25 Jan

What is the Best Milk Frother on the UK Market?

The Nespresso Aeroccino 3594 is arguably the best milk frother out there.Many people assume that a coffee maker will be able to make the typically creamy and delicious looking latte that we buy from popular coffee shops. However, a milk frother is a highly important component of this process and this usually goes unnoticed. The good thing is that even if you want to make delicious coffee or hot chocolate at home, buying a tool like this will take your recipe to the next level. Your hot drink will not only look a lot better but it’ll also have that creamy taste that we love so much.

A lot of people haven’t actually heard about this type of tool and that’s the reason that I want to go through some of the best models available to you! Before you can start choosing, there are many different things that you need to think about. The first of these is the amount of money you are willing to pay. On top of this, you need to make sure that the product you end up buying can be cleaned easily. The issue is that when you use ingredients like milk and leave them to dry, they can be a nightmare to clean. For this reason, we need to find something that is easy to deal with. Along with easy cleaning, the product must also be simple to use. You never want to end up spending a lot of money only to find that the product is almost impossible to use. The good news is that some of the models below will have all the necessary features that you will need.

The first high quality product you might need to consider buying is the Nespresso Aeroccino 3594. The first thing to notice about this is that it looks a lot different to most other products in this category. It will definitely look great sitting on your kitchen counter. It is also extremely simple to use as there will not many different controls. You will only get access to one single button and the milk frother will do the rest. It has the ability to make hot or cold froth and you will be able to do this by simply clicking the button for hot and keeping it pressed for a bit longer for cold froth. It really is as simple as that. This product looks quite solid and the interior is made from stainless steel. This will make sure that you get a solid product that will keep the milk fresh and maintain the temperature inside. I think this is a very versatile model and will be perfect for people who like to try different recipes and experiment with hot and cold drinks.

The Keurig Café is another high quality model that is very easy to use. It comes in a very traditional design that closely resembles that of a kettle. The body is made from stainless steel and has a chrome finish. This will give off a highly appealing visual effect. When ready to use, you will notice that there is a single button to get the frother started. This means that this model is also very easy to use and the best thing is that once it is done with the task it will shut off by itself. Another good thing to note is that you can actually remove the jug from the base once the froth has been made.

If you do not have too much money to spend on a milk frother but would still like to buy one that is full of quality then the Café Casa model will be perfect for you. It is not an automatic model but will have to be used manually but some people actually prefer this. Obviously you cannot expect the results to be amazing but this does a really good job in creating a good bit of foam within a few seconds. It has a good design and looks to be made of excellent quality materials. Considering that this is a manual product, it will also be a lot easier to clean.

As you can see, the above models are associated with great quality and are quite cheap. However, one thing to note is that there are a lot more products available. If you are still looking for the best milk frother, then it might be worth taking a look here. The best thing to do is to keep looking and finding something that you will actually use. After all, you do not want to end up with yet another kitchen gadget that will be thrown to the side after being used once!

24 Jan

Choosing a Kitchen Wall Clock

A good kitchen wall clock can make a huge difference to your kitchen design.If you kitchen is starting to get a bit dated, why not add a great looking kitchen wall clock to spruce things up? This beautiful accent piece is one of the only items by itself that can turn a lifeless kitchen into an area that is more than just a place to cook. In fact, wall clocks are really much more than time telling pieces. Most of these types of clocks are used for their decorative value. With the right kitchen clock you can give your kitchen that something special that most other decorative pieces can’t – that little extra ‘oomph’.

Kitchen clocks can change the cooking environment into one with warmth and personality for guests and family. Of course it really depends on the type of kitchen clock that you choose combined with a few other factors. First of all, there are basically 4 types of kitchen today, namely: country, contemporary, traditional and eclectic. It is best to pick a wall clock that matches the type of kitchen format that you have. If you are bold and the creative type, you can also think out of the box and use your own personality and style as your guide.

A simple concept to follow when using a wall clock is to use a small one if you have a small wall, and a large clock on a large wall. It seems simple but sometimes people think that putting a large wall clock on a small wall has great affect. The only affect that it has is giving the area an odd sense of balance.

Kitchen wall clocks come in a wide range of designs, styles, colours and materials. There really is something for every type of design imaginable. The best place to find kitchen wall clocks is online. Here you can compare prices very easily and the varieties are immense compared to a home decorating store. Whatever kitchen wall clock that you choose, what really is the most important thing to consider is that you like it. After all, if you are the cook in the house, you will be staring at it the most.

23 Jan

Decorating a Breakfast Nook

This guide should help you design a breakfast nook.There are many ways to go about decorating a breakfast nook. Usually these rooms are small, so you might think that your options are limited. That could not be farther from the truth. The functionality of this space can double as a decorating opportunity. Then of course, there are the traditional decorating elements such as things hung on the wall or window treatments.

When you only have one grouping of furniture in a room that serves a purpose such as the breakfast nook table, then you cannot use the table surface for many decorations. You need to resort to the walls in order to add decorating touches. Since this room is small, you will need to find small pieces of art to hang. A large print would not look right in a small breakfast nook just big enough for a table for four. Several small prints or small pieces of art like masks are good because you can group them on available wall space. Putting the groupings at various heights will add character and variety. Make sure that all of your hanging art is protected by light resistant glass. This is an issue because you will find that a majority of kitchen nooks have walls that are covered in windows. The light pouring in from the windows could damage your art.

The windows mean that hanging art could be something that just is not possible. If that is the case in your kitchen space, then you need to think about using window treatments to decorate. There are a wide variety of window treatments out there, so you are guaranteed to find something to suit almost any decorating style. They come is many fabrics, plastic, metal, and almost any colour imaginable. You can bring out the colours in your kitchen tile or grout with the proper drapes.

As I mentioned earlier, the functionality of your breakfast nook table can work to your advantage when decorating. You can use things such as placemats to add decorating touches. Placemats can be changed with the seasons or for special occasions. You can also have a variety of plain coloured placemats to bring out the different colours in other elements in your kitchen such as the counter tops or floor tile. If you have many different placemats, you can store the ones you are not using in your kitchen nook with seat storage.

7 Jan

Bacon Spinach Tomato Sandwich

January is an economically pressing time for any of us. I would like to think that as a nation we are embracing the ‘less is more’ initiative when it comes to the Holiday Season. I do my best but it seems with the colder and darker months, I am more inclined to treat myself.

For me, this recipe is indulgence with a tolerable price tag for economics and time. I can’t remember the first time I experienced the flavour combination of salty crisp warm bacon with acidic but slightly sweet and juicy tomatoes. Saying that, it is my favourite element of the sandwich.

I do realise that it is not tomato season and this recipe may be better suited for the summer when they are bountiful. However, London has well-priced tomatoes available at this time of the year. Alternatively, if you own your own tomato garden, you can have your own personal harvest at anytime of the year.

My husband makes these sandwiches when he is in charge of dinner or “tea” as he calls it. In Scotland, there is “tea time” for drinking tea and “time for tea” which is for eating dinner.

The first time he made these sandwiches, he used fresh spinach leaves. I do not know if he was being creative by adding spinach leaves in place of lettuce or if he was acting out of necessity for a lack of ingredients. Nevertheless, we always make these sandwiches with fresh spinach now. I like to trust that we are consuming superior nutrition as opposed to eating frozen supermarket lettuce.

  • Serves 4
  • The total cost per sandwich – £0.79


  • 8 slices of bread (I used cracked wheat soured dough)
  • 12 oz smoked bacon
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 8-10 oz fresh spinach leaves
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar and oil
  • Black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 450°. Place bacon on baking trays lined with foil for easy clean up.

Bake bacon in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until desired crispness. Remove from oven and place on paper towels to drain excess grease.

While bacon is in the oven, wash spinach and pat dry if not using pre-washed and packaged spinach. Slice tomatoes, season with pepper and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Toast bread to desired doneness and begin to build your sandwiches. Add spinach, tomatoes and then the bacon onto the bread. You may also add a bit of mayonnaise if you wish.

Serve immediately while bacon is still warm and enjoy.

6 Jan

Best All In One Hot Soup Maker in 2016

We have listed what we consider to be the best hot soup maker in 2016.As the days get shorter, the nights get longer and colder, surely there is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup. We have always loved soup and regularly prepare it for the entire family during the winter season.

In the past, this used to be very complicated and labour-intensive. However, thanks to technology and more specifically, fancy new soup makers, we no longer have to experience this problem. As a result of this, we no longer have to resort to buy processed soups from supermarkets as we can easily make incredibly delicious soup with fresh ingredients in no time at home.

This is not only convenient but it is also far healthier than buying any canned food from the supermarket. The wonderful thing about these machines is that they are multifunctional and can conduct various different tasks. Most of these machines come in the form of a blender that can be heated and can cook food. As a consequence, you can prepare soup with it but can also use it as a blender and a means to make all sorts of snacks.

In order to uncover the best all in one machines available in 2016, we have checked out a host of similar machines and reviewed them below.

The Best Soup Makers for Home Use

1. Sage Boss Blender

Costing a premium price, this is probably the best multifunctional machine in existence right now. While it might not be associated with a good value for money, it does provide the greatest quality in terms of the performance. To be honest, I don’t think I’d consider this to be a good buy at all but it is the most powerful model available right now.

It’s extremely powerful as a blender and rapid when used to make soup. It cuts through all kinds of solids and can make soup within five minutes. Isn’t that something special? The soup is made with great quality, as it is hot and extremely smooth as well. But again, I wouldn’t go near this model due to the extremely low price performance value.

2. Morphy Richards Sauté and Soup Maker

While the above model provided good performance, it was associated with a poor value. However, when it comes to the combination of performance and value, you won’t be able to find a better quality product than this Morphy Richards model. It not only looks great, it’s also very compact and can be stored in any corner of your kitchen very easily. It costs a lot less and would be considered as quite affordable for most of us.

This price tag doesn’t affect the performance because this is where it really impresses. It’s quite powerful as it can make hot soup within twenty minutes. This is a great feature but another bonus is the sauté feature that will enable you to make fresh croutons for the soup. This really is an amazing feature and one that isn’t provided by most similar machines. While it is quite noisy, the excellent function of the timer and the other features ensure that this model remains first on the lists of most future owners.

3. Cuisinart SSB1U

This is another top-performing model available to buy albeit a costlier one. In terms of the performance, it’s on a par with the Morphy Richards model except the fact that it costs a lot more. It can fry foods and stir them at the same time so it really is a terrific automatic machine. These features will allow you to make an incredible tasting bowl of soup.

This soup maker is quite powerful and will take around half an hour to make 1.4 litres of soup within thirty minutes of time. It comes with a very helpful recipe book and this will let you experiment with different flavours. In addition to this, the machine is very quiet and this compares favourably to most other similar products.


There are some excellent electric products available for you to buy. However, some are expensive while some just don’t perform that well. The one model that really stands out in this case is the Morphy Richards one. This provides a great value while also performing well. The sauté function and the power it’s associated with really is impressive and will do well to impress you too.


5 Jan

Dry Spice Rubbed Steak with Fresh Corn Relish

This steak tastes delicious and the fresh corn relish complements it well.Spice rubs are a great way to bring interest and depth to your steak dishes. When it comes to spice rub ingredients the options are endless and quite possibly what is in your cupboard.

I do recommend brown sugar being in the mix; in small amounts it creates a fantastic caramelised crust. However, it will burn quite easily; you may have to wash out the pan when cooking multiple steaks.

I have ended up with steaks tasting bitter because the sugar over caramelised which is not the effect I was going for. As long as you brown the steaks for a short period of time and finish them in the oven the sugar will caramelise perfectly.

The corn relish in this recipe pairs well with grilled chicken and can be made as a side salad. Using fresh corn on the cob is a bit of extra work but very well worth the effort.

I have tried using frozen corn before but the results were not as desirable, in this recipe “fresh is best.” This fresh corn relish embodies summer time and I have found myself hovering in front of the refrigerator, spoon in hand, munching this enchanting summer relish/salad.


For the Spice Rub

  • 4×6-8oz steaks 1 inch thick (Sirloin is a nice lean steak with good flavour)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper

Corn Relish

  • 4 fresh corn on the cob
  • 3 scallions thinly sliced about 1/2 cup
  • 3/4 cup grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Corn Relish

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add corn cobs and cook for 15 minutes. Drain the corn and run under cold water.

When corn cobs are cool, hold over medium sized bowl using a sharp knife cut down the length of each cob, collecting the kernels in the bowl. Add scallions, tomatoes and chopped basil.

In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Then, pour this over the corn mixture and stir to combine.


In a small bowl, combine all of spice rub ingredients. Your hands are the best tools to rub spice mixture onto both sides of steaks.

Heat skillet over medium high heat, cook steaks for 3 minuets on each side, any longer and the brown sugar will burn, making it taste bitter.

Finish cooking steaks in 450 degrees oven for ten minutes or until temperature probe reads 135 degrees for medium doneness. Let it rest five minutes before serving with corn relish.

4 Jan

Tasty Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

Strawberry Pie can be delicious tasting but still healthy.It was not until last summer when my Mother made this pie and placed a rather large slice in front of my husband whom, until tasting the pie, was a self professed strawberry loather. However this pie won him over and he ate a second and third helping that evening. Now, when I make this pie, he can be found hovering around the kitchen anticipating its completion. I love to tease him saying “You don’t like strawberries”. If you already love strawberries you may need to proceed with caution!

There are two short cuts to making this pie; purchasing a prepared pie crust and cool whip instead of whipping your own whipped cream. I have a friend from Holland that told me about speculaas spice, which consists of a blend of the following spices: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, anise and white pepper. I have found this mixture to be heavenly in many recipes and it complements strawberries extremely well. I recommend using speculaas spice in this recipe but cinnamon will make this pie taste special as well.


For the Pie Crust

  • 1×8 Inch prepared pie crust

For the Strawberry Pie Filling

  • 2 lbs of Strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 lemon juice and zest
  • 1 tsp speculaas spice or cinnamon

For the Whipped Topping

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 cup light whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


Make pie crust from scratch or bake store bought pie crust according to package instructions. Let cool completely after baking.

Place strawberries and sugar in large pot and cook over medium high heat until strawberries become soft in texture, about 10 minutes. Add corn starch and allow to thicken about 2 minutes.

Remove strawberries from heat and add lemon juice and spices. Stir together and taste, adding more sugar, lemon or spices if desired.

Using a blender wand, food processor or potato masher, break strawberries down until smooth in texture.

Pour into cooked pie crust and chill in refrigerator until completely set and cold.

In a small mixing bowl whip heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form, about three minutes. Add powder sugar and vanilla.

In a separate medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese until smooth adding powdered sugar and vanilla. Lightly fold in whipped cream using wooden spoon or spatula.

Add whipped topping mixture to chilled pie working from the outside in.

Finish the pie off by adding fresh strawberries. I find that working from the middle of the pie out creates a better pattern.

Garnish with fresh mint leaves, berries or eatable flowers.