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Bank Holiday Bites! Four Recipes For The Bank Holiday Weekend

By Kirstie Jones | 25/05/2016 | Posted in Recipes

Ahh, Bank Holiday weekends. The perfect time to relax, catch up with friends, cook amazing food, and all without making a dent in your holiday allowance! Bank Holidays should be about spending quality time together, so while you want to treat yourself and your nearest and dearest to some delicious grub, there’s no need to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen away from all the action. These 4 quick and easy recipes will make sure you can enjoy a tasty weekend of food and make the most of your time off!

BBQ Rub and Guacamole
 


 

If the weather holds up (fingers crossed) then a big family BBQ is the perfect option for a meal everyone’s sure to enjoy. These 2 easy recipes, made using the Morphy Richards Blend Express Complete Nutrition and Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set, will be the icing on the cake (or the salad on the bun) for your BBQ repertoire.

To make an extra tasty and super versatile BBQ rub using the Morphy Richards Blend Express Complete Nutrition, you’ll need:

  • 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
  • Half tbsp garlic powder
  • Half tbsp onion powder
  • Half tbsp dried thyme
  • Half tbsp cayenne pepper


Download the method on the Morphy Richards Cook & Create App.

Try using the marinade on deliciously succulent BBQ ribs, yum! One of the best bits of the BBQ (apart from the smell of the hot coals) is all the condiments you get to add to your grub to make your burger or hotdog exactly how you like it. We love a generous dollop of limey guacamole on ours. To make your own guacamole using the Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set, you’ll need:

  • 75g cherry tomatoes
  • Half a red chilli de seeded
  • 65g fresh coriander
  • 1 avocado, halved, stoned and skin removed 
  • 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste 

You can also find out all the steps needed to whip up your guacamole on the app.

Fruit Scones and Sweet & Sour Colada


 

 

Whatever happens with the weather, the Bank Holiday is definitely the perfect time to embrace the summer season and what could be better than celebrating with a batch of tasty fruit scones and an even fruitier mocktail? Our recipes are super easy to make using the Morphy Richards Total Control Stand Mixer and Blend Express, and are sure to wow your guests with a sweeter tooth.

To whisk up a batch of fruit scones using the Total Control Stand Mixer you’ll need:

  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 50g unsalted butter, cubed 
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 100g sultanas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 tbsp milk

Get all the steps you need on the Cook & Create app.

To wash down your indulgent scones (topped with clotted cream and strawberry jam of course), try a zesty and delicious Sweet & Sour Cocktail made using juicy strawberries and lemon sorbet whizzed up in the Morphy Richards Blend Express. The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • 135g strawberries
  • 100g lemon sorbet
  • 80ml elderflower cordial
  • 260ml apple juice
  • 4 ice cubes


You’ve guessed it, the step by step instructions are also on our app! It’s free to download and is packed full of tasty ideas to get your taste buds tingling.

You’ll find more great ideas for Bank Holiday Recipes over on our Pinterest board.


 



Share your bank holiday creations over on the Morphy Richards Facebook page. Have fun cooking!


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ATOMiST Ironing Parties

By Kirstie Jones | 17/05/2016 | Posted in Product Reviews

 


Last weekend, creased fabrics and tough-to-iron textiles were banished up and down the UK as our ATOMiST parties with Come Round took place across the nation. 150 people put the ATOMiST Vapour Iron to the test with help from their friends and family. 

The parties were a chance for people to see for themselves within their own home and with their own clothes, how well the ATOMiST performs.  The ATOMiST’s patented vapour mist technology penetrates deep into fabrics to help you tackle creases with ease, so you’ll have more time for everything else (like getting on with the party!) As the water for the mist is not heated, it will remain limescale free, so you can say goodbye to marks on your clothes and cleaning your iron…amazing right?

Here are some of our favourite bits from the Come Round parties that took place. You can take a look at all the pics from the event by searching for #ATOMiST on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.


“Ironing made easy with the new thermoglass Vapour Iron” - @fashitech
“The ATOMiST iron was great, it looks nice sat on your work top whilst ironing” - @dearlittledaisy
“Enjoying this glam iron” - @andrealynetteyoung
“Who knew an iron could be so beautiful!” - @jenvonabb

 


 
(Thanks to @bangontyle, @acrossthispage, @jacintaz03, @dearlittledaisy, Norman Noel, Rizniya Larif, @fashitect & Emma Rose for these photos.)


Want to read a full round up of the event and find out our reviewers’ thoughts on the ATOMiST iron? You can read all about it here:


Bang On Style Blog
XGemBeanX’s Blog
The Dadventurer

Watch the video reviews here:

Paul Brook
Louise Curtis
Vickie Cole

To see more about the ATOMiST, take a look at the Redefine hub, where you’ll also be able to check out the full Redefine range.

Did you take part in the #ATOMiST parties and are you still using your ATOMiST? Why not share your favourite photos on the Morphy Richards Facebook page?



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Spring Cleaning Top Tips!

By Kirstie Jones | 17/05/2016 | Posted in Household Cleaning

Last month over on the Morphy Richards Facebook page we asked for your top Spring Cleaning Tips, and you didn’t disappoint! There were so many great ideas we’ve turned our favourites into inspiring quotes you can save as handy reminders, or why not pin them to one of your boards on Pinterest? We’ve added them to ours! Take a look here.

 


You’ll find more top tips over on Facebook, where we’re also giving you the chance to win a SuperVac 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner! Simply let us know which of these top Spring Cleaning Tips you’ve tried for your chance to win. Good luck!

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Spring cleaning sorted!

By Kirstie Jones | 11/03/2016 | Posted in Floor Care

Is it time for the big deep clean of your home now spring has finally rolled around? Now winter’s on its way out having a thorough clean is a great way to pay some attention to those spots that get missed as part of your regular cleaning routine. Don’t miss our top tips on sprucing up your home from top to bottom, plus find out how you can win a Total Clean Fresh Steam Cleaner!

 

 
Have a process and a checklist


When you think about all the things that need cleaning in your home, it can be a bit overwhelming. The best way to tackle a deep clean or big spring clean is to have a clear process in mind. Before you even start cleaning, having a pre clean where you focus on decluttering and tidying up will make the cleaning process itself so much easier. Work out the order of how to move through your home and where you’ll clean first. If you live over two floors, starting upstairs and working your way down could be one method. Whichever room you tackle first, it can help to take a top to bottom approach, so start high up and think about dusting ceilings and light fittings and on top of cupboards, then work down to eye level and tackle furniture and worktops, before finishing off with the floors. This method also makes sure any dust you create high up gets cleaned up at the end. Having a checklist can also help you stay on track. We like this free printable list from the Living Well Spending Less blog.


Raid the cupboards

As well as stocking up on cleaning products, ingredients you’ve probably already got in your cupboards can be a good addition to your deep cleaning regime. For example, vinegar and baking soda can be used to get oil-based stains out of carpet. Lemon and salt can be used to clean stainless steel sinks and cream of tartare can help make small appliances like toasters look shiny and new again. 


Have the right equipment


Once you’ve got your checklist and process nailed, check you’ve got all the things you need to carry out the big clean. Think cleaning products as well as the basics like sponges, cloths, bin liners and paper towels. Once you get stuck into cleaning the last thing you’ll want to do is have to dash to the Supermarket for more supplies! The cleaning equipment you use can make a big difference to how efficient the cleaning process is. 

Banish dust from your home with the Morphy Richards Allergy Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner. This lightweight cylinder vacuum has variable suction control for different floor types and an integrated EPA filter, which retains 99.9% of household dust. 



The Total Clean Fresh Steam Cleaner is a great multi-tasker and can tackle a range of cleaning jobs from steaming work surfaces to getting rid of burnt on food on your hob and oven. With quick heat up time of 30 seconds and a continuous fill water tank, you can start steaming straight away and you don't have to turn the unit off to re-fill the tank allowing for more steaming time. Plus when you add your favourite detergent to the floor head it will leave your home smelling great when you’re done!
 


Once you’ve carried out the big deep clean, keep topped up with the SuperVac 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. The lightweight, cordless model can also be used as a handheld device perfect for tackling curtains, upholstery and hard to reach places.


For your chance to win a Total Clean Fresh Steam Cleaner, simply head over to the Morphy Richards Facebook Page and share your spring cleaning tips!








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Perfect American Pancakes and Five Topping Ideas with a Twist

By Kirstie Jones | 08/02/2016 | Posted in Recipes

To celebrate Pancake Day this year we’ll be rustling up a giant stack of fluffy American style pancakes using the Total Control Stand Mixer. If you want a more traditional treat, we’ve got you covered with our recipe for pancakes topped with blueberries and maple syrup. But if you want to be a little bit braver this year, we’ve got also got five ideas for alternative topping combinations that shouldn’t work, but somehow totally do! 

American Pancakes Recipe

 


Ingredients:

1 tbsp baking powder
225g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 tsp white sugar
2 large eggs (beaten)
30g butter (melted and cooled)
300 ml milk
Butter for frying
Blueberries and maple syrup for topping

Method:
  1. Simply add all of the ingredients into the Total Control Stand Mixer and mix until on speed 4 for 1.5 to 2 minutes, or until you’ve got a smooth batter. 
  2. Once the batter is mixed, transfer to a jug so it’s easier to pour into the pan. 
  3. Heat up a smooth, heavy based pan and add a small knob of butter before pouring in enough batter for one pancake at a time. 
  4. Remember to wait until the upper side of the pancake is bubbling before flipping onto the other side, which should take about 1 minute. 
  5. Repeat until you’ve used up all the batter.

Top tip:
Keep the pancakes you’ve made under the grill or in the oven on a low heat to keep them warm while you finish the batch. That way they’ll still all be warm when you assemble them into one giant stack!


Our Top Five Alternative Topping Combinations

Once you’ve got your stack ready and assembled, either top them with blueberries and warm maple syrup, or if you’re fancy something a little bit different, give one of these more unusual combinations a go.
  1. Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar 

    It sounds peculiar, but the sweet undertones of the balsamic vinegar bring out the sharpness in the strawberries for a delightful combination. Try chopping the strawberries in half, then drizzling on a splash of your finest balsamic vinegar dressing.

  2. Chocolate and Chilli 

    If you’ve ever tried chilli chocolate brownies you’ll know that this combination is a little bit weird but a lot wonderful. Try melting chocolate onto the pancakes and adding a few gratings of fresh red chilli for pancakes with a bit of a kick!

  3. Banana and Bacon

    Bacon and pancakes is an American breakfast staple, but when you add bananas into the mix it takes it to a whole new level (and totally makes them count towards one of your five a day!) Add chopped banana slices and crispy bacon rashers to your pancake stack and finish with a glug of maple syrup.

  4. Dark Chocolate and Parmesan 

    There’s something magical in the combination of salty and sweet flavours, which makes this seemingly strange pairing a match made in pancake heaven. Top your pancakes with melted dark chocolate and a light shaving of parmesan for an unusual twist you’ll love.

  5. Raspberries and Peanut Butter

    These two flavours come together for the classic American peanut butter and jelly sandwich, so there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be paired up on pancakes. Try smoothing peanut butter in between each pancake as you assemble your stack, then serve with raspberries scattered all over. 


Let us know which topping combinations you’ll be trying on our Facebook page – we love hearing all about your creations! You can find more great recipes to make with the Total Control Stand Mixer on the Cook & Create App, available to download on iTunes and Google Play

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Guilt be gone with these healthy snack time recipes

By Aimee Cutino | 22/01/2016 | Posted in Recipes

It’s the time of year where everyone’s on a ‘get healthy’ mission after weeks of indulgence over the festive period. Want to keep to your healthy new lifestyle? Of course you do! The key to sticking to a healthier diet is making sure that you don’t get bored of what you’re eating. Why not spruce up your wellness regime with these easy to make guilt free snacks? 

To help you keep motivated, we’re giving you 10%* off the Total Control Hand Blender Work Centre, the Sauté and Soup Maker and the Easy Blend Deluxe.  Simply add the code BLOG10 to the voucher box for the discount to be applied. Hurry! Offer ends 31st January. 


Tasty hummus  

Swap the unhealthy dips and spreads for deliciously nutritious hummus. Super quick and easy to make, hummus always tastes better when it’s homemade. So break out the Total Control Hand Blender Work Centre and let’s get cracking! 


 

 
Ingredients:


  • 400g chickpeas
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 75ml Tahini paste
  • Pinch of a salt
  • Pinch of fresh coriander 
  • Cayenne pepper (to serve) 

Method:

  1. Peel the clove of garlic and chop in half
  2. Cut the lemons in half. Using a juicer, squeeze all the juices out of the lemon. For a more zesty flavour, try adding the juice of another lemon
  3. Fit the chopping blade into the bowl of the Total Control Hand Blender Work Centre
  4. Place all of the ingredients (except the liquid from the tin of chickpeas) into the bowl. Make sure you keep the chickpea liquid aside for later
  5. Attach the lid to the bowl and then fasten the main unit to the lid
  6. On speed 7, blend in short bursts. Stop every so often and scrape the sides of the bowl with a plastic spatula
  7. In a separate bowl, mix together the juice from the final lemon with the chickpea juice
  8. Add small amounts of this juice at a time to suit personal taste 
  9. Once all mixed together, season to your taste before serving in a bowl. Top tip: why not add some fresh coriander and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for decoration?
Quick and easy falafel 

Spice up your snack time regime with this Middle Eastern classic.  Grab the Total Control Hand Blender Work Centre for a fast, low-carb, snack.


 

 
Ingredients:
  • 400g chickpeas
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 30g fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp harissa paste
  • 1 ½ tbsp plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil
Method:
  1. Drain and rinse the canned chickpeas before patting them dry with kitchen paper
  2. Peel and dice the red onion
  3. Peel the clove of garlic and cut in half
  4. Remove the stalks from the fresh parsley
  5. Fit the chopping blade into the bowl
  6. Add the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, harissa page, flour and salt into the bowl
  7. Fit the lid and the main unit to the bowl
  8. Blend the ingredients using the Precision  Control Trigger on speed  7, blending in short bursts for around 40 seconds until fairly smooth 
  9. Shape the blended mixture into four patties
  10. Place the patties onto a plate, cover with cling film and refrigerate until needed
  11. Once ready to use , heat the sunflower oil in a non-stick frying pan
  12. When the sunflower oil is hot, carefully add the patties and gently fry for around three minutes on each side until golden
Delicious raspberry smoothie

Enjoying one of your five a day has never been easier. This deliciously healthy smoothie will soon be one of your snack time favourites; it’s already one of ours! Ready in just four simple steps, this is just one of the many recipes that you can create in your Sauté and Soup Maker



 


Ingredients:
  • 300g raspberries
  • 900ml low fat raspberry yoghurt
  • 300ml semi skimmed milk
Method:
  1. Place all of the ingredients into the jug and stir thoroughly
  2. Place the lid on the jug
  3. Using the ‘mode’ button, select the ‘juice’ setting and wait for two minutes until the Sauté and Soup Maker has finished
  4. The Sauté and Soup Maker will beep to indicate when the smoothie is ready. Pour into a cold glass and enjoy. Chill the remainder for the rest or the week or pop in the freezer for a longer storage life. 

For more quick and easy snack recipes, why not download our new Cook ‘n Create app? You can download it from iTunes or Google Play.


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How To Chop Like A Pro This Christmas

By Kirstie Jones | 09/12/2015

It’s the most important meal of the year so what better excuse to brush up on your kitchen skills than preparing Christmas Dinner? If you want your guests to be wowed with a perfect plate worthy of being shared on Facebook (piled high as it might be!) then mastering your chopping skills is a great place to start.  It can also help you save valuable time in the kitchen which is handy when there are so many dishes to prepare! Read on for top tips on creating perfect carrot batons and speedy onion dicing.

If you fancy upping your chopping game this Christmas but aren’t feeling up to perfecting your knife handling skills just yet, you can always start by using a multi-functional kitchen tool to speed up the chopping process and guarantee great results. The Total Control Hand Blender Workcentre features both coarse and fine grating and slicing disks as well as a chopping blade, making light work of preparing all kinds of vegetables, whether you’re slicing potatoes for a creamy dauphinoise or grating fruit for a festive fruit cake. You can find plenty of recipe ideas for the Total Control Hand Blender Workcentre on the Morphy Cook & Create App, available on iTunes or Google Play.


1. Preparation

Before you get started preparing the veggies for your Christmas feast, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the right tools for the job. Always use a high density plastic or wooden chopping board; never chop on glass as it can blunt your knife. Choosing the right knife is also key. For most vegetables a sharp 5” or 6” chef’s knife is ideal, as the curved front edge allows you to rock the knife up and down smoothly when chopping.

2. The rolling chop

The rolling chop takes time to perfect, but once mastered is a great technique for chopping consistently and quickly. To start, grasp the chef’s knife like you were shaking hands with it, using your strongest hand. Your index finger should be placed near the top and side of the knife to keep it steady, rather than towards the bottom of the handle.  Keep the tip of the knife down on the board and use chopping motions that go forward and down at the same time instead of straight up and down. The idea is to roll the knife through the food, keeping the tip touching the board.


3. The claw

With your other hand, form a claw over the vegetable you’re chopping, rather than holding it with your fingers out. The knuckle at the end of your middle finger should be closest to the knife’s blade and will form a barrier between the knife and your fingertips meaning you’re much less likely to cut yourself. Although it might feel safer to hold your hand away from the knife, this gives you much less control over the vegetables, and by maintaining contact between your knuckle and the knife, you’ll be able to feel where it is without even looking.

4. Getting on with onions

Knowing how to dice an onion is a great thing to have mastered, as so many recipes call for using finely diced onion as a base ingredient. To begin, peel off the top layers of skin and chop off the top of the onion. Leave the root intact, then cut the onion in half lengthways. Lie the onion flat with the cut side down, then make evenly spaced cuts long the length of the onion without cutting all the way to the root. Next make one or two horizontal cuts through the body of the onion depending on how finely you need it dicing. Finally, cut straight down through the onion across your original slices, using the claw and the rolling chop technique. As you get towards the bottom, simply flip it on its side and keep chopping until you reach the root.

5. Perfect batons

The key to getting perfectly even, square-cut batons is to get rid of any round edges before cutting up all your individual batons. Start by cutting off the top and bottom of the carrot, then cut lengthways down one of the sides in a straight line. Turn the carrot onto the next side, then trim along the next length. Repeat until all the edges are trimmed and you’re left with an evenly cut rectangle of carrot. Cut this carrot block in half, then into as many pieces as you like, depending on how thick you want the batons to be.


For more top tips on Christmas cooking prep, keep an eye on our Facebook page where we’ll be sharing recipe ideas from My Virgin Kitchen’s Barry Lewis. #TogetherWellMakeIt

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Three Tasty Soups for Winter

By Kirstie Jones | 09/12/2015 | Posted in Recipes

Cold and wet weather means it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy hearty soup. To help you keep warm this winter we’re bringing you three delicious recipes to transform classic ingredients into tasty soups you’ll love, including two recipes from the Morphy Richards Cook & Create App

 


Winter Vegetable Soup

Based on our Basic Vegetables Soup recipe from the Cook & Create App this soup can be adapted to use all your favourite seasonal vegetables; from sprouts to red cabbage or carrots and parsnips, mix and match your favourite veggies to create your very own festive flavour combinations.

Ingredients:
  • 700g assorted vegetables, diced
  • Water (to MAX mark)
  • 2 chicken or vegetable stock cubes
  • Salt and ground black pepper
Method:
  • Fill the Soup and Smoothie Maker past the MIN mark with your selection of diced vegetables. 
  • Add the vegetable or chicken stock cubes and fill to the MAX mark with water.
  • Select the smooth setting. Once the soup is ready, season to taste and serve. Try serving with toasted rosemary croutons for an even tastier treat.
Pea, Ham & Mint Soup


This quick and easy recipe from the Cook & Create App makes a tasty, hearty soup that’s perfect for this time of year. This is also a great way to use ham hock leftovers!

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g peas
  • Fresh mint 20g 
  • 225g ham, roughly chopped or shredded
  • 100g potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 ham stock cube
  • 800ml boiling water
  • 75ml crème fraiche
  • Salt and ground black pepper
Method:
  • Make the ham stock by adding the stock cube to the boiling water. Stir well. 
  • Place the peas, mint, shredded ham, diced potato and hot stock liquid into the Soup and Smoothie Maker and select the smooth setting.
  • When the soup is ready, season to taste and add the olive oil and the crème fraiche to the jug, re-attach the lid and use the ‘Mode’ button to select the ‘Blend’ setting.
  • Press and hold the ‘Select On/Off’ button to blend the soup for 20 seconds before serving. Easy! 

Roasted Parsnip and Bacon Soup

What could be better than a tasty parsnip soup on a cold winter’s day? Parsnip and bacon soup! Topped with crispy bacon, this indulgent soup is a tasty twist on a Christmas classic.

Ingredients:

  • 5 – 6 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 large shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 700ml vegetable stock
  • 6 bay leaves 
  • 470ml water
  • 60ml white wine
  • 1 – 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
Method:
  • Roast the parsnips at 200 degrees C for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown, turning them once during cooking. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Meanwhile, in a large pan cook the bacon strips until crisp. 
  • Remove the bacon and set aside, reserving 2tbsp of bacon fat in the pan. 
  • Add the butter and shallots and sauté until the shallots are golden brown. Reserve 2tbsp of the cooked shallots to use as a garnish. 
  • Cut the bacon into thin strips then add some of the bacon to the shallot garnish mix. 
  • Add the cooked parsnips into the pan with the leftover bacon fat. Add the bacon, stock and bay leaves and leave to simmer for 20mins. 
  • Once cooked, remove the bay leaves then blend using the Total Control Hand Blender at speed 4, adding the wine and water as required until the soup has reached the desired consistency. 
  • Season with salt and pepper then serve topped with the shallots and bacon mixture. Delicious!

If you’re inspired to get cooking, there are a variety of inspirational  recipes available on our Cook & Create App. You can download it from iTunes or Google Play. For more food inspiration keep an eye on our Facebook page for Christmas day cooking tips from My Virgin Kitchen’s Barry Lewis. He’ll be sharing four ideas on recipes you can make ahead to help the big day go smoothly! 




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Avoid a cake decorating disaster with these expert tips

By Aimee Pearson | 10/11/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

This week’s Baking Surgery winner Eve Borrett had a bit of a disaster decorating her bunny cake that ended up looking a bit sorry for itself.  If like Eve you’ve nailed your bakes but fall at the final hurdle when it comes to finishing off your cakes with finesse, these tips are for you. We’re bringing you handy hints for preparation, creating impressive layer cakes, and top notch cupcakes this week as part of our Baking Surgery. Look out for more tips from vlogger Barry Lewis over on our Facebook page #TogetherWellMakeIt


 

 

1. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Whatever type of cake you’re decorating, most of the things that go wrong boil down to a lack of preparation. If you haven’t left enough time to decorate your creation you’ll end up rushing or attempting to decorate a cake that’s still warm. It’s important to leave enough time to allow your cakes to cool completely before you start to apply any icing or it will just melt off.

How you handle the sponges as soon as they come out of the oven is also key. For a layer cake, it’s crucial to leave the individual layers upside down to cool. This will help flatten them out and make the final cake much easier to assemble. With cupcakes, it’s important to take them out of the tin to cool so they don’t become misshapen. 


 

 
2. Icing a layer cake

Still on the theme of preparation, when tackling a layer cake a few simple steps at the beginning of the process can help you master getting that ‘wow’ factor. Start by putting a small dab of frosting on the cake stand underneath the first layer to stop it from sliding around. Tucking overlapping pieces of baking paper underneath the edges of the cake will keep the stand clean and can be removed when you’re all done.

When it comes to assembling the layers, it’s best to use a bigger dollop of icing to spread on each layer to start with. You can always scrape some off if you’ve put too much on, whereas if you use too little you’ll end up pulling up crumbs into the icing. Make sure you spread the frosting on each of the layers just beyond the edge of the cake; this will help you when it comes to frosting around the side of the cake.

When working on the edges, it’s best to tackle the cake in quarters, turning the cake stand as you go. Just focus on getting the whole cake covered before you move onto smoothing the icing out or working in any patterns.


 



3. Conquer those cupcakes

To make perfectly fluffy buttercream icing to top your cupcakes, try our recipe from the Cook & Create app, and whip it to perfection using the Total Control Folding Stand Mixer . You can currently get 10% off the mixer using code TOTAL10. 

Once you’ve made your icing adding it into a piping bag is an easy way to give your cupcakes a professional looking finish. When filling up your piping bag, try folding the top over a cup to give yourself a stable base to work with and make filling the bag far less messy. Experiment with different nozzles to create different effects. When piping the icing, start in the middle then loop around the edge in a circle, then finish with a swirl on top, back towards the centre.

If you’re not feeling confident enough to use a piping bag, try smoothing the butter icing on using a spatula. Measure it out equally among the cakes first using an ice cream scoop to make sure all your cupcakes end up looking the same. 


 

 

If all these tips aren’t enough, look out for another video from My Virgin Kitchen’s Barry Lewis next week, when he’ll be demonstrating how to fix cake decorating disasters. And remember, if all else fails, there’s nothing a generous dusting of icing sugar can’t fix! 

For more great hints and tips from the Baking Surgery, be sure to check out our
Facebook page. #TogetherWellMakeIt

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Make your Bonfire Night a fiery success with these three quick wins

04/11/2015 | Posted in Recipes

Bonfire Night is one of our favourite nights of the year; it's the perfect excuse to invite friends and family over for a get together to watch ‘sparks fly’ and cosy up by the fire. 

However, the best bit of the night is the array of treats that go hand in hand with the occasion. From hot dogs to toffee apples and parkin, the foody traditions of 5th of November are some of the best of the year.

Once again, the Morphy Richards Baking Surgery is here to help! If you're hosting a Bonfire Night party or just looking for some seasonal inspiration to add to your baking repertoire, these three recipe ideas will help your cooking skills skyrocket! Featuring tips from My Virgin Kitchen’s Barry Lewis, we’ve got plenty of ideas to inspire you from quick and easy snacks to tasty Bonfire treats. #TogetherWellMakeIt



 



Tomato soup – the perfect winter warmer

This hearty soup with a modern twist will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside – perfect for watching fireworks out in the cold.

Simply download the Cook and Create app from either the App Store or from Google Play and search for Italian Tomato Soup. Then follow four simple steps to deliciously tasty tomato soup using the Morphy Richards Sauté and Soup Maker. For a more fiery taste, why not add a pinch of cayenne or some chilli flakes? 

The Sauté and Soup Maker just received a review of 5/5 from the Daily Mail (yes, we like to brag) and for a limited time only you can get an extra 10% off with the voucher code TOTAL10. Perfect for kicking off your Christmas shopping! 


Firework marshmallow pops

This week’s Baking Surgery winner, Lauren Woodall was looking for a quick and easy fix for her sugar craving and it didn’t quite go to plan. Morphy Richards have come to the rescue with the perfect sweet treat solution from our brand ambassador, Barry Lewis of My Virgin Kitchen, to make sure preparing for your Bonfire Night as easy as possible!

These firework marshmallow pops will go down a treat with kids…and the big kids (we’re looking at you parents!). Follow these quick and easy steps for a real taste explosion. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • Approx. 200g of milk chocolate/ baking chocolate 
  • Sprinkles / hundreds & thousands
  • 1 packet of popping candy/ pop rocks
  • Bamboo skewers

Method:

  1. Break up the chocolate into small chunks, melt in a bowl over simmering water until smooth. Top tip: if you have impatient kids that want to eat their creation straight away, use good quality baking chocolate as it sets quicker than regular milk chocolate. 
  2. While you’re waiting for your chocolate to melt, push the skewers into the marshmallows (we’d suggest one marshmallow per skewer) and mix your sprinkles and popping candy in a bowl. 
  3. Once your chocolate is completely melted dunk your marshmallow skewers so that they’re completely coated in chocolate. 
  4. Roll the chocolate marshmallows in the sprinkles mixture to coat and then return to the baking tray. 
  5. Place them in the fridge for about 15 minutes so that your chocolate can set, then tuck right in and enjoy! 


Yet another bonfire night classic with a twist…baked potato hot dogs


What keeps you warm on a cold winter’s night when you’re stood around a bonfire…? Hot dogs of course! 

This year, why not change it up and swap the bread buns for baked potatoes? This great recipe from Barry Lewis, really will blow your mind! It’s so easy to make and will go down a treat with the family. Get the full recipe by watching the video here

Get more baking hints and tips from our Barry Lewis at our Baking Surgery page. #TogetherWellMakeIt




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Be the Boss of Breadmaking

By Aimee Pearson | 21/10/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

We know you can feel a little apprehensive at the thought of making your own bread. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a bread maker to achieve great results. No one can deny how scrumptious a homemade loaf fresh out of the oven can really be and all you need is a bit of time on your hands.  

Once again, the Morphy Richards Baking Surgery is at your service! We’ve collaborated with our brand ambassador Barry Lewis from My Virgin Kitchen to bring you some essential tips for bread making. Step outside of your comfort zone and release the Paul Hollywood within!

Get more baking hints and tips from our Barry Lewis at the Baking Surgery page.  #TogetherWellMakeIt

1. Swap your store bought yeast for something closer to home:

Try making a homemade starter, an alternative to store bought yeast, for a very traditional loaf – this is how our ancestors used to make bread after all. The store bought yeast will struggle to achieve the same level of taste, consistency and flavour. Sound complicated? We promise it’s not! All you need to do is mix an equal weight of flour and water together, place in a large jar and leave to sit for a few days. With a bit of patience you can make some legendary homemade bread.


 

 
2. Easy on the flour:

To ensure the perfect dough consistency, you have to be careful with the amount of flour you use. If it won’t shape into a ball, it’s probably too dry, so add a drop of water to moisten it up! The mixture should be sticky and firm so that when you come to knead it, it bonds together well and doesn’t separate during baking. 
We know it’s hard to resist the temptation of adding more flour during kneading, especially when you’re a newbie bread maker and you’re not sure how the dough should look. Barry suggests using small quantities of olive oil, melted butter or even water when proving the dough. Adjusting the quantities of flour can have a huge effect on the outcome. This is where we think this week’s Baking Surgery competition winner, Ruby Grawe, may have gone wrong (sorry Ruby!).


 

 


3. A dough hook is all you ‘knead’:

Kneading is one of the most important processes in bread making; it aids the development of gluten (a type of protein) which ensures springy and elastic dough. Traditional hands-on kneading can be tiring, especially if you’ve missed a few sessions at the gym and your arm strength is lacking! Once your ingredients are mixed together, attach the dough hook on the Total Control Stand Mixer, select the pre-programmed bread dough setting and let the machine do the work. The dough is ready for proving when it’s beautifully smooth and slightly tacky to touch.   


 

 
4. Give the dough plenty of time to prove:
Proving allows the bread to rise and this requires patience; it’s a good time for shopping or catching up with a friend over a coffee! Before you wander off, ensure your dough is in a large mixing bowl to allow plenty of room to rise and cover with cling film or a damp tea towel.  Find a cosy spot in your house, where there’s no draught, and allow the dough to rise for at least an hour - the recipe should state proving times so follow these. Ideally, the dough should have doubled in size. 



 

 
Once you’ve mastered baking your favourite loaf, why not challenge yourself and try making a homemade pizza or a traditional Italian Focaccia? 

If you're not quite ready to go it alone, why not try one of our breadmakers for all the home-baked goodness in a fraction of the time?

For more advice from the Baking Surgery, be sure to check out our Facebook page. #TogetherWellMakeIt


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Banish Baking Blunders With Our Top Baking Tips

By Aimee Pearson | 14/10/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

Baking isn’t always the easiest thing to crack; all it takes is one little error and before you know it you’ve got a baking disaster on your hands! Don’t worry, the Morphy Richards Baking Surgery is here to help. We’ve pulled together some handy hints and tips to help you steer clear of some of the most common – and most easily avoided – baking blunders and be the organised, confident baker we know you can be!

Get more baking hints and tips from our brand ambassador and super vlogger Barry Lewis of My Virgin Kitchen at the Baking Surgery page. #TogetherWellMakeIt

1. Never underestimate the importance of lining your tins:

Although greasing the inside of the cake tin isn’t the most glamourous job, it helps to ensure you get smooth edges and is definitely worth the effort to avoid a broken cake. We’re sure this week’s Baking Surgery competition winner, Emily Coleman, wishes she’d greased her cake tins before baking them!

 


 
All you need to do is scoop some butter onto a clean piece of kitchen roll and wipe your tin for a quick and easy greasing solution – don’t forget to get into the edges! If you prefer to work with grease proof paper, add a little bit of butter to the cake tin first to stop the paper from moving when you pour in the mixture. Easy!

2. Avoid the dreaded ‘raw middle & burnt edges’ combination with this foil trick:

Sometimes the oven is not your friend, and that moment when the thick mixture transforms into a lovely, even brown cake comes far earlier than anticipated…before the middle of the cake has had time to catch up! Don’t worry though, the edges may be burning and the cake may still be raw in the middle, but it’s not too late to save it. To rescue your cake, simply cover it with a tight layer of tin foil to trap the heat and turn the temperature down by 10 degrees for the remainder of the baking time. 

 

 
3. Prepare ahead of time to avoid a last-minute shopping trip:


When the pressure of producing the perfect dinner party dessert is mounting, it’s easy to accidentally forget a crucial ingredient (let’s be honest, we’ve all done it at some point!). Avoid the panic next time by planning ahead and being prepared. Before you start to bake, measure out and organise all of the ingredients in separate bowls and make sure you have everything you need for the entire recipe. If you’re missing anything, you still have time to run to the shop to get the crucial ingredient before you start to bake!  

While you’re organising your ingredients, make sure you have all of the tools you need for the entire recipe, including icing, fillings and sauces. If you’re using a handy multi-functional tool like the Morphy Richards Total Control Hand Blender, make sure you lay out all of the attachments you’ll need for the recipe before you start so you don’t search all of your kitchen cupboards in a panic later on! (If you haven’t already discovered the Total Control Hand Blender, you can get 10% off now with the Baking Surgery promo code). 

 

 
4. Know your flours and get creative: 


Is there a difference between plain and self-raising flour? YES – and using plain flour instead of self-raising is a sure-fire way to ruin a recipe! Never fear though, if you’re running out of storage space for your ever-expanding stash of baking supplies, you can cleverly use the ingredients you already have. Make your own self-raising flour by adding a small amount of baking power to plain flour (just be sure to check the baking powder isn’t out of date and stick to ½ tsp of baking powder per 100g of plain flour). Genius! 

 

 

For more great hints and tips from the Baking Surgery, be sure to check out our Facebook page. #TogetherWellMakeIt



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Bake Fail no more!

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 23/09/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

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. 

 


2.

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.


 


3.

Over-mixing 


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 the

Total 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.





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The Together We'll Make It Surgery is Open

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 17/09/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

We know baking isn’t easy. We know that sometimes your bread won’t rise no matter how much you will it to, you’ll end up with more batter on the walls than in your baking tray, or your icing will dribble rather than dazzle (Mat, we feel you, that tennis cake looked hard!).


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!

Why not share your perfect bakes or ‘Mat moments’ on Facebook and Twitter during the next live episode of GBBO? 




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Great British Fake Off: Top baking cheats and tips

By Aimee Pearson | 27/08/2015 | Posted in Recipes

Do you spend every episode of GBBO salivating at the assortment of delicious treats on your television, but have no idea how to make them?

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!

  1. 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. 

     


  2. 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. 

     


  3. 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!

     


  4. 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.

     


  5. 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.

     


  6. 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?

     


  7. These hints and tips will help you on your way to creating a 'show stopper', so relax and have fun with your baking!
Now you’re on your way to being a baking pro, why not share your creations with us on Facebook and Twitter, or Tweet us live during the next GBBO episode?

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Five ironing woes that will be a thing of the past if you have one of these steam generators

By Rosie Wardale | 21/08/2015 | Posted in Garment Care

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.

  1. 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!

     


  2. 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. 

     


  3. 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!

     


  4. 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. 



  5. 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!

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There’s no need to cry over spilt crumbs

By Aimee Pearson | 14/08/2015 | Posted in Household Cleaning

This week we put the SuperVac 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner to the test against the traditional dustpan and brush in our Man vs Morphy challenge. Who will win?

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. 



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The return of Great British Bake Off: The baking begins

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 05/08/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

It’s been a whole year since we watched Nancy Birthwhistle whip, ice, bake and mix her way to the top of the tent and to claim the crown of Great British Bake Off Champion 2014 and thank god, the show’s back again. We’re honestly not quite sure what we’ve been doing with our Wednesday nights.

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.

Madeira cake

 

Ingredients: 
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

Method:

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 ;)



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Mix and match your spices

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 03/08/2015 | Posted in Recipes

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. 

Ingredients: 

  • 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
Method:


  1. Place the oil in a large saucepan (do not use non-stick), and heat for a few minutes. 
  2. Gently fry the onion, garlic and chilli for 2- 3 minutes without browning, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Add the plum tomatoes, passata and wine, season with a little salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Place the lid on the pan and simmer gently for 25 minutes, or until the onions are tender. 
  6. Ten minutes before the sauce is ready, cook the pasta according to the pack instructions. 
  7. 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. 
  8. Drain the pasta then stir the sauce through it. Heat through if necessary then serve immediately with Parmesan cheese.

Once you have got the knack of spice mixtures, share your tips and tricks with other inexperienced cooks on our Facebook and Twitter channels – you may even pick up a few more tips yourself!

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The five essential things to do before you go on holiday

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 17/07/2015 | Posted in Garment Care

Did you know that the average person spends more time preparing for their holiday than on it? 

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. 

P.S. We can’t wait to see the pictures! Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter

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