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Monday, 22 August 2011

Fantastic Tuna Melt and the Black Accents One Cup Hot Water Dispenser

As you know I am a Morphy Richards House Proud Innovator, which means that I am sent Morphy Richards products from time to time to test out and review. I was pretty excited this month because I was sent the Black Accents One Cup Hot Water Dispenser, and I have to say that it truly has become an indispensable piece of kit in our kitchen!

From their site:

Accents One Cup is a compact heat and dispense machine that can boil and dispense a cup of water in 30 seconds. A simple three-step process means it’s really easy to use too. Just fill a cup with cold water, pour it into the machine’s water chamber and, in around half a minute, your boiling water will be dispensed. Its compact size means it’s a great addition to the kitchen, for using around the home or perfect for student living. Available in Red and Black.

Now that's a pretty bold statement to make . . . boiling water in 30 seconds? Come on now! Know what??? It's true! The water is absolutely boiling in just 30 seconds! My Todd always has to put his hot drinks into the microwave after he boils the water in the kettle because he doesn't think they are hot enough, but this little baby gets the water plenty hot, and he's not had to use the microwave at all.

(Check out the action on this!!!)

We had a guest over the other night, who happened to not be a Mormon, and he said to me . . . "How come you have one of those little water boiler things when you don't drink tea or coffee???"

Well, I am here to tell you that you don't need to drink tea or coffee to find one of these lovely little machines handy and helpful to have around.

They are great for making one cup of Bisto.

They are great for making cups of instant soups. They are also great for making instant noodles, herbal teas, hot chocolates, or anything else that you might be required to add 1 cup of boiling water to . . . and the best thing of all is . . . YOU GOT IT IN 30 Seconds!!

They retail for £34.99 and come with a full 2 year Manufacturer's Guarantee.

I've a little secret to tell you as well . . . they also boil milk, which I was really narked with the Toddster about. The other night he sat down next to me where I was sitting on the sofa holding a nice hot cup of milk. He said he fancied a hot cup of milk before bed. I thought for a few seconds, and I asked him . . . hmmm . . . you didn't use the little hot water dispenser to heat that up did you??? He looked at me with this really dumb look on his face and said, "Of course!"

Well, I'm ashamed to say I hit the roof!! Boy was I super annoyed with him . . . poor man! Anyways, I did flush it right through with a couple of cups of water, until the water ran clear . . . and I am happy to say that it is working alright, despite his misuse of it, and this is a happy camp once again.

All in all, I have to say I am well pleased with this machine and in all honesty it gets used multiple times each day. I would not be without one now.

I know . . . I am one spoiled rotten lazy sod, aren't I? But . . . boiling water in 30 seconds just can't be beat!

Many thanks to Chris from Finn Communications and the people at Morphy Richards for sending me this little Gem to try out! You can order one here if you are interested, and I highly recommend!

We were famished when we got home from church today, and so I made us a couple of Tuna Melts and then some hot cup of soup using our little hot water dispenser. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeasy!

And Mighty Tasty too!

*Fantastic Tuna Melt*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

The Tuna Melt is one of my favourite things to make for lunch. I’ve tried many versions through the years and have come up with this one, which I think is the absolute best!

2 cans white tuna packed in brine, drained (I try to use albacore if I can find it)
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 - 2 TBS fresh lemon juice
3 or 4 gherkins, chopped
1 large rib celery, finely chopped
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 TBS chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup sliced black olives
2 small sweet picked hot cherry peppers, chopped
Seasoning salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Softened butter
4 large slices good whole wheat grainy bread
( I like Vogel’s Honey and Oat Bran with Barley, a good bread you can sink your teeth into)
4 slices gouda cheese
4 slices cheddar cheese

In a bowl mix together the drained tuna, mayonnaise, gherkins, lemon juice, celery, spring onion, olives, peppers and parsley. Mix well. Add the seasoned salt and black pepper to taste.

Spread the outsides of the slices of bread with the softened butter.

Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat until hot. Place 2 slices of bread butter side down in the skillet. Spread ¼ of the tuna mixture onto each slice, getting it as close to the edges as possible. Top with 1 slice each of the gouda and cheddar cheeses and another slice of bread, butter side up. Toast and brown on the bottom, about 4 to 5 minutes, before carefully flipping over and toasting on the other side, until nicely browned on that side as well and the cheese melts. Keep warm in a warm oven until you have finished making four sandwiches.

Serve hot, and sliced in half, with some potato chips for a delicious lunch!

PS - Todd says that if anyone wants us to test out a new Mercedes Benz, he's more than up for it!

There's a tasty Banoffee Pie over in the Cottage for you today!


  1. I just knew that was coming somehow I just knew,, tell todd I'm a mind reader,, good for him!!!

  2. I have their 'Meno one cup' and it's brill!

  3. That little gadget sounds ideal for my mum, the kettle filling business is all getting a bit too heavy and a faff for her now :-)

  4. Men! Can't live with them and can't live without them, I think!!
    Your tuna melt looks very tasty too......I love them, was addicted after living on the States many years ago.

  5. That one-cup water cooker is fantastic! I've not seen anything quite like that one, and we certainly don't have anything with a small capacity like that here. What a nice gadget! LOVE your tuna melt... mmm... Been a while since I made those. This week. ;o) Happy Week, dear friend--LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  6. Ahh..not a little Fiat Convertible?


    You cracked me up w/ Hit The Roof..poor him:) He must have been surprised..they don't get these little things sometimes..:)

    I bet you didn't hit the roof..but I can see his expression..

    Nothing a piece of pie won't fix..

    How fun you trying all these neat gadgets!

  7. Tuna melts have always been a favourite around here.


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