Courgettes are currently in season. You know how we like to make the most of when fruits and vegetables are in season by cooking them a variety of ways and sharing how you can freeze them for later in the year when they are more expensive. Courgettes have been around donkey’s years, but they’ve become popular more recently because of their ability to replace pasta in carb or gluten free dishes. Here’s a collection of recipes and some tips when freezing portions for when they are a bit more pricey.

Courgette & Chorizo Gnocchi

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Courgettes have been described as “spongy” and “rubbery” in the past. I think people who described these luscious green veggies didn’t have them cooked properly. Courgettes are in everything from breakfast to dessert and they are delightful.

In this inspiring recipe from House courgettes are either grated or cut julienne style to allow them to take on the texture of al dente pasta. Combined with spicy and smokey chorizo and garlic it’s courgette perfection. Now, if you’re trying to go no carbs this plate wouldn’t be for you, the gnocchi is packed full of those lovely carbohydrates! But, if you are looking to go carb free simply replace the gnocchi with cauliflower and cook the cauliflower for a bit longer and you’re home free.

Tomato & Courgette Strata

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A beautiful make ahead breakfast this tomato and courgette recipe from Midwest Living is delightful. This recipe is originally American so substitute Edam cheese for Swiss and voila you have this beautiful concoction. This does take a while to bake; so if you are serving it for breakfast you may want to make it in advance. But it can always be served for brunch, lunch…well anytime!

Chocolate Courgette Muffins

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If you struggle to get your kids to eat their vegetables, this recipe from Eat Drink Love will trick them every time. Delicious and definitely nutritious, kids will ask for them and never know they are eating something good for them. They aren’t just for the kiddies though, they are a perfect breakfast alternative or snack for adults.

Courgette Cheese Pizza

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Doesn’t that look tasty? Mouthwatering even? This Courgette Cheese Pizza recipe from Apples to Zoodles is the perfect answer to a diet pizza. The crust is made of courgettes with either almond or coconut butter and it’s crispy enough that you can pick it up and eat it like normal pizza. Here’s another one mums will easily be able to pass off as the real deal and kids will be none the wiser.

Now that you have some tantalising courgette recipes you’re going to want to try them all, and not just this month while those beauties are in season. This video courtesy of YouTube shows you how to store those “zucchinis” (courgettes) so that you can make good use of them all year round.

 

So get to cooking, get to freezing but more importantly, get to eating!

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It never fails, you wear white and you just have to get something on it. Stains are hard to remove, especially from white clothing. With the start of football season, mums will have and influx of dirt and grass stained kits to deal with and you know they’ll want to look their best on match day. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you tackle all those hard to remove stains from grass to wine and everything in between.

Grass Stains

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Grass and dirt stains are the bane of every mothers existence. From toddlers to teenagers it never fails, they get dirt, mud and grass on at least one piece of clothing a week. While the dirt can be easily removed, the green stain from grass is a bit more difficult. First thing to do is immediately pretreat the stain with an enzyme containing laundry detergent. You can use liquid or make a paste out of powder and water and pretreat. The next step would be to wash in the hottest wash possible. If you remove the garment and the stain hasn’t gone, repeat the pretreat and wash process before drying. For particularly difficult stains you should soak them in an enzyme containing laundry soap and water bath for a few hours or overnight.

Washing machines like the LG F1495BDSA 12kg TrueSteam Direct Drive Washing Machine has made stain removal even easier with it’s  Six Motion Technology. The drum moves in a variety of ways depending on the type of fabric you input. This can help alleviate the elbow grease needed to remove some of those stubborn stains.

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Blood

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Blood stains happen often, especially if your children play any sort of sport. Blood is a particularly tough stain to get out but if you act fast your clothes will be as good as new in no time. Most people make the ultimate mistake when removing blood by washing it in warm water. Warm water sets a blood stain. Unlike other stains where you want to wash the article of clothing in the hottest water possible, the opposite can be said for garments with blood stains. First you want to soak the garment in ice cold water for 15 minutes. Rub the stain from behind and then soak for another 15 minutes. It doesn’t hurt to also treat the stain with a stain remover or use bleach in your wash. Then wash as normal and your stain should be gone. If it is particularly large or old you may need to soak overnight.

Coffee

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Lid not on tight enough, dribble bit or miss your mouth completely? Coffee stains are routine for those of us that commute to work with our travel mug or local coffee shop throw away cup in hand. Coffee can be tough to remove because of its dark colouring and acidic nature. First you want to soak the stained garment in laundry detergent containing enzymes and cool water, think 2 tablespoons to every 2 litres. Soak the garment for at a very minimum, 30 minutes. If it is an old stain it may need to soak overnight. Once the soaking process is done, treat with a stain remover and wash as normal. Just be sure that the laundry detergent you use also contains enzymes. This is particularly helpful if your coffee contained cream.

Red Wine

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It never fails, you’re on a night out and someone dances there way into your elbow and red wine is sent in all directions, usually down the front of you. Red wine is one of the most toughest stains to remove next to mustard and coffee. Here’s a surefire way to remove that rotten stain! Soak the stained clothing in cold water for 30 minutes. Then, treat with a stain remover treatment. Some blogs say that soaking your stained clothing in milk or red wine helps to remove the stain even more, but we haven’t test this. Once the stain has been treated with the stain remover wash the garment with either bleach if it’s white or non-chlorine bleach if it’s coloured.

Samsung has taken stain removal to a whole new level with their EcoBubble technology. The Samsung WW10H9600EW 10kg Washing Machine delivers perfect washes everytime, has a soak option for those hard to treat stains and even a prewash. If your family is prone to stains, it would be the perfect choice for your laundry room.

Oil or Grease

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This stain is a stubborn one. You wouldn’t think something with no colour could ruin a garment as much as oil or grease. Removing this stubborn stain is actually easier than you think. Simple turn the fabric over and place a kitchen towel beneath the stain. Treat the underside of the stain with either a stain remover or a liquid laundry detergent. Rinse with hot water then wash on the hottest wash your machine can handle. This process may need to be repeated depending on the fabric and the water temperature.

Tomato Ketchup or Berries

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School uniform shirts tend to be either white or light colours in most cases. Leave it up to the little ones to drip tomato ketchup down their front or wipe their strawberry faces on their sleeves. Voila! You have a hard to remove stain. Removing either of these requires the same steps so it will easy to remember and school uniforms will stay bright and clean. Turn the garment inside out and place a kitchen towel underneath the stain. From the reverse side, treat the stain with either a liquid laundry detergent or a stain remover. Then soak the garment, for 15 minutes, in lukewarm water mixed with liquid laundry detergent if it is coloured or in bleach water if it is white or colour fast. Once done soaking simply rinse and wash as normal.

Stains don’t have to be the bane of your existence. Using some materials you already have at home and even some specialised programmes on your washing machine you’ll say goodbye to those stains in a flash.


Kids love to help out in the kitchenwith a bit of supervision of course. Why not oversee them making some delicious and healthy treats for the whole family? They’ll love being able to do most of it themselves and it’s precious time spent, unplugged, as a family. It’s Kids Takeover the Kitchen Day – what better time than now?

Mini Donuts with Icing and Sprinkles

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What kid doesn’t like donuts? What kid doesn’t like sprinkles? This recipe is perfect for even the smallest hands. Parents will need to assist in the baking process but kids will get a kick out of mixing the ingredients and decorating these mini sweet donuts from Yesterday on Tuesday.

Spanish Churros

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Melt in your mouth churros. These are perfect for older kids who have a little more knowledge in the kitchen, but I suggest parents do the frying. Chelsea’s Messy Apron delivers this tempting Spanish treat with a recipe fit for kids. Perfect after a homemade tapas meal, summer barbecues or with some hot chocolate on a cold winters night, all that’s missing is actually being in Spain.

Ham and Cheese Pockets

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Perfect for lunches, easy tea time or snacks these ham and cheese pockets from Money Saving Mom are quick and simple to make. The best thing about these is you know that they aren’t full of any harmful preservatives and the kids can do everything except the baking. They are also highly freezer friendly so make loads in advance so you have them on hand anytime.

Tortilla Pizza

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A healthy pizza alternative the kids can make themselves, why not? If your little ones want to get in on the pizza making action let them spread around the sauce base and add their own toppings and cheese. This Margherita recipe from Annabel Karmel is a perfect start and only takes 15 minutes from start to finish.

Super Simple Breakfast

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Getting the kids ready for school and out the door is a rush for most families. Get the kids involved in making these simple breakfast bowls from The Organised Chef. Not only are they a healthy alternative to sugary cereals but they require no bowls, spatulas or mixing. Kids can do everything themselves but will need help with the baking portion.

Kids taking over the kitchen doesn’t have to be a messy nightmare! It can be a delightful way to teach kids how to cook, getting them away from their video games and phones for some fun family time.

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Well, it’s only September but so far this year we’ve already seen snow in Birmingham and cold nights all round. Here at Appliance City it’s our favourite time of year! Cold weather means comfort foods. Warm casseroles, yummy slow cooker meals and full bellies galore.  We’ve chosen a mix of regular recipes and slow cooker recipes perfect for families on the go or those who just like to come home to a warm cooked meal with no hassles.

Loaded Greek Twice Baked Potatoes

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Grab a napkin because this one is drool worthy. These twice baked potatoes from Baked In are the answer to a cold autumn night. Unlike traditional twice baked potatoes this are made with vegans and vegetarians in mind but don’t let that put you off. With roasted peppers, salty olives and sun dried tomatoes, these potatoes pack a flavourful punch. If you’re in a hurry they can be made in the microwave, but cooking them in the oven adds a bit of a crisp to the top that is delightful.

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

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A bit of crunch, a lot of gooey cheese and yummy pasta – this slow cooker mac and cheese recipe from She Knows is not only perfect for tea, but lunch, snacks…whenever! I mean who doesn’t love mac and cheese and this recipe deserves an award. Combine all ingredients in the morning and voila, when you walk in from work you’re greeted by the aroma and warm mac and cheese. Love by adults and kids alike pair it with a main or add some chicken or veggies and make it your main!

J Sheekey Fish Pie

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Fish pie is both versatile and delicious. No matter the fish, lobster, prawns or general seafood you have in the freezer it can usually be combined to make a delicious fish pie. This recipe featured in The Guardian combines the fresh taste of white fish, smokey cod and succulent salmon into a fish pie that will leave your family asking for seconds. Easy to prepare and even easier to make ahead, fish pie is perfect warm nosh for crisp Autumn nights.

Butter Chicken Curry

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Who wouldn’t love home to the smell of a warm curry after a day in the blustery, cold British weather? This butter chicken curry from Almost Bourdain is the perfect make ahead curry dish that doesn’t require leaving the comfort of your home.  Spicy, delicious and cheaper than takeaway why not serve this next time you have a craving for your local Indian?

Want to make some of our slow cooker dishes but don’t have one? Have no fear! We have a selection of cookers that include digital programmers that can be set to cook your food when you want it. Simple.

Toad in the Hole

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A British staple and definitely a comfort classic, Toad in the Hole is simplistic yet tasty and perfect for couples or families. This recipe from Apple Pins uses any fresh pork sausage or even chorizo if you’re looking for a little extra spice and traditional toad in the hole batter. Finish it off with homemade onion gravy and you’ve got yourself a crowd pleaser!

Blueberry and Apple Oat Crumble

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Now of course, what would a blog about British comfort classics be without a warm and yummy dessert! Crumbles are a favourite at my house any time of the year but are asked for more often than not when it’s cold outside. This recipe featured in the Telegraph uses fruit that is within season, and with only seven ingredients it is quick and cheap to make!

We’d love to see what kinds of comfort classics you are making this Autumn. Send them to marketing@appliancecity.co.uk, share them on our Facebook or tweet us @appliancecity with the #ColdHomeComforts.

 


Parents rejoice! The tots are heading back to school over the coming week. Back to school runs and traffic; back to homework and packed lunches. We can help out with at least one of these. Instead of sending your kid with the normal cheese sandwich, banana and yogurt, why not surprise them with these quick, healthy and tasty packed lunches?

Turkey-Cheese Pita Pockets

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Sticking to the recipe from Bon Appetit isn’t a necessity. Change up the spinach for lettuce or the cucumber for tomato or beetroot, the options are endless. Pita bread means kids can enjoy their sandwich without dripping sauces from between the slices and fun concoctions can be held within. Maybe even once a week make it an American PB&J treat?

Baby Peas and Cheese Frittata with Pretzels and Fruit

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This frittata from Marla Meridith is a filling lunchbox option for your older children. What’s great about this recipe is you can use any sort of cheese or veggies, perfect for those fussy kids that won’t eat anything green!

Pea and Noodle Fritters

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Looking for something a bit different for your kids lunch? These Pea and Noodle Fritters from Taste.com.au are a perfect snack served with fresh veggies and some fruit. Homemade with low calorie noodles these fritters contain none of the chemicals or preservatives of processed food; plus, your kids will love them.

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwiches

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Kids will be begging for this one even when they are out of school. Fun and Food Cafe bring us the apple and peanut butter sandwiches. Creatively switch of out slices of bread for cored, horizontally sliced apples, then sandwich between them peanut or almond butter, semi sweet chocolate chips and a sprinkling of oats. Fun, fresh and tasty.

Fruit Skewers

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No one can beat a good fruit skewer. What’s even better? If you’re running late in the morning the kids will enjoy helping you put them together for lunch, though they may sneak a piece of fruit or two! Serve with lovely thick Greek yogurt for a tots tasty treat that is also healthy for them!

Kids boxed lunches don’t have to be boring. Bring a little colour with flavourful veggies and fruits. Leave a special note in their box for them to find when they open it. Or just a little something extra with a special homemade snack!

 


Family friendly cooking isn’t just about fairy cakes. We’ve compiled a list of sweet and savoury goodies that are perfect for baking with the kids on a grey, rainy day. What’s even better? When you know what’s gone into your kids treats you’ll know that they’re not only delicious, but nutritious as well!

Chocolate Applesauce Cake

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Chocolate and children go together like peas and carrots. This chocolate applesauce cake recipe from Robin Hood is the perfect bite sized snack for a rainy day. Applesauce in a cake? Who’d have thought that would work! The applesauce replaces oil when making the cake. This removes unneeded extra calories, makes the cake super moist and the kids will have no idea they are eating something good for them! With a sprinkling of chocolate chips and walnuts you’re tots will be gobbling them up in no time, if the parents don’t get there first!

 

Frozen Banana Pops

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Look epic don’t they? Like something that would be full of sugar, bad for teeth and waistlines. But wait! These are more than just good looking they are good for you as well. These frozen banana pops from Fettle Vegan are fun to make and even more enjoyable to taste. What’s even better? You can make them with whatever you want. Chocolate? Ok! Peanut Butter? Even better! Yogurt? Why not?!

 

No Bake Oreo Cake Pops

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Ok, ok! So maybe this one isn’t so nutritious, but it is fun to make! These no bake Oreo cake pops from Jo Cooks are fantastic. All you’ll need is three simple ingredients plus whatever you want to roll them in. Perfect for rainy days, birthday parties or snack time they are super simple and oh so tasty!

 

French Bread Pizzas

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Have picky eaters? This next one is for you. Pizza time in our homes revolves around pizzas that are half this and half that, to cater or at least try to for everyone’s different tastes. Then we found these homemade french bread pizzas from The Pioneer Woman. So incredibly easy to make; you don’t even need to use french bread! Long gone are the days of half and half pizzas. Hello, homemade pizzas where everyone chooses their own toppings!

 

Easiest 3 Ingredient Nutella Brownies

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Who doesn’t love Nutella or brownies? Put them together and it’s baking heaven. With only three ingredients needed these nutella brownies from Kirbie Cravings getting the kids involved in making them will be effortless. Chewy, fudgy and chocolately…sounds like the perfect addition to a rainy bank holiday weekend!

 

Omelette in a Bag

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I think we’ve just found our breakfast idea for the weekend! Omelettes in a bag from Texans United makes creating omelettes a breeze. Kids will love choosing their own ingredients and squishing it all together. Ready in just a few minutes that’s fun and breakfast….sorted.

 

A full day of cooking with kids from breakfast to snacks and even dessert. They’ll love helping out in the kitchen and they won’t even mind if it’s raining outside!

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