Seasons Feastings made easy with The Philips Airfryer!

Friday, 13 December 2013

A month ago, I was invited to the launch of the new Philips Avance XL Airfryer. Admittedly, I came to the event a skeptic, because I grew up in a family of foodies, and the ubiquitous wok along with a huge jerry can of cooking oil were the deemed necessities in a working kitchen. During the event, we were shown how the Airfryer can dish out healthier options for the family, while at the same time allowing us to whip up a meal in a fraction of the usual time needed. It sounded too good to be true, and I was sufficiently intrigued.

So happy to attend a KITCHEN EQUIPMENT launch! I never thought I'd see this day...

(left to right) Adeline (The Accidental Mom Blogger), Me, Diana (The Domestic Goddess Wannabe - you should totally check out her blog!), Rachel (Catch Forty Winks)Adora (The Gingerbread Mum) and Jennifer (DinoMama) 

Back home, I gingerly tested out the machine with a simple dish of breaded zucchini, almost expecting to be confronted with limp slices of soggy zucchini when I pull out the easy slide drawer of the Airfryer. It's not very often in life that I was proven wrong (my husband will agree because he knows the secret to a happy marriage is just to go with what the wife says) but this was one of them.

Ok - Philips, I'm sorry I doubted your product. Ever since that night when I held and ate the crispy, crunchy breaded zucchini without greasy fingers and oily lips, I am convinced of all the great things that the Philips Airfryer is touted to be. Perhaps the only misleading thing about the product specifics is its name. An Airfryer should only be able to fry with air, right?

Wrong.

It fries (darn well!). And bakes, and grills, and gratinates. Very much like an oven, only better, and faster. Come on - a roast in half an hour? I kid you not. More on that later.

First, I want to show you this. A Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffin. Fresh out of the Airfryer.



It was moist and good. So good that I got upset because I only made enough for 4 cups to fit the Airfryer!

Not convinced yet?

In the spirit of the season, I'm going to share with you a recipe made using festive ingredients. There is just something about cranberries which make me always think of Christmas, and its tart yet sweet flavour is a perfect complement to savoury stuffings for white or red meats. I've also included an air baked cheesy rice recipe for the kids, so that the little ones are able to enjoy a Christmas dinner along with the adults.

Pork Loin with Cranberry, Walnut and Apple stuffing


You would need pork loin, cleaned and trimmed, 2 small apples (or 1 large one), walnuts, dried cranberries, dried thyme and breadcrumbs.



Chop the walnuts, cranberries and apples up. You can either do this manually, or cheat by using a food processor. Of course, I took the fast way out!



In a large bowl, combine these with the breadcrumbs, melted butter and thyme. Sprinkle a little salt to taste. Set aside.



To prepare pork loin for stuffing, you would need to butterfly it. Butterflying 'opens' up a cut of meat and makes it flatter so that you will be able to roll it together with the stuffing, much like a Swiss roll.

Using a sharp knife, cut along the long side of the loin, closer to the base. Cut into the loin, stopping just slightly before the other end of the meat. Follow through the middle of the left, thicker part of the loin, slice through so that the meat is flat out instead of the original chunk. The butterflied pork loin should now be of an (almost) even thickness throughout.



Using a meat mallet, pound the meat to flatten it. Season with cracked black pepper and salt.



Spread the stuffing on the meat, leaving a section near the edge clean so that the roll can be 'sealed' without the risk of stuffing spillout.



Roll carefully inwards, and secure using some twine or kitchen string. Brush a little olive oil on the roll (completely optional) and roast in Airfryer at 180 deg C for 15 minutes. Increase the temp to 200 deg C, and roast for a further 15 minutes.



While the meat is roasting, make a meal for the kids!

Stir chicken stock, heavy cream and cornstarch liquid over low heat. Whisk mixture constantly, taking care not to let it burn. Once mixture thickens, remove from heat and set aside.



Sauté mixed vegetables in some butter, and add in sliced ham. Add in rice, and fry on high heat, breaking up all rice lumps in the process.



Fill ramekins 3/4 full with buttered rice and pour the chicken stock mix over it. Add a generous topping of shredded cheese.



Meanwhile, the beeps from the Airfryer tells me that the loin roll is ready.



Being the lazy person that I am, without even bothering to clean the Airfryer, I put the cheesy rice in to bake for 15 - 20 min (depending on how brown you'd like the cheese) at 160 deg C.

While that was cooking, I prepared some caramelised onion and red wine sauce for the roll, along with some Caesar Salad (with dressing out of a bottle!)

So the kids will have Cheesy Baked Rice...






While the adults have this!



There you have it. Air is the new Oil, after all!

N.B: They make perfect Christmas gifts for the missus, too.


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Pork Loin with Cranberry, Walnut and Apple stuffing

Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 30 minutes
Serves 2 - 4

Ingredients
  • 500 g pork loin roast
  • 2 apples, peeled and cubed
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbs dried thyme
  • Salt and cracked black pepper

1. In a large bowl, make the stuffing by mixing the apples, walnuts, cranberries, bread crumbs, melted butter and thyme. Set aside.

2. Butterfly pork loin, and using a meat mallet, pound the loin, so that it's flat and thin.

3. Spread the stuffing across the butterflied pork loin, leaving about ½ inch edge on all sides. Roll pork loin and secure using kitchen string. Brush a little bit of olive oil prior to baking.

4. Season with salt and cracked black pepper.

Caramelised Onion and Red Wine Sauce
  • ½ cup butter 
  • 1 large onion, sliced.
  • ½ tsp sugar 
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock 
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary 
Melt half of the butter in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Be careful not to burn the butter before the onions are added in. Once melted, add sugar and onions. Saute till brown for about 20 minutes. Add red wine and stock to the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and continue till the mix reduces to half and thickens. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the rosemary. Stir in the remaining butter.

Easy Cheesy Baked Rice

Adapted from The Little Teochew

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp corn flour, mixed with water
  • 2 cups cooked day old rice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • Sliced ham
  • 3 tbs butter
  • Shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese
1. Stir chicken stock, heavy cream and cornstarch liquid over low heat. Whisk mixture constantly, taking care not to let it burn. Once mixture thickens, remove from heat and set aside.

2. Sauté mixed vegetables in some butter, and add in sliced ham. Add in the rice, and fry on high heat, breaking up all rice lumps in the process.

3. Fill ramekins 3/4 full with buttered rice and pour the chicken stock mix over it. Add a generous topping of shredded cheese.

4. Bake in Airfryer at 160 deg C for 15 minutes.

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Now YOU too can 'Cook with Air' today!

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  • Avance XL Airfryer at $479 (Usual price: $539) with a FREE $50 SHOPPING VOUCHER
This promotion is valid from 1st December 2013 till 31st January 2014, only at the PHILIPS EXPERIENCE SHOWROOM

Limited to 1 Airfryer per person. I/C must be produced.

PHILIPS EXPERIENCE SHOWROOM

Address: 620A Lorong 1 Toa Payoh Building TP4 Level 1 Singapore 319762
Tel: 6882 5800

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Saturday: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm.
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

The Viva Digital Airfryer and Avance XL Airfryer are also available at regular prices in leading electronics stores, department stores and supermarkets island-wide.

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DISCLAIMER: This review post is part of a series of sponsored conversations between PHILIPS Singapore and MummyMoo.

I have been compensated for this review, and a Philips Avance XL Airfryer has been given to me so that I will be able to present a first hand user experience. All cooking skills, content and opinions are, however, my own. I was truly impressed, though. I kid you not.

6 comments :

  1. I am a lazy person too, so this one is perfect for me. But the price is a budget buster for me ha ha...imagine how much it would cost in Indonesian rupiah (considering the currency is suicidal these days)

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  2. Wow looks amazing! I would LOVE to make fries more often! We have burgers once a week and making fries quicky would be awesome! Thanks for sharing

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  3. I love cooking, I love eating foods no oils and also know some local food. These peppers sound fantastic and I’m intrigued by the airfryer.
    With one air fryer, I can easily and quickly cook every dish I like:
    All fried foods, food warehouses, including sauces. That’s great.
    I think you should have a Air fryer in your kitchen.
    Thanks for your recipe, i will try CHEESY BAKED RICE.

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  4. The cookies looks very crunchy! :) I love how high-tech Philip's products are :)
    And super thanks for sharing that recipe, will definitely try it.. I love cooking! <3 :D

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  5. I use it to make dinners every evening for my husband and I. The meat is never dry and it tastes delicious. I love cooking again because of the shorter cooking time and the cleanup is a breeze. We are eating healthier now, and the food tastes amazing.

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  6. Wow, look those dishes in this post so yummy and stimulate of taste too. I want to enjoy it now. I'm sure very delicious.
    Thanks for sharing!

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