Good Eats // Homemade Bounty Bars

Homemade Bounty Bars // Laura Laura

Bounty Bars are hands down one of my all-time favourite chocolate bars. There is definitely something amazing about the coconut and chocolate combination that makes me feel all sorts of good feels.

I was in a bit of rut this weekend, I was pretty sick and had committed my sick-self to go over to an (also sick) friends for dinner. We decided that she’d do dinner and I’d do dessert. I trawled Pinterest looking for a quick and easy, no fuss dessert that was also delicious. I stumbled across a homemade bounty bar recipe and decided to give it a whirl! While it wasn’t the most traditional “dessert” it went down a treat.

These delicious bounty bars were very quick to make, taking all of five minutes to measure and mix together, but there is a bit of waiting time to complete them.

Homemade Bounty Bars // Laura Laura

 

Check out the recipe on my new blog – Bitch, Peas!

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Good Eats // Blackcurrant Tea Tonic

Barkers of Geraldine Blackcurrant & Apple Refresher

Winter is coming, and generally speaking that means sniffles are coming too. Dosing up on Vitamin C is something I do over winter to keep me feeling great and bugs at bay. This recipe is a delicious way of getting a boost of Vitamin C!

Clinical nutritionist and naturopath Sheena Hendon says, “We all know that prevention is better than the cure. Ensuring you and your family are as healthy and well as possible before the cold weather hits is key and Barker’s Blackcurrant syrups are a delicious and easy way to get a daily dose of Vitamin C.”

Barker’s Blackcurrant syrups are also great paired with nature’s other winter wellness heroes such as oregano, thyme, garlic or turmeric, or try Barker’s Lemon, Honey & Ginger syrup as a hot winter drink. 

Barker’s Blackcurrant Syrups contains 48% NZ squeezed blackcurrant juice, with 750 blackcurrants squeezed into each 710ml bottle.  They contain at least 100% of the daily requirements of vitamin C per 200ml serve (when diluted as directed and consumed as part of a healthy diet).

Barkers of Geraldine Blackcurrant & Apple Refresher// Blackcurrant Tea Tonic Recipe

What You’ll Need

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 rooibos tea bags, or 1 tbsp loose leaf rooibos tea
  • ½ cup Barker’s Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant fruit syrup
  • 2 tsps Manuka honey
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder or seeds (see tips)
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, torn

Method

  1. Bring water to boil, add 2 cups of boiling water to rooibos tea and allow to infuse for 5 minutes.
  2. Add tea to small saucepan, add Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrants fruit syrup, honey, coconut oil, vanilla powder or seeds and mint leaves.
  3. Bring to boil and simmer for a few minutes, then turn off heat and allow to infuse for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain and before serving give the tonic a good mix as the coconut oil will naturally come to the surface.
  5. Enjoy! Serve with a few fresh mint leaves.

TIP // If you have any vanilla beans you can chop these up or use the whole bean; alternatively you could also use the seeds of one fresh vanilla pod.

Yum! Hope you enjoyed this recipe – What is your go to feel better drink?
Laura xx

Recipe via Barker’s of Geraldine

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Cinco de Mayo // Mexican Chorizo, Kumara and Black Bean Rice with Home Baked Tortillas

Mexican Chorizo, Kumara and Black Bean Rice with Home Baked Tortillas

I love Mexican food. I also love Mexican culture. I’ve been to Mexico once, and hope to make it back again one day to experience more of both

The fifth of May, Cinco de Mayo, commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory at the Battle of Puebla. While it’s a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, the United States ‘Cinco de Mayo’ has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Cinco de Mayo traditions include music performances, street festivals and parades throughout Mexico and the US.

To join in on the celebrations, I chose to make an easy family meal:

// Mexican Chorizo, Kumara and Black Bean Rice dish served with Home Baked Tortillas!

What you’ll need

  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin if you can)
  • 1 Orange Kumara (sweet potato) peeled and chopped into cubes (making about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 Chorizo Sausages (Mexican or Spanish work best), diced
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 can black beans, I used
  • 2 C vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice
  • Fresh Coriander (optional)
  • 4 small Torillas

Method

  1. Add olive oil, kumara and onions to a large pan on a medium – high heat. Saute for 4 – 5 minutes, or until kumara is browning slightly and onions are cooked through completely
  2. Add chorizo and cook until fragrant and cooked through. Add and stir through paprika.
  3. Add tin of black beans, stock, and salsa verde to the pan and bring to boil.
  4. Add rice, stir to combine, cover and bring to boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 15 mintures, stirring occasionally. 
  5. While simmering, turn on grill and cut torillas into eights to make triangles. Place on a lightly oiled tray and grill each side for 1-2minutes, watching closely so they don’t burn.
  6. Enjoy! Serve with fresh coriander, sour cream or avocado and the freshly baked corn chips

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Thanks for checking out my recipe. Please check out the other bloggers recipes that joined in on this Cinco de Mayo collaboration!

Miss Charlotte Cake – Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milk Cake)

The Market – Chocolate Truffles

PlanetBakeLife – Huevos Rancheros

xx Laura

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Birthday Week Giveaways – Win with by nature!

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It’s my birthday week and to celebrate I’ve got a bunch of awesome giveaways just for my awesomely loyal readers!

Today is my last birthday week giveaway! An awesome prize pack from By Nature. I’ve JUST started using the cleanser and creme as part of my morning routine and I’m enjoying them so far.

by nature’s nurturing regime is the prize pack to be won, containing: 

  • 1x By nature Bee Venom Face Crème (Know as nature’s ‘botox’)
  • 1x By nature Nourishing & Refining Face Mask
  • 1x By nature Purifying Facial Cleanser

Want to win it? Enter below:

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Thanks for your support this year and previous ones! Laura Laura Blog is three this year and I’m 29 this week!
xx Laura

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Birthday Week Giveaways – Win with Oh You Fox!

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It’s my birthday week and to celebrate I’ve got a bunch of awesome giveaways just for my awesomely loyal readers!

Victoria from Oh You Fox is one of my all time fave illustrators. And today i’m giving away three of her rad cakes cards! 

  • “Roses are red, violets are blue, pizza is hot and so are you” Card x1
  • “Cats > Boys” Card x1
  • “I like your butt!” Card x1

Amazingly awesomeness. Enter now!

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Thanks for your support this year and previous ones! Laura Laura Blog is three this year and I’m 29 this week!
xx Laura

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Birthday Week Giveaways – Win with Cecile’s Creative Kitchen!

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It’s my birthday week and to celebrate I’ve got a bunch of awesome giveaways just for my awesomely loyal readers!

Today’s giveaway is for Food Lovers and Food Learners who understand what good, tasty wholefood is all about. A prizepack from Cecile’s Creative Kitchen of Cec’s Muesli

The Hawke’s Bay premium wholefood company started on a farm from humble family beginnings. Cecile, a colourful and resourceful character, wanted to create her own muesli that used wholefood ingredients.   The traditions have continued in Cecile’s family, with son Alister Buchanan developing a wonderful muesli range from Cecile’s original recipes.

  • Cranberries & Currents with Flaxseed Fibre & Seeds (GF)
  • Banana & Hazelnuts with Vanilla & Coconut (GF)
  • Strawberries & Cashews with Seeds & Fine Oats (NEW)
  • Almonds & Brazil Nuts with Seeds & Honey (No Fruit, GF)
  • Seeds & Nuts with Honey & Quinoa (No Fruit, GF)
  • Fruit & Nuts with Seeds & Fine Oats

The recent addition to the Cecile’s range, Strawberries & Cashews with Seeds & Fine Oats, is a Bircher muesli that can be heated to make a winter-warming porridge alternative.

Cecile’s Creative Kitchen Muesli Range is available in 400g and 500g pouches from all leading supermarkets and specialty food stores. For more information visit http://www.ceciles.co.nz

To be in to win your choice of 3 x packs of Cec’s Muesli , use the Rafflecopter form below:

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Thanks for your support this year and previous ones! Laura Laura Blog is three this year and I’m 29 this week!
xx Laura

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Birthday Week Giveaways – Win with Sunsilk!

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It’s my birthday week and to celebrate I’ve got a bunch of awesome giveaways just for my awesomely loyal readers!

Add some brilliance and shine to your hair this winter with Sunsilk. Be in to win the Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Shampoo & Conditioner through entering below.

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Thanks for your support this year and previous ones! Laura Laura Blog is three this year and I’m 29 this week!
xx Laura

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Birthday Week Giveaways – Win with Farrah’s!

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It’s my birthday week and to celebrate I’ve got a bunch of awesome giveaways just for my awesomely loyal readers!

Treat your family (or just yourself) to this Farrah’s Wraps prize pack! My favourite flavour from the Farrah’s Wraps range is Garlic Butter – perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinners and for making homemade sausage rolls with…. If you follow my snapchat you might’ve seen me make these last week, and the week before, oops! [ snapchat: lauralaurablog ]

Be in to win the Farrah’s prize pack which includes: Farrah’s Garlic Butter Wraps, a Farrah’s recipe book (I have this and love it), and some Farrah’s baking tins! Get entering:

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Thanks for your support this year and previous ones! Laura Laura Blog is three this year and I’m 29 this week!
xx Laura

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