Sabrina is a Lifestyle, Parenting and Product Review Blogger. A Writer, Photographer, Reviewer, Home Cook, Crafter & Nature Enthusiast. You will find a bit of all those categories here on Severn Wishes Blog, Welcome to Sabrina's Lifestyle Blogging & Honest Reviews.
The Minky Rose Gold Styling Dock Bedroom Organiser is something I hadn’t ever considered that I was missing in my life until doing this review. Not only is it Somewhere that is handy to store my electrical hair products when in use and awaiting usage too.
I’m also impressed with the added extras like the plastic pots at the front for hair clips and grips etc. It’s a well thought out design with the added bonus of looking like a fabulous on trend piece with the colour being black and rose gold.
The Minky Styling Dock is an organiser ideal for all your heat styling product needs. It’s something I hadn’t ever considered I was missing until this review. It’s handy to store my electrical hair products after use due to its heat resistant silicone body & is great for storing items awaiting use too. I’m impressed with the added extras of pots for clips & grips.
Overall it’s a well thought out design with the bonus of looking like a fabulous on trend piece with the colour being black and rose gold. It’s a reasonable price for all that you can store inside it.
The Dock can withstand temperatures up to 230’c because of its Silicone lined Body and Heat Resistant top part. Your tools will cool down safely when you’re in a rush to get out of the house and the silicone is also gentle on your hair tools to prevent marks.
The Minky Dock can be bought online but I was given this product to test because I am a member of the Argos Testers team. On the Argos website it is currently retailing at £24.99 (Price correct at time of publishing). Here is the link if you wish to see if it is available at a store near you. Link
Thank you for joining me on my blog today, there are lots of product reviews on Severn Wishes, I hope you enjoyed this one!
A great way to enjoy some tasty Chinese style cuisine this week is to do it yourself. To celebrate Chinese New Year I thought that I would share my own recipes with you all. Many people think it’s a complicated type of cuisine to make but if you’re good at following step by step recipe guides like mine, then you can create my delicious dishes in your own kitchen!
In today’s blog post I’m going to outline some of my own tips and tricks, as well as share my own recipes on how to make some flavoursome Chinese meals. Follow my instructions as much as you can, and substitute the meats for other meat or fish or a vegetarian alternative where I indicate you can with this symbol ⇕ . You can decide which of the sauces you’d rather make too, I will show you a few.
Why not give some cooking a go this Chinese New Year week! I’ve worked out that you can make 4 of my dishes for 4 people, plus a bowl of Sabrina’s Special Egg Fried Rice, for around £6.50 per person. That’s a heck of a lot cheaper than ordering in! On average a dish from a Chinese Takeaway comes in at around £7.00 in most parts of the UK. You can have 3 dishes and a rice for the same price! All you have to do though is cook it!
Stir Fry Pork ⇕ 500g is £2.75 at Tesco Stir Fry Beef ⇕ 375g is £3.50 at Tesco Chicken Fillets ⇕ 500g £4.00 at Tesco Rice Wine Vinegar – £1.99 for 150ml Reduced Salt Soy Sauce 65p for Tesco own brand or £1.30 for Amoy Egg Noodles – Range from 80p to £1.40 – You need 150g for 2 people Rice Noodles – Range from 90p to £1.80 – You need 300g for 4 people Spring Onions – 55p for 100g at Tesco Peas – Petit Pois Frozen at Tesco for £1.60 for 1kg 6 Free Range Eggs – Medium are 85p at Tesco 4 Peppers 2 Red 1 Green 1 Yellow 55p each at Tesco 2 White Onions – 85p per kg at Tesco Carrots 59p per kg at Tesco Jasmine Rice – Thai Jasmine Rice 1kg £2.00 at Tesco Chinese 5 Spice Jar 85p at Tesco Cornflour £1.30 at Tesco Sunflower Oil 500ml 80p at Tesco Seasame Oil – 250ml £1.80 at Tesco Sweet Chilli Sauce – don’t have this at home buy supermarket own Tomato Sauce – don’t have this at home buy supermarket own Garlic – if you don’t have this at home buy supermarket own or jar Ginger – fresh or jar or paste all work the same Chilli – fresh or jar of flakes is fine but fresh taste better Black Bean Sauce – Various Brands and Sizes Available
Remember that for some of these items you will have leftover amounts of them that you can use the next time that you cook Chinese food, such as the Petit Pois, the Rice Wine Vinegar, the Cornflour and the Soy Sauce.
Bean Sprouts for the Stir Fry & Chow Mein Dish – 300g for 50p Tesco White Cabbage are 79p each in Tesco Water Chestnuts 225g Tin at Tesco for £1.10 Button Mushrooms – 90p for 200g at Tesco
I have worked out that your shopping list will cost between £27 and £30 depending on supermarket offers and whether or not you pick those offers or brands versus own brand. I shopped at Tesco but prices are similar else where when I looked online. For 4 people this equals approximately £6.50/£7.00 each, that is for the 4 people to have 3 Chinese Dishes and Rice.
TIME TO COOK
How To Make The Crispy Meat Element of the Dishes.
One of the most delicious parts of Chinese food is crispy strips of meat seasoned with Chinese spices. You can pick up a jar of Chinese 5 Spice for less than £1 in most supermarkets, and because it’s so strong in flavour it goes a long way.
Options for this type of meal are… Crispy Beef in Sweet Chilli Sauce Crispy Pork in Sweet and Sticky Sauce
Meat In Strips (your choice from Shopping List) Cut It If Not Already 5 Tablespoons of Cornflour 3 Tablespoons of Chinese 5 Spice
How To Prepare
You need a small saucepan that you pour oil in to until it is around an inch deep. You need to heat this on a hob until it’s very hot before you place meat inside to fry. The Meat Strips take around four minutes to cook through depending upon their thickness, so always test one piece before you do the remainder. You will also need several pieces of kitchen roll/towel to place your fried goods upon to drain and soak up any excess oil.
In bowl number one you need to place the cornflour and Chinese 5 Spice, mix it using a spoon. You need to coat each piece of meat in this mixture, by adding meat slowly a few at a time, once coated place them into the hot oil and time them frying. Remove them from the saucepan using a spoon or spatula with holes so as to drain the oil. Dry the strips on some towel until they are ready to mix with your chosen sauce.
A great way to use up those Takeaway Sauces you get given is to use them like I did to make a Chinese Sauce. See my image below…
How To Make Chinese Sauces
Here are my recipes for some sauces and stir fry meals I love to make. They are easy to follow and take around half an hour to prepare and cook.
There is one sauce that I always buy because it is more expensive to try and make it, that is black bean sauce. You can pick this up in most supermarkets for between 35p to £1.50. Packets or Jars depending upon if it’s for a one off dish or for several if you wish to make it again. Black Bean Sauce is the Perfect accompaniment with Chicken.
Chicken in Black Bean Sauce Serve this with chunky chopped Onions, ribbons of Carrots and sliced Green Peppers.
Crispy Meat in Sweet Chilli Sauce Serve with Carrot Ribbons, Onions and a chopped Chilli Pepper. 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Sauce 4 Tablespoons of Sweet Chilli Sauce 4 Tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar
Crispy Meat in Sweet and Sticky Sauce Serve with fried peppers and onions. 1 Tablespoon of Garlic 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce 3 Tablespoons of Tomato Sauce 3 Tablespoons of Sweet Chilli Sauce 4 Tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar
Chicken Chow Mein Sauce with Onions 1 Tablespoon of Garlic 1 Tablespoon of Ginger 3 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce 2 Tablespoons of Sesame Oil 5 Tablespoons of Boiling Water 1/2 A White Onion Chopped Chunky & Fried Add other Veg as Optional Extras
Add the Chow Mein Sauce to pre-cooked Rice Noodles or Thin Egg Noodles and your already fried and seasoned meat. If you want a richer flavour then marinate the chicken in soy sauce for an hour prior to frying it.
Sabrina’s Delicious Stir Fry
You need 2 pans. Once prepared fry all your Vegetables together in a little oil. In the other pan, take some of the garlic, ginger and spices and add them to season your main element while you cook it, don’t forget to season with pepper and salt. Once everything is cooked combine the main and the vegetables. Add your noodles and a splash of boiling water to the pan. Stir fry until cooked, serve immediately.
Meat / Fish / Vegetable of your choice (Main Element) Shallots OR White Onion 2 Tablespoons of Ginger 2 Tablespoons of Garlic 2 Peppers – 1 Yellow & 1 Red – Sliced Long Ways 1 Tablespoon of Chinese 5 Spice – Season Chosen Main Noodles of your choice Add Spring Onions too if you like Onion as much as I do for a pop of colour!
How To Make Sabrina’s Special Egg Fried Rice
Egg Fried Rice is relatively easy to make and is a great accompaniment to lots of Chinese dishes. You can partially cook this dish too to save time! Cook the rice either on the hob or preferably in a Rice Cooker if you have one. Then you’re ready to begin.
Jasmine Rice – 300g – 400g Cooked 2 Tablespoons of Oil 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce 1 Teaspoon of Garlic Peas or Petit Pois – 1 Small Cup – 150g approximately Spring Onions – 4 to 6 Chopped Up – 100g plus Scrambled Eggs – 3 Medium Eggs season with Salt, Pepper & Soy Sauce to your tastes
In a large frying pan add oil soy sauce and garlic, then fry the Spring Onions and Peas together. Add the Eggs (previously whisked in a small bowl) and scramble together using a wooden spoon on a high heat. Turn the heat down and add the cooked rice. Mix thoroughly and add any more seasoning to taste. Fry until hot and all flavours are combined. Serve in a large bowl so people can help themselves and scatter some fresh spring onion on top.
The Final Dishes
Your final options for the Chinese Dishes are…
Main Dish 1. Crispy Pork with Sweet Sticky Sauce & Stir Fry Vegetables Main Dish 2. Chicken in Black Bean Sauce with Vegetables Main Dish 3. Chicken Chow Mein with Rice Noodles Main Dish 4. Crispy Beef with Sweet Chilli Sauce & Stir Fry Vegetables Main Dish 5. Soy and Chilli Chicken Stir Fry with Egg Noodles Side Dish. Sabrina’s Special Egg Fried Rice Side Dish. Stir Fry Vegetables
Thank you for joining me on Severn Wishes, I hope you enjoyed this lengthy food post! Let me know in my comments or tag me on social media if you make any of my recipes!
Hello and Welcome to the February 2019 Treatbox Reveal with Sabrina of Severn Wishes Blog.
Happy Treat Box Day! It’s the first of February 2019! I’m so happy to be able to bring you this Reveal on the first day of the new month.
As I open the box I notice that it is heavier on one side and this intrigues me. The little sticker reads “You Matter” and the tissue paper is dark pink.
We all know of a few dates that occur during this month including Valentine’s Day and Shrove Tuesday, so let’s see if any of these will feature in the February Treatbox this year…
So here are all of the contents of this months Treatbox.
This month there are 7 physical items, plus the Calendar Print.
Calendar Print for February 2019 A Gold and White Striped Trinket Dish Designed by Treatbox – A Cotton Bag with a Love Heart Chocolate Heart Lollipop 2 Cards “Grl Power” and “Strong Woman” A Pad of Notes – “Girl Power” in Pink and White Bubble t – Hand Sanitiser – Hibiscus and Acai Berry Tea Flavour
My Thoughts on the February Box
I really liked the theme of women, strength and love, ideal due to Valentine’s fast approaching. There are useful items inside like the pad of notes, sanitiser and calendar. The Original items like the bag makes the treatbox unique. My favourite items from the February box are the bag, trinket dish and the hand sanitiser. Plus it’s always nice to have an edible item too!
Here is a selection of my photographs of this month’s box, I hope you enjoy seeing the items up close.
Check out my previous posts in this unique category of my website called ‘Treatbox’ especially for these box reviews and reveals – Severn Wishes Treatbox.
Are you thinking of ordering a TreatBox for yourself or for a gift for someone? Then you can find Treatbox subscriptions and build your own box at their website.
Thanks for reading this Reveal and Review today, I hope you have enjoyed it. Please let me know in the comments section if you enjoy reading these Treatbox Reviews.
Thank you for joining me on Severn Wishes, I hope to see you again very soon. Have a great February!
✩ Sabrina ✩
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