Limonello Cheesecake #EvenBetterBaking with Dr. Oetker

Limoncello Cheesecake Slice

I’m well known for not being able to stop myself tinkering with a recipe – the first time I follow a recipe, I try my hardest to keep to the rules but surely the beauty of baking is that the second time around you have a play? Dr. Oetker have given me permission to do just that. I was asked to try out making their divine Limoncello Cheesecake with my own personal twist.

This is a real luxurious, light yet rich tasting cheesecake. I don’t normally use ricotta as a cheesecake filling (I’ve always thought it would be a little too ‘cheesy’) but was pleasantly surprised. I will definitely use ricotta again (I’ve got another 2 pots left in the fridge for a start).

My version of the Limoncello Cheesecake contains crunchy crushed Amaretti biscuits – the flavours balance so well and the crunch is a welcome addition – I even use more crushed biscuits for decoration.

Dr Oetker Limoncello Cheesecake

To make the Limoncello Cheesecake:

Ingredients:

(Sponge)
1 x Large Egg
40g (1.5 oz) Caster Sugar
2.5ml (1/2 tsp) Dr. Oetker Sicilian Lemon Extract
25g (1 oz) Plain Flour

(For the cheesecake)
400g (13.5oz) Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks’ White Chocolate
5ml (1tsp) Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract
275g (9.5oz) Ricotta Cheese – At room temperature
75ml (5 tbsp) Limoncello
Dr. Oetker Sunshine Yellow Gel Food Colour
5g Icing Sugar
1 x Lemon for decorative rind

Optional – 7 (+2 for decoration) crushed Amaretti biscuits

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C, grease & line a 7″ square cake tin
  2. Using an electric mixer, whisk together the caster sugar, egg and lemon extract for at least 3 minutes until pale and thickened
  3. Sift & fold in the flour with a metal spoon – be careful to fold not stir and you want all the air you have just whisked in to stay
  4. Spoon this mixture into the cake tin and bake for 10 mins until golden and a skewer comes out clean – Leave to cool on a wire rack
  5. Line a 500g (1lb 2oz) loaf tin with cling film (see tip below) – cut a large enough piece of the now cooled sponge to fit snugly into the bottom of the loaf tin
  6. Melt 100g of the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water – be careful that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Remove the bowl from the heat
  7. Mix in 75g (3oz) ricotta and the vanilla extract and mix thoroughly – Place it in the tin on top of the sponge. Bang on the surface to get rid of any air pockets and chill for 30 mins (see tip below for speedy chilling)
  8. Continue by melting the remaining White Chocolate using the previous method. Place the remaining ricotta, Limoncello and a good quirt of the yellow food colouring to make a vibrant yellow (it will dilute later when the White Chocolate is added). You need to use nearly the full tube for an effective yellow colour
  9. Add the White Chocolate to the ricotta mix and beat together thoroughly to ensure well mixed – If you are making the Amaretti biscuits version, you would also add the crushed biscuits at this point
  10. Spoon out on top of the other layers in the loaf tin and smooth down the surface – Chill for at least 2 hours
  11. To serve, remove from the fridge, dunk a sharp knife in boiling water and cut quickly for a clean slice – Alternative decorations can be sprinkling the icing sugar (or cocoa) on top, sprinkling the remaining crushed biscuits to form a line or cut lemon peel spiralled around a chopstick

Dr Oetker Limoncello Cheesecake

Tips for #EvenBetterBaking

  • For a child friendly, non-alcoholic version – the grated zest of 2 lemons & 1tsp Sicilian Lemon Extract gives a wonderful lemony flavour to the cheesecake mix
  • To make sure the loaf tin is properly lined with cling film – Grease first with a thin layer of butter/vegetable fat then use 3 layers of cling film for strength
  • For an ultra quick set, try placing the loaf tin in the freezer – takes half the time

Disclosure: This post was commissioned by Dr Oetker – The original recipe can be found here

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Limoncello Cheesecake with Crushed Amaretti Biscuits

IngenuiTEA Teapot Giveaway

IngenuiTEA Teapot Giveaway

This one is for all the Tea drinkers & gadget lovers – An individual teapot that clips onto your cup and dispenses your brewed tea, exactly as you like it! I’m not ashamed to tell you, I’m a woman that likes her tea super strong – stand your spoon up in it. Most people can’t cope with tea that strong (or wait that long for it to brew either) so an individual teapot works just nicely.

No special cup needed (my trusty Denby mug holds the teapot just fine). You do need a decent sized cup though as the teapot holds quite a bit of liquid – you may have spillage if you prefer drinking from tiny delicate cups and forget when you are releasing the liquid. Makes a great gift for a tea lover.

This IngenuiTEA teapot comes from Adagio Teas that not only do tea drinking gadgets but also a splendid range of artisan teas too. We’ve been trying out the vanilla tea & peach flavoured loose-leaf tea which make a summery change from traditional teas. If you are new to flavoured teas, Adagio also have tea sampler sets so you can mix & match until you find your favourite. For the true tea lover, there are also tea clubs where you are sent a monthly selection of artisan teas.

I have one of these IngenuiTEA teapots (RRP £16) to giveaway to one lucky reader plus some samples of loose-leafed teas. To enter, please follow the Rafflecopter instructions on the widget – As usual, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post rather than on the widget.

The giveaway remains open until 11.59PM on 19th August (My birthday – yay!) Sorry UK entries only. Make sure you head over to Adagio Teas to admire their impressive range of loose leaf teas – Which ones do you fancy the most?

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In My Kitchen

There are just some months when it feels like there is so much going on but I am getting nowhere. Every July is like this – the nearer we get to the end of term, the more the girls seem to have on. I am officially useless at running down cupboards and the freezer – It seems like we have ‘stuff’ everywhere but not much to cook a meal with. I’ve done an emergency fresh food shop tonight to get us through – You know its bad when the girls are swinging off the cupboard doors, sighing with disappointment that we have no bread AGAIN! (PS I do feed my kids honestly, they are just really dramatic!)

So what is going on in the Costello kitchen? For starters, there will be cupcakes-a-plenty to send to nursery with Tara for her last day (weep!) and the possibility of a 13 cake for the resident teenager in the house but more about them later in the week.

Vita Coco Coconut Water

Who doesn’t like receiving surprise gifts? These Vita Coco Coconut Waters were a lovely unexpected gift last week – Nephew Sonny is a huge fan & thoroughly enjoys slurping on them.

Special K new breakfast range

We had a HUGE delivery last week from the people at Special K. Gone are the days of bland tasteless flakes (that were all the rage when I went to uni). The new range of products aim to add colour to our lives – I’m not entirely sure my life was lacking colour but I can confirm that the Special K granola has gone down very well. We all tried it yesterday – First impressions are that it is super chocolatey – the smell hits you before the taste. Even Millie tried a bowl and declared it nice. Dermot didn’t feel short changed by the low fat version (it is said to contain 30% less fat than other granolas) and Tara’s disappeared super quick!

Suckies Yoghurts

In the past month, the girls were also sent some Suckies Yoghurts – I really liked the approach of this company. We were not asked to include them in the blog (but I’m doing it anyway) and the package was all about the children. Suckies just wanted the girls to be their tasters – My girls are well used to giving feedback, however it always helps when there’s at least one cousin around to get involved too. The blueberry yoghurts were definitely the favourites. The strawberries went down well but both M & V questioned that they could still feel ‘bits’ when the packaging says definitely no bits.

Suckies yoghurt testing

We are big fans of shopping local & get real buzz when we can support small local businesses. This delicious package of spices comes from The Spice Kitchen who’re based in Penketh, Warrington which is less than 10 miles from St Helens. The spices have only just arrived but I am looking forward to using them on my return from the hols. They smell glorious! Spice Kitchen Spices

Mash Direct Vegetable Burgers

I’m never sure what to make of ready made burgers but have had a soft spot for vegetable burgers over the years. These burgers from Mash Direct are free from artificial colourings, preservatives & flavourings and are really chunky! The kids were not that keen unfortunately but we adults thought they were fine. Stuffed with veg (which is why I suspect the children were sceptical) – We cooked them the traditional way, under the grill but BBQing is also possible. The packaging did create moisture (probably due to the high veg content) but this didn’t detract from their taste.

Tyrrells Crisps

Tyrrells Poshcorn

And lastly our favourite deliveries of the month, a range of unusual and new flavours from Tyrrells crisps and popcorn. My personal favourite is the Coconut & Caramel Poshcorn – The quality of their corn is great, nice and crunchy with a mild flavour and not too many hard un popped corn to break your teeth. The Summer Butter & Mint crisps are a great addition to a table when entertaining – we love this time of year when friends and family pop in and end up staying!

So let me know – What is going on in your kitchen this month? Will you be getting the kids in the kitchen during the school hols or is it just too hot to cook? Are there any products here, that take your fancy? I’m  off to nibble on more poshcorn!

Honey Balsamic Peaches & Pineapple – Due Vittorie Balsamic Giveaway

Honey Balsamic Peaches & Pineapple

I never fail to be amazed by how versatile Balsamic Vinegar is – Long gone are the days of only using it on a tomato & basil salad (Although it is still pretty delicious nonetheless!)

I am very pleased to be working with Due Vittorie Balsamic Vinegar as they launch their range of vinegars at Ocado. There are 2 types, Oro for every day use (£9.99) and for extra special occasions when you are really trying to impress, the Tradizionale (£49.99 for 100ml). I have been putting both types of balsamic to the test and can confirm that both the Oro & Tradizionale are pretty special.

Due Vittorie Oro Balsamic Vinegar

 

Honey Balsamic Peaches & Pineapple

Serves 2
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Tangy grilled peaches and pineapple served with a thick honey & balsamic glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 Peach per person
  • 2 Pineapple Rings per person (I used fresh pineapple as this is a stronger taste)
  • 3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Runny Honey
  • 50g Almond Slices

Optional

  • Sprinkling of Demerara Sugar

Directions

Slice each peach into 2 halves and remove the stone. Place in a small oven proof dish
Place the pineapple in the gaps left by the peaches. I chopped mine into 4-5 cm pieces first.
In a cup, mix together the honey and the balsamic then pour over the fruit. Make sure all the fruit is covered.
Place under a pre heated grill for 10 minutes
Remove and stir thoroughly - I turned the peaches upside down and cook for a further 5 minutes
Repeat step 5, this time turning the peaches right side up again
Remove from the oven and leave to cool at room temperature
Toast the almonds in a dry frying pan until just starting to turn golden
Serve the fruit with whipped double cream and sprinkle over the nuts and some Demerara sugar if required

Baslamic Peaches & Pineapple

Due Vittorie Balsamic Vinegar Giveaway

I have one bottle of Due Vittorie Oro Balsamic Vinegar to giveaway so you can make your own Balsamic delight – To enter, please follow the Rafflecopter widget instructions below. As per usual, to enter your comment must be at the bottom of this post, rather than in the widget itself.
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FloraQueen Flowers Review

Flora Queen internet flower ordering

Have you seen how beautiful these flowers are?? I love the boldness of colourful flowers – Being brave enough to put red, yellow and orange together in a bouquet is just brilliant. Since I started making sugar flowers about 14 years ago (OMG!) I have become so much more interested in how flowers are formed and definitely more interested in the skill of arranging them together in a bouquet.

FloraQueen approached me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I would be willing to accept some flowers and give feedback on them. Erm yes please! I was hosting our WI’s committee meeting that night – Perfect to have some fresh flowers on show! How very Home Fires 😉

FloraQueen are an internet ordering service – you place an order for the bouquet that you want and it gets distributed from a nearby registered florist. Our florist was Fiesta Flowers, a couple of streets away.

I asked for a bright arrangement – The Burst of Colour arrangement seems just up my street. I’ve finally admitted I’ll never be a pink carnation/chrysanthemum type of girl. I like my flowers to have some personality! At £33 these are a reasonable price for a substantial bouquet – I can imagine a group of workmates or friends clubbing together for such a bouquet. The picture looked like this …

Burst of colour flora queen flowers

Now I will admit that the flowers I received are a little different – its mainly the yellow of the roses. I have been really pleased with them though. The first thing we all noticed was how sparkly they are – I loved the addition of glitter which really set of the red roses (Those roses are spectacular up close by the way!) I’m not sure about the blue butterfly (but Tara loves it so hey!). They do feel a really substantial bunch of flowers – All my visitors agreed that they would be pleased to receive a bouquet like this.

  close up flowers

One week on .. there’s no point in reviewing a bouquet of flowers if we don’t talk about how they last. Well, we have added to the greenery (It’s my mum, she can’t help herself and is always snipping away at the bushes outside). We are so impressed with how they have lasted – the red roses look barely any different – The yellow roses are looking a little tired but after a week in a warm lounge this is only to be expected. The white alstroemeria have opened, adding a splash of white which makes the bouquet look completely different. Everyone who saw the flowers last week and again this week, has been shocked by how well they have lasted.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post – Red Vase = Model’s Own 😉

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Magazines.co.uk Brand Ambassador Announcement


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If you are particularly eagle-eyed, you may have spotted my new badge in my sidebar. I’m very happy to have been chosen to be an Official Magazines.co.uk Blogger. This is definitely up my street, I’ve been a magazine lover for as long as I can remember. I love that my girls get so excited when I buy them magazines too so its carrying on in the family.

AS part of my role, over the next few months, I am going to be reading a reviewing a number of magazines – I have chosen 3 favourites that I want to share with you. You will not be surprised that they all have a foodie theme – I have tried to mix and match them though!

Delicious Magazine subscription

Delicious Magazine
A favourite with foodies! I always think there should be 3 elements in a good food magazine:

  • There should be something to make that seems familiar but you haven’t made for ages
  • There should be a challenge recipe to make – Something that contains an ingredient you haven’t used before or something that involves different processes and steps
  • Something new that will become a household favourite in time

What do you look for in a magazine – do they always have to be impulse purchases? Mine don’t – I prefer to plan ahead when I know I will get to read my magazines and save them for long journeys or staying overnight in hotels.

For me, Delicious magazine has all of these elements. There are plenty of recipes that we could make now – Ingredients that are easy to lay our hands on. Just a new way of serving familiar foods. The back section of the magazines are jam packed full of family favourites, weekday meals and child friendly meals. Most of the meals have pictures which is incredibly important to someone as visual as me – The pictures are clear and not pretentious. I squeal when this month’s mag drops onto the doorstep!

Cake decorating Food Heaven

Food Heaven Magazine

This is my nod to my love of baking – These are a series of magazines devoted to Baking, Cupcakes and Sugarcraft. I may have been baking for several years but there is always something new to try. The Cupcake magazine that I have received so far has an excellent mix of recipe suggestions and cupcakes decorating ideas. There is something for newbies to decorating (How to make marzipan roses) and something for the more experienced decorator (Wedding favour cupcake ideas). I have bookmarked several recipes for the coming weeks so keep an eye out!

Homemade Magazine Brand Ambassador

Homemade

I’ve talked before about my love of crafting – I cannot limit myself to just one type of craft though. Although there are plenty of specialist craft magazines dedicated to knitting, crochet, photography, paper craft … the list is endless. I love Homemade magazine as you never know what will be covered. The projects are not too big, expensive or time consuming which all appeal to me. I like the thought of learning something new without breaking the bank or having to move out to accommodate all the equipment I need to buy.

And so there we are for now – I very much look forward to bringing you finished projects (both edible and of the craft variety) over the next few weeks.

Tefal Ingenio Induction Set Giveaway worth £250

Tefal Ingenio Induction Set Giveaway

You may remember back in autumn 2014 I talked about how I was working with Tefal and was putting to good use their Ingenio Pans. Well some month later, I thought it was time to do an update. Its fair to say, they get plenty of use in our kitchen – there has been over 50 foodie posts alone since they arrived, never mind daily wear and tear in the family of 5 kitchen.

I will admit that when Mr C and myself were buying our first house 16 years ago, I didn’t know that much about pans. My mum gave me some advice – good lids, not too heavy, which we took on board. We were very lucky with our purchase considering how little time we devoted to buying our pans.

Fast forward 15 years (and oh my! it has gone sooo fast) and we are a little more clued up. I can’t tell you how many times I muttered about not being able to finish cooking things by putting the pans into the oven – something I never considered in 1999. We also found out pretty quickly that pans are so much better when they can stack neatly – not quite sure why we didn’t think of this when we bought our first house with the smallest kitchen ever! Tefal’s Ingenio Pan collection do both of these – They have 2 really clever detachable handles which make for easy stacking and placing in the oven. You have to be brave the first time you pick up a roasting hot pan with a detachable handle – but you soon become accustomed. The pans pictured are ours – they are showing no signs of wear and tear (and we are not gentle).

Tefal Pasta Pan

I have also been testing out Tefal’s Pasta Drainer Insert – I cannot believe how many times since having children that we cook pasta. I am guilty of taking shortcuts though and leaving pasta soaking too long, then not draining or rinsing properly. Tefal’s Pasta drainer takes the chances of soggy, stuck together pasta away. We also love the Ingenio Draining lid that we have been sent – Just feels so much safer when draining out boiling water (especially as there always seem to be a child that arrives in the kitchen at that particular moment). The lid connects to the middle sized (20cm) pan which in most families, is the one you will use most often.

Tefal Ingenio Set

I’m very excited to be able to offer a complete set of Ingenio Induction Pans worth £250 to giveaway to one lucky reader. This is a 13 piece set containing the following:

  • 16cm Saucepan
  • 20cm Saucepan
  • 22cm Frying Pan (this size comes in so handy!)
  • 28cm Frying Pan
  • 26cm Sautepan
  • 16, 20 & 26cm Glass Lids
  • 16 & 20cm Plastic Lids – The pans are great for transferring to the fridge once cooled with the plastic lids. The detachable handle means they take up less room.
  • 2 detachable patented handles

These pans are suitable for using on induction hobs, in the oven, transferring to the dining table and storing cool food in the fridge. They also come with a manufacturer’s guarantee for 10 years (including handles) and Lifetime for the non-stick coating.

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Serenata Hampers Review & £40 voucher giveaway

  Serenata Flowers giveaway

I’ve heard a lot about Serenata Flowers – I didn’t realise that they also sold hampers though. When I was asked if I would be prepared to review a hamper from Serenata Hampers, I was really intrigued. I’ve talked before about my love of hampers and food gifts in general. We used to prepare a Christmas hamper for our Grandma each year – I hope that one day my grandkids will do the same for me. I just love the feeling of opening a box, not knowing what will be inside but knowing that it will be full of treats.

I chose to receive the Tantalising Treats hamper which retails at £39.99. I thought this was a reasonable price for a special occasion gift and that the contents were worthy of the price. The hamper contains the following:

  • Monty Bojangles Natural Rhubarb & Custard
  • Salted Caramel Fudge 113g
  • Red Box of Luxury Belgian Chocolates
  • Chardonnay Terres 2014
  • KC Chocolatier, Caramel & Praline Milk Chocolate Bar 75g
  • Luxury Yoghurt Covered Peanut/Raisins
  • KC Chocolatier, Crunchy Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Bar 75g

It comes in a Serenata Hampers box rather than a wicker basket although there are hampers that you can order that are more traditional with the wicker look. The yogurt covered peanuts and raisins were absolutely delicious – the perfect balance of peanuts to raisins and not too sweet. The Chardonnay went down very well, especially considering we are a red household too! I caught Mr C digging into the Caramel Praline Chocolate Bar earlier in the week, who declared it ‘Very nice’ (He’ll never get a job as a food reviewer!)

Delivery was exactly when planned for – Serenata offer next day delivery if requested.

I am pleased to be working with Serenata Flowers and Hampers to be able to giveaway a voucher to the value of £40 to one lucky winner. You have the choice what to order from the Serenata Flowers website which also hosts Serenata Hampers. To enter, you need to follow the Rafflecopter widget instructions below. Please note, for your entry to be valid, you need to comment at the bottom of this post rather than just on the Rafflecopter widget.

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  • Closing date 11.59PM on Sunday 7th June 2015 – Sorry UK entries only
  • The lucky winner will be asked to give their details in order for their prize to be sent to them – This information is only to be shared with Serenata Flowers and will not be used for future marketing purposes
  • <The voucher can be used towards either flowers or a hamper from Serenata

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In My Kitchen – May 2015

I’m tempted to start off this post, by telling you what should be In My Kitchen … There should be a First Holy Communion cake all ready to decorate with a tiny sugar model of Violet. There’s not – but there’s a week to go?

There should be plenty of fresh veg and fruit – There’s not … It’s been a crazy weekend and no time to go shopping.

But let’s not focus on the negative, there ARE plenty of wonderful things going on In My Kitchen.

Mini melon baller

I may not have had time to go fruit & veg shopping but I did get time to buy this darling little melon baller – With a diameter of just 12mm, it is so tiny & cute. I am envisioning plenty of meals with little balls from the obvious melon, to ice-cream, to pate to Mini mash balls.

macarons

We were also sent these macarons from Baked with Love MCR. We usually reserve macarons for holidays or when we have time to bake our own. Millie especially was overjoyed with this unexpected treat. Bake with Love are trialling new ways of posting macarons in the post – These fared quite well. In addition to the usual flavours, vanilla, pistachio, coconut, there were fabulous other flavours like Passion Fruit and Chocolate Orange.

Macarons

Everyone knows I’m a fan of all things Irish – Irish Brown Bread Crackers from Sheridans sounded just up my street. We tried them with Soft Cheese as a snack and found them quite a strong salty taste. They are actually lower in salt than traditional Cream Crackers though which was surprising.Great for an alternative on a Cheeseboard for something a little different.

Sheridans Irish Brown Bread Crackers

We have been asked to try products to suit special dietary requirements this month too. Sukrin Cake mix is described as Free From Sugar, Gluten, Wheat, Egg – I have yet to try the cake mix but we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Chocolate which has no added sugar. There’s certainly no shortage of taste with the Sea Salt flavour. I’m intrigued by the low carbohydrate level, Sukrin say they are ‘All natural’ substitutes, encouraging us to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Sukrin

So that’s the lot for this month’s In My Kitchen – By next week the First Holy Communion will be over. A buffet will have been prepared, eaten and cleared up – I hope it is less eventful than Millie’s – we ended up in A & E as Dermot got a wine glass stem stuck in his foot!

Beat My Price

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I’ve always said you either save money or time when you are shopping. I don’t have copious amounts of either, to be honest, but I have tended to steer towards saving time. Who has the time to potter around various shops looking for bargains these days?

I was recently introduced and asked to evaluate a new type of shopping service Beat My Price. If you are looking to buy a particular item, you enter it into the search engine and the Beat My Price people will do the hard work for you – looking to see if you can get the item anywhere else cheaper.
This is isn’t an instant service – You are told that they search can take up to 24 hours but is more often than not, a lot quicker.

The idea is that you are searching for well known items from large brands or stores. I searched for items that we would tend to want to do a bit of shopping around for or that fit in well with our usual shopping habits. In other words, I went for foodie items and swimming costumes!

Beat My Price Search Screen

The first thing to do is register with the website – This takes less than 2 minutes. It is a clear form and not too many questions – I am not sure why we are asked for Date of Birth though.

The cooking items were really easy to find – I did a google search for Spiralizer and quickly came across John Lewis’ version. I clicked on the URL and pasted it into the Beat My Price search bar. I was impressed that John Lewis’ brand is recognised as being included. Less than 1 minute later I received confirmation that a search is underway for that particular product.

Beat my Price comparison

My next item was a Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet – I chose Almond colour as I wanted to be specific and see how up to date the search is. I was pleasantly surprised that a search for Almond was accepted instantly – Again from the JL website. A couple of minutes later though, I received an email asking me to clarify which colour with a drop down list. No trouble, it was really quick to choose the Almond.

My next product was a Ricer (This is like my dream shopping list – can you tell?). I avoided John Lewis as I want to give other stores a good test so came up with Amazon. The most obvious choice was an OXO Potato Ricer which was again accepted with no bother in the search.

I then changed my searches to swimming costumes – We buy a LOT of swimming costumes! I tried both of the major online stores that we use – Swimshop and Proswimwear but it seems they are a little too specific for this sort of search. I can’t say I’m surprised really.

Spiralizer

We received the results of our searches within the 24 hour period (apart from the Le Creuset which was only 27 hours). I must say, I’m was really intrigued to see what the results were. For the Le Creuset were would have saved £7+ – We were directed to Fireworks Merchant Limited that I had not heard of beforehand so it was useful to find new suppliers. The other items were smaller savings but savings nonetheless. You are also given details on postage/courier costs which helps. From what I have seen so far, I think bigger purchases would be ideal for this type of search – You would be likely to save more as well as saving you time searching around.

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