It’s National Picnic Week

Did you know it is National Picnic Week this week? That’s the 17th to 23rd June – and Higgidy are taking all picnic matters very seriously indeed.

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Firstly, there’s a competition over on their website to win a picnic hamper (there are 250 winners each week) and secondly, they’ve made available a limited edition Balsamic Onion and Mature Cheddar Quiche. Now, at this point I should be telling you all about it, but our local Sainsburys didn’t stock it. However, they do have the Spinach, feta and Roasted Red Pepper variety so we chose that for our picnic tea tonight.

Our Higgidy Picnic

See, the weather (apart from yesterday) is being so unpredictable again – I had plans for a picnic at Painshill Park on Saturday but it was threatening to rain (it didn’t). So instead we planned an indoor picnic this evening – the spirit of a picnic is there, it’s just a bit more contained.

So we had the Higgidy Quiche which didn’t need any cooking and was just served as-is, some Quorn cocktail sausages and some Quorn Scotch Eggs. Add to that a salad, some salsa and a few nachos and a tub of olives and we were ready! A balsamic dressing on the salad and we were ready!

Our Higgidy Picnic

H enjoyed it, and to be honest, I enjoy picnic food – helping yourself to what you want rather than being served your meal – we had fun, and if the weather could just improve a little bit that would be great!

As an aside, we love Higgidy as a company – their pies, slices and quiches are all made by people rather than machines, they care about the animal welfare behind their meat and eggs, they care about what they cook and they believe in pricing their food fairly. Oh, and we think they’re pretty yummy too!

We’re going to try out some of Camilla’s recipes from the website, and I’m determined we’ll have a picnic one day soon! This also means we’ll be doing a follow-up with a review of the food we’ve cooked, as well as finding one of the Balsamic Onion and Mature Cheddar quiches – that’s unless you’ve all gone out and bought them all already…

Our Higgidy Picnic

We have been supplied with vouchers to buy the quiche – all opinions are our own

It’s Nearly June, We Still Have Easter Eggs

So I did the sensible thing any mother would do with her three year old. We made a mixture of rice krispie and raisin chocolate cakes.

Firstly, break up your chocolate in a bowl. We had three eggs. (yes, I know. H doesn’t eat much chocolate so we tend to keep it in the cupboard where it gets forgotten about)

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Secondly, melt the easter eggs by placing the bowl over a pan of hot water and stir continuously.

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Thirdly, add rice krispies and raisins, keep stirring and when they’re covered remove the bowl from the hot water.

Fourthly, leave your child to scoop the mixture into bun cases while you take lots of photos of her stuffing her face and licking the spoon and licking her fingers.

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Fifthly, eat them later on once you’ve let them set in the fridge for a bit.

Works for me, anyway…!

Messy Tunic from Messy Me – Review

Food times almost always equals messy times, therefore I was excited to get the chance to review the Messy Tunic from a company called Messy Me.

The Messy Tunic is made of oilcloth and slips over the arms and fastens with Velcro at the back. There are four designs that are available: Dusty Rose, Olive Grey, True Blue and Vintage Rose. Whilst the selection isn’t huge the designs are very classy and pretty, which makes a pleasant change from some of the loud designs out there. I especially loved the Vintage Rose, which was beautiful, though I don’t think my boy would have shared my enthusiasm!

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My son is a famously messy eater, because of this I am always enthusiastic to give anything a go that will make food time a cleaner experience! The tunic covers the torso, fitting under the high chair, this means that there is no chance of food getting behind the material, which I am very grateful for. I am so happy with this product that I am using it for most meal times. I also like the fact that it could also be used for arts and crafts and such like, making it very versatile. The tunic was very easy to clean, a quick wipe and food and mess came off very easily. It could even be machine washed at 30 degrees (though the website states that this should only be done occasionally). When done the tunic dried very quickly, which was very convenient.

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At £11.99 this product was a bit on the pricey side for me personally, but if I were to see these on offer I would snap these up immediately, as they do such a good job!

A Messy Me Tunic was sent for the purpose of review – all opinions are our own