Archive for the ‘Ovens & Cooking’ Category

Weber Q not hot enough? Try natural convection!

October 12th, 2015 by

Our customers have a lot of great things to say about Weber Qs. These portable appliances are ideal for convenient outdoor cooking, whether in the backyard, out and about, or on the road. That said, some customers have found themselves frustrated when cooking on a Weber Q. One common complaint is that the Weber Q doesn’t get hot enough to provide satisfactory grilling. But there is a simple ... Read more

The best appliances for small households

October 9th, 2015 by

Studio apartments, small one-bedroom homes and lofts... most of these places have one thing in common; they have little to no space! This is where 2-in-1 appliances work best, as they allow one appliance to work in versatile ways. So if you follow the list below, you should find your small apartment starting to feel bigger, without having to knock down any walls. Convection Microwave Ovens  With convection microwaves, you ... Read more

Potato recipe ideas for after you see The Martian

October 7th, 2015 by

Have you seen The Martian yet? I haven’t, but by all accounts, the new movie directed by Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon, and based on a novel by Andy Weir, is pretty good. If you haven’t been following the buzz, the basic premise is simple – Matt Damon plays an astronaut who is accidentally left behind on Mars and needs to cobble together the necessities to survive ... Read more

Uses for vinegar around the home

October 6th, 2015 by

Seriously, how great is vinegar? This simple household ingredient can be useful pretty much everywhere in the home, whether for cleaning or cooking. source: Ms angie gray at Wikimedia Commons Here are a few of our favourite uses for vinegar around the home: Cooking Vinegar is basically just spoiled wine, which has been allowed to age to the point where it goes from being merely tart to acidic (cue oh-so-original ... Read more

Barbeque more than just meat patties and sausages this summer – Unexpected things you can grill on your BBQ

October 1st, 2015 by

Summer is near, and in Australia that usually means beaches, barbeques and family outings to water parks. So I thought it would be a smart idea to write a list of the unexpected things you can grill or cook on your BBQ. There are many different types, sizes and ranges of BBQs you can purchase these days, and Appliances Online have made it easier for Aussies to ... Read more

Busting food myths – are apples poisonous?

September 25th, 2015 by

A little while ago, I was helping a friend prepare for a party by cutting up some apple slices to go on the healthy snacks tray. source: Emilian Robert Vicol on Wikimedia Commons While I was asked to cut each apple as deeply as possible to maximise the amount of sweet and delicious fruit flesh in each slice, I was warned not to cut so deep that I ... Read more

Scientific baking – your guide to chemical reactions in cooking

September 23rd, 2015 by

Have you ever baked a cake, or a tray of biscuits in your oven? If you have, then I have news for you: YOU’RE A SCIENTIST. It may not be as dramatic as a large bearded man telling you that you’re a wizard, but it’s the truth. Omega OO686X Electric Wall Oven 600mm/60cm By following a recipe to bake a tasty treat, you’re effectively confirming a set of scientific principles ... Read more

The Egg Un-Boiler – the next must-have kitchen appliance?

September 22nd, 2015 by

All too many of us have a small collection of single-use small appliances cluttering up our kitchen cupboard - everything from ice cream makers to bread makers, rice cookers and juicers. These appliances tend to be very useful for just a few very specific household tasks, but unless they're being used every day, it's all too easy to let them slide into disuse. One new appliance that ... Read more

How to find the best rangehood to suit your induction cooktop

September 21st, 2015 by

Induction cooktops provide an energy-saving cooking method. An induction cooktop uses a magnetic field to create an electric current that generates heat solely in the base of the pan and not on the surface of the cooktop. “Compared with gas and traditional electric cooktops, they are the fastest to get a pot of water to the boil.” - Appliances Online Buying Guide But when cooking with an induction ... Read more

Recipe – Quinoa and Sirloin Salad

September 18th, 2015 by

For many people, salad is hardly a meal on it's own; it's the side dish. But with this delicious meal, you can really serve just a salad and please everyone, including those whose first question would be "but where's the meat?". For my recipe I whipped up a quick BBQ-style marinade for the sirloin, but any marinade or rub will work nicely, so feel free to adjust ... Read more

Wait, I can cook what in my rice cooker?!  

September 11th, 2015 by

Rice cookers are designed to cook yep you guessed it, rice! But that doesn’t mean you should limit your rice cooker. After a bit of research (and a few trial and errors) I came across some really cool recipes that can be cooked in most standard rice cookers, and guess what? Some of them don’t involve any rice at all!  Steamed Tofu & Asparagus   [caption id="attachment_33434" align="aligncenter" width="400"] ... Read more

Livestreaming your food – appliances with cameras

September 9th, 2015 by

One of the many wonders of living in the information age is the pervasive influence of video on our everyday lives. It’s not too surprising, considering that many of us carry around a device our pocket that can both record and play videos with just a swipe of our thumb. But it’s not just smartphones, computers, and some televisions that have cameras built into them now – ... Read more

I can see clearly now – transparent home appliances

September 7th, 2015 by

Recent news out of IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin - Europe’s premier consumer electronics and home appliances trade show) tells us that an interesting new prototype refrigerator being shown off to the world. One that does something so simple, that the fact it hasn’t been done before actually makes it rather innovative: The clear refrigerator Brought to us from Haier, the Smart Window Refrigerator includes a window built into ... Read more

How to Slow Cook in the Oven – Ossobuco alla Milanese

September 2nd, 2015 by

Do you have an oven? Do you want to cook something yummy and not have to worry about it too much? Why not slow cook in the oven! According to my Nonna, the traditional Italian way of slow cooking is in the oven. She has never owned a slow-cooker and probably never will. She says that her Ossobuco recipe (below) is proof that an oven can do ... Read more

Find your oven’s hot and cold spots with the Simple Test Cake

August 26th, 2015 by

It’s an inconvenient truth that not every oven is perfect. Even the highest-quality ovens can sometimes heat unevenly, leaving some corners of their chambers warmer or cooler than others. This can result in baking that's decidedly substandard, at least until you have a good idea of how your oven performs. The practical team over at Chef have found a great way to check whether your new oven ... Read more