I’ve got myself a new kitchen toy and this time Meat-and-Three-Veg can’t complain. He thinks I have an overabundance of kitchen kit and when I think about it… (food processer, stand mixer, hand held blender, jug blender, rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, ice-cream maker, pasta machine) …he may have a point. But my new toy replaces at least half of these so I think I’m safe this time.
Tefal has been lovely enough to send me a shiny new Cuisine Companion to test out. It slices, it dices, it blends, it kneads and it cooks. So far I’ve used it to make risotto, soup, cake, hot chocolate and even a batch of home made play dough.
The obvious question is how does this compare to the hot wet rice cooker? I’ve always been tempted to buy a Thermomix but to be honest, the price tag put me off and I questioned how much I would use it (especially given my overabundance of kitchen kit). I’ve done a lot of investigation into it so here are the key differences:
- The Tefal Cuisine Companion has a bigger bowl than the Thermomix. This is a plus as it means its more useful for cooking up big batches of soups or bolognese.
- It’s also got an easy to use panel including certain pre-programmed settings like the brilliant P1 for soups.
- There are no built in scales but the Tefal Cuisine Companion does come with a separate set of digital scales so I didn’t miss this Thermomix feature too much.
- The Tefal Cuisine Companion has a clear lid which is good so you can check on your food cooking.
- The Tefal Cuisine Companion retails for $1699 which is significantly cheaper than the Thermomix at $2000. You can also buy it in store (at Harvey Norman) rather than having to go through a party plan system.
While there aren’t as many recipes out there for the Tefal Cuisine Companion as there are for the Thermomix it does come with its own cookbook, A Million Recipes, which provides a great starting point. So far I’ve found half the fun is adapting recipes and trying new thing. So in that spirit here’s one of the first things I made in my Tefal Cuisine Companion: pumpkin, coconut and lime soup. This is pumpkin soup but not as you know it: the addition of spices, coconut milk and lime give it a hint of tropical flavour. Soup is very easy to make in the Tefal Cuisine Companion (you literally just press a button!) so I can see that my freezer is going to be well stocked this Winter.
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 500g pumpkin, skin and seeds removed
- 250ml chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 tsp cumin
- 100ml coconut milk
- 1 red chilli, finely sliced
- 1 handful coriander, roughly chopped
- 1 lime
- 1. Place the onion and garlic in the bowl of the Tefal Cuisine Companion fitted with the ultrablade knife. Mix on speed 12 for 10 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- 2. Add the pumpkin, cumin and stock to the bowl. Launch the P1 soup program.
- 3. Add the coconut milk and mix on speed 6 for 10 seconds.
- 4. Serve hot topped with some sliced chilli, coriander and a squeeze of lime juice.
Gourmet Chick was given a Tefal Cuisine Companion.