When I’m not running, I like to make cakes. And I really love The Great British Bake Off. So I was super excited when the team from Joe Blogs Network got in touch to invite me to an event at the Neff Headquarters in Milton Keynes.
Have you ever noticed the Slide and Hide ovens on the aforementioned baking contest? They’re awesome. So baking geek that I am, lover of food and dreamer of kitchen gadgets, I jumped at the chance for a day out cooking and playing with ovens with some other bloggers.
It was an early start, but the welcoming folks at the Neff showroom fueled us with coffee from their amazing coffee machine. Good quality coffee and you can awesomely program it store different coffees. So, if I wanted to, I could program “Helen’s Hangover Headache Buster” into the machine with set shots, water temperature and everything. The only thing it doesn’t do is make hair of the dog, but with equipment this awesome, it can only be a matter of time, right? Armed with coffee and delicious cookies straight out of the oven, we sat down for introductory speeches. Then it was time to get cooking!
The folks at Neff had set an amazing menu for lunch and it was our job to create it. Christine and I gleefully took on the making of the wild boar and pork patties. The rest of the group made griddled vegetables, a selection of tartlets, giant couscous salad and flatbreads. It was an incredible feast and easy to make.
Whilst we were waiting for the patties to cook, we had some fun playing with the ovens. Here’s my demo:
The Neff ovens really are remarkable. The slide & hide function isn’t just fun – it’s practical as it makes great use of space, meaning you can get close to the oven instead of bending over in a hunched manner to put things in and out. Some of the ovens also feature warming drawers, which are great for proofing bread! Neff ovens also feature a unique CircoTherm system – a hot air system that means you can bake/cook different foods all at once, without worrying about flavours transferring. Cool, right? I’m desperate to move house now because I want a new kitchen with a Slide & Hide oven!
Following lunch, it was time to do some baking for afternoon tea. Scones, tear and share savoury bread and a delicious fruity bread which smelled like Christmas were orders of the day. I bake bread in my machine most days, but this was a case of kneading it properly. We were shown how to add ingredients to standard bread mixes to create delicious flavours. I don’t use mixes and won’t be in a rush to buy them when I have a stock of bread flour at home, but I’m definitely going to get a bit more experimental with my bread. Yum!
It was promised that we’d leave full and we left, absolutely stuffed. A fantastic day out thanks to Currys, Neff and Joe Blogs, with some great cookery and bakery tips learned. If you’d like to learn more about the products, check out the Neff ovens. You can also read the Currys blog on the day.