Spice Up Your Life!


Colours of the world
Spice up your life
Every boy and every girl
Spice up your life
People of the world
Spice up your life
Aah

The Spice Girls

Well, if I’m going to have that song stuck in my head all day now, then you can too!

There’s something about Sunday’s at home, especially at this time of year.  When Paul isn’t working, Sunday is ‘Bike Day’, Robb works in the afternoon, so it’s just Alf and I to please ourselves. 

Between the usual normal stuff like house cleaning {boring!}, walking the dog, entertaining Alf if there’s no one around the village etc, I always make sure there’s time for myself, whether that’s some baking or catching up on Rhywbeth Bach orders whilst watching a good film.  Or like now, coffee in bed and blogging! 

My favourite part about a Sunday is that last half hour, when the roast is coming together and it’s just the finishing touches to be done, and I can pour myself a large glass of red – it’s all part of it!

And we all know that every Roast Dinner needs a good pudding!  Raw Spice Bar had recently sent me some baking spices to try out so last weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to give them a go.  

They’ve got a great list of recipes on their website for you to try when baking/cooking with their spices.  Having picked a load of apples on my walk that morning, I decided on the Easy Baked Apple Crisp.  See their list of Recipes HERE.  RawSpiceBar have got over 70 different spices that you can try either on subscription or as a gift for someone.  They’ve got a great deal on now!  If you’re not too sure which spices to go for, there is a quiz on their website which helps you decide which spice to try. 

As with a lot of recipes I never have all the ingredients needed {I’m not that organised here…}, and in this case, I didn’t have the almond flour, but the recipe still worked great with normal flour.

A classic Before & After.  On the left we have sad looking apples…on the right, we have apples drizzled in syrup, sprinkled with Apple Pie Spice ready to be mixed with sugar and the rest of the other ingredients and then into the oven.  I know which apples I prefer… ;)

Yes mate!

OMG!  Chopped Pecan nuts are going to be on my Apple Crumbles/Crisps from now on until the day I die.  Game Changer! 

The Apple Pie Spice is a freshly ground, salt free spice blend with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, green cardamom, star anise and rosemary…I sound like I know what I’m on about here…I don’t!  But what I can tell you is that all those ingredients there made for a great tasting pudding…and made my kitchen smell all Christmassy!  RESULT!

Next time, I’m making double the amount!

Next for me try is the Masala Chai Spice and the Chai Tea Latte recipe…wish me luck as that is something I have always turned my nose at! 

A big Diolch to Raw Spice Bar for getting in touch with me and supporting Mascara & Mud.

{serious face: I was kindly sent some spices from Raw Spice Bar for the purpose of this review…all words, thoughts and photos are my own…including that gooey, sticky wooden spoon which needed licking clean afterwards…sadly, there was no-one else around at the time, so desperate times call for desperate measures…;)…}

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