Fact: I have a VERY small kitchen. Don’t believe me? Step inside and take a look.
It’s a tiny, apartment-style corner kitchen where the sink and hot plates take up a lot of room so when I’m not using the stove I often need to use it for bench space. For this reason, unfortunately I don’t have a lot of appliances. When I want to do a big cook up, I usually go over to Ma’s house where I can spread out in her huge new kitchen and use all the cooking appliances she’s collected over the years.
Anything that makes my life easier in the kitchen is incredibly helpful. That’s where Tefal’s Cuisine Companion comes in.
I was invited to use the new Cuisine Companion – a French-made electronic all-in-one kitchen machine with a huge list of functions, that has just hit the stores in Australia.
Are you ready for this? Ok, here goes.
It chops, whips, mixes, kneads, cooks, steams, blends, stirs, emulsifies, whisks, sears, crushes, mills and heats.
The automatic programs are easy to operate and it can be used in manual mode. Oui!
After receiving a sparkly new machine I spent the weekend experimenting and making dishes. I whipped up a tofu ricotta and tomato sauce for an eggplant lasagne, a kale pesto, pizza dough and quite possibly the best cake I’ve made yet.
I’ve always wanted to make my own pizza bases, especially after having so many freshly made pizzas on my visit to Italy. The Cuisine Companion makes a light pizza dough minus the proving and waiting. You pop in the ingredients (water, yeast, flour, salt and olive oil), set an automatic pastry program which takes under 3 minutes et voilà, the dough is ready to roll out and get into the oven. SO SIMPLE.
Having spent some time playing with it, I’m pleasantly surprised at how easy the Cuisine Companion is to use. The recipes are simple, the instructions are easy to follow and minimal steps are required. I’m all about quick and easy so this is right up my alley. It’s urged me ditch thoughts of cooking being hard or taking a long time so I can certainly see myself using this a LOT. I’m finding it particularly handy, especially as I don’t have a lot of bench space to prep dishes.
Truth be told, it’s made me feel more confident about cooking which is an excellent bonus in my book.
At the VIP event I spoke with Tefal demonstrator Kerry who had been excitedly waiting for the product to launch in Australia. I asked Kerry what the most interesting dish was that she’d made with the Cuisine Companion and she told me about the orange cake from the recipe book. Kerry was surprised at having to add a whole orange (quartered) into the machine, peel and all. Kerry says the cake was moist and had a lovely flavour so I decided to give it a try with a few adjustments (of course).
I used an egg replacer and coconut milk to make it vegan and I added poppy seeds because orange and poppy seeds is one of my favourites! I also added a simple drippy icing – I think next time I’ll add little lemon juice to the icing for an extra citrus burst.
The result: the best dang cake I’ve ever made.
This was proven by the fact that the whole cake was devoured between three of us over a weekend. Oink.
This is my new go-to cake. It was so easy to make and was such a hit – I’ll be keeping this recipe up my sleeve for the next family or friends gathering. ORANGE AND POPPY SEED CAKE FOR EVERYONE!
- 1 organic orange
- 200g sugar
- 100ml light olive oil
- 3 egg substitutes
- 100ml coconut milk
- 2 Tbs poppy seeds
- 250g self-raising flour
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 2 Tbs water
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Add the ultrablade knife to the bowl.
- Cut the orange into quarters, without peeling. Remove the seeds and pith.
- To the bowl add the orange quarter, sugar, oil, egg substitutes, coconut milk and poppy seeds.
- Mix at speed 11 for 3 minutes. Launch the P3 pastry program and gradually add the flour with a funnel through the top of the lid.
- Butter a round, high-edged baking tin and pour in the mixture. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the cake is lightly browned.
- While the cake is cooling, sift the icing sugar into a small bowl and add the water a little at a time, continually mixing until the icing is slightly runny.
- Before serving, drizzle the icing all over the cake, allowing it to fall down around the sides.
The Cuisine Companion is available from electrical specialist retailers. You can also visit a store to see a demonstration. Visit the Cuisine Companion website to find your nearest retailer.
Want to share your veg makes, ask questions or discuss your CC successes and failures? Join the Vegetarian recipes in the Cuisine Companion Facebook group, hosted by vegeTARAian.
For more Cuisine Companion ideas, check out this compilation of vegetarian recipes.
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