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Chilli Actifry Style

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When you think of Chilli, cooking it an actifry is probably not the first method of cooking that would come to mind, I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out if I’m completely honest but it was delicious and actually tasted a little bit nicer than my usual stove top chilli.  I would assume that my version could be made in any sort of hot air fryer, you just have to be careful of timings, I gave my recipe to two friends to test because they both have an actifry, one friend found that hers took longer to cook and the other said she had to do her onions twice because they had burnt so use your own judgement ass you know your own machine better than I do.

To make this you will need:

500g minced beef
1 onion chopped
2  garlic cloves crushed
2 chilli peppers
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tin mixed beans
1 tbsp of tomato puree
1 tsp Cumin & cinnamon
1/2 tsp paprika & Chilli powder


Brown the onion and garlic with 1 tablespoon oil or some frylight and cook for 3-5 minutes.

Add the mince and cook for  a further 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes, puree, chilli and spices and cook for 3-4 minutes

Add the mixed beans and season.

Add 400ml water and cook for 20-30min until nice and thick.

Serve with rice and chopped coriander for taste.


It’s as simple as that!  If you decide to make Chilli in your actifry please let me know how you get on.




Chicken Biryani Actifry Style


Chicken Biryani is a family favourite in the Gourmand household, I find it’s a great way to use up rice and any leftover vegetables that you have in the fridge, I designed this recipe while going through a stage of making one pot meals however if you don’t happen to have any leftover rice you will need two pots.  As I’ve said before with my actifry dishes, timings do vary and you should trust your own instincts when it comes to your actifry.

To make this you will need:

1 Tablespoon of Oil

1 onion diced

2 Cloves garlic, crushed

1 Tsp Ginger grated

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp ground Cumin

1 Tsp ground Coriander

1/2 Tsp Chili powder

2 plum Tomatoes chopped finely

1 Small pot of Plain Yogurt

4 Mushrooms chopped

8 Green beans cut into 3

2 Chicken breasts chopped

Coriander to serve

Leftover rice


Put the oil and chicken into the Actifry and cook until lightly browned 8-10 minutes.

Add the vegetables and spices and cook for 2-3 minutes

Add the yoghurt and cook for 8-10 minutes until everything is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

Add the rice and cook until the  rice has started to soak up the sauce 8-10 minutes.

Sprinkle with coriander and enjoy.

This is a lot wetter than a traditional Biryani but it is incredibly delicious and very satisfying.  Do let me know if you make this in your actifry.


Caramel Apples – Actifry Style

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I love my Tefal Actifry, in fact I adore my Tefal Actifry and I’m always looking for dishes to cook in it as I find it the most easiest thing in the world to operate and of course clean.

I had a handful of cooking apples in the bottom of my fridge, not enough to make an apple pie or crumble with and it was annoying me trying to come up with a recipe.  My best ideas come to me while I’m walking around waitrose and after picking up some salted caramel ice cream I figured some sticky caramel apples would go so well with it.

You will need:

4 cooking apples, 8 tablespoons of dark brown sugar, 50g of butter

Chop the apples into bite size pieces and pop everything in to the bowl of the Tefal Actifry, set the timer to 15 mins, you probably wont need this long but the cooking time does depend on the size of the apples and the size of your chunks.

Caramel Apples

I wanted my apples to be quite mushy so I left them for 12 mins to cook and for a delicious sauce to form.

I find that when using the Actifry, cooking times vary quite a lot, I can make the same dish twice and each time it will take a different amount of time to cook so it’s best to keep checking on the item.

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*Disclaimer – I am a Tefal Innovation Panelist, I was provided with the Actifry free of charge, this has in no way affected my opinion of the brand and as always my thoughts are my own and are honest and impartial*

Popcorn – Actifry Style


When you think of the Tefal Actifry, popcorn probably would be the last thing you would think about cooking in it.  Popcorn is actually very good for you (minus all of the butter) it’s a delicious snack and something that we eat regularly as a snack.

Making popcorn in the Tefal Actifry is probably the easiest thing you will ever cook, there is no real recipe for this so I’ll just list below how I do it and if you like popcorn as much as I do you can make some for yourself.

Take a couple of handfuls of popping corn, add this into the Actifry bowl, add to this a 1/4 of a spoon of oil.

Turn the Actifry timer to 20 mins, it will not take as long as this but it’s best to be on the safe side as the amount of corn added affects the cooking time.

Sit back and watch the corn start popping

Once the popping has slowed down I like to add a knob of butter and some dried herbs or some chilli powder, you can experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your tastes on the day.

Have you tried making popcorn in your actifry before? Do you have any recipes I can try?

tefal Innovation Panelist

*Disclaimer – I am a Tefal Innovation Panelist, I was provided with the Actifry free of charge, this has in no way affected my opinion of the brand and as always my thoughts are my own and are honest and impartial*

Fresh Week Day 3


Today marks day 3 of fresh week.  This evenings meal included an experiment using the Tefal Actifry and Chocolate cupcakes!

kale chips

I love Kale and I love Kale Chips, if you have never tried them before you really should give them a go!  Usually I bake my Kale in the oven until crisp but today I decided to make them in the Tefal Actifry.  I used half the amount of oil I would usually put on the Kale if baked in the oven and although the Kale was not as crispy it still tasted amazing!


Dinner this evening was Roast Chicken (skin removed) boiled rice, Roasted Beetroot, Carrots and Peppers and Baked Kale.


I featured these Chocolate fudge cupcakes last Halloween and because they are so delicious I have decided to write the recipe again.  The cake is light and fluffy and the topping is dark, dense and indulgent.  I usually get around 24 cupcakes or 12 muffin sized cakes from the following recipe.

200g unsalted butter (100g for the topping)

2 large eggs

250ml buttermilk

250g caster sugar

280g plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

350g dark chocolate, melted (250g for the topping)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Icing sugar


Preheat the oven to 180°c and line your cupcake or muffin trays, I used polka dot cases on this occasion.

Combine  softened butter, eggs, sugar and 100g of the melted chocolate in a large bowl or if you’re lazy like me pop it into the food mixer.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder into the mixture.

Slowly Pour the buttermilk into the mixture and beat for 1-2 minutes.

I find that using an ice-cream scoop makes life so much easier when spooning the batter into the trays. Bake for 16-18 minutes.

To make the topping:

Put the butter and the chopped chocolate into a bowl over a pan of water and melt slowly until combined and glossy. gradually add icing sugar until the topping becomes firm enough to decorate.

Spoon the topping onto the cupcakes and decorate

If you are taking part in Fresh Week what dishes did you cook today?  There is still time to take part if you would like to, just head over to the Fresh Week website and make your pledge don’t forget you could win a Fresh Express and a Vegetable box!


Every day this week  I will be posting my daily meals and some recipes to give readers inspiration, why not take a look at my fellow Tefal Innovation Panellists pledges?

 Boo, Roo and Tigger TooMother GeekJacintaz3Emmy’s Mummy,Red Rose MummyRomanian MumSeasider In The CityRecipe JunkieCrazy With TwinsAttachment MummyThe Madhouse

*Disclaimer – Although I am a Tefal Innovation panelist my thoughts about fresh week and the Tefal products received are my own and any reviews will be honest and impartial. *

Tefal Innovation Panel

tefal Innovation Panelist

Last week Baby Gourmand and myself made our way to Windsor to visit the Tefal offices, I had been selected along with 11 other bloggers to be part of a new panel thanks to Mumsnet. (I even get a shiny badge, see above).

The day started out with a presentation about the brand, history and previous advertising campaigns (Remember the Scientists?)

Before my visit I thought I knew a great deal about the brand as the products featured in my home throughout my childhood and it is a brand I continued to purchase once I got my own home.  In reality apart from my product knowledge I actually knew very little about the brand, for instance I didn’t realise the products were made in France and not Asia, I didn’t know Tefal is present in 120 countries and that the brand originated in the 1950’s thanks to frenchman Marc Grégoire and his non stick coating.

We were then taken through into the kitchens to learn about some of Tefal’s products, I own a couple of Tefal frying pans and have recently purchased the Jamie Oliver bakeware set although the box is sitting unopened in my cupboard at present.

Tefal Cookware

Marketing Manager Stefan Kaczmarczyk explained that Tefal’s first non-stick frying pan was developed in 1954 which was surprising to me as I thought the invention of non stick cookware was a much later invention.

The Tefal thermospot which works by indicating when your pan is at the optimum temperature for cooking to begin was introduced in 2000.  A demonstration was performed on two frying pans, the first involved frying an egg without any oil to show how great the non stick coating was.  The second demonstration and probably the most interesting for me was when milk was burnt in a pan and easily cleaned with out any excessive scrubbing.

madras collection

Readers may be interested to know that Tefal have developed a new range of pans called the Madras Collection which features a Kadai and Chapati pan!


The next product shown to us was the Tefal Actifry.  Product Manager Andre Silva explained that the Actifry was the world’s first low fat fryer, 4 million of this product have been sold worldwide.  I was supplied with my own Tefal Actifry to use at home so expect to see it used in future blog posts!

fresh express

Product Manager Maria Montero talked us through the Tefal Fresh Express which can shred, slice and even grate in seconds.

Tefal are calling on the public to ditch their convenience meals in favour of fresh ingredients at meal times, I will be receiving my own Fresh Express and an organic vegetable basket so I can make some delicious family meals to share with my readers.

I have already signed up to pledge and would love my readers to do the same by visiting here, by making your pledge you will have the chance to win your own Fresh Express and Vegetable box.

Tefal Madame Gourmand

During the day Baby Gourmand was very well behaved but started to get a little restless as the day went on, I like to think it’s because he can’t eat food yet and was angry that he was in a room full of the stuff! He wouldn’t be a Gourmand if this wasn’t true right?

frying pan herbs tefal pan

I was provided with a fantastic goody bag to take home which included a Tefal Frying pan, one egg pan and an array of herbs and spices. All of these items will feature on future blog posts along with the Tefal Actifry and Fresh Express.  I also received a Tefal Steam Generator Iron but that will feature on my Lifestyle blog.

Tefal Innovation Panelists: Boo, Roo and Tigger Too, Mother Geek, Jacintaz3, Emmy’s Mummy, Red Rose Mummy, Romanian Mum, Seasider In The City, Recipe Junkie, Crazy With TwinsAttachment Mummy, The Madhouse

*Disclaimer – Although I am a Tefal Innovation panelist my thoughts about the Tefal products received are my own and any reviews will be honest and impartial.  I was not asked to write this blog post, I chose to do so as I had an amazing day at the SEB Offices.*