Sunday, 11 May 2014

Kitchen Gadget 7. Kenwood Chef - The Accessories


I'm sure one of these days we'll do a Kitchen Gadget post about our Kenwood Chef, but in a rather back to front sort of way we're going to start with a post about all the wonderful attachments you can get for it. We have three out of a wide selection and while they don't get daily use they certainly make life seem so much easier when there's lots to be done. These are kitchen gadgets that we can easily do without, but by no means regret having in the cupboard. A bit of luxury.

Firstly we have the shredder/slicer. Large bowl of coleslaw for a BBQ? It takes longer to top and tail the carrots than it does to chuck them all through the machine! We also use this one for dauphinoise potato type dishes - it really is so quick to do. (Plus it avoids the temptation to slice potatoes on that wide bit on the cheese grater - don't do it. Just don't.)

We also have a juicer. While this is the most under-utilised in our cupboard we hold out high hopes for the day when we get to turn a bumper apple harvest into beautiful fresh juice.

Today though, we have a recipe for you that we get out the mincer for: falafel. As with lots of our kitchen gadget recipes you can make this without a mincer - just mash it all up the best you can by hand.

Serves 4

2 Tins Chickpeas
2 Onions
4 Cloves Garlic
4 Tbsp Plain Flour
2 Tsp Ground Cumin
1 Tsp Salt
2 Tsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Fresh Herbs (we used Coriander and Thyme)
1 Large Egg - optional, it does help to bind and we have no shortage of eggs so chuck one in.

1. Set up your mincer and feed through the chickpeas, onions, and garlic.

2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients to make a firm dough.

3. Fry off tablespoon sized dollops of your dough in batches until you've used it all. Pop the finished ones in a warm oven while you're working.

4. Serve with toasted pittas, houmous, salad, olives, mayonnaise... or whatever you fancy!


  1. Interesting - I make my falafels with breadcrumbs and always find it really tedious. Maybe I'll start using flour instead. I wonder if gram flour would be good or if that would be chickpea overkill. I was thinking of doing falafels in pitta next weekend when you came down, thinking it probably wouldn't be something you did a lot yourself!

    1. We don't actually have them all that often, just happened to be this weekend so thought we'd blog it! Feel free to do them again.

      As to flour v bread crumbs, definitely try flour, I imagine it'll be much quicker, though you may well end up with a slightly different texture for it.

  2. That looks delicious. I've got a Kenwood food processor but I have to admit that I hardly use it.

    1. We go through phases with ours, and particularly the extra bits will all sit in the cupboard for months at a time. Whenever we get them out though I'm reminded of how much easier they can make things!

  3. Oh wow, what a marvelous recipe....I can't wait to try it! I'd cook it now if I had any chick peas

    1. Definitely give it a go, there's not much to it! Hope you enjoy them :)


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