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Tefal are creating a snacking sensation with the latest addition to their Actifry range. This handy update to their classic low fat cooking collection allows you to create a range of healthy snacks completely effortlessly.

And although we all now know how easily (and deliciously!) the Actifry cooks chips, chicken and other kitchen favourites, there’s a whole host of things you may not know that it can also rustle up just as easily.

Guilt-free and gloriously good, this collection of recipes means you no longer have to rely on carrot sticks and crackers when you fancy a healthy snack.

Read the full artricle here

 

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We made an epic concoction of carrot, strawberries, grape, ginger, celery and cucumber – it was SO delish! The Tefal Infinity Press works SO well and it’s super quiet (ie: husband could totally make me a fresh morning juice while I’m sleeping – just sayin’). Unlike a lot of other juicers, this Infinity Press doesn’t take up a huge amount of space – which is SUCH a bonus for the (generally small) London Kitchens. We have already found a permament home for ours on our kitchen counter!

Full review click here:
http://www.indieberries.com/blog/item/1660-6-reasons-why-you-should-be-juicing

 

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The web site freefitnesstips.co.uk provides some top health & fitness tips associated with juicing.

Juice cleanses have also become very popular and are typically recommended for people who need a bit of a kick-start when their diet or lifestyle has left them feeling sluggish and unhealthy.

By increasing fibre intake and reducing the consumption of unhealthy trans fats, sodium, and pro-inflammatory animal-derived foods, a healthy juice diet is often a great way to revitalise and reenergise the body and give the liver, kidneys and skin a chance to detoxify and expel toxins that have accumulated.

Really, juicing is one thing that’s easy to fall in love with! Here are a few of our favourite reasons why summed up!

1. Max out on healthy fresh vitamins and antioxidants!
2. Less Sniffles, more Vitality!
3. It’s Super Delicious!
4. Minimal Effort
5. It’s Fun

 

Fresh juices are enjoying huge popularity in the UK, with the vast majority of households drinking them on a weekly basis1. Research shows high fruit content in juice is one of the key features that appeals to consumers2, and squeezing your juice at home is a great way to pack in as much fruit flavour as possible. What’s more, vitamins are maintained at maximum strength for the first 15 minutes after juicing3, so making it in your home for immediate consumption is the healthiest option too.

Here is what people are saying about Juicing & the new Tefal Infiny Press.

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The influential lifestyle magazine Menswear Style has just published a review of Juicing, health & fitness, the review states that the Tefal Infiny Press Revolution Juicer is well designed, easy to clean and makes healthy and tasty juices. The feature goes onto to say that Juicing at home does require a pretty heavy duty juicer as a regular food processor cannot normally handle the fibre content of raw vegetables and fruits. “For this feature we used the new Tefal Infiny Press Revolution Juicer which worked a treat”.

‘IT LOOKS SUPER COOL AND SEPARATES THE JUICE AND THE PULP WHILE GIVING OUT MORE VITAMINS AND ANTIOXIDENTS’

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1 Mintel Fruit Juice, Juice Drinks and Smoothies report, Nov 2013
2 Mintel Fruit Juice, Juice Drinks and Smoothies report, Nov 2013
3 http://blog.dacadoo.com/what-can-juicing-really-do-for-you

Watch our “Juicing reinvented video”

 

A man vs machine steak-out challenge

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As restaurateurs know, a picture of a perfectly cooked succulent steak is still an image that’s known to entice diners through the doors of their establishment.

Although it’s not as popular in Asia or Eastern European countries, beef steak is still consumed in vast quantities throughout the US, Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe. A sizzling steak is a firm favourite on menus across the UK, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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HOW TO COOK THE PERFECT STEAK

Of course, this depends on your idea of perfect so we got in touch with Fresh Food Guru Andrew Gordon who comments, “My preference is to let the steak come to room temperature and then oil & season it or brush with an oil based marinade. I am also a fan of cooking dirty which is straight onto the coals on the BBQ”

How long you cook your steak depends on taste. As a guide, these are the times we were recommended for a 2cm thick sirloin.

  • Rare: approx. 1½ mins each side
  • Medium rare: 2 mins each side
  • Medium: about 2¼ mins each side
  • Well-done: 3+ mins

Obviously, this is only a general rule, and cooking times will depend on the thickness and density of the meat. So how do you know if your steak is ready to serve? You can use a meat thermometer, though you’ll have to poke a hole in your steak to do this.

 

THE STEAK-OUT TEST

To put all this “chef stuff” to the test we take a novice cook from the MWS team and invited a few hungry lads around for a bit of world cup action. Steak and nothing but steak was on the menu and with a ‘Man vs Machine’ theme, we use the good old frying pan and the Tefal OptiGrill.

Tefal OptiGrill – On first impression we wondered if a machine could get it 100% right and if all the flavoursome juices would be kept, especially since we’re using steak cuts at different shapes and sizes.

“THE MACHINE IS SUPER EASY TO USE AND HAS ‘AUTOMATIC SENSOR COOKING’ TO WORK OUT THE THICKNESS AND TEMPERATURE OF EACH OF THE MEATS”

Thankfully it’s fool proof since at each stage of the cooking process, rare to well-done, an LED Indicator changes colour and beeps to inform you it’s ready.

Amazingly the steaks were 100% perfectly cooked according to each preference with all the tasty juices remaining as if it had been served at a fancy restaurant by a top chef. A lot of the fatty juices are drained into a drip try (for all you health conscious guys) too.

You’ll also see from the pictures that it’s definitely a guy friendly machine with some unique stylish design features.

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Read the ful review here:
http://www.menswearstyle.co.uk/2014/07/31/succulent-steak-still-sizzles/1225

 

Rice – the ultimate superfood

Rice is the staple food for half the world’s population, with statistics that will make your head spin. Every year, 468 billion tonnes of rice are consumed around the world – that’s 14,000 kilos every second! It’s an incredible figure, and one that confirms rice as the ultimate superfood. But of course, there isn’t just one variety of rice but thousands of them – from white and brown, to red and black.

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Around the world in 2,000 rices

There are more than 2,000 varieties of long-, medium- and short-grain rice on the planet. Short-grain rice is the favourite in Japan, where massive quantities of sushi are consumed, and in Italy, where Arborio and Carnaroli rice form the basis of any risotto. If you hop across to Thailand, you’ll find the long-grain variety known as jasmine, or Thai fragrant, rice. While India and Pakistan are the places to go for Basmati – a variety that is both eaten locally, and exported around the world on a massive scale.

White rice is an excellent source of manganese – a dietary mineral that your body needs every day, while brown rice is packed with fibre and nutrients. Meanwhile, the lesser-known red and black varieties allow you to play around with the colours and flavours of your favourite dishes.

Go wild by experimenting with rice in all its forms and cookings – in a spicy sausage paella, cooked with saffron and seafood, in a biryani curry, as a rice pilaf served with fish, or as a delicious dessert with mango and coconut milk.

 

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