Winter entertaining with one game-changing kitchen item

If you are new to the idea of steam ovens in the home be prepared to discover the amazing array of culinary possibilities they offer up.

Sitting around and connecting with friends and family over a hearty winter meal is one of the true pleasures in life that can’t be bought. When you combine this natural Australian pastime with appliances that make the process easier you have a winning combination.

Steam ovens have become the next big game-changing kitchen item in the home since the microwave oven. Steam ovens and steam combination ovens have been around since the 1970’s, however they were almost entirely used for industrial cooking and catering. The efficiency of cooking and the ability to replace several kitchen items at once meant they quickly became popular in restaurant kitchens around the world. However, they generally eluded our home kitchens until more recent times.

Today the steam combination oven is something every home should have – making life easier and freeing-up time and space. Let’s take a look at the top 4 reasons you should consider a Miele steam/steam combination oven in your kitchen, and just how you can use it to entertain with family and friends.

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Cook Multiple Meals at Once

Miele steam ovens and steam combination ovens offer the ability to cook a whole three course meal in one sitting. The beauty of the popular steam combination oven is that it can do everything your old oven did, but with the added bonus of being able to steam side-dishes, soups or desserts while the main is cooking. Miele steam combination ovens come with additional oven functions such as Conventional heat, Top or Bottom heat, Full or Economy grill, Fan grill or Intensive bake.

The steam combination ovens also come with a wireless food probe which can be used to monitor the core temperature constantly. The oven can calculate the cooking duration automatically and will stop the cooking process when the set core temperature is reached. That means more time relaxing with your guests.

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Won’t Dry Out Foods

Humidity in our ovens play a huge role in how our food cooks and ultimately tastes. Food scientist and author of Modernist Cooking, Nathan Myhrvold, says “We cook our food using technology invented to bake bricks.”. Hence these traditional ovens have no control over humidity.

The steam ovens allow an immediate exchange of heat to provide quicker cooking without the need to pre-heat, while also preventing flavours, vitamins and nutrients from evaporating out of the food.

The moisture setting in the ovens also allow food to be revived the day after – this includes leftovers and baked breads.

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Replaces Other Kitchen Appliances

A steam combination oven replaces bulkier stand-alone steamers, steam ovens, dehydrators, and slow cookers. Essentially freeing up room on the kitchen bench top when cooking, and removing the need to stash away extra appliances and utensils when not in use.

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Saves Cleaning Time

How often have you finished a meal only to be met with the unattractive reality of a kitchen full of dirty appliances that need soaking and scrubbing? The Miele steam combination oven saves time by removing the need to clean multiple kitchen appliances after one cooking session.

Unlike other systems, the steam is generated outside the oven interior in Miele steam ovens. This offers considerable advantages for the cooking process but also means lime scale cannot build up in the oven, making for quick and easy cleaning.

Lastly, to make your life easier the inner cabinet of the steam combination oven is made from stainless steel with a special linen-weave structure and PerfectClean finish, making it easier to clean and less sensitive to scratching than other ovens.

Hearty winter feast cooked with a steam combination oven

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To find out just how versatile a Miele steam combination oven can be why not try cooking a whole dinner for family and friends. Bing Lee offers complimentary pre and post purchase cooking demonstrations at the Miele Specialist Bing Lee Showroom in Drummoyne to help inspire anyone new to the ovens.

Furthermore, there is a plethora of recipe ideas and tips online and in Miele recipe books. For more ideas go to Miele Experience.

STARTER

HONEY CORNBREAD

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INGREDIENTS

65g butter
125g honey
1½ cups milk
1½ cups polenta
550g bakers flour
3 teaspoons salt flakes
11g dried yeast
Extra polenta for dusting

METHOD

1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and honey together over low heat, Induction setting 3.
2. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk. Cool milk mixture to desired temperature of 37-40°C.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, combine the polenta, 400g of the flour, salt and yeast. Add the warm milk mixture and mix until combined.
4. With the mixer on low speed add the remaining flour, ¼ cup at a time until the dough clears the bowl and is only slightly sticky to the touch (you may not need all of the flour). Knead for 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
5. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl and place into the Steam Combination oven and steam at 40°C for 1 hour (the dough should be almost twice its original size).
6. Spray a clean bench with oil spray and turn dough out onto the bench. Using scales divide dough into 4 even pieces.
7. Using lightly oiled hands, roll each piece of dough into a log with one end facing you.
8. Using a rolling pin, flatten each piece of dough out into a narrow rectangle.
9. Starting from the end closest to you roll each piece of dough into a log. Repeat with remaining dough.
10. Place the 4 pieces of dough, evenly separated, seam side down into a greased 28cm bread tin.
11. Place bread tin onto a baking and roasting rack and prove at 40°C for another 30 minutes.
12. The bread should be just above the top of the tin. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top of the bread liberally with polenta.
13. Change function to Fan Plus and pre-heat at 180°C.
14. Once oven has reached temperature, Select Combination Mode:
Fan Plus at 180°C + 40 minutes + 10% moisture and place bread on shelf position 2.
15. Cornbread should be golden brown on top. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.

HINTS AND TIPS
  • This bread can be refreshed the next day by selecting Combination Mode: Fan Plus at 140°C + 20 minutes + 40% moisture.

Recipe originally found here.

MAIN COURSE

SLOW-COOKED DUCK LEGS WITH WHITE BEANS AND CHORIZO

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INGREDIENTS

4 duck legs
1 tbs oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
250g hot chorizo, sliced
60ml red wine
1 tbs sherry vinegar

500ml chicken stock
400g can cherry tomatoes in juice
1 bay leaf
¼ tsp smoked paprika
400g can butter beans
1 tbs oregano leaves, chopped

METHOD

1. Heat a Gourmet oven dish over medium-high heat, Induction setting 7. Add oil and cook duck legs slowly for 10 minutes until brown and the fat has rendered. Remove and set aside.
2. Drain off all but half a tablespoon of fat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and fry until soft and golden.
3. Add the chorizo and fry until browned. Return the duck to the dish.
4. Pour in wine and vinegar and bring to the boil; scraping off any pieces from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
Add the stock, tomatoes, bay leaf and paprika and simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Transfer the duck to Steam Combination Oven and Select Combination Mode:
Stage 1: Select Conventional + 130°C + 2 hours + 60% moisture.
6. After 2 hours, remove from the Oven. Remove the duck from the pan to rest.
7. Place the liquid onto the cooktop on high heat, Induction setting 8 and reduce by half, this should take approximately
10 minutes.
8. Add the beans and half the chopped herbs and warm through.

TO SERVE

Spoon the chorizo, bean mixture into a bowl, and top with a duck leg. Garnish with oregano leaves.

HINTS AND TIPS
  • After draining the unused duck fat from frying pan, allow to cool. This can be used separately to roast potatoes.

Recipe originally found here.

DESSERT

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING WITH PEAR AND TONKA BEAN CARAMEL By Shannon Bennett for Miele

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INGREDIENTS
Sugar Syrup

220g caster sugar
500ml water

Dehydrated Pear

1 William or Packham pear

Puddings

200g pitted dates, halved
250ml water
½ tsp bi-carb soda
60g butter, room temperature
160g brown sugar
2 eggs
200g self raising flour
1 William or Packham pear, peeled

Tonka Bean Caramel Sauce

300ml cream
200g brown sugar
250g butter
1 tonka beans, roughly chopped

METHOD
Sugar Syrup
  1. Place sugar and water in a saucepan on medium heat, Induction setting 6-7.
  2. Bring to the boil slowly, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Boil for 2 minutes, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Dehydrated Pear

1. Slice the unpeeled pear very thinly using a mandolin, approximately 2mm thick.
2. Wrap cling wrap over a Baking tray twice, this will allow air to flow beneath the pears for a crisper result. Dip each pear slice into the sugar syrup and lay flat onto the plastic wrap, leaving a small space between each slice.
3. Place the Baking tray on a rack in a Gourmet Warming Drawer on Food Setting 5 (approximately 85°C) or in an Oven on Drying
function at 90°C. Set timer for 6 hours. Check the pears for crispness, if firm, they are ready, otherwise continue to dry for another hour.
4. Leave pear slices in the Oven until completely cool to touch. Store in an airtight container.

Puddings

1. Grease and line the bases of a 12 cup muffin tin, or a 2 litre capacity rectangular baking dish. Pre-heat Oven at 160°C with 1 manual burst of steam.
2. Place the dates and water into a saucepan on medium heat, Induction setting 6-7 and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and add bi-carb soda, stirring well to combine. Set aside to cool at room temperature.
3. Cut the pear in half lengthways and remove the core with a melon baller. Place the pear in a Perforated steam tray and Steam
at 100°C for 4 minutes. The pear should be cooked but have a little resistance to it’s flesh. Set aside in the Refrigerator to cool completely and dice.
4. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl of an electric mixer until thick and creamy.
5. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition.
6. Add flour and combine.
7. Whisk the date mixture into a smooth paste and add to the mixture.
8. Add the diced pear and gently fold through.
9. Spoon mixture evenly into the preferred tins/dish and place into Oven on shelf position 2 and release the burst of steam immediately.
Bake for 20-25 minutes for individual serves or 50-55 minutes for a large pudding until firm to touch and deep golden brown.

Tonka Bean Caramel Sauce

1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, Induction setting 5-6 until melted, whisk well to combine. Reduce heat to low, Induction setting 4 and continue to cook for a further 15-20 minutes.
2. Cool the sauce for 5 minutes before straining caramel through a sieve over a heat-proof bowl. Discard the tonka bean.
3. Pierce the tops of the warm puddings with a skewer and spoon over a tablespoon of the caramel sauce. Return the puddings to the Oven and continue to Bake for a further 5 minutes.
4. Serve with extra caramel sauce, clotted cream and or ice cream.

HINTS & TIPS
  • If pears are very hard, they may need a few extra minutes of steaming.
  • Tonka beans have a bitter almond flavour and are a great alternative to vanilla or cinnamon. They can be purchased from specialty delicatessens and gourmet food stores.

Recipe originally found here.

THE ULTIMATE MULTI-TASKER IN OUR HOME – THE TV

If you aren’t already taking full advantage of what your modern big screen TV  can do, we’ll show you exactly what is now possible.

Long gone are the days when TVs took up valuable real estate in our living rooms for the pure task of passive entertainment viewing. There was a time when TV cabinets were designed with doors to hide them away when not in use, whilst some home designers suggested keeping them out of lounge rooms entirely.

TVs are more than just a device to watch the midday movie or the nightly news on. Just like many things in our life these days, it has learnt to multi-task.

Here are some of the ways you can take advantage of the technology built-in to new big screen TVs.

VIEW MORE THAN JUST FREE-TO-AIR BROADCASTING

With free-to-air viewership slowly in decline we’re seeing the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Stan, and FreeView Catch Up platforms as the more popular way to consume TV shows and movies. Fortunately, every modern television out on the market today will have the ability to deliver these streaming services via in-built software that seamlessly connects to the internet and can tap into your streaming accounts.SONY X85F - KD85X8500FSony’s 85″ 4K UHD Smart Led Android TV ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to versatility and built-in technology. It has Chromecast incorporated into its smart design so you can easily cast your favourite entertainment like YouTube or Netflix. The Android TV offers content search abilities that work as fast as you can talk. With advanced voice control and connectivity with Google Play, this 4K TV allows access to movies, TV shows, apps, or broadcasts in an instant.

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Panasonic’s 75″ PREMIUM 4K UHD SMART LED TV comes with the My Home Screen 3.0 platform. This user friendly and customisable interface makes it easy to cast shows and clips from streaming and catch-up services, as well as online sites like YouTube.

LISTEN TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC AND RADIO STATIONS

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Listening to the radio in your home through a stand-alone device is a thing of the past as apps and digital devices become more accessible and intuitive. Just like the TV and movie streaming services, you can now listen to your favourite radio station and music on yourTV.

While many Australian radio stations are already broadcasting in digital via apps, making it easier to be found on a smart TV, there is also access to thousands of international radio stations and podcast providers available through your TV. Lucky for us modern TV now have some pretty outstanding built-in sound systems to enhance your listening experience.TCL - 55C6US - 55” QUHD ANDROID TV

TCL’s 55” QUHD ANDROID TV offers itself up as an ultimate entertainment hub, boasting some impressive sound delivery. TCL has partnered with one of the audio industry leaders, Harman Kardon, to produce exceptional sound with a premium built-in design, raising the bar in home entertainment experience.

IT SHOULD BE SEEN WHEN NOT HEARD

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TVs are getting thinner and more streamlined every year. When wall mounted, a big screen TV complements your home in the same way a piece of art does.

But what about the unpleasant blank-screen issue that makes a TV stand-out for all the wrong reasons in your living space when not in use? TVs now offer the ability to do away with the blank-screen issue by offering the capability to display stunning photographs, content or digital works of art on the screen when not being used.

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Samsung’s Q7 QLED 4K UHD TV has an ‘Ambient Mode’ that not only allows you to play photos when not in use, but can seamlessly blend into the background by matching the colour or pattern of the wall it is mounted to.

The Q7 offers slim fit wall mounts and one thin cable that attaches everything cleanly to the TV. Ultimately letting you store your devices out of sight by connecting them to the One Connect Box.

VOICE RECOGNITION AND INTUITIVE REMOTE CONTROLS

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The remote control has seen its own evolution over the years. Starting with the humble days of actually getting up off the couch to change the channel, to a wired remote, wireless remote, and now voice recognition.

Whilst voice recognition can be utilised by external devices like the Google Home to navigate TV, film and music streaming services through your TV, it is much easier when the software is built-in.

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The LG OLED 65″ TV C8 AI ThinQ offers an enhanced interactive experience by employing Natural Language Processing (NLP) to deliver intelligent voice activated control. Meaning you can control the TV with just your voice, and you can ask it certain questions while watching a movie. Such as ‘what is the name of the song being played?’, or ‘what is the name of the actor?’ etc. Pretty impressive stuff!Hisense Series5_75_2018_1400x830-1Whereas, Hisense’s 75″ Series 5 UHD SMART LED TV has given you the option of controlling your TV straight from your smartphone. The VIDAA U 2.5 Smart TV platform and RemoteNOW is an exclusive Hisense app that allows you to control your ULED TV and customise your favourite apps, channels and inputs straight from your smartphone.

What to cook for Mum this Mother’s Day

You don’t need to be Gordon Ramsay to cook up something special for Mum this Mother’s Day. Here are some recipes you can whip up quickly thanks to small cooking appliances from Bing Lee!

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal made by Mum.  She’ll always have her signature dishes that no one can recreate just the same. Those are the kinds of meals that have a special place in your heart forever.

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But this Mother’s Day it’s your chance to show her your version of love on a plate.

Every Mum loves the thought behind a gesture, so unless she’s asked for a fancy, expensive meal, why not try to impress her with a meal you’ve made yourself? It doesn’t matter if you’re not a kitchen whizz; we’ve come up with a list of recipes that are easy and (most importantly) tasty!

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Put the apron on, because below you’ll find a whole handful of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh, and did we mention dessert?

Best of all, the small appliances that make these meals are all available now at Bing Lee!

Breakfast in bed

Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes (Made with the NutriBullet)

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Ingredients

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 tbs coconut sugar
¾ tsp gluten-free baking powder
1 pinch of salt
⅔ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Directions

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In your Short Cup, add all of the ingredients. Blend until completely smooth. The longer it sits, the thicker the batter gets, so don’t let it sit for too long.
  3. Scoop desired size of pancake batter onto the skillet and cook until the edges are dry. Flip and cook the other side.
  4. Serve with fresh fruit, whipped cream, chocolate chips, and/or pure maple syrup. Enjoy!

Original recipe from nutriliving.com

Lunchtime luxury

Steamed Pork and Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings (Made with the Breville Steam Zone™)

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Ingredients

30 Gow Gee (or Wonton) wrappers
500g pork mince
2 cups fresh shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
½ cup white cabbage, finely shredded
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
3cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
½ cup chives, chopped
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce

Directions

  1. Thoroughly combine filling ingredients and measure out 1 level tablespoon each. Lay a wrapper in the open palm of one hand and place the filling in the centre. (Keep remaining wrapper under a damp cloth or wrap in cling lm to prevent drying out). With a fine brush dampen the edges with water and fold wrapper over to enclose filling and form a crescent shape. Press edges together to seal. Continue until all filling is used.
  2. Cut out 30x8cm small squares of baking paper and put dumplings on top. Arrange dumplings in batches (sitting on the paper) evenly over the tray leaving enough space so they don’t touch. Cover with the stainless steel steaming lid.
  3. Fill water tank up to the MAX fill line with cold tap water. Press the STEAM button to select HIGH. Press the arrow up to select 12 minutes. Press START.
  4. Meanwhile stir together sauce ingredients and set aside. Serve dumplings immediately with dipping sauce.

Note: Bamboo baskets with lids may be used for steaming the dumplings. Place dumplings on a small square of baking paper before placing into the basket. Close with the lid before steaming. Place bamboo baskets on either side of the steaming tray. Follow instructions from step 3.

As a variation fold wrapper up the sides of the filling and press together so it sticks to the filling.

Original recipe from foodthinkers.com.au

Delicious dinner

Braised Beef Cheeks in Red Wine (Made with the Breville Fast Slow Cooker™)

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Ingredients

3 tomatoes
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 x 300g beef cheeks
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 sprig sage, finely chopped
1 small sprig thyme, finely chopped
2 cups red wine
¾ cup beef or chicken stock
1 bunch baby carrots, trimmed and peeled
50g green peppercorns, fresh or canned

Directions

  1. Core the tomatoes and place in a bowl. Cover with boiling water and leave for 10 seconds. Drain and peel of the skins. Halve, remove seeds and finely chop.
  2. Select SAUTÉ/SEAR function and set the timer for 20 minutes. Press START and allow to heat for 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and brown the beef cheeks all over in batches and set aside. Add the remaining oil and the vegetables and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and herbs and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the red wine and cook for 8–10 minutes to reduce, and then add the beef cheeks, stock and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Select SLOW COOK. Set the timer for 6 hours. Place lid on cooker and press START.
  5. Once cooking time is complete remove the lid. Remove the beef cheeks and set aside.
  6. Select SAUTÉ/SEAR function and set the timer for 10 minutes. Press START. Allow to simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.
  7. Cook the carrots in a saucepan of boiling water for 3–4 minutes or until tender. Drain, drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Return the beef cheeks to the sauce to reheat and stir through the parsley.
  9. Serve the beef cheeks with the sauce and a few peppercorns sprinkled over alongside the carrots.

Divine dessert

Passionfruit Curd Cheesecake (Made with the Breville Kitchen Wizz™)

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Ingredients

250g packet plain sweet biscuits
125g unsalted butter, melted
300ml carton sour cream
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind
750g cream cheese, at room temperature, cut into cubes
4 eggs

Passionfruit curd:
180g caster sugar
2 eggs
4 egg yolks
2/3 cup passionfruit pulp
140g chilled butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C no fan. Line the base of a 23cm (base measurement) springform pan with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place Quad blade into processor bowl; add biscuits. Place lid on bowl. Process until biscuits are finely crushed. Place crumbs into a bowl, add melted butter and mix well. Use a straight-sided glass to spread and press the biscuit mixture firmly over the base and sides of pan. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile clean bowl and insert Quad blade; sour cream, sugar, rind and eggs into the processor bowl. Place lid on bowl. Process until smooth. Add cream cheese and process until smooth. Do not overmix.
  4. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the base. Place the pan on a baking tray and bake for 1 ¼ -1 ½ hours or until just set in the centre. Turn oven off. Leave the cheesecake in oven, with the door ajar, for 2 hours or until cooled completely (this will prevent cheesecake from cracking). Refrigerate until well chilled.
  5. Meanwhile make passionfruit curd: Beat the eggs, yolks and strain into a heat proof bowl. Whisk through sugar, passionfruit pulp and butter.
  6. Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water a small pan, making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Stir the mixture over simmering water for about 15-20 minutes, or until curd has thickened.
  7. Transfer to another bowl, cover with plastic wrap with a small side of the bowl uncovered to allow steam to escape and refrigerate until cold.
  8. To serve spoon enough curd over top of cheesecake to cover.

Original recipe from foodthinkers.com.au

Easy Chocolate Banana Pudding (Made with the NutriBullet)

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Ingredients

1 banana
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup Cacao
1 tbs vanilla extract
2 tbs cornstarch
1 ¼ cup milk

Directions

  1. Add milk a little at a time to the cornstarch in a small bowl, mixing together using a fork until combined (this avoids lumps).
  2. Add all ingredients except the sliced almonds to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until creamy.
  3. Heat in a skillet for 5 minutes on medium heat while stirring or in the microwave for three 15 second intervals, stirring in-between to thicken.
  4. Pour into 4 glasses and cover with plastic wrap, pressing down onto the pudding to completely seal.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 glasses. Original recipe from nutriliving.com

PANASONIC Air Conditioners

From the moment you walk into your home you want to be comfortable, in both summer and winter and Panasonic’s New range of Air conditioners have a host of features to deliver that comfort.

Panasonic air conditioners are super efficient, thanks to Panasonic inverter. The inverter technology means once the desired temperature has been reached the air conditioning unit constantly adjusts the unit’s output to provide optimum comfort and reducing power consumption.

The new i-Auto X  feature enables significantly faster cooling using the new p-tech technology, allowing the compressor to achieve maximum frequency in the shortest possible time from start up.

The new aerowings design incorporates two independent blades that concentrate airflow to cool you and your personal space in the shortest possible time. And better yet, after reaching the set temperature, the aerowings direct the air up towards the ceiling to create a shower cooling effect as the cool air drifts gently down to control the ambient room temperature. This indirect airflow helps prevent the overcooling of people in the room, creating a more comfortable experience.

Econavi is a smart sensor technology which uses 5 detection methods to effectively cool the environment. It does an area search, detects when people are around, how much they are moving around, the amount of sunlight in the room, and the temperature wave. These 5 individual sensors work together to constantly adjust the unit output, giving you the perfect comfort while consuming as little power as possible.

Panasonic air conditioners also deliver cleaner air in your home, with over 50 percent of homes having someone who suffers from asthma, allergies or hayfever. Nano G technology removes and deactivates ninety nine percent of viruses, bacteria and mould in the air and on surfaces around your home.

That’s the New Panasonic range of air conditioners. Cleaner air, faster cooling and energy savings.

FUJITSU Air Conditioner Range

Whether you need an air conditioning solution for a small bedroom or large living space, Fujitsu’s combination of technology and design provides an effective and efficient way to keep you and your family comfortable.

Bing Lee carry two ranges, the lifestyle range and the designer range. The Lifestyle range is a stylish, standardised design so all the air conditioners can have a consistent look and feel throughout the home. These are the most energy efficient air conditioners Fujitsu have designed.

The Designer range has a sleek, modern finish, a genuine style leader. The combination of stylish looks and intelligent features makes them a leader in both form and function.

Of course, both ranges share a multitude of features to make your living area cool and comfortable.

The indoor units are stylish and compact, so they can exist in the living area without being obtrusive. Their high energy efficiency means the room can be cooled effectively and quickly.

The human sensor control detects the movement of people in a room and adjusts its operating mode to save energy consumption. It continues with normal operation when the room is occupied, and the energy saving mode kicks into action when the room is left unoccupied for twenty minutes. Normal operation resumes when someone re-enters the room.

Fujitsu air conditioners are all about comfort and convenience. You can tailor your comfort needs at the touch of a button. When cooling, it uses a long reach horizontal air flow to maximise its reach across the whole area. In heating mode, it switches to a vertical floor level airflow to get the heat where it’s needed most.

The low noise mode is great for situations where the outdoor unit is close to neighbours. On nights where you need to use your Fujitsu air conditioner, press the low noise button on the remote to bring the outdoor unit noise down by three decibels, making sure you and your neighbours sleep soundly at night.

Finally, the weekly schedule timer lets you set and forget a daily timer so you can come home to a comfortable environment each day of the week.

That’s the Fujitsu range of air conditioners – energy efficient, innovative and modern.

 

Westinghouse Flexspace Fridges

For over 60 years, Westinghouse has been designing practical and reliable kitchen solutions for Australian families. The new refrigeration range which has been developed over the last 3 years, has been designed to increase storage capacity of every fridge, from the depth of the base to redesigning the shelf rails, to increasing internal depth that doesn’t increase the external dimensions.

Westinghouse have developed a sliding rail system called Flexstore. Flexstore has a unique sliding rail with storage bins that lift and slide to exactly where they are needed. They are wide enough to hold 3 litre drink bottles and large bottles of milk and are incredible strong.

There’s bottle fingers on the bottom bin so every bottle is secure. There is a family safe compartment that can be locked when needed.

The key to keeping food fresh is maintaining the optimum temperature and humidity conditions, so every Westinghouse refrigerator has intelligent multi-flow technology, which provides an even temperature throughout the compartment, keeping food at optimal temperatures, reducing wastage and saving money.

Many fridges pass cold dry air through the crisper, this turns the fruit and vegetables dry. To control this, Westinghouse developed the flexfresh crisper. The flexfresh crisper circulates cool air around the crisper rather than through it, and is fully sealed. This maintain the crisper’s optimum temperature and humidity and an additional humidity control to adjust the settings when needed. It also has a sliding divider to keep fruit and vegetables apart, for ongoing freshness.

To control the multi-flow air system, there is an electronic touch temperature controller, located at the front of the inside of the fridge for easy access. For times when you need to rapidly chill, there is a boost button to maximise airflow and cool everything quickly.

There are bright LED lights at the back and top to help find items that get lost on busy shelves, and all models have a door alarm to let you know when the door has been left open. The spill-safe glass shelves are designed to improved visibility and isolate leaks, preventing up to a litre of spills from dripping onto shelves below.

It’s easy to keep the new Westinghouse fridges clean, inside and out. The deli and freezer bins have easy to remove clip off fronts, shelf walls have been designed to be easy to wipe, and the Flexstore bins and shelves are easy to remove.

Stainless steel models have fingerprint resistant coatings. To make it really easy to load and unload groceries, in the bottom mount range, all freezer drawers have full extension runners. The top mount range have adjustable door dividers, to organize the freezer exactly the way you want it. Plus, these freezers never need defrosting.

That’s just some of the features of the new Westinghouse fridge range!

BEKO 584L French Door Fridge with Drink Bar

This is a 584 litre French door fridge from Beko that has some great features that help you keep your fridge items organised and extend the life of your fruit and veggies.

So let’s start on the outside of the fridge. This is a fingerprint free stainless steel fridge with clean straight lines, and metal finish handles. Here you can see the mini-bar with soft opening door that gives you quick access to drinks without opening the entire fridge door.

The water dispenser is perfect for the quick sports bottle top up. If you need a drink in the middle of the night there’s an automatic illuminator.

Now as you can see we have the fridge area on the top and the freezer area on the bottom. Now did you know that many fridges have one cooling system for both areas, which means they share the same air circulation? Not this Beko. The cooling system is actually independent for the fridge and freezer areas. This controls the humidity levels better and stops odours getting from one area to another. This means longer lasting fruit and veggies.

Because it’s french door there is a huge wide space that can be used for really wide platters and big pots – great for parties and family events. The glass shelving can accommodate different sized containers by adjusting the mechanism with a push or pull action.

The two doors in the bottom freezer area give you a more organised freezing space. Plus, the multi-zone compartment gives you the option to turn the right hand side freezer into a fridge when  you need the extra cooling space.

The fridge area has active fresh blue light. This technology that Beko uses actually helps the fruit and vegetables, which have grown as a result of sunlight, continue to stay fresh and actually prolongs the life of your fruit and veggies.

In addition to the blue light, the Active Ioniser neutralises bacteria, viruses and particles that cause effluvia in the refrigerator, which creates an antibacterial effect. The circulated air inside the refrigerator is kept clean and as a result food can be stored for a longer period. The active odour filter circulates and filters cool air inside the refrigerator to help eliminate unwanted odours and bacteria to help keep food fresh.

That’s the Beko fridge, family sized, versatile and keeping your fresh food at its optimum for longer!

LG 712L Stainless Steel 4 Door French Door Fridge

Here is a 712 litre French door fridge with 4 doors, from LG.

So let’s start on the outside of the fridge. This is not just any water dispenser, it’s one of the tallest on any fridge, and can accommodate a kids sports bottle – very convenient.

One of the really cool and practical features on this french door is the door in door feature. On this door I just press a button while I open the fridge and here we have a very handy inner panel that holds all of the snacks and drinks that the whole family would want frequent access to during the day.

This door in door minimises the amount of cold escaping from the main fridge area. The shelving in this door can hold standard can sizes, so you don’t have to worry about fitting skinnier drinks there. In fact the shelf height in this section can be adjusted by simply moving it depending on your storage needs.

Now, we close this door, this time open without the button press, and welcome to the main compartment, and let’s open the other door as well. Because it’s french door there is a huge wide space that can be used for really wide platters and big pots – great for parties and family events.

The fridge area has bright led lights which are just as bright as daylight, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Now one thing you may notice is the absence of a ice box on this shelf that would normally feed the water and ice dispenser on the front of the door. LG have smartly integrated the entire water and ice dispensing into the door itself, so you’ve got complete freedom to use the entire width of your fridge top to bottom.

There are a couple of little hideaway spaces where you can store small cold items like eggs, cheese and snacks.

Being a big fridge, you’re going to have a lot of different food types, and to make sure you don’t retain any odours, the pure and fresh deodoriser at the back here helps neutralize odours and purify the air that’s circulating in the fridge.

Now down here is the freezer compartment, and it is split into two doors. This provides lots of organisation and saves you from opening the full freezer area when you only need one item.

As you can see, this French Door from LG helps you stay organised, gives you great visibility for all your cooled and frozen food items and minimises cold air loss with its door in door feature.

SAMSUNG 4 Door French Door Fridge

This is the Samsung Chef Mode French Door Fridge with a 719 litre capacity, perfect for big families and frequent entertainers, allowing you to store your groceries and bulkier items with ease.

You can see just by looking from the outside that this is no ordinary fridge. It’s been designed with a stylish and refined look that will add class and sparkle to any kitchen. Small touches like the contoured metal body and recessed handles adds a dash of professionalism to your environment.

On the left here there is Samsung’s ice blue digital display, that lets you control settings at the touch of a button. The Samsung Ice and Water dispenser provides a very tall opening so pitchers and tall decorative glasses can be filled quickly and easily.

Opening the french doors on top, you can see the wide space available, making it easily to see everything at a glance. There’s plenty of space in the fridge and freezer to store any shape or type of food. While we’ve got the doors open, the two step foldable shelf slides in and out and can be folded up to create more room for larger bottles and tall or bulky containers. This way you can adjust it to fit everything in and safely reach to the back of the fridge.

On the side, an easy big door bin lets you safely store larger items like larger larger size cartons of milk or two rows of drink cans, saving space and great for parties.

The high efficiency LED lights illuminate virtually every corner in the fridge, which also saves more space than traditional incandescent bulbs.

The freezer space is split into two doors. the cool select zone plus feature provides the ultimate in food storage flexibility, with the bottom right compartment easily converting from a fridge to a freezer, with 4 temperature settings. For example, the chill mode provides precise cooling for preserving fish, meat and poultry – at -1 degree Celsius, with minimum temperature fluctuation, so they stay fresh with the best flavour and texture.

Samsung’s triple cooling system independently controls and optimises the temperature, maximises humidity and prevents odours mixing in the three compartments. No frost technology means never having to worry about defrosting your fridge again.

Fisher and Paykel Ice and Water French Door Fridge

If you’re looking at upgrading your fridge, you may want to look at Fisher and Paykel’s 519 litre Ice & Water French Door . At 790mm wide and 1715mm high, this fridge has been designed to maximise space with unobstructed access to wide open shelf spaces .

High quality EZKleen stainless steel doors add sophistication and will complement any kitchen. The concealed hinges create a seamless finish and soft close doors mean no more slamming fridge doors or having the door left open. The ultra-slim water dispenser is easy to use. The angled water delivery means that almost any size or shape of vessel can be filled, while taking up no storage space in your fridge door.   

Flexible shelving and storage options and easy to access bins and trays on full extension runners allows for smart fridge organisation. The spill proof  shelves are easy to clean and will contain drips and spills.

Activesmart™ Foodcare is the combination of temperature sensors with smart electronics that create a controlled environment and optimum temperature to help keep your food fresher for longer.

The humidity control system, along with the cool and consistent temperature delivered by ActiveSmart™ Foodcare, creates the perfect microclimate in each produce bin . The humidity control slides offer settings for both fruit and vegetables to retain moisture and freshness.

Alarms on the fridge and freezer let you know if the door has been left open, and you can mute when loading the fridge from a large shopping trip . When you’re away, for example on holiday,  this fridge will recognise lower levels of use and defrost less often and therefore use less energy. This is called adaptive defrost.

You can change the temperature of the fridge or freezer easily through the SmartTouch control panel. That’s the Fisher and Paykel 519 litre Ice & Water French Door.