There’s no denying the fact that the weather dictates your meals and influences what you eat. Hazy summer days calls for light meals like refreshing salads or meaty burgers cooked on the grill. Cozying up with a hearty stew or Sunday roast is what we have to look forward to when the temperature dips in the autumn and winter. Nothing soothes the soul like a soup on days that you’re wearing an extra layer of clothing and it’s as dark as midnight by 5pm. The creamy kind, pottage, vegetarian and even ones with rice or noodles, I love all kinds of soup, and love creating different recipes. I’ve teamed up with Philips to test out their hand blender and was challenged to use it in a recipe. The crisp autumn air and available seasonal root vegetables inspired me to use the hand blender in a new recipe; Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Truffle Oil!
If you’ve read my post for the other week, you’d know I was given the Philips Air Fryer to test out. It’s been a blast trying different recipes to see if the machine really does live up to its claim of “frying” foods with little to no oil. Not only have I recreated some of their recipes, but modifying my own original recipes to omit any frying process has been an eye-opening experience. In all honesty, I was skeptical at the beginning. How does this thing “fry” with air? It was a question I set out to answer.
As you can tell by now, I love Asian food. I love all aspects of Asian cuisine; cooking it, eating it, I’m content with just looking at photos of it. The harmonious blends of complimenting and contrasting flavours is what stands out the most. Regardless of what country any particular dish is from, all areas of your palate is explored. A perfect balance of sweet and savoury, mixed with subtle bitter notes and bright tart highlights is exemplified in Asian cuisine. However, there is often a stigma attached to Asian food that it’s mostly fried and fully of oil in preparation; which in all honesty is partly true. I thought there was no way around it until I was recently introduced to the Philips AirFryer that would change the way I cook Asian Food.