and a glass of grape, apple and raspberry juice

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 8 weeks}: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 8 weeks}: Breakfast

Lunch:

Meze, Petit Filous, pot of strawberries, an apple, mini Maryland cookies and a slice of pie which was going begging in the office.

 

Dinner:

Stuffed peppers with couscous (recipe below), a glass of fresh tropical juice and a couple of squares of dark chocolate to finish.

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

pinterest board

Along with the official Meatless Monday board which I am also now sharing on:

Meatless Monday Bloggers - Official 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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FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: A note on gift lists…

So I am a Pinterest addict…in case you haven’t clocked my profile yet I am up to I am currently well on my way to 17K of Pins and I’m not even ashamed! I love pretty things and window shopping and clever ideas which you just don’t see elsewhere so frankly this site is just made for me 😀

However, that said, Pinterest does have it’s limitations and when it comes to gift lists they are a bit pants (something which I think they could expand into with just a couple of extra features), mainly because of the following:

  • there is no way to track what has been bought and what hasn’t
  • you can’t keep it secret from the person creating the list
  • you need a Pinterest log in to use it
  • they even removed the rather handy “price across the corner of the image feature” of a couple of years ago which I actually really liked

So I found myself with a conundrum, I wanted a free, one size fits all gift list system which allowed me to add from any shop with images and links and prices and basically all the stuff which isn’t currently available on Pinterest. I didn’t want multiple gift registries with multiple shops and I didn’t want to pay for the service, also a lot of these things are directed at the wedding market with no option for baby registries, so these were my challenges…. but after a bit of googling I found my solution: http://www.mylistishere.com/ 

My List is Here - How it works

Let me tell you a bit about it….

To be fair this video pretty much tells you all you need to know, other than I didn’t find that the wish widget was quite working all the time and capturing all the info it needed to so I ended up resorting to the manual adding option for adding items to my list, which is just a simple form which looks like this:

Add a bespoke item

…which might seem like a bit of a faff, but actually once you get into it it is really quite addictive and fun too – or maybe that’s just my inner organisational geek 8)

Another feature I love is that you can organise your list in several ways: 

how to sort your list

…Which is really handy when sending the list round and when organising yourself too

I have literally, and continue to, add everything which I find to this list which we need and I like big and small and so it is effectively our shopping list as well as a gift list, it’s just fab to keep it all in one place.

It’s also great for the future as you can add as many lists as you like, Birthdays, Christmases, Weddings, etc etc etc and share all with your friends and family using a simple link. Here is mine: http://www.mylistishere.com/0n3hj2

I am keen to hook up with other twin Mamas and Papas for collaborative posts and/or to find opportunities to  product test both pregnancy related items (currently 19 wks pregnant) and twin baby equipment once they arrive (likely at the end of the year) and/or interested in doing a featured post for any service providers to either pregnant women or babies, if you are interested or if you have any opportunities please drop me a line at jamjargill@gmail.com, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂 

What do you think of our gift selection so far?What gift list registry system have you used? Did you like it? If so why? What essential things did you add to your directory? I would love to hear from you.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. xx

 

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AWESOME VIDEOS: Countdown to Life Series

Unfortunately I missed this series on the Countdown to Life when they were on the TV but they really are a fab series of documentaries tracking pregnancy in a fascinating way brought to you by the ever wonderful BBC & Open University in Collaboration… Hope you find them as enjoyable and informative as I have…

You can buy it to keep at the BBC store or stream below…

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FUTURE LITTLE GHERKINS: Frigging Twins!

As you may have seen on one of my regular Meatless Monday Posts a couple of weeks ago we got the shock of our lives when we went for our 12 week scan for our first pregnancy only to find out we’re having twins! Here’s how it went down…

Sonographer“Ah is this your first scan?”

Me: “Yes…why?”

Sonographer: “OK…so there’s two babies in here!” 

Me: “Are you joking?!”

Sonographer: “No, no, we don’t joke here! Two lovely healthy babies…”

Me: “But there’s two! Oh my God! Oh my God. Oh my God!”

It was crazy for us both as we don’t have any twins either side of the family it just wasn’t on our radar even as a possibility and then just like that! It happened! My body released two eggs (usually something which runs in the family) and we effectively got ourselves two pregnancies in one (otherwise known as non identical twins). It was funny once it sunk in as some of our close family, namely my Mum-in-law, were jesting that there might be two in there due to the fact I was showing so early, but as I didn’t have any comparison point I just took it as a jest… everyone really was blown away when they found out she was right! 

But after the dust settled (which took around 2 weeks of us just randomly turning to each other whenever we were together and just saying “twins! frigging twins!”) we began to get used to the idea and now to be honest it is just mainly excitement, happiness and anticipation to meet our little ones.

One thing which did make me worry initially was that whilst I knew a lot of people with kids, and actually knew a fair few adult twins I didn’t actually know anyone who had had twins, who was a twin parent. A lovely lady at work then suggested I look up TAMBA, The Twin and Multiple Birth Association, which of course I had never heard of, but this was a real turning point for me as they really are a wonderful charity, almost like NCT for Multiple Births and they have so much helpful information and courses on their website, but most wonderful of all was the suggestion to join their local twin parent Facebook Groups, which are completely free of charge and join you in with a network of other local twin and multiple birth parents, I have to say this really has been a Godsend in coming to terms with it all, it’s just such a comfort to talk to people who have been through it/are going through it too and have come out the other side. It just makes you feel like it is all possible and all going to be ok. 🙂

Stay tuned for more blog posts as I track our journey into twin parenthood…

I am keen to hook up with other twin Mamas and Papas for collaborative posts and/or to find opportunities to  product test both pregnancy related items (currently 19 wks pregnant) and twin baby equipment once they arrive (likely at the end of the year) and/or interested in doing a featured post for any service providers to either pregnant women or babies, if you are interested or if you have any opportunities please drop me a line at jamjargill@gmail.com, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂 

Please also comment below if this all sounds familiar, and if a similar thing has happened to you, I’d love to hear your story 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week.  

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RECIPE JOURNAL: Meatless Monday {1 year 7 weeks}

So we’re into 1 year 7 weeks of Meatless Monday… I was actually on annual leave this Monday as it was just after the weekend where we got our new central heating system fitted with workmen in the house for two 12 hr days straight so I needed a recovery day, which I’m very glad I took 🙂 

Here’s my  week in 4 (week ending Sunday 07 August 2016):
  1. I saw this quote on Instagram this week and just loved it 🙂
  2. The baby centre app did make me chuckle when I went into it last week, they’d obviously run out of ideas for comparable fruit and veg to babies size so just came up with this rather random “this week your baby is around the weight of a turnip!” – I mean how does that tell you anything – seriously – haha
  3. This is a few photos of our beautiful, and very efficient new central heating system which was installed over the weekend, genuinely blown away impressed with the guys who did it all in one weekend, and will write a blog post all about it with a link to their website as soon as I get a minute
  4. This is my new maternity dress which arrived in the post this week from my beautiful friend Cat who didn’t need it anymore so sent it on – it’s just so pretty and it was so lovely of her to send it over to me 🙂   
Right onto food…I

Breakfast:

Chocolate chip brioche, cup of lady grey tea with milk and honey, and a glass of this fresh tropical juice from the milkman this week.

Lunch:

Melted cheese and marmite bagel, a glass of grape, apple and raspberry juice, a dairylea dunker, two petit filous and an apple

 

Dinner:

Jacket potato with cheese, chive, ground black pepper and lurpak filling and a side salad with caesar dressing – yummy!

 

 

 

 

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

pinterest board

Along with the official Meatless Monday board which I am also now sharing on:

Meatless Monday Bloggers - Official 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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FOODIE FOOD: 5 Vegetarian Easy & Quick One-Pot Recipes You’re Sure to Love {guest post by Paula Hughes}

I love collaborating with local/small businesses and fellow bloggers alike I am excited introduce you to my forth guest author here at JamJarGill.com, Paula Hughes blogs on ChewTheWorld.com, a handy blog, concentrated on food delights, tips, and tricks on preparing the best meals, in-depth guides, getting the best equipment such as best utility knife, food steamers, blenders and on everything related to the kitchen. She’s also a mother of two where she balances between her passion and her biggest joy in life. These recipes look completely delicious and I will definitely be adding them to my Meatless Monday repertoire as soon as I get the chance to cook them 🙂 

Paula Hughes

Paula Hughes

Eating vegetarian doesn’t have to be hard! Many people who are new to vegetarianism are often overwhelmed by the idea of having to combine so many ingredients and cook vegetarian recipes. Luckily, cooking vegetarian doesn’t have to be hard. If you’re looking for some great vegetarian recipes ideas, we’ve put together five quick and easy vegetarian recipes that can be made in one pot for ultimate convenience! Learn how to make spicy noodles or how nutritional yeast can be used instead of ricotta cheese or any cheesy, dairy flavor! For more alternatives, check Great Substitutes For Ricotta Cheese by ChewtheWorld.

 We’ve assembled five delicious vegetarian one-pot recipes that will make cutting animal-based food out of your diet the best thing to ever happen to you. If you can’t be using a wonderful tool like food steamers, you may as well try out the trusty solid pot for cooking! Check out these five great recipes and see how easy vegetarian cooking can be!

1. Tomato Barley Risotto
Creamy, dreamy, and totally good for you, this tomato barley risotto is winning over folks everywhere. It has a wonderful flavor that combines the tastiness of freshly made tomato soup with dreamy, hardy barley. Infused with the flavor of garlic and oregano, eating this risotto is like winning the vegan recipe lottery. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup dry barley
  2. 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon oregano and basil
  4. 2 garlic cloves
  5. 1 cup of pureed tomatoes
  6. 1 cup almond milk
  7. 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  8. 1/2 tablespoon Miso & 1/2 tablespoon water
  9. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse your barley and put it into a lidded pot. Put heat on medium and add oil. Mix herbs into warming oil and pour in barley, mixing in. Stir until the barley begins to heat up and audibly crackle and sizzle. Next, add garlic and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for one or two minutes. Then add the rest of your ingredients, bringing to a boil. Continue to stir.
  2. Cover your pot and turn the heat down to low. Cook with the lid a bit off for a half hour. Stir every so often to keep barley from burning. Your tomato barley dish will be creamy and chewy. The nutritional yeast gives it that cheesy aspect that tastes so good!
  3. This dish is comfort food at its best.
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2. Peanut Sesame Noodles in A Pot
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box linguine
  2. 3 1/2 cups water
  3. 2 cups bok choy
  4. 1 bell pepper
  5. 1 small onion
  6. 1 large carrot
  7. 3 cloves garlic
  8. 1 piece of ginger
  9. 1/8 cup soy sauce
  10. 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  11. 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  12. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  13. salt
  14. 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  15. 1 cup cabbage
Toppings
  1. Sliced green onions
  2. Peanuts
Instructions
  1. Prep your toppings beforehand by slicing the green onion. Place in a dish and set aside.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in a pot over high heat except for the cabbage and the vinegar. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook for 9 minutes. Make sure to stir and toss the ingredients using tongs to be sure that the noodles do not stick to the pot!
  3. Once the dish is done, you should see that the pasta is well cooked, the vegetables should be cooked and the liquid will be mostly gone. Take out and put into bowls or plates and add your toppings. This is a very versatile dish that can be eaten for lunch or dinner.
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3. One Pot Mediterranean Quinoa with Chickpeas & Vegetables
This delicious one-pot vegan dish infuses all the flavor of the Mediterranean into one amazing dinner dish. You can bring leftovers to work-- it's even better cold the next day. This dish comes to about four servings so you can eat it at dinner with friends, bring on a picnic, or just save the extra to eat later!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  2. 2 garlic cloves
  3. 1/2 sweet white onion
  4. 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  5. 1 teaspoon oregano
  6. 1 teaspoon basil
  7. 1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
  8. 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  9. 2 cups vegetable broth
  10. 1 cup chickpeas pre-cooked
  11. 2 cups quinoa
  12. Salt and pepper
  13. Vegetables of choice
Instructions
  1. Heat your oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion, flakes, and garlic and cook two minutes. Add herbs and cook for 30 seconds. Add quinoa and the olives and tomatoes. Stire for 30 seconds, then add your broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until liquid is absorbed (just under a half hour).
  2. When liquid is absorbed, take off lid. Stir in your chickpeas and any vegetables you wish to include. Let sit and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately after making and refrigerate any leftovers! This is such a delicious dish that your friends and family will be begging you for the recipe!
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4. One Pot Spicy Noodles
You'll get your fill of vegan spiciness with this hot dish! It's a great choice for vegans who love a little kick to their meals. It's easy to make and of course only requires one pot to get started. Adjust the spice level to taste!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box linguine or angel hair
  2. 2 tablespoons oil, your choice
  3. 2 eggs beaten
  4. Crushed pepper flakes
  5. 1 zucchini or summer squash
  6. Hot sauce to taste
  7. Sriracha to taste
  8. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  9. 2 cloves garlic
  10. 1 cup mushroom
  11. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  12. 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  13. 3 green onions
  14. 1/4 cup peanuts
Instructions
  1. Fill large pot half up with water and add salt. Bring to a boil and cook linguine, draining and setting aside. Combine your ginger, hot sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce in a bowl and mix; set it aside.
  2. Put the pot on the stove over medium heat, adding the oil. Add your eggs and flakes and stir so that eggs scramble and set aside. Heat another tablespoon of oil and put your squash, mushrooms and garlic in. Cook for five minutes on medium-high until cooked and turn to low. Add pasta and eggs, then pour sauce over and stir. Make sure noodles are coated and then add your green onions, cilantro, and peanuts. Stir to mix and serve hot!
  3. This dish also tastes great the next day cold from the fridge!
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5. Vegan Rice and Carrot Soup
This soup is just the thing that you need to get over a cold or just eat on a cold winter's day or on a cool summer evening. It will revive you and make you feel good-- just like food is supposed to!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups vegetable broth
  2. 1 onion
  3. 5 pieces celery
  4. 5 garlic cloves
  5. 3 carrots
  6. 1 tablespoon of oregano and parsley
  7. 1/2 cup rice
  8. 1/8 tablespoon dry mustard
  9. 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  10. 2 bay leaves
  11. 1 cup water
  12. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Put a little olive oil in a medium to large pot. Throw your onion in, stirring until translucent. Add garlic and cook for one minute, then add the carrots. They can be grated or chopped. Add a little salt and pepper. Add all ingredients (except for rice and liquids) and cook on medium high for about six minutes. Cook rice for a few minutes, then add your liquids.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cover with a lid. Cook for thirty minutes. Don't forget to take the bay leaves out at the end! Serve hot with vegan bread or crackers and add salt and pepper to taste. Yum!
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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 {1 year 6 weeks}

So we’re into 1 year 6 weeks of Meatless Monday… 

Here’s my  week in 4 (week ending Sunday 31 July 2016):
  1. The world has seemly gone mad for Pokemon Go in recent weeks, I have to say, Pokemon passed me by without me missing it the first time and is doing the same once again, though this quote did make me chuckle this week, and sums up my thoughts on it quite nicely 😉
  2. As you may have seen in my last Meatless Monday post we have now removed the grotty carpet from our stairs… this is my pinspiration for what I would like to do with what remains – it may take us a little while and we may need a helping hand with the sanding back, but it’s always good to have a plan I reckon 
  3. Had my girls over for a lovely movie and dinner date on Friday this week and my beautiful Marie bought me these stunning flowers which really cheered me up after a long week at work 🙂 so lucky to have the girls I do in my life
  4. This quote was posted Mum’s to be Facebook page this week and it just spoke to me so much and where I am at right now I thought I would share 🙂
Right onto food…

Breakfast:

Granola with organic semi skimmed milk, and a glass of this fresh tropical juice from the milkman this week.

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 6 weeks}: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 6 weeks}: Breakfast

 

Lunch:

Meze, Dairylea Dunker, Vimto squash, 2 apples,  Maryland cookies mini pack and Petit Filous and a bottle of Tropicana orange juice, oh and then my manager bought a delicious selection of cakes for her birthday this week and I just couldn’t resist this chocolate butterfly cake from the local bakery – it really was yummy 🙂

Dinner:

Was a bit of a rushed affair as I was actually out shopping for a birthday gift until too late in the evening after work really, so just dashed into Tesco on the way home and picked up a nice easy veggie ready meal which actually turned out to be really tasty and I would buy again 🙂 – doesn’t always have to be homemade to be tasty, sometimes convenience wins 🙂 

 

 

 

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

pinterest board

Along with the official Meatless Monday board which I am also now sharing on:

Meatless Monday Bloggers - Official 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 6)

So the time has come to write my final post in the series which I have been doing reviewing our cat tracking collars and app from KADDZ, check out #KADDZ  to see my whole series of blog posts on these collars. 

What to do if your collar or cat goes missing…

If your cat activates the safety-release mechanism and turns up back home without their collar there are several features to help you find the collar again. It is best to try to do these things as soon as possible before the battery runs out. I for one find it very reassuring that this is KADDZ’s stance on this: “Even when it comes to the normal clasp, we deliberately chose a design that allows an easy escape. Our main focus during development was that the collar will always open easily, so that your cat is not exposed to any danger. We know that this may sometimes conflict with the objective of knowing at all times where your cat is, but your cat well-being is our top priority.”

If the cat/ or the collar goes missing, you can activate the search mode. To do this go to the cat’s profile and click on “Activate search mode”. In search mode, the collar sends the GPS position every 20 seconds and allows the cat to be precisely located. In search mode, you can see where and how far away from you your cat currently is; and the built-in light source (LED) and  acoustic signal (buzzer) switch will also make locating your cat easier.

If your cat just happens to be in a location where no cell phone reception is available, you will see the last place from which the collar sent an update on the app. Then search the area for your cat – such as in basements or other locations where reception is not available.

To turn off search mode, go to the red bar at the top of the map and click on the cross on the left-hand side.

Basically, the more often signals are sent, the less life the battery will have and the more the collar will radiate (like your mobile when you send a text message). Therefore we suggest only activating search mode when necessary.

If your collar has already run out of battery you can contact KADDZ customer service and they are brilliant at giving you a very detailed map of the most recent collar location in the form of a map with lots of cross sections of the most recent movement, sometimes this gives you more data than you can get on the app yourself so it is worth knowing about. Then you can you just find the strongest cross-section in the lines on your map to home in on where your collar/cat could be. 

Useful feature for when you’re on holiday…

The final feature I want to talk about in this post, and in this review is being able add a neighbour to be able to view your cats where about when you are on holiday

New user

The new user first registers as a demo user with the app.

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The new user enters their registration details and the most important personal information.

After registration the user can see their code under settings => My profile.

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The new user now waits for the registration process to complete.

You

Under settings, click on “User Management”.

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When authorizing a new user your camera application will be started. Scan the QR code of the new user by aligning the QR code within the relevant frame on your display. It will automatically recognize the QR code.

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Afterwards the new user information will be loaded automatically. You can now decide on the role of the new user for your account:

  • Administrator: The new user can see all the cats, change their collar settings and add more users.
  • Normal user: The new user sees all the cats, but cannot change some critical settings or add further users.
  • Neighbour: Practical when on vacation. Like a normal user but can be set to temporary.

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Conclusion

The new user is now authorized. You can see the new user in account administration.

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Ask the new user to log out and on again.

Side note
  • If the user already has a KADDZ collar, they don’t need to register a demo account.
  • In this case they’ll see two houses with all the cats for which they have authorization.

We set this up for both our cat sitters whilst we were away on holiday and it really was a fab feature which has been very well thought out. We were also impressed that the app worked on so many devices, Apple and Android, phones and tablets and laptops too, it made it very easy to keep track of our cats.

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 {1 year 5 weeks}

So we’re into 1 year 5 weeks of Meatless Monday… Determined to get back into weekly posts so here it goes… 

Here’s my  week in 4 (week ending Sunday 24 July 2016):
  1. Medes definitely has a new spot in the house on my yoga bolster which I store on the landing, I put an old towel on top to protect it a little from cat hair, but he’s just so adorable when he lies there, he really is such a photogenic cat 🙂
  2. It was lovely and sunny last weekend and I was able to dry two loads of washing on the line outside, it seems quite rare that the weather is reliable enough to do this, and that I have time to take it up and down, but when I do it is just lovely to know that your clothes have been dried naturally with no electricity needed 🙂
  3. Good progress made in our project house this weekend as the grotty old brown carpet finally came up from the landing and stairs ahead of the new central heating system being installed next weekend. This is our last big project before the babies arrive, other than decorating, it’s always so exciting to see things come together and the first step is always to strip everything back to the begin, which is always a rather nice history lesson into the house in the process, seeing all the many colours which something was painted or wallpapered over the years I always find fascinating 🙂
  4. Nausea seems to have finally passed thank goodness, and touch wood, but now tiredness has certainly kicked in and ideally afternoon naps are in, well at weekends anyway, but then when I look at this I can see why I’m tired, after all I am growing two tiny humans! This week was exciting as we were able to hear their heartbeats for the first time, which was pretty mind-blowing. The midwife also said that with twins I am, size wise always going to be around 4 weeks ahead of a single pregnancy. growing tiny humans is exhausting
Right onto food…

Breakfast:

Granola with organic semi skimmed milk, and a glass of this lovely juice I got from Morrisons this week, fresh pineapple with a hint of lime, really cuts through the sweetness of the pineapple and makes it lovely and fresh.

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 5 weeks}: Breakfast

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 5 weeks}: Breakfast

 

 

Lunch:

Meze, Dairylea Dunker, Vimto squash, apple, plum, Animal Biscuits and Petit Filous.

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 5 weeks}: Lunch

JamJarGill: Meatless Monday {1 year 5 weeks}: Lunch

Dinner:

I just went back to these lovely vegetable cakes from IKEA with side salad, another glass of pineapple with a touch of lime and a couple of squares of my fave chocolate for afters. 

 

 

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

pinterest board

Along with the official Meatless Monday board which I am also now sharing on:

Meatless Monday Bloggers - Official 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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