We’ve got a little twist for the post usually occupying the Cakes & Bakes slot on Thursdays. It’s a review for a new product coming to market shortly (available from early November 2017) that will make life in the kitchen easier. It’s the Simplissimo Chef by Scott; an all-in-one cook blender.
The lovely people at Scott sent us one to trial so we’ve been trying it out over the last few days. We started out by making a soup – well, the machine made the soup, to be honest! There’s a choice of automated programs or manual operation. We obviously couldn’t resist the automated option as an introduction to our new kitchen helper.
We decided on a cauliflower and blue cheese soup – placed vegetable stock, chopped cauliflower, potato and a clove of garlic to the jug – and selected the appropriate program for ‘smooth soup’. The Simplissimo then got on with it. It heated and stirred the soup quietly. About three quarters through the program we added the blue cheese, some seasoning and a little cream. (You can add whatever ingredients you like during the cooking process through a sealed opening ‘hatch’ in the lid).
After 30 minutes the hot soup was blended – and then kept warm for 15 minutes. The perfect amount of time to rustle up some sour dough croutons and serve. We hope it looks tempting – it really was very delicious soup!
Other favourite soups that will be perfect for this auto cook/blend function include leek & potato, nettle, pea & ham and mushroom. In addition to soup, it’s also perfect for sauces. Peppercorn sauce for a nice steak perhaps – or onion gravy for hearty sausage and mash. Dips and dressings too. And in addition to all that, it can steam food – and even cook vacuum packed dishes ‘sous vide’ in a temperature controlled water bath. Amazing!
After the hot dishes we thought we’d try a cold one. The blender has no problem chopping fruit and crushing ice so there’s endless smoothie options. We went for a blueberry & banana smoothie. Again delicious. Take a bow, Chef Simplissimo! The choice of flavour combinations is almost limitless – and then there’s all the potential for fabulous cocktails!
It’s very well built, solid & sturdy – and looks good on the counter top too. With all it’s potential uses there’s no need to hide it away. It even has an auto clean program, so no messing about with sharp blades. As you might have guessed, we’re very happy with our new little friend – and we’re certainly going to enjoy future dishes and further experimentation!
Our foodie posts are some of the most popular here on our blog – we’ve discovered that lots of our visitors especially love cooking & eating cheesecake, malt bread and chocolate desserts. We also know that hundreds (if not thousands!) of our regular readers love trying their luck with our monthly giveaways.
Well, we have a win-win bit of news for all you lovely people! Our friends over at Voucherbox wanted us to share with you a competition that they’ve got going on at the moment.
They have a brand new Samsung built in electric single oven worth £469 up for grabs. It’s something of a miracle oven, it cleans as it cooks – I wish ours could do that!
It’s easy to enter – just answer a very simple question (you’re even given a hint!). The deadline for entering is midnight on the 31st of January. Get on over there… and best of luck!
If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know I’ve just got my hands on a pressure cooker. It’s a Prestige – who are almost the ‘Hoover’ or ‘Google’ of pressure cookers… Although I don’t think ‘to Prestige’ will be becoming a verb any time soon. 🙂 It’s a good, robust, basic model that’s already on its way to becoming a kitchen stalwart. I’m already hooked – it cooks food in about a ⅓ of the time of a conventional saucepan on the stove-top.
If you fancy something more fancy (and more pricey) Heston Blumenthal has developed one in collaboration with Sage which is a pressure cooker AND a slow cooker and has all the bells & whistles any kitchen scientist could wish for. The Swiss-made Kuhn Rikon example comes with two separate pans which is handy if you don’t always cook in the same quantities.
- Prestige 6 litre high dome pressure cooker: £35.99, Argos
- Sage™ The Fast Slow Pro™: £199.99, Lakeland
- Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Supreme pressure cooker set, 2-piece, (4 L / 6 L): £362, Amazon
We’ve got a brand new kitchen now that the post-flood building work is finally finished. Our current kettle now looks very out of place. It was used for three months in what was effectively a building site – it’s completely plaster and paint splattered! We plan on treating ourselves to one of these orange kettles – one that will suit the orange Dualit we got from Selfridges. We’re veering towards the Kenwood kMix on the top right!
- Morphy Richards Accents 43778 Pyramid Kettle, Copper: Amazon – £39.97
- Kenwood 0WSKM037A1 kMix Cordless Kettle: Curry’s – £56.99
- Kenwood SJM047 Cordless Kettle: Curry’s – £54.99
- Orange Essentials Pyramid Kettle: BHS – £25
- Morphy Richards 43828 Orange Accents Kettle: Dunelm – £44.99
Limited edition orange Dualit toaster – Selfridges -£145
Welcome to our new Wednesday Wish segment. Each week we’ll share something that’s recently caught our eye. We’ll start with something for the home, but could just as easily be something to wear, something to eat, a film, a book…
If you’ve seen photos of our kitchen, you’ll know that it has a bright orange feature wall – this toaster will match nicely!