Moulinex Belgium asked Why Not Monday to test their newest cooking food processor. This review will give you the upsides and downside, what we like about it and why you should get it according to us. To test the machines we’ve tried 3 recipes in total: a soup, a main course and a pastry recipe.
The Cuisine Companion is an intelligent appliance which helps you prepare whatever meals you want to cook on a daily basis. You can choose between automatic programmes and manual mode, there are six automatic programmes in total. This way you can make sauces and stews, steam cook, simmer soups, make cakes and all kinds of desserts. If you want to get creative you can use the manual mode, but it will need some training.
The 4.5 liter stainless steel bowl comes with five accessories: a chopping blade, a dough blade, a whisk, a mixer and a steam basket. You get a recipe booklet with 300 recipes, which you can also find online. Every recipe states clearly which accessory you need to use.
Making soups should be more of a habit, a healthy starter of lunch full of vitamins. The Cuisine Companion really is an easy tool for this. Chop your veggies, maybe start with melting some onions for extra flavours and start the soup program. I do have to add that the soup recipes are a bit flat when it comes to taste. Taste when it’s finished, season richly and don’t forget some stock. This soup program is perfect because you don’t have to worry and in 30 minutes you’ll have a fresh bowl of soup.
For the main course I tried a Parmentier, I changed the recipe and used sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes. What I loved about this recipe was the chopping program, you can buy a nice piece of beef and the Cuisine Companion will chop it until it’s like minced meat.
The downside was that the meat is cooked instead of baked, but maybe you can find a cheat for this. The result was a bit too watery for my taste, but you could add some extra pulp to solve this.
I would recommend to boil the potatoes in a regular pot while you pepare the sauce, because now we had to wait extra until the potatoes were steamed. Although the steaming function was good and by using a blade you get a nice creamy mash.
To finish our Moulinex menu Margot made some chocolat rolls. She’s used to kneading dough with her hands so she was curious how the Cuisine Companion could help her.
According to Margot there were 2 major benefits: you win time because you don’t have to wait too long for the dough to rise due to the heated steel bowl and you don’t have to go through the sticky part of kneading the dough. She does advise to add some extra flour during the kneading process.
The overall verdict? It sure is a help in the kitchen. Especially when it comes to soups, steaming and sauces. Would I buy it? No, not at the moment. But that’s mostly because it takes away my favourite part of cooking. Stirring in a pan is part of my cooking therapy, for now. I can imagine that in a different moment of my life I might need a extra hand in the kitchen. If you want to win time and make cooking easier the Cuisine Companion might be your perfect kitchen-help.