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Week 5 – Spaghetti Vongole

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I can’t believe the fifth challenge has come and gone so quickly. I am going to miss them and the tips I have picked up each week. I can feel my confidence growing, and this has been helped by the ease of using my Kenwood Chef Titanium and learning to properly read recipes!

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Ingredients measured and prepared I was ready to go. The pasta was surprisingly easy to make – I was a bit daunted by the idea of making my own but the Kenwood Chef Titanium made it really quickly and it came together nicely. When the pasta was chilling in the fridge I re-watched the video and re-read the recipe.

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The Kenwood Pasta Roller attachment worked really well – my only issue was the lack of counter space – the pasta was nearly the entire length of our kitchen! The Spaghetti Cutter attachment then created something that actually resembled spaghetti (some bits more than others!). I also definitely needed my Kenwood apron for this recipe.  I couldn’t believe how quickly the clams and spaghetti cooked and with the addition of the garnish, the meal was complete.

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I got excellent compliments from my partner for this dish - he is looking forward to lots more homemade pasta! 

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Week 4 – Thai Minced Turkey Salad

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I didn’t realise I would get to use the Food Mincer attachment again so soon but looked forward to experimenting with new meats and flavours. Though I must admit I was slightly dubious about serving it in a lettuce leaf – all seemed far too healthy for me – but it actually worked really well and was the perfect complement to a lovely dish.

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Once again the recipe was easy to follow and my Kenwood Chef Titanium made light work of everything! The Food Processor attachment had the vegetables finely chopped in seconds.

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The turkey did not seem to “mince” as easily as the lamb and it definitely benefited from passing through the attachment twice.

My presentation maybe wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as Chessie’s or my burgers last week but the result was equally as delicious. I had never used lemongrass or lime leaves before and we both really enjoyed the resulting flavour combination. It was really refreshing having the fresh herbs on top of the turkey mince – I would not normally bother with a garnish if it was suggested in a recipe but maybe I should!! 

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Week 3 – Family Friendly Two Way Burger

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I was really looking forward to this week’s challenge after watching the video and realising that I didn’t have to make my own buns was also a great relief.

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My partner had finished his PhD viva the day before so now was the chance to produce a lovely meal for him. We decided to have one “adult” and one “child” burger each.

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I was wondering if it was going to be worth the effort of mincing the lamb and making the burgers – I normally just make my burgers by just pressing mince together with nothing else added! However, having eaten the end results I can definitely say I would do it again.

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The Food Mincer attachment worked really easily and I used the same method as Alison and used the coarse and medium setting, and the Kenwood k-Beater brought all the ingredients together really well.

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Served with homemade wedges but bought coleslaw (definitely not as virtuous as she is) I can honestly say this is one of the best meals I have made in a long time. Will be trying these stuffed burgers again and looking forward to trying different flavour combinations. 

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Week 2 – Banana Bread

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I was determined to do better this week – especially after having seen the efforts of the other contestants in the previous challenge.

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Recipe read, reread and the video watched numerous times, I was ready to go. The Food Processor attachment worked really well with the Kenwood Chef Titanium and the K Beater helped the batter come together nicely. I had a sneaky feeling that I had used a tablespoon for certain ingredients instead of teaspoon, but I put those thoughts to the back of my mind and crossed my fingers and toes.

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When the bread came out similar to the image online I thought I had just managed to convince myself I could do this. My partner then suggested I use the egg yolks to make hollandaise sauce while the bread was cooling and I unfortunately thought this was a great idea. Two disasters in one evening is new for even me.

  1. Hollandaise fail.
  2. The lining was stuck to the bread and after tasting it I was sure I had used tablespoons of bicarb and baking powder. :(

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Take home message – read the ingredients thoroughly as well as the recipe!

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Not to be discouraged I left the bananas to ripen before retackling the recipe carefully!  The addition of chocolate chips (though leave the lid up!) and the end result was lovely.

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The direct comparison of my two bakes definitely shows my improvement. 

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Week 1 – Tuile week

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It felt like Christmas morning with the excitement of opening my new Chef Titanium!  In preparation for this first challenge I watched the video, read the recipe and re-watched the video again and again. “How hard could this be?” I thought, with the video only taking 4 minutes. Two batches and three bakes later I proved myself wrong.

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I especially liked the in-bowl illumination feature – unfortunately this allowed me to see all the lumps and errors in my mixture! In the oven and after 8 minutes of baking I took to blaming my oven when the Tuile Biscuits weren’t much browner than when I put them in.  My partner’s reaction was to say, “Are these meant to be crispy because they aren’t” which obviously did not inspire much confidence in my first attempt. After my first attempt I decided to leave it for the day. My take home message is to follow the recipe word for word!

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Day Two and I have my sieve employed. With all my ingredients in my bowl I turned on the Chef Titanium and to my amazement the mixture turned out smooth – happy days! This time I decided to use the bottom oven – resulting in browner Tuile Biscuits in just 4 minutes but I decided the biscuits were still too chunky and I knew I had to do better. I think I got the Tuile Biscuits the correct thickness with my 3rd bake - just a shame about the appearance!

Bring on banana bread next week and hopefully fewer bakes! 

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