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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*
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
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
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*
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
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
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.
It’s review time again, so we wanted to show you which products a couple of our current Innovators have been busy putting to the test.
We want to make sure you always get an honest opinion about the new products from Morphy Richards, which is why we’re always keen to share the Innovators’ reviews.
Slummy single mummy received the Morphy Richards Never Loses Suction Lift Away Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner. She loved the fact the cleaner was so flexible when she was busy vacuuming away! “We’ve got a lot of floorboards, and I liked that it’s so simple to switch the set up from carpets to hard floors,” she said. The blogger also “found the pivoting floorhead really easy to use, and also loved the Lift Away Detachable Canister”, especially on the stairs. And, she saw it as an added bonus that the cleaner is available in purple, as it’s “funky”!
Meanwhile, Jac at Tinned Tomatoes had some colour injected into her kitchen with the Morphy Richards Colour Boutique range. The blogger opted for the Vibrant Orange set and she loved the fact it was a “rather splendid colour”.
The kettle “boils rather rapidly”, and she really fell in love with the toaster, describing it as a “revelation”. Due to the fact it fits four slices of bread in, there’s “no more queuing at the toaster”. “It also has plenty of settings, so you will get your toasted bits and pieces browned to perfection,” the blogger added.
If you love the sound of our Colour Boutique range or the Never Loses Suction cleaner, you’ve still got time to take advantage of the great discounts we’ve got on those products right now. You just need to enter the following codes at the checkout stage on this website. You can get 35% off the Colour Boutique range with CB35BLOG and £100 off the Never Loses Suction cleaner with NLS100BLOG. Happy shopping!
It’s Innovators time here again at Morphy Richards, and we’re keen to show you once again which products our latest batch of recruits have been busy trying out.
We’re eager to share even more of their reviews with you, so you’re able to get a frank and honest opinion of our latest products.
Domestic Goddesque received the new Morphy Richards Comfigrip Steam Iron Diamond TriZone Soleplate to trial and she was particularly impressed by the Eco Steam Switch and its energy saving credentials. The blogger praised the fact the Morphy iron glided “effortlessly” across her clothes. And, “the easy-fill water feature [makes] ironing even easier”, she said.
The Comfigrip Iron also made its way over to Inside the Wendy House, who claimed to be a bit of an “iron novice”. She was impressed by the durability of the product and said the “turbo boost, constant steam and pressing plate work together to relax the fabric, tackling creasing and avoid re-creasing”. Overall, the blogger was impressed by the ease with which she managed to do her ironing – a very happy reviewer!
Being Mrs C, meanwhile, received the Morphy Richards Never Loses Suction Lift Away Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner. The “suction power itself is outstanding”, the pleased blogger said, adding that the “lift away canister is a stroke of genius”. It means you have “all the advantages of an upright vacuum cleaner for the main parts of the house, but the convenience of a cylinder vacuum cleaner for the stairs”, she said. All in all, she was extremely happy with the cleaner – “the cleaning power is faultless and the flexibility of the design means that it works well in all home scenarios”.
The Morphy Richards Colour Boutique Kettle and Toaster set, to add a splash of colour and brightness to our Innovators’ homes, was sent out to several of our Innovators, and here is what a couple had to say.
92three30.com received the kettle and toaster in Blue Sparkle and she loved the fact the kettle had a retro shape and feel to it. “It boils quickly and is generally easy to use,” the blogger said, adding that it feels like a “well made, good quality appliance too.” “The toaster is even better looking than the kettle,” she enthused. The performance of it is good and “frankly we couldn’t fault it in use,” the blogger concluded.
Casa Costello opted for the Morphy Colour Boutique range in Red Sparkle for her kitchen. “The design is truly beautiful,” the blogger said, again praising the retro styling of the range. Her other half, meanwhile, praised the fact “the wide neck is perfect to fill up from the tap one-handed”!
If any of these Morphy products sound right up your street, now you’ve read the reviews, you should take advantages of our exclusive voucher codes to get great discounts. When you from the Morphy Richards website, you can get 35% off the Colour Boutique range with CB35BLOG, £100 off the Never Loses Suction cleaner with NLS100BLOG and 40% off the Comfigrip iron with BLOG6840. Just enter your voucher codes at the checkout to get your discount.
We’ve had a busy few weeks here at Morphy HQ, reading all of the great entries that we’ve received from food and mummy bloggers to become a Morphy Richards ‘Innovator’ for the next 12 months. Our ‘Innovators’ do a very important job by testing and reviewing our latest appliances and giving us the valuable feedback that we need in order to make them even better!
With the support of Sally Whittle and her team at the Foodies 100 (which Morphy Richards sponsors) and the Tots 100, we asked bloggers to submit an entry around the following, whilst looking for individuality, personality and great writing:
- Top Tips for Housework…
- Domestic Disasters…
- Kitchen Inventions…
In total, we received over an incredible 130 entries – thanks to everybody that took the time to write an entry! We have painstakingly narrowed down all of the entries to 25 bloggers, who will become our new ‘Innovators’. Our ‘Innovators’ are…. *drum roll please*
Seasider in the City
Make It, Bake It
At Home with Mrs M
The Crazy Kitchen
Made by the chef
The Vegetarian Experience
Ramblings of a Suburban Mummy
The Five Fs
Lavender and Lovage
Over a Cuppa
The Gingerbread House
Being Mrs C
Me and My Kiddywinks
A boy with Asperger’s
Knees Up Mother Brown
Inside the Wendy House
This is Me. Sarah Mum of 3
Slummy Single Mummy
A big thanks again to all that entered. Those bloggers lucky enough to be selected will be hearing from us via e-mail over the next couple of days.
If you weren’t lucky enough to be selected, worry not, we will be running a whole host of activity through our sponsorship of the Foodies 100 that you’ll be able to get involved in. Alternatively, we’d love you to sign up to the ‘Morphy Members Club’ on Facebook.
Here at Morphy HQ, we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of entries that we’ve received from ‘Mummy’ and ‘Foodie’ bloggers to become one of our ‘Innovators’ and test the latest products in our range. As a result of partnering with the ‘Foodies 100’ and ‘Tots 100’, we’ve received over 100 entries from blogger and are currently enjoying reading them all!
Last year, we worked with 15 bloggers who tested our appliances and provided valuable feedback and insight that we then passed on to our elite team of our designers. Our designers are now using much of that feedback when designing and developing future products. Following the initiative’s success, we are looking to recruit a further 30 bloggers.
We’re back off to read through more of the great entries, we’ll report back next week with details of our selected bloggers. We’ll also reveal our brand spanking new ‘Innovators’ badge which our bloggers will proudly display on their blogs.
We are delighted to announce that Morphy Richards is the official sponsor of the Foodies100.
We will be working in partnership with Foodies100 over the coming year hosting competitions, events, giveaways and much more!
To mark the start of the partnership we are working with Foodies100 and sister site Tots100 to recruit 25 brand new Innovators to expand our team of Morphy Richards bloggers.
As a member of the team, you’ll receive new Morphy Richards products throughout the coming year to review on your blog. It’s a great opportunity to try out some new kitchen appliances, and provide your valuable honest feedback to the Morphy Richards team.
Morphy Richards will also work closely with Innovators to provide other great content on your blog, including competitions and giveaways. Reviews will be promoted via Morphy Richards’ blog, Home of the House Proud, allowing you to reach new audiences and raise the profile of your own blog.
How can you get involved?
Simple. We’re looking for Innovators who know what really goes into caring for a family, running a busy household, and who love to share their favourite tips and stories with their readers. So we’d like you to write a post on your blog showing us what you can do. To give you some inspiration, we’ve come up with three writing prompts to choose from. Feel free to interpret them in a way that works for you – we’re looking for individuality, personality and great writing.
A: Top tips for housework…
B: Domestic disasters…
C: Making family chores fun…
It’s entirely up to you what you write, but you must write your post before March 29th, and you need to leave a link to your post in the widget at the bottom of this page before 5pm on that date.
Winners will be hand picked by the Morphy Richards team and announced on the Tots100 website after the closing date.
In the blog post below, she reports on cooking up a delicious meal using a slow cooker mix from our parters in crime Schwarz, and shares her thoughts on the product (Go here to read the post on her own blog).
The Morphy Richards Flavour Savour & Schwartz recipe mixes
If I’m honest I wasn’t filled with enthusiasm for the slow cooker. Over the last few years I’ve been given two slow cookers and have eventually given them both away without ever using them.
I think the problem I had with slow cookers is that they always seemed like a bit of a faff. You know what I mean, you have to seal the meats in a pan first and then transfer it to the cooker and then mess around with ingredients when you should be having your breakfast.
Then, by coincidence, I was contacted by Schwartz (the herbs and spices people) who have just developed a range of slow cooker recipe mixes. According to Schwartz 45 per cent of homes across the UK have a slow cooker but only 14 per cent of use them, and I can believe that going by my own track record.
So there really was no excuse for me not to have a try was there? Well, apart from the fact that in between receiving the slow cooker and recipe mixes we moved house, I packed everything up, couldn’t find the box with the slow cooker in and then kept putting it off. Well….it’s all seemed so complicated.
Well I’m happy to report that I’ve used the slow cooker and one of the Schwartz mixes and it really was very easy, both of which came with very easy to follow instuctions. Idiot proof even. Even for this idiot.
The Flavour Savour cooker has fast stew and slow cook modes, as well as a sealing function which means you can seal the meat in the actual slow cooker instead of using a separate pan. I browned the sausages, then added the rest of the ingredients including the Sausage and Bean casserole mix, popped the lid on the cooker and went about my day as normal and unlike other slow cookers I could check the food because of the very handy glass lid, so no need to disturb the cooking process by taking the lid off!
I’ll definitely be using the slow cooker again, and I already have plans to use the Schwartz Beef and Tomato casserole mix later this week. There’s also a Slow Cooker recipe book available too. Bon appetit!
Veteran slow cooker Jen Walshaw from Mum in the Madhouse was given the task of reviewing our Flavour Savour this month. The question on her lips though, was what could our model bring to the kitchen that her existing one couldn’t? Jen was sceptical, but pleasantly suprised.
Now I do not say the above lightly. I have had a slow cooker for at least 17 years and use one at least a couple of times a week, so when Morphy Richards said they were going to send me a Flavour Savor as part of their Innovators scheme I have to admit I thought, oh no, not another slow cooker, but I couldnt have been more wrong.
The Flavor Savor is unique in a couple of ways, firstly it allows you to brown and seal your meat or veg in the pan on the base unit. This is not only quick, but very effective too. I have used it to seal sausages, beef and pork and also to brown onions too. It saves you using a separate pan, but also from even putting the hob on to heat it up.
Another key difference to a standard slow cooker is the fact that the Flavour Savor also has a quick cook function. So that if like me, who forgot to put the slow cooker on yesterday you can make sure your meal is cooked in less than an hour and a half!
Other points which make this a premium product in my opinion:
- Glass Lid to make viewing of the food easy
- The shape, the 4.5 litre Flavor Saver has a round dish and base which means that it takes up much less space than my old slow cooker.
- The dish can go on the hob or in the oven (perfect if you want to crisp up your dumplings)
- The handles on the dish are silicone coated, which mean they are cool to touch.
- The dish which is stainless steel is lighter than my old one, so again easy to carry and looks perfect on the dinning table.
- It has a keep warm function, so no overcooked mush, it automatically reduces the heat and keeps your food warm.
Top tip. A slow cooker is a perfect place to cook and warm up your Christmas pudding. You do not have to worry about topping up the water and the pan boiling dry.
The 4.5 litre Flavor Savour usually retails at £89.99, but us currently under £60 on Amazon.
Several of our House Proud Innovators have been trying out the Morphy Richards Premium Plus Breadmaker this month. It’s the perfect time of year for crusty fresh bread to go with comforting soups and stews. Here’s what the lovely Michelle of Mummy from the Heart thinks of her latest kitchen appliance. Click here to see the original post
What is better to wake up to in the morning than your house smelling of fresh bread? Not a lot right?
I have been experiencing this delight over the last few weeks and it has been wonderful. The kids have been super happy too. A classic white loaf is their favourite whereas I like to have a malted seedy loaf and the beauty of the Morphy Richards Premium Plus Bread Maker is that it can produce any kind of bread product that I fancy and much more besides – pizza dough, pasta, bread rolls, cakes and even jam. Yes jam, seems a bit strange doesn’t it and I have to say I have not yet tried that function out.
Upon seeing the breadmaker JJ did a happy dance and announced to me that it was great, we would never need to pay for bread again. If only babe! However a white loaf is definitely cheaper when homemade and of course another benefit is that I know what goes into the bread rather than lots of preservatives that I have no understanding of. A basic 2lb white loaf costs us well under 50p all in. You can’t knock that! The loaf also lasts well, I chose to keep mine in a canvas bag to keep it fresh.
As a first time user of a breadmaker I have been pleased with this product and the great results it gives, here are my first couple of attempts at using it to make bread-
My hubbie found the machine easy to use whereas I felt a bit overwhelmed by the amount of information that was in the instruction manual. Everything I needed to know was in there but for me the layout is not as intuitive as it should be. Sadly our manual is already starting to get very dog-eared so I will be printing out another from the Morphy Richards site and laminating it, a bit sad but necessary if I want to try out all 50 odd recipes that the manual contains. I think my next attempt will be raisin bread, the kids will love that in the morning for breakfast.
There is a fair amount to tell you about this beast of a machine, so I’ll do a quick pros and cons list:
- Chuck all the ingredients into the machine, set the program and off it goes. It mixes, kneeds, proofs and then cooks all with no effort from me – perfect!
- 19 different programmes to suit all types of bread and baked products.
- Variable loaf sizes and variable crust settings – so you can get just the loaf you like.
- 12 hour delay, so that you can have freshly baked bread upon waking.
- The baking tin is very easy to remove and clean. The loaf also slips out easily once cooked.
- Fruit and nut dispenser to ensure that your baked product has a well spread mix of contents.
- Easy view window on the top, so you can watch what the machine is doing. The kids love this – it is nearly as entertaining as the TV!
- Over 50 recipes in the instruction manual.
- Well priced bread for a premium product.
- No dashing to the shops as you are out of bread!
- Easy wipe clean, no smear stainless steel exterior, looks stylish.
- Cool touch exterior, making it safe to leave cooking around my children whilst I am out of the room.
and the Cons:
- A very large piece of kitchen equipment, also fairly heavy but as are most things that cook!
- The instruction manual takes a lot of working through. You need to have a good read through it and then trial and error will help you to find the best recipes for you.
- The electronic programmer has a dull display which can be really hard to see, especially when the sun is shining in. It is also not that obvious as to which part of the program you are setting. I have to follow the manual each time, I am sure with more use I would get to know it better.
- Not sure this is really a con but something I did not expect. The mixing paddle stays in the loaf while it bakes and then you have to cut it out once removed from the baking tin. Thus leaving a hole in the bottom of the loaf – see the paddle still in there:
You can buy the Morphy Richards Premium Plus Bread Maker HERE, it retails for £139.99 and has a 2 year guarantee.
Disclaimer: I was provided with the breadmaker free of charge as part of the Innovators program. I have not been instructed what to write and I remain honest.
Cheryl of Mad House Family Reviews has enjoyed fresh bread from her current trusty breadmaker for many years. But how does the Morphy Richards Premium Plus Breadmaker fare in comparison? Read her original post here.
Ever since being selected as a Morphy Richards House Proud Innovator (as I explained here), it’s always hugely exciting to see an email plop into my inbox from them with news of a new product that they’d like me to try out and review. October’s challenge was to try out their Premium Plus breadmaker.
Now, as I told them, we already have a bread machine that is in pretty much constant use but it’s a cheapie one from Lidl so I was keen (and so were they !) to see how the two would compare. My first impressions were that the Morphy Richards one was bulkier but had a smaller loaf tin, but on closer inspection, the Morphy Richards machine can make a loaf weighing 1lb, 1.5lb or 2lb, which is actually bigger than my current one which makes a 750g loaf, equivalent to 1.65lb. The machine itself is slightly taller but doesn’t actually take up any more space than the other one, although I do find that the cable is a bit short. I have to place it very close to the socket for the plug to reach which means it is in the middle of the worktop which isn’t very practical.
One of themost innovative features of the Premium Plus breadmaker is the collapsible blade, that you can see in the picture. The idea is that it rips a smaller hole in the bottom of the loaf when you remove it from the tin. This is THE big failing of breadmachines in general so I was keen to see how this would work in practice.
The Premium Plus breadmaker offers a choice of 19 programmes, from the basic bread programme to gluten free, bread mixes and pizza dough, as well as cake, dessert and jam.
My current breadmaker only has 12 programmes, but to be honest, I still haven’t used half of those !
To give it a fair test, I decided to use exactly the same breadmix and same quantity of water as usual with the most basic programme (number 1), to see if changing machines would change the resulting bread. I had a quick glance at the instruction booklet but it’s quite simple to use. It only has four buttons – plus, minus, validate and cancel – so I just selected the programme number (one), the size of loaf (1.5lb) and the crust setting (medium). Then you hold the validate button for several seconds for it to start. (You can use a timer if you want it to start later, in order to have fresh bread for breakfast for example, but I didn’t use this feature.)
I’ve often found that the first loaf made in a breadmachine goes horribly wrong (Morphy Richards suggest you grease the pan and prebake before the first use to stop it sticking) but this one came out perfectly.
It slipped out of the pan without the slightest resistance, which is better than my old machine (even when it was brand new).
It does still rip a bit of a hole in the bottom of the loaf but it’s a smaller hole and, due to there only being one blade instead of two, you only get one hole instead of two big lumps ripped out of the loaf. We’re used to eating W- shaped bread with the usual machine, but this time, I managed to get absolutely loads of complete slices cut without a hole in at all, which looks much better (and stops half of your sandwich filling falling out !).
Madhouse Daddy Mike said he thought the bread seemed lighter and softer. I can’t say I honestly noticed any difference but what I did notice was that the whole loaf disappeared in 2 days, so I had to make a new loaf on Monday evening, wheareas usually the loaf made at the weekend lasts until Wednesday !
Before the test, I’d declared that we’d keep one breadmachine and pass the “second best” one on to my friend – who is absolutely thrilled to be equipping her kitchen every time I upgrade to Morphy Richards and pass my old castoff kitchen appliances to her ! It was a unanimous decision that we’d keep the Morphy Richards machine but what made me smile was that each of us had a different reason. Madhouse Daddy Mike likes the sleek, modern design ; I love the fact that the bread comes out so easily and that it doesn’r rip such big holes in the loaf ; and the kids can’t wait to try out the fruit and nut dispenser and love the viewing window!!
Something else that I noticed on the Morphy Richards website is that you can replace the baking pan (as well as other parts, like the lid) rather than replacing the whole machine. From past experience, the pan is the thing that wears out quickest because it loses its non-stick properties, so it’s great (for the planet as well as the pocket) to be able to replace one item rather than the whole machine.
I was intrigued to see how the two machines would compare. The Lidl one, despite being cheap and cheerful and no frills, does do the job reasonably well so it’s ideal as a first machine to see if you get the bread-baking bug, but the Morphy Richards Premium Plus one does have some non-negligeable advantages, in particular the collapsible blade which destroys less of the inside of the loaf.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £139.99
Since we launched our ‘House Proud Innovators’ initiative in April of this year, we have been working closely with 15 influential bloggers in both the foodie and mummy communities.
Each month we send a blogger a product from our range and ask them to critique it i.e. tell us what they like, but more importantly, tell us what they don’t like to help us ‘be more innovative’ and help make peoples everyday lives easier. In our latest ‘Innovator’ review, MiMi (who blogs at ‘Meemalee’s Kitchen’) has put the Accents One Cup and Accents Kettle and Toaster through their paces – check out her thoughts below. You can read the original blog post here.
So you may remember that Morphy Richards asked me to be one of their Home of the Houseproud reviewers. The way it works is they ask me if I’m interested in the gadget of the month and I say yea or nay depending on caprice.
Most recently, they offered to send me the One Cup. Now, I have the brain of a guttersnipe and clearly spend too much time on the internet, so of course I accepted this offer with glee.
In fact, I was this close to getting my sister-in-law to pose with me and the machine, purely so I could post a photo with an appropriate caption, but then I thought that might be going too far for a family-friendly site.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s a good thing.
In direct contrast to the beast they sent me last time, the Morphy Richards One Cup is relatively petite and rather curvaceous.
Its concept is simple – it heats and dispenses one cup of water for you in about 30 seconds – so a bit like the long-lost Tefal Quick Cup which I nearly bought before I saw the decidedly mixed reviews.
From the colourful Accents range, the One Cup comes in two parts – the machine proper, and a drip tray which for some unearthly reason doesn’t actually slot into the main part. This bugs me.
So you get your mug of water (I don’t have a cup), and you chuck it into the reservoir at the top. If you’re cack-handed like me, you chuck half the water over the machine and then freak out about short-circuits.
Then you put your teabag etc in the same mug, place it on the stupid drip tray and you press the button.
30 seconds later, after a noise like the one they used to make in the Brook Bond Red Mountain ads, a steaming jet of water fills your mug and your hot beverage is ready. And that’s it.
Does it work? Yes, it does.
But to be honest, I can only think of six reasons why you’d want to buy this:
- you work in an office where people don’t want to make tea for their colleagues;
- you’re the little old lady who lived opposite my parents and who only ate biscuits;
- you have weak wrists;
- you lack patience;
- you’re amused by gimmicks;
- you like pretty gadgets.
Because otherwise a kettle is better. A KETTLE IS BETTER.
Sorry Morphy Richards, but it’s true.
Talking of kettles, since then I’ve been sent a gorgeous red toaster and and kettle, also from their Accents range.
I have little to say about them except just staring at them makes me happy – oh and they work exactly as they should, so I recommend them both completely in terms of both form and function.
At Morphy HQ, we live and breathe slow cooking; after all, we have to as the country’s favourite slow cooker manufacturer. Recently we brought you news of a brand new cook book that we’ve had commissioned – The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cook Book. It is packed with over 100 tasty slow cooker recipes, perfect as the cold winter sets in! Last month, we sent our ‘House Proud Innovators’ a copy of the cook book to review – check out Marie Rayner’s (The English Kitchen) thoughts in the blog post below:
I was surprised and quite pleased the other day to get a package in the post and find inside this lovely little cookery book. Chris (my Morphy Richard’s friend) had sent me this as I had so enjoyed the slow cooker that I was sent last month. He thought I would enjoy using it along with my new Flavour Savour Slow Cooker.
He was right!! I could not wait to get stuck in! Today was my chance. I just happened to have a chicken and we were going to be in church all morning. We are always starving when we get home, so I like to use my slow cooker on Sundays. It’s my slow cooking day of choice!
At Morphy Richards, they’re passionate about their products, and quite rightly so. I have always been more than happy with everything I have ever gotten of theirs, and I can assure you that I have had Morphy Richards products in my home since I first moved over here some 11 years ago now. This cookery book, The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cook Book (published by Ebury Press and written by Cara Hobday) is the perfect companion to their slow cookers and features over 100 delicious fuss-free recipes from family favourites, to dishes for a dinner party.
It’s filled with tips and advice for using your slow cooker as well as several tasty chapters, including:
- Soups (Moroccan Chickpea Soup, Midweek Chunky Vegetable Soup etc.)
- Chicken, Duck and Fish (Jerk Chicken Casserole, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Salmon and Tararind Curry, Duck with Orange, Cranberry and Thyme, etc.)
- Pork and Lamb (Sausage, Red Onion and Bean Casserole, Lancashire Hot Pot, etc.)
- Beef and Game (Beef Provencal with Olives and Anchovies, Beef and Cashews with Coconut and Chilli, Venison Braised with Blueberry and Juniper, etc.)
- Vegetarian and Vegetable Dishes (White Bean and Tomato Cassoulet, Pine Nut Fennel and Parmesan Risotto, etc.)
- Desserts (Sticky Toffee Pudding, Baked Cherry Cheesecake, etc.)
- Preserves (Orange Marmalade, Spiced Tomato Chutney, etc.)
Today I cooked the Butter Basted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme. It went together very easily with little or no effort. That is important to me on Sunday mornings as I have about a bazillion other things to do.
When we got home we could smell it as soon as we opened the door. It smelled heavenly. Poor Mitzi, who loves chicken so much must have been tortured by the lovely smell while we were out!
In no time at all I had a delicious dinner on the table for Todd and myself and I can tell you it was truly lovely. The chicken was moist and had a wonderful flavour. The sauce was delicious and perfectly flavoured as well, with just a hint of lemon and butter and herbs. I would and will make this again. It has truly become a favourite recipe!
Please do check out the Morphy Richards Innovater Site where you can buy this lovely book for yourselves. They will also be bringing you extracts from this book throughout the winter months to tempt your palates! If you like what you read and you want a copy for yourself; the book can be purchased from the Morphy Richards website for a mere £5.99, and I for one think it is very good value for money!
Many thanks to Chris and to Morphy Richards for sending me this lovely cookbook. Next on my to make list for sure is the Cherry Cheesecake!
*Butter Based Whole Chicken with Lemon and Thyme*
Succulently moist and full of flavour. We really enjoyed this.
50g of butter (4 TBS)
the juice and zest of one unwaxed lemon
2 TBS thyme leaves
1 X 1.4kg chicken (free range, organic, about 3 pounds in weight)
150ml of chicken stock (about 2/3 cup)
3 TBS cornflour (cornstarch)
2 TBS chopped fresh parsley (optional)
salt and freshly groune black pepper
various cooked vegetables to serve (they suggest sugar snap peas, baby carrots, mangetout. I used
stuffing, roasted potatoes and baby carrots)
Mash together the butter, lemon juice and zest. (this works best if your butter is somewhat softened) Add salt and pepper to taste. Using your fingers, loosen the skin from the breast of the chicken, carefully so as not to tear. Push the butter mixture in between the skin and the breast of the chicken. Replace the skin and then massage the breast all over to spread it out.
Place the chicken into the slow cooker and pour the stock into the bottom. Cover and cook for 5 hours on the high setting, or 10 hours on low.
Remove the chicken from the cooker. Set aside and keep warm while you make the sauce.
To make the sauce, spoon off all of the excess fat from the cooking liquid. Whisk the remaining juices in a pan over medium heat, along with the cornstarch which you have mixed together with a bit of water. Whisk constantly until the mixture comes to a simmer and thickens. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes before serving.
Carve the chicken and place servings on heated plates along with some vegetables and spooning some of the sauce over top. Delicious!
This month, our Innovators have been going slow cooking mad, trying out all sorts of wonderfully warm winter recipes to feed up their families.
We sent Laura (Are we nearly there yet mummy?) a Flavour Savour slow cooker and a slow cooker recipe book for some inspiration and we’ve managed to change her opinion of slow cooking. Yes…that’s right, it’s not just for stews, there’s a whole world of recipe possibilities out there!
You can read her thoughts below or click here to read her the original post.
We were sent a Morphy Richards Slow Cooker. I’ve always thought that slow cookers were only useful for big hearty stews.
The ingenious Tom at Morphy Richards knew that I needed inspiration. He sent me The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook which has totally changed my view of the versatility of slooooow cooking.
The Flavour Savour slow cooker has 3 functions, which means you can seal, fast stew and slow cook. Do you know you can cook a whole chicken in it? A WHOLE chicken, with nothing else in there, for hours … for the most tender and juicy chicken.
I made a bolognese on Sunday for a family meal. I am convinced it was one of my better bolognese sauces as were the family. It was packed full of flavour and the meat just melted, it was so tender. Delicious.
I am a lazy cook so the slow cooker is perfect. Bung all the ingredients in, leave to cook and go out (for up to 8 hours!), return and dish up.
Next week we’ll be dining on szechuan braised belly of pork! You can get the 4.5 litre Flavour Savour here for £89.99 … for another £10.00 you can get the 6.5 litre version which is great for family meals and/or if you want to freeze batches.
Rosie would be the first to admit she’s not a natural whizz in the kitchen, but she’s been cooking up a storm with our Flavour Savour slow cooker and has even tried out one of the recipes from our slow cooker cook book.
You can check out the recipe she tried out, and her thoughts on the product, below (or click here to read the post on her own blog)
Slow cooker Greek-style butter bean and potato casserole
I’m not known for my cooking skills, but even I have managed to successfully produce this Greek-style butter bean and potato casserole from the new Morphy Richards slow cooker cookbook. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare the ingredients, and then you just leave it to cook for four hours. It’s a great recipe for a cold winter evening and great with a chunky bread roll. (Serves 6).
4 tbsp olive oil
1 mild Spanish onion
4 garlic cloves, crushed
200 ml red wine
400 g white potatoes, diced
2 x 410 g cans butter beans, drained and rinsed
2 x 400 g cans chopped tomatoes
Pinch of paprika
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
1. Heat half the oil in a large saucepan over a high heat and cook the onions for about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and add the red wine. Let it bubble for a few minutes to deglaze the pan. Season and transfer to the slow cooker. Add the potatoes, turnip and butter beans.
2. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix. Season and cook for 4 hours on the high setting and 8 hours on the low.
The recipe is so simple that your children will be able to help, which is an added bonus. We cooked the dish in the Flavour Savour Digital Slow Cooker that we were sent as part of the Morphy Richards Innovators Scheme.
It is incredibly easy to use and with a capacity of 4.5 litres it is large enough to cook a meal for the whole family. It has three cooking settings – browning, fast stew and slow cook, which are all accessible via its digital interface. I particularly liked its digital countdown timer plus the fact that it is easy to store, especially as we do not have a large kitchen. I was also impressed with its keep-warm function which keeps food hot in the pan for up to 2 hours. The pan is also hob-proof so can also be used on gas or electric cookers. It comes with a clear lid with cool-touch handle so you can peer inside and check on your cooking with the minimum of fuss.
I absolutely love the product and simply can’t fault it. It retails at £89.99.
Are you a dab hand in the kitchen? Do your friends compliment you on your home-cooking skills? Can you prepare wholesome, nutritious food on a budget? Then why not enter the Home Made Cook of the Year 2011? Morphy Richards are looking for some ‘Home Made Heroes’ and there are some great prizes on offer. Visit Home Made Cook of the Year 2011 for further details.
The product sets itself apart from other steamers with its intelligent timer system, which means that you can steam different ingredients and still have all the elements of your meal ready at the same time.
We’ve given her an exclusive discount to run with the review, so if you like what you see and fancy buying one, make sure you quote the voucher code at checkout stage of the Morphy Richards website. You’ll be able to save 35% and get one for £64.99 instead of £99.99!
You can read Jen’s thoughts below, or click here to read the post on her own blog.
Morphy Richards Intellisteam discount code
For me vegetables taste better when steamed and we have pretty much always had a steamer, be it an electric one or as currently one that permanently sits on my hob.
So I was really excited to be sent the Morphy Richards Intellisteam, especially as all my vegetables are ready for harvesting in the garden. The intellisteam is unique as it has three compartments in which you can steam different foods and you can also set the compartments for different times and the steamer will ensure that they all finish at the same time, which means your food will be perfectly cooked and ready to serve at the same time.
I have really found the intellisteam easy to use, it is intuitive and does everything is it supposed to do and you can cook pretty much everything in it, from the standard veg to rice, sauces, fish and meat. My only gripe is why are kitchen gadgets getting bigger, when other gadgets are getting smaller!
From a practical point of view, the steamers parts are suitable for the dishwasher and you can also pop the ingredients in to it and set the timers on a delay too. The intellisteamer also has a keep warm facility do MadDad’s meal will never have to be fed to the proverbial dog!
As part of the Morphy Richard’s houseproud innovator team, I have a speical offer for all my reader. Buy an Intellisteam from the Morphy Richards website and get 35% off by quoting the following voucher code at the checkout stage – HPI8135
Not Supermum was delighted to receive our lightweight, cordless Supervac this month and she’s been putting it through its paces with her two trusty little helpers.
It’s a 2 in 1 vacuum cleaner – one one hand it’s a cordless upright cleaner, but it also has a detatchable handheld for getting into tricky, hard to reach areas. It’s so easy to use that her daughters have used it unprompted everyday for 10 days! Who would have thought that a vacuum cleaner could keep your kids quiet?
You can read her review below or click here to go to her original post.
The product isn’t yet available from the Morphy Richards website, but if you’re desperate to get your hands on one, then take a look on Amazon where you can pick one up for £112.79
Review: The Morphy Richards’ cordless Supervac
My role as a Morphy Richards Houseproud Innovator has meant I’ve tried out some really great products, including last month’s brilliant Accents One Cup which I use way more than my kettle now. So I’ve been really impressed by the products so far.
This month’s product is so new it’s not even available to buy yet, but let me tell you that Morphy Richards have created a small miracle with their cordless Supervac.
It’s a handy 2 in 1 product, a lightweight upright vacuum cleaner which is suitable for all floors and a detachable handheld vacuum cleaner ideal for those hard to reach areas such as car interiors and upholstery. The Supervac is cordless, comes with a charging cradle and the collapsible handle makes it nice and compact and therefore easy to store.
Okay, so it’s a vacuum cleaner and I’m sure you’re wondering why it’s so special, right? Well, we’ve had it for about 10 days and my two daughters have used it everyday. Every single day! The fact that they can pick it up off the charging cradle without having to deal with the cables and plugs has meant they use it without being asked. Their bedrooms have never seen so much vacuuming action, and they like it so much (it’s very lightweight and easy to manoevre) they will also use it elsewhere around the house without being prompted. If that’s not a miracle I don’t know what is.
From my point of view it’s very easy to use. I have it plugged in and the charger keeps it topped up, so at any point I can just take it off the cradle and sweep it around the kitchen floor. It’s particularly handy in the hallway where there isn’t a plug socket and means I don’t have to trail cables through the other rooms to reach it, and the detachable hand-held cleaner is great for reaching the awkward places and for cleaning the car.
I can highly recommend the Supervac, and so can my daughters.
The Supervac will be available from November 2011 priced at £119.99.
Disclosure: I was sent the Supervac free of charge for review purposes. The words and opinions are mine, all mine.
This month, one of the product we’ve been putting to the test with our innovators is the Supersteam, a multipurpose steam cleaner that’s ideal for cleaning carpets, upholstery, tiles, laminates, grouting and even glass windows and shower doors.
Rosie has given it a really thorough testing on a variety of surfaces around her home. You can read her review below or click here to read it on her blog.
Review: The Morphy Richards Supersteam Mop and Cleaner
Having decided it best to test the Morphy Richards Supersteam mop and cleaner thoroughly before posting this review, I then realised that would involve cleaning the whole house from top to bottom. So instead, I decided to test the steamer on our front room carpet, our wooden kitchen floor, the dining room curtains and a small section of bathroom tiles, because no-one sees the rest of the house anyway.
In a nutshell, it is a multipurpose mop and cleaner that cleans with steam alone. It can be used for cleaning carpets, upholstery, tiles, laminates, grouting and even glass windows and shower doors. The product comes with a whole host of accessories including a squeegee nozzle for use on windows, glass doors and tiles and a utility nozzle for upholstery and soft furnishings.
I found it a little fiddly to use initially as there are many different parts for different types of surfaces, but the benefit of that is that it is extremely versatile. I like the fact that it cleans with water rather than detergent making it environmentally friendly.
I was unsure if it was making any difference on the carpet and flooring at first, but it does work and the amount of dirt it picks up is evident on the cleaning cloths you attach to the base. I enjoyed using it and liked the novelty of the steam and it does give a though clean. It is especially effective on bathroom tiles, although I needed to use an extension cable as the wire was long enough to reach. Using if on curtains I found it a little heavy to lift.
For me it’s a luxury rather than a necessity. It’s certainly a very useful product to have. It’s versatile and cleans very effectively on a variety of surfaces, although it’s not a product I would use every week.
The Supersteam mop and cleaner is priced at £129.99. Full product details are available on the Morphy Richards website. I received the product free of charge to review as part of the Home of the House Proud Innovators Scheme.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’re proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Care with our pink Accents kettle and toaster set. Morphy Richards is donating at least £20,000 to the charity to help enable them to carry out their vital work.
Two of our ‘House Proud Innovators’ are backing the cause this month by offering their readers the chance to win one of the sets. Visit ‘Fuss Free Flavours‘ and/or ‘Feeding Boys and a Fire Fighter‘ for a chance to win – good luck!
There’s still time to take advantage of the special deal that we have on these very special items. We’re giving you the chance to make a great saving – if you buy the kettle at full price (£39.99), you can get the toaster for HALF PRICE (£19.99). To take advantage of this great offer and help support Breast Cancer Care, simply quote the voucher code PK0585 at the checkout stage on the Morphy Richards website.
Several months ago, we launched our Accents One Cup hot water dispenser. Since its launch, it has received rave reviews from consumers and our ‘House Proud Innovators’ alike. In our latest blog post, Sarah who blogs at Maison Cupcake asked her mum to review the Accents One Cup. Sarah’s mum (Rose) lives on a narrowboat, therefore a product such as this is perfect for her. You can read Sarah’s original blog post here.
Review: Morphy Richards’ Accent One Cup
A guest review by Rose
The Morphy Richards Accents One Cup is a compact heat and dispense machine that can boil a cup of water in 30 seconds. It’s ideal for small spaces where single cups of tea or coffee are desired and lack of space renders a kettle impractical; offices, student accommodation…. one’s mother’s narrowboat…. Over to you Rose:
This is easily the most useful nifty little gadget I’ve seen in a long time.
The machine is tiny, taking barely the space of a small electric kettle, and as there’s no water storage tank, you literally fill your cup or mug with water, pour into the top of the unit and press the button. it’s not even that loud, a puff of steam and hey presto, in the thirty seconds it took me to put coffee and sugar in the mug, the water was dispensed. Magic.
When needing only one or two drinks, this is a definate must. Its navy/black colour looks smart*; and the “on” button glows red while it boils. Certainly for me it’s welcome as my husband likes a coffee at 5am, but living on a boat, he has to climb over me to reach the kitchen.
The bonus is that with this drinks maker, he doesn’t need to come back to bed while the kettle boils!
There are many drinks makers on the market, but the majority have water tanks, and are therefore larger, leading you to wonder where to keep them.
This must be the smallest I’ve seen, and by only boiling as much as you want, it doesn’t waste electricity and you can use a cup or mug of any size, to suit you.
Retailing at just under £40 the unit is available online or electrical outlets. I’d say it’s well worth it. I’m sure it will prove to save money, as we’d normally boil a whole kettle, but that remains to be seen.
Overall ten out of ten…. I love it!
*The Morphy Richards Accents One Cup comes in red or black and costs around £34.99. Rose reviewed a black one although I liked the red one! With thanks to Morphy Richards for the review model.
According to Red Ted Art, there’s nothing quite like home made bread. Here’s what she thought of her new Morphy Richards Premium Plus Breadmaker. Click here to see the original post.
Oh my.. how delicious. Nothing quite like a fresh homemade loaf of bread… and even better. It only took “me” 5minutes to make… yes, wonders do exist and this one is called the Premium Plus Breadmaker by Morphy Richards. How lucky are we to have received this wonderful wonderful machine as part of the House Proud Innovator Scheme. You can read the full ins and outs of the machine here on the The Good Life blog.. as I have to say, fresh bread IS The Good Life.
But whilst I have your attention:
Morphy Richards have just launched a big competition , the ‘Home Made Cook of the Year’ – seeking those ‘Home Made Heroes’ that keep their families bellies full with delicious, wholesome and nutritious food.
In these financially challenging times, families across the country are making cutbacks when it comes to their weekly shop and it’s becoming increasingly tougher to feed the family on a set budget. As well as finding that one person that consistently cooks great food, Morphy Richards are looking for somebody who can cook a delicious main meal to a set budget, that budget being £7.50.
The budget of £7.50 marks Morphy Richard’s 75th anniversary! (Happy Birthday to you!!!)
Our three short-listed entrants will be invited to the Women’s Institute’s Denman College on 5th December 2011, where they will have the opportunity to meet celebrity chef Brian Turner, ambassador for our prize partner Stoves, and what’s more, cook their dish for him, as well as winning a huge prize… so go on.. find out more and join in!