#MumsLikeUs : Eggs, cook books, LEGO Friends and ice cream

lego friends rock star set

We had another #MumsLikeUs chat this week. Nadine from Juggle Mum and I jumped online at about 1pm and had a great discussion about various products we’ve been sent to  try out and review.

I like these hangouts as they are completely off the cuff, even though we have an idea of what we might talk about, quite frequently it can change at the last minute. Living on the edge people!

This week’s chat starts with Nadine telling us about the Zoku Ice Cream maker, it seems very easy to use and very versatile. I think the beauty of this product is the kids can get involved and I can see a lot of fun in the kitchen making ice cream this summer. I reviewed the Zoku lolly maker here.

Nadine’s second product this week is the book Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward. I too have a copy of this book and have started to read it. I am very impressed with the way Ella has used food and made changes in her diet to overcome a serious illness. I’ve heard of people doing this in the past and believe it can be done however it has to be taken very seriously. Not all of us can go to such extremes.

Over to me and my chosen products this week are The Cracking Egg company and LEGO Friends Rock Star set

The Cracking Egg Company

cracking egg co

This product arrived unexpectedly on my doorstep one day and although I had received an email to review it I hadn’t got back to them, after all – surely everyone can boil an egg?

The eggs arrived nicely packaged and are very eerily coated in bright blue and bright red colouring, not the colours one connects to healthy nutritious food right?

Reading the ingredients I am assured that the protective coating is all natural product and used to lock the flavour of the egg in. I still wasn’t feeling the desire to dive in but one day as I was preparing my salad for lunch I decided to be a devil and go for it.

hard boiled egg and salmon salad

I cracked a red one open and found a hard boiled egg inside. Surprise! There were a couple of red dots on the white but again reading the packaging I am assured this is perfectly ok.

I cut the eggs open and discover, hard boiled yolks inside but with no grey shadows that sometimes happen when you boil eggs.

It tasted of egg and I can’t find anything negative about it.

I wouldn’t normally buy ready hard boiled eggs to be honest but if I was going to the supermarket to make an impromptu picnic, I could easily add these to my basket. Cost £1.59 for two eggs.

LEGO Friends

building LEGO Friends

After our recent trip to LEGOLAND Windsor the girl’s passion for LEGO Friends has increased tenfold. They came home all inspired and set to to complete the LEGO Friends Treehouse and the cars found in their spoils of the day.

Then unknown to them two further LEGO Friends sets arrived from the Rock Star Range. A studio, which in all honesty is quite simply superb, I am in awe of the detail that goes into these sets, sliding CD players, microphones, guitars and all the knobs and buttons that you would associate with making music.

LEGO Friends

The larger box contains a limo and red carpet. The limo comes with glasses and a bowl of cherries too.

Once the toys have been built I have listened to the girls play out BGT and X Factor moments. They are brilliant for stimulating the imagination and sometimes the car isn’t used for music at all but a trip shopping or to school or to Go Ape where we are organising their 7th birthday party this year.

A definite winner in this house

Disclosure: I was sent the two boxes of Rock Star LEGO Friends sets for the purpose of this review.

 

 

Make your own ice lollies

zoku lollyWe’ve been making ice lollies!

After all it is the perfect weather to do so and there are plenty of recipes for fun lollies out there. About a month ago Lakeland sent me a Zoku to try and that’s precisely when Britain decided to start a summer of torrential rain, not quite ice lolly inducing in all honesty, so my Zoku remained in its box.

Then the jolly old sunshine decided to return to our British Isles and wow, the Zoku has really come into its own.

It really is simple to use and the variations of lollies are infinitive. We started with plain old apple juice to get the hang of it.

zoku testing

Your first step is to put your Zoku in the freezer for 24 hours for the first time and about 10 hours after that.

zoku in the freezer

Then standing it on the kitchen worktop – no electricity required – you place the lolly sticks in, which are held in place by an indentation around the lip.

Using a jug, fill the ice lolly container NO FURTHER THAN THE LIP – I did on my first trial and had to defrost the whole device to get my juice back out as it was impossible to pull the lolly out. Not good with inquisitive twins waiting for lollies I can tell you!

zoku sticks and juice in

You can watch the juice freeze and once you see it’s hardened, in about 7 minutes, get your Zoku screw top and unscrew the lolly out of the maker et voila’ your ice lolly is ready to go.

zoku

There is even a Zoku book with loads of fabulous recipes for you to make. Once you become a bit of a dab hand at them you can make rainbow stripes, or diagonals. You can coat in chocolate and then in nuts in fact there are endless variations. Wine lollies anyone?

Angle zoku lolly

The lollies are cheap and quick to make the Zoku is easy to use – just make sure you follow all the rules and you will always have ice lollies to hand.

zoku single pop makers

The single pop maker is £19.99 and available in beautiful rainbow colours from your local Lakeland or you can get the Quick pop maker that makes three at a time!

If you’re really into Zoku pop making there is a Zoku tool kit to really make your lolly pops come alive

zoku tool kit

Disclosure – Lakeland sent me this product to review, we did and we liked it