MasterChef is about producing the best dish possible within an allocated amount of time — usually far too little. This week, after cooking for 100 sailors but being beaten by the blue team, members of the red team had to cook a variety of cuts of pork. Pork is often very fatty and needs to be cooked properly to render down the fat. But, with only 90 minutes to produce the pork dish, the pressure was on. Unfortunately, Mmutsi could not handle it, producing a less than impressive dish and getting the boot for it.
Time is always a commodity in our modern lives. We want every meal to be tasty and healthy for our families but, even though we don’t have a giant clock ticking down to zero in our kitchens, we want to spend the least amount time doing it. Kenwood has brought out the Multipro Excel Food Processor FP980 for exactly this reason. This food processor has a 4L capacity, so you can cook a large amount of food — enough to feed a large family or to freeze for tomorrow nights dinner.
The versatility of the machine allows you to process everything, from liquids to dry ingredients and has more than 55 functions. It also has a variety of handy attachments including twin metal whisks for the perfect mousse, a citrus juicer for fresh juice in the morning, a dough hook to do your kneading and a full set of slicers and shredding disks. The slicer and shredding attachments mean no more chopping, dicing and slicing — something that always takes time. The extra-large feed tube means that you can drop in veggies and fruit with the minimum amount of pre-chopping.
It comes with a built-in weighting system with a digital display. This makes baking a cinch because you can weigh and mix your ingredients at the same time. The glass multi-mill attachment lets you process herbs, nuts, coffee beans and spices to bring out the freshest and richest flavours.
It has a beautiful die-cast stainless steel finish so you can display it with pride, but it also has internal cord storage and an attachment storage box with a child-proof latch for safe and convenient storage. Its 1200W motor can process anything in seconds, but the unique patented tri-drive system gives you complete control over the texture of your food.
With winter coming on, a favourite in many households is a warm, hearty soup. But soups usually take ages because of having to prepare all the veggies. Try this winter soup using your Kenwood Multipro Excel Food Processor and get results in minutes.
1.5 litres vegetable stock (homemade or use stock cubes)
100g pearl barley (see 'notes for cook' below)
2 celery sticks
2 large carrots, peeled
1 medium parsnip, peeled
5 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Black pepper (freshly ground if possible) to taste
First, make your veggie stock by adding stock cubes to 1.5L of water.
Add your pearl barley and simmer, stirring occasionally.
While that’s simmering, use the slicer attachment on your Kenwood multi-pro food processor to slice all the veggies.
In another large pan add the wine and the leeks, and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
Then add the rest of the veggies and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
Add the stock and barley to the veggie mixture along with the tomato puree and bay leaves. Bring to the boil then simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Just before serving season with salt, black pepper and the chopped parsley (you can use the multi-mill attachment to efficiently chop the parsley).
Serve with bread.