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The Great British Bake Off contestants know a thing or two about the unforgiving business of baking, but if even they’re getting things wrong, we know it might feel more than a little daunting.
Fear not! Although baking is an exact science, there are some easy tips and tricks that you can learn from the GBBO fails to help you with your next batch of biscuits or lovely loaf. Our Together We’ll Make It surgery is always open and on hand to help with some of your queries and questions, so make sure you have a gander at our Facebook page.So get ready to reminisce on some famous GBBO disasters and how you can avoid them.
1. Unset desserts
A common mistake committed not only in the Bake Off tent but also at home, is not allowing yourself enough time to ensure your custards, jellies and trifles are entirely set, leaving you with a soupy consistency, similar to Dorrett’s Black Forest Gateau disaster in week one! A simple way to avoid such a catastrophe is to plan ahead – make sure you allow enough time for every element of the recipe to be entirely completed and finished before starting the next step.
Over-baking cookies and biscuits
Over-baking is a common issue, especially when it comes to baking cookies and biscuits. It’s much better for cookies to be slightly under-baked than over-baked. No one likes a hard, dry cookie that resembles cardboard! Avoid this by remaining vigilant while you bake, don’t get distracted and forget about them and always check them after the minimum cooking time has been reached.
Dough is supposed to be mixed, right? Right! But over-mixing dough over-activates the gluten in the flour and results in a thick, stringy and stodgy consistency, not ideal for a light, fluffy bread. To avoid this, try using theTotal Control Stand Mixer, which uses Smart Response Technology and six different programmed settings to ensure you achieve perfect dough every time.
4. Not preheating the oven correctly
The beginning of every recipe usually states a preheated oven temperature – don’t ignore this, but do get to know your own oven. Unfortunately GBBO contestant Marie was caught short in week 2, after she forgot to turn the oven on completely…oops! Her bake was obviously totally uncooked! Don’t let this be you, when you first embark on a recipe make sure the oven is turned on (!) and correctly preheated.
5. Over-beating egg whites
Mixing egg whites can be an art in itself. Over-beating your egg whites will end in complete separation. Not ideal. To avoid this, try using the Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set which offers eight different speed settings with Smart Response Technology for ultimate control and to guarantee fluffy, light egg whites.
6. Forgetting to soften the butter
It’s all in the planning. Butter needs to be softened at room temperature before creaming with sugar, otherwise the ultimate creamy consistency won’t be achieved. If you forget to pre-soften the butter then either of these simple tips will help you. Option one: chop the butter into smaller chunks and rest by a warm oven. Option two: put the butter in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin until it becomes soft.
After remembering these famous errors, you may be less likely to make your own baking mistakes. Why not share your perfect bakes or unfortunate mistakes on Facebook and Twitter during the next live episode of GBBO? You could even be in with the chance of winning an innovative product from the Total Control range to help you on your way.
We’ve all been there when a batch of cookies comes out of the oven looking like charcoal, but somehow tastes raw on the inside (how can it be?).
We’re here to help. We’re here to let you know that you are not alone and it is worth persevering, we promise. You can enjoy delicious baked treats without breaking a sweat.
Welcome to the Together We’ll Make It Surgery.
Over the next few months, as the nation determinedly dons their oven mitts and salivates over the creations on Great British Bake Off, we’ll be firmly by your side to help you improve your baking brilliance. We’re working with our new ambassador Barry Lewis, of My Virgin Kitchen to show you how, with a range of Morphy Richards products, including the state-of-the-art range of Total Control food preparation range and a little bit of confidence; you can reign supreme in the kitchen.
Barry will be on hand to show you how to avoid the common mistakes which befall us hapless and hungry cooks and give tips on how to slowly build confidence in the kitchen.
What’s more, we’ll be giving away a product from the Total Control food preparation range every week to help you on your way. What more could you wish for?
Entering the competition couldn’t be easier; all you need to do is upload a picture, video or question relating to one of your baking fails to Facebook and we’ll work with Barry to select the cook most in need of help. Don’t worry, those wonky ladybird cupcakes and burnt buns will be a thing of the past – together we’ll make it!
Get your baking apron ready as we’ve compiled a list of top hints and tips that can help even the most inexperienced cook rival Mary and Paul.These handy hints will help you on your way to becoming a star baker!
- In week one of GBBO, the contestants were put through their paces by having to recreate Mary’s Walnut Cake. The BIG problem was the shiny, boiled icing on top of it, which defeated many of the aspiring bakers whose attempts were “grainy”. To avoid this, make sure your icing is perfectly light and marshmellowy by using the whisk function of the Total Control Hand Blender Workcentre, which builds speed gradually to ensure that exactly the right amount of power is used to prevent sudden jerks and splatters while blending.
- When using ingredients like nuts, it’s important to ensure that they’re never too fine or coarse- we’re looking at you, Ian. Try using the chopping function of your Total Control Hand Blender Workcentre for perfectly chopped walnuts.
- Impressed by Paul Jagger’s Cecil the Lion bread on GBBO last week? More of a basic bread baker than a daring dough devil? Keep it simple and classy with the Total Control Plastic Stand Mixer for effortless bread every time. Making the perfect loaf has never been easier! The Total Control Plastic Stand Mixer delivers the right amount of power at the right time, ensuring that your dough will always be knock-out!
- If presentation isn’t your strong-point, you can still create beautiful cakes by simply sieving icing sugar through a doyly. The sugar will settle on your cake in a stunning pattern, tricking everyone into thinking that you have slaved over the decoration for hours. Perfect if you are running short of time- it’s just a shame Nadiya didn’t know this trick to spruce up her biscuit box at the last minute.
- If you don’t happen to have a piping bag on hand, you can create one using a humble sandwich bag- not as fancy, but a great cost-effective alternative. Simply add your icing to the bag, twist the top end of the bag, cut off one of the bottom corners and use as normal.
- Filling your piping bag can be a messy job, why not try folding the top of the bag over a cup to give yourself a stable base and an extra hand to help for an easier filling process?
- These hints and tips will help you on your way to creating a 'show stopper', so relax and have fun with your baking!
Once you’ve tried an Auto Clean Power Steam Elite, chances are, you’ll never look back. Ironing disasters are a thing of the past, and we’ve figured out the top five reasons why the Auto Clean Power Steam Elite is the undisputed king of the ironing world.
- You’ve said goodbye to that awkward moment when you spend more time de-scaling your iron rather than getting ready…and you realise it’s time to say hello to the Power Steam Elite’s auto-clean function, which automatically flushes out lime scale. The auto-clean function doesn’t slow you down while you’re ironing, as it all takes place while the Auto Clean Power Steam Elite is heating up – genius!
- You never worry about getting marks on your clothes again (which, let’s face it, always happens right before you’re about to wear something), because the auto-clean function is back in action, banishing lime scale for good.
- You’ll no longer be filled with dread when you’re about to tackle an ironing pile that’s taller than Everest. With the Auto Clean Power Steam Elite’s massive 6.5 bar pressure you’ll sail through your ironing in no time at all; leaving you with more time to do the things you love!
- Ironing a duvet cover no longer takes an age! With 170g of pressurised instant steam the Auto Clean Power Steam Elite glides through multiple layers and tough fabrics with ease.
- Save time by not having to constantly refill the tank.The Auto Clean Power Steam Elite’s 2.2 litre capacity means it keeps going for even longer.
We might be biased (we’re not, we promise), but it’s pretty clear that the Auto Clean Power Steam Elite is the answer to all of your ironing woes, thanks to its powerful 170g of pressurised steam, 300g steam boost, and of course, the incredible auto clean function.Which of the Auto Clean Power Steam Elite’s features save you the most time? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter channels – you may even pick up a few more tips yourself!
The bread crumbs are on the floor, ready to be cleaned up, both the SuperVac and the dustpan and brush looking determined to succeed. Could the old fashioned dustpan really beat the super lightweight, upright cordless vacuum cleaner?
Man got off to a slow start bending down and shuffling on his knees while he started to sweep up the crumbs. With no need to bend down and no cord to plug in, SuperVac got off to a flying start – vacuuming up the crumbs in the middle of the floor with ease.
Almost half way through and it was starting to look like fair game until the SuperVac pulled out its hidden power – the handheld setting. While man was struggling to sweep up the crumbs from the corner of the kitchen, the SuperVac’s handheld setting got into the awkward corners in no time – cleaning up the crumbs in a flash. With enough battery power still left to clean the whole house, the SuperVac set to work at what it does best…cleaning!
And there you have it folks– in the battle of Man vs Morphy, Morphy has won again.
We have a veritable melting pot of delightful contestants this year from Mat, the 37 year old fire fighter; a man of simple desires who’s main aspiration is to own a dishwasher; to 53 year old Dorret, an accountant and self-confessed foodie.
Also trying to impress Mary and Paul this autumn is Alvin, 37, who reportedly baked bread every day for three weeks until he got it just right; 41 year old travel photographer (and personal photographer to the Dali Lama no less!), Ian, and Flora, who, at 19 is the youngest of this year’s bakers and whose nearest shop at home is a mere 20 miles away.
Tonight sees the dozen aspiring bakers embrace cake week. The show will kick off with each of the contestants tackling a Madeira cake and will move on to see them give Mary’s own frosted walnut cake a go in the technical challenge (let’s hope there is not a soggy bottom in sight).
Our first instalment of the deliciously addictive show will finish off with a round of show-stopping black forest gateau reinventions. If your mouth is positively watering at the prospect, how about whipping up your own baked treat? All you need are a few simple ingredients and your Total Control Control Hand Blender Workcentre, which uses smart technology to give you the confidence you need in the kitchen.
NB. You need a 2lb loaf tin or 15-18cm round deep cake tin
170g Self raising flour
170g caster sugar
110g butter, softened, cut into cubes
Zest of one lemon
2 medium eggs
4 tbsp. semi skimmed milk
1-2 thin pieces of candied citron or lemon peel, to decorate
1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, fan oven 160°C. Line the tin with greaseproof paper.
2. Fit the chopping blade into the bowl of your Total Control Blender Workcentre
3. Place the flour, sugar, margarine and lemon zest into the bowl.
4. Break in the eggs and add the milk.
5. Fit the work centre lid, main unit and select speed 7 on the Variable Speed Control. Using the Precise Control Trigger mix the ingredients together for a few seconds. Scrape the bowl down with a spatula and process again for a few seconds until all the ingredients are combined.
6. Place the mixture into the prepared tin.
7. Bake in the centre of the oven for about an hour. You may need to cover the cake to prevent it becoming too brown after about half an hour.
8. To serve, decorate the cake with the candied peel.
Once you have made a tent-worthy concoction, share your tips and tricks with other inexperienced cooks on our Facebook and Twitter channels – together we’ll make it ;)
If you don’t know your cardamom pod from your vanilla pod, or you’re confused between your garlic and your garam masala, then turn to this handy little guide before you next reach for the spice rack and we’ll see you right.
First off, don’t feel the need to use all the spices at your disposal; it can be easy to slip into the trap of thinking that the more flavours you add to a dish, the better it will taste, but this isn’t the case.
Choose a few select spices which complement the food and use them relatively sparingly. If in doubt, garlic is usually a good option for a taste sensation, without being too overpowering. You also can’t go wrong if you fling a bit of salt and black pepper into your dish.
Different cuisines have different recognisable flavours – lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves provide an iconic Thai flavour, whereas cardamom and cumin are often used in Indian curries. Rosemary is popular in Mediterranean cooking, along with thyme and oregano.
Make sure all of your seasoning is stored in dry, sealed containers in order to maintain the flavour and keep them fresher for longer – otherwise you could find yourself throwing spoonfuls into your cooking without noticing a difference.
Don’t know where to start? How about with this easy to make Italian Matriciana pasta sauce, using your Total Control Hand Blender Workcentre? See how the addition of garlic, chilli and black pepper create a fusion of flavour to a simple recipe.
- 1 onion (130g) finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- ½ green chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
- 1½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 100g bacon, rind removed and chopped
- 400g can plum tomatoes
- 100ml (120g) passata
- 2 tbsp white wine
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh boiled pasta to serve
- Parmesan cheese to serve
- Place the oil in a large saucepan (do not use non-stick), and heat for a few minutes.
- Gently fry the onion, garlic and chilli for 2- 3 minutes without browning, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
- Add the chopped bacon to the pan and fry for a further minute. Place the lid on the pan and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the plum tomatoes, passata and wine, season with a little salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the lid on the pan and simmer gently for 25 minutes, or until the onions are tender.
- Ten minutes before the sauce is ready, cook the pasta according to the pack instructions.
- Use the Blending Leg at speed 4 on the Variable Speed Control to make a smooth sauce. This can be done in the pan as long as the pan does not have a non-stick coating. Start the hand blender using the Precise Control Trigger, gently moving it across the pan until the desired consistency is achieved. For a smooth sauce, this should take about a minute.
- Drain the pasta then stir the sauce through it. Heat through if necessary then serve immediately with Parmesan cheese.
According to the holiday provider, Club Med, us holiday makers spend an average of 30 hours spread over five weeks preparing for their fun in the sun. You can’t really blame us can you? Part of the excitement of going on holiday is the anticipation!
But there’s so much to think about; where to go when you’re there, what clothes to take, how much money do you need to take, who’s going to look after the dogs? The list goes on and on...
But never fear, as always – Morphy Richards is here!
All it takes is a little bit of careful organisation to make sure your holiday sets sail smoothly. From preparing your holiday wardrobe to spring cleaning your home ready for your return, we’ve created a list of the top five things to do around your home before you go.
1. Start your packing early. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Plan what you need to take with you and start by laying everything out on your bedroom floor or spare bed before packing it into your suitcase.
2. Prepare your clothes. The last thing you want to do on your holiday is ironing, after all – you can’t take your Power Steam Elite with you! With ultimate steam power which eases through creases, the Power Steam Elite allows you to sail through your ironing quickly, keeping your holiday prep time to a minimum, and then all that’s left to do is hang your clothes up ready to be worn. Why not do a little bit of extra ironing so that when you come back you have clothes ironed and ready for work?
3. Clean the house. You won’t want to come home to a dusty house after a lovely, relaxing holiday. Before you go have a quick whizz around your home with your SuperVac 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, then all you need to do when you come home is put the kettle on and relax on the sofa.
4. Prepare for your journey to the airport. Before you leave home for the airport, make yourself a quick smoothie using your Easy Blend Juice. This prevents you from having to make a pit stop a few miles down the road.
5. Relax. You’re going on holiday!!! Don’t let the preparation get to you. Just relax and enjoy every second of your holiday.
Nothing tastes more like Wimbledon than a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream.
After two weeks of brutal matches and scorching temperatures, there’s only one question that remains. Pouring cream or whipped cream?
If you fancy whipping up your strawberry accompaniment, keep reading: We’ve created a guide on how to make the best whipped cream using your Total Control Hand Blender (402052).
150ml whipping (double) cream
Top tip: for even more flavour – why not add a teaspoon of vanilla essence?
1. Pour the cream into a large bowl (preferably a metal one if you have, if not ceramic or plastic will suffice).
2. Using your Total Control Hand Blender, fit the balloon whisk attachment and start to whip the cream on speed 7. For the first few seconds the cream will be very frothy – this is normal.
3. Continue to whisk for a few more minutes, until the cream is softly whipped.
4. Dollop on your strawberries and enjoy!
Why not share your other Wimbledon treats on Facebook and Twitter?
But there is one food that is refreshingly cool and will leave you feeling full and satisfied well into the afternoon: Gazpacho.
This fresh, Spanish classic is flavoursome, takes minimal effort to prepare and can be personalised to suit your tastes. As if you need further convincing, it’s also kind to your waistline, as it’s packed full of vitamin-rich vegetables – so no guilt required.
No matter what your expertise is in the kitchen, gazpacho only requires a handful of ingredients and a hand blender or food processor. Morphy Richards’ new Total Control Hand Blender is the perfect helping hand, as it’s powerful enough to whizz through any recipe with ease, and it’s versatile to suit your food preparation needs.
To get you started, why not have a go at this simple gazpacho recipe to try at home?
- 1 slice country-style bread, about 1" thick, crusts removed
- 2 small cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
- 2 lb. very ripe tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
- 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Soak bread for 1⁄2 hour in a small bowl in water to cover. Squeeze out moisture with your hands.
- Purée bread, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and 1 cup water in a food processor until very smooth.
- Push purée through a coarse sieve with the back of a wooden spoon. Gazpacho should be fairly thin. Season to taste with salt.
- Chill gazpacho in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Adjust seasoning. Serve in individual glasses, or in soup bowls with garnishes on the side.
Introducing… pearl barley, a delicious and wallet-friendly superfood that’s ram packed with nutritional goodness. Highly popular in Japan, pearl barley is barley that has had its shell and all of its bran removed, making it easier to cook and less chewy than other barley.
Most commonly known for plumping up soups and filling out stews, its talent for bulking up salads is often overlooked. But never fear, we’re here – with three deliciously healthy salad recipes all featuring this oft-underestimated food.
Top tip: For even more flavour, why not try tossing your Pearl Barley in some fresh lemon or orange juice?
Sweet potato and pearl barley salad
• 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
• 175g pearl barley
• 1 large bag of green beans
• ½ onion, finely chopped
• 1 clove of crushed garlic
• ½ red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
• 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
• 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1tbsp olive oil
• 1tsp wholegrain mustard
• 2tsp honey
1. Slice the sweet potatoes into thick slices place in a pan of water and boil for 5-8 minutes until just cooked and slightly crunchy.
2. Add the beans for the last 2-3 minutes.
3. Drain the water and allow to cool. Once cooled, peel the skins off the sweet potato and cut into chunks.
4. In a large pan, fry the onion, garlic, chilli and rosemary for about 5 minutes or until soft.
5. Once the onion, garlic, chilli and rosemary has cooled, add them to a jug with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, wholegrain mustard and honey to create the dressing.
6. Add the barley to a pan of boiling water. Allow to simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until tender.
7. Allow to cool.
8. In a large bowl, add the beans and sweet potato to the barley.
9. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over.
10. Chill until ready to serve.
Apple, pomegranate, pine nuts and pearl barley salad
• 800g pearl barley
• 57g pine nuts
• 1 small onion, finely chopped
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1 large apple, cut into thin pieces
• 75g pomegranate seeds
• 30g chopped parsley
• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1. Add the pearl barley to a pan of boiling water and allow to simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until tender.
2. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spread the pine nuts on to a baking tray and toast for 5 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool.
3. In a bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar and onion with salt and pepper. Add the pearl barley, pine nuts, apple, pomegranate seeds and parsley; toss before serving.
Kale, pearl barley and feta salad
• 1 avocado, chopped
• 100g pearl barley
• 200g chickpeas
• 270g kale
• 50g feta cheese
• 130g sunflower seeds
• 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
• 2 tsp honey
• 1 tsp lemon juice, fresh
1. Add the pearl barley to a pan of boiling water and allow to simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until tender.
2. Once the pearl barley has cooled, add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix together.
Will Stannus take his rightful place at the throne? Or will he burn his batch? Will Jon Snow face the White Walkers again? More to the point, would he go with the jam or the clotted cream first?
Daenerys might have taken off on her dragon at the end of the last episode, but what was the real hurry – and where’s she ‘scone’?
If all this excitement works up an appetite, how about hosting a themed bake off tonight? We know that we’ll certainly be indulging in our own version of Game of Scones – and can’t wait to ‘wolf’ them down!
Targaryen treats: Cheesy-fire scones
• 225g self-raising flour
• pinch of salt
• 55g butter
• 25g mature cheddar cheese, grated
• 1 tsp cayenne pepper
• 150ml milk
1. Heat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. Put the flour, salt and butter into the bowl of your Morphy Richards Plastic Stand Mixer.
3. Stir in the cheese and then the milk to get a soft dough.
4. Turn on to a floured work surface and knead very lightly. Pat out to a round 2cm/¾in thick. Use a 5cm/2in cutter to stamp out rounds and place on the baking sheet.
5. Brush the tops of the scones with a little milk. Bake for 12-15 minutes until well risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.
Stark sweets: snow inspired scones
• 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for hands and work surface)
• 6 tbsps granulated sugar
• 21/2 tsps baking powder
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 lemon (large)
• 8 tbsps unsalted butter
• 1/2 cup double cream
• 1 large egg
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen)
• 1 cup icing sugar (sifted)
• 3 tbsps fresh lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Adjust baking rack to the middle-low position. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper. Set aside.
2. In the mixing bowl of your Morphy Richards Plastic Stand Mixer, whisk 2 cups flour, the sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the lemon zest and whisk together again. Work the butter into the mixture, until it resembles coarse meal. Set aside.
3. Next, whisk the cream, egg, and vanilla together. Drizzle it over the flour mixture and then toss the mixture together with a rubber spatula until everything appears moistened. Slowly and gently fold in the blueberries. Try your best to not overwork the dough at any point, as it will be a little wet. With floured hands, work the dough into a ball and transfer to a floured work surface. Press the dough into a neat 8″ disc and cut into equal wedges with a very sharp knife. Place the wedges onto the prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. While the scones are cooling, whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over warm scones.
If you’ve got any tips you’d like to share with us, why not get in touch on Facebook or Twitter?
Despite it being a relatively simple recipe, it’s surprisingly easy to get iced tea wrong, and if you’ve never made it before, a bad batch could put you off ever wanting to attempt it again.
We’ve created an easy guide to go with a delicious recipe to help you achieve refreshingly good results every time. Trust us; you’ll soon be making iced tea so delicious that you’ll put grandma’s original recipe to shame.
Top tea tips:
- Top quality H2O: This is easily overlooked; the quality of your water can be the difference between a good and a bad glass of iced tea. For great tasting, filtered water why not try using one of our Brita filter kettles? You will ensure that your tea is of the highest quality and will leave no unsavoury aftertaste.
- For the coolest brew, first get hot: Using hot water is vital when brewing tea bags and particularly when adding sugar. If cold water is used, the sugar won’t dissolve and will give your beverage a grainy texture. Brew up with your Brita filter kettle for a clear consistency, which will give you an easy-sipping delight.
- Don’t over-steep: The longer you leave your tea to brew, the stronger, but also the more bitter the drink will be. Be sure to not leave it brewing for longer than stated in the recipe, and if you want a more intense flavour, simply add more tea bags or ingredients.
- Freeze the flavour: Make a batch of syrup and freeze it in an ice cube tray. This allows you to add different flavours to different teas and also means you can vary the intensity of each glass. Nifty, eh?
- The perfect serve: Always serve your iced tea in a glass rather than a plastic cup. Not only does this look more aesthetically pleasing (you can’t beat a high ball glass for class, can you?), but it will also make your drink taste better. Plastic receptacles can absorb flavours, meaning you could end up ruining all your good work at the last hurdle.
For iced tea novices and aficionados alike, this is a delicious and zesty recipe, which combines sweet and sour for a summer drink that still packs a punch.
• 2/3 cup of caster sugar
• ½ cup of lemon juice
• ¾ cup of orange juice
• 4 passion fruit, halved
• 6-8 tea bags of your choice
• 2 litres of boiling water
• ½ cup of fresh mint leaves
• 1 lemon, halved and thinly sliced
• 1 orange, halved and thinly sliced
- Add the caster sugar, lemon juice and passion fruit into a large pot.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for roughly 15-20 minutes. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the passion fruit has turned into a purée.
- Strain the syrup using a sieve and freeze to set into ice cubes.
- When the syrup has set, boil water using your Brita Filter Kettle and add teabags to brew. Let the water brew for approximately 10 minutes before removing the tea bags.
- Add the frozen syrup ice cubes to the tea and cool to room temperature.
- Finally, add the fresh mint leaves, sliced orange and lemon and then serve.
There is a whole host of veg which is coming into season this month and it’s the perfect time to rustle up some tasty, healthy - and more importantly - easy recipes.
Great tasting and nutritious ingredients such as asparagus, aubergines, carrots, rhubarb, watercress and radishes are all in season from May and will taste better now than they do for the rest of the year – what are you waiting for? Go and fill your fridge with these delights!
Each of these tasty treats are also better for you at this time of the year, as they are high in vitamins, fibre and iron.
So, for an easy way to impress your friends with not only your tasty dishes, but also your British vegetable knowledge (!), have a look at the below.
Asparagus and salmon risotto
Asparagus are in its peak season for only eight weeks of the year so now really is the time to make the most of them. They are not only a great source of iron, but they’re also bursting with vitamins C and A. This dish is flavoursome and easy to rustle up in your Supreme Precision 10-in-1 Multicooker.
- 40ml extra virgin olive oil
- 40g red onion finely chopped
- 150g diced, fresh asparagus
- 300g risotto rice
- 40ml dry white wine
- 650ml water
- 1 fish stock cube
- 150g fresh salmon, diced
- 20g butter
- 4 slices of smoked salmon
- 8 asparagus tips
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Insert the mixing paddle into the jug; add the olive oil, onion and the asparagus. Attach the lid, do not attach the measuring cap – it’s not needed for this recipe.
- Select programme A and press start.
After 5 minutes the Multicooker will beep twice. Remove the lid, add the rice and white wine. After 1 minute, add the water and crumble in the stock cube. If required, scrape the sides of the jug down using a spatula. Replace the lid.
After 10 minutes the Multicooker will beep three times. Remove the lid, add the diced salmon and season the risotto as required. Replace the Lid.
After 8 minutes the Multicooker will beep four times. Remove the lid, add the butter and replace the lid. Cook until the risotto is creamy and the programme stops.
At the end of the programme press the stop button and remove the jug. Remove the paddle before serving.
- On the hob, bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Blanche the asparagus tips for 2 minutes and then drain. Place the asparagus immediately in iced water to stop cooking and to help them retain their colour.
Serve the risotto in a bowl, topped with two asparagus tips and a slice of smoked salmon. Add a pinch of salt and drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil.
Sautéed carrots with lemon and marjoram
Now we’re not saying that carrots are the elixir of youth by any stretch, but the high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A help slow down the ageing of cells, improve eyesight and protect the skin from sun damage so if that won’t convince you, we’re not sure what will.
This dish is delicious served with meat or fish and brings out the delightful natural flavours of the humble carrot.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 pounds carrots (about 16), cut into batons
- 1 tspn brown sugar
- 1/2 tspn salt
- 1/4 tspn fresh-ground black pepper
- 1 tbspn chopped fresh marjoram, or 1 tspn dried marjoram
- 4 tspns lemon juice
- Add your carrots, garlic, sugar, pepper, marjoram and half of the oil to your Supreme Precision 10-in-1 Multicooker.
- Set a slow speed to prevent the ingredient from sticking to the bottom of the pan and set the time for five minutes.
- Use the temperature buttons to select a medium heat and press the start button. The Multicooker should beep to indicate it has begun to sauté the ingredients.
- When your Multicooker has finished it will beep and show ‘End’ on the display.
- Remove the ingredients and add the remaining oil and lemon juice before serving.
Aubergine is an incredibly versatile vegetable and one which has a subtle, but distinctive flavour. It is a good source of dietary fibre and also contains vitamins B6 and K.
Baba ganoush is a brilliant dip if you want to make something that looks harder than it is (don’t say we don’t help you look good) and the secret to this dish is smokiness. The smokier the baba ganoush, the more impressed your guests will be.
- 3 aubergines
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed with a teaspoon of salt
- 1 lemon, juice only
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- black pepper, to taste
- 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
- Prick the aubergines with a fork to prevent them from bursting. Grill the aubergines until the skin is charred and blackened and the flesh feels soft when you squeeze it (this will take approximately 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking).
- In a pestle and mortar, crush the garlic with the lemon juice, tahini, olive oil and pepper.
- When cool enough to handle, cut the aubergines in half and scoop out the flesh. Mix the soft flesh with the remaining ingredients.
- Place in a serving dish and finish with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle the fresh parsley over the top.
There are a number of crucial cuts in the kitchen – listed below are just five of the most used. Knowing when to use each one will not only leave you feeling like a pro, but will also help make your food look mouth-wateringly good. For example, diced peppers work well in continental dishes such as paella and risotto, which call for flashes of colour and a mix of flavours, but South American cuisine such as fajitas call for chunky slices.
Chop: Large squares, roughly ½ to ¾ inches
Dice: Small chops, approximately ¼ to 1/8 of an inch
Mince: Cut ingredients as small as possible with a knife
Slice: A vertical cut down the length of the food, as thick or thin as you like
Julienne: Long, thin matchstick- like strips, roughly 1/6 to 1/8 of an inch in size.
Measurements that matter
Dash, smidgen or pinch - how do you decide?
A dash is most used in connection with liquid and can relate to flavour enhancers such as Worcester sauce or tabasco or staples such as oil or vinegar. A pinch usually refers to salt, sugar or spice, whereas a smidgen can be used for a variety of ingredients from saffron to chilli powder.
A dash: 1/8 teaspoon – or six droplets
A smidgen: 1/32 teaspoon – a couple of droplets or a few grains (in other words, just enough to give a hint of flavour!)
A pinch: 1/6 teaspoon – or enough to grab between your thumb and forefinger
The technique you use will depend on the meal that you are making, so it is important to select carefully.
Blanching vs Poaching
Blanching is a technique used to cook veggies just enough without leaving them mushy or discoloured, such as green beans.
Poaching involves cooking in a liquid between 140F to 180F. It is typically the chosen method for delicate foods and is often considered to be the healthier option as it does not use fat to flavour the ingredients.
Poaching can be used to make an array of delicious meals, including all- time breakfast favourite Eggs Benedict (feeling hungry yet?!)
Baking vs Broiling
Whether a birthday cake or home-made bread, food must be surrounded by a consistent temperature when baking. The oven will reach an even temperature throughout.
Broiling is when your food is exposed to direct heat. Food should be positioned under the top of the oven, similar to grilling. A popular broiled bite is salmon.
Braising vs Stewing
Braising and stewing use slow, moist heat to tenderise beef and other meats- methods made easy with the Morphy Richards Supreme Precision Multicooker.
Braising, aka ‘pot roasting’, is when large cuts of beef are partially submerged in liquid.
Stewing refers to small, uniform cuts of beef that are completely submerged in liquid.
What about sautéing?
Sauté is a French word, meaning ‘to jump’. In cooking, sautéing involves cooking uniformly cut ingredients at a high heat, without letting them sit in the pan for too long.
What better way to have your friends over for dinner without having to slave away in the kitchen? The key to the perfect BBQ is flavour, and lots of it, yet marinades and rubs are often overlooked. Whether you’re all about burgers and chicken legs, or you prefer prawns and seabass, there’s a marinade or rub to suit.
Intensify the flavour by soaking your favourite BBQ fare in its marinade overnight or even for a few hours. This is also a great way to tenderise your meat or fish.
The Easy Blend Deluxe from Morphy Richards provides a quick and easy way to make delicious rubs and tasty marinades in a matter of minutes.
Simply add your ingredients into the blending beaker, attach the blade and twist and lock the beaker with the blade onto the motor. Then blend or pulse your way to a perfectly blended rub or marinade.
Why not follow these quick and easy recipes for a BBQ that’s bursting with flavour?
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp cumin seed
1 tbsp light brown soft sugar
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp coriander seed
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp allspice
1. Add all the ingredients to the 300ml beaker
2. Attach the beaker to the Easy Blend using the dual blade
3. Pulse the spices for 20 seconds, then shake the Easy Blend to loosen the spices
4. Blend on speed II for 30 seconds
5. Use the rub to season the meat of your choice, allow to marinade for a few hours or overnight, before cooking
Top tip: Use seeds instead of ground ingredients for a fuller flavour.
4 tbsp celery salt
4 tbsp hot paprika
1 tbsp light brown soft sugar
1 tbsp mustard powder
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
½ tbsp garlic powder
½ tbsp onion powder
½ tbsp dried thyme
½ tbsp cayenne pepper
1. Add all the ingredients to the 300ml beaker
2. Attach the beaker to the Easy Blend using the dual blade
3. Pulse for a few seconds and shake the beaker to loosen the spices
4. Blend on speed II for 30 seconds
5. Use as a dry rub on a meat of your choice
Top tip: Mix with a little bit of oil for a simple and easy marinade.
Lemon and Herb Marinade
Juice of 2 lemons
6 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fresh parsley (leaves only)
2 tbsp fresh thyme (leaves only)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Add all the ingredients to the 300ml beaker
2. Attach the beaker to the Easy Blend using the quad blade
3. Pulse for 30 seconds
Top tip: Prick your meat with a knife and then leave it to soak in the marinade over night. This will help the flavour to develop.
Garlic & Thyme Marinade
4 tbsp white wine
4 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1. Add all the ingredients to the 300ml beaker
2. Attach the beaker to the Easy Blend using the quad blade
3. Pulse for 30 seconds
4. Use as a marinade on a meat of your choice
Top tip: This works great on chicken legs.
If you’re BBq-ing up a storm, why not share your pics on Facebook and Twitter?
We’ve embraced the courgetti craze and even the cronut, but there’s a new trend that’s captured the imagination and taste-buds of food-lovers across the UK: toast.
That doesn’t just mean your standard slice of bread with marmalade or jam, and eaten in a hurry on the way out to work in the morning. This is so much more.
Toast can be accompanied by so many toppings. It’s possible to create a filling meal that’s packed with healthy goodness, and takes only a few minutes to prepare. What’s more, it can be enjoyed at any time of the day – not just breakfast!
With the right toppings, you can pack in a healthy dose of protein, fibre and vitamins, all from a humble slice of toast.
- Avocado & salmon For a healthy snack that will leave you feeling satisfied and full of energy, avocado and salmon is the go-to option. Avocados are packed with nutrients and are high in healthy fats and potassium, while the salmon provides a dose of omega 3.
- Egg, spinach & mushrooms Eggs are a great source of protein and energy, and as they take no longer to cook than a slice of toast, they’re the perfect choice for breakfast. Spinach is packed full of nutrients, and mushrooms are a great source of Vitamin B.
- Banana & peanut butter An easy and scrumptious topping for anyone in a rush, this toast contains plenty of good sugars and a healthy dose of potassium from the banana. What’s more, a thin layer of peanut butter is packed with healthy fats and protein.
- Cottage cheese & strawberries Cottage cheese is low in fat, and high in calcium. Spread it thickly on a slice of wholegrain bread and top with strawberries for a sweet/savoury mix and a dose of vitamin C.
The Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer is the key to your sweet success this summer; it can create mouth-watering meringues, gooey chocolate brownies, crunchy cookies and whipped cream so light you would think it were made of clouds. If you fancy something a little lighter, how about a fruit salad with a twist?
A delicious treat for anyone who has a bit if a sweet tooth (yes, we mean you) and so versatile it can be added to a range of different desserts.
- 3 large egg whites*
- 120g caster sugar *
- Minimum of 3 egg whites and use 40g of caster sugar per egg white
1. Pre heat the oven to 150ºC / Gas Mark 2.
2. Place the egg whites in the Mixing Bowl of your Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer and insert the Whisk Attachments.
3. Whisk on maximum speed until at the soft peak stage. This takes about 3 minutes. 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 unit and scrape the sides of the bowl a few times to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.
4. Gradually beat in the sugar, over a period of 3 minutes, 1tsp at a time, until stiff.
5. Shape dollops of the mixture onto baking sheets lined with non-stick baking paper and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
6. Lower the temperature to 110oC / Gas Mark ¼ and cook for a further 2-3 hours until crisp and dry.
One of the most traditional English desserts, originally served at cricket games, but now enjoyed…well, pretty much everywhere!
Meringues (either homemade using your Folding Stand Mixer, or bought from any large supermarket)
300ml whipping cream
A punnet of strawberries
1. Crumble the meringues into a bowl.
2. Whip the cream in your Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer on speed 4-5 until desired thickness is achieved. (Guide time: 3-4 minutes). 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.
3. Add the cream and strawberries to the crumbled meringue and mix together.
The humble fruit salad is often overlooked, but adds flavour and zing to any occasion. To surprise your guests why not add sweet basil, black peppercorns, chilli or earthy sesame oil?
- One galia melon
- A punnet of blueberries
- 3 nectarines
- A punnet of strawberries
- 1 banana
1. Chop up all of the fruit and combine in a bowl. Delicious on its own or served with cream or ice cream.
We’re here to help turn you from disaster to Delia, and so we’ve made a list of the most common mishaps we’re asked about and how to avoid them. Chill out, you’ve got this.
Burning your garlic…whoops!
Garlic browns in less than a minute and there’s nothing more frustrating than adding it to a pan, only to realise that your oil is too hot. Burnt or overcooked garlic can give a bitter taste to dishes, rather defeating the purpose of this tasty ingredient.
The best way to cook garlic is to sauté it on a medium heat in either a bit of butter or olive oil. For an even easier way, use the Supreme Precision Multicooker. Insert the mixing paddle into the jug, add your garlic with a little bit of oil before attaching the lid. Select speed two, set it to 90oC and fry it to perfection for just two minutes.
Top tip: For a quick and easy way to peel garlic bulbs, cut off both ends, place it under your knife and press down, the garlic will easily separate from the skin. Quickly chop it up and you’re ready to add it to the oil.
Never fear, the days of smooth mash are here
Lots of people struggle to make mash that isn’t lumpy. Follow these five simple steps for creamy mash every time:
1. Peel your potatoes – either Desiree or Charlotte potatoes work best
2. Chop them into small, evenly sized cubes rather than big chunks
3. Allow to boil until soft – poke the largest cube with a knife to test
4. Before adding any liquid or butter, mash the potatoes with a potato masher until powdery
5. Add a nice big chunk of butter with a splash of milk or cream before mixing in with a wooden spoon
Top tip: Keep an eye on our site in coming months for a blender which can do all the mashing for you…!
Over-boiled eggs - The hard times will be over easy
You’re never too old to enjoy boiled eggs and soldiers but getting the ideal yolk for dipping can be tricky. Whether you like them hard boiled or soft, cooking the perfect egg is all about timing.
The difference between a good egg and a lousy one can be as little as 30 seconds. Follow these easy steps for cracking good eggs:
1. Fill a small sauce pan with water so that it’s ¾ of the way full – enough to cover your egg completely
2. Bring the water to a fast boil
3. Add your eggs to the pan and leave them to boil for 5 minutes
Top tip: Add a pinch of salt to your water to stop your eggs from cracking.
Say hello to chicken that’s juicy and full of flavour
Lots of people overcook chicken for the fear of food poisoning, but then end up with dry, tasteless meat.
Steaming is one of easiest ways to cook chicken. With the Intellisteam Food Steamer you can cook chicken to perfection in less than 20 minutes, all at the click of a button. Add the right amount of water to the food steamer, add your chicken to the steamer with some Cajun rub or thyme to help the flavours infuse while cooking, select the pre-set chicken function and then sit back and relax while your dinner cooks away.
The days of drowned rice are over
Cooking rice can be stressful as the rice to water ratio can seem to be an art form, but it’s easier than you think. You just need the right quantities.
With rice it’s all about quantities; get this right and you’ll enjoy delicious, fluffy rice every time. Add twice the amount of water as rice (half a cup of rice is sufficient for two people) and a pinch of salt to taste.
Cover the pan for 10-15 minutes until all of the water has evaporated, then use a fork to fluff up once finished. Easy.
And there you have it; our five top tips to helping you discover your love of cooking. It really isn’t that hard to get it right in the kitchen; you just need the right tools and the passion to make it tasty!
If you only have fifteen minutes here and there, here are five things to prioritise in your living room:
1. Sort your sofa. Remove all of the cushions and vacuum up any hidden nasties with your Morphy Richards Supervac. This gives your living room a good spruce without too much hard work and is so quick and easy to do, you can even fit it in during the advert breaks!
2. De-clutter. This can be your dresser, the cupboard under the TV or your children’s toy box. Sort into three piles: chuck, recycle and keep. You can only clean properly once you have removed all of the ‘stuff’ which has built up over the past year.
3. Vacuum your rugs and mats. You would be surprised at how much difference a clean rug can make, but a whole room can be transformed in one quick job and it will spur you on to tackle the rest of the house.
4. Clean your curtains. This is particularly good practise if you’re replacing your heavy winter curtains with a lighter set for Spring. Handsticks such as the Morphy Richards Supervac are lightweight enough to reach the full length of the curtain and eradicate all dust and dirt.
5. Spruce up your light fittings. These can be dust traps, but a quick blast with a handstick and there’ll be no more cobwebs hanging from the ceiling. Easy.
What’s your top spring cleaning priority?