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    • Hama AS-93 / PC Speaker / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      01.10.2014 22:29

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      • "good sound"
      • Small/compact

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      Small speaker with the guts of rave speakers.... almost

      I've used a fair selection of speakers during my music loving days, using massive one through my teens, average ones through my twenties and slightly smaller ones when I hit my thirties. These days, now I'm in my forties I tend to listen to my music through smaller speakers, especially on certain laptops of MP3/4 players where the built in speakers are about as loud as a gnats fart in a hurricane.
      And this on one of those smaller types of speakers that I have in one of the rooms ready to be plugged into what ever music player that goes into the room.

      There are two speakers, giving stereo music, with these speakers looking almost identical, only one has the control button and dial on it. Those controls being the volume, on/off and 'DX bass', which is the bass on or off.
      To swtich on you just press the on/off button, then turn the volume dial up to what ever level you want. Then, if you want a bit of bass, you press the DX bass button... and that's all you have to do in order the enjoy these.
      They stand nicely on a table, or desk, with the base of them being wider that the tops so that there is no chance of them toppling over.

      Both speakers are standing tall, OK maybe not tall tall, maybe more 130mm tall, 85mm deep and 80mm wide, offering 5w per speaker. You do have to install four AA batteries into the one with the controls so that you get the full power and performance from these. But once powered up and plugged into the music players 3.5mm port these speakers give out a nice clear sound, with no distortion at all really. (Although this depends on the track that's being played).
      They are nice and small, or compact, which means that they fit almost anywhere, even able to be attached to the wall so that they're out of the way.

      The price of this pair of speakers is a mere £20 or less in some places. They are well worth the money for the sound you get and are a must for those that have a nice laptop with dodgy built in speakers, there are many laptops out there in that category as we all know.

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      01.10.2014 14:35
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      • comfortable
      • "blocks out most of outside noise"
      • "good sound quality"

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      • "People can sometimes hear what you're listening too."
      • "can still hear some louder outside noise"

      Look like a Cyberman whilst you listen to your favourite tracks

      I have several pairs of earphones yet only a couple of sets of head phones, with these being on of the latter. With these ones being the better of the ones I have due to the sound quality that they offer, which is why I use these.
      These headphones look like any other headphones, but these have a surprising difference, which is what in the trade is called 'noise cancellation'. This doesn't mean that once your got these over your ears you can't hear the noise going on around you, it just means that it can help rid your ears of the surrounding noise so that you can enjoy your music more clearly.
      And it doesn't mean that you can listen to your music without others hearing what it is as when the tracks are on loud the muffled sounds do come through the padding, so no secretly listening to Barbara Streisand on the quiet.

      These do run off a AAA battery, which slots into one of the ear muffs and give enough power to the headphones to let them do what they are supposed to do. But you can use them without the battery power, although you don't get the true sound perfection as you do with the battery power kicking in. one AAA battery may not sound much but it's enough for these head phones.

      The earpads are cushioned, although when first placed over ears they can be a little cold on the skin, which soon goes as the pads and your skin get to a normal temp. They are well padded, around the ears and even on the top of the head, and, as the head band is pretty flexible, they should fit over any size head really. (Within reason).
      It claims to give out 16dB of noise power.? But as I don't own a decibel reader I can't say if that's true or not.
      The adapter is supposed to be gold plated, to give a clearer and better quality sound

      These headphones come with all the bits you need, including an adapter so that the phones can fit into both 3.5mm ports and 6.3mm ports, there's also a cable as well.
      They fold up, making them easier to store away, especially when putting them in the supplied bag.

      These head phones knock out at about £35, which, for the quality of sound given, is not too bad considering that some headphones are selling for triple that.

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      30.09.2014 22:16
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      • "easy to apply"
      • "doesn't stress the dog"
      • "does the job"

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      There's no fleas on Bob Martin and his dog .... spot on

      I have a dog, a mad dog if I do say so, who loves to swim, play in the grass, in the mud and has more fun when he's playing with other dogs. Sadly though, the thing that all dog owners, or all animal owners come to think of it, know is that when there beloved pet goes outside there's a higher chance that they're going to bring in a little friend that no one really wants to be friends with. That friend being the nasty little thing called the flea, and his mate the tick. So, one every so often we pet owners have to spend vast amount of money in order to keep our pets free from those nasty things.
      For me there's only one kind of flea and tick killer that can be trusted as it not only gets rid of the nasties it doesn't cause any stress to my mad dog, (unless it was this in the first place that sent him mad..??!) and that name is Bob Martin spot on. Why.? Because it does exactly what it is designed to do without any nasty side effects for my dog.
      The good thing about this spot-on is the little tube it comes in. think toothpaste tube, only not as big, then you get the idea.
      To apply it all you do is clip off the end of the tiny nozzle, place the now open nozzle onto the skin at scruff of the dogs neck, squeeze the tube, slowly(ish), making sure all the liquid is pushed out of the tube and onto the dogs skin. Once done you can let the dog go about its business. Which usually means my dog legging it off down the garden chasing the pigeons.

      This stuff gets to work within minutes, although how and why is beyond me, but it works, which is all I care about. My dog shows no side effects at all, not even flinching as the liquid touches his scruff. So he's not suffering any stress.


      You do have to pay a few extra quid for quality product and when your pets health is on the line then that extra quid worth the money. The price of the one I need for the size of my dog is about £8 or so. The prices do vary depending on the size of the dog you've got.

      I have tried the front line version of this but my dog seemed to be a little 'fidgety' after using that one so I went back to Bob Martin.

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    • Sony DVP NS39B / DVD Player / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 21:16
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      • "easy to use"
      • "plays all types of disc "
      • "Low price"

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      • "none for what you pay"

      Sony do do low priced items that are as good as the more expensive ones

      We all know about DVD players, with many of us owning one, - some owning more than one – but we all know that they all do the basic same thing. And that is to play DVDs or, in some cases, CDs.
      This is one of those DVD's that is as basic as the rest, having nothing special, no recording features, no live pause or rewind, just a basic player that is not only simple to use but comes at a simple price.

      It's a good size, being about 425mm wide, 205mm deep and just over 40mm in height, weighing in at a lightweight 1 ¾ kg so that it won't break the TV stand it's on.
      On the front you've got the usual things. The power button, the disc tray itself. A small display that gives you the information that you need to know and you've basic control buttons, play, stop and eject.
      The rest of the controls are on the remote itself, which is self explanatory, and needs two AAA batteries to get it going.
      On the back of the unit there is the usual connection ports, the aerial Jack and the scart socket.

      As I said, the display is a simple one, giving you the basic information about the disc playing, such as time played and the sort of DVD/CD inserted.
      It can play all DVD and CD formats which means that there's less chance of the disc being rejected, which we all know is annoying.

      I've used this for a while and it has never let me down, accepting all discs I've shoved into it without spluttering one bit. It's one of those players that make the more expensive ones look way over priced

      As for power consumption, it take about 8watts per hour when use and about 8 watts a month on stand-by.

      I have had this one for as long as I can remember, I can't remember how much I paid for it but a search tells me that it is going for about £20 - £25, or less in some places.

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    • Roberts RC9907 / Portable Radio / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 17:27
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      • "easy to use"
      • "Easy to control"
      • "good sound"
      • "a good basic radio cassette player"

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      • "no digital"
      • "no stereo speaker"
      • "cassette player ate cassette"

      Life before CD's and digital is still here to see

      It's a nice compact size, being about 290mm long by 110 mm deep by 125mm high, weighing in at no more than 1 ½ kg.
      There are six buttons on the cassette player and three sliding buttons, a couple of dials and one or two holes in the rest of the unit.
      It runs of the mains or, for mobility, 4 of those chunkier batteries. (the 'C' size)
      It offers your usual stuff that any half decent radio/cassette player offers, a radio, AM/LW/FM, but no digital I'm afraid, and a cassette player that allows you to play those old fashioned small plastic case things that have a reel in the middle that is connected to what looks like two cogs.
      And that's it. Apart from a little tiny clock alarm that is in the top left corner and shows up on a small screen.

      It has a recording function, both internal and external, so you can either record your voice, using the inbuilt mic, or record the radio onto a cassette, (like in the good old days when you listened to top 40 on radio one and tried to record the music without getting the DJ's voice... now that was a challenge).
      There's a headphone socket so you don't have to annoy the neighbours, or, if you want stereo sounds, you can attach a couple of external speakers too.

      It has a single speaker, on the right side, with a single handle going over from one side to the other, with an extendible aerial for better quality radio signals.

      The radio tuning is manual so you have to scroll through in order to change the station, using the simple to understand, and even easier to see, frequency settings on the front, with some of the more popular stations being marked along the window.

      The clock/alarm is exactly that, but I never really used that function, although I did test it and can clearly say that if you use the alarm setting you can wake up to either the radio station of your choice or a buzzing noise that could easily annoy the Daly-Lama.

      I still use this in one of the sheds, although sadly the cassette deck is broken, with a cassette still wedged in it to be honest, but the radio still works fine and the speaker still manages to give out a good enough sound, even though the entire unit is covered in paint, and other stuff that I can not identify. But the radio still works.

      This radio cost about £20 when I got it.

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    • Maxell Colour Buds / Headphones / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 15:28
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      • stereo
      • "long enough wire"
      • "feel ok in the ear"
      • "Good sound quality"

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      • " (but are eeasy to put back on)"
      • "White covers can come off"

      Listen to your music with maxell power.... (No?? it's not a new super hero..)

      I got these when they were on offer in the local Tesco, (I know..? an offer in Tesco..???), with the intention of using them as a spare, for when my usual ones broke. But when I give them a go I found that they sounded a little better than my usual ones, which meant that my usual ones are now my spares, with these being my usual one.
      These came in a clear enough plastic casing, so you know exactly what colour you're getting, blue, pink, green red and more, so there's plenty of colour choice for you.
      The ear pieces are quite comfortable, even after having them rammed in my ears for a while, and the sound quality is as good as i'd expect from something that costs less than a pint of larger.
      The wire does get tangles up a bit, but as its a good 700mm long it's bound to. It does untangle quite easily so there's no need to take a pair of scissors to it.

      The 3.5mm Jack is a good built and slides into the port without feeling as though it is going to fall apart in my hands. I've had some ear phones that have cost more than these that have fallen apart at the connector, with the wires ripping out or the actual connector breaking free. But these ones manage to hold their own as long as you don't pull them out by the wire of course.

      I do have to say that the white covering that go over the tiny holes does come loose sometimes but not enough to cause me any hassles.
      I supposed that these could be better, although all of the same type could benefit from using a thin softer material around the outsides so that they feel softer in the ear. Hard plastic material can make your ears a little tender after too much pushing in and out

      These cost no more than a fiver, with some places selling them for less than 3 quid, which is good money in any one's books.

      In all, a nice, small, decent set of in ear ear phones that sound good without the large price tag.

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      30.09.2014 14:45
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      • " large in guts"
      • "small in size"
      • "fast enough for an oldie"
      • "Good price"

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      • "none for what you get"

      Hama going to get all my data onto this tiny thing ...??? yes, you are...

      When it comes to memory cards I have to confess that I possibly own more than I really need, with each one being used to certain types of data. The larger sized GB version I tend to use when it comes to storing larger files, videos and such, with others being used for other data, such as music or, as in this case, written files.
      This is only a 2GB, class 4, which is nothing these days, but i've had this for years and as I mainly these days for storing written data, which takes up a lot less space that pictures and video. Although this one can and has been used for storing pics and vids.

      It's transfer rate is pretty good. For example, I can fill the card up, with a mixture of files, pictures, data, short videos etc in about 75 seconds (on average), and empty it all back onto my laptop in nearly half that... so speed isn't the problem here.

      It has the usual locking switch on the side so that you don't accidental delete files you wanted to keep, nor can you add files whilst it's locked.

      I used to use this one in a camera that I had but when I updated to a larger GB card this one became my file storing, and as it slots into my wallet, i've always got it when I need it.

      What more can I say about what is a memory card that manages to keep my data safe and easily transferable …? well, the price of course. This one sells for less than £4, with some place selling it for a lot less.
      So, if you see one for a few quid then there's no shame in getting it.

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    • HP df750 / Digital Photo Frame / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 11:04
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      • "Screen's pretty clear"
      • "Looks nice"

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      • "does what it wants when it want"
      • "speakers sound terrible"
      • "fails to read card"

      Who ever made this needs framing for crimes against electronics

      I have a fair few of these digital picture frames around the house, mainly due to the fact that I have a mass amount of digital family pictures that would take up all the wall space in the house if I put them all in standard frames. With many many pictures left over. So, in order to show as many pictures as I can I opt for these digital frames.
      Some are good, some are bad and some, I'm embarrassed for ever buying them, and this one comes in that third category.... sadly.

      This picture frame looks nice, being about 230 x 170mm, and about 55mm thick, having a thick frame around the actual 7 inch screen, with the frame being removable so that you can add another of a different design, as you get two spare frame in the kit.
      The screen is a good size and is pretty clear offering 800 x 800 resolution but when it comes to actually showing the pictures in a slide show it really does let itself down.

      It takes all sorts of memory cards, SD,MS pro, CF and even USB, which you'd think would be great for extending the pitiful internal memory, but it seems that this frame doesn't like to read the cards all the time, shouting at me for putting in an invalid card, even though the card is valid on another occasion. It claims to be able to handle most formats, your usual ones, MPEG,MPEG4,JPEG and so on. But on many occasions it tells me that the picture is unreadable, although it has just sat there and read the thing....

      The speakers are a waste of space, giving out about as much sound as a mute swan with its head under water.

      It does have it's good side. That being that, after owning it for a while and struggling to not smash it to pieces with a frozen cucumber, the chaps where I bought it from took it back and gave me a full refund... so that's a plus.
      Other than that this frame is about as useful as a pair of Ray Ban's at the cinema. So save your £35, or more, and get yourself something more useful as this frame will make you cry and cry and cry....

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      • Fairy Cakes / Recipe / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        28.09.2014 23:39
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        Cakes in a cup .... well, we have cup-a-soups so why not cupcakes.. ??

        We all like cup cakes, or most people do, and I find that cup cakes taste better when i've done them myself, (trumpet blowing but hey..??!).

        The thing about cup cakes is that they are so easy to make and taste lovely, plus, you can add to the top what ever you want, be that half a cherry, as I do, or go mad and add full icing with hundreds and thousands, or anything you want really. Use your imagination.



        The simplest cup cakes are these ones, with cherry on the top ….



        You will firstly need to get a few bits from the shop …..



        150g self raising flour
        150g butter,
        150g caster sugar
        6 eggs
        150g Icing sugar
        1 tbsp milk
        1 tbsp Vanilla flavouring
        1 tbsp lemon juice
        12 cherries, chopped in half.
        24 paper cup cake cases.


        So, we've got the stuff needed, now it's time to get the cup cakes made.



        Pre-heat the oven to 180º ….



        Here we go …..

        First off, beat the butter and sugar together until the mix looks nice, light and fluffy.

        Then mix in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla flavouring.

        Then mix in the flour and the milk.

        Beat the lot together. Try folding from the side of the bowl as this will give a lighter taste to the finished cup cake.

        Once beaten together you then spoon the mix into the individual cup cake casings.

        Once done cook in the pre-heated over for about 10 minutes, or until the top of the cake starts going brown.

        Once cooked, place them on a cooling rack to cool off. This takes about 10 – 15 minutes



        When the cakes are done, not before as the icing will go off before the cakes are ready. So when the cakes are done, cooling on the rack, it's time to make the topping, which is simply icing sugar and the lemon juice, or even water if you don't like lemon. You simply mix the lemon or water with the icing sugar until the sugar not longer looks lumpy, more a paste.

        Then spread the paste over the tops of the cakes, allowing it to go off and harden.

        If you want to add the cherries you can simply chop the cherries in half and gently press them onto the icing sugar paste on the cakes before the paste goes off.

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      • Brownies / Recipe / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        28.09.2014 23:05
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        Simple Brownies made even simpler

        When it comes to cooking I like to make things that I know the rest of my family are going to enjoy, which is easy enough when it comes to making cakes and biscuits. One particular biscuit, or is it a cake? Or both. But one particular bis-cake is the good old fashioned brownies ….

        What you need to get in to make these brownies are....

        120g butter
        200g sugar
        3 eggs
        80g flour
        11g cocoa powder
        1 tbsp. Vanilla extract

        So let's get started ….

        Although, before you start I tend to pre-heat the oven at 170º so that the oven is ready for when I finish mixing the ingredients.
        It's also wise to lightly grease a 20x30cm tray to cook the brownies on.

        Right, now the ovens on and the tray is greased, you're ready to begin cooking....

        Mix the butter and sugar together. Then add the eggs one at a time, gently mixing each one in before adding the next one.
        Then stir the flour and cocoa together and bung this into the butter/sugar and egg mix, stirring in gently.
        Now throw in the vanilla and stir some more, until all the mixture is blended well.

        Now you're ready to pour the mix into the pre-greased baking tray. When you've done this pop the tray into the oven for about 20 minutes.

        When the brownies are done they should be moist in the centre and a little harder on the outside...

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      • Pancakes / Recipe / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        28.09.2014 21:43
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        • "adds flavour"
        • tasty
        • "easy to make"

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        • " unless you don't like bananas"
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        A good source of potassium in a tasty flat circle

        Surely everyone's heard of pancakes, especially when it comes to what in the religious circles is called pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, when pancakes are supposed to be served in order to please someone who sacrificed their life so that we could all live in peace and harmony.... or something like that.
        But pancakes don't just have to be serve on one special Tuesday in every year, no, pancakes can be served when ever you like them, with pancakes being served at breakfast time too. (or is that just an American tradition...?).
        Anyway, I like pancakes myself, although I do find that plain ones are a little bit bland, unless you cover them with lashings of lemon juice and more sugar than you get in an energy drink. So, this left me with the idea of making pancakes with a bit of a twist, coming on the lovely taste of pancakes with banana ….??? yes, those little yellow bent things that sometimes get a giggle if used in an inappropriate manner.
        But believe me, it may sound a little odd but banana pancakes are tastier than bacon, (and I love bacon....!!!)

        Anyway, what you need for banana pancakes is.....
        2 – 3 bananas (depending on size and how much you like bananas?)
        200ml of milk, (semi skimmed or full fat)
        200g of plain flour
        two tsp of rising agent, (Bicarbonate of soda or baking powder)
        2 eggs
        a dash of oil for cooking

        This amount should make about 10 to 12 pancakes, depending on the size of your non-stick frying pan, which you will also need.

        So, you've got all your stuff, so let's begin....
        First off, mash up the banana in a good sized bowl, forming a bit of a mush.
        Then add the flour and the raising agent into the banana and mix up some more.
        Then add the eggs and the milk into the mix, and continue mixing, preferably with a fork, until you get something that resembles a smooth paste.

        Now all you have to do is cook the pancakes by pouring a set amount into the pre-heated oil in the frying pan and fry on a medium heat for about 90 seconds on each side, being careful when flipping over as the oil is hot.

        Continue with the frying until all your mix has gone, leaving you with about 10 banana pancakes for you and your family to enjoy.
        If you want to you can still add the lemon and sugar if you want a different taste but I tend to find that the banana gives enough sweetness to the taste.

        Try them. They're lovely...

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      • Cornflake Cakes / Recipe / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        28.09.2014 17:18
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        Cornflakes and chocolote...??? what ever next..?? weetabix and mustard..???? hmmmm

        A simple to make little cake that requires only the minimum amount of ingredients is something called a cornflake cake. The name of the cake telling you what the cake is made of ….? yes, that's right weetabix.... no, I'm kidding, it's cornflakes.

        These are so easy to make that kids can get their hands in on making them. In fact, these are the first things that my youngest made, under supervision of course, and since then she seems to have taken a shine to cooking.... now she now loves making such things as flapjacks, pizzas, scones and more....

        As I said, you only need a few ingredients, those being ….

        180g of cornflakes
        120g of butter, preferably unsalted
        6 tbsp of golden syrup
        200g of chocolate, in the form of a couple of bars of good chocolate.

        This lot should give you a good 12 cakes.

        Now, let's get making them....
        First off, grab a glass bowl and a pan that the glass bowl will sit on top of.
        Then, fill the pan with water to just below where the bowls base will sit, and bring the water to the boil, then simmer.
        Place the bowl over the pan and drop in the chocolate, breaking up the larger pieces so that they melt quicker.
        Once the chocolate has melted add the butter, melting small pieces at a time in order to melt into the chocolate quicker. Stirring in slowly.
        Then add the syrup as you continue to stir.

        Then add the cornflakes and mix very gently so that you don't crush to many of the flakes.

        Spoon the mixture into 12 separate bun cases and leave to cool for as long as you can. Usually take about 20 minutes to chill enough to eat.

        Once cooled. Enjoy....






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      • Pork Recipes / Recipe / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        28.09.2014 01:38
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        A rice dish that contains more than rice....

        It's nice to eat something different, something tasty and above all, something that you've done yourself as things seem to taste a little better when you know what's in it.
        A simple dish to make is something called pork and pepper Byriani

        This dish takes about 15 minutes to prepare and about 25 minutes to actually cook.

        You will need ….
        * 2 tbsp sunflower oil
        * 300g basmati rice
        * 100g frozen peas
        * 2 tbsp medium curry paste
        * 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
        * 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
        * 1 green pepper, deseeded and sliced
        * 600ml vegetable of beef stock
        * finely grated juice and zest of ½ lemon
        * 350g cooked beef shredded

        Now to do the cooking ….
        Grab a frying pan and heat up the sunflower oil. Once the oil is hot add the rice and the curry paste, mixing it all up and cook for about a minute. Stir once or twice.

        Then add the chopped onions, peppers lemon zest, juice and stock. Stirring the lot together the letting the water come to the boil.

        Once boiling add the shredded beef and turn down the heat, simmering the mix for a good ten minutes. Throw in the peas as the mixture is simmering.

        Fluff up the rice as best you can, then cover the entire pan with a lid of tin foil an then simmer for a further 10 minutes.

        You can use other meats instead of pork, such as chicken, lamb or beef, as long as it is pre-cooked and shredded.

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      • Desserts / Recipe / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        28.09.2014 00:50
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        Say cheese, in a cake, with no cheese

        After a good meal it's always nice to have a nice tasty dessert, be that a nice dollop of ice cream or a chocolate gateau, or, if like me, there's always a nice cheesecake to devour after a nice meal.
        I like cheesecakes but am annoyed at having to pay a fortune for a half decent sized one that offers taste along with quality. So I decided to to stop paying for cheesecake and tried to make them which, after several attempts I am at the stage where I am quite good at making them, (even if I do say so myself ….. {head swelling a little})'

        First off, get your hands on ….
        * 300 g digestive type biscuits, finely crumbled
        * 110 g melted butter
        * 600 g cream cheese
        * 520 g quark cheese (or any low-fat, soft white cheese)
        * 300 g sugar
        * 1 tbsp vanilla essence
        * 6 eggs
        * 400 g sour cream

        Now you've got the stuff you need to pre-heat the oven to 150°c - 300° gas mark 2).

        Now, let's get down to business.... Add the butter to the crumbled biscuits and mix thoroughly. Once the biscuits are bonded together you tip the mix into a pre-grease baking ring, preferably the type that has a clip on the side so you can get the cake out at the end of the day. Pat down the mix in the bottom of the ring. Then place it in the fridge for about 5 minutes.

        While the biscuits on the ring are chilling Put the cream cheese into a mixing bowl, then add the quark cheese, sugar and vanilla. Start to fold and mix with the spatula, then continue with the whisk and stir vigorously until everything is evenly blended.
        Do not use a whisk, not even a hand one as whisking will add too much air into the mix. Just slowly fold and mix, but not whisk....
        Once folded you then add an egg to the mixture and stir it in thoroughly. Repeating the process with one egg at a time.
        Now, pour the sour cream into the mixture and stir again, thoroughly, but don't beat it.
        Once mixed you then carefully pour the mixture into the chilled ring and place the entire contents into the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes.
        When the cake is cooked, giving a little wobble on the top, let the cake stand for a while to cool down, then place in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

        And that's it. A simple cheescake that everyone can enjoy. If you want to add such things as strawberries, grated chocolate or what ever then go for it....

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      • Beef Recipes / Recipe / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        27.09.2014 00:35
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        Advantages

        • spicy
        • "will warm you up"
        • "Good hearty food"

        Disadvantages

        • " unless you don't like chilli"
        • none

        It doesn't have to be chilli to enjoy chilli

        I like spicy foods, enjoying just things as hot curry and the like. But I also like to make my own meals and as I don't like to be stuck in the kitchen for too long I like to make meals that are simple to make and taste as good as they should. Plus, with the weather seeming to be going colder than a penguins foot. This leads me to a fine dish that takes no time to prepare really and once done it cooks itself with me having to stand in the kitchen all day. Although it does need to be stirred once or twice as it simmers away on the hob.
        This dish I am talking about is a beef and bean chilli....


        Preparation time: 15 minutes
        Cooking time: 1 hours 10 minutes

        You will need to get hold of a few things, such as..........
        * 200g minced beef
        * 3 peppers, (1 red/1 green/1 yellow), deseeded and sliced
        * 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
        * 1 Tbsp of chilli powder
        * 200ml of boiling water
        * A 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
        * A 420g tin of baked beans in tomato sauce

        Now you've got the ingredients you can start throwing it together ….
        Grab a good size none stick pan and heat it up on the hob, medium heat. You don't need to use any oil as long as the pan is none stick.

        When the pan is hot enough drop in the mince, dry frying it until it is brown. Stir it gently so that it breaks up but doesn't mash up.

        When the mince beef has brown add the sliced peppers, chopped onion and chilli powder and give the lot a good stirring so that everything is covered.

        Once evenly coated pour in the tomatoes and the water, bringing it to the boil, the, once boiling, cover the pan with a lid, (or tin foil if you don't have a lid for the pan), turn down the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes.

        After 40 minutes of simmering, take of the lid, pour the beans into the mix, stir it well and put the lid back on. Then, simmer for another 20 minutes...

        And you're done.

        Once the simmering time is up it's a matter of serving it. You can server it on a bed of rice simply eat it on its own....

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