How Philips makes homemade pasta easy for beginners

Pasta lovers, this one’s for you! Get your creative caps on because fresh, homemade noodles have never been easier to prep thanks to the Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker. Here’s how it works.

Find yourself picking between cheap packet pasta and expensive authentic Italian cuisine? Now, thanks to Philips, there’s a third option that’s actually feasible for beginners! That’s right, it’s making homemade pasta right in the comfort of your very own humble abode.

The best part is that you don’t have to be a chef to make delicious, fresh pasta that the whole family will enjoy. It’s not as manual as you think (no, you don’t need to get the rolling pin out) nor is it time-consuming!

Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker

Let us introduce you to the Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker – the machine that will give you 600g of fresh pasta in 15 minutes.

You will impress your guests (and yourself!) when you serve up steaming bowls of comfort food. And yes, there is a big difference when pasta is fresh, you’ll just have to try to believe it!

So how simple is it? Well, the machine is fully automated. It has a built-in auto-weighing function and comes with eight discs to shape various types of pasta. All you have to do is add the ingredients!

The Avance Collection Pasta Maker comes with a free recipe book with over 20 dishes, so it’s easy to get started. Choose a program, press start and watch the machine mix, knead and extrude your fresh pasta.

You don’t need to be afraid of mistakes either because the machine essentially guides you along the way! The auto-weighing function weighs the flour and indicates the correct amount of liquid automatically, so you know exactly how much to add for the perfect consistency. It’s so convenient and leaves the guess-work out.

Personalise your creations by playing around with ingredients and flavours, and make a dish that can be called your signature! Check out just how quickly this Chef whips up a plate of pasta.

Philips Premium Collection Induction Cooker

Now that you can have fresh pasta at your fingertips, all that’s left is for tit to be cooked al dente!

The Philips Premium Collection Induction Cooker is powerful and portable for cooking on-the-go. It’s also perfect for tight spaces so you can bring it out on your countertop when you need it.

It uses a copper heating coil with 18 high-conductivity magnetic strips and 2100W of power, giving it the capability of heating up to 280 degrees instantly.

It’s seamless with slide touch control that lets you pick from 10 temperature settings – low for simmering and high for quick frying – for all culinary needs. It has an ultra-thin design that’s luxurious and a child lock for safety.

Best bit? You don’t have to replace your entire cooktop or spend a fortune.

Right now you can WIN both the Philips Premium Collection Induction Cooker and the Philips Avance Collection Pasta Maker! Just head to our Instagram page and follow the prompts on this post. Be quick; the competition ends on 15/2/18.

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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Determining which garment care is right for you based on your closet

If laundry isn’t your forte and you find yourself treating every item of clothing you own in the same manner, Philips’ range of garment care is here to help you iron out your worries.

If you’re one of the many who are guilty of neglecting laundry chores because of a busy lifestyle, this post is for you. We know what it’s like having what seems to be a mountainous pile of clothing that needs to be ironed or steamed, hung or folded, and then packed away.

The shortcut of treating all the clothes the same, with the same temperature setting on the iron, might seem like it’s saving time… until you burn your favourite shirt. We’ve all been shared that regret at one stage or another.

Contrary to how tedious it may seem, catering for the correct care requirements of the fabrics you wear can actually save you a lot of time (and despair) and make your clothes last longer.

Thanks to Philips’ range of garment care, you can get through your laundry quickly, with all your clothes looking and feeling as best as they can.

Each of the following small appliances from Philips is designed to make the chore a breeze. Intended for specific needs, you can pick a small appliance that is best suited for your household and your most common items of clothing.

To help you decide, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to select the right garment care based on what you wear most.

Psst… Right now you can get up to $100 CASHBACK when you purchase selected Philips Garment Care range products from Bing Lee! Offer ends 25/12/17.

Suits

While you may get your suits dry cleaned, that doesn’t mean that you can’t maintain them between washes to look fresher for longer.

The Philips Steam&Go 2-in-1 is perfect for suits because you can refresh them while hanging them vertically – no need for an ironing board.

It keeps your suits looking crisp and professional while ridding stale, day-to-day odours such as lingering food smells or cigarette smoke. Plus, if you go on business trips often, the Steam&Go is compact and light enough for you to take with you!

Cotton

For cotton uniforms and everyday wear, the Philips Azur Performer Plus is an all-rounder. With all the traditional settings you’re familiar with, this iron makes everyday ironing easy.

It has 2400W to heat up quickly and deliver powerful performance. It has a continuous steam output of up to 45g/min for the perfect amount of steam to remove creases. For more stubborn creases, steam can boost up to 190G for immediate results.

As convenient as it is in function, it’s also comfortable to hold and manoeuvre. It’s the optimum weight to push and its SteamGlide Plate soleplate moves smoothly over your clothes.

Denim

Because denim is such a thick material, it usually requires a more powerful iron. But there’s no need to go over denim with twice the amount of force or time as any other material.

The PerfectCare Azur is ideal for denim because it’s the fastest Philips steam iron and has a steam boost of up to 200G – meaning it can remove even the move stubborn creases (like the ones found on denim jackets!).

Despite how powerful it is, it’s still 100% safe to use on delicate materials too. All you need to do is adjust the setting. Too easy!

Silk

Silk (and satin alike) is always treated with more care than most other materials because of how delicate it is. But you shouldn’t have to be frightened about applying heat to remove creases.

You can safely revive silk with the Philips ClearTouch Air Garment Steamer. Hang and lock your garment in place and work the steamer along it for fast ironing. You can pick from three different steam levels so that you’re always in control.

The AirStretch Technology uses innovative air suction to eliminate creases and allow for deeper steam penetration for outfits that are ready to wear!

Linen & Wool

Not only can linen be burnt and wool misshaped, but velvet, lace, taffeta and any fabric can fall victim to their own types of ruin when not cared for properly. If your wardrobe has a vast variety of materials in there, it’s best to opt for a versatile ironing system.

And if versatility is what you’re after, you can’t look past Philips PerfectCare Elite Silence Steam Generator and the Philips PerfectCare Performer Steam Generator.

The Silence Steam has Safe Rest – a smart chip that sets the ideal soleplate temperature, scientifically tested on all ironable fabrics without risk of burning.

The Performer Steam, on the other hand, uses OptimalTEMP technology to set the perfect combination of temperature and continuous powerful steam.

Both products have a detachable water tank so you can fill up easily, and an increased scratch-resistant soleplate for a durable design.

 

Want more advice? Head into your local Bing Lee store and a friendly staff member can show you our incredible range of steamers and irons!

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