Eldrador Dragon from Schleich – Review

We love the Schleich products we receive for review. They are always a huge hit in the house. This time, we were fortunate to receive a Eldrador Dragon.

This very realistic dragon is perfect for playing knights in mediaeval settings.

We were sent the Dragon Poacher – a magnificent beast with talons even on it’s wings. It has horns and spikes on it’s legs and it does look very fierce.

The dragon is red and green and has its teeth barred to stop anyone from coming near.

I’m told that this dragon is possibly indestructible except for it’s one weak spot – hidden beneath it’s crest.

The children – the two younger ones – have enjoyed playing with this dragon. In fact, I’ve been called to rescue the princess dolls quite often when Ethan makes the dragon swoop down on them.

The dragon is very lifelike as with all Schleich products and is of a very good quality. There are more dragons in the range – Night Hunter, Ice hunter, Diver. They all look extremely fierce and are perfect for imaginative play.  I know I’m going to be adding to the collection soon. I don’t really mind as the Schleich toys are so durable and last a long time.

The dragons are priced at about £14.99 each and are available at all major retailers.

For more dragon fun as well as all the other products available from Scheich – visit https://www.schleich-s.co.uk

Dinosaur Train: Paint and Match App Review

The children used to love watching Dinosaur Train – the Tim Henson TV series. It was particularly popular with Ethan. They still catch an episode every now and then.

We were recently asked to review the Dinosaur Train App and we knew we would love it.

The Dinosaur Train: Paint and Match App is available on Google Play and IOS for 99p.

In the App, children can colour 24 pictures of Buddy and his friends and can even change the brush size and obviously unleash their creativity to choose colours and maybe even change the colour of their favourite character. There are also a few blank canvases for you to create your very own dinosaur.

 

They can also play a memory game with 4 difficulty levels. They have to beat the clock to complete it in time getting them to try and beat their own time.

The App has proved popular with Aeryn and she has been creating her own dinosaur called Blue.

 

This is just one of the many games by Kuato Studios all of which can be found on the APP Store/ Play Store. http://www.kuatostudios.com/

The App is aimed at children under 5 and is sure to be popular with fans of Dinosaur Train.

It is available on IOS –  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dinosaur-train-paint-and-match/id1157494373?mt=8

and Google Play  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kuatostudios.DinosaurTrain

Tefal ActiFry Smart XL Review

 

You may have read about my day out with Tefal recently?

The icing on the cake of course was when I received a TEFAL ActiFry Smart XL to review.

If you’ve been reading my blog for sometime, you’ll know that I love my older version of the ActiFry. But the new one obviously has a lot of updates. Besides it is Bluetooth Compatible.

The ActiFry is a low fat fryer offering a healthier way to fry with very little oil yet keeping the delicious taste of the food.

There is a spindle that rotates inside the non-stick pan –

You can remove the actual pan by raising the handle –

And it has a timer to programme the cooking time –

I tried out the ActiFry for myself yesterday and I don’t think I’m ever going to look at cooking the same way.

We decided to cook a relatively easy recipe – Mediterranean Chicken Stir Fry. This is a dish with stir fried chicken and fried cooked rice. The entire dish takes about 40 minutes to prepare – 10 minutes preparation and 30 minutes cooking time. There are step-by-step instructions on the App. And you can also work the gadget from the App – which means that you don’t really need to get off the sofa to get cooking. Well, not really, as you need to put the ingredients in etc and turn it on.

The meal was delicious retaining the succulence of the chicken while still being well browned. The rice also was well fried but not excessively oily.

Later in the evening, we used the ActiFry to cook the classic chips and they were crunchy and yum!

On an ActiFry binge, I also made some scrambled eggs this morning and they came out just the way we like them – not soggy and just using very little oil.

One thing I like about this model is that you can cook breaded fish/meat in it without a hassle. With the older version, the breaded meats would crumble. This one promises to do differently as the Smart technology recognises the need to do things differently and adjusts the settings accordingly. I’m going to try some potato balls later, so I’ll update you on how it goes.

Using very less amounts of oil make all meals healthier with fewer calories.

The Tefal ActiFry Smart XL is priced at about £250 and is available in all major retailers. You can read more about the product and discover more about the #SlimmersSecret here – http://www.tefal.co.uk/slimmerssecret

 

Seriously Good Sauces from Heinz

We always have some Heinz sauce at home, definitely ketchup being one and mayonnaise too. This time round, we were introduced to some Seriously Good sauces from Heinz and I’m sure they’ll soon be a part of our must have sauce collection.

Heinz Seriously Good sauces come in the following flavours –

  • Creamy Chive Sauce, zingy and creamy with potatoes!
  • Creamy Pepper Sauce, creamy and warming with steak!
  • Creamy Tomato & Garlic Sauce, rich and lively with chicken!
  • Creamy Béarnaise, perfect with meats and fish!

We tried out the Creamy Chive sauce with chips and it was delicious. I even added it to scrambled eggs.

The Creamy Pepper sauce was perfect with meat – we added it to our roast pork sandwiches and it added that extra zing to it.

Here are two recipes that you may like to try too –

Classic steak sandwich

20 MINS PLUS RESTING | SERVES 4 | EASY

 

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

50g butter

2 large onions, finely sliced

2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

500g sirloin steak (about 2 large or 4 small)

100g rocket

1 baguette or 2 batons, halved

100g Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Pepper Sauce

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil and the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 10 mins, until golden and beginning to caramelise. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add the rest of the oil to the pan, and turn up the heat. Season the steaks and cook for 2-3 mins per side, or until done to your liking. Remove from the pan and leave to rest for 4-5 minutes before slicing.
  3. Arrange the rocket over the halved baguette, then top with the onions followed by the steak. Spoon on the Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Pepper Sauce and sandwich together. Serve immediately.

Poached Salon & Asparagus Salad

35-40 MINUTES | SERVES 4 | EASY

Ingredients

8-10 sprigs tarragon

1 lemon, juiced

4 salmon fillets,

about 140g each

400g asparagus, trimmed

120g bag baby leaves

6 radishes, sliced

100g Heinz [Seriously]

Good Creamy Béarnaise

Sauce

 

Method

1.      Fill a large shallow pan with water and add 6 tarragon sprigs and half the lemon juice. Add a little salt and bring just to the boil, then slide in the salmon, turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and poach for 8-10 mins. Once cooked to your liking, remove from the pan, drain and leave to cool completely. Remove any skin.

2.      Bring the water in the pan back to the boil, add the asparagus and blanch for 2 mins, then remove and cool under cold running water, drain well. Arrange the asparagus with the baby leaves and radishes on a serving plate. Flake over the cooled salmon. Mix the remaining lemon juice with the Heinz [Seriously] Good Creamy Béarnaise Sauce to loosen it, then drizzle over the salad. Chop the leaves of the remaining tarragon sprigs and scatter over the salad.

For more recipe inspiration, visit – heinz.co.uk