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Are you planning a spook-tacular Halloween party this year? (Trick and) treat your guests to these creepily cute miniature ghost cakes made using the Total Control Folding Stand Mixer. The mixer’s auto-set programme means you can create perfect cakes with ease to avoid a Halloween baking nightmare!
IngredientsFor the fairy cakes
For the ghost decoration
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
To make your spooky ghost cakes, start off by following the instructions for fairy cakes on the Morphy Richards Cook & Create App. Making a batch of cakes ready for decoration is made quick and easy by using the Total Control Folding Stand Mixer on the automatic cake setting, with the ingredients listed above. Get simple step-by-step instructions by downloading the app and selecting recipes for the Total Control Folding Stand Mixer. In the cake section then select Fairy Cakes (Auto) for the easiest bake you’ve ever had. Try baking the cakes using colourful Halloween themed cases to help give them the wooooo factor!
Once you’ve made your fairy cakes and they have cooled down completely, decorate them using a mixture of marshmallow spread and buttercream icing. Making buttercream icing can be done in no time using the Total Control Folding Stand Mixer – get all the instructions on the Morphy Richards Cook & Create App which is available on iTunes and Google Play. Fold together buttercream and the marshmallow fluff and add to a piping bag, then pipe out in an upwards motion to create a miniature ghost on top of each cake. Finish with chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth and your cakes are ready to be served!
Have you made any Halloween themed baking creations this year? We’d love to see them! Share your photos on the Morphy Richards Facebook page.
The new Accents Special Edition collection of kettles and toasters has been designed with this in mind, and bring a touch of classic style into any kitchen. In three covetable pastel-inspired shades, Azure, Sand and Pebble, you’ll easily find coordinating accessories to finish off your new look.
To get your creative juices flowing we’ve put together a handy Pinterest board inspired by the Accents Special Edition collection, and a get-the-look tick list with a range of accessories to perfectly compliment the Azure kettle and toaster duo.
1. Blue bunting from KatzCornerBoutique via Etsy, £14.99 2. Grey Butchers Block, Harveys, £349 3. Cath Kidston Highgate Rose Sugar Bowl, £7 4. Morphy Richards Azure Accents Kettle, £59.99 5. Sophie Allport Blue Swallow Mug, £7 6. Morphy Richards Azure Accents 4 Slice Toaster, £59.99 7. Morphy Richards Total Control Stand Mixer, £149.99 8. Cath Kidston Ashdown Rose Oven Glove, £14 9. Morphy Richards Cream Canisters in Small and Large, £15.99 and £17.99 10. Blue Le Creuset Apron, £33 11. Will Torrent Patisserie At Home Recipe Book, £19.99
The gorgeous pastel blue shade of the Azure range works really nicely with a more traditional style kitchen and looks great paired with other muted pastel shades like the chalky grey butcher’s block from Harveys, and the cream retro inspired Morphy Richards storage canisters. Mix and match floral patterns for a look that’s not too chintzy – Cath Kidston and Sophie Allport have a beautiful collection of patterns inspired by country living that work in any classically styled room.
Finish off your look with a ream of cute bunting in complimentary shades, and once you’ve updated your space, why not treat yourself to an afternoon baking in your transformed kitchen? We’ve got our eye on the Patisserie At Home book and rather fancy a serving of pretty pastel macaroons and a nice cup of tea!
Have you been inspired to bring your kitchen to life with a new kettle and toaster set? Head on over to our website to see the full range here. Share your look using #BYKTL and find more inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
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!
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:
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:
You can also find out all the steps needed to whip up your guacamole on the app.
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:
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:
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.
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
Watch the video reviews here:
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?
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!