alexandra backshellMy Dad used to be in the catering biz.

He ran a busy restaurant then a cafe, right in the heart of London.

Its a tough old game he used to tell me..

 ”and your only as good as your staff Alex, they are key to making a business run smoothly”.

So, took on his wise words and my motto is  “in the kitchen your only as good as your gadgets”!

I used to have one of those corner cupboards with the waffle-maker and the  panini press, the”one minute wonders” as I like to call them! But eventually I got crystal clear on the gadgets that really made my time in the kitchen quick, simple, effortless, creative and fun.

I also learnt that..

You don’t have to have a top of the range vitamix, or spend a fortune on a blender to produce a deliciously Ella style meal! Just start where you are and with what you’ve got and build slowly from there.

alexandra backshellWhen I first started out I did invest in a Matstone machinating juicer which was worth every penny because I juice daily! I absolutely love my juicer! But I used my mum’s old blender and I had a 200w smoothie maker that cost me a tenner, nothing flashy but they did the job! 

Over the years I have upgraded to some pretty niffty gadgets but todays spotlight is on the love of my life right now – my mini chopper!mini chopper

My mini chopper is my wing man – my saviour –  its helped me cut down on so much  time slaving over a chopping board! I’ve gifted one to all my nearest and dearest, just so they can have  experience! They say diamonds are a girls best friend – right now I’d say its my mini chopper.

It might be teeny weeny but its a mighty powerhouse at 300w slicing onions in seconds and blending liquids up  to 350ml. Its super easy to clean and takes up hardly any space at all!!

If you are always on the go, this is your gadget!

One of my favourite quickies to whip up is my version of winterslaw. Only 4 ingredients and packed full of nutrition.


 ♥ Half a raw beetroot

♥ Half a red onion

♥ 1 carrot 

♥ Handfull of coriander

♥ 2 tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of cider vinegar

Place all the ingredient in the chopper and blend.


IMG_2434Of course you can make this in any size blender and it also nice to add pumpkin or sunflower seeds to give it a bit of crunch.

I love how they’ve named it a Delia cheat gadget!!


Its one of my super sides and will brighten up any plate! Plus….

Beetroot is packed with Vitamin C, fibre, folic acid, magnesium, iron and lowers blood pressure.

It also contains the essential mineral potassium which aids healthy nerve and muscle function.

Take action now and get a mini chopper in your life, this one definitely won’t end up in the gadget grave yard!

Have a wonderful week

Alexandra ♥

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