How to Make Homemade Slushies

We’ve been non-stop craving slushies since the weather has warmed up! It’s the iconic drink of childhood summers spent at the seaside or bank holidays at the cinema. Well, guess what? It’s now easier than ever for you to make slushies from the comfort of your own home. From snowcones to slushies and mocktails, our homemade slushy recipes are sure to be a hit at children’s parties and your next family gathering.

How to make slushies like a pro

You can’t go wrong when making homemade slushies and with our fantastic range of Neo Direct slushy machines. Simply pop all the ingredients in your slushy machine to blend it all up together and watch the magic happen. In no time, you’ll be crushing up your ice and creating your own slushy recipes like a pro! We have plenty of models available so you can add syrups and flavours as well as grind and crush ice with ease. Hey, some will even save you a job by stirring your recipe for you! Each has a retro design to add a dash of vintage cool nostalgia to your slushy making experience.

Our favourite slushy recipes

Our slushy makers and blenders also have a little recipe book to get you started, however, we can’t wait to share more of our fave slushies with you right here. So check out our top homemade slushies to suit any occasion! 

The Simple Summer Slushy

Slushy machine on a metal silver surface with straws, sweets and a cup filled with blue slushy liquid

You need:

  • Any flavoured squash of your choice
  • Lemonade 
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 2oz cold water
  • 1 tbsp of rock salt

This slushy is a quick classic from back in the day! It’ll bring back childhood memories of running around the garden with ice pops and water pistols immediately. It’s also the simplest recipe in our guide as this slushy is made up of many kitchen cupboard staples. Before you ask, we know what you’re thinking: why salt? Well, the salt will create that desired thick slushy effect that means each icy treat won’t melt too fast in the heat – so there will be no tears over melted snow cones from the little ones!

The Cocktails O’Clock Slushy

Two cocktails in glasses with cucumbers and a cocktail slushy maker in a kitchen

You need:

  • 250g frozen raspberries or strawberries
  • Prosecco (we’ll let you choose how much!) 
  • Tonic or soda water 
  • A dash of mint
  • Plenty of ice

Without a doubt, this slushy recipe is for the adults who want a boozy brunch or a bit of extra drink in their dessert after dinner! Combining any type of fruit with alcohol in a slushy goes down a treat, so feel free to experiment with different combinations! For our Cocktails O’Clock Slushy, the ingredients are fruity, sweet and with an extra dry kick, thanks to the prosecco bubbles added. It’s a new twist on the classic combination of strawberries and prosecco!

The Ice Cream Soda Slushy

Coca cola in a glass with ice and a straw on a black table

You need:

  • Fizzy cola of your choice
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Ice cubes 
  • A tall glass
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Cola bottle sweets, sprinkles and a cherry

Inspired by the classic American coke float desserts, this slushy is a doddle to make and is sure to impress everyone when it’s time for dessert. Put your cola and ice cubes in the slushy maker as usual and grind up the ice to create your base mixture. Scoop up your vanilla ice cream and pop it in the bottom of the tall glass, then pour your homemade cola slushy mix over it. Top it off with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, cola bottle sweets, sprinkles and a cherry for that classic retro look.

The Iced Coffee Slushy

A creamy ice coffee slushy in a glass with caramel syrup

You need:

  • 3 cups of chilled instant coffee 
  • An ice cube tray
  • 1 tbsp of Maple syrup
  • ¼ cup of milk or non-dairy alternative 
  • Feel free to add whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles and all the goodies you love
  • Chocolate and caramel drizzle

Calling all of my fellow caffeine addicts: we have a homemade slushy with your name on it! This recipe requires a little extra prep the night before but it’s well worth the wait. Stick the kettle on and make a cup of Joe with an instant coffee brand of your choice. When it’s all mixed together and cooled, pour the concoction into an ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer overnight. Your coffee ice cubes are perfect for preserving the rich coffee flavour even as your slushy starts to melt. What should you do with the other 2 cups of coffee? Leave them in the fridge overnight to chill and brew. When you’re ready, pop all your ingredients in the slushy maker, as usual, blend it up and then start adding your favourite toppings like whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate sauce… it is mouth-watering just thinking about them all!

There are so many more combos we could share with you on how to make the perfect slushy at home. Not only are they easy peasy to make but there’s always room to improvise with your own delicious recipes and toppings. We want you to start summer off with a sweet treat so why not check out our fantastic Neo Direct slushy makers, ice cube makers and more kitchen appliances online. 

6 Different Ways To Cook Eggs

Eggs with faces

Eggs are one of the most versatile dishes out there. Poached, baked, scrambled, fried, over-easy, sunny-side-up, there are so many ways to cook and eat eggs that it’s sometimes hard to choose exactly how to have them! Whether cooking up a storm at breakfast or choosing something extra to have with your evening meal, we’re bringing you a definitive guide to the different types of eggs and how to cook them!

How do you like your eggs?

If you’ve ever found yourself in a restaurant at breakfast time, then you’ve more than likely been asked, “how do you like your eggs?” If you don’t have the correct egg lingo at your fingertips, then there’s always the worry that you’ll end up with the wrong eggs! So, here’s our handy guide to 6 different types of eggs, so the next time you’re asked, “How do you like your eggs?” sunny-side-up won’t seem so daunting!

What are the different types of eggs?

Boiled (Hard & Soft) Eggs

Boiled eggs

Cooked in the shell in a pan of boiling water, hard-boiled eggs are completely cooked through, usually in about 10-12 minutes, and are delicious when sliced and served with toast, in a sandwich or added to a salad. Soft boiled eggs are cooked in exactly the same way, with the cooking time halved, so the yolk stays runny. Remember to be generous with the water, otherwise your pan might dry out, or treat yourself to an egg boiler for perfect eggs every time! Toast yourself some soldiers for the perfect dippy-egg dish!

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs

Delicious on toast or as an accompaniment to a full-English breakfast, scrambled eggs are made when the yolk and egg whites are broken and whisked together and hard-scrambled for a drier texture or soft-scrambled for a runnier consistency. Put a pan on medium heat and grease with butter or a little oil. Add the eggs and a splash of milk to the pan and constantly fold the mix throughout the cooking time. Your scrambled eggs should start to take shape after 2-3 minutes. For soft-scrambled, remove them when they look wet but not too runny, and for hard-scrambled, continue cooking. Season and serve with toast!

Another easy way to make scrambled eggs is to use your microwave. Crack two eggs per person into a microwaveable bowl, add a good splash of milk and whisk the mixture together. Pop the bowl in the microwave on full power for two minutes. Remove and stir! If the mix is still runny, keep cooking in 30-second increments until it looks delicious! Easy eggs every time!

Fried Eggs

Fried eggs

Here’s where we start to introduce some egg lingo. There are many different types of eggs to ask for when dealing with fried; they’re like the steak of the egg world! Fried eggs are usually cooked in a frying pan, on medium heat, with a little oil. Crack the egg directly into the pan and cook. Now, time for some egg terminology:

Sunny-side-up describes an egg yolk that’s as bright as the morning sun! These are fried in the pan on one side until the edges of the whites begin to brown. The yolk remains intact and should be runny when pierced.

Over-easy is a sunny-side-up egg that’s been flipped to cook it on both sides. This creates a thin film over the yolk, but it should still have a runny centre. Be careful not to break the yolk when you flip the egg!

Over-medium is cooked in the same way as over-easy eggs, but for longer on each side, so the yolk is much firmer.

Over-hard eggs are fried, flipped and fried again! Cooked through so both the egg-white and yolk ends up hard, they’re the perfect addition to any breakfast sandwich.

Poached Eggs

Poached eggs

With a rise in the popularity of avocado on toast, the poached egg is the comeback king of the egg world and is the perfect choice for brunch. Cooked in a pan of water or in an egg boiler, poached eggs are like soft-boiled eggs cooked without the shell and are a great example of how you can cook eggs without oil. Bring water to the boil before turning it down to a simmer, add a splash of white vinegar to the water, and swirl the water to make a whirlpool. Crack in your eggs and cook for a couple of minutes until the whites begin to firm-up. Remove with a slotted spoon and serve. Poached eggs are super-versatile and delicious served over avocado or as an addition to fish and meat dishes. Season with black pepper for extra-flavouring. 

Baked Eggs

Baked eggs

Baked eggs are absolutely delicious! Cooked in the oven, usually with other ingredients, they’re super-easy to make and even better to taste! Crank your oven up to full temperature, grease some ovenproof ramekins and add your chosen filling (think mushrooms, spinach, meat or whatever takes your fancy!). Crack your eggs on top, season with salt and pepper and bake for roughly 8-10 minutes, or until the white is set but the yolk is still runny. It’s an eggs-cellent quick and easy meal!

Omelettes & Frittatas 

Omelettes

In principle, an omelette and a frittata are the same things. An omelette is folded over like a calzone with all of its delicious ingredients inside, whereas a frittata is served open like an egg pizza! Whisk your eggs in a bowl whilst heating a pan on medium heat. Melt in a little butter, swirl the pan until it’s disappeared, then add the whisked eggs to the pan and tilt it so the runny egg covers the pan’s surface. Cook until the egg has set, then remove the omlette from the pan, add your ingredients to it and fold over. Alternatively, you could fry some ingredients first, then add the egg and cook them all together, folding at the end. For a frittata, fry the ingredients, add the whisked egg to the pan and then place it under a grill for 5 minutes until cooked. There are all kinds of easy frittata and omelette recipes on the BBC Good Food Guide to fill your pan full of delicious inspiration!

How many different ways are there to cook an egg?

There are over 100 ways to cook an egg and they’re a great and inexpensive source of protein, so however you like your eggs, you can be safe in the knowledge that every time you eat one you’re filling your body full of goodness, whether your poach, boil or fry!

How to relax working from home

working from home woman

While you lose the hectic commutes and nerve building presentations, working from home does not mean we are exempt from feeling stressed. Working from home brings new stresses like communication breakdowns, unwanted interruptions, and internet problems. Working remotely in the comfort of our own home is not quite as relaxing as we imagine it to be.

Whether your workplace has inforced mandatory remote work, you’re familiar with flexible working or you’re a WFH newbie, you’ll find this guide useful, from reducing stress to creating the right working environment, here at Neo Direct, we’re on hand to provide you with everything you need to know.

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The Great British Cup Of Tea

cup of tea

It comes as no surprise that the British drink more than 60 billion cups of tea a year, but what is it about this classic drink that people love so much? While some like it with milk, one sugar – two,  fruity or just simply plain, it’s the drink that brings people together.  Tea has become symbolic in our culture and is almost ingrained into the British way of life, from “shall I put the kettle on?” to scrumptious afternoon teas out,  the cup of tea provides us all with a sense of comfort and enjoyment.

Here at Neo Direct, we believe a good cup of tea can make all the difference to your day.  We’re all very busy people so taking time out to relax and unwind is essential,  whether you’re feeling too much pressure at work, or you’re catching up with friends, a cup of tea goes down a treat. Tea is renowned for boosting your mood and has even been known to reduce tension. But where did this magical drink originate? Is there caffeine in tea? And what is the best way to enjoy these fruity alternatives? Don’t worry we’re on hand to spill the tea.   

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