It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when cooking for the family. I know that I can get stuck in routine of cooking the same way, the same meals and same ingredients.
For one reason or another this rut has meant myself and my husband have been eating pretty poorly, the kids have been having great meals but our have been pretty dire!
Now I’ll be honest I did think air fryers were for chips only..but not this beast!
The cook robot (off on a slight tangent here..but Freddie still thinks it’s an actual robot that moves around the kitchen!) can grill, roast, fry, slow cook, steam, bbq and toast all in one appliance! It has a massive capacity of 6l do perfect for family cooking and has digital temperature and timer control.
I decided to make a pumpkin based meal, they are in season and also easy to replace with butter nut squash in a recipe when not available. I thought about a curry with coconut milk as Freddie could also then enjoy it being dairy free.
Pumpkin & cashew curry
1 medium pumpkin
1 large onion
1 can light coconut milk
1tsp ground coriander
Half tsp coconut oil
1tsp ground cumin
1tsp garam masala
1tsp garlic powder
Chilli powder added to your liking (we added ours after so it wasn’t too hot for freddie)
I set the robot (I just prefer calling it the robot, it makes him seem part of the family. Yes, he is a boy) anyway, I set the robot to stir fry, 40 minutes at 180c and add the coconut oil.
Cut the pumpkin into chunks (skin can be left on or off it’s up to you – we removed it) and slice the onions.
Pop in the robot with all the dry seasonings. Then watch like magic! I will say I didn’t have a clue how to expect it too cook as I have never used anything like it before, but it’s easy to pick up and you soon get the feel for it like you would using the hob etc.
Once the pumpkin takes on some colour, some lovely caramelisation for flavour, then add the coconut milk. I added about half the cashews here and saved half for later. Turn down the heat and let it simmer.
Once the pumpkin is soft (but still has a bit of bite to it) I added the rest of the cashews as a contrast in texture.
And it’s done! I just ate mine in a bowl without any accompaniments (pure greed and laziness) but Freddie had his with rice and my husband had his with a jacket potato.
The robot, bless him, has become a part of our daily cooking routine and we cook anything from eggs, to steamed vegetables to roast chicken thighs in there. It’s really efficient at cooking and most of the time we use hardly any oil. We have also made these Super amazing roasties from Katy Kicker in ours and they are just life changing! Everything seems to keep its own flavour and I really like that about it as this helps keep things healthy and tasty. I made meatballs in tomato sauce in it and the tinned tomatoes thickened up so well, perfectly rich and the taste was amazing. All I had in at that point was the browned meatballs and thickened sauce! It’s easy to clean, it can go in the dishwasher but I prefer to wash by hand due to the non stick items.
You can buy the VonShef here
We were sent the cook robot in exchange for an honest review.