Tefal's Cuisine Companion
Thursday, 8 October 2015
Just over a year ago Tefal got in touch with me and asked me if I'd like to test their brand-spanking-new cooking food processor, the Cuisine Companion. I gave the thing a quick google and said yes please thank you very much. Now Tefal has released the Cuisine Companion in the UK, I can finally give you the low down.
Now let me start off by saying I'm often skeptical about all-singing, all-dancing machines. I'm a from-scratch cook through and through. I prefer to make my pastry by hand and love bashing up a curry paste with a pestle and motar. I'm a little bit old school like that, I guess. However, and especially recently, I'm also busy. The kind of busy where you get to work and realise you managed to put your pants on backwards. Too busy to put on pants properly, people!! So a machine that promised to cook, fry, whip, steam, crush, blend, mix and more started to sound much more appealing.
And it doesn't disappoint. It can certainly do all of the above. Over six weeks of testing I made curries, sauces, soups, stews, breads and cakes along with one of the best risottos I've ever eaten.
I'm a bit over-excited about the risotto actually. There's no stirring! No hovering over the pot! No steadily adding liquid! Can you imagine. Yes, I'm so over-excited that I made a gif to encapsulate the sheer joy of not having to stir a risotto.
A cry for help or severe love for gifs? You decide.
I should probably tell you how it works and stop dribbling over risotto. Story of my life.
You simply select the programme you want to use, the temperature and the time and away you pop. The accompanying recipe book guides you through the whole process and the manual explains the purpose of each function. Handy that. And once you're confident enough, you can go off piste with the Companion and start creating your own recipes.
Now would I want to replace my everyday cooking process with a Cuisine Companion? Probably not. I am a food blogger after all and part of my wind-down involves cooking. However, I know that the Companion has got my back once or twice a week if I need it. I know if I don't feel like cooking I can leave the Companion to it. And that is a little bit lovely. An option that any busy soul should be treated to.
So I would recommend the Cuisine Companion to busy folk who still like to eat well (but as I Christmas present I imagine, these things aren't ten a penny!) or to families wanting to spend more time together and even those who love to entertain and want to spend less time in the kitchen.
But what do you think? Would you like to give the Cuisine Companion a go?