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January is a time for new beginnings, resolutions and a desire to get straight again after all the chaos and excess of Christmas. Now is the time to take a look at what you’re doing, where you’re going and assess whether your wardrobe is up to the task.
Elika Gibbs, stylist and founder of wardrobe organization site Practical Princess, has detoxed the wardrobes of everyone from Kate Moss to Lily Allen. ‘It’s important to do things in small, bitesized chunks so it’s less overwhelming,’ says Elika. ‘Make a plan and do a couple of hours over a few weekends. Here are my top tips to make your wardrobe work for you.’
1. Clean inside your wardrobe. Take all of your clothes out and use a clothes friendly detergent to get rid of dust, dirt and any fusty smells. Don’t forget the rail that your clothes hang from.
2. Hang your clothes in sections – skirts, dresses, trousers, blouses, jackets, coats etc.
3. For each item ask the following questions: Do you wear it? Why not? Is it dated? Does it fit? Does it need altering? Does it need dry cleaning? Be brutal. If it’s in your wardrobe it has to work.
4. Using these questions, sort your clothes into six piles: spring/ summer clothes; autumn/ winter clothes; all year round items; alterations and dry cleaning; archive (things you want to keep for sentimental reasons or for your children); charity and resale (consider sites like eBay as well as car boot sales and charity shops).
5. Give yourself space. You don’t need flimsy summer dresses and beach sandals in winter, or snow boots and thermals in summer. Pack away seasonal clothes including holiday items (skiwear, beachwear etc).
6. Store things cleverly. Put clothes away clean and carefully folded with moth deterrents and acid free tissue paper as needed. Create handbag fillers from newspaper stuffed plastic bags to help them keep shape. Hang necklaces off door hooks. This will save you time and money. Check stored items regularly for moths and damp.
7. You wouldn’t eat a wonderful meal off a paper plate. Hang your clothes on proper hangers to help keep their shape.
8. From a glance, you should now be able to see what you’re missing and what you have more than enough of – black trousers, stripy tops, anyone? The money you earned from reselling your unwanted items can help fund your next shopping trip!
You can find more advice from Elika in her book Practical Princess Perfect Wardrobe by Elika Gibbs; practicalprincess.com
Do you have any tips to share?
Images taken from Practical princess Perfect Wardrode by Elika Gibbs, with photography by Polly Wreford, is published by Ryland Peters & Small
With research showing that there’ll be enough leftover gravy this year to fill an Olympic size pool, we’ve come up with some fail-safe ways to help you save some pennies by turning your turkey trimmings into a tasty Boxing Day buffet.
Warming Boxing Day soup
After overindulging in one too many mince pies, why not treat the family to a comforting winter soup using all of the leftover vegetables?
All of these Christmassy soup recipes from BBC Good Food are perfect for ensuring all of your extra Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips and potatoes go to good use. Alternatively, use leftover ham to make a tasty pea and ham soup - perfect for a light post-Christmas lunch.
The Morphy Richards Sauté and Soup maker, allows you to tuck into this tasty meal without causing any fuss. You can put your feet up while your homemade soup is prepared in just 21 minutes. Simply sauté in the jug and then add your ingredients and stock.
The all-in-one turkey dinner method
We love this leftover turkey casserole recipe from BBC Good Food, as it uses up all your roast dinner leftovers in one go and has a delicious honey mustard tang.
It also allows our Supreme Precision 3 in 1 Slow Cooker to shine! Its three cooking functions means that you can seal and brown meat, fast stew and slow cook all in one product.
After searing, just set the digital display for anything from four to 10 hours for a delicious and nutritious slow cooked turkey casserole meal. But, if you can’t wait that long, then the fast stew function can prepare a meal in as little as an hour and a half.
Keep calm and make use of your leftovers!
So don’t panic that there is still mountains of leftovers filling the fridge – be creative and surprise your family with some turkey buffet delights.
Christmas is all about eating to excess, drinking and spending time with family and friends. But if you’re the host or hostess, the idea of all that preparation can seem a little daunting.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help ease the anxiety and help the festivities run without a glitch. Just think of us as your Morphy Godmother…!
Be organised and plan ahead. Leaving your Christmas gift shopping to the last-minute will stress you out and could result in some dubious panic-bought presents. No one needs a two-handled mug or a beer helmet. Trust us.
Make sure all your main presents are bought and wrapped up by the end of November so that December can be spent enjoying preparations like putting up the tree and strategically placing spray painted holly sprigs and tinsel.
For friends and family who love cooking up a storm why not order a gift direct from our website? You can pick up a Folding Stand Mixer for the aspiring Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood in your life, or, if you want to be ahead of the game for your January detox, how about putting the Easy Blend on your wish list?
Have a pre-Christmas clean. When you’re expecting guests, you want your home to look its best. Have a deep clean a few weeks before Christmas and draft in the family to help. Why not put on a Christmas mega mix to get into the spirt?
For a product that makes fast work of every surface in every room, get your festive mitts on a Luna 15-in-1 steam cleaner and you can use the time you save cleaning to watch a favourite Christmas movie! Can you really beat Home Alone for the perfect cosy night in?
Focus on the details. There are some clever little tips and tricks that will add a little sparkle to Christmas for your friends and family and make it truly memorable for everyone.
How about making a batch of personalised gingerbread men for each guest to welcome them? If you time it right, the house will even have the mouth-watering waft of Christmas baking.
Hosting little ones? Buy some plain baubles and paint and let them make their own decoration designs to take home with them – and to keep them entertained! If you need tips on what to do, check out our Pinterest board for how-tos and more crafty ideas.
And finally…….Enjoy It. Preparing your home shouldn’t feel like a chore and with a bit of thought, you can host everyone and still enjoy it yourself!
Did you know that your slow cooker can help you with dessert this Christmas?
A Christmas pudding is a traditional in many households, and they can be prepared both quickly and easily in a slow cooker. Here's our recipe below:
- 225g / 8oz raisins
- 225g / 8oz sultanas
- 225g / 8oz currants
- 225g / 8oz fresh breadcrumbs (whole-wheat or white)
- 50g / 2oz almonds – blanched and finely chopped
- 1 apple
- Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 small beaten eggs
- 250g / 9oz moist brown sugar
- 225g / 8oz shredded suet
- 50g / 2oz mixed peel
- 50g / 2oz plain flour (whole-wheat or white)
- 1 rounded teaspoon mixed spice
- 3 tablespoons of sherry or brandy
- Grease the bowls and place a circle of greaseproof paper in the bottom of each.
- In a large bowl mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
- Fill the basins to 1cm below the rim. Do not pack the mixture in too tightly.
- Cover with a piece of greaseproof paper pleated in the middle, then a piece of foil.
- Tuck the foil securely under the rim of the basin and put the basins into the slow cooker.
- Put enough boiling water in the slow cooker to reach half way up the pudding filled basin and set the puddings to cook.
Half way through the cooking time top the slow cooker up with boiling water.
If you like you're Christmas pudding to be light - Cook for approximately 16-23 hours.
If you like you're Christmas pudding to be darker - Cook for approximately 23 hours.
But don’t worry - here are some fang–tastic tips that won’t take too long to achieve.
Unique last-minute costumes
Spider – What gives everyone the creeps? Little Incy Wincy, of course! Dress yourself up as a scary arachnid and prepare to terrify! All you need is an all-black outfit and some old tights stuffed with socks to make your eight legs. To hold your legs up, attach them loosely to your wrists using some dark string. Simple.
Pirate – Channeling a scary Jack Sparrow is easy to do and all the basics you need are a bandanna, an eye patch (make yours with some black card and elastic) and an old white shirt.
Make your shirt super scary by adding some fake blood. Don’t forget eye liner to draw on some menacing scars and a beard.
Delicious DIY treats to rustle up in no time!
These easy to make last-minute Halloween recipe ideas have minimal preparation time and look terrifyingly good.
The Bloody Finger Sandwich – These savoury snacks are a real winner with the kids. Spread strawberry or raspberry jam on a piece of white bread and roll in to the shape of a finger. Finish off your gory creation with an almond flake - it looks like a creepy finger nail!
Owl cake – Follow a quick and easy sponge recipe to make a basic chocolate cake. Take two Oreo biscuits, take one biscuit off, leaving the white centre showing to make oversized owl eyes. Use brown chocolate buttons for the pupils and finish off with yellow Smarties stuck in the sponge sideways to make a cute little beak.
For extra speedy mixing that takes the fuss out of baking tasks and saves valuable time, try our Morphy Richards Accents Folding Stand Mixer.
Happy trick or treating!
Which? is the best kettle and toaster set on the market? Why, it’s the Morphy Richards Chroma kettle and toaster set of course! And you don’t just have to take our word for it: the Which? team said that this is “the best toaster [they have] tested in the past two years”.
What’s more, according to the testers, “it’s rare for a kettle AND toaster of the same set to both be awarded a best buy”, but with its stylish design and unbeatable functionality it’s easy to understand why Chroma has outstripped its competitors.
The Morphy Richards Two Slice Chroma Toaster has a number of ‘winning’ design features which make it stand out from the crowd. The sophisticated white casing, chrome trimming, attractive base and non-slip feet make the Chroma toaster an eye-catching addition to any kitchen.
The variable browning function makes perfect toast every time, as each slice is evenly browned. The variable width feature means you can toast all your favourite treats, such as crumpets, teacakes, tasty bagels and more.
For those with limited time, the Chroma has a defrost function which allows bread to be toasted directly from the freezer, means you can enjoy toast whenever you want. The reheat button is also useful if you find yourself getting distracted – a handy feature for people always on the go.
The Morphy Richards Chroma Toaster easily tidied away thanks to the handy cord storage and is perfect for even small kitchens, plus the removable crumb tray provides fuss-free cleaning.
Just like the Chroma toaster, the Morphy Richards Chroma kettle also won over the Which? testing panel, due to its sleek appearance and ergonomic features.
Its large 1.5 litre capacity can make up to 6 cups of your favourite hot drink and the rapid boil feature means you won’t be waiting long too quench your thirst. The dual water window allows you to clearly see how much water is in the kettle, preventing the risk of over filling.
Available in a range of colours; the striking design and range of user-friendly features make the Morphy Richard Chroma Toaster and Kettle set a winning combination!
With back to school looming on the horizon all too soon, household chores, like ironing the school uniforms, are back at the top of the list. But which model will help you to make this thankless task a doddle? Clearly, the Morphy Richards Comfigrip, which has been awarded Best Buy Steam Iron for 2013.
Our products are great for helping get you ‘steam’ through for the never ending to-do list for helping get the kids ready for their return to school. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out these handy pointers:
1. Breakdown your to do list into categories: Stationary (all notebooks, pens and pencil cases), food (packed lunches and evening dinners for the first weeks) and clothing (new uniforms and cleaning old uniforms)
2. Find ways to make each task feel like less of a chore – you can get the little ones to draw pictures of their dream lunch box to inspire packed lunches; watch your favourite film as you do the back to school ironing or getting the kids to design their own clothes labels with a labelmaker.
We want to make your everyday life as stress-free as possible.
At Morphy Richards we are all about making your life easy with our smart ideas for your home, and our ionic soleplate helps with just that. Our new ion technology, featured as part of our new Comfigrip Iron, is designed to make your ironing effortless. If ‘ion’ means nothing to you, read on; all will be revealed!
Now for the science bit: The ion technology works by using an ionic soleplate which emits negatively charged ions, which cause static. This means you can iron without your clothes without shirts sleeves sticking to collars and without the hairs on your arms and head from sticking up on end.
The technology should take the ‘shock’ out of ironing, help you ‘steam’ through and leave all of your clothes with a pristine finish.
What’s more, the dual chamber technology, which gives you a quick steam boost for stubborn creases and 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.
Tackling the over-sized mountain of clothes which piles up while the kids are on school holidays never has to intimidate you again.
There are a number of areas of the home which everyone dreads cleaning – under the fridge, behind the bins, or the gap in between the sofa and the wall - and often this means that they are left until last. Or worse, not cleaned at all!
Due to its wide range of accessories, cleaning with the new Luna 12-in-1 Steam Cleaner from Morphy Richards means there are no nooks or crannies which can escape the household tidy-up.
What’s more, this cleaner is so easy to use, homeowners will actually relish getting stuck into those pesky spaces which if left untouched can become a real challenge.
The Luna’s illuminated floorhead means any hidden nasties can be spotted and cleaned away in mere moments. For those who choose to overlook the ominous shadow underneath the fridge, who fear how many leftovers, dropped morsels and forgotten scraps they might encounter, this product is the answer.
Dirt and grime can be easily lifted and cleaned away using the pulsating floorhead function, meaning anyone who previously haven’t dared move the kitchen or bathrooms bins - due to trepidation about the potential sticky stains they might uncover - need fear no more!
A number of features of the innovative new addition to the floorcare family from Morphy Richards make the Luna 12-in-1 an essential component of any household cleaning arsenal. The cleaner can be used on sealed hard wood floors, freshening carpets, upholstery, curtains, garments, mattresses, and for cleaning taps and sinks, ovens, hobs and grills, BBQs, tiles and grouting.
The three steam setting, digital control panel and large water tank capacity provide the flexibility, convenience and running time for a thoroughly spotless home to be achieved effortlessly.
So tell us, which dreaded corner of the home do you most fear cleaning and where would you tackle with the impressive new Luna 12-in-1 steam cleaner?
N.B. To help prevent limescale build up in the water tank, the steam cleaner’s tank must never be filled with anything other than deionised, demineralised or distilled water.
For more information on this product, the instruction manual can be downloaded direct from the website here: http://www.morphyrichards.co.uk/Pdf/IB720506.pdf
With the brighter weather and the approach of the summer body season, we all turn to lighter meals and healthier food choices, so it's the perfect chance to get innovative in the kitchen. And what better way to get creative than with homemade smoothies and mocktails?
Finding a blender that is reliable, attractive and good value for money can be tricky and that’s where the Morphy Richards Easy Blend Blender comes in handy.
The Easy Blend is great for the health-conscious, as its versatility means that it’s possible to make homemade milkshakes, smoothies and even health drinks that are fit for the gym. It’s easy to create drinks on the go as the blender is easy to clean, and the ice crushing blades means that you can throw in frozen fruit, ice and mix powder to create tasty health drinks. Take a look at some of smoothie recipes to get your taste buds tingling…
Orange and Berry Smoothie
Blend together 2 oranges that have been cut into chunks, with the peel and pith removed, with a couple of handfuls of frozen blueberries and strawberries. Once smooth, serve in a glass.
Throw 1 peeled banana and 1 peeled mango into the blender with the pulp of 3 passion fruits, add 200ml of orange juice, and puree until smooth.
Honey Breakfast Smoothie
After peeling a banana, add it to the blender with one large spoonful of honey. Pour half a pot of plain yoghurt in, and blend then serve.
If you’re finding it hard to entertain the kids this weekend, let alone get them interested in healthy fruit-packed drinks, then it’s time to get your hands on Morphy Richards’ Soda Sparkle. This product has the ability to turn tap water into flavourful fizzy drinks that are healthy and delicious. If your child has fussy taste buds, never fear! There’s so many flavours to pick from such as apple, strawberry, cranberry and even cola.
It's also a great opportunity for a picnic. What goes in the picnic basket is always a family debate, but the classic sandwiches, crisps and sweet snacks are always at the top of the list. And even if the sun doesn’t keep shining this weekend, there’s no better way to cap off a perfect weekend than with a refreshing smoothie.
We believe that when you start with great ingredients you finish with the best flavours and given that water is an essential ingredient for many recipes and the majority of hot drinks it makes sense to use BRITA filtration to help you achieve great results.
BRITA MAXTRA filtration reduces limescale, chlorine,metals and other impurities from your tap water. to help ensure not only the taste, but also the smell and appearance of both your hot drinks and cooked food is enhanced whilst helping your appliance last longer by preventing limescale build up.
Best to stay away from such a contentious area that is riddled with pitfalls –besides BRITA makes safe drinking water taste and look better but it is not a purification system –that is a completely different kettle of fish.
Hard water is water that contains a higher-than-normal proportion of mineral salts – at the latest count, nearly half (47.22%) of the counties in the UK are in hard to very hard water areas. This means that nearly half of UK counties are consuming water that contains above 200mg/l in calcium carbonate equivalent (Source: British Water). You can check whether you’re living in a hard water area by looking at this handy graphic.
Generally speaking, the most prominent hard water areas within the UK are in the South East of the country, however hard water areas within the UK range from Bristol and areas within the South West of the country all the way up to areas within Yorkshire.
Filtering is most important in these areas, so you can be confident that you’re drinking water that has reduced impurities. The best way to ensure your hot drinks and cooked food is tasting as delicious as possible is to change your BRITA filter cartridges at regular intervals which will also help prevent limescale build ups in your machine.
Additional cartridges are available to buy on our website – we recommend that you change the cartridge in your Hot Water Dispenser at least once every month.
BRITA MAXTRA cartridges are also 100% recyclable, just visit their website to find out more about your nearest recycling location.
One of the Redefine Hot Water Dispenser’s many advantages is that it’s perfect for bringing a whole meal together without the need to bring multiple pans to the boil. With its 3 litre capacity, it can fill a pan full of BRITA filtered water at the perfect temperature so that you can cook pasta, rice, vegetables and much more; just quickly change the temperature for different pans.
To get you started, here is a recipe to inspire your next Sunday roast that you and your family can enjoy over the weekend. If you’re feeling inspired, then make sure to share your creations on our Facebook page.
Amazing roast veg, with honey, herbs and balsamic
Freshly ground black pepper
1 kg potatoes, peeled
750 g carrots, peeled
500 g beets, scrubbed
½ bunch fresh rosemary, leaves picked
½ bulb garlic, broken into cloves, unpeeled
Extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon runny honey
Good-quality balsamic vinegar
Bring three pans of salted water to the boil. Cut any large potatoes in half and leave any small ones whole. Place the potatoes in one of the pans and parboil for 5 to 10 minutes, or until half cooked. Drain the potatoes, then leave them to steam dry. Return the potatoes to the hot pan and shake it around to chuff up the edges. Repeat with the carrots and beets but do not shake them around after leaving them to steam dry.
Scatter the potatoes with the rosemary, half the garlic cloves, a drizzle of oil, and season with salt and pepper, then spread them out evenly in a roasting tray. Toss the carrots with the honey, a lug of oil and season well with salt and pepper, then add them to the tray, spooning over any remaining juices. Toss the beetroot with a lug of balsamic and oil, and season well with salt and pepper, then add them to the tray too. Scatter over the remaining garlic cloves and roast all the veg in the hot oven for about 20 to 30 minutes, giving them a jiggle every so often, or until everything is crispy, golden and delicious. Keep an eye on them and rotate the tray for even cooking.
For the full recipe, image and nutritional values please visit Jamie Oliver's website.
If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of large scale makeovers, never fear, as there are plenty of quick and easy tips and tricks that will give a room a fresh look, without the high price tag.
To give rooms a bit of summer refreshment, and an organised new look, it’s always good to pick a colour scheme that will give your rooms a universal theme. Take a look at our guide to colour schemes that are perfect to give rooms a boost.
The possibilities are endless when considering which blue hue to use in a room. A North facing room can be brightened up with a host of light, bright, blue accessories, whilst navy coloured pieces can offer a touch of sophistication or even create a nautical theme.
An easy and affordable way to brighten up a kitchen is to accessorise with some key blue appliances. The Morphy Richards Cyan Traditional Kettle and Toaster add a touch of vibrancy and elegance to a kitchen, no matter what the style.
Pretty In Pink
Pink doesn’t have to look girly if you don’t want it to, and picking a shade that you like can easily change a room’s ambiance with a few simple products. You can give a room a sultry edge with a deep pink sofa or chair, whilst a room can be refreshed with pastel pink accessories, such as photo frames or painted side tables.
If you’d like it to always be summer in your home, then pick some key pieces that add a vibrant burst of yellow into a room. If you have a neutral colour scheme, or a room painted in a dark shade, then pick some pieces of furniture such as a yellow table or chair, yellow cookware or even just a couple of vases of sunflowers to give it a lift.
The Morphy Richards Large Yellow Storage Canister and Yellow Roll Top Bread Bin are fun and modern accessories for the kitchen that can fit into any room style, and don’t have to break the bank!
This week allows people to explore a variety of different food creations, and disproves the notion that vegetables are boring.
As many people look to eat lighter meals, due to the summery weather, National Vegetarian Week is the perfect opportunity to try some fresh, new recipes.
Meat dishes can easily be replaced with delicious and filling veggie alternatives. No longer does the humble pea need to stand alone, nor does the aubergine need to be constrained to use solely for moussaka - there are a whole range of delicious vegetable combinations that can cater to all tastes!
Butternut Squash & Chickpea Coconut Curry
250g diced butternut squash
150g dried organic chick peas
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can organic coconut milk
1 bunch of fresh spinach, roughly chopped
150g cups freshly shelled peas (you can use frozen here, if you wish)
1-2 large tomatoes, diced
3 cups water
3 tablespoons yellow curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
Rice – brown basmati or jasmine preferable
1. Add all ingredients, except from the peas and spinach to your Morphy Richards Slow Cooker
2. Cook on high for 6 hours
3. 20 minutes before serving, add fresh peas and spinach
4. Cook rice to instructions on packet
5. Serve with rice and coriander to garnish
Greek Stuffed Peppers
4 large peppers
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
30g crumbled feta (4 ounces)
20g cup couscous
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1. Slice very layer from bottom of each pepper, so they can stand on a plate
2. Slice tops and remove stems and seeds
3. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients, apart from peppers
4. Fill peppers with mixture
5. Stand upright in Morphy Richards Slow Cooker and cook on high for 4 hours
Pea & Mint Soup
1 medium red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
750g fresh or frozen peas, shelled
75g mint leaves, roughly chopped
1 litre vegetable stock
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1. Place onion and garlic in your Morphy Richards Soup Maker, and select either ‘chunky’ or ‘smooth’ option
2. After 5 minutes, add peas, mint leaves and stock and continue to blend
3. After 10 minutes, serve. If it is not at your desired consistency, select the ‘blend’ function to puree the soup further
4. Serve with a sprinkling of salt and pepper
If you have had a go at these – or any of your own – veggie concoctions, why not share them on our Facebook or Pinterest pages?
Easter is just around the corner, so why not put the Folding Stand Mixer to good use and create some delicious Fudge Brownies for the whole family?
Easter Fudge Brownies
- 80g cocoa powder
- ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 80ml vegetable oil
- 120ml boiling water
- 440g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 80ml vegetable oil
- 190g plain flour
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- ¼tsp salt
1. Pre heat the oven to 175ºC / Gas Mark 3-4.
2. Attach the Beater Attachments to the Mixer. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
3. Mix the Group 1 ingredients: Mix the cocoa with the bicarbonate of soda and add to the bowl along with the oil and water.
4. Mix on speed 1 until well blended and thickened.
5. Mix in the sugar, eggs and oil until thoroughly mixed.
6. During mixing hold the Mixing Bowl steady and turn clockwise and anticlockwise to allow the ingredients to mix thoroughly. It may be necessary to stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl a few times to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.
7. Add the flour, vanilla and salt and mix until just incorporated, do not over mix.
8. Spread evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
9. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.
With a whole house to tackle, you will need a formidable set of tools to get into every nook and cranny, to tackle all the dirt, grime and stains. That is, unless you have a Morphy Richards 9-in-1 Upright and Handheld Steam Cleaner.
Morphy Richards’ 9-in-1 Steam Cleaner is a truly versatile product with nine different cleaning uses for all over your home; including carpets, sealed hard floors, grout, windows and upholstery, leaving virtually no area of your home that it can’t tackle.
The five metre cable allows you to roam around large rooms, hunting down hidden dust and dirt and the 30 second heat up means no waiting around. As the steam cleaner runs for up to 14 minutes, you will be able to make fast and light work of cleaning your home from top to bottom.
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.