Dinner time with baby and the Tefal Cuisine Companion + James’ potato and leek soup recipe
DISCLAIMER: The lovely people at Tefal have gifted me my Cuisine Companion and I will be sharing my experiences throughout the year. All opinions and experiences are my own and shared honestly.
Perfect rice, every time!
With three children who insist on being fed dinner on a nightly basis and a baby who has that special ‘it’s time to make dinner’ sense I don’t have time to be fluffing about doing anything which requires lots of fiddly, time consuming steps all while needing the finished product to be perfectly cooked and tasty. As I see it, throwing a newborn into the works is the perfect way to test whether the Tefal Cuisine Companion would meet my needs and that of my family.
While James took on most of the dinner preparation while I struggled physically to recuperate from an infection as well as heal from my caesarean, I have found my Cuisine Companion (Connie) to be invaluable on the nights when he’s not been home to help cook or keep Felix happy.
One thing I am particularly excited about is rice – I use the first step from the Rice Pilaf recipe as a guide and get fluffy, perfectly cooked rice every time. As someone who could probably count the times she has cooked rice nicely on one hand, that’s a win.
For the last month and a bit it’s been all about simple, filling meals like spaghetti bolognaise, soups and the rice pilaf (sooo good) mentioned above. All things I am able to manage to put on and leave Connie to her business while I tend to the baby or referee fights until she lets me know she’s done. To streamline my cook, I always have everything prepared before beginning – instead of chopping things during certain steps, as suggested in the recipes, so I can then just come along and throw in whatever is needed for the next step without fuss.
When we need to make double batches of soup, we cook all the elements in our bigger saucepan and then transfer to Connie to make it lovely and smooth as the bowl just isn’t quite big enough for two night’s worth for our family.
Mash, asparagus and lamb steaks with garlic butter
Of course, it hasn’t been all staples and easy meals. What I am really loving is that we are trying new things. That, for me in particular, is a HUGE deal. In April we were sent an Easter challenge pack containing various ingredients with which we needed to create dishes. Along with items such as flour, cinnamon and nutella we received leek and asparagus.
I’d only tried asparagus twice and had never eaten leek, so I was unsure of what to make. Thankfully, James was on the ball and was able to come up with (and cook) delicious meals. Both of which we will (and have) happily eat again!
I was surprised to enjoy James’ Potato and Leek Soup, it’s never appealed to me at all, but I think that’s a lot of my problem. I’m a fussy eater, I don’t like a whole lot of things but maybe some of that is a mental block – I think it sounds unappealing and so I believe that to be the case.
I managed to try something new and fun and created current and cinnamon bread and apple, current and cinnamon rolls. Both were enjoyed by the children but could use some fine tuning. Still, for my first time making bread I am thrilled that it was edible!
Do you have a recipe I can try?
James' Potato and Leek Soup
A deliciously warming and filling soup for cold nights
- 3 celery stalks
- 1 leek
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1kg potatoes
- 20ml olive oil
- 40g butter
- 250ml water
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 1 cup thickened cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- Fit the ultrablade in the bowl. Trim and roughly chop the leek and celery. Place the leek and celery in the bowl and mix at speed 12 for 5 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- Add the butter, oil and garlic and launch the P1 slow cook program at 130C for 5 mins. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- Peel and cut the potatoes into pieces. Add the potatoes to the bowl with the water and stock and launch the P2 soup program 100C for 50 mins. At the end of the program add the cream, salt and pepper and mix on speed 10 for 20 seconds. Serve with your favourite crusty bread.
Becky and James http://www.beckyandjames.com/
Do you mentally decide something will taste bad and not bother to ever actually test that theory?