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If you like something that has a bit of a bite to it, and you love soft cheese, then I strongly advise you to try Asda's Soft Cheese with Chilli!
I love anything with chilli in, so when I saw this I thought I'd see what it was like. The cheese is similar to Philadelphia soft cheese and has a lovely creamy texture and taste. The addition of Jalapeno chillis is inspired! The cheese is not so hot that it takes your head off (though that wouldn't have bothered me, since I like my chilli to be of industrial strength!) but it does have a bit of heat to it enough to make your tongue tingle. I used the cheese in sandwiches, but it also makes a great topping for jacket potatoes, or as an addition to cream sauces. I reckon it would go really well melted into a sauce for a steak!
The cheese is made from milk, so not suitable for people with intollerance to dairy products, but it is suitable for vegetarians. There are no artificial flavourings either...the other ingredients being paprika, green Jalapeño chillies and chilli Powder. It spreads really well and is very smooth on the tongue.
Asda are currently selling 250g cartons for £1, which I think is really reasonable!
I use a cream cleaner for many different cleaning jobs at home. It's great for getting burnt-on food off pots and pans, good for cooker tops and work surfaces and baths and sinks positively gleam when cleaned with this stuff! It's also fairly gentle on surfaces and doesn't scratch, so leaves everything looking good.
I used to buy a more well-known brand of cream cleaner, but now I am having to watch the pennies, I thought I'd try Tesco's Value Cream Cleaner to see whether it did as good a job.
The cleaner comes packaged in a plain white plastic 500ml bottle, with the usual Tesco Value range labelling. Don't let the fact that it is a value brand put you off buying it though, as I have found it to be a really effective cleaner and as good as some of the more expensive brands!
I find that you don't need to use too much of the cream. Just a small squirt of it onto a soft sponge usually cleans a fairly good area and if you use too much it tends to be difficult to rinse away. Sometimes if you are cleaning burnt on food from cookers and pans you do need to give it a bit of elbow-grease, but I find this cream gets most burnt-on food off very quickly. All you need to make sure is that you rinse surfaces well with clean water. If there is any residue it dries onto the surface leaving it slightly unsightly, and of course will taint food cooked in pots and pans afterwards if not rinsed off effectively.
Baths and sinks come up a treat too and I find this cream is very good for getting limescale marks off effectively. Again, you do need to rinse the bath down well after cleaning.
I really don't think you need to pay more for cream cleaners, as this is as good as the branded ones. It's really inexpensive too at 32p for the 500ml bottle. I also find it lasts a long time, though you do need to make sure the top is firmly closed to prevent it all drying out, and also give the bottle a shake before using each time to mix the contents up.
I would recommend this cream cleaner to everyone!
The Original Cooks Matches are probably one of the most well known brands of matches that you can buy. They even come by Appointent to H.M the Queen, so I guess that if they are used by royalty, then they must be good for me!
I always keep a box of matches in the house, as we have an open fire in the winter and hold BBQs in the summer. I find these matches light really well (only one strike usually) and they burn fairly slowly, so you can get a fire started in the hearth using just one match. They don't burn right down to your fingers either, so obviously that is a huge safety factor.
The matches are sold in large wipe-clean box which naturally keeps the contents from becoming damp. The matches themselves conform to the usual safety standards and are fairly long in length. You can also buy extra-long matches made by the same firm and these are great for BBQs. I'm not so sad as to have counted how many matches are in a box, but my guess is that there are several hundred!
Naturally, if you have matches in the house you must keep them away from children and also dispose of used matches safely. I alway dip the used ones in water to make sure they get extinguished properly.
I personally think that these matches are the best you can buy and are good value. A large box costs just 68p in Tesco at the moment.
If you have a halogen or ceramic hob, then you really can't be without a bottle of Hob-Brite in your cupboard. I have been using this stuff ever since we bought our electric oven 13 years ago. Thanks to Hob-brite, our ceramic hob looks as good now as it did when it was new!
Hob-Brite is so easy to use. You just squirt a little of the liquid onto the cooled hob, then wipe it over the surface of the hob with a sponge. Most of the grease and dirt simply wipes off first time (hardly any need to soak) then you can buff the surface to a lovely gleaming shine with some kitchen towel or a soft cloth. Really baked-on food might take a bit of elbow-grease to get off, though I have never really had too much problem and usually just use a non-stick pan cleaner to get the worst off. Just rinse and wipe dry for a lovely finish! Takes just a couple of minutes really!
Hob-Brite is sold in a distinctive orange plastic bottle and comes in a handy 300ml size. I find one bottle lasts ages as you really don't need much to get the hob clean. It will clean all electric, halogen, ceramic and induction hobs and is recommended by several of the big names in cooker manufacturers.
As with all household cleaners you must store it away from children as it could be harmful if swallowed. I find that the liquid can also irritate my skin, so I wear rubber gloves when using it to protect my hands.
I usually buy my Hob-Brite in Tesco, and most of the supermarkets sell it for about the same price. A 300ml bottle costs about £1.52, which I think is really good value.
If you haven't tried Hob-Brite, I really would recommend it!
I am a stickler for hygene! I put bleach down my loos and sink every day as I really don't want germs to lurk where they can cause infections.
I think Domestos is probably the most well-know of all the bleaches in the shops and though it is fairly expensive compared to supermarket own brands, you can see why as soon as you pour it out of the bottle. The bleach is really thick, coats surfaces well and stays there for ages unless it is rinsed off. Even after you have flushed the loo, there is still a residue there, working away to kill off any germ that may still be growing. You can never have too much bleach in the house as far as I am concerned!
As well as cleaning loos and sinks, I have used Domestos diluted in water to get stains out of white fabrics, and it really does bring them up gleaming again. I soak my hubby's white work shirts in diluted bleach for a few minutes before washing them and it really does get the collars clean again. I think it is just as effective as any of the branded stain removers, and rather cheaper to use too. Obviously you have to be careful not to spill any bleach on coloured fabric as it will take the dye out almost immediately! And also don't breath in the fumes! Really not good for your lungs!
This particular bleach is sold in either 750ml or this large 2 litre bottle. The downside of buying it in this size is that it doesn't have a direction nozzle, which makes it more difficult when trying to bleach round the toilet bowl. You tend to use more bleach than you need as it goes everywhere! That said, it's easy enough to transfer the bleach into a small empty bleach bottle that does have a nozzle, so you can still buy the larger size to save money and use it more effectively in the smaller bottle. Job done!
Obviously, if you have children in the house PLEASE keep it locked away in a cupboard where it will be safe. If a child should drink any it's bad news! Also pets could be harmed by the stuff, so safety should always be maintained at all times!
The 2 litre bottle of Domestos usually costs £2.92 and is available in all the usual supermarkets. My local Tesco had it on special offer this week at a cost of £1.50, so quite a saving!
No home should be without a bottle of bleach, and if you can afford the best, this is the one to go for every time!
I was out shopping with my son and asked whether he fancied something new for breakfast and straight away he saw this. Hmmm....cookies for breakfast? Sounded completely unhealthy, but what the heck...it's half-term and we all deserve a treat sometime....plus it was on special offer, so into the basket it went!
Being a bit of a chocoholic myself, I decided to give them a try for my breakfast too (I'm usually a toast and peanut butter person) and was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a sickly artifical chocolate flavour and soggy biscuits, but these were certainly not that at all!
The little cookies are lovely and light, don't absorb the milk too quickly, so they stay crisp and the chocolate taste is quite good, though it is still derived from artificial flavouring.
The grains used in the recipe are wheat, maize and semolina, so they are full of natural fibre, and they are also fortified with loads of different vitamins. It's a bit like healthy sinning!
I kind of brushed over the fact that they have 375 calories per serving...rather more than I would normally eat for breakfast, but hey...it's half term and I need to keep my energy levels up!
Anyway, as a treat, I think these are a lovely way to start the day and I would certainly recommend them. Kids will love the chocolate flavour and it's a great way to get them to eat whole grains, milk and vitamins.
The ingredients are as follows:
Cereal Grains (58.2%) (Whole Grain Wheat, Maize Semolina), Sugar, Wheat Starch, Glucose Syrup, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (2.6%), Vegetable Oil, Brown Sugar, Flavouring: Chocolate Flavour, Salt, Raising Agent: Disodium Phosphate and Sodium Bicarbonate,Trisodium Phosphate, Cocoa Mass, Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin C, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid (Folacin) ,Vitamin B12, Calcium Carbonate and Iron
Tesco are currently selling them for £2.08 per 375g box, though this week they were on special offer at my local store.
I'm not sure I would buy them every week, but as an occasional treat, I would certainly buy them again sometime!
I've been making my own ice cream for years, since it really does taste better than commercial ice cream, but also because I have an intollerance to eggs, so a lot of bought ice cream is no good for me. It use to be the case that when you made your own ice cream it would take hours to freeze, as you had to keep beating it every so often to get the right consistancy, but a few years back my hubby bought me an ice cream maker and it made the process so much easier.
This particular ice cream maker is the second one I have owned and I think it's the best of the less expensive ones that you can buy.
The bowl is designed to be pre-frozen, and it does really need to be put in the freezer overnight for it to be effective. I usually keep my bowl in the freezer permanently, wrapped in a plastic bag so that it's ready to use whenever I need it. The plastic funnel-top comes off quite easily and fits round the motor part with small clips. The paddle is attached through the plastic funnel. It is very easy to assemble and take apart to clean. Obviously you cannot immerse the motor part in water, but the rest is easy to hand wash, though I never put the parts in the dishwasher as I am not sure they would be OK to wash like that.
On the top of the motor part there is a rocker switch which turns the machine on and off. All you need to do is make your ice cream recipe (plan to start it off the evening before to allow it to get really cold in the fridge) then switch on the machine with the paddle in place and pour the mixture through the funnel into the frozen bowl and let it churn for about 20 minutes. The ice cream starts to freeze and thicken and when it gets really thick and frozen you hear the sound of the engine change and sometimes the paddle gets stuck. That it when to take the ice cream out and put it into a container that you can keep in the freezer. If you want soft ice cream you can eat it straight from the ice cream maker, or for a more firm ice cream freeze it for a couple of hours. It will freeze quite solid, so you have to remember to let the box of ice cream stand to defrost slightly before serving if it comes straight from the freezer. The bowl is cleaned by rinsing under warm running water. I never immerse the whole thing in water, but it does clean up very easily like that. Wipe it out with kitchen paper and refreeze for next time.
As well as ice cream you can also make frozen yogurts and sorbets and they all come out really well. There is a selection of recipes to try in the booklet that comes with the ice cream maker, though I quite like to make my own recipes up.
A very good and easy vanilla ice cream (that you can vary by adding other ingredients) can be made using a cooled pint of made Birds custard (using 4 ounces of sugar) mixed with half a pint of double cream and a few drops of vanilla essence. This is churned for the desired time and comes out really creamy and is very delicious! Add fruit pureé at the end of churning for a rippled ice cream. I made that recipe up myself and it has gone down very well with my family!
The machine makes 2 pints of lovely ice cream in about half an hour, though you do need to start the ice cream off beforehand to cool it down enough to freeze, so plan ahead if you can.
Once you make your own ice cream you'll never want to buy commercial ever again!
I can thoroughly recommend this particular ice cream maker. It cost me £24.99 from Argos.
I sent up a loud 'Hooray' when my old iron died! It had never been that great, but I couldn't justify buying a new one till it konked out! When it did, I took great delight in looking for a new one!
Having looked at all the different irons on offer I finally chose this one. For one thing, I like the brand and it was also on special offer at the time, and that clinched it for me! I'm so pleased I chose this one!
The iron looks really smart, white and blue with black trim and an easy-to-grip handle. There is a rubber foot to rest the iron on upright when in use which is really sturdy and the iron doesn't wobble on the stand. It has a clear water tank in blue plastic which is easy to fill through the apperture on the front of the iron, which has a snap-shut flap in black. There is a good long flex too, which is very useful.
On the top you have two buttons, one gives a good jet of steam and the other a fine spray of water as you iron. The main temperature dial is at the front of the handle and it is fairly easy to see which setting you need, though the writing on it is a bit small if you have bad eyesight. That's the only bug-bear I have really!
This is probably the best iron I have ever owned! It heats up fast and is not to heavy to handle, yet it irons the creases out effortlessly. Even hard-to-iron fabric smoothes out without much trouble. The jet of steam is pretty good (makes my cats jump out of their skins!) and if you have the iron set to the steam setting it gives enough to smooth even the hardest creases out, then when you stand the iron up the steam stops. It doesn't drip water like my old iron used to do, so that it also a plus as far as I am concerned!
My ironing use to take ages to plow through, but now I'm done in about 20 minutes! This iron makes it so easy! Once you have finished there is a self-clean button, which removes any build-up of limescale from the base of the iron.
I wish I had bought one of these ages ago, so if you are looking to buy a new iron yourself, then do give this one a try!
I got mine from my local Dunelm Mill and it was on offer at £14.99. You can also buy it from Argos at £24.99. I'd recommend shopping around!
When our old doorbell died on us, we decided to try a wireless one, rather than having to mess about with the electrics. We went for this particular model and I have to say that we have been very pleased with it.
It comes with all the fixings that you need to install it, including a battery (CR2032) so all you need to do is fit the bell to the door and plug the unit into the mains socket. It has a range of 60m, so is very portable and has 4 different melodies, including an ordinary 'ding-dong', which I personally prefer. The volume is loud enough to be heard, without being 'tinny' and we have no problems hearing the doorbell if we are upstairs or out in the garden.
The battery life seems to be quite good. We have had this bell for about a year now and we are still on the same battery it came with. The plug-in unit is a little on the big side, so would suit a socket that is out of the way, but it looks OK and as it's white it is quite unobtrusive.
I would certainly recommend this particular doorbell and think it is quite reasonably priced at £16.99 in Argos and £22.93 in Amazon.
I'm quite a thrifty cook and I like to make sure that no food goes to waste, so usually turn any left-over meat into pies. My family always complained that I made them too big though, but I had no choice, as the dishes I have are just a bit too big for individual portions, yet too small for a family pie. Then I found this pie-maker and thought why not give it a go? I love gadgets and anything that will save me time in the kitchen, and this pie-maker is really great for doing just that!
It is slightly bigger than your average sandwich maker and is manufactured by Breville and endorsed by TV cook Antony Worral Thompson. It is quite smart to look at, with a silver metal exterior, hinged lid and non-stick interior with four non-removable pie-plates. It has a place to wind the cord round underneath, so everything is very neat to store when not in use. On top there is a light that indicates when the machine is hot enough to start baking and once you have prepared your pastry and filling, the pies take about 10 minutes to bake, so it's very quick to use!
I'll take you through the basic process.....
First of all you have to heat the pie-maker, which starts getting hot as soon as you plug it in. There is no on-off switch..it just plugs into the wall and off you go! It takes about 5 minutes to get up to the right heat and a green light comes on to tell you when it is ready.
I always make my pastry ahead of time, so that it has time to rest while I make the filling. You have to pre-cook any fillings (including fruit) so this can be done ahead too, so that when you come to cook the pies, everything is ready to go. I usually make pastry disks and freeze them so they are ready to use, and this is a good way to use up left-over pastry you might have. Just defrost before use.
The pie-maker comes with a pastry-cutter (which is double-sided, giving you the correct size for the top and bottom pastry) and also a little round mould with which to press the pastry into the pie-plates so that you don't burn your fingers.
Once you have all your pastry cut and filling made and the machine is at the right temperature all you do is place the larger circles of pastry in each plate, press down slightly (being careful not to split the pastry) then add your filling. Place the smaller circles of pastry on the top, brush with either egg or milk and close the lid. Leave for about 10 minutes, then check to see if the pies are golden brown and cooked.
I have to say, I have always had success making pies with this machine! The pastry is always lovely and crisp and the filling piping hot. The pies always come out of the plates fairly easy, though I do sometimes have to use a plastic palate knife to ease them out, though once loosened, they lift out easily. The edges are nicely crimped too and everything is sealed.
I have made both meat pies and fruit pies and the recipe booklet that comes with the pie-maker gives recipes for lots of different ones that you can make. I usually make my own recipes up though, and it's fun to experiment with different fillings.
You can use different types of pastry in the machine, though it does recommend that you always use shortcrust for the bottom of the pies, but you can use any other type of pastry for the top.
Cleaning is fairly easy, though removable plates would have been preferable. The non-stick interior wipes clean though and I find it is easier to get any residue off if the machine is still warm. I just use ordinary warm water and washing-up liquid and a soft sponge. I wouldn't recommend scourers though as that would damage the non-stick surface.
If you like to eat home-baked pies, then I really would recommend this pie-maker! It gives great results every time and is easy to use!
Mine cost about £29.00 from Amazon.
I'm not the most technically-minded person, so when it comes to machines, I like them to be easy to work as well as reliable. When we upgraded our TV to digital a few years back we realised that our old video recorder was: A) outdated and: B) not able to record the digital channels, so we looked round for something to replace it. Having collected a lot of videos over the years, some of which are of our kids when they were small, we wanted to still be able to watch them and also, if possible, transfer the films to DVD, plus be able to record directly onto DVD from the TV on all channels. We found this particular DVD combi recorder and it seemed to have everything we needed in one package.
Let's start with how it all looks. The machine is about the size of standard video recorder. On one side is the video player/recorder and the other side has the DVD player/recorder. There is a display panel on the front which tells you what type of media you are using, plus the running time. You can also use this to see how much disk space there is on a DVD, which I find very useful. It all looks a tad chunky, but if you can get over that, this is a good machine which is well-made.
The machine is connected to your TV with the usual scart and aerial leads and our machine came with a scart lead included in the package.
Setting up the machine is very easy as it has an auto-setup, which tunes it to your TV in a few minutes. Whenever a new channel is added to the list it will tell you and ask if you want to retune, though if you do this it will wipe any TV programmes you have timed to record later, so you need to re-programme them afterwards.
I like the fact that you can record from VHS video to DVD, and this is easy to do with an on-screen step-by-step instructions. The DVD recorder also supports all types of recordable disks, which is very useful. We use the DVD ram disks, which allow you to edit recordings without losing disk space, plus it make chapters in the each programme if you desire, as well as splitting longer recordings into separate programmes. You can also edit the names of each title too, then if you want to keep them from getting erased, all you need to do is lock them and they can no longer be edited or lost accidentally. I also love the partial-delete mode. If you record a film that has annoying adverts in, you can use this function to edit them out. We find the ram disks are very economical to use. If you choose to use standard DVDs, you can delete recordings, but you do lose disk space, though once they are full you have the option to 'finish' them, which the machine does in a couple of minutes. That then makes the recordings permanent and they can be played on other machines.
There are several different DVD recording modes, which include standard XP, SP, LP and EP. VHS recording gives you SP, LP and EP options. We usually use the EP mode, which gives 8 hours of recording on a standard DVD disk. The quality of the playback for this is excellent. What I like about using the ram disks is that you can watch a programe you have already recorded on the disk at the ame time as recording another, plus you can also watch the programe you are recording on 'catch-up', which means that if you delay watching something you are recording with adverts in by a few minutes, you can fast-forward through them and enjoy the programe much more.
As the DVD recorder has Freeview it will record all the digital channels. Since we don't have Sky TV I am not sure how it works with recording their channels, though there is a reference to this in the user manual (which I have mislaid), so I am guessing that it is possible.
The ease of recording is very pleasing. Planning ahead is great too, particularly if you go away on holiday and want to record something while you are away. All you need to do is go to the guide button on the remote control and it will give you a week's worth of listings for all the channels, including radio channels and the BBCs Red Button. You simply find what you need, highlight it and press the 'OK' button and it's programmed in. Couldn't be more simple!
Everything is operated by the remote control, which is a fairly chunky handset, though I like that fact and the buttons are easy to see if you have sight problems.
Once you learn what everything this machine does, you wonder why on earth you never got one before! I always like Panasonic goods and this DVD combi has proved to be an excellent buy and a very reliable machine. I'd certainly buy another if this one ever went wrong!
Ours cost about £290.
It's that time of year when we all start to think about Christmas. I always make my own christmas pudding, partly because my daughter has a nut allergy and it is hard to find bought puddings that are nut-free, but the main reason I choose to make my own is that it tastes so much better! I usually make my pudding about 3 months before Christmas so that the flavours can develop and it always tastes great!
Naturally, Christmas puddings are stuffed full of lovely dried fruits, one being raisins, and the raisins I always buy are Tesco's Californian Raisins. For one thing, they are really plump and juicy, never dry like others I have bought and they have a fantastic flavour. These ones are also seedless, so that makes eating them quite pleasant. I hate getting seeds stuck in my teeth, but have never had that problem with these particular raisins.
According to the information on the packet, the raisins are of the Thompson Seedless variety and are naturally dried in the Californian sun. I guess that is what gives them such a lovely sweet flavour. I find them great to cook with and have made loads of cakes, puddings and chutneys using these raisins. When they are cooked they really plump up and become very juicy. They are also great to add to breakfast cereals and are a good way to get kids, who may not like fresh fruit, to eat some dried fruit instead.
Back to Christmas... My pudding and mincemeat are all made for this year now and I am starting to think about the cake. The raisins that I have left have a fairly long shelf-life once opened, so should keep until I need to use them again. I usually store them in an air-tight jar and they keep for months like that and still stay juicy.
Tesco sell these raisins in either 500g or 1kg packs. I can get a large Christmas pudding, at least 3 jars of mincemeat and have enough raisins left for a Christmas cake out of a 1kg pack! They cost 99p for the 500g pack and £2.49 for the 1kg pack, so I think that is quite a reasonable amount to pay when you consider the quality of the fruit.
I can't wait for Christmas now!
I don't buy soft cheese all that often, but when I do I usually go for this one. I used to buy the more expensive brands, thinking that they must be better, since they all cost a lot more. These days I have to watch the pennies, so I am gradually trying most of the value ranges from all the supermarkets.
When I first bought this particular soft cheese I wasn't expecting it to be that good, but I was pleasantly surprised! I was making a big cheesecake (we had family coming round for dinner) and the recipe called for a soft cheese such as Philidelphia. Mind you, there was so much needed for the recipe that I simply could not afford to buy the more expensive brand, so I saw Tesco Value Soft cheese and thought I'd give it a try. After all, once the other ingredients were added, who'd know?
The cheese is sold in a small plastic tub, with a foil lid, much like other soft cheeses. The label is the usual Tesco Value one, with the blue and red logo. On the front it has a bit about the nutritional value of the cheese. I found that useful.
Once you open the pack, the cheese looks much like Philidelphia, and has the same smell and taste. It makes me wonder whether it is made by the same firm as the more expensive brand.
Anyway, I used the cheese in the cheescake recipe and it turned out really well (not much was left by the end of the meal) and it tasted just the same as when I had made it with Philadelphis cheese, so I will certainly be buying Tesco Value Soft Cheese again!
I have since used the cheese in things like sandwiches and as a topping for jacket potatoes and it has a lovely creamy taste. It's really versatile too, and you can add all sorts of other things to make really lovely sarnies!
Calorie-wise, there are 75kcals per 30g of cheese, so not too bad really. The main ingredients are: Milk, wheat fibre, citrus fibre, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum, Tara Gum).
Naturally, if you are allergic to dairly products, then this is not for you!
In all, I think this is a really good soft cheese, and just as good as the more expensive brands. I always buy this whenever I need a soft cheese now, and I think that at 40p for a 200g tub, it is very good value for money!
If you love steam trains then if you get the chance, go and visit Bressingham Steam Museum and gardens in Norfolk. It's a really good fun day out for people of all ages!
The steam museum is located just off the A1066 not far from Diss, Suffolk, and is fairly easy to find as there are brown signs for much of the way once you get to Diss. As you get there, you'd be forgiven for thinking it is just a garden centre, as there is a huge one right next to the museum. You can park here and there are plenty of spaces, plus parking is free. I don't think there is any public transport other than local bus services, so you would need a car in order to get to Bressingham. I would think that any local buses would run from Ipswich or Norwich.
As you come from your car past the garden centre you are immediately transported back to that bygone age of steam. On certain days of the week the museum runs narrow-gauge train rides, which are included in the entrance fee, and as you walk round you can hear the hiss of the steam, the chuff-chuff as they trundle through the grounds and the shrill whistles of the engines. It really is a very nostalgic place! A lot of the train drivers are obviously people who, in their youth, probably drove steam trains for a living. You can tell that there is a lot of love for the engines and locomotives that they have at Bressingham!
Once through the gates you are guided to the ticket-office. There is also a lovely gift shop here, which is well worth a look! Prices to enter the museum are really quite reasonable. Steam days (Wednesday to Sunday) are £12.50 per adult, £11 for children (aged 3 to 16) and concessions are £8.50. Non-steam days (Monday and Tueday) are slightly less at £10, £9.00 and £6.50 respectively. Every so often the museum runs special steam days and also Thomas The Tank Engine days and small children will love to be able to ride on Thomas and meet the Fat Controller in person! You do need to check with the museum for details as to when they run their special events, as there are several throughout the year.
Once you come out of the ticket office one of the first things you can hear is the sound of a Victorian Carousel playing it's jolly music. Rides on this are also included in the entrance fee. There is a small café which sells really good food at very affordable prices. It cost us just £26 for four meals, so I thought that was very reasonable, and the food was great too! Toilet facilities are very good and there are loos for the disabled.
Further on into the grounds you come to the exhibition sheds. The Dad's Army one is great and they have recreated Warmington On Sea with all the vehicles that featured in the series, such as Mr Jones's van as well as his butcher's shop. Fans of the show will love this! There are also several other old steam vehicles on show in this area.
Outside again you come to the locomotive sheds where they restore steam and traction engines. You get a real feel for how it must have been back in the golden age of steam when you walk round the locomotives. All have been beautifully restored and look like new, with shiny paint and metal that you can see your face in! Each engine has a story to tell and you are able to read all about their histories. There is even a one-time Royal Train, which Queen Alexandra travelled in!
Once you have been round the sheds, you can have a bit of old-fashioned fun at the penny arcade outside. There are a number of old slot machines which you can try (you buy coins from the attendant there) and also a crazy golf course, plus a coconut shy and other side shows. The best thing they had here though was the original 1950s dodgems. We had to have a go on these and they were great fun! Much faster than the ones you usually get at funfairs today!
Since we were on a Steam Day we enjoyed all the train rides on offer. We were lucky enough to be able to go on three different trains. Each ride lasts about 15-20 minutes and you are transported through the trees and gardens in a haze of steam. It really is quite relaxing and all faces of the children there that day had huge grins on them!
As well as the museum there are fabulous landscaped gardens, and they are well worth a look. It's quite a big garden though, so if you are suffering from aching feet, and it's a steam day, why not take the train round instead? That was one of my favourite rides of the day.
Once we had seen everything we had a look in the garden centre next door, which sold all sorts of beautiful household things as well as most of the plants we saw in the gardens outside. I could have spent a fortune in there! There is also a café at the garden centre too, so another good place to eat.
In all I thought Bressingham Steam Museum was a really good, fun day out for kids of all ages! Who wouldn't love a life-sized train set like that?
We will certainly be going back again!
I am a bit of an addict where cranberry juice is concerned! I try to drink at least one glass per day...usually more....as it helps keep cystitis at bay and is full of vitamin C. I don't usually buy Asda's own brand juices, but I ran out of the stuff and couldn't get to my usual supermarket that day, so I decided to see whether this was any good.
I really wish I hadn't bothered!
The cranberry juice (and I use the word 'cranberry' in it's loosest tense!) is part of the Smart Price Range, meaning it's pretty cheap. I would love to be able to afford Ocean Spray juices, but my budget is tight these days, so have to make-do with cheaper versions for now. It cost me 66p for a 1litre carton.
Since it is called 'cranberry' juice, one would presume it did actually taste of cranberry! You'd be wrong! When I poured this into the glass, instead of the usual lovely rich pink cranberry that I am accustomed to, I got a really insipid pale watery-like drink that had a hint of pink about it. I was a bit dubious by now, but took a sip....and almost spat it out. It tasted little of cranberry and more like sugar water!
IT WAS VILE!
When I looked at the cranberry content the ingredient list said that it had just 7% cranberry juice from concentrate. That is half of what Tesco's own brand cranberry juice has. To be honest, I'm surprised it had that amount, because you certainly cannot taste it!
What really DID surprise me was that the labelling also clamed that it was 'Free From Artificial Colours. Free From Artificial Flavours.' So basically, all it is, is predominately water, a hint of cranberry concentrate and a LOT of sugar! I guess they had to add the cranberry in order to call it 'Cranberry Juice'!
If you are like me, and love cranberry juice then PLEASE don't buy this!
It is truly one of the most awful juices I have EVER had the misfortune to taste!