This is a post that is looooong overdue. I’m reminded of that every time our mate Jimbo sees me. So Jimbo if you’re reading, this post is for you 🙂
When I first got my Cuisine Companion, I thought I would give myself a few playtimes to really get to know it, before I wrote about her. (She obviously revealed her gender at some stage.)
Of course then she became such an integral part of my food preparation that I did what people often do with the things they love; I took her for granted. There she is, sitting on my kitchen bench, always there when I need her, and I just use her and never say nice things about her. It’s terrible really. And high time I rectified the situation.
I never wanted a fancy food processor; I would tell people on a semi-regular basis that I found no need for one. I like the process of cooking; of kneading dough, and mixing cake batter. I don’t bake a lot, but when I do, I do it for pleasure’s sake, and I thought that if I ever had a machine that promised to do it all for me, that would change.
I was wrong.
Now I like cooking even more. Because I can still do it the old-fashioned way when I want to, but now I can also do it the fast easy way. 🙂 And with buttons. Because pushing buttons is fun.
Anyway rather than rabbit on about the good features in paragraph form, I’m mixing it up with dot points. And then some bonus recipes from the Easter Challenge. (And yes, I know that Easter was ages ago, but I still have heaps of easter chocolate left over so that’s my excuse.)
So here are my most favourite things about my Tefal Cuisine Companion:
- The slow cooker function. I don’t tend to like slow cooked foods (like casseroles and curries), but this is fab for other stuff too. I can throw the spag bog ingredients in before sport activities, then go away and come home to warm food. The Cuisine Companion keeps the food warm for up to 45 minutes (and still stirs it) after the program is done. Also, the other night Ava (aged 4) made dinner with this program. It was awesome.
- It doesn’t need supervision. I have four kids who always need something. A machine that stirs my food for me is like having my very own personal Rosie the robot
- Things don’t stick in the bowl. I had a bread maker years ago (back when everyone had bread makers), and I would use it for making things like pizza dough, but it always stuck to the side, and it was such a pain to clean. I’ve never had an issue with that with the Cuisine Companion. Everything comes out easily, and it’s so easy to clean it’s almost a pleasure. (Almost because I’m not the sort of person who finds cleaning pleasurable.)
- The size of the bowl. It’s really generous. I will often cook double bathes of things to freeze, and we already have a few mouths to feed, but the Cuisine Companion copes just fine with that.
- I like the look of it. Which might sound superficial, but let’s face it, it is important.
- The kids can use it. It’s honestly so simple for them to prepare a meal now. Not that they have offered recently, but I live in hope. 😉
- I make things now I wouldn’t normally. There are some dishes that are too fiddly for me to bother with, or too time consuming to consider. I would never make my own salsa for instance, just because the thought of cutting everything up annoys me. Now I can do it in minutes. The Cuisine Companion hasn’t changed my life, but it has made so many things so much simpler.
The recipe for this Cherry ripe slice can be found on the Cuisine Companion website.
Now as part of my Cuisine Companion duties ( though really they are more privileges), I was sent a list of ingredients to compete in an Easter Challenge. (And remembering that I still have Easter chocolate. So it’s not late. 😉 )
- White fish (we used freshly caught whiting)
- Fish stock
- Plain flour
- Dry yeast
Can I just say, that creating recipes is hard. I don’t do it very well. The machine is clever, but I am not so much. I failed more than I would care to admit, and it’s partly why this post has taken me so long. But anyway this is what I made.
No recipe needed for this one. I used the Cuisine Companion to blitz up the bread, then I removed it from the bowl, added oil, turned the heat up to 130 then added the breadcrumbs back. Using just the mixer blade I spun them on speed three until they were nice and toasty. Do this in batches, to get the best result.
Potato and Leek cakes.
These were simple and so delicious. I used the Cuisine Companion to first chop the leek finally, then steam the spuds. When they were cooked, I mashed them, added a tablespoon of flour, a teaspoon of garlic powder, and the leeks, and mixed it all together. Then I formed patties and fried them. The kids kept asking for more.
And then I made these: the piece de resistance.
So there you have it. For now. Stay tuned for the next food challenge. That hopefully won’t take me weeks to complete. 🙂