Wednesday, 18 January 2012

BOSCH MCM 4100 Food Processor

From my posts you would notice that I love to experiment with new Kitchen Gadget, tools, products and etc such as Happy Call PanTupperware, MasterFood Spices. In this post I would be share with you my new toy which is this  - BOSCH MCM4100 Food Processor. This food processor comes with multiple functions such as; juice blender, meat grinder, dough maker and other usage like making meringue, sorbet, mayonnaise and etc.

As you can see from the photo above, they also have a handy accessories drawer where you could keep those unused blades and  slicing discs in order to prevent them from being misplaced.

In order to maintain good condition for the blender, do not process deep-frozen ingredients except ice cubes.  And to attach/remove the blender always rotate the blender in a clockwise/anti-clockwise direction, and do not remove it by force.

Features of this food processor such as:-

~ 800W Motor
~ 2 Speed settings and pulse setting
~ Stainless steel chopping blade and plastic whisking disc
~ Plastic liquidiser attachment 1.25L
~ Plastic mixing bowl 500g
~ Stainless steel cutting disc inserts (thick and thin)
~ Stainless steel shredding disc inserts (coarse and fine)
~ Plastic carrier disc for inserts
~ Dough tool
~ Citrus press

The "Bowl" works well as a food processor, dough maker or whipping of egg whites and etc. It comes with a transparent bowl, lid, funnel and changeable blades and discs and slicing attachments.

These are some handy Slicing Attachments ranging from Coarse - Fine (left to right, shown above). The 1st and 2nd on the left can be used to slice cucumber, fries and carrots while the 3rd and 4th on the right can be use to grate apples, carrot, cheese and cabbages.

Above the Whipping disc, Carrier Disc for disc inserts, Citrus Press from left to right. All these would come in handy depending on what recipe you are working with. For me I find the Whipping disc is quite interesting and I would like to try using it to whip some egg whites/cream instead of my usual electric beater.

This food processor can also act as a Citrus Press for pressing the juice out of citrus fruits such as Oranges, Grapefruits, lemons and etc. In order to do it:-



1. Attach the bowl(arrow on bowl on dot on the appliance) and rotate as far as possible in clockwise direction.

2. Insert drive shaft into the bowl and attach the citrus press to the drive shaft and rotate in a clockwise direction. (The lug on the filter basket must be located fully in the slot in the bowl handle)

3.  To extract the juice, set the rotary switch to low speed and press the fruit onto the pressing cone.



RECIPES USING BOSCH MCM 4100


ABC Detox Juice

Lemon Berry Tarts

Baked Lemon Cheesecake

Brioche

Apple, Oat & Walnut Crumble Slice

Kiwifruit Tart

If you are interested to get one of this BOSCH MCM 4100 you could go to their “live” kitchen at Harvey Norman’s newly revamped Millenia Walk Flagship Store. (detail HERE). Indeed this machine is a great helper in modern kitchen.


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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Happy Call Double Sided Pressure Pan - 韩国双面锅

Recently there is a Happy Call Pan(韩国双面锅) craze across most of the forum, facebook and recipes websites such as Munch Ministry where individual and members gets together to share their experience and recipes on using this "in-pan".

Basically Happy Call Pan works with a logic of a pressure cookers, patented silicon gasket and on-touch button magnetic locking systems which ensures cooking is hassle free, faster and healthier.  With the "Normal Pan(red )" having 3 layers and new "Ocher Deeper Pan(brown)" having 5 layers of ceramic durable non-stick coating, it actually speed up the cooking process and produce healthier dishes with enhanced flavour too.

The photo above shows the New Happy Call Ocher Deeper Pan (measured 27.5cm x 24.5cm x 7.5cm) and it is handy for cooking fish, chicken, meat, stew, soup and etc. Below are some basic functions of Happy Call pan's numbered above:-

1. SILICON GASKET
These red patented silicon gasket can effectively seals pan to prevent greasy liquid or smoke from escaping during cooking. And it also acts to prevent leakages during flipping of the pan while cooking.

Note: Over the time, this silicon gasket might expand a little so you can just trim it off the excess and push back firmly onto the groove, but ensure it does not black the "steam vent".

2. STEAM VENT
This allow excess steam to escape, maintain optimal pressure and cooking conditions inside the pan  and allow the meat to be evenly cooked.

3. OIL RECEIVER
It collects excess water or oil condensation which flow from "the upper pan" when the pan is opened.

4. GROOVED RIM
A grooved structure helps the pressure function of the pan by fitting the silicon gasket into the groove which seals and lock the pan.

5. STAINLESS STEEL HANDLE HOLDER
It connects the handles to the pan.

Each part of the handle comes with a magnetic button attached at the ends of the handle(refer to the photo above). With just "one-touch" the magnets it will lock both halves of the pan together tightly and sealed it before before any cooking or flipping.

To Lock - Push the two ends of the handles near and the magnetic buttons will snap closed with a distinct "click".

To Unlock - Simple insert you finger between the two ends of the handle and pry them apart and always open with both hands.

During cooking when the pan is sealed it cause the greasy oil and steam residues to collect on the inner part of the Upper Pan. So when the pan is opened all these residues will drip down onto the "tray" for easy and mess-free disposal.

Whereas the "steam vent" also acts as the drainage access for the oil and steam condensed and collected on the Upper Pan.

TO CLEAN AND MAINTENANCE
In order to maintain the pan in good conditions, once in a while, take out the silicon gasket and clean with a soft toothbrush in order to remove food residues. Or every 4 - 6 month, rub vinegar or lemon juice on the inner non-stick surface and warm it over low heat for a few minutes, rinse and wipe clean with a damp cloth. And remember NEVER use metal spatulas or cooking utensils that may damage the non-stick surface of the pan.


MY HAPPY CALL PAN RECIPES


Although there are quite a number of readers and friends asking me whether is it worth getting this Happy Call pan but for my view it always up to individual and their needs. Although this pan can do certain wonders but it also have negative area such as you won't be able to do stir-fry and get those "wok" smell like most of our wok do.

But in another way it does help to prepare some quick and easy healthy dishes such as pan-fry/grill fish and meat which reduce smokes and smells in the kitchen.

* All related Photos and Recipes of Happy Call Pan are ©Copyright by Ellena Guan of Cuisine Paradise. All rights reserved. Product merchants or anyone related are "Prohibited" from using my work (photographs, content and recipes) for commercial purposes.

Happy Call - Dishes
Grilled Teriyaki Saba

Stir-fry Choy Sum

Sizzling Tofu

Stuffed Mushrooms with Black Moss

Glutinous Rice Wine Chicken

Claypot Rice

Buttermilk Cereal Chicken

Braised Bee Hoon with Pumpkin

Hakka Abacus Seeds

Cabbage and Yam Rice with Roast Pork (coming soon)

Caramel Chicken with Potato

Coke Pork Ribs

Korean Rice Cakes with Ramen Noodles

Rainbow Omelette

Pan-fried Anchovies(whitebaits)

Steamed Chicken Rice

Steamed Chicken With Ginseng

Grilled Chicken With Lemongrass


Happy Call - Cakes And Snacks
Bak Kwa(BBQ Pork)

Baked Sweet Potato

Caramel Popcorn

Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Apple Upside-down Cake

Muah Chee

Banana Chocolate Cake with Cranberry

Double Chocolate Banana Cake

Blueberry Lemon Butter Cake

Mixed Fruit Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Pandan Chiffon Cake

Till then happy experimenting with the Happy Call pan if you do own one.


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