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4 dessert recipes to try this Easter

April 11, 2019

As a nation united by a mutual love of all things sweet, what better time is there to indulge than at Easter?

To satisfy the sweetest tooth we’ve put together our top four Easter desserts, from heavenly chocolate cake to a light gluten-free lemon tart, you’ll find something to suit everyone’s taste.

Take a look at these new recipes and you’ll be ready to produce a showstopping bake to serve up after a delectable Sunday roast.

Chocolate Easter Cake

When it comes to Easter, we all think of chocolate, and this moreish chocolate Easter cake will not disappoint.

Total cook time: 50 minutes

Serves: 10

Ingredients

175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

175g light brown sugar

3 eggs, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp whole milk

150g self-raising flour

4 tbsp cocoa

1 pack of mini chocolate eggs to decorate

Icing

150g unsalted butter, softened

150g icing sugar

2 tbsp whole milk

½ tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp cocoa

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line the base of two 18cm cake tins with baking parchment. Using an electric beaters, cream the butter and sugar in a bowl for 3-4 minutes, until fluffy. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract and milk.
  2. Gently beat in the flour and cocoa, mixing until smooth. Divide the batter between the two tins and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Then leave the cakes to cool on a rack (still in the tins).
  3. For the icing, beat the butter for 2 minutes until creamy, then stir in the sugar for another 2 minutes. Warm the milk in a pan and beat in the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and cocoa until smooth.
  4. Place one of the cakes on a plate and cover with icing, then sit the second cake on top and cover the top with icing. Decorate with chocolate eggs and serve after a delicious roast lamb dinner or as an afternoon treat on Easter Monday.

Fresh cream jewelled eclairs

Flavoured with coffee, rose and pistachio, these treats really do taste as good as they look.

Total cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves: 14

Ingredients

50g unsalted butter, cut into cubes

70g strong white bread flour, sifted

2 large eggs, beaten

150g fondant icing sugar

1 tbsp Brazilian coffee extract

Food colouring of your choice, we recommend spring pastel shades

20g sprinkles

50g pistachios, chopped

2g rose petals

200ml whipping cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C, then line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. In a pan, bring the butter and 150ml cold water to the boil, then remove from the heat.
  3. Add the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a dough ball that leaves the sides of the pan clean and leave to cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Gradually beat in the eggs to produce a stiff dough. Transfer the dough to a piping bag with a 1cm plain nozzle and pipe 14 eclairs, each 8cm long, onto the baking tray.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes without opening the oven, so that the eclairs puff up. Cut a small slit in the side of each to release steam, then bake for 4 more minutes and cool on a rack.
  6. To decorate, place 50g of the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in the coffee extract until it forms a paste. Divide the rest of the icing sugar between 2 bowls, adding your chosen food colourings to each. Adding 1-2tsp of cold water to each and stir to form a paste.
  7. Finally, whip the cream and put into a piping bag with a round nozzle. Cut the eclairs down the side and pipe in the cream, decorate with the icings and toppings and serve within 1 hour.

Gluten-free fresh lemon tart

This fresh lemon tart is citrus sweet, easy to make at home and perfect for everyone including family members who eat a gluten-free diet.

Ingredients

For the crust:

200g ground almonds

35g cornflour

50g caster sugar

100g unsalted butter, chilled and diced

For the filling

2 medium unwaxed lemons, preferably thin-skinned

15g cornflour

185g caster sugar

1 medium egg, plus 1 yolk, at room temperature

100g unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Icing sugar, for dusting

Method

  1. To make the crust put the ground almonds, cornflour and sugar into a food processor and ‘pulse’ to combine. Add the butter and blitz until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Tip the crumbs into a large buttered tin or individual tins and press evenly over the base and up the sides (up to the rim) using the back of a spoon. The crust should be 5mm thick and chill for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat the oven to 180C and heat a baking sheet. Alongside this bake the crust for 12-16 minutes or until a light golden.
  3. As the crust bakes – make your topping. Set the lemons on a large plate (to catch all of the juice) and trim off the ends. Cut each lemon into 8 wedges, removing the pips, then cutting each wedge in half and place into the food processor. Combine the cornflour and caster sugar and add to the processor bowl. Blitz until the lemon is coarsely chopped, then add the egg and yolk and blitz again to combine the mixture. As the machine is still running, pour in the cooled butter through the feed tube. Stop the machine as soon as all the butter has been added. The mixture won’t be smooth and should have a few visible pieces of lemon. Remove the crust from the oven and set it (in the tin) on the heated baking sheet, then turn down the oven temperature to 170C. Pour the lemon mixture into the hot crust to fill it almost up to the rim. Carefully return to the oven and bake for 30–35 minutes until the lemon filling is just starting to colour and is firm when you gently jiggle the baking sheet.
  4. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely, cover lightly and chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight. To serve, run a thin, round-bladed knife around the inside of the tin to loosen the crust, then carefully unmould the tart. Dust with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 2 days.

Vegan carrot cake with icing

If you are craving a moist, soft and heavenly cake this Easter this delicious carrot cake is just for you. And to make it even more indulgent we suggest adding a sweet icing topped off with coconut flakes, chopped pistachios, and some cute star-shaped sprinkles, but of course you can add any of your favourite toppings instead.

Total cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves: 8-10 people

Ingredients

285g finely grated carrots

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

100g vegan chocolate chips

200g raw whole almonds, ground

30g coconut flour

1 tsp salt

½ tsp baking flour

4 flax eggs (see note on how to make flax eggs)

60g whole cane sugar or white sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp of water

2 ½ tbsp melted coconut oil

Icing

100g sifted powdered sugar (note that not all powdered sugar is vegan)

2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk or fresh lemon juice.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, grease and flour the bundt pan or any other cake tin you would like to use.
  2. Squeeze the excess liquid out of the carrots and mix with the fresh lemon in a large bowl. Add the chocolate chips, ground almonds, flour, salt and baking powder and mix well
  3. Blend the flax eggs in a food processor, slowly adding the sugar, vanilla extract and water. Then add the eggs to the carrot/flour mixture with the melted coconut oil and mix well. This mixture should be fairly thick.
  4. Press the carrot batter into the prepared bundt pan or cake tin and bake in the lower third of the oven for 60 minutes. Cake should be golden brown when finished and when a skewer poked in the middle of the pan comes out clean.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before you attempt to remove from the pan.
  6. Whilst the cake is cooling, it’s time to prepare the icing by whisking together the almond milk (or lemon juice) with the powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle the icing over the cake once it is completely cooled and top with your favourite Easter confectionary – we suggest pastel sprinkles.

Note: To make 1 flax egg combine 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds with 3 tbsp water. Let the flaxseeds/water mixture sit for 20 minutes or longer until a gel is formed. The recipe calls for 4 flax eggs. So, you’ll need 4 tbsp of flax seeds and 12 tbsp of water.

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Partnership with Simon Rimmer is a recipe for success

March 28, 2019

Much-loved TV cook and restaurateur Simon Rimmer has been appointed as brand ambassador for Hoover.

The collaboration will see the celebrity foodie promote our cooking credentials and showcase our built-in portfolio of innovative and stylish ovens, hobs, hoods and sous vide models. A household name synonymous with the kitchen, Simon is a natural fit for Hoover.

Simon said: “The kitchen is the hub of the home and the epicentre of family life, so it’s important for people to both enjoy cooking and have the right kit to make great food.

“Hoover is an extremely well-known brand with a very impressive cooking portfolio, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and using the appliances.

“There are some exciting products in the pipeline and I’m excited to help Hoover change perceptions of the brand by showing people just how passionate Hoover is about cooking.”

As a brand that’s very serious about cooking, Simon will help us to bring this passion to life and demonstrate to people the scope and scale of our cooking portfolio.

From ovens that will help even the most nervous of cooks with built-in recipes and step-by-step guides to professional products for budding chefs, we’re confident that consumers of all competencies will have an appetite for a Hoover cooking model. Explore our cooking range here.

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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.

And with your fridge stocked full of these fresh, healthy ingredients, you’ll benefit from a suitably forward-thinking appliance. Designed to keep food fresher and help to reduce food waste, the innovative AXI refrigerator is our first-ever truly intelligent Food Manager. Using Artificial Intelligence, it puts you in complete control of everything you store and provides a bespoke experience to help you to reduce food waste by letting you know when items are past their best. Fully Wi-Fi connected, you can also control and manage all AXI’s functions via the Wizard App.

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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