There’s no denying that this time of year brings out the best nester in me. I get home from work, pop my slippers on, light the fire and grab a glass of wine. I crave warming, comfort food, switching salads for soups and could easily eat mashed potato and gravy every day. Getting my cosy vibe on has been even easier after the lovely team at ao.com chose me to take part in a gifting challenge. It’s time to get my cook on!
Offering 10 of their most predicted popular gifts for this Christmas, ao.com asked me to choose another blogger to send a gift to. The lovely Elena who blogs at Loved By Elena agreed to take part with me and you can read what I chose for her in her post here. I was completely delighted and overwhelmed to receive the fabulous Kenwood MultiPro Sense Food Processor + Blender. Wordy!
I have to confess that unpacking the box scared me a little. Our kitchen is teensy with very little work surface and storage space – not much bigger than the Kenwood box itself. But I quickly realised how compact everything is, literally a kitchen in a box. Food processors make cooking an absolute doddle, especially with both of us working full time, but I’d never used a blender before. Time to put it to the test.
The blender jug promises Thermoresist technology which means it can blend hot OR cold, what a treat. Bearing in mind the time of year, cold liquids are not my thing but warming soups certainly are. Grabbing my trusty New Covent Garden Food Co. ‘Soup For Every Day’ cookbook, I opted for red lentil, cumin and coriander. Hearty, wholesome and easy to whip up.
Once the soup was ready for blending, I tipped it in in two batches, straight from the hob. The blender made the lightest work of whipping it into smooth puree on just the first setting. It’s easy to see from this just how powerful the machine is with a 1000 watt power output. Had I turned the dial further it may well have taken the house into a frenzy so I have high hopes for those tougher processing jobs.
The processor itself has an amazing 3.5l capacity main bowl, toughened to cope with regular family cooking and dishwasher friendly. It also has a smaller bowl to mix items such as dips and even has built-in weighing scales. Imagine all the separate tools you no longer need with this device.
I’m excited to experiment with the food processor and blender over the coming weeks and hope to whip up some tasty pre-Christmas treats. It has a handy cookbook to give recipe ideas and put all the different attachments to the test and I think this will definitely be a big seller for ao.com this Christmas.
If you’re already thinking about Christmas shopping (I mean, why wouldn’t you be?) then make sure you sign up to ao.com’s ‘Black Friday’ newsletter. This year it falls on November 24th and they promise to be launching some spectacular deals to help you save not spend this year – with so many gadgets available, you could bag yourself a real bargain.
Image courtesy of Kenwood
Thank you so much to ao.com for gifting me this product in return for an honest review. All words, opinions and images are my own unless otherwise stated.
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It looks like a fantastic kitchen gadget with so many functions! And I love a lentil soup, yours looks delicious
Homemade soup is the best, now I have this hopefully I’ll be making lots of it! X
Home-made soup & crusty bread is my favourite at this time of year. Quick, tasty, warming and healthy too!
I totally agree, nothing better than soup in winter! X
What a great looking – and useful – gadget. Fab idea to choose something for someone else too #homeetc
It really is useful especially since it means I don’t need so many other things now! X
I’m so glad you like it, it’s probably one of the most useful kitchen gadgets out there. Hope you get a lot of use out of it. Thanks a lot for thinking of me!!
Oh totally, I think it will be used very regularly now I’ve worked out how to use it 😉 X
It seems like a great machine to have in the kitchen
Aaaah I LOVED being part of this project too Lins!!! My gifting partner Amy and I both chose the same presents for each other which was hilarious!! No cheating involved either — I think we probably just chose what we really wanted for ourselves!! 😉 FAB that you were sent a food processor! Perfect for this time of year — all the soups that you can make. I LOVE red lentil soup — one of my faves. xxx
Haha great minds clearly think alike, it was so fab to be involved wasn’t it? The food processor is proving to be very handy indeed Xxx
Wow how lucky are you! I love a home made soup in the winter and your one looks yummy. I shall expect to see lots of yummy soup recipes on here going forward!
Hehe yes I think I could take the blog in an entirely new direction 😉 X