I have been busting my buttons trying to find time to post about my flying trip up to Sydney last week to check out the Tefal Cuisine Companion. Sometime, as bloggers, we are lucky enough to get invited to take part in some seriously fun and exciting projects and for me this is one of those. Along with a small team of other Aussie foodie and parenting bloggers I got see how this little baby works first-hand in the masterchef-esk kitchens of the Sydney Seafood School. Impressive stuff. But that’s not the end of this tale. I also got to bring home my very own Cuisine Companion. It would be an understatement to say that being one of the first people in Australia to test drive this awesome piece of French design in my own kitchen has had me a little excited ….. a complete understatement.
It was a ‘flying trip’ to Sydney in the true sense of the words. I’m pretty sure Jac (Common Chaos Chronicles) and I spent more time in cars, planes, taxis and airport waiting areas than anything else. But even so it was quite the adventure for us country gals. Nothing like some good company to pass the travel time.
The event itself was top-notch. Beautiful, informative and fun. After a short demonstration we all got to cook up our own culinary masterpiece with the Cuisine Companion in the state of the art kitchens of the Sydney Seafood School. By the end of the night we all, the cooks and the non-cooks alike, had made a delicious risotto or a sumptuous baked cheese cake. (I know – so clever.) Then we were all seated at a gorgeous banquet table in the cooking school dinning room to enjoy our handiwork. It was a fabulous evening with excellent company and, if I do say so myself, delicious food.
A few more extended taxi rides and delayed flights later and Jac and I landed back in Melbourne with our carefully guarded Cuisine Companions – all set to embark on a new adventure in family cooking. I’d secretly made a deal with myself that I was going to use the Cuisine Companion, now known as Cee Cee to her friends, to cook for my family everyday. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I’ve pretty much kept to this plan (and you may well be cursing my over-abundance of foodie posts). I have made beautiful chicken stock, nut butters, perfect meringues, delicious risotto, corn fritters, home-made tomato sauce, ratatouille, beef stroganoff, short-crust pastry biscuits, soups and taco filling. Yup, my family has eaten very well for the past few days. And better still, for the first time in a long (LONG) time, I am actually enjoying cooking for them.
Over the next few months I’ll be updating you on how Cee Cee and I are getting along. Let’s be honest, right at the moment I am still in the first flushes of love with her. She is intuitive, clever, well designed and makes cooking a breeze. (What more could you want in a great relationship!) The good people at Tefal will be setting me some cooking challenges and I’ll be posting some of my favourite recipes and letting you know what it is, or isn’t, that makes this little French cooking machine great. There is a lot to talk about and much cooking to be done. And I, for one, am looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds.