My wife recently got the KithenAid Artisan 5KSM125 mixer. She’s been doing a lot more baking ever since the Covid outbreak, she’s done a few bread doughs and that is a killer for kneading. It arrived today so I got the opportunity to do an unboxing video and give my first impressions.
Here’s some photos I took to let you see what you get.
HEAVY! The box weighed 10.8Kg, that’s gross weight packaging an all. The mixer still accounts for most of this. I’ll try and get it on the scale and update you with the weight soon. I guess that’s what you are paying for, quality. I heard some mixers are made of light flimsy materials, that they start wobbling toward the edge of the kitchen counter when it’s spinning around!
The tilt seems easy to operate, slide the switch to release the lock that will allow you to tilt. It pretty much tilts itself after a certain angle due to the motor’s weight at the end. The electrical cable is about a metre long, a big stainless steel bowl. The accessories include a whisk, flat beater and dough hook, all of which are metal.
Watch me unboxing the KithenAid Artisan 5KSM125 Mixer Tilt-Head 4.8L
We didn’t get into the whole air fryer hype when it all began all those years ago. It wasn’t until very recently we decided to get one, when one of our friends started to send photos of their food cooked by their air fryer. We ended up getting the Gourmia GAF685 air fryer in which I review here.
What’s the size?
We knew right at the start, something we definitely wanted to do with the air fryer – roast a whole chicken. So size mattered for us, it needed to be big enough to take a medium whole chicken comfortable. It was quite difficult to find size information as they reported in all sorts of way – litres, fluid ounces etc.
So I’m going to try and help clarify for all of you. It’s advertised capacity is 6 US liquid quart or 5.7L. So what does that mean really? In terms of dimensions of the food try it’s – 13.75D x 11W x 12.75D.
Here’s a couple of photos to indicate the basket size.
What do you get?
The Gourmia GAF685 is a sizable unit, you also get a few accessories which is fantastic. You get a crisper tray, basically a tray with holes that sits almost the bottom of the basket. The food sits on top of the tray so it creates an airflow below and also prevents your food sitting in any oil or juices. You also get a multipurpose rack and 4 metal skewers
What’s it like?
The unit is stainless steel on the outside and on the top. There is a touch capacitive control area in glossy black. Personally I think it looks stunning, nice curves for a large unit in the kitchen.
What’s it like to use?
The food basket you just pull out and push into the main unit with the handle, there is no unlocking needed. If you’re in the middle of cooking, the device pauses the cooing process when you pull the basket out, and it resumes when you push it back in.
The control panel is pretty intuitive to use, a few presses and it starts the cooking process. When the air fryer has no power to it, the control panel is all black. As soon as there is power to the unit, you see a red sensitive button to press for turning the actual air fryer on. Once you press the on button, the options light up choosing cooking options, preheat and temperature/timer settings.
I’ve not heard what other air fryers sound like so I couldn’t comment on if this is louder than most or not. When the air fryer is on, I thought it was quite noisy, certainly nosier than the hobs extraction fan anyway.
The good thing about this air fryer is it’s very easy to clean, on the outside the stainless steel make’s it a doddle to wipe. The basket has a good non-stick coating, nothing that a quick soak in water can’t get out. Sometimes you get some flour in the bay where the basket sits and again, very easy to wipe clean.
What’s the verdict?
It’s easy to use, easy to clean and not a glitch experienced over the 6 months I’ve had this. The only thing I could wish for is for it too be a little quieter when it is cooking. I’d definitely recommend this air fryer, the shape of the food basket is perfect to get all sorts of food in it.
Does your kid have a round head or looking for a helmet to fit an Asian head?
You won’t believe how many helmets I’ve tried on for our little 3 year old Jacob. He doesn’t fit any of this big brother’s hand-me-down helmets, nor any of the ones in Halfords. He does fit my adult helmet but obviously that isn’t suitable nor safe.
You might have heard of the the term Asian or Chinese head, and yes, we are Asian. Nearly all the helmets on sale are designed to fit the Western head shape – oval, longer at the front and back. His big brother doesn’t seem to have this trait lol. Jacob’s head is not I would call big for his age in fact, it’s pretty standard size – 49cm in circumference. The oval helmet shapes don’t even go on his head, it’s far too narrow.
I found a helmet that fits a round head
The brand is called Hornit, and the one that fit’s Jacob is called the Wayfarer helmet.
This is what it looks like and I must admit, I want one too! It’s so cool.
The measurements, we had purchased the small size from the Hornit site directly. It measures roughly:
15cm diameter ear to ear
minimum of 13cm diameter with a maximum of 17cm, front to back which is adjustable using the dial
Just to give you an idea of a round versus oval fit helmet, I’ve got a photo of them side by side. I had bought a Giro Scamp helmet to try after reading some reviews. Sadly those reviews were not accurate as the helmet shape was oval which did not fit Jacob.
Left is the Hornit Wayfarer and the right is the Giro Scamp. You can immediately see the shape difference. So I hope this review will help people find at least one helmet for their kids who have an round head shape.
The Wenger 601072 Link 16″ backpack is a great business style bag. It’s designed for traveling in mind, having one of those pass through sleeve on the back of the bag, for sliding over the tow handle of your towed luggage.
The material is a nice thick polyester that looks really durable, and it looks like it could withstand a good amount of rain. The bag also has some really nice leather touches on the shoulder straps and the grab handle of the bag.
Compartment wise, there are 4 main compartments. Firstly, a padded laptop compartment which within it, there is a pocket to hold a tablet such as an ipad. I should mention that backing of the tablet pocket has a nice velvety feel to it (for scratch protection I assume). Second compartment – the main storage one. It has a padded base that you can fold up or down depending if you want to keep shape of the width of not. It’s a really good size, can definitely get a pair of jeans and a couple of tops in there easily. On the top of this compartment, there is a small zipped netted pocket which you can use for electronic device cables. The front zipped compartment – this has a smartphone sized pocket, again backed in a velvet material, several card type pockets and a pen pocket. There is also zipped compartment here for you to store you’re important things like your passport. Lastly, there is a zipped pocket on the top of the bag. I thought this was solely for a pair of sunglasses but it’s actually quite deep. It would probably take 3 pairs of sunglasses in there. For me it’s s quite handy for storing items you need quick access to.
Overall, I’m really impressed with the build quality, it looks amazing. It certainly looks like it was built to last, my previous backpack – Samsonite Guard 2.0 only lasted 5 months and it started to tear at the seams – definitely not going to buy a Samsonite backpack again.
Here is a link out the Amazon product where I purchased the bag.
I was due a new bin since my current one has become a faded red, almost pink on he outside. I eventually decided on the Brabantia 30L pedal bin in fingerproof matt silver. The bin even features a soft closing lid which really sold it to me. Here are some photos of the bin and a link to a video showing it off at the end of this post.
Here is a link to the product on Amazon UK.
Here is my video of me showing the soft closing lid in action.
For those that are looking to see the colour of the Ronseal’s Ultimate Protection decking oil applied to new decking, here are a few of photos.
The colour samples on real decking in B&Q.
Natural Cedar being tested on my new decking. As you can see, it’s quite warm and dark although it does dry lighter.
Having tried the Natural Cedar, I thought it was too dark for my liking. I then started to paint using Natural only, here is the photo showing the difference.
Essentially the darker bits of the deck have been oiled with the natural coloured oil and the lighter bits have not been treated with oil at all. You can also see the testing of the Natural Cedar I done. I’ll have to leave that to fade as you cannot get rid if it with a lighter colour.
Three weeks after and I wanted to to show you how the protection is standing out, it is still looking great!
Quick post about my new coffee machine we bought, the Nespresso Lattissima Plus. We already own an espresso machine but it’s not ideal to use in the morning before you go to work, there is just too much cleaning involved. Hence why we bought a pod type one. It’s quick to make the coffee – makes one within 2 minutes from pressing the on button. This model EN521.R has four coffee modes – espresso, lungo (basically a long coffee) , latte and cappuccino. The milk unit can be removed and stowed in the fridge, so your milk is not wasted. It’s recommended that you run the 10 second clean cycle before you stow the milk unit into the fridge.
I’ve taken a measurement here if you want to buy your own latte glasses, 14.3 cm max height without having to tilt the glass. It does not fit the traditional ones we had, we ended up having to buy some shorter ones. You can customise the amount of milk the latte and cappuccino options dispenses, the default latte setting will fill a 250ml glass to the brim.