Yeah, so I miss my Super Freeway already. I’m going to sound like an old-timer here, but ‘they just don’t make things like they used to.’
Seriously, I used my new food processor maybe twice before I smelt that smell. You know the smell when something is dying? Burny plastic/metal bits? NOT simply the weird “new,” smell, but the smell of impending death?
Why me? Now it goes for about 20 seconds before over heating and cutting out. Great. I did manage to make the following recipe, although it took a long time as I had to keep stopping and waiting for the machine to calm down and cool off (and actually work again).
Moving on, I’m sure a fellow Hippie will agree with me about the benefits of have pre cooked grains at your disposal. She’s pretty much the Queen of Food Prep.
I cooked up a whole bunch of quinoa (plain, just in water) so I have it ready and waiting to go, whether it be for savoury or sweet dishes. It is so easy just to chuck a handful into a dish when it is pre-cooked; it’s just waiting in the fridge ready for nutritious/delicious action. I’ve also taken to soaking oats after reading up on phytic acid… I simply mix equal quantities of oats and water, and them do the rest overnight. Due to the plethora of pre-prepared grains in my fridge…. plus the excitement of a new appliance to play with, I came up with this concoction before all of my dreams were snatched away from me with the odour of burnt motor bits. Boo. At least my breakfast kinda reminded me of cookies & cream which helped make me feel better.
Good for you Breakfast Goo:
(Vegan, gluten free if you use certified oats… soy/wheat/refined sugar free)
- 1/4C nut butter (sunflower seed or almond would be best here… peanut would be OK but the flavour may over power)
- 1t pure vanilla extract
- 1/4t sea salt
- 8 medjool dates (alternatively use 1/4C agave/maple if you don’t like dates).
- 1/4C soaked oats (or dry, it doesn’t really matter, you may have to add some more milk though)
- 3/4C cooked quinoa
- 1/2C milk (whatever you usually favour)
- 2T chocolate chips/cacao nibs*… or 1T cocoa powder if you have neither)
- PLUS edible utensils… aka fruit slices for scooping
- Combine all ingredients and blend in the food processor (hopefully yours does not smell like mine) until combined… it doesn’t go completely smooth due to the nibs (or chips) but a little chewing is good for you.
- Serve chilled, with lots of fresh fruit slices for dipping/scooping/swimming in goo.
So in between starting and finishing this post, I have managed to contact the company who produces my new food processor… Cuisinart. I was worried as soon as I realised there was something wrong with the appliance… you know that sinking feeling you get even though you are under “warranty.” I have had some bad experiences with “warranties.” Usually it’s just a painful procedure to even engage some companies in communication…. not so with Cuisinart* – I was pleasantly surprised at how quick to respond they were, and how polite. There is hope for me and my food processor yet.
Murphury’s Law too, as soon as I had packed up and shipped my machine off for “testing,” my old food processor starts working again… even after Misty threw it down the front steps. Ah bless.
He can actually lift and throw this… and it’s a stomping beast, a few kgs at least. Super Misty.
* This is not an ad/review for Cuisinart… I (Viper) purchased the machine with our own hard earned cash.