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Top 10 lesser known tips for spring cleaning your home

25/03/2015

With the clocks going forward this weekend, that extra hour of sunlight each day gives you the perfect excuse to give your home the deep clean you’ve been putting off all winter.

Follow these simple and easy tips to steam through your cleaning so you can put up your feet and enjoy Easter.

  1. Start from the top of the house and work your way down – that way you won’t traipse dirt up the stairs.
  2. Tackle the dusting first. Use a damp cloth to capture dust and start at the top of your room and work your way down to your skirting boards. 
  3. When tackling floors and multiple surfaces around the home, don’t create more work for yourself, simply use the 12-in-1 steam cleaner to ensure a spotless finish.
  4. Give yourself extra storage room, by vacuum-packing your winter clothes and bedding before storing them away. 
  5. Sprinkle baking soda on to a damp cloth and wipe around the edges of your dishwasher to remove stubborn stains, which can be left after excessive use.
  6. Defrost your freezer with your 12-in-1 steam cleaner using the spatula attachment. It’s quick, easy and safe*, meaning you don’t have to leave a freezer door open all night.
  7. Use a damp rubber glove to effectively remove animal hair from furniture.
  8. To get rid of odours in your fridge, spread baking soda on a tray and pop on the bottom shelf to soak up the smells – it’ll be whiff free in no time! 
  9. Cut a lemon in half and rub it along your chopping boards to freshen them up and stop transferring smells or tastes onto other foods.
  10. Use a coffee filter to clean all of the bits of fluff off your TV screen – nifty, eh?


Why not share you top cleaning tips? Post them on Facebook or tweet @LoveYourMorphy.

*Ensure you check with the freezer manufacturer before doing this.


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Holy crumpets! The Great Comic Relief Bake Off Week Four

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 09/03/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

Talk around last night’s show may have been as focused on the public’s complete inability to recognise Chris Moyles after his weight loss as it was on the food, but the fab foursome tackled the tray bakes, crumpets and portrait cakes with glee.

Alexa Chung feigned incompetency, but then pulled a trio of delights out of the bag (or, more appropriately, the oven) but was still no contest for Victoria Wood who took home the bake off apron.

If the tasty treats have got you in the mood to bake then check out our delicious recipes for brownies and crumpets below.

What’s more, if you’re looking to kit out your kitchen with the perfect baking products, you can pick up our Accents Plastic Stand Mixer for half price* by using the code BL0350 – happy baking!

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Outrageously good brownies


Simple to make and easy to enjoy by all the family, this tray bake is a real treat. 

Ingredients: 

For the cake:
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 200ml boiling water 
  • ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 375g demerara sugar 
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 275g self-raising flour
For the decoration:
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • 50g butter
  • 300g icing sugar
  • Chocolate stars
  • Edible gold stars glitter

Method:

For the cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Grease a 23cm x 30cm baking tray and set aside. 
  2. In your Accents Plastic Stand Mixer bowl, combine the cocoa with the boiling water. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda and leave to one side to cool. 
  3. Once the cocoa mixture has cooled, add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, and mix together on a medium setting for two minutes or until fully combined. 
  4. Pour the mixture into your baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes before moving it to a wire rack to finish cooling.
For the icing:
  1. In a saucepan over a medium heat, melt the butter and golden syrup with 1 tbsp of water. Mix in the icing sugar until smooth. If needed, add a little extra boiling water before spreading the icing over the cake. 
  2. Scatter the decorations over the cake and leave it set for a couple of hours.

Scrumptious breakfast crumpets


Kickstart your weekend with freshly made crumpets, dripping with butter.

Ingredients:
  • 450g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp dried yeast
  • 300ml warm milk
  • 300ml warm water
  • Vegetable oil (for cooking)
Method:

You will need four, greased, crumpet rings. 

  1. In the bowl of your Accents Plastic Stand Mixer, combine the flour, salt, sugar and yeast, making a well in the centre. Pour in the warm milk and water, on a medium setting mix until the batter is fully combined and thick. Cover with a tea towel or cling film. 
  2. Leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour until it's a light, spongy texture. Set your Accents Folding Stand Mixer to a medium setting for one minute to knock out any air and pour into a large jug.
  3. Add a small amount of oil to a non-stick frying pan. Wipe the pan with kitchen paper to remove any excess oil. Add the crumpet rings to the pan and pour in enough mixture to fill them to just over halfway up the sides. Leave to cook on a low to medium heat until plenty of small holes appear on the surface and the batter has just dried out. This will take about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the rings and turn over the crumpets to cook for a further minute or two on the other side. 
  5. Allow to cool slightly and then enjoy!




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  2. The code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  3. Using the code does not affect your statutory rights.
  4. Discounts cannot be applied retrospectively (i.e. after buying).
  5. The code expires on 17th March 2015 however Morphy Richards reserve the right to suspend or restrict the code at any time.
  6. Offer is subject to product availability.
  7. This code cannot be re-published or shared on any other website.
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Funny Man, Runny Jam: The Great Comic Relief Bake Off Week Three

05/03/2015

Last night saw celebrity bakers David Mitchell, Michael Sheen, Sarah Brown and Jameela Jamil, get off to a crumbly start in the signature challenge.

@jameelajamil got stuck into making her orange shortbread (unfortunately quite literally), while @RealDMitchell ‘s excitement got the better of him and he ended up with more icing sugar on his face than his biscuits.

They may have got off to an unpromising start, but the celebrities managed to pull it out of the bag in the technical challenge and the pork pies even passed muster under the piercing blue scrutiny of Paul Hollywood.

If last night’s antics have left you feeling inspired and ready to bake, why not try one of our recipes below? Don’t forget to share your masterpieces on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #Morphylovesbaking

What’s more, if you’re looking to kit out your kitchen with the perfect baking products, you can pick up our Accents Plastic Stand Mixer for half price by using the code BL0350* – happy baking!

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Pork and Apple Pies

Perfect for a light snack or a delicious lunch - why not try them with some tomato chutney?

Ingredients:
  • 500g sausage meat
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 340g plain flour
  • 80g unsalted butter 
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk - to glaze
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Grease a six slot muffin tin.
  2. Add the sausage meat, apple, parsley and nutmeg to a bowl, season with salt and pepper, then mix well to combine. 
  3. Sift flour into the bowl of your Morphy Richards Accents Stand Mixer, add one teaspoon of salt and make a well in the centre. 
  4. In a saucepan, melt the butter with 100ml of water over a low heat. Add the liquid to the flour. 
  5. Add the beaten egg and set your Morphy Richards Accents Stand Mixer to a medium setting for 1-2 minutes or until all of the mixture is combined. 
  6. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the pastry. Using a 10cm pastry cutter, cut out six circles from the pastry and then line the muffin tin with them. 
  7. Equally distribute the sausage meat among the muffin holes. Using the remaining pastry, roll it into a ball and using a 7cm cutter, cut out six lids. Brush the overhanging pastry from the base with a little bit of water before placing the lids on top of the filling, then fold over the overhang up around the edges before pressing down. Roll any of the remaining pastry into long thin strips and use to these bits to run around the edge of each pie. 
  8. Brush the pies with the beaten egg yolk and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown. 
  9. Allow the pies to cool slightly before removing from the pan.

Shortbread Biscuits

These mini bites of indulgence are easy to make will melt in your mouth. 

Ingredients:
  • 230g butter, softened 
  • 105g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence 
  • 350g plain flour
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. 
  2. In your Morphy Richards Accents Stand Mixer bowl, add the butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence. Mix together on a high setting for one minute or until light and creamy. 
  3. Add the flour to the liquid and mix together on a medium setting for 2-3 minutes, or until fully combined. 
  4. Roll out the dough until about ½ inch thick on a lightly floured work surface. Cut out using a pastry cutter and place them ½ inch apart on an ungreased baking tray. 
  5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the bottoms are a light golden brown. Immediately remove from baking tray and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

 *Terms and conditions.
  1. The offers is only available by using the code against online transactions on www.morphyrichards.co.uk and do not include delivery.
  2. The code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  3. Using the code does not affect your statutory rights.
  4. Discounts cannot be applied retrospectively (i.e. after buying).
  5. The code expires on 17th March 2015 however Morphy Richards reserve the right to suspend or restrict the code at any time.
  6. Offer is subject to product availability
  7. This code cannot be re-published or shared on any other website.
  8. The voucher is offered by Morphy Richards Limited: Mexborough, South Yorkshire, S64 8AJ

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Burnt Cakes and Bruised Egos: The Great Comic Relief Bake Off Week Two

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 19/02/2015 | Posted in Recipes

Jonathan Ross, Gok Wan, Abbey Clancy and Zoella were last night’s Great Comic Relief Bake Off challengers. Their task? To win over Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with cupcakes, profiteroles and a marble cake inspired by their favourite building.

@Wossy ‘ s profiteroles may well have resembled cookies in their stature and @Zozeebo ‘s beach hut marble cake looked rather like a  building featured on TV Show Cowboy Builders, but we can’t help but admire the effort the celebs put in all round.

Feeling inspired for your own baking bonanza? Try one of our recipes below and don’t forget to share your masterpieces on Facebook and Twitter. 

What’s more, if you’re looking to kit out your kitchen with the perfect baking products, you can pick up our Red Accents Plastic Stand Mixer for half price by using the code BL0350 and our Red Accents Hand Blender Set with Serrator Blade at a 25% with the code BL1025* – happy baking!

 

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Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes

Get your bake on with these delicious cupcakes for all the family.

Ingredients

Vanilla Cupcakes:
●     160g plain flour
●     ½ tsp baking powder
●     ¼ tsp baking soda
●     ¼ tsp salt
●     2 large eggs
●     200g granulated sugar
●     113g unsalted butter, softened
●     1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
●     115g sour cream
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
●     226g unsalted butter, softened
●     320g icing sugar
●     1 tbsp vanilla extract
●     1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
●     Hundreds and thousands to decorate

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.
2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Put to one side.
3. Using the Red Accents Plastic Stand Mixer, beat eggs and sugar on a medium setting for two minutes, or until light and creamy.
4. Add the butter and vanilla extract; mix on a low speed for one minute, or until well blended.
5. Add in the dry ingredients and mix on a low speed until fully blended, be careful not to over blend.
6. Add the sour cream and mix until smooth.
7. Using a teaspoon, fill the cupcake cases until about ¾ full with batter. Bake in the oven for 18 minutes, or until fully cooked. *Tip: using a knife, insert into the cupcake and if it comes out clean your cupcake is cooked.
Making the frosting:
1. Using your Red Accents Plastic Stand Mixer mix the softened butter on a medium speed until soft and creamy.
2. Increase the speed to high and mix for three minutes.
3. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting with either a piping bag or knife.
4. To finish, decorate with sprinkles.

Decadent Chocolate Marble Cake

This easy to make tea time classic is the perfect mid-week treat. 

 

 

Ingredients:

●     225g butter, softened
●     225g caster sugar
●     4 eggs
●     225g self-raising flour
●     3 tbsp milk
●     1 tsp vanilla extract
●     2 tbsp cocoa powder
Method:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a 20cm cake tin.
2. Add all ingredients (apart from the cocoa powder) to your Morphy Richards Hand Blender with Serrator Blade and blend for 1-2 minutes, or until smooth.
3. Separate mixture into two bowls and stir the cocoa powder into the mixture in one of the bowls.
4. Using two spoons, add lumps of mixture to the cake tin alternatively.
5. Once all of the mixture has been added to the tin, bang the tin on the counter to ensure there aren’t any bubbles.
6. Using a knife, swirl around the mixture to create the marble effect.
7. Bake the cake for 50 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
8. Allow the cake to cool on a cooling rack before eating.


*Terms and conditions.
1. The offers are only available by using the codes against online transactions on www.morphyrichards.co.uk and do not include delivery.
2. The code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
3. Using the code does not affect your statutory rights.
4. Discounts cannot be applied retrospectively (i.e. after buying).
5. The code expires on 17th March 2015 however Morphy Richards reserve the right to suspend or restrict the code at any time.
6. Offer is subject to product availability
7. This code cannot be re-published or shared on any other website.
8. The voucher is offered by Morphy Richards Limited: Mexborough, South Yorkshire, S64 8AJ


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Soggy bottoms and red noses: The Great Comic Relief Bake off is back

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 12/02/2015 | Posted in Kitchen


Last night saw Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood back in the tents with four hopeful celebrities hoping to take the Comic Relief baking crown. Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Lulu and Dame Edna rose to the occasion making a giant cookie, mini fruit tarts and a showstopper chocolate cake to varying degrees of success. If you’re feeling inspired today, try one of the recipes below and get involved for Comic Relief. Don’t forget to share your creations with on Twitter and Facebook.


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Triple Layer Chocolate Cake


This decadent show-stopping chocolate cake is perfect for special occasions or a naughty weekend treat.


Cake ingredients:
1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour
1 and 3/4 cup (350g) granulated sugar
3/4 cup (65g) unsweetened cocoa powder 
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (240ml) buttermilk
1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil (or canola oil, or melted coconut oil)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (240ml) freshly brewed strong hot coffee


Icing ingredients:


1.25 cups (2.5 sticks or 290g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3-4 cups (360-480g) confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup (65g) unsweetened cocoa powder
3-5 Tablespoons (45-75ml) heavy cream 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
15 oz (1.5 bags) chocolate chips, optional


Directions:


Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Butter & flour two 9 inch round cake pans.


For the cake:
1. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
2. Using your Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer on high speed, mix the buttermilk, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. The batter will be VERY thin. This is ok.
3. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pans and bake for 23-27 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.


For the frosting:


1. Using your Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy - about two full minutes. This creates a creamy base for the frosting. Turn speed to LOW and slowly add 3.5 cups of confectioners' sugar and all of the cocoa powder. Beat until sugar/cocoa are absorbed into the butter, about two minutes. Turn mixer to medium speed and add the vanilla and cream. Once added, turn the mixer to high speed and beat for one minute. Add up to 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar if you'd like to increase the frosting's thickness. Taste, and add salt to taste.
2. Place one layer, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with chocolate chips or as desired.
3. Cake stays fresh, moist, and soft at room temperature (covered) for up to four days. Cake may be refrigerated (covered) for up to seven days.


Gooey Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies


Share these easy to make healthy cookies with your colleagues or family.


Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don't use fat-free, light or whipped)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks 


Directions:


1. To the bowl of your Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese (measure it by smooshing it into a 1/4-cup measure), sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about five minutes (or use an electric hand mixer and beat for at least seven minutes).
2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about one minute.
3. Add chocolate chips and chunks, and beat momentarily to incorporate, or fold in by hand.
4. Using a teaspoon, form heaping mounds of cookie dough. Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with clingfilm, and refrigerate for at least two hours, or up to five days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, grease a baking tray and place mounds on the tray, spaced at least 2 inches apart. Bake for eight minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, pale and glossy in the centre. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
6. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to three months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to five days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future.





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Six meals to make with your slow cooker

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 11/02/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

Slow cookers are not just for stews, in fact there’s very little you can’t make.
Did you know you could slow cook fudge? Or have you ever indulged in seven hour porridge? 
Get inspired by the simple and delicious recipes below and you will never view your slow cooker in the same way again. Share your creations on our Facebook page!


Slow cooked chocolate fudge


An indulgent, but not too sinful treat….
Ingredients:
2-1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut sugar or maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Method:
1. Mix together the chocolate chips, coconut milk, coconut sugar, salt, and coconut oil.
2. Throw into your Morphy Richards Slow Cooker and cook on low for two hours without stirring. It's important that lid remain on throughout.
3. After 2 hours, turn the slow cooker off, uncover, and add vanilla. IMPORTANT: Do not stir the mixture at this point. Allow to cool to room temperature or to 110 degrees if you have access to a candy thermometer.
4. Once cooled, using a large spoon, stir vigorously for 5 -10 minutes until the mixture develops a matte finish.
5. Lightly oil an 8"x8" square pan. Pour fudge into pan, cover and refrigerate for four hours or until firm. 


Slow cooked porridge


A delicious and healthy, no-fuss breakfast for the whole family.
Ingredients:
1 cup jumbo oats
4 cups milk (or half milk, half water for a less creamy version), plus a splash more milk to serve
Cinnamon, dried fruit, nuts, maple syrup, sliced bananas, or whatever topping you prefer
Method:
1. Heat the slow cooker if necessary.
2. Put the oats in the bowl along with a pinch of salt and pour over the milk, or a mixture of milk and water. 
3. Add the dried fruit, if you choose to use it.
4. Put the slow cooker on its lowest setting and cook overnight for seven to eight hours.
5. The porridge may have developed a crust overnight, but mix this in to break it up and add a splash of milk to serve, along with your desired topping


Slow cooked chilli


Classic comfort food dish, but better.
Ingredients:
900g beef mince
1 large red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp smoked paprika
410g can Kidney beans, drained
One beef stock cube
½ tsp hot chilli powder
1 tsp cumin
Dash of Worcester Sauce
100ml boiling water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Basmati rice, to serve


Method:
1. Tip the mince into the slow cooker stoneware and turn on to Low heat, crisp up the mince a little before adding other ingredients.
2. Add the onion, garlic, soup, paprika, beans, stock cube, chilli powder and cumin, salt and pepper, then mix well.
3. Add enough boiling water to come halfway up the mixture, to replace the moisture coming out of the beef and the onion. Place the lid on top and cook for four to five hours on Low, or two to three hours on High, or until the meat is tender.
4. Once cooked, remove the lid and stir. Add a little more seasoning and serve straight from the pot with basmati rice and plain natural yoghurt.


Slow cooked whole chicken


You will not believe how easy it is to make tasty rotisserie-like chicken in your Morphy Richards Slow Cooker .
Ingredients:
Whole chicken
Salt and pepper
Desired flavourings such as garlic, lemon, peppercorns or chilli
Method:
1. Take three pieces of aluminium foil and form into small balls, and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker.
2. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold running water. Pat dry with kitchen roll. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper and whatever flavourings you choose, and place in the slow cooker on top of the crushed aluminium foil balls.
3. Set the slow cooker to High for one hour, then turn down to Low for about eight to 10 hours, or until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear. Simples.


Slow cooked chicken and mushroom fettuccine


An easy-to-make Italian feast that even the most inexperienced of cooks can whip up.
Ingredients:
700g chopped chicken
2 punnets of cremini mushrooms, cut into thirds
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄4 tsp black pepper
One clove of garlic, finely chopped
Two packets of cream cheese, cut into chunks
11p butter butter
1 1⁄2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
1 1⁄2 cups whole milk
1 package (1 pound) fettuccine
Method:
1. Spray inside of your Morphy Richards slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Arrange chicken in single layer in bottom of your slow cooker.
3. Add mushrooms and sprinkle salt, black pepper and chopped garlic into the pot.
4. Stir together cream cheese, butter, Parmesan cheese and milk in medium saucepan over medium heat.
5. Whisk constantly until smooth and heated through. Pour over mushrooms, pushing down any that float to surface.
6. Cover and cook on Low for four to five hours or on High for two to two and a half hours.
7. Serve with fettuccine pasta.


Slow cooked spicy bean soup


A great dish to keep you fuller for longer.
Ingredients:
1 tbsp vegetable oil
200g chopped onion
180g sliced carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
600ml chicken stock
2 tsp sugar
450g frozen sweetcorn
400g can of kidney beans, drained 
400g can of black beans, drained
400g can of chopped tomatoes with basil
400g can of chopped tomatoes, drained
110g diced green chillies


Method:


1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker, and cook on High for the first hour. 
2. Turn the temperature down to LOW, and cook for seven more hours.
3. Serve with crusty bread.

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Winter warmers to help you keep warm

06/02/2015 | Posted in Recipes

With the nation constantly freezing, everyone is in need of healthy yet delicious dishes to keep them warm and full over the next few weeks.

After coming in from the cold, 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!

Ingredients:

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.

Method:

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.

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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.

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Eight ways to detox your wardrobe

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 13/01/2015 | Posted in Household Cleaning

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 


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Make the most of your Christmas leftovers

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 28/12/2014 | Posted in Kitchen, Soupmaker, Slow Cookers, Recipes

Let’s face it, when it comes to Christmas dinner us Brits do it in style, but as a nation we are on average scraping 4.2 million Christmas dinners straight into the bin.


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.

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Preparing Your Home for Christmas

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 24/11/2014 | Posted in Kitchen

Give your guests a winter wonderland this Christmas


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!
 


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Slow Cooked Christmas Pudding

By Tom Craik | 07/11/2014 | Posted in Kitchen

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:

Ingredients:

  • 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
- Mixture will fill 4 x half pint basins
 
Method: 
  1. Grease the bowls and place a circle of greaseproof paper in the bottom of each.
  2. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Fill the basins to 1cm below the rim. Do not pack the mixture in too tightly.
  4. Cover with a piece of greaseproof paper pleated in the middle, then a piece of foil.
  5. Tuck the foil securely under the rim of the basin and put the basins into the slow cooker.
  6. 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.

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Last minute Halloween ideas

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 30/10/2014 | Posted in Kitchen

Halloween might be tomorrow but it doesn’t mean you’ve had time between work, family and school to give fright night a moment’s thought. 

 

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!


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Chroma Toaster and Kettle Set Wins Which? Best Buy

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 22/08/2014 | Posted in Kitchen

Chroma Toaster and Kettle Set Wins Which? Best Buy

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!


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New technology means effortless ironing, every time

By Tom Craik, Naomi Biltcliffe | 18/08/2014 | Posted in Ironing, Back to School

Effortless ironing, every time


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.



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Luna 12-in-1 Steam Cleaner: Any Homeowners Best Friend

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 11/07/2014 | Posted in Household Cleaning

Luna 12-in-1 steam cleaner: any homeowner’s best friend


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


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How to make the most of your weekend

By Tom Craik | 10/07/2014 | Posted in Kitchen

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.

Tropical Smoothie

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.

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The benefits of BRITA!

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 08/07/2014 | Posted in Kitchen

Benefits of BRITA

 

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

 

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.

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Quick and easy Redefine Hot Water Dispenser recipes

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 08/07/2014 | Posted in Kitchen

Quick and Easy Hot Water Dispenser Recipes

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

 

 

Ingredients:

Sea salt
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


Method:

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.

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Tackle the DIY this weekend!

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 23/05/2014 | Posted in Kitchen

With another bank holiday on the horizon, now is the perfect chance to tackle those little DIY jobs.
 

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.
 
Sea Breeze

 

 

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.


Sunshine Yellow

 

 

 
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!

If you have some great ideas of your own to spruce up a room with minimum effort, then why not share them on our Facebook or Pinterest pages?


 


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Cook up a storm this National Vegetarian Week!

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 21/05/2014 | Posted in Recipes

From 19th – 23rd May, Brits are celebrating National Vegetarian Week and it is the perfect excuse for meat-eaters and veggies alike to take to the kitchen and cook up some vibrant vegetarian dishes. 

 

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!

Feeling inspired? Grab your Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Slow Cooker, or your Morphy Richards Soup Maker and have a go at these delicious vegetarian recipes!



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
Salt pepper


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? 


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