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Kenwood BM250 27/04/2011

Kenwood BM250 Bread machine.

Kenwood BM250 I have had the Kenwood BM250 for about 16 months; my son gave it to me for Christmas, I think he liked the idea of having home baked bread more often. The Bread machine is white and of a simple design. There is a viewing window in the lid. The control panel is on the top of the machine and looks as though it is going to be complicated than it is. The only thing I find difficult is seeing it, as I am not quite tall enough to see the little LCD display panel. I have to go and put my heels on to see it clearly. The Kenwood comes with a leaflet explaining the control panel, how to use the machine, the programs, five recipes, hints on adapting your own recipes, general hints and tips and a troubleshooting guide. All written in easy to understand English (not a translated bare minimum) the whole guide is very helpful and useful. Mine also came with a recipe book (glossy covered leaflet) with 24 recipes including some for jam as the Kenwood 250 also has a jam-making programme. A measuring cup and a dual measuring spoon come with it as well. On the LCD control panel, you can choose the size of the loaf, most of the programmes will produce a loaf of 500 g, 700g or 1kg in weight. You can choose the crust colour, light, medium or dark. There are 11 programs to choose from as well. They are listed below. 1. Basic: White or brown bread recipes. 2. French: Produces a crisper crust and is suited to loaves low in fat and sugar. 3. Wholemeal: Wholemeal or whole-wheat flour recipes. ...

Hotel Monopol, Tenerife 19/04/2011

Hotel Monopol, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife.

Hotel Monopol, Tenerife My husband and I visited the Hotel Monopol in July last year I did write notes at the time but have only now got round to writing a review. The Hotel Monopol, Puerto de la Cruz is right in the centre of the old part of town, on a pedestrianised street facing the Plaza de la Inglesia an old square with a church trees and flowers. The first thing you notice as you walk up to the hotel, are the two steps to the entrance, which have flowers lining them. They are replaced everyday by one of the owners Mrs Gleixner dressed in traditional Canarian costume, a good opportunity for some colourful pictures. There also flowers (hibiscus I think) all along the reception desk and on nearly every flat surface in the public areas of the hotel. The reception team are very efficient but not chatty, as you leave the reception area, you enter the Palm lounge, which is quite wonderful, palm trees, and vines grow up through the centre of the room surrounded by the wooden stairs and balconies that go up several floors. On a hot day, it always seems to feel cool and shady with a pleasant breeze. Our room was large and clean we paid extra for a room with a balcony. There is no air-conditioning but there is a ceiling fan. The bathroom was clean but a little dated. The room safe was a good size, I could get my large camera in it easily and it was nice not to have to carry it around all the time. If you have a room with a balcony, it could be either at the front overlooking the square and the ...

Canon EOS 450D 11/02/2011

Canon EOS 450D

Canon EOS 450D I’ve owned my Canon EOS 450D for about 18 months, I am not a camera or photography expert I just enjoy taking photos. When I bought my canon 450d, I wanted to buy a camera that would be easy to use and would not hold me back as I became more experienced. It is my first digital camera; I previously used a 35mm film camera. My husband does have a simple point and shot digital camera. However, when It was time to purchase a new camera for myself I wanted to buy something that was a bit more versatile and more of a challenge to my picture taking skills (or lack of them). Things I like about he camera: It’s easy to use, on full auto mode, you can just point and shot, the camera does every thing for you except deciding what to take the photo of. The other basic modes are Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night portrait and also Flash off very useful if you are sightseeing and flash photography is not allowed. The five other modes are what Canon calls the creative modes they are Program Mode the shutter speed and the aperture are controlled by the camera. P on the dial. Tv Mode sets the aperture automatically, leaving you to select the shutter speed. Av Mode sets the shutter speed automatically leaving you to decide on the aperture. Manuel Mode gives you complete control of the camera and all its settings. A-DEP Mode automatically sets the depth of field All of these creative modes allow you to change your ISO speed. You can make using the Canon 450D as simple or ...

Rey Carlos III, Minorca 18/02/2010

Rey Carlos Menorca

Rey Carlos III, Minorca My husband and I stayed at the Rey Carlos III for a week, half board in July 2009. The Rey Carlos hotel is in the small town of Es Castell, which is about 2 miles from Mahon (Mao) the capital of Menorca. Es Castell is a small town not a holiday resort but it does have a very pretty harbour front at Cala Fonts with many restaurants and bars, which is about a five-minute walk from the hotel. There is also a very small local supermarket around the corner from the hotel. The hotel is in a lovely location right on the harbour side with the most wonderful views. If you want a hotel near a beach this is not the hotel for you, although if you hire a car Menorca has more beaches than all the other Balearic Islands put together. We found the hotel itself is comfortable and relaxing. Many of the guests that we met there had come back year after year. Our room had complimentary bottle of wine (unexpected), twin beds, my husband found his rather narrow, good-sized balcony, room for a table and two chairs with a wonderful view, a clean and modern bathroom with a bidet and shower over the bath and a small hairdryer. Good and quiet air-conditioning which we needed as it was very hot (30c+) when we where there. There was a large wardrobe and a small safe, telephone small TV, etc. The restaurant is very particularly nice with large windows with great views on all sides; there was a buffet for breakfast and for the evening meal. For breakfast, I found I had plenty of choice (the guests ...

Xoriguer Distillery, Menorca 03/02/2010

Xoriguer Distillery Mahon, Free Gin!

Xoriguer Distillery, Menorca The Xoriguer distillery, what is a gin distillery doing in Menorca? Gin has been made in Minorca since the 18th century when it was under British rule. Menorca was not handed back to Spain until 1804. In the 18th century gin was the most popular drink in Britain and the Menorcans were clever enough to see the opportunity to produce there own version of London gin to sell to the many British soldiers and sailors who were visiting the island. The main difference between traditional gin and Xoriguer gin is that the base spirit in Menorca is a grape rather than the traditional grain. The xoriguer distillery itself is in Mahon (Mao) on the harbour front. It is in an attractive art nouveau building. As we walked along outside you could peer inside the high windows and see inside the gin factory. When you get to the entrance there is a showroom lined with shelves with the many types of gin and liqueurs Xoriguer makes as well as the usual tourist gifts and knick-knacks. However, disappointingly there seemed no way of taking a tour of the factory. At either end of the showroom is an area for tasting the drinks, trays of clean glasses on a small table with a sink, and two large barrels stood on end acting as tables for the many bottles. You can help yourself to a drink from as many different bottles you like; when we were there the only person, working there was a man in the kiosk on the way out. Don’t worry if you don’t like gin, as there were many other flavours ...

Philips HD2603 10/06/2009

Toaster Phillips HD2603

Philips HD2603 We have had the Phillips HD2603 toaster for several years. It is a traditional type of toaster, stainless steel with a cream trim and is slightly retro looking. It has a warming rack, two extra wide slots with variable slot width , defrost function , one side toasting and a cancel button. I have never used the warming rack, the extra wide slots and the one side toasting, are useful if you like to toast teacakes, crumpets etc. The defrost function is very useful if you have forgotten to take the bread out of the freezer. The dial on the front has seven settings for how well done you like your toast plus reheat, which is handy if someone interrupts you .Why does the phone always ring as you are making your toast ? The stainless steel seams to be very good quality, as it cleans up better and stays bright and shiny, with far less effort than any other items I have in the kitchen made of stainless steel. My son complains that it does not get his toast brown enough, as he likes it well done to burnt , I don’t have a problem with it myself as I just like my toast golden brown and find it works well for me. ...

Sony KDL-32W4000 24/05/2009

Sony 32w4000 good tv

Sony KDL-32W4000 We have had the Sony KDL-32W4000 for just over a week and the picture on ours is brilliant. This is our second Sony Bravia television, the first was a 26inch which we have been very pleased with. When we went to get our new tv we decided to go for a larger television with a 32 inch screen. I have no idea how easy it is to set up, as when we had it delivered from our local independent electrical store they unpacked and set it up for us. The picture is really clear with excellent definition and contrast from all angles, although the screen swivels on its stand as well. Handy for dusting behind it. You can of course have it hung on the wall if you wish. The remote control is easy and straight forward to use. We do not have a blu-ray player or satellite so I could not give you my opinion on its H-D performance. However using freeview, DVD player or the wii it is great. Did I mention how good looking it is, the glossy black surround has subtle iridescent flecks which glitter in the sunlight. I didn't notice until the sun came out yesterday and we had already had it a week. ...

Garnier Synergie Wrinkle Lift 19/05/2009

New Garnier UltraLift Anti-wrinkle firming day cream

Garnier Synergie Wrinkle Lift Garnier Skin Naturals UltraLift Anti-wrinkle firming day cream. I did not buy this with the intention to review it. But the results were so good; I thought I would like to share my experience with you. I have a few small wrinkles on my forehead and of course round my eyes. Well at the beginning of the year I noticed my first proper wrinkle it was above my mouth, vertical and instantly deep looking. Every time I looked in the mirror I could see it. I had just about convinced myself that it didn’t matter we all age, that to worry about it was just being vain. Garnier UltraLift Anti-wrinkle day firming cream SPF 15, I don’t usually buy this brand of anti-wrinkle cream as I had tried it several years ago and I didn’t see any results, and it did not absorb well into my skin. Until last week when shopping in Boots for my usual anti-wrinkle cream I noticed the Garnier UltraLift was on special offer and as there was a NEW on the front of the box I thought I would buy it with my points to try it out. When I buy an anti-wrinkle cream all I expect is for it to delay the inevitable signs of ageing and to make my skin feel and look at its best. What do they tell you on the box: “Garnier UltraLift spf 15 helps uncrease the appearance of even deep wrinkles.” “Skin relaxing ginger has been carefully selected for its ability to counteract the micro-contractions of the skin, which can lead to the appearance of lines and wrinkles.” Did I believe any of this? No. When you open ...

The Body Shop Almond Daily Hand & Nail Cream 14/05/2009

The Body Shop Almond Daily Hand & Nail Cream

The Body Shop Almond Daily Hand & Nail Cream The Body Shop Almond Oil Daily Hand and Nail Cream, I can’t remember buying this and I have a smaller than usual size tube (50ml). I think it must have been free when I bought something else. I have had this hand and nail cream for months and months in my kitchen next to the sink , I use it when my hands are feeling dry and in need of some extra moisture . The cream feels quite light when you first put it on your hands and has a light but distinctive smell of sweet almonds. Although the cream disappears very quickly in to the skin on the back of my hands leaving them looking and feeling very smooth and soft, my palms have an unusual slightly sticky feel. I can feel my hand almost sticking to the computer mouse as I use it now. Before, this is what has put me off using it more often. But I have been using this hand cream more than usual as I have been thinking about what to write in this review and my nails do seen to be looking a little better than usual i.e. growing just above the tips of my fingers and not breaking at the slightest thing. I think if I had used this more often and before bed when I would not have noticed my sticky palms, I would have better looking hands and nails. The ingredients include Sweet Almond Oil Organic Soya Oil Shea Butter Price £7.80 for 100ml ...

Odysseus Hotel, Paleokastritsa 29/04/2009

Odysseus Hotel, Paleokastritsa, Lovely Location.

Odysseus Hotel, Paleokastritsa   My husband and I stayed in the Odysseus Hotel Paleocastritsa last May. We had a lovely time and the hotel was clean and comfortable. It is in the most beautiful postion,overlooking one of the many bays in Paleokastritsa (when you look down from above it‘s the heart shaped one). The view from our balcony was so beautiful it took your breath away every morning. We were lucky, as although we didn't have a "sea view room" we had a room with a view of the sea and across the bay. I would definitely recommend you pay for a sea view room, as not only are you guaranteed a fantastic view you will probably get a much larger balcony. Ours was big enough for a table and two chairs. We stayed half board, and we thought the food was good. The breakfast was basic although the yoghurt was lovely. At night the salad selection was really very good and the main course was usually a local corfiot dish. If you are looking for fine dining this is not the place for you! The pool was lovely , not large but spotlessly clean, like every thing else in the hotel. The grounds of the hotel although small were very pretty. there were white roses and hollyhocks in bloom and lemons on the tree. There is a shop underneath the hotel where you can buy anything you have forgotten to bring with you, + wine, anti-mosquito candles, etc,etc. The walk up the hill to the monastery is well worth it for the views alone, there is a small taverna at the top as well. The monastery is shut between 1pm-3pm, also try to ...

Tesco Value Strawberry Whip 27/04/2009

STRAWBERRY WHIP

Tesco Value Strawberry Whip I first bought Tesco value strawberry flavour whip when I walked down the aisle and saw the price 6p! I had to try it just because of the price. Could something that cheap be edible let alone good to eat? You make the dessert by sprinkling on to half a pint fresh cold semi-skimmed milk. You then whisk it until the consistency changes, this is a lot easier to do with an electric mixer than trying to do it by hand. I actually used skimmed milk as that is all I had . I think it may have been a little better if I had used semi-skimmed milk, perhaps the taste would have been a little creamier. Even so it whipped up well and was light but not really fluffy, it was a pale pink and looked just like its picture on the packet. The taste and smell were just what you would expect from a more expensive instant dessert (sweet and quite artificial). I think it would be good served with fresh fruit and for the price is very good value. The price on Friday 24/4/09 has jumped to 8p. ...

Upton House, United Kingdom 14/04/2009

Upton House Poole.

Upton House, United Kingdom Upton House is about 4 miles from Poole town centre just south of the A35. I believe it is owned by the Borough of Poole and is looked after by the Friends of Upton Country Park. The car park is free and it’s usually no problem finding a space. Open 9am-dusk. The House is surrounded by sweeping lawns with mature trees which take you down to the shoreline at the back of Poole harbour. There is a small lake with ducks, a walled garden and a very good herbaceous border. If you like the look of any of the plants in the gardens, there is a very small plant centre where you may find what you are looking for. I have found when I have been there sometimes it’s open sometimes not. The Peacock tearooms in what looks like the old coach house, serving tea, coffee, snacks, cakes e.t.c. Open seven days a week. There is a refreshment kiosk next to the house that sells ice creams open Sunday afternoons all year round. Upton House itself can be booked for wedding ceremonies, conferences, exhibitions. But it is only open to the general public on some Sunday afternoons in the summer. Things I’ve not mentioned, the house was built 1816, the peacocks, shoreline bird hide, shoreline trail, Peacock Art Gallery and a very popular place for picnics. ...

Odysseus Hotel, Paleokastritsa 11/04/2009

Lovely location, Lovely hotel Odysseus, Paleokastritsa

Odysseus Hotel, Paleokastritsa My husband and I stayed in the Odysseus Hotel Paleokastritsa last May. We had a lovely time and the hotel was clean and comfortable. It is in the most beautiful position, overlooking one of the many bays in Paleokastritsa. The view from our balcony was so beautiful it took your breath away every morning. We were lucky, as although we didn't have a "sea view room" we had a room with a view of the sea and across the bay. I would definitely recommend you pay for a sea view room, as not only are you guaranteed a fantastic view you will probably get a much larger balcony. Ours was big enough for a table and two chairs. We stayed half board, and we thought the food was good. The breakfast was basic although the yoghurt was lovely. At night the salad selection was really very good and the main course was usually a local corfiot dish. If you are looking for fine dining this is not the place for you! The pool was lovely , not large but spotlessly clean, like every thing else in the hotel. The grounds of the hotel although small were very pretty. there were white roses and hollyhocks in bloom and lemons on the tree. There is a shop underneath the hotel where you can buy anything you have forgotten to bring with you, + wine, anti-mosquito candles, etc,etc. The walk up the hill to the monastery is well worth it for the views alone, there is a small taverna at the top as well. The monastery is shut between 1pm-3pm, also try to avoid it when one of the numerous coach trips are there. The ...

Daewoo KOR6Q8GSL 24/02/2009

Daewoo KOR6Q8GSL, unexciting but reliable

Daewoo KOR6Q8GSL We have had our Deawoo KOR6Q8GSL for approximately two years. We initally choose it because we wanted one that had touch control, that was at least 800 watts, higher wattage means more power so less cooking time. This model had both of those, the price was reasonable and we also liked the design. There are three buttons on the outside Reheat, Stop / Clear and Start / Speed Cook , all the other touch controls are on the inside and can only be seen when you open the door. I think this gives the Daewoo KOR6Q8GSL a very sleek and stylish look with no nooks and crannies to trap the dirt. I have found it quite easy and simple to use. The touch controls inside are quite self-explanatory. There are five auto-cook functions 1. Bread 2. Soup 3. Jacket potato 4. Fresh vegtables 5. Frozen vegtables. Three auto defrosts one for meat, poultry and fish. The timers 10 seconds - 1minute, 1minute - 10 minutes, 10 minutes - 1 hour. Also a touch control for the clock , power and defrost. To be honest as with most things, I have only ever used half of the functions. The microwave is mostly used for defrosting (I can never remember to take things out of the freezer) and reheating meals. I find it hard to get exited about a microwave and this one has sat unobtrusively in my kitchen being used every day of the week, without me giving it a second thought. Which when you do think about it, is what I want from a kitchen appliance. It has always worked well and with a quick wipe over with a damp ...
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