My Cuisine Companion

I absolutely love my apartment. It’s light, with a fantastic view, but it has one major drawback, especially for a food blogger – the kitchen is absolutely tiny.

So when the folks at Tefal asked if I wanted to try their Cuisine Companion, I was skeptical. Did I really need another gadget taking up space on my kitchen counter (and inevitably, gathering dust?)

When I heard what the Cuisine Companion could do, though, I was really intrigued. Just check out the control panel!

Tefal - Cuisine CompanionTo put it simply, the Cuisine Companion is a food processor that also cooks. But not only can it cook, but you can use it as a slow cooker, a steamer, and to make sauces, desserts, and pastries, too. The possibilities are absolutely endless.

The same machine can make beef stock, choux pastry, risotto, creme brulee, and even ice cream. It’s about the size of a stand mixer, and given how versatile it is, I definitely think it’s fully worth all of the counter space it takes up.

Tefal - Cuisine CompanionTefal - Cuisine CompanionTefal - Cuisine CompanionI pretty much haven’t stopped raving about the Cuisine Companion since I’ve had it – I think it is absolutely amazing. I’ve made so many different things with the Cuisine Companion, but so far my favourite use for it has been for soup. It really couldn’t be easier – barely any washing up, chopping or fuss!

My favourite soup has been a carrot and orange one that I had when I was on a business trip to Portugal recently. I decided to take a stab at recreating it with the Cuisine Companion – and it is really delicious, a perfect spring soup recipe.

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Carrot & Orange Soup
 
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A lovely warming yet refreshing soup for springtime - perfect to make in your Cuisine Companion!
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Recipe type: Cuisine Companion
Cuisine: British
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 2 small oranges
  • 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp butter or oil
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the ultrablade in the Cuisine Companion.
  2. To the bowl, add butter or olive oil, followed by a peeled onion.
  3. Chop the onion using the P12 setting for ten seconds.
  4. Select the slow cook option, and cook the onions for two minutes.
  5. While the onions are cooking, prepare the chicken stock and roughly chop the carrots.
  6. Using a potato peeler, peel the zest from both oranges.
  7. Once the onions have cooked, add the orange peels, carrots, stock, salt and pepper.
  8. Select the 'soup' option for 45 minutes.
  9. Once the soup has cooked, the Cuisine Companion will blend the mixture for you!
  10. Slice the two oranges in half, and squeeze the juice from both into the soup.
  11. Stir the juice through, and serve with warm bread and lots of butter!
Tefal Cuisine Companion - Orange and Carrot SoupMy favourite thing about the Cuisine Companion is that once the soup is done, I can adjust the heat settings so the soup keeps at a constant temperature. This is perfect for me, as I like eating quite early, but my boyfriend tends to work late – this way, we both get to enjoy a hot meal!

It’s also been fantastic for big gatherings, and entertaining, too. Making a chicken liver pate from scratch can be fiddly and time consuming, but the Cuisine Companion makes it almost effortless. Barely any prep, or messing around with raw chicken liver required – it’s so easy!

Tefal - Cuisine Companion, Port Chicken LiverThe Cuisine Companion comes with a big recipe book which is perfect for trying new ideas. I tried their Chicken Liver Pate with Port recipe – and it was delicious!

Tefal Cuisine Compaion - Port Chicken LiverTefal Cuisine Compaion - Port Chicken LiverTefal Cuisine Compaion - Port Chicken LiverI REALLY can’t recommend the Cuisine Companion enough – and it’s really changed the way I’m eating for the better. All the soups I’ve tried have been so great, and I’ve definitely been getting more vegetables in thanks to it.

At £699.99, it’s definitely not an impulse buy, but it is around £200 cheaper than a Thermomix – and a more attractive looking machine, too!

Do you have a kitchen gadget you really can’t live without? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

*I was gifted a Cuisine Companion for the purposes of review – as always, views are my own!

Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle is a wonderful place to go for a celebration.

Duck & Waffle, LondonDuck & Waffle, LondonFantastic coffee, dramatic views – and, of course, their signature dish – Duck & Waffle.

It’s also open 24 hours, as well, which is handy – although getting a booking can sometimes be tricky, so you’re better off doing it in advance! Also, it’s probably worth not trying after a night out – I’ve spent several evenings trying to get in after being out on the town and (surprisingly) they don’t seem to go for letting in a tipsy group of girls at 2am.

Duck & Waffle, LondonLatte, Duck & WaffleWe were celebrating something rather exciting, so we all opted for morning mimosas to go with our duck & waffle. Mine was, of course, gluten free, and was delicious.

Latte, Duck & WaffleDuck & Waffle, LondonDuck & WaffleThe duck & waffle is so simple, but so good – the confit leg of duck is served on top of a waffle, which is topped with fried duck egg over which you pour a little jug of mustard maple syrup.

Gluten Free Duck & WaffleGluten Free Duck & WaffleGluten Free Duck & Waffle, LondonI haven’t tried any of the other breakfast items, as this one is seriously good – but I’ve also been for dinner and I can wholeheartedly recommend it (and you can get duck & waffle on the evening menu, too!)

If you do pop in for dinner, I definitely recommend the crispy pig ears. Life-changing.

Gluten Free Duck & WaffleDuck & WaffleDuck & WaffleDuck & Waffle is hands-down my favourite brunch spot in London – you really cannot beat that view!

Gluten Free Duck & WaffleGluten Free Duck & Waffle^^ or that one, either!

Have you been to Duck and Waffle? What’s your favourite dish? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

Duck & Waffle is located  at:

110 Bishopsgate
40th Floor
London EC2N 4AY

 

Duck & Waffle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Granger & Co, Notting Hill

Granger & Co. always tops lists of best brunches in London, so I was really excited to finally get down to Notting Hill last weekend to try it for myself.

Granger & Co, Notting HillGranger & Co, Notting HillUnlike the other venues, the Notting Hill branch doesn’t take bookings – so be prepared to wait.

Granger & Co, Notting HillGranger & Co, Notting HillWe headed down for 11.15 am, hoping to make it in time for brunch, but unfortunately by the time we got in we’d missed the breakfast menu altogether.

Granger & Co, Notting HillLatte, Granger & Co, Notting HillLuckily for us, the lunch menu was equally tempting. Granger & Co. describe themselves as ‘eclectic fare with Australian flair’ – and have a great selection of juices, snacks, bowls & grains and sides.

Courgette Fritters, Fried Halloumi, Siyez & Shredded Kale Salad, Granger & Co, Notting HillCourgette Fritters, Fried Halloumi, Siyez & Shredded Kale Salad, Granger & Co, Notting HillI went for a big plate – courgette fritters which were served with fried halloumi, tzatziki a deep-fried and and a fresh green salad.

It was really delicious – the courgette fritters were crisp, flavourful, and light – and the combination of fried halloumi, salad and tzatziki was absolutely heavenly.

Courgette Fritters, Fried Halloumi, Siyez & Shredded Kale Salad, Granger & Co, Notting HillCourgette Fritters, Fried Halloumi, Siyez & Shredded Kale Salad, Granger & Co, Notting HillCourgette Fritters, Fried Halloumi, Siyez & Shredded Kale Salad, Granger & Co, Notting HillMy lunch date went for the Fresh Aussie – a healthy yet delicious combination tea-smoked salmon, poached eggs, greens, avocado and cherry tomatoes.

The food was definitely worth the long wait – all the vegetables and ingredients were really fresh, and the combination of flavours and textures was really fantastic.

Granger & Co. also has a really nice atmosphere – the room is lovely and bright, and the staff were friendly and attentive. The long wait is a real drawback, meaning it’s not particularly a practical place to pop in for brunch, but it’s ideal for a lazy Sunday, or any day when you’re not completely rushed off of your feet!

Hot Chocolate, Granger & Co, Notting HillAfter our massive meal my lunch date tried one of their hot chocolates, which looked rather Dalmatian-like!

Despite the big queues, I would really recommend Granger & Co. for brunch – and it’s always so lovely to have a browse around Notting Hill!

Have you been to Granger & Co.? What are your thoughts? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

Granger & Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Our meal was complimentary for the purposes of review – all opinions are my own!

Halloumi, Lentil & Chorizo Salad

After my trip to Wales last weekend, I’ve been itching to go away. I was also away in Lisbon for work this week, but didn’t get any time to go exploring, and it’s got me thinking about my next holiday!

Meddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and ChorizoMeddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and ChorizoAfter my month off over Christmas, I’ve been on a bit of a budget, which means I’ll probably be spending my break somewhere in Europe.

Meddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and ChorizoMeddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and ChorizoMeddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and ChorizoThe team at the Bolsover Cruise Club invited me to submit an entry for their #MeddySteadyCook competition, inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean. I adapted my go-to barbecue sidedish recipe to include some Cypriot halloumi I was recently gifted, and it is good.

This halloumi, lentil and chorizo salad is incredibly simple to make, but is delicious and pretty fail-proof, too! It’s perfect for BBQs, or as a side dish for grilled fish or chicken.

Meddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and Chorizo

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This Halloumi, Lentil & Chorizo salad is so simple to make, but so delicious! The perfect accompaniment to fish, grilled chicken, and great for BBQs too.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 200g puy lentils
  • 100g cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 1 onion
  • 50g halloumi
  • 50g chorizo
  • 50g olives
  • 1 lemon
  • Rocket (for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Boil the lentils in water for 25 minutes, until tender.
  2. Drain the lentils, and add the chopped onion, olives and tomatoes to the dish.
  3. In a frying pan, fry the halloumi until crispy, and using the same pan fry slices of chorizo.
  4. Season with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and garnish with rocket to serve.

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Meddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and ChorizoMeddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and Chorizo
I haven’t quite decided where I’m off to just yet, but I’m thinking somewhere warm!

Have you booked your summer getaway yet? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

I was invited to participate in the #MeddySteadyCook competition, but all views are my solely my own.

Edwin’s, Borough

A visit to Edwin’s has become an almost weekly occurrence.

The restaurant is located just about Borough station, and it’s quite easy to miss – just a little blue door nestled between the station and the next café over.

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Follow the stairs up and you’ll find a bright and charming room filled with eclectic but modern furnishings. It’s always got such a nice atmosphere, but it’s never rammed (although I’d strongly recommend making a reservation to avoid disappointment).

Edwin's, Borough
I always describe Edwin’s as ‘new English’, which has fast become one of my favourite cuisines – traditional dishes and ingredients, but presented in a contemporary and interesting way.

I highly recommend getting a few of the small plates to share – they are all so delicious, and I love getting to try a little bit of everything.

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I’ve been about five or six times now, but only ever during the week, but everything I have tried on the weekday lunch menu has been absolutely fantastic.

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My favourite small plates include the purple sprouting broccoli, which is topped with duck egg, cobnut and beurre noisette. The combination of flavours with the duck egg and the hazelnuts is really incredible, and is definitely a dish I get every time.

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The rabbit with spinach polenta, which is served with a little parmesan is also lovely, but the wood pigeon with Jerusalem artichoke, mushroom and port is the real star of the small plates. It’s absolutely incredible, and while you might have to keep an eye out for shot, it’s really not a dish to be missed.

The roasted plaice with salsify, fennel, Pernod and mussel sauce is also delicious, and the oxtail stew that I’ve had previously is so comforting. The stew is served with garlic mash, and the sauce is heavenly – if you don’t mind a bit of a fiddly dish, then I’d really recommend you try it.

Roast plaice, fennel, salsify, Pernod & mussel sauce, Edwin's, Borough
The only downside for me is that the desserts all seem to be flour-based, so I haven’t managed to try any, but given that I’m not one for desserts anyway it’s not too much of a problem for me at all!

Edwin’s is perfect for client lunches, or lunch with friends – it’s got such an intimate, quiet and lovely atmosphere, so if you’re ever in the London Bridge area I wholeheartedly recommend you check it out.

Have you ever been to Edwin’s? What’s your favourite dish? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

Edwins Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato