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Product reviews

Russell Hobbs biscuit and cookie maker Review

After my Imperial Cookie press died (after an all too short life), I set my sights on the Russell Hobbs Biscuit and Cookie maker.  I wanted to fall in love with it, but I couldn’t.  I loved the snazzy clip lock box which it came in, I loved the fact that it was electric instead of manual.  After trying 4 ... Read More »

Milk Frothers review, Salter, Stickocinno and Aerolatte

Now and then you will see me go on a bit of a rant about quality of service and products, both can really get me going.  Over weekends, starting the days with a yummy cappuccino is our regular indulgence.  Last year we went through 3 hand held milk frothers.  The first 2 were the same Salter frother which comes with ... Read More »

Solution to excess moisture problem with Defy 600 SE oven

I asked my husband Clifford to write this blog post to help others who also have a problem with excess steam in an oven.  The solution was so simple in the end.  Cliff refers specifically to cooking roasts but actually absolutely everything which we cooked created a very moist environment and when I opened the oven I would be blasted ... Read More »

Canon Power Shot A810 camera review

For my birthday in July Cliff gave me a Canon Powershot A810 digital camera.  We have a Samsung NX10 which is excellent but a bit big to carry around.  I wanted a point and shoot camera which could be kept in my handbag for spontaneous photography of friends and family and for blog posts. Overall I love the camera and ... Read More »

My new Sony Xperia Go phone – review

The time came for me to upgrade from my Nokia C3.  I really really wanted a phone with buttons, I’m old-fashioned that way.  I ended up getting a touch screen only phone, the Sony Xperia Go.  Oddly enough writing text messages on the phone is the feature that I like the most.  I absolutely love the function where you just ... Read More »

Janome Sewing Machine JFS1821S – Review

When Mum was sewing my matric dance dress in 1986 she bought an Elna sewing machine for the job.  It had a great innings but eventually gave up the ghost.  We sent it in for a quote to have it repaired and the cost of repair would have been more than the cost of other brands new machines.  I got ... Read More »

Our solution to Fjord’s insomnia

Our son Fjord is 5 years old, over a period of about 4 months he developed terrible insomnia.  His bed time is between 7.30pm and 8pm but he would lie in bed for up to 2 hours every night unable to fall asleep.  He has a fixed bed time routine, we eat around 5.30pm, he baths at about 6.30pm then ... Read More »

Imperial Cookie Press – Review

For a while I have wanted a cookie press, particularly since making Viennese Biscuits  by pushing the dough through an icing nozzle thus creating what looked like a gemors (mess) but tasted divine.  As with anything costing over R100 we shopped around.  Cliff found a new baking shop in Boksburg called ‘The Cake Tin’  and bought me one as a ... Read More »