Showing posts with label Kitchen Gadgets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kitchen Gadgets. Show all posts

Friday, 14 October 2016

Perfect Partners - Coffee Grinder and Cafetiere from Judge Cookware

Forget 'instant' coffee and instead grind your own beans with this Stainless Steel Coffee Bean Grinder from Judge Cookware.

I'd never used a manual coffee grinder before but it's really simple to use.  All you do is pour in your coffee beans, turn the handle and you have your very own freshly ground coffee.  It does take a good few turns but the smell is amazing which makes it so worth the relatively small amount of effort.


Depending on the way you are going to brew your coffee you can easily adjust the grind setting from coarse to fine - I had the grinder set to fine.

Coffee Grinder

The ceramic burr mechanism means that coffee beans are ground rather than cut which gives maximum aroma and maintains nutrients.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Mini Chopper JEA75 by Judge Cookware - Review

If you're reading this then chances are you may well like cooking, but if you hate the bother of chopping onions and carrots etc. and are looking for a neat little chopper to do the job for you, then this Mini Chopper from Judge Cookware is just what you need.

It's easy to operate, just by pressing down the power button in short bursts until the desired level of chopping has been achieved.  The glass bowl allows you to see your ingredients and check how things are going.

Mini Chopper

The above image has been supplied by Judge Cookware as this product is almost impossible to photograph unless you want to see me in the shiny part of the power unit taking the photo  - not recommended!

Anyway the Mini Chopper made short work of this red onion - just a couple of 5 second bursts and voilà you have nicely chopped onion.  


Fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish can all be chopped as can bread, biscuits and crackers. Liquids up to 0.5L can also be blended at the press of a button making it great for purees and baby food.

The Judge Mini Chopper it also really handy when making soup for one, unless of course you happen to have a Judge Soup Maker which I can recommend if soup is what you cook most as it chops and cooks soup for you; how marvelous is that?

Monday, 8 August 2016

Ricotta and Basil Balls - Philips AirFryer

Philips recently set me and a few other bloggers a challenge which is to swap a weekly takeaway meal every week for a month and to join in the #AirFryerTakeIn.  So the AirFryer arrived last week along with a fantastic selection of recipe cards for inspiration and Ricotta and Basil Balls just had to be made pretty much immediately - we do LOVE cheese!

Ricotta and Basil AirFryer

Now we all know that fried food tastes good but we also know it really isn't good for us!  But that's where the AirFryer comes to the rescue making fast, tasty fried food without using the traditional frying method of frying.  I think you'll agree these Ricotta and Basil balls look like they were fried but they wasn't.  The Philips AirFryer cuts the calories by using very little oil but give the appearance of fried food.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Delonghi Argento White 4 Slot Toaster - Review

When you're looking at buying a new toaster it can be a right pain trying to find one that actually toasts bread evenly.  Of course you never find out till you've got it home and tried it; but of course once you've used it you can't take it back (unless of course it happens to be faulty.  So when I was asked by House of Fraser to pick a toaster to review it was tricky since they have a fantastically huge range of Toasters to choose from at prices to suit all budgets.

It was love at first sight when I spied this one; the Delonghi Argento White 4 Slot Toaster. The Brilliant White Matt look is too nice; at the moment I'm really into kitchen stuff that happens to be white!

Now although my photos don't really do this toaster justice, I'm hoping my review will give you an idea of whether this toaster is the right one for you.

Toaster Review

This 4 Slice Toaster can toast any amount of bread between 1 and 4 slices.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Automatic Egg Cooker Review - Judge Cookware

This rather cute Automatic 7 Hole Egg Cooker from Judge Cookware allows you to cook any amount from 1 to 7 eggs at the same time.  It's energy efficient, really easy to use and works by automatically adjusting cooking time according to the quantity of water used; simple but clever ah?  I think so.

There's a small jug that has clear and easy to understand measurements marked on the outside.  All you so is decide how many eggs you wan to cook and how you would like them cooked; Soft, Medium or Hard and fill the water level that corresponds with your choice.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Copper Kitchen Gadgets from Stellar Cookware

Check out these stunning copper kitchen gadgets from Stellar Cookware.  Reminiscent of the Victorian kitchen but with a modern twist.  Engineered from zinc alloy composite with a food safe finish which means the copper will not tarnish or lose it's sheen.

The collection includes this lovely Garlic Crusher which I've found does the job perfectly.

The Y-Peeler is a gadget that years ago I never used to think was necessary as surely a small knife does the same job?  But, I've since discovered they are most definitely necessary and even life changing!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Optimum ThermoCook - Mini Review

Thanks to ThermoCook it's beginning to look like I'm redundant in my own kitchen!  Let me tell you about this truly amazing piece of kit; introducing the Optimum ThermoCook Professional Cooking Assistant!  When I was asked if I'd like a ThermoCook all of my own I almost fell off the chair; I mean this is  seriously an excellent state of the art piece of kitchen equipment.  It's not only stylish but it's smaller than I imagined it to be, which is great since our kitchen is really tiny.

Oh yes, the ThermoCook is a cooking lovers dream come true.  Of course it's not that I or anyone else can't cook, but the ThermoCook makes everything so much easier. 

There's so much I have to tell you but it would mean this post would go on forever, so I intend to write a series of posts covering the many different tasks the ThermoCook can do.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Hansells Yogurt Maker - Review

Having recently been sent the Hansells easy-to-use yoghurt maker to try, here's how I got on.  The Hansells Yoghurt Maker Starter Kit contains mixing tubs and six sachets of yoghurt for £15.00 which personally I think is a great price.

It's really simple to use too - just 3 steps.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Apple Pie with Rum Soaked Sultanas - Judge Cookware Electric Pie Maker Review

Everyone likes a good pie whether it's sweet or savory.  New in my kitchen is this Electric Pie Maker from Judge Cookware and I have to say I'm seriously loving it.  In a word it's brilliant; the pastry cooks perfectly and the deep fill pie moulds allow for 'proper' good and filling pies to be cooked in just 15 minutes once you have the filling ready.

Far quicker than waiting for the oven to heat up, so in a way this is also a money saving gadget too!

Monday, 28 September 2015

SuperFast Thermapen 4 vs Classic Thermapen - Review

It has to be said I do have a lot of fancy kitchen gadgets, but the one thing I couldn't be without is my Thermapen probe thermometer.  It gets used in my kitchen pretty much every single day and without meaning to sound like an advert, I really do love the Thermapen and can't recommend them enough. 

I believed there wasn't anything that could be improved on (until I recently received the new SuperFast Thermapen 4) which has an automatic 360° rotational display meaning it's is readable whether you are left or right handed which is fantastic.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

OXO Good Grips Complete Grate and Slice - Review

The OXO Good Grips Complete Grate & Slice Set has everything you need for grating and slicing all in one handy container making it so convenient to use and easy to store.  Everything needed sits inside a neat and tidy storage box, which can also be used to store grated food in the fridge.

The Grate & Slice Set has coarse and medium grating surfaces, and straight and julienne slicing surfaces.  Each one is colour-coded so you just place your chosen grater or slicer on top of the lid as shown in my pictures and off you go!  If you're is a rush you can grate or slice over straight over bowls or plates. 

Friday, 1 May 2015

How to Dehydrate Tomatoes using a Dehydrator

Now I've always been curious about dehydrators, I mean do they actually work, do they take forever and ever, to do their stuff,  and more to the point why do I, or anyone else for that matter, actually want or indeed need one?

Tomatoes; oh I do love tomatoes!  With a dehydrator you can preserve your tomatoes so they're ready to add to recipes as and when you want them.  As long as your jars are sterilised then I'm sure they can be stored in small kilner jars in olive oil.  I must say I was really impressed that the tomatoes kept their colour when dehydrated, in fact they turned to an even deeper red; no PhotoShop doctoring used in any of these photos apart to resize.  So yes dehydrators do work!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

NEW Breville Toaster - The Perfect Fit for Warburtons®

Breville have just launched a new Toaster - The Perfect Fit for Warburtons®’ and they say it toasts Britain’s favourite white bread loaf completely to the top.  Well I can tell you it does just that; at last a toaster that gives perfect, evenly toasted bread every time!  Yes, I am loving this toaster which, by the way, is also available is a 4 slice option.

Toast is a big part of our busy daily lives; an easy and quick breakfast choice with us Brits munching through millions of slices every day.

Breville, the UK’s leading kitchen appliance brand, has collaborated with the number one bakery brand in the UK, Warburtons®, to launch the first toaster of its kind that is ‘the perfect fit for Warburtons® ‘Toastie’ bread’ which is the UK’s best-selling branded loaf, with millions of consumers selecting it as their preferred bread of choice.  

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Virtually Fat Free Minced Meat - VonShef Premium Meat Grinder Review

We all know how versatile minced beef is when it comes to cooking - burgers, bolognese, cottage pie, beef chilli to name a few.  Of course minced pork is also good and I don't know about you, but I always use half and half mixture of the two when making bolognese.  But I'm always concerned about actually what goes into minced beef no matter where you buy it from.
Standard minced beef in the UK is 20% fat but you really should read the label since you'll find it can also contain all sorts of bits and pieces I'd rather not talk about!

Lean minced beef - labeled 5% fat and there's also 10% 12% and even 15% available - complicated or what?  In fact it gets even more so, have a read of this article by the Daily Mail and you might well be convinced it's a good thing to get a meat grinder and mince your own meat products.
Now if you have a meat grinder you can of course mince your own choice of beef, pork, chicken or turkey using prime cuts and at least you know what went in it!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

finum - Salt Pepper or Spice Grinder - Review

LOOK TOUCH TASTE™ by finum:  Winner of Interior Innovation Award 2014 and Good Design Award,  is a patented spice, salt and pepper grinder in the curvy shape of a bell.  At its base there is a patented collecting pool which gathers the ground spices within.  By tapping it, you can direct the desired amount of spices precisely where you want it.

Having been sent one of these to try for myself here's how it went:
I have to say this really is a good and proper spice grinder.  It's very comfortable to hold and I love the chubby stylish look.  Grinding up hard spices and peppercorns in this little fellow are no problem at all and it can easily be adjusted to set the coarseness of your grinding.  I noticed that the ceramic grinding mechanism doesn't clog up either as it does with some grinders.

As it's made from ceramic it means salt, pepper or herbs can be ground with no risk of oxidization or any other chemical reaction affecting aroma or flavour.   There's a clip on cover to pop onto the bottom part when the grinder isn't in use so there's no mess on the work top. 
As for cleaning - just wipe with a damp cloth.

Available in 4 colours (black, white, ruby red, apple green) and transparent
Glossy body, matte lower part
Adjustable coarseness of grinding
Easy to clean
RRP £24.95

For more information pop over to finum. Twitter @FinumStyle
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Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Kitchen Gadget Gift Ideas - My Top Ten

If you're looking for the perfect kitchen related Christmas gift - here in no particular order, is my top ten small kitchen appliances list.  I'm aiming to do a similar post on smaller kitchen gadgets shortly.  You could just be having a look at buying yourself something, whatever it is take a look and hopefully my list might give you some ideas! 

1/ Portable Touch Control Induction Hob from Stellar Cookware - The perfect solution for cooking a big family Christmas or New Years Day dinner.  This induction hob is easy to operate and can be moved to wherever it suits you so even the tiniest of kitchens Christmas dinner won't be a problem. You can see my review here.    

2/ The Tefal Optigrill fantastic health grill enabling you to cook many foods from bacon, burgers, fish, chicken, steak, sausages and more.  The Optigrill takes the guess work out of cooking too - you can choose to have your steak, rare, medium rare or (if you must) well done with perfect results ever time. To read more pop over and have a read of my review.

3/ Also from Tefal the Cook4Me does just that, and is really easy to use.  Sausage casserole for 4 people is ready in just 9 minutes!  I love cooking but sometimes I don't have time and so this is perfect.  Cook4Me is pre-programmed with 50 recipes all of which are dead simple to follow but of course you can use it to cook full scales dinners to desserts.  Rice is perfectly cooked and I use mine pretty much at least 4 times a week for one thing or another.
The vegetables for the Sunday roast are made easy too.  I pile cauliflower, carrots and Brussels sprouts into the machine and select cauliflower since it has the longest cooking time.  As long as you weigh the vegetables you can't go wrong - and once you've done that once you know that next Sunday the veg will be the same so you can visually know the weight if that makes sense.  Take a look at my review here.  

4/ The Tassimo drinks machine is great if you have little space in your kitchen.  Drinks are piping hot and ready in seconds.  A huge range of Coffees, Hot Chocolate, Tea and more are available in the form of discs that you insert into the machine which reads the barcode and prepares your drink for you at the press of a button.  See my review for more details. 

5/ The Tefal ActiFry hasn't long arrived at our house but we've loved everything we've cooked in it so far.  If you follow the instructions and use the recommended variety of potatoes then chips are soft and fluffy inside and crispy on the outside.  But it's not just for cooking chips - see how I got on making Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings in the ActiFry. 

6/ Fro-Fru from Judge Cookware - fantastic little gadget.  Frozen desserts made in minutes.  Great for kids and the warmer weather perhaps but with that said, I say any time is a good time for a refreshing dessert.
Pop over to read more on the Fro-Fru here. 

7/ Now this soup maker also from Judge Cookware is marvelous.  I know you can make soup without a soup maker but the fact is I personally wouldn't bother.  Just pop your ingredients into the soup maker along with a stock cube and cold water.  Press the button and piping hot soup is ready in just 20 minutes! Here's my review which has links to a couple of soups I've made using it.  Oh and before I forget, this soup maker also steams eggs which turn out perfect every time.

8/ This very stylish Stainless Steal Bread maker from Panasonic is in a word - brilliant.  Not only does it make many types of bread, dough and cakes but it also can be used to make jam - I tried it and it works.
Take a more detailed look at the Panasonic bread maker.

9/ Very nice looking Stainless Steel Stick Blender by Stellar Cookware - an immersion blender is great for making soups (if you don't have the soup make mentioned above)! Or gravy, sauces and purees. The already powerful 750W motor makes easy work of blending but it does have a Turbo boost function too.  read more about this stick blender in my review.

10/ Sous Vide Supreme - Sous Vide (pronounced "soo-veed") is a luxury kitchen appliance for the more serious cook.  I say that because it isn't cheap to buy.  To use a water oven you will of course also need a vacuum sealer.  I was lucky enough to have been sent both but I can tell you I love this machine.  Fantastic results every time.  You can see my review and some Sous Vide recipes here.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Making Jam in the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 Bread Maker

Having recently reviewed the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 Bread Maker at the time of writing I hadn't tried making jam so as promised I gave it a go. 
Now, how marvelous it would be, but would it actually work?  Well folks I can tell you it certainly does.  No messing about with thermometers - just put the fruit in the bread pan along with jam sugar (sugar with pectin added) and Robert's your father's brother!

The supplied recipe book says to use sugar and powdered pectin.  Now could I actually find powdered pectin in Asda or Tesco, errr no.  But that said I'm sure if I hunted about a bit in the right shop I'd find it.  But I wanted to make jam now.  So not to be put off I fancied that if I used jam sugar (Tate & Lyle) it would be the same difference, after-all it's just sugar with the right amount of pectin already added.

So, to make jam in the Panasonic bread maker (please note not all models have a menu for making jam) simply layer fruit and jam sugar in the bread pan.
 Select the correct menu, press START and sit back while jam happens.

So with the jam making a success it was onto making a Spicy Fruit Loaf.  Once again, faultless - I love this machine!

Nice and spicy and while cooking the kitchen smelt amazing.  Am I impressed with this bread maker - it's a big fat YES from me.   

Disclaimer:  I was sent this Panasonic Bread Maker for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not meant to influence readers buying choice.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Panasonic Stainless Steel Bread Maker - Review

Now, there are bread makers and there are BREAD MAKERS!  I think the very stylish Panasonic SD-ZB2502 would take some beating in looks and more importantly performance.

Having owned, and been using an older Panasonic model (the SD-255) for a few years now (and I might point out I was still using it till this fancy one arrived) I can tell you even though my older model is fantastic there was one thing that always bugged me - and that was the way you set it the programs.  You selected them and they went round in a loop which made it sometimes quite confusing to set.  That said, believe me it doesn't take much to confuse me.  With this one however I'm pleased to say it really is a doddle to set since it's done by simply select a menu number. 

The bread pan is longways as apposed to sideways as it was in my older machine - this is far better since this breadmaker takes up far less room on the kitchen worktop.
The dimensions are H38.2 x W25.6 x D38.9cm and the maximum loaf size is 0.8kg

Of course this bread maker isn't all about making bread - far from it.  Without an ounce of baking knowledge you can and I did, even if I do say so myself, create pretty decent looking Chocolate Chip Brioche Rolls and even Tear and Share Bread But it can also make Pizza Dough, Bake Cakes and even make Jam.   

Another improvement on older Panasonic models is the Yeast Dispenser - previously to this you would add the yeast to the bread pan along with the other ingredients taking care to keep it away from the water or salt which would ruin the loaf if they mixed using timer delay mode.   With this model the yeast is added to the yeast dispenser (round hole in picture above) which insures the yeast isn't mixed with other ingredients until it needs to be and the machine will automatically add it at the correct time.

What can the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 Bread Maker do?

What can't it do is more to the point!

Speciality Mode: 
Speciality Mode enables you to use various grains and flours like Spelt flour which cannot be made into a loaf easily on their own. The Rye Bread Program together with the unique mixing blade can create a range of tasty loaves using Rye and Spelt flours.

Yeast and Raisin-Nut Dispensers: 
Unique to Panasonic, the Yeast Dispenser drops the yeast automatically at the optimum time during baking. The Raisin Nut Dispenser adds additional ingredients to your recipe ensuring the best loaf every time.

100% Gluten Free: 
The 100% Gluten Free bread program allows you to bake gluten free loaves, using a wide range of gluten free bread mixes and flours. Giving you the convenience of having freshly baked bread that is tailored specific to your taste and needs.

Loaf Size and Darkness Options: 
The Panasonic bread machine adapts to your life. Whether it’s a smaller loaf for yourself, or an XL loaf for your loved ones, making the perfect loaf couldn’t be simpler. It is even possible to determine how light or dark you would prefer your loaf, by simply selecting the desired browning level.

Jam and Compote mode: 
The Panasonic Breadmaker can not only bake, but using the new Jam and Compote Mode you are spoilt for choice when creating your homemade jams at home. There are 8 jam and 6 compote recipes available in the breadmaker operating instructions to help you along the way.

How did I get on?:
This machine is really very easy to set, just decide which recipe you'd like to make from the recipe book and using the menu button, press until that number is shown, of course you must add your ingredients (the book tells you the ingredients and measurements needed for your chosen recipe) then you can either select START or set the TIMER (up to 13 hours time delay) a few recipes aren't suitable for delayed start but again the book tells you.   
As you can see from my picture above I actually managed to make Chocolate Chip Brioche Rolls and let me tell you they were seriously good.  The machine makes the dough for you and all you have to do is roll it out and add the chocolate chips, fold and roll again then shape into rolls, glaze and bake.  The inside honestly looked just like any brioche I've ever had before and tasted equally as good as when bought and baked fresh from a bakers shop.   

Next up I tried Tear and Share Bread, the supplied recipe book gives a few ideas for fillings but since I didn't have everything to hand t make the suggested fillings, I used half a jar of Sun-dried Tomato Paste and sprinkled with a good amount of Cheddar Cheese.  Another good job done I think you'll agree?

If you're considering buying a bread machine I would highly recommend Panasonic since the automatic Raisin Nut dispenser takes the hard work out of adding them at the correct point in a recipe - for example you would have to listen out for a beep and actually be there to do this.  This machine does all that for you.  After all what would be the benefit of having a bread machine that you have to sit and watch?   So with this one your fruity loaf or seeded bread is all taken care of without the need for you to be there.

Panasonic say; 'The non-stick bread pan and kneading blade are coated with diamond particles, to ensure you will be able to easily remove bread from this unit once cooked'.
I say; Yep, another great improvement and it does work.  A freshly baked loaf easily slips out of the pan whereas before it was a struggle sometimes and I could easily have thrown my old bread maker across the room - just saying.  

Before this post gets so long everyone starts to fall asleep I'm going to leave it at this.  But I'll do another very soon with how I got on making Bread which was all good by the way.  At the time of writing I haven't made Jam so in the next post I'll tell you about that too.  Amendment - I have now made jam you can read how I got on here.

Selling at around £139.99 I think although that although you can buy other brands as cheap as thirty odd quid you really won't get the quality or different functions that this can do, nor would you get the same great results. So it might sound expensive but this machine is worth every penny and certainly wouldn't disappoint.

This Panasonic breadmaker is available in local John Lewis, Currys, Argos, and Lakeland retail stores and online at Amazon.

You can see other reviews of this breadmaker by Emily over at A Mummy Too
and by Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours. 

Disclaimer:  I was sent this Panasonic Bread Maker for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not meant to influence readers buying choice.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Perfect Kitchen Timer - Review

I don't know about you but I've never seemed to have found what I'd call a really good and proper kitchen timer, until now.   This Two Channel Kitchen Timer from Oregon Scientific also has a Clock and LED Visual Alert too -  a clock and timer within one design. The two-channel timer allows you to alter between the count up and down functions.

The alarm volume can be adjusted, and when set to high it is seriously LOUD but that can only be a good thing.  How many times have you set a kitchen timer and missed it because it just wasn't loud enough?  Seriously this one is excellent and even set the the next volume down it is still louder than any timer I've had before. It has a nice big display too so it's easy to read.

Once the timer is set, the LED alert flashes continuously - now I'd have liked it to have the option to be able to turn that bit off since it will just use battery power unnecessarily - just saying.  Although with that said, being LED it most probably wouldn't drain the batteries in age so isn't a real problem but I do wish it could be turned off all the same.  The alarm comes with stand, magnet and even has hanging holes too.

  • Dual timer with count up/down function
  • Adjustable alarm volume – high / low / mute – with LED alert
  • Digital clock
  • With stand, magnet and hanging hole
  • Batteries are included
  • Product Size : 90(W) x 76(H) x 20(D) mm
So to keep a track of the Christmas dinner (or any other dinner of course) this is the very fellow that will do the job.  You can set one timer for the turkey and one for the roast potatoes!
With a RRP of £19.99 I say it's well worth investing in.
Disclaimer:  I was sent this kitchen timer for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opnions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.   

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Flour Tortillas and How to use a Tortilla Press

Flour tortillas aren't something I'd ever thought of making since you can buy them in just about every supermarket across the land.  Plus I would never have thought I actually could make them look authentic.

So when I was asked if I'd like to review a couple more items from KitchenCraft browsing through their website, I fell in love with this World of Flavours Mexican Ceramic Tortilla Warmer - just look at the colour of this dish it's amazing.  Low and behold, displayed right next to it was a Tortilla Press, now I just knew needed one of those too!

Saturday afternoon saw me busy in my kitchen making tortillas and yes out came the mixer!