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5 hearty pie recipes

March 6, 2019

As a nation of fully-fledged pie lovers, we’ll jump at any excuse to scoff down a golden-crusted delight. Whether it’s a European-influenced, flaky-pastry version or a traditionally rich, meat and veg affair, our national appetite for pies in all their forms won’t be waning anytime soon.

Are you a traditionalist or do you like to take the adventurous route? As it’s National Pie Week, we thought we’d join the celebration and offer some of our favourite pie recipes – which pie gets your vote?

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Chicken, mushroom and leek

Homemade chicken pie sliced close-up on the table. horizontal view from above

A creamy filling and a light, puff pastry top is key to this British pub classic. This recipe is the ideal way to use roast chicken leftovers from a big Sunday dinner and uses some simple store cupboard staples. Simply fry leeks and mushrooms before adding chicken stock and double cream, then add the roast chicken, tarragon and seasoning. Add the mixture to an ovenproof dish, top with puff pastry, brush with a beaten egg and bake for half an hour. Serve with peas and homemade chips to complete the comforting pub experience.

Veggie korma

What better way to enjoy a pie than combine two of our favourite foodie staples? The korma, one of the nation’s most-loved curries, has been subjected to British influence since it arrived on these shores and morphed into the sweet and mild, but oh-so-flavoursome, curry we all know and love. Try out this recipe, packed with vegetables in a rich, coconut milk-based sauce and topped with golden, flaky pastry.

Spinach and ricotta filo

delicious golden crust hot greek spinach feta cheese pie or spanakopita cut in slices on white paper with tzatziki sauce and chickpea salad in bowl on table, authentic recipe, view from above

Here we have a delicate, Mediterranean companion to the traditional, hearty pie we enjoy in the UK. With a really simple ingredient list of onion, garlic, spinach, egg, ricotta, feta and filo pastry, you won’t have too much trouble spending a relaxed afternoon or evening rustling this one up. Fry off the onion, garlic and spinach before cooling and mixing with an egg, ricotta and feta mixture and delicately assembling the layers of pastry. Here’s the full recipe.

Classic fish pie

Recalling the British coastlines and the wealth of seafood we have an offer, the classic fish pie has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. Rather than a typical pastry casing, the fish is of course topped with mashed potato and cheese. For the filling, cod and prawns are typically included whilst smoked haddock will give it punchy flavour. This creamy, luxurious fish pie recipe is all you need.

Beef, caramelised onion and ale

The heartiest of all pies and probably the first that springs to mind when thinking of classic fillings, beef and ale pie is all about richness and depth of flavour and is sure to transport you to a cosy country pub. Adding caramelised onion adds a sweet tang which cuts through the bold savoury flavours of the beef and ale. Try out this recipe, complete with a mustard suet crust for a satisfying pie that doesn’t scrimp on turbocharging the taste.

Apple and blackberry pie

We’re not restricted to savoury pies, though! We have a great British tradition of fruit pies to draw upon for inspiration – take a look at this blackberry and apple pie recipe for the perfect late summer dessert. If you’re lucky enough to live in the countryside you could try and source some local apples and search the bramble for blackberries. Making the pie is simple enough – all you need is some sweet dessert pastry, 1kg Bramley apples, 400g blackberries, 140g caster sugar, a beaten egg and some cinnamon. Once you’ve baked your pie, it’s time to decide on the accompaniment – do you go for cream, custard or ice cream?

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Healthy freezer-ready recipes to fuel you throughout the week

March 5, 2019

One of the reasons a lot of us stray from a healthy, balanced diet is time. The convenience of sticking a ready meal into the microwave after a long day at work or ordering a takeaway can be overwhelmingly tempting. Not only are the convenient options usually packed full of sugar, salt and saturated fats, they can quickly become a strain on our finances!

This is where a bit of preparation comes in handy – rotate a few of these meals throughout the week and you can freeze your leftovers for those days you’re struggling for time.

Red lentil tarka dhal

Lentils are a wonder when it comes to a healthy, balanced diet, and severely underrated. High in fibre and protein, basically fat-free, quick and easy to cook, versatile, cheap… the list truly goes on! Simply rinse and soak one cup of lentils, then add three cups of stock and simmer for around 30 minutes until the lentils are a smooth consistency. The ‘tarka’ element of the dish is the spice mixture, which is fried in oil before being stirred into the lentil dhal. Typically included in the tarka are cumin seeds, onion, garlic, chilli, ginger, garam masala and sometimes a chopped tomato or two – this oily mixture should then be poured into the lentils when they’re cooked. You can then enjoy with, rice, chapatis and naan bread, or add a touch of extra water to enjoy as a soup.

Three bean veggie chilli

Chili con carne in a clay bowl on a concrete or stone background- traditional dish of mexican cuisine.

Beef mince typically has quite a high saturated fat content, so is best avoided if you’re looking to steer to healthier options. Smoky, punchy flavour is what you’re looking to achieve here in the absence of the savoury tones produced by beef mince. Garlic, chilli, onion, celery, cumin, ground coriander, cinnamon and smoked paprika should form the base of your flavours, then add chopped tomatoes and stock. Try a splash of soy or Worcestershire sauce to inject an extra kick of flavour. Perfect served with rice or you could wrap it in a tortilla for a burrito work lunch.

Chicken, red pepper and coconut curry

Blend some south-east Asian flavours together to create a fragrant curry with a spicy kick. A standard base of onion, garlic, chilli, ginger and lemongrass will kick things off with an aromatic edge before you add some ground spices (cumin, coriander, fenugreek, turmeric, cinnamon) then add the peppers, chicken and coconut cream. Serve with basmati rice and some chopped spring onion.

Sausage and bean casserole

A comforting, hearty dish, which isn’t too labour intensive, replace pork sausages for their chicken or veggie counterparts for a recipe which cuts down on the saturated fat. Start by frying onion and garlic, then adding celery, peppers and the sausage. Add smoked paprika and thyme for a hint of fragrant flavour before adding tomatoes, white wine and stock. Simmer until the sauce is reduced, then add some butter beans and cannellini for the last five minutes. Serve with creamy mashed potato.

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A guide to maintaining a balanced diet

March 5, 2019

Every day there seems to be a new fad diet hitting the media that promises to change your life and help you achieve your #bodygoals, when in actual fact eating a healthy, balanced diet is the best way to maintain good health and keep you feeling your best. This means understanding moderation, getting your essential nutrients and enjoying meals that will fuel you instead of restricting you. Below is a simple guide to inspire life-long, healthy habits to help you maintain a balanced diet.

Prepare your own dishes

Cooking for yourself is the perfect way to know exactly what’s going into your food. You can pick the ingredients and control your portions, meaning you’re less likely to overindulge whilst avoiding unhealthy additives often present in ready meals and takeaways. Preparing your own meals also allows you to cook in bulk, meaning you don’t have to worry about if lunch/dinner will be balanced for the next few days! Keeping food fresh can always be a challenge when preparing your own dishes, but the Hoover AXI fridge freezer has innovative Humidity Equaliser technology, which prevents moisture loss and stops condensation forming – so fruit and vegetables don’t spoil.

Enjoy balanced meals

Understanding the three main food groups to include in your meals is essential to ensure you’re getting the energy, growth and repair, and healthy metabolic function required from your food. Starchy foods such as potatoes, whole-wheat pasta and brown rice are ideal meal bases, they provide fibre for our diets and help us to feel full for longer. This should be accompanied by protein-rich foods such as eggs, seafood, poultry, beans and pulses that are essential for the body to grow and repair itself. Finally, a generous dose of fruit and vegetables to gain key vitamins and minerals that keep our metabolism and organs running efficiently, keeping us healthy. Awareness of what ingredients you should include in your meals will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle long-term – here’s the NHS guidance.

Find healthy alternatives

Switching out foods that are processed or high in sugar for healthier alternatives is a key factor in maintaining a balanced diet. Although it’s fine to reach for some chips, chocolate or biscuits occasionally, day-to-day you should think about incorporating ingredients and snacks that have more nutritional benefits. Sweet tooth? Why not try natural unsweetened yoghurt with fruit and a handful of nuts? And instead of ordering a pizza from your local takeaway, try making your own with a tortilla wrap base.

Don’t deprive yourself

Depriving yourself of the unhealthier foods you really enjoy can backfire, making it harder for you to stick to a balanced diet. Instead of investing energy and a huge amount of willpower into avoiding ‘bad’ foods, understanding not to label foods as ‘bad’ and instead, enjoying them in moderation will help reduce the chances of overindulging.

Be realistic

When making changes to your lifestyle, it’s important to start with realistic expectations. Trying to change life-long habits and achieve results such as potential weight loss too quickly could leave you feeling underwhelmed and unmotivated. Setting more realistic and achievable goals increases your chances of maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviours. For example, if you want to reduce your daily coffee intake, cut back gradually, mixing caffeinated coffee with decaf, adding more water to make the brew weaker or reducing your cups by one a week – working your way down slowly will help you adjust more easily, instead of abruptly removing this from your routine.

Stay mindful

Eating mindfully is the act of eating with intention, listening to your body and enjoying the experience. This can help prevent you from overeating, teach you to recognise when you’re full and make meals more satisfying – and it’s not as hard as you may think. Taking the time to sit down to eat, putting your fork down between mouthfuls and eating without the distraction of an electronic device (yes that includes your smartphone) are simple ways to make you consider what you’re eating and how you’re eating it.

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Valentine’s Day – Three course meal fit for a loved one

February 7, 2019

Valentine’s Day is a great reason to take time out of our hectic schedules and cherish those special people in our lives. So, this V-day we have put together a hearty three course meal that your significant other will simply fall for.

Lemon prawn bruschettas

Prawn Bruschetta with Fennel Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

4 slices from a baguette, sliced on an angle

1 tsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 large red chilli, deseeded and sliced

200g raw king prawns, butterflied

Juice of 1 lemon

Small bunch coriander leaves, chopped

2 large handfuls of rocket

Method

Toast the bread and keep it warm. Heat the oil in a wok, cooking the garlic and chilli until sizzling. Turn the heat up, add the prawns and cook until pink. Remove from the heat, then add the lemon juice and coriander. Pile the prawns on the toast, garnish with rocket and serve.

Maple roasted chicken

Marinated chicken meat on wooden background,from above

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 75 minutes

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

2 large chicken legs, sprinkled with a few pinches of salt

2 carrots, peeled and cut into quarters

1 large potato, peeled and cut into cubes

1 small onion, sliced

6 cloves garlic, unpeeled

1 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C and have a small casserole dish ready. In a large frying pan over medium heat, heat one tablespoon of oil. Once hot, add the chicken legs, skin side down, and brown for 5 minutes. Flip over and brown the other side for another 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add the carrots, potatoes, onion, and garlic to a large bowl and toss with the remaining olive oil and sea salt. Spread the vegetables into the bottom of the prepared pan. Once the chicken has finished browning, place chicken on top of the vegetables, skin side up. Brush evenly with maple syrup and sprinkle with thyme. Bake for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 75°C.

Butternut squash massaman curry

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut oil

3 tsp massaman curry paste

100g coconut cream

500g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 4cm cubes

300ml vegetable stock or water

2 tsp soy or fish sauce

50g sugar snap peas, roughly chopped

1 tbsp palm or soft light brown sugar

20g almonds, roasted and roughly crushed

Bunch fresh coriander, leaves roughly chopped

Basmati rice

Method

Roast the almonds in the oven for 5 minutes then cool and roughly chop. Add the curry paste and some coconut cream, palm sugar and soy sauce. Add stock, then add the butternut squash and sugar snap peas. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the squash is tender, then garnish with the almonds and coriander, and serve with rice.

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry cheesecake

Prep time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

250g digestive biscuits

100g butter, melted

1 vanilla pod

600g cream cheese

100g icing sugar

284ml pot of double cream

For the topping

400g punnet of strawberries, halved

Method

To make the base, butter and line a 23cm loose-bottomed tin with baking parchment. Put the digestive biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush to crumbs using a rolling pin. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl, then pour over the melted butter. Mix thoroughly until the crumbs are coated. Place the crumbs into the prepared tin and press firmly down into the base to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for one hour until set.

  1. Slice the vanilla pod in half lengthways, leaving the tip intact, so that the two halves are still joined. Holding onto the tip of the pod, scrape out the seeds.
  2. Place the cream cheese, icing sugar and the vanilla seeds in a bowl, then beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Tip in the double cream and continue beating until the mixture is combined. Now spoon the cream mixture onto the biscuit base, starting from the edges and working inwards, making sure that there are no air bubbles. Smooth the top of the cheesecake down with the back of a dessert spoon or spatula. Leave to set in the fridge overnight.
  3. Bring the cheesecake to room temperature about 30 minutes before serving. To remove it from the tin, place the base on top of a can, then gradually pull the sides of the tin down. Slip the cake onto a serving plate, removing the lining paper and base. Puree half the strawberries in a blender with the icing sugar and 1 tsp water, then sieve. Pile the remaining strawberries onto the cake and pour the puree over the top.

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Activities to boost your mental wellbeing

February 7, 2019

Wellbeing can generally be defined as how people feel and function, both personally and on a social level with several impacting factors such as life satisfaction, having a sense of purpose and how in control you feel. With mental wellbeing underpinning our ability to have a full and productive life, we’ve rounded up activities that can have a positive influence on your day-to-day routine.

Arrange a day out with a friend or relative you haven’t seen for a while

Maintaining good relationships with friends, family and the wider community are all important to our mental wellbeing. Reach out to a friend or relative you haven’t seen for a while or someone you generally chat to via social media or email, to make time for each other in real life. Having strong social connections can help us feel happier and give us a greater sense of purpose.

Go for a walk

Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing. Although we often think of the mind and body separately, taking part in some physical activity will have a noticeable impact on your mind. The trick is to find activities you enjoy doing and then fit them into your routine, and we don’t mean sweating in the gym for hours, even going for a fast-paced walk can help.

Book a class

Although many of us associate learning with childhood and school, research has shown that learning new skills can positively affect our wellbeing. People that continuously learn throughout their lifetime have the ability to get the most from life and greater overall satisfaction. You don’t have to take part in a professional course or qualification to reap these benefits, booking onto a cooking course, learning a language or joining a creative writing group will also help to improve confidence, self-esteem and an overall sense of achievement.

Have a chat with a co-worker and actually listen to what they say

Completing acts of kindness, no matter how big or small, can make us feel more satisfied with life and generally happier.  We’ve all felt great after giving to another person, whether that was with advice, time or skills and it is these actions that have the biggest impact on our wellbeing. Giving can take lots of different forms, something as small as asking a co-worker how they are and actually listening to their answer could offer someone a lot of support. Choosing to make small every-day actions such as this or larger commitments, like volunteering, will inevitably help us feel good.

Eat somewhere new

Do you feel like you rush through life without stopping to take it all in? We’re living in a fast-paced, career driven world of convenience where we often forget to appreciate the present, this is where mindfulness comes in. Becoming aware of what is going on inside ourselves, along with the people and environment around us, helps us reconnect with the thoughts, feelings and sensations we experience in any given moment. Taking time to notice the sensations created by the world around you on your morning commute or eating out at a new restaurant are small steps to becoming more mindful and enjoying the present.

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The guide to maintaining a clean home when you have pets

February 6, 2019

It can be difficult to keep your home clean if you share it with a furry friend. Pet odours, paw prints and stray hairs are a common occurrence that can make housework sometimes feel like a full-time job. We’ve created this guide to help you maintain a clean, pet-friendly home efficiently.

Invest in a high-quality vacuum cleaner

A high-quality vacuum cleaner is a must to ease the daily chore of banishing pet hair. Consider the type of flooring you have in your home, a vacuum with the ability to glide smoothly across hard floors whilst still removing debris from carpets, such as the Hoover H-Free Pets, which comes with a motorised pets brush, designed to get rid of pet hair and dirt from every room in the house. It’s also cordless, making it great if you like to vacuum little and often, hassle-free. If your pet is extremely messy or moults a lot, a specialist pet model may be more suitable. The Hoover Velocity Evo Pets. This is the best solution for homes with lots of carpets, which require powerful, deep cleaning. It comes with a rotating mini turbo brush to loosen and lift stubborn pet hair, leaving your stairs, carpets and upholstery beautifully clean.

Groom your pet regularly

Cats and dogs are both guilty of shedding hair however, the amount varies from pet to pet. Regularly brushing, at least a few times a week, can help reduce the amount of fur that will transfer to your furniture and furnishings as well as providing good quality bonding time. If you’ve got a dog, bathe them every couple of weeks or so to keep them and your home smelling fresh. However, remember that too many baths can strip their natural oils and create dry skin. When it comes to cats, unless they have been on a muddy adventure or have very long hair, they can conveniently self-clean and groom themselves.

Stop mud at the door

Think about setting up a small cleaning station near your front door, so once your pet arrives back from their daily walk you can deal with muddy paws before they appear around the home. Although you may not be able to train your furry friend to wipe their paws, investing in a doormat for outside and a washable rug for inside will help to catch excess dirt and debris – combine this with a small bowl of water, pet-friendly wipes and some towels if you’re expecting extra muddy feet!

Choose fabrics carefully

It may be tempting to decorate your home with plush, soft, furnishings but these fabrics stain easily and hold odours, opt for washable, wipeable and durable materials that are easy to clean. Visible animal hair can be very off-putting to guests, so choosing colours that are similar to your pets’ fur can help to hide any stray hairs! When in doubt, cover your pets favourite spots with simple throws that will not only protect your furniture but can be washed easily to rid stains, animal hair and smells.

Contain the mess

As any pet owner is aware, our beloved cats and dogs can be messy at meal times, whether that’s dribbling water on the floor or scattering food not only in the kitchen but into other rooms. To help keep their feeding area clean think about using extra-large food bowls to contain as much food as possible, place a rimmed tray under food dishes to catch some of the mess and think about feeding at set times instead of free feeding to stop your pet taking food into other rooms.

Stock up on cleaning supplies

We can’t stop our pets shedding, scratching or trying to eat everything but you can make sure you have the right cleaning tools on hand to tackle the mess. This may seem like an obvious tip but reaching for the stain remover when your four-legged friend has had a little accident and realising you don’t have any is not ideal! There are several products on the market created specifically for pet owners that are non-toxic to cats and dogs, keeping them safe whilst also effectively cleaning.

These tips will help you maintain a clean, pet-friendly home but to give it some extra sparkle why not invest in some innovative cleaning appliances? The Hoover SteamJet is designed to naturally and easily remove stubborn dirt and bacteria created by your four-legged bestie. The high temperature of the steam is perfect for sanitising hard floors, leaving no toxic residue – meaning it’s safer for your pets!

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Healthy food staples to stock up on in the New Year

January 24, 2019

Kicking off the New Year with a list of resolutions to get fit and to eat more healthily can be motivating at first, but we all know how difficult it can be to keep up with our goals throughout the year. According to research, a quarter of people failed to keep to any of their New Year’s resolutions in 2017.

Whilst we naturally lapse from time to time, maintaining motivation and achieving goals requires planning to make the task at hand easier. So, when vowing to eat more healthily, having a staple list of ingredients for the weekly shopping list, whilst also understanding their nutritional benefits, is a fantastic way to help you maintain a healthy diet in the long run.

Ensuring these ingredients are central to your shopping list will serve as a foundation to your healthy eating plans throughout 2019.

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Oily fish

As fantastic sources of protein, Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, fish such as tuna, mackerel and salmon should be a regular part of our diet. The star nutrients in oily fish are the omega-3 fatty acids which protect the heart by reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure and lowering triglyceride levels. Take a look at these heart-healthy fish recipes.

Beans

Versatile and packed full of protein and fibre, the likes of chickpeas, kidney beans, cannellini beans and butter beans are essential kitchen cupboard staples. Bean stews are great for hearty winter dishes, whilst you can also try making homemade hummus, which will be healthier than shop-bought versions often high in fat and salt.

Leafy greens

Kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, rocket, Swiss chard – these greens are full of fibre, antioxidants and minerals such as iron and calcium. Just add them to salads, sandwiches, soups and stews for an added nutritional boost.

Fresh herbs

Whilst fresh herbs contain antioxidants, their versatile, punchy and fragrant flavours will help you elevate even the most humble ingredients. Coriander, parsley, thyme, dill, sage, rosemary, mint and basil are key herbs suited to a wide range of cuisines – keep them in the crisper drawer of your fridge or you can pre-prepare by adding them to an ice cube tray, filling the tray with olive oil and storing in the freezer.

Salad vegetables

Fresh, versatile vegetables such as peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce should always be stocked in the fridge, perfect for providing texture and flavour sandwiches, salads and more.

Bananas

The perfect everyday fruit, bananas are ideal when you’re craving a sweet hit and you’d usually find yourself reaching for a chocolate bar. They can also be added to smoothies, natural yoghurt or peanut butter on toast to tackle those sweet cravings. Take a look at these banana smoothie recipes.

Extra virgin olive oil

The Mediterranean diet is often heralded as one of the healthiest in the world, with its emphasis on fresh fish, vegetables and lower quantities of red meat. One of the central ingredients to this Mediterranean diet is extra virgin oil, which you’ll find in almost every recipe. Olive oil’s monounsaturated fat content is believed to reduce the risk of heart disease, whilst containing antioxidants which reduce oxidative stress throughout the body. Here’s the NHS guide to the Mediterranean diet.

Oats

One of the best breakfast cereal options, porridge oats are closely linked to lowering cholesterol, the risk of colorectal cancer, lowering blood pressure and controlling cravings because of its slow-release energy fuelling you throughout the morning. If the idea of a traditional bowl of porridge doesn’t appeal to you, try a Bircher with fruit, nuts and yoghurt.

Natural yoghurt

The lactic bacteria in natural yoghurt is well known for its health benefits, which include immune system support, lower body fat, protection against food poisoning bugs and stronger bones. Yoghurt also providing tackles cravings with its appetite-satisfying proteins.

Honey

No cupboard would be complete without a jar of pure honey. Spread it on wholegrain toast, add it fruit and yoghurt, sweeten porridge and even add it to savoury sauces, especially in South East Asian cooking, and reap the nutritional rewards.

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Register My Appliance Day 2019

January 10, 2019

With Register My Appliance Day on 24th January fast approaching, we’re urging customers to register their purchases.

Nearly two thirds (64%) of Brits would spend more time researching a new pair of trainers, or a meal out, or a holiday compared to choosing a fridge freezer, according to YouGov research published recently.

Over a quarter of adults (29%) would be likely to purchase a fridge, freezer, cooker or washing machine from an online seller they didn’t know, if they were the cheapest. While a similar percentage (29%) often don’t look at the instructions before switching on a new large domestic appliance for the first time.

Commissioned by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) the research highlights differences in our attitudes to buying fickle fashion, food, or holidays, versus the kitchen stalwarts that keep our households ticking over year-in-year-out.

With seven Top Tips for online buyers, AMDEA is urging consumers to research products and sellers carefully and to look after their purchases to ensure the maximum years of safe use. As well as following installation and user guides, buyers are encouraged to register their purchases with the manufacturers at www.registermyappliance.org.uk, so that they can be contacted in case a safety repair is ever needed.

Keep these tips in mind next time you buy a home appliance online.

Check who you’re buying from

Just like the high street, look for reputable online sellers that you know, or check out what other buyers say.

Research ratings and reviews

Choose the best model for your household.

Check the recall listing

Stay up to date with products to avoid: productrecall.campaign.gov.uk

Compare prices

We all love a bargain, but if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Register your product with the manufacturer

Be the first to know about recalls or safety repairs. It’s quick and easy at www.registermyappliance.org.uk

Follow the installation and user instructions

For the best and safest performance.

Found a safety issue? Speak up!

Report product safety problems to your retailer or manufacturer.

Be sure to head to www.registermyappliance.org.uk before Register My Appliance Day on 24th January for a chance of winning a number of prizes.

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Veganuary – Vegan dishes to try this month

January 7, 2019

Alternative diets have been a hot topic in the past year, and the rise of veganism is becoming particularly mainstream, with a reported 3.5 million people now identifying as vegans in the UK. Vegan options now pop up on most restaurant menus, supermarkets are going to great lengths to increase their vegan offerings and, if you were keeping up on social media recently, you will have been aware of the huge reaction Greggs’ new vegan sausage roll received when it launched on 3rd January.

With the New Year emphasis on personal improvements and transformations, the Veganuary movement is also catching on and seeing people take up veganism throughout January. Have you decided to go meat- and dairy-free this month? If you’ve made the switch, or you’re just looking to adopt a ‘flexitarian’ approach and cut down on animal ingredients, we’ve rounded up some vegan recipe favourites for you to try at home.

Vegan moussaka

This comforting Greek classic is typically made with lamb mince and bechamel sauce, but these ingredients can be replaced easily in order to serve up a vegan version, which is just as satisfying. Lentils essentially replace the mince – add green lentils to a tomato sauce flavoured with onion, garlic and oregano – then layer slices of aubergine and courgette with the lentil sauce before topping with a bechamel sauce.

To make the vegan white sauce, simply melt a vegan butter substitute, mix with flour, add non-dairy milk and heat until it thickens. Finally season, flavour with nutmeg and spoon the white sauce on the top of the lentil and aubergine layers before baking in the oven until the topping is golden. Take a look at this recipe, which uses a butternut squash topping to add another dimension of flavour.

Pad Thai

Thailand’s cuisine is a great place to take influence from as the country’s flavour-rich, vegetable-packed dishes often happen to be vegan or can be very easily adapted. Pad Thai is one of the nation’s most famous dishes, found in most restaurants or served up by street food vendors, and can be served up as a delicious meat- and dairy-free option. A stir-fried noodle dish, Pad Thai typically uses rice noodles flavoured with tamarind sauce, soy sauce, garlic, onions, chilli and palm sugar, and is served with a wedge of lime and chopped peanuts. Of course, plenty of other vegetables can be added, such as broccoli, green beans and beansprouts.

Lentil burgers

Mung bean vegetarian burger served on a wooden board

It’s easy to miss the indulgent comfort foods when adapting to a vegan diet and saying goodbye to meat – sometimes we just can’t help craving a burger and chips. Whilst scientists and supermarkets are busy working away at developing ‘realistic’ burger replacements, one of the tastiest (and healthy) ways to enjoy a burger is to use lentils. All you need is some red onion, garlic, ginger, curry powder, brown lentils and white wine vinegar. Blitz these ingredients in a food processor, then shape the mixture into patties, cool for 30 minutes, then fry until golden.

Vegan shepherd’s pie

The king of British comfort foods! Again, the mince can be simply replaced with lentils and chickpeas to pack a filling protein punch. As you would with a meat version, cook the lentils and chickpeas with onion, garlic, peas and stock, and top with mashed potato and some vegan butter. You could try adding, swede, sweet potato or butternut squash to elevate the topping, whilst dried porcini mushrooms are a fantastic way to add a deep savoury flavour and meaty texture to the filling. Try this BBC Good Food recipe if you really want to go the extra mile and impress friends and family.

Mushroom and leak pie

Winter warmers don’t come much better than a pie with mash and gravy. You can make a simple pastry with flour, sugar, salt, vegan butter, vegetable oil and some cold water, like this. If you’re not confident with the pastry, you can now find pre-made pastry in supermarket ‘free-from’ sections. For a creamy leak and mushroom filling, use two leeks, garlic, an assortment of mushrooms, dried thyme and fresh parsley with vegan milk.

Chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate cake food photography recipe idea

Whilst savoury recipes are often easy to adapt into vegan dishes, our beloved cakes can seem a little trickier initially, given the typical importance of eggs and butter. This cake batter requires almond milk, cider vinegar, caster sugar, sunflower oil, vanilla extract, plain flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. For the ganache, use vegan dark chocolate and full fat coconut milk.

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A guide to maintaining a clean and tidy home this Christmas

December 21, 2018

During the Christmas season your home will often become the base for family gatherings and festive parties, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for the most magical time of the year by cleaning and tiding different areas of your home. To make light work of this daunting task, try splitting the cleaning chores into rooms. Here’s our best Christmas cleaning tips for the living room, kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom.

Living Room

Vacuuming the carpets over Christmas is a necessary task to keep your home looking clean and fresh, The Hoover H-free vacuum cleaner is the perfect appliance for this with its ultra-lightweight body, meaning you can carry it around your home and use it effortlessly to clean high ceilings and in tight spaces.

It’s also a good idea to have your carpets cleaned before the big day when your children sit on the floor opening and playing with their presents from Father Christmas. If you have rugs, flip them over and vacuum underneath to clear away as much dust and dirt as possible.

Kitchen

Father Getting Turkey Out Of Oven As Multi-Generation Family Celebrate Christmas At Home Together

As the heart of the home, your kitchen will no doubt be filled with friends and family congregating to help with food and drink preparation (or just get in the way!) Here are our three top tips to keeping your kitchen hygienic and sparklingly clean.

  • Before the ‘big Christmas food shop’ clean out your fridge, removing any out-of-date food and recycle any packing where appropriate. You’re going to need a lot of space for all the Christmas ingredients alongside the essential extras like wine, tasty cheese and festive puddings.
  • Clean your oven before the big day so you are ready to cook the turkey to perfection. Cremated food in your oven will affect the taste of your Christmas dinner, produce smoke or even leave a lingering smell in your home. Use a good quality oven cleaner to get your oven looking like new and avoid any unwanted odours.

Bedrooms

Always expect the unexpected at Christmas! It’s a good idea to have the guest bedrooms prepared just in case a family member visits at the last minute or a friend pops over for a festive drink and stays the night. Here’s how to get your guest room looking tip top:

  • Change the sheets (bonus points for Christmas themed bedding).
  • Vacuum and dust the guest room to freshen it up, which will be particularly important if you don’t tend to use this room very often.
  • Make space in the wardrobe for your guests to use, if they are staying for a few days, your guest won’t want to live out of a suitcase. If you’ve got plenty of guests visiting on Christmas Day, you’ll also need somewhere to store all their coats – spare bedrooms are often the top spot!

Bathroom

Your bathroom is going to be in extra use over the festive period with more guests visiting your home than usual. So, stock up on bathroom spray and cleaning products to keep your bathroom squeaky clean. For a truly fresh bathroom, try using natural ingredients such as essential oils and citrus fragrances. Take a look at our guide to using naturally brilliant cleaning products here.

The H-FREE’s multifunction cleaning system will perfectly meet the extra demands of the festive period. Manoeuvrable and light enough to clean the tightest spaces and all flooring types, it’s a cordless design that delivers enough capacity and runtime to clean the whole home before the festivities truly kick in.

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