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Week 5 – Spaghetti Vongole

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I searched high and low for clams and ended up using mussels instead as Raymond suggested.

I decided to make double the amount of pasta. Yet my dough didn’t look anything like Raymond’s. I re-watched the video and I heard a mention of ‘a little water’ and ‘et voila’ my dough passed the finger bounce-back test. 

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The Pasta Roller and Spaghetti Cutter attachments were so therapeutic to use. With my growing confidence, I decided on a last minute addition of kale to one batch of dough. Not following the recipe instructions, this nearly ended in disaster – but I added more flour to rescue it.

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Cooking the mussels was so straightforward – I am not sure why I have feared it all my life? My family love shellfish and yet I’ve always avoided it.

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Thanks to Raymond, Alison, Becky, Chessie and of course the Kenwood Chef Titanium I have conquered so many of my kitchen fears, have learnt that things go wrong but can be put right, and have a family that no longer laughs at my lack of kitchen skills but instead asks for second helpings.

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The 5 weeks of Disaster Chef challenges may be over but I’m not hanging up my Kenwood apron just yet – this is just the beginning of my new-found confidence in the kitchen with my Kenwood Chef Titanium.   

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Week 4 Larb Gai Salad (Thai Minced Turkey)

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Many of the ingredients this week were totally new to me – items I would never normally be brave enough to use! Even turkey had been avoided in my cooking for years after having to throw away the last turkey dish I made as it tasted and smelt disgusting.

No such disaster this time thankfully as the zingy fragrant smell of the ginger and lime got my mouth watering straight away. The Food Processor attachment of the Kenwood Chef Titanium meant that I was able to finely chop those key ingredients within seconds – a task that would have taken me hours to do with a knife.

I did forget to add the fresh chilli but all was not lost as I simply added chilli flakes to the finished dish instead making it more family friendly this way.

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Chessie’s video helped make this recipe fun and easy to make – loved the health aspect of using turkey – something I will now vow to do more often.

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This was a hit with all the family as using lettuce cups meant no cutlery needed – always a fun way for the kids to eat! They also came up with the added twist of using poppadoms too. 

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Week 3 Disaster Chef – Two Way Burgers

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Got a head start this week by mincing the lamb the night before (real reason was I wanted my family here in case they needed to call an ambulance if I accidentally minced my hand!). Despite the Food Mincer attachment resembling a medieval torture instrument, it was surprisingly easy to use. Alison’s video was a massive help and gave me the confidence to go for it!

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The smell of the thyme was gorgeous and filled the kitchen. A sprig of thyme on top of the ‘grown-up’ burgers helped identify which was which once cooked.

Whilst the burgers were cooking I had a lightbulb moment and realised that the Food Processor attachment of the Kenwood Chef Titanium would make light work of making a slaw. So armed with the random ingredients I found in the fridge and a bit of trial and error finding the right blade, I ended up with a crunchy carrot, turnip and radish slaw which went really well with the burgers. Ironically, despite my fears of mincing my fingers with the Food Mincer attachment, I ended up with a nick from my carrot peeler!

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Massive thumbs up from my kids and they left (and me) with a smile on their faces this week!

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Week 2 – Gluten free banana bread


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So excited by this week’s recipe because it is gluten-free. I’ve cut-down on my gluten intake this year but have never braved baking with proper gluten-free flour before.

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Confession time – I had a helper this week. 4 year old Miss T had a hospital appointment for her juvenile arthritis so was home from school and joined in. She was put in charge of peeling bananas (and eating them!) and mashing the apples as it felt criminal to use shop-bought apple sauce when we had a tree full of apples in the garden!

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My excitement at successfully splitting the egg whites from yolks led me to spilling them on the kitchen floor! Then the apple sauce we made went into the mix without being measured – whoops!

So we had to throw in an extra ingredient – a large dose of luck.

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Turned out okay-ish but with a heavy band of dough near the bottom. Possibly too much apple sauce? or not baked long enough? Who knows?

Miss T’s verdict: “Mummy it doesn’t look very good.”

Oh well, I was left with a rogue pack of chocolate chips to celebrate / commiserate getting through week 2. 

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Week 1 - Tuile Biscuits

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Tuiles. Something I’ve only experienced in a restaurant as petit fours – NOT something I ever anticipated having to cook myself. Ingredients are at the ready (Including a big bar of chocolate that I can’t figure out if it’s to decorate the Tuiles with or as a reward for getting through the first week of Disaster Chef!)

I resist the shortcuts that I normally do, like not bothering to sift flour and follow the instructions meticulously. I make my own stencils, turning what was going to be leaves into the suits on a deck of cards as it turns out it’s pretty tricky cutting out leaf shapes.  All is looking good as the Tuiles go into the oven and then…

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Disaster strikes! Batch one look horrendous – I forget the decoration and the Tuiles are so burnt AND undercooked at the same time.

Thankfully there’s plenty of mixture to try again. It seems I have no zesting skills so instead I powder some air-dried orange fruit crisps to use instead of zest along with cacao nibs. Thankfully things go a bit better this time and I even brave curling a couple over a rolling pin.

Now where’s that bar of chocolate! 

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