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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.

Our innovative selection of appliances is geared towards making life easier by simplifying everyday home tasks and chores. Busy, stressful lives are the main barrier to mindfulness and positive mental wellbeing, so our appliances are developed with innovative new technology to help free up time for the more important aspects of your life. From our revolutionary Vision oven with touch-screen interface, to the Artificial Intelligence-powered AXI appliances and the powerful, lightweight H-Free vacuum cleaner, we can make life easier for you every step of the way.

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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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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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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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Inspiration, Recipes

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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