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Schools out for Summer!

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Ideal World’s resident chef, Joe Remblance, talks Summer holidays and Summer cooking!

So it’s here, finally after months of looking out the window at gloomy weather the kids have broken up from school and Summer has arrived properly. Ironically, as I look out of the window here at Ideal World HQ the weather is still decidedly gloomy. With the children at home and the garden out of action in this weather, I doubt you’re alone in feeling you’re on a nonstop freight train hurtling towards tantrums and tears. Desperate times call for desperate measures, by desperate measures of course I’m thinking bribery – as a kid, food was always the most powerful bargaining tool in the arsenal. So crack out the mixing bowls and get the kids involved in knocking up some fun snacks this Summer, who knows you might even get enough peace and quiet for a quick snooze!

Freak Shakes

I mean, realistically these aren’t going to help you in that cause for an afternoon nap for obvious reasons, however these are so much fun to make with fairly few simple ingredients and a few decorations. Crack out the blender and get going on some stupidly sweet drinkable concoctions.




The good old classic, I challenge you to get more icing on your sponges than ends up in your mouth, hilariously messy so definitely crack out a few old newspapers for this one. My favourite has to be a chocolate sponge, then add some blitzed Oreos to your vanilla frosting and finish with a mini Oreo, they look awesome but taste even better.




Waffle batter is incredibly easy to make and you can really play around with variations, I like to add a little extra melted butter to my batter to make it incredibly rich or maybe have a go at a chocolate mixture. Ice cream and caramel sauce have to be the ultimate topping surely, squirty cream and chocolate sprinkles perhaps if I had to have a second favourite.




Mmmmmmm doughnuts! Although a little trickier to make if you’re using conventional methods these are well worth the effort. If you’re frying them then surely the classic combo of a jam filling and granulated sugar dusting has to a be a winner, maybe Nutella filled and cocoa dusted if you’re feeling fancy. Go for a ring doughnut which are much more fun to decorate for the kids (me).


If you use any of these ideas, I can’t be held responsible for the mess I’m afraid – but if you’re looking for something to make creating some of these ideas a little easier then you need to grab yourself a Tefal Snack Collection. It makes creating a whole host of different snacks super easy, you’ll get recipes included and also its interchangeable plates are dishwasher safe….so just the sprinkles to fish out of the dining room carpet for the rest of the holidays

Make sure you keep tuned into Ideal World for a host of exciting kitchen gadgets to make cooking simple and easy this Summer.

Enjoy the Summer holidays!


Chef Joe’s exciting new Kenwood kMix launch

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Kenwood Kmix






It’s all go at Ideal World, the team and I are all busy working on new products and exciting deals to bring you over the coming months.

This weekend sees the most exciting launch of the year so far for us, as we unveil the all new Kenwood kMix. The previous kMix machine was voted the UK’s favourite stand mixer by Which? in 2016. The Kenwood brand have proudly designed and manufactured cutting edge, stylish and efficient kitchen appliances since 1947. As the experts in food preparation, their focus is to ensure every Kenwood product enhances your enjoyment of cooking with the greatest of ease. Knowing the great lengths at which Kenwood strive to continually improve their incredible range, I for one am really excited!

Almost as exciting as this unveiling is the fact that I am being joined by a very special guest for the lives shows…..none other than Mich Turner MBE! Mich has made over 10,000 cakes and can count Her Majesty the Queen, Madonna, the Beckhams and Simon Cowell amongst her many celebrity clients. Having trained as a food scientist, Mich has gone on to write five international best-selling books and we are excited to have her showcasing recipes from her brand new publication “Have your cake and eat it”

Before then however, I am off to Sweden…the land of Ikea and the smorgasbord for a bit of r and r before all the excitement. I hope you all have a wonderful week whatever you’re up to and don’t forget to join myself and Mich Turner MBE on Saturday 18th March at 9pm.

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The Big Squeeze!

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The Big Squeeze!

When I refer to the big squeeze it’s not some convoluted juicing reference, merely my experience of trying to fit into any item of clothing since the festivities. If like me, since around mid-November you’ve been declaring “oh, it’s fine, it’s almost Christmas” then I’m sure this week as you stare longingly into your kale salad you’re starting to question the meaning of life. If this is the case you’re probably also wondering if you could just carry on with the good life and pretend not to care. Continue reading

Introducing Chef Joe’s Blog

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Introducing Chef Joe's Blog

Hello and welcome to my blog….I know right…me…writing a blog. I’m as shocked as you are, believe me.

“How on earth has this come to happen?” I hear you say, well, let me enlighten you.

A long, long time ago (almost 6 years now) a fresh-faced young whipper snapper of a chef popped up on your telly box at Ideal World. I would be telling fibs if I said it was all plain sailing in the early days…. Continue reading