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William Bounds 9.5-inch Hm Proview Pepper Mill, Red
William Bounds 9.5-inch Hm Proview Pepper Mill, Red
Price: £45.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent both in terms of function and design, 21 July 2014
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Excellent pepper grinder. Good ergonomics, easy to hold even for small hands, not too heavy. I find most pepper grinders rather ugly, and there aren't that many adjustable ones. But the proportions on this one are pleasing. It's tall enough to be easily grabbed, but not so tall that it would be unstable. The adjustable collar is both precise and easy to operate (easier than adjustable mechanisms located under the mill, which you can't adjust without getting pepper on your fingers and can't vary easily). It's very simple for each guest to select the desired grind. Having a viewing window is also useful.

It is very solidly made too. We have had a William Bounds pepper mill for about 10 years and are replacing it because the varnish on the wood has become sticky (I made the mistake of trying to clean it with a spirit based product and that softened up the varnish), but there is nothing wrong with the mechanism even though it sees hard daily use.

One note of caution: I had ordered two, one black and one red. The grinding mechanism on the red was, for some reason, better than on the black (a little less stiff). If I wanted to order another one I would order two again, to be able to compare.

Finally, it's a detail but it comes loaded with good quality pepper. Doesn't make much difference to the bottom line but it's a nice touch.


Clearspring Takemoto Toasted Sesame Oil 150 ml (Pack of 3)
Clearspring Takemoto Toasted Sesame Oil 150 ml (Pack of 3)
Price: £10.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Head and shoulders above the rest, 20 July 2014
This is head and shoulders above all the Chinese, French and UK sold toasted sesame oils I have tried. It makes them taste greasy and heavy. By contrast, this is incredibly strong flavoured and yet at the same time light, clean tasting (I know, 'clean' is difficult to understand in the context but it does fit: the oil is like the essence of toasted sesame). It is the only toasted sesame oil I have ever been tempted to drink by the teaspoon (and I wasn't disappointed! I still do it). It compares, in refinement, mouth feel and subtlety of taste, to the finest Sicilian olive oils.

The bottles are small but it's actually an advantage as it means that the oil stays fresh for longer. They have a useful dropper top which prevents the oil from flowing out, a good thing given its strength. And (as all quality oil bottles should be) they are tinted glass.

Do not fry with it (nor with toasted sesame oil in general, it will burn -- but in this case it would be a terrible waste): add it at the end to salads, stir fries, noodles, rice, or use it as a dip (it is that good). It is so strong that just a little will transform your dish, which is good for the calorie conscious as you don't need to use much (!).

It's not cheap, although Amazon has a good deal here. But it's totally worth it, once you've tried it you won't want anything else.


Alessi Sottsass Stand for Containers and Condiments
Alessi Sottsass Stand for Containers and Condiments
Price: £70.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy, great quality of build, 18 July 2014
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Very solidly built and aesthetically pleasing. It is very well designed: there is enough space all around to fit salt and pepper mills, and also half liter bottles of olive oil or standard bottles of Kikkoman soy sauce. It is very hard to find a stand which is both well built, large enough and yet compact. It allows you to lift all your condiments straight from the kitchen to the dining table and back without any fuss, and without having to go back several times for the salt, the pepper, the oil, etc. It has a two year warranty but it's hard to see what could go wrong with it (I hope that these are not last words that will come back to haunt me...) and I would think it will probably outlast me!


Alessi Butter Dish with San Lid in Steel Mirror Polished , Grey
Alessi Butter Dish with San Lid in Steel Mirror Polished , Grey
Price: £64.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insulated butter dish, 18 July 2014
This is a beautifully designed butter dish. Perhaps the most important thing to know is that the base is very heavily insulated (double walled, with a thick interval between the two layers of the base). This means that you can leave the butter out, summer and winter, without it melting down or being rock hard. It's just fine for spreading.

I have been using double walled butter dishes for years but this one is much more elegant than the usual. It is also more compact, although it holds even unconventionally shaped blocks of butter very easily. Both parts will go in the dishwasher. Because of the large interval between the two walls, and also the wider than usual base, it seems to have better insulating properties than my previous two insulated butter dishes (Master Class and Grünwerg).

It's not cheap to say the least but insulated butter dishes tend to be expensive (at least £20-£25) and with this one you get what you pay for. A word of caution: Alessi does another stainless steel butter dish. That is flimsy and not insulated, so really not worth the £58 or so you'd have to pay for it. The design is not that great either. But this one is worth your money.


Dyson AM02 Air Multiplier,Cooling fan, Satin Iron/ Satin Blue
Dyson AM02 Air Multiplier,Cooling fan, Satin Iron/ Satin Blue

5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-tastic (sorry about the bad pun): quiet, extremely efficient, easy to store, 17 July 2014
I had the previous version of this, bought three years ago, and that was pretty good already. But this one is extraordinary.

Contrary to a previous reviewer, I find it very quiet, probably because I never need to put it on high settings. Today it was 28°C, so pretty hot, and at night setting 1 (out of 10) was almost too strong, even though our bedroom is fairly large (about 6x4m). We have another one of these in my daughter's room, which is very hot and stuffy, but a setting of 3 is more than enough (and the fan is about 3m from her bed, so that she doesn't catch a cold).

At these speeds the fan is extremely quiet, much more so than the previous one. I am a very light sleeper and live in a secluded house with no car noises etc, and the noise of the fan does not bother me. The control sits neatly on top, held by a magnet (little design details like this make a real difference, and this way you know you won't lose the remote!). The shape is nice to look at and easy to store (more so than the circular fans).

In short, it's expensive (by the way, buy it directly from Dyson where it's £299!) but well worth it in my view. Certainly now we don't worry about the heat anymore, and it's much more natural and pleasant than an air conditioner.


Silikomart 193024 Ice Cream Mould Waffle Shape
Silikomart 193024 Ice Cream Mould Waffle Shape
Offered by Baking Deco LTD
Price: £16.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 1 Jun 2014
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Easy to use, allows you to make healthy treats for children. I use home made yogurt or 100% fruit purees which I freeze in these very handy moulds. My daughter loves eating them and also assisting with the preparation, choosing the flavours, pouring the ingredients in. I also have the heart moulds and both are excellent. You can buy wooden sticks from amazon for about £1.50 for 100, by the way.


Dreamwalker (Dreamwalker Chronicles)
Dreamwalker (Dreamwalker Chronicles)
by C. S. Friedman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.46

2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment, 1 Jun 2014
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Like some US reviewers I really admire Friedman's Coldfire trilogy, as well as the Wings of Wrath trilogy and most of her standalone books. But Dreamwalker definitely feels like a Young Adult fantasy. Friedman usually excels in psychological characterisation but here the characters remain superficial. The plot is predictable. Everything, from psychology to descriptions, is toned down and simplified compared to her usual work. It is a great pity as she can do SO MUCH better.


Sony DSCWX350 Compact Digital Camera with Wi-Fi and NFC - White (18.2MP, 20x Optical Zoom)
Sony DSCWX350 Compact Digital Camera with Wi-Fi and NFC - White (18.2MP, 20x Optical Zoom)
Price: £189.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, in particular for use with a smartphone, 23 May 2014
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OK, there are better optics out there. But this is the smallest and lightest camera with a 20x optical zoom. It connects excellently with the Sony Playmemories app and will do multiple transfers of photos, automatic transfers of all the photos of the day. It charges on a standard micro USB so you don't need to take another cable or charger with you apart from your phone's. The software is very well designed and intuitive to use. I tried the new Lumix T60 and although the latter has more possibilities and takes better photos (including in RAW format), I returned it for this one. As a much more pocketable all rounder with excellent connectivity it is far superior in my view.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60EB-K Compact Digital Camera - Black (18.1MP, 30x Optical Zoom, High Sensitivity MOS Sensor) 3 inch LCD (New for 2014)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60EB-K Compact Digital Camera - Black (18.1MP, 30x Optical Zoom, High Sensitivity MOS Sensor) 3 inch LCD (New for 2014)
Price: £309.99

18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good photos but terrible interface with smartphones, 23 May 2014
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The optics are excellent and the photos are very true to life. However this camera is badly let down by connectivity problems; On the NFC connection you can only transfer ONE photo at a time... What good is this?! The wifi connection is very fiddly to set up (and I am very accustomed to setting up wifi connections, routers, etc, in complex configurations). The Lumix app is clunky and slow, and half the time the connection is interrupted. And you can only upload to the Lumix cloud service, not Dropbox or the like. Finally, the plug is not a standard micro-usb so you can't use your phone charger and need yet another cable.

If you don't want to use your camera with a smartphone, get this, it takes great photos. But if you want good connectivity with your smartphone, get a Sony compact. The optics are not as good but everything else is a dream. It does multiple transfers, automatic transfers of all the photos for the day. And it charges on a standard micro-usb.
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Magimix Limited Edition 18570 5200XL Premium Food Processor, Satin
Magimix Limited Edition 18570 5200XL Premium Food Processor, Satin
Price: £338.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic machine, much better than the smaller version of the same (ie 3200 or 4200), 10 May 2014
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I have had a Magimix 3200 for about three years, and my parents have the 4200XL. I bought the 5200XL because I needed the large capacity, and I naively thought that it would do the same as the 3200 but... in larger quantities. Well, it doesn't. It does everything BETTER, in larger quantities.

I had noticed the same thing when I upgraded from a Kenwood Chef to a Kenwood Major. The footprint is not that different, it's mostly the height that changes. But the efficiency is much, much greater. It's probably the motor, which is almost double the power (and has a 20 years warranty as opposed to 12), and also ingredients having more space in the bowl. But the design is better too. For example, with the 3200 I never used the midi (medium) bowl because particles of grated food would fall in the larger bowl and I would end up with double the washing up and nothing to show for it. But with this one, the lid closes tight on the Midi bowl and you can grate 1kg of carrots and not have one bit dropped in the larger bowl. Another important point for me: the bigger machine is less noisy and it is rock solid. It does not walk on the counter at all (whereas the 3200 would occasionally do that, although not often to be fair).

There are also things which you can do with this and not with the 3200: professional quality praliné, for example. The 3200 couldn't grind the caramelised nuts into a proper paste without overheating. This one will do it in a breeze, and you get a much finer paste as well.

I haven't used the accessories and don't think that they'll be that useful for me (except the potato masher perhaps). If you don't need them, then I would suggest getting the simple 5200 rather than the Limited edition. Having said that, you get a lot for the extra £80 (juice extractor, bread bowl, citrus press and potato masher). One thing I do regret, though, is the XL opening: it make the lid feel unwieldy and the locking mechanism doesn't seem that strong. I have to confess that after a few days I bought a spare lid and pusher from magimix-spares.co.uk and I'm much, much happier with them. If you do that, make sure that you get the DOMED spare lid (the one that is designed for the 'blendermix' system), otherwise you won't be able to use your lid with the midi bowl.

In short: very much recommended. If you can afford it, get this even if you think the smaller model is enough. It may be enough quantity-wise, but you'll be really happy to have the much greater efficiency of the bigger brother. The only thing is: don't think you'll take this one in and out of a cupboard easily. It is much too heavy for this, it has to sit on the counter (in my view, perhaps a strong man would think differently!). On the other hand I use it every day, sometimes twice a day, so it's not a problem!


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