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Pearl Barley: Your salads' new best friend

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 29/06/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

Making healthy salads that are full of flavour can often be a challenge. So we’ve decided to help you spruce up your summer salads with one tasty ingredient. 

 

Introducing… pearl barley, a delicious and wallet-friendly superfood that’s ram packed with nutritional goodness. Highly popular in Japan, pearl barley is barley that has had its shell and all of its bran removed, making it easier to cook and less chewy than other barley.

Most commonly known for plumping up soups and filling out stews, its talent for bulking up salads is often overlooked. But never fear, we’re here – with three deliciously healthy salad recipes all featuring this oft-underestimated food. 

Top tip: For even more flavour, why not try tossing your Pearl Barley in some fresh lemon or orange juice?

Sweet potato and pearl barley salad

Ingredients:
2 medium sized sweet potatoes
175g pearl barley
1 large bag of green beans
½ onion, finely chopped
1 clove of crushed garlic
½ red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1tbsp balsamic vinegar
1tbsp olive oil
1tsp wholegrain mustard
2tsp honey

Method:
1. Slice the sweet potatoes into thick slices place in a pan of water and boil for 5-8 minutes until just cooked and slightly crunchy. 
2. Add the beans for the last 2-3 minutes. 
3. Drain the water and allow to cool. Once cooled, peel the skins off the sweet potato and cut into chunks.
4. In a large pan, fry the onion, garlic, chilli and rosemary for about 5 minutes or until soft.
5. Once the onion, garlic, chilli and rosemary has cooled, add them to a jug with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, wholegrain mustard and honey to create the dressing.
6. Add the barley to a pan of boiling water. Allow to simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until tender.
7. Allow to cool.
8. In a large bowl, add the beans and sweet potato to the barley.
9. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over.
10. Chill until ready to serve.


Apple, pomegranate, pine nuts and pearl barley salad

Ingredients:
800g pearl barley
57g pine nuts
1 small onion, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large apple, cut into thin pieces 
75g pomegranate seeds 
30g chopped parsley
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar


Method:
1. Add the pearl barley to a pan of boiling water and allow to simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until tender. 
2. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spread the pine nuts on to a baking tray and toast for 5 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool.
3. In a bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar and onion with salt and pepper. Add the pearl barley, pine nuts, apple, pomegranate seeds and parsley; toss before serving.

Kale, pearl barley and feta salad 

Ingredients:
1 avocado, chopped
100g pearl barley
200g chickpeas
270g kale
50g feta cheese
130g sunflower seeds
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice, fresh


Method:
1. Add the pearl barley to a pan of boiling water and allow to simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until tender. 
2. Once the pearl barley has cooled, add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix together.  


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Cookery jargon de-mystified

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 08/06/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

A lot of folks like to think they’re clued up when it comes to cooking. You may be familiar with the names of most cookery terms, but do you actually know the difference between them? Don’t worry if not, we’re here to offer a helping hand with our quick and easy guide. 



The cut


There are a number of crucial cuts in the kitchen – listed below are just five of the most used. Knowing when to use each one will not only leave you feeling like a pro, but will also help make your food look mouth-wateringly good. For example, diced peppers work well in continental dishes such as paella and risotto, which call for flashes of colour and a mix of flavours, but South American cuisine such as fajitas call for chunky slices.

Chop: Large squares, roughly ½ to ¾ inches
Dice: Small chops, approximately ¼ to 1/8 of an inch
Mince: Cut ingredients as small as possible with a knife
Slice: A vertical cut down the length of the food, as thick or thin as you like
Julienne: Long, thin matchstick- like strips, roughly 1/6 to 1/8 of an inch in size.


Measurements that matter

Dash, smidgen or pinch - how do you decide? 
A dash is most used in connection with liquid and can relate to flavour enhancers such as Worcester sauce or tabasco or staples such as oil or vinegar. A pinch usually refers to salt, sugar or spice, whereas a smidgen can be used for a variety of ingredients from saffron to chilli powder.

A dash: 1/8 teaspoon – or six droplets
A smidgen: 1/32 teaspoon – a couple of droplets or a few grains (in other words, just enough to give a hint of flavour!)
A pinch: 1/6 teaspoon – or enough to grab between your thumb and forefinger


Top techniques

The technique you use will depend on the meal that you are making, so it is important to select carefully.


Blanching vs Poaching

Blanching is a technique used to cook veggies just enough without leaving them mushy or discoloured, such as green beans. 
Poaching involves cooking in a liquid between 140F to 180F.  It is typically the chosen method for delicate foods and is often considered to be the healthier option as it does not use fat to flavour the ingredients.
Poaching can be used to make an array of delicious meals, including all- time breakfast favourite Eggs Benedict (feeling hungry yet?!)

Baking vs Broiling
Whether a birthday cake or home-made bread, food must be surrounded by a consistent temperature when baking. The oven will reach an even temperature throughout.
Broiling is when your food is exposed to direct heat. Food should be positioned under the top of the oven, similar to grilling. A popular broiled bite is salmon. 

Braising vs Stewing
Braising and stewing use slow, moist heat to tenderise beef and other meats- methods made easy with the Morphy Richards Supreme Precision Multicooker.  
Braising, aka ‘pot roasting’, is when large cuts of beef are partially submerged in liquid. 
Stewing refers to small, uniform cuts of beef that are completely submerged in liquid. 

What about sautéing? 
Sauté is a French word, meaning ‘to jump’. In cooking, sautéing involves cooking uniformly cut ingredients at a high heat, without letting them sit in the pan for too long.

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Perfect BBQ rubs and marinades

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 20/05/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

You can’t beat a good British BBQ. 

What better way to have your friends over for dinner without having to slave away in the kitchen? The key to the perfect BBQ is flavour, and lots of it, yet marinades and rubs are often overlooked. Whether you’re all about burgers and chicken legs, or you prefer prawns and seabass, there’s a marinade or rub to suit. 

Intensify the flavour by soaking your favourite BBQ fare in its marinade overnight or even for a few hours. This is also a great way to tenderise your meat or fish. 
The Easy Blend Deluxe from Morphy Richards provides a quick and easy way to make delicious rubs and tasty marinades in a matter of minutes. 

 
Simply add your ingredients into the blending beaker, attach the blade and twist and lock the beaker with the blade onto the motor. Then blend or pulse your way to a perfectly blended rub or marinade.
Why not follow these quick and easy recipes for a BBQ that’s bursting with flavour?

Cajun Rub
Ingredients:
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp cumin seed
1 tbsp light brown soft sugar
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp coriander seed
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp allspice 


Method:
1. Add all the ingredients to the 300ml beaker
2. Attach the beaker to the Easy Blend using the dual blade
3. Pulse the spices for 20 seconds, then shake the Easy Blend to loosen the spices 
4. Blend on speed II for 30 seconds
5. Use the rub to season the meat of your choice, allow to marinade for a few hours or overnight, before cooking
Top tip: Use seeds instead of ground ingredients for a fuller flavour.


BBQ Rub 
Ingredients: 
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
½ tbsp garlic powder
½ tbsp onion powder
½ tbsp dried thyme
½ tbsp cayenne pepper
Method:
1. Add all the ingredients to the 300ml beaker
2. Attach the beaker to the Easy Blend using the dual blade 
3. Pulse for a few seconds and shake the beaker to loosen the spices
4. Blend on speed II for 30 seconds 
5. Use as a dry rub on a meat of your choice
Top tip: Mix with a little bit of oil for a simple and easy marinade.
Lemon and Herb Marinade
Ingredients:
Juice of 2 lemons
6 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fresh parsley (leaves only)
2 tbsp fresh thyme (leaves only)
Salt and pepper to taste
Method:
1. Add all the ingredients to the 300ml beaker
2. Attach the beaker to the Easy Blend using the quad blade
3. Pulse for 30 seconds
Top tip: Prick your meat with a knife and then leave it to soak in the marinade over night. This will help the flavour to develop. 
Garlic & Thyme Marinade 
Ingredients:
4 tbsp white wine
4 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
Method:
1. Add all the ingredients to the 300ml beaker
2. Attach the beaker to the Easy Blend using the quad blade
3. Pulse for 30 seconds
4. Use as a marinade on a meat of your choice
Top tip: This works great on chicken legs.


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Toast toppings to power you through the day

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 15/05/2015 | Posted in Kitchen, Recipes

We’ve embraced the courgetti craze and even the cronut, but there’s a new trend that’s captured the imagination and taste-buds of food-lovers across the UK: toast.

That doesn’t just mean your standard slice of bread with marmalade or jam, and eaten in a hurry on the way out to work in the morning. This is so much more.  

Toast can be accompanied by so many toppings. It’s possible to create a filling meal that’s packed with healthy goodness, and takes only a few minutes to prepare. What’s more, it can be enjoyed at any time of the day – not just breakfast!

With the right toppings, you can pack in a healthy dose of protein, fibre and vitamins, all from a humble slice of toast.

We’ve put together a list of toppings to suit all tastes, and, using our Aspect, Accents, or Chroma Toasters, your meal will be quickly prepared to perfection, and will taste sensational.

  1. Avocado & salmon
  2. For a healthy snack that will leave you feeling satisfied and full of energy, avocado and salmon is the go-to option. Avocados are packed with nutrients and are high in healthy fats and potassium, while the salmon provides a dose of omega 3.

  3. Egg, spinach & mushrooms
  4. Eggs are a great source of protein and energy, and as they take no longer to cook than a slice of toast, they’re the perfect choice for breakfast. Spinach is packed full of nutrients, and mushrooms are a great source of Vitamin B.

  5. Banana & peanut butter
  6. An easy and scrumptious topping for anyone in a rush, this toast contains plenty of good sugars and a healthy dose of potassium from the banana. What’s more, a thin layer of peanut butter is packed with healthy fats and protein.

  7. Cottage cheese & strawberries
  8. Cottage cheese is low in fat, and high in calcium. Spread it thickly on a slice of wholegrain bread and top with strawberries for a sweet/savoury mix and a dose of vitamin C.

Summer desserts 101

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 15/05/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

Do you struggle with all puddings from meringues to mud pies? If you are relatively inexperienced in the kitchen, but want a dessert to impress your guests then read on; we’re here for you.

 

The Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer is the key to your sweet success this summer; it can create mouth-watering meringues, gooey chocolate brownies, crunchy cookies and whipped cream so light you would think it were made of clouds. If you fancy something a little lighter, how about a fruit salad with a twist?


Meringue


A delicious treat for anyone who has a bit if a sweet tooth (yes, we mean you) and so versatile it can be added to a range of different desserts.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large egg whites* 
  • 120g caster sugar *
  • Minimum of 3 egg whites and use 40g of caster sugar per egg white
Method:

1. Pre heat the oven to 150ºC / Gas Mark 2. 
2. Place the egg whites in the Mixing Bowl of your Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer and insert the Whisk Attachments. 
3. Whisk on maximum speed until at the soft peak stage. This takes about 3 minutes. During mixing hold the Mixing Bowl steady and turn clockwise and anticlockwise to allow the ingredients to mix thoroughly. It may be necessary to stop the unit and scrape the sides of the bowl a few times to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated. 
4. Gradually beat in the sugar, over a period of 3 minutes, 1tsp at a time, until stiff. 
5. Shape dollops of the mixture onto baking sheets lined with non-stick baking paper and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. 
6. Lower the temperature to 110oC / Gas Mark ¼ and cook for a further 2-3 hours until crisp and dry.



Eton Mess

One of the most traditional English desserts, originally served at cricket games, but now enjoyed…well, pretty much everywhere!

Ingredients:

Meringues (either homemade using your Folding Stand Mixer, or bought from any large supermarket)
300ml whipping cream
A punnet of strawberries

Method:

1. Crumble the meringues into a bowl.
2. Whip the cream in your Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer on speed 4-5 until desired thickness is achieved. (Guide time: 3-4 minutes). During mixing hold the Mixing Bowl steady and turn clockwise and anticlockwise to allow the ingredients to mix thoroughly. It may be necessary to stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl a few times to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.
3. Add the cream and strawberries to the crumbled meringue and mix together.


Fruit Salad

The humble fruit salad is often overlooked, but adds flavour and zing to any occasion. To surprise your guests why not add sweet basil, black peppercorns, chilli or earthy sesame oil?

Ingredients:

  • One galia melon
  • A punnet of blueberries
  • 3 nectarines
  • A punnet of strawberries
  • 1 banana

Method:

1. Chop up all of the fruit and combine in a bowl. Delicious on its own or served with cream or ice cream.

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How to avoid simple cooking mishaps

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 30/04/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

Even some of the most experienced cooks make mistakes in the kitchen from time to time.

We’re here to help turn you from disaster to Delia, and so we’ve made a list of the most common mishaps we’re asked about and how to avoid them. Chill out, you’ve got this.

 
Burning your garlic…whoops!

Garlic browns in less than a minute and there’s nothing more frustrating than adding it to a pan, only to realise that your oil is too hot. Burnt or overcooked garlic can give a bitter taste to dishes, rather defeating the purpose of this tasty ingredient. 

The best way to cook garlic is to sauté it on a medium heat in either a bit of butter or olive oil. For an even easier way, use the Supreme Precision Multicooker. Insert the mixing paddle into the jug, add your garlic with a little bit of oil before attaching the lid. Select speed two, set it to 90oC and fry it to perfection for just two minutes. 


Top tip: For a quick and easy way to peel garlic bulbs, cut off both ends, place it under your knife and press down, the garlic will easily separate from the skin. Quickly chop it up and you’re ready to add it to the oil.


Never fear, the days of smooth mash are here


Lots of people struggle to make mash that isn’t lumpy. Follow these five simple steps for creamy mash every time:

1. Peel your potatoes – either Desiree or Charlotte potatoes work best
2. Chop them into small, evenly sized cubes rather than big chunks
3. Allow to boil until soft – poke the largest cube with a knife to test
4. Before adding any liquid or butter, mash the potatoes with a potato masher until powdery
5. Add a nice big chunk of butter with a splash of milk or cream before mixing in with a wooden spoon

Top tip: Keep an eye on our site in coming months for a blender which can do all the mashing for you…!


Over-boiled eggs - The hard times will be over easy

 
You’re never too old to enjoy boiled eggs and soldiers but getting the ideal yolk for dipping can be tricky. Whether you like them hard boiled or soft, cooking the perfect egg is all about timing. 

The difference between a good egg and a lousy one can be as little as 30 seconds. Follow these easy steps for cracking good eggs:

1. Fill a small sauce pan with water so that it’s ¾ of the way full – enough to cover your egg completely
2. Bring the water to a fast boil
3. Add your eggs to the pan and leave them to boil for 5 minutes
Top tip: Add a pinch of salt to your water to stop your eggs from cracking. 


Say hello to chicken that’s juicy and full of flavour

Lots of people overcook chicken for the fear of food poisoning, but then end up with dry, tasteless meat. 

Steaming is one of easiest ways to cook chicken. With the Intellisteam Food Steamer you can cook chicken to perfection in less than 20 minutes, all at the click of a button. Add the right amount of water to the food steamer, add your chicken to the steamer with some Cajun rub or thyme to help the flavours infuse while cooking, select the pre-set chicken function and then sit back and relax while your dinner cooks away. 


The days of drowned rice are over

Cooking rice can be stressful as the rice to water ratio can seem to be an art form, but it’s easier than you think. You just need the right quantities. 
With rice it’s all about quantities; get this right and you’ll enjoy delicious, fluffy rice every time. Add twice the amount of water as rice (half a cup of rice is sufficient for two people) and a pinch of salt to taste.
Cover the pan for 10-15 minutes until all of the water has evaporated, then use a fork to fluff up once finished. Easy.


And there you have it; our five top tips to helping you discover your love of cooking. It really isn’t that hard to get it right in the kitchen; you just need the right tools and the passion to make it tasty! 

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Cauliflower rice: A healthy and easy alternative

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 09/04/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

While the sun making an appearance is an unexpected delight, the early heatwave means that the health kick to fit back into our summer clothes is more pressing than ever. However, if you don’t know where to start, we have a few easy tips and recipes to help.

Keep an eye on our blog and Facebook page for recipes, how-tos and tips and you’ll be summer-ready in no time!

 


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?

Give the recipe a whirl and share your creations on Facebook or tweet @LoveYourMorphy.

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Easy Easter family recipes

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 02/04/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

Planning a family gathering this Easter weekend?  We have some great recipe inspiration for you. We promise that there’s absolutely no chocolate in sight!


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

You’ll need:
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  


To serve:
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.  
 
To serve:  
Serve the risotto in a bowl, topped with a Parmesan crisp, a slice of mushroom and a drizzle of olive oil.  


Tip:  
For a richer risotto, add five fresh chopped scallops to the onion and shallot mix at the start.


Spaghetti Pescatore

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

To serve: 
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.   


To decorate: 
Heat a spoonful of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan, fry the tiger king prawns for one minute on each side.


To serve:   
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   


To serve: 
Pitta bread, cut into strips 
Crudités


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.  

To serve: 
Serve with pitta bread and crudité vegetables


Have a great Easter from all at Morphy Richards!


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Kick start your summer body preparation with these energy boosting smoothies

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 30/03/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

The clocks have finally ‘sprung’ forward, which means longer days to enjoy and what better way to make the most of them than a spot of exercise?

 

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…

Ingredients:
3 large oranges
I large mango
Ice cubes

Method:
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.


Cool Banana

Simple, healthy and delicious.

Ingredients:
One ripe banana
200ml skimmed milk
300g low fat vanilla yoghurt

Method:
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. 

Ingredients:
One watermelon, skin removed
Eight large British strawberries
200g seedless red grapes

Method:
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.

Ingredients:
One ripe banana
200ml skimmed milk
100g blueberries
One tsp honey

Method:
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.


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Holy crumpets! The Great Comic Relief Bake Off Week Four

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

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

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

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

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

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Outrageously good brownies


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

Ingredients: 

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

Method:

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

Scrumptious breakfast crumpets


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

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

You will need four, greased, crumpet rings. 

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




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

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


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


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Triple Layer Chocolate Cake


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


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


Icing ingredients:


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


Directions:


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


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


For the frosting:


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


Gooey Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies


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


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


Directions:


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





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Six meals to make with your slow cooker

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

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


Slow cooked chocolate fudge


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


Slow cooked porridge


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


Slow cooked chilli


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


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


Slow cooked whole chicken


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


Slow cooked chicken and mushroom fettuccine


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


Slow cooked spicy bean soup


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


Method:


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

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Make the most of your Christmas leftovers

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

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


With research showing that there’ll be enough leftover gravy this year to fill an Olympic size pool, we’ve come up with some fail-safe ways to help you save some pennies by turning your turkey trimmings into a tasty Boxing Day buffet.


Warming Boxing Day soup


After overindulging in one too many mince pies, why not treat the family to a comforting winter soup using all of the leftover vegetables?


All of these Christmassy soup recipes from BBC Good Food are perfect for ensuring all of your extra Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips and potatoes go to good use. Alternatively, use leftover ham to make a tasty pea and ham soup - perfect for a light post-Christmas lunch.


The Morphy Richards Sauté and Soup maker, allows you to tuck into this tasty meal without causing any fuss.  You can put your feet up while your homemade soup is prepared in just 21 minutes. Simply sauté in the jug and then add your ingredients and stock.


The all-in-one turkey dinner method


We love this leftover turkey casserole recipe from BBC Good Food, as it uses up all your roast dinner leftovers in one go and has a delicious honey mustard tang.


It also allows our Supreme Precision 3 in 1 Slow Cooker to shine! Its three cooking functions means that you can seal and brown meat, fast stew and slow cook all in one product. 


After searing, just set the digital display for anything from four to 10 hours for a delicious and nutritious slow cooked turkey casserole meal. But, if you can’t wait that long, then the fast stew function can prepare a meal in as little as an hour and a half.


Keep calm and make use of your leftovers!


So don’t panic that there is still mountains of leftovers filling the fridge – be creative and surprise your family with some turkey buffet delights.

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Preparing Your Home for Christmas

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

Give your guests a winter wonderland this Christmas


Christmas is all about eating to excess, drinking and spending time with family and friends. But if you’re the host or hostess, the idea of all that preparation can seem a little daunting. 

Don’t worry, we’re here to help ease the anxiety and help the festivities run without a glitch. Just think of us as your Morphy Godmother…!

Be organised and plan ahead. Leaving your Christmas gift shopping to the last-minute will stress you out and could result in some dubious panic-bought presents. No one needs a two-handled mug or a beer helmet. Trust us.

Make sure all your main presents are bought and wrapped up by the end of November so that December can be spent enjoying preparations like putting up the tree and strategically placing spray painted holly sprigs and tinsel.

For friends and family who love cooking up a storm why not order a gift direct from our website? You can pick up a Folding Stand Mixer for the aspiring Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood in your life, or, if you want to be ahead of the game for your January detox, how about putting the Easy Blend on your wish list?

Have a pre-Christmas clean. When you’re expecting guests, you want your home to look its best. Have a deep clean a few weeks before Christmas and draft in the family to help. Why not put on a Christmas mega mix to get into the spirt? 

For a product that makes fast work of every surface in every room, get your festive mitts on a Luna 15-in-1 steam cleaner and you can use the time you save cleaning to watch a favourite Christmas movie! Can you really beat Home Alone for the perfect cosy night in?

Focus on the details. There are some clever little tips and tricks that will add a little sparkle to Christmas for your friends and family and make it truly memorable for everyone.

How about making a batch of personalised gingerbread men for each guest to welcome them? If you time it right, the house will even have the mouth-watering waft of Christmas baking.

Hosting little ones? Buy some plain baubles and paint and let them make their own decoration designs to take home with them – and to keep them entertained! If you need tips on what to do, check out our Pinterest board for how-tos and more crafty ideas.

And finally…….Enjoy It. Preparing your home shouldn’t feel like a chore and with a bit of thought, you can host everyone and still enjoy it yourself!
 


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Slow Cooked Christmas Pudding

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

Did you know that your slow cooker can help you with dessert this Christmas?

A Christmas pudding is a traditional in many households, and they can be prepared both quickly and easily in a slow cooker. Here's our recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • 225g / 8oz raisins
  • 225g / 8oz sultanas
  • 225g / 8oz currants
  • 225g / 8oz fresh breadcrumbs (whole-wheat or white)
  • 50g / 2oz almonds – blanched and finely chopped
  • 1 apple
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 small beaten eggs
  • 250g / 9oz moist brown sugar
  • 225g / 8oz shredded suet
  • 50g / 2oz mixed peel
  • 50g / 2oz plain flour (whole-wheat or white)
  • 1 rounded teaspoon mixed spice
  • 3 tablespoons of sherry or brandy
- Mixture will fill 4 x half pint basins
 
Method: 
  1. Grease the bowls and place a circle of greaseproof paper in the bottom of each.
  2. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Fill the basins to 1cm below the rim. Do not pack the mixture in too tightly.
  4. Cover with a piece of greaseproof paper pleated in the middle, then a piece of foil.
  5. Tuck the foil securely under the rim of the basin and put the basins into the slow cooker.
  6. Put enough boiling water in the slow cooker to reach half way up the pudding filled basin and set the puddings to cook.

Half way through the cooking time top the slow cooker up with boiling water.

If you like you're Christmas pudding to be light - Cook for approximately 16-23 hours.

If you like you're Christmas pudding to be darker - Cook for approximately 23 hours.

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Last minute Halloween ideas

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

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

 

But don’t worry - here are some fang–tastic tips that won’t take too long to achieve.  
 
Unique last-minute costumes

Spider – What gives everyone the creeps? Little Incy Wincy, of course! Dress yourself up as a scary arachnid and prepare to terrify! All you need is an all-black outfit and some old tights stuffed with socks to make your eight legs. To hold your legs up, attach them loosely to your wrists using some dark string. Simple.

Pirate – Channeling a scary Jack Sparrow is easy to do and all the basics you need are a bandanna, an eye patch (make yours with some black card and elastic) and an old white shirt.

Make your shirt super scary by adding some fake blood. Don’t forget eye liner to draw on some menacing scars and a beard.
 
Delicious DIY treats to rustle up in no time!

These easy to make last-minute Halloween recipe ideas have minimal preparation time and look terrifyingly good.

The Bloody Finger Sandwich – These savoury snacks are a real winner with the kids. Spread strawberry or raspberry jam on a piece of white bread and roll in to the shape of a finger. Finish off your gory creation with an almond flake - it looks like a creepy finger nail!

Owl cake – Follow a quick and easy sponge recipe to make a basic chocolate cake. Take two Oreo biscuits, take one biscuit off, leaving the white centre showing to make oversized owl eyes. Use brown chocolate buttons for the pupils and finish off with yellow Smarties stuck in the sponge sideways to make a cute little beak. 

For extra speedy mixing that takes the fuss out of baking tasks and saves valuable time, try our Morphy Richards Accents Folding Stand Mixer

Happy trick or treating!


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Chroma Toaster and Kettle Set Wins Which? Best Buy

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

Chroma Toaster and Kettle Set Wins Which? Best Buy

Which? is the best kettle and toaster set on the market? Why, it’s the Morphy Richards Chroma kettle and toaster set of course! And you don’t just have to take our word for it: the Which? team said that this is “the best toaster [they have] tested in the past two years”. 

 

 

What’s more, according to the testers, “it’s rare for a kettle AND toaster of the same set to both be awarded a best buy”, but with its stylish design and unbeatable functionality it’s easy to understand why Chroma has outstripped its competitors.

 

 

The Morphy Richards Two Slice Chroma Toaster has a number of ‘winning’ design features which make it stand out from the crowd. The sophisticated white casing, chrome trimming, attractive base and non-slip feet make the Chroma toaster an eye-catching addition to any kitchen. 

The variable browning function makes perfect toast every time, as each slice is evenly browned. The variable width feature means you can toast all your favourite treats, such as crumpets, teacakes, tasty bagels and more.

 

 

For those with limited time, the Chroma has a defrost function which allows bread to be toasted directly from the freezer, means you can enjoy toast whenever you want. The reheat button is also useful if you find yourself getting distracted – a handy feature for people always on the go. 

The Morphy Richards Chroma Toaster easily tidied away thanks to the handy cord storage and is perfect for even small kitchens, plus the removable crumb tray provides fuss-free cleaning.

Just like the Chroma toaster, the Morphy Richards Chroma kettle also won over the Which? testing panel, due to its sleek appearance and ergonomic features.

Its large 1.5 litre capacity can make up to 6 cups of your favourite hot drink and the rapid boil feature means you won’t be waiting long too quench your thirst. The dual water window allows you to clearly see how much water is in the kettle, preventing the risk of over filling. 

 

 

Available in a range of colours; the striking design and range of user-friendly features make the Morphy Richard Chroma Toaster and Kettle set a winning combination!


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How to make the most of your weekend

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

With the brighter weather and the approach of the summer body season, we all turn to lighter meals and healthier food choices, so it's the perfect chance to get innovative in the kitchen. And what better way to get creative than with homemade smoothies and mocktails?

 

Finding a blender that is reliable, attractive and good value for money can be tricky and that’s where the Morphy Richards Easy Blend Blender comes in handy. 

The Easy Blend is great for the health-conscious, as its versatility means that it’s possible to make homemade milkshakes, smoothies and even health drinks that are fit for the gym. It’s easy to create drinks on the go as the blender is easy to clean, and the ice crushing blades means that you can throw in frozen fruit, ice and mix powder to create tasty health drinks. Take a look at some of smoothie recipes to get your taste buds tingling…

Orange and Berry Smoothie

Blend together 2 oranges that have been cut into chunks, with the peel and pith removed, with a couple of handfuls of frozen blueberries and strawberries. Once smooth, serve in a glass.

Tropical Smoothie

Throw 1 peeled banana and 1 peeled mango into the blender with the pulp of 3 passion fruits, add 200ml of orange juice, and puree until smooth.

Honey Breakfast Smoothie

After peeling a banana, add it to the blender with one large spoonful of honey. Pour half a pot of plain yoghurt in, and blend then serve.

 

If you’re finding it hard to entertain the kids this weekend, let alone get them interested in healthy fruit-packed drinks, then it’s time to get your hands on Morphy Richards’ Soda Sparkle. This product has the ability to turn tap water into flavourful fizzy drinks that are healthy and delicious.  If your child has fussy taste buds, never fear! There’s so many flavours to pick from such as apple, strawberry, cranberry and even cola. 

It's also a great opportunity for a picnic. What goes in the picnic basket is always a family debate, but the classic sandwiches, crisps and sweet snacks are always at the top of the list. And even if the sun doesn’t keep shining this weekend, there’s no better way to cap off a perfect weekend than with a refreshing smoothie.

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The benefits of BRITA!

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

Benefits of BRITA

 

We believe that when you start with great ingredients you finish with the best flavours and given that water is an essential ingredient for many recipes and the majority of hot drinks it makes sense to use BRITA filtration to help you achieve great results.

BRITA MAXTRA filtration reduces limescale, chlorine,metals and other impurities from your tap water. to help ensure not only the taste, but also the smell and appearance of both your hot drinks and cooked food  is enhanced whilst helping your appliance last longer by preventing limescale build up.

 

Best to stay away from such a contentious area that is riddled with pitfalls –besides BRITA makes safe drinking water taste and look better but it is not a purification system –that is a completely different kettle of fish.


Hard water

 

Hard water is water that contains a higher-than-normal proportion of mineral salts – at the latest count, nearly half (47.22%) of the counties in the UK are in hard to very hard water areas. This means that nearly half of UK counties are consuming water that contains above 200mg/l in calcium carbonate equivalent (Source: British Water). You can check whether you’re living in a hard water area by looking at this handy graphic.


Generally speaking, the most prominent hard water areas within the UK are in the South East of the country, however hard water areas within the UK range from Bristol and areas within the South West of the country all the way up to areas within Yorkshire. 

Filtering is most important in these areas, so you can be confident that you’re drinking water that has reduced impurities. The best way to ensure your hot drinks and cooked food is tasting as delicious as possible  is to change your BRITA filter cartridges at regular intervals which will also help prevent limescale build ups in your machine. 

Additional cartridges are available to buy on our website – we recommend that you change the cartridge in your Hot Water Dispenser at least once every month. 

BRITA MAXTRA cartridges are also 100% recyclable, just visit their website to find out more about your nearest recycling location.

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Quick and easy Redefine Hot Water Dispenser recipes

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

Quick and Easy Hot Water Dispenser Recipes

One of the Redefine Hot Water Dispenser’s many advantages is that it’s perfect for bringing a whole meal together without the need to bring multiple pans to the boil. With its 3 litre capacity, it can fill a pan full of BRITA filtered water at the perfect temperature so that you can cook pasta, rice, vegetables and much more; just quickly change the temperature for different pans.

To get you started, here is a recipe to inspire your next Sunday roast that you and your family can enjoy over the weekend. If you’re feeling inspired, then make sure to share your creations on our Facebook page. 


Amazing roast veg, with honey, herbs and balsamic

 

 

Ingredients:

Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 kg potatoes, peeled
750 g carrots, peeled
500 g beets, scrubbed
½ bunch fresh rosemary, leaves picked
½ bulb garlic, broken into cloves, unpeeled
Extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon runny honey
Good-quality balsamic vinegar


Method:

Bring three pans of salted water to the boil. Cut any large potatoes in half and leave any small ones whole. Place the potatoes in one of the pans and parboil for 5 to 10 minutes, or until half cooked. Drain the potatoes, then leave them to steam dry. Return the potatoes to the hot pan and shake it around to chuff up the edges. Repeat with the carrots and beets but do not shake them around after leaving them to steam dry.

Scatter the potatoes with the rosemary, half the garlic cloves, a drizzle of oil, and season with salt and pepper, then spread them out evenly in a roasting tray. Toss the carrots with the honey, a lug of oil and season well with salt and pepper, then add them to the tray, spooning over any remaining juices. Toss the beetroot with a lug of balsamic and oil, and season well with salt and pepper, then add them to the tray too. Scatter over the remaining garlic cloves and roast all the veg in the hot oven for about 20 to 30 minutes, giving them a jiggle every so often, or until everything is crispy, golden and delicious. Keep an eye on them and rotate the tray for even cooking.

For the full recipe, image and nutritional values please visit Jamie Oliver's website.

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