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Product Review: My Secret Kitchen

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 20-09-2012

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If you are searching for a flexible job that fits around your family life, and you are passionate about food and cooking, you might just be the kind of person that My Secret Kitchen is looking for. Working for My Secret Kitchen allows you to host Tastings in your own home. Invite family and friends round to indulge in good food and good company, and watch as the range of My Secret Kitchen foods practically sell themselves. The range is only available via My Secret Kitchen consultants and from the website, so you know the products are more exclusive than those you find in your local supermarket.

The team at My Secret Kitchen sent me a selection of their products to test out, and I am hugely impressed.

Oak Smoked Rapeseed Oil
The Rape for this oil is grown, harvested and cold pressed on the same farm in Sussex, so this is a very exciting local product. Rapeseed oil is one of the most healthy oils for your heart so is a great addition to any kitchen. Recommended by My Secret Kitchen to use in sauces, dressings and as a simple bread dipper its also really versatile. I used this oil last weekend by brushing it over the skin of a chicken I was roasting. I usually use butter or olive oil but this gave a great smoky taste to the chicken and the smell was mouthwatering.

Secret Firecracker Chilli Spices
This product is not for the fainthearted! 1/4 of a teaspoon of this will give you the same heat as one small red chilli, but at the same time it will give you the added flavour of cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic and Mexican oregano. This is going to be a great addition to homemade chilli con carne. The spice contains the “holy trinity” of Mexican chillies – ancho, pasilla and guajillo – giving it an unmistakably hot and fruity chilli flavour. Recipe suggestions for this include Chilli Lemon Chicken, Spicy Salsa, and Spicy Buffalo Sauce.

Maple Caramel Sauce
Just the name of this product should have you licking your lips. Liquid caramel mixed with a hint of warm maple syrup this sauce is divine. It tastes amazing on pancakes especially with bananas, and  makes plain vanilla ice cream heavenly just by being drizzled over it. It would also make a great topping to a sundae. In fact I think this sauce would be delicious on most desserts. Or you could just dig in and eat it by the spoonful, straight from the jar.

Secret Vanilla Pudding Spices
This spice combines vanilla with cinnamon, ground coriander seed and ginger making it a delightful sweet and spicy addition to cupboard. The secret ingredient is roasted cassia. This spice is delicious dusted on top of hot chocolates, but I think it would also be tasty on french toast or freshly made doughnuts. Mixed in to warm sponge puddings, added in to apple pies, or sprinkled over popcorn this spice will add a warming sweet flavour to a host of desserts, cakes and sweet treats. This spice should be a store cupboard staple for any keen baker.

If that’s got your taste buds twitching get over to the My Secret Kitchen website now. Not only can you buy these items – and a great range of other products – direct, you can sign up to host your own tasting session and become a consultant for them. With a range of perks and bonuses available to you and your customers, its a great opportunity for those foodies out there.

 

 

Looking For A New Career? Try Jobs Go Public

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 20-06-2012

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For now I’m lucky enough to be a Stay At Home Mum – though I do have a part-time job one Saturday morning a month – and my husband and I are very keen for it to stay that way. However when Little Man goes to school in a few years time then I might decide I want to see what’s out there. Jobs Go Public is an ideal site for me to do this on as the other leading recruitment sites have never appealed. I want to know that I’m applying to my employer for a job, not to some agency worker just looking to fill quotas. I also think its important to be given the chance to apply for a job – using your experiences and life skills as well as your qualifications – and not just upload a CV in the hope it meets select criteria.
Whether you’re looking for a part time job now your children have started school, or you have chosen to go back to work after maternity leave, you too may be in search of a new career. Looking for a new job can be a challenging and daunting task, and quite often turns into a job of its own. It doesn’t need to be this way. Why not take a look on Jobs Go Public yourself?
As I’ve said, Jobs Go Public is totally different from other recruitment websites, as it doesn’t ask you to upload your CV into its database. Instead it relies on online application forms for its advertised jobs, and it has a tracking system that helps employers manage their selection process easily. Jobs Go Public is out to ensure the whole recruitment process is as easy as possible, and that they always find the right person for each role. They also don’t use recruitment agencies, so the job you see is the job you’re going for. There are no third parties involved.
So whatever sector you’re looking for a fulfilling future career in Jobs Go Public should be your first stop. The search process is so simple, with a Keyword and Location option on the home page, or more specific Advanced Search form available too. You can request adverts direct to your email inbox and online applications can be saved and returned to if necessary – you also get reminders if the deadline approaches and you have an incomplete form. Jobs Go Public are really doing everything they can to help you find employment, whatever you’re looking for.

A Brief Introduction, And A Bit Of A Rant…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 19-02-2011

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Blogs by Mummies are hardly a rarity on the Internet, but I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring.  I’m a keen amateur writer (largely fanfiction based) and a new Mummy (as of October 2010) so what better way to combine my two passions? I doubt I’ll be particularly earth shattering or profound in my ramblings, but as every child is different (you just need to look at my antenatal class to prove that) I hope to bring something new to the Mummy Blogger genre. What will be written here will purely be my experiences and opinions as a Mummy. You might share my experiences, and you might not. You may agree whole-heartedly with my opinions, and you may not.  Please do have your say on what I ramble – I look forward to reading peoples responses to this new foray into writing.

So to begin with a little bit about myself and my reason for blogging.  I’m 28 and living in the midst of the Sussex countryside with my husband of three years and our baby boy who is just four and a half months old.  He is our first child, and at the moment I think it’s a little early for definitive decisions on whether or not he’ll be our only!  Whilst pregnancy was a fairly easy time, the final week and the labour which followed was somewhat fraught and at right now its not an experience I’m keen to repeat.  I am more than happy enjoying my little one and giving him my undivided attention before I consider adding to our little family.

Whilst I’ve never been somebody that fit in – I was never in with the popular kids at school and when we moved house we changed counties – I’ve never felt part of a minority group until recently. Until I became a Mummy in fact. I’m not a single parent. I’m a Stay At Home Mummy. I’m not on maternity leave. I have no job to go back to. Before you ask, no I’m not wealthy. I don’t have the luxury of endless savings or a Hubby that earns a fortune. We struggle to make ends meet, yet I choose to stay at home. I realise this is not an option for some, but for those people who can afford to stay at home, why go back to work when can do the most valuable job ever at home?

As I said my Boy is four and a half months old, and has recently taken his first tentative steps into the world of weaning.  Debate is wide on the subject of weaning, but thankfully my Health Visitor takes the “every baby is different” approach.  We started at four months because my Boy was guzzling gallons of milk and seemed impossible to fill.  Now he’s enjoying daily spoonfuls (or sometimes three) of pureed fruit and vegetables, and the occasional bit of baby rice, though he doesn’t seem too keen on that.  Food is enthusiastically chomped and swallowed, so I take this as meaning he’s ready for solids and happy to eat them.  We’ll see how it goes.

Tomorrow I am heading to London’s Excel for the final day of The Baby Show.  Boy is staying at home with Hubby for some “male bonding” whilst I take Grandma shopping.  We’re hoping to pick up some bargains and grab a few freebies and samples along the way.  I’ll let you know how it goes.