EU’s new energy saving rules
New plans announced by the EU recently will see any high usage small domestic appliances come under stricter regulations in future.
Kettles have been singled out for their high power usage but so far toasters have avoided coming under fire as their overall power yields are comparatively low.
Will it sous vide – really?
Fans of the Will It Blend viral marketing campaign created by Blendtec should enjoy the new Will It Sous Vide? column on the excellent Lifehacker website.
The column asks for readers’ input and suggestions as to what could or should be placed in the sous vide machine (aka immersion cooker) with healthy encouragement “to branch out and find some weirder, less obvious applications” than the classic ribeye steak.
Experiments tried out so far include a whole thanksgiving turkey, raw cookie dough, pumpkin pie, and macaroni cheese. The results are often mixed, sometimes great and always interesting.
An interesting and often amusing online experiment, particularly for those just cottoning on to the benefits of immersion cookers.
NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Eclipse
Every feature of NESCAFÉ’s new generation Dolce Gusto ECLIPSE machine has been carefully crafted to enhance the ease of everyday coffee experiences for all kinds of coffee lovers. NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto machines can prepare a coffee in less than half a minute, Espressos (50 ml) in less than 30 seconds and a Caffè Americano is ready in less than one minute. Slightly more complex Cappuccinos and Latte Macchiatos just take one minute to prepare. NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto has an extensive coffee range while adventurous types can also try the range of NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto flavours, Chocoletto and Chai Tea Latte – which are available online and in selected retail stores. All capsules can now be recycled via a partnership with experts TerraCycle.
An interesting addition for foodies trying to achieve smoked effects, The Smoking Gun offers a new level of precision. This appliance allows cooks to infuse a variety of foods and drinks with natural smoky flavours like applewood and hickory without adding any heat. Simply load The Smoking Gun with wood chips, light and blow smoke into a covered container of any kind, stir or swirl and allow it to sit and infuse for a few minutes. You can even try smoking foods twice for a deeper smoked flavour. The Smoking Gun comes with flavoured woodchips, recipes, batteries, wood burn chamber and mesh replacements and even has its own website for recipes and ideas.
Breville is also very proud of its Luxe premium kitchen products which includes the Bakery Boss mixer, the Toast Select toaster and the Soft Top Luxe Kettle. All models in the Luxe range feature premium metallic finishes with chrome accents and come in beautiful and subtle colour options including Blueberry Granita (shown),
Royal Champagne, Salted Liquorice
and Sour Cherry.