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Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 23rd March 2015

If there’s one household chore that I really dread, it’s cleaning the oven. I’m all for keeping a tidy home and sometimes it can be quite therapeutic giving the carpets a vacuum and mopping the kitchen floor. I also love doing laundry on a spring morning - pegging out clean linens on the washing line in the garden is really satisfying and you get a lovely fresh fragrance on your clothes once they’re dry. But when it comes to cleaning the kitchen, it’s the workhorse that demands the most attention. Our cookers are used day in, day out, whether it’s preparing meals for the family, coping with large-scale entertaining or heating up a late night snack – so it’s no wonder they need a thorough clean every now and then. The good news is that with Rangemaster, the cleaning is done for you…

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Pyrolytic Oven Cleaning

Posted by Alison Baker Monday, 16th March 2015

As the Home Economist here at Rangemaster the most frequently asked question, by consumers, is “how do I clean my oven?”

Cleaning the oven or ovens usually instils dread in us!  No-one likes to do it but isn’t it lovely when the ovens are clean!  I have heard of some Rangemaster consumers keeping one oven for roasting etc. and the other for baking, which in theory means you only have one oven to clean as roasting is usually the cause for most oven soiling.  This seems like a good idea. Please let me know if you do this and how it works for you.

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Mother's Day

Posted by James McIntosh Monday, 9th March 2015

As the old saying goes, March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.  I don’t know about you, but I do love when March arrives as the winter is nearly over.  It could still snow and get cold, but it’s getting there. So to change the season (ahead of time) I thought we could do a Spring inspired cake for Mother’s Day.

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British Pie Week

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 2nd March 2015

It’s British Pie Week this week. The fantastic thing about pies is their versatility. They can be as complicated or simple as you wish. They can come in many permutations. 

They can be savoury or sweet and the casing can be any number of types of pastry, crumble or mash. Pies engender such fuzzy, warm feelings that there’s even the fantastically named Pierateers who are a group of people devoted to reviewing various pre-made pies out there in supermarkets and restaurants. 

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Kitchen Catwalk

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Tuesday, 24th February 2015

February’s London Fashion Week, which showcased what’s on trend for Autumn/Winter 2015, saw colour in every shade and spectrum. Glaswegian designer Jonathan Saunders presented a technicolour tribute with graphic slices of reds, blues, orange, pink and everything in between. Tangerine made a huge impact at the David Koma and Sibling shows, Daks went for colourful checks alongside rich red wrapwear while Emilia Wickstead chose a forties style with pops of pared-back colour.

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Pancake Day!

Posted by James McIntosh Monday, 16th February 2015

I’m sure you’re like me and when it comes to Pancake Day the big kid comes out.  Then perhaps the mop comes out, as one may have landed on the floor?  (Clean up is made so much easier if you have a dog).

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, as I’m sure we all know, was originally a Christian festival to use up ingredients prior to Lent, 40 days before we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter.  I always find it a good time to install a little self discipline. I overeat at Christmas, break my New Year’s resolutions by the 2nd January, then feel bad that, for me, it is not ‘new year, new  me’.  That’s why I like the tradition of Lent, it gives me a chance to prove to myself that I can be disciplined for a short period of time.  And I do find this instils an inner confidence in myself.

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Sea Bream en Papillote

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 9th February 2015

When I was pondering what recipe to make on theme of “food to share with your valentine” I initially thought of a fondue. I like the idea of food where you can’t try to be on your best behaviour – you’re going to get messy and see the ‘real’ valentine, not the perfectly mannered dining partner you might encounter during a meal in a high end and terrifyingly well mannered restaurant. Fondue had one thing right and one thing wrong. Right – it’s easy to make, so one of you isn’t going to feel like they’ve been working away all evening when they should be relaxing. Wrong – I don’t know about you but a vat full of cheese is more likely to make me want to curl up under a duvet than engage in sparkling conversation (or whatever). So, here is my alternative suggestion for messy but tasty eating: Sea Bream en Papillote.

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Trout With Almonds in the Handy Grill

Posted by Alison Baker Wednesday, 4th February 2015

Trout cooked with almonds may be considered a classic recipe nowadays!  I do remember first cooking this when I was at college which was rather a long time ago! But it is still delicious cooked this way, crunchy almonds and tender moist trout flavoured with fresh herbs and lemon. And don’t forget how good oily fish are for us!

 

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Shake Up Your Wake Up for Breakfast Week

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 26th January 2015

The 25th-31st January is officially Breakfast Week. It’s also probably about the time when all those healthy eating intentions that you had at the start of January are starting to slip. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I particularly love a leisurely brunch with a good coffee and some friends (or the crossword). I recently had something similar to this at my favourite brunch spot in London and it occurred to me that while many brunch recipes are rather sugar or fat laden, this one is really quite healthy. So, I though Id see if I could re-create it. I reckon it’s got 2 or 3 of your 5 a day, the eggs provide good protein to keep you going and the yoghurt adds a tart creaminess whilst providing all the benefits that live yoghurt gives.

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New Year, New Recipe

Posted by James McIntosh Tuesday, 20th January 2015

I have seen countless magazines and web articles that start “New Year, New You”, I gave up doing New Year’s resolutions a few years back as I manage to get to day 3 and then fail. January is a miserable month, long, post the holiday period so I like to feel as good as I can. I’ve eaten far too much over Christmas and New Year and to hide it I’m wearing a baggy jumper, yet I’m determined to wear hoops, not stripes this spring so I need to think about what is going to be hearty and warm to eat, yet not full of fat. I don’t do diets. To me, they are like New Year’s resolutions, they fail too.  Small lifestyle changes on the other hand work, that way I feel I’ve achieved something.

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