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Published January 17th 2013
Philips Airfryer and my healthy heart
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce to you the new generation of 'astromech driods'- The Philips' Airfryer. Its predecessor, R2D2, which rose to fame in the Star Wars Universe, may have saved the universe, but the Airfryer have served households everywhere with the necessary sustenance for survival. Without it…
All right, before I digress with my dramatic introduction to the Airfryer, let me share my exciting weekend with this new appliance that I had purchased from Harvey Norman. I have been eyeing this oddball-looking appliance for quite some time, often intrigued by the persistent claims I see everywhere that no oil is required for deep-frying. So, when I saw it going on sale, I grabbed my mouse (my computer, not my pet) and placed an online order.
It arrived on a Friday evening, just in time for me to open it excitedly on Saturday like a kid on Christmas morning. In anticipation of its arrival, I had earlier in the week done my background check on this addition to my household. I selected two recipes to put it to the ultimate test, and determine its worthiness to be part of my household.
The first recipe is Honey Chicken Wings. The criteria for assessment: crispiness, taste and effort. Logically, I would have assumed that if there is no oil involved, the skin would not be crispy and the heat from the fryer might cause the chicken to be tough and dry. The outcome went against all my logic! Even better, with minimal effort involved. I just had to marinate the chicken, put it into the fryer, turn up the heat and set the timer and I had crispy and tasty wings in almost no time. I had less guilt finishing it too, as it was not deep-fried. This bot is going to save my heart in the long-run!
Next, I wanted to be stricter, like a shrewd mother-in-law, meticulously putting the future daughter-in-law to the test. I decided to use the fryer to bake brownies. The outcome was astonishing to me as well. I would have never imagine a fryer to not only deep-fry, but also bake. Move over R2D2! (Just kidding, I still love that little driod.) The brownie had a little nice crust around, but the inside was moist and fudgy, just the way I like it. The only problem- the baking tin was too small!
If you want to have as much fun as I had with the fryer on a Saturday afternoon at home, check out these recipes that I have shared below.
Honey Chicken Wing Ingredients: 6 pieces of wings 3 tsp of honey
1 tsp of sesame oil
2 tsp of soy sauce
1 tsp of black soy sauce
2 dashes of white pepper
1. Marinate the wings with the ingredient and leave it for 2 hours, at least in the refrigerator
2. Placed the marinated wings into the Airfryer (on the mesh-tray).
3. Set the temperature to 180oC
4. Set the timer for 10 minutes first, and thereafter, flip the wings, and set it for another 10 minutes
Honey Chicken Wings
40g self-raising flour
75g dark chocolate
1 large egg
60g soft brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1. Line the Airfryer baking tin (it came with the Airfryer that I purchased) with baking paper
2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl, put above a pot of boiling water. The bowl should be able to rest nicely over the pot, and not in the pot
3. Pre-heat the Airfryer to 180oC for about 5 minutes
4. Beat the egg, with the vanilla essence and sugar until fluffy. Add a pinch of salt.
5. Fold in the melted chocolate and flour and mix well
6. Place it into the baking tin and place it into the mesh-tray.
7. Bake it for 15-20 minutes
Though the Airfryer may pale in comparison to R2D2 when it comes to saving the universe, I still think it has helped my little life with the effort and time it had saved me.