The Fairy Hobmother & Real Chips Recipe
A while ago, I visited one of my favourite food blogs authored by Mary Moh, a fellow Malaysian – Keep Learning Keep Smiling. I read a post that Mary got a gift from the Fairy Hobmother. So, I left a comment, hoping that the Fairy Hobmother will visit me one day to realise my dream.
One day, the Fairy Hobmother knocked on my mailbox and because I left a comment on Mary’s blog, on her post about the Fairy Hobmother. So, the Fairy Hobmother wanted to offer me a gift too! I was so excited! The Fairy Hobmother is someone from the Appliances Online, an online store that sells cookers and other appliances. He does blog hopping from time to time and give out amazing gifts!
I was given an Amazon voucher and decided to get myself an ActiFry! I have always wanted to get ActiFry and thanks to the Fairy Hobmother, my dream has come true! I really love my ActiFry that I used it to make some chips to go with my pepper steak! The chips were amazingly crispy, and practically without oil as only 1 tablespoon of olive oil was used! It was the real taste of potatoes rather than oil! I am really impressed!
If you would like a chance to receive an unexpected gift and you are from the UK, leave a comment below, you will stand the chance of being visited by the Fairy Hobmother! You may be the next lucky one to receive something nice too!
For the The Fairy Hobmother & Real Chips Recipe:
•850g cherry tomatoes
•1/2 small fennel, sliced
•1 garlic clove, finely sliced
•1/4 celery stick, chopped
•1/4 shallot, finely sliced
•1 sprig fresh basil
•1 sprig fresh thyme
•2 -3 drops Tabasco sauce
•1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
To make the tomato essence, place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix together.Place the mixture, in batches, into a food processor and pulse five times for 1-2 seconds each time. Transfer the purée into a large bowl and repeat until all of the vegetables have been puréed.
Cover the bowl with cling film and chill in the fridge for six hours. Line a clean bowl with a large piece of muslin and spoon in the tomato mixture. Draw the corners of the muslin cloth together and tie up tightly. String the muslin ‘bag’ up above the bowl to catch the strained juices. Leave to strain overnight. (Do not be tempted to squeeze the muslin.) Once strained, cover and refrigerate until needed.
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. To make the risotto, heat a pan over a medium heat, add the olive oil and gently fry the onion for 3-4 minutes, or until tender. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute. Add the rice, stirring well to coat in the olive oil. Fry for 1-2 minutes, or until the rice is translucent. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Place the halved (or whole) cherry tomatoes onto a baking tray, drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast in the oven for 5-6 minutes, or until the tomatoes are just tender and collapsed slightly.
Add the butternut squash to the pan and mix well. Add the water and half of the tomato essence, then bring to a gentle simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes. Place the remaining tomato essence into a saucepan and warm through.
By now, the rice should have absorbed all of the liquid. Remove the lid and stir well. Add the asparagus cook for a couple of minutes. Add the peas and parmesan and stir well, adding a little water if the risotto is too dry.To serve, spoon the risotto into a small serving bowl. Top with a few roasted tomatoes, a little sprinkling of parmesan.
Congrats! That is a great machine.
The fairy hobmother has also spoilt me!
Yeah, it is a great machine! I am going to try more recipes soon!
I’ve been intrigued with this gadget since I saw it as it didn’t sound too possible and i kinda need proof that it worked!! haha it’s now proven so now i will have to consider buying this gadget too! it sounds so amazing! crispy chips with just 1 tbsp oil sounds too good to be true! haha
Yes, I am impressed. And for me, it means no more deep frying that makes the whole flat smells!
We’re having a baby soon, would love a treat from the fairy to get us through the early days 🙂
I am always curious about this actifry. I’ve seen it in another food blogger blog. I think this is a great product as it use very little oil.
Yes, it is amazing how little oil was used to get really crispy and yummy chips!
I, too have wondered about the actifry… The fries, do look… real…:) and I bet they are a whole lot less greasy… but I really do wish that I get to taste this….:)
Yes, a lot less greasy and taste good!
Look like this gadget is very similar to Philips Air fryer, use less oil to deep fry..too bad, I’m not from UK, so no chance for Fairy Hobmother to knock my door, hehehe..
Yeah, it is pretty similar to Philips Air Fryer.
Wow what a lovely present. Doubt I will have such luck with it as Amazon is not avail here. 🙁
Yeah, it is a lovely present. I really want to make more use of it.
Oh, didn’t know there is no Amazon in Sg, what about other online stores?
I can do with Actifry actually… since everyone is complaining about me NOT frying chips…
Since Fairy Hobmother will not be visiting OZ due its summer heat ;P… I will hint hint to my Mr Santa Ho Ho Ho…
Love the photos …. making me hungry 😀
I bet Mr Santa Ho Ho Ho will get one for you, as a Xmas gift, perhaps? eheh. It’s really a nice gadget, I love it!
oh wow – that sounds so amazing – from getting a free gift from the fairy hobmother to the fact you can fry chips with so little oil! love it! 🙂
Yeah! I love it!! And a big Thank You to the fairy hobmother too!
It sounds wonderful! I wish the fairy hobmother would come knocking!! 😀
You never know! 🙂
Leemei, how lucky! I’ve heard of fairy hobmother several times now. You are one lucky girl! This is such a cool machine. You only add a tiny bit of oil and you made perfect french fries… I want one too… =)
Yeah, I couldn’t believe it when I got an email from the Fairy Hobmother! Got so excited and I knew I wanted the ActiFry for the longest time ever! 🙂 Going to try with more recipes soon!
I agree with Nami! So want that Actifry. Like, NOW!!
eheh.. it’s a cool gadget!! 🙂
I’d love to have one of this! The chips look amazing.
Oh lucky girl, congrats. The ActiFry looks so stylish and cool. Now you can have real french fries without any guilt everyday.
Thank you, dear! It is stylish looking but size wise, it’s quite big, that’s the only concern. Otherwise, I am happy with it!
is it as crispy as those normal french fries.
It has very crispy outer later, soft and moist inside. What I like is there is no trace of oil. It has really nice golden brown colour too! You just have to make sure that you dry the potatoes well, soak up extra moisture with kitchen paper before you put in the machine to guarantee crispiness.
How can we get one!? =) (somebody ready to sponsor?) XD
no amazon here either…. =/
i always hate frying anything in the house. looks like ActiFry is the solution..
Me neither. ActiFry is a definitely the new ‘deep fryer’ with only 1 tbsp of oil!
oh this is cool thing i have ever known, imagine those chips so yummy 🙂
It’s really a nice machine. I am going to explore more with other ingredients.
Oh I love the ActiFry it looks amazing and congrats on your new machine!
Thank you! It’s a great machine!
I would love a visit from the Hobmother.
I would love to get my husband an Ipad 2 for Christmas.
I would love the chance to own this appliance in my kitchen. I find now I am older I don;t have the strength in my hands and arms to hold pans and to have this on my work top cooking chips to perfection would get my husband to fall in love with me over again (wish).
Hi! Love your recipes! 🙂 Am about to try the easy courgette soup. We have an Actifry and love it. It makes lovely low fat chips. Oven chips taste loads better cooked in it too – much crisper and you don’t need to add any fat. We also slice up leftover potatoes and brown them in it and sometimes throw in some sliced onions. We also want to experiment with peppers and mushrooms. I would love a visit from the Fairy Hobmother. I spend most of my time at home as I have MS. Kitchen gadgets like the Actifry make life just that bit easier for me and my lovely husband who does all the cooking.
Actifry is great with all the benefits that you have mentioned. 🙂
It sounds like a dream to have crispy chips, still I can just dream.
I’ve never heard of the fairy hobmother but wow what a great gift 🙂 think I’m going to look into purchasing a acti fry after reading your post
I would love a nice actifry to use in my caravan as theres no frying smell with them iv seen my friends working wonderful machine..