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Wartime Farm
Wartime Farm
by Peter Ginn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Take me back!, 29 July 2013
This review is from: Wartime Farm (Hardcover)
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I didn't watch the tv series, I should be honest about that from the start

I got this because I love the era of the Second World War, plus I live in the country and have a penchant for tweed!

This book is just brilliant, there are articles and features on animals, preserving, darning, washing. It is a cross between a "how to" and a historical record. From dancing and recycling to wartime recipes which genuinely look delicious.
Information on the black market and the ARP makes Dads Army come alive

I don't watch much tv, however I hope this is repeated, what an absolute gem it must have been


Elizabeth David on Vegetables
Elizabeth David on Vegetables
by Elizabeth David
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A medley of vegetable inspiration!, 29 July 2013
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What a stunning book!
Collected from a series of articles by Ms David, this book actually marks her 100th birthday with her first book being printed in 1951!
Beautiful photographs (although I wish there were more if I'm brutally honest) and interspersed with essays by Ms David we have 6 main chapters covering soups up to main dishes and two smaller chapters on breads and desserts

I was so happy to see a recipe for Tuoni e lampo (pg107) a very simple dish of pasta and chickpeas which I had many years ago and always remembered. How wonderful that a book can bring back these memories

What I also enjoyed with this book is that even though the recipes all have European and sometimes, intimidating names the recipes are all very basic with the ingredients. There is very little which you won't be able to find easily

I was particularly inspired by the chapter on salads - now I was fortunate that I received this book during a lovely heat wave and it was nice to kick my salad complacency into second gear with some wonderful inspirations


Sushi Slim
Sushi Slim
by Makiko Sano
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring albeit intermediate book, 29 July 2013
This review is from: Sushi Slim (Paperback)
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This book firstly doesn't really seem to know where it fits in.
It's a diet book but really focusing on a specific genre which in itself is rather healthy anyway and it's also a sushi for beginners book which it really isn't. Sushi is NEVER for beginners and I mean that in a really positive way

However, this book is genuinely inspiring. As someone who loves sushi but only gets as far as certain restaurant with conveyor belts, it was really nice to see some relatively simple ideas in here to replicate my favourite dishes, and with super arrests ow having bigger and bigger Asian sections a lot of the ingredients are much more accessible

She also gives a few tips on perhaps the most daunting aspect, the buying of the fish!

And then we get into the techniques. All of which are very step by step and with very good (although slightly smaller than I would have liked) photographs to accompany them

Then we get to the diet section and sadly this is where the book loses me slightly. Now I have struggled with my weight and completely try to have a healthy lifestyle, but Ms Sano takes us on a chapter of 500 calorie lunches. All of which look delicious but you would have to master a lot of techniques to be able to get one of these ready for work the next day
However... As I said, this book does inspire you and I'm proud to have it in my kitchen as the techniques are invaluable and the meal suggestions are delicious!


Sunpet Set of 6 100ml Red Top Plastic Food Storage Canisters Jar Kitchen
Sunpet Set of 6 100ml Red Top Plastic Food Storage Canisters Jar Kitchen
Offered by UK HOT BARGAINS
Price: 3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 27 July 2013
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Thank you! Affordable and practical

I bought these originally for spices but we actually took a few if them camping with us and filled them with washing liquid, sugar etc. they have many uses and were a perfect size for me


Philips Imageo 7007531PU 1.5 Watt Plastic Candle Set, White
Philips Imageo 7007531PU 1.5 Watt Plastic Candle Set, White
Offered by Strictly Lamps
Price: 11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these!, 27 July 2013
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I am thrilled with these, they are immediately easy to set up (charging lead is attached with twin jacks which plug into the bottom side of both lights simultaneously ) and work by a gentle shake

The effect is immediate ambiance! I got these specifically for the bathroom if I'm honest, and they are perfect. They don't create as much light as a real candle so they aren't an identical substitute but they are pretty darn close and very safe with it. They are pretty if not practical - perhaps that is the best description

They have a gentle flickering effect which is extremely natural

Overall I'm really pleased with, they have left the bathroom and are now in the bedroom as I can sleep safely with a "fake" candle


Iams Dry Cat Food Kittenand Junior Chicken 2.55 Kg (Pack of 3)
Iams Dry Cat Food Kittenand Junior Chicken 2.55 Kg (Pack of 3)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iams do it again, 27 July 2013
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This is the third flavour I have been lucky enough to receive and my cat is still happy. What I have noticed is my cat doesn't get bored with the same flavours as quickly as he has done with other branded dry cat foods
The end result is he likes it and eats it so we are both happy hence 5 stars


Kitchen Craft Black Handled Stainless Steel Canelle Bladed Zester
Kitchen Craft Black Handled Stainless Steel Canelle Bladed Zester
Offered by Bar Equipment Direct
Price: 3.48

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 27 July 2013
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After getting sick of using my cheese grater I finished off a bottle of rosé and made an impulse purchase of a proper zester - my goodness why have I been depriving myself for so long?
This is an excellent kitchen tool, it is simple to use and produces incredible results

Every kitchen needs one


Orgran Free From Canned Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce 220 g (Pack of 12)
Orgran Free From Canned Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce 220 g (Pack of 12)

3.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly average I'm afraid to say, 27 July 2013
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I invited my gluten intolerant friend for lunch with the sole mission of making her review this product for me

Bottom line is she can't have wheat or gluten so this is perfect for her. She doesn't need to worry about it and it is a perfect serving for herself (she is the only one in the family who is intolerant)
On the up side, these are edible (I can attest to this as I had a couple of mouthfuls) on the downside they are distinctly average almost to the point of blandness. Try adding some Worcester sauce or Tabasco and the taste is really improved though of course this may not suit everyone


Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Damien Keown
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect introduction, 24 July 2013
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I have a few of these Short Introduction books and for the most part they are always very good. They fit this perfect market for being concise, electic and informative
This one is no exception, in fact it is probably one of the best.

With an interest in Buddhism since a trip to Tibet and Nepal last year I have wanted something to bring all the information I learnt in a simple format to begin with. I bought a couple of other books for learners of Buddhism and it was too much too soon, this one however does the job perfectly

Now I'm not a complete novice to the works of spirituality but I really wanted a book that I could enjoy while I read about the subject and that's what this is. Pure enjoyment

Cheaper (although smaller) than the other books I bought, however I should have got this first


Cole & Mason Pina Salt & Pepper Mill Giftset,Precision Mechanism
Cole & Mason Pina Salt & Pepper Mill Giftset,Precision Mechanism
Price: 21.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift, 21 July 2013
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At just over 5 inches tall, this salt and pepper set is very much in a classic design by Cole and Mason,
See through and easy to adjust the grind to your individual tastes they have an air of quality and design to them and will perfectly adorn any kitchen or dining room.

They are a perfect size (and price) to be a gift for any occasion


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