Author: debra hall

JUDGE Radiant Review and Frittata Recipe

The Product 24cm Judge Radiant Non-Stick Stir Fry Pan/Wok Material:Teflon® Radiance Stainless Steel reinforced *PFOA free. Suitable for all hob types, including Induction Soft Grip Handles Dishwasher and Oven safe up to 150°C 25 year Guarantee (10 year Non-Stick guarantee) Also available in 26cm Colour – Red The Place Available at independent hardware Outlets & Cookshops Nationwide Selling from the UK from its Bristol base Search Where to Buy online for Trade enquiries: Horwood Homewares Ltd Tel: 0117 940 0000 sales@horwood.co.uk The Price RRP £64.00 The Promotion Recipient of many Supplier, Product and Cookware awards TSS Says: To trial this product we made the Frittata from scratch in the Stir Fry pan (see below) We cooked on a gas hob and can report the even heat distribution was evident and brought about all the benefits of that. The trial resulted in a successful and perfect tasting Frittata with no food residue left in the pan afterwards. Do NOT use in an microwave oven or place under the grill POTATO AND PEA FRITTATA WITH MUSHROOM AND …

Guide to Roman Blind making

Choosing the Made to Measure services of department stores, specialist makers and web retailers to make and supply your window dressings can be really expensive. Friends recently requested a shop buying quote for two sets of curtains, lined, with eyelets designed to fit a couple of average sized windows in their home and were quoted over 2000 GBP. By shopping around, and choosing a lower priced fabric per mete-rage they were able to order to specification at a cost of 800 GBP. But still, a costly outlay. We can see why, there is no quick way round the process, and to do it all properly is really a labour of love. If you have an understanding of stitching work, and a sewing machine and some sewing essentials to hand, and a few free hours over a couple days to work at the making, then you can save a lot of money. This week we made two Roman Blinds showcased in the photography using Laura Ashley fabrics. The fabric was recently selling at a 50% discount, …

Featuring Dulux Matt Emulsion Paint – Denim Drift

  Whether you are convinced or not that depending on the colour of your painted walls can either help or hinder the way you feel when you are inhabiting that space within them, then perhaps it is worthwhile to consider putting blue shades back in the home. Not for curious and experimental reasons but because blue is (depending of the shade of course) everybody’s colour! There’s no disputing that the subtle duck egg shades have been popular for a while in interior design and home furnishings. Denim Drift is a versatile grey-blue shade and when twinned with deep and dark blues for example we think it can scream for attention in its own special way. Dulux revealed earlier in the year that Denim Drift is their colour favourite for 2017.  See how the Denim Drift shade balances and unifies the use of strong blue colour in the pic below Denim Drift Retail and Trade Paints Retailers such as B&Q retail 2.5 litre pots of Denim Drift. This matt emulsion version can be used in all …

Book Review: Mango & Bambang Superstar Tapir

Mango & Bambang Superstar Tapir Author: Polly Faber Illustrator: Clara Vulliamy ISBN-13: 978-1406361490 Publisher: Walker Books (2 Mar. 2017) Children’s Fiction Book – Hardcover 144 pages Guest reviewing this title for TSS is Kelly A along with her two age appropriate young children  We absolutely adore books and we read together and to each other every single day. When Mango and Bambang Superstar Tapir arrived, it was, quite simply. hard to resist… The book we received was hardback (swoon!) and the cover simply gorgeous. With a vintage vibe, the orange stripes and gold flirtations are absolutely stunning. I couldn’t wait to sit down together and read it with George and Molly! George has been reading since he was about 5 and loves reading chapter books, whilst Molly (6) is more self-taught and she’s currently reading more illustrated books. Mango and Bambang is a mixture of the two; it contains four separate short stories, each one with a selection of illustrations. Each story is interesting and they held everyone’s attention as we sat together and followed …

Stage Review of RENT The Musical

Expectant I was to see this show for the first time and to learn of its theme and as Jon Wiederhorn for ROLLING STONE once described RENT to be about: “young … artists struggling to celebrate life in the shadow of drugs, poverty and AIDS,” is a good, concise summary of a story that, in itself, is a bit pithy. I was keen too, to experience the music style, to hear the lyrics and to witness a full stage performance. So, firstly, there’s a live band playing which is a real plus. The set is cleverly designed; a huge construction; and colourful! A few minutes in and I note there’s no speech. Introductions and the scene setting happens in songs. The plot unfolds in songs. There are fill-ins that are not really songs just fast paced sing speak in American accents with characteristic resonance. Of course, this is a rock musical, yes, and when the songs break, they really do. Trouble is, lyrics are delivered at such a fast rate, so a wall of heavy sound …

Stage Review – LA STRADA at The Rep, Birmingham UK

Director Sally Cookson, Composer Benji Bower and Writer Mike Akers, presents a winning example of theatrical excellence. This brand-new adaptation for stage of Fellini’s 1957 Oscar-winning film made its UK premiere at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and is now halfway through a national tour. In an act of desperation from her mother, young Gelsomina is passed over to street performer Zampano for cash. The two start their unlikely partnership at the coast and then journey through rural Italy (Italy a country reeling from a world war spent under dictatorship). Zampano does a ‘strong man’ street act and Gelsomina joins him in introducing him and collecting coins flung into her hat. The two key characters are later joined by a third, Il Matto, a tight rope walker/clown in a travelling circus. Zampano calls him ‘The Fool’. The two have a strange contempt for one another and poor Gelsomina gets caught in the middle. The ensemble cast are stage present at all times in their acting, musician, song or dance/movement roles. The musical score has a free form …

Blog Feature : Mask-arade Party Masks

I was in contact recently with Joe Alsop from the original party mask company Mask-arade. Joe is a long established contact of mine from my early blogging activities of 2011 when TSS first reviewed their novelty product http://wp.me/p1JXg7-7E The artwork I created today to showcase Mask-arade’s funny dressing-up masks of President Trump and the First Lady will make you smile. I still find it amusing when I see everyday people wearing the faces of celebrities while doing everyday kinda things, I think the artwork conveys the fact. from Debra (Dee) TSS ed. Mask-arade is now part of the Rubie’s Costume Company 1.2 of Disclaimer applies

Stage Review: Bring on the Bollywood

This show fits the Bollywood genre To a T. It has the schmaltzy kind of love story lines and the agenda driven characters you might expect, yet there is a level of resilience and keen endeavour attached to most. The story is about secret love, true love matches and marriage related mismatching, and the script has fun with that; it is also about personal loss and regrets. Therefore, we get that light and shade of story line to fit the flittering emotions conveyed in many of the expressive song lyrics that can move the story forward more engagingly than the dialogue manages at times. It has its fill of Punjabi pop music and dancing and there are story twists to hold the interest. The Asian cast members are all trained in performing arts, some have spread their good looks and creativity to include working in the commercial world namely Nisha Aaliya (Dr Katrina), Yanick Ghanty (Amit) and Robby Khela (Ronny). My favourite performance? By Sakuntala Ramanee actually, I liked her stage presence, her elegance and …

Two Reviews of ‘INTO THE WATER’ by Paula Hawkins on its Publishing Day

INTO THE WATER Author Paula Hawkins ISBN 9780857524423 Published by DOUBLEDAY on 02 May 2017 Hardback RRP £20.00 An adult fictional book Crime Thriller/Adventure The first review is by Petrina M of The Midlands/Dorset, UK. Petrina states that she read the book in two days and couldn’t put it down. What is it that invites you to pick up a book and read it? The author’s name? Even our favourite artist can produce a song that doesn’t always hit the mark. Never underestimate the power of the imagery of the book cover. The contents of the written word are worthless if there isn’t the temptation to invite us to delve further into what lays beneath. This mesmerising front cover entices the reader to dive into this book and once the pages start to turn the content does not disappoint. With each chapter dedicated to a character, the mystery develops through different points of view. With the style and language appropriate for each person, you glide easily into each ones soul. Their turmoil, their memories, their …