“Wow, I really love how crispy and evenly-heated my food is when it comes out of the microwave”.
Said no one ever.
I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with microwave ovens ever since they were hailed as a revolutionary force in home cooking back in the 1980s. I mean, unless your culinary preferences lean towards soggy food that is still partially-frozen – with surprise pockets of scalding heat – there hasn’t been much to love.
I still remember the first microwave my parents ever bought because it was larger than the studio apartment I rented in Newtown when I moved out of home. If our old Sharp Carousel was the square metre equivalent of Sydney real estate it would probably be worth somewhere in the vicinity of $600 000 by now.
I also remember the apprehension that came with this newfangled technology that could create searingly hot food in mere seconds. In a quirky hangover from the nuclear paranoia of the Cold War days we were all kind of worried that we’d grow a second head or slowly develop prehensile tails, but none of us sprouted additional limbs and microwaves soon became a ubiquitous kitchen staple despite being good for only three things:
Heating up leftovers, making microwave popcorn and reheating cups of tea when you have a newborn baby.
(Actually make that four things: I’ve been on Lite n Easy for the last four weeks so most of my meals are conveniently prepared in the microwave these days. I’ve lost 3.2kg, y’all – YAY ME)
So, when I was asked to test-drive a new microwave that heats evenly and actually makes food crisp, my first thought was “As if”. My second thought was “Oooh, there is an event with cocktails”. My third thought was: “One cocktail contains like 80% of my daily calorie quota. Pfft. Whatevs”.
I was sold. But I was skeptical.
Enter the Breville Quick Touch Crisp. I took possession of my sexy shiny new stainless steel appliance and had a briefly sober moment when I realised that I had to cook something in it. A recipe. My own recipe. Regular Hugzilla readers will be painfully aware that I don’t “do” recipes. I “destroy” them.
So I did what I always do when I need advice, support, mild public humiliation and general hand-holding: I threw it out to the Hugzilla brains-trust on social media. I like to fancy that Hugzilla readers have higher-than-average levels of general intelligence but – alas – my little social experiment seemed to suggest otherwise.
Here were some of the bewildering responses I received to my request for crispy foods to try out in the Breville Quick Touch Crisp:
- Sponge pudding
- Scrambled eggs
- Chocolate cake
- Impossible pie (not even sure what this is – possibly a gee up?)
Working with that level of comprehension fail was somewhat exasperating, so I was forced to rethink my entire strategy. I decided to go right back to basics, and cook in the traditional way that generations of tired parents have done for their fussier-than-average toddlers:
I decided on a ham and pineapple pizza and chunky Angus meat pies, straight outta the freezer.
To be honest, I was pretty apprehensive when I took the slices of pizza out of the microwave for the first time. This machine has had over 3000 hours of testing, but it hasn’t encountered me yet. I’ve had over 3000 hours in the kitchen making food turn out in lots of ways it isn’t meant to turn out.
When I took a bite of pizza the first thing I thought was…
**Brand representatives look away now**
HOLY CRAP THIS PIZZA IS ACTUALLY CRISPY!
(Note to self: don’t say “crap” in a sponsored post)
I figured that I’d just been witness to an unprecendented event of sorts, so I thought I’d try my luck with the fussy toddler.
I gave him a piece.
I stood back.
HOLY CRAP MY FUSSY KID IS ACTUALLY EATING IT!
(Note to self: refer to previous “Note to self”)
My kid was eating food! Food that I prepared myself! As far as I was concerned that machine was making miracles happen.
Confidence was running high so I cooked the frozen meat pies for my husband, and hot damn, eight minutes in the microwave and the pastry was as crisp and flaky as if it had come straight out of the oven. His verdict: “the best I’ve ever tasted”. You heard that right here. Something I cooked was “the best”.
And remarkably, everything I’ve tried has heated evenly too, which means no more noshing into big frozen lumps of Lite n Easy mashed potato (it’s as delightful as it sounds).
How the heck does it work? Unlike other microwaves, the Quick Touch Crisp has a grilling element on top and a special crisper pan that goes all Chuck Norris* on the steam that usually turns microwave food soggy.
*errrr…. sort of….
Three enduring myths:
- Microwave food is soggy
- Microwaves heat food unevenly
- Hugzilla explodes everything she cooks
And check out my starring role* in this video from the event. Yes, they really DID call me an “influential food and lifestyle blogger”. So there. It’s official*.
*errrr…. sort of….
COMPETITION BELOW! Share your epic cooking disaster and go in the running to win one of these babies.
WIN A BREVILLE QUICK TOUCH CRISP!
Thanks to the people at Breville, Hugzilla blog is giving away one of the Breville Quick Touch Crisp microwaves (RRP $449.00).
HOW TO ENTER
Entering is easy. All you need to do is like the Hugzilla Facebook page (so I can contact you) and leave a comment on the blog or Facebook page answering the following question:
What is the worst cooking disaster you’ve ever had?
The most interesting and/or creative answer will win.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Entries close on September 21st and the winner will be announced shortly after.
- The competition is a Game of Skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners.
- Entrants must be Australian residents aged 18 years old or over.
- The winner will be notified by Facebook and has 5 days to reply and claim the prize.
- The owner of this blog takes no responsibility for prizes damaged or lost in transit.