A frying pan in the oven? Yes, you can!

You love your little kitchen, but you simply can’t fit anything else in – the cupboards are fit to burst! And since you enjoy preparing tasty dishes for all the family, you’re constantly on the lookout for nifty ideas that will free up some space in the kitchen. The Ingenio Easy range would appear to be made for you!

Ingenio

From hob to oven in a flash

Use just one pan to make your famous upside-down apple tart? It’s like a dream come true! And yet Tefal’s Ingenio Easy range helps you do just that. Just imagine – you make your caramel in the frying pan, add your peeled apples, brown them slightly, then simply unclip the handle and put the pan in the oven! Just 15 minutes later, you can put your pastry on top and place the pan back in the oven for the final part of the cooking process (20 minutes at 220°C).

You can use it for any number of sweet or savoury dishes, and it saves on both space and washing-up time! Stick your pan-fried chicken under the oven grill for a few minutes to give it a lovely golden crust. Pan fry your gnocchi in some tomato sauce with a little garlic, then cover with a layer of cheese and pop under the grill. You’ll keep all your fellow foodies happy, and you’ll never tire of a pan that’s this practical and compact! And, needless to say, the magic handle of your Ingenio Easy frying pan can also be used with the other pans in the range.

 

Homemade crisps with your pre-dinner drink?

Not for you those packets of salty, greasy, shop-bought crisps! Before dinner or served with meat, you prefer light, oven-roasted crisps made from fruit and vegetables. Easy to make, easy to digest and highly colourful, they have everything going for them!

Crisps with your pre-dinner drink OK but make sure they’re homemade!

 

So moreish

Once you start on the crisps, you just can’t stop! So your solution is to make your own healthy varieties. And now that you know you can roast them in the oven, you’ve started inviting people round every week!  Iced tea , dips  and crisps – all 100% homemade in your own kitchen. And far from sticking to potato crisps, you go for the original and the colourful – celery, beetroot, carrot, parsnip and even banana, there’s simply no stopping you! Want to surprise your guests? Then make your crisps from one of the varieties of purple potato that are now available.

For extra thin and tasty crisps that roast uniformly, your best weapon is a slicer. Put the crisps on a baking tray,  then place in a 180° oven for 20 to 25 minutes (checking regularly). If you like, you can drizzle with a little olive oil before roasting. And to make your crisps even tastier, get out the spices! A dash of curry powder, cumin or turmeric (or cinnamon for the bananas), will make your crisps even crunchier and really wake up your taste buds!

 

What to make with your pressure cooker?

Your pressure cooker is your trusty ally – day after day, it helps you maintain a healthy, balanced diet, and enables you to produce wonders in very little time. If you like cooking a wide variety of vegetables, your pressure cooker can deal with pretty much anything and may well surprise you with its versatility. Read on to find out why.

What to make with your pressure cooker

 

Your pressure cooker is up for anything!

You already know how great your pressure cooker is for steaming vegetables. But how about using it for more complex recipes? Did you know, for example, that you can use it to prepare meat dishes? Why not try our recipe for Chinese Pork Spare Ribs, served with rice or sweet potatoes? Or our Pork with Raisins – the perfect Sunday-lunch recipe that is sure to wow all your guests (even your demanding mother-in-law!)

And since you ask, yes, you can even use it to make desserts! Pressure cookers are perfect for poached fruit, puddings and flans – chocolate cake, cardamom pudding, egg custard, you name it! After a short while, you’ll become expert at making quick and delicious desserts. It’s the perfect solution for large families and busy parents!

Top tip: To cook fish in your pressure cooker, never place it in the bottom of the pan. Use the steam basket instead, and don’t cook it for more than two or three minutes. It’s often advisable to use a steam cooker instead.

 

Yoghurt and jam – a never-ending love story

You only have to dip your finger into a pot of yoghurt served with a dollop of jam to be transported back to your childhood. And even if you weren’t brought up on homemade yoghurt and strawberry jam, you’re sure to love them now.  All you need is a yoghurt maker and a bit of imagination, and you’ll soon be making your own!

Yoghurt and jam – a never-ending love story

Get inspired!

Of course, some people swear by strawberry jam alone. And it’s understandable, as the taste of this delicious fruit marries so well with the smoothness of the yoghurt. But by experimenting with different fruits, you’ll add a touch of variety to life and delight the whole family. Almost any fruit can be made into jam, from bitter oranges to blackberries to rosehips. However, jelly made from apples or quinces is more compact and therefore less well-suited to yoghurt recipes.

Foodies know that there are certain types of jam that everyone loves. Why? Because of the delicate blend of fruit and complementary flavours and spices.  Try your yoghurt with jams made from apple and cinnamon, apricot and cardamom, or even strawberry and fresh basil – they’re a pure delight! Of course, you can either make your own jam or buy it in the shop, but either way opt for jams with a high fruit content (at least 45% — also known as “extra” jams).

Top tip: If you really want to indulge yourself, another ingredient that goes perfectly with yoghurt is the Latin American dulce de leche – a caramelised mixture of milk and sugar (also known as confiture de lait in France).

 

Marinate for extra taste

Summer’s here and, with it, the yearning for light meals and fresh ingredients. Barbecues and marinated meats are especially popular for family lunches and dinners. Fish or chicken marinated in oil or in white wine and herbs, or red meat marinated with spices – anything goes! Simply use a large glass dish or salad bowl for easy mixing, and set your imagination free!

Marinate for extra taste

Marinades with a bit of character!

Marinating is a bit like a magic trick – throw together a liquid (e.g. oil, white or red wine, fruit juice or vinegar), spices, herbs, salt and pepper, garlic and onion with some pieces of meat or fish, and hey presto! The golden rule is to avoid clashing flavours. White meat and white fish go perfectly with sour or fruity marinades, so go for white wine or vinegar. If using the latter, choose something with a slightly unusual taste such as raspberry vinegar. Then throw in some of your favourite herbs – basil, oregano, thyme, it’s totally up to you.

Red meat requires more care, because it doesn’t go with everything – it’s best to reach for the red wine and hot spices. Before barbecuing, tenderise your meat with the magic ingredient – yoghurt! It’s the secret to tasty, melt-in-the-mouth chicken or lamb kebabs.

Top tip:  Some marinade ingredients are great for your health. There’s lemon juice, for example, that contains vitamin C, ginger which aids digestion, garlic which is good for the heart, and of course cold-pressed olive oil.

 

Iced Coffee

Ah, the delicious aroma of fresh coffee in the morning! Without your coffee maker, you’d hardly be able to open your eyes or put one foot in front of the other! And your daytime coffee break is always a moment of pure pleasure, whether you are. But when the warm weather comes, you need something to cool you down. And because nothing could ever tempt you to give up your daily coffee, now’s the time to drink it chilled, iced or frozen!

Iced Coffee

Get into café frappé mode

Though often compared with iced tea, café frappé is much more than just cold coffee – it’s a positive taste sensation! There’s no shortage of recipes and methods for making a good café frappé, but they all have one thing in common – you need to use a good-quality coffee. Just as for tea, poor-quality coffee will be an inevitable disappointment (whether hot or cold!) The most popular recipe for iced coffee involves mixing instant coffee, sugar, a little water and lots of ice in a shaker. But there’s nothing to stop you inventing your own recipe! Why not add some milk to an espresso and whizz it all in the blender with some ice, for all the taste of a café latte in one long, cool drink?

Purists prefer their café frappé made from ground coffee mixed with water and left to brew for at least 12 hours. This takes a bit of patience, but produces a stronger-tasting drink. Don’t forget to filter before serving – use a sieve with a coffee filter inside, to prevent even the tiniest grains from getting through. Add ice cubes and enjoy – you’ve earned it!

 

 

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