What is Welsh rarebit?

Welsh Rarebit - Toasted  bread with melted cheddar cheese
A classic dish, but how much do you know about it?
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You’ve probably heard about it, but did you know that the delicious treat known as Welsh rarebit has its own day to celebrate its greatness? A classic that has graced many a plate, there’s more to know about this cheesy delicacy than meets the eye. It might be considered a national dish to Wales, but its influence has been seen across the globe.

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How to get Bake Off ready

Cupcakes
Are you ready to get baking?
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It’s that time of year again – as the summer comes to a close, ‘The Great British Bake Off’ graces our screens once again. With classics such as biscuit week and pastry week, it’s easy to be inspired to don your apron and get creating bakes of your own. Here’s how to get yourself and your kitchen Bake Off ready!

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The history of ice cream

Bowls of ice cream
There’s nothing quite like a delicious bowl of ice cream on a hot summer’s day!
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What better way to stay cool in the warmer months than with some delicious, cooling ice cream? The sweet confectionery is a firm favourite for many, and with good reason. From traditional soft serve cones eaten on a trip to the seaside, to luxury brand tubs consumed from the comfort of your own home, ice cream serves as a delectable treat regardless of your age!

How much do you know about the cold dessert?

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What are the benefits of halogen ovens?

Cooks Professional Halogen Oven
Cooks Professional Halogen Oven

Halogen ovens were once found solely on late night shopping channels. However, as word has spread about their versatility, speed and energy efficiency, they have become popular in many homes.

Not only do they save space, they can do everything a normal oven does. Halogen ovens make light work of boiling, roasting, baking, steaming and even defrosting – all in one pot.

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Should I buy a log splitter?

Log Splitter 7 ton
Logmaster 7 ton kinetic log splitter
Nothing quite compares to the homely, comforting glow of a real fireplace. As well as a source of heat, it provides a talking point and an attractive feature for any home.

However, chopping logs can be a backbreaking and sometimes dangerous chore. That’s where log splitters come in handy.

How do log splitters work?

Log splitters are a useful piece of equipment that take the strain out of chopping logs. Consisiting of either a hydraulic or electric-powered rod and piston assembly, the log splitter is normally rated by the tons of pressure it generates. Logs are driven, by a piston, onto a stationary blade with enough force to split them in two.

Log splitters are portable and easily moved from garage or shed to your log pile. There are several types on the market depending on the size and/or amount of logs that require splitting. Most home devices range in pressure from 4 ton log splitters to 7 ton log splitters, which is more than adequate for most types of wood. Also popular are dual log splitters, which can split wood in both directions to save you even more time.

Safety first

Good log splitters require two handed operation. This reduces the chance of operator accidents, as both hands are occupied in using the machine rather than potentially getting caught between log and blade. The behaviour of the log being split cannot be entirely predicted, so it’s good practice to stand at the opposite end to the splitting blade. If any people are collecting the split wood, make sure that they stand clear of the log splitter whilst it is in use.

Maintenance

Maintaining your log splitter as per the manufacturer’s instructions is important in prolonging the life of your purchase. Cleaning and oiling after use is usually recommended. Accessories are also available for logsplitters; a log splitter table is a good investment as it raises the splitter to waist height to eliminate any further bending.

If you’re still not sure if a log splitter is right for you, watch the video below to see one in action!

Want a mobile phone that’s easy to use?

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The Big Button Mobile Phone from Clifford James
Mobile phones have been with us since the early 1980s. Once seen as an expensive (and rather weighty) luxury, they have increasingly become an essential part of every day life.

The lure of being able to stay in touch whilst on the move has proven so compelling that over 6 billion people now own some kind of mobile phone.

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Must-have summer accessories

Accessories
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Don’t forget to accessorise!

More and more men are accessorising. Men’s accessory sales this year grossed $13.6 billion – a massive leap of 9 percent in the last 12 months.

Today’s accessories go way beyond functionality. They have to perform well and add something to your look. Clever accessorising will help you breathe new life into a tired wardrobe without spending a fortune.

This summer’s key items have the potential to wow. So be brave and embrace our top five must-have accessories.

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5 ways to revamp your wardrobe

New wardrobe?
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Give your wardrobe a new lease of life.

If your wardrobe is looking a little dated but you’re loathe to part with old favourites, maybe it’s time to get revamping!

There are tonnes of things even a novice with a needle can do, and the end results are impressive.

So if you fancy upstyling your mens leather shoes or updating your favourite old tie, read on for some inspirational DIY tips and tutorials.

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