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Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Baker

Published May 11, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hello Guys, hope this post finds you all well…As promised I’m going to show you my latest Belgian waffle baker bought by Pandabear. It’s a robust looking machine with easy setting of 1-5 (1 being lighter colour and 5 being browner colour – for your waffle setting). I tried 3 and it gave a rather nice colour then I decided to make one with 4 and it was way too brown. So 3-3.5 is the best setting. I started whipping up the batter from the recipe book which meant to make 16 waffles (that’s heaps!!!) and I couldn’t be bothered dividing the ingredients amount.

So it’s pretty simple, I mix my batter with thermie and then pour 2 cups worth to the centre of waffle baker and use my spatula to spread them evenly, and voila – my fresh waffles ready to be eaten. The waffle baker makes a ‘ding’ tone and you know it’s ready to be scooped out. It looked fantastic..but taste wise – it’s a little on the dense side and the taste well, nothing like the gelare waffles. I knew I should have googled my own waffle recipe online instead of trusting those recipes in the instruction manual book….so my next try out will be to use an online recipe and try to make it as close to the gelare waffle machine. My colleagues told me that you can buy the frozen waffle mix from the supermarket – Sara Lee brand…but I think I’ll try my own recipe first..as I’m not really a frozen batter girl..

So here’s my creation photos of waffles..

 

Ta da…..here’s my final product 🙂

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Gadget Review – Tefal Prissima Deep Fryer

Published May 26, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, it’s come to that time where I post about my favourite topic – Gadget review. I love this particular appliance, one of our friends sold it to us when they were moving to Dubai and they’ve only used it once – still brand new and we were stoked when they sold it to us for really really cheap price. Now Pandabear is a lover of deep fried food – anything ranges from spring rolls, KFC chicken, chips, wedges and the list carries on. So I know that he would love this gadget too. I’ve tried cooking tempura with this appliance and it worked great!

The tefal deep fryer is oval in shape and came with a a handle which is attached to metal sieve and you could just pop your deep fried ingredients into this sieve and pop it down. The best part about this appliance is that you could close the lid so that your house doesn’t get too smokey or smelly or oily with oil creeping out. It’s so easy to use – there’s a on/off button and then a little switch that sets the temperature with degree & pictures of different meat – chicken, fish, beef, vegies and etc. So I usually adjust it to the chicken picture and then pop the sieve down to the hot oil and it will started deep frying items to perfection. Then the best part is lifting the sieve up to let the oil fall off from the food so you kinda feel a little healthier instead of your food soaked in heavy unhealthy oil. That’s lovely 🙂

I would definitely recommend this gadget – it’s simple to use and gets the job done and what am I recommending it cos it’s TEFAL!! hehehehe…

Gadget Review – Breville Rice Cooker

Published May 21, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, after a disappointing San Francisco restaurant review – I’m going to talk about a great kitchen gadget that will cheer up my mood. We had a little rice cooker that Pandabear bought when he was living by himself and when I moved in we decided this little rice cooker will be enough for us as you can make up to 3 cups of rice worth which is a lot for both of us, until one day the water started bubbling and overflowing we figured it’s done it’s time, time to retire and move on to a bigger family size rice cooker. So we researched a few online and I fell in love with this squarish and ovalish looking rice cooker – mix between square and oval. It reminds me of a Japanese rice cooker, it’s huge and has a handle on it. I love it, it’s a robot looking rice cooker. Now, I wanted a simple function rice cooker none of these complicated digital functions. It’s digital but are quite simple to use. There quick cook function for when you are rushing and wants to cook your rice straight away, and the normal cook function which cooks twice as long but makes your rice softer. There’s also a porridge function and soup function both which I have tried and must admit they are brilliant.

When the rice is cooked, it automatically shows a 0hr on the display so you know the rice is cooked ready to eat – prior to cooking it, the display will also show how long it will take to cook the rice so you could time it with your dishes. I’m quite happy with the rice cooker, it does it’s job and it’s handy to carry it to the picnics and it still keeps your rice warm. Once you leave your cooked rice inside the rice cooker it keeps the temperature so that you can leave up to an hour and when Pandabear comes home from work he’ll still have a hot bowl of steamed rice.

Breville Rice Cooker

Breville Rice Cooker

Breville Rice Cooker

Breville Rice Cooker

Breville Rice Cooker

Breville Rice Cooker

Gadget Review – Prawns De-veiner & peeler

Published May 6, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, well I’m pleased to advise that I’ve finally resolved my IT nightmare problem today. I said to myself last night there’s nothing I could do about it – don’t worry just pray about it and go to sleep it’s a thing to sort out for next day. I had to go and speak to IT straight away the next morning to see whether they can retrieve our important files within our department which I have accidentally deleted it from our network drive which you can’t retrieve from the recycling bin!!! So I phoned IT around 8.30am and I was so glad to speak to one of the senior IT support guy who asked me what is the name of the folder that I have accidentally deleted and I told him what it is, and when he tried to salvage the files he said there’s no such folder by that name??? I did a search of all the folders incase they have sneakily been shifted to another folder within other drives – during my madness of multitasking? Unfortunately, I still couldn’t locate the folders???

Then as I hang up the phone sat in front of the computer, mumbling to myself trying to figure out what ways I can retrieve the missing folder. Suddenly, I got this brain wave working – bingo I’ve figured it out – I was trying to back track the steps and it’s definitely really hard when you have a fish memory. So I stood up decided it was time to walk to the IT department and explain to them how they could retrieve this missing folder. After explaining to the senior IT support guy regarding retrieving the back up tape from Tuesday of a certain folder, I felt much better so walked back to my station patiently waiting for IT dude to retrieve the folder. Then suddenly I had another brain wave shock…I realised that I might have deleted some other important folders which I can’t really remember – fish memory. So I quickly flick and email and then I received an instant reply from another IT dude to call him to discuss this. All in all, I had to walk myself to the IT department again and sat down next to this tall looking System Administrator (with some help of chocolate & lemon lollie bribe we both double checked against the folders I need against the ones they have backed up. I thanked the tall-looking system admin guy he replied “Not a problem, next time I’ll have to charge you a chocolate tower” So all in all, I’ve had to speak to 4-5 different IT staff – but it was a happy ending in the end cos I got my folders back (even thought they were back to the original state and I had to start shifting and transferring stuff again, I shut myself off from everyone around me so I can have total concentration and managed to clean the drive! Yay)

Anyways, back to gadget review – well we are still in the mindset of San Francisco and I bought this nifty little prawns De-veiner & peeler from a Chinese shop down at the China Town. I’ve decided to cook a prawn pasta dish which I have watched from Food Safari and try to replicate the recipe. So I took out my nifty prawns De-veiner but the only problem is it didn’t really give any instructions on how to use it?? So I had to guess, by holding the end bit with my hand – ripping the prawn head off first and insert it inside the prawn shell and just rip the shell apart and using the tip of the gadget to pick up the slippery veins…it seemed to work. Here are the pictures…

Prawns De-Veiner & peeler

Prawns De-Veiner & peeler

Gadget in action

Gadget in action

I would recommend this gadget as it’s pretty cheap, and quite useful – except my only criticism was it didn’t have any instructions on how to use it – so I had to guess…do they just assume people know how to use one???

Gadget Review – Breville Cake Mixer

Published March 6, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello again, I love this particular gadget – I use it for all sorts of baking. I use it for making doughs for pizzas as it has a dough hook, whisking things with a whisk, mixing cake mixture. It has attachments which is great for all sorts of occasion. I love it’s funky colour, I decided to buy a pink one which is pretty trendy if you leave it on your bench top.

Though I must admit the mixer takes up a lot of bench space and quite heavy. However, the attachments are so easy to attach to the mixer and the button settings includes – mixing, folding, whisking, beating and different speeds. So it basically incorporates all functions into one equipment. Excellent! Great for making cake mixture, dough and pastries.

Attachments

Attachments

Now the cake mixer comes with a metallic looking mixing bowl which can be detached from the mixer and it’s easy to wash the mixture off from the metallic mixing bowl. Large enough to make large mixture. To change the attachments you simply press this black button and it leaves the top part of mixer upwards and you simply attach the attachments to the nozzle and then press it down and it’s ready for use.

I would recommend people who is into baking to purchase this equipment cos it’s so handy not only for baking cake, any flour mixture, pastry, it’s great for mixing meringues and your hands would not be too sore as it automatically mix, beat and fold for you. You just stand there and watch the whole mixture gets mixed together. As it does not have many parts to it, it’s easy to wash and clean.

Gadget Review – Breville Kitchen Wizz

Published March 3, 2010 by Mary Jane

Ok, I’ve been wanting to harvest my home grown chillis for ages and haven’t had the time to do so. They are absolutely growing out of control!! The summer heat must have speed up my growing of chillis. So it was time that I head out with my scissors and harvest some home grown chillis to make them into chilli sauce. Now my chillis are usually green and eventually they would turn red, but it usually takes a long time to go from green to red chillis. But the sun must have done it’s trick, nearly all my chillis were harvest red. I took out my breville Kitchen Wizz blender and asked Pandabear to quickly show me how to use it as I’ve never used it before.

It seemed easy enough just pop the blades in, click the blender container and you can select the buttons – pulse, speed 1, 2,3… simple to use. It even has a little nozzle that allows you to add in oil or water to mix it.

My red hot chillis

My red hot chillis

The blender

The blender

Blended Chillis

Blended Chillis

Now, I started to chop the chillies and tried to remove most of the seeds as I can. Having no clues about making chilli sauces – I just randomly add some seasonings – Olive oil, pinch of salt, some vinegar, a bit of water and hope for the best. When I finished blending I pop the lid open and it was a strange orange colour? I couldn’t understand why?? Until I realised I have added some green chillies in as well and that’s why the colour is not bright red but rather orangy in colour. Anyways it was time to have a bit of a taste, and when I dip my finger into it and pop it inside my mouth – it was so hot!!! Burning my tongue – now that’s what you call a quality HOT HOT chilli sauce. So I pour it into one of my empty jam jars, packed it full in and pop it back to the fridge – feeling very proud I have made a jar of hot chilli sauce that would probably last me a year – cos it’s so HOT!!

my final chilli sauce

my final chilli sauce

It was washing up time, I’m always dreading when it comes to washing – I love cooking but hate clean up and washing. Fortunately, the breville kitchen wizz was rather easy to clean – all I did was pour a little bit of detergent as there’s some oil in the blender and rinse it with warm water with a few scrubs and all the chilli sauce remains come off and the blade was easy to clean as well. So there’s a happy me with a jar of hot chilli sauce. Thumbs up for Breville Kitchen Wizz – I will definitely use you again 🙂

Gadget Review – Alligator Cutter

Published February 28, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy Friends, as I’ve mentioned earlier I have this hobby of collecting kitchen gadgets…I have something ranged from pie machine to fairy floss machine and I love all my gadgets…so it’s time to do a review on the gadgets. First up this particular gadget was a birthday pressie from our good mate G & G and they know I’m into cooking and collecting kitchen gadgets. This product is made in Switzerland – so it must be good 🙂

Anyways, I tried out this gadget this evening when I made my burramundi patties – I shall post this recipe up some time soon. Now the alligator cutter gadget basically slice or dice vegetable items such as Onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, zucchini and the list goes on…so my pet hate is onion – I hate chopping onions cos it stings my eyes and makes me cry. So I decided it’s time I use my aligator cutter to chop this onions – and they were perfect. Then I decided to chop up some potatoes – I thought maybe it’s going to be hard chopping the potatoes cos it’s a lot harder than onions – but I was wrong a simple lever of a push and there you have it lots of chopped up potatoes and a happy Maryann.

It’s such a superb design, easy to wash and not too huge to store – as my storing space in our tiny kitchen is getting abit cramped. I’m looking forward to trying cut smaller objects such as garlic and seeing how it goes. Now the other thing is when you chopped the items it just doesn’t fly everywhere in fact it gets stored in this nifty squarish container and all you need to do is open the container and there you have it chopped items. I definitely recommend people getting this gadget cos it’s so useful especially if you’re a onion hater like me 🙂

The potato challenge with Aligator

The potato challenge with Alligator

Just pushed the lever and the potatoes are chopped

Just pushed the lever and the potatoes are chopped

Close up of chopped potatoes

Close up of chopped potatoes

lots of chopped potatoes in the container

lots of chopped potatoes in the container