Friday, 29 August 2014

Cooking On A Budget - Chickpea & Lentil Coconut Dahl


Ever since I started juicing I have given up eating meat. I still cook meat for the family but I'd like to introduce more vegetarian recipes into their diet, so I've been busy looking for tasty meals that they will enjoy, that are on a budget. I love chickpeas, lentils and Indian food, so this recipe is perfect. The kids love it too, even my fussy teenager and Hubby who doesn't like spicy food. It is really mild so if like me, you like more of a kick to it then add a finely chopped chilli. This recipe is super quick and easy.


Ingredients - Serves 6 - Approx £1.50 per person.
  • 1 x 400g tin lentils
  • 1tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove, crushed
  • 3tbsp tikka curry paste
  • 2 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400g tin reduced fat coconut milk
  • 200g Spinach
  • 1 Lemon, juiced  



Method

1. Fry the onion and garlic with a dash of olive oil for a minute or two in a large pan. 
2. Stir in 3 tbsp of your curry paste and cook for a few minutes, stirring into the onions & garlic.
3. Add the lentils and chickpeas.
4. Stir in the coconut milk.
5. Bring to the boil and cook for about 30 minutes.
6. Stir in the spinach, season and add your lemon juice. Serve with brown rice & naan.





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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Philips SpeedCare Steam Iron Review - The Steam Through Sundays Challenge


I must admit ironing is not my most favourite of household chores. I find it far too time consuming when I'd rather be outside doing something fun with the family, so when Philips set me a challenge to 'Steam though Sundays' by swapping my regular iron for a Philips SpeedCare, which would save me enough time to have a family day out on Sunday, I jumped at the chance to take part. I do love a good day out.  

The Philips SpeedCare, is a steam generator iron with a 1.2L water tank and maximum steam ready within 2 minutes, and it claims to cut your ironing time in half! How could I pass up on a challenge that could potentially give me more time to spend with the Family. Besides, I've never actually owned a steam generator before so I was keen to find out if they really are better than a regular iron.


The iron itself is attractive. Its main colour is purple which appeals to me and it is surprisingly light in weight, I expected it to be much heavier but it doesn't weigh much more than my old iron. To be honest the reason I have never bought a steam generator iron is because I thought it would be too big and bulky to store but it is actually quite compact and stores away neatly in my cleaning cupboard.

I really like:
  • Refill Anytime - I don't have to wait for the iron to cool before I can refill. A big time saver
  • Safety Lock - The iron has a safety lock on the main base which stops the iron moving off the base.
  • Calc Clean System -  Cleaning & descaling the iron is really easy with a light sound 'clean reminder' so no chance of any nasty scale stains on my clothes.
  • Steam Pressure - It has powerful steam pressure of 140g/min which means effortless decreasing.
  • Vertical Pressing - I can steam iron items that are hanging, great for my blazers and coats.
  • Steam Ready in Two - I love that it heats up for steam in two minutes. Great for my sewing projects which requires me to be back and forth on the iron.


Bottom Line - What Do I think? I love it and I will never go back to a regular iron again. I have ironed loads of stuff since receiving the Philips Speedcare, including a pair of long, heavy curtains which became crease free in no time and I found it particularly great when I ironed my sewing projects as I could have the iron set up all day and just flick the on/off button between cutting and sewing. Because the iron heats up so fast, it saved me lots of time. Big thumbs up from me!


What did I do with the time saved on ironing? Well, as my ironing sat neatly pressed it left me some spare time, so we spent the day in London with the Family visiting The London Bridge Experience & Tombs. Having lunch along my favourite spot on The Thames and spending quality time away from the ironing board was so much fun. The London Bridge Experience was not only really creepy (great for the teenagers) but interesting too, as we learnt all about the history of London Bridge and what life was like in London during the history of the bridge. My extra time saved from ironing was well spent and the kids loved our day trip.



The Philips Speedcare Steam Generator Iron is on special offer at Ideal World for £99.99


*We were sent a Philips SpeedCare Steam Iron free of charge for the purpose of this review. Our opinions are always honest & unbiased.

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