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Chicken Satay Skewers and Rainbow Salad

Chicken Satay Skewers and Rainbow Salad

I recently created a delicious recipe for the people at Chef Knive's Expert.  This time it was a deliciously different and yet healthy recipe for Chicken Satay Skewers served with a fabulous Rainbow Salad.

Tender pieces of chicken breast meat are marinated in a lush peanut dressing and then loaded onto bamboo skewers along with cubes of pineapple, then popped under the grill until they are a tasty golden brown. 

These are served with a fabulously tasty and crunchy Rainbow salad with red cabbage, two type of sweet bell peppers, sugar snap peas and carrots, all in a tangy & tasty vinaigrette dressing that goes so very well with the chicken skewers!!

Deliciously healthy, colourful.  A veritable rainbow of textures, colours and flavours that the whole family will love! You can find the recipe here

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Marie Rayner
Back to School & On the Go

Back to School & On the Go

Every month I am the lucky recipient of a Degustabox.  Once a month, around the middle of the month, I am gifted with one of these lovely boxes which contain a delicious assortment of all things foodie.  I just love these boxes. Opening each one is tiny a bit like opening a Christmas gift. Always a surprise, and always filled with things that pique my interest and desire to try. Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of 10 to 15 specially selected foodie products. I even have a code that  can give you which will  give you a £5 discount off of your first box. I will tell you about that at the end.

There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Quite often you will have the opportunity to try  new products before they arrive in the shops, so it can be a bit of a sneak peak! Each Degustabox costs only £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved. You can cancel at any time. I love getting these boxes! In my opinion, they are great value for money spent.     
 The August box had a Back to School and On the Go theme! 

Normally I have a recipe or two that I have cooked with the contents of the box, however the August box was a bit late arriving and the next one is due to arrive tomorrow, so for this month I will just let you know about the contents of the August Box.

PURE LEAF - Green Tea with Mint/Black Chai/Green Tea with Jasmine  3 X £3.99

At Pure Leaf, everything they do begins and ends with the perfect cup of tea in mind. Their teas have been blended using only the finest long leaves paired with natural ingredients such as herbs, flower petals and real fruit pieces to create unique teas with distinct character. 

I don't drink black or green teas, but do use them in cooking from time to time. My daughter Eileen loves green tea and I am sure she will enjoy these when she is here next month.

HEINZ - Beef Ravioli 1 X £1.25 

Heinz Ravioli has been a family favourite for over 50 years, with delicious beef pasta parcels in a rich and juicy tomato sauce. Ready from the tin to table in under 5 minutes.  Sure to bring smiles to your mealtimes.  We quite like something like this every now and then for a quick lunch or a quick supper.

Available at all major supermarkets 

NUTTVIA Hazelnut Spread 335g 1 X £3.99

Nutvia delivers the same rich flavour and creamy texture of other brands, but with 97% ess sugar and zero palm oil, they are the smart choice for health and the ethical choice for the planet.  Enjoy on toast, ice cream, crepes, fruit and much more.  

This is really delicious. I have been enjoying a bit spread onto a tea biscuit cookie every now and then. I wanted to make cookies with it, but never had the chance.

Available  at Whole Foods, Ocado, Amazon and Morrison's

BLOSSOM HILL Pale Rose 1 X £6.50 

Winner of Product of the Year 2019, Bossom Hill Pale Rose is a firm favourite! Refreshingly dry with delicate floral aromas and notes of summer fruits, you can see why. Best served with friends - try over ice with sliced strawberries for a refreshing summer cooler. 

We don't drink alcohol, but my next door neighbour does, and she was very happy to get this.  She loved it.

Available at Asda 

MANILIFE MINI Original Crunchy/Mini Deep Roast Smooth 2 X £0.59 

Manilife is made from fresh peanuts sourced from a single-estate in Argentina. These beauties are naturally sweeter and with a fat profile more akin to olive oil, better for you too.  Roasted to perfectly and blended in small batches to create a life changing peanut butter. 

I enjoyed these very much on some toast one night. I love toast and peanut butter. My favourite was the deep roast smooth!  Really peanutty tasting!

Available at Waitrose, Ocado, Amazon, Holland & Barrett and many independant coffee shops. 

UFIT Chocolate Protein Drink 1 X £2

Ufit is a delicious high protein milkshake with no added sugar, the only sugar present is naturally occurring from the milk. Designed to cater for mainstream health conscious consumers that are looking for a healthy alternative. Not just for young guys that go to the gym. 

I can't stand chocolate flavoured drinks myself, but Todd really enjoyed this cold from the refrigerator one afternoon after he had mowed the lawn.

Available at Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Boots and Holland & Barrett


Attack a Snak lets you snack it your way, and now we're bringing that to Nachos, with this new Nachos Snack Kit.  With crunchy nacho chips, tangy salsa and creamy nacho cheese, Attack A Snak Nachos Kit is perfect for after school.  Top em, dip em and snak em your way. 

True confessions. I had this for breakfast one morning.  This was really tasty and quite spicy actually!

Available at all supermarkets. 

MIGHTY FINE Dark Chocolate/Dark Chocolate Raspberry Skinny Coated Almond Dips 1 X £1.39

In 2014 they began creating treats in a cool, little shop in Camden that were all handmade, always tasty & packed with great ingredients. Just like these Almond Dips, a lightly roasted almond, skinny coated in chocolate and dusted in cocoa powder. 

These be mighty fine. Yummy!

Available at Ocado, Whole Foods and 

FRUIT BOWL Unicorn Flakes, Yogurt Raisins, Strawberry Yogurt £0.49 per pack

At fruit bowl they are all about making sure the snacks that end up in little hands are packed with fruity goodness.  Bursting with flavourful fruitiness, individually wrapped portions are perfect between meals and you can take them anywhere. 

I enjoyed sharing these with Ariana and Grace.  They loved them and I felt good that they were eating something healthy.

Available at all major supermarkets.

JELLY SQUEEZE Jelly Pouches £0.50 per pouch

The easy, squeezy way to enjoy jelly. With no added sugars or artificial sweeteners as well as being suitable for vegans. Available in three delicious flavours. Apple & Blackcurrant, Orange and Strawberry.  No mess and the ideal addition to any back to school lunchbox.

I also shared these with Ariana and Grace.  They enjoyed them, especially Grace.

Available at Asda, Ocado Booths, Nisa.  

KIT KAT Senses Bars 2 X £0.85 

Kitkat senses bars, available in two sumptuous flavours, Salted Caramel and Hazelnut. Offering the perfect combination of chocolate and wafer with an indulgent layer of filling, these bars are perfectly packaged for your next moment of "me-time." 

What can I say, Kit Kats are my favourite bars. Nummy yummy!

Available at major retailers from September. 

STRINGS & THINGS Cheeshapes 1 X £1.50

Strings & Things Cheeshapes is the amazing new product from the brand that brought you cheesetrings. Cheeshapes Randoms are bags of real cheese pieces, shaped into completely random shapes & iconic faces. You never know which one you're going to get! Perfect for the lunchbox of after school. 

I received a redeemable voucher good for one pack. Strings & Things are a real favourite of Mitzie's!

I really do make great use of and enjoy many of these fabulous products I am sent each month to try out. 
Many thanks to Degustabox UK for gifting me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile.  If you like the sound of this box, why not sign up now! I find them to be really good value for money spent and I really enjoy trying out new products that I have not tried before.   Included is also a detailed information card  which tells you all about each product included, and other extras such as recipes, etc.   

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 So, that was the August Degustabox - a nice selection of products as always. We loved it. The price of each Degustabox is £12.99 (including delivery). To order your box, visit 

Use the code 2ROE0 to get £5 off your first Degustabox, free delivery – enjoy! 
I was gifted with the box free of charge, however any and all opinions are my own. 

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Marie Rayner
Pork Fried Rice

Pork Fried Rice

I had a huge piece of leftover roast pork loin after Todd's Birthday lunch with friends the other day and I wasn't sure what to do with it.  You know the whole time I grew up we never had hot roast pork.  My father didn't like hot roast pork, so my mother always cooked it the day before we had it for dinner and then we would have it sliced in thin slices with mustard for our supper.

This might sound awful, but I quite liked the texture and taste of the cold white fat on it . . .  ever the glutton.  I do have to admit however as an adult I prefer my roast pork hot, and I don't eat the fat.

I could have made a casserole with it, but I also had a quantity of leftover cooked vegetables as well. Carrots, swede, Brussels sprouts.  I used them in this recipe, along with a chopped onion and some frozen veg.

Normally I would use chopped raw vegetables, but where I had these and they needed using I just used them. I did chop up the carrots and Knive-shred the sprouts.  The swede (rutabaga) was mashed but coarsely, so a handful of that worked well also.

Fried rice is a very forgiving dish to make. It will work with just about whatever you have to throw into the pan.  Pork, chicken, beef, ham . . .  shrimps  . . .  I have even made it with Spam and it was really good, let me tell you!

I save the frozen vegetables and add them at the end.  Today I used peas and corn, but most times I only use peas.

Its flavoured with garlic, ginger, five spice powder and dark soy sauce . . .

I also like to use some of my homemade Ketjap Manis and Hoisin Sauce.  I like the salty sweetness of the Ketjap Manis and the spiciness of the Hoisin sauce.

Ketjap Manis is an Indonesian thick and sweet soy sauce. If you have never tried it or made your own, you really should do. Its very easy to make and so delicious. You can find my recipe for it here.  I would not be without it.

A bit of toasted sesame oil also adds an authentic flavour which we love . . . along with garlic of course.

We enjoyed it along with some oven baked chicken tenders.  Crisp and delicious.  I created a simple Oriental flavoured BBQ sauce to dip them in.

This sauce is as easy as whisking a few tasty ingredients together and is really yummy!

Yield: 4

Chinese BBQ Sauce for Dipping

This is great for dipping  chicken nuggets and tenders into. Delicious!


  • 4 TBS Peach, Plum or Apricot jam (I like Bonne Maman)
  • 4 TBS tomato ketchup
  • 4 TBS BBQ sauce (use your favourite kind)
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 TBS Rice wine vinegar


How to cook Chinese BBQ Sauce for Dipping

  1. Measure the jam into a microwave proof bowl.  Put into the microwave and cook on high for about 60 seconds. Whisk  in all of the remaining ingredients until smooth and let sit about half an hour prior to using.
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The rice along with the chicken tenders and sauce made for a very delicious supper indeed!

Yield: 4

Pork Fried Rice

This is one of those meals that uses up whatever vegetables and meat you have in the fridge that need using up, and tastes great!  I love little bit of this and little bit of that meals!


  • a bit of oil
  • 2 cups of chopped cooked roast pork
  • 4 cups of chopped raw vegetables (cabbage, carrots, swede, peppers, onions, cauliflower,
  • broccoli, courgettes, bean sprouts, beans . . . in other words just about any vegetable you have to hand)
  • 1 family pack of cooked rice (one that gives 4 servings)
  • a large handful of frozen peas, or frozen peas and corn
  • 1 TBS dark soy sauce
  • 1 TBS Ketjap Manis (Indonesian Soy sauce)
  • 1 fat clove of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • a good dollop of hoisin sauce (according to your taste)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


How to cook Pork Fried Rice

  1. Heat a large skillet with a lid over medium high heat. Add a splash of oil and once it heats up toss in the meat and the garlic. Cook and stir until heated through. Add the chopped raw vegetables. I chop the ones that take longer to cook smaller and leave the ones which cook fairly quickly in larger chunks. Sprinkle with the  1 TBS of the soy sauce, the garlic,   the ground ginger, and the Chinese five spice, stirring it all through. Cover with the lid and cook over medium low heat, until the vegetables are crispy tender. Remove the lid and add the rice from the package, crumbing it in and stirring it all together. Add the peas, the ketjap manis, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. Cover and heat through. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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It always makes me really happy when I can use up my leftovers in a tasty and unique way.  Nothing boring here.  I've never had any complaints anyways! 

Up Tomorrow: Roussillon Baked Potatoes

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Marie Rayner
Apple Pie Danish

Apple Pie Danish

I always like to bake Todd a treat at the weekend.  Because we are both retired, the weekend can easily blend into our weeks, so I like to do something which marks these two days apart from the other five.  It is so easy to lose your weekend when you are not working any longer.  I try to mark Saturday and Sunday as still being special days in our lives. 

For the most part (with a few exceptions) I only bake at the weekend.  Sunday is set apart because that is the day we go to church.  We don't shop on Sundays or order takeaways, we have designated Sunday as our day of rest.

I usually try to make Todd something special to enjoy with his early morning cuppa. I am not one much for hot drinks, but Todd he is so British . . . .   he really needs his morning hot cuppa. 

That can be a barley cup, or a hot chocolate, sometimes an herbal tea.  So long as it it wet and hot, he is happy.  Adding a tasty bake into the mix increases his joy factor two-fold!

Especially when it is something as delicious as these Apple Pie Danish!  Yum yum!

These quick and easy drop Danish are bound to become a real favourite of yours as well.  I confess they use a prepared Baking Mix.  I make my own from scratch and keep it in the freezer (as it is sometime I don't use really often.)  You can find my recipe for that mix here

If you are not keen to make your own from scratch, you can use Bisquick or Tea Bisk, which is what I used to use many moons ago. Do they even still make it?  Or has Bisquick taken over?  

You add some sugar and cinnamon to the baking mix and then you cut in some butter.  Milk is stirred into give you a thick yet still drop-able mixture.  Not as thin as cake batter, but not so thick that you feel the need to roll it out. 

You then drop the dough by heaped dessert spoons onto a lined baking sheet.  If you look at these spoons above the second spoon from the left is a dessert spoon.  (The others are from left to right, Soup, Tea and Coffee spoons.)

I use a small damp teaspoon to make a dip in the centre of each mound of dough.  I dampen it so that the dough doesn't stick to it.  Makes it a lot easier.

The centre is filled with chunky applesauce.  I make my own but you can use any good store brand chunky applesauce. If you want to make your own you can find my recipe here.

I like it to be a bit chunky so I don't mash the apples up too much. It is lightly sweetened.  You can add cinnamon and nutmeg to it, but I like it just plain.

You spoon a bit of this applesauce into the hollows and then you bake them.  Don't be overly generous with the applesauce, but don't be stingy either.  Bear in mind that sauces like this can expand when baking, especially if they have sugar in them.

You bake them for about 15 minutes, until they are puffed and golden brown all over and especially on the bottoms.

Scoop them off onto wire racks to cool just a bit and then glaze with a cinnamon glaze.  Easy peasy.

Todd really  REALLY enjoys these.  I think apple anything is his favourite thing! 

Yield: 12

Apple Pie Danish


  • 280g of baking mix (2 cups)
  • 1/4 tsp each cinnamon & ground nutmeg
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 65g of butter, softened (1/4 cup)
  • 156ml milk (2/3 cup)
  • chunky applesauce (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp each cinnamon & ground nutmeg
For the glaze:
  • 90g icing sugar (2/3 cup confectioners sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 TBS warm water
  • few drops vanilla extract


How to cook Apple Pie Danish

  1. Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 7. Lightly butter a baking sheet.
  2. Measure the baking mix, sugar and spices into a bowl. Whisk to combine. Drop in the butter and using a fork, cut it in until crumbly. Stir in the milk. You should have a nice stiff but drop-able dough. Drop by rounded dessertspoons onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between each one. Using the back of a damp spoon make a well in the centre of each. Drop one heaped teaspoon of applesauce into each well.
  3. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown, and browned on the bottoms. Remove from the oven. Whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle this over top of the danish while still warm and serve immediately
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I confess that I really enjoy them also, even if I really shouldn't.  I know  . . . . Me<----- little="" nbsp="" no="" or="" p="" willpower.="">

Up tomorrow: Pork Fried Rice and Chicken Tenders with Oriental BBQSauce.

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Marie Rayner
Lemon Oaties

Lemon Oaties

Ever have one of those days?  I am having one today.  I have had a recipe for Homemade Molasses Bear Paw Cookies bookmarked to bake for quite a long time now.  You can find it here.   After my last fail at making similar cookies, my sister had shared this one with me, thinking that it might be a better option.

I love molasses cookies.  My mom made wonderful ones. We never went home for a visit but what a tin full of molasses cookies was waiting for us. I will always equate mom with those special treats, and I strongly suspect that I will never ever be able to bake any as good as the memory of the taste of hers, especially now that she is no longer with us.  By the way, these first two cookie photos are not the Bear Paws  . . .

 These are the bear paws and they were an unmitigated disaster.  The dough was very sticky, but hers also looked quite sticky.  I decided to use my piping bag, not wanting to get my hands all covered in goo.  So that is what I did. I used baking parchment to hopefully keep them from sticking to the pan.  It didn't work. These cookies spread out flat, flat, flat  . . .  and only puffed up a little bit. They resemble bear paws in no way whatsoever, and they stuck to the baking paper like crazy.  In short I don't recommend this recipe as written.  It needs some work done on it.  Half of each cookie was getting left on the pan.  Also they were gooey, not cookie like.  The consistency was almost glue like.  Not a good cookie at all.  I know my baking and I know my cookies.  I was quite miffed actually as Molasses is a very hard to come by ingredient over here and I hate  HATE wasting it!  The cookies went into the bin.

By then I was wanting a cookie  . . . but a good cookie, and so I baked these Lemon Oaties instead.  The original recipe comes from Everyday Diabetic Recipes

I love oatmeal cookies almost as much as I like molasses cookies, and when you throw the flavour of lemon into the mix I am in like Flynn!

It can be a bit hard to bake Diabetic recipes from a lot of online sites because the ingredients are not available here in the UK.  This was a simple recipe, that didn't require anything out of the ordinary. 

It did call for stick margarine, but I don't use stick margarine.  I use butter.  End of.  Butter is a natural thing, not mechanically produced.  I like natural.

The recipe makes 30 cookies so 5 TBS of butter divided by 30 means not a lot in each cookie.  If I am correct, there is not a lot of difference in fat or calories between butter and margarine, although butter might have slightly more cholesterol.  At least it is produced naturally, not chemically.  That's my story anyways, and I'm sticking to it!

There is some sugar in these, 45g each of white and light brown sugar (1/4 cup) each, so 1/2 cup altogether.  I am not sure a sugar substitute would work or not.  but at only 3g of sugar per cookie, I don't think these are overly bad.

They are low carb, low GI . . .  with only 70g/1/2 cup of flour in the whole recipe and 80g (1 cup) quick cooking rolled oats . . .  oats are very low GI and contain fibre, which is a good thing.  You could probably use white whole wheat and make them even lower in the carbs if you wanted to.  We don't have white whole wheat flour here in the UK.  At least not that I am aware of.

There are two egg white in the recipe, which help to give the cookies a bit of lightness and volume. 

The lemon flavour comes from the addition of finely grated Lemon Zest.  One full TBS.  I use my microplane grater to grate it.

They are not huge cookies, but they are really delicious, and to be honest a Diabetic shouldn't be eating huge cookies anyways!

One of these cookies makes for a delicious oaty, buttery, lightly sweet, lemony treat.   I think they are quite fabulous actually and I will be putting them into my regular rotation!

Yield: 30

Lemon Oaties

Crisp cookies with a delicate lemon flavour that are quick and easy to make and very diabetic friendly.


  • 5 TBS butter, room temperature(or stick margarine)
  • 45g soft light brown sugar (1/4 cup, packed)
  • 45g granulated sugar (1/4 cup)
  • 2 large free range egg whites
  • 1 TBS finely grated Lemon zest
  • 80g quick cooking rolled oats (1 cup)
  • 70g plain flour (1/2 cup)


How to cook Lemon Oaties

  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Line several baking sheets with baking paper.  Set aside.
  2. Beat the butter,  both sugars, egg whites and lemon zest together until light and creamy.  Blend in the oats and flour.  Don't over mix.
  3. Drop the dough onto the prepped baking sheets  by rounded teaspoonfuls, leaving 2 inches between each.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Let stand on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
  5. Store in an airtight container.
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 I am a person who does find it really annoying when I waste ingredients, especially when they are hard to come by.  I think I will stick to my mother's Molasses Cookie recipe from now on when I get a craving for Molasses Cookies.  It never lets me down. 

Up Tomorrow:  Apple Pie Danish 


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Marie Rayner

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