Cuisine Companion

Wow … …  … is this really happening?  Am I actually sitting down and  writing a blog post?  It’s been a while crocodile but yes, here I am.  You see this is what happens when you cross over from hobby blogger and start making a living in the online world.  You start to lose contact with your first love and that’s not necessarily a good thing.  (Guessing I will have to think about that a little more.)

Anyhoo, today my littlest was at a bit of a lose end, being school holidays and all, and started begging me to cook something with her.    Grimacing at the thought of a messy kitchen clean-up I gave in and started digging through my collection of Cuisine Companion  recipes waiting to be trialed.   In the end we settled on these Chocolate Brownies.  A friend sent me the recipe a few months back and it was the prefect opportunity to give them a whirl.

Chocolate Brownies Cuisine Companion two

 

INGREDIENTS

250g unslated butter
150g plain flour
320g white sugar
60g cocoa
3 eggs
Vanilla (1-2 teaspoons)

Chocolate Brownies Cuisine Companion one

 

METHOD

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees. 

Line a slice tray with baking paper.

Insert Ultra Blade into CC.

Chop butter roughly and melt in CC (3 minutes, 65 degrees at speed 4).

Add all of the rest of the ingredients into CC and mix (20 seconds, at speed 7)

Pour mixture into the lined slice tray and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Allow to cool before cutting into serving sizes and dusting with icing sugar.

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And the verdict.  These are truly delicious.  Very rich and gooey.  They would make a perfect dessert with a lucious drop of double cream.   A lovely sometimes food that is so simple you could whip it up in CC to impress your friends for morning tea.   Give them a go – I’m sure you will agree.   You can also find more easy Cuisine Companion recipes by following this link.  

Do you have a Cuisine Companion?  Link up your favourite recipe in the comments so we can all share to CC lovin. 

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Chocolate cake.  Need I  say more?  This recipe the simplest, best textured and nicest chocolate cake I’ve made (or eaten) in a long time and it’s so easy to make in the  Cuisine Companion that you probably won’t believe it.  I’ve struggled to find the appropriate person/place to credit for the brilliance of creating this recipe – this link is as close as I’ve come.   Once you’ve made it you’ll probably want to say thanks too. 

As with all of the recipes I post if you just want to print it out and avoid my pretty pictures and explanation, head on down to the bottom of this post.   But for those of you who like some explanation and visuals – read on.    You can find more family friendly Cuisine Companion recipes here.  You might also like to join this facebook group Loving the Tefal Cuisine Companion

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Turn your oven to  180 degrees (160 if fan-forced).  Line the base of a larger sized cake tin with baking paper and lightly grease the sides.  

Insert the ultra blade into your Cuisine Companion.  And then add all of the ingredients into the bowl!  170g butter, 4 eggs, 250g milk, 300g SR flour, 370g brown sugar, 40g cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.

Work at speed 8 for one minute.  Scrapes down the sides of the bowl and then work at speed 12 for 20 seconds. 

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Pour the batter into your cake tin and cook for one hour 0r until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean (without uncooked cake batter on it.) 

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Remove the ultra blade from your Cuisine Companion bowl and get the little people to clean the bowl for you. This cake mix almost tastes like chocolate pudding – so frankly try stopping them!

Once cooled I iced my cake with a classic mix of butter cream icing.   I reduced my usual recipe by 3/4 to suit the cake size – as I didn’t really think we needed the sides iced as well as the top!    

Butter Cream Icing
1/4 cup of butter
15g cocoa
1 & 1/4 cups if icing sugar
1 tbs of milk.  
Mix this well by hand. 

Yum.    

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Disclosure.  My Cuisine Companion was gifted to me and I have agreed to post recipes for your enjoyment in return.

Perfect Chocolate Cake for the Cuisine Companion
A simple and beautifully textured chocolate cake to make in your Cuisine Companion
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 170g Butter
  2. 4 Eggs
  3. 250g Milk
  4. 300g Self Raising Flour
  5. 370g Brown Sugar
  6. 40g Cocoa
  7. 1 tpsVanilla essence
Instructions
  1. Turn your oven to 180 degrees (160 if fan forced.)
  2. Line a good sized cake tin base and lightly grease sides
  3. Insert the ultra blade into your Cuisine Companion
  4. Add all ingredients into the bowl
  5. Process at speed 8 for one minute.
  6. Scrape down the sides.
  7. Process at speed 12 for 20 seconds.
  8. Pour batter into the cake tin
  9. Cook for one hour or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
Notes
  1. Ice using butter cream icing. This cake freezes beautifully and can be pre-cut and frozen for school lunches.
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This page is the home for a growing collection of time-saving family recipes either written or converted  for the Tefal Cuisine Companion.  All of the recipes are in plain-speaking English written by local Australian food and family/parenting  bloggers and should be a perfect way to help you get the most out of your Cuisine Companion. 

If  you have a recipe you’d like to add from your own blog please leave a link in the comments below.  If you have a great recipe you have created or converted yourself but don’t have a blog of your own to post it on  please also let me know as I’d  seriously enjoy trying it out myself and posting  it here on Caz Filmer Writes (with full credit to you) so we can keep sharing the Cuisine Companion loving. 

Cuisine Companion Family Recipes Caz Filmer Writes 

Easy Family Cuisine Companion Recipes for Aussie Families

 

Easy Tuna Mornay  (Caz Filmer Writes)

Easy Thai Green Curry (Caz Filmer Writes)

Easy Chocolate Cake (Caz Filmer Writes)

Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls   (Caz Filmer Writes)

Chocolate Brownies (Caz Filmer Writes)

Pumpkin Coconut and Lime Soup (The Gourmet Chick)

Butter Chicken (MoveFuelLove)

Slow Cooked Lamb Korma (MoveFuelLove)

Potato and Leak Soup (Becky & James)

Vegan Orange and Poppy Seed Cake (VegeTARAian)

Beetroot Risotto with Basil (VegeTARAian)

Home Made  Pizza Base (VegeTARAian)

Banana Bread with Choc Chips (VegeTARAian)

Coconut Pikelets  (VegeTARAian)

Fruit and Nut (Nutella) Tarts (Essentially Jess)

Healthy Chocolate Brownies (Where’s My Glow)

Rasberry Vanilla Cheese Cake (Bizzy Lizzy Good Things)

Carrot and Walnut Cupcakes with Lemon (Samelia’s Mum)

Paleo Pancakes (MoveFuelLove)

 

 

Great Australian  Cuisine Companion links you’ll be happy to know about

Official Cuisine Companion Site 

Loving the Tefal Cuisine Companion Facebook Group

Cooking with the Cuisine Companion Facebook Page

Tefal Cuisine Companion on Pinterest  (Caz Filmer Writes)

 

Tips For Getting the Most out of your Cuisine Companion

  1. Work hard at getting between 3-5 recipes your family enjoys eating and you feel comfortable making within the first month of owning your Cuisine Companion.  You’ll fall  back on these all of the time when life gets busy and they will save you so much time and effort that you will fall in love with your CC again and again.   Risotto is always an easy place to start.   (Caz Filmer)

 

 

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Since being gifted my Cuisine Companion a few months back, I’ve been on a mission to convert simple easy family meals into Cuisine Companion recipes.  Because what I really need from this little machine is less time and effort in the kitchen.   Can I hear an amen to that!

Tuna mornay is not the flashest of meals, but it is one that is easy to turn to when  time is limited and the pressure is on to get tea on the table.  I’ve played around with this a few times now and I’m finally happy to add it to my growing collection of easy Cuisine Companion recipes. 

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If you just want to print out the recipe and avoid my pretty pictures and explanation, head on down to the bottom of this post.   But for those of you who like a little more explanation and some visuals – read on. 

What You’ll Need

Tin of tuna (425g)
Flour (50g)
Milk (500mls)
Butter (50g) 
Grated cheese (50g)
Onion 
Garlic (2 cloves)

What you’ll need to do

Insert Ultra blade into the Cuisine Companion (CC).  Add a quartered onion and two quartered cloves of garlic and  process them for 10 seconds on speed 12.  Scrape down sides.  Check to see if you are happy with how small the pieces are and process for a further 20 if you think it’s necessary. 

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Add the oil to the bowl and cook on Slow Cook 1 for 5 minutes. (130 degrees).

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Swap over to the whisking blade and  add the milk and flour into the bowl.   Process this  at speed 6 for 1 minute without any heat.   This will mix the flour and milk and remove even the slightest hint of lumps from the sauce.  Yay for that!

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Add the butter into the bowl and process this at speed 4 for 8 minutes at 90 deg.   When it finishes you will have a perfect white (bechamel) sauce.
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Once the sauce is finished swap to the stirring blade.  Add in your tin of tuna and the grated cheese.  Work on Slow Cook 3 (20 minutes/90deg.)    When there is only 4-5 minute remaining you can peas, corn or other easy cook veggies if you’d like to. 

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Enjoy with rice and veggies or however you like your Mornay.  Lately, I’ve been serving ours up the stir-fried or steamed veggies rather than rice – just to mix things up a bit.   Either way it’s delicious. 

I think you’ll agreed that was a pretty easy way to get a very high-quality Mornay on the table.  I was reminded just how much time CC does actually save me this week when I inadvertently lost (read threw in the rubbish bin)  the rubber ring that seals CC’s stirring shaft.  It was back to standing at the stove and actually cooking for me. While it probably only took ten or fifteen extra minutes to cook in the old-fashioned way, what I really missed was being able to do other things (like write a blog post) while CC does all of the stirring and chopping work.  Thank goodness there is a new rubber ring on its way to our house at this very moment.  

I hope you enjoy this easy tuna mornay recipe.  Please come back and let me know how it works for you. 

Tuna Mornay Cuisine Companion Cooking Caz Filmer Writes

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Easy Tuna Mornay for the Cuisine Companion Recipes
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Ingredients
  1. Tin of tuna (425g)
  2. Flour (50g)
  3. Milk (500mls)
  4. butter (50g)
  5. Grated cheese (50g)
  6. Oil (20g)
  7. Onion
  8. Garlic (2 cloves)
Instructions
  1. Insert Ultra blade into the machine. Add quartered onion and quartered garlic cloves. Process for 10 seconds on speed 12. Scrape down sides.
  2. Add oil and cook on Slow Cook 1 for 5 minutes. (130 degrees)
  3. Swap to the whisking blade. Add milk and flour. Work at speed 6 for 1 minute.
  4. Add butter and work at speed 4 for 8 minutes at 90 deg.
  5. Once finished swap to the stirring blade. Add the tin of tuna and grated cheese. Work on Slow Cook 3 (20 minutes/90deg.)
  6. Enjoy with rice and veggies or however you like your mornay
Notes
  1. This recipe can easily be doubled - which I do regularly.
Adapted from Caz Filmer
Adapted from Caz Filmer
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For me, the best thing about owning a Cuisine Companion is that it makes cooking simple and easy. I love good food. But as I discussed recently I get very bored making meals for the family EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.   I have days when I love to cook, but I have others when the pressure to produce good family food drives me nuts.    So, since Cee Cee came to live with me last February, I’ve been researching and literally playing around with simple family meals I can cook up with absolute minimal fuss and bother.   Today, I’d like to share with you my own simple easy version of Thai Green Curry Chicken for the cuisine companion.     It’s inspired from a recipe my sister-in-law makes regularly and totally delish.     (Good work SIL!)

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If you just want to print out the recipe and avoid my pretty pictures and explanation, head on down to the bottom of this post.   But for those of you who like some explanation and visuals – read on. 

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Insert the Ultra Blade into your Cuisine Companion and add a peeled and quartered onion and two peeled cloves of very roughly chopped garlic.  Work at speed 12 for 10 seconds – resulting in a lovely fine chop.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

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Change the blade over to the mixing blade.   Add 1-3 tables spoons of green curry paste.   (1 tablespoon =  a mild flavour, 2 tablespoons =  strong semi-hot flavour, 3 tablespoons = a real zinger.)    Press slow cooker function and select 1.  (130 degrees  for  minutes 5 minutes).  

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While this is cooking chop your chicken breast into small cubes.  There is a lot of room for personal preference here. I like my chicken smaller and shredded.  You may prefer yours larger and more intact.  That’s the joy 0f cooking this way – you get to choose.  

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Add the chicken to the bowl and press the slow cooker function 3 and set the timer for fifteen minutes.  (95 degrees for 15 minutes).  While this is cooking roughly chop up your selection of vegetables.  For example (but not limited to) 2 medium-sized carrots, a zucchini, several stems of cauliflower and or good-sized piece of broccoli.  

If you do like your chicken well shredded you can swap back to the Ultra Blade once the chicken is cooked and  work it for 5 – 10 seconds at speed 8, however I’ve found this means you need to tip the chicken out to swap the blades and then put it back in and for me that feels too messy. I prefer to keep it simple.  However if  you do ever need shredded chicken for something such an easy way to do it.

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Add a 400g can of coconut cream (or coconut milk if you prefer), plus half of the same tin of water and a tablespoon of fish sauce, into the bowl along with the veggies.    Select the slow cook function 3 again but this time for 20 minutes.  (95 degrees for 20 minutes).   Now leave Cee Cee alone to do her work and go and do something more important than cooking!

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Tadah. Perfect and delicious Thai Green Curried Chicken.   Add some rice or enjoy as is.   A perfect winter warmer meal which also keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days.   I could seriously eat this every day of the week at the moment!

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Easy Thai Green Curry Chicken for the Cuisine Companion
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Ingredients
  1. 2 chicken breast fillets
  2. 1 onion
  3. 2 cloves of garlic
  4. 1 can of coconut cream (or milk) 400g
  5. half of the above can of water
  6. 1 tbs fish sauce
  7. 2 carrots
  8. 1 zucchini
  9. 4 florets of cauliflower
  10. 1 head of broccoli
Instructions
  1. Place the Ultra Blade into the bowl. Add a peeled and quartered onion and 2 peeled and roughly chopped garlic cloves and process on speed 12 for 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Change blades to the mixing blade.
  2. Add 1-3 tablespoons of green curry paste and press slow cook 1. (5 minutes at 130 degrees) While this cooks dice the chicken as small as you can manage.
  3. Add the chicken to the bowl and select Slow Cook 3. Set the timers to 15 minutes. While this cooks chop your vegetable into your preferred size and style.
  4. Add coconut cream, plus the same can half filled with water, fish sauce and vegetables to the bowl. Select Slow Cook 3 (which will automatically set to the necessary 20 minutes).
  5. Go away and come back when Cee Cee tells you she has finished her work. (Maybe cook some rice if you want to.)
Notes
  1. You can leave out the fish sauce if you don't have any. (As I have learned from experience.) IT will still taste amazing.
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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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