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Define your Style with the Dimensions Collection

By Kirstie Jones | 07/09/2018 | Posted in Kitchen, Toasters, New Product, Kettle

We’re excited to introduce a brand-new collection of kettles and toasters – the Dimensions collection. This new range is complete with jug kettles and two slice toasters in glossy plastic and stylish stainless steel trim, for just £29.99 each. Check out our top tips on how to style the new Dimensions collection in your home.

Go Glam

A kitchen doesn’t just have to be a sometimes-messy functional space, if you love entertaining your kitchen can become centre stage, so why not up the glam factor? Kitchen accessories such as tableware and new bins, as well as feature lighting and striking ornaments can quickly transform your space to make it feel more like a room for entertaining, rather than for cooking and cleaning.

Go Monochrome

Classy and timeless; a monochrome themed kitchen will stand the test of time as well as looking elegant or bold depending on how you accessorise. The Dimensions kettle and toasters sets are available in black, white, or cream, so would look perfect when styled in a monochrome setting. Add bold pops of colour with flowers or framed artwork to inject some personality.

Pick Your Patterns

As the Dimensions kettle and toaster set feature an on-trend embossed geometric pattern, they would look best styled with similar toned patterns and prints. Think minimal and geometric rather than floral or ornate –  patterned blinds and rugs are a great way of pulling prints and colour together to give your room a stylised look.

Do you like the look of the new Dimensions range? Let us know what you think on the Morphy Richards Facebook page.

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Morphy ‘Innovators’ Review – The English Kitchen, Flavour Savour

By Chris Bennett | 07/09/2018 | Posted in Kitchen, Product Reviews, Morphy 'Innovators'

Now that the clocks have gone back by an hour, we’re well and truly into slow cooker season. Last month, several of our ‘House Proud Innovators’ were sent a Morphy Richards Flavour Savour to review. The first ‘Innovator’ to review this slow cooker was Marie who blogs at ‘The English Kitchen‘, you can visit her original blog post here.

A Slow Cooker with a wonderful Difference and some tasty Meals!

In October as a part of the Morphy Richards House Proud Innovator scheme I was sent a lovely 4.5 litre Flavour Savour Digital Slow Cooker. As a House Proud Innovator I am encouraged to put the appliances I am sent through their paces and to really give them a good work out, something which I am always happy to do.

I am no stranger to slow cooking. I often use my slow cooker and in fact have two sizes already, both Morphy Richard’s as well. I use them most often on Sundays and will cook a meat dish in the larger one and then a side dish in the smaller one.

The new Flavour Savour Digital Slow Cooker though is a machine with a big difference. You can use it in three different ways, which makes it very versatile and useful for more than just slow cooking. The Flavour Savour has 3 in 1 cooking functions, meaning you can seal, fast stew and slow cook all by using the one machine. The pan heats to around 200 degrees giving you an excellent sealing functionality, which means that you are able to brown any meat you are cooking without having to use a separate pot for that purpose. You can now brown and slow cook in the same pan. That is one function that I really loved with this machine.

It has a beautiful glass lid, which means that you are able to look inside and see what’s going on without lifting the lid, with cool touch handles which makes it very easy to transport from one location to another. With the older models that have a ceramic insert, this just isn’t easy to do. The cooking pot is also dish washer safe, which is a real bonus!

I found the instructions very easy to follow, which is also a bonus. I find that as I am getting older I often have a difficult time understanding instructions . . . blame my menopausal mind! I had no problem with this. The instructions were clear and concise.

Here it is plugged in and warming up to brown some meat in the cookpot. That function worked really well. I was well pleased.

The first dish I cooked in it was a proper slow cooking recipe, using pieces of chicken and a sauce, called Crock Pot Barbeque Chicken. As you can see it turned out quite deliciously scrummy! This I served with rice and a vegetable on the side.

*Crock Pot Barbeque Chicken*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

Tender, sticky delicious chicken. You can use only breasts or a combination of breasts and thighs. Delicious.

4 to 6 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken
1 bottle barbeque sauce (I used the Jack Daniels one)
1 ounces white vinegar (1/4 cup)
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 ounces soft light brown sugar (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 tp 1 tsp garlic powder

Place your chicken pieces into the slow cooker. Stir together the barbeque sauce, vinegar, pepper flakes, brown sugar and garlic powder. Pour this over top of the chicken and give it a stir. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

The next recipe I tested on it was for a Crock Pot Beef Dip Sandwich. I love Beef Dip Sandwiches. It was always one of my favourite things to order when I lived in Canada and we would go out for supper. I remember having a particularly delicious one in Winnipeg Manitoba back in 1977 whilst we were waiting to board a train for Calgary. (You know something is good when 30 years later you are still thinking about it!)

This recipe is one I found online (forgive me as I can’t remember where right now). The meat turned out deliciously tender and we both enjoyed this very much. I will make again. It was almost as good as that one back in 1977, and I loved that I could brown the roast a bit first by using that function in the Flavour Savour.

*French Dip Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker*
Serves 6 to 8
Printable Recipe

Easy to make and oh so delicious with meltingly tender beef tucked into a soft roll, topped with cheese and then served with a beef broth for dipping.

1 medium brown skinned onion, peeled and thinly sliced
6 fluid ounces beef broth/stock (3/4 cup)
2 fluid ounces dark soy sauce (1/4 cup)
4 fluid ounces water (1/2 cup)
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS grainy mustard
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3 pounds beef roast for braising (I used a rolled brisket)
Salt and pepper to taste

To serve:
6 to 8 soft sandwich rolls
6 to 8 slices of provolone cheese, or an equivalent
amount of grated emmenthal cheese
one pint of beef broth (about 2 1/4 cups)

Rub the beef all over with some salt and pepper. Place the onion slices in the bottom of the crock pot. Stir together the beef broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, mustard, garlic and water. Put the beef into the crock pot on top of the onions. Pour the broth mixture over top. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours until meltingly tender.

To serve, warm the rolls and cut open. Shred the cooked beef and pile onto the warmed rolls, top with some of the onion and a bit of the juice from the pan, along with a slice of cheese. Close over, cut in half diagonally and serve along with a small bowl of beef broth for each person to dip their sandwich in.

I then decided to test out it’s normal cookery function and did a tasty stew in it. I was able to brown my meat and vegetables perfectly and then proceed as per the recipe. At the end we were rewarded with a deliciously tasty Irish Lamb and Barley Stew.

As you can see the lamb was beautifully browned. Stews gain a lot of their flavour from the browning step. All those rich caramelized meat juices really add a lot of taste and colour to the gravy.

*Irish Lamb and Barley Stew*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

A delicious stew that cooks either on top of the stove or in the slow cooker.

2 TBS olive oil
1 kg (2 pounds) diced lamb shoulder
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped coarsely
2 sticks of celery, trimmed and chopped coarsely
1 large parsnip, peeled and chopped coarsely
1/2 small swede, peeled and chopped coarsely
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
1 litre of chicken stock (4 cups)
1/2 litre of boiling water (2 cups)
200g of pearl barley (1 cup)
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped coarsely
1/2 of a small savoy cabbage, finely shredded
a handful of flat leaf parsely, coarsely chopped

Heat half of the oil in a large saucepan; cook the lamb, in batches until browned. Remove from the pan. Add the remaining oil and heat. Add the vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally until they begin to soften. Return the lamb to the pan, along with the stock, water, barley and thyme. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, for 1 hour, covered. Add the potato and simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered, until tender. Add the cabbage and simmer for about 10 minutes longer, uncovered, or just until the cabbage is tender. Discard the thyme. Serve the stew ladled out into heated bowls and sprinkled with the parsley.

Note: if using the slow cooker, brown the meat and vegetables and then put them into the cooker along with the barley, hot stock and water and the herbs. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Add the potatoes and recover. Cook on high for 35 to 40 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook, uncovered on high for 10 to 15 minutes.

Finally I decided to try making some buttery toasted nuts in it. This is the time of year when these are really handy to have around. People will be dropping by off and on during the holidays which are coming up all too quickly and savoury nuts are a delicious little bite to serve along with a drink. (Next time I am going to try a sweet variety) As you can see they turned out fabulous in the Flavour Savour!

*Crock Pot Butter Roasted Pecans*
Makes 6 cups
Printable Recipe

Moreishly buttery and scrummy.

4 ounces butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 pounds pecan halves
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Optional ingredients:
garlic powder
onion powder
dried herbs (savoury, basil, oregano)

Place the butter into a 4.5 litre slowcooker. Heat on high for about half an hour to melt the butter. Add the pecans and toss to coat with the butter. Cover and cook on high for 1/2 hour. Uncover and cook on high for another 2 1/2 hours, giving them a stir every 1/2 hour. (You want to keep an eye on them and stir them often so that they don’t catch as you are cooking them on a high temperature.) At the end of that time they should be nicely roasted. Spread out onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with the sale and pepper, and any optional ingredients you wish to use. Give them a good stir together and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.

All in all I am very pleased with this machine. It has a lovely round shape which fits well into my kitchen. The cord is of a nice length and also stores very easily in the base when you want to put it away. I love that the cooking pot and lid wash up beautifully in the dish washer. I love that I can brown and stew with it, as well as slow cookin on a low, medium or high temperature . . . and I just adored the keep warm function, which means that it will hold your food for a further 2 hours at a warm temperature without over cooking it.

I would give the Morphy Richards Flavour Savour Digital Slow Cooker a full 10 out of 10 points for ease, looks and functionality.

Many thanks to Chris and the Morphy Richards people for having afforded me the opportunity to put it through it’s paces. I would highly recommend this machine to anyone, absolutely.

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Bring Your Kitchen To Life! Scandi-Chic Kitchen Styling With The Aspect Collection

By Aimee Cutino | 16/09/2016 | Posted in Kitchen


The kitchen is often the heart of the home, but sometimes counter tops can become hidden under mis-matched clutter with different styles and patterns fighting against each other. Whilst tiles and cupboards are not the easiest to make-over, a simple re-think of your kitchen accessories can completely transform a worn out area. Bring your kitchen to life by stripping it back to basics and adopting an elegant, minimalistic style with a Scandinavian influence. The new Aspect collection epitomises Scandi-chic:  think cool fresh tones with sharp lines and light-finish wood effect detail.


To help you achieve this ultra-modern design we’ve put together a Pinterest board inspired by our gorgeous new Aspect kettle and toaster set in white with wood effect trim, with a handy get-the-look tick list so you can find the perfect combination of kitchen accessories and appliances to suit.


 

 
1. Diamond Cage Pendant Light from Unique’s Co. £80.00 2. Metal Ripple Storage Jars from Next, £12.00 3. Grow-It Herb Pot from Rig Tig, £17.99 4. Aspect White with Wood Effect Trim Kettle from Morphy Richards, £79.99 5. Welles Kitchen Stool, £99.00 6. Aspect White with Wood Effect Trim Toaster from Morphy Richards, £79.99 7. Basic Cutting Board Set from Skagerak, £94.00 8. Muto Shades Bowl from Nest, £47.50 9. Neu Pitcher from Nest, £49.00 10. Digital Touchscreen Scales from Morphy Richards, £22.49 11. Box-It Bread Box from Rig Tig, £49.95 


The bold yet elegant Aspect kettle and toaster perfectly complement the geometric bowl and angular jug by Nest, with the subtle wooden finishes this kettle and toaster set is the perfect way to start your kitchen transformation. Jars by Next and bread bin by Rig Tig are ideal solutions for keeping clutter to a minimum whilst adding a fresh, natural feel through touches of wood. Add splashes of dark with a herb pot by Rig Tig, chopping boards by Skagerak and stainless steel scales by Morphy Richards to balance light colours and add definition. Finally, complete your Scandi-kitchen with a light feature such as the diamond cage pendant light by Unique’s Co, a dramatic centre piece which contrasts with minimalistic simplicity. 

Have you been inspired to bring your kitchen to life with a new kettle and toaster set from the Aspect collection? Check out the full range here. Share your look using #BYKTL and find more inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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

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

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

The new Accents Special Edition collection of kettles and toasters has been designed with this in mind, and bring a touch of classic style into any kitchen. In three covetable pastel-inspired shades, Azure, Sand and Pebble, you’ll easily find coordinating accessories to finish off your new look. 

To get your creative juices flowing we’ve put together a handy Pinterest board inspired by the Accents Special Edition collection, and a get-the-look tick list with a range of accessories to perfectly compliment the Azure kettle and toaster duo.
 


 


1. Blue bunting from KatzCornerBoutique via Etsy, £14.99 2. Grey Butchers Block, Harveys, £349 3. Cath Kidston Highgate Rose Sugar Bowl, £7 4. Morphy Richards Azure Accents Kettle, £59.99 5.  Sophie Allport Blue Swallow Mug, £7 6. Morphy Richards Azure Accents 4 Slice Toaster, £59.99 7. Morphy Richards Total Control Stand Mixer, £149.99 8. Cath Kidston Ashdown Rose Oven Glove, £14 9. Morphy Richards Cream Canisters in Small and Large, £15.99 and £17.99 10. Blue Le Creuset Apron, £33 11. Will Torrent Patisserie At Home Recipe Book, £19.99

The gorgeous pastel blue shade of the Azure range works really nicely with a more traditional style kitchen and looks great paired with other muted pastel shades like the chalky grey butcher’s block from Harveys, and the cream retro inspired Morphy Richards storage canisters. Mix and match floral patterns for a look that’s not too chintzy – Cath Kidston and Sophie Allport have a beautiful collection of patterns inspired by country living that work in any classically styled room. 

Finish off your look with a ream of cute bunting in complimentary shades, and once you’ve updated your space, why not treat yourself to an afternoon baking in your transformed kitchen? We’ve got our eye on the Patisserie At Home book and rather fancy a serving of pretty pastel macaroons and a nice cup of tea!

Have you been inspired to bring your kitchen to life with a new kettle and toaster set? Head on over to our website to see the full range here. Share your look using #BYKTL and find more inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Avoid a cake decorating disaster with these expert tips

By Aimee Pearson | 10/11/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

This week’s Baking Surgery winner Eve Borrett had a bit of a disaster decorating her bunny cake that ended up looking a bit sorry for itself.  If like Eve you’ve nailed your bakes but fall at the final hurdle when it comes to finishing off your cakes with finesse, these tips are for you. We’re bringing you handy hints for preparation, creating impressive layer cakes, and top notch cupcakes this week as part of our Baking Surgery. Look out for more tips from vlogger Barry Lewis over on our Facebook page #TogetherWellMakeIt


 

 

1. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Whatever type of cake you’re decorating, most of the things that go wrong boil down to a lack of preparation. If you haven’t left enough time to decorate your creation you’ll end up rushing or attempting to decorate a cake that’s still warm. It’s important to leave enough time to allow your cakes to cool completely before you start to apply any icing or it will just melt off.

How you handle the sponges as soon as they come out of the oven is also key. For a layer cake, it’s crucial to leave the individual layers upside down to cool. This will help flatten them out and make the final cake much easier to assemble. With cupcakes, it’s important to take them out of the tin to cool so they don’t become misshapen. 


 

 
2. Icing a layer cake

Still on the theme of preparation, when tackling a layer cake a few simple steps at the beginning of the process can help you master getting that ‘wow’ factor. Start by putting a small dab of frosting on the cake stand underneath the first layer to stop it from sliding around. Tucking overlapping pieces of baking paper underneath the edges of the cake will keep the stand clean and can be removed when you’re all done.

When it comes to assembling the layers, it’s best to use a bigger dollop of icing to spread on each layer to start with. You can always scrape some off if you’ve put too much on, whereas if you use too little you’ll end up pulling up crumbs into the icing. Make sure you spread the frosting on each of the layers just beyond the edge of the cake; this will help you when it comes to frosting around the side of the cake.

When working on the edges, it’s best to tackle the cake in quarters, turning the cake stand as you go. Just focus on getting the whole cake covered before you move onto smoothing the icing out or working in any patterns.


 



3. Conquer those cupcakes

To make perfectly fluffy buttercream icing to top your cupcakes, try our recipe from the Cook & Create app, and whip it to perfection using the Total Control Folding Stand Mixer . You can currently get 10% off the mixer using code TOTAL10. 

Once you’ve made your icing adding it into a piping bag is an easy way to give your cupcakes a professional looking finish. When filling up your piping bag, try folding the top over a cup to give yourself a stable base to work with and make filling the bag far less messy. Experiment with different nozzles to create different effects. When piping the icing, start in the middle then loop around the edge in a circle, then finish with a swirl on top, back towards the centre.

If you’re not feeling confident enough to use a piping bag, try smoothing the butter icing on using a spatula. Measure it out equally among the cakes first using an ice cream scoop to make sure all your cupcakes end up looking the same. 


 

 

If all these tips aren’t enough, look out for another video from My Virgin Kitchen’s Barry Lewis next week, when he’ll be demonstrating how to fix cake decorating disasters. And remember, if all else fails, there’s nothing a generous dusting of icing sugar can’t fix! 

For more great hints and tips from the Baking Surgery, be sure to check out our
Facebook page. #TogetherWellMakeIt

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Be the Boss of Breadmaking

By Aimee Pearson | 21/10/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

We know you can feel a little apprehensive at the thought of making your own bread. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a bread maker to achieve great results. No one can deny how scrumptious a homemade loaf fresh out of the oven can really be and all you need is a bit of time on your hands.  

Once again, the Morphy Richards Baking Surgery is at your service! We’ve collaborated with our brand ambassador Barry Lewis from My Virgin Kitchen to bring you some essential tips for bread making. Step outside of your comfort zone and release the Paul Hollywood within!

Get more baking hints and tips from our Barry Lewis at the Baking Surgery page.  #TogetherWellMakeIt

1. Swap your store bought yeast for something closer to home:

Try making a homemade starter, an alternative to store bought yeast, for a very traditional loaf – this is how our ancestors used to make bread after all. The store bought yeast will struggle to achieve the same level of taste, consistency and flavour. Sound complicated? We promise it’s not! All you need to do is mix an equal weight of flour and water together, place in a large jar and leave to sit for a few days. With a bit of patience you can make some legendary homemade bread.


 

 
2. Easy on the flour:

To ensure the perfect dough consistency, you have to be careful with the amount of flour you use. If it won’t shape into a ball, it’s probably too dry, so add a drop of water to moisten it up! The mixture should be sticky and firm so that when you come to knead it, it bonds together well and doesn’t separate during baking. 
We know it’s hard to resist the temptation of adding more flour during kneading, especially when you’re a newbie bread maker and you’re not sure how the dough should look. Barry suggests using small quantities of olive oil, melted butter or even water when proving the dough. Adjusting the quantities of flour can have a huge effect on the outcome. This is where we think this week’s Baking Surgery competition winner, Ruby Grawe, may have gone wrong (sorry Ruby!).


 

 


3. A dough hook is all you ‘knead’:

Kneading is one of the most important processes in bread making; it aids the development of gluten (a type of protein) which ensures springy and elastic dough. Traditional hands-on kneading can be tiring, especially if you’ve missed a few sessions at the gym and your arm strength is lacking! Once your ingredients are mixed together, attach the dough hook on the Total Control Stand Mixer, select the pre-programmed bread dough setting and let the machine do the work. The dough is ready for proving when it’s beautifully smooth and slightly tacky to touch.   


 

 
4. Give the dough plenty of time to prove:
Proving allows the bread to rise and this requires patience; it’s a good time for shopping or catching up with a friend over a coffee! Before you wander off, ensure your dough is in a large mixing bowl to allow plenty of room to rise and cover with cling film or a damp tea towel.  Find a cosy spot in your house, where there’s no draught, and allow the dough to rise for at least an hour - the recipe should state proving times so follow these. Ideally, the dough should have doubled in size. 



 

 
Once you’ve mastered baking your favourite loaf, why not challenge yourself and try making a homemade pizza or a traditional Italian Focaccia? 

If you're not quite ready to go it alone, why not try one of our breadmakers for all the home-baked goodness in a fraction of the time?

For more advice from the Baking Surgery, be sure to check out our Facebook page. #TogetherWellMakeIt


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Banish Baking Blunders With Our Top Baking Tips

By Aimee Pearson | 14/10/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

Baking isn’t always the easiest thing to crack; all it takes is one little error and before you know it you’ve got a baking disaster on your hands! Don’t worry, the Morphy Richards Baking Surgery is here to help. We’ve pulled together some handy hints and tips to help you steer clear of some of the most common – and most easily avoided – baking blunders and be the organised, confident baker we know you can be!

Get more baking hints and tips from our brand ambassador and super vlogger Barry Lewis of My Virgin Kitchen at the Baking Surgery page. #TogetherWellMakeIt

1. Never underestimate the importance of lining your tins:

Although greasing the inside of the cake tin isn’t the most glamourous job, it helps to ensure you get smooth edges and is definitely worth the effort to avoid a broken cake. We’re sure this week’s Baking Surgery competition winner, Emily Coleman, wishes she’d greased her cake tins before baking them!

 


 
All you need to do is scoop some butter onto a clean piece of kitchen roll and wipe your tin for a quick and easy greasing solution – don’t forget to get into the edges! If you prefer to work with grease proof paper, add a little bit of butter to the cake tin first to stop the paper from moving when you pour in the mixture. Easy!

2. Avoid the dreaded ‘raw middle & burnt edges’ combination with this foil trick:

Sometimes the oven is not your friend, and that moment when the thick mixture transforms into a lovely, even brown cake comes far earlier than anticipated…before the middle of the cake has had time to catch up! Don’t worry though, the edges may be burning and the cake may still be raw in the middle, but it’s not too late to save it. To rescue your cake, simply cover it with a tight layer of tin foil to trap the heat and turn the temperature down by 10 degrees for the remainder of the baking time. 

 

 
3. Prepare ahead of time to avoid a last-minute shopping trip:


When the pressure of producing the perfect dinner party dessert is mounting, it’s easy to accidentally forget a crucial ingredient (let’s be honest, we’ve all done it at some point!). Avoid the panic next time by planning ahead and being prepared. Before you start to bake, measure out and organise all of the ingredients in separate bowls and make sure you have everything you need for the entire recipe. If you’re missing anything, you still have time to run to the shop to get the crucial ingredient before you start to bake!  

While you’re organising your ingredients, make sure you have all of the tools you need for the entire recipe, including icing, fillings and sauces. If you’re using a handy multi-functional tool like the Morphy Richards Total Control Hand Blender, make sure you lay out all of the attachments you’ll need for the recipe before you start so you don’t search all of your kitchen cupboards in a panic later on! (If you haven’t already discovered the Total Control Hand Blender, you can get 10% off now with the Baking Surgery promo code). 

 

 
4. Know your flours and get creative: 


Is there a difference between plain and self-raising flour? YES – and using plain flour instead of self-raising is a sure-fire way to ruin a recipe! Never fear though, if you’re running out of storage space for your ever-expanding stash of baking supplies, you can cleverly use the ingredients you already have. Make your own self-raising flour by adding a small amount of baking power to plain flour (just be sure to check the baking powder isn’t out of date and stick to ½ tsp of baking powder per 100g of plain flour). Genius! 

 

 

For more great hints and tips from the Baking Surgery, be sure to check out our Facebook page. #TogetherWellMakeIt



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Bake Fail no more!

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 23/09/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

The Great British Bake Off contestants know a thing or two about the unforgiving business of baking, but if even they’re getting things wrong, we know it might feel more than a little daunting. 

Fear not! Although baking is an exact science, there are some easy tips and tricks that you can learn from the GBBO fails to help you with your next batch of biscuits or lovely loaf. Our Together We’ll Make It surgery is always open and on hand to help with some of your queries and questions, so make sure you have a gander at our Facebook page.

So get ready to reminisce on some famous GBBO disasters and how you can avoid them. 



1. Unset desserts

A common mistake committed not only in the Bake Off tent but also at home, is not allowing yourself enough time to ensure your custards, jellies and trifles are entirely set, leaving you with a soupy consistency, similar to Dorrett’s Black Forest Gateau disaster in week one! A simple way to avoid such a catastrophe is to plan ahead – make sure you allow enough time for every element of the recipe to be entirely completed and finished before starting the next step. 

 


2.

Over-baking cookies and biscuits


Over-baking is a common issue, especially when it comes to baking cookies and biscuits. It’s much better for cookies to be slightly under-baked than over-baked. No one likes a hard, dry cookie that resembles cardboard! Avoid this by remaining vigilant while you bake, don’t get distracted and forget about them and always check them after the minimum cooking time has been reached.


 


3.

Over-mixing 


Dough is supposed to be mixed, right? Right! But over-mixing dough over-activates the gluten in the flour and results in a thick, stringy and stodgy consistency, not ideal for a light, fluffy bread. To avoid this, try using the

Total Control Stand Mixer, which uses Smart Response Technology and six different programmed settings to ensure you achieve perfect dough every time.



 


4. Not preheating the oven correctly

The beginning of every recipe usually states a preheated oven temperature – don’t ignore this, but do get to know your own oven. Unfortunately GBBO contestant Marie was caught short in week 2, after she forgot to turn the oven on completely…oops! Her bake was obviously totally uncooked! Don’t let this be you, when you first embark on a recipe make sure the oven is turned on (!) and correctly preheated. 


 


5. Over-beating egg whites

Mixing egg whites can be an art in itself. Over-beating your egg whites will end in complete separation. Not ideal. To avoid this, try using the Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set which offers eight different speed settings with Smart Response Technology for ultimate control and to guarantee fluffy, light egg whites.


 


6. Forgetting to soften the butter

It’s all in the planning. Butter needs to be softened at room temperature before creaming with sugar, otherwise the ultimate creamy consistency won’t be achieved. If you forget to pre-soften the butter then either of these simple tips will help you. Option one: chop the butter into smaller chunks and rest by a warm oven. Option two: put the butter in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin until it becomes soft.



 


After remembering these famous errors, you may be less likely to make your own baking mistakes. Why not share your perfect bakes or unfortunate mistakes on Facebook and Twitter during the next live episode of GBBO? You could even be in with the chance of winning an innovative product from the Total Control range to help you on your way.





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The Together We'll Make It Surgery is Open

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 17/09/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

We know baking isn’t easy. We know that sometimes your bread won’t rise no matter how much you will it to, you’ll end up with more batter on the walls than in your baking tray, or your icing will dribble rather than dazzle (Mat, we feel you, that tennis cake looked hard!).


We’ve all been there when a batch of cookies comes out of the oven looking like charcoal, but somehow tastes raw on the inside (how can it be?).


 


We’re here to help. We’re here to let you know that you are not alone and it is worth persevering, we promise. You can enjoy delicious baked treats without breaking a sweat.

Welcome to the Together We’ll Make It Surgery.

Over the next few months, as the nation determinedly dons their oven mitts and salivates over the creations on Great British Bake Off, we’ll be firmly by your side to help you improve your baking brilliance. We’re working with our new ambassador Barry Lewis, of My Virgin Kitchen to show you how, with a range of Morphy Richards products, including the state-of-the-art range of Total Control food preparation range and a little bit of confidence; you can reign supreme in the kitchen.

Barry will be on hand to show you how to avoid the common mistakes which befall us hapless and hungry cooks and give tips on how to slowly build confidence in the kitchen. 

What’s more, we’ll be giving away a product from the Total Control food preparation range every week to help you on your way. What more could you wish for?

Entering the competition couldn’t be easier; all you need to do is upload a picture, video or question relating to one of your baking fails to Facebook and we’ll work with Barry to select the cook most in need of help. Don’t worry, those wonky ladybird cupcakes and burnt buns will be a thing of the past – together we’ll make it!

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The return of Great British Bake Off: The baking begins

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 05/08/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

It’s been a whole year since we watched Nancy Birthwhistle whip, ice, bake and mix her way to the top of the tent and to claim the crown of Great British Bake Off Champion 2014 and thank god, the show’s back again. We’re honestly not quite sure what we’ve been doing with our Wednesday nights.

We have a veritable melting pot of delightful contestants this year from Mat, the 37 year old fire fighter; a man of simple desires who’s main aspiration is to own a dishwasher; to 53 year old Dorret, an accountant and self-confessed foodie. 

Also trying to impress Mary and Paul this autumn is Alvin, 37, who reportedly baked bread every day for three weeks until he got it just right; 41 year old travel photographer (and personal photographer to the Dali Lama no less!), Ian, and Flora, who, at 19 is the youngest of this year’s bakers and whose nearest shop at home is a mere 20 miles away. 

Tonight sees the dozen aspiring bakers embrace cake week. The show will kick off with each of the contestants tackling a Madeira cake and will move on to see them give Mary’s own frosted walnut cake a go in the technical challenge (let’s hope there is not a soggy bottom in sight).

Our first instalment of the deliciously addictive show will finish off with a round of show-stopping black forest gateau reinventions. If your mouth is positively watering at the prospect, how about whipping up your own baked treat? All you need are a few simple ingredients and your Total Control Control Hand Blender Workcentre, which uses smart technology to give you the confidence you need in the kitchen.

Madeira cake

 

Ingredients: 
NB. You need a 2lb loaf tin or 15-18cm round deep cake tin
170g Self raising flour      
170g caster sugar
110g butter, softened, cut into cubes
Zest of one lemon
2 medium eggs
4 tbsp. semi skimmed milk
1-2 thin pieces of candied citron or lemon peel, to decorate

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, fan oven 160°C. Line the tin with greaseproof paper.
2. Fit the chopping blade into the bowl of your Total Control Blender Workcentre
3. Place the flour, sugar, margarine and lemon zest into the bowl.
4. Break in the eggs and add the milk.
5. Fit the work centre lid, main unit and select speed 7 on the Variable Speed Control. Using the Precise Control Trigger mix the ingredients together for a few seconds. Scrape the bowl down with a spatula and process again for a few seconds until all the ingredients are combined. 
6. Place the mixture into the prepared tin.
7. Bake in the centre of the oven for about an hour. You may need to cover the cake to prevent it becoming too brown after about half an hour. 
8. To serve, decorate the cake with the candied peel.


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Whip up the perfect Wimbledon treat

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 12/07/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

If you’re not lucky enough to be at the Wimbledon final this weekend, why not re-create Centre Court in your own home? 

Nothing tastes more like Wimbledon than a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream. 

After two weeks of brutal matches and scorching temperatures, there’s only one question that remains. Pouring cream or whipped cream?

If you fancy whipping up your strawberry accompaniment, keep reading: We’ve created a guide on how to make the best whipped cream using your Total Control Hand Blender (402052). 

Ingredients:
150ml whipping (double) cream
Top tip: for even more flavour – why not add a teaspoon of vanilla essence? 

Method:
1. Pour the cream into a large bowl (preferably a metal one if you have, if not ceramic or plastic will suffice).
2. Using your Total Control Hand Blender, fit the balloon whisk attachment and start to whip the cream on speed 7.  For the first few seconds the cream will be very frothy – this is normal.
3. Continue to whisk for a few more minutes, until the cream is softly whipped. 
4. Dollop on your strawberries and enjoy! 


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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.

Give these recipes a whirl and share your creations on Facebook or tweet @LoveYourMorphy.


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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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