De’Longhi in my kitchen

 

 

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Me in my unstyled, real-life kitchen. With Chef Mitchy Sison.

 

If you’ve been following me in my @DaphneOP Instagram account, you would have noticed my little cooking and baking adventures in my kitchen. I often cook on an open fire – my range is a very good gas/fire range – and I enjoy using my LeCreuset dutch oven for everything from stews to Bolognese. Lately though I’ve been using my smaller De’Longhi oven for baking quiche, bread, lasagne. It heats up faster, and gets the job done without firing up my huge oven.

I have a few nifty gadgets and tools that make working in my kitchen fun. The De’Longhi gelato maker continues to be a family favourite. My kids love creating their own gelato. Vanilla is a family fave. And when we have a surplus of fruit, we also make gelato. Let me know if you want me to blog about my gelato adventures.

This season, I have a new “game changer” in the kitchen. It is the De’Longhi Multifry. As the name suggests, it is technically an air-fryer. But it is also more than that. Sure you can make the perfect “fried” chicken using absolutely no oil. But you can also bake, make risotto, stews, steamed veggies, pizza. The possibilities are endless.

It is now December 11, and I know there are a lot of us with open wishlists for ourselves. Or you have someone very very special to give to – like newly weds, new homecooks, busy moms who have to have a constant supply of “baon”, or a person living alone – consider the Multifry. Keep reading, and please watch the video below.

 

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My gelato maker at home.

 

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We make our own vanilla gelato. And other flavours.

 

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At last year’s De’Longhi Christmas get-together, I saw the Multifry at work.

 

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We made everything from the usual crispy “fried” chicken to kebabs…

 

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To red velvet mini-cakes.

 

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I had loads of fun with my former colleagues in broadcasting.

 

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I shared my books, CHIC – Tips on Life, Style, and Work. Everyone got one.

 

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And went nuts with my De’Longhi family

 

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In my life at home, this is what I have. The De’Longhi Prima Donna XS at home.

 

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My favourite is a tall cappuccino. But since I’m trying to go dairy-free and fat-free, I’m now having an Americano daily. (PS, the De’Longhi coffee machines dont use disposable pods. That is a no-no in my books. I cannot stand adding any more garbage to our landfills and oceans. The De’Longhi coffee machine I have grinds the coffee beans when needed, giving it a fresh ground taste. The waste generated from ground coffee goes into our compost bin. Practically zero waste).

 

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The De’Longhi Multifry

As the name suggests, the De’Longhi Multifry fries food and does multiple other things. It is an innovative cooking appliance combining a low-oil fryer and a multicooker to meet different needs. It enables you to rapidly fry tasty fresh potatoes in a healthier way with minimum oil and to prepare a variety of recipes: from risottos to cous cous, from stews to ratatouilles. Multifry even allows you to bake pizzas, cakes and pies.

Here are some dishes we made at home. The first is a roast chicken with sausage and apple stuffing. Its something you can serve for a festive meal – the herbs and apple stuffing give a regular roast chicken that hint of special effort. For this we didn’t use the De’Longhi Multifry, though you could roast a chicken in it. We used the De’Longhi rotisserie oven.

Roast Chicken with Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Ingredients:
One whole roasting chicken, about 1.5 kilo

Stuffing:
1 granny smith apple, seeded and cubed
1 red delicious apple, seeded and cubed
1 teaspoon 5 spice powder
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 pcs Italian sausage, casing removed
2 slices sourdough bread, cut into cubes
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil

Spice Rub:
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat the Delonghi Oven to 400 F.

Drain any residual liquid in the whole chicken and pat dry with paper towels, inside and out.

In a medium bowl, toss together apples, 5 spice powder, sour dough bread, sausage, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with coconut oil. Mix until apple pieces are evenly coated.

Stuff chicken cavity with apple pieces and close both ends with skewers.

Combine spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl and sprinkle spice mixture evenly over all sides of the chicken.

Place stuffed chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up. After 30 minutes, turn oven temperature down to 350 F and put cover on roasting pan (make sure roasting pan vents are closed).

Roast for an additional 30 minutes.

Remove chicken from the oven and rest it rest on a chopping board for 20 minutes, covered until serving.

 

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Ingredients for chicken stuffing.

 

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Five spice rub

 

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Chicken is ready with the spice rub, skewered…

 

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There it is in the De’Longhi oven

 

Honey Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

1 kilo sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

extra virgin olive oil

rock salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon butter

Instructions:

Using the De Longhi Multifry, remove the paddle and fill the bowl with water 2 inch in depth. Close the lid, select the PAN function, select power level 4, set 10 minutes and press the program start/stop button.

Once the water starts boiling, place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Boil for 5 minutes or until slightly tender. Drain water and attach the paddle attachment.

Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil using the oil pourer at level 2, season with salt and pepper.

Select the OVEN function and select power level 3 for 5 minutes, close the lid and press the program start/stop button.

Towards the last two minutes, add the honey and butter. Cook until sweet potatoes are crispy and coated.

 

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Herbs and honey to top off our sweet potatoes.

 

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The Multifry has an automatic mixing paddle which gently mixes food and permits cooking without any need to manually stir food. Hands free for me!

 

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That butter and honey in the end totally makes this dish what it is.

 

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Honey Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes!! Yum.

 

Molten Nutella Lava Cake

Ingredients:
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup Nutella
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Instructions:

Using the De Longhi Multifry, remove the paddle and preheat. Close the lid, select the OVEN function, select power level 3, set 20 minutes and press the program start/stop button.

Grease two small ramekins, then dust with cocoa powder, shaking out any excess. Set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolk, and granulated sugar until fluffy and pale yellow in color. Add melted butter and Nutella and whisk until well-combined. Add flour and whisk until incorporated.

Divide batter among the prepared ramekins. Place ramekins on the Delonghi Multifry, and bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes. You want to keep a close eye on these; all ovens run differently so remove them from the oven when the edges are set but the center still jiggles slightly.

Run a knife around the edges of the cakes as soon as you remove them from the oven. Let cool for 3-4 minutes, then swiftly but gently invert onto individual serving plates. Garnish with strawberries and powdered sugar if desired, and serve immediately.

 

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The simplest ingredients for molten lava cake.

 

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Folding the egg into the mixture.

 

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Pouring the batter into those little ramekins I’ve had but have never really used.

 

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Ready for the Multifry. It would just take 12 minutes!

 

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A “first” in my kitchen. A real chef helping me out. I’d like to see this as an ongoing series. What do you think?

 

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End product. Molten Lava cake. My kids loved it! So did I. And Im not even a desert person.

 

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Perfect roast chicken

 

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That was our lunch plate. Roast chicken with honey thyme sweet potatoes!

 

Please watch our video. You will see how easy it is to cook and bake using the Multifry. Lots of tips in there too from Chef Mitchy.

 

 

De’Longhi Philippines just opened their first concept store in Ayala Vertis North. It’s worth the drive to Quezon City, I tell you (southerner here). It has a fully functioning kitchen and of course a gorgeous coffee bar. All their coffee machines are there for you to try. They can demo the Multifry for you too. Just tell them Daphne sent you. Have a free coffee as well, while you are there. Follow De’Longhi Philippines in Facebook.

Let me know what you think of me blogging about food and cooking. It’s something I never felt comfortable about because I am a novice cook. But I do love cooking. And more importantly, my kids think I’m the best “chef”. Haha. Would love to hear your thoughts. Please comment below or in Facebook.

 

DAPHNE DIARIES in the Hobbiton Movie Set

 

 

From my recent trip to New Zealand, here is my DAPHNE® Diaries of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Let me know what you think…

 

 

 

The Ryzza Mae Show

 

 

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I got a call from the producers of The Ryzza Mae Show asking me if I would be ok to come in as a guest in the show. Without batting an eyelash, I said yes. I had never seen a single episode (nor a clip) of The Ryzza Mae Show. I have to admit, my TV viewing habits have been reduced to just news these days — blame it on mobile content.  So after confirming, I asked my friends what I should expect. They said, just go with the flow, she’s a riot, expect to dance, expect to take a selfie looking up. I didn’t have time to watch clips of her show on You Tube, and I decided the best way of doing this was just to do it blindly.

The producers asked me to give Ryzza some tips on hosting. But it’s been a while since I hosted a TV show, I figured, she should be the one giving me hosting tips now. Haha. So I suggested that I just demonstrate some organizing tips for the home, office and school with Ryzza. We agreed that I would bring my DAPHNE® & National Book Store products.

Here’s how it went. You tube videos are below.

 

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At the makeup room of the studios in Broadway Centrum, Ryzza approached me and said “Hi, po!”  Then she took my right hand and put it to her forehead (mano). So sweet.

 

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The dressing rooms of Eat Bulaga and The Ryzza Mae Show.

 

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What I wore — navy dress from COS, necklace of my own design, dainty rose gold cuff from Cova, clogs.

 

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I was told to speak Tagalog then seconds before I went on stage, one of the writers said, “Speak English.” So I just did both.

 

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The studio audience or “dabarkads”

 

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I showed Ryzza how to clean up a desk and organize a book shelf. I loved her reaction when I said that I was giving everything to her.

 

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She modelled my DAPHNE & NBS bag.

 

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Ryzza Mae was witty and quick. She was so natural.

 

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I was told to do a selfie with a “look up” gesture. Apparently it’s her thing.

 

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And this hand symbol. I forgot what this meant. Something about being happy always.

 

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Right after the show, I checked my Twitter and Facebook and found a lot of reactions. All good. Thanks to Ryzza’s cuteness factor. This collage was sent by Arvin Ecija Budlayan.

 

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We didn’t get to dance. The whole segment was so much fun. I kept laughing. And I really just wanted to keep hugging her. Watch her reactions to some of the things I said. Funny. Even GMA News online picked up the highlights of the show.

 

 

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That night, we made it to the GMA Network news site, with the funniest headline. Click on photo to watch the funniest part of the show.

 

Salamat Ryzza Mae!

 

Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan

 

 

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My new DAPHNE Diaries… from our February trip to Bhutan. We took an 8 day package with Amala Destinations. On our last full day, we climbed up Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

 

 

Please let me know what you think of the DAPHNE Diaries series on my YouTube channel. If you like it, please subscribe so I can make more. I’m open to suggestions.

 

 

Gaudi’s Barcelona

 

 

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Have you been seeing DAPHNE Diaries on the Lifestyle Network? It is a set of short segments on my Barcelona trip airing randomly across the channel. I will post them on my YouTube channel soon.

In the meantime, I made my own DAPHNE Diaries. By “my own” I mean, I photographed and shot everything, wrote, voiced over, presented, edited on iMovie and posted on You Tube. For the two on-cam spiels (in La Sagrada Familia and Sant Felip Neri, I got some help from my official DOP, Carlo Lina). So for my YouTube channel, I’m back to being a one-woman show. Haha. Just like how I started on TV with “Video Postcards”. Big hug to those who remember that.

I hope you like this. I’m working on more. So please may I ask you a favour. Please show me some love by “liking” and subscribing to it in YouTube as well as sharing and reposting the video. It’s a labour of love.