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Cauliflower rice is a really simple and tasty alternative to rice, which you can enjoy with all of your favourite meals.
Cauliflower is high in fibre and low in calories – 100g contains only 26 calories and 5% of your daily dietary fibre. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C and minerals such as iron, calcium and potassium, all of which help with your general health and immune system.
To make a batch of cauliflower rice all you need is a cauliflower, a colander, a blender such as the Morphy Richards Accents Hand Blender Set with Serrator Blade a splash of rapeseed oil and a frying pan; it’s a doddle.
1. Start with one large cauliflower. Depending on the size, this should make two sizeable portions.
2. Remove all of the outer leaves and cut out the hard centre. Break it down into small florets, which will fit into your blender easily.
3. Thoroughly wash each of the florets and leave to drain in your colander. Pat dry with a sheet of kitchen towel.
4. Transfer all of the florets into the large jug of your Morphy Richards Hand Blender Set with Serrator Blade and pulse for about 30 seconds until all of the cauliflower is finely chopped.
5. Pop the chopped cauliflower into a frying pan with a small amount of rapeseed oil (a healthier alternative to olive oil, due to the reduced amount of saturated fat) and cook over a medium heat for approximately two minutes, until heated through.
6. Serve immediately with your choice of fish, meat or vegetables.
You can add different herbs and spices to the rice to give added flavour. Why not try coriander and lemon juice or black pepper and cayenne?
To ensure you can make the most of family time use your our Supreme Precision 10-in-1 Multicooker to rustle up these tasty meals in no time at all. Follow the instructions below and you’ll be as popular as the Easter bunny.
Mushroom Risotto with Parmesan Crisp
To serve four
• 40ml extra virgin olive oil
• 30g shallot, finely chopped
• 20g white onion finely chopped
• 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
• 200g button mushrooms, diced
• 150g shiitake mushrooms, diced
• 300g risotto rice
• 40ml dry white wine
• 630ml water
• 1 vegetable stock cube
• 50ml double cream
• 40g butter
• 30g Parmesan cheese, grated
• 200g Parmesan cheese, grated
• 1 shiitake mushroom, thinly sliced
• Extra virgin olive oil
For the Risotto:
1. Insert the mixing paddle into the jug; add the olive oil, shallot, onion, garlic and mushrooms. Attach the lid and measuring cap.
2. Select programme A and press start.
3. After five minutes the Multicooker will beep twice. Remove the lid, scrape the sides of the jug down using a plastic or silicone spatula and add the rice. After one minute add the wine, water and crumble in the stock cube. Replace the lid, without the measuring cap.
4. After 10 minutes the Multicooker will beep three times. Remove the lid and add the cream. Replace the lid.
5. After eight minutes the Multicooker will beep 4 times. Remove the lid, add the butter and Parmesan cheese. Replace the lid and cook until the programme stops.
6. At the end of the programme, press the stop button and remove the jug. Remove the mixing paddle and check the seasoning before serving.
For the Parmesan Crisps:
7. Place a small non-stick frying pan over a high heat. When hot, place a circular metal pastry cutter into the centre of the pan. Place a heaped spoonful of Parmesan cheese into the centre of the cutter, (approximately 50g).
8. After one minute, using a spoon remove the pastry cutter and gently turn the Parmesan crisp over to cook on the other side for another minute. Repeat for each crisp.
9. Gently fry off the sliced shiitake mushroom in a little oil, until cooked.
Serve the risotto in a bowl, topped with a Parmesan crisp, a slice of mushroom and a drizzle of olive oil.
For a richer risotto, add five fresh chopped scallops to the onion and shallot mix at the start.
To serve four
You will need:
• 20ml extra virgin olive oil
• 30g shallot, finely chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 150g button mushrooms, diced
• 200g mixed seafood
• ½tsp salt
• 20ml dry white wine
• 500ml water
• 380g spaghetti
• Freshly chopped parsley
• 12 tiger king prawns, shelled and de veined
• 4 parsley sprigs
For the Pasta:
1. Insert the mixing paddle into the jug, add the olive oil, shallot, garlic, mushrooms, seafood and half the salt. Attach the lid and measuring cap.
2. Select programme B and press start.
3. After five minutes the Multicooker will beep twice. Remove the lid and add the white wine. After a couple of minutes, add the water and replace the lid.
4. After 9 minutes the Multicooker will beep three times. Remove the lid, break the spaghetti in half and add to the jug with the remaining salt. Replace the lid. (When the pasta is almost cooked you may need to remove the lid and stir with a spatula to prevent sticking).
5. After 15 minutes the multicooker will beep four times. Remove the lid and add the parsley and check the seasoning. Continue cooking for the final few minutes stirring occasionally with a spatula.
6. At the end of the programme, press the stop button and remove the jug. Remove the mixing paddle before serving.
Heat a spoonful of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan, fry the tiger king prawns for one minute on each side.
Serve the pasta topped with three tiger king prawns and a sprig of parsley.
Spicy Hummus with Tahini
To serve four
You will need:
• 400g canned chickpeas, drained (liquid reserved)
• ½ large garlic clove, crushed
• 1½ lemons, juiced
• 1½tbsp olive oil
• 1tsp cumin, ground
• Salt, to taste
• Cayenne pepper, to taste
• 75g tahini paste
• Pitta bread, cut into strips
For the hummus:
1. Insert the chopping blade into the jug, add the drained chickpeas and attach the lid and measuring cap. Using the pulse setting, blend on speed 10 until mashed.
2. Remove the lid and add the garlic, lemon juice, oil, cumin, salt, cayenne and 2-3tbsp of the reserved liquid. Replace the lid and pulse twice for 10 seconds each. Scrape the sides of the jug down using a spatula and then pulse again for a further 10 seconds.
3. Add the tahini paste to the jug and pulse for 10 seconds. Scrape the sides of the jug down using a spatula and then pulse again for 10 seconds or until of a thick creamy consistency. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
4. Place the hummus into a shallow bowl, sprinkle with cayenne pepper.
Serve with pitta bread and crudité vegetables
Have a great Easter from all at Morphy Richards!
With many of you thinking about getting your bodies ready for summer (maybe wishful thinking knowing the British weather?) here are a few energy boosting smoothie ideas to help fuel your workouts.
Orange and mango citrus zinger
A fresh and exotic tasting drink to get you in the mood for summer escapes…
3 large oranges
I large mango
1. Wash and prepare the fruit, cut the oranges into segments and peel, de-stone and slice the mango.
2. Attach the jug attachment to your Easy Blend Deluxe using the Quad Blade. Insert the filter into the jug and attach the juicer lid.
3. Using the pusher, juice the orange and mango slices together on speed II.
4. Pour into a glass with ice and enjoy.
Simple, healthy and delicious.
One ripe banana
200ml skimmed milk
300g low fat vanilla yoghurt
1. Add the ingredients as listed to the 750ml beaker, do not overfill.
2. Attach the beaker to the Easy Blend Deluxe using the Quad Blade.
3. Pulse for 5-10 seconds to combine.
4. Blend on speed II for 20 seconds.
5. Pour and enjoy!
Strawberry watermelon cooler
A refreshing smoothie to quench your thirst and tickle your tastebuds.
One watermelon, skin removed
Eight large British strawberries
200g seedless red grapes
1. Wash and prepare the fruit, cut the watermelon into chunks and the strawberries in half.
2. Attach the jug attachment to your Easy Blend Deluxe using the Quad Blade. Insert the filter into the jug and attach the juicer lid.
3. Using the pusher, juice the fruit together on speed II.
4. Pour into a glass, stir and garnish with a strawberry.
Breakfast berry blast
A vitamin-filled smoothie to kick start your day and keep you going for hours.
One ripe banana
200ml skimmed milk
One tsp honey
1. Add all of the ingredients to the 750ml beaker, do not overfill.
2. Attached the beaker to the Easy Blend Deluxe using the Quad Blade.
3. Blend on speed II for 30 seconds.
4. Serve immediately.
Have you got any failsafe energy smoothie recipes? Post them on Facebook or tweet @LoveYourMorphy.
Alexa Chung feigned incompetency, but then pulled a trio of delights out of the bag (or, more appropriately, the oven) but was still no contest for Victoria Wood who took home the bake off apron.
If the tasty treats have got you in the mood to bake then check out our delicious recipes for brownies and crumpets below.
What’s more, if you’re looking to kit out your kitchen with the perfect baking products, you can pick up our Accents Plastic Stand Mixer for half price* by using the code BL0350 – happy baking!
Outrageously good brownies
Simple to make and easy to enjoy by all the family, this tray bake is a real treat.
For the cake:
- 75g cocoa powder
- 200ml boiling water
- ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 4 eggs
- 375g demerara sugar
- 175ml sunflower oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 275g self-raising flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 50g butter
- 300g icing sugar
- Chocolate stars
- Edible gold stars glitter
Method:For the cake:
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Grease a 23cm x 30cm baking tray and set aside.
- In your Accents Plastic Stand Mixer bowl, combine the cocoa with the boiling water. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda and leave to one side to cool.
- Once the cocoa mixture has cooled, add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, and mix together on a medium setting for two minutes or until fully combined.
- Pour the mixture into your baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes before moving it to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- In a saucepan over a medium heat, melt the butter and golden syrup with 1 tbsp of water. Mix in the icing sugar until smooth. If needed, add a little extra boiling water before spreading the icing over the cake.
- Scatter the decorations over the cake and leave it set for a couple of hours.
Scrumptious breakfast crumpets
Kickstart your weekend with freshly made crumpets, dripping with butter.
- 450g plain flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp dried yeast
- 300ml warm milk
- 300ml warm water
- Vegetable oil (for cooking)
You will need four, greased, crumpet rings.
- In the bowl of your Accents Plastic Stand Mixer, combine the flour, salt, sugar and yeast, making a well in the centre. Pour in the warm milk and water, on a medium setting mix until the batter is fully combined and thick. Cover with a tea towel or cling film.
- Leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour until it's a light, spongy texture. Set your Accents Folding Stand Mixer to a medium setting for one minute to knock out any air and pour into a large jug.
- Add a small amount of oil to a non-stick frying pan. Wipe the pan with kitchen paper to remove any excess oil. Add the crumpet rings to the pan and pour in enough mixture to fill them to just over halfway up the sides. Leave to cook on a low to medium heat until plenty of small holes appear on the surface and the batter has just dried out. This will take about 10 minutes.
- Remove the rings and turn over the crumpets to cook for a further minute or two on the other side.
- Allow to cool slightly and then enjoy!
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- The offer is only available by using the code against online transactions on www.morphyrichards.co.uk for the 40010 Accents Plastic Stand Mixerand does not include delivery.
- The code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
- Using the code does not affect your statutory rights.
- Discounts cannot be applied retrospectively (i.e. after buying).
- The code expires on 17th March 2015 however Morphy Richards reserve the right to suspend or restrict the code at any time.
- Offer is subject to product availability.
- This code cannot be re-published or shared on any other website.
- The voucher is offered by Morphy Richards Limited: Mexborough, South Yorkshire, S64 8AJ
Last night saw Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood back in the tents with four hopeful celebrities hoping to take the Comic Relief baking crown. Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Lulu and Dame Edna rose to the occasion making a giant cookie, mini fruit tarts and a showstopper chocolate cake to varying degrees of success. If you’re feeling inspired today, try one of the recipes below and get involved for Comic Relief. Don’t forget to share your creations with on Twitter and Facebook.
Triple Layer Chocolate Cake
This decadent show-stopping chocolate cake is perfect for special occasions or a naughty weekend treat.
● 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour
● 1 and 3/4 cup (350g) granulated sugar
● 3/4 cup (65g) unsweetened cocoa powder
● 1 teaspoon baking powder
● 2 teaspoons baking soda
● 1 teaspoon salt
● 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk
● 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil (or canola oil, or melted coconut oil)
● 2 large eggs, at room temperature
● 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
● 1 cup (240ml) freshly brewed strong hot coffee
● 1.25 cups (2.5 sticks or 290g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
● 3-4 cups (360-480g) confectioners' sugar
● 3/4 cup (65g) unsweetened cocoa powder
● 3-5 Tablespoons (45-75ml) heavy cream
● 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
● 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
● 15 oz (1.5 bags) chocolate chips, optional
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Butter & flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
For the cake:
1. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
2. Using your Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer on high speed, mix the buttermilk, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. The batter will be VERY thin. This is ok.
3. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pans and bake for 23-27 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.
For the frosting:
1. Using your Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy - about two full minutes. This creates a creamy base for the frosting. Turn speed to LOW and slowly add 3.5 cups of confectioners' sugar and all of the cocoa powder. Beat until sugar/cocoa are absorbed into the butter, about two minutes. Turn mixer to medium speed and add the vanilla and cream. Once added, turn the mixer to high speed and beat for one minute. Add up to 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar if you'd like to increase the frosting's thickness. Taste, and add salt to taste.
2. Place one layer, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with chocolate chips or as desired.
3. Cake stays fresh, moist, and soft at room temperature (covered) for up to four days. Cake may be refrigerated (covered) for up to seven days.
Gooey Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
Share these easy to make healthy cookies with your colleagues or family.
● 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
● 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don't use fat-free, light or whipped)
● 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
● 1/4 cup granulated sugar
● 1 large egg
● 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
● 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
● 2 teaspoons cornstarch
● 1 teaspoon baking soda
● 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
● 2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
1. To the bowl of your Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese (measure it by smooshing it into a 1/4-cup measure), sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about five minutes (or use an electric hand mixer and beat for at least seven minutes).
2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about one minute.
3. Add chocolate chips and chunks, and beat momentarily to incorporate, or fold in by hand.
5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, grease a baking tray and place mounds on the tray, spaced at least 2 inches apart. Bake for eight minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, pale and glossy in the centre. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
6. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to three months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to five days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future.
Did you know you could slow cook fudge? Or have you ever indulged in seven hour porridge?
Get inspired by the simple and delicious recipes below and you will never view your slow cooker in the same way again. Share your creations on our Facebook page!
Slow cooked chocolate fudge
An indulgent, but not too sinful treat….
• 2-1/2 cups chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
• 1/4 cup coconut sugar or maple syrup
• Pinch of sea salt
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Mix together the chocolate chips, coconut milk, coconut sugar, salt, and coconut oil.
2. Throw into your Morphy Richards Slow Cooker and cook on low for two hours without stirring. It's important that lid remain on throughout.
3. After 2 hours, turn the slow cooker off, uncover, and add vanilla. IMPORTANT: Do not stir the mixture at this point. Allow to cool to room temperature or to 110 degrees if you have access to a candy thermometer.
4. Once cooled, using a large spoon, stir vigorously for 5 -10 minutes until the mixture develops a matte finish.
5. Lightly oil an 8"x8" square pan. Pour fudge into pan, cover and refrigerate for four hours or until firm.
Slow cooked porridge
A delicious and healthy, no-fuss breakfast for the whole family.
• 1 cup jumbo oats
• 4 cups milk (or half milk, half water for a less creamy version), plus a splash more milk to serve
• Cinnamon, dried fruit, nuts, maple syrup, sliced bananas, or whatever topping you prefer
1. Heat the slow cooker if necessary.
2. Put the oats in the bowl along with a pinch of salt and pour over the milk, or a mixture of milk and water.
3. Add the dried fruit, if you choose to use it.
4. Put the slow cooker on its lowest setting and cook overnight for seven to eight hours.
5. The porridge may have developed a crust overnight, but mix this in to break it up and add a splash of milk to serve, along with your desired topping
Slow cooked chilli
Classic comfort food dish, but better.
• 900g beef mince
• 1 large red onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 400g can chopped tomatoes
• 2 tbsp smoked paprika
• 410g can Kidney beans, drained
• One beef stock cube
• ½ tsp hot chilli powder
• 1 tsp cumin
• Dash of Worcester Sauce
• 100ml boiling water
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
• Basmati rice, to serve
1. Tip the mince into the slow cooker stoneware and turn on to Low heat, crisp up the mince a little before adding other ingredients.
2. Add the onion, garlic, soup, paprika, beans, stock cube, chilli powder and cumin, salt and pepper, then mix well.
3. Add enough boiling water to come halfway up the mixture, to replace the moisture coming out of the beef and the onion. Place the lid on top and cook for four to five hours on Low, or two to three hours on High, or until the meat is tender.
4. Once cooked, remove the lid and stir. Add a little more seasoning and serve straight from the pot with basmati rice and plain natural yoghurt.
Slow cooked whole chicken
You will not believe how easy it is to make tasty rotisserie-like chicken in your Morphy Richards Slow Cooker .
• Whole chicken
• Salt and pepper
• Desired flavourings such as garlic, lemon, peppercorns or chilli
1. Take three pieces of aluminium foil and form into small balls, and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker.
2. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold running water. Pat dry with kitchen roll. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper and whatever flavourings you choose, and place in the slow cooker on top of the crushed aluminium foil balls.
3. Set the slow cooker to High for one hour, then turn down to Low for about eight to 10 hours, or until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear. Simples.
Slow cooked chicken and mushroom fettuccine
An easy-to-make Italian feast that even the most inexperienced of cooks can whip up.
• 700g chopped chicken
• 2 punnets of cremini mushrooms, cut into thirds
• 1⁄2 tsp salt
• 1⁄4 tsp black pepper
• One clove of garlic, finely chopped
• Two packets of cream cheese, cut into chunks
• 11p butter butter
• 1 1⁄2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
• 1 1⁄2 cups whole milk
• 1 package (1 pound) fettuccine
1. Spray inside of your Morphy Richards slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Arrange chicken in single layer in bottom of your slow cooker.
3. Add mushrooms and sprinkle salt, black pepper and chopped garlic into the pot.
4. Stir together cream cheese, butter, Parmesan cheese and milk in medium saucepan over medium heat.
5. Whisk constantly until smooth and heated through. Pour over mushrooms, pushing down any that float to surface.
6. Cover and cook on Low for four to five hours or on High for two to two and a half hours.
7. Serve with fettuccine pasta.
Slow cooked spicy bean soup
A great dish to keep you fuller for longer.
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
• 200g chopped onion
• 180g sliced carrots
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 600ml chicken stock
• 2 tsp sugar
• 450g frozen sweetcorn
• 400g can of kidney beans, drained
• 400g can of black beans, drained
• 400g can of chopped tomatoes with basil
• 400g can of chopped tomatoes, drained
• 110g diced green chillies
1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker, and cook on High for the first hour.
2. Turn the temperature down to LOW, and cook for seven more hours.
3. Serve with crusty bread.
With research showing that there’ll be enough leftover gravy this year to fill an Olympic size pool, we’ve come up with some fail-safe ways to help you save some pennies by turning your turkey trimmings into a tasty Boxing Day buffet.
Warming Boxing Day soup
After overindulging in one too many mince pies, why not treat the family to a comforting winter soup using all of the leftover vegetables?
All of these Christmassy soup recipes from BBC Good Food are perfect for ensuring all of your extra Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips and potatoes go to good use. Alternatively, use leftover ham to make a tasty pea and ham soup - perfect for a light post-Christmas lunch.
The Morphy Richards Sauté and Soup maker, allows you to tuck into this tasty meal without causing any fuss. You can put your feet up while your homemade soup is prepared in just 21 minutes. Simply sauté in the jug and then add your ingredients and stock.
The all-in-one turkey dinner method
We love this leftover turkey casserole recipe from BBC Good Food, as it uses up all your roast dinner leftovers in one go and has a delicious honey mustard tang.
It also allows our Supreme Precision 3 in 1 Slow Cooker to shine! Its three cooking functions means that you can seal and brown meat, fast stew and slow cook all in one product.
After searing, just set the digital display for anything from four to 10 hours for a delicious and nutritious slow cooked turkey casserole meal. But, if you can’t wait that long, then the fast stew function can prepare a meal in as little as an hour and a half.
Keep calm and make use of your leftovers!
So don’t panic that there is still mountains of leftovers filling the fridge – be creative and surprise your family with some turkey buffet delights.
Christmas is all about eating to excess, drinking and spending time with family and friends. But if you’re the host or hostess, the idea of all that preparation can seem a little daunting.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help ease the anxiety and help the festivities run without a glitch. Just think of us as your Morphy Godmother…!
Be organised and plan ahead. Leaving your Christmas gift shopping to the last-minute will stress you out and could result in some dubious panic-bought presents. No one needs a two-handled mug or a beer helmet. Trust us.
Make sure all your main presents are bought and wrapped up by the end of November so that December can be spent enjoying preparations like putting up the tree and strategically placing spray painted holly sprigs and tinsel.
For friends and family who love cooking up a storm why not order a gift direct from our website? You can pick up a Folding Stand Mixer for the aspiring Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood in your life, or, if you want to be ahead of the game for your January detox, how about putting the Easy Blend on your wish list?
Have a pre-Christmas clean. When you’re expecting guests, you want your home to look its best. Have a deep clean a few weeks before Christmas and draft in the family to help. Why not put on a Christmas mega mix to get into the spirt?
For a product that makes fast work of every surface in every room, get your festive mitts on a Luna 15-in-1 steam cleaner and you can use the time you save cleaning to watch a favourite Christmas movie! Can you really beat Home Alone for the perfect cosy night in?
Focus on the details. There are some clever little tips and tricks that will add a little sparkle to Christmas for your friends and family and make it truly memorable for everyone.
How about making a batch of personalised gingerbread men for each guest to welcome them? If you time it right, the house will even have the mouth-watering waft of Christmas baking.
Hosting little ones? Buy some plain baubles and paint and let them make their own decoration designs to take home with them – and to keep them entertained! If you need tips on what to do, check out our Pinterest board for how-tos and more crafty ideas.
And finally…….Enjoy It. Preparing your home shouldn’t feel like a chore and with a bit of thought, you can host everyone and still enjoy it yourself!
Did you know that your slow cooker can help you with dessert this Christmas?
A Christmas pudding is a traditional in many households, and they can be prepared both quickly and easily in a slow cooker. Here's our recipe below:
- 225g / 8oz raisins
- 225g / 8oz sultanas
- 225g / 8oz currants
- 225g / 8oz fresh breadcrumbs (whole-wheat or white)
- 50g / 2oz almonds – blanched and finely chopped
- 1 apple
- Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 small beaten eggs
- 250g / 9oz moist brown sugar
- 225g / 8oz shredded suet
- 50g / 2oz mixed peel
- 50g / 2oz plain flour (whole-wheat or white)
- 1 rounded teaspoon mixed spice
- 3 tablespoons of sherry or brandy
- Grease the bowls and place a circle of greaseproof paper in the bottom of each.
- In a large bowl mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
- Fill the basins to 1cm below the rim. Do not pack the mixture in too tightly.
- Cover with a piece of greaseproof paper pleated in the middle, then a piece of foil.
- Tuck the foil securely under the rim of the basin and put the basins into the slow cooker.
- Put enough boiling water in the slow cooker to reach half way up the pudding filled basin and set the puddings to cook.
Half way through the cooking time top the slow cooker up with boiling water.
If you like you're Christmas pudding to be light - Cook for approximately 16-23 hours.
If you like you're Christmas pudding to be darker - Cook for approximately 23 hours.
But don’t worry - here are some fang–tastic tips that won’t take too long to achieve.
Unique last-minute costumes
Spider – What gives everyone the creeps? Little Incy Wincy, of course! Dress yourself up as a scary arachnid and prepare to terrify! All you need is an all-black outfit and some old tights stuffed with socks to make your eight legs. To hold your legs up, attach them loosely to your wrists using some dark string. Simple.
Pirate – Channeling a scary Jack Sparrow is easy to do and all the basics you need are a bandanna, an eye patch (make yours with some black card and elastic) and an old white shirt.
Make your shirt super scary by adding some fake blood. Don’t forget eye liner to draw on some menacing scars and a beard.
Delicious DIY treats to rustle up in no time!
These easy to make last-minute Halloween recipe ideas have minimal preparation time and look terrifyingly good.
The Bloody Finger Sandwich – These savoury snacks are a real winner with the kids. Spread strawberry or raspberry jam on a piece of white bread and roll in to the shape of a finger. Finish off your gory creation with an almond flake - it looks like a creepy finger nail!
Owl cake – Follow a quick and easy sponge recipe to make a basic chocolate cake. Take two Oreo biscuits, take one biscuit off, leaving the white centre showing to make oversized owl eyes. Use brown chocolate buttons for the pupils and finish off with yellow Smarties stuck in the sponge sideways to make a cute little beak.
For extra speedy mixing that takes the fuss out of baking tasks and saves valuable time, try our Morphy Richards Accents Folding Stand Mixer.
Happy trick or treating!
Which? is the best kettle and toaster set on the market? Why, it’s the Morphy Richards Chroma kettle and toaster set of course! And you don’t just have to take our word for it: the Which? team said that this is “the best toaster [they have] tested in the past two years”.
What’s more, according to the testers, “it’s rare for a kettle AND toaster of the same set to both be awarded a best buy”, but with its stylish design and unbeatable functionality it’s easy to understand why Chroma has outstripped its competitors.
The Morphy Richards Two Slice Chroma Toaster has a number of ‘winning’ design features which make it stand out from the crowd. The sophisticated white casing, chrome trimming, attractive base and non-slip feet make the Chroma toaster an eye-catching addition to any kitchen.
The variable browning function makes perfect toast every time, as each slice is evenly browned. The variable width feature means you can toast all your favourite treats, such as crumpets, teacakes, tasty bagels and more.
For those with limited time, the Chroma has a defrost function which allows bread to be toasted directly from the freezer, means you can enjoy toast whenever you want. The reheat button is also useful if you find yourself getting distracted – a handy feature for people always on the go.
The Morphy Richards Chroma Toaster easily tidied away thanks to the handy cord storage and is perfect for even small kitchens, plus the removable crumb tray provides fuss-free cleaning.
Just like the Chroma toaster, the Morphy Richards Chroma kettle also won over the Which? testing panel, due to its sleek appearance and ergonomic features.
Its large 1.5 litre capacity can make up to 6 cups of your favourite hot drink and the rapid boil feature means you won’t be waiting long too quench your thirst. The dual water window allows you to clearly see how much water is in the kettle, preventing the risk of over filling.
Available in a range of colours; the striking design and range of user-friendly features make the Morphy Richard Chroma Toaster and Kettle set a winning combination!
With the brighter weather and the approach of the summer body season, we all turn to lighter meals and healthier food choices, so it's the perfect chance to get innovative in the kitchen. And what better way to get creative than with homemade smoothies and mocktails?
Finding a blender that is reliable, attractive and good value for money can be tricky and that’s where the Morphy Richards Easy Blend Blender comes in handy.
The Easy Blend is great for the health-conscious, as its versatility means that it’s possible to make homemade milkshakes, smoothies and even health drinks that are fit for the gym. It’s easy to create drinks on the go as the blender is easy to clean, and the ice crushing blades means that you can throw in frozen fruit, ice and mix powder to create tasty health drinks. Take a look at some of smoothie recipes to get your taste buds tingling…
Orange and Berry Smoothie
Blend together 2 oranges that have been cut into chunks, with the peel and pith removed, with a couple of handfuls of frozen blueberries and strawberries. Once smooth, serve in a glass.
Throw 1 peeled banana and 1 peeled mango into the blender with the pulp of 3 passion fruits, add 200ml of orange juice, and puree until smooth.
Honey Breakfast Smoothie
After peeling a banana, add it to the blender with one large spoonful of honey. Pour half a pot of plain yoghurt in, and blend then serve.
If you’re finding it hard to entertain the kids this weekend, let alone get them interested in healthy fruit-packed drinks, then it’s time to get your hands on Morphy Richards’ Soda Sparkle. This product has the ability to turn tap water into flavourful fizzy drinks that are healthy and delicious. If your child has fussy taste buds, never fear! There’s so many flavours to pick from such as apple, strawberry, cranberry and even cola.
It's also a great opportunity for a picnic. What goes in the picnic basket is always a family debate, but the classic sandwiches, crisps and sweet snacks are always at the top of the list. And even if the sun doesn’t keep shining this weekend, there’s no better way to cap off a perfect weekend than with a refreshing smoothie.
We believe that when you start with great ingredients you finish with the best flavours and given that water is an essential ingredient for many recipes and the majority of hot drinks it makes sense to use BRITA filtration to help you achieve great results.
BRITA MAXTRA filtration reduces limescale, chlorine,metals and other impurities from your tap water. to help ensure not only the taste, but also the smell and appearance of both your hot drinks and cooked food is enhanced whilst helping your appliance last longer by preventing limescale build up.
Best to stay away from such a contentious area that is riddled with pitfalls –besides BRITA makes safe drinking water taste and look better but it is not a purification system –that is a completely different kettle of fish.
Hard water is water that contains a higher-than-normal proportion of mineral salts – at the latest count, nearly half (47.22%) of the counties in the UK are in hard to very hard water areas. This means that nearly half of UK counties are consuming water that contains above 200mg/l in calcium carbonate equivalent (Source: British Water). You can check whether you’re living in a hard water area by looking at this handy graphic.
Generally speaking, the most prominent hard water areas within the UK are in the South East of the country, however hard water areas within the UK range from Bristol and areas within the South West of the country all the way up to areas within Yorkshire.
Filtering is most important in these areas, so you can be confident that you’re drinking water that has reduced impurities. The best way to ensure your hot drinks and cooked food is tasting as delicious as possible is to change your BRITA filter cartridges at regular intervals which will also help prevent limescale build ups in your machine.
Additional cartridges are available to buy on our website – we recommend that you change the cartridge in your Hot Water Dispenser at least once every month.
BRITA MAXTRA cartridges are also 100% recyclable, just visit their website to find out more about your nearest recycling location.
One of the Redefine Hot Water Dispenser’s many advantages is that it’s perfect for bringing a whole meal together without the need to bring multiple pans to the boil. With its 3 litre capacity, it can fill a pan full of BRITA filtered water at the perfect temperature so that you can cook pasta, rice, vegetables and much more; just quickly change the temperature for different pans.
To get you started, here is a recipe to inspire your next Sunday roast that you and your family can enjoy over the weekend. If you’re feeling inspired, then make sure to share your creations on our Facebook page.
Amazing roast veg, with honey, herbs and balsamic
Freshly ground black pepper
1 kg potatoes, peeled
750 g carrots, peeled
500 g beets, scrubbed
½ bunch fresh rosemary, leaves picked
½ bulb garlic, broken into cloves, unpeeled
Extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon runny honey
Good-quality balsamic vinegar
Bring three pans of salted water to the boil. Cut any large potatoes in half and leave any small ones whole. Place the potatoes in one of the pans and parboil for 5 to 10 minutes, or until half cooked. Drain the potatoes, then leave them to steam dry. Return the potatoes to the hot pan and shake it around to chuff up the edges. Repeat with the carrots and beets but do not shake them around after leaving them to steam dry.
Scatter the potatoes with the rosemary, half the garlic cloves, a drizzle of oil, and season with salt and pepper, then spread them out evenly in a roasting tray. Toss the carrots with the honey, a lug of oil and season well with salt and pepper, then add them to the tray, spooning over any remaining juices. Toss the beetroot with a lug of balsamic and oil, and season well with salt and pepper, then add them to the tray too. Scatter over the remaining garlic cloves and roast all the veg in the hot oven for about 20 to 30 minutes, giving them a jiggle every so often, or until everything is crispy, golden and delicious. Keep an eye on them and rotate the tray for even cooking.
For the full recipe, image and nutritional values please visit Jamie Oliver's website.
If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of large scale makeovers, never fear, as there are plenty of quick and easy tips and tricks that will give a room a fresh look, without the high price tag.
To give rooms a bit of summer refreshment, and an organised new look, it’s always good to pick a colour scheme that will give your rooms a universal theme. Take a look at our guide to colour schemes that are perfect to give rooms a boost.
The possibilities are endless when considering which blue hue to use in a room. A North facing room can be brightened up with a host of light, bright, blue accessories, whilst navy coloured pieces can offer a touch of sophistication or even create a nautical theme.
An easy and affordable way to brighten up a kitchen is to accessorise with some key blue appliances. The Morphy Richards Cyan Traditional Kettle and Toaster add a touch of vibrancy and elegance to a kitchen, no matter what the style.
Pretty In Pink
Pink doesn’t have to look girly if you don’t want it to, and picking a shade that you like can easily change a room’s ambiance with a few simple products. You can give a room a sultry edge with a deep pink sofa or chair, whilst a room can be refreshed with pastel pink accessories, such as photo frames or painted side tables.
If you’d like it to always be summer in your home, then pick some key pieces that add a vibrant burst of yellow into a room. If you have a neutral colour scheme, or a room painted in a dark shade, then pick some pieces of furniture such as a yellow table or chair, yellow cookware or even just a couple of vases of sunflowers to give it a lift.
The Morphy Richards Large Yellow Storage Canister and Yellow Roll Top Bread Bin are fun and modern accessories for the kitchen that can fit into any room style, and don’t have to break the bank!
Soda Sparkle is ideal for those on the go or at home as it is a convenient and adaptable product which creates a range of great tasting, naturally flavoured and refreshing drinks in a variety of flavours. The low calorie flavours have no artificial preservatives and include: Apple, Tonic, Pineapple, Lemon, Lychee, Cola-Lemon, Orange and Cranberry.
Flavours can be added directly into the bottle or into a glass once poured, with each sachet pre-measured for the perfect taste, enabling you to perfectly tailor each drink. The flavours can also be mixed to create your own signature mocktail or cocktail – why not give it a go?
If you’re feeling a bit tropical, how about mixing pineapple or lychee for a refreshing twist to a glass of water? Or if you’re a fan of citrus, give an orange and lemon combination a go for a drink with a zing!
For budding mixologists, try out the following combinations for a taste sensation, or let us know what delicious concoctions you come up with yourselves:
• 230ml soda water
• 45ml strawberry syrup
• 45ml lime syrup
• 1 lime wedge
1. Makes one 300ml serving
2. Put the soda water and both syrups into a tall glass and stir to combine. Pour over ice and squeeze the lime wedge over the drink. Serve immediately.
Old-Fashioned New York-Style Egg Cream
• 60ml chocolate syrup
• 120ml whole milk, icy*
• 180ml soda water, well chilled
1. Makes one 360ml serving
2. Put the chocolate, then the icy milk in a tall glass. While stirring vigorously with a long spoon, add the soda water. Drink should be well mixed with a large foam layer on the top.
*Portion out the amount of milk that you need, and put in a freezer-safe container for about an hour, or until the top layer of the milk is very icy.
Being so compact and portable, Soda Sparkle is perfect for picnics, days out and holidays and with a selection of 12 different flavours there’ll be something to suit. The product is available in two starter kits – a single one litre bottle kit and a twin bottle kit that has an additional 1.3L bottle that come with five chargers and a flavour pack.
So what are you waiting for? Get experimenting with flavour combinations and share ideas with your friends!
Remember, you can win a Soda Sparkle Starter Kit complete with a year’s supply of flavours and chargers on our website. We are also giving away Twin Starter Kits to five lucky runners up – the competition ends on 31st March, so don’t miss out!
After this summer’s great weather, we hoped we wouldn’t have to reach for the winter clothes drawer so soon! Unfortunately – scarves, gloves and winter warmers are very much needed as the cold snap has hit us ahead of Christmas. That does mean though that there is no better time to keep ourselves toasty with warm, hearty soups!
If you’re struggling for inspiration, recently a panel of our favourite bloggers teamed up with the Foodies100 in a special Google Hangout to show the versatility of the Morphy Richards Soup Maker. They discussed the various different soups and broths you can create, as well as all the great functions that made the appliance so easy to use. Whether you’re a fan of chunky or smooth soups, the Soup Maker is up to the task.
You can watch the Hangout in its entirety on the Tots100 YouTube channel, and you can read all of the bloggers reviews below:
The Morphy Richards Soup Maker is available to buy now on our website.
The Intellichef Multicooker is every budding chef’s dream and incorporates eight different cooking techniques, saving you space in the kitchen.
Foodies with compact cooking areas no longer need to be limited in what they prepare and with functions such as grilling, braising, steaming and stewing the real challenge is finding a dish you can’t make.
If you fancy knocking up a spicy stir fry or slow cooking a soup, stew or sauce then you can easily do so without the fuss of excess equipment. Dinner parties will be revolutionised as the valuable space which would be taken up with appliances can be put to far better use by filling it with ingredients!
The Intellichef includes eight different functions such as steaming, braising, grilling, boiling, frying, stir frying, slow cooking and fast stewing. What’s more, the aluminium cooking pot is easy to clean so less time can be spent cleaning and more time spent eating.
With so much versatility and so many functions the only limitation to your culinary masterpieces in future will be your imagination.
To see the Intellichef in action, make sure to check out our advert that will be on your TV screens over the next couple of weeks. We are also giving one away to one lucky member of our Facebook community, so do check out our new competition app!
No culinary king or queen’s kitchen would be complete without one of the must have’s in the range and what’s more, they each come with a lifetime blade guarantee so you can make a purchase that lasts.
The biggest challenge when it comes to Serrator Blade technology will be finding something you can’t do. Fancy knocking up a healthy smoothie? Not a problem. How about wowing your family with a homemade soufflé? No worries! Want to impress your friends with a crushed ice cocktail? It’s a doddle!
The popular and trusted Serrator Blade technology stays sharper up to 12 times longer than a standard blade, leaving the competition in the shade and maintaining razor sharp performance for life. If you’re itching to get stuck in, just have a look at the range below:
The Morphy Richards Accents Blend Set provides a versatile option to tackle a whole range of food preparation needs. There is no blending, chopping or whisking task it can’t do and the 600W motor and eight speeds plus turbo mode means it can even crush ice! Mojitos and daiquiris become effortless and you could knock up a chunky soup in your sleep. Why not try it for yourself?
The Morphy Richards Accents Table Blender would not only look classic and stylish on your worktop, but also has a unique four blade configuration for fast and efficient blending. Long gone are the days when you would have to pre-chop nuts or harder ingredients, just throw them in and away you go!
The Morphy Richards Accents Induction Processor can take on the toughest food you can throw at it and make a meal of it in minutes! The powerful 800W induction motor provides continuous speed for great results every time and the 1.6L bowl and multiple accessories make your meal options limitless.
So, for equipment which is as ‘on point’ as your cooking (or so we hope!) then make sure a product from the Serrator Blade range is top of your Christmas list. Check it out for yourself on our Youtube channel
With the nights drawing in, no-one wants to brave the cold so make dining in and enjoying great tasting food even easier for your friends and family with a range of cooking and baking products to fulfill all foodie fantasies.
Not sure what to get the person that has everything? Well, everything in one of course! The Morphy Richards Intellichef can steam, braise, grill, boil, fry, stir fry, slow cook and fast stew all in one appliance, meaning multi-tasking this festive season will be a breeze. It is the perfect space saver as it comes with a frying basket and steaming rack which can be stored neatly inside the bowl and is easy to use and to clean. What’s not to love?
Do you know a budding baker, who has been inspired by shows such as the Great British Bake Off this year? Then why not encourage their new found love and give them a Morphy Richards Accents Folding Stand Mixer? The mixer folds down to a third of its size and comes with a handy storage box to ensure it stays clean when not in use.
There will be no cupcake too tricky and no bun too big with this handy and stylish product. What’s more, your loved ones will enjoy knocking up delicious treats so much you will be able to reap the benefits!
The Morphy Richards Soup Maker is a great gift to help your friends and family get through those cold winter nights and will also go down well with anyone looking to kick start their healthy eating after seasonal celebrations.
In as little as 21 minutes, you can be sitting down with a bowl of fresh, homemade and nutritious soup, made to your own personal taste and consistency. The Soup Maker can blend and gently cook in just 21 minutes, while the chunky programme cooks wholesome soup with a thicker consistency in 28 minutes.
This soup maker even comes with an additional juice function, so you can create delicious, nutritious smoothies and juice drinks too. Turkey soup anyone?
There is something for everyone, no matter what type of cook they are so we’re sure you can find the perfect ‘mix’ of presents to ‘spice up’ your Christmas!