It’s hard to deny that in today’s fast-paced lifestyle, keeping up with basic household duties like cooking can be a challenge for the typical Singaporean working adult. Many find that toiling over a hot stove at the end of a tireing workday to be an unappealing and trying feat. For this reason, majority of adult Singaporeans turn to time-saving measures such as takeaways and processed food, making traditional home cooked meals increasingly irrelevant. The days of families spending time together to prepare a healthy homecooked meal and passing down secret family recipes from generation to generation are becoming a rarity. What then is an aspiring domestic God or Goddess to do in a situation like this?
Behind every successful kitchen artist is a one-size-fits-all, versatile piece of kitchen equipment that not only reduces prep time by a significant margin, it produces consistently beautiful results that even the fussiest of home chefs and bakers cannot help but fall in love with it. Over the years, KitchenAid has produced top-quality kitchen appliances for time-strapped individuals looking to cut down on effort spent in the kitchen, while maintaining the same or even better standards of home cooking. The latest addition to their range is the Artisan Mini Stand Mixer.
20% more compact and 25% lighter than the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer, it’s 3.5-quart capacity is suitable for homes with small kitchens or for those with less available storage space. It’s smaller size does not account for its might, because it is just as powerful as its larger counterpart. In addition, it fits all the available KitchenAid mixer attachments in the market, including the food processor, spiralizer and pasta maker. The very fact that it fits the whole range of Kitchen Aid attachments makes it so versatile and useful for home bakers and chefs alike.
I’ve had the privilege to attend an afternoon tea party hosted by the talented Zong Han, who single handedly prepared an array of sweet and savoury dishes on the very same day, thanks to the help of the KitchenAid Artisan Mini Mixer and it’s various attachments. Attendees were treated to a short introduction to a few of the new products. The event was an intimate and casual affair, which was well suited for the lazy Saturday afternoon. Everyone had a chance to mingle and play around with the products on display.
Among the refreshments that were prepared using KitchenAid appliances was a wonderfully fresh and healthy pumpkin soup, with which the KitchenAid Diamond Blender was used to prepare. The result yielded was a smooth and lump-free consistency of the soup, enhanced by the richness of coconut cream. The freshly ground black pepper added a spicy kick to the otherwise mellow flavour of the pumpkin.
My favourite dish of the day would definitely be the fresh handmade pasta with which our gracious host used the mini mixer with the Gourmet Pasta Press attachment. Do you know that it not only churns out even strands of round noodles, it makes Bucatini, Fusilli, Rigatoni, small Macaroni and large Macaroni? The chewy pasta was doused in a homemade curry coconut sauce that was delectably rich and spicy!
The other star of the day was the Apple pie with which the KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment was used to core, peel and slice the 1kg of apples that went into it. The attachment includes 5 blades and boasts features that include spiralizing, slicing, peeling and coring. Zong Han achieved a light and flaky pie crust by first freezing the butter and then using the KitchenAid food processor to combine it to the flour. Doing so prevents the butter from melting from the warmth of our fingers during the mixing process.
Personally the spiralizer attachment is a tool that I’d definitely consider purchasing. It’s various attachments will allow me to make as much zucchini noodles and curly fries (curly sweet potato fries, anyone?) as I can consume in a sitting! Chopping vegetables for a salad can be accompliashed within minutes. How easy would it be to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle with this phenomenal gadget by your side?
Everyone knows the key to a light and fluffy cake is to aerate the batter sufficiently. Chiffon cakes are especially so because the egg whites are whipped till stiff peaks before being folded into the cake batter. Done by hand, one can look forward to a significantly muscular dominant arm and little remaining energy to even complete making the cake. The KitchenAid stand mixer is a godsend for anyone looking to make chiffon cakes because the menial task of egg white whipping can be done within minutes.
Zong Han made a moist and light jasmine green tea chiffon cake topped with a sweet and salty double cheese frosting. How nicely the fragrance of the tea complimented the cheese! It’s one of those combinations that is seemingly strange at first, but harmonises so well on the palate.
KitchenAid, Mayer Singapore and Zong Han have certainly succeeded in making the afternoon an enjoyable and enriching experience for me. Learning about the different functions of the KitchenAid stand mixer and it’s attachments has allowed me to understand and be inspired by the versatility of this machine to create magic in the kitchen for my family and friends.