We all live busy lives, and sometimes this can get in the way of good eating habits.Even though I menu plan, life will throw a whole batch of lemons at me to juggle with from time to time.As I’m balancing a busy home life and 3 children, I’m afraid to say there are days where I do stick a few pizzas in the oven or order a veggie Indian takeaway.When Wendy of Daisies and Pie asked if I would like to be nominated to receive a Tefal Actifry, I jumped at the chance.
You see we don’t own a fryer of any description, a metal retro pot from a charity shop is what I use.It’s obviously not the best thing to use and to be honest it’s very rarely used.So, along came my Tefal Actifry and also a lovely hamper of cooking goodies.My first impressions were, It’s big, very big.But with a little moving around of other kitchen equipment, we’ve found a permanent home for it.After reading through the instructions and recipe book that came with the Tefal Actifry, we opted for chips as being our first food to cook.With just 1 tbsp of oil and 40 minute of cooking a 1.5kg bag of potatoes to make chips, we were amazed how they turned out.So easy and safe to use, Kip and Cat (aged 12 and 9 years old) have made chips for me whilst I spent time with their younger sister Mouse.
But obviously it doesn’t just do chips.It does whole meals too and we were sent a recipe for Sun-Dried Tomato And Spring Onion Risotto for the Tefal Actifry.This uses only 40g of butter and so easy to make, Kip has also made this himself with no help from me.It’s been a source of amusement for the kids as we’ve tried several different recipes, standing there watching the paddle turn the ingredients under the see through lid.Normally a risotto would require me to stand slowly adding hot stock and stirring, taking up time I could use with my kids whilst dinner cooked.The Actifry does all the stirring, after you’ve added all the stock at once and with a LED timer to tell you when it’s ready, it really couldn’t be any easier.Washing up is a doddle too, as the Actifry is easy to pull apart and wash up.
- 40g (1 and 1/2 0z) butter ( I used vegan spread)
- 300g (10 and 1/2 oz) Arborio risotto rice
- 1200ml (2 pints of vegetable stock)
- 18 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and diced
- 8 spring onions, finely chopped
- 100g (3 and 1/2 oz) Parmesan cheese, grated (I used vegan like Parmesan)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Melt the butter in the Actifry for 3 minutes, then add the rice and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the stock and cook for 35-40 minutes.
- Before serving add the cheese, tomatoes and spring onions.Season well.
I main draw back I think for most will be the price depending on where you buy they can be anything from £136-£250, depending on the size.Also you will need space for the fryer, as it’s not compact.
Disclaimer: We were sent a Tefal Actifry Family along with a hamper of posh oil, salt, sugar and jam as part of the Actifry recipe challenge.I wasn’t compensated in any other way for this review.