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    • Mr Kipling Cherry Bakewells / Snacks / 42 Readings / 42 Ratings
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      15.06.2010 11:34
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      One of my favourites from the Mr Kipling range

      I've always been a fan of these and Mr Kipling definitely makes the best cherry bakewells, making them one of my favourites from his entire range of cake treats.

      Cherry bakewells are like miniature fruit pies - a circular shape with a soft crumbly pastry case. Inside the case, there are two layers of very soft sponge with a middle layer of raspberry flavoured plum jam. The top of the bakewell is then topped with soft white icing which has half a cherry placed in the centre, making it look so much nicer and even more tempting by including a bit of healthy fruit!

      I don't often go for desserts like this but there's just something about this cake that makes it so great. It's a very soft and light dessert and the whole thing tastes very sweet - a sugary sweet taste from the icing and a fruity sweet taste from the jam. I'm not usually a fan of cherries but the cherry on top of these is always really nice and soft.

      A pack of 6 cherry bakewells costs around £1.30 which is just as expensive as all of his other cakes, but well worth it for the taste of them. Supermarkets usually do their own cheaper version of cherry bakewells which I've tried and, although they're nice, they don't have the same excellent quality and taste that Mr Kipling's do, so these ones are definitely the better option.

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      • Mr Kipling Angel Slices / Snacks / 31 Readings / 31 Ratings
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        14.06.2010 13:31
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        Not my favourite from the Mr Kipling range

        These aren't the ones that I'd pick first from the Mr Kipling range of cakes and slices, but they are probably one of the better ones that they make and, like the rest, are very tasty.

        The Angel slices are quite similar to Angel cake - a layer of yellow sponge cake and a layer of pink sponge cake with a thin layer of vanilla flavour filling in the middle. The top of the slice of cake is then covered with a white icing with pink lines of icing on top. This is a very sweet cake and, if you like the normal Angel cake, then you will definitely like this too plus it has the added benefit of having some extra icing on top.

        The sponge cake is very soft, fluffy and light and has quite a sweet flavour. The icing on top and the vanilla filling in the middle make it quite moist and adds a different texture to the whole cake.

        A box of 6 Angel slices usually costs around £1.30 which is the same as all of the other cake slices in the Mr Kipling range. At the moment they can be found for the reduced price of £1 in Asda though.

        This cake is probably a little too sweet and light for me and not fruity or chocolatey enough, which is why it isn't one of my favourites. However, it is still a lovely little slice of cake, with excellent quality and taste like all of Mr Kipling's creations.

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        10.06.2010 12:56
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        An excellent product to unblock your kitchen sink

        A few months ago I noticed that my kitchen sinks (I have two plug holes in the one sink) were filled with dirt and grime almost right up to the top and I'd never noticed it before. I went straight out and bought some sink unblocker and chose this one because it seemed like one of the best priced ones.

        Inside, the bottle is filled with tiny little powdery white balls which have a very strong bleach scent. The bottle advises on wearing gloves whilst using it but I don't usually do this - you do need to be careful though as when you pour the little balls out, a powdery cloud wafts up and you really don't want to get this in your face.

        You need to pour two capfuls of the balls into each plug and then leave for 10 minutes before flushing out thoroughly with hot water. At first, I really didn't think this was going to work as the balls don't look like they're doing anything just sitting there on top of all the grime, but I noticed a reduction in the blockage as soon as I'd rinsed the balls through. It wasn't a miracle worker on just the one go and it didn't completely get rid of all the muck but, after using it only a couple of times, it was noticeably less blocked and I can no longer see any dirt down the plug holes. Because it gets rid of the dirt it also gets rid of the horrid smell that sometimes wafts up out of blocked sinks and it does make me feel a whole lot better about my kitchen.

        It's a fairly small bottle and it only lasts for about six washes so, as I have two sinks, it doesn't really last very long at all if you use it regularly.

        No sink unblocker is particularly cheap but I found this one to be one of the cheapest in Asda for around £2.25 . It worked really well when I've used it so I've continued to use this one ever since as it seems to be doing its job really well and making my kitchen sinks lovely and grime free.

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        • Run, Fat Boy, Run (DVD) / DVD / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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          09.06.2010 15:04
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          An enjoyable English comedy

          I've seen this film before and enjoyed it so thought I'd watch it again when it was on TV over the weekend.

          The film is about Denis Doyle (Simon Pegg), a nice guy but one who is slightly overweight and a bit of a loser. In a bid to win back his ex-fiancée, who he left on their wedding day years ago when she was pregnant, he makes a promise to run the marathon to show her that he has changed.

          Although this looks and sounds like the usual stupid but funny films that Simon Pegg is in, this is actually rather more realistic that most his previous films. It's directed by David Schwimmer (a.k.a. Ross from Friends) which I do find a bit strange as it's full of some of the funniest English actors as well as lots of typical English humour. Despite that though, I think his directing is great in this as, not only is it very funny with some of the usual slap-stick comedy that comes with any Simon Pegg film, but it's also a nice story about Denis trying to win the love of his life back.

          All of the acting was really good with Simon Pegg being his usual loveable self which just makes you love his character every time. Hank Azaria plays the new fiancé to Denis's ex-fiancée and he does this really well by being the complete opposite to Denis - charming, attractive, great physique, rich and well-mannered - and so very difficult to live up to. There's also Denis's Indian neighbour who provides a lot of comedy with the way he says and does things.

          Although not the funniest film every made, I do think that this is a great film that is sure to give you a few laughs and, even if you don't find it that funny, the storyline is a good one and makes the film very enjoyable.

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        • Asda Tiger Bread / Snacks / 37 Readings / 37 Ratings
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          08.06.2010 11:24
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          Much better than normal bread or French stick

          I never used to buy this at all but over the last few months I can't stop buying Tiger bread in some form.

          In Asda, Tiger bread can be bought as either a large loaf, crusty rolls or a stick. My favourite way to eat it is in the stick which is very similar to a normal French stick of bread but just with the delicious Tiger flavour. The rolls are very crusty and come in packs of 4 but they're a bit harder than the stick. I've only tried the loaf of bread once or twice but this is my least favourite as there isn't enough of the crusty flavouring that makes the bread so tasty.

          Tiger bread is also known as Dutch crunch as it comes from the Netherlands. It's made in sesame oil with rice paste painted on top which dries and then cracks when it's being baked. This is what creates the different colour and pattern on the outside of the bread which is supposed to look like the pattern of a tiger's fur, hence the name Tiger bread. It's also what gives the bread it's distinctive and very tasty flavour.

          The inside of the bread is white and is very soft and fluffy. The outside though is very crunchy and this makes it so much more enjoyable to eat as a sandwich rather than the usual boring slices of bread. Because it's freshly baked in store, it doesn't last for very long and after a couple of days it will begin to get harder, but even hard it still tastes good.

          I now buy Tiger bread all the time to use as sandwiches at work and I even make myself sandwiches at home at the weekend, when I'm usually completely bored of having sandwiches all throughout the week.

          The smell of Tiger bread has to be my favourite smell and I can't stop sniffing it whenever I buy some!

          If you fancy a change to your usual boring sandwiches, try some Tiger bread, as it really is so delicious.

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            07.06.2010 17:59
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            Would only buy over the Smart Price if on offer again

            I've gotten quite into tinned tomatoes lately and the type I prefer are the ones that come already chopped. I usually just buy a supermarket's own value range, but the normal supermarket own brand ones in Asda were on offer last week, so I picked up a few of these ones instead.

            The chopped tomatoes come in a standard size tin. There's no ring pull on the tin which does make it a little irritating having to open it with a tin opener, but most supermarket branded tinned products are like this anyway.

            The tin is full up right to the top with tomatoes which are a bright red colour and are chopped into small square pieces. They are swimming in a very bright thick red tomato sauce which keeps them nice and fresh and soft. I heated about half a tin of these up in the microwave for a couple of minutes which was plenty enough. The tomatoes were very soft to eat and I thought they were an excellent quality with no bad bits at all that I noticed. The tomato flavour is probably slightly stronger than the Smart Price range but, overall, they are very tasty and made a great accompaniment to my meal.

            To be quite honest, apart from the slightly stronger tomato flavour, I can't really say that there's any difference at all between the Asda ones and the Asda Smart Price ones. I didn't notice anything different in either the taste or the quality so, unless they're on offer again and work out cheaper than the value ones, I will just stick to the Smart Price version, as there's nothing wrong with those ones at all.

            I bought these for 3 for £1 which works out at 33p each, which is exactly the same price as the Smart Price tinned tomatoes. Their usual price is 58p. Although there's nothing wrong with them and I would recommend them, they're no better than the Smart Price ones so, unless on offer again, you might as well just buy the cheaper ones.

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          • Mini Babybel / Cheese / 30 Readings / 29 Ratings
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            28.05.2010 10:07
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            A fun and heathly snack

            I'm not too keen on most cheeses and I only really like the plain types of cheese, such as cheddar, which is why I love Babybels, because they're quite plain and not too strong in taste, but taste really great.

            Babybel is a small cheese snack which is made from edam cheese and comes in a circular wheel shape. The cheese is covered in a red waxy wrapper which keeps the cheese nice and fresh for longer.

            The cheese is the normal pale yellow colour of edam cheese and the smell and taste isn't too strong or overpowering. They're quite creamy and milky and this just makes them taste even nicer and not at all boring. Although the size of them is pretty small, I think it's just the right size for a snack. Any smaller, you'd need more than one, and any bigger, it would probably be a bit too plain by itself.

            Babybels come in packs of 6 which costs around £1.75. I do think this is quite pricey for what you get but they're often on offer in most supermarkets and this is when I pick a whole bundle of them up. For cheese, the sell by date is surprisingly long which means that they last for ages in the fridge.

            These are such a perfect snack for children as, not only are they fun and tasty, but they're really good for you. We're quite fussy eaters in our house and, even though we're not children, these are also great for us as a little healthy snack.

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            27.05.2010 10:53
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            The best sweetcorn full stop.

            Since I was a little girl, Green Giant sweetcorn is the only sweetcorn that I've eaten and this is simply because it is the best.

            You can buy these in either big tins or mini tins and they have a ring-pull lid which makes them very easy to open. Inside, the sweetcorn is filled right to the top of the tin and is swimming in a little bit of water to keep them fresh. Each piece of sweetcorn is quite small - slightly smaller than other brands of sweetcorn that I've tried anyway - and is a really bright yellow colour. The sweetcorn is quite crispy but also soft at the same time and it has a slightly sweet flavour to it. I really don't know what the difference is between this and other sweetcorn but Green Giant is far tastier than any other I've tried.

            You can eat the sweetcorn either hot or cold - it's delicious both ways and goes with any kind of food. It only takes a minute at most to heat some up in the microwave - any more than that and they'll start popping all over the place!

            Green Giant comes in either a standard size - short and fat - tin (65p) or also in mini tins (58p) which is good if you don't eat too much all at once. Even though I'm the only one who eats sweetcorn in my house, I usually buy the larger tins as they work out much better value for money.

            Despite this brand of sweetcorn being quite a bit more expensive then the cheaper supermarket own brands, it is far better and, even if we're trying to save money, this is one of those products that I just couldn't switch to a cheaper version of.

            If you're a fan of sweetcorn, then Green Giant is without a doubt the best tasting sweetcorn around, and is well worth the extra money.

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            26.05.2010 17:34
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            Made by Cadburys which means they're delicious!

            Cadburys Fingers are one of those chocolate items that I don't think anyone can resist because they are just so delicious.

            They are long and thin finger shaped sticks of crunchy biscuit which is coated with Cadburys' delicious milk chocolate. These are probably one of the most moreish types of chocolate to have ever been made. Maybe it's because of the really crunchy biscuit inside, or the really milky and smooth chocolate, or just because they're so thin that one is never enough. Whatever it is, these are really addictive and I've not found anyone who doesn't like them.

            These originally came in a long tray sharing pack but they can now be bought in a few different varieties including in a box with a flip-up lid, in a sharing bag like Maltesers, as Mini Fingers which are half the size and so even more moreish, as well as a few different flavours such as white and dark chocolate

            These are the perfect thing to buy as a gift for someone or just to have at home at parties to share around. Although I could easily eat a whole box just by myself without sharing a single one!

            A tray of these costs £1.50 and, although there are cheaper types of chocolate out there, there is nothing else around like these and I'm sure that everyone loves them.

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            • George by Asda / Clothing / 31 Readings / 30 Ratings
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              26.05.2010 12:42
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              Not quite a good as Primark or Matalan but getting there

              I don't often shop in George but over the last couple of months I keep seeing items of clothing that I like whilst doing my food shopping in Asda, so I've kind of got into the habit now of browsing the George section as well as the food sections.

              The shop reminds me a bit of Matalan - I think the clothes are quite similar being of good quality and the majority being quite fashionable, but with affordable prices. It's not going to be as cheap as Primark, but for quality, George is definitely the better option.

              There never used to be anything I liked from here but lately they seem to be selling a lot more clothes that I like and better suited to my style. I think they now cater for both plain and simple clothing tastes and also the more stylish tastes so there is something for everyone. Even children get a wide range of lovely little outfits to choose from. It's only the men (again) who have the least amount of clothing to choose from and my husband has never really been keen on the shop for himself.

              They have quite a wide range of nightwear too and I love all the pyjamas they sell and have bought a couple of really nice pairs from here.

              A quibble that I have about George is that I sometimes see something I like but they often don't have it in my size and this has happened a few times now. Also, a few times I've picked something up to find that it's got dirty marks on or is covered in thick dust and fluff so I'm not sure what actually happens to the clothes before they reach the shop shelves!

              I wouldn't class this as one of my favourite clothes shops but on the odd occasion I do take a quick peek at the clothes on sale when doing my food shopping as they do often have some really decent things for great prices.

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              25.05.2010 14:59
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              Branded is better in this case

              I often pick up a few little bags of sweets from Asda to nibble at when watching a movie or just for a bit of sugar, and these seem to be one of my husband's favourite. I love Cadbury's milk buttons myself so, even though these are only a cheaper supermarket version, I still thought that they would be fairly good.

              I was very wrong though and I was really disappointed with these.

              The size and shape are exactly the same as Cadbury Buttons - small thin circular button shapes made from milk chocolate. However, it is the taste that lets them down which is nothing like a good quality milk chocolate taste. It tastes pretty strong but like a manufactured chocolate rather than one that has actually been made from milk. It's not at all creamy or milky and doesn't have that smooth melt-in-your-mouth texture and flavour that Cadbury's milk chocolate has.

              For those people who just gobble sweets down without really fully appreciating the flavour and taste of them, these may be OK, as they're still a chocolate product so do give you the satisfaction of eating some chocolate. However, for those people, like me, who like to enjoy their chocolate, I really wouldn't recommend these as they aren't good in quality or taste at all.

              These are only 38p for an individual pack, or these, plus lots of other Asda bags of sweets, are always in a 3 for £1 offer. Even though they are quite a bit cheaper than Cadbury Buttons, the quality and taste of them is nowhere near as nice, and these definitely aren't something that I like.

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              • Prison Break / TV Programme / 27 Readings / 25 Ratings
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                25.05.2010 11:06
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                One of my favourite series on TV

                Prison Break is an American series about two brothers, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell). Lincoln has been sentenced to death row for a murder he didn't commit. Michael, believing his brother was set up by some high-flying politicians, makes his mission in life to free his brother. His plan is to get himself thrown into the same prison as Lincoln and then break them out from the inside.

                The storyline is extremely clever and well thought up and in each episode something new happens that either shocks or amazes you. The amount of detail that goes into the story is what makes it so clever and entertaining. It's one of those programmes that really does compel you to watch it as every episode is packed with action and the end of every episode is always left with a huge cliff-hanger which means that you have to watch the next one.

                The acting is all really brilliant in this and - even though all of the characters have done something bad that has put them in prison, the majority of them are all very likeable, despite their mistakes. T-Bag (Robert Knepper), a nasty perverted criminal, is such a fantastic actor. He is nothing like his character in real life yet every time I see him in this he manages to make me grimace in disgust at how horrible his character is.

                Series 1 and 2 were so good and I was absolutely hooked and couldn't miss a single episode. However, series 3 started to get a tad silly and after that the way the storyline went was just too ridiculous. Things started to get quite silly, unrealistic and over-the-top and, despite really liking it, I do think that the show should have finished long before this.

                Despite the silliness that began in seasons 3 and 4, I do really love Prison Break and it's one of the best American series that I've seen. It's full of action, adventure and crime and it really is one that will keep you hooked.

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                  24.05.2010 15:35
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                  A decent enough garlic baguette

                  I fancied some garlic bread on Saturday night to go with some pizza but I'd already been to Iceland that day, where I usually get my garlic bread from, so Asda was the only place to buy some. I just went for the cheapest option which was the Smart Price one, and at only 40p for a baguette, I didn't mind too much if it wasn't very nice.

                  The baguette is long and fairly thin and is already sort of sliced into about 7 or 8 pieces so it's easy to cut up and serve once cooked. It only takes around 15-20 minutes to cook in the oven, as the baguette is already part-baked.

                  The outer crust of the baguette goes a lovely golden brown colour and is nice and crispy once cooked but the inside is still lovely and soft. The centre is sprinkled with garlic and parsley spread which gives it a mild garlic flavour, although it's probably a little dry and could do with a bit more spread, but other than that it's perfectly good. The amount of garlic isn't too much at all so it's not too strong but for those who like it quite flavoursome, it isn't very garlicky.

                  This isn't as nice as the Iceland ones which are a lot softer and much more buttery inside, however I did think it was nicer than the Asda good for you garlic baguette, which is more expensive but drier. The Iceland ones are hardly a few pennies more too so I'll still be sticking to those ones but, if I ever forget to get one from Iceland or need one last minute and Asda is my only option, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this one again.

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                • Jeepers Creepers II (DVD) / DVD / 33 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                  24.05.2010 12:21
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                  This flesh-eating winged monster is more comical than scary

                  When I watched the first Jeepers Creepers on TV I remember that it really scared me so I was prepared for the second one which I thought would give me a few scares too.

                  The second film sees the return of the Creeper, a winged monster, who only rises once every 23 years to gorge on a human feast. This time, he takes his prey from a bus of basketball players and cheerleaders who are on their way home from a game. When their bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere, the teenagers need to put aside their differences if they want to stay alive.

                  The first part of the film was just as scary as I would have imagined it would be. It's set at night on a motorway in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by fields, and when the Creeper first shows up it is pretty jumpy. However, when you actually see the Creeper up close it starts to be really stupid as, although he looks disgusting with his slimy dark skin, the way he acts towards the teenagers is ridiculous. He seems to be making a choice of which teenager he wants to go for next and he points at them in turn and licks his lips when he spots the one he wants. It seems like he's flirting with them and wants to sleep with them more than eat them!

                  Although there were quite a few jumpy moments throughout the whole film, the majority of it was just too stupid for me to take seriously. I kind of just wanted the Creeper to eat every single one of the high school kids as they were also so stupid and irritating and there wasn't a particular main character that you warm to like in most scary movies.

                  This is one of those sequels that just shouldn't have been made as it ended up being silly rather than the scary film is was supposed to be. It wasn't completely rubbish viewing and it made a bit of decent when nothing else was on, but generally, I wouldn't recommend seeing this if you want to be scared.

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                    23.05.2010 10:48
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                    Make sure you keep it cold and it'll work perfeclty!

                    Every time I have a sore throat or a cough this is always the medicine that I take above everything else. It seems to help every single time and makes my throat feel a lot better.

                    This is a liquid medicine that, although it doesn't completely get rid of sore throats and coughs, it does relive the pain a lot and seems to moisturise your throat.

                    The medicine looks quite appealing, which is unusual for any type of medicine, and has a golden brown honey colour. The taste is probably quite an acquired one that I didn't particularly like at first but now I'm used to it and it's actually pretty nice now. The taste is a mixture of bitter and sweet - the bitter taste comes from the lemon which gives it quite a sharp tang, but the honey also makes it very sweet and is what makes the flavour a lot nicer.

                    I usually take two 5ml spoonfuls (the recommended dose for adults) in the morning and two more at night and this seems to keep any pain or soreness away for the whole day and through the night. This should really be kept in the fridge as it makes the liquid lovely and cold which helps towards soothing a sore throat even more.

                    This liquid medicine is sold in most places such as supermarkets and pharmacies and they're all roughly around the same price of £1.50. I've tried a few different shop brands of them and they all do exactly the same job and taste exactly the same so none is really better than another.

                    I always make sure I have a bottle of this in the fridge for when I get a sore throat as it always relieves any pain really nicely for me.

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