Jul 29, 2011

PPPOTD - Its all about the LOVE...




Love Bites - 2 PP per 30g bag...

These are a new offering for those in the motherland.. tayto.. one of our great Irish institutions, have launched a new, low fat, cheesey, rice puff, snack (got it?!) and they are very morish indeed! Filling enough to give you that savoury crisp fix... and at 2 PP per bag they fit the bill perfectly for all those with cheesey cravings!

Doll x

THIS WEEK #5 - I Scream.. You scream...



Summer is here... Apparently... and ice creams are EVERYWHERE!



This handy leaflet with all the favourites was included at this weeks meeting!

Doll x

PS: Am back from family crisis... normal service shall resume!

Jul 4, 2011

Simply Enjoy...


Simply Enjoy Cookbook



The latest cookbook from WW is called Simply enjoy. With 130 season recipes, there's a great variety of family dinners, snappy lunches and there's even a Christmas section!!!



For a recent dinner party I made the "sage stuffed onions" and they were SO easy and delicious... something you can make early in the day or the night before and just whack in the oven as your guests arrive.. the "crushed roasted potatoes" are yummy too.. and very morish!


The Piri Piri chicken is a great recipe to try if you're bored with your usual chicken recipes... and you can make it 4 at a time and store them for lunches ... the "crispy potato and meatball pan fry" is very comforting after a long day... the herbs and mozzarella crust on top is SO yummy!


Recipes for bread sauce and good basic side dishes like sweet baby carrots, sweetcorn in chilli sauce are throughout the book in various sections.... and the potato, cucumber and dill salad is perfect for this summer weather...

As the last book, I love the images throughout... I like to see what I'm making! The Christmas section includes the classics, smoked salmon parcels, mincemeat and apple tarts and the like... but also some newbies, blinis with a variety of toppings, turkey and leek pie for the leftovers and festive berry cheesecake which sounds YUMMY!

For the sweet tooths out there... there's an "All things sweet" section which includes banana splits, bbq fruits and marshmallows amongst the ingredients!

There difference with this book is the great variety. With some recipes that can become classic staples if cooking is your thing... Bonus - my guests had no idea they were all Weight Watchers recipes and some even asked for the recipes! Doll x

Jul 1, 2011

PPPOTD - Schools out!






You heard me... they're free!! Trying to get a seat on the tram yesterday was ridiculous... hoards of teenagers with Primark bags... and you know now they're out of school.. they're out of a routine... as are you! Now I don't have kids but I do have lots of friends with little people, and at this time of year, things that are never in the house start creeping in and the little devils eat half of 'em and leave them there to taunt you! Recently my friends 5 year old wanted a 99 in the park so I bought her one, she had two licks and handed it back to me... guess who finished it off!!! The dreaded sleepover becomes a minefield of pizza slices, chocolate treats and late night munchies.. The best you can do is PREPARE... if there are things in the cupboard they like then they're less likely to waste their pocket money on junk... buying multipacks can help, the bags are smaller than the individual packs you get in your local corner store.. PLUS you can buy the "light" versions and they really won't care so much.. it means you can have a treat too without all the drama... you can save 3 or 4 ProPoints buy picking a different multipack of crisps per bag... for the sleepovers.. get them involved in some cooking, making their own pizza, icing their own MINI cupcakes, make sparkling jelly (set this in cocktail/fancy glasses and they'll feel ALL grown up!) and that way the house isn't full of leftovers that are just too tempting! Finally... get them OUTSIDE.. walk the dog together, washing windows, day trips to the beach with a homemade picnic.. bicycles rides, damn it even dust of the roller skates to get them moving! If only they had been given enough homework for the next few months eh? Doll x






Some of the culprits from a kids picnic I recently attended!!!



These harmeless looking marshmallow biscuits are 3 ProPoints each!



Angel Delight is FULL of god knows what but its delicious and kids love it.. 3 ProPoints per serving - made with semi skimmed milk you get 4 servings per pack



These guilty little things are from Aldi and are 1 ProPoint each - problem is they aren't individually wrapped so once you open them... track 'em!



Unknown forms of snacks appear from nowhere! There monster munch are 5 ProPoints per bag!