Good Homes Magazine Editor gives expert opinion on our new Designer Kitchen Range

 

Good Homes Roomset Logo 2018 Karen Walker Editor of Good Homes Magazine

 

The new Designer Kitchen Range is being showcased at this year’s Ideal Home Show in London as part of the Good Home Magazine roomsets. There will soon be an exciting and exclusive new section right here on the CDA website dedicated to this range, allowing you to explore the new ovens, hobs & extractors and their innovative features.

Good Homes Magazine’s Editor Karen Walker shares her opinion on our latest designer product launch and her tips for designing a stylish and usable kitchen.

  1. Which appliance in the CDA Designer Kitchen Range would you take home with you today and why?

Definitely the in-built pyrolytic oven. It looks so sleek in our black-on-black kitchen roomset at the Ideal Home Show and blends into the surrounding cabinetry beautifully. The scheme actually gives the effect of designer furniture rather than a functional cooking space.

  1. What is your favourite feature?

I love that it takes the stress out of cooking. The thought of programming in the type of food I want to cook and its weight (for example, a 2kg turkey or a 500g apple crumble) and then sitting back as the high-tech controls automatically set the optimum temperature and time is just bliss.

  1. What type of cabinetry, worktops and flooring would you style with this range?

Our kitchen roomset is exactly how I would style the range: all-black cabinetry with a burnished stone floor, highlighted with copper accents. Modern yet elegant, dramatic yet restrained – and above all, utterly showstopping.

  1. Which of these appliances is a ‘must have’ for the home in 2018?

I would still say the in-built pyrolytic oven. Other than its impressive smart controls, it’s self-cleaning – turning the heat to 475°C burns off any grime – which is a huge bonus for busy family homes.

  1. What are Good Homes readers looking for in their new kitchen?

They are always seeking new ways to transform dull spaces into wow-factor schemes that not only reflect their personality, but also make their lives easier and cooking simpler – from integrating the latest technology, to zoned colour schemes or a space-stretching storage solution.

Read more about the Ideal Home Show roomsets on the Good Homes Magazine website or follow the latest updates with the hashtag #GHRoomsets. 

The Ideal Home Show is on from 17th March-2nd April at Olympia, London.

 

Which hob is best for the job?

In our latest ‘just for fun’ guide we measure up our different styles of hob to help you choose which one to go for. We’ve got insider information to give you the facts on what is good about each hob fuel type and what style of cook it suits best. Time for the showdown…

Where is my rating plate?

Need to find out your model number, the power supply information or even the serial number of your appliance? All this handy information is listed on the appliance rating plate.

Hang on a minute…but where is my rating plate? 

So that you don’t have to look at this label all the time, when your appliance is installed at home, the rating plate is usually located discreetly somewhere on the appliance. To help you find it quickly, we have put together this handy info guide. Simply look for the correct appliance icon to find out the location of your CDA rating plate.

Twelve Tips of Christmas

Make a list…check it twice!

The biggest family gathering of the year, probably, can mean all kinds of stressful situations in the kitchen. If it is your turn to provide the feast, you can help the day to run smoothly by making a list. Start from your serving time and work backwards, that way you won’t miss a single party popper, present or parsnip.

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2.00pm Serve starters

1.30pm Carrots & parsnips in the oven

1.00pm Roast potatoes in

12.45pm Take turkey out to rest

12.30pm…

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Corking wine…

Just because it is a special occasion, doesn’t have to mean that the fizz has to cost a fortune. There are some fantastic alternatives to Champagne, Prosecco and Cava that are tasty, fizzy and cost a fraction of what you might think. Remember, before prosecco took off we never deviated from champers…Pignoletto could be the next big thing!

Pignoletto Frizzante wine is the quintessential Italian aperitif. With a satisfying fizz and a fruity, off-dry taste it is the perfect accompaniment to nibbles and starters.

Moscato d’Asti, also from Italy, is slightly sweeter in taste and generally low in alcohol. Not one to be dismissed, this goes perfectly with puddings and might be the pick me up that you need after a heavy lunch.

Lambrusco is one we have all heard off but rarely pick off the shelf. Light, fizzy, dry and rich on the palate this is a tantalising tipple to accompany cold meats and hors d’oeuvres- just right for that boxing day ham.

Crémants are wines that are made using the traditional champagne method, outside of the Champagne region in France. Look out for bottles featuring this label as you will be able to choose between flavours that vary depending on their region. This is a great substitute and definitely not a compromise.

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The ghost of Christmas present…

Have you been practising your ‘pleasantly surprised’ face? No one likes getting rubbish presents so why not ask everyone what they would like beforehand-and there is nothing wrong with dropping hints for your stocking either. Make Christmas easier, happier and inevitably cheaper by buying just one present that they actually want.

 

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Rocking around the Christmas tree…

So, you have eaten, filled the dishwasher twice, dropped four wine glasses, opened presents and Grandpa is now snoring. What now? Get the party started by preparing a Christmas playlist to pop on after everyone’s dinner has had a chance to go down and work off some of that brandy butter.

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Tidings we bring…

Going to your family or friend’s house for Christmas this year? Make sure you don’t arrive empty handed and sit down all day being waited upon. Telephone ahead and see if you can bring extra plates, cutlery or a chair and be prepared to get your Marigolds on-they will love you for it and you will definitely get an invite next year.

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Elf and safety…

Wine at breakfast, four times the amount of food you would normally cook sitting around the kitchen, sharp knives, dogs, children running around with their new ‘Power Rangers Dino Super Charge T-Rex Morpher’ and even a couple of sets of divorced parents to placate, Christmas cooking can get dangerous.

Ban children from the oven area during cooking, delegate jobs and take your time to stay safe this Christmas Day.

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Sleigh my name, sleigh my name…

Have some dodgy relatives? An uncle that just doesn’t know when enough wine is enough? Place names will keep you in control of some of the more predictable confrontations on Christmas Day. Sit the dodgy uncle with the raucous kids and leave Grandma to have a quiet meal with your sister.

It can even be a useful way to keep children out of the way whilst you are doing preparation on Christmas Eve as they can decorate and make name tags for the table whilst you lay the table.

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Season’s greetings…

So, your roast potatoes are not like his mum’s? So what? Don’t let Christmas past get in the way of your day. Here are some great rebuttals for all of those unhelpful Christmas crackers:

“My mum used to cook her roast potatoes in goose fat, they tasted fantastic.”

“Well, because your family has an inclination to become overweight I thought you would appreciate me cooking them in healthier rapeseed oil instead.”

 

 

“Does anyone want to help dish up the veg for me?”

Silence

“Please would someone come through to the kitchen and get some serving dishes?”

Silence

“OH GOD, the dog’s got the turkey!”

Everyone rushes to the kitchen…

“Great, thanks guys. Right, you can do carrots and you the potatoes…”

 

 

“Mum, why is his present bigger than mine?”

“You should’ve thought about that when you didn’t want to brush your teeth on 21st June.”

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All about that baste, about that baste…

It is true, and we have all tasted it, turkey can get really dry. Make sure you baste every hour and rest that turkey for at least an hour before serving. Covered in foil, it will stay piping hot and allow the meat to relax and become juicy again.

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Jingle bills…

Save money this Christmas with our money saving checklist:

  • Make the most of those supermarket money-off vouchers. Make a list and plan your food shop to coincide with getting the most use from your vouchers.
  • Delegate items to guests so that they can contribute to the big day. Offer a choice so that they feel included and leave it to them to choose the crackers, pudding or cheeseboard.
  • You don’t have a sleigh, or elves, so posting presents can get expensive. Look online for discount couriers that can save you money.
  • Use cash. It has been proved that spending cash is better than using a card if you want to save money on the high street. There are no ‘mindless purchases’ and once it is gone, it is gone…

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Brew-dolph…

Save on your drinks bill for the big day and have a go at brewing your own beer. Kits can be bought for as little as £20.00 online and will make plenty of pints in time for Christmas. You can even choose a festively named brew to make it extra Christmassy.

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Wait…there’s Myrrh!

After the festive buzz has died down, no one will remember who bought what at Christmas. Round up all the unwanted gifts and plan a trip to the high street. Exchange or return everything you don’t like and buy something to start your new year exactly how you want to; like a new pair of trainers, maybe?

 

Explaining Extraction Rates…

What is an extraction rate? How do we measure it? What extractor do you need for your kitchen and how powerful does it actually need to be? All this and more is explained in our latest guide.

You can also visit our buying advice page which includes information on:

  • Extraction features
  • Extraction rates
  • Extraction styles
  • Extraction tips
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