Thursday, 28 July 2016

Bumper Box of Bookworm Delights ! COMPETITION

I have received some truly wonderful gifts from publishers and chums this month promoting amazing new books. So to share the love I have put together a box of these beautiful items for you to #win - perfect for the the avid #bookworm! 

HOW TO ENTER: #BookSnifferComp

Via Twitter - Follow @maybeswabey / RT the Comp Tweet
Via Facebook - Comment in the comments box under the prize shot 
Instagram - Tag a friend who you think might like to win / and FOLLOW 

CLOSING DATE: 3/08/16 at 5pm - Winner picked at random from all entries / UK ONLY 

DON'T FORGET TO HASHTAG!! 
or your entry will be void 




The box of delights contains ...

4 x Pocket Pirates badges illustrated by Chris Mould (@chrismouldink) and made by hand by the fair maiden that is Leilah Skelton (@Leilah_Makes)




6 x Black and white illustrated coasters with an Alice in Wonderland theme, expertly illustrated by aforementioned Chris Mould



1 X Small print from The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd - the print is signed by Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold and was kindly given to me by the delightful folk at Walker Books. 




1 x Dylan the Dog (sturdy) tote bag, perfect for carrying lot's of books to work on the bus - form the kind folk at Scholastic and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees (@Guyguyyug) 



1 X The Storm Whale in Winter snow globe - a beautiful collectors item celebrating the latest picture book offering from award-winning illustrator Benji Davies (@Benji_Davies) 




1X  HB copy of Super Rabbit by Stephanie Blake published by Gecko Press (@geckopress) 



1 X AMAZING illustrated tea towel featuring our beloved baker boys Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam AND a HB copy of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam "The Diamond Chase, Written by Tracey Corderoy (@TraceyCorderoy) and Illustrated by Steven Lenton (@@dscrumptious) - Published by Nosy Crow. (@NosyCrowBooks) 




GOOD LUCK! 


Friday, 22 July 2016

I'm Hungry by Jorge Martin - Let's get COOKING!


REVIEW: I'm Hungry by Jorge Martin 

On an island far far away there’s a distant rumble…. Not just the rumble of a baby dragon hatching but the rumble of her very very hungry tummy! Visiting (and devouring) the other residents of the island certainly satisfies Baby Dragons hunger but makes for a very lonely friend-less existence. Mother Dragon is not pleased with her daughter’s decadent dietary decision and teaches Baby Dragon a ticklish lesson and the virtues of a vegetarian lifestyle.

Jorge's wicked sense of humour and distinguished illustration style make for a seriously delicious picture book and one I will no doubt digest over and over again.

BUY A COPY HERE 



All this reading has given us a serious hunger, so little Book Sniffer and I set about making some healthy but scrumptious vegetarian snacks inspired by "I'm Hungry" in hopes that we can tempt Baby Dragon into a visit to Book Sniffer Towers in the very near future. 

A tattooed BANANA! 
Here are our easy peasy step-by-step recipes, maybe you can try making them with your little sniffers, we'd love to see photos (@maybeswabey) 




STARTER  
Fruity Cockatoo Crudités


YOU WILL NEED: 
  • 2 x Apples – One large red apple and one small green
  • 2 Small peppers – red / green / orange OR yellow depending on your preferred plumage 
  • 1 x small satsuma 
  • Olive x 1 
  • Cucumber 
  • 2 dabs of cream cheese
  • A small handful of "Herby Foliage" I've used Basil because its delicious
  • Sharp knife / serving plate


INSTRUCTION: 
(red for grown-ups / 
orange for little helpers
  1. Cut the two apples in half / place the large half on the plate as a body and the small half on the plate as a head.
  2. Cut out some feather shapes from the colourful peppers and a small pity triangle for a beak / place them on the plate as feathery wings and secure the beak to the small head apple with some cream cheese. 
  3. Cut out a ziggy zaggy shape from a piece of cucumber / place it on top of the head for parrot hair. 
  4. Peel a satsuma place at the bottom of the large body apple for cockatoo claw feet. 
  5. Cut a black olive into thin slices / dab two small spots of cream cheese above the beak and pop the olive slices on top for eye balls. 
  6. FINISHING TOUCHES - Add some herby foliage for the cockatoo to perch in (can be herbs or washed salad leaves.)
  7. CHOMP AWAY  


TA-DA! 

MAIN COURSE: 
Magnificent  
Bread-Beast-Pizza-Dragon with 
Speckled Dough-Ball Dragon Eggs 
Served with roaring hot lava hot dipping sauce!



YOU WILL NEED:

PIZZA DOUGH
·      500g Strong White Flour
     2TSP Salt
     7 gm sachet of yeast
    3 tablespoons Olive Oil
      300 ml warm water

   Nigella seeds for decorating the eggs
   Mozzarella pearls for stuffing the eggs

LAVA SAUCE
4 large juicy tomatoes
1 yellow pepper
1 clove garlic
1 table spoon sweet chilli sauce
1 pinch of dried thyme
1 pinch salt
1 pinch sugar

To make the dough...

  1. Measure out all your ingredients. 
  2. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. 
  3. Make a well in the centre, then add the oil and water, and mix well. 
  4. Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead. 
  5. Once the dough is satin-smooth, Place it in a lightly oiled bowl to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
While the dough is proving make the hot lava sauce. 

  1. Chop up all the ingredients roughly put in a saucepan with a dash of olive oil simmer for 20 minutes with a lid on. 
  2. Mix is a food processor until smooth or slightly chunky if you prefer 
  3. pour into a small dipping dish and set aside - if you are not a fan of spicy food leave the chilli sauce out OR add a small spoon of cream cheese to the mix. 
  • Time for some freestyle dough moulding fun - make a sleeping dragon using 1/2 of your bread dough. set on a greased flat baking tray 
  • Roll the remaining dough into small balls insert mozzarella pearl and roll in seeds to give the effect of being charred and place on an oiled tray. 
  • Bake the dragon in at 180 for approx 25-30 minutes - keep checking him! (I dusted mine with smoked Paprika for an extra smokey flavour) 
  • bake the dough balls for approx 12-15 minutes - keep checking them. 
  • Plate up on a large board, pile the eggs in a nest of salad leaves and lay the dragon next to his lava dip - now dip and enjoy! 




We also made HUNGRY ELECAKES 
But in all honesty I am a dreadful baker so we cheated and brought a packed mix then free styled the decoration!






HUGE Thanks to the kind folk at Puffin for assisting us with this blog post! 
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Jorge Martin @jorgemartin 
Puffin Books @PuffinBooks