Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Chinese New Year: History and Traditions

The Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the biggest event in Chinese culture. It occurs on the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar and runs right through to the 15th day of the first month. This 15th day is known as the Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the New Year celebrations.

This year, the date falls on Thursday the 19th of February. And this year, it’s the year of the goat!

year of the goat

Origins
The traditional Chinese New Year celebrations are said to have arisen from ancient folk takes which tell of a mythical, lion-like creature that terrorised and preyed on Chinese villagers. The Chinese referred to this beast as Nian, which translates as ‘Year’ in English. It was said that a wise village elder informed the villagers that Nian was scared of loud noises and the colour red. So the villagers banged drums and hung red cut-outs on their doors, and Nian was defeated. The anniversary of this date is known as ‘Passing of the Nian’ and is synonymous with the Chinese New Year.

Animals
The Chinese zodiac is a repeating 12 year cycle, with a different animal to represent each year. Last year was the year of the horse, this year will be the goat, and next year will be the monkey. The order of the cycle never changes and each animal is said to represent different human attributes. For example, if you were born in a year of the snake, you’re allegedly a meticulous planner, but egotistical too. Whereas if you were born in a year of the rooster, then apparently you’re a great leader, but also quite jealous.

The 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac in order are:

12 signs of the chinese zodiac

Traditions
The Chinese New Year often sees mass migration of people within China, all travelling back to their home town to celebrate with their families. On New Year’s Eve, many families cleanse their home to remove ill fortune, and make room for good luck and prosperity in the coming year.

In line with ‘Passing of the Nian’, people let off firecrackers, bang drums and decorate their doors and streets in red. Children are also given red envelopes with money inside. In recent times, the younger generations have steered away from the traditional celebrations, and choose to spend the period by simply relaxing and enjoying a break from work and the stress of modern life.

Great Ideas for a Chinese New Year Celebration
Light up a Chinese lantern…
chinese lantern

Cook up some Oriental food…
oriental food bamboo steamer

Get dressed up in Far-East inspired fashion…
Animal print kimono Floral Kimono Long Floral Kimono


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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Pancake Day: Origins, Recipes and More!

Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, is the one day of the year devoted to eating pancakes and other fatty foods. It always falls on the Tuesday before the start of Lent, and is celebrated in different ways across the world.

Pancakes

Celebrations

In the UK, Canada, Australia and Ireland, people choose to eat crepe-style pancakes for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. And certain villages, including Olney in Buckinghamshire, put on Pancake Day events, such as their famous pancake race.

Olney Pancake Race

In parts of the US and many Catholic countries, such as Brazil, Pancake Day is referred to as Mardi Gras, which translates to Fat Tuesday. These celebrations are much bigger than in other countries, and involve street processions, fancy dress and food stalls.

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras

As for Scandinavia and many eastern European countries, they choose to eat their own special pastries. In Finland, the day is called Laskiainen, and they celebrate by sledging and eating a popular Finnish treat called laskiaispulla, which is a sweet bread filled with cream, jam and almond paste.

laskiaispulla

Origins of Pancake Day

As Lent was (and still is in many places) a period of fasting, prayer and good behaviour, people needed a way to get rid of the fatty foods in their homes before the season started. And what better way to get rid of all the sugar, eggs, milk and lard in your home than by making pancakes? Much plainer foods were traditionally eaten in the period of Lent, so Pancake Day offered an excuse to indulge in fatty foods before the heathy eating started.

In Slavic culture, before the Christian era began, the Slavs believed that the change of seasons from winter to spring was a battle between Jarilo (the God of vegetation and springtime) and the spirits of the cold and darkness. To help Jarilo, the Slavs made pancakes as they symbolised the sun. And when they ate the pancakes, they believed they received power and light from the sun.

Our Favourite Pancake Day Recipes

Traditional Pancakes (taken from BBC Good Food)

Ingredients
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  • Pinch of salt
Method
  1. Blending in the flour: Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle, then pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.
  2. Finishing the batter: Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream. Traditionally, people would say to now leave the batter for 30 mins, to allow the starch in the flour to swell, but there’s no need.
  3. Getting the right thickness: Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into a jug, return the pan to the heat, then leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. Pour the excess batter from the jug back into the mixing bowl. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.
  4. Flipping pancakes: Hold the pan handle, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook or stack onto a plate. You can freeze the pancakes for 1 month, wrapped in cling film or make them up to a day ahead.

American Blueberry Pancakes (taken from BBC Good Food)

Ingredients
  • 200g Self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • Knob of butter
  • 150g pack blueberries
  • Sunflower oil or a little butter for cooking
  • Golden or maple syrup
Method
  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Beat the egg with the milk, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk to make a thick smooth batter. Beat in the melted butter, and gently stir in half the blueberries.
  2. Heat a teaspoon of oil or small knob of butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter per pancake into the pan to make pancakes about 7.5cm across. Make three or four pancakes at a time. Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden. Cover with kitchen paper to keep warm while you use up the rest of the batter. Serve with golden syrup and the rest of the blueberries.

And for something a bit crazier…

Chocolate Praline Pancake Cake (taken from BBC Good Food)

  • 1x classic pancake recipe (see above)
  • Sunflower oil, for greasing
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g blanched almonds
  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes
  • For the chocolate sauce
  • 250g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 175ml whole milk
  • 125ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp brandy or dark rum
  • 50g light muscovado sugar
  • whipped cream, to serve
Method
  1. Prepare pancakes following a classic recipe (see above).
  2. Lightly brush a baking sheet with sunflower oil. Tip the caster sugar into a medium-size saucepan, add 2-3 tbsp of water and set the pan over a low-medium heat to allow the sugar to slowly dissolve into the water. Bring to the boil and continue to cook until the syrup becomes amber-coloured caramel.
  3. Working quickly, tip the blanched almonds and salt into the pan and continue to cook for 30 secs-1 min until the caramel turns deep amber and the almonds are toasted. Tip the praline onto the oiled baking sheet and leave until completely cold and hardened. Break the praline into chunks and whizz in the food processor until coarsely chopped.
  4. To make the chocolate sauce, combine all the ingredients in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth and silky. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lay one pancake in the bottom of a 20cm springform tin and spread over 1 tbsp of chocolate sauce. Scatter with chopped praline and top with another pancake. Continue in this manner until you have used all 12 pancakes, topping the stack with a pancake.
  6. Cover the tin with foil and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for around 20 mins or until hot through. Gently warm the remaining chocolate sauce, cut the cake into wedges and serve scattered with the remaining praline chocolate sauce, and a bowl of lightly whipped cream alongside.

Cookware

Have you been inspired to get creative in the kitchen? Then take a look at some of our fantastic Food Mixers, cookware products, and baking sets perfect for creating cakes, biscuits, pancakes and more!

Food Mixers Cookware Sets Baking Sets

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Friday, 13 February 2015

Friday 13th - The Fear So Fearsome It Has Two Long Names

Friggatriskaidekaphobia and Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the irrational fear of Friday the 13th (the date not necessarily the film). If you suffer from this it may be advisable to go into hibernation for the rest of 2015 as today is the first of 3 Friday the 13th's this year, there will be one in March and one in November too!

Where did the fear of Friday the 13th come from?
According to folklorists, there’s no written evidence that Friday the 13th was considered unlucky before the 19th century.

Literature
The earliest known documented reference in English appears to be in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on Friday 13th.

Gioachino Rossini

Superstition regarding Friday also comes from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, published in the 14th Century, where Friday is considered a day of misfortune and ill luck.

Middle Ages
Friday has always had a bad reputation, in Middle Ages people would not marry or even set out on a journey on a Friday.

Numerology
In numerology the number 13 is seen as irregular, whereas the number 12 is regarded as a number of completeness. This is likely due to the fact that there are 12 months of the year, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 hours of the clock, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Apostles of Jesus, 12 Descendants of Muhammad Imams, among many incidences of the pattern historically.

Religion
There are also some links between Christianity and either Fridays or the number 13th. Friday was supposedly the day on which Eve ate the forbidden fruit and also the day that Jesus was also said to have been crucified.

It is considered incredibly bad luck to have 13 people sitting at a table for dinner, which supposedly is due to the fact that Judas Iscariot was by tradition the 13th person to be seated to dine at the Last Supper.

Hollywood?
In modern times the film industry has helped to keep the fear of Friday the 13th alive with the film franchise Friday the 13th, and this year on Friday March the 13th Paramount are reported to be releasing the latest entry of the long running Friday the 13th franchise, which not only is being released on Friday the 13th, but will be Jason Voorhees's 13th big screen appearance! Will this help to reinforce the fear of Friday 13th...?

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th facts..

  • The British Medical Journal writes that there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents when the date is Friday the 13th. compared hospital admissions for traffic accidents on a Friday the 13th with those on a Friday the 6th near London. Despite a lower traffic volume on the 13th than on the 6th, admissions for traffic accident victims increased 52 percent on the 13th. After conducting the study, the author recommended that people stay at home if possible.
  • Each year there is at least one Friday the 13th, but no more than 3.
  • The longest period of time that can occur without a Friday the 13th is fourteen months.
  • There are 13 steps to the gallows, 13 knots in a hangman’s noose, and the guillotine blade falls 13 ft.
  • Many hospitals have no room 13, and most airports don’t have a Gate 13. Hotels often do not have a floor 13.
  • Only two of the UK's 14 best restaurants have a table 13, most simply skipping from 12 to 14.
  • 2015 has 3 Fridays that fall on the thirteenth
  • On streets in Florence houses numbered between 12 and 14 are addressed as 12 ½ not 13
  • In Spanish speaking countries it is not Friday 13th but Tuesday 13th that is considered a day of bad luck
  • Just remember though, In ancient Chinese civilisations the number 13 is regarded as lucky!

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

How To Keep The Kids Entertained This Half Term Without Spending A Fortune

The first half of the spring term is nearly over and while the kids might be looking forward to some free time, for parents it can feel like the longest week ever, especially when you can't guarantee good weather.

We've devised a fantastic list of how to keep the kids entertained without spending a fortune:

Things to do during half term

  • Hold a bake off - You can have fun baking biscuits, cakes, crumbles whatever you like. If you have older children you could always split them into two team! On your marks, get set, bake!
  • Snowtime - If it snows, go sledging, build snowmen, go for snow walks, make snow angels. Don't forget to take your camera with you to capture these magical moments.
  • Cinema - Many cinemas hold special viewings for children during the holidays, advertising 'half term deals', and often parents get to go free too. Check out your local cinemas website for up to date information.
  • Go to the park - Parks tend to have lots of things to entertain the kids, usually they have climbing frames and playgrounds for both younger and older children, scenic walks, animal sanctuary's, trees to climb. You can take your football and bikes, as a lot of parks have introduced mountain bike trails, as well as having lots of low level paths to cycle on for those who want to ride on the flat.
  • Search for free events and offers in your local area - these will be listed on your local council website e.g Visitlancashire.com. Zoo's often offer reduced or free entry out of season, and many museums hold special events over the school holidays, many of which are free.
  • Get crafty at home - Potato stamping is a great thing to do with young children. You can pick up blank canvases quite cheaply, and could get the kids to paint directly onto them and then hang them in their rooms when they are dry.
  • Board Games - If it's particularly nasty weather outside why not get all the board games out and have a board game marathon, or if you have a chess board you could teach the kid's how to play chess, once they've learned how to play they'll be hooked!
  • Swim for free - Many councils offer free swimming for children during the half term holidays, parents can either join in or have a well deserved break in the leisure centre cafe :-)
  • Lots of English Heritage and National Trust sites are free to enter  - they often have activities for the kids too. Have a fun filled day out exploring ruins, gardens, castles and more.
  • Build a den - This is fun both indoors and outdoors, in good weather head to the woods (with a responsible adult) collect sticks and broken branches and create a den. if the weather is poor why not pull out the dining chairs, drape towels and bed sheets over and you've (the kids have) got a nice little den to play in for the afternoon.
  • Collect Blackberries - There are still some wild fruits about, grab some buckets and head out, the kids can have a race to see who can collect the most. When you've got your bucket full of blackberries why not head home and make a blackberry pie. We've found a great recipe for blackberry pie from allrecipes.com
  • Upcycle something - If you've got an old lampshade or some furniture in the loft or under the stairs why not let the kids re-decorate them, see how creative the kids can be with paint, stickers and more.


If you're taking advantage of lower holiday prices in winter and are heading off for some winter sun or just planning ahead for summer we have a great range of suitcases and travel accessories to suit your needs.

Personalised Luggage Strap ABS Children's Suitcases 3-Piece Luggage Set Digital Luggage Scale

Looking for some craft kits for the kids to keep them entertained over the holidays take a look at our fantastic range at 24studio.co.uk

Super Loop Cupcakes And Cookies Sweet Candies Craft Shamballa Fire Jewellery


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Friday, 30 January 2015

National Storytelling Week

Storytelling is one of the oldest artforms, whether it's retelling an even that happened in the past, perhaps a childhood memory or an anecdote, or reading a bedtime story or watching a plot unfold on TV, storytelling is part of everyday life.



National Storytelling week starts on the 31st January this year and schools, libraries, Scout groups, Brownies, hospitals and lots of other institutions and organisations will be taking part, organising storytelling events, famous author and laureate visits, as well as bookshop events, such as book clubs and coffee mornings. Many schools and nursery schools get the kids involved by letting them dress up as their favourite character from a book as well as encouraging them to bring their favourite book from home to show to the class, or for the older kids, holding workshops where they can write their own fairy tales or graphic novels.

To celebrate National Storytelling Week, we're giving a MeReader away to one lucky winner.

MeReaders are a new electronic reading system from the makers of Story Reader 2.0. The Me Reader is a 4½ x 6-inch electronic pad that reads out loud each of eight Disney storybooks.



The reading pad is compatible only with the storybooks included in the set. The Me Reader system is recommended for children ages 3 years and older.

The device is simple to work. To begin, children select one of the eight storybook buttons on the Me Reader, which is made of sturdy hard plastic. Next, they find the storybook they have selected, open to the first page of the story, and press a “Read Story” button on the pad to activate the narrator’s voice. Each time they turn a page, children again press a “Read Story” button to continue hearing the story. Kids know which “Read Story” button to press by matching those on the pad with those in the storybook.

To enter our competition simply enter the MeReader competition we're hosting on our facebook page. The competition ends at 12pm on the 6th February.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day, whether you love it or hate it is coming our way soon, and there's a bonus this year - it lands on a Saturday, so you'll be able to spend the whole day with your Valentine doing something fun.

Inexpensive Valentine's Day Ideas:

Valentine's - Homemade chocolate with personalised detailing Home made valentines bunting Valentine's - Heart shaped sandwiches
  • Go for a walk - there's nothing better than a walk in the countryside, just the two of you. You could even make a day of it and take a picnic, or take an evening stroll and watch the sun go down over the horizon.
  • Go stargazing - either with a telescope if you have one or simply wrap up warm and head to where there is very little light pollution, you never know, you might see a shooting star.
  • Put together your own bouquet of flowers - bouquets of flowers can be expensive around valentine's day, so you could make your own bouquet by picking flowers from the garden and wrapping them with ribbon, or you could buy single stem flowers from the florist and make your own bunch. Roses are the most expensive Valentine's flower so you could always go for a bunch of colourful gerberas.
  • Bake brownies or cookies - don't spend a lot on expensive chocolates, make something personal. Bake cookies or brownies and personalise your baking or the box with a romantic inscription that expresses your feelings for the person you’re giving them to. Now that is sweet.. Get the kids involved too, they'll love to do something like this if they have a valentine they'd like to give a gift to.
  • Make breakfast or dinner and serve it romantically, either breakfast in bed, or if you're planning on making dinner why not serve it at the table for a change with candles, or low lighting and don't forget dessert of course.
  • Do something that your valentine enjoys but you never want to do, they'll love you for it - playing computer games with them for a change, gardening, going to see a play, whatever it is, you could do it.
  • Make a mix CD of all yours and theirs favourite songs, songs that have a special meaning for both of you.
  • Make a photo album with pictures of either the most significant things you've done together or places you've been together in the past year, or even one of the whole time you've been together. You could get a photo album that has the notes section at the side so you can annotate each picture.
  • Arrange to go to a dance class together, a single lesson of latin or salsa shouldn't be too costly, and will make a great Valentine memory.
  • Fill the house with candles and add a romantic feel to the house.
  • Make something as a gift, whether it's a handmade card, a bling ring made out of pipe cleaners or a handmade, home made version of something they'd love. 
  • Draw, paint or print some of the favourite things you like to do together and frame it.
  • Get the scrabble box out of the loft and use the letters to write out a valentines message, either use as a valentines card, or frame it so it can be put on display. 

Valentines Facts

Did you know....
  • 1 billion Valentine cards are sent each year all over the world.
  • 50 million roses are given on Valentiness Day each year.
  • In america 9 million people buy Valentine's gifts for their pets
  • More than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's day.
  • 73% of flowers are bought by men, 27% by women.
  • 15% of women like sending themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
  • Each year in Britain we spend about £503m on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts on Valentine's Day.

Let A Little Bird Tell You What Your Romantic Future Holds

According to the ancient art of Ornithomancy (which is 'the reading of omens from the actions of birds' to me and you), the first bird an unmarried woman see's on Valentine's Day is an omen of the type of man she will marry.

Who's your lovebird? The ornithomancist's guide
  • Blackbird: he'll be involved in charitable or spiritual work  - an aid worker of vicar
  • Dove: your marriage to him will be happy and loving
  • Robin: he earns his living through water  - a naval officer or fisherman
  • Sparrow: he works with the land  - a farmer or tree surgeon
  • Blue bird: he likes to make others smile  - a comedian
  • Woodpecker: no marriage will take place
  • Duck: your relationship with him will be homely and stable
  • Gull: he travels a great deal for work
  • Birds of prey: he is a businessman, politician or leader
  • Goldfinch: he is a person of means
  • Kingfisher: he has already done well or inherited money
  • Pigeon: he will eventually return to the place where he grew up

So if you're looking for romance it might be best to stay away from woodland walks this Valentine's Day and maybe head to the river where you might catch site of a Kingfisher or a duck.

Valentines Gift Ideas

We have some great gift ideas for Valentine's Day at 24studio with gifts to suit all budgets, whether you're looking for Personalised Valentine's Cards, a personalised gift, something totally different like an experience day, baking items to bake or make your own delicious Valentines gift, or something totally unique, just head over to our gifts range.

Here are some of our favourites:


Personalised 'Awesome' Cushion Cover


Personalised 'Awesome' Cushion Cover.


A Day At The Races




A Day At The Races.

Wood Photo Frame With Heart


Wood Photo Frame With Heart.

Spa Day Escape





Spa Day Escape.


Lanvin Marry Me Perfume Gift Set





Lanvin Marry Me Perfume Gift Set.

9ct Multi Gem Ring



9ct Multi Gem Ring.


ghd V Gold Classic Styler




ghd V Gold Classic Styler.

Personalised Men's Magnetic Therapy Bangle


Personalised Men's Magnetic Therapy Bangle.


Personalised Love Tiles Poster



Personalised Love Tiles Poster.


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Monday, 19 January 2015

Beat the Blue Monday Blues!

What is Blue Monday?

Apart from being a brilliant 80s track, Blue Monday is apparently the most depressing day of the year! The term was first coined in 2005 by a tutor at Cardiff University, making this year its 10th anniversary. It always falls on the Monday of the last full week of January, so Monday the 19th is 2015’s official date.

One mental health charity put together the following equation to explain why people might feel more depressed on this day:

Blue Monday

Basically, it combines all the factors that could lead to people feeling down on Blue Monday:

  • W – weather
  • d – debt
  • T – time since Christmas
  • Q – failing our New Year’s resolutions
  • M – low motivation
  • N – feeling the need to take action
  • D – not defined

Many scientists claim that the equation is absolute nonsense, but it’s certainly true that many people will suffer because of one or more of factors in the equation, especially the weather!

How can you beat Blue Monday?
By treating yourself! Instead of succumbing to the January blues, use Blue Monday as the one day of the year where you go crazy and treat yourself to something special. Whether it’s something small or something large, a treat will go a long way to lifting your mood and keeping the symptoms of Blue Monday at bay.

Treat yourself to:

A Spa Day
Spa Day



Whether you go on your own or take a friend with you, a day at the spa is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy a spot of pampering. We offer a huge range of spa vouchers at many locations across the country.





A Weekend Break
A Weekend Break



Fancy a trip to one of the UK’s most historic cities? Or maybe even a romantic getaway to Paris? Then take a look at our choice of weekend breaks and days out





Plan a Summer Holiday
Plan a Summer Holiday


There really is no better way to beat the winter blues than by looking head and planning a summer holiday! Whether you’re planning to stay in the UK or go somewhere exotic, we have everything you need to make your holiday special, from suitcases and holiday clothes to iPods and cameras. Browse our luggage range





Get a New Outfit
Get a New Outfit

We always feel our best when we look our best, so treating yourself to a new look could be the best way to keep your spirits up. Whether you’re looking for something to keep warm over winter or a party outfit for summer, we’ve got it all at 24studio.

Shop Women's
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Something Extravagant!
Something Extravagant



Why not use Blue Monday to go absolutely crazy and get that gadget you’ve always wanted? Whether you’d like a new iPad, a 3D television or a brand new phone, we’ve got it all at 24studio. Take a look at our electricals range for more extravagant treats:





And if you need even more ideas, then check out this clip on ‘Treating Yo’ Self’ from Parks and Recreation (my favourite comedy show).




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Monday, 12 January 2015

Healthy Eating Gadgets 2015

With so many fantastic kitchen appliances available nowadays, eating healthier is easier than ever before. If you’ve made it your aim to get in shape and shed a few pounds in 2015, you can smash your targets faster by kitting out your kitchen with a selection of healthy eating gadgets!

Whether you’re looking for blenders, soup makers, air fryers or steamers, we’ve got it all at 24studio. Just take a look at our incredible selection below!

Blenders and Juicers

Blenders and juicers offer the easiest way to get your 5-a-day. Blenders are great for creating delicious smoothies and milkshakes, while juicers ensure you consume all the key nutrients from fruits and vegetables.

Blend Active Juicer Blender

Take a look at our full range of juicers and blenders


Soup Makers

Homemade soup is one of the best meals you can make when you’re trying to get in shape. It’s delicious, healthy and low in fat. With a soup maker, you simply chuck all your ingredients the measuring jug and then sit back as it creates a tasty homemade soup for you. They look and act like blenders, except they heat and cook ingredients as they mix them.

Soup Maker Soup Maker Soup Maker

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Health Grills

Most health grills feature a sloped design, which channels fat and grease away from your food, creating healthier meals. They’re great for cooking meat, fish and vegetables quickly and without fuss. AS well as channelling fat away from food, they retain more moisture than other cooking methods, so your food is always succulent.

Health Grill Health Grill Health Grill

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Health Fryers

Health fryers combine multiple cooking technologies, allowing you to cook a huge range of food quickly and with ease. They require far less oil than most cooking methods, making them a great choice for those looking to lose weight and get in shape. The most popular foods cooked with health fryers tend to be chips, joints of meat, fish fingers and other frozen foods.

health fryer health fryer health fryer

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Steamers

Steaming retains more vitamins and nutrients than many other cooking methods, making it one of the healthiest ways to cook your food. No oil or cooking fat is necessary, and the colours and flavours of your food are retained too. Plus, steaming is ideal for a huge range of foods, including vegetables, poultry, fish and more.

Steamer Steamer Steamer

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