Sweet chilli chicken flavour
Recently I was lucky enough to receive a packet Walkers Extra Crunchy Crisps to try. I got the Sweet Chilli Chicken flavour but they are available in five different flavours. These are Simply Salted, Salt and Malt Vinegar, Cheddar and Sour Cream, Flame Grilled Steak and Sweet Chilli Chicken. They are available in 150g packs and are billed as Extra Crunchy Crisps, the crisps for sharing!
Did they live up to the promise of being extra crunchy? They certainly do. They are a lovely crunchy crisps with a nice flavour. The sweet chilli flavour is just right and not over powering. Crisps for sharing? No certainly not, they are far too nice for that! Hide the bag away in your cupboard and keep them for yourself!Make sure no one else sees them or they will all be gone!
Which leads to my one complaint, if these are sharing crisps why is the bag so small? If you go to America or France you get lovely massive big bags of crisps, twice the size of this which are perfect for all sorts of occasions. Here you are not able to get massive bags, you have to buy lots smaller ones. Surely it is possible to make bigger bags? You could even get clever and make them resealable, I am sure there would be a market for that!
As most of you will already know Twitter is a social networking site where you can send messages limited to 140 characters to the twitter site. Here anyone is able to read it, but it will only appear directly on the page of those people who think you are interesting and have chosen to follow you. Put in words it does not sound at all compelling, but once you enter the Twitter world you will find it is strangely interesting.
Why tweet? The reason I joined was a number of my friends had moved from a forum into twitter and it was much easier to find them and speak to them instantly. Another additional bonus is that a large number of companies have joined the Twitter world and are now running competitions on there. One tweet can lead to a win.
What amazes me however is how quickly news can spread. I learnt about many news events on Twitter before I heard about it on the news. Recently there was an attack on Twitter, where people using the website were effected by malicious code that took advantage of y0u scrolling over it with your mouse. Within minutes people were asking what was the problem with twitter, solutions were being suggested (use a third party client while they fix it) and finally loads of news articles suddenly sprung up discussing the attack. Twitter also fixed the problem reasonably quickly. This demonstrates the power Twitter has of spreading the word.
Twitter can also be fun. Silly ideas can take hold and the word spread with searchable # hashtags. On any given day there are a number of trending topics and these usually include things like #compingfilms where a word in a film title is changed to make it a film about comping. An example of this would be ” The winner wears Prada”
So whats the point of Twitter, really there is no point, but it is fun, fascinating and lively. Really Twitter is what you make of it, if you find good people to follow and who follow you it can be a roller coaster ride of endless fascination.
I recently received two of the new lasting finish lipsticks from Rimmel London These are new lipsticks that incorporate Colour Protect technology. This apparently is enriched with 50% longer wearing colour boost pigments which give 25% more colour impact that ordinary lipstick. It is also meant to last up to 8 hours. Thats the science!
I received two colours, number 164 Tantrum which is a dark reddy pink colour and number 242 Fudge Brownie which is a much more subtle pinky brown shade.
My favourite colour of the two was the Fudge Brownie, it was much more subtle. The other colour was a bit too red for me and did not suit me that well.
When wearing them they had a nice soft feel on the lips and did not make my lips feel tight which a lot of lipsticks can do. My lips definitely felt softer aftering using them. Another bonus was that when I had a cup of tea they did not leave nasty lipstick marks on the cups. This is a definite plus for me as I hate that!
The colours are definitely intense so the colour boost pigments are definitely doing something. They have a nice glittery look as well. One thing that also stuck me was the fragrance, its a really nice subtle smell.
The colour lasts well. I am not sure that it lasts the eight hours that it says that it will. It does have good staying power and as it wears off does not leave a ring round your mouth like some lipsticks do. I would definitely buy this again.
I was recently lucky enough to win some Rebel Nails from R8Beauty on Facebook. These are self adhesive flexible nails which you just stick onto your own nails, or false nails.
The pack contains a number of different sized sticky nails and a clear plastic template so that you can choose the size that best suits you. The ones I received were a rather glamorous silver colour. There are a wide range of designs available, some of which are very funky patterns that it would be very difficult to achieve using nail polish.
They are very simple and easy to apply. All you do is make sure your nail is free from oil using nail polish remover, warm the rebel nails slightly with a hairdryer and stick them into place. The excess part of the rebel nail is easily removed using a nail file.
Another benefit is that they do not chip or scratch. The look you want stays in place until you simply peel them off and replace with a new look.
I think these are a fabulous idea, you can obtain fantastically intricate look without very much effort. I do not think I would use them every day but if I wanted a special look for a big occasion I would certainly treat myself to these.
Its October. The mornings are dark when I wake up, the evenings are dark when I come home. The leaves are on the pavements and I have to swish though them as I walk. There is a hint of mist in the air and the days are cooler and wetter. On days like this I turn to my slow cooker.
I got this as a Christmas present last year after hearing lots of people saying how fabulous they were and I have to say they are fabulous. You spend a little while preparing food in the morning, bung it in the slow cooker, turn it on and when you come home there is a fabulous meal waiting for you. As an added bonus the house smells lovely as well. All you need to do is bung on a few vegetables and relax. No worries about preparing diners.
So what can you cook in them? I was pleasantly surprised. As well as a range of stews, you can also do soups and joints of meat. They all taste meltingly fabulous. It is possible to do puddings as well, but I have yet to try this. Ideally if I had two slow cookers I could do dinner and pudding at the same time.
So where do you start. First get a slow cooker. There are a large range out there, from expensive to cheap. Make sure you buy one where you can remove the crock pot. This makes for easy cleaning and you can also carry it to the table for serving purposes. Second get a reasonable book. I recommend Hamlyn 200 Slow cooker recipes from Octopus Books. This covers a wide range of meals which will give you ideas to get started. My particular favourite is the baked ham in cola, it give the ham a lovely nutty taste. As you gain in confidence you will find that most things you normally cook can be easily adapted to the slow cooker and you will wonder how you ever lived without one.