Thursday, 20 November 2014

Competition Time! Win Foodie Themed Christmas Decorations

Readers, after a year and a bit, I’ve decided it’s time to host my first competition on the blog!  After a recent review with The Christmas Boutique, they have very kindly put up a selection of cakey themed decorations as a gift for one of my lucky readers. 

It couldn’t be simpler, just follow What Claire Baked and The Christmas Boutique on Twitter and fill in the entry form below.

You could be in with a chance of winning over £30 worth of Christmas decorations, just perfect for any foodie to pop on their tree this year.

The prize includes:
  • Set of Three Bright Coloured Cake Christmas Tree Bauble Decorations made from glass
  • Set of Six Cup Cake Themed Christmas Tree Baubles made from glass
  • Set of Three Bright Coloured Macaron Bauble Decorations

The competition closes on 8th December at 00.00 GMT and a winner will be announced thereafter.  Plenty of time to get your cake delivered to hang on the Christmas Tree!

Good Luck! 

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Christmas Decoration Competition Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter is: What Claire Baked and The Christmas Boutique

2. The competition is open to UK residents excluding employees of The Christmas Boutique or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via

5. Closing date for entry will be 08/12/14 at 00.00 GMT. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be chosen by 12th December 2014

12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. The promoter will notify the winner when and request an address for the prize to be sent to.

14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Scots law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.

17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

18. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing whatclairebaked AT gmail DOT com

19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to What Claire Baked and The Christmas Boutique and not to any other party. 

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Product and Website Review – The Christmas Boutique

Readers, a few weeks back a big brown box arrived at the door.  Pardon the pun, but Christmas came early.  

The Christmas Boutique had been in touch on Twitter looking for bloggers to carry out reviews. I had absolutely no idea what to expect, so went with the line of “if it’s cooking, kitchen or baking related, I’m in.”

So back to the big brown box.  Firstly, I’d expected a couple of things to show up… NOT A BOX FULL!  The tape got ripped off and I delved in to find a whole host of Christmas decorations and treats.  The team at The Christmas Boutique had clearly listened to my requests.  Everything was themed.

Never in my life did I know mini cupcake, full size cupcake, cake slice and macaron Christmas tree decorations existed.  But boy they do!  

The Macarons were absolutely my favourite. The three pack of decorations costs £8.99 which includes delivery.   The decorations are also made from glass – great quality – and are incredibly authentic looking.   Perfect for a foodie this Christmas.  You’ll find them here.
macaron Christmas decoration

My next favourite was the life size cupcake decorations, again made from glass and priced at £8.99 for a pack of two.  They are bright and delicious looking, decorated to the last degree and are even finished with sprinkles!  I don’t have the real tree up yet, obviously, as it’s only November, but had fun decorating our little tree light with the foodie accessories.

Christmas Boutique cake decoration

Also new to the website are the cake slice decorations – three beautiful and bright good-enough-to-eat cake slices, made from glass, finished with glitter and perfect to bring out your inner girly side this Christmas.

Christmas Boutique Cake Decoration

The Christmas Boutique must have known that my baking was in demand this festive season, as they sent some oh-so-cute stacking cake tins, decorated with polar bears.   The beauty of these is that they fit inside each other.  I have limited cupboard space at blog HQ, so at least I can be storing these together and not wasting space.  Genius! I’m looking forward to using these at an up coming bake sale in aid of TCCL Lodge in December.  They will look great at our cake station.

Reindeer storage tins
And last but not least, I need to mention Christmas Bear. Or Albert as he’s now been named.  He’s a draft excluder!  He wears Christmas dungarees and a Christmas hat!  He’s a happy little thing!  We’ll definitely use him to decorate the house this Christmas.  If nothing else, he will put a smile on any visitors faces.  He also has some friends available at the Christmas Boutique… Including a rather cute moose.
teddy bear draft excluder

The Christmas Boutique is a fantastic resource for anyone who LOVES Christmas.  They have a full catalogue of decorations, home accessories, wall art, advent calendars and just about anything festive to turn your home into Santa’s grotto (perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, it’s all about keeping control of that online basket).     The best part – the website offers free standard delivery.    How many times have you seen something online you like, but you only want to buy one thing and are put off by the delivery charges?  Problem solved - offer customers free delivery!

From the traditional, to whimsical and modern, there’s something online for everyone at the Christmas Boutique.
My goodies from The Christmas Boutique

Disclaimer: I received a selection of items from The Christmas Boutique, for my review.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Gluten Free Teriyaki Salmon with Rice Noodles

Readers, I’m managing to get myself back into a kitchen routine again and I’m determined to stay healthy.

I’ve been really interested in gluten free dishes this year: not just because I have a close friend and a Godmother who are both coeliac but just to see if you can make great tasting food without having to throw gluten in there. I’m all about oriental style dishes since coming back from China… more about that here.

I made this gluten free salmon dish for dinner on Sunday… Mr WhatClaireBaked had no idea I’d substituted for gluten free ingredients.

It also gave me the chance to experiment with the gluten free flour blend I’d received a few months back from The Gluten Free Market.   They are an exclusive UK importer, wholesaler and retailer of a gluten-free flour blend made from peas and other gluten-free grains by Hraška, a popular brand in continental Europe

I wasn’t sure how best to use my flour blend, but decided to go for a sauce thickener (like a substitute for cornflour).   I’ve no doubt this product would be a godsend for someone who’s coeliac.  I was thinking about the number of casseroles, sauces and dishes I make where I throw flour in as a thickener and I believe this is the perfect substitute.  

This simple salmon dish can be ready in 30 minutes (longer if you marinate the salmon) and is adapted from a Coles recipe.

Gluten Free Teriyaki Salmon with Rice Noodles

Serves 2

2 salmon fillets
¼ cup gluten free soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ cup no bits orange juice
1 tablespoon clear honey
Sprinkle of garlic powder
6 spring onions, chopped (discard any wilted green leaves)
2 sheets rice noodles


1. Preheat the oven to 190c/170c fan/Gas Mark 6
2. Mix all your marinade ingredients in a bowl, whisk up until combined (soy sauce, sesame oil, orange juice, honey, garlic). 
3. Put the salmon in an oven proof dish and coat with the marinade.   Chill in the fridge for around an hour, or if you are turning the marinade into a sauce, transfer to the oven and bake for 17 minutes. Sprinkle the spring onions on top before baking. 

4. Take your Hraška gluten free flour blend and transfer to a cup, add a little cold water and mix to combine, keep adding water until it’s gone into liquid form (like a cornflour consistency).  Whisk until there are no lumps in the mixture.
Mixing the flour blend
5. When your salmon is ready, remove the dish from the oven and transfer the marinade to a small pan.  
Transfer the marinade to the pan
6. Cook the noodles in a pan of water.
7. Keep stirring and cooking the marinade over the heat until it becomes a sauce which has thickened to your desired consistency.
8. Drain the noodles and plate up. Remove the salmon from the oven and place on top of the noodles. Serve the sauce on top of the salmon. 
gluten free salmon

Disclaimer:  I received the gluten free flour blend free from Gluten Free Market, to experiment with.  Any opinions expressed are my own.