Posts by Kirstie Jones

Create Your Own Ghoulish Cupcakes Create Your Own Ghoulish Cupcakes

By Kirstie Jones | 28/10/2016 | Posted in Recipes

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!


 


Ingredients

For the fairy cakes
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 250g margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 200g icing sugar

For the ghost decoration

  • 1 jar marshmallow frosting spread
  • 100g margarine
  • 200g icing sugar
  • chocolate drops

Servings: 18 cupcakes
Cooking time: 60 minutes

Method

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.

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Bring Your Kitchen To Life! Kitchen Styling Tips With Accents Special Edition

By Kirstie Jones | 25/07/2016 | Posted in Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, but unlike the rest of the house where you can easily create a revamped look with a lick of paint and new soft furnishings, the kitchen sometimes gets left behind thanks to the tiled walls, cupboards and counter tops meaning you can’t easily redecorate. That’s where accessories and appliances can really add a new lease of life. Think of them as scatter cushions for your kitchen!

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.

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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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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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