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Week 5 – Spaghetti Vongole

 

Lauren Rukin Week 5

Wow the final week! I wasn't entirely sure what Spaghetti Vongole was until I watched the tutorial video but after discovering what was involved I was pleasantly surprised! Pasta and seafood are two of my favourite things so I was eager to begin.

 Lauren Rukin Week 5

Now I have never made pasta but the tutorial looked simple enough… I couldn't help but feel that it wasn't going to be as easy as the instructions made it look. I set about making the pasta dough - they say third time’s a charm and for me it was! I'm not one to give in easily once I start something but I did feel slightly like Goldilocks, one dough was too dry, one was too wet and the third was just perfect!

Lauren Rukin Week 5

The Kenwood Chef Titanium made really easy work of making the dough, but sadly I seemed to be making it not look quite right. However, perseverance paid off as the pasta dough eventually resembled really lovely looking spaghetti! I have never felt so proud of something I've made as I did when the dough come through the other end of the Spaghetti Cutter attachment and had transformed into spaghetti! I think my husband wondered what all the shouting was but it was just me celebrating my achievements whilst hanging the pasta out to dry on our clothes horse. Something I think he thought he would never see. The Kenwood Pasta Roller attachment made light work of rolling the pasta into a beautifully smooth belt and once that was done I could place it through the Spgahetti Cutter attachment. Both were ever so simple to set up and were easy to use.  It was mesmerising to watch the pasta coming out of the cutter with lovely long strands of perfect looking spaghetti.

Lauren Rukin Week 5

The final product was something that I felt really proud of. I would never have tried to make pasta had it not been for this competition. The meal was delicious and the clams were delightfully tender. My four year old happily sat and tucked into a giant bowl full which was wonderful to see. It was again a dish which I could pre-prepare making meal times easier and less stressful, which for a busy mum is great. It was a dish that my whole family enjoyed and I can't wait to make pasta again. 

Lauren Rukin Week 5

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Week 4: Thai turkey minced salad or Larb Gai salad

Having learnt from my mincing experience last week, I remembered to place the turkey mince through a coarse mincer rather than the fine one so it didn't end up mushy and sticky. Once it had gone through the coarse mincer, I found that the consistency was fine so chose not to place it through again. I was again impressed at just how easy the Kenwood Chef Titanium and Food Mincer attachment was to set up and use.

Lauren Rukin Week 4

The Food Processor attachment made easy work of dicing the chunkier cut ingredients and I think this was where I made an error. I put in all three red chillies and then when I came to cook it found that the tutorial mentioned I may not need them all. I felt slightly panicked but it smelt delicious whilst cooking so remained hopeful!

Once it was dished up it looked very nice and certainly smelt tasty. I opted to leave out the chilli flakes as I didn't want to melt and sat down feeling very hungry and eager to try it! I wasn't sure what to expect and was surprised at the salt that I could taste and actually how well I coped with the chilli! I think next time I would leave out maybe one of them as it was quite hot but delicious nonetheless.

Lauren Rukin Week 4

I was solo parenting this weekend and prepped all of the salad ingredients before I put my babies to bed. The Kenwood Chef Titanium made really quick and easy work of this and meant that I had a really tasty, nutritious dinner almost waiting for me by the time I was done. It was a lifesaver this weekend and the dinner it made was appetising and full of nourishment. Thanks Kenwood!

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Week 3 – Family Friendly Two Way Burger


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I was really eager to try the Food Mincer attachment with the Kenwood Chef Titanium. Having never actually minced anything I wasn't entirely sure what to expect and I was surprised by its efficiency and speed. The mince looked lovely and it was really comforting to know exactly what was going to be in the burgers that I produced.

Once they were assembled into patties I started to regret quite how fine I had made the mince as it had gone quite sticky looking, however I continued and filled the children's with mozzarella and the adult’s with brie. It was going really well until I accidentally tipped the pot of dried chilli into my burger, so after scraping a handful off I put them in the oven.

Lauren Rukin Week 3

They cooked beautifully and I was really pleased with the result as were the entire family! My husband is a vegetarian so I decided to apply the same thought process from the patties and used the Food Processor attachment to make salmon burgers (albeit meatball size) and these too were delicious.

Lauren Rukin Week 3

I am so impressed with myself for creating something that everyone enjoyed, but I don't think I could have done it without the help of my Kenwood Chef Titanium! Burgers anyone?!

Lauren Rukin Week 3

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Week 2 – Banana Bread

 

Having recovered from my previous culinary disaster, I felt quite excited about the banana bread. I make baby and toddler friendly banana bread all the time! Having said that, I've never used gluten free flour or added nuts to the mix, so the pressure was on a bit to avoid having something that ended up like last week’s efforts.

As expected the Kenwood Chef Titanium made light work of the mixing and the Food Processor attachment was so efficient I found that I had my mix made within minutes. I was slightly concerned that the mix resembled a rather overzealous mousse but remained optimistic that it was just the different flour.

 Lauren Rukin Week 2

Banana? Nuts? Both? How do I decorate it? Being chronically indecisive I opted for both and was so pleased as it came out of the oven smelling and looking wonderful! Obviously the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so I keenly dished out slices to my ever indulging taste testers. The result was overwhelmingly positive!

To quote my son; ‘no soggy bottom… An excellent bake’. Even the baby cleared his tray. So it's a thumbs up from our house!

Lauren Rukin Week 2

 

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Week 1 - Tuile biscuit


“It looks so easy” she said. “It's such a simple recipe” she said. “I've totally got this” she said. Oh wow, how I was mistaken!

Lauren Rukin Week One

I had everything prepared, I'd watched the tutorial a couple of times, I'd even made a leaf shape stencil out of a plastic lid. The actual making of the mix seemed to go well, bar having to redo the separating of my eggs because I got yolk in it. The Kenwood Chef Titanium made things so much easier and I'd found myself ready to bake in minutes!

Lauren Rukin Week One

I had two expectant young mouths eagerly eyeing the oven, so the pressure was on. Four minutes later, I opened the oven and to my dismay they definitely were not cooked. Nine minutes later I felt desperate and got them out. They didn't look that bad, however baking parchment was not an ingredient and sadly it was very much superglued to the biscuits rendering them inedible and not as attractive.

So for future; don’t promise the babies biscuits and refrain from using baking parchment! Fingers crossed next week is more successful!

Lauren Rukin Week One

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