Chums Family Favourites Blogger Competition

Chums Family Favourites

***This Competition Is Now Closed, Thank You To All Who Entered!***

We all have family favourites. Whether it’s Grandma’s roast, that has the whole family visiting on a Sunday, or that unusual flavour combination your Dad taught you, that you’ve now passed down to your own kids!

Here at Chums we want to keep up the tradition of family meal times so we are giving bloggers the chance to win a kitchen set to help make those meal times even easier.


This 8 piece knife block is ideal for creating those tasty family recipes and with the Soup N Stew you will never tire of creating brand new family favourites as you can blend, steam, boil, pulse, reheat and slow cook all in one gadget!

We want you to share your family’s favourite recipes; meal or snack, traditional or guilty pleasure, we want to hear about them all and more importantly what makes them so special to you. Family and food have always gone hand in hand so share your best story with us to be in with a chance of winning.

How to Enter

  1. On your blog, create a post featuring your family’s favourite recipe.
  2. Be sure to tell us why it is special to you and your family.
  3. Make sure you include a link to this competition page.
  4. Email us your name and a link to your blog post entry to:

Terms & Conditions

  • This prize draw is open to all residents of the UK and Eire aged 18 and over.
  • The prize draw will open 22nd October 2014 at 9:00am GMT. It will close on 21st November 2014 at 12 midnight GMT.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • The prize consists of a Swan 8 Piece Knife Block and a Soup N Stew.
  • To be eligible for this Prize Draw, you must create a blog post on your website featuring a family recipe and link back to this competition page: You must email your entry to (include a link to your blog post) by the 21st November 2014 (the ‘Closing Date’).
  • The winner will be chosen at random from all qualifying entries.
  • The winner will be contacted via email no later than 7 days after the prize draw closes.
  • If a winner fails to respond within 7 days of being informed of their win, their prize will be forfeited and a new winner selected.
  • By entering this prize draw, you confirm you have read and accepted the terms and conditions above.

Promoter: Chums, Unity Grove, Knowsley Business Park, Liverpool, L34 9AR.

Health Tips

Men who eat over 10 portions of tomatoes a week have an 18% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, highlights a large UK study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

With 35,000 new cases every year in the UK, and around 10,000 deaths, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Rates are higher in developed countries, which some experts believe is linked to a Westernised diet and lifestyle.

So researchers looked at the diets and lifestyle of 1,806 men aged 50–69 years with prostate cancer and compared them with 12,005 cancer-free men. They developed a prostate cancer dietary index that consists of dietary components – selenium, calcium and foods rich in lycopene – that have been linked to prostate cancer.

Analysis of the data suggested that men who ate more of these three dietary components had a lower risk of prostate cancer. Tomatoes and its products – such as tomato juice and baked beans – were shown to be most beneficial, with an 18% reduction in risk found in men eating over 10 portions a week. This is thought to be due to lycopene, an antioxidant that fights off toxins that can cause DNA and cell damage.

“Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention,” says Vanessa Er, who led the research. “However, further studies need to be conducted to confirm our findings, especially through human trials. Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active.”

Source: Jump Start



Acute lower back pain? Don’t blame the weatherman… 

Sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions after all, experts outline in Arthritis Care & Research, questioning the belief of many that they can feel damp autumn weather in their joints.

A team from Sydney, Australia, interviewed 993 people who had sudden, acute episodes of back pain. Statistics for temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, wind speed, wind gust, wind direction and precipitation were obtained for the whole study period.

The data showed that temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation was not associated with onset of back pain.

Higher wind speed and wind gust increased the odds of pain onset, but “while this reached statistical significance, the magnitude of the increase was not clinically important,” the researchers state.

“Our findings refute previously held beliefs that certain common weather conditions increase risk of lower back pain. Further investigation of the influence of weather parameters on symptoms associated with specific diseases such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis are needed.”

Source: Arthritis Digest


Image credit: Pedro Moura Pinheiro


Good news for tea drinkers

Drinking tea reduces the risk of dying from causes unrelated to the heart by 24% compared with those who don’t drink tea, suggests a large study of 131,401 people aged 18 years to 95 years.

The participants had a low risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease. After 3.5 years there had been 95 deaths from CV and 632 deaths from non-CV causes. Tea and coffee consumption was assessed by questionnaire: none, one to four, or more than four cups per day.

Analysis of the data showed that tea lowered the risk of non-CV death by a quarter for tea drinkers compared with no tea at all. Tea had a marked effect on blood pressure, with a significant reduction in the heavy tea drinkers, compared with non-drinkers. And habitual coffee drinkers tended to be more unhealthy and smokers.

Source: Jump Start


Image credit: Lesley