Archive for October, 2010

The lights are on

Now the nights are drawing in and the clocks are about to go back, why not make your home a haven with our huge lighting range available now. You’ll find top designer names and 1000s of on-trend pieces in store, with shades to match, but also a wide selection of additional shades so you can have fun creating different looks.

We’ve got lamps made from all types of material including metal and chrome (for that sleek LA apartment look) wood, ceramic, glass, acrylic and crystal gems that add that sensational sparkle. And at 60% off the RRP, they’re guaranteed to lighten up your life (sorry, we couldn’t resist!)

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HomeSense Recipe of the Week

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Toad in the Hole

This winter warmer has been a family favourite for generations and is guaranteed to make you feel fulfilled and contented on a cold winter evening.

  • 8 pork sausages
  • 150g plain flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable or sunflower oil
  • Heat the oven to 200C and bake the sausages in a large oven proof dish for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the sausages from the pan and put to one side.
  • Increase the temperature of the oven to 210C, add the oil to the dish and return to the oven     for 10 minutes until the oil is really hot.
  • Meanwhile, place the flour in a mixing bowl, make a well in the centre and crack in the eggs        and salt.
  • Using a whisk, start beating the eggs taking the flour in from the edge little by little. The egg mixture will almost do this process for you by sticking to the egg mixture in the middle. As it becomes thicker, add a little milk and continue the process until all the flour is combined, there are no lumps and the mixture has the consistency of double cream.
  • Carefully remove the oven dish from the oven and pour in the batter
  • Arrange the sausages in the batter and return to the oven
  • Bake for 30 minutes being careful not to open the oven during the cooking or it will turn out like a pancake!
  • Serve with hot buttery mashed potato and lashings of gravy

Bon Appetite!
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Congratulations Kamila!

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of our £1,000 shopping spree is Kamila, who received the most likes for her elephant money box find.Kamila's Elephant Money Box from HomeSense

Kamila is really excited about spending her prize as she has just bought her first house with her partner Peter which needs to be furnished from top to bottom! She couldn’t believe her luck and is looking forward to choosing the items on her shopping list which include lamps, mirrors, rugs, furniture and kitchenware from her local HomseSense store – happy spending!

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Easy Beef Casserole Recipe

With the Great British weather turning colder by the day, home cooking is sure to make your home feel warm and welcoming so try out our easy beef casserole recipe…
  • Le Creuset Casserole Dish £19.991kg stewing steak, braising steak, or beef skirt cubed
  • 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons of seasoned plain flour
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 courgette chopped
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ pints of boiling water
    1. Coat the beef in the seasoned flour
    2. Heat the oil in a large pan and brown the meat in batches until golden brown
    3. Place in the casserole dish with the chopped vegetables and bay leaf
    4. Crumble over the stock cubes and pour in the boiling water
    5. Cook at 150C or Gas Mark 3 for 3 hours
    6. Thicken if necessary and serve with creamy mashed potatoes
    Why not treat yourself to a new casserole dish to give your culinary delights that extra finesse! The beautiful orange dish featured above is available for just £19.99 at HomeSense online.
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    Be a VIP

    p style=”text-align: center;”>Reading VIP Evening, Wednesday 6th October

    Come and spend an evening with us at the new HomeSense store in Reading where, for one night only, we’re giving you a chance to save a further 10% off amazing homeware, while sipping champagne and sampling some nibbles.

    WHERE: HomeSense, Forbury Retail Park, Reading, RG1 3JD

    WHEN: Wednesday 6th October 7pm – 9pm

    Feel free to bring your friends and family along too!

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