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Victorinox - Chefs Knife Extra Broad 20cm
Victorinox - Chefs Knife Extra Broad 20cm
Offered by Knives Master
Price: £27.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Chef's Knife, 27 Mar. 2015
A good chef's knife should be a part of every kitchen. You need one for the rocking motion for dicing and slicing. I have not had a chef's knife in awhile, and when asked what I might like as a gift, I immediately said the Victorinix chef's knife. I am familiar with Victorinox and had put this knife in my Wish List.

Thus knife is designed for comfort, for chopping, mincing, and dicing. They use a high carbon stainless steel to retain the sharpness. The handle is slip resistant and designed for balance and comfort. I find when using this chef's knife, that I have a much better grip and feel more assured when I am dicing. I usually dice onions, carrots, celery for a roux or to start a base. This is the easiest method I have used, and I have become a real fan of this knife. I would love to have the complete line of knives, and will place them on my wish list.

Recommended. prisrob 03-27-15

Offered by One Click Wonder
Price: £4.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bread Baking Pans, 27 Mar. 2015
Homemade bread is one of those comfort foods that almost everyone loves. It can be tiresome and time consuming to make. However, I have a recipe that is easy, and is the best toasting bread I know. These Bread baking pans are the best I have used for bread baking. They bake evenly, they leave a lovely shine, and they are easy to clean. What more could you want? How about a recipe for the best bread you have tasted, but the least difficult bread to make.

Toasting bread from King Arthur Flour

Hands-on time: 8 mins. to 12 mins.
Baking time: 22 mins. to 27 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs 15 mins. to 1 hrs 39 mins.
Yield: 1 loaf
Published: 01/01/2010


Volume Ounces Grams
3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
cornmeal, to sprinkle in pan
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1) Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and instant yeast in a large mixing bowl.

2) Combine the milk, water, and oil in a separate, microwave-safe bowl, and heat to between 120°F and 130°F. Be sure to stir the liquid well before measuring its temperature; you want an accurate reading. If you don't have a thermometer, the liquid will feel quite hot (hotter than lukewarm), but not so hot that it would be uncomfortable as bath water.

3) Pour the hot liquid over the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.

4) Beat at high speed for 1 minute. The dough will be very soft.

5) Lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan, and sprinkle the bottom and sides with cornmeal.

6) Scoop the soft dough into the pan, leveling it in the pan as much as possible.

7) Cover the pan, and let the dough rise till it's just barely crowned over the rim of the pan. When you look at the rim of the pan from eye level, you should see the dough, but it shouldn't be more than, say, 1/4" over the rim. This will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour, if you heated the liquid to the correct temperature and your kitchen isn't very cold. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 400°F.

8) Remove the cover, and bake the bread for 22 to 27 minutes, till it's golden brown and its interior temperature is 190°F.

9) Remove the bread from the oven, and after 5 minutes turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool. Let the bread cool completely before slicing.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 03-27-15

H is for Hawk
H is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars M Is For Mabel, 27 Mar. 2015
This review is from: H is for Hawk (Paperback)
Falconry has always been a fuzzy business for me. The more I read about it, the more I realized that falconers resided in an unusual life and journey. I had heard of this book, 'H Is For Hawk', and finally succumbed. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be so drawn into the world of Hawks.

Helen Macdonald begins her journey by describing the phone call she receives from her mother. Her beloved father, a Fleet Street photojournalist, had died from a heart attack. She and her father had a wonderful relationship, and she accompanied him on many of his assignments. Photographing the wilds, the woods, the daily life, the unusual,how would she ever recover from this wonderful man's death? In the past, she and her father had followed Hawks, and in particular the goshawk. After his death, MacDonald finds herself, traveling with a friend, in Scotland, waiting for the arrival of her own goshawk to raise and train. She names it Mabel, and we begin with MacDonald the long, love affair of the training of Mabel.

What a fascinating, exhilarating ride we take. Hawks are bigger and more feral than falcons and training one is Difficult. As MacDonal tells us, "Hawks don’t wipe their beaks, they feak. When they defecate they mute,” Her days are soon taken up with jesses (leather straps) and sails (wings). Meat is the decoy to the training, patience, long periods of time with your arm extended as Mabel sits, and MacDonald tries to become no one, silent and not there. She succeeds, and the stories of MacDonald and Mabel are remarkable. I became so enamored with this book, it was difficult to put down.

As MacDonald began to recover she brought more people into her life. Mabel was the meeting ground, and the fascination of this hawk broke the ground for allowing friends into her life, I cannot exclaim enough the superb writing and the teaching and learning we undergo in this book. Who would have thought?

Highly Recommended. prisrob 03-27-15

WonderBake set of 2 Loose Base 8" Inch Round Victoria Sandwich Cake Tins for Baking
WonderBake set of 2 Loose Base 8" Inch Round Victoria Sandwich Cake Tins for Baking
Offered by Lets Cook
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Luscious Cakes, 27 Mar. 2015
These WonderBake Round Cake Pans are the most professional type pans I have used. My cakes come out light brown and well baked. There is never a worry that the cake will be iver or under done when you follow the instructions. I purchased these to make my daughter's birthday cake, and she was so pleased.
The wash up is easy, I usually hand wash and dry.

I have posted the birthday cake recipe. It is so good.

Cannoli Cake



0.75 c. unsalted butter
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1.50 c. granulated sugar
6 large eggs
1 tsp. almond extract
1.50 c. half-and-half
1 c. mini chocolate chips
0.50 c. chopped shelled pistachios
2 large cannoli shells
3.50 c. whole-milk ricotta
2.50 tsp. orange zest
2 tsp. lemon zest
0.25 tsp. cinnamon
0.25 tsp. kosher salt
0.75 c. confectioners’ sugar
0.75 c. heavy cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two 8-inch round cake pans with butter, then dust with flour; shake out any excess.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the almond extract (if using). Reduce the mixer speed to medium and gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the half-and-half, mixing just until combined; fold in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips.
Divide the batter between the prepared pans (about 3 1/2 cups each) and bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
While the cakes cool, make the frosting. Using an electric mixer, beat the ricotta in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the zests, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Add the heavy cream and, using the whisk attachment, beat on medium-high speed until thick and stiff, 3 to 4 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Cut the cakes in half horizontally to create 4 layers. Arrange four 3-inch-wide strips of parchment or wax paper in a square around the edge of a serving plate (this will help keep the plate clean) and place 1 cake layer on the plate. Spread 1 cup frosting on top. Sandwich another layer of cake and repeat with the remaining layers, then frost the top and sides of the cake.
Gently press the pistachios, cannoli shells, and remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips onto the sides of the cake (use the parchment paper to help pat them on). Refrigerate until ready to serve (up to 2 days).

Recommended. prisrob 03-26-15

Galaxies (The Quaint and Quizzical Cosmos)
Galaxies (The Quaint and Quizzical Cosmos)
Price: £2.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Your Galaxy, 25 Mar. 2015
e Quaint and Quizzical Cosmos) (Kindle Edition)
Do you know about the Milky Way? Do you look up into the sky to see what is there?

The author, Natalie Del Favero, has written a beautiful book about our world, and how we came to be. This is a perfect starter for children to learn about our universe. The words and concepts are perfectly suited for children. The Milky Way, the stars, the dust, our galaxy. Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will be entranced with this information, and they will have a lot of questions. The illustrations by Orban Orsolya are gorgeous. The bright vivid colors fit perfectly into the universe as it is being discussed. These are some of the most beautiful illustrations I have seen.

One of the best parts of this book is that it is written in rhyme. That is one of the most lovely and fun ways to read a book. Children and adults love the lilting rhymes. I enjoyed this book a great deal. It is full of information for our children, it is written in a way that children will understand, and they will love the colorful illustrations. Note: a complimentary copy if this book was provided to read and review.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 03-25-15

Butler Stimulator (Pack Of 6)
Butler Stimulator (Pack Of 6)
Offered by OTCFORYOU
Price: £13.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive Dental Health, 25 Mar. 2015
M Gum Stimulator Pack of 3 (Health and Beauty)
"A recent study showed that massaging the gums with a rubber tip (found at the other end of some tooth brushes) is actually more effective in reducing germ count than a regimen of antibiotics! Bacteria that cause gum disease are like vampires. They must live in the dark. Oral bacteria are "anaerobic," meaning that they cannot live in the presence of oxygen. They thrive in dark spaces between the gum and the roots of the teeth called gum "pockets." Brushing and flossing are effective in part because oxygen is introduced into these pockets. Vigorous massaging of the gums with the rubber tip introduces fresh air into these dead spaces. In comparing the percentage of bacteria between those who massage their gums with the rubber tip and those who took antibiotics, the rubber tipping group actually had slightly more reduction in bacterial count. Both groups brushed and floss their teeth during the experiment.
The additional benefit of massaging your gums with the rubber tip is that plaque and cellular fluids are flushed out and circulation in the gums is improved.

This is not to say that you should only massage your gums, and not brush and floss your teeth. In fact you should only massage your gums after your have thoroughly brushed and flossed your teeth. As a precaution, if you have moderate to severe gum disease, it may not be a good idea to massage your gums before you talk to your dentist.

Here is how you can massage your gums: Grasp the handle firmly in your hand and place the rubber tip between the spaces between two teeth. Point the rubber tip toward the center of the teeth. Gently press the rubber tip upward if you are massaging the upper arch, and downward if dealing with the lower arch. If you encounter bleeding from the gums, you are either massaging too hard, or you have a gum condition that should be checked by your dentist. Continue to massage every space between the teeth for 10 to 15 seconds. " USC Schol of Dentistry

I have used the Gum Butler Gum Stimulator for over 5 years, and I would not be without it. My dentist recommended and gave me the first gum stimulator 5 years ago. an inexpensive method to dental health.

Recommended. prisrob 03-25-15

The Enterprising Chipmunk
The Enterprising Chipmunk
Price: £1.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helping Your Family and Helping Yourself, 24 Mar. 2015
Have you ever seen a chipmunk? If so,what was he doing?

The author, Gramps Doodlebug, has written an exciting story about a chipmunk named Khalee. Khalee was part of a large family, and he was now old enough to help find food for the family. What Khalee really liked to do was burrow underground. This means he would make little homes until the ground with a tunnel that comes to the surface. His father told him that he needed to go out and find food for the family. When you read this book you will see what Khalee does, and how he thinks through his problem.

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will have a new appreciation for enterprise, and will come to understand what it means. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and depict the adventures of Khalee, his friends and his family. This is a lovely story that teaches lessons, and teaches what family is all about.

Recommended. prisrob 03-24-15

Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking
Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking
by Linda Collister
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic But Not Inclusive, 24 Mar. 2015
My daughter, 5 year old granddaughter and I enjoyed the Great British Bake Off series so much. We watched every week, and my granddaughter said she would like to be a taster. Chetna responded to one of my tweets, and my granddaughter was ecstatic. I purchased this Big Book of Baking to share with them. My daughter loves to bake, and she will probably use some of these recipes.

The blatant negative is that this cookbook does not have a conversion chart for measurements. That is a really big NO, NO, if you want to sell this book in the US.

This is a big cookbook. 319 pages. It is separated into 8 chapters and an index. Inserted into these chapters is a bio of the bakers who were competing for the big prize in 2014. They were asked several questions, so it was fun to see their answers, to get to know them a little more. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are mentioned, and their recipes are in the book, but no interview with them. That was a disappointment.

This starts with an Introduction, but it was slim pickings, and not enough information by far. Onto a Baker's Guide, definition of terms, and suggestions on how to bake certain items. This is four pages of useful information. Biscuits and Traybakes follows, Breads, Cakes, Sweet Pastry and Patisserie, Savoury Bakes, and Puddings and Desserts. Missing were the contestants technical bakes, and the supreme winners. There were many photos, but not every baked product had a photo. One of the cakes I was most interested in, had no photo.

All in all I found this cookbook to be wanting. It included basics, but I wonder if it was put together quickly. I wanted more info about the contestants, and judges. Technical challenges and the big winners were missing, and that was a big miss.

Recommended. prisrob 03-24-15

Waiting Is Not Easy! (Elephant & Piggie Books)
Waiting Is Not Easy! (Elephant & Piggie Books)
by Mo Willems
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise!, 23 Mar. 2015
Waiting is not easy, every child and every adult can agree. Have you ever waited for anything? It is always wonderful when the waiting is over.

Mo Willems, the author has written such a wonderful book. Gerald the elephant and Piggie are best friends. Piggie tells Gerald he has a big surprise for him, and Gerald wants it right away. Gerald tries to guess and becomes irritated when he cannot guess what the surprise is. When you read this book, you will understand the big surprise. Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. It is such a fun book, and the children will laugh at Gerald and Piggie and their antics. The illustrations by Mo Willems are beautiful and colorful and depict the adventures of Gerald and Piggie. There is a lesson to be learned, and that is one of my favorite types of books to read to children. Have a fun time.

Recommended. prisrob 03-23-15

Jo [DVD]
Jo [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean Reno
Price: £8.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Implausible, 23 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Jo [DVD] (DVD)
The first episode was all I could bear. I have to state at the outset that the premise of a crime team in Paris, speaking English,needs highly ridiculous, and gives the appearance of this series as a slipshod mess. I could not believe what I was viewing. Jean Reno, an older man is the lead, dresses sloppily, always darts in and out if the office, seems again ludicrous. we are supposed to believe this man leads the Parisian cops fighting crooks with his drug addiction always in the background. itvappears he is estranged from his daughter,mand Mill Henbesseynof all people pops up as someone running a home for ex ladies of the night. I mean, come on, who wrote this thing?

The opening case is of a man killed outside of Notre Dame. Jo seems to understand the implication right away, and fills us in as strange as it may seem. I could not get over the improbability of this epntire set up, and understand the series was canceled, as it should be.

Not Recommended a For Me. prisrob 03-23-15

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