Heggie's of Hereford hamperHave you ever thought of ordering your meat online?

No, I hadn’t either until a PR got in touch and asked if I’d like to give it a go. I took a look at the Heggie’s of Hereford website he was promoting and after a good while I noticed I was still on the site, flicking through pages at all the fabulous products so I said yes and sat back and waited.

Heggie’s call themselves the Home of Hereford beef so it seemed like a good idea to go with their beef hamper although Heggie’s packed a hamper especially for me, which I imagine is like ordering products from their menu.

My hamper arrived very swiftly, it was neatly contained and packed with a freezer block to keep the meat cool during transit. My first tip to any tempted to follow suit, is make sure you have some room in your freezer as there is no way you can eat all of this stuff fresh. Currently in my freezer are 2 sirloin steaks, 2 filet steaks and a beef joint, however I passed the first choice over to the Mr of the house as he is Heggie’s perfect reviewer, a lover of meat, all things meat.

For his first meal he chose the Heggies individual steak pies, he warmed them up in the oven and served them boiled new potatoes, beans, carrots and lashings of gravy.

His verdict: Good, packed with good sized meat chunks in a lovely sauce but maybe a bit small for me. (He does eat like a wolf!)

My verdict: Delicious, each pie has a small cut out pastry heart on top, the portion for me was ample. The filling was delicious and very meaty. I’d buy them again for sure.

Heggie's of Hereford Pies

The Mr’s second choice the following day, which happened to be a Saturday, was an all day breakfast using the sausages and bacon that had been sent in our pack. It’s Paul’s job to prepare the Full English in our house, he just barks orders at me to ‘Put the sauces on the table’ ‘Make the tea’ and so on. We had the breakfast sausages, a couple of the Spicy Spanish chorizo sausages and the bacon which is the BEST bacon I have ever tasted. Being used to supermarket quality, the Heggie’s bacon blew us away, so much tastier and a much thicker rash, I was very sad to it eaten up. PS that’s the Mr’s dishing up skills below and above ;)

Heggie's full English breakfast

Next up I used the remainder of the spicy chorizo sausages in my Spanish pork and chorizo casserole and the result was delicious. They added the right kick to make a plain Jane stew into a feisty ‘Can I have seconds’ meal.

spanish pork and chorizo slow cooked casserole

So I’m saving the fillet steaks for a special meal which will most likely be a Friday, end of the week treat and the sirloin steaks I need to get the right timings for a medium rare steak, any ideas on how many minutes?

Disclosure: Heggie’s of Hereford sent me the hamper of meat for the purpose of this review and I’d thoroughly recommend their service. Delicious meat and top quality service

spanish pork and chorizo slow cooked casseroleIf you’re looking for a pork stew slow cooker recipe then this Spanish pork and chorizo stew could be the one for you, it turned out even better than I imagined and it was an economical meal to produce.

Slow cooked Spanish pork and chorizo casserole

Ingredients for 6

800 g Pork shoulder steaks cut into cubes
4 Heggies chorizo sausages
3 tbsps seasoned flour (salt pepper and mixed herbs)
olive oil for browning the meat
2 Peppers – 1 red 1 yellow de-seeded and chopped
1 leek
1 red onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 tin plum tomatoes
1 tsp chilli flakes

Pre heat the slow cooker on high

Toss the pork in the seasoned flour and fry in the hot oil to brown on all sides and add to the slow cooker

Stir the peppers, leeks and garlic in the frying pan and cook gently for a couple of minutes add to the slow cooker

Soften the sliced onions in the microwave on high for 3 minutes and add to the slow cooker add to the slow cooker

Cut the Heggies chorizo sausages into slices and brown in the frying pan, there’s no need for oil as the sausages will let out their own.

Add to the slow cooker along with the tin of tomatoes, half a tin of water and the tsp of chilli flakes, stir the ingredients well and cook on low for 7 hours.

This meal can be eaten on it’s own or accompanied if desired with mash and vegetables. It can also be frozen

spanish pork and chorizo slow cooked casserole

Disclosure: Heggies of Hereford sent me a hamper of meat to cook and enjoy, in this recipe I have used 4 of their delicious chorizo sausages and they added the perfect ‘kick’ to the meal

The Wedding of Marianne & Paul from Oliver Kiell on Vimeo.

I thought I’d share with you the teaser Oliver made the very next day and put on Facebook – he’s very good isn’t he? I can’t wait to see the whole video now

I am so pleased with myself that I have got so far into the 365 challenge, lots of bloggers have started to lose their way and it is difficult to take a photo every day and post each week but all I have to do is click on 365 category and I have a small diary of our life to look back on.

Trouble is this week has been a massive catch up for me and looking back on the week’s photos they are of wedding gifts and review products received or food orientated photos. On the whole nothing special happened this week but here’s the account

Saturday – Paul and I have been married one week. The week has flown by and been super busy but we’re still enjoying the photos as they come through and reliving the day all the time. This is one of our gifts which I really love, it makes me smile every time I look at it, thank you Rebecca x

Mr and Mrs plaque

Sunday – A quiet day, I did the ironing, actually I did a TON of ironing that has piled up over the past fortnight but I wore these beautiful pearl earrings. A gift from Tommy, Oana (and Evan) and Megan (and Gracey) for Mother’s Day. I love them they are beautiful even though my photo is blurred – you try taking a photo one handed, on your phone of something you can’t see.

pearl earring

Monday – Kids back to school and I dive into my inbox, 700+ emails to get through. A LOT of thank you notes that need writing which I can’t find anywhere and normal day to day chores to be done too. Just another manic Monday. But lack of thank you notes inspires me at least to take photos of some of our gifts and thank on Facebook in the meantime. These beautiful Cimbro bracelets are from a dear friend in Italy, an unexpected gift with a lot of meaning behind them; given as a sign of distinction and prosperity. And made by jeweller extraordinaire Mastro Paolo who lives and works in Folgaria, his work is mind blowing and I shall cherish these bracelets.

Cimbro bracelets

Tuesday – My first review product this week arrives, Fairtrade coffee with cups and saucers too. Puro must sense I need backup and have sent me packs of energy. This should keep me going for a while. I’m looking forward to a cappucino this morning or maybe a latte?

Puro coffee

Wednesday – Burn out. After two days solid battling with my inbox I cannot concentrate so I go to the supermarket and buy our weekly shop. I’m doing VERY well and sticking to my list until I reach the last aisle …. the cheese aisle and I see one of my favourite Italian cheeses. It’s fattening, it’s not on the list and I don’t care. I put it in my basket and make my way to the till. On opening it back home I manage to eat half the packet in one go! THIS is why I never buy it, it’s so good I can’t control myself but yeee it was worth it *sigh*


Thursday – In all honesty this photo most likely wasn’t taken on Thursday BUT who’s looking, I didn’t take one and this will do as it makes me smile. Paul’s mates ‘The Friday Club’ on hearing our request for donations towards windows we need to change rather than wedding gifts decided to go one step further and put together a handy box for our windows – cheers guys :)

window cleaning

Friday – LONG day but the emails are now down to a respectable 200 ish. I feel more up to date and happier with myself. The best moment of the day is a knock at the door and a parcel delivery. This one my HUSBAND is going to LOVE it’s from Heggies of Hereford and it’s a beef hamper. It includes, two kinds of sausages, bacon, a brisket joint, 2 filet steaks (GOD!! I love them) 2 sirloin steaks (moaning in culinary delight) and two steak pies. I’ve stashed some bits in the freezer and I am so looking forward to trying them and reviewing them on Mari’s World

Heggie's Hereford

Have a great week all Mari x

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