14/07/2014

The End Of My Search For Plastic Free Kettle

I was looking for a sturdy plastic free kettle for a while since it became a real need with the baby. BPA free or not I'm trying to avoid all plastic especially in utensils which are heated but it's not an easy task. Finally I decided to go for the Cuisiniart CPK17U stainless steel, multi temperature kettle which includes 3 year guarantee.

It's sturdy and very stylish, I love how it lookst on my kitchen counter but it's not completely plastic free, which is a real shame. The mesh filter and the part which is holding the filter are  plastic. Those parts are BPA free and not in touch with water during the boiling process, but again this would be the perfect kettle without them. I'm thinking to remove those parts but it looks a bit tricky and I'm scared that I might damage it.

This is a really nice item especially if you're tea lover looking for a kettle to make speciality teas! It's great that it shows the temperature of the water inside it.

These are the features:
  • 1.7-liter capacity
  • 6 preset temperatures
  • One-touch controls with blue LED indicators
  • 30-minute Keep Warm option
  • Memory feature allows kettle to be lifted off base for 2 minutes without shutting off or losing its place in the brewing process
  • 1500 watts for fast heat-up
  • Blue backlit water window
  • 360° swivel cordless connector
  • Stay-cool nonslip handle
  • Concealed heating element to prevent mineral buildup
  • Removable/cleanable scale filter
  • Auto shutoff and boil dry protection
  • Limited 3-year warranty
  • BPA Free
  • Weight 1.830 kg









Another plastic free kettles or with a bit of plastic which is not in contact with water that I liked are these but unfortunately I  didn't managed to find the retailers for two of them in the UK:



1. Breville One Touch Tea Maker
2.  Ottoni Fabrica Alice Kettle


01/07/2014

Eastpak Backpack: 14 Years Together


Yes, it's been 14 years since I bought my blue Eastpak backpack as a high school student in Istanbul. Since then it was with me on countless trips and occasions. High school, university, holidays, marriage,  moving to London and now with my son I didn't need to look for another option for baby changing bag, my old Eastpak is perfect for that purpose as well.

Since my son is born I'm not taking another handbag with me, everything is in my backpack; my purse, makeup, keys, books and all baby stuff...  It's a classic and practical item that goes with all my casual and sporty outfits. My husband got one for himself 4 years ago and I'm now using it  sometimes because his grey one is perfect match with our black melange Stokke Scoot.

I'm washing mine in washing machine and I have to say that I've been using it quite harshly, carried very heavy stuff inside (mainly books!) but it's still in very good condition. It's been with me for very long part of my life and I'm planning to use it for a long time to come.






26/06/2014

Egg And Potato Scramble



This time I'm sharing a simple and delicious  recipe from my mother-in-law. This is one of our favourites for long weekend brunches but also a saver as a quick lunch. It requires no special ingredients; it's all in your cupboard and it's open to add any other ingredients (onion, green onion, cheese...) you prefer.

Ingredients:

- 5 small potatoes - peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 eggs
- dash of milk
- 1 teaspoon dried mint
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- salt & pepper
- freshly chopped parsley

Preparation:

- In non stick pan cook potatoes on olive oil until soft.  Cover the pan to speed up the process but don't forget to mix them time to time.
- In a bowl mix eggs with dash of milk.
- Pour eggs over potatoes and cook until eggs are set.
- Season with salt, pepper, mint and chili flakes.
- Serve with chopped parsley and tomatoes (optional).

Enjoy!