Scrip’s second birthday came and went and her biggest smile wasn’t reserved for her new toys, games with her little friends or big party tea – it was for her Peppa Pig cake. Which more than justified the hours I’ve spent researching the perfect recipe (moist but firm enough to shape), the best pink gel colouring (Dr. Oetker) and cartoon icing techniques. It really Continue reading
Along with big chocolate bars and Nutella, crisps are something I’d love to have as a cupboard staple but don’t trust myself to keep lying around the house. They’re still a treat – for sharing with friends or for a Friday night in on the sofa (how weekends have changed).
When I was offered some Walker’s to trial, I leapt at the chance (well, anything for the blog…). And these weren’t just any crisp – these were Sunbites, with 30% less fat and made from ‘crunchy multigrain: whole corn, whole wheat and whole oat flour’. There are no added nasties and 30% of your recommended daily wholegrain (whatever that may be). So almost a healthy choice, then?
As they said on the info, a lot of ‘healthier’ crisps aren’t worthy of the name – they’re either cardboardy or full of air. Many a lunchtime I’ve tried to convince myself that Boots Shapers salt n’ vinegar chipsticks are just like the originals, but they’re really not – they’re a pale imitation and you only get about three in a pack.
The Sunbites, however, were crunchy and satisfying. A normal sized bag filled with crimped snacks that reminded me a bit of wheat crunchies in texture. Of the six flavours (Sun-Ripened Sweet Chili, Sour Cream and Cracked Black Pepper, Oven Roasted Onion & Rosemary, Cheddar and Caramelised Onion, and Lightly Sea Salted) my favourite was the Sea Salted, followed by the Oven Roasted Onion & Rosemary. My husband (who showed a sudden interest in my blog and was a particularly willing taster) liked the Sun-Ripened Sweet Chili. But I personally think chili and sour cream are two flavours that only full-fat versions can do justice do.
Good that they offered an imaginative range, though, and I can honestly say the packs didn’t last very long. Luckily I managed to get a picture of them all together before they went. Scrip loved all of them as well – although I try to make crisps an occasional treat for her and I could imagine these more as a lunchbox snack for school-aged children.
Sunbites are sold in a pack of six or small bags separately – I’d also like to see them as large bags in the way Sensations are sold. That way, our weekend snacking would still be tasty but wouldn’t have to be quite so indulgent.
What: Walker’s Sunbites – wholegrain snacks with 30% less fat than crisps
Where: all supermarkets and convenience stores
How much: A six-pack multipack of 25g Sunbites is RRP £1.79 or a single serve 28g pack is RRP £0.50.
It’s straight back into party planning mode after a fab mini break in Berlin – which deserves a blog post in its own right with its amazing open air museums, fantastic food and interesting boutique-lined villagey areas. This one will be a low key party – as I keep telling myself and as I’ve written about before – but there are going to be Continue reading
I’ve been putting together invites to Scrip’s second birthday ‘party’ this week (less party, more calm gathering I’m hoping). The terrible twos are fast approaching and she’s definitely more ready to welcome them than me, having been carefully honing her tantrum techniques for Continue reading
I loved the original Bill’s in Lewes and have also tried out the Reading and Soho versions. So although I quietly mourned the loss of Giraffe in Chiswick (that veggie breakfast was one of the best) I was pleased to see the white chalk-like logo appear one day announcing that the High Continue reading
If there’s one thing we all need a bit more of in dreary January, it’s laughter. Based on Denise Dorrance’s brilliant cartoons – as seen in Red, The Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday – It’s All About Mimi is a handbag-sized (Chanel Black Coco, obviously) book of more than 100 sharp and brilliantly observed cartoons based on a die-hard fashionista and life with her new baby.
I definitely had a few people in mind when I looked through this (without naming any names) – particularly someone whose greatest fear is losing her sunglasses, whose favourite shop is ‘Bond Street’ and whose motto is “Less is more, unless we’re talking about champagne”.
It’s brilliantly entertaining and looks as stylishly simple as Mimi herself. Sporting a burnt orange cover, It’s All About Mimi would be the perfect addition to any home (or handbag) and a great gift for the woman who has everything. And it’s yours to win.
To enter, please leave a comment below saying why It’s All About Mimi would be the perfect addition to your Spring/Summer 2014 bookshelf. And for an extra entry, follow me on Twitter and retweet the competition Tweet. Closes on Friday 7th February 2014.
Good luck (dahr-ling) x
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