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My favourite appliance
on 4 March 2014
I bought mine from a certain high-street catalogue-based shop when it first came out in 2011 and I love it even more now than I did then. As others have said, it's not a "fryer" but an incredibly efficient fan oven. For small amounts it is so much more economical than turning on the oven, and it cooks everything at least 10 minutes quicker. Despite its compact size I can get a full meal for two cooked by layering and wrapping in foil when needed: just remember to shake and turn often.
What I usually cook other than oven chips/ wedges:
* (Veggie) sausages & burgers. Especially useful for defrosting and browning them off before chopping and adding to a vegetarian stew.
* Panini: ciabatta or panino rolls filled with cheese (& ham for my partner), onions, onion marmalade or pesto, garlic mayo, sundried tomatoes, grilled peppers or jalapeños, wrapped in foil and baked for 8 minutes (no pre-heat).
* Roast veg- much better for roast parsnips than in the conventional oven.
* Sausage rolls/ savour pastries
* Spring rolls
* Two small pies placed diagonally
* Quickly cooking off shop-bought Yorkshire puddings
* Baked tofu for stirfries
* Warming up croissants or freshening up scones/bread rolls (microwave makes them horrible and chewy)
* I have even made a small soda bread in it. I just lined the basket with foil and dusted with flour. Be sure to flatten it down well as it puffs up a lot!
* My small square Pyrex dish fits in it perfectly and small cakes/ puddings could be cooked in it.
My rule of thumb: if it can be cooked in a normal oven/grill and it fits, it goes in!!
If you are on your own or a small family it would be indispensable and economical. Although the new larger version would be better value as you could fit more standard cookware in it, most ready-meal packets and the food would cook quicker with more room.
In short, I love it and wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone.