Jade Cleaning – Cleaning Services Cannock

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Barbers & Hair Salon, Wimblebury, Cannock

Little Fi’s Barbers & Hair Salon is a Wimblebury, Cannock based business.

Fiona Plater is a highly qualified local hair care specialist, who has recently set up her own shop in Wimblebury Cannock. With many years hair styling experience behind her, local girl “Little Fi” took the brave step of going for it on her own. Fi opened her Hair Salon and Barbers shop at 62 John Street Wimblebury, Cannock WS12 2RJ on the 23rd of April 2013 and business is going well.

Little Fi’s hair dressing is available by appointment or on a walk in and wait basis.

If you want to contact Fi to discuss your hair styling needs you can phone Fi on 07528211021 or email Fionaplater@googlemail.com

Fi’s Wimblebury based Hair Salon’s and barbers opening hours are as follows.

Mon: Closed

Tue: 9am – 5pmLittle Fi's, John Street, Wimblebury, Cannock

Wed 9am – 5pm

Thu 9am – 8pm

Fri 9am – 5pm

Sat 8am – 5pm

Sun Closed.

There is no need to make an appointment so long as you are prepared to wait, but if you prefer to make a booking for your hairdressing appointment then please call Fiona on 07528 211 021.

Fi is a qualified Hair Stylist and does both ladies and gents hairdressing at her Wimblebury Hair Salon.

Fiona holds the following hair dressing, teaching and assessors qualifications.

NVQ Level 2 & 3 Hairdressing.

NVQ Assessors 301 and 302

PTTLS – Preparing to teach in lifelong learning

CTTLS Certificate to teach in lifelong learning

Fi provides a professional hairdressing service at affordable prices, and has created a friendly welcoming atmosphere in her hair salon; so whether you are looking for a quick trim or a full re-style you can rest assured that you hair is in capable hands.

A sample of Little Fi’s prices current May 2013 are as follows:-

Toddlers Cuts – £5.95

Boys Cuts – £7.95     Boys Wash and Cut – £10.50

Gents Cuts – £8.95   Gents Wash and Cut – £11.50

Girls Cuts – £10.95   Girls Cut and blow dry – £21.50

Ladies Cut – £12.50  Ladies Cut and blow dry – £24.50

For a full price list please visit the Hair Salon or contact Fi on 07528 211 021

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Tips for cooking stews

It doesn’t matter whether you are cooking your stew in the slow cooker or the pressure cooker all of these tips still apply.

Select the vegetable for your stew individually.

Lots of the supermarkets sell packs of vegetables for stew, they may seem like a good idea but if you look at the carefully you will see that they do not represent good value for money, so select each of the vegetables for your stew individually. The other benefit of doing this is that if you one type of vegetable you have more of it and if you don’t like parsnips for example (I love parsnips but some people don’t) you can leave them out. I prefer to get my vegetables from a green grocer because I like to support local businesses, their goods are usually fresher and often cheaper too, but if you don’t have the time for that or the supermarkets have forced all you local green grocers out of business then I will forgive you for buying your vegetables at the supermarket.

Which meats to use.

You can experiment with different cuts of meat, but stews usually lend themselves well to the cheaper cuts so they are excellent if you are trying to save money. However I would recommend trimming off as much excess fat as you can especially if you are using a slow cooker.  I like to use stewing steak with a couple of pieces of Oxtail for a beef stew and neck of lamb or a lamb shank for a tasty lamb stew. Using meat on the bone such as shanks and oxtail adds to the flavour of the stew.

Using left overs

Of course you can also use left over meat from a Sunday roast in your stew (it is often better value to buy a bigger joint but only more economic if you are disciplined enough to save some of the meat for a second meal). Also left over vegetables can be used in your stew too.

Cook your stew the day before.

Stew unless cooked in a slow cooker, always tastes better if cooked the day before and left to stand overnight. I usually cook mine in a pressure cooker and make it whilst the current evening’s meal is cooking. If any fat settles on the top it can be skimmed off before reheating. Once reheated you can add thickening if required I tend to use gravy powder in the flavour of the meat I have used, and then add dumplings if you like.

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Cooking with a slow cooker makes economic sense

Slow cookers are a very economical way to cook dishes that are best cooked slowly. They use only about as much electricity as a 60 Watt light bulb and because you are cooking slowly they are great for cheaper cuts of meat such as brisket and braising steak and lamb shanks.

 What other benefits are there from using a slow cooker?

Slow cookers keep in all the flavour of the food they cook and the great thing is you can set it up in the morning before you go out and come home a fabulous hot cooked later.

What can I cook in my slow cooker?

When you think of slow cooker meals you probably think of stews and curries but slow cookers are much more versatile than that. You can cook porridge over nights so that you have a nice hot breakfast waiting for you in the morning. You can roast your Sunday joint in the slow cooker, particularly useful if you like to go out for the day on a Sunday, so on your return all you have to do is cook the veg. Seasonal uses for the slow cooker include cooking your Christmas pudding or Mulling wine or cider.

How I use my slow cooker.

I often spend my winters in the Alps living in a Motorhome, skiing during the day and working in the evenings. I love my slow cooker because I can set it up in the morning before I go out to ski and when I return the van is full of the aroma of great home cooked food. Because the slow cooker uses so little electric I can still have the electric heater on low to keep the van from freezing up while I am out.

My favourite slow cooker meals for skiing are chilli, beef bourguignon, Bolognese and coq au vin.

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Cooking with a steamer is economic and healthy

There are essentially two types of steamer available, there is the electric steamer which when plugged in provides its own heat source or the type of steamer you put on your cooker which is a saucepan with steamer pans which stack on top of it. Both types of steamer are great money savers as you can cook several items using only one heat source. One advantage the electric steamer has over the on the hob version is that it has a built in timer so if like me you are a bit forgetful this is really useful as not only does it switch itself off at the end of the cooking time but it also makes a pinging sound to alert you.

What other advantages are there to cooking with a steamer?

Of course the greatest advantage to steaming your vegetable as opposed to boiling them is that the vitamins do not leach out into the water, which you then throw away (unless you use it to make your gravy that is). Secondly the vegetables stay crisper and retain more flavour when cooked with steam, steaming is particularly good for broccoli and cauliflower which can easily turn mushy and tasteless when boiled.

Is it difficult to use a steamer?

Not at all, a steamer is very simple to use, simply prepare your vegetables in the normal fashion and then put them into the steamer baskets, with the vegetables which take longest to cook at the bottom working your way up to the ones which take the least time. For example if you were cooking potatoes, carrots and cabbage, the potatoes would go on the bottom the carrots in the middle and the cabbage on the top. Both types of steamer require a water to work, the electric version will have low and high marks which indicate how much water to use and with the pan version you will need to put water in the bottom pan which once brought to the boil you keep simmering. Potatoes and vegetable take 15 – 20 minutes to cooks you can test them with a knife to see if they are done in the same way you would test vegetables when boiling them.

What else can I cook in a steamer?

Fish always cooks well in a steamer, and many steamers come with an insert for cooking rice your steamer and of course there are puddings which are traditionally steamed for example Christmas pudding.

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Pressure Cookers save time and money

Cooking with a pressure cooker is an en excellent way to save money because it greatly reduces the time required and therefore the fuel required to cook dishes that traditionally take a long time to cook, for example stews and casseroles.

 Cooking with a pressure cooker has a couple of other advantages too, firstly it locks in all the flavours and secondly if you are into camping it makes meals portable (more on this later).

 Is a pressure cooker safe?

A pressure cooker is perfectly safe provided you follow the instructions for use, which come with it when you buy it.

 How does a pressure cooker work?

A pressure cooker works by locking in the steam generated during cooking thus creating temperatures far in excess of those generated in a standard pan. It does this by trapping the steam in the pressurized container along with the food and as a result the food cooks far more quickly than by any other method, other than microwave cooking.

 What can I cook in my pressure cooker.

Traditionally pressure cookers are associated with stews, casseroles and soups but they can be used for so much more, for example Risottos and curries can also be cooked in a slow cooker and learning to use the trivet and steaming basket supplied with you pressure cooker a whole world of desserts become possible too. Many of the pressure cookers on the market come with a recipe guide, but if yours did/does not then consider purchasing a pressure cooker recipe book to help you get the most out of your pressure cooker.

 Pressure cookers make portable food.

I mentioned before about making food portable using the pressure cooker. I go away for weekends a lot and find that the pressure cooker comes in really handy for transporting food. We all know that stew tastes better the day after it is cooked, well why not cook a stew up in the slow cooker the day before you are going away and then let it cool in the pressure cooker. If you allow the pressure cooker to cool naturally without releasing the steam through the valve and leave the lid on then the pressure cooker seals itself. You can then transport your stew in the pressure cooker (right way up) without worrying about the contents slopping out. The great thing about this is that your first nights meal is already prepared all you have to do is heat it through saving you time for the other activities which you went away for. I also take chilli or bolognaise away using this method, it is particularly useful if you are cooking for larger numbers.

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Chilli Pie recipe – perfect for cold winter evenings

Chilli Con Carne Pie

This is a great recipe for cold winter nights, it is easy to make and very filling, it feeds four – six adults depending on the size of your appetites, but you can scale it up if you have a large enough dish, I use a 2 litre Pyrex dish for this recipe.

Ingredients

400g of best minced beef *

2 or 3 large carrots grated**

1 tin cheap chopped tomatoes (shop’s own brand will do)

1 tin cheap kidney beans (shop’s on own brand will do)

1 onion finely chopped

Some hot chilli sauce or tabasco or similar

Worcester sauce (optional)

2 tablespoons of gravy powder or granules

1 Kilo of potatoes peeled and sliced.

 First we make the Chilli, of course if you could make this from left over chilli if you want.

 Put the grated carrots and the chopped onion in a frying pan with a little oil and gently fry until the onions have softened, then add the mince and continue to fry gently until the mince has browned.

Now add your seasonings, a few dashes of Worcester sauce if you use it and the chilli sauce to taste. Drain and rinse the Kidney beans and add these along with the chopped tomatoes. Continue to cook while you boil you potatoes for mashing. During the cooking I usually test the heat of the Chilli and add more Tabasco or some ground chilli if it is not hot enough for my taste.

Cooking Chilli

Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them off thoroughly as you want a stiff mash for this dish and then mash them with a little butter or marg if you can spare it. (If the mash is a bit wet simply return the pan to the heat while you mash it to evaporate off some of the water).

Because we don’t want the chilli to be too wet for this dish I usually thicken the chill with a little beef gravy powder at this stage (this also brings out the flavour of the meat) and then transfer the chilli to the Pyrex dish.

 Chilli  in a Pyrex dish

 Now I add my mash potato to the top and it is ready to go into the oven 190 degrees C or gas mark 4, or if you prefer put it under the grill, until the mash has browned on the top.

Chilli pie ready to go in the oven

Chilli pie ready to serve

I usually serve this dish with peas and carrots or broccoli and sweet corn, but you can serve it with whatever vegetables you want. If you want to serve it with gravy this is fine too, why not add a few drops of Tabasco or chilli sauce to the gravy for an extra kick.

 Serve and enjoy.

 * I find that cheap mince is a false economy you end up with a lot of fatty liquid which you have to drain off and the meat that you are left with is significantly less than you started with, so go for the better mince and use less of it.

** I use grated carrots in my chilli for three reasons, firstly they make the meat go further, secondly they subtly add to the flavour of the dish and thirdly they are one of you five a day.

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Christmas is coming … What to do with old Christmas cards

Recycling is the name of the game.

I always keep last years Christmas card to remind me who I need to send cards to, but what to do with them after that? Here’s our simple solution, recycle them into your own bespoke cards or pressie labels .

How to recycle your Christmas cards.

Firstly you will need a sharp craft knife of a cutting ruler, slice down the fold of the card, you want to keep the front of the card with the picture on it but you can now discard the half of the card with the greeting on. (If you have not already sent a card to the person who sent you this one, put this part in a pile to remind you to send them a card). When you have separated all the fronts from last years cards sort them into small Christmas cards and larger Christmas cards. The next stage for the larger cards is to try and match them, you are looking to make pairs with similar themes and sizes like this:-

 Recycled Christmas cards Santa Claus is coming to townRecycled Christmas Cards Nativity Scene

When you are happy with your pairs of Christmas card fronts, then you can trim them if necessary to ensure they match up and then tape them together to make them into a new Christmas card.

These Christmas cards are great as they are and ready to write in but if you want you can print a greeting directly onto the inside of the Christmas card or print an insert.

Recycled Christmas cards Christmas tree themeRecycled Christmas cards Robins theme

If you go for inserts you may choose to personalise the inserts, you could include a family photo or personal greeting or even add that this Christmas card was created by you especially for them. You can be really creative here and play around with different fonts and colours, you only need to print when you are happy with your design.

Now what to do with the smaller Christmas cards

These make perfect pressie labels, simply punch a hole in the top left hand corner (using a hole punch) and then thread a piece of ribbon through the top. When using the labels try to match them to the theme on the wrapping paper for a really professional look. Here are some of the fabulous gift labels we have made this year:-

Recycled Christmas cards Gift labelsI hope you have found this article useful, if so please feel free to share it with your friends.

 P.S. This could be a fun craft project for you to do with your children or Grand children, of course you should do all the cutting, but even really young children would love matching the cards up to make pairs.

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Mobile Mechanic Staffordshire

JDA Mobile Mechanic Staffordshire… offers all aspects of vehicle repair and maintenance in the Staffordshire area. JDA’s mobile mechanic Jay is a fully qualified mechanic with over 15 years experience. Our mobile mechanic can offer servicing and repairs, change cam belts and brakes and arrange MOTs, no need to bring your vehicle to us we will come to you. So if you need a Staffordshire Mobile Mechanic, remember the Cannock Mechanic offers free no obligation quotes and no job is too small, so what are you waiting for?  Contact Jay now for your free no obligation quote on 07940539989.

Staffordshire Mobile Mechanic comes to you.

Our mobile mechanic Jay can come out at a time and place that suits your needs. No need to bring your vehicle into a workshop or wait around for the repair to be done, where possible our mobile mechanic will fix your vehicle on the spot, leaving you free to get on with your life while we take care of your vehicle. Jay can come to your home or place of work to make repairs so you are not inconvenienced at all. For larger jobs it may be necessary for your vehicle to be taken to our workshop for repairs to be made, but we can discuss this with you when you phone for your free no obligation quote.

Call Jay now on 07940539989

Staffordshire Mobile Mechanic covers all makes and models

JDA Mobile mechanic Staffordshire will cover all makes and models and no job is too small, so what are you waiting for give Jay a ring to day on 07940539989 for you free no obligation quote.

 

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Cannock Mechanic – Mobile mechanic Staffordshire

JDA Mobile Mechanic is a Cannock based business.

JDA’s  Mobile Mechanic offers all aspects of vehicle repair and maintenance in and around the Cannock area. JDA’s mobile mechanic Jay is a fully qualified mechanic with over 15 years experience. Our mobile mechanic can offer servicing and repairs, change cam belts and brakes and arrange MOTs, no need to bring your vehicle to us we will come to you. We offer free no obligation quotes and no job is too small, so what are you waiting for contact Jay now for your free no obligation quote on 07940539989.

Cannock Mechanic comes to you.

Our mobile mechanic Jay can come out at a time and place that suits you. No need to bring your vehicle into a workshop or wait around for the repair to be done, where possible our mobile mechanic will fix your vehicle on the spot, leaving you free to get on with your life while we take care of your vehicle. Jay can come to your home or place of work to make repairs so you are not inconvenienced at all. For larger jobs it may be necessary for your vehicle to be taken  to our workshop for repairs to be made but we can discuss this with you when you phone for your free no obligation quote.

Call Jay now on 07940539989

Cannock Mechanic covers all makes and models

JDA Mobile mechanic will cover all makes and models and no job is too small, so what are you waiting for give Jay a ring to day on 07940539989 for you free no obligation quote.

 

 

 

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