Saturday, November 30, 2013

I'm from Yorkshire - Yorkshire Lass T shirt Review

As I have said in my blog Spiel I'm a Yorkshire Woman and love my county. I'm a fan of the facebook page 'I'm from Yorkshire'  A place for like-minded folks to hang out. With well over 30k members, it seems there's quite a few Yorkshire folk who are proud of their heritage. It's a good place to revel in the beautiful scenery we have as many members share their photos. I think it may be a peculiarly Yorkshire speciality to have such a strong sense of belonging and pride in our County.

I was delighted when the page sent me one of their T shirts to review. They sell a range of T shirts all celebrating the Yorkshire identity. You can see the range here:

So here is the one I got (and I'm not looking my best at the moment as I'm recovering, slowly, from a nasty accident - and it's left me rather skinny for now but hopefully by Spring, when it's really T-shirt weather, I will be able to do the T shirt justice):

So what do I think of the T shirt? Well it seems nice enough, the fabric feels soft and comfortable and not too thin, and it's a good bright white.  But there's two tests it needs to pass. Firstly will it wear and wash well?  Wasting brass on something that doesn't last? - never in a month of Sundays!  And secondly, will it be a conversation starter when I'm a Yorkshirewoman abroad - whether over the county border or over the seas?  I'll get back to you on both of those things...

Note - this T-shirt has been provided free of charge for me to review but my thoughts are, and will be, honestly given.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Omega 8006 Juicer Review

I thought long and hard about investing in a juicer, as this is quite a major expense. My hubby bought me this for Christmas last year so I've had time to well and truly put it through its paces now. We chose this one from UK juicers as all the reviews I had seen were great and it came with a 15 year warranty.

So here is the beast:

First you need to chop fruit and/or veg into pieces that will fit into the tube at the top. It seems to cope fine with stuff that is peeled or not. But sometimes leaving the peel on can make the juice taste bitter - it really is a case of try it and see still for me.

It comes with a plastic plunger thingy that you can use to push them down if you need to: Much of the time stuff just falls through happily, I feed and chop simultaeously to an extent. But it is quicker if you give it a push.

It has 2 plastic containers which fit neatly underneath so that juice falls into one and the remains fall into the other. The left-over fibre can often be used elsewhere - such as in dehydrator crackers. 

The juice is a little thick and frothy - I like it this way - but for my daughter who prefers a clearer juice I use the little strainer that comes with:

After juicing it needs to be dismantled and cleaned. I always have the sink filling with soapy water while I juice. These bits need little more than a swish around in the water:

The auger (which does all the work):

and the mesh sieve do need a bit of a scrub with the brush which also is inculded:

All in all cleaning is not my favourite part but it does only take 5 mintues.

I do find on occasion that a bit of pulp makes its way into the front of the machine, and cleaning that away can be a tad fiddly

I absolutely love this machine though and think it is worth every penny we paid for it, though it cost a whopping £279.  I use it most days and am still experimenting with juice recipes all the time (I will get around to sharing some of these) and find fresh fruit and veg juices absolutely divine and so easy to digest.  I had the opportunity to try out a rival juicer recently, and although it performed quite well, and was about half the price, it reaffirmed for me that this one is the juicer I need in my life. I love it!

And if you would like some juicing ideas: Apple, orange and carrot,  Pineapple, apple and spinach,  Raw lemonade, Ginger Zinger, and Colon Calmer


The next craft I want to gain skill in is sewing. I have zero experience of this beyond sewing on a button or stitiching a split seam. Badly. 

Very excited at the prospect though, and totally in love with the pretty sewing box that my lovely daughter bought me. Well, you've got to start somewhere!

Knitted Waistcoat

Finally finished my second knitting project. A cosy waistcoat for the winter. I used Sirdar patten 9400 and I have to say for an 'Easyknit' pattern I found it a bit unclear in places.
For example: 'make a button loop' no mention of how or where. I opted to crochet a chain and swe it on where I though best which seems to have worked but I did find this a little vague. Other places, which were more crucial to the knitting had rather vague instructions too which left me faffing about lining pices up with each other and measuring my body to check how it would work. Got there in the end but found it tricky.

The wool I used is Sirdar Indie in superchunky and I do like this wool and the knitted garment is lovely and cosy.

Recipe - mushroom and cashew roast

6 medium button mushrooms - cleaned and sliced
1 tblspn olive oil
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
1/2  tsp dried sage
1 cup cashews
1 small slice bread - I use gluten free
1/2 tablesppon tamari
1 egg
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Saute the mushrooms with the dried herbs, in the oil,  and allow to cool.  

Place nuts and slice of bread in food processor and whizz to roughly chopped. Add mushroom mixture and pulse a few times. Add egg, tamari, and parsley and pulse till blended.  

Press into an oven-proof dish and bake at 180C / gas 4 for 20-30 mins until crispy on top but still moist underneath. 

 Serves 3-4. I like it with veg and gravy or a salad.

If you have no food processor cut the mushrooms more finely, chop the nuts with a  knife (or buy chopped nuts) , grate the slice of bread into crumbs and mix all together well in a large bowl.