Learning to Cook with Miele

Fantastic table layout for decorating cupcakes!

I’m not very good at cooking, the trouble is that I’m constantly trying to multitask and so I don’t really concentrate with the cookery and inevitably I burn stuff or miss out a vital step. I have a sort of passing interest in cookery, but I think that the problem is both a lack of time and a lack of patience. Maybe surprisingly I do actually cook all the children’s meals completely from scratch, we never eat ready meals and we do eat healthily. Its just I’ve managed to get a series of signature dishes which I can cook quickly, cheaply and easily. I need to expand my repertoire, to slow down and to be a bit braver. I really need some cookery classes!

I was delighted when I was invited along with the children to the Miele Gallery on Regent Street to have a look at all the amazing products and learn more about making healthy food for the kids which disguises lots of vegetables. We are big fans of Miele in our household, in fact, nearly all the big domestic products we have bought ourselves are Miele from our Cat and Dog vacuum cleaner through to our swanky gas hob. 
Looking around the Miele Gallery we were genuinely surprised at what you could get, from an induction wok hob which is frankly astonishing through to the brilliant convection steam oven. There are some amazing gadgets out there which can make a massive difference to your cooking. Personally i’m lusting over the steam oven which I think may just revolutionise my cooking given the experience we had at the gallery.
Making Pizza

The kids were given the chance to make their own pizza and decorate some cupcakes which they really enjoyed. However, even better we were treated to a sample of some of their Dinners in Disguise menu ideas. We tried pizza’s with bases made from sweet potato and beetroot or cauliflower which were delicious. The children really enjoyed adding their toppings. I have to say I think child involvement in cooking really does encourage them to try things and eat stuff they normally wouldn’t.
Pizza

If you want to have a go (using a Miele Steam oven):
Vegetable Crusted Pizza
For the base:
450 g of cauliflower 
or 225 g beetroot grated raw and excess liquid squeezed out
225g sweet potato, grated raw and excess liquid squeezed out
2 medium eggs
50g parmesan, grated
For the topping
50g cheddar grated
1 ball mozzarella
5 slices of ham
1 bunch basil
Method:
1. place the cauliflower into a food processor and blend till it looks like a grain. Then microwave for 5 minutes.
2. If you are using the beetroot/ sweet potato mic then mix them in a bowl.
3. depending on what you are using add the vegetable mix into a bowl along with the eggs and Parmesan. mix well.
4. preheat the oven on Intensive Bake 225 degrees C
5. Then place onto a baking sheet and spread out so that you are making small singular circles. Do not make too thin as it will break, about 1 cm thick.
6. Add toppings of choice.
7. Place into the oven on shelf position 1 and cook for 25- 30 minutes.
The children also had the chance to decorate some fab cupcakes. I’m trying really hard at the moment to get some vegetables into their cakes and I’ve actually made beetroot ones myself, which were delicious. They could choose from beetroot or courgette cupcakes and they were both great examples of a way of getting vegetables into children without them even realising.
Courgette and Carrot Spaghetti with Meatballs

At the event we got to sample a selection of food cooked in the Miele steam oven and I must say I’m completely sold on the oven. It seems like a brilliant way of cooking healthy food and the results were amazing. For me, the Meatballs with Courgette and Carrot Spaghetti were amazing and something I’d really love to make myself. Now I’m just waiting for my husband to buy me a steam oven…
@daddacool enjoying the food!
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