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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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Eight ways to detox your wardrobe

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 13/01/2015 | Posted in Household Cleaning

January is a time for new beginnings, resolutions and a desire to get straight again after all the chaos and excess of Christmas. Now is the time to take a look at what you’re doing, where you’re going and assess whether your wardrobe is up to the task. 

 
 


Elika Gibbs, stylist and founder of wardrobe organization site Practical Princess, has detoxed the wardrobes of everyone from Kate Moss to Lily Allen. ‘It’s important to do things in small, bitesized chunks so it’s less overwhelming,’ says Elika. ‘Make a plan and do a couple of hours over a few weekends. Here are my top tips to make your wardrobe work for you.’


1. Clean inside your wardrobe. Take all of your clothes out and use a clothes friendly detergent to get rid of dust, dirt and any fusty smells. Don’t forget the rail that your clothes hang from.

2. Hang your clothes in sections – skirts, dresses, trousers, blouses, jackets, coats etc. 

3. For each item ask the following questions: Do you wear it? Why not? Is it dated? Does it fit? Does it need altering? Does it need dry cleaning? Be brutal. If it’s in your wardrobe it has to work. 

4. Using these questions, sort your clothes into six piles: spring/ summer clothes; autumn/ winter clothes; all year round items; alterations and dry cleaning; archive (things you want to keep for sentimental reasons or for your children); charity and resale (consider sites like eBay as well as car boot sales and charity shops).

5. Give yourself space. You don’t need flimsy summer dresses and beach sandals in winter, or snow boots and thermals in summer. Pack away seasonal clothes including holiday items (skiwear, beachwear etc). 

6. Store things cleverly. Put clothes away clean and carefully folded with moth deterrents and acid free tissue paper as needed. Create handbag fillers from newspaper stuffed plastic bags to help them keep shape. Hang necklaces off door hooks. This will save you time and money. Check stored items regularly for moths and damp. 

7. You wouldn’t eat a wonderful meal off a paper plate. Hang your clothes on proper hangers to help keep their shape. 

8. From a glance, you should now be able to see what you’re missing and what you have more than enough of – black trousers, stripy tops, anyone? The money you earned from reselling your unwanted items can help fund your next shopping trip!


You can find more advice from Elika in her book Practical Princess Perfect Wardrobe by Elika Gibbs; practicalprincess.com 


Do you have any tips to share? 


Images taken from Practical princess Perfect Wardrode by Elika Gibbs, with photography by Polly Wreford, is published by Ryland Peters & Small 


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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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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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New technology means effortless ironing, every time

By Tom Craik, Naomi Biltcliffe | 18/08/2014 | Posted in Ironing, Back to School

Effortless ironing, every time


With back to school looming on the horizon all too soon, household chores, like ironing the school uniforms, are back at the top of the list. But which model will help you to make this thankless task a doddle? Clearly, the Morphy Richards Comfigrip, which has been awarded Best Buy Steam Iron for 2013.

 

Our products are great for helping get you ‘steam’ through for the never ending to-do list for helping get the kids ready for their return to school. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out these handy pointers:

1. Breakdown your to do list into categories: Stationary (all notebooks, pens and pencil cases), food (packed lunches and evening dinners for the first weeks) and clothing (new uniforms and cleaning old uniforms)

 


2. Find ways to make each task feel like less of a chore – you can get the little ones to draw pictures of their dream lunch box to inspire packed lunches; watch your favourite film as you do the back to school ironing or getting the kids to design their own clothes labels with a labelmaker.


We want to make your everyday life as stress-free as possible.


At Morphy Richards we are all about making your life easy with our smart ideas for your home, and our ionic soleplate helps with just that. Our new ion technology, featured as part of our new Comfigrip Iron, is designed to make your ironing effortless. If ‘ion’ means nothing to you, read on; all will be revealed!

 


Now for the science bit: The ion technology works by using an ionic soleplate which emits negatively charged ions, which cause static. This means you can iron without your clothes without shirts sleeves sticking to collars and without the hairs on your arms and head from sticking up on end.


The technology should take the ‘shock’ out of ironing, help you ‘steam’ through and leave all of your clothes with a pristine finish.

 

What’s more, the dual chamber technology, which gives you a quick steam boost for stubborn creases and pressing plate to remove any excess moisture from your clothes, ensuring they keep that ‘just ironed’ finish.

Ion technology is now available in both our Turbosteam and Comfigrip ranges, including the 301011 Comfigrip ionic steam iron. If you are interested in buying any of these irons or would like more information, then they are available now, right here on morphyrichards.co.uk.

Tackling the over-sized mountain of clothes which piles up while the kids are on school holidays never has to intimidate you again.



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Luna 12-in-1 Steam Cleaner: Any Homeowners Best Friend

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 11/07/2014 | Posted in Household Cleaning

Luna 12-in-1 steam cleaner: any homeowner’s best friend


There are a number of areas of the home which everyone dreads cleaning – under the fridge, behind the bins, or the gap in between the sofa and the wall - and often this means that they are left until last. Or worse, not cleaned at all! 

Due to its wide range of accessories, cleaning with the new Luna 12-in-1 Steam Cleaner from Morphy Richards means there are no nooks or crannies which can escape the household tidy-up. 

What’s more, this cleaner is so easy to use, homeowners will actually relish getting stuck into those pesky spaces which if left untouched can become a real challenge. 
The Luna’s illuminated floorhead means any hidden nasties can be spotted and cleaned away in mere moments. For those who choose to overlook the ominous shadow underneath the fridge, who fear how many leftovers, dropped morsels and forgotten scraps they might encounter, this product is the answer.

Dirt and grime can be easily lifted and cleaned away using the pulsating floorhead function, meaning anyone who previously haven’t dared move the kitchen or bathrooms bins - due to trepidation about the potential sticky stains they might uncover - need fear no more!

A number of features of the innovative new addition to the floorcare family from Morphy Richards make the Luna 12-in-1 an essential component of any household cleaning arsenal. The cleaner can be used on sealed hard wood floors, freshening carpets, upholstery, curtains, garments, mattresses, and for cleaning taps and sinks, ovens, hobs and grills, BBQs, tiles and grouting.

The three steam setting, digital control panel and large water tank capacity provide the flexibility, convenience and running time for a thoroughly spotless home to be achieved effortlessly.

So tell us, which dreaded corner of the home do you most fear cleaning and where would you tackle with the impressive new Luna 12-in-1 steam cleaner?


N.B. To help prevent limescale build up in the water tank, the steam cleaner’s tank must never be filled with anything other than deionised, demineralised or distilled water.
For more information on this product, the instruction manual can be downloaded direct from the website here: http://www.morphyrichards.co.uk/Pdf/IB720506.pdf


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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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Tackle the DIY this weekend!

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 23/05/2014 | Posted in Kitchen

With another bank holiday on the horizon, now is the perfect chance to tackle those little DIY jobs.
 

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.
 
Sea Breeze

 

 

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.


Sunshine Yellow

 

 

 
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!

If you have some great ideas of your own to spruce up a room with minimum effort, then why not share them on our Facebook or Pinterest pages?


 


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Cook up a storm this National Vegetarian Week!

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 21/05/2014 | Posted in Recipes

From 19th – 23rd May, Brits are celebrating National Vegetarian Week and it is the perfect excuse for meat-eaters and veggies alike to take to the kitchen and cook up some vibrant vegetarian dishes. 

 

This week allows people to explore a variety of different food creations, and disproves the notion that vegetables are boring. 

As many people look to eat lighter meals, due to the summery weather, National Vegetarian Week is the perfect opportunity to try some fresh, new recipes. 

Meat dishes can easily be replaced with delicious and filling veggie alternatives. No longer does the humble pea need to stand alone, nor does the aubergine need to be constrained to use solely for moussaka - there are a whole range of delicious vegetable combinations that can cater to all tastes!

Feeling inspired? Grab your Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Slow Cooker, or your Morphy Richards Soup Maker and have a go at these delicious vegetarian recipes!



Butternut Squash & Chickpea Coconut Curry


250g diced butternut squash
150g dried organic chick peas
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can organic coconut milk 
1 bunch of fresh spinach, roughly chopped 
150g cups freshly shelled peas (you can use frozen here, if you wish)
1-2 large tomatoes, diced
3 cups water
3 tablespoons yellow curry powder 
1 teaspoon salt
Rice – brown basmati or jasmine preferable


1. Add all ingredients, except from the peas and spinach to your Morphy Richards Slow Cooker
2. Cook on high for 6 hours
3. 20 minutes before serving, add fresh peas and spinach
4. Cook rice to instructions on packet
5. Serve with rice and coriander to garnish


Greek Stuffed Peppers


4 large peppers
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
30g crumbled feta (4 ounces)
20g cup couscous
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt pepper


1. Slice very layer from bottom of each pepper, so they can stand on a plate
2. Slice tops and remove stems and seeds
3. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients, apart from peppers
4. Fill peppers with mixture
5. Stand upright in Morphy Richards Slow Cooker and cook on high for 4 hours


Pea & Mint Soup


1 medium red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
750g fresh or frozen peas, shelled 
75g mint leaves, roughly chopped
1 litre vegetable stock
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


1. Place onion and garlic in your Morphy Richards Soup Maker, and select either ‘chunky’ or ‘smooth’ option
2. After 5 minutes, add peas, mint leaves and stock and continue to blend
3. After 10 minutes, serve. If it is not at your desired consistency, select the ‘blend’ function to puree the soup further
4. Serve with a sprinkling of salt and pepper


If you have had a go at these – or any of your own – veggie concoctions, why not share them on our Facebook or Pinterest pages? 


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