THE UK BLOG AWARDS 2018…I am officially a finalist. NOW, I need your VOTE

Exciting News…I am a finalist for the Food & Drink category in the UK Blog Awards 2018. 

The next stage of the process is the PUBLIC VOTE, which begins today!  Everyone’s support and positive feedback has already been amazing and is much appreciated.  NOW is the time to have your SAY and if you like what you see kindly could you VOTE for ME!

Click the link below, scroll to the bottom of the screen, pop in your name and choose FOOD and DRINK the drop-down menu:

“2014 was the first year in existence for the UK Blog Awards.  The UK Blog Awards recognise a multitude of industry social media talent across the UK.  The Awards are an exciting and uplifting time for the digital industry of Blogging professionals”

Thank you kindly in advance, feel free to tweet, facebook, reblog and share this post.

Best of luck to all the other entrants 🙂

Melanie xx



Fourth Day of Giftmas: ClearSpring Deluxe Sushi Kit Review

Fourth Day of Giftmas: Clearspring Luxury Japanese Sushi Kit – Currently on Special offer at £23.60, usually £29.50  – A fun, creative and interactive gift experience, so get a roll on and get your sushi on.

18 food awards have been achieved by Clearspring since 2010!  An ethical brand that supports sustainable organic farming which benefits local communities.  10 different nationalities make up the Clearspring team and between them 8 different languages are spoken; English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Italian and Portuguese – What better cultural foodie knowledge base could you ask for!

Their sensational sushi kit includes everything you need to get your roll on; Sushi rice, tamari soya sauce, sushi rice seasoning, pickled sushi ginger, wasabi powder, sushi nori sea vegetable and a brilliant bamboo rolling mat.  Fun, fabulous and healthy, plus you get to taste test the results!  Give the Gift of Sushi this season.

Merry Christmas and Thank you for reading 🙂

Melanie xx


Clearspring Ltd
19A Acton Park Estate, London W3 7QE, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 8749 1781
Fax: +44 (0)20 8746 2259

Third day of Giftmas: Craft Gin Club Review

Third Day of Giftmas: Craft Gin Club Subscription – £40 – Ginoisseurs will welcome being part of this club, that delivers fine small batch gins along with gourmet treats, so let’s make it a happy Ginmas.

Spain which is Europe’s gin capital by volume is where the Craft Gin Club creators Jon Hulme and John Burke first met.  In Madrid, a meeting of minds and a few GnTs later the idea of the Craft Gin Club was born.  Featuring the world’s finest craft gins along with scrummy treats and their great ‘ginned’ magazine this is one club not to be missed!  Their aim is to make all their members Ginnoisseurs!

Sensational sweetness came in the form of the delicious Dorset dry Conker’s home county gorgeous gin along with the conker cold brew coffee liqueur which made my take on a poshed up expresso martini and to make it even more mega I added some of the Divine milk and white cappuccino Fairtrade chocolate bar along with a marshmallow and a dusting of cacao powers to give it that festive feel.

Super savoury delights included some of the Conker’s gin served straight up with BTW tonic water which enhances the flavour rather thank masking it.  Served alongside a handful of manomasa manchego and olive tortilla chips for that seasonal Christmas crunch.

High quality products, a fab publication and swift delivery direct to your door give the gift of gin this season.

Merry Christmas and Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Second Day of Giftmas: Le Petit Ballon Wine Gift Review

Second Day of Giftmas: Le Petit Ballon Wine Subscription & Tasting Kit – £29.89/£29.90 – Wine Lovers will enjoy a tipple or two with this wonderful wine subscription gift.  Team this up with the terrific tasting kit for the ultimate paring.

Wine subscriptions include 2 bottles of sommelier selected wine, tasting notes for each wine and a fab wine magazine the gazette all delivered direct to your door.  There are also gift cards available for 3, 6 and 12-month subscriptions.  Ideal for a last-minute gift can be printed out and go straight under the tree.

The Man behind every bottle of Petit Ballon brilliance is Master sommelier Jean-Michel Deluc.  Originally from Gers, Jean-Michel began his journey of wine discovery here is England studying for five years to become a sommelier, by 1990 achieving Master sommelier status, in 1994 became the Head Sommelier at the Ritz in Paris and from 2003 – 2006 presiding over the Paris-Île-de-France Sommeliers’ Association.  Recognition was achieved, in the US Starwine competition which brings together the top 60 tasters in the world, where Jean Michel was recognised as one of the best tasters in the world.

Domaine Bérénas, Insolite blanc 2015, IGP Pays D’oc tasted fresh, fruity and worked well in my homemade white wine sauce blended with fusilli pasta, asparagus, carrots and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds to give the dish a burst of flavour and a crafty Christmas colouring.

Mas du Soleilla, Bringaïret 2012, AOP Languedoc La Clape, witgh a ready rich, spicy and fruity flavour made a marvellous mulled wine ready for those winter evenings ahead.

Serve your specialist sommelier chosen wines in style with this terrific tasting kit which includes a corkscrew and two tasting glasses.  Give the gift of Wine this season.

Merry Christmas and Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



First Day of Giftmas: Creative Nature Superfoods Chocolate Collection Review

First Day of Giftmas: Creative Nature Chocolate Collection – £21.99 – Ideal for foodies, chocoholics and passionate bakers who want to bake up a storm.  The bundle includes Organic cacao powder, organic cacao nibs and Organic chia & cacao brownie mix.  Also, 5 cacao orange protein bars and 5 raw cacao superfood bars ideal for a January health boost in the new year.

Creative Nature owner and CEO Julianne Ponan and her team have created this cool chocolate collection which is incredibly free from gluten, dairy, wheat, refined sugar, sweeteners, nuts, certified by the vegan and vegetarian society.

My Chocolatey creativity came into play and I decided to make this festive Chocolate Christmassy plank.  Using the cacao nibs as a gravel path, the cacao powder to make a lush chocolate super shake and the chia & cacao brownie mix to create these brilliant brownie edible cubes to perch my robins and festive trees on.  Just add a bit of foliage, berries and a dusting of icing sugar for a wonderful winter wonderland scene.  Give the gift of chocolate this season.

Merry Christmas and Thank you for reading 🙂

Melanie xx


Stand 4 Socks Review

Stand 4 Socks Review: November 2017

The Manchester, UK based Stand 4 Socks Founder Josh wanted to make a difference and back in 2015 he said, “What if socks could change the world?” A large percentage of the population wear socks and if each pair bought had a positive impact so, “why can’t socks change the world?”  Now, the Stand 4 Socks brand proudly supports 12 global causes in 9 countries and currently support 11 out of the 17 United Nations Global goals for sustainable development.

Their super sock technology means that each pair have been uniquely designed, are tested for harmful substances to Oeko-Tex Standard 100, ethically sourced via a Sedex audited supply chain which is one of the world’s leading platforms that supports business to manage their performance around health & safety, labour rights, business ethics and the environment, have a seamless toe closure, a reinforced heel & toe and Y-tech technology which means that the sock will cup around your heel naturally meaning these are lightweight, breathable and are a super cosy and comfortable wear.

Warm feet and a warm heart, tis the season of goodwill, so why not combine the pleasure of gift giving with a charitable benefit.  Well, you can do just that, as Stand 4 Socks are award winning socks which clearly have impact.

Water a fundamental human need and a resource often taken for granted, but for many safe drinking water is scarce and difficult to access.  Buy these Active Lightweight Black Water Sports Socks made with their twisted cotton design, in collaboration with, this pair helps to provide 1 year’s safe water for a household in a developing country.  Also, this will support United Nations Global Goal 6 “Clean Water & Sanitation”.

Environmental concerns continue to grow but can be overlooked in an increasingly consumerist driven society.  Buy these Stripe Navy Green Bamboo Socks made with their 100% biodegradable Bamboo technology, that supports United Nations Global Goal 13 “Climate Action”, and each pair helps to plant 10 trees on a degraded land.  Providing both more trees for the planet as well as refreshed soil for farmers in developing countries.  

Comfort, happiness and more importantly all for a good cause – what a  pair of super socks!

Merry Christmas and thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Gourmet Brownie Christmas Gift box Review

Gourmet Brownie Christmas Gift box Review: November 2017

Founders Kirstyn and Andrew used their combined knowledge and creativity to launch this winning brownie brand which has received several great taste awards including their most recent win in 2017 for their homemade Gingerbread brownie.

Christmas came early at blogging HQ with the Gorgeous Gourmet brownie festive Christmas Box delivery from the heart of lovely Ely in Cambridgeshire.  These artisan hand baked treats are made in small batches in their Ely kitchen to ensure exceptional quality and taste.  They do not contain artificial flavourings, preservatives or colourings, use pure Belgian chocolate and their free-range eggs come from their local farmer Alan.

The Christmas Box contains eight delicious, decadent and delightful brownies all hand baked with a Christmas festive flavours which included the wonderful “Winter Berry” crammed with white Belgian chocolate and fresh cranberries, the gorgeous award winning “Gingerbread” scented with sumptuous spiced ginger, the lush “Hazelnut Wonder” made with dark Belgian chocolate yumminess and some lovely lightly caramelised hazelnuts and the divine “Christmas Pudding” packed with fresh fruit, spices, orange and a cheeky hint of brandy.  My favourite flavour…all of them!!

Bring on this box of brilliance, bring on the Brownies and make your Christmas a flavoursome festive feast.

Merry Christmas and Thank you for Reading 😊

Melanie xx