Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Cupcake week!

Well I am having a week of cupcakes! I did a cupcake show last night for the lovely Suzy and she got £50 of fab Pampered Chef products free! Everyone had a fun time decorating their own cupcakes and we had some very creative ladies there!

I am hosting a Pampered Chef Cupcake show at my house this Friday which I am very excited about - our products give such good results and who doesn't like playing with glitter and sparkles!

So.....who wants to have a sneaky look at some new products? Well to whet your appetite here are some that I am VERY excited about!

I LOVE this brownie pan and can not wait to try it out
And I especially can not wait to try this in it!!!

These are gorgeous and will look lovely alongside my coloured spotty glasses which are being discontinued on August 31st.....

And finally, for now, how about these.....
Small versions of our very popular Flexible Cutting Mats - perfect when you are short on space, for students going off to university in the Autumn or for using to make sugarpaste cupcake decorations on!

And on that mention of yet more cupcakes night night! x

Friday, 27 July 2012

Ooo it's a TRIFLE hot....geddit?!

So another hot day! We spent the day in Stoke Park, Guildford, which was great for cooling the kids off!

Had a another fab show last night with the lovely Jo. She really wanted to get the trifle bowl for free, which we did, so we were both chuffed!

I LOVE the trifle bowl - it has so many uses. I try not to eat trifle every day so I find other uses for it like a fruit bowl, salad bowl, vase, Pimms bowl (just me and a straw!) - I even put candles and baubles in it at Christmas. The removable stand means it stores away easily and, as it has a lid, it is great for taking puddings to people's houses when asked.

Our new partner, Will Torrent has developed a Strubarb Trifle especially for our Help Whip Cancer campain in October. Every year we bring out exclusive pink products and try to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Awareness and over the last four Octobers we have raised over £1 million pounds. I love doing pink Help Whip Cancer Fundraisers and if you host one with me this October who will be entered into a draw to win Will Torrent at your show making the trifle!!! How amazing would that be! Needless to say I am booking a home show!

In the meantime here is my favourite trifle recipe - perfect for the summer!

The Pampered Chef Citrus Berry Trifle
4-5 limes, divided
175 g full fat soft cheese, softened
150 ml sweetened condensed milk
350 ml whipping cream or double cream, whipped to form soft peaks, divided
450 g fresh berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blackberries or blueberries
450 g Madeira cake, cut into 2.5 cm cubes
600 ml (about 400 g) lemon sorbet, softened slightly (if necessary)
20 g flaked almonds, toasted
Additional fresh berries, to decorate (optional)

  1. Slice 2 limes using Ultimate Mandoline fitted with v-shaped blade; set aside. Using Zester/Scorer, zest remaining limes; finely chop zest using Chef's Knife to measure 2 teaspoons zest. Juice limes into Easy Read Measuring Cup using Citrus Press to measure 125 ml juice.
  2. In Classic Batter Bowl, whisk together soft cheese, condensed milk, lime juice and lime zest using Stainless Whisk, until smooth and combined. Attach open star tip to Easy Accent® Decorator; fill with about one-third of the whipped cream and set aside. Gently fold remaining whipped cream into soft cheese mixture with Small Mix ‘N Scraper®, until smooth; set aside. Slice strawberries with Egg Slicer Plus™. Place mixed berries in Small Batter Bowl.
  3. Cut Madeira cake into 2.5-cm cubes on Cutting Board using Bread Knife. To assemble trifle, place half of Madeira cake cubes into bottom of Trifle Bowl. Top with half of the lemon sorbet using Small Scoop or Medium Scoop; spread evenly. Top sorbet with half of the berries and half of the soft cheese mixture. Arrange lime slices in a circular pattern against inside of bowl to decorate. Repeat layers once with remaining Madeira cake cubes, sorbet, berries and soft cheese mixture.
  4. Pipe whipped cream rosettes around rim of trifle using decorator. Coarsely chop almonds using Food Chopper; sprinkle over top of trifle before serving. Decorate with lime slices and additional berries, if desired. Serve.

Enjoy! x

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

He has terrible teeth and terrible claws!

Crikey it's hot! I have had a lovely road trip with my two kiddies today to Moors Valley Forest near Ringwood to take part in t heir Gruffalo Trail. My two love the Gruffalo and we had a really great day out.
http://www.moors-valley.co.uk/event/the-gruffalo-trailThe Gruffalo Trail

I am looking forward to my show tomorrow - we are cooking Mexican Chicken Lasagne which is delicious and so easy to cook. It is cooked in our gorgeous Deep Covered Baker which is great for making cakes, rice pudding, curries, pies, bread.......and it can be used as a slow cooker - one pot spag bol anyone?!


Find the recipe and lots of others here http://www.pamperedchef.co.uk/our_products/recipes.html

See you tomorrow! x

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Happy Birthday Katie!

Had a fab show tonight - a birthday Pampered Chef show! The guests didn't need to buy presents for the lovely host Katie - they could treat themselves and Pampered Chef got the presents for Katie....all £170 of them!

Katie chose a chocolate show so we cooked Double Chocolate Pudding (nom!), Rolo Tarts (nom nom!) and as an added extra I did a birthday cake in the rice cooker (nom nom nom!).

The birthday cake is soooooo easy! All you do is take a packet of Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake, mix it up with eggs, oil and water IN the rice cooker, dollop (such a good word!) half a tub of Betty Crocker's Chocolate Fudge Icing in the middle of the cake mix, cover it over with some cake mix and microwave for 8 minutes. When you turn it out it is like a giant chocolate fondant cake NOM!!!!!

You can use the rice cooker for so much more than rice - just take a look here http://www.pamperedchef.biz/sarahhall?page=news-detail&featureId=1062977

Happy birthday Katie!

Want to see the new catalogue?!

Here it is.......the new autumn/winter catalogue! Of course the best way to see inside it and see all the fabulous new products is to book a show for September onwards!

I love the new catalogue - it is really easy to use, stylish and beautifully photographed plus it is printed in the UK!

The beautiful coloured dotty glasses are being discontinued in this catalogue so if you have been collecting them you may want to add to your collection or get an extra set to cover breakages. They are very popular so remaining stock may go fast - let me know as soon as you can if you want any and if you know anyone who has been collecting them, please let them know that they are being discontinued as of August 31st - thank you! Check them out here on my website http://www.pamperedchef.biz/sarahhall?page=products-category&categoryId=129

On a final note I had a very exciting piece of post today - the cheque for the fundraiser I did for Duchenne Now arrived - £116!!! And with the money raised with the raffle and donations I was given, we raised over £160! Amazing! Thanks to all that supported the event. As you know my lovely 'odson' Josh has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and you can read his mum's blog here http://claughtonfamily.blogspot.co.uk/

Have a great evening! x

Monday, 23 July 2012

What a fab start to the holidays!

Wow what a lovely day! The Hall family had a very lazy start to the holidays and watched The Muppets DVD. This has to be my favourite part! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8EURqoKLY8

My gorgeous girlie then requested Rolo Tarts so we made a batch (most of which have gone - ooops!). So easy - 3 ingredients, 5 minutes, 2 chefs in pyjamas and no mess! Fab!

We had a fun time in the park and the paddling pool and then it was off to the launch show of my newest team member, the lovely Amanda! She is off to a storming start with 7 bookings and as she joined in July she could earn the new autumn/winter products free too! Almost £1000 of product for her initial investment for £110 for the starter kit! Bargain!

We good a gorgeous pizza recipe which is very quick and easy - here it is! Night night! x
The Pampered Chef ®
Roasted Chicken, Onion & Rosemary Pizza
 1 packet (290 g) pizza base mix 
About 250 ml warm (hand hot) water  
 250 g skinless, boneless cooked chicken, chopped  
 1 red onion, thinly sliced 
 3 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley 
 2 tablespoons olive oil  
 2 cloves garlic, pressed 
 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves 
 1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste 
 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste 
 200 g grated mozzarella cheese, divided 
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/ fan 180°C/Gas 6. Lightly brush Medium Round Stone or Rectangle Stone with sunflower oil using Chef's Basting Brush; set aside. Place pizza base mix (use both sachets) in Stainless Steel Mixing bowl. Add enough warm water, mixing to form soft dough using Bamboo Spoon. Knead dough on lightly floured surface 5 minutes or until smooth. Place pizza dough onto centre of prepared baking stone; roll dough out to within 5 mm of edge of baking stone using Baker's Roller™, making edges slightly thicker than centre. Set aside in warm place 15 minutes.
  2. Fry chicken in Stir-fry skillet until just cooked. Chop onion using Food Chopper. Snip parsley with Kitchen Shears and a Prep bowl.
  3. In Classic Batter Bowl, toss together chicken, onion, parsley, olive oil, garlic pressed with Garlic Press, rosemary, salt, black pepper and 140 g of the mozzarella cheese (grate using Rotary Grater). Spread chicken mixture evenly over pizza base to within 5 mm of edge using the Small Mix 'n' Scraper. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake about 25 minutes or until cooked and golden brown. Place baking stone on Stackable Cooling Rack; cool 10 minutes. Cut into wedges with Pizza Cutter; serve using Small Spatula.

Eeeeeee new products are here!

I am SO excited! As a Director for the Pampered Chef I get a box of new products every season to entice and incentivise and today it arrived! Hurrah! I am really looking forward to sharing the new products with you! Do you want a sneaky peak? Ok well here goes.........

As a HUGE fan of stoneware I love this Round Covered Baker. It is perfect for making cakes, casseroles, pies.......it will be lovely for autumn cooking! Stoneware is such a great product to cook with - everything that is supposed to stay succulent stays succulent and everything that is supposed to be crispy stays crispy without the need to turn everything - no more going to the oven and get blasted by hot air half way through the cooking (my eyelashes DID get stuck together once when I had to do that and my mascara melted! NOT a good look!). Also stoneware becomes non stick so you don't need to use foil or oil - perfect if you want to cut out oil when cooking. 

If you can't wait to get your hands on some stoneware check out the range here http://www.pamperedchef.biz/sarahhall?page=products-category&categoryId=9

You don't need special recipes although I do have plenty I can share with you. Use it for cakes, flapjacks, roasts, risottos, curries, everything from the freezer, pizza, cookies, full English Breakfast......hmmm I am hungry now!

If you want some stoneware free, book a show with me - most of my hosts get £60-100 of free product. Or why not get LOADS of free product by becoming a consultant. It is so easy - book a a launch show with me, I come along and do your show, but you get the commission, we work together to get you bookings at your show and  that's it - your'e off! Click here for more details http://www.pamperedchef.biz/sarahhall?page=news-detail&featureId=867940. You could get this baker for free when you have done 4 shows!

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Wow! What a lot of likers!

Well I have been off enjoying the sunshine at Mum and Dad's and have come back to 47 likes for my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SarahHallThePamperedChef! Thank you!

As a thank you to all my new likers here is a delicious recipe, Mediterranean Vegetable Ring, which is perfect for this lovely summery weather. Cooking it on one of our lovely pieces of stoneware, the Medium Round Stone with handles , means that the dough cooks evenly (no soggy bottom!) and puffs up beautifully to create a really stunning dish that is perfect for summer dinner parties or a lunch with friends. Check out our pizza stone here http://www.pamperedchef.biz/sarahhall?page=products-detail&categoryId=9&productId=27281&itemId=1341


2 tubes of chilled fresh croissant dough (Sarah Lee – 6 croissants – plain or Pains au Chocolat, not the “All Butter” variety OR 2 sheets of Ready Rolled Puff Pastry)
½ red pepper
2 spring onions
85g/3oz baby spinach leaves
35g/1¼oz pitted black olives
55g/2oz feta cheese, crumbled
115g/4oz mozzarella cheese
1 clove garlic
1 lemon
2 tbsp mayonnaise
Black poppy seeds
1 egg

Add the following ingredients to the CLASSIC BATTER BOWL:
● Red pepper and spring onion chopped using FOOD CHOPPER.
● Olives with UTILITY KNIFE.
● Mozarella cubed using SANTUKO KNIFE and crumbled feta cheese.
● Garlic crushed with the GARLIC PRESS.
● Lemon juice (juice lemon using CITRUS PRESS)
● Mayonnaise measured with the ADJUSTABLE MEASURING SPOONS and add
to vegetable mixture.
Mix well using SMALL MIX N SCRAPER.
Arrange croissant dough on MEDIUM ROUND STONE WITH HANDLES and roll over joins with
Use LARGE SCOOP to place mixture onto the pastry and tuck ends over.
Glaze using egg and PASTRY BRUSH
Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
Bake for 25-30 minutes gas mark 5 or electric 180.
Serve with a green salad

Exciting News from The Pampered Chef

Wow! What a weekend! I was lucky enough to attend the 2012 National Conference for Pampered Chef. Not only was it a great opportunity to catch up with all my lovely Pampered Chef friends, but it gave me some great ideas on how to build my business and I also got to find out lots of exiting news!

Firstly Pampered Chef have partnered up with award winning Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Will Torrent show has developed recipes with Heston and Waitrose! Read this exciting news here http://willtorrent.com/news.htm

Secondly it has never been easier to join The Pampered Chef! Now all you need to do is get one show booked in, which I will come and do for you and then you are off; ready to start your amazing journey with this fabulous company. Work when you want and as often as you want, be your own boss, no targets! The perfect job!

Thirdly we have a brand new catalogue coming out on September - it has such a fresh new look to it and we have some wonderful new products! Watch this space for news on out new range!

Well I must dash - got to go and see my sister who is home for the day! Fab family day to look forward to!

See you soon!