Now, I don’t know about your kids, but my kids love to eat unhealthy stuff. Tofu? Bleah. Veggies? Gag. Porridge? Uh-uh, no way Jose. But tell them that we’ll be having fried chicken or pizza or fish and chips for dinner and their faces immediately brighten up. The common denominator? It seems to them, fried equals yummy.
Okay, I do have to take responsibility, seeing how I have a weakness for fried stuff too. And back in Singapore, it didn’t help that my mom’s constant staple dish for the kids would definitely include a deep fried item, be it seaweed chicken or nuggets or deepfried chicken wings. Healthy much, eh?
Coming over to Sydney, it was a no-brainer that the kids’ diet will surely change. I axed the fried stuff off the menu for two simple reasons. One, cos it is seriously unhealthy and two, cos I have a serious and highly irrational fear/phobia/paranoia of cooking with oil. I’m not talking about pan-frying or using a small dollop of oil here, but the whole sizzling-spitting-splatting oil in a wok kind of cooking. Shudder. Sure, I could use the oven to bake or roast the wings for a healthier alternative…. But the one thing I loathe more than cooking is… cleaning up. And using the oven means there is a LOT of cleaning up to do. So the
lazier healthier option would simply be to cut fried stuff off the menu.
But the natives (also known as the two little boys) have been murmuring, and their murmurs and not-too-silent prayers have been heard… And I was offered the opportunity to review the all new Philips Avance AirFryer.
What is the Philips Avance AirFryer XL?
Now, the AirFryer has been in the market for some time already, and the Avance AirFryer is Philips’ way of listening to the needs of the consumers and coming up with bigger and better product. The Avance AirFryer has 50 percent more capacity. So that translates into more food being cooked at once, saving time and effort. With the Rapid Air Technology, it also comes packing more punch. No longer just confined to air-FRYING, it is now possible with the Avance AirFryer to grill, roast, bake and gratinate. So does bigger mean better? In this case, you’d better believe it!
How has it helped ME in the kitchen?
Well, fancy specs is one thing, practical application is another. Let me share some of the ways it has helped me.
Firstly anything that gets dinner on the table faster is awesome in my books. Often, my recipe has to be one where a screaming-for-attention six-month-old is in the equation. As we’ve recently implemented a 7.30 p.m. bedtime for the boys, it also means dinner has to be ready by 6 p.m. One dish that has a long preparation time (with the chopping and dicing and pre-cooking of certain ingredients) but easy to put together… is the humble fried rice. And I love luncheon meat with it! Now, I know – it isn’t the healthiest of choices, but the very first thing that came out of my AirFryer was this:
Perfectly browned on each side!
(Preparation: dice the meat into small cubes, and place them in the AirFyer. No oil needed, cos face it, there is sufficient oil in this meat to cook!
Cooktime: 7-8 minutes at 190 degrees, and give the meat a “toss” halfway through).
Ok, the best part of using the AirFryer to do this was:
#1: No mess (I hate sputtering oil, remember?),
#2: I can leave it and have perfectly fried luncheon meat after 7 minutes.
The accumulated oil at the bottom! Eeeeks! It acts to drain off oil, which can never be a bad thing.
And the final product? Yummy fried rice, made healthier with the AirFryer. I was sold on to the AirFryer after this!
Other ways I have used it include:
My kids love seaweed, and I love salmon. This simple yet delicious dish pleases the both of us!
(Preparation: Take a piece of skin-on fresh salmon, and cut it into long rectangular pieces (these are the size of sushi) – I made a total of 7 pieces. Lightly brush with olive oil and season each piece with sea salt and black pepper. Take a piece of nori seaweed, and cut into strips. Wrap each nori strip around the salmon.
Cooktime: I first fried the salmon pieces skin-on over the stove (to make it crispier) for about a minute, before placing the pieces directly into the airfryer (skin down) for 6 minutes at 180 degrees. That’s it!)
And yes – I serve greens too! And kale is an awesome vegetable to cook with. I saw a recipe for kale chips, and could not resist trying it out! These turned out crispy and delicious, and a great side to some roast chicken!
(Preparation: Take a head of kale, remove the centre stem and tear it up into roughly palm sized pieces. Wash and dry thoroughly. Season with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of soya sauce and about 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds. Spoon the kale into the basket and be sure to add a layer of baking paper over it. I made the mistake of NOT putting the baking paper and was “rewarded” with some kale flying about within the AirFryer. Haha! So take a leaf from my book! Cooktime:1 minute at 180 degrees, toss through, and cook for another 30-60 seconds till crisp. Easy snack to prepare!)
Look out for more kitchen adventures with the Philips Avance AirFyer & I on the blog, coming to you soon.
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Disclaimer: This is the first part of a 2-part sponsored conversation with Philips Avance AirFryer. All opinions stated are entirely my own.