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      08.02.2008 15:39
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      Houmous..... Well where do I start. Houmous as far as I am aware originates from the Middle East and has started to become a very popular food item in Europe. I have always been a fan of houmous and have eaten it for many years and have tried many different varieties. Its core ingredient is chickpeas which I absolutely love and to make houmous they are all mashed up to form a puree with oils being added and sometimes a few spices. Be aware that there are also many ways of spelling its name eg Humus, Hummus and Homus to name just a few.

      The product I am going to review today is Sainsbury's Fresh Houmous which out of all the different flavours (some include peppers and other vegetables) is probably my favourite.

      It comes in a clear plastic pot which is filled to the brim with creamy houmous and is wrapped in a cardboard outer packet which contains all the nutritional information and a brief description on the item. I can be found in the dips and salads section of your Sainsbury's store and the packet is yellow if you're struggling to find it. Each tub contains 300g of houmous and should keep you going for a while.

      The taste of the product is fantastic and is in my opinion the best houmous you can buy in a supermarket. You can taste the chickpeas but there is also a little taste of lemon which gives it a nice refreshing kick. The texture is also rather nice as it's a little gritty which I think comes from the pulped sesame seeds that are used to add a bit more flavour. The smell is also really nice and I can only describe it as fresh, I think that's due to the lemon juice it contains.

      Houmous can be enjoyed in a variety of different ways with my two preferred method being served with fresh vegetables as a dip of with pitta bread as a sandwich filling. The most common way of serving it is probably as a dip as it's so easy to prepare and is great for snacking or picnics. I particularly like using chopped red peppers, cucumber, carrot and spring onions as the dippers of choice.

      For those of you who are interested I have included the nutritional information and a list of the ingredients used in the product.

      Per recommended serving (50g)

      Cal - 156
      Fat - 13.8g
      Sat Fat - 1.6g
      Salt - 0.8g
      Total sugars - 0.5g
      Protein - 2.7g

      Ingredients - cooked chickpeas, rapeseed oil, water, tahini, concentrated lemon juice, salt, garlic

      I can't recommend this product enough. It's a great thing to just have sitting in the fridge for whenever you are feeling a little peckish and cant be bother cooking anything. It pretty cheap to at only 99p a tub you cant go wrong

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        07.02.2008 18:01
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        I remember when I was at uni you could not beat the taste of a fish finger sandwich plastered with tomato sauce and it had been far too long since I had had one so since I was out doing the shopping I thought I would grab a packet and relive the dream. I got these fish fingers from the local Aldi and this is what I thought of them.

        The Packaging

        The fish fingers come in a pack of 10 and on the front of the box is a picture of some of the fish fingers which have been cut into so that you can see the fishy centre. The packet has gone for a nautical kind of theme with blue being the main colour and the design having lots of wavy lines in it. The product is described as "10 Cod Fish Fingers, coated in a golden crunchy crumb. Sounds to me as though they have gone with the traditional fish finger approach then.

        The other sides of the packet include the obligatory storage instructions, nutritional info, ingredients and cooking instructions.

        All in all the packet has a catchy design and looks good.

        Nutritional Information

        This is printed on here for a good reason... still not quite sure what that reason is because not many people look at it but here
        goes anyway. These values are per 100g

        Energy -192 kcal
        Protein -13g
        Carbohydrates -12.8g
        Of which sugars - 1g
        Fat - 9.9g
        Of which saturates - 1.5g
        Fibre - 1,9g
        Sodium - 0.27g

        Cooking Instructions

        Now the pack suggests 4 different way for cooking these but I only ever really remember cooking them under the grill so that's the method I went with first. This method took about 10 minutes for them to be ready to eat. I later tried cooking them in the oven which takes slightly longer. The other two options are either shallow fry or deep fry but in my book these are rather unhealthy ways to cook them but it is much quicker to cook them in the fryer (about 5 minutes)

        Appearance

        Well surprise surprise.... They look like fish fingers!!! Not a lot else I can say really as I think fish fingers tend to have a universal look but they did look good. The grilled ones look a lot better than the oven ones though as they are more golden and not quite as soggy.

        The Taste Test

        To be fair these tasted pretty damn good. You could really taste the cod and the breadcrumbs on the outside where really nice especially on the grilled fish fingers. They tasted just as good as the Iceland ones I used to eat at uni and I have a feeling the Aldi ones are cheeper. I would definitely buy these again and have already finished the box so will need to pop out for some more soon.

        The Price

        The pack of 10 cost 85p which is 8.5p per fish finger which I think is pretty good going and with 3 fingers making a decent fish finger butty there are three butties in each pack.

        The Verdict

        These are a great product which taste really good and offer exceptional value for money. As well as going well in a sandwich they go particularly with beans and waffles of chips and since they are ready so quickly they are ideal for when you are in a hurry.

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          06.02.2008 18:46
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          I haven't had potato waffles for years but I was shopping the other day in Aldi and came across these bad boys in the frozen food section and thought I'd give them ago. I remember eating potato waffles all the time when I was a kid and loved them so thought I would try and rekindle my childhood by purchasing a packet.

          The Packaging

          These waffles come in a red box with a picture of one of the waffles on the front as well as the brand name 'Champion Potato waffles' written next o the picture. The waffles are described as 'Crispy waffles made with real mashed potatoes! Oven bake or fry!'. Aswell as the brief product description there is also a little sign on the corner of the box stating that the product was 10/10 winner in the Take a Break magazine poll, that's a good enough reason to eat them in my book.
          Storage, cooking and nutritional information are contained on the side of the box. Each box contains 12 waffles.

          Nutritional information

          As required by law the nutritional information is supplied on the box. The following information is per waffle.

          Energy - 95Kcal
          Protein - 1.4g
          Carbohydrates - 14.7g
          Of which sugars - 0.8g
          Fat - 3.4g
          Of which saturates - 0.5g
          Fibre - 2.4g
          Sodium - 0.2g

          Cooking instructions

          For best results these waffles should be cooked from frozen which suits me as it means you don't have to waste time waiting for them to defrost. You can cook the in the oven or deep fry them but I prefer the oven option as it's a healthier option and I personally think they taste better this way. The take about 5 minutes in the fryer and 15 minutes in the oven so if you are in a rush then the fryer is probably the best option.

          Appearance

          After being cooked the waffles look and smell wonderful. They will have a crispy golden brown outer and a soft and fluffy inner which tastes really great. The waffles take the usual waffle shape of a grid which in this case is four squares by 5 squares. They are also a decent size so three waffles as a serving is probably more than enough for one person.

          The Taste Test

          These things taste as good as they look and sent me straight back to my childhood. It may be processed potato but I don't care because its so tasty. I haven't tried any other brands recently so I cant compare it too though but I can say that I would choose these over chips any day and I think they are probably better for you as well. I personally like these with a decent helping of either tomato sauce or baked beans.

          The Price

          A pack of 12 waffles cost 69 p which I think is an absolute bargain, but like I said before I'm not sure how other brands compare.
          The Verdict

          In conclusion I would have to say that these are definitely worth a purchase as they are so cheap and taste really good. They are also really easy to cook and go great with pretty much any other foods and they may even revive the kid in you which cant be bad!!!

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          • Edimax EW-7318Ug / Wireless LAN / 55 Readings / 52 Ratings
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            05.02.2008 18:20
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            My household has just recently gone wireless with the help of a wireless box we were given by Orange after they found out we where considering change internet provider. Unfortunately my PC is not wireless enabled so had to buy a wireless receiver so that my machine could pick up a signal in order for me to surf the web.

            I didn't have much choice in the receiver for my computer as my dad just went and bought one for me over the internet and he chose one from a company called Edimax. I have never heard of this company so wasn't quite sure how well it would work but I have to say that I have experienced no problems with it at all so far and I have had it for about 2 months now.

            I have had a look on the internet and it can be found on Dabs.com for about £12 which I think is pretty good value compared with similar products.

            The product comes with a quick installation guide booklet, the USB adapter and a Installation CD which contains a more in-depth installation guide as well as a troubleshooting guide to help you out with any problems you may experience.

            The Installation of the product is really easy. Just put in the CD and follow the instructions in the booklet. The booklet also contains screen images for each stage if installation and tells you exactly what boxes to click and press and in total the process takes less than 5 minutes. You then plug in the adapter which is silver in colour and is the size of most memory sticks you but for your computers.

            The program that installs from the CD will then search for any wireless internet connections in the area. Its important you know which one is yours so you can connect to the correct connection.

            My connection is secured with a WEP code which helps to make it a more secure connection. My signal was picked up straight away by the receiver which has a green light that flashes when a signal is being received and used.

            The program also means that it will look for the signal every time your computer is started up so you won't need to search for a signal every time you login.

            In conclusion I have to say that I have been really impressed with this product. Its small compact adapter is a definite bonus as it can be plugged into your USB ports without taking up to much room. The installation process is extremely easy and very quick with you being online within about 10 minutes of putting the CD in the drive. I would definitely recommend this product who is wanting to get there computer hooked up to a wireless connection.

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            • Aldi Pizza Bageuttes / Ready Meals / 60 Readings / 52 Ratings
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              04.02.2008 19:00
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              I found these tucked away at the back of our freezer the other day and was surprised to find them because they aren't the sort of thing my mum usually buys and I can't remember buying them myself. I was pretty hungry and thought I might as well give them a shot since there weren't many other options staring me in the face.

              Packaging

              This product comes in a small cardboard box with a picture of two pizza baguettes on the front and the brand Carlos at the top. The product is described as
              'Two white baguette bases with a tomato sauce topped with cheddar & mozzarella cheeses'

              A pretty good description in my book as that is exactly what you get. The two baguettes are wrapped in plastic and inside the box. Not quite sure if there is any need for the plastic but these days manufacturers just seem to wrap everything in plastic. The packaging includes all the usual info on how to cook the product, nutritional information and storage instructions.

              The packet itself is quite eye catching with blue and red being the main colours and a very clear picture of the product.

              Nutritional Information

              All the values below are per 100g

              Energy-263kcal
              Protein-9.7g
              Carbohydrates-28g
              of which sugars 1.4g
              Fat - 12.5g
              Of which saturates - 3.8g
              Fibre - 2.2g
              Sodium - 0.6g
              Salt - 1.5g

              Cooking Instructions

              These baguettes can only be cooked one way and that's in the oven. They take about 20 minutes in the oven at 200 C and its best if you cook them from frozen. You can tell when they are cooked because the cheese on the top goes a lovely golden brown colour and they look proper tasty.
              Appearance

              When I took them out of the packet I was a little disappointed by the size of the baguettes and the amount of cheese on top of them. But after cooking and eating it was clear that anything much bigger would have been too much and that in fact there was more than enough cheese on the baguettes as I think it must have expanded during cooking of something like that.
              The Taste Test

              I was rather surprised by how good these were usually these sort of frozen snacky type foods are a little disappointing but these tasted pretty good and filled a hole. The tomato sauce was really good as some pizzas try to hard with the sauces and fill it with herbs and other sorts of rubbish. This sauce was left alone and tastes great; the cheese was also really good and looked really tasty when it had been melted.

              The Price

              Unfortunately I'm not quite sure how much these cost because I found them in the family freezer and I didn't buy them but being from Aldi I cant imagine them being particularly expensive.

              The Verdict

              I would have to recommend these as they are a really good product to have lurking in the freezer for when you are hungry and the rest of the house is devoid of food. They taste great and cooking them is so easy. The other bonus is that they are a complete meal and don't require anything else to go with them. I can imagine these would be great if you had kids and one baguette per kid would probably be enough for them.

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                03.02.2008 12:37
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                Great potato product

                I'm a big fan of potato and where possible I like to have it as an accompaniment to most meals especially with my Sunday dinner.

                I'm not to fussed in which form it takes. I like mash, roasted, baked, boiled, waffles and even chips but I came across something the other day which I hadn't had for ages and I really enjoyed them. What was it I hear you all ask????
                They were croquettes!!!

                For those of you who don't know what a croquette is it is basically mashed potato that is rolled into a small cylinder and covered with breadcrumbs and cooked in the oven until the breadcrumbs have turned nice and brown.

                The croquettes in question were from Sainsbury's and they are the subject of this review.

                The Packaging.

                The packaging of this product was a little disappointing really. Not because of lack of information and attractiveness but because of the amount of wasted material used. The croquettes come in a little plastic tray which holds six croquettes and the product information is on a cardboard sleeve that goes around the plastic tray. I cant see the need for both. Either put them in a tray and put the information on that or just put them in a cardboard box with the information on that. The only benefit of this design they use is that you can see the product in question.

                The sleeve contains all the information you would expect, Nutritional information, cooking instructions and storage instructions.

                Nutritional Information

                All the values are per 100g
                Energy-196Kcal
                Protein-2.5g
                Carbohydrates-25.7g
                Ofwhichsugars-2. 2g
                Fat-9.2g
                Ofwhichsaturates-1.3g
                Fibre-1.9g
                Sodium - 1.3g

                For your benefit so you can work have an idea how much there is per croquette, each pack weighs 250g and contains 6 croquettes.

                Cooking Instructions

                The croquettes are bought chilled but can be cooked from either chilled or frozen which is quite handy. They can only be cooked in the oven at 200C and it takes 15 minutes from chilled and 20 minutes from frozen. I haven't noticed a difference in the end product with different methods of cooking.

                Appearance & Taste

                When cooked these little guys look really appetising. Three croquettes are usually enough for one person but because they look so good you will probably want an extra one on your plate. The outside of the product is a golden brown and gives a great texture to the product and a nice contrast with the smooth mashed potato on the inside. The mash is really smooth and creamy and contains a little onion in there which makes them taste great.

                The Price

                These only cost £1.09 which I think is pretty good considering where they are from as Sainsbury's tends to be a little more expensive than most other supermarkets. At £1.09 its about 18p per croquette which I don't thinks too bad.

                The Verdict

                These are a great product and make a nice change from the traditional potato accompaniments that most of us are used to.

                The price is pretty reasonable but obviously slightly more expensive due to the processed nature of the product. They are definitely worth a shot and taste great

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                  02.02.2008 19:36
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                  I remember when I was a kid and you used to be able to go into the sweet shop and you would always ask for a quarter of whatever it was you wanted. My brother always used to tell me to go and get marshmallows because they weigh so little that you get more for your money. Me being a young impressionable child believed him rather than realising the fact that they just charged you a lot of money for a big bag of marsh mallows. Anyway I digress slightly but the point of the story is that I am quite a fan of marshmallows.

                  I bought these marshmallows the other day after having a hot chocolate the previous night and wishing I'd had some marsh mallows in the cupboard. I didn't really have much of a thought process over which marsh mallows I bought I was just in Sainsbury's and saw there own brand on the shelf and into the basket they went.

                  I had them that night with a cup of hot chocolate and snacked on them over the next few days, and this is what I thought of them.

                  The Packet

                  The mallows come in a plastic packet that contains 75g worth of product which doesn't sound like much but remember my little story and of course you will realise that its actually a decent amount. The front of the packet consists of a pink background with a picture of eight marshmallows lined up in two rows on a grey background. The front contains the words ' Sugar free mallows' and has a little note stating that the product contains 'only natural colours'. On the back of the pack is all the standard information you would expect (Ingredients, Nutritional Info and Storage Instructions).

                  I quite liked the design of the packet as it wasn't to in your face but let you know what was in there. Another important feature of the packet was that it was pretty easy to get into which is always handy.

                  Nutritional Information

                  All the nutritional information is based per 100g

                  Energy - 200kcal
                  Protein - 3.3g
                  Carbohydrates - 76g
                  Of which sugars - Trace
                  Of which starch - 3.3g
                  Fat - 0.1g
                  Of which saturates - Trace
                  Fibre - Nil
                  Salt - Trace

                  The recommended number of mallows per serving is four however if your anything like me this will be totally overlooked as they are far too nice to eat only 4.

                  Ingredients

                  I've decided to start including the ingredients on my food reviews as it enables to see if you are allergic to any of the ingredients which I have overlooked in previous reviews.

                  Maltitol Syrup
                  Isomalt
                  Water
                  Pork Gelatine
                  Maize Starch
                  Colour : Anythocyanins
                  Flavouring
                  Lactic Acid

                  Nothing in there that I would trigger an allergy but you never know. Obviously the pork gelatine means that this product is unsuitable to vegetarians. There is also an interesting little note that ' Excessive consumption may induce laxative effect' so sticking to the 4 mallows per serving maybe a good idea after all.

                  Appearance & Taste

                  Well surprise surprise.... They look like marshmallows!!!! Sainsbury's have gone for the standard mallow colours of white and baby pink which are rather pleasant to look at. The mallows are of a decent size and are probably a similar size to the flumps brand if you are familiar with those. Unlike flumps there are no fancy patterns on the mallows they are just standard cylinders which is fine by me.

                  They tasted pretty good and surprise surprise again........ They taste like marshmallows!!! They were really tasty but unlike some marshmallows I have tried they weren't at all sickly and I felt as though I could eat the whole packet. I first tried them on top of my hot chocolate and I really enjoyed them and they went all gooey pretty quickly under the heat which is how I like them. I finished the rest of them up over the week with using them in my hot chocolates or just pinching a couple out of the bag and eating them on their own, both of which where pleasant ways to eat them.

                  The Price

                  At only 49p I don't see how you can go wrong with these. I'm not sure how much they would be in the sweet shop if I bought myself the traditional quarter but these days who can be bothered going all the way to a sweet shop when you can get them from the supermarket on your shopping run.
                  So yeah 49p not bad in my eyes and definitely worth it.

                  The Verdict

                  SPOT ON!!!!! I genuinely cant pick an faults with this product they are sugar free and nut free which is helpful for those of you with nut allergies and at 49p I consider them to be cheap especially since a bag will probably last you a few days. The product looks good as well as tasting great and should take a place at the back of everyone's kitchen cupboard.

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                  • swapitshop.co.uk / Internet Site / 54 Readings / 52 Ratings
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                    Great site

                    have been a member of this site since I was about 14 and tens years on I am still using it so that must surely say something about how good I think it is.

                    Swapitshop is basically what the name suggests, an online shop where you can swap items that you no longer need, however the term swap is not entirely accurate as you don't swap your items for other items. What actually happens is that you earn a swapitshop currency for the items you swap, known as swapits. These swapits can be then used to bid for other items that are listed on the site.

                    The site is aimed at teenagers and that is fairly clear from the site design and promotions that they offer but there is no upper age limit for the site so I still regularly use the site as I feel it is more reliable than ebay and since it does not use real money the chances of being conned are very low.

                    So what sort of things can you swap on the site? Well pretty much anything as long as it's not a dangerous weapon, drugs, living or copied. I usually trade in my old DVDs and CD but sometimes I trade stuff such as old mobile phones or computer games. There are loads of other sections of the site though so you can list gadgets, books, collectors' cards, action figures and well pretty much anything.

                    The great thing with the site is that it is so easy to use. There are no fees to pay like other auction sites and your account gets its sawpits updated as soon as they receive your item.

                    If you list and item and its won by someone you will follow the following steps

                    1) You must name what you are swapping and give a good description of what it is and the condition it is in.

                    2) You then decide on how many sawpits you want for the item. You set a starting price and a winning bid price. The starting price is the lowest anyone can bid for the item and the winning bid price is a price that someone bids to automatically win the item. For CD's I usually start the bidding at 250 and have winning bid at 1000. Its generally a good idea to look at similar items though and see what price they are listed at and list yours accordingly.

                    3) Once you have listed it it goes up for bidding. You can decide if you want it listed for 1 or 2 weeks.

                    4) Hopefully someone will bid on your item. When a winning bid has been obtained swapitshop then email you a transaction number and you must send your parcel to swapitshop and they send it on to the winning bidder.

                    5) You get credited with your swapits and are then free to spend them on the site.

                    As you can see it's a really easy process and you don't have to worry about money and credit card payments.
                    The only downside compared to other auction sites is that you have to pay two lots of postage but when you consider you don't pay any seller fees then it works out betterthan the deals you get with sites like ebay.

                    One other great feature of the site is that you can earn swapits for free. They usually have offers which involve clicking links and will earn you about 10 swapits a day. You also get 50 swapits for referring friends and if you send your swaps in early you can get extra swapits.

                    You also get 50 swapits when you sign up for free and this can be used straight away. I have got a few mates to sign up for me to get me the referral bonus and they have bought small items such as key ring torches with their free credits.

                    So far I've talked about swapits but your probably wondering how many swapits get you certain items.

                    Well 1000 will get you a really good DVD, 500 Gets you a good CD. But the key to getting a bargain is to check the newly added items regularly as new members will often swap things cheaply so they can get a healthy balance.

                    So there you go that is my review of the site. All in all it's a definitely worth signing up for even if you just use the 50 swapits you get for joining. The site is well managed and the service they provide for emailing you when items have been won or your bids have been beaten are really great. One problem you may experience is that some swappers don't send in the items but that is the same risk you take with any auction site. Those swappers who do this lose swapper rating points which can be viewed by other members so you can get a gist of how reliable a swapper is by looking at this info.

                    So all I can say is get yourself signed up!! And if you fancy earning me a referral bonus leave me a message on my guestbook and I will give you my link. Cheers

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                      A meal in a packet??? What a great idea!!!! I first tried a meal in a packet whilst I was at university and went through the 'I can't be bothered to cook' stage of life. I first bought pasta and sauce in a packet because my mates recommended them and tried many different brands but I have to say that the Crosse & Blackwell range are probably one of my favourites. This review focuses on the Chicken and Mushroom flavour product which I have tried on many occasions.
                      The Packaging

                      The product comes in a large paper packet which is lined with foil to keep the contents dry and fresh. It has the brand name and flavour in huge letters on the front and the packet is red in colour which makes it pretty easy to find on the supermarket shelves amongst all the other pasta in a packet products. The packaging also contains the cooking instructions as well as the nutritional information and the company are keen to point out that this product contains no artificial colours, artificial preservatives or added MSG. The pack I bought recently contained 180g for the price of 120g which is approximately 3 servings.

                      Cooking

                      There are two ways of cooking this product, either in the microwave or on the hob. I personally prefer to cook the product on the hob as it is easier to keep an eye on how its cooking although the microwave method is quicker if you are rushed for time. When cooking the pasta you also need to add 180 ml of milk and 420ml of water and an optional 22g of butter or margarine (It tastes much better if butter is used in cooking). The mixture need to be allowed to simmer for about 10 minutes before serving and should then be left to stand so that you don't burn your mouth (Which I have done on several occasions).

                      Nutritional Information (Per 100g)

                      Energy - 484KJ (114kcal)
                      Protein - 5.3g
                      Carbohydrate - 20.8g
                      Of which sugars- 2.5g
                      Fat -1.1g
                      Of which saturates - 0.2g
                      Fibre - 1,9g
                      Sodium - 0.3g

                      Appearance

                      Once cooked the products looks really tasty with the sauce looking quite thick and the herbs in the sauce add a nice bit of colour. The smell is gorgeous and really gets your tummy rumbling and unlike many products like these it actually smells of
                      chicken and mushroom.

                      The Taste Test

                      The meal tastes pretty good considering that the minimum amount of effort was put into making it. Obviously its got nothing on freshly made pasta and sauce but when you are rushed for time it is definitely and eatable option. I always have a few of these in the cupboard just in case I find myself short of time and need some food quickly. One problem of the product is that sometimes the powder that's makes up the sauce gets trapped in the pasta tubes and when you eat it you may find a load of powder inside a tube of pasta which isn't too pleasant.

                      The Price

                      This particular packet cost me 89p which I think is pretty reasonable since you get three servings out of a packet. Compared to supermarket own brands this is a little more than the average price but you pay for what you get and it tastes pretty good.

                      The Verdict

                      I really like this product mainly because of how easy it is to make and how cheap it is. It tastes really nice and is probably a lot better for you than other packet meals such as a pot noodle. The other bonus of the product is that it can be used to accompany other foods and you can add real chicken to it for a more chickeny taste. For anyone who has a hectic lifestyle or just can't be bothered cooking I would definitely recommend this product.

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                        29.01.2008 18:13
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                        Great substarte for lizards

                        Now for anyone who has read my review 'My Mate Murph' you will be aware that I am the proud owner of a little gecko who I have had for four years now. This review is about one of the many things I have bought over the years to make his life that little more comfortable.... bark.

                        Murph has a tank which he lives in and to make him feel at home and to give the tank a rather good rainforest look the tank floor is covered with Euro Rep Rain Forest Advanced Vivarium Substrate. This is basically wood and bark chippings that are specifically produced for exotic pet species and is different from the normal garden bark that you may buy from a local garden centre.

                        I would not be suitable to use garden bark for a pets tank because it contains many impurities such as fungus and bacteria which could cause infection to any animal that came into contact it with it and since many reptiles and other exotics such as spiders are sensitive to their environment the consequences could be fatal.

                        On the bag it gives the following information.

                        * Natural bark chips for almost all reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
                        * Superb when used wet or dry
                        * Safe and hygienic
                        * Biodegradable
                        * Economical to use
                        * Trusted by zoos, veterinary surgeons and other professionals worldwide
                        * Can be misted daily to create high humilities.

                        The product is produced by a company called Euro Rep Limited who produce many things to help care for reptiles such as heat mats, lamps, bowls and housing. They are a well known company amongst herpetologists and many pet stores stock their products.

                        The reason I like the bark so much is that it is really good at keeping the tank nice at humid, which in turn makes a more active and happier lizard. The best way to make sure the tank is humid is to spray bark daily with water so that its nice and damp and the heat sources will do the rest. The bark also lasts an extremely long time and really only needs to be thrown out if it has been soiled by the lizards. I find that a 5 litre bag easily covers the tank flooring with some left over for replacing the soiled areas.

                        The bark can be bought in most large pet shops that specialise in exotic pets with 5 litre bags being the most commonly sold volume. These bags cost about £4 but of course the larger the bag the better value for money you will get.

                        I have used this brand for years and really I see no reason as to why I would change. The substrate is of a high quality and contains a mixture of large chippings and small ones which means you can have a much more interesting design in the tank.

                        For example I tend to place the larger pieces of bark in the areas where I feed the lizard so that he is less likely to get bark in his mouth when he is eating.

                        This is a truly great product and I can't recommend it enough.

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                        • click4rewards.co.uk / Internet Site / 69 Readings / 60 Ratings
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                          27.01.2008 13:00
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                          A great resource for money making ideas

                          Click4Rewards.co.uk is possibly the handiest site any regular user of the internet could come across.

                          The aim of the site is to help everyday internet users make a little cash everyday without having to pay to join any sort or reward program. The site is simple and contains different links to various webs sites that help you earn money in various different ways such as completing surveys, writing reviews (there is even a link to Dooyoo), earning cashback when you purchase things online and, possibly the easiest way of all, getting paid to click on links and carry out searches.

                          So here goes here is my review of the site.

                          The layout and design is really rather simple and to be honest I think that the simplicity is a good thing as it goes with how the image of the site. The site is easy to use and not complicated and no frills are needed.

                          The colour scheme consists of two shades of green which are quite pleasant to look at and is broken up with various banners advertising some of the sites that they recommend. At the top of the page there is the title which really stands out so you know just where you are.

                          The site contains various different sections. Along the top they have links to the following areas of the site Home page, FAQ, Top Tips and Contact Us.

                          The home page basically introduces you to what the site is all about and how it can make you money and explains that the site earn a small amount of commission for the people who sign up using their banners and this helps keep the site running. I think this is fair enough really since they are providing some really useful information.

                          The Contact us section provides an email address so that you can get in touch should you have any queries or problems that haven't been answered in the very useful FAQ section.

                          The Top Tips section is really useful and has enabled me to increase my earnings by a huge amount thanks to the suggestions they give for the daily clicks.

                          Down on the left hand side of the page there are 6 different sections which include daily clicks & cashback sites, Survey sites, Review writing sites, Freebie sites, Top 10 sites, and Cashback by retailers.

                          The Daily clicks and cashback site is probably the part of the site I visit most frequently. It describes how you can save money by earning cashback when you shop online with big retailers such as Amazon, Play, HMV etc. The section contains links to several well known cashback sites such as Cashinco, Freefivers and Topcashback as well as many more. I use a few of these sites for the daily clicks and have earnt a nice amount usually about £2 a day for about 20 minutes work ( I usually do these clicks when I am looking around Dooyoo or playing online games with my mates). I can't recommend this section enough.

                          The Survey Sites is also pretty handy as it list some sites that will send you surveys via email for you to complete I have registered with all the survey sites they suggest and have received a good few payouts already. These survey sites in my opinion are really great earners and you can get up to £5 per survey if you are lucky.

                          The Review writing sites area includes links to sites like Dooyoo - well to be honest their ate just the two of them Ciao and Dooyoo which most of us know about but I can imagine this is useful for people who have yet to sign up for these schemes.

                          The freebies section includes links to freebie sites and is quite useful for those who are on the hunt for a freebie. I don't really use these sites as I don't often find things that are of any use to me but again I can imagine it is useful for some people.

                          The site also has a Top 10 section which suggests the best sites to sign up for and why. They seem to recommend sites with low cash out thresholds and large earning opportunities and it is really useful as there are a lot of sites on there and it would take a long time to flick through all of them and see which one was the best to use for your given situation (Incidentally Dooyoo is 2nd in the list... GO DOOYOO!!!!!)

                          The last section is the cashback by retailer section and it is unfortunately down at the moment and says its under construction. I have visited several times and it used to be up and running so I guess they are updating it since the retailer cashback rates will have probably changed over the xmas period. I hope they get this back up and running soon as it can save you a lot of time going through the sites to see which one offers the best cashback rate for your chosen retailer.

                          Aswell as these pages each site that is recommended has its own profile page which contains loads of really useful information about the site. The profile pages tell you how much you can earn a day, when you can get your money, how you can be paid and loads of other stuff.

                          I love this site and find it really easy to navigate it usually gets updated pretty frequently . The other think I like about the site is that the links to the recommended sites take you straight to the sign up pages which can sometimes be hard to find.

                          I think this site is absolutely fabulous and I visit it quite frequently to see which new sites have been added. I have emailed them several times with regards to any other sites they know of that are in 'testing' and they have emailed me links to other sites that offer the same services but have not been put through their paces by the Click4Rewards.co.uk team which was really helpful.

                          The site also has a facebook group which can be useful to join as they often send out updates to the site to the group members so they know what has been changed on the site.

                          So I cannot recommend this site enough. It's a must for anyone who shops online or likes taking part in paid survey and click schemes which I know a lot of Dooyooers are.

                          So what are you waiting for go Click4Rewards.co.uk!!!!

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                          • Forever Flashlight / Gadget / 40 Readings / 37 Ratings
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                            Great torch

                            I got this torch as a Christmas gift off one of my aunties and when I unwrapped it I thought "wow a torch". Yeah its just what you want on Christmas day isn't it, it will provide the house with hours of entertainment and its something I've always wanted. Needless to say I thought it was a pretty crap present but practically speaking it is a fantastic product and in my opinion pure genius.

                            The thing that separates this torch from most other torches on the market is that is doesn't require and batteries to power it. It works through a principle known as Faraday's Law of Induction. This Law is that any change in the magnetic environment of a coil will "induce" voltage in that coil, which means electricity that can they be converted into light energy.

                            The torch contains a metal coil and a magnet and when the magnet is passed through the coil, by shaking the torch from side to side it charges up a battery and the electricity lights up the bulb at the end of the torch and hey presto you have a light.

                            The torch is about 25 cm long and is made out of translucent plastic which means that the inner working of the torch can be seen in action. The torch has an on/off switch on the top so that you the energy created by the coil and magnet can be stored and then only used when required.

                            The torch I must say has been very useful and my parents keep one in their caravan for when they go away and swear by it. It doesn't take long to charge it up either, 30 seconds of shaking will charge the torch for around 5 minutes and the light it emits can apparently (according to the box) be seen from a mile away.

                            Another little extra that I particularly like is that it's waterproof and actually floats on the water so it would be ideal for any water pursuits.

                            I would recommend one of these torches for anyone who is outdoorsy kind of person as its light and there is no danger of the batteries running out. I've had a scout round on the internet and found one priced £12.99 on www.internetshopuk.com.

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                              25.01.2008 18:52
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                              Decent controller

                              If I'm honest I'm not a massive PC gamer but these days if I want to play computer games its best if I play them on my PC since I can't really afford to forking out money for the latest consoles. When I do play games on my PC though I do miss the good old console controllers as certain games, particularly sports games can be hard to play using the keyboard.

                              I'm a big football fan and love to play the latest Fifa release and usually do so on my mates consoles but I decided that if I was going to master theses games I should really get them on my PC so I have bought the games for my PC and decided to purchase a PC compatible controller.

                              I opted for the Microsoft sidewinder as I had heard great things about it from various sites and magazines. I currently use if for Fifa, Madden and Top Spin Tennis

                              The controller itself is pretty big and on first impressions it looks as though it may be a little large but once you hold it its clear that it's a good size and shape and the buttons seem reasonably accessible.

                              The controller has two trigger buttons on the back, similar to those on an Xbox controller, a D Pad on the left hand side of the controller, a start button and six circular buttons on the right hand side of the pad. The circular buttons are labelled X Y Z on the top row and A B C on the bottom row. So far so good it looks like the real deal.

                              To connect the controller up to the PC is really easy as it is USB compatible and all you need to do is install the CD and follow the configuration instructions and off you pop.

                              I bought the controller for Fifa and unfortunately I was a little disappointed. It soon became obvious that due to the lay out of the controller certain aspects of the game became particularly difficult to execute. For example sprinting with the ball, passing and running at the same time soon become very difficult. In my opinion for it to worked effectively there should be shoulder buttons replacing the Z and C buttons. This is because no matter how you configure the controller in the FiFA menu you are nearly always needing to use two of the buttons from the right hand section of the controller which is near impossible. I experienced similar problems with Madden as well so fro these games I would either stick with playing them on consoles of buy a USB adapter for a PS2 or Xbox controller which means you can use console controllers on a PC.

                              Although I have had a negative experience with this controller for Madden and FIFA it works fairly well with Top Spin Tennis so the problem may just be that it doesn't work very well with EA sports games. Unfortunately these are the games I tend to play most of the time so it's a big problem.

                              Despite my problems I can see that this is a good controller and imagine its particularly useful for racing games and shoot 'em ups.

                              So back to the controller itself. It looks pretty cool and is definitely a comfortable piece of kit when your holding it and the buttons are pretty accessible if you aren't having to use to many at once. One problem that crops up in most of the games I've used it for is the D pad. Unfortunately it is pretty stiff and doesn't give a great range of movement but I guess you get used to it.

                              One thing I don't quite understand though is why Microsoft didn't just bring out an Xbox controller that could be used for the PC. This to me would have made a lot of sense as it's a well known design and they make them anyway so why design a brand new controller when they have a great design already.

                              This controller isn't cheap either and at about £30 it may just be worth while buying an adapter for a console controller of buying a PC compatible controller based on a PS2 controller or Xbox.
                              All in all its ok and does a job but I feel that there are better options out there.

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                                good flavour crisps

                                Now when it comes to crisps the number one brand must surely be Walkers. Walkers have been around for as long as I can remember and have been the number one brand in my house for a long time. I have always eaten walkers with the traditional flavours such as cheese & onion, salt & vinegar and ready salted being my favourites. When I first tried the roast chicken flavoured crisps I have to say I didn't really no what to expect... and what was the verdict???? Well I guess that's what this review is all about.

                                The Packaging

                                Like most chicken flavoured crisps I have come across this product comes in an orangey coloured bag that holds 25g of crisps. The bag has a large Walkers symbol on the front and the words Roast Chicken flavour crisps just so you know what your getting I guess. I think the design for this product is pretty good and very eye catching and the Walkers logo is very prominent and is easy to recognise.

                                On the back of the packet is the nutritional information and some jargon about the about the new oil that the crisps are cooked in called sunseed oil which is low in saturates which makes them healthier than most other crisps.

                                Nutritional Information

                                As required by law the product has its nutritional information on the back of the packet and for the health conscience among you I thought I would include it in this review. All values shown are per packet.

                                Energy - 545 Kj / 131 Kcal
                                Protein - 1.6g
                                Carbohydrate - 12.5g
                                Fat - 8.3g
                                Fibre - 1 g
                                Sodium - 0.2g

                                Appearance

                                When you open the packet your are hit with a real roast chicken smell not quite as good as mums Sunday roast I'll admit but its still pretty good. The crisps look really tasty and unlike some brands which contain the odd black or green crisps I didn't find a single one in the packet which is always a bonus. The crisps are obviously coated with flavourings which give this flavour a lovely golden orange colour and they look good enough to eat... which I guess is what Walkers were after.

                                The Taste Test

                                Although these crisps look and smell nice the taste was a little disappointing as they didn't really taste of roast chicken. They have a strong taste which I quite enjoyed but if I'm being honest it didn't taste like roast chicken at all and they seemed to be very salty indeed which I find is always a bit disappointing in food if your not expecting it. Compared to other flavours from walkers I have to say it isn't the best but it is still above most other brands I have tried.

                                The Price

                                This pack cost me 33p I think which I think is pretty reasonable and is probably the average price of a packet of crisps from any of the leading brands.

                                The Verdict

                                All in all I have to say this isn't a bad product. It looks and smells really good and the packaging contains all the information you would expect as well as some useful information on how the product is made. The crisps are obviously made out of top quality potatoes as I didn't find any green or black crisps like you sometimes get with other brands. The taste did however let the product down as it wasn't as good as some of the other flavours from Walkers.

                                So would I buy them again????? Well yes I probably would actually because although I didn't think they tasted of roast chicken I still thought they tasted ok and because of the brand you know you are going to get a top quality product.

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                                • Nabisco Ritz Crackers / Snacks / 44 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                                  Great snack

                                  I was introduced to Ritz crackers at uni when me and my two housemates went on our weekly food shop to Tesco and one of them suggested getting a couple of packs because well... they liked then. So in they went and that was it for a few days until when feeling a bit peckish I looked through the cupboards and there they were. So I thought to myself yes.... I'll give them a go and boy I wasn't disappointed.

                                  I opened to box to find a plastic bag full of these 5cm diameter crackers. I thought this was abit strange because in my experience most things like that come in a stack rather than loosely in a bag. I opened the bag and delved in and helped myself.

                                  The crackers were really tasty and I couldn't stop pilling them into my mouth they were so nice. Now they don't taste like most crackers they have a slightly salty taste to them and if you ever get a salt craving these hit the spot I can guarantee!!!

                                  The other thing I noticed about these crackers is that they are quite filling so a box lasts a long time which is always good. Although the crackers taste great on their own they taste great with cheese which lets face it is what most people have with crackers. So far I've only tried Chedder and Philadelphia on them both converting the cracker into a wonderful snack.

                                  The other two lads loved these things too and like me they both agree that a Ritz cracker is not complete piece of art until it has a dollop of Philadelphia on top of it. They however like grapes on the top but that's not for me.

                                  The packaging for these crackers is pretty good considering the fact that its probably quite hard to make mind blowing packaging for this sort of product. They come in a red box with a big blue and yellow Ritz logo on the front which really stands out and has a claim in the bottom corner that it is "The Origional Snack Cracker" and in my experience the best snack cracker.

                                  Ritz Crackers are made by Jacob's that's right the same people who make cream crackers and you can kind of tell because of the quality of the product.

                                  They cost about 75p for a box containing 200 g of crackers which I think is pretty good value for money since a box can last quite along time.
                                  Ingredients

                                  Wheat Flower
                                  Vegetable and hydrogenated vegetable oil
                                  Sugar
                                  Raising agents
                                  Salt
                                  Glucose Syrup
                                  Malt Flour
                                  Nutritional Info per cracker

                                  Energy - 72KJ / 17Kcals
                                  Protein - 0.2g
                                  Carbohydrate - 1.9 g
                                  (Of which sugars) - 0.2g
                                  Fat - 1g
                                  Of which saturates - 0.6g
                                  Fibre - 0.1g
                                  Sodium Trace - trace
                                  So there you go,go out and by yourself these tasty little treats and enjoy.

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