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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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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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How Hoover’s innovative appliances can help you this Christmas

December 21, 2018

There aren’t many busier times than Christmas. Not only is Christmas Day full of festive cheer, but the period we enjoy the festivities has steadily expanded to the point it’s become a month-long affair! With this abundance of festive cheer, our homes become hives of activity, with friends and family members to entertain in the run up to the big day. Add to this children being off from school and the extra demand on the household means that some helping hands are often required.

At Hoover, we want to make your lives easier, especially at the busiest, most important moments, so you can get on with your life. This is where our range of innovative appliances can help you care for the household tasks with ease, using a range of revolutionary features and forward-thinking technology. Here’s how Hoover can make Christmas easy.

Our innovative AXI fridge-freezer  is ideal for the Christmas season and beyond, with its XL fruit and veg storage it’s going to be perfect for the big Christmas shop – fill it to the brim with carrots, sprouts, parsnips, cranberries and more, and allow our A+ energy efficient appliance keep your festive ingredients fresh throughout the period. Also with your packed freezer, you won’t need to worry about defrosting thanks to no-frost technology. It also includes a handy wine rack inside the fridge section to make sure all the festive alcohol is chilled and ready to be served.

The Vision oven, combines efficiency and design inspiration with the accessibility of the internet. Over the festive season, timings and recipes for all the Christmas meals are absolutely essential to avoid any mishaps. With our innovative Vision oven this can be made easy – get inspiration for the different festive recipes with the interactive touch screen which allows you to browse suggested recipes which have pre-programmed oven settings. You can also now relax with the family and enjoy all the present opening, whilst checking on your turkey, using the oven’s integrated HD camera, via the Hoover Wizard App on your smartphone.

After Christmas Day it’s inevitable that there’ll be a bit of a mess. The H-Free vacuum is the perfect solution for vacuuming up the loose pine needles from the Christmas tree, crumbs from the mince pies and dirt which has made its way into your house due to all the guests. The vacuum’s design allows you to reach narrow or tight spaces without getting tangled in cords and it’s also effective on all flooring types in your house, whether tiled, wooden or carpeted. With a running time of 25 minutes you will be able to clean the whole house with just one charge, meaning your post-Christmas wind down won’t be interrupted too much!

Finally, the stylish AXI washing machine can assist you in all your laundry needs when you’re getting back into the swing of things after Christmas and the New Year. Tablecloths, napkins and aprons are bound to have been stained during the preparations and celebrations, but whether its red wine or gravy, the AXI washing machine can give you hints and suggestions on the best possible programme needed for the load. During the winter months it’s harder to predict what day is best for you to do your washing to make sure it dries in time, using geo-location technology the AXI checks the forecast to work out the best time for you to put it on, so you don’t need to worry about the rain.

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The complete Christmas day checklist

December 5, 2018

The big day has arrived, the presents have been wrapped, Father Christmas has visited, and the festivities have begun, now all that is left to do is to cook the Christmas dinner. This helpful checklist make sure the day runs as smoothly as possible.

Turkey

The star of the show. This needs to be the first thing in your oven once you wake up (or have been woken up!) Place the seasoned turkey in a roasting tin along with carrots and onions (breast side down), after around 15 minutes turn the turkey breast side up and roast for the appropriate time. Make sure you keep the turkey juices to one side to make your own, flavour-packed gravy. Here’s a fantastic recipe featuring stuffing and gravy. When it comes to Christmas cooking, we need all the help we can get, so alongside all the extra pairs of hands, the Vision oven is fully equipped to lighten the load. Its integrated door camera ensures you can keep one eye on your roasting whilst prepping and entertaining!

Cranberry sauce and gravy

Why not put a spin on traditional Christmas sauces and add some liqueur and spices to the mix? Adding sherry or madeira to your turkey juices makes for a rich and flavourful gravy – the perfect complement to your festive dinner.

Cranberry sauce is also a staple in many families’ Christmas dinners, but this tip will make your sauce the talk of the table. Adding in a splash (or more) of wine and some chopped chillies will provide an unexpectedly rich kick to a simple homemade cranberry sauce. After simmering your cranberries, wine, chillies and sugar together until it reaches a jam consistency, season with salt for a truly scrumptious cranberry sauce.

Stuffing

What’s Christmas dinner without all the trimmings? Stuffing is an easy side dish to prepare ahead of time and then place in the oven on the day for a hassle-free crowd pleaser. Why not use Hoovers Vision oven to look up the best stuffing recipes for the whole family, and its integrated HD camera will allow you to check on every aspect of your dinner whilst it’s in the oven without opening the oven door.

Brussels sprouts

No Christmas dinner is complete without a bowl of Brussels sprouts which everyone tries to avoid! This recipe however will get everyone fighting over it. Shred your brussels sprouts, chop your onion and grab your lardons. Fry the lardons until golden, place on a paper towel to drain and add your onions and salt to the pan and cook until tender or until they are browned. Then add your bacon back into your mix along with the shredded brussels sprouts for 5 minutes and serve right away.

Roast potatoes

Peel, chop and boil your potatoes on Christmas eve to cut down the preparation and give you more time to enjoy the day amidst the cooking frenzy. Of course, the crispier the better so for the most amazing roast potatoes heat up the goose fat in a roasting tin before you put the par-boiled potatoes into the pan. Top tip: rough up the edges of the potatoes slightly to give them extra crispiness.

Vegetables

This part is all up to you, honey roast parsnips, carrots, peas, broccoli, red cabbage and many more make a great addition to any Christmas dinner just make sure you peel and chop all the veg before the big day to have one less thing to worry about.

Don’t forget about the washing up! Hoover’s AXI dishwasher can help save loads of time on the washing up, after all the scrumptious food has been devoured its time to load all the dishes into the dishwasher. Hoover’s innovative design allows for up to 16 place settings to fit so it’s perfect for Christmas for even the biggest of families.

We’ve covered the essentials, but the list of Christmas Day supplies can be a daunting prospect. You’ve got to think starters, desserts, cheese boards, snacks – there’s a lot to forget! This comprehensive Christmas Day list should help you make sense of it all!

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4 comforting winter dishes

December 5, 2018

What’s your favourite thing about the autumn months? Leisurely country walks on a Sunday, pub lunches, collecting conkers with the kids… whilst the weather may take a cool turn, there’s still plenty to enjoy throughout this transitional season.

One of our favourite things about moving into the autumn and winter months is our adapting food habits. The fresh, cool salads and vibrant Mediterranean dishes start to take a back seat, and in come the hearty pies, stews and root vegetables, packed with deeply warming textures, colours and flavours to reflect the autumnal shift.

 

Lamb tagine

Delve into the colourful, punchy-flavoured world of North African cuisine with a lamb tagine. Moroccan cuisine is characterised by richly-spiced marriages of sweet and savoury spices alongside grains such as couscous. The perfect one-pot for family nights in, you’ll need good quality lamb from the butchers, tomatoes, stock, onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, paprika, turmeric, prunes or apricots, chickpeas and lemon juice.

This simple recipe can be made in advance and heated up for those comfy Friday nights in. First heat the oil in a deep casserole dish, then add the onions once they have begun to colour add in the spices and garlic. In the same casserole dish add in your cubed lamb for 5 minutes, then add in your chopped tomatoes, prunes or apricots, lamb stock and a pinch of sugar. Add in 100ml of water and simmer for 3 hours, stirring often. For the last 30 mins stir in the chickpeas and lemon juice and season to taste.

 

Cottage pie

Comfort food doesn’t get much better than the hearty family favourite – cottage pie. This classic British dish is perfect for the colder nights and is a simple dish that all the family can enjoy. All you need for this recipe is a large onion, diced carrots, good quality minced beef, tomato puree, plain flour, red wine, fresh thyme, beef stock, frozen peas, Worcestershire sauce, potatoes, butter and milk. In a large frying pan heat the oil and then add in your diced onion until they start to brown, then add your diced carrots and stir. Brown your mince in the same pan and cook thoroughly, then add tomato puree and flour and stir through, pour in the red wine and add the thyme.

Once you have added the stock simmer for 45 minutes then turn the heat down and add in your peas and Worcestershire sauce to taste and keep warm. Meanwhile boil your potatoes in a large pan for around 12-15 minutes until tender. Drain the potatoes, add the butter and milk and mash until smooth. Place the mince onto the bottom of a baking dish and spoon the mash onto the top. Grill for 8 mins or until golden brown, serve whilst hot.

 

Roast vegetable tart

This colourful meat-free tart is ideal for a family lunch or served cold for an autumnal picnic. Packed full of flavour and served on flaky filo pastry it makes for a lighter option this autumn/winter. You will need sliced aubergine and courgette, chunky wedges of red onion, cubed sweet potato, ready to roll filo pastry, red or green pesto, cherry tomatoes chopped in half, feta cheese, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Pre-heat your oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7, place your cubed sweet potato in a large baking tray and season, roast for 10-15 minutes or until soft.

Meanwhile heat a griddle pan with oil and char the sliced aubergine, courgette and onions, add more oil if you need to. Remove the potato from the oven. Place the filo pastry onto a baking tray, brush the pastry with pesto leaving a 2cm gap around the edge, arrange the veg on the top, add the chopped tomatoes and crumble the feta before sprinkling with oregano and placing into the oven for 20 mins or until crispy and golden. Serve with a mixed salad.

 

Pear and berry crumble

Made with British pears and mixed berries this sweet treat is delicious served with ice cream, crème fraiche or custard after a hearty meal. Make it into individual deserts or one big one for everyone to dig into. To make this desert you will need ripened English pears which are peeled and cubed, thawed mixed berries, lemon juice, golden caster sugar, mixed spice, flour, oats, light brown sugar, chopped walnuts, a pinch of salt and cold cubed butter.

First toss the cubed pears and mixed berries with the lemon juice, sugar and mixed spice until coated, place the fruit at the bottom of a greased baking dish. Meanwhile to make the crumble topping, in a bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, walnuts and salt. Then with your fingers rub the cold butter into the mixture and form clumps, place this into the freezer for 10 mins then sprinkle on top of the prepared fruit and bake for 30-40 mins until the fruit is soft and the crumble is golden brown. Serve warm with custard, ice cream or crème fraiche.

As each of these wholesome recipes requires an oven, Hoover Vision is the perfect companion, allowing you store your favourite recipes or browse the internet for new ones. Hoover Vision is also equipped with an integrated HD camera meaning cooking can be monitored remotely via a tablet or smartphone through the Hoover Wizard app thanks to the Hoover innovative connected technology. Learn more about Vision’s innovative capabilities here.

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Highly commended at The Electrical Product Safety Conference 2018

December 3, 2018

We’re thrilled to announce that our innovative HHV67SLX WiFi Décor Hood has received a ‘Highly Commended’ Safety Innovation Award from Electrical Safety First.

Launched in 2015 as part of our first collection of fully-connected appliances, the product can be controlled and monitored via the Hoover Wizard app.

Consumer safety is of upmost importance to us here at Hoover and we strive to produce the most innovative appliances, so we’re proud that our product has been recognised by the UK’s electrical safety experts for its unique safety credentials.

The HHV67SLX WiFi Décor Hood can be controlled by a tablet or smartphone, allowing you to reach and utilize a range of safety measures in the kitchen using wireless technology. From additional security features that are rarely offered by household appliances to important safety features.

If there’s an unexpected change in normal conditions, such as a rapid increase in temperature the cooker hood will automatically activate and notify the user, both on the product and via the app. This allows you to take action immediately, even if you’re in a different room in the house.

The in-built Smart Sensor also monitors grease levels and temperature, preventing accidental fires by alerting users when cleaning or maintenance is required.

If you’re away from the house you can also switch the appliance’s light on remotely to give the illusion that somebody’s home when the house might be empty – meaning this innovative hood doubles up as a security feature, as well as a kitchen appliance.

Using an intelligent clean air function, the cooker hood can set the fans in motion at the lowest speed for 10 minutes every hour, making sure the air in the kitchen is the cleanest when cooking. This helps to ensure the safest experience for you as grease and steam doesn’t build up, adding peace of mind when both in and away from the home.

As well as following installation and user guides, we encourage new customers to register their purchases at www.registermyappliance.org.uk, so that they can be contacted quickly and easily in case a safety repair is ever needed.

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A guide to winter wine pairing

November 29, 2018

The cool winter months bring out a different side to our eating and drinking habits – our transitional palette is largely wrapped up in the desire to retreat to warmth and comfort to indulge in rich hearty food.

Winter food is often cooked slowly, with dishes being rich in meat, heavy and often fatty, and bold, aromatic, savoury flavours playing a central role. Whilst you may have some staple winter recipes to turn to when you’re looking to impress friends or family or celebrate the arrival of the weekend, pairing your dish with a complementary wine is a must if you want to take the experience up a notch.

The complex, deep flavours associated with winter dishes tend to attract red wines, with their similarly rich qualities. Winter food is all about warming the soul, so it stands to reason that a hearty, full-bodied wine should partner it. The world of wine can be confusing, but much like the way we approach food in the changing seasons, winter tends to move away from the fresh, crispness of whites and towards rich, full-bodied choices. The characteristics of certain wines complement particular ingredients, and a fantastic way to elevate food to new heights is to pair it with a characterful bottle of wine.

To help you go the extra mile, we’ve highlighted some pairings to give a try.

 

Chardonnay – king prawns

Although most whites are more suited to lighter, summer-influenced dishes, a full-bodied chardonnay can certainly be enjoyed on a winter’s evening. A hearty, bold fish dish is the best accompaniment to a chardonnay so try some prawns or monkfish or in a buttery, creamy sauce to maintain the winter comfort. Try frying king prawns in garlic butter, and adding lemon zest, lemon juice and parsley to linguine pasta for a classic French and Italian pairing.

 

Malbec – roast pork

The bold, punchy flavour of Malbec wine works perfectly with indulgent meat dishes. Roasted pork belly, seasoned with fennel seeds, salt and pepper, and slowly roasted, alongside caper and garlic mashed potato and a hearty sauce would marry with a highly tannic Malbec seamlessly.

 

Shiraz – beef

High tannins are best coupled with rich foods, which screams out for a wintry beef casserole. Use stewing beef, onion, carrot, celery, stock and to really ramp up the flavour, and slow cook for around two and a half hours until the meat is tender. Serve with some buttery cabbage and parsnip mash.

 

Chianti – tomato mozzarella pasta

A spicy tomato and mozzarella pasta dish is the ideal Italian pairing, marrying the sharp punch of the tomato and chilli with the hearty, creaminess of mozzarella and fresh pasta.

You’ll no doubt be stocking up on plenty of food and drink this winter season – make sure it’s all suitably chilled with the AXI fridge-freezer.

An unfortunate danger when drinking red wine, is the risk of spillage and stubborn stains! Thankfully the AXI washing machine is equipped with innovative Artificial Intelligence to give your personalised washing recommendations.

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Christmas dishes from around the world

November 29, 2018

Cool, dark evenings and the sparkle of Christmas lights signal the beginning of the festive season and for a month or so we can enjoy the building anticipation, the festive markets and the warmth of spending time with family and friends. For most of us, food is at the heart of all things festive, from specials in the sandwich shops and bakeries to the Christmas Day feasts, the cheeseboards, chocolates and leftover turkey sandwiches. It wouldn’t be the same without the indulgence.

We’re all used to roast turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets and a hearty pile of vegetables, it’s easy to forget that round the globe people enjoy a host of delicacies, some familiar and some completely removed from the festive feasts we enjoy.

If you’re looking for some new culinary ideas to give your Christmas dinner a twist, we’ve taken a quick tour round the globe to give you a glimpse of how families enjoy their festive meals.

 

Italy – Panettone

Originally from the northern city of Milan, panettone is a sweet bread loaf enjoyed at Christmas by many Italians. Its popularity has even seen it enjoyed in Western and Southern Europe as well as parts of Africa. Panettone typically contains candied orange, lemon zest and raisins, and is often accompanied by sweet wine or served with a mascarpone cream. If you really want to impress friends and family, then you’ll need to draw on your best baking skills to create this fluffy, light sweetbread. If you fancy taking the plunge, take a look at this recipe.

 

Sweden – Julskinka

In Sweden, buffet banquets to rival the hungriest of British families are the norm at Christmas. The traditional ‘julbord’ is a packed table full of Scandi delicacies, from the area’s renowned meatballs to pickled herring and ‘Risgrynsgröt’, a sweet rice pudding. The essential centrepiece, however, is the Christmas ham or ‘julskinka’. The ham is traditionally boiled to maintain a tender texture before being coated in a sweet and savoury mustard breadcrumb and baked until the coating is golden. Take a look at this simple recipe if you’d like to substitute the Christmas turkey this year.

 

Germany – Roast goose

Those of us enjoying Christmas markets in the UK can thank Germany for the influence – the historic centres of every major German city are transformed by the Christmas markets each year, a tradition which dates back to the 15th century. Whilst you might have enjoyed strudel or Glühwein at the markets, you may not be as up to speed with the German Christmas dinner at home. Roast goose, or sometimes duck, is typically the preferred choice of meat in Germany, accompanied by a hearty side of dumplings, red cabbage and stewed kale.

 

France – Bûche de Noël

Historically, the custom of burning the Yule log was commonplace throughout Europe. Many French families would bring a large wooden log into the house and burn it over the twelve days of Christmas, but by the 1940s this tradition had died out and been replaced by the ‘bûche de Noël’ chocolate log cake. Usually made from a genoise sponge and chocolate buttercream, plenty of additional touches tend to be added, from icing sugar, cream to raspberries, chocolate ganache and dashes of booze like this recipe.

 

Brazil – Bacalhau

Brazil’s melting pot of colours and its southern hemisphere climate have come together over the years to create quite a different Christmas experience to the one we enjoy in the UK. Despite the warmer temperature and the Iberian cultural influence felt throughout the country, Brazilians enjoy a roast turkey as the centrepiece of their festive meal, although it’s typically served with white rice and walnuts. Alongside the turkey, the other Christmas mainstay is ‘bacalhau’, which is dried and salted cod usually served with eggs, peppers, potatoes, onions and olives. If you’d like to take an adventurous turn in your Christmas dinner prep, here’s a traditional bacalhau recipe.

 

Philippines – Lechón

As a former Spanish colony, the Philippines has inherited lechón as a prized national dish. Lechón is whole roasted suckling pig and is prepared for many special occasions in the Philippines, including Christmas, where it stands as the grand focal point of the feast. The cooking method, slow rotisserie roasting in a charcoal pit, gives a unique flavour and distinctively crispy skin. Whilst a whole pig certainly isn’t a practical option, cooking pork belly in the Philippino style is a fantastic alternative to the standard British turkey.

You’ll no doubt be stocking up on plenty of food and drink this festive season – make sure it’s all suitably chilled with the innovative AXI fridge-freezer.

With this diverse range of recipes to have a go at, you’ll need to an innovative oven which is up to the Christmas challenge. The Hoover Vision oven has a 19” touch screen interface for simple use, an integrated HD door camera to monitor the progress of your food and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can monitor food on the Wizard app.

And finally, after all the festivities, merriment and the never-ending piles of pots and pans the AXI dishwasher with its extra-large basket allows you to wash up to 176 items in one wash load, giving you more time to spend with your family.

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Win a £50 supermarket voucher to splash over the festive period!

November 20, 2018

We’re giving two lucky people the chance to win a £50 supermarket voucher to spend on Christmas dinner supplies for their friends and family!

There will be two separate competitions on our social channels – one on Facebook and one on Twitter.

Facebook entry

Like the page, comment on a competition Facebook post and tag four of your friends.

Twitter entry

Follow the account, comment on a competition tweet and retweet.

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.

We all know exactly how messy Christmas Day can become. 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 you’ll be done with the Christmas day clean-up in no time.

With the logistical challenges presented by Christmas dinner cooking duties, you’ll need an oven which can stand up to the test. The Hoover Vision oven will help you go above and beyond, with an integrated HD door camera to ensure nothing gets burnt whilst your busy entertaining guests! You’ll also need a spacious fridge-freezer when you stock up on your festive food and drink – take a look at the AXI.

For making light work of the washing up, there’s the the innovative AXI dishwasher, featuring Artificial Intelligence and Wi-Fi connectivity, and for all the napkins and table cloths, turn to the AXI washing machine.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 19th December.

 

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 18.12.2018 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. Two winners will be chosen by Hoover Ltd.
  11. The winners 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 winners 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 per winner. The winners may choose between a Tesco or Sainbsury’s voucher. Please note that two separate competitions will be running. There will be one winner per channel (Facebook and Twitter).
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Making the transition: A guide to vegetarianism

November 20, 2018

Social media stories, cooking programmes on the TV, new restaurant openings and dedicated supermarket sections – these are just some of the areas we’re now seeing vegetarianism in our daily lives. This is a reflection of the huge increase in vegetarianism in the UK, driven by factors such as ethical, environmental and health concerns as well as social media. Recent reports suggest that 25% of British people now cut back on the amount of meat they eat.

Veganism and vegetarianism are certainly the food trends of the day. Are you looking to cut down your meat intake or shake it completely? From new recipes to substituting meat, here’s a quick guide to help kickstart your vegetarian diet.

Know why you want to make a change

With all the medical and healthy living advice, media influences and news that we’re aware of these days, we can be persuaded to make changes. This is fine, but it’s important to know and understand the reasons why you want to make the change to vegetarianism. Whether it’s for ethical or environmental reasons, or it’s part of maintaining a more balanced diet, then it will be much if easier to maintain if you have a solid foundation and you’ll be more committed to the change.

Experiment with new recipes first

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If Monday comes around and you tell everyone, “I’m vegetarian from this day on”, you’ll risk finding it a much more difficult and unenjoyable experience. Steady transition is the best approach as you’ll need to plan the types of meals you’re going to be eating every day. To inspire yourself to tackle the challenge start by working in one or two vegetarian recipes each week, then two or three, and so on. This way you’ll be more prepared to get to grips with the reduction in meat and you can develop more satisfying dishes.

Improve your kitchen skills and understanding of ingredients

To ensure your vegetarian diet is healthy and balanced, you might need to get up to scratch with some more cooking techniques, as well as understanding what foods work the best with each other. Losing meat can initially leave a void which can often result in some bland dishes or unhealthy dishes if you’re not careful! A bean chilli with brown rice, for example, provides a great mix of protein, fibre and low GI carbohydrates.

Bring in the meat substitutes

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Still missing the texture of meat? Struggling without a focal point to your dishes? There are plenty of meat substitutes to be found in the supermarkets these days, some will be more familiar than others, but they all provide great alternatives for people with a range of tastes. The most well-known brands are Quorn and Linda McCartney, which produce a range of foods, from veggie sausages and burgers to scotch eggs and kievs. Heading into more specialist territory, we have tempeh, tofu and seitan, which can often be found in a range of Asian cuisine. Still desperately craving some BBQ pulled pork? Say hello to the jackfruit.

Focus on nutritious ingredients

Above most other considerations, one of your key concerns should be to simply focus on including as many nutritious ingredients in your dishes as possible. From beans and lentils, to protein-rich meat substitutes, nuts and seeds. It’s easy to fall into the trap of eating veggie burgers, cheese toasties and omelettes all the time. So get down to your local greengrocers, stock up on fresh veg and start experimenting! To ensure you have a balanced and varied diet, read the NHS’ advice on healthy eating for vegetarians and vegans.

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