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    • Room 101 / Discussion / 82 Readings / 80 Ratings
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      What really gets my goat

      Now then, what's really getting my goat at the moment? Mmm, well it's nearly Christmas so I shouldn't be in the mood for moaning. But it's nearly the end of the year so I thought I'd finish off with a bit of a whinge then it's over with.

      These Room 101 reviews are quite interesting and I like reading yours so I'll share with you my gripes!

      1) CALL CENTRES.....Grrrr, these really annoy me. I'm at home one day a week and always in early evening and this seems to be the target time for random call centre companies to ring you up and pester you. The phone will ring and you're on the loo, making the tea, dealing with the kids and you launch yourself to the phone in case it's something important. And it's either some nitwit wanting to sell me a new kitchen or, worse still, those silent ones that hang up when you answer. They are so annoying and very intimadating, especially for the elderly. And you always know it's a call centre from abroad when you hear that 'click' and a few seconds delay. I hate them! Surely the companies can see that these pester tactics aren't working. If I want double glazing I will ring them myself.

      I don't normally get so wound up but last week I had a call from some woman trying to promote some security system and when I said I'd already had this cal thel previous week and wasn't really interested thankyou, she hung up while I was still speaking. I was furious! How dare she ring me, then have the audacity to hang up on me. If that's the way they were doing business.... I did 1471 and found it was a real number so rang it back and asked for the girl who had rung me, She came on and I went into a big rant about how she had rung me, I had politely said I wasn't interested and in her rudeness had hung up on me. If they were looking for business, they weren't going to get it that way blah blah blah. She said nothing except when I had finished, 'thankyou for your comments'. Don't know whether it made any difference but it certainly felt satisfying!!

      2) TALENTLESS POPSTARS AND THE X FACTOR

      I'm still relatively young I think, nearly 34 and although I'm very much a retro girl I still remember that when I was in my teens songs were, in the 80s and 90s by and large, songs. A lot of them might not have been to my taste but they were original, we hadn't heard them before. In the mid 90s, I was a huge indie kid when bands played instruments, wrote their own material and started off round the local pubs and clubs like bands used to do years ago.

      Now, with the X Factor generation, kids want it all given to them on the plate, and fame is instant. Yep, I won't deny some of them have great voices but there is nothing original. They even get Christmas number 1!

      And popsongs in general are a often a cheap rehash of an old record because they can't be bothered write a new song or think we'll be satisfied with some weak dance track with very poor lyrics. And sadly the kids are.

      I'm not knocking all new and current music but just put some effort into it! It's the wanting to be famous without trying that gets me, Simon Cowell has a lot to answer for.

      3) WOMEN IN BIG CARS WHO CAN'T DRIVE THEM

      I'm not knocking women drivers, I'm one myself, but I get really annoyed by women who can't drive their cars. I live near a very affluent area of Cheshire, though sadly I'm in the council end, but often have to drive through the village which does get very busy, And there is nothing more annoying than some yummy mummy in her huge Range Rover with personalised reg who will think there is nothing wrong with stopping in the middle of the road, without hazards while she pops into the deli. Or will pull out again, without indicators and cut me up because she is much more important than me and needs to be in front. And I can't look at all if she is attempting to reverse park..... I can't stand it!

      4) RAP MUSIC

      I know plenty of people out these will love it but I don't. At all. To me it's not music., it's just some prat talking so fast I can't understand any of it wearing really ridiculous clothes thinking they're 'cool'. It's not, I don't get it. Sorry but to me, it's not music just a noise. God, I sound like my Grandmother!!

      5) RUDENESS IN SHOPS

      And that's a two way thing. Shop assistants can be terribly rude when they natter amongst themselves virtually ignoring you as they take your money, or look at you as if you've crawled out from under a stone if you dare to ask for some help but customers can be just as bad. I work in admin for a small retail business and the majority of people who phone up are lovely but some are real sods! I know the customer is always right but when they rant on and on, without letting me get a word in edgeways, it's really annoying and some are really rude and I refuse to be sworn at. I'm not your punchbag, thankyou very much Mr Customer.

      It's Christmas, lets just be nice to each other!

      Thankyou for reading my gripes, I hope I don't come across too many of these in 2010 though I fear I probably will!

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      • Cadbury's Snow Bites / Chocolate / 63 Readings / 61 Ratings
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        15.12.2009 21:59
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        Christmas is here again and chocolate seems to be everywhere I turn at the moment. And that's no bad thing!

        Coming home from school tonight, we needed some milk so stopped at the local Co-op. Of course, when the little ones are with me it's never just milk I end up buying so our treat tonight was to pick up two bags of these, Cadbury's Snow Bites. Priced at £1 a bag or £1.50 for two.

        The bag is familar Cadbury colours with the purple being the sky becoming bluer towards the ground and a nice wintry snowy scene with Snowman, Christmas tree and snow topped cottages. In the forefront are 5 Snow 'snowball' Bites, two cut in half showing the choc inside.

        Cadbury describe these as, 'chocolate balls surrounded in a crispy white dusted shell'. On opening the packet, the yummy smell of Cadbury chocolate hits you. Each ball is indeed dusted, the kids opened the packet in the car to share on the way home and Tom declared it was covered in chalk, as a snowy residue is left on your fingers. But that didn't put him off and they tucked in.

        I have opened the second packet just now, in the name of research, and tried one and tastewise they are exactly the same as Mini Eggs that are around at Easter which I'm sure many of you are familar with. Of course, just shaped differently and without the dust.

        The chocolate is firm and gives a good bite through the crispy shell.

        The bag contains 100g worth of Bites and if you were to get through half of them, you'd have eaten 11g of fat and 240 calories. So not ideal but of course it is chocolate and it is Christmas. I suppose they'd be quite morish but I tend to be okay with chocolate and two or three Snow Bites would be enough for me in a sitting. But great for children and the first bag was gone in seconds.

        The price of £1.50 for the two bags was good I thought, personally I would have chosen a bar of chocolate if buying for myself but they are tasty and would be great for decorating the Christmas cake too.

        A nice Christmassy chocolaty treat for you.

        Merry Christmas everyone!!

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          15.12.2009 11:58
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          Love it cos I'm a nosy parker

          If you're the kind of person who, when it's starting to get dark and people have put the lights on but haven't yet drawn the curtains, you can't resist having a nosy as you walk past, you will love Location Location Location! I am one of those people I have to admit and watching this really is just like a quick look round strangers bedrooms and living rooms.

          I've watched this pretty much from the beginning, about 2001 Channel 4 started broadcasting it shortly after myself and now husband had bought our first house together. I had enjoyed the whole househunting experience and now I could do it every week but without the hassle of doing the moving myself!

          Initially the programme was a half hour weekly episode hosted by property experts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer and each week would be in a different town or area and feature someone who needed help finding their dream home. It could be a couple of first time buyers or an retiring couple looking to downsize. More recently, the show has grown to an hour in length but this time features two sets of buyers, in the same town but often at opposite ends of the spectrum such as a single young professional with a £125,000 to spend to a wealthy businessman and his family with £800, 000 or more to spend.

          But the focus is the same and these people need Phil and Kirstie's help to find a home. The show starts with a brief summary of the area in tonights's show then Kirstie and Phil meet the buyers and find out a bit about them, what they are looking for in a home, where they want to be, essential features the house must have, budget etc etc. Kirstie and Phil then draw up a shortlist of what they think might suit, then proceed in turn to show the buyers around these houses.

          This is the good bit, where you get to have a nosy around. It is also where it can get frustrating. A lot of the buyers are ok and realistic about what they can and cannot afford. But some of them are so picky and it's often the ones who have the biggest budgets who have the biggest gripes about almost everything they see. It is amazing to see perfectly good homes being rejected because it won't house the home cinema or people who expect to get a four bed house within their budget in the very best area or that's not on a busy road and are gobsmacked when Kirstie and Phil point out it just can't be done.

          They are not magicians, yet I think the buyers expect them to be. Just because Kirstie and Phil are with them, they can't make house prices fall or add paddocks and extra bedrooms with just a 'tap tap tap' of Kirstie's shoes.

          Kirstie does tend to get more frustrated and irritated with them for these reasons than Phil does and she is quite funny when she gets cross and often with very good reason. I would want to wring the necks of some of them. She and Phil are a great partnership and tease and wind each other up like a pair of old marrieds. You can tell they are genuine friends.

          I did like the original format better of the half hour episode rather than the two sets of buyers they feature now. With the two, you do get to look round more houses but I do find myself forgetting what I've seen and getting them mixed up as to which buyer is considering which house. The original was better where it focussed on just one buyer and it felt like Kirtie and Phil were giving them sole attention. Now they tend to flit between the two buyers and it seems as if they are often needed elsewhere, with one of them having to dash off to help the other couple.

          But I do like this programme and generally do tune in, it's great in that Kirstie and Phil test people's boundaries by showing them properties they wouldn't normally consider.It's great to see people really liking something or somewhere they never would have viewed if they had been househunting themselves.

          Kirstie and Phil make a great team and I think she's be great to go on a girlie night out with! And she wears fab shoes!

          So if, like me, you can't resist peering in that living room as you walk past tonight and wondering what the decor is like, switch on Location Location Location!

          It airs on Channel 4, the last series was on Thursdays, but you can catch old episodes on More 4 regularly.

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            15.12.2009 10:59
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            It did the trick and mafe me feel better!

            It was our work Christmas do on Friday night and a very good night was had by all, though the following morning was a bit grim when half the workforce are expected to be in, me amongst them. Struggled through and by 4 o'clock I was feeling a good bit better but all I wanted to do was get home, under the quilt on the sofa and I had a yearning for something comforting to eat.

            I stopped off at Sainsbury's and amongst a few other bits I needed to get, I spied this McVities Jamaica Ginger Cake so decided that a good slice of this and some warm custard dunked on top would make me feel much better.

            I hadn't had this since childhood, so that was definitely part of the attraction so after tea, husband warmed up the custard and I sliced the cake.

            The packet comes in a dark red colour with palm trees in the background with the McVities logo and the statement that this ginger cake has been 'the original and best for over 50 years'. On opening the packet, you can certainly smell the ginger, it smells very inviting and not overly sweet. The cake is sitting snugly within a paper case and on cutting a slice, quite a bit can get left behind. But that's okay, the knife will soon scrape all that up. It's too good to waste!

            The cake is very moist and light brown in colour, much lighter than the gingerbread my Grandma used to make which was almost black with treacle. (Where I come from gingercake is actually known as gingerbread, where it is like a cake and not like gingerbread men)

            I've just tasted a crumb and it is very gingery just from that small piece but although it is there, it isn't overpowering. It gives off a lovely warm sensation in your mouth.

            It is cake, but the packet claims there are only 93 calories in a slice. But looking at the nutritional info, this is based on one slice being a tenth of the cake. Mmm, how many of us will manage just that? A slice of this size will give you 2.7 g of fat.

            As it is cake, it does contain egg so people who are allergic shouldn't eat it and it does also contain milk and gluten and may contain nuts, peanuts and soya. It is suitable for vegetarians though.

            I really enjoyed this as an occasional treat, it's lovely and comforting on a cold winter night and really was scrummy with the warm custard though of course is probably normally just eaten on it's own with a mug of tea.

            I have to say it's not as nice as the homemade my Grandma made, as I like it really sticky and treacly and there is no treacle in this one. But then what is better than what Grandma used to make?

            But try it, it certainly made me feel better after a heavy night out and was just what I needed. I will buy it again but probably look for it when it's on offer as I paid £1.25 for this and I'm sure it's often cheaper.

            Next time, I will put it with my other childhood favourite and I used to eat it a lot this way, raspberry Angel Delight! Yum!

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            • What's In Your Bag? / Discussion / 48 Readings / 47 Ratings
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              08.12.2009 15:17
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              Me and my bag

              A load of rubbish will probably be in here. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to clear it out and see what I can find, maybe some money!!

              I only have two bags really that I regulary use. My day to day is a large Cath Kidston oilcloth one which is great and dead practical but is a bit too big really in that I end up carrying stuff I don't really need, or lose what I have put in there. My other handbag is a 1950s brown leather bag, the type Grandma's had! I love my Granny bag, that tends to be my going out or 'smart' bag. It's big enough for purse, hairbrush, makeup etc but small enough to go out with and it does get a lot of comments, mainly of the 'my Grandma had a bag like that' type.

              Anyway, what's in the Cath bag today? Let's take a peep....

              1) Purse. Bit boring brown leather one which contains quite a lot of old receipts and not very much money. At all. Mmm, 61 pence. Oh dear.

              2) Mobile phone. Very basic and out of date but I'm not a very techy person and although I love my laptop at home, I don't feel the need to be wired up to it when I'm out. But phone is vital for texting and sorting out kiddie stuff, like who's picking them up tonight etc etc. All that kinda thing.

              3) A Roxy Music CD. I meant to leave this in the car but obviously forgot in the 20 seconds it took me one morning to walk from front door to car. It's quite good really, I didn't buy it. It was free with the Daily Mail!

              4) Foundation. I don't wear much makeup especially during the day but I do like to keep some with me cos you never know. I'll include my lipstick here as well.

              5) Half a dozen biros. They probably don't work either. I'm not sure how I came to have so many here, I can never find a pen in the house when I want one.

              6) Sanitary towels! Yes, half a packet of Bodyform. I don't like to be without at any point. Why I carry them when it's not time of the month though I don't know, unless it's because I'm afraid I'll forget to put them back in my bag and I'm caught short at a vital moment.

              7) Tissues. Lots of them. Again, vital because you will never know when you might be in need.

              8) A packet of Match Attax cards. My son collects these and I picked up some from the shop the other night and have forgotten to give them to him. I will maybe save them now as a bribe!

              9) Some Angel perfume. I love this, reminds me of my wedding. It's one of my favourites and I've got this in a roll on perfume, almost like a deodorant so you can just freshen up as and when.

              10) A hairbrush. Not very exciting but it's there.

              11) A handful of loose barley sugar sweets. I like these but I think they've been there some time. I've found them at the bottom and they're a bit sticky now.

              Mmm, that's it. Just the odd note, receipt, and such like. Sadly no money.

              Oh well, thought I'd share that with you!

              Have a good rest of day xxxxx

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                08.12.2009 14:45
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                Fromage frais in a tube, not a pot

                Frubes. If you've got children you may have come across these before and my two think they're a hit.

                Simply, Frubes are fromage frais not in pots but in little plastic tubes where you just tear off the top and suck out. Easy peasy. Made in France by Yoplait, this is the same stuff as Petit Filous, they are in fact Petit Filous Frubes!

                They come in a box of 9, each tube containing 40g of fromage frais and they is a mixture of 3 flavours: peach, strawberry and forest fruits.

                The box is predominantly purple, with the Frubes logo in yellow and a selection of fruit. Each Frube is a different character and they are all pictured on the back. Just looking on the back I can see a pirate, a chef, a mermaid and a cowboy amongst others and they all have names. I suppose the idea is that kids can collect all the characters. My son did this briefly but I wasn't happy with his bedroon floor being strewed all over by empty yogurt packets, some of which would have had yogurt still in them. I suppose I could wash them out and give them back to the kids but they have enough tat already thank you very much without more plastic rubbish.

                Anyway, these characters are fun and once they've seen who they've had and eaten, they're happy to throw them away.

                Ingredients wise, after the fromage frais the main ingredient is sugar. The nutrition label states in every 100g of fromage frais, there is 13.7 g of sugar. Mmm. Fat wise, it's 2.8g. It does state that the product is made with fruit puree from concentrate.

                I buy these fairly often as the children do like them, and Tescos often have them on offer. They are handy for lunchboxes as you don't need the spoon, and I sometimes pop one in Tom's schoolbag for snack time to keep him going til lunch.

                In the summer, I pop them in the freezer which turns them into an ice pop which they really get impressed by.

                All in all, for the convenience factor and because my two do like the taste I will keep buying them, they may be in the high side sugar wise but I'd still rather they had one of these than raid the biscuit tin quite so often.

                As for me, I had a taste once and it was disgusting!!!

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                08.12.2009 13:07
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                Yummy, and it makes our Friday. Our life is soooo exciting

                Me and the hubby don't get out much at the moment and I suppose there are a lot of people in the same boat, young kids and zero cash mean meals and treats out for the two of us are non existent, especially with Christmas coming up.

                So, and I know it's not that glamourous but getting the kids to bed asap on a Friday night, cracking open a bottle, and tucking in to a huge plateful of spaghetti bolognese has become a little weekly ritual and something we both really look forward to.

                There's not as much time as we'd both like to cook from scratch always either so after trying a few brands and types, Dolmio's Bolognese sauce is the one we've been buying the most and inparticular the Extra Spicy version.

                The jars are widely available and contain 500 gram of sauce though in some flavours there is a larger family sized jar. To be honest, this 500g jar would probably feed a family of four but we have been known to put away quite a bit of it our two selves. Greedies!

                The jar is quite distinctive with a green screw top lid and a lable displaying the Dolmio name, and because this is the Extra Spicy kind, some red chillis and basil leaves. The nutrition info is also clearly displayed on the label telling us that per 125g of sauce will provide 1.5 g of fat and 60 calories. Good going!

                But of course, this is just for the sauce itself so it will be considerably more once you've got your mince in.

                But to save a few calories, we always use Tesco's Healthy Eating mince, and saute the onion in low cal spray. Makes us think we can have a bit more and an extra glass of wine!

                Husband usually makes this while I put the kids to bed so he gets cracking by frying an onion and a garlic clove, adding the mince then once it's browned, adding the sauce, some mushrooms, a splash of white wine and some milk (I don't know why the milk goes in but it's a tip he got from his Dad long ago). It all bubbles away for 40 minutes or so, then some spaghetti goes in another pan and in another 10 minutes it's ready. Some grated cheddar or parmesan and some black pepper finishes it off.

                This Extra Spicy bolognese sauce we really like. The spiciness comes from the whole green peppercorns I can see listed in the ingredients on the back. Which does make me wonder actually why there is a picture of red chillis on the label, yet they're not listed. The spiciness you can definitely sense, but I've had jars where it's spicier than others, I suppose depending on how many peppercorns end up in your jar. But it's not overpowering and just gives it a little kick and peps up the taste.

                The other ingredients include tomatoes (77%) tomatoe puree, onion, sugar.lemon juice, olive oil, salt, basil, garlic, herbs, parsley and spices.

                There are variations on the sauce from the original pictured here, to ones with extra veg, extra mushrooms or extra garlic so there is one to appeal to most people.

                But what I like about them across the board is that they are tasty, quick and easy to prepare, fairly healthy provided you use lean mince and not too much cheese topping, and good value for money. A jar will cost in the region of £1.80 but Tesco sometimes have it on offer for two jars for £3.00.

                Try them, it's good hearty fare for a cold winter night and it peps up our Friday nights anyway!

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                  06.12.2009 23:07
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                  Mmm, not again thankyou Santa

                  It's Christmas!!! It's getting nearer and all the shops are bursting at the shelves with goodies for us all.

                  Which makes popping into the shop after school with two kids in tow for a pint of milk even harder. I resisted the pestering of almost everything but did relent when at the till to buy said pint of milk to pick up a box of Cadbury's Festive Friends biscuits which were in a basket near the till in the Co-op for, I think, £1.15.

                  I agreed to get a box for the two kids to share and in the car on the ten minute drive home they duly tucked in.

                  If you're familiar with Cadbury's Animal biscuits, you'll get the idea that these are exactly the same but 'festive'. Each box contains 200g of little bite sized biscuits shaped into a Christmassy 'friend' ie a Santa, a Christmas Tree, Rudolph etc etc. One side is covered in Cadbury chocolate which you can tell when opening the box but isn't very thick and the coverage is a bit patchy. The biscuits themselves are a bit sickly really, I had one in the car with the kids and really didn't think it up to much at all, Cadbury's forte is definitely with the chocolate. It wasn't very tasty and did leave a sickly taste in my mouth anyway.

                  But great fun for the kids and provided lots of, 'Who have you got?' and 'I've got a Christmas Tree', which certainly kept them entertained. However, we got home and there are still about 10 in the box which they haven't asked for or finished off, so I don't think they found them that amazing either really.

                  Each biscuit contains 20 calories and 0.9g of fat. But I would rather put my £1.15 to a much better quality and tastier biscuit than these. They're nothing special and I wouldn't buy them again.

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                    Works for me!

                    If you took my Vaseline lip balm away from me I'd cry. If I can't find that little tin in my pockets or bag, I panic and won't settle until I've found it. I simply cannot stand the feeling of my lips being dry and I will reapply it in the middle of the night if need be.

                    I've been buying Vaseline's Aloe Vera lip balm for quite a while now as for me it's the best. I love the fact that it keeps my lips feeling lovely and soft for ages and a little goes a long way so a tin does last me a few months and that is with applying several times a day.

                    The tins are available widely, I tend to get mine from Tesco and they contain 20g of lip balm in a handy pocket sized round container, as stated on the lid. Perfect for your handbag or jeans pocket, though in hot weather of course be careful if you keep it on you as it will very easily turn into a big gooey mess. This also makes taking the lid off tricky, and if you have lotion or anything else on your hands nigh on impossible.

                    But I like these as they seem to last much longer than lipstick style ones and the product really does seem to work. Just a run of your finger across the balm then onto your lips. The balm itself is a pale green in colour and tasteless, though the aloe vera one does a have a hint of lemon in the smell as a quick look on the bottom of the tin verifies. For some reason the ingredients are, I think, in Spanish but I can understand the word 'Citronellol'.

                    I will continue to buy these lip balms for their value for money, convenience and simply for the fact that they work. I do, I admit, have a bit of an addiction and will keep on applying when i don't really need to but even so, I've been on this tin for quite a while now and there is lots left to go.

                    They are manufactured in Norway and are a Unilever brand. Perfect for keeping your lips chap free this winter. And by chap I mean cold!

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                  • Warburtons Farmhouse Bread. / Snacks / 48 Readings / 47 Ratings
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                    It's good bread!

                    Oooh now this has been a treat if you like bread, I 've been quite impressed by this loaf!

                    We get through such a lot of bread in our house with 3 out of 4 of us on daily packed lunches and toast for breakfast etc etc and because money has been tight I have resorted to buying lesser quality bread. But I just haven't been able to afford to buy the 6 loaves I normally do in one go, the kids like white and me and him prefer brown.

                    However, I was running short and asked himself to pick up one of each at the shop on his way home. For the white option, he chose this one: Warburtons Farmhouse and I'm so pleased he did! I can't tell you how much he paid for it, or even where he got it but it's the yummiest bread I've tasted in a long while.

                    The bread has all gone, and I'm sitting here with the empty bag on my desk while I type, and the wafts of bread are still floating through the air. It's lovely!

                    The slices are white and sooo soft with quite an irregular shaped crust which even the kids have eaten. The slices are thick, you couldn't have them any other way, and are fabulous in sandwiches.

                    But it was when I popped the slices in the toaster that made it, the smell that wafted through the house was almost as if I'd found the breadmaker again. I've never noticed bread toasting to smell so noticeably as that, excluding burning of course! It was delicious, so homely and comforting especially on a chilly November morning.

                    I was toasting for my son who will chomp through 2 slices in no time, the toast popped up all lovely and golden though not to crisp and the butter just loved the bread too, melting into it almost sighing. Or maybe that was me.

                    Anyway, I have nothing much else to say other than get yourself a loaf of this, a pot of butter, a huge mug of tea, your quilt and a black and white afternoon matinee on the telly and indulge.

                    I am off to the shop to get some more in a minute, need to ring husband first to find out where he got it from!

                    Oh and by the way, a slice of this will give you 1.1 g of fat and 101 calories before your toppings.

                    Thanks for reading! xx

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                    Lovely mushy pea

                    I'm a big fan of mushy peas though I know they're one of those love 'em or loathe 'em kind of foods.

                    But you can't have fish and chips without them in my opinion with lots of tomato ketchup, I don't have chips very often but with some mushy peas on the side I feel as if I've redeemed myself a little by having some veg.

                    I don't buy tinned mushy peas regularly though I do like them a lot and recently I would buy Batchelors or Harry Ramsdens. But this time, in a never ending attempt to save some money I bought Tesco's Value kind which, I think, cost me about 18p. A snip!

                    And I've just eaten them on a baked potato cos I needed something warming as it's freezing today outside. And I have been very impressed!

                    The tin is sized to hold 300g of mush and is the typical Tesco Value range label, slightly different to the one pictured above with a picture of a bowl of peas on it. The tin opened easily enough and was crammed to the top with peas which when tipped upside down brought the contents into the pan in a perfect cylinder. There was a good mix of mush and more 'shapely' pea, so you could tell you were actually eating peas and not some unidentifiable green sludge.

                    About 4 minutes later, they had warmed through quite nicely and the potato in the oven was ready and they have been perfect together! The peas were tasty, not watery as I thought they might have been, with being 'value' and still firm with some texture. I also thought they weren't as salty as other kinds.

                    For 18p, these were an absolute steal and I will definitely buy them again. For a tasty,filling, warming, healthy lunch these are hard to beat and I have been really pleased. I couldn't see how they could be inferior to more expensive brands.

                    Nutrition wise, half of a 300g can will give you 115 calories and 0.5g of fat.

                    Try them!

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                  • Colman's Mustard / Other Food / 23 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                    Makes my Sunday dinner complete

                    Oooh now when it's cold outside and you're tucking into your Sunday dinner, there is nothing like a blob of Colman's English Mustard on the side of your plate. It's tangy and really peps up your meal.

                    I'm rarely without a pot of the hot stuff in my cupboard and hunting it out the label tells me that Colman's of Norwich have been going since 1814 so they're obviously been getting things right. The pot is very distinctive with it's traditional yellow label and that huge bull staring right at me.

                    Unscrewing the plastic lid and peering in, it's the smell that hits you first, that deep tanginess that will make your nose wrinkle if you get it too close. The mustard itself is a muddy yellow, not a paste but a much thicker consistency than other condiments.

                    Of course, it's the taste that will get you. You only need a bit! Just dip your knife in and scrape it onto the side of your plate so you can then dip in a forkful of roast beef or mash. Anymore than a small blob will do the bizarrest things to your face, will literally freeze your features solid, and give you the wierdest pins and needles sensation. Your nose will run and your eyes water like mad. But don't worry, it only lasts a few seconds but beware if you are on a first date or in a restaurant or you will look bonkers.

                    And don't let this put you off, as English Mustard really is yum and really perks up all kinds of food. A staple with roast dinners, it's also great with cold meats, pickles, Ploughmans lunches, in mashed potato and I love it with cheese on toast.

                    It comes in different sized pots, mine is 100g but it does last and mine cost 90p but that was from my village shop so will cost less from supermarkets I'm sure.

                    Per 2g serving will give you 0.2g of fat and 4 calories.

                    My dad is a big fan of this stuff too, my parents were on a cruise round the Med this summer and it was pretty difficult to get hold of, but the waitress did manage to find him some. They were sharing their table with some Americans and one lady, was very intrigued as to what it was. My dad offered her some to put on her plate but warned her she would only need a tiny blob. She didn't believe him and lobbed some on as if it was mayo or ketchup.
                    Think they had to throw her overboard to cool down....

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                    Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, simple as that!

                    Mmm, crunchy nut! Are they as nice as they claim to be?
                    Normally, I never buy Kelloggs cereals. I can't justify the huge price tag where I find supermarket own brands are pretty good for a good deal less. My husband is quite a fan of these and he gets Tesco's own brand which is fine. But one of those little Sainsbury's opened near us a fortnight ago and when checking it out, I spotted Kelloggs 500g box of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes just 20p more than Sainsbury's own version. I don't know if this was an opening store offer or across all branches but thought we'd try them.

                    I'm sure you're all familiar with these, but if not Crunchy Nut Cornflakes are small flakes of corn, surprisingly enough, dipped in honey and brown sugar with yummy little bits of peanut which get stuck to the honey and make them very scrummy indeed.

                    Generally, these kinds of cereal don't appeal to me because they are just too sweet and I usually just leave the box to husband. But when we brought home the Kelloggs, I thought I'd have a go.

                    The flakes are crisp and keep their crunch with just a splash of milk. They will go soggy quite quickly though if you overmilk which turns the milk very sugary too.

                    Kelloggs describe them as 'ludicrously tasty' and you've probably all seen the adverts with people who will do just about anything for another bowl of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes. But it's probably just me in that one bowl is more than enough as I find them far too sweet. If you are after an intense sugar hit, you won't go far wrong with these. In fact, one 30g bowl will give you 11 g of sugar which is 12% RDA. Fat wise, it's 1.5g per bowl with semi skimmed milk.

                    I also don't think these would fill me up til dinner time whereas bran flakes or toast in the mornings will. Maybe that's why the people in the adverts are always desperate for another bowl!

                    And of course, peanut allergy sufferers should stay well away from these.

                    Would I buy them again? Probably not, unless they were on offer. Kelloggs in general too expensive for me, though husband would probably prefer these to the own brands. Although he hasn't actually commented on the fact that these are superior to the own brands so if he's not that fussed it will be back to Tescos own.

                    And I 've personally found a preferred way of eating them....rather than milk I put a small handful into some natural yogurt which sweetened it yet kept it tangy, gave a nice crunch and made it more of a snack to have at anytime. Gave a sweet fix without making my teeth ache!

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                  • Kit Kat Orange / Chocolate / 37 Readings / 36 Ratings
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                    29.11.2009 17:47
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                    I will stick with what I know

                    I'm not sure sometimes why manufacturers feel they have to change or add a twist to an already proved standard product. I suppose they think we must be getting bored eating the same old stuff. But so Nestle have done with the Kit Kat, in recent years they've given us the big fat chunky one, admittedly very nice but it still tasted of Kit Kat.

                    Now, they've started flavouring them and I'm not so sure if it's worked. This review is for the orange one, but there is also a mint, caramel and even a cappucino flavour.

                    My kids have been munching these for a while and they seem to prefer this kind to the original, but I've only been buying them when Tesco have had them on offer for a 9 pack for just £1 and across all flavours which is a pretty good deal. It was only the other day though when I dared to try them myself, not being a biscuity person and also cos I wasn't sure if I'd like them.

                    They come in the standard two finger wafer size, wrapped in foil with an outer wrapper in bright orange and the familiar Kit Kat logo and 3 oranges. It also advertises the fact that each biscuit contains only 107 calories so you can Kit Kat without feeling too naughty. When I did WeightWatchers a few years ago, these were one of the few biscuits you could allow yourself. There are 5.4 grams of fat per two finger bar though so certianly not sin free.

                    The first thing I noticed once opening up the outside sellophane holding all 9 biscuits together was the the strong orange smell, very citrusy but a bit too sweet for me. I usually keep all biscuits together in the barrel but I have to keep these separate in the cupboard otherwise we'd have the choc chip cookies and the custard creams orangy as well.

                    I'm sure everyone knows the Kit Kat taste, two crispy wafers covered in milk chocolate, and that satisfying 'snap' when you run your thumbnail down the foil in the middle and separate each finger. For me, the original is far better and I don't know why they felt they had to bring this one in. Surely they had it sorted with the original and best? I don't dislike orange flavour chocolate at all but a Terry's Choc Orange is far nicer. This Kit Kat leaves quite an aftertaste and is a bit sickly, I only had one of the two fingers and it was quite enough.

                    My children certainly seem to like this kind and I will buy it again for them But the original with a cuppa is a real treat, whereas the aftertaste for this really didn't go well with my brew at all and is definitely not for me.

                    I will give it 3 stars as my children love it as do probably loads of other people, but it didn't tickle my tastebuds very much at all.

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                    • General / Discussion / 49 Readings / 48 Ratings
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                      Can't help it!

                      Hello! I've been pottering around on here for about a month now so thought I'd just let you know a little bit about me, if you're interested!!

                      Wasn't sure whether to go down the 'Q&A' route or just prattle, knowing me I'll probably just prattle.

                      Anyway, who am I and where do I live? ..... Well, I'm Sarah, I'm 33 and I live in a little village in Cheshire with my hubby of 7 years and my two children aged 6 and 3. Not forgetting my two cats Ozzy and Annie. I work in admin for a small company, recently gone back full time. It pays the bills! I'm from Cumbria originally and have been down here since 1997. Lots of love to Workington and Cockermouth after the awful floods xx

                      What are my favourite pastimes and interests?..... I don't have much time myself at the mo, but when I do I love to read, especially Victorian novels. My favourites are the Brontes, Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins. I will read most fiction but my preferences are very much the past and I read very little contemporary and certainly no science fiction or anything like that.
                      I love anything historical really, particularly social stuff like 'how we used to live', especially Victorian and 20th Century right up to the sixties. I'm a mad fan of retro 1950s kitchens and collect old enamel kitchenalia and household vintage adverts.
                      I've been researching my family history on and off for about 5 years now, as and when time allows. Love it! It's your own detective story. Fascinating but frustrating in turns. I love the idea that I may be the spitting image of an ancestor in either looks or nature from hundreds of years ago. And I just love learning about where they lived, the jobs they did and what life was like for them. I'm 100% Cumbrian and very proud of my roots, I'm the first of the family to leave the county in years and feel bit guilty about it and still get homesick at times. But I think it's important to find out what makes you you, and where you come from.

                      What music do I listen to?..... I'm a child of the 1980s, student of the 1990s but should have been young in the 1960s. Love Dusty, early Beatles and Stones, even the Shadows but I was the ultimate indie kid so Love all that. But I do get all nostalgic for my school days so will bop like a thing possessed at 80s nights to Rick, A-ha and even Five Star. Yup, I will!

                      Where do I like to shop?.... I love H&M for basics and they do cute dresses but I buy most of my clothes off ebay as I'm a vintage freak and love 60s mod dresses, 50s Granny style handbags and the like. I'm also skint and where else can you pick up a pair of jeans for just a couple of pounds? I get the kids kitted out on there too. There's nowt wrong with second hand and you can find some great bargains.
                      But for me, I like to be just a tad different and you can find some great one-offs on ebay. And when I get the chance, which isn't often, I head into Manchester to the Northern Quarter and rummage round the vintage shops there.

                      What do I watch on telly?.... Very little, though I do have a guilty pleasure for Most Haunted(!) and I love BBC4 for it's documentaries.

                      Am I a sulker or a shouter?..... Definitely a sulker! I'm the classic of husband asking 'What's the matter?', and me replying with a curt, 'Nothing'. Then brood for about 3 days. Bad behaviour, I can be a crabby witch at times.

                      What do I like to eat?..... I will eat anything tastewise, though I'm one of those annoying people permanently on a diet and I do tend to bore myself. I'm getting better though recently. I did Weightwatchers after my second was born and got a bit obsessed. But I still won't touch pastry, sausages, butter, mayo or biscuits. Though I can polish off a pan full of spag bol and not feel bad at all.
                      Drinkwise, love Pinot Grigio and I also drink a ridiculous amount of tea.

                      Where do I like to go on holiday?..... We've not had many recently but if husband was to offer to whisk me away, I'd love to go to the Highlands of Scotland. The Caribbean and beach holidays interest me diddly squat. I'd get too bored and want to see a bit of culture, countryside, history.

                      How did I find Dooyoo?..... Purely by chance. Spending 10 minutes browsing and I found it. And I'm having a great time, I like putting my thoughts and ideas down and getting to chat to others. And I'm not denying the extra pennies are an advantage!

                      And is that it?..... Mmm. it probably is! I'm just a mum, trying to do everything and not always getting too far, but still trying to retain a bit of me, however quirky that may be. Still think I'm 17 one minute, then about 75 the next!

                      Anyway, thanks for reading!!

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