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Foodie: #Schwartz2in1 Range

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie | Posted on 08-07-2013

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In our house weekday meal times have to provide quick and easy food that’s also nutritious and tasty. When you’re looking after a two year old all day you don’t have much time to create a meal from scratch, as much as I’d like to, so those meals are usually saved for the weekend. Monday to Friday I rely on my range of dishes that I know everyone will enjoy and that wont take an age to cook. After a while though the same old meals get a bit tedious, so I do like to keep my eyes open for new things to try. The Schwartz 2 in 1 range looks ideal for me and my family.

We were sent the Mediterranean Chicken Pasta and Cheesy Crumb Topping to try, as well as the Garlic & Thyme Roast Chicken + Crispy Roast Potatoes which we haven’t got around to testing yet. The pasta and cheesy crumb topping mix sounded an ideal midweek meal for my busy family. The packet had two sections to it – one was sauce for in the pasta bake, and the other a cheese and herb topping to sprinkle over the bake before grilling. What I liked about the mix was the simplicity with which is was made and that the ingredients were all likely to be found in your kitchen at home without having to go and get anything fancy or unusual. Here’s what I needed to make my dish:

Ingredients for Schwartz 2 in 1 pasta bake recipe

As you can see it was all items which you’d find normally in my house: pasta, chopped tomatoes, a pepper, some cheese, chicken breasts and some water, as well as the Schwartz packet mix.

It took about 20 minutes to put the recipe together following the simple instructions. It smelt delicious whilst making it so I was really looking forward to trying it out once it was ready. After putting the pasta bake together it was just a case of sprinkling the cheesy crumb topping over it along with some grated cheese and popping it under the grill for a few minutes. In the end it looked like this:

#Schwartz2in1 Mediterranean Chicken Pasta with Cheesy Crumb Topping

The packet mix made a generous amount, so there was enough to feed myself, my husband and Little Man, and have a small amount leftover for another time. On the whole I enjoyed the dish. It was really tasty and looked great. The herb flavour was a little bit too strong for my husband and Little Man who weren’t too keen on it at all, but I thought it was delicious.

Sadly I doubt we’ll be buying this particular 2 in 1 mix again, but I have high hopes for the Roast Chicken and Crispy Potatoes packet which we’ll be trying out soon.

“This post is an entry for BritMums ‘What’s for Dinner Tonight?’ sponsored by Schwartz. Find out more about the new 2in1 mixes here

Date Night at Giraffe, Horsham.

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 23-01-2012

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On Friday Hubby and I went out. On a date. In the evening. Without Little Man. This is pretty exciting for me because we worked out its probably been about two years since our last evening date. Hubby blames me of course: “Well you were pregnant and fussy about what you could and couldn’t eat.” You’d think we ate out at particularly weird places wouldn’t you? Anyway, we decided to give Giraffe a go. I’d eaten there previously for lunch one day with Little Man. I’d been feeling frivolous and decided to take him out for his lunch after our Sing & Sign Christmas party. He fell asleep before we arrived, but I’d really enjoyed my meal and was keen to go back. So the grandparents were booked and we headed up to Horsham for our date.

We got a lovely table with a bench seat downstairs. It was slightly strange to sit next to one another, but I suppose it was date night. We’d already had a nosey at the menu online so had a rough idea what we were going to have, though I did keep debating which cocktail to go for.

Hubby eventually settled on a Hippy Hippy Shake Smoothie, Chicken Potstickers to start followed by a half rack of BBQ Baby Ribs.

 

I had the Mango & Lime Daiquiri, started with the Crunchy Coconut Shrimp and had the Parmasan Chicken Schnitzel Kiev as my main.

 

The food was amazing. It was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. I could have willingly eaten several more servings of the Coconut Shrimp! Obviously we had to try a bit of each others and the Potstickers were nicely different to anything I’d eaten before. The ribs melted in my mouth – I was surprised Hubby didn’t go for the full rack. The portions were spot on too – I didn’t feel hideously uncomfortable but I wasn’t starving either.

The Daiquiri was sublime and the Smoothie was like a meal in itself, but neither interfered with the food.

“Would you like to see the dessert menu?” We were asked by our waitress. “Most definitely!”

Picking one each was hard. I think we could have willingly taken one of each. Hubby settled on the Baked White Chocolate, Mascarpone and Passion Fruit Cheesecake whilst I went for the Banana Waffle Split.

You should all be drooling over your computer screens at this point.

Needless to say they tasted as delicious as they looked. The cheesecake was huge and a great combination of sweet chocolate and sharp passion fruit. The waffle was to die for. The bananas were warm and everything was dripping in toffee sauce. I may have eaten a little more than I really should and felt slightly uncomfortable at the end!

Giraffe is a great place to go for date night, or even with the family. They have a lovely children’s menu available as well as the adult menu and its all very reasonably priced. I think we’ll be heading back there with Little Man at some point soon.

Giraffe’s menu can be found on their website. You can follow them on Twitter @GiraffeTweets where they run a competition every Friday to win a £40 voucher.