Exercise Bike or Cross Trainer.

Exercise is important for your health and well being.
One way to get some much needed exercise without leaving the comfort of your own home is to purchase some form of exercise equipment.
A couple of good choices are either a cross trainer or an exercise bike.

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I personally use an exercise bike.

It is convenient having the exercise bike in my home-office and was not too expensive to purchase.

I use my exercise bike on a regular basis at least once a day. You don’t have to do a cycle marathon to feel the benefits, little and often seems to be the best option for me.  I have found it is possible to actually do some work whilst peddling, writing on a tablet for instance, but I prefer to listen to the local radio station or maybe a podcast.

Do you own an exercise bike or any other sort of fitness equipment?

Desk Fan Summer in the Office.

Hot town, summer in the city,
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty …
As sung by  The Lovin’ Spoonful  £0.99

No sorry I’m afraid it’s ‘summer in the office’ the symptoms are the same but the outcome is different.  Sitting at your desk with not a breeze to be found.

Make your life more comfortable and tolerable in the steaming hot summer weather with a desk fan.

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Another alternative is to have an handy USB powered desk fan if you don’t have easy access to a mains power socket.

 

Resistant Starch Have your Pasta and Eat It

In a previous post I showed you how to make your own pasta with a food processor.

Pasta Making Machine
Pasta Making Machine

This post will explain how with the aid of resistant starch you can have your pasta and eat it in moderation of course.

Pasta, white bread and white rice, contain ample amounts of  carbs and as we all know too many carbohydrates are bad for the waistline.

Now what if you could have your carbs and eat them almost guilt free?

A partial answer is resistant starch.

The trick is to cook your pasta or rice and then  cool it and reheat it making very sure that rice in particular is piping hot all the way through.

This process alters the structure of the rice or pasta and turns it into resistant starch, which is much harder for your body to break down and so making your body treat the food more like a fiber food.  Keeping you feeling fuller for longer. This process also works for baked potatoes.

Pasta Eggs Flour

The trick with sliced white bread is to freeze it first and toast it from frozen this will also alter the structure of the bread and make it more like a fiber food.

If you found this post about Resistant Starch and carbohydrates useful then please leave a comment below.

 

Buying a Stand Mixer an essential kitchen appliance

The stand mixer is an essential kitchen appliance that every home chef can use to enhance and expand their recipe repertoire.

A Stand mixer can whip up lots of healthy treats for you and your family.

From  pancake  batter, homemade pizza dough, muffins, biscuit dough, dressings, dips, homemade mayonnaise, meringues, whipped cream or egg whites, quick breads,  lemon meringue pie, chocolate mousse to velvety smooth cake mixes, the stand mixer Dash and Go will astound you with its versatility and when not in use its small footprint makes for easy storage in the smallest of kitchens.

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Good Money for Old Rope ELVIS & KRESSE

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Good Money for Old Rope..

Well not quite old rope, more old fire hose, parachute silk and leather.  Up cycled fire hoses and auction banners

Who’d have thought these materials would have produced such elegant, desirable and functional re-cycled items.

The innovative company ELVIS & KRESSE have done just that, producing not only stunning weekend bags but also a myriad of other useful and functional items, including for men. Belts, cuff-links, wallets, key rings all styled as individual unique items.

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For ladies there are handbags, overnight bags, purses, clutch bags and belts to mention but a few items.


Decommissioned Fire-hoses, parachute silk, coffee sacks, leather, tea sacks, printing blanket, shoe boxes and auction banners are just a few of the byproducts from industries that are saved from landfill or worse and recycled, or up-cycled by ELVIS & KRESSE.

Pet Peek So next doors dog can enjoy your privacy as well

So next doors dog can enjoy your privacy too…


 The  Pet Peek  Available from Amazon

I’m afraid I just had to put this pet peek idea out there..

What are your thoughts on the Pet Peek..

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Rangemaster Cookers Review and things to watch out for

Fuel

The first choice to be made is mostly dependent on the  fuel supply to your kitchen.  Rangemaster cookers can be  all electric, all gas or a mixture of both in the duel fuel appliance combination.

Ovens

It is important to check that the oven or ovens on the appliance both show an accurate operating temperature and heat up quickly when switched on. Also if possible check for even heating of the oven space.

Hob

The hob can also be gas, electric or a combination of both.

If it is electric check that the rings can they simmer some electrically powered  hobs have a nasty habit of not having a variable enough temperature setting.

Grill

Make sure the grill will evenly cook across its entire surface.

Again like the oven check the time the grill takes to heat up.  (continued below)…

 

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(continued)… Another important thing to check is the amount of heated cooking area under the grill. A reasonable expectation is roughly 75% to 80%. Some bad grills only  have a cooking area of 50%.

What Range style cooker do you own or would like to own?

Put your answer in the comments below please…

Reasons to have an Electric Recliner Chair

A couple of good reasons to have a recliner chair are if you value luxurious comfort during the day or cannot sleep comfortably in a standard bed by night.

One step up from a manual recliner chair is an electric recliner chair with the ability to raise you to a standing position with a remote control.

Some of the electric chairs can move you from an almost prone lying down position to a standing position with no effort required from the user whatsoever, other than pressing a button on the remote control. This is very useful if you have any sort of difficulty moving into a standing position unaided.

Personally I found a recliner chair an absolute godsend after I’d had open heart surgery and was allowed home from the hospital for the first time. I found I was not able to sleep in a regular bed for the first month or so and the recliner chair was, to put it bluntly, an absolute lifesaver, being able to lay back and sleep combined with not having to struggle to get out of the chair was absolutely bliss!

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Making Fresh Pasta with a Food Processor

How to make Fresh Pasta with a Food Processor

home made pasta

The ingredients needed to make fresh pasta can be found in most kitchens without needing a special trip to the shops.

Ingredients.

  • 375g or approximately two and a half cups of plain flour.
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • 4 medium eggs preferably at room temperature.
  • A small amount of extra plain flour to dust the dough.

Method…

Set up your food processor with the blade attachment.
Put the flour into the food processor bowl and add the half teaspoon of salt.
Pulse once or twice With the blade attachment fitted to combine the sugar and salt.
Crack the eggs and add them on top of the flour being careful that no eggshell enters the mixture. You might want to crack the eggs into a separate bowl and add them from there or just live dangerously!
Put the lid on the food processor and process for 30 to 60 seconds until the flour, salt eggs go together into a rough ball… (continued below)…

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How to make Fresh Pasta with a Food Processor… (continued)

If the mixture is a little too dry add a little water at a time until the desired result is achieved. If the mixture is too sticky add some more flour.
Remove the dough from the food processor and knead it on a clean board a little until it comes together in a nice smooth ball.
Dust a small amount of flour onto the dough and places it in a mixing bowl or similar. Cover it with plastic wrap or a clean tea towel and rest it for 30 minutes at room temperature.
And there you have it a quick and easy way to make your own pasta.

Roll it out cut it up or pass it through a pasta making machine and you are ready to cook your own Fresh Pasta.

How much does it cost to run a Slow Cooker

Today we have the staple of the kitchen, the slow cooker….
Slow cooking with a slow cooker or crock pot as they are know in the USA is an excellent way of preparing a meal for later consumption.
A quick beef stew can be prepared within half an hour and left to cook for hours, while you are otherwise engaged be it at work or play. Safe in the knowledge that you will have a hot nutritious meal waiting for you upon your return.

How much does it cost to run a Slow Cooker?

The answer is … A whole lot less than a conventional oven.

A small approximately 60w slow cooker will cost around 0.11p (GBP) to run for eight hours. To work out how much it will cost for different slow cookers you need to find the wattage of the slow cooker. (look for a label somewhere on the appliance normally marked W). The formula for working out the exact power consumption cost of an 80w slow cooker is…. divide the power in watts (W) by 1000 to convert to kilowatts (kW).

So 80/1000 = 0.08kW.

To calculate the energy used you need to multiply its rating in kW by the time it is on for, in hours, so for example, for 7 hours cooking time it would use:

7 x 0.08 = 0.56 kWh.

You can get the cost of a kWh from your electricity bill, but typically around 12p/kWh so for this example:

0.56 x 12 = 6.72 pence to run an 80W slow cooker for 7 hours.

So as you can see a slow cooker can not only save you time but also money.

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