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

A dozen healthy recipes to help you keep your New Year’s resolution

Want to make some healthy changes this year? KitchenAid’s Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment makes it easy to create nutritious alternatives to your favourite dishes.

Lose weight. Get fit. Eat healthily. Do these sound like familiar New Year’s resolutions? We know how difficult it can be to stick to goals particularly after the month of January. Busy schedules get in the way and motivation is lost somewhere along the line.

Opting for healthy living is a lifestyle change and begins right in your very kitchen – with your kitchen appliances. Having small appliances that make cooking a breeze can be all you need to remain encouraged on your healthy-cooking journey.

Thanks to KitchenAid, it’s easy to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your everyday meals with the Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment. Like all KitchenAid attachments, it’s a cinch to use and sparks creativity in your dishes!

The possibilities are endless with this attachment – think sheets of sweet potato, zucchini and apple to name a few – but we’d love to give you a (yummy) head start.

We’ve gathered some of our favourite recipes from KitchenAid so that you can add sheets of wholesome goodness to your diet. Here are a dozen dishes you won’t regret trying, and ones that will be household favourites for the kids too!

Find even more recipes from KitchenAid by downloading the PDF here. Tell us what you love making with the Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment in the comments below!

3 guilt-free (and super easy!) recipes to try in the Philips Airfryer XXL

Want tasty fried food without the guilt? These three recipes that you can make quickly and healthily in the Philips Airfryer XXL are sure to be a hit in your home!

Typically, favourite foods are on the fattier side. Hot chips, fried chicken, spring rolls – the list is endless. As much as we’d love to delight our taste buds with these tasty treats every day, for the sake of our waistlines, we know that we shouldn’t.

Even when we do indulge, there’s a certain amount of guilt after a heavy meal. But delicious, mouth-watering food doesn’t need to be dripping with oil or drenched in butter to be satisfying. Nor do you need to give up your favourite meals altogether in an effort to remain health conscious.

The way you cook your food can determine a healthy meal just as much as the food itself. Thanks to Philips, you can prepare your signature dishes in an alternative, fat-reducing way without sacrificing the flavour that you know and love.

The Airfryer XXL is a larger version of the Philips Airfryers that you might already be familiar with. Its innovative technology allows you to “fry” food with little to no oil at all! And yes, you will still get that tender-on-the-inside-crisp-on-the-outside result every time!

Here’s how it works

Rather than using the extreme temperatures of hot oil in a pan to fry, an Airfryer (as the name suggests) uses hot air in a cooking basket.

If you’ve never used an Airfryer, we know you might be sceptical at first about the idea of cooking with air rather than oil. But it is possible, and in fact, we’d bet that you’ll prefer it!

With the latest airfryer technology, Philips uses a Twin TurboStar system. It creates a tornado-like realm of hot air using 2225 watts of power to melt away fat.

The fat is then captured at the bottom of the Airfryer XXL for easy disposal. Plus, you’ll actually be able to see the fat you’ve prevented yourself from eating.

The capacity of the huge XXL size is convenient for family meals, and is able to cook a whole chicken or even up to 1.4kg of fries – its Philips’ largest and most powerful Airfryer to date!

Psst! Right now you can get $50 CASHBACK when you purchase a Philips Airfryer XXL from Bing Lee before 25/12/16! T&Cs apply.

What’s great is that as opposed to a deep fryer, you aren’t left with the house smelling of oil! It’s quite the multitasker too. You can grill, bake and even roast lunch, dinner or snacks for parties.

The Airfryer XXL can prepare meats, vegetables, and frozen foods without needing to defrost them! You can choose temperature control and the best-suited settings with the tip of a finger. It makes cooking an absolute cinch.

And on that note, we’re sharing three of our favourite Airfryer XXL recipes for you to try today! They’re tasty and will be ready in five steps or less! Head in-store or online at Bing Lee to get cooking 🙂

Saltimbocca (Veal rolls with Sage)

Ingredients

400 ml meat stock
200 ml dry white wine
4 veal cutlets
Freshly ground pepper
8 fresh sage leaves
4 slices cured ham
25 g butter

Directions

  1. Preheat the Airfryer to 200°C. Boil the meat stock and the wine in a wide pan over medium heat until it has reduced to one-third of the original amount.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the cutlets and cover them with the sage leaves. Firmly roll the cutlets and wrap a slice of ham around each cutlet.
  3. Thinly brush the entire cutlets with butter and place them in the basket. Slide the basket into the Airfryer and set the timer for 10 minutes. Roast the veal rolls until nicely brown.
  4. Lower the temperature to 150°C and set the timer to 5 minutes. Roast the rolls until done. Mix the remainder of the butter with the reduced stock and season the gravy with salt and pepper.
  5. Thinly slice the veal rolls and serve them with the gravy. Tasty with tagliatelle and green beans.

Puff Pastry Bites (Your Way!)

Ingredients

200 g ready-made (frozen or chilled) puff pastry
Filling as desired (select from below!)
2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Preheat the Airfryer to 200°C.
  2. Cut the pastry into 16 squares of 5×5 cm and scoop a heaped teaspoon of filling onto each square.
  3. Fold the squares into triangles and moisten the edges with some water. Press the edges firmly together with a fork.
  4. Put eight parcels in the basket and brush them with milk. Slide the basket into the airfryer and set the timer to 10 minutes. Bake the appetizers until they are golden brown.
  5. Bake the remaining parcels in the same way. Serve the puff pastry bites in a dish.

Filling ideas:

  • – Ricotta and Ham Mix 50 g ricotta with 25 g finely-chopped ham and freshly ground pepper
  • – Ricotta and Salmon Mix 50 g ricotta with 25 g smoked salmon and 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • – Cheese and Green Onion Mix 75 g grated cheese (Gouda, Cheddar or Gruyère) with one thinly sliced green onion
  • – Shrimps and Dill Mix 75 g chopped pink shrimps with 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill and ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • – Pepper and Salami Mix 50 g salami in strips with ½ red bell pepper diced into small cubes and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh oregano
  • – Apple and Cinnamon Mix ½ apple chopped into small pieces with ½ tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon grated orange peel and 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • – Apple and Ginger Mix ½ large apple, chopped into small pieces, with 1 tablespoon finely chopped preserved ginger and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh mint

Potato Croquettes with Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients

300 g starchy potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 egg yolk
50 g Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons flour
Freshly ground pepper
Nutmeg
50 g breadcrumbs

Directions

  1. Boil the potato cubes in salted water for 15 minutes until ready. Drain the potatoes and mash them finely with a potato masher or a ricer. Allow the mashed potatoes to cool.
  2. Add the egg yolk, cheese, flour and chives to the potato puree and mix well. Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  3. Preheat the AirFryer to 200°C. Mix the oil and the bread crumbs and keep stirring until the mixture becomes loose and crumbly again.
  4. Shape the potato puree into 12 croquettes and roll them through the breadcrumbs until they are completely coated.
  5. Put six croquettes in the fryer basket and slide the basket into the AirFryer. Set the timer for 4 minutes and fry the potato croquettes until they are crispy brown. Then fry the rest of the croquettes.

All recipes are credited to The Philips Chef, where you can find even more recipes for your Philips Airfryer XXL!

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We tried The Perfect Press from Breville and here’s what happened

We’re giving away 4 of The Perfect Press from Breville! Find out exactly why you’ll want one and what happened when we tried one for ourselves.

If you’re aboard the toastie wagon, you know that it’s the perfect meal no matter what time of day. A toastie has endless combinations – much more than the good ol’ ham and cheese combo – and is simply satisfying whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

But if you share this kind of love for the timeless toastie, you also know how annoying it can be to have all your fillings spill out the side.

I’ve had my fair share of pineapple pieces grilling themselves outside my Hawaiin toastie, tasty cheese creating a pool of crunchiness on the press plate, and tomato slices mushed into something unrecognisable.

Not to mention, it’s pretty close to heartbreaking when you put the effort into a great ensemble of well-cut ingredients but end up with a cardboard-like, utterly flat sandwich thanks to the heavy press.

That’s why, needless to say, when Breville introduced The Perfect Press™ I knew I had to get my hands on one and try it out for myself. Breville claims that The Perfect Press™ is a sandwich maker that will prevent fillings from being squished, while still giving bread that golden, toasted finish.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, here’s what happened.

First, I went to my local Bing Lee store and grabbed one of these boxes off the shelf.

Next, it was straight to the kitchen.

The first thing I notice when I carry it is how light it is. I inspect it quickly and see that it could not be simpler – there’s an ON/OFF switch, and a lever that you can push in or out for options of LOCK, CRUSH CONTROL and OPEN MELT.

I normally make a quick toastie for lunch and avoid filling it with more than two fillings because I dread the mess. But to really put The Perfect Press™ to the test, I doubled the usual and filled my sandwich with four ingredients. The sandwich ingredients were salad leaves, tuna, sundried tomatoes and bocconcini cheese.

My ideal outcome for this sandwich is to first and foremost keep my fillings within the sandwich and not seeping out the sides. I’d also like the heat not to be too high, otherwise my lettuce leaves will start to wilt. And I’d want the cheese melted to perfection – not stringing off the plate but not remaining cold and solid either.

Sounds like I’m asking for a lot, right? Well, here goes nothing.

I switched The Perfect Press on, and within a couple of minutes, the light indicated that the plates were ready for my sandwich.

I put my sandwich in and set the lever to CRUSH CONTROL. As I put the lid down, I did notice immediately that it sat nicely and neatly on top of the toast without weighing itself down.

I was already impressed. My regular sandwich press would’ve let me down at this stage!

Within approximately three minutes, the green READY light flickered on and it was time for the great reveal.

To my surprise, the sandwich had not been morphed into the usual sad-looking pancake mess. It was intact, not even a leaf out of place. There was not even drop of oil on the metal plate as I had anticipated from the tuna or sundried tomatoes. The outside was golden, just as promised.

After my delightful peek, I was keen to cut it open and see if it had done anything at all to the insides – it looked too clean (for lack of a better word) to indicate that the cheese had melted. No melted cheese would be a huge disappointment.

I grabbed the knife and heard the crunch as I sliced it down the middle. See for yourself what happened next…

It was indeed perfect!

The sandwich still maintained its height (despite how high I stacked it!), the leaves were not hot and yucky, and the cheese melted beautifully!

As someone who is a toastie enthusiast, I’m really thoroughly impressed. The Perfect Press™ is said to provide x4 less pressure on your sandwich – and it’s evident that it works.

I’m not done with the testing just yet though! If you too are a toastie enthusiast, you know that there’s one thing left to call it a complete success… The level of cleaning required to pack it away.

The beauty of a toastie is how quickly it is to whip up. So if the cleaning required is longer than the making of the sandwich itself, it’s a thumbs down from me.

I could tell instantly that this wasn’t going to be an issue with The Perfect Press™. Its non-stick plates were a cinch to wipe up. A soapy sponge or cloth wasn’t even really needed. Literally 10 seconds later (if that!), the press looked as good as new!

Final verdict? The Perfect Press™ ticks all the boxes for me. It’s the ideal size for a quick and delicious meal for one, it’s easy to clean up, and at Bing Lee it’s really a steal for the price!

Now all that’s left to do is to create more toasties! 😉 What’s your favourite combination? Let us know in the comments below!

What is a pyrolytic oven and do I need one?

You might’ve heard the term ‘pyrolytic’ floating around, but what does it actually mean? Here’s what you need to know.

Ovens can be impossible to clean. They’re one of the most dreaded house chores because of the level of effort and time involved. And the fact that you’re never really certain you’ll achieve the tip-top result you want isn’t very encouraging either!

Over time, food residue sticks to the walls of the oven, crumbs fall into small cracks and grime can set in hard-to-reach places. It’s basically a baked disaster in there.

We are then left with no choice but to turn to harsh, chemical-filled cleaners and constant scrubbing to desperately get the oven back to its as-new state… until trusty technology came along with the pyrolytic oven.

What is a pyrolytic oven?

Of all the features an oven can possibly have – you’ll want to know about the one that cleans itself. Yes, that’s right, a pyrolytic oven is one that has a self-cleaning mode which blasts its interior with extremely high temperatures of up to about 500˚C.

It turns any food residue (and pretty much anything else) into ash! Yup, all the nasties are turned into a fine powder that you can simply wipe away with a damp cloth. No scrubbing, no oven cleaners. Just a quick wipe around and your pyrolytic oven is as sparkly as the day you bought it!

So you don’t have to worry about cooking disasters, accidental spills or general constant use. Blast your oven clean, sit back, and enjoy unlimited kitchen adventures with peace of mind.

Other innovative features

Of course, the thought of putting an oven at 500˚C would naturally cause all the red alarm bells to go off in your head. Especially in a family home. The really cool thing (pun unintended) about pyrolytic ovens is that their doors are designed to stay… well, cool.

The multilayer door of a pyrolytic oven ensures safety for the whole family and doesn’t open until it has reached a safe temperature. It’s designed to create a kitchen environment that you’re comfortable with.

Is it worth it?

Now, pyrolytic ovens aren’t this month’s breakthrough – they’ve been on the market for some time. However, many people are unaware of this cooking game changer when looking for a new oven or are scared off the price tag.

Like all good appliances, the spend is reflective of the quality. A pyrolytic oven is an investment. It will save you an incredible amount of cleaning time, and will save you from spending money on oven cleaners every few weeks for the many years that your oven is meant to last!

If you’re renovating, a pyrolytic oven will add some serious value to your kitchen. If you’re updating your appliances, you’ll definitely feel the difference in convenience and overall value.

This doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get one. Pop into a Bing Lee store and ask one of our friendly staff about current offers and the best pyrolytic oven to suit your budget.

Who doesn’t want something that’s self-cleaning?! It’s every home cook’s dream!

5 reasons to update your kitchen with a Samsung French Door Fridge

Looking for an excuse to update your kitchen? Don’t wait around any longer – Get up to $400 CASHBACK on selected Samsung fridges*! Here are five top reasons (among many!) why you’ll love switching to a Samsung French door fridge.

A fridge is one of the most used appliances by everyone in the home – no matter who you are and despite whether or not you cook! Mums, dads, kids and even cheeky pets make their way to the fridge multiple times every single day.

Organising snacks, meats, veggies and dairy products can get a bit messy when several hands are moving around the contents of your fridge. Food spoils quickly when not stored properly or when they are placed beside other foods that require different optimum temperature and conditions.

Considering how much we rely on our fridges, it’s essential to opt for one that is practical, durable and innovative in performance. Thanks to Samsung, there’s an easy way to preserve your groceries with their collection of stunning French door fridges.

There are so many great reasons why an upgrade to a Samsung French door fridge will make your cooking endeavours a dream, but we’re going to break down five of our favourites for you.

Psst… you can get more bang for your buck right now with up to $400 CASHBACK on selected Samsung fridges. Get in quick though; the offer ends 22/11/17.

Double/four doors

This one is quite obvious, but the sheer design of Samsung’s French doors means that you can open up the fridge completely to have everything within your sight. The doors have so much storage capacity, so – whether you’re after your sauces, marinades, drinks or milk – you can pop whatever you need straight out from either your left or right.

More upright storage on the doors prevents spills from bottles and jars on your shelves, resulting in a more hygienic, mess-free interior.

Access is a breeze too with easy-open functions and a gentle pull. Drawers and doors latch securely shut when not in use, so inside stays cooler and no energy is going to waste!

Twin/Triple Cooling technology

What you can’t see in the fridge is arguably one of the most important features – the cooling technology. Samsung’s innovative cooling utilises separate systems in the refrigerator and freezer.

The idea is to optimise the control of temperature independently in each compartment, so food stays fresher for longer.

Individual fans ensure near-commercial grade humidity too so that your perishable foods are kept in peak condition. Plus, it prevents odours mixing between fresh and frozen foods!

LED lighting

Lighting is a feature that is commonly overlooked in a refrigerator, but Samsung doesn’t skimp out on the finer details. That’s why their French door fridges are designed with LED lights.

LED lighting is cooler and more energy efficient than incandescent light so every corner of your fridge will be illuminated effectively and resourcefully.

No longer will the stick of butter be left unseen at the back of the shelf!

Water and ice dispenser

Stay hydrated with access to cold water and ice at your fingertips! At the touch of a screen (or a button, depending on your model), you can control the fridge settings to dispense cold water, ice cubes and crushed ice.

The innovative Ice Master produces ice quickly and leaves more space for taller groceries – win-win!

There’s also easy access to the water filter and a uniquely-tall face on the dispenser so that you can fill up tall glasses or even pitchers for the whole family.

Adjustability

Not every item you buy from the grocery store is the same width or height, needless to say! Shuffling around huge shelves in and out of the fridge can be a major inconvenience and incredibly time-consuming.

With Samsung’s French door fridges, simple tri-fold shelves adjust your storage dimensions in a flash. So whether you’re entertaining and need space for a jug, or have a platter to keep cold before guests arrive, your fridge will take away the stress.

Storage has never been more flexible!

 

There are so many more features to be enjoyed with a Samsung French door fridge (like its luxurious stainless steel looks and recessed handles!). Simply shop online or head in-store to a Bing Lee near you for further information and some expert advice. Get inspired and get cooking!

Next-level footy finals snacks every host needs to make

So you’ve got your brand new TV and sound system set up, and the colours of your team decorating the living room – but what will your guests be nibbling on throughout the game?

We’ve got some footy finals snacks that are a twist on the classic favourites. So ditch the store-bought frozen food for these tasty treats that every fan will love!

Meat Lovers Pie

Why choose between the classic meat pie or meat lovers pizza when you can have both?! Grab your Sunbeam Pie Magic and make a super impressive meat lovers pie!

Watch the clip or follow the steps below to get started.

Ingredients

Red onion
Ham
Pepperoni/Salami (or both!)
Grated cheese
Minced beef
Pizza sauce
Pastry sheets

Method

  1. Dice the red onion. Set aside in a bowl.
  2. Stir the minced beef in a pot over medium heat until thoroughly cooked. Set aside.
  3. Lay out your pastry sheets and cut out the moulds using the Sunbeam Pie Magic pastry cutter. Prepare the bases in the Sunbeam Pie Magic appliance and set the tops aside.
  4. Fill the bases with the red onion, meats, cheese and sauce.
  5. Place the pastry tops on the pies and close the Pie Magic, leaving them to cook for 15 mins.
  6. Take them out and serve with tomato or BBQ sauce!

Smoked Popcorn

Popcorn is always a family favourite – but why stop at buttered popcorn? With the Breville Smoking Gun, you can give popcorn a whole new, exciting flavour.

Check out just how easy it is with the clip or follow the steps below.

Ingredients

Microwavable butter popcorn
Paprika
Salt, to taste

Method

  1. Microwave butter popcorn as per packet instructions and put popcorn in a bowl.
  2. Cover the bowl with cling wrap, leaving an edge to place the Smoking Gun through.
  3. Use the Smoking Gun and cover the bowl entirely. Give it a light shake and leave to infuse for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Uncover, sprinkle with paprika. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve!

Root Vegetable Chips with Chimichurri Dip

Skip on the packeted potato chips and opt for something much more wholesome in both flavour and nutrients. KitchenAid’s Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment makes it so easy to incorporate veggies into your meals – and footy snacks are no exception!

Watch the clip below to see how easy it is to use the attachment to make sweet potato chips too!

Ingredients

2 sweet potatoes, ends trimmed, cut into 4-inch sections
2 parsnips, ends trimmed, cut into 4-inch sections
2 beets, ends trimmed, cut into 4-inch sections
3 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
1½ tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon flaked salt
2 tablespoons grated
Parmesan cheese

CHIMICHURRI DIP

½ cup parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
3 tablespoons sour cream
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
½ avocado, chopped

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C
  2. Combine parsley, cilantro, garlic, lemon zest, sea salt and chilli flakes in medium bowl.
  3. Puree sour cream, mayonnaise and avocado in a blender. Add just a bit of water, if needed.
  4. Combine avocado puree with parsley-cilantro mixture. Store in airtight container until ready to use.
  5. Attach the Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment to the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Insert food holder into the centre of one end of the sweet potato and secure onto attachment. Insert food skewer through the sweet potato, up to the first mark.
  6. Attach ThinBlade to attachment. Position bowl under the blade to catch sweet potato. Turn Stand Mixer to Speed 2 and position blade against sweet potato to process.
  7. Repeat with remaining sweet potato, parsnip and beet sections.
  8. Transfer vegetable sheets to cutting board and cut into irregular square and triangular pieces, about 2-inches.
  9. Toss with olive oil and spread out evenly on 2-3 baking sheets. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake until crisp, 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time.
  10. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Let cool completely before serving with Chimichurri Dip.

3 impressive dips to make with your food processor

Hosting a get-together? Or feeling peckish? Blitz up something flavoursome and satisfying with these three impressive dip recipes.

Aside from grinding nuts and crumbing bread, your food processor has the power to make a stand-out dish of its own – dips! They make some of the best snacks and party treats, and are a little more luxurious than the plain old crackers and cheese.

Get creative and whip up these three homemade, delicious and filling dips!

Thai cashew dip

*Recipe and image credited to KitchenAid’s The Kitchenthusiast.

Ingredients

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
3 tsp or to taste, Thai red curry paste
150g (3 medium) carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ small bunch coriander, roughly chopped
120g roasted salted cashews
½ cup coconut cream
Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a medium sized saucepan. Add the onion and curry paste and cook stirring over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until very fragrant.
  2. Add the carrot and 2 tbs water. Cover and cook over a low heat until the carrots are very
    Allow to cool completely. Lightly drain.
  3. Add the carrots, lemon juice, coriander, cashews, coconut cream and salt and pepper into the food processor.
  4. Process for a few seconds or until the desired consistency is achieved. Serve with vegetable pieces and crackers.

Roasted beetroot hummus with yogurt and dill

*Recipe and image credited to taste.com.au.

Ingredients

1 large (250g) beetroot, trimmed
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
400g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini
1 garlic clove, peeled, quartered
2 tablespoons plain Greek-style yoghurt
2 tablespoons fresh dill sprigs
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
1 tablespoon sunflower kernels, toasted
Assorted vegetables and crackers, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan-forced.
  2. Wearing disposable gloves, peel beetroot. Place in the centre of a sheet of foil. Sprinkle with paprika and coriander. Drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Fold up sides of foil to enclose beetroot, scrunching at the top to secure. Place on a small baking tray. Roast for 50 minutes or until tender. Set aside for 20 minutes to cool.
  3. Transfer beetroot and spice mixture to a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Add chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini and garlic. Process until smooth and combined.
  4. Transfer hummus to a serving bowl. Top with yoghurt. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with dill, pine nuts and sunflower kernels. Serve with assorted vegetables and cauliflower crackers.

Minty Pea Dip

*Recipe and image credited to marthastewart.com.

Ingredients

3 cups frozen green peas
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Cook peas in salted boiling water until tender, 1 minute. Transfer to an ice-water bath; drain.
  2. Pulse peas in a food processor with mint, lemon zest and juice, garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and tahini.
  3. Season with salt and pepper; drizzle with oil.

3 deliciously sweet recipes to make in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Whether you’re after a sweet breakfast or a treat after mains, these three recipes will be satisfying and easy to whip up thanks to KitchenAid.

Love your KitchenAid Stand Mixer but want to make something a little more special than the regular banana bread? These three dessert recipes* (that can also double as sweet breakfasts!) will impress the whole family – if you choose to share 😉

Your KitchenAid attachments will make everything super simple and cut your prep time in half! Follow the steps below and get your taste buds dancing in delight…

*All recipes and images are credited to KitchenAid’s The Kitchenthusiast™.

Cream and jam filled doughnuts

Ingredients

For doughnuts:
250mls whole fat milk, lukewarm
1 1/2 teaspoons active dried yeast
525g (3 1/2) cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 eggs
70 grams butter, cubed
Oil for frying

For custard cream:
2 egg yolks
2 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar
275mls whole milk
Seeds from half a vanilla pod
2 tablespoons cornflour
75mls cream

Raspberry jam
Icing sugar

Makes 9 doughnuts

Method

  1. In a medium sized bowl combine the lukewarm milk and dried yeast, stir until the yeast has dissolved then set aside for a few minutes.
  2. Place the dry ingredients in the bowl of the KitchenAid Stand Mixer and combine using the dough hook attachment on low speed. Add the milk, yeast and egg to dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Increase the speed to 2 and mix for five to ten minutes until the dough becomes glossy. Gradually add butter to the dough until well combined. Place the dough in a warm spot, cover loosely and allow to prove until doubled in size.
  3. Roll dough out on a clean floured surface until around 2cm thick. Cut into nine circles using an 8cm cookie cutter. Lay a tea towel over the dough and leave for 30 minutes.
  4. Fill a large heavy bottomed pot with 4cm of oil and place over a medium to high heat until the oil reaches 180°C. While the oil heats, take a cooling rack and place two layers of paper towels on top.
  5. Gently lower the doughnuts two at a time into the oil and fry until golden brown on one side, this should take around 1-2 minutes. Carefully turn the doughnuts and fry for an additional 2 minutes. Once cooked place on the cooling rack lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining doughnuts.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks, one tablespoon of caster sugar and cornflour until thick and pale.
  7. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, remaining sugar and vanilla seeds until just simmering. Pour half the milk into the egg mixture and whisk continuously. Pour back into the pot with remaining milk and stir until thickened. Set aside to cool, then refrigerate.
  8. Whip cream using the Stand Mixer until cream reaches soft peaks. Beat chilled custard until smooth and carefully fold into whipped cream.
  9. Using the back of a spoon, poke a hole in each of the doughnuts, fill with jam and custard cream then coat the outside with icing sugar.

Cheesecake pancakes

Ingredients

1 egg
1 tbsp sugar
250g cottage cheese
3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp raisins
Zest from 1 lemon
Coconut oil for frying

For cream:
Sour cream, thick
1 tbsp of sugar or agave syrup

For serving:
Mix of fruits
1 tbsp honey

Serves 2

Method

  1. Place egg and sugar in the mixer bowl with a whisk, and whip it until fluffy and foamy. Place grinder attachment on mixer and grind the cheese. Add flour, lemon zest and mix everything with a flat beater.
  2. Flour your hands, take one tablespoon of dough and form a bowl. The dough is sticky, so coat it with flour. Flatten the bowl and fry over medium heat in a pan with coconut oil. It will give it an additional interesting flavour.
  3. Place sour cream with sugar in a bowl and whip until thick.
  4. Now for the fruit! Heat the agave syrup over a medium heat and place berries in it. When you coat berries in warm agave syrup, they are shiny and even sweeter. You don’t need to pour anything over your pancakes in addition.

Tips

The sour cream should be refrigerated for at least two hours, and you shouldn’t mix different brands. When your cream starts to get thicker, you need to observe it, so you don’t over whip, at this point it is a good idea to slow down the speed of the mixer.

Apple rose tarts

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 medium (450g) tart apples such as Fuji, Granny Smith or Jazz
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
40g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
1 tablespoon pure icing sugar, for dusting (optional)

Serves 12

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C and grease 1/3 cup capacity muffin pan.
  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon, mix well and set aside.
  3. Attach Spiralizer attachment to KitchenAid® Stand Mixer. Center one apple on fruit and vegetable skewer; attach to Spiralizer.
  4. Attach spiral slice blade with small core and position at the end of the apple. Place a large bowl under the blade to catch spiralized apples.
  5. Turn stand mixer to speed 4 and process until the blade reaches the end of apple; discard top of the apple. Gather spiralized apples and cut in half vertically to create half-moons. Repeat with remaining apples.
  6. Combine apples, lemon juice and two tablespoons of the cinnamon-sugar in medium microwaveable bowl. Cover loosely with cling film and microwave on 100% power for two minutes or until apples are just tender, tossing after one minute. Drain and allow to cool.
  7. Cut pastry sheet in half to create two rectangles. Cut each rectangle into six to create 12 even strips.
  8. Working with one strip at a time, brush each strip with some of the butter and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon cinnamon-sugar. Arrange five apple slices along the dough strip with the flat edge of the apple lined up to the bottom edge of the dough, overlapping to fit.
  9. Starting with one end, roll up the entire strip carefully to create a rose shape. Place, pastry-side down, into greased muffin tin. Repeat with remaining apples and pastry strips. Sprinkle with any remaining cinnamon-sugar.
  10. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown and crisp. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove tarts from pan; cool completely on cooling rack. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

 

 

Bing Lee’s 10 best-selling microwaves

This list compiles the most-sold microwaves with the best value for money, as indicated purely by the number of purchases from our loyal Bing Lee customers – that’s you!

Microwaves are a household must-have. Whether you’re popping popcorn, reheating leftovers or “baking” mug cakes, a microwave should be easy, reliable and effective for everyday use. But where do you start when looking to purchase one?

Picking a microwave (or any appliance for that matter) is made easier when considering a model or range that a lot of other people have opted for. It proves that the durability, usability and overall quality of the product is worth the spend.

Numbers speak for themselves, so we’ve put together a list of the ten most popular and frequently-sold microwaves from Bing Lee to date.

Here’s the countdown.

10. Panasonic 27L Flatbed Microwave Oven

9. Sharp Conventional Microwave Oven

8. Smeg 34L Microwave Oven

7. Breville The Quick Touch™ Stainless Steel Microwave

6. LG 42L Smart Inverter Microwave Oven

5. Panasonic 32L Inverter Microwave Oven

4. Panasonic 20L Microwave Oven

3. Samsung 32L Microwave Oven

2. Samsung 28L Microwave Oven

1. Panasonic 27L Inverter Microwave Oven