5 Spring Discoveries

Following on from my December 2016 post “6 Discoveries I Made in 2016” (read it HERE) – here are 5 new discoveries I’ve made since the start of 2017. When I say “new”, the discoveries themselves may not be “new” as in “just out in the market new”, but in the sense that I’ve either stumbled across them for the first time or have tried them for the first time.

1. Cauliflower Pizza.

According to the Slimming World magazine, the latest food fad is cauliflower pizza. My first thought was, I admit, “yuck” but thinking about it, I like cauliflower cheese and the ingredients used to make that are essentially the same, just put together differently.  I then came across Tony Lozzi’s blogpost (Fit2Father) talking about cauliflower bread and his yummy recipe gave me hope for the cauliflower pizza.  Here’s the recipe for Cauliflower Pizza (slightly adapted from Slimming World) – serves 2 :

Ingredients:  1 cauliflower, cut into florets; 2 eggs; salt & pepper; 1 teas dried oregano; cooking oil spray (try Frylight’s garlic spray); 3 tab tomato purée; red onion, sliced; yellow pepper, sliced; 4 slices of ham, sliced; grated cheese (optional)

Method: Preheat oven to Gas 5 or 180C.  In a food processor whizz cauliflower florets until very fine. Tip into a microwaveable bowl, cover with cling film and zap in the microwave for 5 minutes. Add beaten eggs, seasoning & oregano. The mixture should be really wet.  Line a large baking tray with nonstick baking paper, spray with cooking oil & pour on the cauliflower mixture.  Shape it using a knife, wooden spoon or your fingers. Bake for 25 minutes, until base has solidified and gone golden. Flip base over & cook for another 10 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven, spread with tomato purée & top with ham and vegetables (and cheese). Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes. Serve sliced.

2. Silvaner Pinot Grigio Wine

No discovery post of mine can be complete without a reference to wine.  The discovery is not actually Pinot Grigio itself – I’ve tasted Pinot Grigio wine from Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa … but not from Germany.  This wine is deliciously light and went well with my chicken dinner tonight.  I will definitely purchase this wine again – thank you mum for the introduction!

3. Italian herb secret

Famous UK cook Mary Berry caused a stir this week when she revealed that she uses an old recipe for making spaghetti bolognese using WHITE wine and double cream (and chicken livers & bacon).  Most people were outraged that she used white and not red wine – some commented on the use of double cream.  Personally, I add red wine if there is any in my kitchen and occasionally Worcestershire sauce. I think I’ll stick to my tried and tested recipe. However, a native Italian pointed out that Italian cooks don’t actually add herbs or garlic at all when making bolognaise….so, now you know….

4. Sheer Knee Highs

OK … knee highs or pop socks are not new.  Despite my day job being a hosiery merchandiser, and knee highs are a mega big seller in the stores where I work,  I actually bought & wore knee highs for the first time ever last week.  Not the sexiest of hosiery items I must say, but it was more comfortable wearing them under my trousers than tights. 

5. Drops Of Youth by Body Shop

When is a face mask peel not a peel? When it is a fantastic liquid peel such as Drops of Youth by Body Shop. This is absolutely fantastic stuff.  My Body Shop At Home gave me a sample to try and I was so impressed that I immediately purchased a bottle. I’m using it instead of a night cream – this stuff works! It not only deep cleans your skin, it works immediately, leaves your face feeling clean, refreshed, moisturised and soft.  It doesn’t irritate my skin either.  To use: after taking off your make up, apply a blob or two into the palm of your hand and rub over your face. The peel immediately gets to work. When finished rubbing, rinse off with warm water and dry.  Add night cream if you wish. My skin gets extremely dry but this stuff does such a good job that my skin is fully hydrated afterwards.  Excellent product.  Give it a whirl.  Apparently use it long enough and your skin takes on a youthful appearance…

That’s all for the moment dear readers! What do you think of my recent discoveries? Do share your thoughts 🙂

Linda x

All photos are by Linda Hobden

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25 thoughts on “5 Spring Discoveries”

    1. To be honest, Jodie, I only decided to try them because at work we are not allowed bare skin and need to wear hosiery. With a skirt it is a no-brainer; I rarely wear trousers for work but I have been wearing tights underneath them but as the weather will be warming up soon, tights underneath trousers is too uncomfortable. The knee-highs satisfy my work dress code and are comfortable. Out of work I probably wouldn’t wear them as I prefer chunky wool socks or bare legs with trousers.

  1. No Suzy Homemaker Spag Bog would be complete without Basil. Or garlic. Especially garlic! Red wine if I’m dispensing with calories, but never white and definitely no cream. Yum! 😉 Sue via Big up your Blog #SundayBlogShare

    1. I agree Suzy – I also use plenty of oregano, basil & garlic in my bolognese too and a dash of red wine/worcestershire sauce if there’s any around the kitchen 😊

    1. I rarely wax lyrical about a beauty product but when I tried a sample of the Drops of Youth I was so impressed that I purchased a bottle and I love it. This is one product that I’ll get again. Ask your local Body Shop at Home rep for a sample to try and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

  2. OH! I love knee high hosiery! They are so much more comfortable than the full set.
    I’m also interested in the cauliflower pizza dough. One of my clients is a body builder and to cut down on her carb intake, she will make cauliflower pizza dough. I will have to try your method one day.

    1. Some products I love from Body Shop, others I’m not so enthusiastic about. Drops of Youth has really captivated me though.

  3. Five very useful discoveries, but my favourite must be the Sylvaner Pinot Grigio. And I never knew Italian cooks do not add herbs or garlic at all when making bolognese…

    1. Must admit I’m not a big pizza fan myself even with normal dough …
      however I am a BIG fan of the Drops of Youth liquid peel – thoroughly recommend! I use it nightly 😊

  4. The horror of using white wine instead of red! She should be drawn and quartered! This is blasphemy and I’m not even Italian. Just kidding of course, sounds delicious :).

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