Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Jamie Oliver Food Processor

We just love the guys at Philips. And we also love Jamie Oliver (who doesn't? He’s impossibly cute, makes simple, delicious food and is probably responsible for taking cooking from ‘the work of chefs’ to ‘everybody can do it, just play!’)

Philips and Jamie came together to create a range of fabulous kitchen tools – a Hand Blender, Food Processor, Blender, Steamer and HomeCooker, and we were given the opportunity to use and review the Food Processor, here are our thoughts:

First impressions and look
We aren't big fans of blue in the kitchen (but this is just a personal preference), we tend to go for warmer reds and oranges. But we must admit that the white body, see-through container and blue accent do look very ‘fresh’.
It’s a very compact machine (with retractable power cord) that fits easily into a kitchen cupboard.
Loved the round shape.

General handling
It’s sturdy. All the elements click neatly into each other and the strong suction cups ensure that it doesn't wriggle around on your work space.
We loved the big rounded opening for adding ingredients, and its 2 attachments for making the opening smaller or for directing ingredients onto the blades.

Performance and features
The engine is extremely powerful (1000W of power to those of you that understand that kind of thing).
We loved the adjustable slicer, so you can determine the thickness of your slices.
It does have a tool for kneading dough, but this is not its strong point.
It has a double balloon beater, so whisks egg whites to stiff peaks in seconds.
The citrus press is fast and powerful.
It also has a serrated knife that makes sorbet or frozen dessert from berries and fruit.

In a nutshell
This food processor makes prepping a dream! It slices, grates and shreds just about anything and pulverises ingredients in seconds.
It’s easy to clean – dishwasher safe!
It’s easy to store.
It’s pretty good looking.
So all in, we give the Philips Jamie Oliver Food Processor a thumbs up!

The Jamie Oliver Food Processor sells for around R1599.00
Read more about the extended range here:

This is one of the dishes we made during our review of the processor, and it was so delicious we just had to share the recipe!

Leek & Broccoli Soup with Mature cheddar toasts
Serves 4
(Based on a recipe from the July’13 Fresh living magazine)

You will need
4-6 leeks, cleaned and sliced finely (the Jamie Oliver Food Processor did this in seconds)
Knob butter
Olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 heads broccoli (about 500g), chopped into smaller florets
3 cups vegetable stock
Salt & Black pepper
Mature cheddar, grated
4 small seed rolls, sliced in half

How to make it
Fry the leeks in butter and a dash of oil on a low heat until they are soft.
Add the rosemary, garlic, broccoli and vegetable stock.
Simmer until the broccoli is soft (about 10 minutes.)
Blitz the mixture in a food processor until it reaches a smooth consistency.
Season to taste with salt & pepper.
Sprinkle the seed rolls with loads of cheddar cheese.
Under a hot grill, allow the rolls to toast and the cheese to start bubbling.
Serve immediately with the re-heated soup.
*Garnish the soup with some more mature cheddar for some extra cheesiness.


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