How to cook Gnocchi

Doing something together is a great and fun way to get to know each other better. Activities can bring out personalities that you’ve never seen before.

What’s the best way to get to know each other intimately? Try a new recipe! Something not too difficult and both can definitely agree on. Especially, a recipe you both haven’t tried yet!

We suggest Good Chef Bad Chef’s Ricotta Gnocchi. Sounds like a handful but it’s easy to make.

How to cook Gnocchi

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Serves 5. Time 25 minutes
  • 500g ricotta
  • 150g pasta tipo “00” plain flour
  • ¼ cup chives, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 150g parmesan
  • Salt and pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine well with your hands.
  2. Dust flour onto a benchtop and roll the pasta dough into long even strips.
  3. Cut into bite sized pieces. If you’re planning to renovate your kitchen, laminate benchtops work great. They come in a range of colours to suit any taste.
  4. After cutting into bite sized pieces, carefully place them into boiling water, stir around the water gently and when the gnocchi rises to the top it is cooked.
  5. Remove it with a strainer.
  6. Add cooked gnocchi to sauce of your choice and serve immediately.

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Baking Damper Bread In Oven

Love the smell of baked bread? Why not make your own? Do away with the store bought products and bake bread in your own kitchen.

Imagine the fresh aroma of crisp, crumbly and moist newly baked bread – hot from the oven. Entirely possible when you have the right benchtop for kneading dough and the right oven for baking bread.

First time baking bread? Try this easy 4-ingredient simple Damper Bread recipe from Yummly:

Prepare for your kitchen to smell heavenly!

Baking Damper Bread In Oven

INGREDIENTS:

  • 250 g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 25 g unsalted butter chilled cubed
  • 175 ml milk

PREP TIME 10 Minutes. COOK TIME 30 Minutes. SERVES 8

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the flour with the salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour with the tips of your fingers, until it resembles fine crumbs.
  2. Stir in the milk with a round blade knife (butter knife) to make a soft, but not sticky dough.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and shape into a soft, smooth ball.
  4. Set the ball of dough onto a tray or baking sheet and flatten gently to make a round about 17cm across. Cut a deep cross in the dough and brush lightly with milk.
  5. Bake at 190C for 30 minutes until golden.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Invest in the best and modern kitchen appliance and have the confidence to try out a more experimental and creative approach in baking bread. It gives off a lovely baked aroma which is perfect for socialising in your modern kitchen space.

Good Chef Bad Chef Adrian Richardson shows us how to make a perfect loaf of bread in the Kleenmaid Hydrolytic Steam Oven:

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A while back there was a trend that went all the rage. A restaurant went viral because its main attraction is dining in the dark. The experience is expensive but a lot of diners claimed that it was worth it.

You can also recreate the same experience at home. 

  1. It’s easy to do and simply a great romantic theme and can be an entertaining bonding experience.
  2. It’s a fun experience for the whole family. Kids get a sensory adventure with their sense of smell, taste and sound.
  3. It’s a unique culinary experience for everyone. Tip: Your usual or favourite food tastes very different without visuals. Which means you can savour your meal more.
  4. A great way to appreciate how your food taste. This is why companies conduct blind taste tests. Testers rely on their taste buds than how their food looks.
  5. Diners and guests will value their other senses more than their eyesight, making them aware of what each of their senses can do even when doing simple tasks. Everyone will be busy focusing on eating blind.

 

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How to Create the Experience Of Dining In the Dark

That famous restaurant had servers using night vision goggles. You don’t need to do the same. You can recreate the same atmosphere.

  1. Have it at night when the moon is not full (at its brightest).
  2. Block out lights from the outside by closing windows and drawing your curtains. Have the dinner at an area that won’t be damaged by spills and has less obstacles that may cause people to trip and stumble in the dark.
  3. You can use blindfold or padded eye masks in a dimly lit room. You can lead your guests to your seat better this way.
  4. You can have it in your dining room or have it around your benchtop in the kitchen so that in case it gets messy, you can clean up easily. Plus, it’s easy to serve food straight from the prep area.
  5. You can choose to have the food ready on the table and covered, or serve it when they are seated at the table – blindfolded. The important thing to remember is not letting them know what they’re having. Also, try to minimise the smell of the food before serving. So they won’t guess too easily!

 

Food for Dining In the Dark:

You can basically serve any type of food you want for this experience but make sure it’s not too messy and difficult to eat. Here are some things to remember when serving and eating food in the dark:

  1. Serve meals that have texture and flavour. When you have a helpful stove or oven-like Kleenmaid’s Hydrolytic Steam Oven, it helps give you that crunch and crisp needed for your freshly baked bread or crispy roast crackling.
  2. Prepare simple meals packed with flavour.
  3. Whether you’d like your diners to eat with their hands, cut their food blind with their utensils or spoon feed them yourself, make sure to serve it in appropriate portions. They may have a difficult time getting food onto their spoons and into their mouth.
  4. Try to avoid messy recipes with too much sauce or anything else that’s messy. Finger food works.
  5. You can serve drinks with straws or in spill-proof containers.
  6. Lastly, save some of the meal so that everyone can see what they ate when they’re done. They’ll have a hard time figuring out which one’s chicken and fish if they’ can’t see what they’re eating!

 

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Easy Simple Doughnut Recipe

The best treats are often those that are homemade. Have a sweet treat and bake doughnuts tonight with this easy stove top doughnut recipe.

Most people pair theirs with coffee, hot chocolate and milk. While some go for cider, juice, or even craft beer. Well, whatever complementary drink you choose for your doughnut, have a fun time making these healthy little morsels tonight. Certainly, something you can share with friends, guests and neighbours.

Plus, it’s a great conversation starter when they’re around your benchtop. Try this recipe from Taste.

Easy Simple Doughnut Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 490g (3 1/4 cups) plain flour
  • 55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 3 teaspoons dried yeast
  • Pinch of salt
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk, warmed
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Canola oil, to deep-fry
  • 215g (1 cup) caster sugar, extra
  • 2 teaspoons Masterfoods Ground Cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1

Combine flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a bowl. Make a well. Mix in milk, butter and egg until dough starts to come together – it may be sticky.

Step 2

Knead on a well-floured surface until smooth. Place in a greased bowl. Cover. Prove for 1 1/2 hours or until dough has doubled in size.

Step 3

Punch down the dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes or until smooth. Roll out dough until 1cm thick. Rest dough for 2 minutes.

Step 4

Use an 8cm round cutter to cut out discs. Use a 3.5cm round cutter to cut out centres. Place on a lined tray. Set aside for 15 minutes to rise slightly.

Step 5

Combine extra sugar and cinnamon on a tray. Heat oil to 180°C. Deep-fry 4-5 doughnuts for 40 seconds each side or until puffed and golden. If you’re using the Kleenmaid 90cm GCTEK9020 electronic gas cooktop, you’ll find that the cooktop also features auto reignition. This means if the flame is extinguished the cooktop will reignite itself after determining that it is safe to do so. Such a neat feature!

Step 6

Transfer the doughnuts to the sugar mixture and turn to coat. Repeat, in 3 more batches, with remaining doughnuts.

Want to add some nutritious veggie options to your doughnuts? Join chef Adrian Richardson and nutritionist Rosie Mansfield as they spruce the doughnut up with veggies.

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Cooking Kitchen Brisbane Cheeseburger Fries

Eating healthy is always important. Although, it doesn’t hurt to get a little burger and chips in. As Australians are now looking at home cooked meals versus eating out, home cooks are considering healthier options as well as saving on food expenses.

There are days where we can’t help but have a fast food meal but quickly reconsider that there are wholesome options out there by cooking in your own simple and modern kitchen while having guests or family around your benchtop.

Craving for the taste of burger and fries but want something easy to share? Well, you can still get the classic American cheeseburger and mix it up with crispy fries. Here’s a no fry option for you to try according to Taste.

 

Photo from Taste.com.au

INGREDIENTS:

1kg white potatoes, cut into chips

1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil

1 brown onion, sliced

500g Coles Australian 3 Star Beef Mince

2 tablespoons tomato sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon American mustard

1 cup (120g) grated cheddar

Tomato sauce, extra, to serve

American mustard, extra, to serve

4 dill pickles, sliced

2 tomatoes, chopped

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 220C. If you’re using Kleenmaid’s K-touch Hydrolytic® Steam and Convection Combi, it has thermal reflective glass that ensures the heat is retained within the oven and not lost through the glass. An awesome feature to make sure your chips are crispy and golden!

Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Place the potato on the lined tray. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil. Season. Bake for 30 mins or until golden and tender.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Cook the onion, stirring, for 2 mins or until starting to brown. Add the mince and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until browned. Add the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Cook for 2 mins or until combined. Season.

Step 3

Carefully divide the potato chips among 4 ovenproof serving dishes or ramekins. Top with the mince mixture and cheese. Bake for a further 5 mins or until cheese melts.

Step 4

Drizzle the chip mixture with extra tomato sauce and mustard. Sprinkle with pickle and tomato. Serve immediately.

You can use the pizza, roast, bake and other functions of Kleenmaid’s Hydrolytic Multifunction Oven when you cook the healthier option of your favourite fastfood meal.

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Easy Friday Finger Food

Having guests over for Friday night? Prepare small portions of different kinds of food so you have a lot of choices! For a change, instead of a big plate, have a “finger foods only” dinner!

Try this quick and easy Friday Mini Quiche recipe that we recommend. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook. Just the right amount of time for a casual Friday with guests over an amazing modern and sleek kitchen space for socialising.

Easy Friday Finger Food

Ingredients: 24 Servings

3 eggs
4 rashers of bacon, diced
1 small onion or 1/2 large – diced (You can use red onion for extra colour instead of a brown onion)
2 tablespoons of tasty cheese, grated
salt and pepper, to taste
dash of thickened cream, optional
sprinkle of fresh or dried parsley, optional
3-4 pre-made frozen puff pastry squares

Instructions from All Recipes:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.
Lightly grease 2 patty cake pans (12 cup) with cooking spray or butter.
In a bowl, mix the eggs, bacon, onion, cheese, salt, pepper, cream and parsley (optional) with a fork until mixed together well.
Using an egg ring, glass or pastry cutter, cut circles out of the defrosted puff pastry and place into the greased patty cake trays (you can use muffin trays but the patty cake ones fit better).
Spoon the mixture into the pastry.
Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.

We recommend Kleenmaid’s Multifunction Oven 60CM OMF6030 because of its lock on electric timer and its lower heating element for pastries.

With or without puff pastry, they still come out really good.

Love the recipe? You can also get your kids to help you and they’re great for school lunches!

Want more finger food suggestions? Here’s a video of cheezy zucchini bacon muffin from Kleenmaid below. Visit our New Modern Kitchen Showroom at Stones Corner today and avail of amazing kitchen appliance discounts!

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