Toast of the kitchen: From one that cooks your eggs to another that plays music, we give the latest posh toasters a grilling
A toaster”s primary function is, rather obviously, to toast your bread.
However, there is now the novelty idea of listening to some music from your toaster while you wait. Or perhaps you would rather cook some eggs than toast some bread.
Here, the Daily Mail tests out a selection of possible Christmas presents…
Please Santa, send us some butter this year
If you thought your Christmas to-do list was overwhelming, count your blessings you don’t live in Norway.
Norwegian tradition dictates that households bake seven types of cakes or biscuits at Christmas, often including ‘fattigman’, or rich butter cookies, and ‘pepperkaker’, similar to gingerbread.
This year, the task is proving even more challenging due to a chronic shortage of butter. Norwegian supermarkets have sold out and are blaming the country’s recent ‘fat-rich, low-carb’ diet craze. A poor year for milk output has deepened the crisis.
Prices have quadrupled and the blackmarket is booming.
A man selling half a kilo was offered 3,000 kroner (about 325).
A Russian was caught trying to smuggle 90kg over the border this month. And Norwegian students in Britain are reportedly taking slabs home in their luggage.
Why a woolly jumper is the look to die for
It”s a fashion trend that appears to have been sparked by hit TV series The Killing and has spawned countless High Street imitations.
In the television show, Inspector Sarah Lund wears a Christmas jersey — typically, a thick, woolly Fair Isle-style jumper featuring a pattern or some kind of animal.
Celebrities, including X Factor presenter Kelly Rowland, teen pop star Justin Bieber and This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby, have all recently appeared in them.
Now, the BBC appears to have caught on to the trend, too, in their Christmas advert (pictured) — which features the likes of Doctor Who star Matt Smith, actor David Jason and presenter Tess Daly wearing their own kitsch numbers.
Graham Norton’s jumper features a large penguin, Lenny Henry’s a huge reindeer and Michael McIntyre’s an enormous snowman.
They were all knitted out by husband-and-wife team Judith and Dave Fitchie, from Newport, South Wales.