TOP 5 TECHNOLOGY GADGETS FOR ME THIS CHRISTMAS

I am a gadget fan, who isn’t? Every year I usually upgrade and then have some stuff on my christmas list.

I thought I would do a post highlighting what I would like.

The list is in no particular order of importance as I will most likely get them all.

 

1) A camera to accompany my current one, I use a Canon eos 7D at the moment. But, will soon be needing a second body. I would like something like the Canon eos 6D. Currently they have 5% off at PC world.

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2) New lenses are an important and ever changing component in the photography world. At the moment I have a 24-105, 50mm 1.2, 12-24. The next on my list is a Canon 85mm that I can specifically use for portrait work. Currently Jessops have varied deals on this and other lenses.

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3) A new tripod, this is something I always forgot to buy myself, im so used to just taking photos handheld it slips my mind. With both my birthday and christmas coming up though, I will get one, well, I really actually do need one. Currently currys are offering around 20% off some of their range.

4) A new laptop, this for me this year is essential. I am currently using a macbook as my windows later once again has packed up, they never seem to last long. I will be getting either a newer model macbook pro or a Macbook air. i’ll be needing a bigger spec and a better quality screen for my photography work. Apple often have some good deals in their refurb section, which is always worth keeping an eye on.

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5) A quality camera bag is another thing high on my list, I need something that offers a lot more protection for when I am out on a shoot. There are 1000′s of bags out there though and it takes a while to look around.  could make it easier and has some good offers on.

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Up for grabs is a named necklace from HERE

 

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Photoshoots with a different perspective

I have been toying with the idea recently of offering photo shoots with a more interesting perspective with different backdrops and settings. I have recently done these two, let me know what you think.

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I think it is much more unique than a plain white backgroud

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Funny faces make it what it is

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Pictures out and about are also an interesting viewpoint

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Master of beards competition

Get your beards out lads and enter this fantastic competition from tescos master of beards, the beard is back and in fashion and what’s best of all, there’s prizes to be won.

I’m currently sporting my own facial hair which i’ll be growing for another 12 weeks

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New Master of Beards competition from Tesco direct suggests we haven’t reached ‘peak beard’ yet

Tesco direct invites beard-wearers to upload a photo of their best facial hair styles to win hundreds of pounds-worth of electric razors and beard trimming equipment—

The trendy beard is here to stay, according to Tesco direct, with their new competition to find the UK’s own Master of Beards. Though there have been rumours of beards becoming less appealing as the number of men wearing them increases – a phenomenon known as ‘peak beard’ – the supermarket giant is keen to disprove this theory by inviting facial hair fans to upload a photo of their best beard- styling efforts.

Users will then vote for their favourite beards in five different categories from Super Sideburns to a Brilliant Full Beard. The beard-grower with the most votes in each category will win a People’s Choice prize of over £250’s worth of electric razors and beard trimming equipment, while the Judge’s Choice prize, worth over £850, will be awarded to one overall winner.

Tesco’s Master of Beards also provides some golden rules to help shape and shave your beard to perfection based on the five categories, so whether you’re a stubble addict or keen to sport a carefully coiffured moustache, there are expert tips on hand.

Despite peak beard fears, it seems there’s no shortage of attractive hirsute men in Britain right now, so if you’re looking for some inspiration for the competition, you can do no better than checking out the example of famous names from Jude Law to Jeremy Paxman.

Trimmed, primed and ready to enter? Click here to choose a beard style, upload your photo and amaze the beard fans of Britain with your facial creations!

Dairy, egg & Gluten free pancakes

I love pancakes, so I thought I would try something different. I usually have dairy & gluten free but I thought I would try some egg free as well as the other day we had run out of eggs.

It is a pretty simple recipe and they still taste great.

1 Cup of doves farm self raising flour

1 Cup of soya milk

1 tsp of baking powder

Whisk together until you get a batter, you can always add more flour or milk, depending on the consistency or amount of pancakes you wish to make.

They make nice fluffy pancakes

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HUNGARIAN GULYAS LEVES AKA GOULASH GLUTEN FREE

HUNGARIAN GULYAS LEVES AKA GOULASH

  • 1 x onion
  • 4 x carrots
  • 3 x large potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • 500g of stewing beef
  • 2 heaped tbs Hungarian paprika
  • Fresh flat leaf parsely
  • 1 teaspoon Vegeta seasoning (this is a hungarian vegetable stock, you can often find it in the Polish section of the supermarket or standard veg stock will do)
  • 1 x red pepper
  • 1 x green pepper
  • 1 x tinned tomatoes
  • Water

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  • Finely chop the onions & dice the carrots, potatoes and peppers into bite sizes
  • In a large pan heat the oil and brown the meat, once all sides are browned remove to another bowl
  • In the pan now add the onions to fry, do not let them brown, add a pinch of salt to stop them browning.  Then add the carrots, and peppers and saute for a few minutes
  • Now turn down the heat, return the meat and then add the paprika powder (I know its a lot but trust me, but it is also very important to not let it burn)

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  • Now add the tinned tomatoes, and the vegetable stock, add some extra water so every thing is covered, depending on the type of stock you use
  • Add the potatoes, put the lid on and leave it to cook over a low heat for at least an hour. Keep
    checking and adding more water so it retains its soup consistency
  • Serve with nokedli dumplings (I will do a recipe for these) or some nice crusty bread  (Gluten/Dairy free versions can be made)

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Enjoy

Lime, Red Pepper & Chilli Salsa

A perfect little recipe to add flavour to some of your favourite meals

 

Ingredients:

1 x jar of roasted red peppers (the ones in Lidl are great for this)
2 x large green chillies
clove of garlic
1 x lime
Fresh coriander
Maldon Salt

Method:

  1. Drain the peppers, and put them into a food processor.  Cut the stalks off the chillies and put into the processor too (with seeds still in) along with the clove of garlic.
  2. Zest the lime, and add to the other ingredients, then juice the lime and add this too.  Remove the stalks from a bunch of coriander and put this into the blender too.
  3. Whizz up until all blended and smooth. Add the salt and give it another quick whizz.
  4. Serve with a sprig of coriander on top. Perfect as a nacho dip, or with fajitas.

 

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Beef stroganoff with Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream GLUTEN FREE

Stroganoff is already one of the kids favourite meals, I make a variation of either beef, pork or some times even meatballs and always served with rice.

Ingredients:
  • 150g chestnut mushrooms
  • 500g trimmed beef fillet
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 50ml Brandy
  • 100ml beef stock
  • 1 bunch of chives, finely chopped
  • 50g gherkins, cut into batons
  • 200g Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream

Method:

 Prepare the mushrooms by trimming the stalks 2 cm from the caps (cut other mushrooms into large chunks). Cut the beef fillet across the grain into 1cm thick steaks, then cut into batons. 

Heat a large frying pan and add the vegetable oil, when hot add the beef in batches, turning until browned on all sides but still rare in the centre.

Remove the meat to a bowl, then add the mushrooms to the pan along with 30g of the butter. Cook until softened, then add the mushrooms to the beef in the bowl.

Turn the heat to medium and add the remaining butter followed by the onion and garlic. Sweat this mix down until fully softened but without any colour. This should take around 5 minutes. Add the paprika and cook for a further minute before turning up the heat and adding the brandy. Be careful, this may flame and evaporate some of the alcohol.

Once the flames have gone out add the beef stock and bring back to the boil. Add 200g of Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream and stir. Put the beef and mushrooms back into the sauce and check for seasoning. Sprinkle the chopped chives and gherkins over the top, then serve over tagliatelle, steamed rice or mashed potato.

 

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Enjoy

Which tablet operating system best suits you?

Tablets have fast become as essential part of the modern lifestyle, there are many out there, ranging from very budget to quite expensive. They use different operating systems and differ quite a bit, but, it’s not always the most expensive that is considered the best. It’s hard to remember a time without a table, but, it was not actually that long ago they hit the mainstream consumer market, but, since then they have become the ‘Must have’ peice of technology.

Below is a simple guide to 3 different types of Tablet operating systems, this in my opinion is the most important factor you need to choose. Before actually decided which tablet you would like to invest in.

Android Tablets

Android 4.0 builds on easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and deep interactivity with your tablet. Android 4.2 introduces a completely new camera experience, a new form of typing that helps you power through your messages, and much more

Windows Tablets

Windows 8 works the way you do. It’s easy to do more than one thing at once on your tablet. Run multiple apps at the same time, and snap two apps side-by-side.
Put your favorite apps, sites, and people on the Start screen, get live updates at a glance, and get to anything with a tap or a click.

Apple Tablets

iOS is the foundation of the iphone, ipad and the ipod touch. It comes with a collection of apps that let you do everyday things, and even the no so everyday things, in ways that are intuitive, simple and fun. And it’s loaded with useful features you’ll wonder how you ever did without.

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Remember to choose wisely, it may be a difficult choice to make at first, but once you make it and take the plunge, you will never look back. Good luck.