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    • Coffee in general / Coffee / 32 Readings / 32 Ratings
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      27.11.2013 09:36
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      A nice drink, especially in the winter months

      I did not start drinking or liking coffee until I was in my 30's! It was strange before this, as I always found it too strong and just did not like the taste. I cannot even remember how I started to like it!

      However, I do not like all coffees; there are so many types these days, it gets confusing! I very rarely pay for coffee (or tea for that matter) in the expensive coffee shops. I do not think it is worth the price, which is often well over £2 per cup.

      I a perfectly happy to have a basic coffee (granulated) at home; or/ if I go out, would sometimes just make my own at home and put it in a tea/coffee container.

      I also drink far more tea tan I do coffee; but I have a routine in the mornings! I will start off with one cup of Tea, then have coffee, then have another Tea! For the rest of the day, I rarely have coffee, as I prefer tea. I would not have more than 2cups of coffee per day.

      Then there is the caffeine issue; I do not think I've ever had decaffeinated coffee; and decaffeinated tea is vile! People may not realise that there is quite a lot of caffeine in tea, and not just coffee. This means I have to be careful with the amount of Tea I drink also.

      I will take 2 sugars in my coffee/ sometime 1 sugar and 1 sweetener with a medium amount of milk; I have drank black coffee before (when I've ran out of milk!) and its acceptable.

      So, coffee is a nice drink for me in small doses; warming and comforting. Worthy of 3 dooyoo stars in my view.

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        26.11.2013 17:58
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        A super chinese style dish.

        Whilst I am not a total lover of Chinese style food, I do enjoy it occasionally and Marks & Spencer do a lovely range in Chinese style foods. The good thing is that fairly regularly they are on offer. Myself and my partner usually get the £10 Chinese takeaway meal Box from Marks & Spencer which has some lovely dishes in it and is well worth the cost. However, sometimes another deal is on in the Chinese cabinet; with this deal, you choose 2 starters, 2 mains and one side dish and it also costs £10. The deal has been on this last week, so we decided to get this, rather than our usual £10 box. One of the dishes we chose was this Sticky Chilli Chicken. The usual cost is around £4, so not cheap, but altogether, we saved quite a bit of money and I noticed that with the main dishes, they seemed to be bigger than some of the main dishes in the Takeaway Box meal.

        With the sticky chilli chicken you get battered mini chicken fillets and a side dish of sweet chilli sauce. There is plenty of chicken in the box, actually more than enough for 2 (when you combine all the dishes together). It is good quality Chicken Breast meat. The sauce itself is delicious. There is plenty of it and it is sweet and a little spicy.

        Cooking;

        You can cook the dish from fresh or frozen; but the Chicken must be cooked separately from the Chilli sauce. You can either microwave the sauce or cook it on top of the hob. Altogether it only takes 20 -25 minutes to cook.

        Marks & Spencer recommend you pour the sauce over the Chicken, but we always put it in separate bowl and then put it on the chicken or other dishes we think it goes well with.

        Ingredients;
        cooked marinated chicken breast; water, cornflour, salt, concentrated lemon juice

        Batter; water, maize flour, wheatflour, wheat starch, raising agent (E450), sodium bicarbonate, pepper extract, stabiliser ; xanthan gum, dextrose, ground whole pepper.

        Breadcrumbs; rice flour, wheatflour, water, yeast, salt, sunflower oil

        Sweet chilli sauce; water, sugar, red wine vinegar, red peppers, cornflour, red chillies, rapseed oil, ginger puree, salt, pepper extract.

        Calories; Half a pack has 405 kcals in it.

        Allergy information; contains wheat. Gluten

        This is a great tasting Chinese style dish from Marks & Spencer which can be eaten with other Chinese dishes; excellent buy when on offer as part of a meal deal.
        4 Dooyoo stars from me.

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        04.06.2013 10:38
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        A great and popular bag.

        The Adidas bag I bought for my son was in Red.

        My son loves Adidas products; unfortunately they are not cheap but most youngsters feel the need to have adidas; at school, most kids will have an adidas bag . The usual price is around £35 for this bag; I was fortunate and because I signed up to adidas, I got a little off the cost and paid just under £30. My son loves Red & Black in colours and he was determined that he wanted a Red bag.

        This bag has a partial red and white stripe on the shoulder strap which looks great and some white bits around the adidas logo. I myself really love this bag and it looks better in real life than on the website even. There is a zip compartment on the outside.

        The only thing I would recommend is not to overload the bag (my son did this with his last adidas bag and eventually the zip broke); but I blame this on my son and not the bag; so I have told him not to do the same thing again!! This is an excellent bag; but for the cost I would have given it 5 stars.

        This review by me can also be seen on the Adidas web site

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          01.06.2013 16:42
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          Good for dandruff, but a waste of money for itchy scalp.

          A while ago i started to get a very dry and itchy scalp; it was driving me mad and i couldnt be bothered to go to the doctors about it so thought i would try head and shoulders; i had seen quite alot of adverts on the TV for this shampoo and having used it for dandruff thought it might help.

          I sometimes buy head and shoulders for my son as occassionally he gets dandruff and i find with frequent use, it does work. However, for an itchy scalp, this shampoo has not worked for me.

          On the bottle i have it claims to have 'a new formula' and that it 'helps to relieve your scalp from itch, providing a comfortable, refreshing feeling and leaving your hair touchably soft'

          I did not expect immediate results, and tried it for about 2 weeks, but it didn't make any difference at all. Frustrated, I went to my chemist and he recommended coconut oil; this has helped. My scalp is alot less dry then it was.

          For dandruff, head and shoulders ir pretty good, but for an itchy scalp, not so good! Only 2 stars from me for this reason as it specifically states this head and shoulders bottle is for 'itchy scalp care'

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        • Argos / Highstreet Shopping / 39 Readings / 39 Ratings
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          22.05.2013 15:53
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          They sell everything and are very conveniant.

          I have always liked Argos; and I love the varied range of products they sell. If I'm honest, I would probably be lost without Argos!

          Ranges of goods;

          Televisions; a huge range of TV's to choose from; often offers are available
          Large kitchen appliances; Cookers/Fridges/Fridge freezers
          Small kitchen appliances; microwaves, Blenders, Kettles, Toasters, deep fat fryers and so on.
          Clothing; Argos have recently starting selling some limited clothing mainly for children.
          Computer & Technology; various items available from laptops to Notebooks to Tablets
          Phones; Mobiles available with all the big named providers
          Garden equipment; lawn mowers etc
          Household; Load and loads of furniture! Bedroom/Beds/cupboards, wardrobes/cabinets, tables, sofas, chairs
          Bedding; A great and varied range of bedding; pillows/duvets, sheets, covers etc.
          Toys; Argos do a good range of toys from babies to older children
          Video games/consoles; PlayStation, XBOX etc., plus loads of games for all your consoles
          Camping equipment; Tents/sleeping bags/small gas stoves/bbq items
          Fitness; many choices here; bikes/ exercise bikes/ running machines/weights and much more
          Gifts; some lovely gifts available for all the family
          Jewellery; very reasonably priced jewellery
          Art/Drawing; various art type sets available/pencils/pens/colouring and drawing equipment
          Babies; Pushchairs and prams/bedding/cots /bottles /steriliser's
          Bathroom & kitchen; plates, cups, cutlery, lots of small kitchen equipment/ Bathroom mats, rails, cabinets, towels and many other small bathroom items

          Many products at Argos are at very competitive prices and I could not possibly count the number of items I have b ought from them over the years. I have bought TV's, household items, computers, bedding and beds, furniture, Toys, consoles and console games; the list would be endless.


          Argos do a really good colour match range of products at very cheap prices; so you can colour match many items such as bedding.

          It's easy to order things from Argos; you can go directly into one of their stores, or what I find better is to check for stock availability on line and then pre order for store collection (if the items are smallish) or you can order larger items for home delivery; home delivery prices are very reasonable.
          Now, whilst I really like Argos, not everything is perhaps of the best quality and some things are very difficult to build (I am referring to wardrobes). I recently bought some bedroom furniture from Argos and whilst I really liked the style of the things I bought there were some things a bit wrong with some of the furniture. The hanging rail pole to my son's wardrobe did not fit! It was too short! This was rather frustrating as I have had to put cardboard pieces in each ends of where the hanging rail goes in order to try to secure it! Also with the wardrobe and the larger wardrobe I got my daughter also, there seem to be some problems with the doors. You are meant to be able to adjust the doors height, move them up or down etc. by adjusting the hinges but this does not seem to work; another frustrating thing. This may be a drawback of flat pack wardrobes in general, but I'm not sure; it's the larger wardrobe that is more of a problem. (Order no. 204103219).

          Still, I definitely recommend Argos. I have not had any problems ever with delivery and they are very flexible. I think Argos is great! 4 Dooyoo stars from me.

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          • Skechers Gowalk Recovery / Shoes / 39 Readings / 37 Ratings
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            21.05.2013 19:10
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            A lovely bright spring/summer shoe

            I recently started to see adverts on the Television for these new Skechers 'go walk' shoes. They looked great in my view and seemed like they would be very comfortable. Years ago when I was young! I used to walk around in high heels but those days have long gone and I really need flat and comfortable footwear. I have bought skechers shoes before and always found them to be incredibly comfortable.

            As it was supposed to be spring I started thinking about spring/ summer clothes and footwear and these 'go walk' shoes really appealed to me. As it was my birthday a few months back, my partner asked me what I would like. He knew that I had liked the look of the 'go walk' shoes and offered to get me these.

            There are actually various styles of the shoe including go walk 'everyday' , go walk 'nice' and go walk and go walk 'toasty' but really only one particular style that I was keen on; these are the 'go walk' recovery athletic shoe. They are supposed to allow you to 'interact to and respond to, practically any surface' (http://www.skechers.co.uk/style/13512/go-walk-undercover/) while offering impact protection'.

            The sole of the shoe is a bit sort of bumpy and skechers refer to this as impulse sensors which move both 'independently and together'. They say that this promotes a more responsive stride' one great thing about this shoe is also that they are very breathable; with an anti-microbial sock liner preventing odour. This is excellent because with some summer shoes you need to wear socks (otherwise the shoes get a bit smelly!), but with these there is no need for socks. There is also a small hole on the back of the heel part enabling you to pull the shoes on and off easily. Besides this, the shoe has plenty of toe room.

            I think that basically they are meant to enable you to walk in a more natural way and comfort seems to be the key also here. Now, I don't know about all the technical details! But I can certainly vouch for their being incredibly comfortable. What's also amazing is just how light they are! They are lighter than some flip flops I have worn and in fact I don't think I have ever worn anything so light.

            These shoes come in a range of very pretty colours and the one I bought is like a pink coral colour. They are quite bright but ideal for the summer and can be worn with dresses, shorts, summer trousers and skirts.

            The downside is the cost. They are very expensive in my view (although this is to be expected being skechers) and they retail at around £46! I wouldn't usually myself pay so much for a summer shoe, but my partner was happy to treat me! I almost said no, due to the cost, but he insisted!

            This is a great summer style shoe, perfect for me, but due to the high price i'm knocking one star off, so its 4 stars from me.

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              05.05.2013 16:53
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              A great tasting soda bread!

              Just recently me and my partner were talking about food we like! We both started talking about good old fashioned prawn cocktail! I decided to go out and buy some prawns and some lettuce; my partner also asked me to buy some soda bread. To which I replied 'what is soda bread?' He could not believe that I had never heard of soda bread. He told me that they probably sell it in Marks & spencer and asked me to pop over ad get some to go with the prawn cocktail. He assured me that I would like soda bread and that it goes very well with prawn cocktail. I bought this loaf of Irwin's Irish Brown soda bread; it looks just like normal brown bread really but it is nicer and tastes great! I was actually really pleasantly surprised at how much I like this bread!

              Basically the bread comes sliced in an almost circle type shape; you just spread butter on it and I found that it really did compliment the prawn cocktail. On the packet it states that this soda bread is' ideal for soups and starters, it goes well buttered with jam, cheese or smoked salmon'. I would certainly agree that it does go well with starters, soup, almost anything really! my partner also enjoys it with olives and feta cheese.

              The bread is soft and flavoursome and I sometimes just eat it with butter on its own.

              *Ingredients*

              Buttermilk (46%), Wholemeal flour, Sugar, Vegetable oil, salt, oat flakes, raising agent (potassium carbonate), emulsifier (mono & diglycerides of fatty acids), preservatives (potassium sorbate), calcium propionate (E282), flavouring, colour (beta carotene)

              *Allergy Information*

              Contains wheat (gluten), oats, buttermilk

              This product is also yeast free

              *Calories*

              100g of this bread contains 204 kcals

              So far I have seen this bread available at Marks & spencer and Waitrose priced at around £1.00 to £1.20.

              If you have never tried soda bread I highly recommend it; it really is quite delicious!

              5 dooyoo stars from me.

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              • Warburtons Crumpets / Snacks / 44 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                25.04.2013 19:58
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                a good quality crumpet!

                I sometimes get bits and pieces of food in Marks & Spencer as they do have some good offers and my partner has recently been buying crumpets from them. However, I also shop in Iceland a fair bit and spotted these Warburton's Crumpets (Thick & Fluffy). On the pack it says they are the 'No. 1 crumpet'. Now, I cannot say that I totally agree with this as most crumpets I have had taste the same, however, they are very good and excellent value for money. You get 9 crumpets for only £1.00. Also Warburton's is a well-known brand and in my view, a good quality brand; so from now on, most often Warburton's crumpets is what I buy. I do not know if other supermarkets sell them as cheap as this but I doubt very much you could get them anywhere else cheaper.

                I love crumpets! The way I like them is well done, so the top is a bit crispy; I then put cheese on the top with onions and put them under the grill for a few minutes.
                These Warburton's crumpets are 'fluffy' inside and the butter melts all the way through (I recommend quite a lot of butter). Yes, I know it's fattening but as with all crumpets you seem to need a lot of butter!

                *Ingredients*

                Wheat flour, Water, Yeast, Raising agents; E450, E500, Salt, Sugar, Preservative, Calcium propionate

                *Calories*

                Each crumpet has around 95 kcals in it

                *Allergy Information*

                Contains wheat gluten and produced in a bakery that handles milk, sesame seeds, soya and egg
                Suitable for vegetarians

                Excellent value, good taste and filling! 5 dooyoo stars from me!

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                  01.04.2013 16:35
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                  A good quality delicious tasting crisp

                  For the purposes of this review i am focusing on Thai sweet chilli flavour (i have not yet tried the other flavours in this walkers range).

                  Its not that often i buy these crisps, for one reason only... i think they are overpriced. However, recently they seem to be on special offer quite freqently, particularly at Tesco's. I have been stocking up a little bit on these because i like them and my children like them. At the moment, they are only a £1.00 for a 150g bag; most other flavours seem to be on offer too. I think the ususal price is around £1.80.

                  The crisps come in an elegant foil type bag making sure they retain their freshness. This flavours packaging is Black with a pictures of 2 red chilli's on them. As Walkers state on the back of the packet; they are 'moreish' . You cannot resist eating them and they do not last long in my home. In fact, i sometimes have to ration them when it comes to my son because he will eat half the pack in one go and by the end of the day, the whole bag would be gone!

                  They are quite crunchy, and full of flavours. The sweetness of them goes really well with the spiciness and the herbs and they really are a very similar taste to a Thai sweet chilli type sauce.

                  *Ingredients*

                  Potatoes, Sunflower oil, Rapseed oil, Thai sweet chilli seasoning, Salt, Firming agent (calcium chloride)

                  Thai sweet chilli seasoning contains; Sugar, Fructose, flavouring, Dried Buttermilk, Dried tomato, Dried onion, Hydrolysed soya protein, Dried garlic, Dried soy sauce (made with wheat), Herbs, Basil extract, Dried green & red peppers, Red pepper oil, chilli powder, Colour (Paprika extract)

                  *Allergy Advice*

                  Contains Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Soya and made in a factory that also handles Barley, Celery and mustard.

                  *Calories*

                  A 30g serving contains 151 kcals.

                  These crisps are absolutley delicious, so go and grab a bag now whilst they are still on offer! 5 dooyoo stars from me.

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                    11.03.2013 14:58
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                    A very clean and lovely resort; food lets it down badly

                    Stayed at The Royal Bahamian in February. The positives; a very clean resort and very beautiful place. We had the Butler service and got the exact room we wanted in the Royal Village, ground floor, with a patio, steps away from a mini pool; we loved being here. It's very quiet and relaxing with beautiful surroundings. There was always staff cleaning and up keeping the resort. There are a few mini pools around the village; one other larger pool and 2 other very large pools (Windsor and Balmoral). Almost all the staff were very friendly although it's hard to tell if they were all sincere as I am sure it is the rules that they must help and be polite to guests. In saying that even the gardeners or pool boy were very helpful; I have never seen such helpfulness to be honest. They also all seem to be happy people.

                    The Butler service is a must; it's very expensive, but all our Butlers were great; Corrie, Raynard, Diane and Yolette; we had a great service from them but didn't actually contact them that much; I think other guests may use them more. The Cricketers; great British food; the shepherd's pie was lovely and the hot wings were delicious. The Cabanas are lovely; if you get a shaded one; they are on the beach and island (you need Butler service to book these up as you will have very little chance of getting one without the Butler service).
                    Beach is lovely, top areas near beach lovely; pizza place, nice, good pizzas; hamburgers and hot dogs nice. Fire pits nice, but couldn't really get one; other people hogged them and it was a bit noisy at night; I went to one once, but not a good one, a small one and I nearly fell in the pit.

                    Some Negatives; Most of the food was awful; poor quality, sometimes tough meat, lack of choice in vegetables and potatoes. We went to Gordon's on the pier on several occasions; first time, quite good, 2nd time, tough steak, inedible, 3rd time the gas canister that they cook on ran out of gas; we had to wait about an hour for our main course but by then we had lost our appetite; also I ordered a starter that I was told was like Caesar salad, all it was, was a plate of lettuce with a tiny bit of mayonnaise! We didn't pay for this as we had Butler service; if you have to pay it costs a small fortune, so I don't recommend going there if you have to pay. However, the views are beautiful; the pier is lovely in the evening. Kimonos; the beef and rice and sauces are nice; the chicken poor quality; a group of you sit around whilst the chef cooks on the hot plate; it can be fun but depends on what the people are like around you.

                    The Crystal room; basically if you want to talk don't go there, everyone whispers; a cockroach was on the pure white table cloth; I screamed but no one even spoke or looked except the waiters; even the waiters whisper. I don't blame the restaurant for this; they can't get rid of every insect and it's nothing to do with dirtiness; I just have a phobia; can't really comment on the food as we never went there after that; but I don't get why you can't speak or have to whisper!

                    Baccarat; had 2 good meals there, fish and a decent steak; my partner enjoyed his duck; he didn't like the sea food in most places; said the lobster was terrible; Room service; not great; got the wrong things, once came with no knife; breakfasts; ok, but as usual crappy streaky, hard as rock bacon; hash browns that were not hash browns, just burnt griddled bits of potato; No Brown sauce (HP) lucky I brought my own. when I saw they had baked beans I thought great!; when I opened the lid they looked like something the cowboys eat in old westerns; brown and nasty; needless to say we didn't eat them; the omelettes were good but too much orange coloured cheese and it was like gooh; no taste, not at all strong.

                    The Island; we were given a cabana totally in the sun (not what we wanted) so we sat in the shade by the pool; steps away was the café place (basic foods); next minute waiters came up and put towels over our shoulders!! We were not sitting there naked; I couldn't believe it; I was very insulted by this; all they do is basics food; yet its ok for guests to stroll up to Gordon's on the pier (the supposed poshest place) in grimey jeans or shorts and t shirts; we made an effort to dress up where it was required; we never went back to the island.

                    Our room was nice but does need some updating; they are not luxurious like at say The Balmoral, but still, the only place we would want to stay in.

                    I think the cricketers should introduce a nice roast dinner to its menu with all the trimmings. I was very disappointed with the quality of the food overall and came back losing 6 pounds in weight. I expected far, far better food from a 5 star resort that costs a fortune.

                    The day before our departure we waited over 5 hours to contact a Butler; the phone they gave us was rubbish, about a £5 phone; it didn't work properly; eventually after over 5 hours Dianne turned up, she as very helpful; but this wait was unacceptable.

                    If you want noise stay at The Windsor; if you want a bit of peace stay at The Balmoral (plus better rooms I think); if you want a lot of relaxation stay at the Royal Village.

                    I was going to give 4 stars, but I'm giving it 3... mainly because of the food; ... they need a visit from Gordon Ramsay.

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                      A good cooker at a bargain price; ideal for smaller- medium size families.(2- 5)

                      My old cooker was about 13 years old! and i had really had enough of it; it was good for quite a while, an electric cooker but one with those older style electric round rings that get stained very quickly and are almost impossible to clean! I looked through quite alot of cookers but knew i wanted one with a ceramic hob this time; i came across this Beko one at Currys and thought it was great value for money. It was only around £259 and is in a lovely silver colour.

                      Width wise, some people may think its a little small; its fits fairly well into the space i had my old cooker in, and because of its narrower width, it is very easy for me to pull it out and clean under, behind and around the cooker. The cooker size is fine, fairly large and thankfully the cooker came with 3 oven racks; my old one only had 2 which could be very annoying, especially when cooking something like a roast dinner where you might have lots of things in the oven at the same time.

                      The 4 ceramic hobs heat up very quickly indeed, although takes a while for them to cool down. I soon realised that it is essential to buy something like Hob Brite and special scrapers for such hobs as this; Do pay attention as to how to clean the Hobs, as they cannot be cleaned like other cookers without ceramic hobs; You will need to ensure the hobs cool right down first, then pour some Hob brite or similar cleaner for ceramic hobs onto the hobs; rub this into each hob with some kitchen roll and you will see the grease coming off off the hob and onto the kitchen roll; its actually amazing how such cleaners work; Now you may get some stubborn stains, stuck on stains; and for this you need a special scraper (you can get it in Robert Dyas or similar hardwear stores); You gently scrape stubborn marks off with this; afterwards rinse the hobs with a moistened cold water paper towel/kitchen roll and then dry with a dry cloth, like a J cloth.

                      The results are amazing! It can be fairly easy to scratch the surface however and through my own fault, i do have one tiny scratch on the hobs, so be careful not to be too forceful if you need to use the scraper; i understand that if you happen to spill something sugary which is hot onto the hob when cooking, this should be cleaned as soon as possible, obviously being careful not to burn yourself!

                      There is a double glazed door on the oven and as the oven is see through, you can see your food cooking and check on it without having to keep opening the door! The one slight set back with the oven is that it is very low down, which may irritate some people.

                      The grill is fine, and you can easily attach the handle to the grill pan; this grill part is also great for keeping plates warm.

                      Specifications

                      Energy Efficiency Rating; A
                      4 element ceramic hob
                      Width; 50cm
                      Single oven cooker with separate grill
                      Conventional oven/easy clean enamel oven
                      58 litre capacity oven

                      I wanted my old cooker taken away and at a reasonable cost (£65) this was done for me by Currys; my cooker was fully connected to the electric cooker socket already in place by the people who delivered it.

                      For the price, this cooker is great! It works well, cleans up well and is nice looking and a lovely colour; a real bargain for a ceramic hob cooker! Worthy of 4 Dooyoo stars in my view.

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                      A lovely cosy slipper Boot.

                      I was rushing around at Christmas thinking about what to buy people and my sister told me Boots had some good things and good deals on line. As i was browsing through all of their things i came across these lovely Heart slipper Boots. The first thought that came to mind was my mum; i thought these would be great for her. They were a bit expensive (around £17) but i liked the look of them.

                      I would decribe them as being Lilac in colour, with small white coloured heart shapes. There is fur going up the sides with a small bow on the side. The inside of each Boot is furry and very soft. The Boots are made with 100% Acrylic (upper) and 100% Acrylic (Lower). The soles look to me like they are made of Rubber.

                      My mums feet atre slightly larger than mine (she is a 7); so i decided to order her a size 7/8; thinking these would fit her. When they arrived, i thought i would try them on, but i realised they were a bit small. They actualy fitted me amost perfectly and this made me think they would not fit my mum. I was a bit annoyed about this, but as i liked them so much i decided to keep them for myself and buy my mum something else as this was the largest size available.

                      I went to visit my mum over the Christmas holidays (not knowing what my sister had bought her for a present); low and behold my mum was sitting there with the very same slipper boots on! My sister had bought her a pair! Thats the honest truth! I said to my mum that I had bought her some but kept them for myself as i did not think they would fit her. My mum said they were a little tight but they must have stretched somehow to fit her feet!

                      Anyway, if you do decide to buy these just be aware about the sizing; i do still recommend these Slipper Boots; despite the cost and despite the possible sizing problems because they keep my feet lovely and warm and they are also very pretty looking. Worthy of 4 Dooyoo stars in my view.

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                        A good buy!

                        I wanted some containers in a variety of sizes to keep food fresh and sealed properly; I had noticed in the shops that such clip tight plastic containers were far from cheap! A largish one seemed to be around £5 in many shops and stores, so I decided to look on the internet. As I do most of my shopping at Asda I thought I would try Asda Direct on line. I was really pleased to find this ten piece plastic storage set and the cost was great...only £10 in total! Now I'm fairly sure all I paid was £10, and I have noticed that it is now £12. However, even at this price it is still a great bargain for what you get.

                        The set contains the following;
                        1 x 1.1 L
                        1 X 550 ml
                        1 X 4 L
                        2 X 200 ml
                        2 x 230 ml
                        2 x 220 ml
                        1 x 7 L

                        The other good thing about them is that they can be used in the Microwave, The Freezer and the Dishwasher. I mostly use them for storing opened food such as Rice, Pasta, cakes, chocolates etc. One of the containers can even fit a loaf of bread in it!

                        The clip tight system is great; this is much better than other containers where you just close the lid. Each container has 4 clips on it and you just basically click it shut. This ensures all your foods are kept fresh.
                        They are also handy for when out and about or for kid's lunches and snacks etc.

                        It's well worth buying a set such as this rather than spending half the cost on individual containers.
                        I was able to collect the set from my local Asda after ordering it on line.

                        Well worth the cost; and worthy of 5 Dooyoo stars in my view.

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                        18.12.2012 11:46
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                        An excellent quality pickled onion

                        I absolutely love pickled onions; not the silverskin ones and not the sweet ones! but the traditional normal pickled ones! Now, it isnt always the case that I buy Haywards. However, in my view they are the tastiest by far. I have bought other store brand ones and whilst ok, they do not live up to the quality and taste of Haywards onions.

                        Haywards have been making pickles in the UK since 1868! and they claim to use only 'the best pickling techniques' http://www.haywardspickles.co.uk/

                        I love these onions as they are sooh crunchy; i cant stand it if pickled onions are not crunchy enough which has sometimes been the case when i have bought store brands or other cheaper brands before.

                        What can you have pickled onions with?

                        Well, the first thing that springs to mind is with a nice Ploughmans salad; personally i have them with all salads; i also love having them chopped up with scotch egg and coleslaw. I often have them sliced with cheese on crackers and often on their own too.

                        These pickled onions are tangy, vinegary and full of bite and crunchiness.

                        Ingredients; onions, water, spirit vinegar, salt, roast barley malt extract, spice extracts

                        Calories; only 23 kcals per 100g!

                        A 454G size jar is currently £1.50 at Asda; However, you can get 2 of these big jars for only £2.00 at Tesco until 2nd Jan 2013! Now, thats what i call a bargain; so hurry, rush and get this offer; pickled onions are a must for christmas buffets in my view!

                        A great product; worthy of 5 Dooyoo stars my view

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                          25.11.2012 11:05
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                          A good value reasonable sauce; but not enough other flavours

                          I love Spaghetti Bolognaise but what I find most annoying is that whenever I go out to Italian restaurants I do not get what I expect; the sauce is rarely that flavoursome and there is often very little Minced Beef if any at all! For that reason, I always make Spaghetti Bolognaise at home now!

                          When making the sauce at home I sometimes just use Beef stock Cubes, Tomato Puree, Tinned Chopped Tomatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, Garlic and other herbs; however, more often recently I have been using a sauce like Ragu. Iceland sell very reasonably priced jars of pasta sauce and this Ragu original is one of them; my partner also buys the same. It only costs a £1.00 for a 500g jar; sometimes there is also sauce left over (This jar would usually be enough for around 4 people).

                          The sauce itself is of course very tomatoey and it is after all a Tomato sauce for Bolognaise. It is also nice and thick. However, I prefer a mixture of the sauce and also an added Beef Flavour and this is what is lacking; the sauce is fairly good but a bit too tomatoey in flavour if that makes sense! It also isn't really seasoned enough for my liking. What I do now is use the sauce, add chopped tomatoes, Garlic, Mushrooms, Onions and a Beef stock cube; this way it tastes better in my view.

                          *Ingredients *
                          Water, Tomato puree, Tomatoes, Sugar, Onion, Modified corn starch, Garlic salt, Concentrated lemon juice, Basil, Oregano, Black pepper

                          *Calories*
                          For 100g of the sauce there are 43 kcals.

                          This is a very quick and easy way to have a bolognaise sauce, but it just needs some added extras. Worthy of 3 Dooyoo stars in my view.

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