M&S ‘Delicious and Nutritious’ Salad Bites

As much as I love food, I do try to be healthy (mostly) – so when my friend told me about the new M&S salad bites in the ‘Delicious and Nutritious’ range, I was hopeful…  although at the same time sceptical at how can 6 little salad bites, some veg and a dip could fill you up AND only be around 150 calories?!

So the next time I was in M&S I made sure I found these promising little parcels… and I have to say, I was not disappointed! There were various options of pork, beef, tuna and chicken, but I decided to go for the ‘Vietnamese Style Marinated Pork Salad Bites in Mooli Ribbons with a Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce’  (phew – long title!) and merrily took them into work one day this week for my lunch.

They were delicious! And not only that, they also filled me up until dinner time, which I was very impressed with, especially because I’m a serial snacker!

I didn’t have time to take a picture (as I was too hungry and they tasted too good!) but I found this interesting interview with one of Marks & Spencer’s Heads of Food Product Development: http://social.marksandspencer.com/food-drink/meet-april-preston/ which also has a great picture of the pork salad bites:

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I really recommend trying the salad bite range, I know I’ll be seeking out the other flavours to try!

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Watermelon Margaritas

It’s been sunny, therefore a great excuse to make cocktails on a girly night in! 🙂

I’ve never tried watermelon margaritas before, but have heard very good things – who knew something so yummy could be made so easily! Do make sure you get a big juicy ripe watermelon, like the one I found which was as big as my head…

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Watermelon Head

The basic ingredients for this include:

  • Watermelon 
  • Sugar
  • Tequila (hat is optional)
  • Orange liqueur – Triple Sec / Cointreau / Grand Marnier
  • Limes
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Tequila with a hat 🙂

This is great because you can play around with the quantities to suit your preferences, for example, we wanted a bit more orangey-ness, so added some orange peel into the mixer as well!

To make our watermelon margaritas, we used about 25 cl tequila, couple of splashes of grand marnier, half an orange peel, 2 heaped tbsp sugar, juice of 3 limes, generous helping of crushed ice – add it all to the blender and whizz it up!

Once made, put your rim of your glass into the used watermelon (to make moist), then turn around on a plate with some salt on to create your salty edged glass, and viola!

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Nom nom nom!

My love for lovetubs

I can’t actually express how much I adore lovetubs! I first discovered them when on a girly night in with my best friend, she excitedly said “I’ve got the best thing for pudding!” and that was that. I’ve been introducing them to people ever since, and bought Will his first lovetub a couple of weeks ago, he practically licked the tub clean! 😛

Even though it can be quite hard to find them, I can’t resist buying one whenever I see one. They seem to be becoming increasingly popular, with the new orange chocolate flavour, which is definitely my favourite!

They’ve also got new mini lovetubs as well as, which is great for when I’m on my own and haven’t got Will there to share one of the big ones with me 😉

Despite this I’m still surprised how many people haven’t actually heard of lovetubs, so if you ever get the chance to try one I suggest you do, then you can share in my heaven of gooey perfection in a pot! Check them out here: http://www.lovetub.co.uk/

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Decisions decisions….