You may not know it, but I am a complex person. By complex, I mean:
- I like to eat delicious and processed things
- But I am also a great lazy person who does not like to make an effort to obtain said things.
A lifestyle that carries its share of frustrations, believe me.
Suddenly, on the days when I can’t force the person who shares my life to cook for me with a lot of subliminal messages (and languid looks while whispering “cheesy gougères …”), I go around quite quickly between my pan-fried seasonal vegetables and my express omelets for lunch.
And then… the My Little Chef multifunctional food processor made its debut in my kitchen. I expected a tool to make my daily life easier, something to be able to change my culinary routine a little, and above all upgrade my meals without too much effort. Verdict: it works very well. Especially thanks to these three recipes, taken from the Senya community site, tested and approved by me!
Carrot and pea soup, to take control of the food processor
OK, this is a bit of the machine tutorial: this is the recipe suggested by Senya’s getting started booklet. But it allows to test several of the interesting functions of the multicooker. Among other things, simmering, to brown onions and garlic, mixing, and cooking vegetables … All in a single bowl (that of the food processor), and with very little to do. Actually, I peeled and roughly chopped a couple of things, threw everything in the robot, and hit a few buttons. The result far exceeded my expectations.
Carrot-pea soup ingredients
- 500g carrots
- 300g peas
- 2 onions
- 1 clove of garlic
- ½ broth of whatever you want.
Carrot-pea soup recipe
- Peel the onions and garlic. Put them in your My Little Chef food processor. Mix them for 10 seconds at speed 6.
- Add olive oil to the food processor bowl (you can use butter instead of olive oil). Select P1 from the Simmering program, set the time to three minutes, and brown everything.
- Wash and peel the carrots. Cut them into pieces and add them to the bowl. Add the peas, and ½ a bouillon cube (vegetables, poultry, or whatever will make you happy). Add water until it covers all the vegetables, without exceeding 1.5L.
- Select P1 from the Soup program. The robot will take care of everything.
- At the end of cooking, if you wish, you can add liquid cream to the bowl. Mix at speed 5 for 30 seconds.
- Your soup is ready.
30 minutes after pressing P1, I therefore had a delicious soup on my counter. On the other hand, the recipe proposed by the booklet does not offer any spices or herbs, which is against my principles – suddenly I added a lot of mint to the mixture, and it was a success.
Good news, it also works with all the other vegetables: you will never be too lazy to diversify your vitamin intake !
A chocolate mousse, to satisfy your cravings for sweetness
Pretty much immediately after unpacking the robot, I just had one thing in my head: I had to test it for something sweet.
So I started around 10 p.m., one evening of craving very intense, despite the washing machine noises produced by the robot (this is one of its few faults: he is really very noisy and vibrates a lot when used at high intensity), I decided to make a chocolate mousse.
Of course, you had to do a little more action than for the previous recipe, but when you love you don’t count. Besides, it was also a great opportunity to test the different blades (kneading, butterfly whisk, mixing) supplied with the robot and their change during the recipe. Bingo: everything is very easy to use, and the recipe works without any difficulty.
Chocolate mousse ingredients
- 250g dark chocolate
- 6 egg whites
- 3 egg yolks
- 10cl of liquid cream
- 1 vanilla pod
Chocolate mousse recipe
Step 1: Whip the egg whites
For this step, insert the mixing blade, which is the most used, into the bowl. On it, clip the butterfly whip supplied with the robot.
- Pour your egg whites into the bowl.
- By hand, select speed 4 for 4 minutes, and engage to whip up the egg whites. At the end of the 4 minutes, take the stiff eggs out of the bowl and set them aside.
Step 2: The chocolate mousse
Before starting the preparation, remove the butterfly whisk and the mixing blade, and insert the kneading blade (the one that is flat and less sharp).
- Break the chocolate bar and place it in the food processor bowl.
- Then add the egg yolks, sugar, liquid cream and vanilla.
- Select program P3 of the Knead function.
A few minutes later, once your preparation is ready, pour it into a salad bowl. Gently incorporate the egg whites, using a spatula, into the chocolate mixture. Pour your mousse into small verrines and let them stand for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
To respect the tradition of community recipe sites, I changed the ingredients according to what I had left in the fridge and my food preferences. If you want your chocolate mousse to be as good as mine, I recommend that you replace the liquid cream with hazelnut vegetable milk, and add a pinch of salt to your preparation to bring out the taste of the chocolate. .
Obviously, the result was splendid, but above all it did not require any effort (like turning the electric mixer for 10 minutes to whip the eggs to snow) and created very little dirty dishes!
The ultimate My Little Chef test: the eggplant, tomato, and arugula pizza
This is the recipe with the most steps, and one that I had the most expectations about because I really wanted to show off with a homemade pizza.
Vegetable pizza ingredients
Ingredients for the dough:
- 500g flour
- 25g baker’s yeast
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
Ingredients for the filling:
- 1 eggplant
- 100g of tomato sauce
- 50g green olives
- A little arugula
- A little grated cheese
Vegetable pizza recipe
Step 1: the dough
- In the bowl of your My Little Chef food processor, place 300g of water and 25g of baker’s yeast.
- Press the Knead button, the appliance displays P1. Press the Start button to start program P1. When step 1 is completed, the machine beeps 3 times and pauses.
- In the bowl of the food processor, add to the preparation 500g of flour, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of oil, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Press the start button again: the robot will continue the program to obtain a sticky dough. Depending on the amount of dough you want to prepare, you can adjust the duration of the program.
- Remove the preparation from the bowl with the help of the spatula. Add a little flour to the preparation, mix with your hands to form a ball. Let the ball rest in a bowl for about 2 hours.
- On your work surface, spread a little flour. Take the ball out of the bowl. With a rolling pin, make a disc about 35 cm in diameter. Place the dough on your baking sheet with baking paper or flour underneath so that the dough does not stick.
The kneading blade obviously does its job very well: the dough came out with a great texture. Meanwhile, I was on the other end of my apartment watching a series.
Step 2: the garnish
- Spread the tomato sauce on the dough 2-3mm thick. Cut the eggplant into thin strips. Sauté the eggplants in olive oil over medium heat, until tender and colored. Reserve them between a few sheets of absorbent paper. Cut the green olives into slices. Cut the tomatoes into thin slices.
- Then distribute the grated cheese, eggplants, green olives, and sliced tomatoes over the pizza until it covers the entire surface properly.
Step 3: cooking
- Preheat your oven to 220 ° C for 10 minutes, and bake your pizza for 10 minutes. You can extend the cooking time for a crispier dough.
- Take out the pizza when the cheese is well melted. Put the arugula leaves on the pizza. Cut and serve.
Certainly, in this recipe, the robot does not do absolutely everything. But making a success of your homemade dough is still a real satisfaction! And the upside is that you can top it with just about anything you like besides the ingredients listed above.
Verdict: What is Senya’s My Little Chef food processor worth?
Overall, Senya’s bet with My Little Chef is largely successful : the robot’s daily programs are practical and easy to use (you can even make pasta there). Alternating cooking or cooking modes in the same container also helps prevent crockery from piling up, which will please supporters of the least effort like me. Moreover, the robot even offers a cleaning mode: it really does everything on its own!
The kitchen accessory nevertheless includes some flaws that it would be dishonest not to mention. I said above that it was very noisy, and its vibrations can be impressive. In addition, the site of recipes being community, it is not yet very provided: if you have a precise idea of what you want to cook, it may be necessary to improvise a little with the manual programs. This can be complicated for beginners and beginners!
The My Little Chef remains a more accessible alternative to the Thermomix, however, and will offer you such vast possibilities if you feel like doing tests and spending a little time there (well, suddenly you have to make some efforts … personally I will rather wait for the real cooks to add recipes on the Senya site).
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