4 Unusual Recipes to Make the Most of Your Xmas Leftovers

Adobe Spark (1)It’s not uncommon to buy too much food at Christmas. In fact, according to some stats the average household in the UK wastes over £480 worth of food every year. That said, one of the easiest ways to buck the trend and make the most of your food is to be creative with leftovers. Done properly, leftovers can keep you going for a long time after Christmas is over and what’s more they don’t have to be boring. Here are five inventive recipes we’ve discovered around the internet that we highly recommend trying.

1 – Turkey Ramen Noodles

Turkey tends to be the most common offender when it comes to leftover food. People will often choose a turkey bigger than what they actually need and be left with lots of meat that needs to be used up. While turkey sandwiches are a staple part of many people’s Christmas, they can get old pretty quick. This recipe draws on Japanese tastes such as miso, ginger and shitake mushrooms to create a rich, protein packed and flavoursome meal.

2 – Turkey Pizza

If comfort food is more your thing then how about this BBQ Turkey Pizza? A slight variation on the much-loved BBQ chicken pizza, it adds a different texture to the country’s no #1 take away selection. Create your own base, or buy one pre-made, add your selection of cheese and additional toppings and pop into your range cooker for a delicious and authentic bake.

3 – Warming Soups

Christmas leftover soups can be done in a variety of ways. They can be spicy, mild, packed with juicy meat, or made healthy with tons of veg. Common choices include winter vegetables, cauliflower and chestnut, parsnip and lentil or simply pack them all together with your turkey in a leftover soup.

4 – Sprout Stir Fry

When it comes to divisive foods, there aren’t many more contentious than the humble Brussel Sprout. Traditionally part of the ‘love them or loathe them’ category, sprouts have seen somewhat of a revival in recent years, as young foodies cram them into salads, roasts and even smoothies! However, if you’ve not yet convinced your family of the virtues of sprouts then you might want to consider a few ways you can repurpose them come boxing day. One way is this spicy stir-fried sprouts recipe – a delicious fry up with a chili kick.

What are your go-to recipes for Christmas leftovers? Are you going to try anything new this year? Comment on Facebook and let us know.

How to cook the perfect turkey this Christmas

It’s that time of year again, where millions of people are beginning to think about Christmas. Along with the stress of buying gifts and finding space (and patience) for the relatives comes the stress of cooking up a suitable Christmas feast. While many of the techniques used for Christmas dinner we’re well used to – one question which often incurs some headaches is ‘What is the best way to cook a turkey?’. It’s a staple part of most Christmas dinners and something that needs careful planning and attention. Here we offer some of the best tips from around the web.

Choose wisely
First things first, when it comes to turkeys bigger doesn’t always mean better. You might want to impress by choosing a huge fattened up turkey but what happens when you get home and it won’t fit in the oven? Try and avoid this mistake by choosing only a turkey that’s going to fit both in your oven and in a roasting tin with enough room to catch all the fat, flavour and juices which you can use to make a tasty gravy – yum!

Thaw it properly
You need to thaw your turkey completely before you place it in the oven. Generally speaking, it’s best to do this for a few days, potentially more dependent on the size of the turkey in question. If it’s a particularly big bird, and you have a particularly large family – or appetite – then you may need to keep it in the fridge for a little longer in order to thaw completely.

Weigh your turkey to calculate the cooking time
Timings are critical here. In order to get an accurate cooking time, you need to know the full weight of your turkey, so look for the measurement on packaging and weigh it yourself at home. If you mess up here then you may end up with an overcooked turkey which is dry and lacking in flavour, or worse a turkey which is undercooked and inedible. As a rule of thumb, we recommend you follow these timings based on 180°C/350°F/gas 4:

4 - 6kg (2 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours cooking time)
7 – 8kg (3 – 4 hours cooking time)
9 – 10kg (4 to 4 hours 30 minutes cooking time).

Don’t forget to preheat your oven and to rest your turkey and allow it to cool when its finished in there.  For extra flavour you should cover your turkey in foil, removing it an hour before it is due to be finished cooking which will leave nice and brown.

For more tips and advice on getting through the ordeal of festive cooking, read our blog on how to ‘Take the stress out of Christmas dinner’ here.

Alternatively, click here for some seasonal recipes ideas or here to find out more about our wide selection of range cookers. You can also call us on 01903 885566 or visit us in store at Meridian House, Ford Road, Ford, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BH.

A look at the ESSE 990 EL

Known as the big brother to our much loved ‘EL13 AMP’ the amazing electric range cooker, the ESSE 990 certainly packs a punch. But should you expect any less from a company who has been crafting ‘master’ stoves since 1854. Let’s take a brief overview of what you can expect from this fantastic range cooker.

Combining traditional cast iron solidity that comes with a range cooker with innovative electric power, the ESSE 990 is a range cooker that provides the best of both worlds. Like its sister model the EL13AMP, this range cooker has low running costs and minimal power usage when compared with other more ‘power hungry’ models, without compromising on function. It can also be run by gas, oil and multi-fuel as well as electric.

At 990(h) x 990 (w) x 600(d)mm the 990 EL is best suited to larger kitchens. It needs that space as it houses three large ovens which can all be independently and individually controlled. It also benefits from simple, easy to use controls that allow you to cook with ultimate control and ease.
Let’s take an overview of some of the key features of the ESSE 990 EL:

Electric 13 amps heat storage cooker
Adjustable oven vent, fits flush with the cooker top
Top oven 42 ltr
Bottom ovens 30 ltrs
Integral full-width grill
Cast iron hotplate
Induction zone
Slumber control
Hinge stops
Easy-close doors
Wrap-around heating elements ensuring consistent oven temperatures
Power share technology makes this an incredibly energy-efficient model
Running costs & power usage are equal to EL13Amp
Two years warranty, no annual servicing required
Optional ESSE Extraction Hood

Like all ESSE’s range cookers, it features the traditional cast iron construction and a stunning enamel finish, however, the ESSE 990 EL would not look out of place in even the most modern of kitchens. Available in an array of different colours from traditional whites, blacks and creams to powder blues, primroses, clarets and teal greens, the ESSE 990 is a delight to look at.

If you are interested in purchasing a range cooker and would like some tips and advice then please call us on 01903 885566 or visit us in store at Meridian House, Ford Road, Ford, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BH.

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A beginner’s guide to Induction Hobs

One of the biggest changes in our kitchens in the past 20 years has been the introduction of induction hobs. Not only do they look fantastic, but they can also be more efficient and safer than over forms of cooking. Continually gaining in popularity, induction chefs are used by Michelin star chefs and home cookers alike – here we offer a breakdown of how they work and why they might be of interest to you.

How do they work?
When it comes to induction hobs the key point to understand is that it is your cooking pot, not the cooking top that is the source of the heat. The induction burner is made up of a ceramic plate with an electromagnetic coil underneath it. When activated electrical current passes through the coil which generates a fluctuating magnetic field without added heat on the burner.

If you use an iron pan on the burner then the magnetic field creates small electric currents in the pan. As both iron and steel are poor conductors, much of that energy is converted – into heat. This makes for more efficient cooking and less wastage. It also allows for a better overall cook in which the food you are cooking is more evenly heated, with less chance of scorching any remainders.

However, you must always use iron, cast-iron, or stainless-steel pans and avoid copper or aluminium which are better conductors of electricity and therefore no good for use on an induction hob. This shouldn’t mean that you must replace your entire cookware set as many of your pans may be more suitable than you might initially have thought. To check, simply apply a magnet to the bottom of your pan – if it sticks then you can use it on your induction cooker.

Another popular reason for choosing an induction hob is that of safety. If you have a busy household with young children or pets, then you may be concerned about the dangers of real flames. However, with induction cooking the cooktop doesn’t get hot, it’s the pans that get hot, so little fingers and paws have less chance of getting burned.

Are you interested in induction hobs after reading our blog? Our team at W&H Supplies are always happy to advise on all the best cooking technology available and would love to find a kitchen solution that works for you. To find out more call us on 01903 885566 or visit us in store at Meridian House, Ford Rd, Ford, Arundel BN18 0BH.

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Range Cooker spotlight: AGA

When it comes to our kitchens AGA is among the most iconic brands that springs to mind. Beloved by homeowners throughout the UK (and further afield), AGA’s are a show-stopping centrepiece and a multi-faceted delight for chefs. Here, we will shine some light on AGA’s beginnings and how they became an integral part of hundreds of thousands of kitchens throughout Britain.

AGA’s creator, Gustaf Dale was a Swedish born Nobel Prize winner. The same year that he won his Nobel Prize (1922) Gustaf was sadly blinded in an accident when a bulb he was testing for an automatic flashing lighthouse exploded, injuring him in the process.

Now blind and spending much more time at home, Gustaf was shocked and appalled at the amount of time his wife Elma seemed to have to dedicate to cooking his food – constantly watching over whatever was cooking. He recognised that there must be a more time efficient way to cook and despite his injuries became determined to find a solution.

Dedicating his energies and considerable skills to this pursuit, Gustaf began to develop a cooking stove that needed far less attention when cooking. The very same year that Gustav won a Nobel Prize and was robbed of his eyesight he finished his first AGA range cooker. An all-in-one cooker/water heater and laundry dryer that was quickly put into production with the first commercially available solid-fuel AGA with a black top and white front panels introduced to Britain in 1929.

Somewhat of a revolution among kitchen owners, AGA quickly became a staple part of the British kitchen. It’s heavy iron castings, which retain heat incredibly well leading many owners to proclaim that not only was cooking easier and less time intensive but also that their food had better flavour and texture – a claim which still holds weight today and makes AGA one of the most popular ovens in Europe.

To find out more out more about our wide selection of range cookers, call us on 01903 885566 or visit us in store at Meridian House, Ford Road, Ford, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BH.

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An introduction to smokeless fuels

In our recent article we took a look at some of the environmental benefits of multi-fuel stoves. One particular fuel source that is not only friendly to the environment but also cost effective is smokeless fuels, which we will look at in greater detail in this blog post.

The hidden benefits of range cookers

As you may know from reading our blog, range cookers can revolutionise your cooking.  While many people think that choosing a range cooker is purely for aesthetics, or because it’s fashionable, the truth is that the style aspect is just a bonus on top of everything else.

Cast iron cooking utilises a unique type of heat that is very different to a conventional fan oven. In your typical fan oven, the cooking is done mostly through air circulation with very little heat retained in the implement itself. However, with a range cooker the lion’s share of the heat is retained in the cast iron wall of your cooker.  In practice this means that your food can benefit from richer flavour and is less likely to be burned, meaning you can afford to be more liberal with your cooking times.  It’s also an incredibly versatile piece of kit with lots of clever options like simmering ovens or plates, boiling plates, baking ovens and roasting ovens. This allows you greater freedom in what you cook and how you cook it.

Outside of cooking though, there are many other benefits of having a range cooker. One of them is all the added heat that you can bring to your home. As range cookers are constantly on, they can add an underlying heat in your home that keeps it warm through winter. Traditionally this is why they have been so popular in the countryside where homes are more likely to be detached, however this is an attitude that is beginning to change as technology adapts.  

Where in the past, the constant heat of a range cooker would put some homeowners, particularly city dwellers, off buying one, it’s no longer a sticking point as many of today’s range cookers can be easily switched off.

Beyond just keeping your home nice and toasty with a constant warm glow, many range cooker owners find their cookers are helpful in other ways. You can use the heat to dry out and sterilise kitchen towels and even your clothes with the help of a clothes horse or hangers strategically positioned to make use of the heat. You can even use the boiling and simmering plates to fold and iron clothes if you want to.

The newer models of brands like AGA, Rayburn and ESSE allow for a whole host of opportunities that the range cookers of old did not. Some feature new and exciting adaptations, some run on different forms of fuels and others are super slim lined to fit in small kitchens. However, one thing has not changed and that is their durability. Range cookers are built to last and are a great investment for the future.

To find out more out more about our wide selection of range cookers, call us on 01903 885566 or visit us in store at Meridian House, Ford Road, Ford, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BH.

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How to give your range cooker a health check

Our range cookers get a lot of use, so important that you know how to take care of it properly. Whether you are a new owner or have been using them for years, here are a few tips that will help you to keep your range cooker in tip-top condition with minimum fuss.

1 – Be careful when cleaning
Range cookers will be hot so you should take care not to burn yourself. You should also remember not to leave any plastic cleaning bottles or cloths on the top of your cooker as they may melt or catch fire.

2 – Monitor oil
If your range cooker is oil powered then you should keep an eye on how much is left, especially if you are using it regularly. If your tank runs dry then air can be drawn inside causing damage. 

3 – E-cloths
Normal cloths can leave nasty smears across an enamel surface. E-cloths are designed to tackle everything from simple grease marks to tough stuck-on stains and only need water to work. They also work on glass, chrome and stainless steel.

4- Cleaning features
Keep an eye out for extra features like pyrolytic cleaning. This is a feature which turns any leftover burnt food crumbs into ash which can then easily be collected later on – saving you a lot of time. Some may also come with catalytic oven liners which help prevent a build-up of grease.

5 – Servicing
It’s very important that you get your oven professionally serviced regularly. At least once a year is best as this can prevent breakdowns and ensure that your oven performs as well as it can, all year long.

6–  Acidic spills
Liquids which are acidic can cause damage to enamel so they should be wiped up straight away; this includes milk, lemon juice and fruit juices.

7 - Clean as you go
Without a doubt, the best way to clean your range cooker is to do small jobs regularly, if you can clean as you are cooking then you will save yourself a mammoth job later on when the dirt can no longer be avoided.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a range cooker, or have a friend who is, then you can find lots of advice in our buyers guide.  To find out more out more about our wide selection of range cookers, call us on 01903 885566 or visit us in store at Meridian House, Ford Road, Ford, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BH.

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Trying to carry out routine maintenance on your Stovax Stove or Fire but don't know where to start?  You are a competent and practical person but your common sense is telling you not to touch without instruction on how to do so?  Well now you have an expert at hand showing you virtually face to face how to replace a rope seal on your stove or clean the dirty glass on your fire!  Stovax and Gazco and proud to give you the new / site!
This website is designed to aid you in keeping your wood burning, multifuel or gas stove or fire in good order. / cover areas such as choosing good wood for burning, how to clean your woodburning or multifuel stove glass or the inside of the glass of your gas fire, to operating the features of your remote control handset and lots, lots more! / have been designed specifically with the user in mind, the videos are easy to navigate and have the option to watch in High Definition.  Being able to pause whenever you like, you can of course carry out the work or try the functions of the appliances at the same time as watching the very easy to follow videos.


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Everything you could possibly need to know that you can do yourself, from maintenance videos showing you how to adjust your door handle and carry out routine maintenance on your stove or range cooker, through to online recipes compiled by Gill Meller, River Cottages' Head Chef and video tutorials showing how step by step how to make them.

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4 reasons to oven bake your own bread

In a recent survey of the British people, it was discovered that there is one smell that we love more than anything else. No, not freshly cut grass, coffee, or even Bacon! The smell in question was in fact freshly baked bread. In fact, such is the allure of the smell that many Estate Agents have begun to encourage home owners to bake fresh bread in their range cookers on a viewing day if a home is struggling to sell!

1 - Value for money
While it is certainly easy to find cheap bread, you tend to get what you pay for.  Fresh artisan bakery bread will be full of flavour and texture, but it’s not something most people can afford to purchase every day. While supermarket and shop-bought bread is often more affordable but lacks the quality to satisfy real bread snobs.  Once you get the hang of it, baking your own bread can save some precious pennies. 

2 - Health is wealth
Have you ever looked at the packaging on an item in the supermarket and been baffled? Many of the ingredients on processed foods are unfamiliar and some are a struggle to even pronounce. More often than not these types of mysterious ingredients are preservatives and additives. They make your bread taste a particular way and last a long time but there are concerns about the health risks associated with them. However, this homogeneous approach isn’t to everyone’s tastes.  When you make your own bread you know exactly what goes into it, and while it might not last as long as shop bought bread – it will taste fantastic.

3 - A tasty treat
While shop bread can taste flat and predictable, homemade bread is anything but.  As you make it yourself it’s always going to look a little different, but those unique variations just add to the charm. Homemade bread is perfect for sandwiches, soups, burgers – well anything you’d use normal bread for – but with a far superior taste.

4 - Its fun!
Finally, the act of making your own bread is a great source of entertainment.  Getting your hands dirty kneading dough is a great way to take out some mid-week frustration. It can be enjoyed with friends, family or simply alone with your thoughts and there are so many different types of bread to try your hand at. Bored of basic loafs? Try your hand at a chillicheese cornbread or a traditional Irishsoda bread (link to: ) recipe next time!

Do you enjoy baking your own bread? Tweet us at @WHsupplies with a photo of your latest oven baked efforts! 

3 unusual pancake recipes you need to try!

While Pancake Day might be the most popular time of year to crack some eggs and dig out the maple syrup, they can make a great breakfast treat all year long. Pancakes are a quick and easy to make dish which you can make taste delicious in a whole variety of different ways. Here we’ve picked out three particularly unusual recipes that are guaranteed to get your mouth watering!

 #1 - Apple pie pancakes 

This recipe combines two of our favourite things – apple pie & pancakes! This recipe uses cinnamon, nutmeg, a pinch of cloves, vanilla and maple syrup to bring together a wonderful apple pie ‘flavour profile’. Click here to view the full recipe.

#2 - Blueberry and Pecan ‘Bread pudding’ pancake 

This dish combines a classic bread and butter pudding recipe with succulent blueberries and traditional pancakes with a deliciously decadent end result. This recipe is simple, serves six people and is a perfect candidate for your range cooker.

#3 - One-Cup Mexican Brunch Pancakes 

Here’s a delicious one for you savoury pancake fans. A Mexican take on an all-day breakfast with feta cheese, avocado, streaky bacon, coriander and hot sauce. Click here to see the full recipe via Jamie Oliver.

Which type of fuel should I use to heat my home?

“Is it cheaper to heat my home with electricity or gas?” “What about biomass?”, “What will save me the most money?” These are common questions from customers when they purchase new heating appliances. There are pros and cons to every form of heating and it’s important to have a good understanding of all the options.

Looking for the perfect pancake recipe?

blueberries-919029_1920The beauty of pancakes is that they are a blank canvas. Sure, everyone has their favourite fillings but there’s no end of different toppings that you can experiment with. So whether you’re looking for sweet, savoury, health conscious or totally indulgent pancakes, there is bound to be something out there for you.
However, whilst the best filling for a pancake will always come down to your own personal choice, there’s no denying that range cookers are one of the best tools for the job. Here, Gill Meller of River Cottage talks us through how he uses an ESSE  range cooker to prepare her pancake day treats and also offers some inspiration for unusual toppings and fillings.
Click here to view the full recipe.

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ESSE Cooker Demonstration

ESSE Cooker Demonstration with Daniel Blewitt 
January 25th from 1pm - 4pm
Free Entry and Everybody Welcome

Come along to another fun and informative ESSE cooker demo at W & H Supplies.
Let us show you how to get the best out of your ESSE range cooker, we will be demonstrating on the electric EL 13Amp and the woodburning WN models but we also have the CAT, 990 Induction , 990CH and Iron Heart all on display, plus wood burners and gas fires of course!
All welcome, free entry.
See our past Facebook and Blog entries for previous post event write ups and photographs!
Typical delicious demo recipes include:
White bread & butter
Pork & cranberry sausage rolls
Roast beef, potatoes and mushrooms

Stovax Features on Martin Roberts 'Home Rule' Radio Show

Stovax and Gazco’s Martyn Allen talks to
'Homes Under the Hammer’s' presenter on Virgin Radio

Associate Sales Director from Stovax, Martyn Allen, was featured on Martin Roberts’ Saturday morning home improvement programme ‘Home Rule’ on Virgin Radio’s Talk Radio. The interview was part of the programme’s A-Z segment where the Stovax Heating Group took the ‘F for Fireplaces’ slot. 

Martin (Roberts) began the interview by pointing out that in many of the homes that he has visited on Homes Under the Hammer, the existing fireplace tends to define the era of the house. This lead to an insight into the beginning of the industry of fireplace design, and what the future holds for the industry. 

 With over 20 years of experience in the heating industry, Stovax’s Martyn Allen helped listeners understand the benefits of each individual type of stove or fire from wood burners to gas and electric ranges.

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New Polo Freestanding Gas Stove

DRU announces new Polo freestanding gas stove

DRU has released a new addition to its collection of contemporary freestanding gas stoves.
Polo is an impressive 1 metre high stove with a square design, featuring a large glass viewing window and an authentic log fire display with high, realistic flames.
There is a choice of interior finishes in black or mirrored Ceraglass and Polo has a heat output of 4.1 kW, making it suitable for a variety of rooms around the home.
The balanced flue system of Polo means that it can be located anywhere in proximity to an outside facing wall, making it one of the most flexible gas fires in the DRU range.
And with versions available in natural gas or LPG, it is compatible with urban or rural properties.

Polo is now available from W & H Supplies.  Please phone 01903 885566 for further details

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