Jess Cantoni

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The BEST Homemade Chicken Nuggets

So, recently I've been a little bit lazy when it comes to posting. So I decided last week to make a plan for my posts, which has been helping greatly... so far! I will perhaps a do post soon on how I do this, once I have tested it for a few weeks and know it works! Because of said plan, you will hopefully be seeing a lot more posts from me next week (along with a few surprises)! Happy days!(I am aware of how I've promised this before in the past, but THIS TIME IT WILL HAPPEN AS I HAVE A PLAN! 


Anyways, I made these yummy chicken nuggets last weekend and they went down a treat; I wish I'd made more!! 

They were succulent, crispy and also a lot healthier than the usual frozen or deep-fried nuggets. 

Here's how I made them...


500g chicken breast, cut into pieces
1/4 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of black pepper
200g plain flour
200g corn flakes
1 tbsp parmesan, grated
1/4 tsp of paprika
1/4 tsp of granulated garlic
100ml buttermilk
Olive oil


1. Pre-heat your oven to 200c/180c fan.

2. In a bowl, add the chicken, salt and pepper. Mix together and leave aside.

3. Add your flour to a bowl. Add your cornflakes, parmesan, paprika, salt, black pepper and garlic into a food processor. I used my Nutri Bullet. Mix until crushed, but not a fine powder. You can add some more crushed cornflakes after, to make it more chunky, if you accidentally mixed it to a powder. Pour into a bowl and set aside.

4. Mix your chicken into the flour. Drizzle over the buttermilk and use your fingers to mix in.

5. In stages, put the chicken pieces into the bowl with the corn flake mix, and coat evenly. 

6. Add each piece to a foil-lined tray. Drizzle over some olive oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until cooked-through. 

7. Serve with the condiment of your choice! Mine tasted great with a good ol'dollop of Ketchup, and also sweet chilli sauce. 

Do you prefer your chicken nuggets oven'd or fried??


Monday, 10 October 2016

Test: Abel and Cole Recipe Boxes

Last week I decided to try out Abel and Cole's recipe boxes as there was a pretty good deal to get the boxes half price! I'd ordered from A & C before but never their veg, fruit or recipe boxes. I however have discovered that I will definitely be able to rely on them for easy, healthy meals in the future, if ever in need of some recipe inspiration! It's so easy to order from them, and there's so much choice, from 'foodie', 'veggie', 'light' and 'Simple', you can really mix and match. You can swap out recipes you don't want, and add in others at sometimes a cheaper price. 

Here's what I cooked:

Pork Meatballs, Aubergine and Parmesan

This dish took a long hour and 20 minutes, unfortunately, so not great for mid-week meals. I decided to make this on the weekend, so I wasn't bothered by this. Good to bare in mind though that some of A & C's meals are a tad long. 
It was a treat to eat homemade meatballs, and the pasta was so silky! 

French Bean and Green Lentil Jambalaya

From the 'light' box, this jambalaya was quite quick and better for a mid-week meal. I decided to add some lamb pieces to it though, as I had some in the fridge! The husband didn't love it though-  I think it needed more flavour! 

Warm Squash, Lentils, Swiss Chard and Halloumi

This dish was from the 'Florence' box, one that I don't think they are doing anymore - it was a limited thing they were doing with Times chef and columnist, Florence Knight. However, despite how salad-like it looks, it was rather filling! It was fresh and lemony, and the fattiness of the halloumi really goes well with it, giving it that meaty-eque taste. The red onion squash was so nice roasted, and you could even eat the skin! It only took 30 minutes and was one of my fave meals from the box.

So there were have it - my 3 meals from last week. I liked it so much that i've got the delivery again for this week. Luckily I'm getting the boxes for £25ish, when usually it's £42.

Have you ever tried an Abel and Cole recipe box? 
If you would like me to give you any recipes from this post, feel free to ask! 


Sunday, 2 October 2016

Sheep on Sheep Street

I recently decided that I would try and do more restaurant reviews on this blog because 1, I love eating out; 2, an excuse to try new places, and 3, I love eating out! 

This weekend we decided to try Sheep on Sheep Street, a pub in the Cotswold village, Stow-on-the-Wold. 

Here's some info on the place:

1. Chain or independent: Chain (Brakspear) - although you'd never know!

2. Modern or traditional: Modern

3. Price range: £8-20 for one main course

4. Family-friendly? Yes, there was a family there with their baby when we visited

5. Cool features: Wood-fired oven, open kitchen.

6. Recommended dish: Peri Peri Chicken Fillet in a Pretzel Bun, Lemon and Garlic Mayo, Avocado and Gem Lettuce + Halloumi Chips with Jalapeno Ketchup

Fabio had the Grilled Halloumi Burger with Gem Lettuce, Spiced Aubergine, Slow Roasted Tomatoes + Halloumi Chips (£11.50 + £4 for the chips, which we shared). It was nice that they let us take the fries, which usually comes with the burgers, and let us change it to the Halloumi fries.. omg these were so moorish and just YUM! 
I had the Peri Peri Chicken Fillet Burger - see recommendation above (£12.50). I then finished off my meal with a hot chocolate because it was a bit of rainy day outside. This one was really frothy and milky; just how how I like it! (£2.80).

Anything I would change? 
Nope, everything was wonderful! Down to the service, the food and the interiors, it was all lovely. Would definitely recommend if you're in the area.

Sheep on Sheep Street
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Have you visited here before? What did you think?


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Baileys Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

It's that time of year again when everyone goes pumpkin spice mad, including me! I'm in love with the stuff, which is why I have created this Baileys Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake using the new Baileys Pumpkin Spice Latte. There are so many uses for this drinks, such as serving it over ice or pouring it into your favourite coffee. Although, I do like the idea of trying to put it into as many bakes as I can!

The Pumpkin Spice edition is only available during the autumn months, so you might want to go get it quickly!

Let's get down to the cheesecake. 
So, this cheesecake is quite a creamy one. It's not very 'set' if you get what I mean! The cream cheese filling, with hints of the Baileys Pumpkin Spice, really pair well with the crunchy ginger nut biscuit base. 

Okay, enough talking and more producing. Let's get cooking!


100g butter
250g ginger nut biscuits
600g cream cheese
100g icing sugar
300ml double cream
Small piece of white chocolate to grate
40ml Baileys Pumpkin Spice Latte Liqueur
25g cocoa powder to dust


1. Crush the ginger nut biscuits. I crushed mine by using my Nutri Bullet, which really worked well and was quicker than me bashing them with a rolling pin!

2. Melt butter in a pan. Add the butter and stir until biscuits are all buttery and mixed in.

3. Remove from the pan and pour into a lined 18cm springform tin. Press down on the biscuit so that it covers evenly. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Just before you take out out the biscuit, prepare the cream filling: lightly whip the cream cheese and then beat in the Baileys and icing sugar. 

5. Whip the double cream and then fold into the mix. Spoon onto the biscuit once out of the fridge and even out. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

6. Dust with cocoa powder and serve. 


What's your favourite Baileys combination?

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Bath and Body Works Autumn Haul

It's that time of year again where the leaves begin to fall and everyone swaps their light summer dresses for cosy, wintery jumpers. It's my favourite month of the year, so this I'm going to try and make it as cosy as possible in my home. 

I've pulled out all the stops this year and ordered some candles and other bits and bobs from Bath and Body Works. I know, I know.. how did I do it!? Well, I used this company called My Mall Box which gives you a US address where you get your parcel delivered to. They then forward the parcel on to you, with a fee of course. They're certainly worth checking out! 

Since I'm not the only person who loves a good candle, I thought i'd share my purchase with you on here, hopefully giving you some inspiration and idea on what to buy.

The candles

I've actually got this one lit whilst writing this post, and I will tell you know, I could trick someone that I have a pecan pie cooking in the oven. It's that real! The smell is of buttery waffles with warm, toasted pecans. This candle really does make me hungry.

Bath and Body Works describe it as: maple syrup, golden waffles, pumpkin spice and brown sugar. This candle costs $22.50 (although I bought them when on an amazing deal of $12.50 each!)

This has got to be one of my favourites as I have been absolutely obsessed with pumpkin lately! With nutmeg, vanilla and pumpkin, 
you cannot go wrong for Autumn. It makes my lounge feel so cosy; 
I just can't wait for the leaves to start falling now. 

B&BW description: Creamy pumpkin, vanilla creme, fresh ground nutmeg and Graham cracker crust. $22.50.

Can I just say how much I adore the packaging of these candles? This one is so cute with its white picket fence and little white pumpkins. The smell of this one is fruitier with a strong hit of spice. Like the pies your mum used to make, I reckon! Another candle that will make you dash out to the super market for something sweet!

B&BW: Sweet blueberry, baked apple, blackberry, pumpkin pie, puff pastry. $22.50.

A lot of peoples favourite and I can see why; a floral smell with hints of spices and crisp leaves. Trust me, I swear I can actually smell the leaves. A perfect Autumn candle.
B&BW: Crisp red apple, golden nectar, warm clove spice. $22.50.

I think this has to be my all-time favourite because of its connotations with cosiness. I like to light this one when reading a book on the sofa, preferably with a hot choc in hand! It really does smell of marshmallow toasting over a fire. 
Also the pumpkin and leaf candle holder is so cute, and really suits well on a fireplace. I can't seem to find this anymore on the B&BW website, despite only just ordering it. If you want to buy it, keep checking as they may bring it back.

B&BW: Toasted marshmallow, smoldering woods, fire roasted vanilla, crystallised amber. $22.50.

A cinnamon-smelling candle perfect for halloween. I really love the design of this candle, especially the lid - those bats are adorable! The perfect addition to any halloween party!

B&BW: Haunted pumpkin, creepy clove,vampire's vanilla, scary brown sugar. $22.50.

Other bits and bobs

This glittery, pumpkin air freshener holder is super cute and very festive for the season! It's had our car smelling of the 'leaves' candle all week, and I love it! $6.50.

Below are the 'scentaportables' I bought: pumpkin apple and leaves. $3.50 each or 2 for $6.

Okay, so I had to get this. Not only for it's scrummy smell of salted caramel and (yet again), pumpkins. It was totally worth it, and I will definitely keep the bottle after because of it's cute little shape! $18.00. (2 in 1 body wash and bubble bath).

I've not used this yet as I'm stowing it away until the approach to Halloween properly starts, but all I know is that it smells of berries, not blood, so no need to panic! $6.50 or 6 for $24. 

I love cats, so much. I couldn't resist this hand wash because of this fact. Oh and also it's pumpkin, so double yes! $6.50 or 6 for $24.

I've had this one in the bathroom recently, and the smell is so good. This one reminds me a lot of Christmas, probably because of the cranberry. The smell lingers on your hands for a good while after washing, and also foams up when you lather. $6.50 or 6 for $24.

Who ever thought to put berry crumble (+ pumpkin for good Autumn- measure!)in a hand wash? Well, whoever did had the right idea because I bet it smells yummy. As you know, I love partaking in a spot of baking.. well now I can transport this into my hand washing too! Dreams have now come true. 

How cute is this? I have brought my love of cats to my love of hand sanitizers, and now they can be as one! This spooky cat sanitizer holder (or PocketBac as B&BW call them) cost $5.50. I've already put mine to good use at work. 

OMG these socks are literally the softest ever. They're also shea-infused, which is cool. I did find that they lose a lot of fluff at the beginning, so i've popped them in the wash to see if this helps! I wore these as soon as I opened them, whilst sat on the sofa, nice and cosy in front of the fire. Also them being halloween-y and cat-themed is a win win for me! $8.50.

What is your favourite Bath and Body Works candle? Do you also have a candle obsession like me??


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Roast Beef and Horseradish Sauce filled Yorkshire Puddings (GBBO Week 4)

So I'm not from up North.. maybe that's why these, what I thought would be easy, yorkshire puds, didn't turn out as expected! Well, that's my excuse anyway! 

This week for the Great British Bloggers challenge, it was batter week. IT was a choice between Yorkshire puddings, which was the signature challenge in the Great British Bake Off, laced pancakes from the technical and churros from the showstopper. 

I chose the Yorkshires because I always end up doing these posts on a Sunday, and thought they'd make a nice addition to our Sunday Roast, obviously!! I didn't fancy the lace pancakes as I don't think anyone would come on my blog searching for those. And churros..well, I just couldn't be bothered with all the deep-fat frying! Haha! 

So puds it was. I think my problem with these is that I put too much oil in the pan, therefore sort of drowning them slightly and hindering them to rise as much as they should. So remember, only add a tiny bit of oil! Also, my oven is crazy, and is always too hot; that's why some of them got a tad burnt!! Oh well.. I'm sure i'd be going home on this round if I was on the show! 

You will notice that I also made one with a roast potato and a carrot - this is just me trying out the 'roast dinner' Yorkshire. You can do this too if you are having a roast when you make them. 

Here's what I did...


Joint of beef
Horseradish sauce

Vegetable oil
2 large eggs
100g plain flour
100ml milk
sea salt
ground black pepper


1. Roast your beef until medium rare and slice into thin slices once left to rest.

2. Pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees/200 fan. 

3. Add a tiny amount of oil into a fairy cake tin and heat in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until sizzling hot.

4. Make the batter in the meantime: mix the eggs, flour, milk and salt and pepper until smooth.

5. Once the oil is hot, pour into the tins evenly, ensuring you don't take too long to do this, and bake in the oven for 12 minutes, or until risen and golden brown. 

6. Once baked, roll up your slices of beef and slot into the Yorkshire. Add a spoonful of horseradish sauce on the side. Serve!

I'm linking these up with Mummy Mishaps for the Great British Bloggers Challenge. 

Mummy Mishaps


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Tear 'n' Share Garlic Bread (GBBO Week 3)

It's bread week! GBBO was back on our screens with another epic episode featuring some scrummy loaves. I've opted this week to bake the signature challenge. The actual signature challenge was to bake a sweet chocolate loaf, however I've chosen savoury as I just really fancied some garlic bread!

This tear n share loaf is from the Jamie Oliver website, which I believe was also featured in his Comfort Foods book too. This is certainly something comforting! Beware, they are also VERY filling! We ate them for dinner tonight along with a roast chicken, and I think I could only manage 4 pieces! They are not light like the usual dough balls. 

The butter in these balls has been infused with garlic, parsley and cayenne pepper to give them a little spice. They are not spicy however, but they certainly are moorish! Perfect to serve at a informal dinner party or on a picnic. 

Makes 35 balls
800g strong bread flour + extra for dusting
7g dried yeast
100g stale breadcrumbs
1/2 bulb of garlic
250g unsalted butter (the original recipe states 500g in order to save part of it for another day, however I decided to half it. Use 500g and double up the rest of the butter ingredients if you wish to save some garlic butter in the freezer for another day)
Half lemon
Small bunch of flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper


1. Put the flour into a bowl and on one side put the yeast and the other the salt (this stops the salt from affecting the yeast).

2. Make a well in the centre a slowly pour in 550ml of tepid water whilst mixing slowly. 

3. Once a rough dough has formed, continue to mix on the mixer for 10 minutes, at a medium speed. Take out and knead by hand for 5 minutes until springy and smooth. 

4. Place in a bowl and cover with a tea towel. Place in a warm spot for 30 minutes to prove. I usually turn on the oven on a low heat and then turn it off and leave it to cool slightly, then put my bread inside to prove. This usually speeds up the process too. Prove until double in size.

5. Whilst waiting, make the butter mix: place the room temperature butter in a bowl and add: garlic crushed, cayenne pepper, chopped parsley, zest of the lemon and pinch of salt. Mix together. 

6. Spread a third of the butter on the bottom of a 25cm x 35cm tray. Scatter the breadcrumbs evenly in the tray. 

7. Divide the dough into 35 pieces and shape into balls. Place 5 across and 7 down, in the tray. Place pieces of another third of the butter, on top of the dough balls. Leave to prove again until doubled in size. 


After proving

8. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees. Sprinkle with a little salt and bake for 30 minutes. 

9. Before serving, glaze with the last of the butter to give a shiny gloss. 

I'm baking along GBBO with the Great Bloggers Bake Off over at Mummy Mishaps - join in too if you want! 

Mummy Mishaps

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