Category Archives: Kitchenwares

SilverCrest Hand Blender Set from Lidl

Every now and then, when I’m doing certain tasks in the kitchen I wish I had a hand blender, but by the time I’m sitting down in front of the computer and could order one online, the thought that a blender would be useful has completely slipped my mind.
The other day whilst on a wine run to my local Lidl in Peterlee, I spotted the SilverCrest Hand Blender Set and a little (very little) light came on in my head.
The price of the hand blender was £14.99, which seemed a bargain, so into my trolley it went.
Since purchasing the hand blender I’ve used it a few times, and it does exactly what says on the box. Blends. The quality of the product feels good, well-made, and it works very well. Plus side, it comes with a 3 year warranty. Only downside is the colour, pink, which rather clashes with my orange apron. ūüėÄ

Blog post by Richard Randall

Beanies Yogart Starter Bundle

I won the Beanies Yogart Starter Bundle¬†a little while ago on the¬†Family Fever Blog. It’s been sitting in a corner until now. I did give some thought to using it but it takes 8 hours t make yogurt with it and we only eat Greek Yogurt in our house, so it seemed a waist to use it, when I plan on donating it to the StrayAid charity shop in Easington Colliery. Someone will get a new bargain and¬†StrayAid¬†will get much needed money. That’s a winner al round.
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Total prize value to date: £908 (from 1st September 2013).

James Martin by Wahl ZX595 Mini Grinder 150 Watt, Stainless Steel

I use a lot of spice in my cooking, so a grinder is a useful piece of equipment.
I did a fair bit of research on various grinders, finally deciding to purchase the James Martin, Wahl ZX595 Mini Grinder.
It does the job very well. The only gripe that I have with it, is the fact that you can not remove the blade. This makes cleaning the inside a fiddly job. It is not an issue if you only use it for grinding a single product, say coffee beans, but I use it for a number of different spices, and spice mixes so I like to be able to give the grinder a thorough clean in-between uses to eliminate aromas and flavours. Having said that, I do like the product, it’s powerful, and I give it 7/10.
Spice Mix

By Richard Randall

Bosch TWK8633 Styline Collection 1.5 Litre Cordless Jug Kettle

We needed to replace a crap electric kettle, that I had purchased from Asda when we first moved in to our house.
I did a lot of online research before deciding on the Bosch TWK8633 Styline Collection 1.5 Litre Cordless Jug Kettle, which had very good reviews on
It’s a decent looking kettle, the black and silver colour goes with our kitchen. All of the controls are on the base of the kettle, not on the kettle itself.
I liked to fact that you can select several temperature settings; 70c, 80c, 90c, and 100c. Being able to choose a certain temperature is very useful when you need hot, but not boiling water for certain recipes, and drinks etc.
The only downside I can see is that our new Bosch kettle makes a very loud beep when you turn it on, and again when it’s reached the desired temperature. This could be an issue when you are making your morning brew, if you live in a small apartment and don’t want to wake up a partner etc.
Other than the loud beeps, we like the Bosch TWK8633 Styline Collection 1.5 Litre Cordless Jug Kettle.
Speaking of which, it’s time for a cuppa.
Bosch Kettle
By Richard Randall

Asda Electric Kettle Review

When we first moved into our house, the first appliance we purchased was an electric kettle from Asda.
We needed lots of hot coffee in the mornings to keep us going during the house renovations.
Unfortunately our new brushed steel electric kettle from Asda had other plans for us. After only 24 hours it started malfunctioning. It kept turning itself off before reaching boiling point.
It would take 7-8 times of turning it back on, before it would finally reach boiling point. Ridiculous!
In summary our brand new electric kettle from Asda was a piece of junk.
I would have taken it back to the shop, but the time involved, and the cost of fuel made this a counterproductive exercise. Lesson leant. That is the first and last time I will ever buy a non-food item from Asda.

The best place for the Asda Electric Kettle ~ In the bin!
Asda Electric Kettle
By Richard Randall

Coffee Time with La Cafetière

We have now been in our new ‘old’ house for a month, and we’ve both been living on instant coffee. Not an ideal way to start the day.
I’ve been putting off buying a ‘proper’ coffee maker, in part because we are going to have an electric cooker and my ideal aluminum¬†stove-top espresso pot does not work on an electric hob, and the cost of a decent expresso machine is out of my budget these days. ūüôĀ
After trawling the internet, and I decided on an insulated cafetière. The best of the bunch seemed to be La Cafetiere Thermique Cafetiere. It was not cheap, but unlike glass it will not break, and I drink a lot of coffee in the morning so the cafetiere being insulated means I can make one pot to last me the morning.

La Cafetiere Thermique Cafetiere, 8 Cup

La Cafetière
Coast Road
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1352 717555