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Blackburn Flea 2.0 USB LED Lightset -
Blackburn Flea 2.0 USB LED Lightset -

5.0 out of 5 stars Best lights I've ever had, 12 Nov. 2013
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I have had a flea back light for many years without any problems. I've used it half an hour about every day day in autumn/winter and do make sure it dries well after getting wet. Now also purchased the full set for a bike in another location. I have no problems with the straps, a bit of creativity gets the strap attached to about everything. What I particularly like:

*small and easy to carry
*lights are not switched on unintentionally when somewhere in your bag (a lot of these small lights do in my experience, and leave you with an empty battery very quickly and unexpectedly)
*rechargeable (never out of batteries,no fidgeting to get batteries out/in, no guilty feelings about disposing batteries)
*very bright (use as only lights in the city)
*last long on one charge
*clear indication of full battery and indicates when it is charging
*can attach the charge-thingy to a key ring if you like

Le Creuset Toughened Glass Lid - 26 cm
Le Creuset Toughened Glass Lid - 26 cm
Price: £24.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good fit, 16 Feb. 2012
All fine with this lid and it feels solid. It also fits the Creuset cast iron 26 cm frying pan perfectly.

by Yotam Ottolenghi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.36

42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy!, 22 May 2010
This review is from: Plenty (Hardcover)
As a lover of Middle Eastern and Italian food, and having tried some recipes before, the quality of the recipes shouldn't have surprised me. Still this book offered a lot of lovely discoveries. Such enjoyable flavour combinations, with healthy, fresh ingredients. Truly life affirming.

Recipes are ordered in chapters like:
The mighty Aubergine
Pasta, Polenta, Couscous
Fruit with Cheese
Green Things
To name a few I particularly like.

What came as a complete surprise though, was the beautiful design of this book. A nice heavy padded hardback, which stays open on the page of your recipe. Beautiful photographs and drawings, as well as a writing style that encourages you to have a go (often providing variation ideas and side dishes by-the-by).

Reassuring bedtime reading, as well as great recipes.

If you like Middle Eastern Veggie Food, you can also find many more, less fancy but nonetheless delicious, recipes in 'Classic Vegetarian Cooking: From the Middle East and North Africa' by Habeeb Salloum that I have reviewed as well.

Plenty to enjoy!
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Krups Premium Multi Function Hand Blender
Krups Premium Multi Function Hand Blender

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality item, 17 May 2009
This is my third handblender, and I have long been convinced of the usefulness of this bit of kitchengadget. Soups, dips, I couldn't cook without it.

After my second blender desintegrated during use to the point of potential electrocution (a Breville, same sort of price range) I decided to go for German quality .

No regrets:
- most importantly, the release/change of shafts is very easy and sturdy -press a button, no need to twist- (point of great frustration with the previous two)
- the digital display is very useful, to see if you can go faster or slower during or before use
- all parts are of decent quality, including the measuring cup
- the knives are sharp
- both chopper and blender do their job very well (not tried whisk)
- feels pleasant in the hand, non slip, easy to control, not too heavy
- nice design

One minor thing: the Amazon product info states an ice crushing function, whereas the manual tells you not to do this (having said that I think it could probably cope, a previous one could be used for this function and was less well designed)

Bread: Baking by hand or bread machine
Bread: Baking by hand or bread machine
by Eric Treuille
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but limited for darker breads, 18 April 2009
This book contains quite a few inspiring recipes. There is an emphasis on French and Italian breads (although croissants are omitted), but also breads from other countries such as Israeli/New york bagels, American corn bread, and Hungarian Potato bread are described. In short introductions a few interesting comments are provided about the meaning and use of bread in different parts of the world.

The general information is largely useful and easy to follow, but many of the details described are not really necessary to make a tasty loaf in my experience. I'd have preferred a bit more of a no-nonsense approach to having a go at bread making. Still, the amount of information about ingredients and baking processes is quite impressive for the limited space that is used for this purpose.

Too many recipes contain too much white flour to my taste. There are no recipes with spelt flour, barley flour, gram flour or soya flour for example. Most of the darker breads that are described are sourdough breads and that is for many people not very practical as the starter preparation takes a long time, and it is not possible to make this type of bread in the breadmaker. There are some general remarks about adjusting flour type to taste, but no guidelines or information about adjusting rising/baking times or amount of fluids used.

The book has a standard DK lay out, which is clear, but reminds me a bit too much of children's books. The photographs are an invitation to start baking though.
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Leah Bracknell - Yoga And You [VHS]
Leah Bracknell - Yoga And You [VHS]

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant practice, 30 April 2008
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As someone who has been practising yoga for longer I still use this DVD every now and then. It has a nice flow and a nice number of repetitions of movements. It is physically not very challenging for me, but it is certainly relaxing and provides a good stretch after a stressful day. I use this DVD when feeling a bit under the weather or lacking energy to do anything more strenuous.

Technique-wise I think this DVD is generally fair, and because of the slow pace it is a safe practice for most I'd think. For better and more specific technique instructions, which could make practice more effective, I recommend the Yoga Zone DVDs, especially the longer ones with Alan Finger.

Classic Vegetarian Cooking: From the Middle East and North Africa
Classic Vegetarian Cooking: From the Middle East and North Africa
by Habeeb Salloum
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.19

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep coming back to this book, 28 Nov. 2006
I bought this book quite some time ago, but decided to write a review because I keep coming back to it, and value it more and more.

The great thing about many recipes in this book is that you can make them with ingredients that are easy to store, so if you live in a busy, mildly disorganised household like mine it helps you to keep yourself nourished. Make sure you've got lentils, rice, chick peas, broad beans, tahini, garlic, and burghul in your cupboard, add some tomatoes (possibly even tinned), fresh (or frozen) herbs, some spices, the odd onion, egg, beetroot or aubergine, and you can make a huge variety of tasty, healthy, filling dishes. Many dishes are also tasty with one or two ingredients missing or replaced by something similar.

This is not haute cuisine. This is good old traditional nutritious food, that is easy to prepare, but still very rewarding to make. Of course there is even more possible when you do some shopping too!

Yoga Gymball Workout - Healthy Living Series [DVD]
Yoga Gymball Workout - Healthy Living Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lucy Knight
Price: £9.06

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ball gets in the way, 10 July 2006
Various yoga poses are modified to use the ball, but in doing so the main purpose of the poses is often lost (e.g. Warrior poses without any opportunity to use leg muscles properly because you are supported by the ball). Sometimes the ball even gets positively in the way. In doing the Sideway Plank I couldn't place my wrist straight under my shoulder as the ball got in the way. Doing Down Dog with a huge ball between you doesn't feel so comfortable either, and the ball actually discourages you from stretching in the direction you are supposed to, because that's where that huge ball is.

Some of the stretching exercises and warm ups are quite nice, but that's not the bulk of the DVD. Presentation is quite okay, and the views from the roof are nice as well, but that's not why I bought this DVD.

Reebok Gym Ball with Pump and DVD - 65 cm [DVD] [Region 0] [US Import] [NTSC]
Reebok Gym Ball with Pump and DVD - 65 cm [DVD] [Region 0] [US Import] [NTSC]

50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good thing to have, 29 Jun. 2006
This is a really nice way of working on your posture. Having done yoga for a little while, work with the ball made me realise I don't use all muscle groups to their fullest extent in my yoga practice. I use it for sitting on a few times every day, especially when using my laptop -like now.

The thing is sturdy, bouncy, generally of good quality and has slightly sticky feel so you don't slide off it.

Only 4 stars because the pump supplied didn't work (so gave my lungs a bit of exercise!), and the technical quality of the DVD supplied wasn't brilliant (the content is nice: well presented, motivating and provides sufficiently detailed instructions).

There are cheaper alternatives if you don't want a DVD and a (defect) pump with it, but for me this purchase was fine.

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