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Soda Sparkle is ideal for those on the go or at home as it is a convenient and adaptable product which creates a range of great tasting, naturally flavoured and refreshing drinks in a variety of flavours. The low calorie flavours have no artificial preservatives and include: Apple, Tonic, Pineapple, Lemon, Lychee, Cola-Lemon, Orange and Cranberry.
Flavours can be added directly into the bottle or into a glass once poured, with each sachet pre-measured for the perfect taste, enabling you to perfectly tailor each drink. The flavours can also be mixed to create your own signature mocktail or cocktail – why not give it a go?
If you’re feeling a bit tropical, how about mixing pineapple or lychee for a refreshing twist to a glass of water? Or if you’re a fan of citrus, give an orange and lemon combination a go for a drink with a zing!
For budding mixologists, try out the following combinations for a taste sensation, or let us know what delicious concoctions you come up with yourselves:
• 230ml soda water
• 45ml strawberry syrup
• 45ml lime syrup
• 1 lime wedge
1. Makes one 300ml serving
2. Put the soda water and both syrups into a tall glass and stir to combine. Pour over ice and squeeze the lime wedge over the drink. Serve immediately.
Old-Fashioned New York-Style Egg Cream
• 60ml chocolate syrup
• 120ml whole milk, icy*
• 180ml soda water, well chilled
1. Makes one 360ml serving
2. Put the chocolate, then the icy milk in a tall glass. While stirring vigorously with a long spoon, add the soda water. Drink should be well mixed with a large foam layer on the top.
*Portion out the amount of milk that you need, and put in a freezer-safe container for about an hour, or until the top layer of the milk is very icy.
Being so compact and portable, Soda Sparkle is perfect for picnics, days out and holidays and with a selection of 12 different flavours there’ll be something to suit. The product is available in two starter kits – a single one litre bottle kit and a twin bottle kit that has an additional 1.3L bottle that come with five chargers and a flavour pack.
So what are you waiting for? Get experimenting with flavour combinations and share ideas with your friends!
Remember, you can win a Soda Sparkle Starter Kit complete with a year’s supply of flavours and chargers on our website. We are also giving away Twin Starter Kits to five lucky runners up – the competition ends on 31st March, so don’t miss out!
After coming in from the rain, there is a nothing better than a bowlful of slow-cooked, comforting grub to tuck into and we have a few great ideas to get you started.
Slow-cooked Orange Chicken
This recipe uses few ingredients and won’t take up your whole evening – which allows more time for enjoying the night with your friends and family. Slow cooking rather than frying also makes this a healthier option so there will be no arguments from those watching their weight!
• 4 skinless chicken thighs
• 1/2 cup orange juice
• 1/2 cup orange marmalade
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 1 tbsp of Worcester Sauce
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 2 Tablespoons ketchup
• Flour for dredging
• Salt and Pepper to taste
Boneless and skinless thighs may be used. Do not use thighs with the skin still intact, it will create too much grease in the sauce and chicken may burn.
1. Remove visible fat from chicken thighs and roll each in flour until well coated. Set chicken thighs in the bottom of a slow cooker.
2. Combine orange juice, marmalade, Worcester sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ketchup and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir until well blended.
3. Pour sauce over chicken thighs and lid the cooker. Cook on LOW setting for 4 hours.
4. Remove thighs from slow cooker and stir sauce well. Top thighs with extra sauce.
5. Serve with rice or roasted potatoes and a salad garnish.
Rich and Meaty Pasta Sauce
Pasta dishes are always good for a winter warmer as they are simple and delicious and keep you fuller for longer.This dish makes for a thick and rich sauce, bursting with flavour.
• 1 pound lean ground beef
• 1 cup carrots, grated
• 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
• 1 onion, diced
• 2 tablespoons tomato puree
• 2 tablespoons dried italian herbs
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tsps kosher salt, divided
• 1 tsp onion powder
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 1 bay leaf
1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sauté pan and sauté onions for 4 minutes. Add the ground beef and 1 teaspoon of salt and sauté for 4 more minutes, breaking apart the meat as it cooks.
2. Add the sautéed meat and onions to the crock pot.
3. Whisk 2 tablespoons of tomato paste in 1 cup of water until the paste dissolves.
4. Add the tomato paste mixture to the pot along with the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
5. Cook on Low for 6-8 hours.
6. Serve over pasta.
For those who are keen to shed the winter pounds and still enjoy great food, we have pulled together some delicious recipes which will keep you warm, keep you going and most importantly, keep you healthy!
Warm Winter Chickpeas – a great recipe for family meals or simply to make a batch for freezing.
• 1 teaspoon turmeric
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1 teaspoon garam masala
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon curry powder
• 0.5 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 large onion
• 2 tomatoes, diced small
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1.5 cups dried chickpeas, rinsed and drained
• 0.5 teaspoon salt
• 1 inch parmesan rind
• 1 teaspoon tamarind paste
• 10 pitted green olives
• 1/2 butternut squash, diced into 1 inch cubes
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
• 100g feta cheese, crumbled
1. Set the Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Slow Cooker on high heat.
2. Put the turmeric, smoked paprika, garam masala, ground ginger, curry powder, 1/4 tsp of black pepper into the slow cooker and cook until fragrant (about 15 minutes).
3. Add the olive oil and stir it into the spices. Cook on high heat for 10minutes to infuse the oil with spices.
4. Then add the onions and cook for 1 hour until they are soft and translucent.
5. Add tomatoes, garlic, dried chickpeas, salt, parmesan rind, tamarind paste, green olives, butternut squash and the bay leaf.
6. Give the pot a stir, and cook on high heat for 4 hours, or low heat for 6 hours.
7. Add the lemon juice, remaining 1/4 tsp black pepper black pepper, chopped parsley and feta cheese and stir to mix.
Slow cooked chicken curry – this dish is tasty, dairy free and low in fat, perfect for your New Year diet.
• 750g skinless chicken breast fillets, cut into 2cm chunks
• 1 onion, sliced
• 1 clove garlic, chopped
• 2 tablespoons medium curry powder
• 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated fresh ginger
• 1 large potato, diced
• 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
• 1 fresh chilli, sliced
• 1 stalk lemongrass, sliced
• 550ml light coconut milk
• 250ml water
• 2 kaffir lime leaves, sliced (optional)
• cooking oil spray
1. Brown the onion and garlic in your Sear and Stew slow cooker on a low heat.
2. Place all the additional ingredients in the slow cooker, mix well and cook on LOW for 9 hours.
3. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with rice and chutney.
Sesame Ginger Steamed broccoli – this is a great dish to accompany steamed chicken or fish and makes eating more vegetables exciting and flavoursome.
• 1 lb. broccoli, cut into medium florets (6 cups loosely packed)
• 2 tablespoon mirin or sake
• 1 tablespoon tamari
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
• 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
• 1 pinch salt
• 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1. Place broccoli, mirin, tamari, ginger, oil, and 1/4 cup water in the Morphy Richards Intellisteam. Cover, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
2. Steam for 4 minutes, or until broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender. Sprinkle with salt and sesame seeds.
We all do it: We buy more food than we can possibly consume at Christmas time, but can’t bear to see any of it go to waste after the day itself. Well, check out some of our favourite leftovers recipes so you can make the most of every morsel!
A warming and nutritious turkey broth to keep you toasty over the winter - Turkey, Dill, and Orzo Soup:
Ingredients:• 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
• 4 small carrots, sliced ¼-inch thick
• 2 sticks celery thinly sliced
• 1/2 cup orzo
• 1 1/2 cups shredded roasted turkey or chicken
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
• Salt and pepper to taste
1. Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a Morphy Richards Soup Maker.
2. Add the celery, carrots and orzo and simmer until tender, approximately 12 to 15 minutes.
3. Add in the turkey, dill and seasoning and simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
4. Serve with crusty French bread.
Another great meal idea is a hearty, slow cooked turkey. It is the perfect dish to come home to after a hike in the cold - Slow Cooked Turkey Chilli (Makes 8 servings)
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1 pound ground turkey
• 400g can of tinned plum tomatoes
• 400g can of kidney beans, drained
• 400g can of black beans, drained
• ½ medium onion, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons chilli powder
• 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
• ½ tablespoon ground cumin
• 1 pinch ground allspice
• Dash of Worcester sauce
• Salt and pepper to taste
2. Add the tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans and onion and transfer back into the slow cooker base.
3. Season with chilli powder, red pepper flakes, garlic, cumin, black pepper, allspice and salt.
4. Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High.
If you have a selection of veggies and potatoes left over from your Christmas day feast, then why not throw them all in to one delicious, flavoursome soup? Try – Leftovers Soup!
• Left-over veggies from your festive feast - perhaps carrot, parsnip, celery, potato, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and onion
• vegetable, chicken or beef stock
• 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
• basil, fresh or dried
• salt and pepper
• shaved parmesan
1. Finely chop all of your left over veggies and then add stock, tins of tomatoes, basil and salt and pepper.
2. Add all ingredients to your Morphy Richards Soup Maker and simmer until cooked.
3. Serve with shaved parmesan and crusty bread. It’s that simple!
After this summer’s great weather, we hoped we wouldn’t have to reach for the winter clothes drawer so soon! Unfortunately – scarves, gloves and winter warmers are very much needed as the cold snap has hit us ahead of Christmas. That does mean though that there is no better time to keep ourselves toasty with warm, hearty soups!
If you’re struggling for inspiration, recently a panel of our favourite bloggers teamed up with the Foodies100 in a special Google Hangout to show the versatility of the Morphy Richards Soup Maker. They discussed the various different soups and broths you can create, as well as all the great functions that made the appliance so easy to use. Whether you’re a fan of chunky or smooth soups, the Soup Maker is up to the task.
You can watch the Hangout in its entirety on the Tots100 YouTube channel, and you can read all of the bloggers reviews below:
The Morphy Richards Soup Maker is available to buy now on our website.
With the chaos of keeping the kids entertained in summer and back to school looming on the horizon, any time spent on household chores, like the necessary evil of ironing, must be as quick a task as possible.
Tackling the over-sized mountain of clothes that piles up while the kids are on school holidays never has to intimidate you again.
Our new ion technology is designed to make your ironing effortless. The technology works by using an ionic soleplate which emits negatively charged ions. These pass through the fabric to reduce the static in your clothes, making the task of ironing simpler and leaving your clothes with a pristine finish.
The ionic soleplate, combined with Morphy Richards’ unique dual steam chamber, which gives you a quick and powerful steam boost for even the most stubborn of creases and a high level of constant steam, will make getting through your ironing pile even quicker and easier.
In addition to our powerful steam output our Comfigrip ionic models have an added pressing plate to remove any excess moisture from your clothes, ensuring they keep that ‘just ironed’ finish.
Ion technology is now available in both our Turbosteam and Comfigrip ranges, including the 301011 Comfigrip ionic steam iron. If you are interested in buying any of these irons or would like more information, then they are available now, right here on morphyrichards.co.uk.
In August we will be giving you plenty of hints and tips on making your ironing as simple as possible. We will also be hosting a Google Hangout with former ironing world record holder Ben Walton and some of our favourite bloggers to show you ion technology in action, so stay tuned!
The Intellichef Multicooker is every budding chef’s dream and incorporates eight different cooking techniques, saving you space in the kitchen.
Foodies with compact cooking areas no longer need to be limited in what they prepare and with functions such as grilling, braising, steaming and stewing the real challenge is finding a dish you can’t make.
If you fancy knocking up a spicy stir fry or slow cooking a soup, stew or sauce then you can easily do so without the fuss of excess equipment. Dinner parties will be revolutionised as the valuable space which would be taken up with appliances can be put to far better use by filling it with ingredients!
The Intellichef includes eight different functions such as steaming, braising, grilling, boiling, frying, stir frying, slow cooking and fast stewing. What’s more, the aluminium cooking pot is easy to clean so less time can be spent cleaning and more time spent eating.
With so much versatility and so many functions the only limitation to your culinary masterpieces in future will be your imagination.
To see the Intellichef in action, make sure to check out our advert that will be on your TV screens over the next couple of weeks. We are also giving one away to one lucky member of our Facebook community, so do check out our new competition app!
The Power Steam Elite is our most powerful steam generator ever; with a 300g steam boost and 6.5 bar of pressure, it is ideal for crease removal in even the toughest of fabrics. Not only that, the extra-large 2L water tank also means that you can iron for longer without needing to re-fill, and the ceramic soleplate is key to ensuring consistent crease removal in even the toughest of fabrics.
If you would like more information, the Power Steam Elite is being demonstrated all throughout today, so there are plenty of opportunities to see the product in action and buy. To find the channel you need to tune into, see our handy guide below:
• Sky Digital: 640
• Virgin TV: 740
• Freesat: 800
• Freeview: 16
Don’t miss out!
No culinary king or queen’s kitchen would be complete without one of the must have’s in the range and what’s more, they each come with a lifetime blade guarantee so you can make a purchase that lasts.
The biggest challenge when it comes to Serrator Blade technology will be finding something you can’t do. Fancy knocking up a healthy smoothie? Not a problem. How about wowing your family with a homemade soufflé? No worries! Want to impress your friends with a crushed ice cocktail? It’s a doddle!
The popular and trusted Serrator Blade technology stays sharper up to 12 times longer than a standard blade, leaving the competition in the shade and maintaining razor sharp performance for life. If you’re itching to get stuck in, just have a look at the range below:
The Morphy Richards Accents Blend Set provides a versatile option to tackle a whole range of food preparation needs. There is no blending, chopping or whisking task it can’t do and the 600W motor and eight speeds plus turbo mode means it can even crush ice! Mojitos and daiquiris become effortless and you could knock up a chunky soup in your sleep. Why not try it for yourself?
The Morphy Richards Accents Table Blender would not only look classic and stylish on your worktop, but also has a unique four blade configuration for fast and efficient blending. Long gone are the days when you would have to pre-chop nuts or harder ingredients, just throw them in and away you go!
The Morphy Richards Accents Induction Processor can take on the toughest food you can throw at it and make a meal of it in minutes! The powerful 800W induction motor provides continuous speed for great results every time and the 1.6L bowl and multiple accessories make your meal options limitless.
So, for equipment which is as ‘on point’ as your cooking (or so we hope!) then make sure a product from the Serrator Blade range is top of your Christmas list. Check it out for yourself on our Youtube channel
With the nights drawing in, no-one wants to brave the cold so make dining in and enjoying great tasting food even easier for your friends and family with a range of cooking and baking products to fulfill all foodie fantasies.
Not sure what to get the person that has everything? Well, everything in one of course! The Morphy Richards Intellichef can steam, braise, grill, boil, fry, stir fry, slow cook and fast stew all in one appliance, meaning multi-tasking this festive season will be a breeze. It is the perfect space saver as it comes with a frying basket and steaming rack which can be stored neatly inside the bowl and is easy to use and to clean. What’s not to love?
Do you know a budding baker, who has been inspired by shows such as the Great British Bake Off this year? Then why not encourage their new found love and give them a Morphy Richards Accents Folding Stand Mixer? The mixer folds down to a third of its size and comes with a handy storage box to ensure it stays clean when not in use.
There will be no cupcake too tricky and no bun too big with this handy and stylish product. What’s more, your loved ones will enjoy knocking up delicious treats so much you will be able to reap the benefits!
The Morphy Richards Soup Maker is a great gift to help your friends and family get through those cold winter nights and will also go down well with anyone looking to kick start their healthy eating after seasonal celebrations.
In as little as 21 minutes, you can be sitting down with a bowl of fresh, homemade and nutritious soup, made to your own personal taste and consistency. The Soup Maker can blend and gently cook in just 21 minutes, while the chunky programme cooks wholesome soup with a thicker consistency in 28 minutes.
This soup maker even comes with an additional juice function, so you can create delicious, nutritious smoothies and juice drinks too. Turkey soup anyone?
There is something for everyone, no matter what type of cook they are so we’re sure you can find the perfect ‘mix’ of presents to ‘spice up’ your Christmas!
The Accents Stand Mixer is a versatile, lightweight mixer that is a must have in any kitchen. The power and speed generated from the 800W motor (coming with six different speeds and a pulse setting) can make easy work of any mix, batter or dough that you task it with – meaning you can create delicious breads, cakes, pastries and much more! Coming in both red and white, it is also a great fit for different colour schemes.
All of the Accents Stand Mixers features will be demonstrated on QVC throughout Monday so there are plenty of opportunities to buy. To find the channel you need to tune into, see our handy guide below:
• Sky Digital: 640
• Virgin TV: 740
• Freesat: 800
• Freeview: 16
So set yourself a reminder, tune in and grab yourself a bargain!
If the prospect of the inevitable back to school ironing pile is stressing you out, you are in luck, as some of our favourite bloggers will be sharing their closely guarded ironing tips in our first ever Google Hangout.
On Thursday 29th August at 7pm we will host a live web chat, in partnership with Tots100 and five bloggers, about how to make your ironing as quick and pain-free as possible.
Former ironing world record holder and professional dry cleaner, Ben Walton, will be your charismatic host for the evening. He’ll be on hand to offer knowledge, tips and expertise, as well as talking about how he managed to iron for 75 hours straight!
Each of the bloggers has tested our Power Steam Elite steam generator and new Comfigrip Steam Iron with Ionic Soleplate - and will be sharing their experiences and thoughts about these.
You may have seen both these products pop up on your TV screens over the past weeks, if not and you’d like to take a peek our brand new TV adverts are available to watch on our YouTube channel. The two irons featuring in the spotlight during this Thursday’s Google Hangout are designed for mum’s all over the UK - to make your back to school rush a bit easier to cope with.
The first, the Power Steam Elite, is our most powerful steam generator ever. With 180g of instant steam it’s sure to make light work of even the largest of ironing piles, leaving you to put your feet up and enjoy the more important things in life!
The Comfigrip Steam Iron with Ionic Soleplate introduces a brand new ionic soleplate, ensuring effortless ironing every time.
The ion technology reduces the static that builds up in clothes by using negative ions which pass through the fabric. This may sound complicated, but it is this that helps to easily remove creases, and leave a soft, silky-smooth finish. What more could you ask for?
How to watch:
Tuning in couldn’t be simpler. We will be broadcasting live from the Tots100 YouTube channel at 7pm on Thursday 29th August. The Hangout will last for around 20 minutes, so there is plenty of time to see the products in action, and to hopefully learn a thing or two in the process!
If you can’t tune in on Thursday then don’t worry; keep an eye on our YouTube channel as the video will be uploaded there shortly afterwards.
If you would like to check out any of the bloggers that will be taking part, then you can find them here:
- Lindy DeMelo, Tots100 Editor, Squidgy Boo
- Emma Bradley, Emma and Three
- Leila Gregory, Girls n' Gadgets
- Nikki Thomas, Stressy Mummy
- Alex Walsh, Dadda Cool
- Clare Walsh, Being a Mummy
See you on Thursday!
Here at Morphy Richards, we recognised the need for a blade that stays sharper for longer and can be ready for action every time. This means that we are delighted to unveil our smart solution – Serrator technology.
The smart, new Serrator blade stays sharper up to TWELVE times longer than a standard blade, ensuring chopping performance for life. No more frustration as your blunted blade labours through chopping the carrots, no more costly replacements, just quick and efficient performance time after time.
Serrator technology is perfect to help you with all manner of tasks in the kitchen; blending, chopping, dicing and shredding will all be faster and more efficient than ever.
“Where can I find this mystical long-lasting blade?” I hear you say. Well, luckily for you it is now fitted in several of our smartest food preparation items. To find the perfect appliance for you, take a look through our list below:
Accents Table Blender
The Morphy Richards Accents Table Blender combines classic design with quality. The 620W product has four speeds and features a unique four blade configuration for fast and efficient blending.
Accents Hand Blend Set
The Morphy Richards Accents Blend Set provides a versatile option for all blending, chopping and whisking needs. The classic, red set with soft-grip handle is easy to assemble and simple to use.
Accents Induction Processor
The Morphy Richards Accents Induction Processor is a premium, high-quality food processor with a modern design that will fit into any kitchen.
Stay tuned to the blog this week for a competition to win a Serrator Blade product of your choice!
We’re now fully into holiday season, and we hope that you will all be enjoying a break at an exotic getaway this summer! More often than not, the last thing that you think of in the excitement of going away (but the first thing you think you should have done when you arrive back) is cleaning the house. There is definitely nothing worse than coming home, jet lagged and missing the sun, with the prospect of having to clean your house lying ahead of you.
With that in mind, it’s always advisable to give your house a thorough clean before you go away. Carpets should be the priority due to dust and dirt accumulation but all surfaces should be given a good clean too (especially if you are having to leave pets behind!). This may sound daunting when combined with the inevitable stress of having to pack, but trust us – it is worth it when you get back! Knowing you can come back to a clean, welcoming home is the perfect tonic after a long journey home.
Using a product like the Morphy Richards 9 in 1 Upright and Handheld Steam Cleaner is ideal for this situation, as it can help to clean a whole host of different surfaces in no time at all. It creates steam in just thirty seconds flat and can easily convert into a handheld steamer, meaning that along with its vast array of accessories, you can reach all nooks and crannies and be assured of a complete clean across the home.
The Morphy Richards 9 in 1 Steam Mop is available to buy on our website, and you may spot our advert on your TV screens in the coming weeks. Also, if you have any top cleaning tips, then why not share them with our community on our Facebook wall?
Make sure to tune into QVC from midnight tonight for a deal that will be perfect for tackling the back to school ironing pile! For one day only, the Morphy Richards Power Steam Elite will be featured as ‘Today’s Special Value’, and will be reduced to just 108.96 – a discount of nearly £50!
The Power Steam Elite is definitely not a product to miss out on; it boasts a five bar pressure system that provides excellent steam performance time after time, as well a large capacity tank which means you spend less time refilling, allowing for more efficient ironing. There are many more innovative features that will soon make you choose the Power Steam Elite as your trusty companion in the battle against creases!
All of the steam generator’s features will be demonstrated on QVC at 12.00pm tonight and will be featured on the Household Helpers shows throughout the day so there are plenty of opportunities to buy. To find the channel you need to tune into, see our handy guide below:
• Sky Digital: 640
• Virgin TV: 740
• Freesat: 800
• Freeview: 16
So set yourself a reminder, tune in and grab yourself a bargain!
The fact that it has several independent compartments that can be timed separately means that it's a doddle to prepare a complete meal with just a couple of minutes of preparation. Salmon fillets drenched in lime juice and sprinkled with garlic salt served with brilliantly green broccoli (the steamer helps it to keep its colour) and steamed new potatoes is perfect on a hot day, as is chicken fillet marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger and steamed alongside Chinese noodles and mangetout.
After going to a Chinese restaurant last week for my son's birthday and sampling their delicious Dim Sum, I was tempted to try these out using the Intellisteam too. I'd call them a work-in progress at the moment because I need to finetune the seasoning but they're not bad at all. Here's the recipe if you want to have a go (and feel free to tweak it to suit your tastes).
You'll need : a defrosted pack of frozen Wonton wrappers (you can find them in most Asian supermarkets), 400g minced pork or sausagemeat, a spring onion (finely chopped), a can of water chestunts if you happen to find them when you buy the wonton wrappers, salt & pepper, a glug of sesame oil, a dash of Chinese 5 spice seasoning. Finely chop the spring onion and water chestnuts, put them in a bowl with the meat and spices and mix thoroughly. Place a spoonful of filling in the centre of a wonton wrapper and fold it around, leaving the top open. Steam for 10-12 minutes.
I also experimented with cooking fruity summery desserts in the steamer and the unanimous favourite was this tropical pineapple and coconut steamed pudding.
Ingredients : 100g desiccated coconut, ½ cup coconut milk, ¼ cup water, 1 lightly beaten egg, 90g self-raising flour, 50g caster sugar, the juice of 1 lime, 80g crushed pineapple (fresh or tinned)
- Leave the dessicated coconut to soak in the coconut milk and water for an hour until all the liquid has been absorbed.
- Stir in the egg, then the flour, sugar and lime juice and finally fold in the pineapple.
- Fill 6 individual ramekins about ¾ full with the mixture and put in the steamer for about 15 minutes, until they have risen and started pulling away from the edges.
- Serve sprinkled with extra coconut or drizzled with pineapple syrup. If you're feeling really decadent, a scoop of coconut ice cream would go really nicely with it too!
It’s competition time again and as the sunlight delights, it’s the perfect time to add a few subtle undertones to your kitchen. Enter the new Sage Accents Range.
Pulling from culinary inspiration, Sage is not only perfect for the kitchen but also for adding a touch of serenity to your hectic morning routine, and what an easy way to do it.
Adding dashes of through your appliances allows you to lift the tone of your room simply and quickly without the need for timely (and costly!) redecoration.
Sage’s subtly also allows you to complement a wide palette and depending on the colours you use with it, it can be playful, serene, sophisticated or funky. Try matching it with other earth tones like brown, yellow or grey for fantastic results.
How to enter
Simply answer the following question by commenting on this post before 12pm on Monday 22nd July, and we will announce the winner on the blog later that day.
What is more important to your morning routine a kettle or a toaster and why?
Our Accents range of kettles and toasters is all about injecting style and life into your kitchen, and summer is the perfect time to give your room a lift.
Pastel colours are one of this year’s big interior design trends and to celebrate, we’ve brought together two new collections to keep you one step of the curve.
The Accents Sage Green Collection
Green shades are set to be a big focus this summer, bringing a sense of nature into your home. With longer days and hot weather on the horizon, a fresh looking kitchen with accents of sage could be the perfect complement to your family summer.
All of our sage kettles and toasters are available on our website, including the Accents Sage Green Plastic 2 Slice Toaster, Accents Sage Green Jug Kettle, Accents Sage Green Traditional Kettle and the Accents Sage Green 4 Slice Toaster.
The Accents Barley Collection
Earthy tones are making a massive comeback in the home and to celebrate, we've introduced a brand new barley range of kettle and toasters to our Accents range.
Combining a choice of two styles with modern functional features, a matching kettle and toaster set could be your ticket to a coordinated kitchen look.
The Accents Sage range includes the Accents Barley Plastic 2 Slice Toaster, Accents Barley Jug Kettle, Accents Barley Traditional Kettle and the Accents Barley 4 Slice Toaster.
This is a guest blog post by Karen S Burns-Booth of Lavendar & Lovage.National Picnic Week may be over now, but for me, the picnic season is in full swing, whether it be at the bottom of my garden, on the beach, by a river or even at my kitchen table when the weather is bad. One of my favourite picnic ingredients is coleslaw; and, with all that is required to make this fresh and crunchy salad, a food chopper or dicer is essential.
I have a very handy Morphy Richards Food Slicer, that has several attachments which makes preparing a big bowl of picnic coleslaw a breeze. Not only does my slicer shred and slice cabbage, but it makes grating cheese a doddle too, and again, I use a lot of grated cheese for picnic fare, such as quiches, tarts, sandwiches and salads.
The other handy thing about grated and shredded ingredients is that it can help with a low-calorie diet, as you can use less ingredients when it's grated. As an advocate of the Intermittent Diet, also called the 5:2 diet, where I try to eat 500 calories on two days a week, I use grated and shredded cheese and cabbage a lot. With grated cheese, you can almost halve the amount you need to add to a cheese sandwich or baked potato for example. Shredded cabbage is not only perfect for summer coleslaw, but it's perfect for spiced red cabbage, which I often serve at Christmas as well as with Lancashire Hot Pot, and again, shredded lettuce is perfect for a cooling summer lettuce soup.
Other picnic fare that benefits from easy shredding and slicing with a machine are pies, pasties and tarts; who doesn't love pie or pasty when dining al fresco, and shredding the onions and slicing the meat with a machine cuts back on at least half the time it would normally take you to prepare the ingredients by hand. I have also used my food slicer (machine) to slice and shred pork for my home-made pork pies too; and it also makes short work of cutting vegetables such as onions, carrots and potatoes for soups and stews.
And now to my recipes, a simple and VERY easy to make, well in this slicing machine, Coleslaw – a Healthy Low-Fat Coleslaw Recipe (suitable for the 5:2 Diet). I am also planning on making my “Red Cabbage, Apple and Pecan Salad” recipe using my food slicer for my dad's birthday buffet tea.
Plus, check out this lush photo of a simple supper I made with my coleslaw recipe - a baked potato with grated cheese, coleslaw and some sour cream……..tasty and VERY easy to prepare, if the coleslaw and cheese have already been made and grated:
Or, how about this tasty looking egg and coleslaw sandwich, again, a breeze to make if you have a batch of coleslaw made up:
I have shared my healthy low-fat and low-calorie Coleslaw recipe below, and with only 140 calories per portion, it makes a tasty meal to have on a 5:2 diet fast day, maybe when served with low-calorie and fresh salad leaves and a small boiled egg (51 calories) and a couple of crisp breads (on average 30 calories each).
Healthy Low-Fat Coleslaw
A tangy low-calorie home-made coleslaw that only has 140 calories per portion, making it ideal for weight watcher and those on the 5:2 diet, as well as a healthier option for the school lunch box. Excellent with salads, cold meats, pies, tarts, cooked chicken and also with baked potatoes and in sandwiches.
4 tablespoons low-fat yoghurt (I use Greek style yoghurt)
1/2 teaspoon French mustard (such as Dijon)
2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise (such as Hellmans)
1/2 cabbage (white and light green cabbage, not savoy or spring cabbage)
1 small onion
Salt and pepper
Step 1 Mix the yoghurt, mustard and mayonnaise together in a bowl and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Then, using a grater attachment on a food processor, (I used my Morphy Richards Food Slicer with the grater attachment) grate the cabbage and carrots.
Step 2 Peel and chop the onion as finely as you can.
Step 3 Put all of the vegetables into the bowl and stir through the dressing to coat, adjust seasoning. (Will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days)
Step 4 Use with salads, in sandwiches, in baked potatoes or as an accompaniment to tarts, pies and cooked chicken.
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