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Washington Apple Cake

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 10th June 2019

For Father’s Day this year I decided to dig into the history of the occasion a little to get some inspiration for what to make. A celebration of Fatherhood has been around since the middle ages, but the current incarnation of Father’s Day is probably a result of the work of Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father was a single parent of six and civil war veteran. In 1910, Dodd heard a sermon about Mother’s Day at her church in Spokane, Washington State and decided that Fathers should have a day too. Originally, she wanted the day to be on her Dad’s birthday (5th June) but the pastor did not have enough time to prepare a sermon and postponed it until the third Sunday in June, which is when we now celebrate it. After the first edition of the day Dodd’s life rather got in the way of promoting the event and it was not until the 1930 that it really started to take off as she returned to her hometown and got the help of trade groups who wanted to market presents as part of the event. A Father’s Day Council was formed in 1930 but it was not until 1972 that President Nixon signed the day into law. In honor of the modern-founder of the day, I thought I would look for traditional home-bake cakes from Washington State. I came across this Apple cake, which is made using an American muffin-like recipe but is British feeling in taste!

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Renovate and revamp with Rangemaster

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 3rd June 2019

When it comes to re-doing, revamping or totally renovating the home, the kitchen has to be the room that is not only the most exciting to plan but is also the space where the options are practically endless. Just think of all the different decisions you have to make when choosing cabinetry, worktops, sink, tap, appliances, flooring, tiling, lighting and all the finishing touches that will make your new kitchen totally unique. Well you can breathe a sigh of relief on the appliance, sink and tap front, as Rangemaster has got you covered. With a huge choice in freestanding and built-in designs as well as classic and contemporary styles, there is plenty to pick from in cooking, cooling, dishwashing and more. Here are just some of the highlights that will take your kitchen from so-so to seriously chic…

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Tahini Galette

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 20th May 2019

Another Bank Holiday! There are so many at this time of year and the wonderful thing about that is that you don’t feel you have to use them to ‘get things done’. Instead you can slow down, have friends around and relax. This recipe brings a slightly Mediterranean vibe to a very informal pastry tart. It’s perfect for at the dinner table or in the garden or cold in a picnic.

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Keep cool with Rangemaster’s new SXS Deluxe Fridge-Freezer

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Wednesday, 15th May 2019

As summer fast approaches – and by all accounts it’s set to be a scorcher – it’s time to turn our attention to keeping cool. As well as looking after ourselves and our loved ones by stocking up on suncream, sunhats and staying in the shade during the midday heat, one of the best things you can invest in is a smart new fridge-freezer to keep food chilled to perfection ready for all those picnics and barbecues.

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Meringue Nests and Easter Bunnies

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 15th April 2019

It’s Easter time and that means the days are getting warmer (sometimes) and there is a flurry of bank holidays. Those extra days allow for a little bit of frivolous messing around in the kitchen, whilst the sniff of summer turns our tastebuds to lighter, more delicate sweet treats and away from the warming custard-fuelled stodge of the winter months.

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Classic Vs Contemporary Kitchens

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Friday, 12th April 2019

Kitchen trends may come and go – think shabby chic, 50s retro and the current vibe for all things industrial for instance – but there are two styles that will always endure; and that’s classic and contemporary design. When planning for a new kitchen, it’s one of the first things to consider as it will have a huge impact on each and every element, from which appliances to choose - a statement Rangemaster range cooker in ivory, black or slate perhaps for a traditional look or the sleek built-in collection for a modern finish – to the worksurfaces, sink, tap, tiles and flooring.

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Mothering Sunday

Posted by Gill Bland Thursday, 28th March 2019

With mothering sunday around the corner I was wondering about what the best thing was to make. Should it be something decadent that I’d want to eat myself or give to my mother, or should it be something tasty but easy that my husband could help my son make for me? I mean, it seems wrong to be ‘slaving away at the stove’ for my own mothering sunday bake, but then I love baking so actually having the time to make something is a treat.

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Compact kitchen inspiration

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Thursday, 14th March 2019

For many of us, browsing through interiors magazines, kitchen brochures and online resources such as Pinterest and Houzz is a great way of finding inspiration for everything kitchen related. When you’re on the lookout for appliances, sinks, taps and hoods, there’s no better place than this product-packed Rangemaster website! But while it’s fascinating to see how large open-plan kitchen spaces are designed and decorated, most of us are faced with the challenge of squeezing all the everyday essentials into a less than spacious area. But don’t fret, as there are so many ways of making the most of a compact kitchen – from clever design tricks to products specially created for small spaces – and don’t forget, a compact kitchen will take less time to clean, too! In many cases, less is definitely more.

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Inspirational ideas for neutral kitchen schemes

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Tuesday, 19th February 2019

Kitchen trends may come and go. For instance, right now the latest cabinetry comes in all shades of green – but while colour, texture and finish can add instant impact and an eye-catching look, for many of us, a neutral kitchen scheme is a lot easier to live with. Cool and calming, a natural décor is extremely easy on the eye. There’s nothing that jars as you enter the room and it creates an easy, ergonomic feel that flows effortlessly, whether you prefer a classic or contemporary style. There are other benefits too. With a neutral kitchen scheme, it’s easy and inexpensive to jazz things up with a few carefully selected accessories dotted around the room. All you need is to freshen things up with some new textiles – think brightly coloured or patterned oven gloves and tea towels – a new toaster and kettle, some artwork on the walls or a few potted herbs and succulents. The other great thing about a natural interior is that is appeals more to prospective buyers if you decide to sell up in years to come.

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Top tips for planning a kitchen renovation

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 21st January 2019

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to begin planning your dream kitchen. Now that Christmas is out the way and the chaos and clutter have been cleared, take some time to consider what elements would make up the ultimate design. To help you get started, here are our top tips for planning a kitchen renovation.

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