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Philips HR1868/81 Avance Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2.5 Litre, 700 Watt - White
Philips HR1868/81 Avance Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2.5 Litre, 700 Watt - White
Price: £94.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good for fruit, not so for veg., 28 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's big, bigger than I thought it was going to be, but that's because this juicer has a strong motor. Somehow Philips thinks we all have huge kitchens, cleaned by staff and that we keep all our exciting kitchen gadgets on show. Not so, this juicer will take up a lot of cupboard space.

It's good, but I've been using a Matstone 6 in 1 Ivory Juicer the last couple of years, which is a masticating juicer that crushes and grind the fibres of your ingredients at a slower rate. The pulp from the Matstone is far drier, more juice is extracted from the fruits & veg. I've used the pulps in the past in adding taste, colour or fibre in cooking, so little goes to waste. The Philips loses points here, however and produces a far wetter pulp.

Operation of the Philips is pretty simple with a large diameter feed tube, so there's less preparation time with chopping the fruits to fit. Pretty much all the pulp is collected in a donut shaped container. It was easy to assemble, not helped by the slightly confusing instructions (that were also for other models), however the much touted cleaning QuickClean / Rinse technology didn't hit the one minute mark as suggested. With all juicers, it's imperative to clean all the parts as soon as you've finished juicing. Otherwise the sticky stuff will set hard and you'll be scrubbing more than you want.

The Philips shreds well, is a simple setup for great tasting fruit juice and smoothies straight to a jug, but isn't as good for vegetables than a masticating juicer.


Natures Aid 250 ml Liquid Coconut Oil
Natures Aid 250 ml Liquid Coconut Oil
Offered by Superfooduk
Price: £8.13

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful alternative for cooking oil to keep on hand, 24 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Gone are the days when the only oil I used for cooking was a bog standard vegetable oil or butter (or lard). Now, there's dozens of different varieties to choose from.

This is so much more convenient than using my normally solid coconut oil in a jar since I don't have to heat this up or scoop it out with a spoon.
It's a light and lightly fragranced oil that doesn't overpower the food you're cooking. I have just cooked myself a couple of scrambled eggs (to go on toast ) and could not taste any coconut flavour at all (which would have been a bit weird). It works well with all the recipes I have used from stir fries to curries (but's I'd avoid roasting with it). In all, I've found, a little goes a long way.

I remember when I was young people would put coconut oil on their hair. Then there's also this heath fad thing called "oil pulling" where you take a spoonful of oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes, once a day. It's supposed to be good for teeth, gums and... er, saving the planet, and this bottle seems a good way to give it a try.


Fern Verrow: Recipes from the Farm Kitchen
Fern Verrow: Recipes from the Farm Kitchen
by Harry Astley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true cookery book, just don't be put off by the trifle photo!, 24 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This book is firmly in River Cottage territory, with Fern Verrow being a biodynamic small holding in Herefordshire. The book is styled as “this is how we live, these recipes are a sight into our lives”. But that kind of talk is only in the background of the book, the recipes are front and centre.

And the recipes are fantastic. This is safe, homely food but absolutely mouth-watering. Main meals, snacks, sides, condiments, drinks, desserts, the works. Welcome of the world of broad beans on toast, braised chicory and bacon, and parsnip and hazelnut biscuits.

For all its biodynamic-ness, the recipes use basic, easy to find ingredients. Fern Verrow grow them from hard work and helpful weather, but the rest of us can pick them up in any supermarket. The most exotic ingredient I’ve seen in the book is a duck egg.

Preparation is simple, a food processor is helpful for some of the recipes, but that’s it for equipment. There are no special pans or gadgets required. Most of the recipes are fairly quick to make without needing lots of preparation.

It's worth mentioning the measurements are only in metric, not imperial, but I'm just behind the times.

The recipe layouts are lovely. Clear, uncluttered and most have a photograph of the finished dish.
So far this book hasn’t made it to the cookery book cupboard; it’s stayed out on the work surface as it’s loved so much. I suspect it’s going to become my “if I can only have one cookbook” favourite.

(Don’t be put off by the photo of the rather unctuous trifle on the back cover, it really doesn’t reflect the recipes in the book.)


The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress art therapy for busy people
The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress art therapy for busy people
by Emma Farrarons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smaller colouring book, ideal for keeping with you when the mood strikes for colouring., 24 July 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Picked up this pencil set solely due to the reviews on Amazon. Also bought a STAEDTLER Noris Design Tub Sharpener and the lovely Staedtler Ergosoft 157 SB24 Triangular Colouring Pencils - Assorted Colours (Pack of 24) for my Mum on her birthday.

Was initially somewhat disappointed with the size of this book, was expecting something more like the size of Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom - A Colouring Book Adventure, but actually I now think it works in its favour. The size is better for my elderly Mum, she doesn't have to cover a larger amount of paper to finish a page and so there's less chance she'll get bored with using it. Also, this is a better size for storing or taking out with you (fits in a bag easier).

Lovely book.


Tefal Prelude Stainless Steel 2-Slice Toaster, 850 W, Silver
Tefal Prelude Stainless Steel 2-Slice Toaster, 850 W, Silver
Offered by Slamtech Online
Price: £32.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing since sliced bread (was discovered to be better toasted), 23 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've always loved toasted bread with way too much salted butter and homemade marmalade...

... (goes off to have toast and jam)

… and the toaster works perfectly. So let's finish this review before I get peckish again.

What we have here is a sturdy stainless steel, dual slice toaster. There is plenty enough gap (and insulation) between the elements and the outer wall, as it was barely warm to the touch when heating (my old, now scrapped, toaster didn’t do that).
It has wide slots for to cater for doorstops, but even thinner bread is held in place by wire mesh that swings in as the bread goes down. Also, there’s an extra high lift option that raises the smallest bun or slice up above the hot metal. Then there are are three buttons that are for frozen bread, reheating cold toast and to cancel toasting. Six settings are enough for all levels of browning.
Finally it has a slide out crumb tray and a sturdy pop up wire crumpet and bun warmer as well. Everything you need for toast at any hour of the day (or night).

As an aside, Tefal also sell a matching kettle [[ASIN: B00ZUZ0X34 Tefal Prelude Stainless Steel Kettle, 1.7 Litre, 3000 W, Silver]] to go alongside.


CPO 5M HDMI to HDMI mini Cable, Type A - C, V1.4, Gold Plated - Black and Blue
CPO 5M HDMI to HDMI mini Cable, Type A - C, V1.4, Gold Plated - Black and Blue
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value HDMI lead to connect DSLR cameras to... something else with a HDMI port that shows video and photos, I guess., 22 July 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Purchased to link a Nikon D5300 to a 6 inch LCD monitor for video production. Sturdy cable, HDMI plugs don't wobble in their sockets once connected. Highly recommended for the price.

My advice, always buy a spare that's longer than you think you'll need.


STAEDTLER Noris Design Tub Sharpener
STAEDTLER Noris Design Tub Sharpener
Price: £2.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion to the Staedtler Ergosoft pencils, 22 July 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Tiny yet sturdy pencil sharpener bought along with Staedtler Ergosoft 157 SB24 Triangular Colouring Pencils - Assorted Colours (Pack of 24) and The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress art therapy for busy people for my Mum on her birthday. All three items are excellent quality and should give her hours of fun.


Staedtler Ergosoft 157 SB24 Triangular Colouring Pencils - Assorted Colours (Pack of 24)
Staedtler Ergosoft 157 SB24 Triangular Colouring Pencils - Assorted Colours (Pack of 24)
Price: £14.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect pencils for paper past-times, 22 July 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Picked up this pencil set solely due to the reviews on Amazon. Also bought a STAEDTLER Noris Design Tub Sharpener and The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress art therapy for busy people for my Mum on her birthday.

All three items are excellent quality and should give her hours of fun.

My other half, who is also a fan of the "grown up" colouring books is now rather jealous of the Ergosoft pencils as the ones she already has do not produce such strong colours as these.

Recommended.


V is for Vegan: The ultimate vegan cookbook packed full of amazing recipes
V is for Vegan: The ultimate vegan cookbook packed full of amazing recipes
by Kerstin Rodgers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting recipes for everyone., 22 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm not a vegan, but more often than not when I'm travelling with my work I will seek out vegetarian and vegan options for meals. I've found that there are cafes and restaurants that sell great food in most towns if you look carefully enough (and, yes, there are times when I don't fancy a good British fried breakfast).

This book just oozes style, without going over the top, and has the recipes broken down into snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner & desserts (and drinks!). At the front there's information on what being vegan actually is, how much of what we buy contains animal products and a brief history (going all the way back to the ancient Greeks). No preaching, just solid information.

Definitely a book to dip into, I'm sure it will add greatly to salads lacking a certain something, or just when I'm after a recipe that's different from my normal range. Anyway, who could resist these ideas when they look as fantastic as shown in the book. Vegan food boring? Not even slightly.

Loses a point with not all recipes having accompanying photos, and the some of the darker coloured pages made the text a tad hard to read. Going to pass it to a vegan friend of mine and see what he thinks of it, he seems to live on the same meals most of the time, so it should give him some ideas as well.


Toshiba HDTB107EK3AA 750GB Stor.E Basics USB 3.0 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive - Black
Toshiba HDTB107EK3AA 750GB Stor.E Basics USB 3.0 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive - Black
Offered by AVIDES u.k.
Price: £47.55

5.0 out of 5 stars USB 3.0 storage bargain., 22 July 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Bought to use with a WDTV Live media player as the older WD USB 2.0 drive was starting to produce errors and take ages to boot up. It comes ready formatted with NTFS file system so I didn't have to prepare the drive before use and can be re-formatted to HFS+ file system for full Mac compatibility (may buy another for my MacPro). Didn't bother with the onboard Toshiba software, but am keeping it in a separate directory in case.

Being USB 3.0 this drive copied all the backed up files across in far less time than the older one. Plugged it into the WDTV and it does work faster. Didn't help that the latest firmware for the WDTV Live had the unit take twice as long to boot. Luckily, you can roll back to the previous firmware and all is good again.

Drive runs quiet and cool and the supplied cable works fine. A 2 year warranty rounds off a very good purchase.


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