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Tefal Fresh Express Max

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I relised today that I’ve had the Tefal Fresh Express Max for a long time now but have never shared an actual review of the product or shared my thoughts and feelings about it so I’m going to take this opportunity to do just that.

So what is the Tefal Fresh Express Max?  The best way for me to describe it is to say it’s a little bit like a food processor without the ability to whisk or mix if that makes sense? It basically takes the hassle out of food preparation as it can grate, shred, slices and dice fruit, vegetables, cheese and even nuts.

I found the Fresh Express Max a little tricky to use at first, I spent a long time trying to follow the instructions and I’m still not convinced I’ve been using it right, it’s quite difficult to get the cones and green and white clamp to fit into the spout which is a little annoying.

I love the fact there are two speeds as it allows you to feel more in control, I have a problem processing some ingredients like courgette, onion and cucumber so I’ve stopped using the device for these vegetables.

 

 

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The wide feeding tube is good as you can insert ingredients without having to cut them into lots of pieces, I also like the fact that you can pop your fingers into the spout to help items that can become stuck without hurting your fingers as the blades are on the outside not the inside.

It’s very easy to clean the Fresh Express Max and the removable parts are all dishwasher safe. All of the attachments can be stored on the appliance meaning that it takes up less room than a food processor, the cord can be stored inside the machine making the Fresh Express Max easy to store in your kitchen.

 

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If I’m being completely honest I use this mainly to grate cheese because I’ve had so many problems trying to dice and slice vegetables, my vegetables either end up as a pulp or things like carrots seem to slow the machine down.  it’s awesome as a grater and the only fault I have with this function is that cheese gets stick between the cone and the chute, it does clean well though so it isn’t too much of a problem.  I have only ever grated the same type of cheese so have no idea how it would manage with anything a little softer or harder.

 

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I did want to love this so much,  I saw this in action at Tefal UK head office and I had visions of the beautiful salads I would be making and the diced vegetables I could put in my casserole but unfortunately we just don’t get on.  I won’t give up though, I’m determined to make this eventually work for me.

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If you own a Tefal Fresh Express Max I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, how do you find it?  Have you encountered any of the problems that I have?

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Saag Paneer – Suitable for Baby Led Weaning

This post is actually inspired by a recipe I read in the River Cottage Baby & Toddler cookbook, I found the recipe in there to be a little bland and the quantity made was less than I would have liked so I’ve amended the recipe slightly to suit our tastes.  Baby Gourmand ate his Saag Paneer on it’s own but we added a home made Chicken Biryani to ours.

 

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  • 750g Spinach

  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil

  • 1 large onion sliced finely

  • 1 tsp of fresh ginger grated

  • 1½ tbsp finely chopped garlic

  • 1/2 red chilli chopped (optional)

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • 250g paneer cut into cubes

  • 2 tsp garam masala

  • 6 tbsp double cream

Wash the spinach, drain and blanch in the water that clings to it for three minutes or until wilted. Drain into a colander and run cold water over it until cool. squeeze out any excess water then chop finely and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan (I used a Tefal Ingenio pan). Add the onion and fry over a low heat for about six minutes, until soft. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli and cook for a further minute.

Add the ground coriander. Cook for another 30 seconds then add the spinach and a splash of water if necessary. The mixture should be loose but not watery. Bring to a boil and then simmer for three minutes.

Add the paneer cubes, garam masala and cream. Stir and cook for a few minutes or until the spinach is nice and creamy. 



Ingenio By Tefal

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The Ingenio concept is built around ingenious handles that attach and detach with just one click, allowing you to not only save space when cooking or storing them in the cupboard, but to really maximise the use of your cookware through versatility.  I received sent a set of 2 frying pans and two saucepans last week to try out for myself.

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The Ingenio pans allow you to transfer your cooking from the hob to the oven and then direct to the table – all in the same dish.  Having only one handle means you are able to save space when cooking and when storing .

The Ingenio range fits easily into the oven and is not restricted by oven temperatures, so each item doubles as an oven dish.  The pans are Perfectly versatile: from hob, to oven, to table, to fridge.  The Titanium non-stick coating is extremely resistant and can be used with metal utensils (except whisks and knives)  Tefal’s Thermo-Spot heat indicator let’s you know when pan has reached optimal cooking temperature

You can purchase the hermetic plastic lids so that leftovers can be conveniently stored in the fridge or freezer with minimum fuss, also available are clear glass lids with foldable knobs for easier storage, and a straining lid that will fit all saucepans in the range.

Other accessories include a grill for healthy and beautifully grill-marked meals; a colander that fits perfectly in the 20cm saucepan; and a steamer insert with glass lid which will convert your Ingenio sautepan into a steamer.

I only received my pans a couple of days ago and have not had a chance to give them a proper test but I can tell already that they will be firm favourites when I’m cooking once I purchase the plastic and glass lids and a couple of the larger saucepans.

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*Disclaimer – I am a Tefal Innovation Panellst and was sent the pan set for review purposes.  As always my reviews and thoughts are my own and I remain impartial.*

 


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Tefal OptiGrill Revisited

I previously posted about the Tefal OptiGrill post in this post here, I had only used it a couple of times so couldn’t do a completely thorough review of the product.

Since I wrote the post above I have used the Tefal OptiGrill to cook most of my meals, yesterday it was used to cook Breaded Chicken (Homemade) wraps and Steak Salad.

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The Chicken wraps were simple to make, I cut up some chicken thighs, placed them in a bowl with some breadcrumbs and rapeseed oil mixed them around and placed on the OptiGrill for a couple of minutes until cooked.  Previously I would have cooked the chicken in the oven and would have spent ages soaking a baking tray after cooking to remove the stuck on breadcrumbs but with the Tefal Optigrill I didn’t have this problem.

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One thing that the Tefal Optigrill cooks extremely well is steak, all kinds of steak.  The steak used for the salad above was flat iron steak which was actually sold at the butchers for use on a barbecue but I figured it would work just as well on the OptiGrill.  Once cooked the steak was buttery soft and melted in the mouth.

I’m definitely an OptiGrill convert and can’t wait to cook my next meal in it this evening which will be a boneless leg of lamb.



Tefal OptiGrill

Yesterday I was at hospital being fitted with a cast on my right hand after fracturing a bone in my right wrist, as I’m the cook in our household I was very worried about how I was going to feed my family (It’s amazing how many things require both hands in the kitchen).  I received delivery of one of Tefal’s new products this morning, the Optigrill which Tefal claim is like having a professional grill chef at home.  Every Tefal product I own takes the strain and stress out of cooking and I had high hopes for this product.

 

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The OptiGrill has six cooking programmes for meat, fish, bacon, chicken, burgers and sausages plus a manual option.

The unique colour changing LED screen on the handle is used to check cooking progress, this reveals how your food is cooking and allows you to see exactly when the food is done.  When cooking steak the light is yellow for rare, orange for medium and red for well done.  The OptiGrill will also beep at each cooking stage so you don’t need to stand over the device.

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The heating up colour is pale lilac, it takes around 4-7 mins for the grill to heat up

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Once the grill is hot enough the light will change to pale blue.

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The green light indicates cooking is in progress

Red light

The red light indicates cooking is complete

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peri-peri Chicken

I cooked Peri-Peri Chicken thighs for Mini Gourmand which she thought were well cooked, juicy and delicious

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Mr Gourmand and I had Flat iron steak pannini with salad, the steak was cooked medium, placed in the paninni with some cheese and popped back in the OptiGrill to brown the bun.

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The cooking surface is very large and is coated with Tefal’s superb non-stick coating, the cooking plate has a 7″ inclination for easy fat release.

The OptiGrill sears food at high temperatures which locks in flavour and juice.  Food is left with appetising grill pan markings, as we eat with our eyes this can only be a good thing.  No oil is necessary when using the OptiGrill which makes it perfect for low fat family cooking.

We don’t have a garden which means we can’t have barbecues, I really miss barbecued food in the summer but after using the Optigrill I’m so please I can now enjoy grilled food without my hair and clothes smelling of smoke.

I can’t wait to give this product a proper road test, I have some great ideas for kebabs, fish, burgers, boneless spatchcock chicken, sandwiches, vegetables and chicken tikka.

RRP £129.99 Visit www.tefal.co.uk for stockists.

tefal Innovation Panelist

*Disclaimer – I am a Tefal Innovation Panellist and received this product for review purposes, all thoughts are my own and this post is honest and impartial*


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.

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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

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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 5

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Today marks day 5 of fresh week.  This evenings meal was paella!

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paella

Ingredients

6 boneless chicken thighs quartered

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

olive oil

100 g chorizo, sliced (Because I don’t eat pork I purchased a Halal spicy beef sausage)

1 onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 litres Hot chicken stock

2 large pinches saffron

1 heaped teaspoon smoked paprika

500 g paella rice

1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley chopped

2 handfuls frozen peas

10 king prawns,

500 g mussels

2 small squid or Calamari rings

Method

Season the chicken pieces with salt & pepper. Heat a little olive oil in a large deep pan and fry the chicken until golden brown on both sides.

Add the sliced chorizo and fry until browned and crispy, add the onion and garlic and cook until soft. Infuse half the hot chicken stock with the saffron. Add the smoked paprika, rice and infused stock and cook on a medium heat, stirring from time to time.

After 20 minutes pour in the rest of the stock along with the peas, prawns, mussels and chopped squid. Place a lid on the pan and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Finally sprinkle with chopped parsley and a wedge of lemon.

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!

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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. *


Fresh Week Day 4

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Today marks day 4 of fresh week.  This evenings meal included Tuna Pasta Bake, focaccia and Carrot Cake!

 

 

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Ingredients:

250g strong white bread flour

1 tsp salt

1 sachet dried easy blend yeast

1 tbsp olive oil

200ml/ oz cold water

Rosemary or herbs of your choice

Place the flour, salt, yeast, olive oil, herbs and 150ml of the water into a large bowl. Gently stir with a wooden spoon to form a dough then knead the dough in the bowl for five minutes, gradually adding the remaining water.

Stretch the dough by hand in the bowl for about five minutes.

Tip the dough onto an oiled work surface and continue kneading for five more minutes. Return the dough to the bowl, cover and leave to rise until doubled in size.

Grease a baking sheet and place the flattened dough on then leave to prove for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Drizzle the bread with oil then bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

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Carrot Cake

 

I will be sharing my Carrot Cake recipe after fresh week has finished!

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!

pledge-basket

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. *


Fresh Week Day 3

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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!

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

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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

Method:

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!

pledge-basket

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. *