I realise that blogging about gadgets so many times in so few posts (first a Kmix free-standing mixer mainly used to make bread, secondly an apple corer mainly used to, ummm, core apples) is going to make Claire and I seem the kind of people who salivate over the Lakeland catalogue and forgo polite company in favour of expeditions to Robert Dyas. We do not know why you would make this assumption. We are completely normal. Honest. It is just that the McDonald household has a new gadget. And it has changed if not our lives, then certainly what we eat.
My husband has been hankering after a Tefal Actifry for some time. Obsessively looking at them in Robert Dyas, reading reviews about them on Mail on-line (shh!) and talking about how much better our lives would be if we had one. And how much less clogged our arteries. He sneaked off one Saturday afternoon and came back pleased as punch, swinging a Robert Dyas bag (they cost about £100).
In case you aren't in the loop, the Tefal Actifry is a deep fat fryer that doesn't really use any fat. Only a 1/2 tablespoon of oil is needed to cook the crispiest of chips. It is a largish (this is a flaw as it does take up a lot of worktop) circular appliance, with a clear lid and a rotating inner heated drum that moves the food around ensuring everything gets a good coating of oil and cooks evenly. Anything that isn't coated in batter, that would normally go in a deep fat fryer, can be cooked in one. Sadly, this means no fresh doughnuts or home-made onion rings, but yes to chicken drumsticks, the world's most low-maintenance roast potatoes and divine chips. Decent proper chips, just like mum used to make back in suburbia in 1979. Forget the preservative-clad oven chips that many of us have been fooled into believing are the real thing. These are the real McCoy.
So I have a new bread maker and now a new chip maker. Are you thinking what I am thinking? Like I said, life-changing.