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House Proud ‘Innovator’ Review – Who’s The Mummy, Age UK Heated Reversible Throw

By Janelle Hardacre | 25/07/2012 | Posted in AGE UK, Heated Blankets

 

Top mummy blogger Sally Whittle of Who’s The Mummy has drafted in some tough critics to test out the Morphy Richards Age UK Heated Reversible Throw. See what her Mum and Dad thought of the electric blanket and how to win one of your own. Click here to see the original post.

Over the past few months, I’ve tested a few new products from Morphy Richards, and just before Christmas I got another email from their PR agency. Would my parents like to test a new product?

Apparently, Morphy Richards has put together a range of new and existing products designed to make life more comfortable and easier for older people. For example, the One Cup dispenser is great for people with arthritis as it’s possible to make a hot drink without lifting a kettle.

There’s also a luxury reversible heated throw (£89.99) – a soft, reversible throw with 6 separate heat settings – perfect for people who feel the cold, or who don’t want to turn the heating on too often. My Dad is in his late 60s and really feels the cold – he has circulation problems in his legs that mean he tends to use blankets to keep his legs warm while he’s watching TV. This means my poor Mum is usually sweltering for the evening while listening to her other half grumbling about some imagined draught.

So a heated throw was dispatched to my parents for testing. After a couple of weeks, the results are in.

My parents love the throw. My Mum turns it on for my Dad at about 7pm and by 7.30pm, without fail, he’s dozed off. The blanket has a safety trip and does turn itself off so Dad doesn’t roast himself alive, but it’s safe to say he’s kept nice and cosy under there and Mum’s free to do her knitting in comfort. It can be machine washed and tumble dried, and it’s reversible so you can choose which colour you prefer (brown or cream).

You can’t over-state the importance of being warm, can you? So I know you won’t blame me, or judge me too harshly when I tell you, reader, I stole the blanket.

Seriously, I live in a Victorian house with more draughts than a hay barn, and those original sash windows laugh in the face of my archaic boiler, which is clinging on to life by its rusty fingernails. My need is greater than a couple of old people. They have double glazing, after all. And I’ll probably give it back if it snows. I’m not THAT evil.

Anyway, I’ve a feeling you’d love the reversible throw just as much as me, which is why I asked the nice people at Morphy Richards if I could have another heated throw to give away. So, if you’d like to win a luxury reversible heated throw, then all you have to do is leave a blog comment telling me the normal body temperature of a human being. And for a second, optional entry, you can like my Facebook page (just leave your Facebook user name in your blog comment and let me know you’ve liked).

Terms

  • The competition is open to any UK resident leaving a comment below before 5pm on January 21st 2012.
  • A winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries received before the closing date
  • If you are having problems leaving a comment, please email me
  • Prizes will be dispatched by Morphy Richards UK. No cash alternative available
  • Winner will be notified by email. In the event the winner cannot be reached, after 7 days, another winner will be selected

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House Proud ‘Innovator’ Review – Mummy from the Heart, Age UK Flavour Savour Slow Cooker

By Janelle Hardacre | 25/07/2012 | Posted in Product Reviews, Meet the Morphys, AGE UK

This month we’ve asked our Innovators to call on their mums, dads, grandparents and friends to test out products from our new Age UK range. Here, Michelle from Mummy from the Heart tells us what her mum thought of the Morphy Richards Flavour Savour slow cooker. Click here to see the original post.

Morphy Richards made my Mum a very happy lady just before Christmas as they sent her a 4.5 litre Flavour Savour digital slow cooker to try out and report back on. Mum is not much of a writer so she has asked me to write up her thoughts and I was also lucky enough to get a go with the slow cooker and to try a couple of meals cooked in it.

For ages both my Mum and I have wanted a slow cooker, so this was the perfect opportunity for us to try out a few recipes. The Flavour Savour is a really nice model as it has 3 functions: quick brown to seal your meat, fast stew to cook for between 1 hour 30 mins and 1 hour 45 mins and traditional slow cooking for between 4 hours and 11 hours.

Firstly Mum used the fast stew function to make a spicy sausage casserole. Firstly she used the brown function to brown off the sausages and drained off any excess fat.  Then all the other food got put into the same pot and the fluid put into the cooker  as well and it was then left to cook for 1 hour 45 minutes.  Once cooking finishes the cooker automatically goes into keep warm mode and holds the food at a constant temperature for up to 2 hours.

 

Browning the sausages

 

At the start of the cooking process

 

Sadly she forgot to take a photo of the finished meal but it was very good I am told!

Plus Points for the Flavour Savour Slow Cooker
  • Large steel cooking pan which is lightweight and easy to carry due to the handles.  It can also be used on a gas or electric cooker hob.
  • Stay cool handles on the pan and lid. The lid is also glass so you can see how your meal is cooking.
  • Simple digital display settings.
  • Cord storage in the base for smart storage.  You can also store the base in the cooking pan if you wish.
  • It has  stylish exterior and does not look out of place left out on the work surface.
  • Versatile that it can be used for fast or slow cooking.
  • Excellent browning function for meat and onions, keeping down mess and minimising the pans used.
  • Dish and lid are dishwashable and came clean very easily.
  • Easy to understand and follow instructions
I asked Mum the question we all want to know, what could be better or where was the flavour savour slow cooker not up to scratch and I have to be honest she could not fault it and could give me no reason why it was not an excellent buy.  The only comment she had was to shop around and find a good price as that would make it even better!
Then when I was down at Mum and Dads just after Christmas we tried out the slow cooker function and had a beef and tomato casserole A few more pictures for you:
Yet again we forgot to take a photo when the stew was finished and we had to take a photo of the last dregs once we had all eaten.  Do you get the feeling that we all like our food?
I have to say that the flavour savour makes a superb meal and with the very minimum of fuss.  I was really pleased, as was Mum who give it a 5/5.

The 4.5 litre Flavour savour retails for £89.99 and the larger 6.5 litre model is £99.99.  I have to say that the 4.5 litre easily made enough food for 6 adults to eat a good portion. You can check out the full specification on the Morphy Richards website or head over to their blog Home of the Houseproud for some super recipe ideas and great deals.

Morphy Richards have teamed up with Age UK to put together a portfolio of products that are suited to the older generation.  Making it easier for them to perform everyday functions that younger people take for granted.  Whilst my Mum is officially an OAP she is in fact a very fit and active woman.  However I am pretty sure that if my Nan, at 84 tried to use the flavour savour she might find the pan too large and too heavy for just her living alone. The super thing about this range is that Morphy Richards are making a donation to Age UK for every item sold.  I can heartily recommend the Accents One Cup water boiler that I trialed a few months back and then gave to my Nan.  I saw her just after Christmas and she told me it was a godsend at 4am when she can not sleep and wants a quick cuppa!

Many thanks to Janelle, who has been a superb contact over the last year whilst I have been aMorphy Richards House Proud Innovator.  I am enjoying working with such a great brand.

Disclosure:  This is a review post.

 

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‘Innovator’ blog post – Morphy Richards Slow Cooker Cook Book, A Mother’s Ramblings

By Janelle Hardacre | 25/07/2012 | Posted in AGE UK, Product Reviews, Recipes, Slow Cookers

Read here about why the lovely Pippa of A Mother’s Ramblings loves to flick through cook books. Here she tests out a recipe from Morphy Richards’ Ultimate Slow Cooker Cook Book. Check out the original post here.

A Menu For A Dinner Party I Am Never Going To Have

Reading cooking books is great fun and I do it quite a lot. Recently Daddy suggested that when I was clearing out a lot of books from the book shelf I might consider clearing out some of my cooking books. The evil stare I gave him made him realise I was not parting with them for anybody! When I read cookbooks I come up with Menus for dinner parties I am never going to have and it is a bit of fun to work out what the main course is and to work out how I would make the meal, who I would invite and if it was Come Dine With Me what the sarcastic voice over would say about me.

The lovely people at Morphy Richards saw my post on how much I love my slow cooker(and how I had discovered that you can make Jacket Potatoes in a slow cookera revelation of epic proportions in this house) and so they sent me out The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook. Which was handy as out of all the cook books I own, I don’t have a slow cooker cookbook! I took the book to bed with me and read all the different recipes and was starting to come up with some great plans for a dinner party that I would never host when I saw the Beef with Black Peppers in Black Bean Sauce recipe. I love this dish and that I was going to make it.

Chinese Beef and Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce done in my Slower Cooker.

I teamed it with rice noodles (we can’t eat egg noodles seeing as how Daddy is now allergic to egg as well as being a Coeliac) and some home fried Prawn Crackers and it was delicious. So if anyone wants to come round for an imaginary dinner party now you know what your main course is going to be.

I was sent a cookbook by Morphy Richards, I didn’t ask for it and they hoped I would like it. I did.

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