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Dare to Pair: Cocktail and canapé pairings for summer dinner parties

July 5, 2019

Summer is upon us and our weekends are now filled with late nights, refreshing drinks and exotic food as we make the most of warm summer evenings. Getting creative in the kitchen, with our cocktail and canapes combinations, will not only help to wow your guests but also boost your wellbeing!

Cocktails offer so much more freedom than traditional alcoholic drinks, such as beers or wines. These mixed beverages are endlessly versatile, so can accompany whatever scrumptious food takes your fancy. For the perfect serve, you’ll need sparkling glassware! You can trust the AXI dishwasher to look after even the most delicate cocktail glasses – giving superb results in a single, A-class efficient load.

Mocktail Mojito

Who doesn’t love a classic Mojito on a hot summer’s day? Originating from Cuba, it usually consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and mint however, for this version simply hold the rum! It offers a tasty combination of sweetness, citrus, and herbaceous mint flavours for all the family, but what food should be paired with it?

While the drink looks light and refreshing, it packs a powerful mint-based punch that needs fresh, yet still strong, food flavours to balance them out.

Anything with rare lamb and a yogurt sauce is a winner, or crunchy green crudités, flash fried with a smattering of mint or basil. While the flavours of the foods will still be present, the herby flavours will help marry them to the cocktail seamlessly.

The perfect mocktail Mojito recipe

Equipment

  • A muddler (or rolling pin)
  • A spoon
  • A long glass

Ingredients

  • 4 lime wedges
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of caster sugar
  • Dash of soda water
  • Crushed ice
  • To Garnish: Sprig of Fresh Mint

How to mix

  1. Put the four lime wedges into a glass, then add the sugar and muddle (squish everything together) to release the lime juice
  2. Put the mint leaves in one hand and clap, this helps to release a strong minty aroma. Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass and drop them in. Use a spoon to gently push the mint down into the lime juice
  3. Half fill the glass with crushed ice and a splash of soda water – stir the mix together until the sugar dissolves, lifting the mint and limes up through the ice to spread the flavours throughout the whole drink
  4. Top up with crushed ice, another dash of the soda water and garnish it with a sprig of mint

Margaritas

What party would be complete without a Margarita? Tequila is the star of the show with this one and everyone knows you can’t have tequila without a dash of salt and a splash of lime. This is true when it comes to what food to pair with the drink.

Margaritas are a great summer party drink and work well with food you can enjoy with friends – such as tapas! Prawns with lemon and garlic are a delicious, light way to start your party. Then think about introducing some chorizo braised in red wine and patatas bravas to curb your guests’ carby cravings.

A Margarita classic*

Equipment

  • A shaker
  • A strainer
  • A sieve
  • Cocktail glass

Ingredients

  • 25ml part Cazadores Tequila
  • 5ml triple sec liqueur
  • 5ml lime juice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Salt
  • Cubed ice

How to mix

  1. Chill your glass
  2. Put lots of ice and all the ingredients into the shaker, then shake hard for about 30 seconds to chill the liquid well
  3. Run a lime wedge around the outside of the rim of your glass before rolling the rim in salt
  4. Double strain the mix into the glass using both the strainer and sieve

Espresso Martini 

No dinner party would be complete without an Espresso Martini. While not refreshing, it makes the perfect after dinner drink. A nutty biscotti or rich chocolate dessert is going to balance the bittersweet-ness of the coffee element. One thing to remember, sweet flavours shut down the palate so don’t serve this as your guests arrive, otherwise they won’t want to savour the rest of your food.

After dinner Espresso Martini**

Equipment

  • A shaker
  • A strainer
  • Cocktail glass

Ingredients

  • Handful of ice
  • 25ml vodka
  • 35ml Tia Maria or other coffee liqueur
  • 35ml fresh espresso
  • Coffee beans, to garnish

How to mix

  1. Chill martini glasses in the freezer for at least 20 minutes before serving.
  2. Add the vodka, liqueur and lastly the coffee to the shaker and top with ice – shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  3. Taste cocktail and add a splash of additional liqueur to increase sweetness if required.
  4. Strain into the chilled glasses and top with coffee beans. Serve immediately.

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Ice cream and sorbet recipes

June 17, 2019

Making ice cream and sorbet isn’t as hard as you may think, whether you have an ice cream maker or not, you can easily whip up one of the recipes below. Enjoying a homemade frozen treat on a warm summer’s day – sheer bliss.

Basil ice cream

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by this herb infused ice cream. The combination of basil, lemon and cream has a subtle flavour that works well after Asian inspired meals. For this recipe we recommend using an ice cream maker!

Ingredients

  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 25 to 30 g basil leaves
  • 500 ml cream
  • 250 ml full fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 large egg yolks

Method

  1. Add the caster sugar, lemon juice, basil leaves and half the cream to a food processor and blend until smooth – but not enough to whip the cream
  2. Strain half of this mixture into a bowl, adding the remaining cream.
  3. Over a medium heat, warm the the other half of the basil mixture, whole milk and salt in a saucepan.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks.
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly add the yolks whilst continuously whisking.
  6. Once all the mixture is combined, return to the heat, and continuously stir with a spatula for around 5 minutes or until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  7. Strain the custard into the cream mixture and proceed to cool over an ice bath whilst continuing to stir.
  8. Once completely cooled, pour into your ice cream machine and complete the recipe following the manufacturer’s instructions.

No-churn salted caramel ice cream

This indulgent ice cream is definitely one to impress the dinner guests! Although it may seem like a lot of work to make your own salted caramel sauce – you won’t regret it. This is a no-churn recipe, so you can prepare this icy dream without an ice cream maker.

Ingredients

Salted Caramel

  • 140g light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 50g butter
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt

Ice Cream

  • 1 400g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 500ml heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 6 Tbsp Salted Caramel

Method

Salted Caramel

  1. Combine the light brown sugar, golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over a gentle heat, stirring until all the ingredients have melted together.
  2. Once bubbling, add the cream and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1 tablespoon of flaky sea salt (you can adjust this to your own taste), remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly in the pan.

Ice Cream

  1. Add the condensed milk, cream and vanilla in a large bowl and mix until peaks begin to form.
  2. Place half of the mixture into a container and drizzle with salted caramel sauce. Repeat this process using the remaining ice cream mixture.
  3. Freeze until solid, at least 6-7 hours.

Peach sorbet

Sorbet is an easy to make, sweet, refreshing treat that you can pack full of your favourite fruit. As a healthier alternative to ice cream, sorbet often contains only three ingredients – water, fruit and a sweetening agent. This peach sorbet is no different, offering a delicious way to help you cool down on a hot summer’s day.

Ingredients

  • 4 peaches, sliced
  • 1 peach, diced
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup warm water, as needed

Method

  1. Prepare peaches, separating diced and sliced into separate bowls.
  2. Heat a saucepan on a medium heat then combine water, honey, sugar and lemon juice until all sugar has dissolved and the mixture has a syrup consistency.
  3. Remove mixture from heat, allowing to cool slightly, then transfer to a blender.
  4. Add sliced peaches and blend until smooth.
  5. Decant mixture into chosen container, sprinkle over diced peaches and mix gently.
  6. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm.

These frozen treats don’t stay around for long, so you’ll need a fridge-freezer that can let you know when your new favourite ice cream is running low. The innovative AXI refrigerator is our first-ever truly intelligent Food Manager. Using Artificial Intelligence, it puts you in complete control of all your food to provide a bespoke experience that can help you to reduce waste. Fully Wi-Fi connected, you can control and manage all AXI’s functions via the Wizard App.

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The best ingredients to liven up your summer cooking

June 4, 2019

Reflect the sunshine of the summer months with these seasonal ingredients to liven up your cooking. Light and fresh ingredients, which pack a sturdy punch of flavour tend to be the most attractive during the sunnier months as we move away from the robust, rich flavours of slow-cooked stews and casseroles.

To help you adapt your cooking for the summer and make the most of some of the best seasonal ingredients, we’ve listed some of our favourites.

Crab

If you’re fortunate enough to live by the sea, buying some fresh crab should be high on your list of priorities! The sweet, delicate flavour of crab meat is perfect for summer salads or pasta dishes. If you can’t source the real deal, dressed crab can be bought in most supermarkets. This crab and courgette linguine is the ideal centrepiece for a Mediterranean-inspired seafood dinner.

Asparagus

The earthy, distinctive flavour and chunky texture of asparagus make it a fantastic companion to chicken and fish dishes. Cook it at high heat in a griddle pan with some butter to give it a charred flavour. Here’s 10 asparagus recipes to get stuck into if you don’t know where to start.

Fennel

Spotted fennel in the supermarket, but wondered what to do with it? It has a gentle aniseed flavour making it a popular humble ingredient, particularly in Italian cooking. It’s a great companion to pork – try this pasta dish with pork sausages, fennel and rocket. Explore some more recipes here.

Beetroot

Beetroot’s earthiness makes it ideal for providing a vegetarian focal point to a host of dishes and its bold, distinct flavour ensures its taste livens up a range of dishes. Beetroot is complemented well by salty cheeses such as halloumi, feta and goats’ cheese. A beetroot, squash and feta salad is the ideal lunch or accompaniment to a summer BBQ.

Runner beans

Versatile, textured and subtly sweet, runner beans can be used in more ways than you’d think. This Keralan curry highlights the creative, punchy ways you can serve them up.

Radish

Need to spice up a salad? The refreshing, peppery bite of a thinly-sliced radish is perfect.

Watercress

If you’re bored of bland lettuce leaves, watercress’ similarity to mustard and wasabi gives it a punchy flavour. Take a look at this list of watercress recipes.

Chicory

The crisp, mildly bitter taste of chicory is also an excellent way to give some more life to a salad. You could also cut it into wedges and roast it to serve with a pasta dish or as part of a warm salad.

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7 top tips to keep your tumble dryer in tip-top condition

May 16, 2019

Making your life easier is at the heart of what we do. Our tumble dryers are straightforward to operate, but it’s important to remember that they require a few regular health checks, which you can do yourself, in order to ensure that your appliance is working to its full potential.

Regardless of whether you have a condenser (where the water reservoir is within the product), vented (where water is extracted through a tube via an external wall or window), heat pump (they use 50% less energy as temperatures are 30% lower) or hybrid model (a traditional condenser dryer with modern, energy-efficient, heat pump technology), there are many elements to appliance maintenance which are important to carry out.

Clean the lint filter

Lint filters should be cleaned after every use, simply by gently ‘scraping’ lint from the internal surface of the filter. Failure to do this will result in a build up of lint which has the potential to cause a fire.

The filter is usually located just inside the door, rim or behind a panel at the front of the dryer, but you must make sure the appliance has cooled down before you clean it.

Running the filter under the tap or giving it the once over with a vacuum cleaner will ensure its extra clean, but remember if it’s wet, it must be dry before putting it back in place.

Lighten the load

Overloading the tumble dryer will make the appliance ineffective because clothes won’t be able to move freely around the drum. It’ll use more energy too, so try not to load too much into the dryer so that the clothes can make the most of the hot air.

Ensure the pockets are empty and the clothes are clean

Leaving coins or lighters in pockets can be very dangerous in a washing machine or tumble dryer, so make sure all pockets are emptied before washing or drying.

If you’re using your tumble dryer to freshen up clothes, its important that they are clean before running a cycle. Residue including cooking oil, acetone or alcohol can be flammable, so we recommend that such clothing is thoroughly washed before putting in the tumble dryer.

Check the water reservoir regularly (condenser dryers only)

Whilst some models collect excess water within a canister in the appliance door, which is therefore easy to monitor, most reservoirs are hidden within the appliance casing, usually within the plinth.

The amount of water collected will depend on regularity of use and dampness of clothes, so it’s important to check and empty little and often as it can be difficult to carry a canister full of water across the kitchen.

Check the sockets

Dust build-up on the plug socket can pose a fire risk, so make sure you pull the tumble dryer out every now and again to keep the area dust-free.

Clean the heat exchanger (condenser dryers only)

Often located behind the bottom plinth, the easiest way to clean the heat exchanger is to give it a rinse – either in a large sink, bath/shower or with the garden hose.

Water will remove any fluff, however it’s important to make sure it’s dry before putting it back, so leave it in a safe place to dry naturally or use a towel to speed up the process.

Choose the right location

Tumble dryers can cause humidity, so situating it in a place with good ventilation will reduce the chance of the appliance overheating. Dryers located in a warm room will use less energy and those in a cold area will use more, so this should be a consideration for energy-conscious consumers.

In addition to maintaining a tumble dryer, you can use it to freshen up clothes too, as well as remove creases from shirts. To do the latter, pop a couple of ice cubes in the drum, along with the shirts (maximum three) to get them crease-free.

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6 sauces you need to master in the kitchen

May 14, 2019

A well-made sauce can elevate even the most humble ingredients, but the thought of making your own from scratch might seem like a stretch too far.

Thankfully, most of the well-known culinary sauces are simple to make and, with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to whip them up in no time.

Many sauces require the process to be started with a roux – a mixture of melted butter and flour heated in a pan to form a paste. This is often used to help thicken the sauce and make it smooth.

Béchamel

This a rich, versatile sauce, central to dishes as diverse as macaroni, cauliflower cheese, lasagne and moussaka. Made at home, it’s a world away from the gloopy shop-bought variety.

Start by making a roux and whisk it with milk to create a thick, creamy consistency. For some Mediterranean-inspired comfort food, try this Hairy Bikers moussaka made with a cinnamon-spiced lamb mince layered with potatoes and aubergine.

Velouté

Another classic French sauce. For a velouté, add a light stock (chicken or fish) to a roux. This sauce is the perfect accompaniment to chicken, pork and fish dishes.

Try adding chopped parsley to the sauce and serving with pan-fried cod, broccoli and new potatoes.

Hollandaise

Up for a challenge? This sauce isn’t thickened with a roux and is the most difficult of the sauces listed here. An emulsion of egg yolk and melted butter thickens this sauce, but this is where the care is required as the emulsion can split quite easily. Here’s a video to help you get an idea of the process.

For the perfect weekend brunch, poach a couple of eggs and serve on toasted English muffins with ham and a generous helping of sauce.

Espagnole

A simple brown sauce similar to a velouté, but thickened with a roux and a dark stock such as beef. It’s also common to add tomato purée, diced carrot, celery and onion, which gives an added aromatic punch.

Espagnole sauce is the ideal companion to beef with roast potatoes and seasonal greens. A richer demi-glace sauce can also be made by reducing the espagnole with a clear stock.

Tomato

An essential throughout Spanish, French and Italian cuisine, tomato sauces can be thickened with a roux or reduced slowly. The French version tends to feature stock, carrots, celery and onion, whilst the Italian version often adds herbs such as basil, garlic and oregano.

Serve with grilled chicken thighs for an Italian-style casserole dish or keep it with simple with some fresh pasta.

Pesto

Rather than buying pre-made jars of pesto, try making your own for a taste of authentic, rustic Italy. Add two cups of basil and a cup of pine nuts to a blender and pulse. Then add mashed garlic and parmesan, before slowly pouring in the olive oil to help the pesto emulsify.

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6 things all new homeowners need to know

May 14, 2019

Buying a home can be nerve-racking, daunting, exciting and incredibly stressful all at once. Especially if you’re a first-time buyer. With this in-mind we’ve put together five essential tips to make the process as simple as possible, save you money and avoid common mistakes.

Prep, prep and more prep

When it comes to preparing for the big move, you can’t get started early enough. Here are six useful tips that will make the big move as easy as possible.

  1. Visit your local shop or supermarket to stock up on cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes. Crates, plastic storage boxes and thick bin liners are also good to pack bigger items. Begin by packing items that you hardly use such as books and sentimental ornaments.
  2. Pack boxes by room and label them clearly, so they can be immediately taken to the correct room after being unloaded. Make some quick signs for each room that correspond with the box labels.
  3. Invest in some plastic wrap to protect your furniture during the move.
  4. Pack a suitcase with a change of clothes, medication and your toothbrush so you’ll have all your essential items to hand.
  5. Don’t forget to redirect your post to your new address.
  6. Set unpacking goals, don’t put pressure on yourself to do it all in one day and decide on how many boxes you’ll unpack each day – one or two is completely acceptable.

Buying things for your new home

It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of moving into your first home, but put off buying those items that you’ve always wanted until you’ve got a feel for your new place.

It’s recommended that you order larger pieces of furniture such as a sofa, bed or wardrobe, well in advance, as it may take months for these items to be delivered. Make sure you measure the space in your new home to ensure that the furniture will fit as well as you thought it would.

Home removals and storage

Once you start packing, you’ll realise just how much stuff you own – it’s impossible to fit your life-long possessions into your car, so think about hiring a large van or better still book a removals company. This will take some of the stress out of the move as they will do all the carrying and lifting for you. To make things a little easier on the other end dismantle large furniture such as beds and wardrobes so they can fit through the front door and up the stairs.

Keep calm

There’s no denying it, moving home is stressful! So, try everything that will lighten the load. As an added treat you could order a takeaway on the first night to save on cooking and washing up time. If you have children or pets, get a pet/babysitter to keep them out of harm’s way.

The big clean

Once you’re all moved in, it’s time for the big clean. Make a cleaning hamper filled with rubber gloves, bin liners, mops, sponges and disinfectant to ensure you have everything you need for a thorough clean.

One cleaning task to undertake in a new environment is to wash down the walls, use a solution of water and vinegar, paying close attention to corners, where dirt and cobwebs collect, and areas up to waist-level if the previous owners had kids. To give the carpets a deep clean use a cordless vacuum such as the H-Free C300, featuring a wide foot and large brush bar to effectively remove dust and dirt from deep within the pile.

Make friends with the neighbours

Make a good first impression by introducing yourself to your new neighbours and let them know if you’re planning any noisy building work or big deliveries, this will shape the foundations for a long and happy friendship.

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How to save money on home improvements

April 18, 2019

Whether you want to improve your home to add value or just make it fit your personal style, it’s easy for the costs to build up. However, with careful planning and some considered decision-making, it’s possible to achieve your ideal renovation project whilst saving money. Read on for our top five tips to make the most out of your budget when carrying out improvement projects.

Take your time

Taking on home improvements is no mean feat, so it’s important to take time to consider your decisions. Weigh up the pros and cons of any renovations, thinking about if this will add both monitory or personal value to your home before taking the plunge. Don’t forget to shop around, looking at several stores and websites before finalising purchases, whether that be for a kitchen refit or choosing the perfect photo frames, as these comparisons will ensure you’re getting the best.

Create and stick to a budget

Planning is key to saving money on home improvements. Deciding on how your budget will be split, such as across structural renovation work or on internal fixtures and fittings, is essential. Once you have decided how to split your finances you can think of more ways to save. For example, would it be more cost effective to make a new room out of existing space rather than investing in an extension?

When taking on any home improvement project it’s important to create a realistic budget. To be extra cautious it’s suggested that you work out predicted costs and then double it. Although this may seem slightly extreme, having financial wiggle room will provide a buffer for any arising issues and prevent cost-cutting that may lead to more spends down the line.

Do it yourself – invest in DIY equipment

If you’re really committed to saving money, taking part in a spot of DIY is often a good option. With the help of YouTube, there isn’t much you can’t teach yourself, so if you have the time there’s no reason you can’t become a Do It Yourself pro. Small jobs such as painting, putting up shelves and grouting are all achievable, simple ways to save. To make projects easier and quicker, investing in the correct tools is advised, but don’t forget to do your research to find the best value products.

Be smart about hiring help

Although DIY will help you save money, there are some jobs where you should bring in the professionals. For big renovations or remodels, plumbers and electricians are often required, and as previously discussed – shop around! Before hiring a skilled worker read lots of reviews and take personal recommendations, as well as attaining several quotes.

Decide what smart tech is worth buying

As the Internet of Things rapidly becomes domesticated, it’s no surprise that we now must consider integrating smart tech as part of our home improvements. Although smart appliances may not be the first things that come to mind when on a budget, investing in innovative technology will help to futureproof your home so you won’t have to replace them prematurely. From AI-enhanced washing machines which can talk to you to help you decide on the best wash programme to use to the Wi-Fi-connected Vision oven complete with an interactive touchscreen, we’re ready to help you step into the future with a range of innovative connected appliances.

Home improvements can be a messy job, but you can take the stress out of the clean-up with a lightweight, cordless vacuum such as the H-Free C300. Great for cleaning surfaces in every room, underneath furniture and above doors, it also comes with a wall-mount. This means you can store it neatly along with its tools, ready to grab and blitz away the debris from your projects, big or small.

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Brand credentials confirmed with 2019 Superbrands status

April 16, 2019

We have recently been awarded Consumer Superbrands status for 2019.

The Consumer Superbrands survey has been tracking the perception of a wide-range of brands in the UK since 1995. This year’s survey featured 1,596 brands across 78 different categories, ranging from ‘Automotive Products’ to ‘Vitamins & Supplements’. Only the most highly-regarded brands from each category are awarded Superbrand status.

The research process was managed by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) in partnership with Dynata, one of the world’s leading data research companies. It follows a voting process involving a nationally representative sample of 2,500 UK consumers.

All voters were asked to judge brands against the three core factors inherent in a Superbrand: quality, reliability and distinction. Additionally, brand perception and voting by individuals is also influenced by a range of both short and long-term factors, from the brand’s current profile to its latest marketing activities and new product and service developments, giving a holistic picture of how brands are currently perceived.

Unusually for an industry award, brands do not pay or apply to be considered – in order to provide a broad review of the market and identify the strongest brands in each category, all the key players in each sector need to be voted on.

In addition to the British public vote, which was weighted to reflect the breadth of opinion across the whole country, all brands awarded Superbrand status were also highly rated by an objective and voluntary council of senior industry experts to provide a secondary quality control mechanism.

Stephen Cheliotis, CEO of The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) and chairman of Superbrands, said: “UK consumers have a rich, abundant choice of brands for almost everything they might wish to purchase. The commercial success of a given brand is therefore highly correlated to consumer sentiment, perception and desirability.

“Being highly-regarded and deemed a Superbrand by the public is an important indicator of a brand’s market strength, competitive position and prospects. As we enter increasingly unsettled times, possessing a strong Superbrand provides businesses with a vital and valuable asset.”

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Easter competition – Win a £50 supermarket voucher!

April 11, 2019

How would you like to win a £50 supermarket voucher just in time for the Easter weekend?

All you need to do is tell us how many differences you can spot in the Easter scene in the video below. Let us know by sending a tweet to @Hoover_UK, including the hashtag #HooverEaster, or comment on the posts over on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Whether you spend it on ingredients for the perfect roast dinner, meals for the week or some treats for the family, we’re sure that a £50 supermarket will come in handy!

Our range of innovative cooking and cooling appliances could help to make your meal even more perfect by bringing connectivity to the kitchen. The Vision oven is the perfect kitchen companion to take into the future, with a host of revolutionary features including an integrated door camera for checking up on your cooking progress via an app on your smartphone and a 19” touchscreen interface. For all your cooling needs, look no further than the AXI fridge freezer, which is equipped with artificial intelligence to give you a bespoke cooling experience.

After a busy weekend you’ll no doubt have some cleaning to do – especially if you’ve been entertaining guests! The H-FREE C300 compact cordless vacuum cleaner guarantees excellent results on all surfaces and can deliver up to 90 minutes of run-time so you can clean the whole home.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 18th April.

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 18.04.2019 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.
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Recipes

3 recipes to cook this Easter Sunday

April 11, 2019

Easter is the best time of year to really indulge and enjoy the delicious ingredients that spring has to offer, as well as a great reason to spend time with friends and family. Take a look at our collection of Easter recipes for fantastic foodie ideas from simple fishcakes to melt-in-your-mouth chocolate desserts and a delectable Easter roast with a twist.#

Hot cross buns

For a classic Easter treat, why not try and make your very own hot cross bun with a spicy kick?

Prep time: 2 hours

Cooking time: 10-30 minutes

Serves: 12 buns

Ingredients

For the buns

625g strong white flour, with extra for dusting

1tsp salt

45g unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing

85g caster sugar

1 unwaxed lemon, finely grated zest only

1 ½ tsp fast-action yeast

1 free-range egg

275ml tepid milk

125g mixed dried fruit

For the topping

2tbsp plain flour

Vegetable oil, for greasing

1tbsp golden syrup, gently heated for glazing

Method

  1. For the bun, sieve the flour, salt and the ground mixed spice into a large bowl, using your fingers rub the butter into the dry mixture. Make a well in the centre of the mixture, then add the lemon zest, sugar and yeast.
  2. Beat the eggs and add the flour with the milk, mixing together to form soft, pliable dough.
  3. On a lightly floured work surface mix the dried fruit into the dough until evenly distributed, kneading lightly for 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
  4. Grease a large, warm mixing bowl with butter. Shape the dough into a ball and place into the bowl, then cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour to prove.
  5. Turn out the proved dough on to a floured surface and knock back the dough. The reshape the dough into a ball once again and return to the bowl, cover for an additional 30 minutes to rise.
  6. Returning to the floured surface, divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, flattening slightly into a bun using the palm of your hands. Cover the bun again with the tea towel and set aside to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Grease the baking tray with butter and transfer the buns to the tray. Wrap the tray with the buns in greaseproof paper, then place in a large polythene bag. Tying the ends of the bag to ensure no air can get in and set aside in a warm place to rise for an additional 40 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 240C/220C fan.
  9. Whilst the buns rise, mix plain flour to a smooth paste with 2 tablespoons of cold water to make the toppings
  10. Once the buns have risen, remove from the bag and greaseproof paper and spoon the flour mixture onto a piping bag and pipe a cross on each bun.
  11. Place the buns into the preheated oven and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. As soon as you remove the buns from the oven, brush the top with the golden syrup, then set aside to cool on a wire rack.

Quick fishcakes

Smoked salmon fishcakes in frying pan.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 12 people

Ingredients

500g skinless cod, haddock or pollock fillets

1 large Maris Piper potatoes (250g)

4 tbsp plain flour

Olive oil

2 tbsp mixed fresh green herbs, such as dill, chives or parsley

200ml mayonnaise

Method

  1. Peel the potato and roughly chop the fish.
  2. Combine the potato and fish in a bowl with the flour, seasoning with sea salt and black pepper.
  3. Bring together using your hands and shape into 12 flat patties and leave to chill in the fridge.
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium-high heat. In batches of 4, cook the fishcakes for 2-3 minutes each side, until golden brown and crispy. Then remove and drain on kitchen paper.
  5. Chop and stir the herbs through the mayonnaise and serve with the fishcakes. Try adding watercress and a wedge of lemon to complete the dish.

Roasted lamb with rosemary and garlic

Freshly roasted lamb leg with herbs and bottle of red wine

Make roast lamb the centrepiece of your Easter lunch with this succulent recipe, for the best results stud the leg with rosemary and garlic a day in advance allowing the herbs to really permeate the meat.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour 45 mins

Ingredients

leg of lamb weighing 2½ kg/5lb 8oz

1 garlic bulb

1 bunch rosemary

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 carrots, cut into large chunks

1 onion, cut into quarters

1 glass red wine (about 150ml)

1.2l beef or lamb stock

Method

  1. Stud the lamb with garlic and rosemary.
  2. Heat oven to 170C. Then heat some oil and brown the lamb all over.
  3. Place carrot, onion, garlic and rosemary into a roasting tin and pour in the wine and stock.
  4. Roast for 1 hour 45 minutes, turning one halfway through. Leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Make the gravy as the lamb is resting by pouring the liquid from the roasting tin through a sieve and reducing a little on the hob.

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