I love food. To those of you that have been in these parts for a while, this must be pretty apparent. I grew up with a Mother and Grandmother that were great homestyle cooks and that has definitely influenced what kind of a cook/baker I am. I certainly wouldn't go so far as to say I make the best or fanciest food going nor will you see me lining up for the next series of Masterchef or My Kitchen Rules. But what I will say, there's always a lot of love that goes into everything I make in my kitchen. Typical and at times old fashioned cooking and recipes are what is the go in this household. I plan out my weekly/fortnighly menu with about 16 choices so it makes it easier for shopping purposes and then make those planned meals for those 2 weeks. During this time of the year particularly it involves lots of casseroles; stews and hearty dishes. Obviously I'm currently taking part in a lifestyle/weightloss journey but I am making this fit with the tried and true recipes I make, and adapting them for my needs. As a child one of my most favourite meals was the curry my Mum made using my Grandmother's recipe. It is so simple but is delicious and heartwarming and is enjoyed by our entire family.
A few months back I was asked if I'd like to review a new product on the market: Philips HomeCooker, and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. In my arsenal of appliances I have a rather small slow cooker which I often use, but really wanted an all in one that had the abilility to braise/cook off and then slow cook. Well wasn't I a lucky girl then with a brand new, Philips HomeCooker and Cutting tower being delivered to my door!
I have got many friends that are lucky enough to be the owners of a Thermomix. Now, I'm not saying this is exactly the same as a Thermomix because it's not but at nearly a quarter of the price, it certainly has many of the same functions. No I don't own a Thermomix, but I was lucky enough to babysit one for about a month, and certainly enjoyed using it. But for me personally, I couldn't justify the expense and the thought of all my other relatively expensive kitchen appliances becoming redundant. And those kitchen needs have now been met in having the Philips HomeCooker.
Rather than me spend hours trying to perfect a video to show you the components of the HomeCooker here's the man himself, Jamie Oliver explaining the features:
Another big plus is the cooker is really quiet, unlike the expensive magical kitchen wizard mentioned above. It certainly wouldn't be noisy enough to wake up a sleeping baby or become so annoying to the point you have to leave the room for the duration of the cooking process. Don't believe me how quiet it is? I made a video to show you it par cooking/stiring the vegetables for my curry recipe below:
As mentioned above I have used the HomeCooker many times to make that favourite but simple Curry recipe and I thought I'd share it with you.
1.5kg diced beef
1 heaped tbs Keens curry powder
2 tbs plain flour
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tbs sugar
1. Mix these ingredients together and coat meat in it.
2. Melt butter and oil in pan and brown the meat, then remove from pan.
4 sticks of celery, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 green apple, peeled and chopped
2 potatoes, chopped
Approximately 1L of chicken stock
2. When vegetables slightly cooked/browned off, add meat back in, and cover with chicken stock.
3. Simmer slowly for 2 -3 hours.
4. Season with Salt + Pepper and use plain flour to thicken if needed.
The Philips HomeCooker is available from electrical retailers in Australia. Philips HomeCooker with Cutting tower retails for: $529.95 and the Philips HomeCooker retails for: $429.95
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I was not paid for this post but was sent a Philips HomeCooker and Tower to review. All opinions expressed are my own honest thoughts.