Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Point and Shoot - Garden Fun for the Twins and Dotty

This weekend saw a welcomed return to playing in the garden.

The twins love being out playing in the fresh air. On Sunday it was cool but dry and as soon as the twins saw the hubby was in the garden their wellies were on and they were out.

Another one who was dying to get out was our 9 month old kitten, Dotty. So far she has been a house cat. However when she had her operation at the beginning of the month we also got an ID chip put in. So we decided to let her have a play outside with the twins. We were relieved to see that she didn't venture far. But she adored the freedom to run up and down from side to side. I was concerned we wouldn't be able to get her in but I was wrong. As soon as the twins came in and closed the door she darted from the far end of the garden to come in.

After a long play outside both the twins and Dotty needed a nap!

Here is our garden fun in pictures...







I am sharing our weekend fun with Snowing Indoors and You Baby Me Mummy Point and Shoot and Eco-Gites Animal Tales.

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Extra Special Scrambled Eggs with The Happy Egg Company

With this week being Breakfast Week I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you a scrambled egg recipe that is extra special.

Scrambled eggs are a great easy meal that is full of protein from the eggs. There are so many different variations but the majority of the time we make the good old cheesy version.

The Happy Egg Company have challenged their Happy Egg Taste Makers to come up with a new scrambled egg recipe. We were told that we must incorporate the following into our recipes:

  • A vegetable or a source of fish/meat
  • A herb or spice
  • A surprise ingredient
This got my taste buds going and this is what I came up with...


 Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients










2 eggs
1 slice of smoked salmon, chopped
3 spears of asparagus, chopped
1 tsp soft goats cheese
60mls milk
Sprig of dill, chopped

Method

1 - Place the chopped asparagus in a pan of boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes before draining and putting to one side

2 - Beat the eggs in a bowl

3 - Add the milk, smoked salmon, goats cheese and 1tsp of chopped fresh dill

4 - Place in a pan and heat over a medium heat stirring continuously

5 - After the eggs have cooked for 2 minutes add the asparagus and continue cooking until the eggs are cooked

Serve immediately on a slice of seeded bread with a little smoked salmon and a sprig of dill.


The goats cheese adds a creamy flavour to the smokiness from the salmon. It transforms regular scrambled eggs into something extra special.


Disclosure: I am part of The Happy Egg Company Happy Egg Taste Makers bloggers group. This post is my entry to the January Scrambled Egg challenge. I was sent a voucher for the eggs.

I am sharing my recipe with Honest Mum - Tasty Tuesdays.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

The teapigs #MatchaChallenge

When I saw a request from teapigs for bloggers to take the two week Matcha Challenge I jumped at the chance. I was delighted to find out that I had been selected to take part!

To take part in the matcha challenge I was asked to drink matcha everyday for two weeks and see if I felt any changes at the end of the challenge. I was sent a teapigs Matcha Kit so that I had what I needed to get started. The kit contained:
  • 30g tin of Matcha
  • Electric hand held whisk
  • A shot glass
  • An information leaflet
  • Matcha badge
  • Spoon


If you are wondering what matcha is let me tell you what it is, and how it can benefit you.

Matcha is 100% natural, organic green tea leaves. It is like no other green tea, the leaves have been ground down into a fine powder. When you drink matcha you are drinking all of the goodness unlike with regular green tea where you only consume a portion of the goodness as the remaining nutrients are left in the bag and put in the bin. Matcha tea leaves are grown in Japan and are grown undercover for the final two weeks. This enables to plant to produce lots of chlorophyll which gives it the bright green "good stuff". Matcha is not new, it has been drunk in Japan for almost 900 years as part of their tea ceremony. It is also used by Buddhist monks as it keeps them alert, awake and focused during long periods of meditation.

Until recently all matcha was consumed in Japan, however it is now becoming more and more popular in the UK.

After researching matcha further on various websites I was amazed by the possible benefits from drinking this super green powder. They include:
  • Packed with Antioxidants including flavonoids which help protect our bodies against harmful free radicals such as pollution, UV rays, radiation and chemicals which can lead to cell damage.
  • Naturally detoxifies the body
  • Improves mood and increases concentration
  • Calms
  • Boosts metabolism which ultimately burns calories
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Contains the naturally occurring acid l-theanine which along with caffeine is a well know stimulant
Before Taking The #MatchaChallenge

If you are a regular Hijacked By Twins reader you will be aware that during the last 6 months I have struggled with depression and anxiety. This was one of the reasons I was so keen to try matcha. Having read that this super green drink can improve moods and calms I was excited and curious to see if it would work. Along with my depression came a lack of motivation which in turn resulted in a low mood. I was stuck in a vicious cycle.

During The #MatchaChallenge

I was amazed by how quickly I noticed the change in my mood. At first I wondered if it was purely a coincidence but my mood continued to lift. I became more motivated which in turn lifted my mood further. I recently cut out coffee and have longed for a drink to replace it and at last I found it! Matcha became part of my morning breakfast routine and I felt that it gave me a kick start to the day. In general I felt better in both my mood and my body.

How To Drink Matcha

There are many ways to drink and consume matcha. So far I have drunk it...

as a shot using hot water at 70C

as a latte with almond milk

as a cup of tea

even in my slimming shake

After The #MatchaChallenge

Once the Matcha Challenge had finished I decided to have a couple of matcha free days to see if I could really see a difference. After the first morning of having little energy I was straight back to drinking matcha. I have honestly noticed a change in how I am feeling both mentally and physically. I have the motivation for the day ahead. I feel that matcha has helped me over come my anxiety and has lifted my mood no end. I am me again! I have also noticed an improvement in my skin, I am more alert and certainly a lot less anxious. I will continue to drink matcha daily and am enjoying finding new ways to incorporate it into my diet further. Keep an eye out for more recipes using matcha!

For further information about matcha or to purchase matcha visit teapigs. Also during January 2015 teapigs are offering 20% off their matcha range when you use the discount code MATCHA15.

Disclosure: I was sent the teapigs matcha kit for the purpose of this post. No payment was received. All views and opinions are my own and 100% honest.

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