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Al Bryce
Start-up & eBusiness Adviser, Digital Enthusiast, Owner of Kitchen Monsters
Start-up & eBusiness Adviser, Digital Enthusiast, Owner of Kitchen Monsters

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+Al Bryce  was on form today. He had seen the light and it was good or should I say Google+. He was waxing lyrical about why SMEs should consider using Google+, the challenger to Facebook and Twitter in social media. The bottom line... it's going to help your SEO if you do and quite likely it will be a disadvantage if you don't...

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Definitely one to add to the professional new year resolutions list ... it's so long already though!

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Latest recipe from the Kitchen Monsters blog

Okay you need to freeze the bananas first in this quick banana ice cream recipe for kids so it’s not exactly instant but this really is a quick alternative to ice cream.  You won’t believe how creamy this tastes until you’ve tried it.    Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!

Ingredients: 3 x bananas, 1 x tbsp natural yoghurt, 1 x tsp vanilla essence
Special Equipment: Blender, baking tray, knife, measuring spoon, glasses and spoon to serve

Peel the bananas, slice them into chunks and place onto a baking tray and freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight
Take the bananas out of the freezer and place them into the blender
Add the yoghurt and vanilla flavouring
Blend well until smooth
Serve in a glass with a spoon

Get the Kids Involved: Peeling and chopping the bananas, measuring out the yoghurt and vanilla, transferring to the glasses

Kitchen Monster Tip:  You may need pause a few times during blending to give the mixture a mix to ensure you get rid of all the lumps

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Latest recipe from the Kitchen Monsters

This bright green easy pea soup recipe for kids is probably the best coloured soup you’ll ever come across!  Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!

Ingredients: 1 x onion, 450g x frozen peas, 1 x litre stock (made up from a stock cube)
Special Equipment: Large soup pan, chopping board, knife, measuring jug, blender

Place the oil in the pan and begin to heat on the hob
Carefully chop the onion, add to the pan and cook for 3 or 4 minutes until they soften
Make up the stock and add to the pan
Pour in your frozen peas
Bring the soup to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes
Leave to cool then blend well until smooth
Heat thoroughly before serving and enjoy!

Get the Kids Involved: Looking out the ingredients, peeling and chopping the onion (supervised?), Measuring out the water for the stock, weighing out the peas, stirring the soup

Kitchen Monster Tip:  Never add any salt and pepper until you’ve tasted to see if it needs it – stock cubes can be salty enough on their own
Difficulty: 3/5

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Latest kid's recipe from the Kitchen Monsters

Looking for a snack idea or wanting some crunchy party food?  This Pizza Stick Twists recipe for kids is really easy to make and taste delicious. Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!

Ingredients: 1 x packet pre-rolled puff pastry (or roll out a block!), 1 x small tin/tube tomato puree, 50g x grated Parmesan cheese
Special Equipment: Knife, baking tray, spoon

Grease the baking tray with a light coating of oil
Remove the pastry from the packaging and layout on the worktop
Smear the top side of the pastry with a coating of tomato puree, right up to the edges
Sprinkle over the grated Parmesan cheese
Cut into long strips, about a centimeter thick
Prick the pastry all over with a fork – this will stop it rising too much
Grab an end of each strip and twist round 3 or 4 times and place onto the baking tray making sure the ends and pressed down firmly to stop them unraveling
Bake for about 10 minutes or until they turn golden and crispy
Leave to cool and serve on day of baking

Get the Kids Involved: Spreading over the tomato puree, sprinkling over the cheese, cutting the strips, forking the pastry, twisting the sticks, cleaning up after!

Kitchen Monster Tip:  You might find it easier to serve them upright in a jug or large glass
Difficulty: 2/5

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So, FOUR years today since I joined Twitter.  Amazing where the time goes.

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As we market and promote online more and more it's important that we start measuring this online activity and the impact it has on our business.

Find out how to get started with using Google Analytics, how to begin measuring the traffic to your website and monitoring the success of promotional activities.
This event will take place at the Pennypit Centre, Rope Walk, Prestonpans EH32 9BN.

Informal networking from 8am with the presentation starting at 9am. There will be a short Q&A sesion at the end.

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Amazing, but not suprising, rise of mobile internet usage in just 12 months
Are you optimized for mobile?

As +Jackson Lo smartly points out, mobile traffic (search and beyond) is on the rise. 

According to, mobile search share in May 2011 was 5.75% compared to 94.25% for desktop. In May 2012, mobile vs. desktop was 10.11% to 89.89%.

Further, mobile now accounts for 8% of all conversions that we’re seeing in Google Analytics, and mobile conversions have grown by about 180% in just the last year. 

Mobile is not a trend - it's the future (and present for many) preferred method of interacting with brands and receiving information.

If you don't yet have a mobile optimized site, you can get started here: (for free). Also start thinking of how you can go beyond a mobile optimized site if you're not already. That's just step one.

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Latest kid's recipe from the Kitchen Monsters

Eating oily fish is so healthy but it can be hard to get kids to eat them.  Our Thai Tuna Burger recipe for kids will not only get them eating it but joining in with making it too!   Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!

Ingredients: (for 4 burgers) 4 x medium sized tuna steaks, 50g bread, 1 x tbsp soy sauce, 1 x tbsp thai fish sauce, 1 x tbsp thai chilli sauce, 4 x burger buns, lettuce and tomatoes
Special Equipment: Food processor, kitchen scales, mixing bowl, measuring spoons

Blitz up the bread in the food processor until they turn into breadcrumbs and pour them into the mixing bowl
Then blitz the tuna in the processor until it’s well mixed
Add the tuna to the breadcrumb and add the thai fish sauce and chilli sauce
Getting your hands in, mix it all together and shape into burger patties
Grill for about 10-15 minutes (although this will vary depending how thick they are – just make sure they’re cooked in the middle before serving)
Serve on the buns with the lettuce, tomato and a little mayonnaise!

Get the Kids Involved: Measuring out the ingredients, mixing it all together, forming the burger patties, stacking the burger, lettuce and tomato onto the buns, cleaning up after!

Kitchen Monster Tip:  Make sure everyone washes their hands before and after handling the raw fish
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