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Due to the demise of our old kettle which was leaking water all over the place we though it really was about time we invested in a new kettle. To be honest we hadn't put much though in it, we happened to be doing our shopping in Tesco's and thought 'must pick a kettle up before we forget'. We have a large tesco store by us so we had a large variety in store to choose from - both Tesco own and branded makes. We had a good look through all the kettles and were impressed they had samples on display to look at. I wanted it to look stylish and my boyfriend was interested in the practicalities. We both agreed the price needed to be cheap. This kettle stood out as it looked great and would match our kitchen in brished stainless steel and it was a good price at £18. I also liked the fact the water measurement section lights up as the water is boiling. As for use this kettle has been good, no drips and seems to boil water fairly quickly. My main reason for writing this review though is to warn people the outside of the kettle gets very very hot and remains so for a long time after the water has boiled. This is a major concern for anyone with children as I myself have almost scalded myself on it when moving it. The handle stays cold so always use this and make sure the kettle is somewhere out the way where you are not likely to just knock it and it really does stay very hot! For this reason I will only be giving the kettle 4 stars as this is a health and safety issue. On the whole though a really lovely looking kettle and hopefully will remain inuse for many years to come.
Before I opted this phone I read the reviews and as you will see there are some mixed reviews in there. I've never had a smart phone before so wanted to make sure I got a good one. My sister already has this phone and she highly recommended this and those who have wrote good reviews really seem to like it. T-mobile swung the deal for me - free HTC wildfire with unlimited interenet and unlimited text messages for £7.50 a month!! You cannot go wrong with that deal!! I have not been dissapointed, I love this phone!! I am abit of a facebook addict so for those out there who also love to stay connected then the friend stream feature is great and always updated. You can also load the full facebook app too which I have done. In terms of the internet speed I find this great when you have a wireless connection around, however if there isn't a free wifi around then the internet can be a tad on the slow side which can be frustrating at times. Point to note if you leave the phone wi-fi on and use the internet alot the battery tends to run dry in a day so always keep your charger to hand. I love the fact that it has in built sat nav - very useful if you find yourself lost all of a sudden or if you are walking and want to find your way around town - a really useful and novel feature. The download applications are good and I found free ring tones (Zedge), nutriational guides and even a complete recipe application which lists recipes from around the world - such as traditional egyption bread! Very impressive indeed. The free games to download are also good and I am currently an addict to bubble pop. The phones responsiveness to games isn't always brilliant, for example it will sometimes sent the bottle slightly off from where you tapped. In regards to phone ease of use I have found this very easy and did not need to download the full instructions, its all pretty self explanitory and there are so many people with smart phones now you will always fidn someone to help you. I found the touch screen key pad very weird to begin with and still find it very easy to press the letter you don't want by mistake. It has a good predictive feature to help overcome this but just make sure you keep an eye on this - I called my friend Darren 'Fatten' - luckily he saw the funny side of it. I have small fingers so for those with wider fingers it may be even more difficult to accuratly type. Overall I think this is a great phone and for the money I pay per month you just can't beat it, best phone I have ever had.
Well, what can I say. This game truly is amazing and utterly addictive. I was first introduced to World of Warcraft by my partner who had been an avid player for a number of years. Wasn't sure at 1st I would like it as I'm not normally into games where you kill things, however I loved this. Its not your standard war came which is what I orginally thought. It is purely based in fantasy and you get to choose an array of characters to be such as Gnome, Worgen, Elf, Human, Dwarf and more. You can also choose to be Alliance (goodies) of Hoard (baddies). You can have upto 10 characters at a time so each time you play could be different. Each race has it own starting area and then as you progress through the game you move out to the world, and the higher level you become the more areas you will be able to reach. To begin with when you are a low level some areas are just too dangerous and you will be killed. The world itself is massive, I have been playing for a couple of years and I still haevn't been everywhere or done all the quests. They are constatntly bringing out new updates for the games to ad new quests etc for you to do so even for the avid players there are stil things to do. You also have skill to take up such as skinning, leather working, archeaology, first aid, cooking, mining, tailoring. This are an additional where you can make things to increase your armour, heal yourself or to sell in auction to give yourself more cash to buy other products you require - such as pets! They also haev achievements which trust me will take hours and hours and hours to compelte. For me they are a secondry as I still have so much in the world I can do but for those who are addicts they are nice feature to keep you playing and to haev something to work towards. What I enjoy most in this game is the compelte variety for in what/who you can be and the powers you then get - the combinations are endless and really worth exploring to find your favourite. I love to be a hunter myself!! This is def worth a trial and beware its very addictive - before you know it you'll be loosing days of your life!!
I am a vegetarian but I do eat fish so you may wonder why I thought about trying these. Well for a start I was just plain curious. Having been a veggie for 15 years I can't remember what meat tastes like to compare the quorn products to it, but with eating fish I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to compare the fake to the real thing. For a start they are really healthy, as are alot of the Quorn range with just 66 calories and 0.5 saturates per finger. So that is always a bonus and a good incentive to eat them. They are found in the freezer section with the meat free and are easy to cook - exactly the same how you would cook a normal fishfinger. They also look like a fish finger so ticking all the boxes so far. Now for the taste. I found them delicous. I wouldn't say they had a real fishy flavour so if your used to the good brands of fish finger don't expect them to be the same taste. However, they were far more fish tasting than some of the cheap fish finger brands I have had which are almost all potatoe. I think what really won me over with these is the lovely lemon flavour they have. I love lemon mayoinnaise on my fish finger sandwiches, however, I tried these plain to get the full flavour and so I was very pleastantly suprised my the lemon flavour which I got. I would def buy these again, however, as they are more costly than the Birds Eye Omega 10 at the moment then I will probably stick to the real thing for the moment purely due to price. As I said before I do eat fish but I am always on the look out for healthy foods and I do think it is good how Quorn are promoting suistanble oceans by providing this alternative.
I am not a fan of micorwave meals, i do not find them as tasty as cooking my own food and not as healthy. However, these were on offer in Morrisons at 3 for £5 so as I like Quorn and it is known to be healthy I thought I would give it ago. I find it always useful to have something quick and easy in your freezer if you are in a rush. It comes in is cardboard box with the food in a plastic tray with a plastic lid, standard microwave meal packaging. The dish can be cooked in the microwave or the oven (check the box for eact instructions as it varies based on the particular appliance). I have only tried it in the micorwave as this is the quickest option. The meal consists of white rice and quorn chicken style chunks in a sweet and sour sauce. The sweet and sour sauce has a nice taste, not dis-similar to those which are out of a jar . The quorn pieces taste very nice coated in this sauce. I also found the sauce added some flavour to the bland rice. Typical microwave meal rice which clumps togethor. Of course it is a not as nice as going to a resteraunt, however, unless you maek your own sauce from scrath I think this was on par to making it yourself using a jar of sauce. The only one negative I have it it lacked salt. i know that is healthy and i appluad Quorn for this, however, in this case it really did lack any salt. So I have to confess I did add some too it to give it that extra flavour. On the whole a tasty meal, and very healthy so great for vegetarians and those on a diet. I would buy this again as a quick meal, however, only if it was on offer again. I think abit too pricey on its own.
I first saw these on offer in Morrisons for 3 for £5 so I thought I would give them a go. I'm not a fan of microwave meals prefering to make my own food and freeze it to create my own. However, the Quorn range is known to be healthy and I like many of its products. I decided to try this one evening when I was going out and would be in a rush. The 1st thing I noticed upon cooking as it seemed to take ages to cook, longer than stated on the packet. I also noticed that the sauce and spaghetti cooked much quicker than the balls themsleves so the sauce was totally boiling when I finally came to eating. The plastic had also gone quite floppy which made transfering to a plate to eat rather tricky, esp with molton sauce. However, once all that drama was over the food itself, when finally cool enough to eat, was nice. It tasted nice and was an acceptable portion. The spaghetti and sauce were fairly standard and the meatballs had a lovely herb taste to them. Would I buy it again? Maybe if it was on offer and I knew I needed a quick meal. I have to say it wasn't as tasty as our own veggie meatballs or spaghetti bolagnase which we make. Which I found odd as we use the Quorn recipes for these. I wouldn't pay full price for it. Ingredients Tomato (30%), cooked spaghetti (23%)[durum wheat semolina, free range egg, water], Quorn Balls (17%), [mycoprotein*, textured vegetable protein (wheat protein, pea protein, wheat starch, vegetable oil (contains milk, maltodextrin), onion, flavouring (contains potassium chloride), dried free range egg white, rice starch, colour: caramel], water, onion, tomato puree, modified starch, basil, garlic puree, sugar, wheat flour, oregano, salt, vegetable bouillon (maltodextrin, yeast extract, potato starch, salt, onion & garlic powders, vegetable oil, black pepper, thyme), black pepper, *7% of product
I love the Quorn sausages - I really think they have improved in flavour over the last couple of years and my partner will quite happily eat them aswell as they are much lower in fat than meat sausages and less messy as there is no fat spraying. We both love pastry too and as a veggie I do miss the pastry products like pies and sausage rools therefore I was very excited to see this Quorn Sausage Lattice in the frozen section. I had never seen it before and having had a look on the Quorn website it does only appear to be available in Sainsburys. We decided one winter lunch time to have this as a nice bit of comfort food. It cooked from frozen on a baking tree which was ideal. It looked lovely and golden once cooked and smelt delicious - really herby and pastry smell. I have to say though I was very dissapointed. The meal was dry which was such a shame as the sausages on their own are normally lovely and moist. The pastry was very flaky and abit like sadust it was so dry. In the end we ended up having to put some tomotoe ketchup with it to moisten it up abit. The flavour was nice so it did have that going for it but I am afraid to say I will not be buying this again. I recommend if you do have it to put some gravy with it. Ingrediants Filling (48%)[mycoprotein, water, onion (7%), textured wheat protein (wheat protein, wheat starch), Cumberland Seasoning (wheat flour, rusk, dextrose, sage, spice extracts), vegetable oil, dried free range egg white, whey protein, sage & onion stuffing (breadcrumb, rusk, dried onion, salt, herbs, onion powder, black pepper & sage extracts), gelling agent: pectin; roast barley malt extract; dried parsley, sage, thyme], pastry (wheat flour, margarine, water, salt), modified maize starch. * 20% of product
I saw these on offer in Asda so thought we would give them a whirl. We often eat the Fajitas and find them yummy. The kit contains 8 Corn Tortillas, 1 Quesadilla Spice Mix, 1 Mild Original Salsa. You then need to add cheese and chicken (or Quorn or vegetables if you are a vegetarian like me). They are relatively easy to make - you lie one tortilla in a frying pan add the spice mix, salsa chicken and cheese then the other tortilla and fry. You do need to turn over to fry the other side which is tricky and requires a couple fo spatulas. This is recommended for sharing however we found 1 is enough for just 1 person really and unless you have a couple of frying pans on the go at the same time then you can only make one at a time. So we have 1/2 each followed by another half each. Good if your after just nibbly food but not good if you want a sit down meal altogethor or don't want to get back up again. I found it also went cold pretty quick so you couldn't really just leave one on the side whilst you made the other. Overall, to be honest, I found them disspointing. They were fairly bland and not ideal as a meal as you have to keep getting up and down to make more. If you wanted an afternoon snack or evening snack then yeah I could see the appeal but I doubt we would buy them again. I have had far tastier in resteraunts so in this case I will leave this dish to the professionals. Nutritional Information > Nutrient (per 100g) Each 1/2 quesadilla contains Energy 985 kJ / 234 kcal 622 kJ / 148 kcal Protein 7.6 g 4.8 g Carbohydrate 34.1 g 21.5 g of which sugars 7.2 g 4.5 g Fat 7.6 g 4.8 g of which saturates 2.2 g 1.4 g Fibre 1.2 g 0.8 g Sodium 1.13 g 0.71 g Salt Equivalent 2.8 g 1.8 g
I orginally tried these when they were on offer in a local supermarket and since then never buy at full price as they very often are on offer at £1 or 3 for a £5 - it varies at supermarket and month by month. Normally they are priced around £2.50 per pack of 2. Firstly I would say these are very tasty product and actually had a lot more kick than I thought they would - so be warned they are peppery! I find they go really well with mashed potatoes or even a salad as a healthy option. They are very easy to cook and can even be cooked in the microwave within minutes. However, do be careful, if you over cook them they can become easily dry. On the whole though they stay moist and succelant but do have a chewy texture which some people may not like, esp any non meat-eaters which are trying them. My partner is a non meat eater and has tried these. Whilst he finds they are tasty he does say that they don't taste anything like Steak. However he continues to eat them as a healthy option with just 0.5g saturated fat and 107 calories per steak. On the whole a tasty Quorn product, not my favourite, mainly due to the texture but still a very cheap (when on offer) and easy addition any diet. The ingredients for these Steaks are as follows: Quorn steak (92%) [mycoprotein*, rehydrated free range egg white, onion, flavouring, partially hydrogenated rape, palm & palm kernel oils, milk protein, roasted barley malt extract, tapioca starch, gelling agent: pectin], pepper coating (water, wheat dextrose, black pepper, salt, green & red peppers, sunflower oil, gelling agent: xanthan gum). 48% of product.
I have now been a vegetarian for over 10 years so I must confess I don't really remember what beef burgers taste like. Over the years I have tried various veggie burgers and I often find that the purely vegetable burgers aren't great on bread and if you try to BBQ them they just fall apart, and the previous Quorn (or equivalent) are fairly tasteless. Son the whole I used to give up on Burgers and BBQ's and opt for a Jacket Spud or Veggie kebabs. We were attending a friends BBQ and she had brought these burgers for me so to begin with I wasn't overly excited but not one to be impolite I gratefully accepted my burgers. I have to say I was very very suprised. These burgers where exploding with flavour. They are by far the best tasting veggie burgers I have ever had. As I say I can't comment on how beef flavoured they were as I don't remember the taste but they def had a sweet onion taste. I found the burger very moist as well which is good as previous Quorn burgers often dried out when cooking. They were also not overly stodgy when eating on baps. My friend grilled these and that worked very well so I would imagine on the BBQ they would work just fine. I would recommend with some additional onions and abit of tomotoe ketchup. I now happily eat burgers again which is great cause I can get back into the BBQ spirit. I have also tried these just with a salad and they are equally nice and a healthy option if you are waching your weight. The only downside I would say is they are more expensive than standard veggie burgers at around £2.49 for 2 but they are worth it.
We stayed in this hotel with a small group of friends whilst on a weekend away to Nottingham and we chose the Best Western as we know their reputation is good and the website quoted they had more facilities. The staff were very helpful and friendly, could not fault the service we received here. The room and the hotel in general was also very clean. The bedrooms looked like they had recently been modernised and they were a pleasure to stay in. However, the rest of the hotel is dated. It did not look unclean or like it was falling apart but it could certaintly do with some modernisation like the bedrooms have had. The bar and restraunt were abit 'old man pub'. The hotel advertised spa treatments which is one of the reasons we opted for this hote so me and my friend could have some lovely relaxing treatments whilst the boys did their boy things! This was run by a company called 'Nottingham Revive' and you could either book direct through them of via the hotel. Now I would expect from a hotel that advertises a spa for them to have a specific spa room with the candles and atmosphere etc. However, when we were greeting in reception we were took to a very dated meeting room where two massage tables had been set up. The room itself had chairs and tables stacked up the walls and meeting refreshments so it is clearly used as a meeting/storage room normally. It was hardly a relaxing atmosphere to have your treatments. We also had the treatments in the same room so had to get undressed infront of each other which not every one is comfortable is with. I have to say the ladies who had come from Nottingahm revive gave an outstanding massage but the whole room let the experience down. I almost felt ripped off paying such a high price for the treatments which were not carried out is a spa centre. This was not made clear on the website or at any point through the booking process, if I had know this we probably would have gone to Nottinghame Revive centre itself rather than the hotel. On the plus side it is a convenience having it at the hotel but i think they need to look at setting up a specialised area for customer use if they are going to advertise the hotel as having a spa. We ate one of the night at the hotel and the food was lovely. It may have looked like your basic lasagne but it tasted delicious and the food was piping hot. I though the food price was reasonable for the quality you got. However, the drinks are expensive but this is often typical of hotels. After such a lovely dinner meal I did feel let down on the breakfast. It was a very minimal self serve buffet breakfast with eggs, mushroom, tomotoe, sausage, bacon and from what i was told rock solid black pudding. As a vegetarian there was no vegetarian option. I have stayed at much much cheaper hotels/BnB's and had the option of vegetarian sausages, hash browns, fish. For the price we paid for this I was very disspointed in. They brough toast to your table but this varied day to day on how much you received. There was also a continental option which consitited of yoghurt, prunes, oranges and 3 cereals. Again very disspointing. From a continental I would at least expect a full fruit salad and again for the price I'm sure a selection of breads/coissants would have been better than waiters bringing over limited toast. Overall I have to say the breakfast experience really let this hotel down, for the price you pay and the quality of these hotels they could do alot more with this and I have stayed at other hotel chains which are cheaper and provide a much better breakfast option. Overall i found this hotel average but again I must state the staff here were very friendly and very helpful.
Worth Brothers are based in Lichfield and I stumbled across them by accident when walking to work one day. There 'shop' is based behind some offices tucked out of sight but on this particular day they had a big sign outside advertising their latest wine tasting event. Me and my partner were intrigued so thought for a tenner we would give it ago. We were not dissapointed, for a tenner got to try over 40 wines of good quality and a few ports too. We have since gone every year and now have a following of 10 friends and family who come with and this grows each year through word of mouth when me and my partner rave about it. The day normally starts around 12 and lasts will 5 and you can turn up when you want through this period, though obv the earlier you get there the longer you will have to taste and discuss the wines. You are given a glass on arrival which is yours throughout the day and a list of the wines where you can write your comments and then use as your order sheet. The white and Rose wines are often presented in a marque in the carpark (this event is held in winter so wrap up warm!) and the red wines and port are then in the wine cellar. You then just work your way round trying what you wish. The staff/owners are very very knowledable and very friendly. There is no obligation to buy on the day, we normally take our list home and then choose once we've sobered up and I'll drop it in in the week. They then collate your order and ring you when ready (normally in a week), the wine is always ready well in time before xmas. The wines themselves for the tasting vary each year so you are given plently of choice. They also have offers throughout the list, such as but 6 bottles of one type and get some money off. The wines can be expensive if you are used to buying cheap wine in supermarket. However the quality of these wines in comparison to the cheap wines are far better and for the price they are better than same marked price wines at supermarkets and I beleive they have a greater variety and harder to find wines. They also have a fine selection of spirits including limited Whisky's. The 'shop' is open all year round to buy wines and you browse the cellar. They also have a very novel tasting machine. You receive a points card with your 1st order and then you can use the points you accumulate to try testers in the tasting machine, the wines are often rotated in this. You could also if you prefer save up your points to have money off an order. I have to admit we don't often shop there in the year due to the cost, however, if we could afford it we most def would as we like our wine and this place is great. We therefore usually go for the xmas wine tasting and buy quite a few for a xmas treat. However, we are determined to start shopping there more as the supermarkets are increasingly putting up costs and the quality here is far better as if the brilliant service. I can't speak highly of this place and would recommend if you live in the Lichfield area to def try out the xmas wine tasting. We are currently hoping they run a summer event one year.
This is Pets at Home own branded hamster exercise ball. My hamster orginal ball after a year of use was very scratched and I was beginning to think the poor thing couldn't see out of it so I went in search of a new ball. This proved alot more difficult than I first thought - where are all the hamster ball?! The only one i could find was this Pets at Home Space Pod Runner Ball. They are cheaply priced at under a fiver and they are bright in colour. They are fairly small which is ideal as my hamster is of a dwarf variety. This hamster ball has a lid at both the top and bottom of the ball allowing access from each end (not entirely sure why this is needed but it doesn't effect the ball usage so I dont mind). I found the limited carboard packaging was not adequate for this type of ball, it was like a carboard shell. I found on taking my home when I went to use it I only had one lid. The other lid had fallen out which is not suprising as if the lid came loose it would just fall straight through the large gaps in the packaging. I took it back to Pets at Home the next day and they had found a lid on the shop floor which was presumingly from mine so they gave it to me no problem and didn't even ask to check the receipt. They were quite willing to replace anyway without receipt but they found the lid before they needed to do this. I thought this was really good customer service, however, the fact is they wouldn't have needed to do this if the product was packaged well in the first place, so please be careful to check this product when you buy it. The 2nd thing I noted upon using the ball as the plastic seems very thin and bendy. The lids don't quite fit on securely enough for my liking as they have gaps round the edge where they don't quite fit. My hamster is very quick and if the lid was too fall then i would never catch her again so this was a worry. My other worry is we have a cat who likes to watch the hamster and the last thing I wanted is an escapee hamster, the cat might not be so well behaved should the hamster be free from its ball. However, having used this product now for a good number of months the lid has never fallen off or showed signs off so it seems to be secure even if it doesn't look it. The 3rd point I noted is the air holes in the ball are quite large and my hamsters little legs come out should she happen to place them wrong. It doesn't seem to bother or stress the hamster out at all that this happens but I just feel that this is a bad design and the holes could be smaller, esp if it is aimed at dwarf hamsters. Also a point to note that if your cat is not as well behaved as mine then these gaps would allow a cat claw through into the ball. Also the hamster can pick up any small bits from the floor via the holes should they happen to align up with the correctly. Overall its not a bad product, bit flimsy for my liking but it is doing the job and the hamster doesn't seem to mind. I just wanted to add for any one who is worried on reading this review that my hamster is safe, in fact the cat seems more scared of the hamster at times who will quite happily roll full pelt into the cat who sits their normally watching from afar.
I saw this in Pets at Home and it was ver reasonably priced at around £5. My cat is not fat however he is a house cat so I am always looking for ways to entertain him especially when we are at work. My partner was dubious about buying this product but for the money I thought I'd give it ago. The ball comes simply packaged with drawings of a cat in action playing with the ball - all looks very exciting! It also has instructions with it but the ball itself is very easy to use. It has a lid you take off, then fill (not to maximum capacity) with cat food/treats, secure the lid back on and the turn the top half of the ball to align with either the smaller or larger holes and secure in place. It recommends you use the larger holes to begin with so your cat gets used to the ball. I also used treats in to begin with to attract his attention. My cat began to play with it straight away and we soon moved to the smaller holes. Be careful though as not all food will fit through the smaller holes. As my cat uses this for fun then I do also have a bowl of dry food and this ball and put a different flavour in each so he can then choose he preferred flavour. I was very impressed that my cat was not lazy at all and often prefer playing with his ball to retrieve the food rather then just eating out his bowl. he doesn't quite play with it as the pictures show - throwing it up in the air and on his belly - but he certaintly knocks it around the floor and when it is nearly empty then he really does pounce all over it. The only downside is it does leave a trail of crumbs behind it so you do need to hoover frequently in the room where the ball is. Overall I think this was well worth the money and def worth a go. It keeps my cat active and alert and will stop him putting on weight as a house cat. Just ensure you regulary check if it needs topping up as your cat may soon loose interest if it is often left empty
My cat is not too much of a fussy man but I do like to give him the odd treat every now and then, esp if we are decorating and he has to get locked away (he's a house cat so when we decorate he is not a happy chappy). Now we don't often buy expensive cat food. If it was up to me I would spoil him rotten but my partner is more practical than me and as he is not a fussy eater then why fork out when he will quite happily eat Asda's own which is full off good vitamins (infact better than some leading brands). So we have never brought the box set of these cans, however when I see the individual cans on offer I will pick a couple up for a treat. I have got them from a local pet shop and Tesco's and they usually sell them 4 for £2 or similar, so they are not cheap. Now they may not be cheap but they are def worth it to see your cat so happy! He is not allowed on the kitchen work tops but he could not resist. I opened the can and he jumped straight up and was trying to eat it out of the can as i was trying to put it in his bowl. His favourite so far seems to be the one with shrimp, he also like Rabbit and Liver, though I haven't found a flavour he doesn't like in this range yet. What I love about these is not only does my cat love them but they look such good quality too. They are proper chucnks of meat and whole shrimp, you just can't get better than that. My cat literally licks his bowl clean when he has these, you woudn't even think he has had his food it is so clean. He def gives it his seal of approval and would recommend to all cats out there. The cans themselves look small which I was abit concerned about but they look to contain the same amount as a pouch of food. Its recommended to feed 3 a day but I would only fed my cat two as he has plenty of dry food to.