I have a little bit of a pan fetish, I love pans that do more than cook which may sound odd as the sole purpose of a pan is to cook food but I just find that if a pan can offer a little more than just plain old cooking it can capture my interest a little more and make me want to buy it. I’m an advertisers dream I know.
The Tower Housewares 24cm colour changing aluminium frying pan has really caught my attention, I wasn’t aware of the brand before and since using this pan and loving it I’ve researched more products and have an expanding wishlist of products, it just goes to show that when a pan does more than just cook a consumer gets excited about what the brand can offer next and will spend time researching more products.
The 24cm frying pan has a revolutionary CeraSure ceramic coating which ensures completely non stick cooking, quite often a manufacturer will say a pan is non stick and you find after a couple of uses that food has started to stick and it has become a nightmare to clean. I always take non stick claims with a pinch of salt and I like to give them a proper testing by cooking a wide range of items like scrambled eggs, sticky Chinese sauces and fried noodles.
The Tower fry pan has a colour changing rim which turns white from black when the pan reaches optimum temperature, this not only helps to save energy when cooking but cuts down the cooking time as you’re adding food when the pan is ready not heating up a full pan which takes much longer than from empty.
We’re a family of 4 and the 24cm colour change aluminium frying pan is a perfect size for us, I’ve cooked a range of successful dishes in it and I’m pleased to say you can clean it with minimal effort thanks to the non-stick ceramic coating which really is non stick.
You can view the vide below to see the pan changing to white when at optimum heat and you can see that even the most sticky sauces don’t stick to the pan.
The food being created in the video above was a vegetable chow mein and sticky plum chicken, you don’t need a 24cm pan by Tower to create this but it does help!
To make the vegetable chow mein you will need:
1 pack of beansprouts
1/2 head of broccoli
1/4 spring cabbage
1 carrot peeled into strips with a grater
handful of chopped peppers
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 Red onion
Fine rice noodles (pre cooked)
Heat up some oil in a pan, add the vegetables and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cooked noodles and pop a lid on for a couple of minutes to allow everything to steam. Once the vegetables are cooked add the soy sauce and mix thoroughly.
I find it best to make the plum sauce in advance, grill the chicken and add it all together before serving on some boiled basmati rice. To make the plum sauce you will need:
1/2 glass of Red Wine
1 Bay leaf
1/2 jar of plum jam
2 Tablespoons of honey
1/2 bottle of reduced salt soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic pureed
2 plums pureed
Add everything listed above to a pan, bring to the boil and simmer until it starts to thicken. I recommend making this sauce in advance to give the flavours time to blend together and I find the sauce thickens and tastes better the second time around.
When you’re ready to eat add the sauce to a pan until it starts to bubble, add the grilled chicken and cook until the sauce has thickened and is sticking to the chicken. Serve immediately and sprinkle with some chopped spring onions if you have them to hand.
*Disclaimer* I received this product free of charge so I could create a culinary delight. To view the whole range of Tower Products visit the Tower Housewares website.