2021 · Anglican · Blogging · Chocolate · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Dairy Free · England · Left Handed · Rural · Spring · Vicarage

The Missing One Pence

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I have been on the lookout for a wee present for the Mhinisteir and I finally found one on the Holland and Barrett website. The cost of the item was £30 which meant that I automatically qualified for free delivery. Yay!!!!

Just as I was checking out, there was a popup that said I would be able to get a further discount if I entered a certain code. I entered it and it worked. I got £6 off the item which was fantastic but wait… that meant that I was £1 short of free delivery! Ordinarily delivery cost is £3.99 but if you spend £25 or more you qualify for free delivery. I decided to get a snack item for a pound to qualify for free delivery.

Guess what? There was none for £1! All the snacks cost £0.99!!!!!! It must be a marketing ploy!!! After several attempts, I decided to add a dairy free chocolate bar costing £1.79 to my basket. It certainly cost less than the delivery charge but was it worth the kerfuffle??? I really don’t know!!

2021 · Anglican · Blogging · Chocolate · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · Easter · England · Faith · God · Le Creuset · Rural · Vicarage · Winter

The Meaningful Chocolate

The Meaning Chocolate is the company behind the Real Easter Egg that you might have seen in major supermarkets. We got a brochure on Saturday saying that this year the major supermarkets have decided not to stock up the Real Easter eggs due to the pandemic. I think the supermarkets have found the perfect excuse not to stock up on “religious” products. The Real Easter eggs contain the reason why Christians worldwide celebrate Easter. I don’t think you need to be religious to buy these eggs. It is a great way to educate a child on World Religions. Furthermore these chocolates are fairtrade.

Anyway, if you don’t see them in the supermarkets, this is why. However you will be able to buy them from their website.

NB: I am not paid to promote The Meaningful Chocolate Company.

2020 · Anglican · Autumn · Blogging · Chocolate · Christmas · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Faith · God · Left Handed · Prayer · Protestant · Rural · Sabbath Day · Vicarage

End of the Old Year

I was brought up a Protestant Christian so I didn’t follow the liturgical Calendar until I joined the Church of England.

Yesterday was the Feast of Christ the King, marking the end of an old year.

Next Sunday will be the start of Advent which marks the start of a new liturgical year. Just based on observations, I used to think that the start of advent was the start to the party season!!! That was when Office Christmas parties and Christmas shopping got underway.

Advent according to the liturgical calendar is similar to Lent where Christians are in a penitent mode fasting and praying. For this reason, I am not sure who came up with advent calendars filled with chocolates, gins etc!!!!!!

2020 · Anglican · Autumn · Baking · Blogging · Chocolate · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Dairy Free · England · Food · Gluten Free · Left Handed · Rural · Vicarage · Vicarage Kitchen

From the Vicarage Kitchen – Dairy & Gluten Free Chocolate and Walnut Cookies

Here in our part of England, we have had rain for most days for the last four weeks. Every time I look out of the window, it is either raining or it has just stopped raining! We don’t usually get this much of rain. In fact, as I write this, it has started raining yet again. I am slightly annoyed that I have not been able to go for my wee walks.

There was a bar of dark cooking chocolate lurking about in the pantry and I decided that this will be the day that I make something with it so here is the recipe for my dairy and gluten free Chocolate and Walnut Cookies.

Ingredients

150g – 70% Dark Chocolate (100g for melting, 50g to be chopped in chunk)

*dark chocolates are usually dairy free but please check the ingredients.

125ml – Olive oil

125g – Caster Sugar

1 – egg (beaten)

200g – Gluten Free Self Raising Flour

50g – Chopped Walnuts

1/2tsp – Sea Salt Flakes

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a large baking sheet.
  2. Melt 100g of chocolate over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave.
  3. Beat the Olive oil, egg and sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add the melted chocolate. Stir in the chocolate chunks and the walnuts.
  4. Stir in the flour and roll the mixture into 16 small balls.
  5. Place the balls on the baking tray and press down to flatten a little.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle the sea salt flakes as soon as the cookies are removed from the oven.
  8. Allow to cook a little and transfer to a rack.
  9. Once completely cooled, enjoy!

These will make a great edible gift!

2020 · Anglican · Blogging · Chocolate · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Dairy Free · England · Gluten Free · Left Handed · Rural · Supermarket · Tesco · Vicarage

An Afternoon of Tidying up & Dairy Free Chocolates

I have just Marie Kondo(ed) my study. I gathered about 2 bags of rubbish. They were mainly boxes that I had “saved” to use for my craft work but as it is always the case they ended up being clutter.

As a reward for all my hardwork, I treated myself to 4 small squares of NOMO Dairy Free Hazelnut Chocolate. I am not a chocoholic but I do like the occasional treat.

I came across NOMO Chocolates last week when I was online doing my grocery shopping and so added a bar to my shopping basket.

I would say that they are the best Dairy Free chocolates that I have tried so far. I would like to think that it tastes like Ferraro Rocher! Did you know that it does not contain nuts? I love Hazelnuts and I was convinced that it contained hazelnuts!!!!!

NB: I am not paid to endorse NOMO chocolates.

2020 · Anglican · Autumn · Blogging · Charbonnel Et Walker · Chocolate · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Food · Left Handed · Rural · Vicarage

Best Customer Service Ever!

Handwritten note addressed to me

Recently, I wrote about the lack of customer service in the UK.

Last week, I got a wonderful surprise when I ordered some chocolates from Charbonnel Et Walker. I had also taken advantage of their free personalised message service.

2 days later, the chocolate boxes arrived beautifully presented accompanied by handwritten cards! Handwritten cards???!!! This is what I call customer service and a big well done to Charbonnel Et Walker.

I was so touched by their level of service that I had to send them an email to express my gratitude.

Chocolates!

NB: I have not been paid by Charbonnel Et Walker to promote them

2020 · Blogging · Chocolate · Christmas · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Faith · God · Left Handed · Multi Parish Benefice · Parishioners · Prayer · Rural · Vicarage

The Empty Chocolate Box

Until yesterday, there had been a Thorntons Chocolate box on our dining table, right beside the Mhinisteir’s place at the dining table. The Chocolate box has been there since Christmas. I know that for a fact because the Mhinisteir got that box of chocolates as a Christmas present from a parishioner. Since I can’t eat dairy, I never went near the box. What I didn’t know was that the box has been empty for a good few weeks and the Mhinisteir chose yesterday evening as an auspicious moment to throw away the box!!!!!

2020 · Blogging · Chocolate · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · England · Faith · God · Left Handed · Mini Lindt Bunny · Parish Life · Parishioners · Prayer · Rural · Vicarage

Mini Lindt Bunny

Since we are not able to get any supermarket delivery slots, the Mhinisteir and I had to “pop” to our “local” Waitrose to stock up on essentials. While there, I noticed that they had the famous Mini Lindt Bunnies. I thought it would be a good idea to pop one together with a letter through some of our elderly parishioners postboxes – just to cheer them up! It was 3 for a pound.

I picked 9 little bunnies and went to the checkout with the rest of our groceries. The cashier at the checkout looked above 70 years of age and so I wondered why she was not self isolating! She was a bit officious but never mind. She scanned the items one by one and was literally throwing them at us as she didn’t want any physical contact. When it came to the Lindt bunnies, she said that we were only allowed to buy three of them!!!!! She went further to explain that you can only buy 3 of any food items….. but there were so many little bunnies on the shelf waiting to be bought……

Just then, she had a lightbulb moment and decided to check with her colleague. Her colleague came over, looked at the little bunnies and commented that they don’t look like essentials!!!! Wonderful!!!! So I got to bring all 9 bunnies home!!!!

2020 · Blogging · Chocolate · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Faith · First World Problems · God · Left Handed · Rural · Vicarage · Winter

Chocolate Eclairs Or Chinese Spring Rolls??!

This week as part of my usual online grocery order, I was given Chinese spring rolls as a substitute instead of the chocolate eclairs that I had ordered!!!!! It was so hilarious that I burst out laughing and had to say a polite….. No, thank you!

Imagine what would have been through the minds of the visitors to the Vicarage if I had accepted the substitute and offered them some Chinese spring rolls to go with their cup of tea!!!!!