Halogen Oven, my latest love!Update

Just another gadget?  Will i still need my combination microwave oven and grill?
andrew jamesIt appears that the Halogen oven is going to be a godsend ” A piece of kit that enables you to cook faster without loss of quality, and which saves energy into the bargain”. It may look low-tech, and it’s a fraction of the size of your normal cooker –
but this odd-looking contraption will revolutionise the way you cook, says
Richard Ehrlich

Andrew James 12 LTR Premium Halogen Oven Cooker + Easily Replaceable Spare Bulb + 2 YEAR WARRANTY + 128 page Recipe Book – Complete with Extender Ring (Up to 17 Litres) Lid Holder, Baking Tray, Steamer Tray, Skewers, Low and High Racks. 

Here are a few of the hundreds of reviews i read before buying:

  • It cooks meat beautifully and it’s moist compared to meat cooked in the traditional oven. It’s cheap to run because you use a lower temperature and less cooking time, obviously heating up a big oven to cook a chicken breast or pork chop costs more than to use the halogen. No need to preheat either.
  • I just couldn’t manage without it, I use it almost every day.
  • This little oven cooks fast! I took it to work and made steak and potatoes for all my co-workers in less than 40 min. It’s easily portable, and cleaning.
  • This has been one of the best purchases I have made. Use it daily, saves energy and cooks wonderfully.
  • I have cooked many things in the oven and have not had a single problem.The fact that the oven heats up so quickly make things like warming mince pies (this is the season) or other types of pies and pasties very quick and you still get the crispness which you can’t get from a microwave.
  • Its healthy because you don’t need to use oil and the fat drains off the meat. I Just spray some olive oil if need be.

Wow!!!! Its got everything i need,things can only get better. Have i sold you on this or have you already got one? I would love to hear from you if you have. I have heard that you can adapt most recipes very easily.

I have been waiting for 3 days for delivery and its late coming . Its like waiting for an exciting date and your hopes are dashed every hour it is late 😦 and i am becoming impatient. I have moved my Turkish teapot and my food processor off my work surface and my space is ready so i hope it comes today!!

I will be adding more to this post when i get to use the oven and give my point of view and perhaps some recipes on my other blog Food Glorious Food

DAY 3  of using the oven.

I love it. Its clean minimum smells, beautifully cooked food, quick and i would certainly recommend it. I am glad i have the extender because it helps the air circulate much better and you get an even browning if you are cooking something quite big.i.e a chicken.

I cooked:



Too many gadgets in my kitchen.

I am usually quite an organised person and i don’t like clutter but when it comes to anything in the kitchen i always seem to find a place to put food and gadgets.

I had a very large chest freezer whilst i was bringing up my family and fostering teenagers. I needed the room for the big family shop and bulk cooking. I love feeding people and i have always been adventurous in my cooking. My foster kids just loved me for my food i think.

Anyway when my kids left and i gave up fostering i downsized to a smaller freezer but as there is just two of us now its still too big. It just encourages me to keep filling it up 😦  I am afraid to ask hubby once again for a new smaller freezer as the present one was quite expensive. I buy things i think i want at the time and a year or two down the line its not what i want.

I bought a mini doughnut make just to practice a different kind of doughnut, doughnut pans and rings for another kind of doughnut and i don’t even eat them! I bought a new food processor ,a new fancy hand blender and then decided they were not big enough to do large amounts of food so bought a ken wood chef. Like i said there is only two of us in the house and how many times i will use then goodness knows. I bought an actifry and used it 3 times and ended up giving it to my daughter. I gave my george forman large grill away as i thought it was too big and then i decided to buy another when we changed to low fat cooking. I decided to try making my own icecream so i bought an ice-cream maker which i later decided i did not want, after all said an done i dont really eat ice cream, i used to give it away. This is all within the last 3 years. I always seem to need a new gadget for a new challange and one of these days hubby will put his foot down and say ‘No more’.

I have to cut this post short because i am off to the supermarket. I have just realised that i need some new utensils for my new cake decorating hobby and while i am there i might just need something else.

Food and relationships

  This is taken from http://the-f-word.org/blog/index.php/about-the-site/ sorry i couldnt click ‘like’ or follow

Could you stay seriously romantically involved with someone who didn’t care about food the way you do?

That’s the question posed over at the CNN blog Eatocracy and surprisingly, the majority of respondents say that it is indeed a dealbreaker in a relationship.  The gist of the post seems to be aimed more at epicurean foodies who look for like-minded palates in a mate, but it’s worth exploring other aspects of dietary discordance too, like sustainable food or vegetarian/vegan diets.  I had been vegetarian for a little over two years when I met Brandon.  Our whirlwind relationship moved quickly and I seriously think that the first inkling I felt that hey… this could actually be the one started when I looked in his refrigerator freezer that first weekend and saw at least five different varieties of Morningstar Farms veggie burgers lining the shelves.  Brandon wasn’t vegetarian then, but had undergone a kind of mid-life crisis months earlier and had ditched his fast food diet for veggie burgers and taken up running again.

Food played a large role in our budding relationship those first few months.  I was on the tail end of my recovery from an eating disorder and Brandon was a bachelor who cooked most of his meals in a microwave.  I turned him on to sesame rye crackers and hummus, veggie taco salads and homemade healthy pizza.   He reintroduced me to chocolate, bread and ooey gooey cheesy pizza from our favorite local pizza parlor.  I tried not to evangelize vegetarianism, but since we planned meals and grocery shopped together, our meals tended to be vegetarian.  In fact, I can recall only two instances after we met in which Brandon ate meat — once when he and his brother dined out together and without me and again when we dined out with friends at a restaurant with a very limited veggie-friendly menu.  Within six months after we moved in together, he went completely vegetarian.  My mom, who was slow to understand my vegetarianism for the longest time, chided me for “making” Brandon give up bacon.  “Let that boy eat some meat already!” she’d scold.  True, I didn’t exactly relish the idea of kissing Brandon after he’d eaten charred animal flesh nor did I want to see it in my refrigerator, but what my mom didn’t understand is that I didn’t force Brandon into anything; he went vegetarian because he loves me and knew how important it was to me.

Vegetarianism, however, is the point in which our shared taste in food ends.  I’m both health- and environmentally-conscious and also try to follow a relatively low glycemic diet for health reasons.   Brandon?  Eh, not so much.  I love green vegetables — kale, spinach, broccoli, okra, Brussel sprouts, salads…  The only vegetables Brandon eats are the “bad” white ones — corn and potatoes.  He can tolerate certain vegetables in things, like soups and stir-frys or on pizza, but you will never find him digging into a plate of freshly steamed vegetables on their own.  Here’s an example of our different palates: Neither of us are foodies nor do we even really like to cook.  One evening I was busy with work and other things and left dinner up to him.  After a half hour of rooting around in the cabinets and refrigerator, I asked him if he had any ideas.  “Veggie chicken nuggets?” he suggested. “And….?” I asked.  He shuffled his feet.  “Uhh, French fries?”  “How about Quorn chicken with a baked potato and steamed broccoli?” I asked.  He wrinkled his nose.

We try to prepare dinners that both will like and find satisfying, but often times we’ll also each fix our own dinners, too.  A veggie burger or chicken patty for him; a veggie burger or veggie chicken and a side of steamed veggies for me.  It may seem odd to some, but it works for us.  How about you?  Do you and your partner share similar or completely different dietary tastes?  Could you ever be in a relationship with someone who isn’t on the same page as you when it comes to food?

A weighty problem

I woke up this morning,as usual thinking about what i was going to eat today and how i would use my 29 weight watcher pro points. As i am going to a party it means very little through the day and a simple salad with a bit of protein tonight if i also want a few alcohol free cocktails 😦 Although i have stuck to my plan for 10 months with a month break and have lost almost 2
the weight is just so slow to come off.

I was thinking, why does it take years to put on a few stone and a few months to put it back on.? When i was eating whatever i wanted without thought it took 15 years to put on 3 stone. Over Christmas (5 days) i put on 5lbs, that’s a lb a day. In 42 days i would have put on 3 stone. Ok i don’t eat chocolates and cake etc everyday so lets say it will take me 6 months to put on 3 stone eating how i used to before weight watchers.

To summarize this It takes 15 years to gain 3 stone eating what i want and 6 months to put on 3 stone after following weight watchers programme ??

I wish someone would explain this to me.

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