Tefal Actifry

I have always secretly wanted a fryer so when I was asked to try out Tefal’s new Actifry with snacking accessory I was more than happy to oblige. I Tefal Actifryhad naively thought I would be whipping up fresh doughnuts but this is a healthy fryer which  ‘air fries’ food with a lot less fat. No doughnuts then…The Tefal Actifry with snacking accessory has the addition of a basket which holds food statically in the machine rather than being stirred by the paddle.

Once I got over the disappointment of the doughnuts, not that I should be eating them anyway, I tried out making home made goujons, pasties and samosas… all for a fraction of the normal fat that they would contain. In fact most of the recipes did not require any extra fat to be added.

The Tefal actifry was very easy to set up, it has a 1 litre capacity main bowl and paddle which turns food as it is cooking. The snacking accessory is a wire mesh basket which allows more delicate foods to sit in the basket and be cooked without the paddle turning it. This is ideal for delicate pastry items and items covered in, for instance, breadcrumbs.

So suffice to say I have been making pasties, panko coated chicken goujons, goats cheese stuffed samosas, feta cheese filo pastries and gluten free chicken drumsticks that my son said reminded him of, dare I say it, KFC! Considering he hasn’t been able to eat it for the last seven years I consider that a huge achievement!

Using the paddle I also made some great homemade chips that were ‘supposedly’ healthy tasting better than any oven chips I have had before. Just a tablespoon of oil was needed.

chips

The chicken goujons took just 15 minutes to cook in the Actifry but I found the chicken drumsticks took 30-35 minutes rather than the suggested 15 minutes in the snacking recipe leaflet.

Tefal Actifry Snacking

Tefal ActifryWe have really enjoyed the pastry and breaded items that have been cooked using the Tefal Actfry with Snacking accessory. I have enjoyed the ease of making breaded chicken items such as the drumsticks, I did spray them with oil to give them some extra moisture as I feel that some of the items have been a little dry.

The machine makes a little noise while it is doing it’s thing but nothing intrusive. There is a timer which goes off at the end of cooking time, this is a little quiet and you must be aware that the actifry does not stop cooking until it is switched off. This could be a problem if you get sidetracked so back up with another timer. I also feel that the basket (the fryer has a 1kg capacity) is a little small for our family. It was large enough for four chicken drumsticks so took several whirls to make enough for a family of six.

As well as making fabulous chips I have been really impressed with the features of the Actifry in general and was amazed to make Granola in 8 minutes! No more watching over oats…

Granola

The Actifry is going to take up precious worktop space, and it is not cheap, currently £199.00 from Ideal World but it does appear to have endless options from stir fries and risottos to frozen chips, fresh chips, vegetables and of course with the snacking accessory even more. If you are going to be making lots of pastry based ‘picky bits’ and breaded chicken gluten free, or not, then this is  a great little gadget, not just for chips, that is worthy of the space it takes up!

Disclosure: I was sent the Tefal Actifry with snacking accessory, however all opinions are my own.

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Me & MickeyGratuitous Minnie & Mickey Mouse Selfie

Did I already say I had an amazing time on the Walt Disney World’s Culinary Showcase press trip?  The purpose of the trip was to experience the free Disney dining plan first hand, so if you thought going to Walt Disney World was just about the magic, the rides, and the characters, think again. Surprisingly Walt Disney World is also all about fine dining, healthy eating, new food experiences, top class chefs and experts in every food genre imaginable. I know…I wasn’t expecting that either. I have to admit my previous visits to Disney (a long long time ago) involved a lot of chips, I didn’t see a single chip on this trip, I didn’t smell one either. More about that next time.

Citricos

Citricos- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Signature restaurant)

Suffice to say there is a whole other post, or posts, that will go into more depth about how stunning the food was, and all photos in this post were taken by me at restaurants that can be visited as part of the dining plans.

Tony's Town Square

Zucchini Fries – Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, The Magic Kingdom (Waiter Service)

Mickey Mouse WafflesBooking selected holidays to Walt Disney World before the 4th November 2014 for holidays between 1st January – 24th March 2015 and 12th April- 30th November 2015 customers can receive the free Disney Dining plan for all travelling plus $100 Disney dollars per booking to spend in resort.

What does this mean?

The Disney dining plan allows guests to dine in a choice of up to 100 locations within the six parks, resort hotels and the Downtown Disney area. There is a choice of three plans tailored to suit individual needs.

The Disney Quick Service Plan includes: 2 Quick service meals plus dessert, 1 selected snack and 1 refillable resort mug per person per night.

The Disney Dining Plan includes: 1 Quick service meal plus dessert, 1 Waiter service meal plus dessert, 1 selected snack and 1 refillable resort mug per person per night. Banana Nut Bread

The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan includes: 3 Quick Service Meals plus dessert or 3 Waiter Service meals plus dessert, 2 selected snacks and 1 refillable resort mug per person per night.

As a parent I know how much the cost of eating on holiday soon adds up especially with children in tow so I was bowled over at the range of cuisine available around Walt Disney World…and included in the cost of the holiday!  This equals huge savings of potentially hundreds of pounds per adult. I can’t recommend this enough.

Whilst I was at Walt Disney World I ate in Quick service, Waiter service and also the dining plan’s Signature restaurants. They all cater well for children and for people with food allergies, intolerances and special diets. During the trip I had Italian, African, Chinese, Mediterranean and American cuisine,and more. I even managed to grab a quick toastie and coffee when I didn’t want to waste a single moment in the park; all within the free dining plan.

Whoopie Pie at Sunshine Seasons

Sunshine Seasons- Epcot (Quick Service restaurant)

So if you are thinking of making a trip to visit Mickey and all the delights that Walt Disney World has to offer, Virgin Holidays are offering:

7 nights in Orlando from £1,185pp

Seven nights in Orlando with Virgin Holidays, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick direct to Orlando, all inclusive accommodation at the 5V Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge on a room only basis and car hire included starts from £1,185pp. Price is per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a standard room and includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Price is based on a departure on 29 November 2015. Start your holiday before you’ve even taken off in the v-room at Gatwick Airport…adults £24.50, Kids from £14. Virgin Holidays is a member of ABTA and is ATOL protected. To book: www.virginholidays.co.uk , 0844 557 3859 or visit one of our 110 stores located in Debenhams and House of Fraser stores nationwide.

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Haribo MinionsThose cheeky Minions from the funny Despicable Me have made it into bags of Haribo. There are four different Minion jelly and foam shaped Minionspieces as well as an evil purple Minion in strawberry, raspberry, cherry, apple and blueberry flavours. There are three collectable packets featuring one of the iconic minion characters.

As per typical Haribo love in this house they have gone down a storm. The foam Minions are my favourite. :)

I have a lovely giveaway for three lucky people which will include three packets of the Haribo Minions…and a Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 box set! If you haven’t seen the films before you are in for a treat. Very very funny and of course the lovable Minions are as cheeky as they look.

 

 

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Tefal Cook4Me

September 12, 2014

Have I said I like a gadget before? Oh I have? I have been testing out a beast of gadget by Tefal called Cook4Me. This is an intelligent multi cooker that guides you to cook your meals quickly and easily. The Cook4Me has fifty pre-programmed recipes that can be cooked for between 2 and 6 […]

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Le Creuset Classic Chicken Casserole

September 11, 2014

Does anyone else love a free recipe booklet? I think they have the best recipes and are a great source of inspiration. I have just received the John Lewis’ ‘Cook Edition’, a free quarterly food publication. With sixteen pages this autumn edition includes recipes for Chocolate fondue and Sticky cider Sausages with Cabbage and Apple […]

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Chilling in the Virgin Holidays V-Room

September 9, 2014

I have so much to share with you after my amazing, get used to that word I am going to use it a lot, ‘Culinary Showcase’ press trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This is going to take plenty of posts so be prepared, I have to tell someone though as I am […]

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Off to warmer climes with Disney

September 1, 2014

Sooo, I have been a bit quiet lately…first a few days away with the children to that ole capital called London of which I will write about soon and frantic organising and packing for a dream trip to Walt Disney World, Florida, with Disney and Virgin Holidays. How lucky am I? I know, I know…It […]

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A healthier Fruity Créme Brulée

August 24, 2014

The very lovely actress and chef Lisa Faulker was cooking up an array of sweet treats the other week and I was lucky enough to attend her masterclass. Using Onken yogurt to substitute cream in desserts such as Créme Brulée and Eton Mess we were able to indulge but not feel quite so guilty about […]

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Most Popular Afternoon Tea Cakes

August 15, 2014

Afternoon tea is at the core of British tradition. Others can imitate it, but nobody can do it quite as well as we do. And that’s a fact! It’s the height of elegance and sophistication; right up until the point you get a big lump of cream on your face from going at a cake […]

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Win a Walkers Market Deli Hamper & VIP Tickets to Foodies Festival, Battersea

August 12, 2014

I am ever so slightly envious of this prize, a Hamper full of Walker’s Market Deli goodies including VIP tickets to this weekend’s Foodies Festival in Battersea, London. I was lucky enough to try the range earlier in the year and you can read what I thought here. The Market Deli range includes; Potato Chips […]

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