I was lucky enough to win a competition hosted on the Appliances Online Friday live stream. It was a spur of the moment competition – you had to be watching the live stream to enter. They asked you to guess which person was having a birthday (and showed 3 options). You then needed to email in which person you thought, to an email provided at the time. You can imagine my mini heart attack when my phone rang during the live stream! You can watch that very live stream here (from 16:40 mins in)! Shortly after I was contacted by Appliances Online who gave me two options – and I chose the Samsung RS7527BHCBC. Part of the conditions of the win, was that I reviewed the appliance for them.
Here is my product review:
You will not be disappointed with this stunning appliance, as from top to bottom – inside and out, it is fantastic.
Finished in glossy black, it has a sleek, sexy look about it. On the front of the left door there is a brushed steel panel, which contains touch controls. It displays the fridge and freezer temperature in blue LED lights. On this panel you can also (amongst other things) adjust the temperature, turn on child lock or set up power freeze.
I believe that it’s main selling point is the capacity. You will never be short of space – I’ve yet to even come close to filling the 361 litres of space that the fridge offers. I have however made full use of the 209 litres of freezer space (albeit perhaps due to inefficient organisation)!
You will never have to worry about defrosting this bad boy as it features a ‘No Frost’ technology which genuinely works – there is not a hint of frost in the freezer section.
Another handy feature that Samsung have added is the Twin Cooling+ technology which helps keep the food fresher for longer. I can testify that this is a big improvement from my previous fridge freezer. Blueberries – which would only last 1 or 2 days in my previous appliance, now last up to 4 or 5 days.
Inside the fridge you don’t have to worry about not finding what you’re looking for as it is equipped with LED tower lighting. As this stretches up the entire height of the fridge it gives great visibility.
Another useful feature is the door alarm – should you keep the door open for too long there is a quiet beeping sound to notify you. This stops once you close the door.
Both the fridge and freezer are equipped with 2 drawers at the bottom section. If you don’t open the doors fully you may find it tricky to access these – thus this is an important factor you need to consider with regards to space. Not only will you need enough space to accommodate this awesome beast – you will need to consider the accessibility too.
Both the fridge and freezer have 5 shelves and also benefit from door pockets. The door pockets on the fridge are very spacious. I would estimate that one alone will comfortably house four x 4 pint cartons of milk. There is also an egg tray in one of the pockets, which can take contain more than a dozen eggs. Additionally, the freezer is also equipped with a handy twist ice maker.
In conclusion the main selling point of this appliance is the copious amount of space. If you have a large family you’d probably still be hard pushed to max out the capacity!!!
I am delighted with this Samsung RS7527BHCBC American Style Fridge Freezer and it is a welcome addition in our house (both for looks and functionality).
See my video review on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRm2cUgkbes
Buy this appliance from Appliances Online: http://www.appliancesonline.co.uk/product/RS7527BHCBC-Samsung-American-Fridge-Freezer-Black-26293.aspx
More and more companies are using twitter as a way to promote their products/services by offering competitions and giveaways.
Twitter is not anywhere near as complicated as you might think. If you can use forums or facebook you will have no problem using twitter. It’s just a different way of communicating.
Sign up for a Twitter account at: https://twitter.com/signup
My twitter account: http://twitter.com/kijolo
How twitter works:
If you’re familiar with facebook then imagine that twitter is just like reading facebook status updates … except on twitter they’re called “tweets”.
On twitter you have “followers”. This is people (tweeters) that interest you (like friends on facebook).
Anything that the people you follow post, will show up on your timeline (this is viewable by clicking the “Home” link on your twitter account). The more people you follow the more posts there will be on your timeline.
Anything that you post will appear on your timeline, plus on the timeline of anyone that follows you.
How to post on twitter:
When you are logged into twitter click on the “home” link and this takes you to your time line. At the top, on the left you will see a box that says ‘compose new tweet’
This is where you can type your message (tweet). Your message will need to be no more than 140 characters (the 140 in the top right decreases as you type each letter so you know when you’re running out of characters).
Now to break down a “tweet”:
How to follow someone:
(I am going to use @gowercottage as an example for the next few posts – I’m not affiliated to them in anyway though! Ignore their question for now too)
Normally to enter a competition you will need to follow the person/company (tweeter) who is running the competition. You will probably want to follow other ‘compers’ too as this is how you will discover new competitions.
Following someone is very simple. When you see their post (which will look something like below) click on their name:
This takes you to their twitter page and all you need to do is click the “follow” button
From now on, each time they post, it will appear in your timeline.
How to reply to a ‘tweet’:
If you want to reply to someone this is also very simple to do. Just below their tweet you will see the reply option. Simply click that and it will take you to your text box, where you can write your reply.
and it will automatically include their twitter @name so that they can see your reply.
How to “Retweet” (RT) something:
A lot of competitions simply require you to “retweet” (RT) the message. This is also very simple to do. Next to the reply option there is a “retweet” option. Simply click this and your post is retweeted!
You can also retweet by simply copying and pasting the message into the text box at the top of your home page. Don’t forget to include their @name
In the gowercottage example you will see that they have used some words/phrases preceded by the hashtag:
Hashtags are used for competition entries, as an easy way to track the entries.
So now onto the fun part, entering competitions!
Using the gowercottage as an example:
Prior to posting their comp they tweeted
“1 guess per person followed by the tag #freeleebyrne for FREE Brownies, question coming up in 5 minutes…”
Then the question was posted
“Today’s #mondaymayhem Q for Free Brownies is, last week I was on Radio 2 with Jeremy Vine, how many hits did my website get? #freeleebyrne”
So to enter this, you would need to follow and then reply to gowercottage with your guess and include the hashtags #freeleebyrne #mondaymayhem
Normally each tweet will give you instructions on how to enter. One I entered this morning (and then won) was for the first 90 people to email them (and they provided their email address). Others may want you to “RT” (retweet as explained above) or they might want you to “DM” (direct message) them (note: they have to be following you to be able to message them… they often forget this when posting their comp )!
To find out if anyone has mentioned/replied to you, click on ‘Connect’ and check your ‘interactions’ and ‘mentions’
Best of luck!
Here’s another episode in my ‘experimental cooking’ series! I never meant for this to become a series of posts but it seems to have just happened!
I’ve been trying to find some healthier, sweet snacks. After a cheeky google I discovered it’s possible to make cookies that consist of just 2 ingredients – oats and banana. I fancied something a little bit more exciting than that, so I added in some dark chocolate chips and a few dried cranberries. It would also be possible to add chopped nuts, raisins or similar (but don’t go overboard)!
Here’s the result:
Place the oats in a bowl and add the banana, then mash the banana into the oats with a fork. After a while I ended up diving my hands into the mixture and kneading it all together.
Once the oats and banana were blended together, I added the choc chips and cranberries, then gave it another knead.
Split the mixture into cookie sized pieces (I made 8) and place on a baking tray.
Bake on a moderate heat 180 degrees/350F for about 20 minutes.
The verdict – these taste delicious straight out of the oven. I’ll be interested to see how long they keep (except I think they will soon be gone as they are scrummy)!
My son, renown for being a very fussy eater, has only gone and pulled a blinder tonight!
A few weeks ago he suggested that he’d like to try ‘ramen’. I’d never heard of it before so I had to do a bit of investigation and discovered it’s a is a Japanese noodle dish.
The next step was to try and find a recipe that I could adapt to accommodate his fussy eating habits. I eventually stumbled upon a Wagamama’s Chilli Chicken Ramen Recipe on the Jamie Oliver Forums. This seemed ideal as he loves spicy food, but doesn’t like vegetables!
A few of the ingredients (fish sauce, sesame oil, fresh coriander, chilli puree…) were quite daunting as they are not something I normally have in my cupboards, so it took a bit of searching to find it all and then to be brave enough to use them. Fortunately an impromptu trip to Lidl’s today yielded the final missing ingredient ‘fish sauce’! I love Lidl’s for it’s random continental lines and it came up trumps today!
This recipe is really easy to make, tastes absolutely delicious and was a hit with everyone (even if it was a tad too spicy for my daughter).
Here’s my adaptation of the recipe (based on the ingredients I had and taken into account my son’s fussy eating!):
Sweet Chilli Chicken Ramen
I used 3 chicken breasts.
Coat the chicken with marinade and leave for at least an hour in fridge.
Ramen Chilli Soup
Mix together well, make sure the vinegar is completely dispersed
Coriander – chopped
One red Onion finely chopped
Egg Noodles (cooked in chicken stock)
As an addition to this you can add a boiled egg (which my son suggested). I didn’t fancy it myself, but my son said it was a good combination!
These savoury muffins might not be much to look at, but they taste absolutely divine! I’ve adapted a recipe that I found here on I Like Ginger Biscuits blog. They are a healthy snack too and perfect for lunch boxes. Whilst I enjoyed them warm out of the oven, they seem to taste better cold, a day after making them!
Although I cooked the batch in the photo in the oven – I made the first batch in my daughter’s mini cupcake maker (which she got for £5 from Curry’s)! They turned out completely fine. In fact the ones made in the cupcake maker were slightly better as the tops browned off and they were a good ‘snack’ size treat – they also cooked quicker than the oven baked ones.
In her blog post Ellie said that she estimated that her muffins came in at 130 calories. As I’ve adapted the recipe to use Almond Milk and Wholemeal flour I reckon these are even less than that.
300g of wholemeal flour
2 and half teaspoons of baking powder
100g cheddar cheese (I used low fat)
150g of feta (broken up by hand)
130g of baby leaf spinach
220ml Almond Milk
1 teaspoon of seasoning. (The original recipe suggested cayenne pepper. I didn’t have any so I used Paprika)
Small amount of olive oil
Half a red onion, chopped