It won’t have escaped your notice that we have been refurbing our kitchen recently. It was a very big job and whilst the major work was done all at one time, we didn’t really think about appliances (apart from leaving spaces for them) till afterwards as the dust was settling. Part of that was budgeting, but a lot of it was that there were so many decisions to make that we chose not to make them all at once. That meant that we were able to shop around and research our appliances in a bit more depth rather than rushing into decisions because of deadlines. It helped too that we were going for free-standing appliances rather than built-in ones, as we felt that was more flexible.
A key part of the look of your kitchen is your fridge or your freezer. We had a look at quite a range of fridge freezers going around many a retail shop and out-of-town warehouse to see a good selection of appliances and find a good deal. I think it’s important to understand what you want from a fridge freezer before you start shopping and points to consider include:
- Do you want the same size fridge and freezer space? Would you prefer a bigger fridge or a bigger freezer?
- How big a fridge freezer can you fit in your kitchen? How much food storage place will you need? Think about the future too – will you need more in the foreseeable future?
- Do you want your fridge at the top? Or the bottom? Or do you want your fridge and freezer to stand side by side each other, with each extending vertically?
- Do you want a drinks dispenser? Ice maker? Any other features?
- Consider energy efficiency. Fuel bills are high these days, so it can save you money to have an energy-efficient fridge freezer.
If you have to eat a gluten-free diet for health reasons, you’ve probably sadly used to having to make your own biscuits and cakes. When I’m going round to a friend’s for coffee, I often take a packet of nice biscuits with me. I’ve found this difficult to do with friends on a gluten-free diet and that’s left me feeling a bit mean, but I don’t always have time to bake and I’m not clued up on all the different sorts of flour. So I was interested to hear about Tesco finest’s range of Free From products.
As you’d expect from a product from the finest range, it uses the best ingredients to create something tasty and a little bit special. I took a pack of the Triple Chocolate Cookies and one of the Dark Chocolate and Stem Ginger Cookies around to a celiac friend’s house to put them through their paces. I couldn’t really tell the difference between these biscuits and similar quality cookies containing gluten. They certainly provided the little bit of luxury that I was looking for and my friend was glad to be able to enjoy a sweet treat, which tasted good.
January is a month for taking stock; for slimming down; for improving your health; and new year’s resolutions generally. Many people cut down on the alcohol in January whether it’s because they have overindulged at Christmas or perhaps because they want to slim down or get healthier. Whatever the reason there’s no need to do without the odd treat and I’ve been enjoying cutting down because I’ve had these lovely Heartsease Farm Sparkling Pressés to try out in the evening, instead of a glass of wine.
My personal favourite is the dark, almost red wine like in colour, British Blackcurrant Crush. It’s a sparkling tipple made with carbonated spring water and blackcurrant juice. It’s a really fresh, fruity taste, but it also has a depth of flavour. Bubbles always help make a drink seem a bit special and here that really helps the Heartsease Farm Sparkling Pressés seem like a party drink. I also like the fact that the sparkling pressés are made and bottled at source in the Welsh Marches, a lovely part of the world.
There are six flavours in total to choose from:Elderflower Pressè, Traditional Lemonade, St Clements Pressè, Fiery Ginger Beer, Raspberry Lemonade and British Blackcurrant Crush.
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