Archive for the ‘Humour’ Category

Top-notch alternatives to a $6000 toaster

May 13th, 2016 by

Looking for a $6000 toaster? They’re all the rage at the moment, ever since Duncan Storrar’s appearance on the ABC’s Q&A and federal cabinet minister Kerry O’Dwyer’s anecdote about business investments for café owners. Following a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign, Mr Storrar just might be in the market for a nice toaster… and if he is, Appliances Online is here to help. We're also here to help in ... Read more

Our favourite technologies from CES 2016

January 20th, 2016 by

Another Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone, with another crop of new and improved gadgets and appliances being shown off underneath the Las Vegas lights. Here’s a quick summary of our favourite home products appearaing at CES this year, including innovative new features for products we've seen before, as well as some truly unique original concepts. Samsung’s Smart Fridge Do you have a smartphone or tablet? Have you ... Read more

The Appliance Delivery Before Christmas – An Appliances Online Poem

December 22nd, 2015 by

The Night Appliance Delivery Before Christmas (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore and Henry Livingston) (source: Kevin Kahle on Wikipedia) 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. My rugged old fridge was filled up with care, So tomorrow our guests would eat the food there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of iPad apps danced in their ... Read more

Tony Abbott buys a fridge online for Christmas – and so can you!

December 8th, 2015 by

To get ready for the festive season, many Australian households invest in a spare fridge to go in the garage, spare room, even the laundry. This extra storage space can be really handy if you’re hosting Christmas lunch, letting you chill plenty of food and drink for your family and guests. No-one knows this better than former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott: My husband with Tony Abbott ... Read more

How to make pancakes from scratch like a badass pro

November 10th, 2015 by

Roaming the aisles of my local supermarket the other day, hunting and gathering my household’s weekly food supply, I was struck by a sudden craving. A craving for something sweet, or maybe something savoury. A craving for a breakfast treat that goes beyond mere toast and coffee. A craving… for pancakes. What inspired this craving? Why, a fully-loaded shelf of pre-packaged pancake mix, available in all manner of flavours. These ... Read more

Food Fight – are pavlovas, lamingtons and flat whites Aussie or Kiwi?

October 28th, 2015 by

With Australia and New Zealand set to face off with one another in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final, the old rivalries between our two nations have flared up once again. But nothing inspires more trans-Tasman rivalry than arguing over which nation is responsible for creating some of the iconic recipes that are unique to this part of the world. To be fair, Australia does have a long ... Read more

Halloween costume ideas , spooky recipes and other ghostly things

October 23rd, 2015 by

It’s that time of the year again, where little goblins roam the streets in search of sweets and tricks or treats, or how about them ghostly ghouls that bob for apples in those pools, but perhaps a little princess may want to show, instead of the things from the rocky horror show. Ahh yes, Halloween, my favourite time of the year! And as the Appliances Online head ... Read more

Potato recipe ideas for after you see The Martian

October 7th, 2015 by

Have you seen The Martian yet? I haven’t, but by all accounts, the new movie directed by Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon, and based on a novel by Andy Weir, is pretty good. If you haven’t been following the buzz, the basic premise is simple – Matt Damon plays an astronaut who is accidentally left behind on Mars and needs to cobble together the necessities to survive ... Read more

The Egg Un-Boiler – the next must-have kitchen appliance?

September 22nd, 2015 by

All too many of us have a small collection of single-use small appliances cluttering up our kitchen cupboard - everything from ice cream makers to bread makers, rice cookers and juicers. These appliances tend to be very useful for just a few very specific household tasks, but unless they're being used every day, it's all too easy to let them slide into disuse. One new appliance that ... Read more

New from IFA – washing machine doors?

September 8th, 2015 by

Around this time each year, news filters out from Europe’s IFA trade show of the latest innovations in the wonderful world of consumer electronics and home appliances. This year, some of the features that have impressed us most don’t involve complex gadgetry or Smart interconnectivity, but something much more low-tech: Doors. Specifically, doors on washing machines. No, really hear us out: More doors = more washing If you have a ton of ... Read more

Recipe ideas with (almost) no washing up

July 22nd, 2015 by

Washing up isn’t fun to do.  This is a fact.  Regardless of whether you find it easier to wash up by hand in the kitchen sink, or load up a dishwasher to do the work for you, it’s not the part of the day that many people look forward to. Here are a few ideas for recipes that let you get out of doing the washing up* ... Read more

Quick fixes for cold snaps

July 13th, 2015 by

We Australians love to poke a bit of fun at our friends in the northern hemisphere for being unable to handle hot weather (“Temperatures may reach 30 degrees C in Britain? The poor dears…”*). That said, we ‘strayans can also be massive sooks when things get a bit chilly (“Snow? What is this I can’t even.”). source: Fir0002 on Wikimedia Commons While prevention is always the best cure (possibly ... Read more

Haier’s R2-D2 fridge is the droid we’re looking for…

June 9th, 2015 by

Over the weekend, the Appliances Online team learned of something pretty amazing that recently arrived at a technology show in Japan. Appliance manufacturer Haier, known in Australia for their simple and affordable fridges, freezers, washers and dryers, revealed something a bit out of the ordinary on 2 June – a life-sized remote-controlled replica of R2-D2™, the legendary (if largely unintelligible) Star Wars™ character, complete with movable head, ... Read more

Even more shades of grey

February 18th, 2015 by

Fifty Shades of Grey has made the leap from page to screen, in all of its controversial glory. Is it cinema's next great modern romance, or the problematic tale of an unhealthy relationship? We’ll let you decide. After all, this isn’t a movie blog.  It is, however, an appliance blog. So if your choice of film has left you wanting more, more, MORE, here are a few more ... Read more

Scientists discover new onion enzyme – will this stop tears in the kitchen?

September 16th, 2013 by

The scientific world is abuzz with a startling new discovery – the biochemical reaction that makes your eyes water when chopping onions may be far more complex than we initially thought! Steady yourselves people, and return from the edge of your seat.  It turns out the enzyme that irritates the eyes is actually SEPARATE from the enzymes that give onions their flavour. This earthshaking discovery was recently recognised ... Read more