It scares me how quickly these posts and videos come around and I always think I’ve got nothing to mention until I have a quick browse through my blog.
So this is my list and maybe it will give you some new ideas to cooking your meals and having more fun in the kitchen?
1. Julienne peeler – similar one here.
Mine was a cheap £2 alternative to the spiralizer I bought from the BBC Good Food Summer Show. I have loved this little twist to cucumbers and carrots but am yet to try it on my home grown courgettes. Whenever I want to pimp up a salad, I have reached for this.
2. Schwartzkopf Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray
This is a new discovery added to my hair spray collection. I’m just one of those people who don’t give myself time for hair; it’s not a priority on my list unless I’m going somewhere special and am loving this for quickness and style. I spray, I scrunch then walk out the door, letting the breeze do all the work. This is possibly the quickest hair style ever and I was using it for one of my most recent videos here.
3. Tesco’s Latest Oil Sprays
I am loving how easy these are to work with. Although it does not project a mist all over the pan, its pure oil makes up for it, warming up easily in the pan and gliding all over like a dream. It’s only 2 calories per spray and a great starter if you’re new to healthy oil sprays, particularly if you don’t have the best non-stick pans.
4. Tefal Non Stick Oven Proof Pan Set
I have been in desperate need of a new pan set for ages but made a decision not to buy any until our kitchen was complete. It’s been a year since we moved in and the kitchen hasn’t been updated yet, so this is probably my most favourite thing of July. This anodised pan set is oven proof, great quality and the closest thing to the Circulon set I really wanted. Mine were bought in the Amazon Prime Day Sale and I haven’t looked back. The oils mentioned above work beautifully these. I’ve made so many stir frys since they arrived, using a lot of cabbage leaves straight from my garden.
5. Stir Fry – cabbages
I have been eating cabbages in a stir fry most weekdays, Sunday Roasts and even soups. I cannot recommend them enough as they’re a resilient crop and got 50+ from one packet of seeds. They grew so easily in our clay soil and loved part sun/shade. Just make sure you put your slug pellets down in the early stages to protect them and you’ll be fine. I also made a 3 recipe video during one of my weeks which you should definitely go and take a peek!
6. Blackboard paint – Meal planner & Shopping list
This is such a fun and cheap way to upcycle some of your things. I had been given the task of covering our ugly boiler and after boxing it in with cheap plywood for now, we thought we’d paint it with Wilko’s blackboard paint (£5.95 for 500ml) to give it an extra use. We use this as out meal planner and shopping list and is so easy to paint, leaves no drip marks and does not wash off when you need to wipe chalk off with a damp cloth.
7. DIY Herbs Planters
Again, using the same chalk paint, I upcycled some IKEA wooden boxes I found at my local skip. I used an Annie Sloan stencilling technique from one of her books with torn masking tape for a thrift zebra effect and painted the other sides with blackboard paint. I love my interchangeable herb planters which now sit on my kitchen windowsill and when I fancy cooking with fresh herbs, I just pick a little off.
8. Kitchen Shelves – B&Q
While my kitchen is not quite a food blogger’s dream yet, we decided to buy some B&Q value pine shelves and install them using London Brackets from Screwfix. These have been a great way to shelve all of my food and baking equipment and it soon dawned on my how much I needed to use up. It certainly won’t be like this forever and will miss its transparency in the long run, but it’s also meant I can have more space for food prep on my kitchen worktops. They come in different lengths and behind the camera are more shelves with plates, our microwave etc.
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