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Win a £100 Cake Stuff voucher to splash on baking equipment and decorations!

September 25, 2018

The Great British Bake Off is back! We’re giving one lucky person the chance to win a £100 Cake Stuff voucher to spend on baking equipment, decorations and much more!

All you have to do is tag three of your friends in our posts over on our Facebook or Twitter. You’ll also need to share the post and make sure that you’re following Hoover and Cake Stuff on social media:

Whether you spend it on cake tins, cutters or edible sprinkles to make the perfect GBBO-inspired cakes, we’re sure that a £100 voucher will come in handy!

Our range of innovative cooking, cooling and cleaning appliances are perfect for everything from baking preparation to the post-bake clean-up.

Has the Great British Bake Off inspired you to start baking? The innovative Hoover Vision oven is the perfect companion to any home baker, especially with its integrated camera, which allows you to keep an eye on your food via an app on your phone so you don’t even need to open the oven door!

For those messy tea towels, oven gloves and table cloths, get the best results with the AXI washing machine. With its ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence, you can speak to the washing machine and receive hints and tips to make the most of your washing machine. Pesky chocolate frosting stains? Greasy butter stains? The AXI washing machine can give you advise on the best solutions!

The latest innovation in our market-leading floorcare range, the H-Free cordless stick vacuum, has the power of a traditional corded model, and a runtime of 25-minutes, so if you’ve ended up with flour all over your kitchen, you’re clean-up will be hassle-free.

The winner will be announced on the same day of the GBBO final on Tuesday 30th October!

 

Competition terms and conditions:

  1. The promoter is Hoover Ltd.
  2. Employees of Hoover Ltd or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. Closing date for entry will be 30.10.2018 after this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  6. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as stated in this post.
  7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions. Entrants will be notified of any changes to the competition as soon as possible.
  8. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  9. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  10. The winner will be chosen by Hoover Ltd.
  11. The winner will be notified by via the social media platform through which they entered within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  12. The promoter will organise delivery of the prize to one specified address
  13. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  15. By entering, the winner and all entrants agrees for their name, entry and any images/videos submitted as part of the entry to be used in publicity activity. The winner is also required to provide an image of themselves with their prize for use online and in the press. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  16. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  17. The prize is one £100 Cake Stuff voucher.
  18. There is no cash alternative.
  19. This competition is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Twitter or any other third-party channels in which the competition is being promoted on.
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The key benefits of a connected kitchen

August 31, 2018

Innovative Wi-Fi enabled appliances can help support your life with fully connected ease, saving you time and giving you freedom to get on with the more important things. If the kitchen is the heart of your home, why not invest in connected technology to help improve effectiveness and efficiency of everyday chores and, cooking with the family.

Enjoy freedom in the kitchen

If you love cooking and technology, connected appliances and kitchen devices are the ideal gadgets for your smart home. The Vision Oven offers a touchscreen door allowing you to browse recipes and an in-oven camera, so you can check how your dishes are doing without even opening the door! You can build a personal library of your favourite recipes, tutorials and videos for use on the touchscreen door, whilst also monitoring the cooking temperature and time remaining. However, don’t panic if you can’t stay in the kitchen to keep an eye on your meal as you can stay updated through the Hoover Wizard App.

Fits into your lifestyle

It can be easy to forget to turn the dishwasher on when you’re pressed for time, with a to-do list a mile long. Thankfully a connected kitchen gives you the freedom to turn on appliances from your phone, no matter where you are. Both the DYNAMIC MEGA ONE FI dishwasher and AXI washing machines allow you to save your favourite cycles, personalizing time and settings, so you can start them with minimal effort, whilst also adding countless new cycles to stay in tune with your ever-changing needs.

Ultimate efficiency 

Having a connected kitchen allows you to go further than simply controlling your appliances. The Hoover Wizard App can give you real-time alerts, letting you know when your oven needs cleaning, if you’ve accidentally left the fridge door open or even if your dishwasher salt needs replacing. Fridges such as the DYNAMIC HF18XK WiFi also offer a holiday function, ideal for long periods of absence, it allows you to switch off the fridge to save electricity but keeps the freezer running. Meaning not only can smart appliances save you time, they can also help you save money by running efficiently.

For more information on our range of innovative appliances, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Introducing the AXI AI dishwasher

August 20, 2018

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our AXI dishwasher, the second appliance from our highly-anticipated AI range.

The new launch follows the successful release of the AXI washing machine, which in June, marked the beginning of our next generation of domestic appliances complete with Artificial Intelligence.

Boasting 16 place settings and A+++ energy credentials, its host of user-friendly features, combined with AI, make it a truly innovative addition to the market.

With a conversational assistant, owners can control the dishwasher using just their voice, choosing to start a programme remotely, receive wash cycle alerts or even ask for advice. The AXI can automatically suggest the most appropriate programme and best options for washing based on load, delivering outstanding results every time.

Total Care technology means the contents are given a gentle yet effective wash. AXI does this by lowering the speed of the rotary arm right down to a low 500rpm, while washing at 50 degrees. It ensures the wash isn’t too rigorous, caring for contents while still giving A-class washing results. The soft touch drawers also protect dishes and utensils, as they give more flexibility during the wash programme.

Fully WiFi-connected, the AXI model is complete with LCD display and is the first in the UK to be fully compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home and can also be controlled via the Hoover Wizard app available on Smartphone or tablet.

Since the launch of the first collection of connected appliances in June 2015, we have made it our mission to lead the way with smart models of high quality and stylish design.

With a quarter of consumers interested in buying a connected appliance, we have ensured that the innovative AI technology used throughout the AXI range will truly provide a benefit to people by constantly learning and adapting to provide bespoke solutions to daily life.

The new model also features child lock, automatic door opening – to let steam out at the end of a cycle and speed up the drying process, as well as a 29 minute rapid wash, a steam cycle and a customised wash programme.

For more tips, news and product information you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Brain Food: Meals for Mind

August 10, 2018

You are what you eat? Did you know that the food we eat has a dramatic affect on the way we perform, concentrate, communicate and learn?

The human brain weighs around 3 pounds and uses up to 30% of the body’s energy intake, therefore it is important to eat regular meals packed with minerals and nutrients to fight off symptom’s such as low mood, fatigue and fuzzy thinking. Long term nutrient deficiency can even lead to cognitive disorders such as memory loss and dementia.

With this in mind, we have put together the ultimate three course brain-boosting meal, to get the cogs moving and your taste buds dancing.

Starter

Asparagus & Fennel Salad (Serves 2)

Asparagus is packed with vitamins A, C, and folic acid, which is useful in preventing cognitive decline and impairment. The vitamin A content is beneficial for plasticity in the adult brain – this helps the brain adapt and grow during learning.

Brain healthy ingredients: Asparagus

Ingredients

1 shallot (peeled and finely diced)

1 anchovy (finely chopped, with a small amount of oil reserved)

Juice and zest of lemon

1 tsp white wine vinegar

1 tbsp capers with a dash of juice

2 tsps Dijon mustard

5 tbsps extra virgin olive oil

10 stalks of asparagus, ends trimmed, peeled up to the base of the tips, and thinly sliced on an angle

1 medium-sized head of fennel (thinly sliced)

3 sprigs of fennel fronds (coarsely chopped)

20 thin slices of parmesan cheese

Coarse salt and pepper to taste

Preparation: 

  1. Place the shallot and anchovy into a bowl. Add lemon juice and zest, vinegar, capers and juice. Set aside for 10 minutes. Add mustard. Slowly whisk in olive oil and set aside.
  2. Combine raw asparagus, fennel, and fennel fronds in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss with some of the vinaigrette and taste. Add more vinaigrette, salt, or pepper if desired, and continue tasting until salad is dressed and seasoned to your liking.
  3. Sprinkle cheese over the top and gently toss once more. Serve immediately.

Tip: Coat the fennel with lemon juice to stop it from turning brown.

Main course

Sweet & Sour Indian Chicken (Serves 6-8)

This dish has a great balance of sweet, sour and spicy flavours and is a great dish for a romantic night in or as a knockout dinner party meal. Chicken is high in the amino acid tryptophan. Eating chicken can also increase the serotonin levels in your brain which enhances your mood, reduces stress and aids restful sleep.

Brain healthy ingredients: Chicken, cinnamon, garlic, onions, turmeric

Ingredients: 

3 pounds chicken thighs (skinless, leave bones-in)

47g flour

4 tbsps vegetable oil

2 medium onions (sliced thinly)

3 garlic cloves (chopped)

2 tbsps sugar

2 tbsps fresh ginger root (chopped)

1 tbsps paprika

2 tbsps turmeric

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

75ml red wine vinegar

394ml chicken broth

Preparation: 

  1. Heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium high heat.
  2. Dredge chicken pieces in flour to coat and brown chicken on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add remaining tablespoon of oil, onions, and garlic and cook until soft and golden brown. Add sugar and spices. Cook and stir for about a minute, then add vinegar and broth.
  4. Add chicken, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Taste sauce and add salt if necessary. Serve chicken and sauce over a bed of basmati rice with a simple green salad on the side.

Tip: If you prefer a hotter curry, add chilli flakes to taste.

Dessert

Espresso Brownie Cake (serves 4-6)

You can have your cake and eat it too… Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, helping to improve cognitive function. Dark chocolate can also reduce the risk of stokes.

Brain Health Ingredients: Cinnamon, dark chocolate

Ingredients: 

150g flour

241g sugar

130g butter

113ml strong coffee

3 tbsps unsweetened organic cocoa powder

56ml buttermilk

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

175g chopped dark chocolate

Preparation: 

  1. Heat oven to 200 Degrees Celsius. Spray an 8 or 9 inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine flour and sugar in a mixing bowl
  3. Heat butter, espresso, and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. Pour cocoa mixture over flour and sugar then mix.
  5. Add buttermilk, egg, baking soda, vanilla, and cinnamon and mix to combine.
  6. Stir in chocolate pieces.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Garnish with powdered sugar before serving if desired.

Seeing as taking care of your brain and body is literally a piece of cake, why not invite your friends and family over to serve up some brain food! Did you know that Hoover kitchen appliances are produced in collaboration with famous chefs? The innovative thinking that goes into Hoover’s Vogue Premium Collection is perfect for those who have a keen eye for style and want to cook restaurant-quality food at home. For more tips, news and product information you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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The dirty truth: The places you probably don’t vacuum

July 26, 2018

It’s human nature that most of us feel the need to clean when we see our homes getting dirty, but what about those places we don’t see? It’s easy to slip into the ‘out of sight out of mind’ attitude when cleaning the home, but you’d be surprised how quickly dust and dirt can gather in the less obvious places.

Hidden dust can exaggerate and even cause respiratory problems and illness, so it’s important to make sure your whole home is clean and fresh, not just the floor and sofa.

Here’s a few places you should be vacuuming in your weekly session.

Under the bed

Have you been wondering why you’ve been sneezing before going to sleep? It’s likely to be the dust balls under your bed! No one can blame you for being lax with the cleaning by the time you’ve reached the bedroom, but it’s essential to make sure you make a quick run under the bed to stop dust collecting. Our cordless vacuums make this much easier, with ultra-manoeuvrability and true flexibility, free from the constraints of cords.

The mattress

Mattresses are a common home for dust mites and bed bugs, and although most people change their bedsheets regularly, it’s important to give the mattress a once over too. Fortunately, we have the solution; a convenient, powerful handheld vacuum specially designed for mattress cleaning, the UltraMatt.

Desk

Workspaces can be the worst offenders. Because we are often concentrating or tackling a task at hand, it can be easy to overlook the dust forming at the desk, on the computer and in the drawers. Although these won’t need cleaning as regularly, still be sure to give them a quick vacuum every month.

Drawers and wardrobe

The isolated nature of drawers and wardrobes means they can retain dust for a long time unless cleaned properly. Dust and bacteria in storage areas can transfer onto your clothes and have negative effects on your health or skin. Be sure to include them in your next big cleaning session!

Curtains and windowsill

Long, flowing curtains and the windowsill can easily attract dust and debris which can then become airborne when windows are opened. Although it might seem like an extra chore, it’s always worth the extra minute or two. The flexible and multifunctional nature of our cordless vacuum cleaners makes this job a breeze too, you can browse the range here.

Read more about our newest innovation; the H-Free cordless stick vacuum, and for more lifestyle tips, interior design inspiration, recipes, product information and more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Understanding your appliances: vacuum cleaners

July 26, 2018

We’re proud to say we made the first ever vacuum cleaner, and we’ve come on a long way since the original models. From cordless technology, extended run times, cleaner filtration and more, we have adapted our vacuums to suit the evolving demands of the contemporary household. We take research and development seriously, that’s why we’re always looking to create more innovative, useful features, to enhance the vacuuming experience. Here’s some of our highlights:

Multifunctional use

Our latest cordless sticks come with multifunctional use options. You can use them as a handheld for cleaning inside your car or for upholstery, or vacuum floors throughout your home with the pole and wide nozzle attached. Whenever you need to reach upwards to clean ceilings and high surfaces, simply attach one of the tools to the end of the pole.

Fingertip controls

The LED-lit control panel on the Discovery provides convenient control of all its features at the touch of a button. Turbo Boost mode is perfect for those spots that need a little more attention, increasing suction power at a minimal cost to battery life. On the control panel you will also find a button to activate carpet mode, with on/off rotating brush bar, and a 4-stage battery level indicator.

Continuous power mode

As well as a trigger mode for quick cleaning, both our H-Free and Discovery model cordless vacuums come with a continuous mode which enables the vacuum to run non-stop until the latch is undone. This helps prevent your fingers from tiring and aching before you’ve finished your cleaning.

HSpin-Core technology

Our coveted HSpin-Core technology is designed with health and ease in mind. A rotating separation system inside the chamber, paired with an additional airflow, pushes debris and hair away from the filter to the bottom of the bin, making it virtually impossible to clog up. This makes emptying easier and means you don’t have to come into contact with any harmful dust particles. Our Discovery cordless vacuum cleaner comes with this innovative feature, read more on the product page here.

Germicidal UV-c Lamp

Beds and mattresses are known to collect dust mites and allergens, with the potential to cause allergies and respiratory problems. A mattress can contain up to 10 million dust mites. Our specially-designed mattress cleaner, the UltraMATT, comes with a special UV-c lamp, giving you the precision to identify and eliminate dust mites from your mattress.

HEPA Filtration

HEPA filters trap a large amount of dust particles that other vacuum cleaners would simply recirculate back into the air of your home, this makes HEPA a great choice for allergy sufferers and asthmatics. The Synthesis Activ cordless cylinder vacuum cleaner comes with a HEPA filter, read more here.

Carpet height selector

The brush bar on selected upright vacuum cleaners can be raised and lowered to suit the surface you are vacuuming. This helps you optimise the suction and manoeuvrability for all the different floors in your home, whether it’s your kitchen tiles, a fluffy rug or the bedroom carpets.

Pets turbo brush

The pets turbo brush has been designed to loosen and lift stubborn hair from carpets and furniture. The rotating bristles penetrate deeply into fibres, so you get an intensive deep clean, ideal for those busy pet homes.

Easy empty bin

The one touch easy empty bin means you don’t have to touch any of the dirt or struggle to remove the lid. Paired with our other filtration and airflow technologies, this has created an innovative emptying solution, ideal for a busy lifestyle.

For more product information, lifestyle tips, interior design ideas and delicious recipes, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Win a £50 supermarket voucher to splash on a summer BBQ!

July 19, 2018

We’re giving one lucky person the chance to win a £50 supermarket voucher to spend on a summer party for their friends and family!

All you have to do is tag four of your friends in our posts over on our Facebook or Twitter. You’ll also need to share the post and make sure that you’re following our social media channels.

Whether you spend it on party food, decorations or ingredients to make the perfect cocktails for your party, we’re sure that a £50 supermarket voucher will come in very useful!

Our range of innovative cooking, cooling and cleaning appliances are perfect for everything from party preparation to post-party clean-up’s.

The latest innovation in our market-leading floorcare range, the H-Free cordless stick vacuum, has the power of a traditional corded model, and a runtime of 25-minutes, you’ll be done with the clean-up in no time!

You can even talk to your Hoover AXI washing machine using our innovative smart ‘Hoover Talks’ feature, so you don’t have to stop what you’re doing and leave your guests alone to put a wash on. Simply open the Hoover Wizard app and let AI voice-assist technology do the rest!

The winner will be announced on Monday August 27th.

 

Competition terms and conditions:

  1. The promoter is Hoover Ltd.
  2. Employees of Hoover Ltd or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. Closing date for entry will be 27.08.2018 after this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  6. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as stated in this post.
  7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions. Entrants will be notified of any changes to the competition as soon as possible.
  8. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  9. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  10. The winner will be chosen by Hoover Ltd.
  11. The winner will be notified by via the social media platform through which they entered within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  12. The promoter will organise delivery of the prize to one specified address
  13. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  15. By entering, the winner and all entrants agrees for their name, entry and any images/videos submitted as part of the entry to be used in publicity activity. The winner is also required to provide an image of themselves with their prize for use online and in the press. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  16. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  17. The prize is one £50 supermarket voucher. The winner may choose from Tesco, Sainbsury’s or ASDA.
  18. There is no cash alternative.
  19. This competition is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Twitter or any other third-party channels in which the competition is being promoted on.
  20. This competition is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Tesco, Sainsbury’s or ASDA.
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World Cup dinner party dishes to impress your friends

June 14, 2018

The World Cup gives the summer an extra touch of vibrancy and excitement, with the landmark event only coming round once every four years. Even for those who aren’t big football fans, it’s the perfect opportunity to rustle up a dinner party feast for friends and family.

In the spirit of the World Cup and its global reach, we’ve drawn up a list of dishes from each continent. From vibrant South American dishes to barbecued delicacies and rich Oriental flavours, take some culinary inspiration and you’ll be ready to entertain your guests this summer.

Moroccan tagine

A tagine is a Maghrebi dish common across North Africa and traditionally well-known for being cooked in cone-shaped pottery dishes. Tagines are typically slow-cooked meat and vegetable stews, flavoured with spices and dried fruit to provide a sweet and sour marriage of flavours.

For a classic tagine, try diced lamb shoulder in a spiced tomato sauce with some dried apricots or prunes. Tagines are commonly spiced with ginger, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, and saffron and served with cous cous or flat bread. Take a look at this recipe for melt-in-your-mouth lamb.

Leave it to slow-cook whilst the football’s on and you’ll have a stew packed with bold flavour and tender meat. For vegetarians, the hearty earthiness of sweet potatoes and chickpeas are a fantastic alternative to meat.

Korean barbecue ribs

Grilled barbecue pork ribs on wooden board

Barbecue is a popular cooking method in Korean cuisine and there aren’t many better ways to spend a warm summer’s evening than tending to a smoky, sizzling barbecue. Marinating the pork ribs and slow cooking them in the oven, before glazing and transferring to the BBQ will ensure perfect tenderness along with an intense grilled flavour.

Sweet and spicy notes are key to Korean food, so hoisin, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar and garlic are common staples for the marinade. For that added authentic kick, try sourcing gochujang red chilli paste. Serve with fries, and if you’re feeling adventurous, kimchi, a fermented vegetable side dish.

Grilled king prawns

A refreshing tipple and some fresh seafood is a match made in heaven for summer evenings. Raw king prawns might seem a little daunting, but they’re really simple to cook and are a great centrepiece for dinner party cooking.

Humble ingredients go a long way when flavouring prawns – try marinating in olive oil, chilli and garlic before grilling on the barbecue for around 5 minutes until the prawns are golden.

Paella

Paella in black pan with rice, shrimps, mussels, squid and meat, bowl with olives and vintage cutlery. Seafood paella, traditional spanish dish. Paella on rustic black wooden table. Selective focus

One of the most recognisable Spanish dishes, paella is strongly linked to the city of Valencia and many versions of it are common throughout Europe. For the Valencian purists, paella should consist of white rice, white beans, green beans, chicken, rabbit, saffron and sometimes snails.

If you want to try your hand at a traditional Valencian paella, here’s the recipe for you. Seafood paella is also a common variant, typically including mussels and prawns.

Whilst meat and seafood may seem like the stars of the show, it’s actually the rice which should be given the most attention. Short-grain rice and a wide-based pan should be used, whilst stirring should be avoided in order to give a crisp layer on the bottom of the paella known as the ‘socarrat’.

Chilli con carne

A Tex-Mex classic, chilli has truly travelled the globe and is enjoyed by many of us in the UK as if it’s an invention of our own – for a hassle-free dish to serve up to a party of guests, you can’t go wrong. Such is its wide-reaching status, there’s no single chilli con carne recipe above all others, which leaves plenty of room for experimentation. If you feel like upgrading from beef mince you can use chuck steak, and some recipes omit the tomatoes. Plenty of chillies and kidney beans are essential, whilst sour cream and guacamole are good additions, especially if you need to cool off some of that spicy heat!

Feijoada

A World Cup-related blog wouldn’t be complete without a nod to one of the most famous footballing nations, Brazil. In this case, we’ve landed on a one-pot stew, perfect for big crowds – feijoada. This meaty Brazilian casserole is the country’s national dish and packs a deeply-flavoured punch. The dish is traditionally served as a weekend lunch and is meant to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace throughout the afternoon.

Black beans, pork or beef, bacon, smoked pork ribs, and smoked sausage are typically found in feijoada. To try your hand at this South American delicacy, check out this recipe.

When you’re entertaining guests, it can be very easy to get distracted and take your eye off the ball. This could be disastrous if you’re meant to be carefully roasting meat or vegetables in the oven. Our innovative Hoover Vision oven will help you banish any mishaps and let you put your feet up whilst keeping an eye on your food with its integrated HD camera. For more information, watch our Vision video.

And don’t forget the washing up. Hoover’s WiFi-enabled dishwasher will let you start the programme from the comfort of your sofa so you don’t have to miss a second of the football!

Feeling inspired to cook up a World Cup feast? Be sure to share your efforts with us! For more information on our range of innovative appliances, like us Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Win an innovative Discovery vacuum cleaner!

June 8, 2018

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’re offering you the chance to win a Discovery vacuum cleaner!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send us a picture of you and your dad on Facebook or Twitter and tell us about your favourite memory with him!

The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on Monday 18th June.

Our cordless Discovery vacuum cleaner delivers outstanding dust separation from the filter through HSpin-Core technology, reducing loss of performance. A turbo boost setting gives you even more suction power, while emptying its one-touch bin is as easy as, well, filling it.

Find out more about the Discovery vacuum cleaner here.

For more information on our range of innovative appliances, like us Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Competition terms and conditions:

  1. The promoter is Hoover Ltd.
  2. Employees of Hoover Ltd or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. Closing date for entry will be 17.06.2018 after this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  6. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as stated in this post.
  7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions. Entrants will be notified of any changes to the competition as soon as possible.
  8. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  9. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  10. The winner will be chosen by Hoover Ltd.
  11. The winner will be notified by via the social media platform through which they entered within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  12. The promoter will organise delivery of the prize to one specified address.
  13. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  15. By entering, the winner and all entrants agree for their name, entry and any images/videos submitted as part of the entry to be used in publicity activity. The winner is also required to provide an image of themselves with their prize for use online and in the press. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  16. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  17. The prize is one Discovery DS22G vacuum cleaner.
  18. There is no cash alternative.
  19. This competition is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Twitter or any other third party channels in which the competition is being promoted on.
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The essential steps to making the most out of your fridge-freezer

June 7, 2018

Cooling appliances are an essential part of our kitchens, but are you using yours to their full potential? Whilst it’s handy to have a small stock of frozen ready meals or pizzas when you’re struggling for ideas, smart use of your fridge-freezer can lead to saving money, cutting down on food waste and speeding up your cooking times.

In the same way, it’s important to organise your fridge in an efficient way to make life easier in the kitchen. Some clever planning will help you prolong the life of fresh foods and a well-organized fridge is vital to cooking hassle-free.

To help ensure you make the most out of your cooling appliances, here’s some tips to bear in mind.

 

Freezer

Cook larger batches

Maximise efficiency, cut down on waste and save yourself time in the long run, by cooking double your usual portions for evening meals. From curries and casseroles to gravy and sauces, getting into the habit of cooking double batches and freezing the leftovers is a failsafe way of cutting down on waste and making the most out of your appliance. Whenever you’re low on inspiration you can head straight to the freezer for a wholesome dish, rather than a ready meal. And when you’re rushing through the morning and you don’t have time to prep, you’ll always have a work lunch to grab.

Consider storage prep

Resist the temptation to put food straight into the freezer in its original packaging and you’ll reap the rewards. Unpacking and re-wrapping your food in clingfilm or placing it in separate zip-lock freezer bags makes defrosting quicker and organisation much simpler.

Having to cook rice can really slow you down when you want to quickly reheat that frozen curry you saved, so try freezing leftover cooked grains and storing them in a plastic container. This trick can also be used for grains like quinoa and couscous. If you don’t know what to do with a bunch of fresh herbs, try placing them in ice trays and pouring over olive oil. You’ll have ready-to-use, herb-infused oils ready to drop into soups, sauces and stews.

Organise

It’s tempting to throw food into the freezer wherever you can find the space, but a little more consideration will make sure you’re not awkwardly routing around. As well as saving hassle, it also means you won’t need to leave the freezer door open for too long, which allows warm air into the appliance.

Separating your food:

Meat, poultry and fish: Store raw meat and poultry in clean, sealed containers in the bottom of the freezer.

Fruit and veg: Store in sealed containers. Peel bananas before freezing.

Bread, pastry and chips: Separate into individual portions.

Freeze these items:

  • Butter and margarine – 3 months
  • Grated cheese can be frozen – 4 months
  • Most bread – 3 months
  • Milk – 1 month. Defrost in the fridge and shake well before using
  • Raw pastry will freeze for 6 months

Don’t freeze these items:

  • Raw eggs
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Vegetables with a high-water content, such as lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts and radishes
  • Soft herbs, like parsley, basil and chives are fine for incorporating in dishes but won’t be good as garnish
  • Egg-based sauces, such as mayonnaise
  • Plain yoghurt, low-fat cream cheese, single cream and cottage cheese

Refrigerator

Dairy

  • Store milk in the coolest area of the fridge – the bottom shelf ideally, or the bottom door shelf for convenience
  • Keep butter in the top door shelf
  • Cheese should be stored in the warmest part of the fridge (the top). Keep cheese in a plastic container
  • Creams and yoghurts should be kept in a visible spot, so the expiration date is easily viewed

Vegetables

  • Fresh vegetables and herbs should be stored in the drawers at the bottom of the fridge
  • Ideally fruit should be stored in a low humidity drawer

Raw food

  • Fish – 2 days
  • Red meat, sausages and poultry – 3 days

Cooked food

  • Deli meats and fish – 1 week
  • Casseroles, curries, and stews – 2-3 days
  • Cooked vegetables – 1-2 days
  • Cooked pasta or grains – 1-2 days

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