Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Kitchen Gadgets

The following meals feature dishes made from new kitchen gadgets.

First the Panini Grill:
I love grill lines on my food. I can't wait until the day we have a backyard grill to include the smoky flavor. The Panini grill is great because it's larger than a George Foreman Grill and the lines are closer together.
I wanted a quick meal so I threw on a cut of cabbage, onion and some quickly miso-marinaded tofu. I sprayed the cabbage with soy sauce and sprayed the onion with olive oil before sprinkling on some kelp powder before grilling. I walked away and when I came back there was hot, grilled food waiting for me. I stacked them on top of each other and called it a meal.

Rocket Blender or "The Magic Bullet":
The Magic Bullet is a tool I've heard people rave about for a long time and I ignored it because I have my dear food processor to fulfill all my desires for chopping, blending, shedding. The Bullet seemed like the Vita Mix people who are just loyal.
When I broke our blender I went out and bought a Rocker Blender, just to try it. I had no idea the world I was about to step into!

Peaches and Cream:
Smoothies have been a great way to fill me up while not having much time for a full home cooked meal.
1/2-1 cup raw cashews soaked in water for an hour or more (I have these soaking in the fridge these days)
1- 1 1/2 cup soy/rice milk
1- 1 1/2 cup frozen peaches or strawberries

Blend the cashews with a bit of soy milk.

You might need more soy milk or other liquid, so just blend until it's thick and creamy.

Add the frozen fruit and maybe more liquid. Blend until the consistency you desire.

Take off the blender attachment and add the drinking cap.

We've really enjoyed this kitchen gadget because it's quick and easy both in clean up and use.
The pros, beyond the clean up and user-friendly style, are how well it blends ice and how you don't have to push down or stir the items -you can just lift it up and shake! When it's ready to serve you just throw on a little drinking cap to cover up the threaded edge and drink away.
The cons to this toy is the annoyance of screwing and unscrewing the blender attachment. Blenders are great because you can continue to add items while blending, something you can't do here.

Creamy Potato Soup:
I've been pretty stuck on the cashew cream lately. I used it in a potato soup to make it creamier and a bit thicker. It was a hit.
Cashews, veggie broth, carrots, onion, potatoes, and basil.

Pesto Shells:
Here I was trying out the Bullet again while making pesto.
basil, olive oil, veggie broth (to cut the oil down), garlic, cashews, sun dried tomatoes.

The problem with using the Rocket here was that to dice the garlic small enough the pesto became soup-like it was so smooth. I prefer various sized basil pieces in my pesto over a pesto-soup. It still got the job done but I will be sticking to my food processor for pesto.


Julie said...

WOW! All of the food looks great and that Magic Bullet actually looks really useful.

KleoPatra said...

i <3 your gadgets and what you do/did here with them!! Fabulous in every way. i also love grill lines and dig your panini grill! i've been jonesin' for a magic bullet forever, but a rocket blender would be stellar too... i was wondering about the food processor vs. bullet and bullet-like machinery... it's a fine line between pulverized and chopped!

Courtney said...

I love kitchen gadgets! I am SO jealous right now!


Anonymous said...

wow, your tofu looks fabulous on a panini grill. i kept thinking about getting one, but now i'm sold! it's so awesome that you have cool gadgets in the kitchen :)

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Grilled tofu, shells and creamy cashews - your after my heart!

erica said...

I want a Vita Mix so bad. No other blender can turn a raw sweet potato or butternut squash into creamy, creamy soup. not even a food processor, I tried. Ah, maybe some day when I'm RICH!

Webly said...

Kleopatra - I bet there are ways to make the bullet to work like a food processor, but it doesn't seem worth it to me.
Erica - it's amazing the new uses and importance of kitchen gadgets if you eat raw.