Review: BonJour Chef’s Torch with Fuel Gauge

Bonjour Chefs Torch with Fuel Gauge

Paula is a fan of creme brulee, I think it may just be her favorite dessert, she especially loves the caramelized sugar topping.

Getting that same finish at home can be a bit of a challenge and that’s where the BonJour Chefs Torch comes to the party.

So here is a torch that is a great addition to the kitchen. With it you can easily and simply caramelize sugar to make that tasty crème brulee topping and you can do other things such as brown meringues.

The beauty of  the BonJour Chef’s Torch with Fuel Gauge, is that it is compact and  it has a fuel gauge so you can see just how much gas is left and you won’t run out at a crucial moment.

So now that you have an accessory to  help you need to take the guesswork out of torching stuff, you’re ready to cook up a tasty dessert or even melt some Swiss cheese for a soup .

It’s  one of those tools that once you discover it, makes you ask, “wow, why hasn’t anyone thought of that before?” What a simple concept just put a gas gauge on the torch so that you know if you’ll have enough fuel to finish off your dish or if you need to pop in a refill cartridge. 

The construction of this torch is top notch. It’s made out of sturdy aluminum so you don’t have to worry if you drop it if your fingers are greasy.  The handle is molded to fit your grip as well making it an easy to control torch. 

What We Like: 

  • Obviously the top selling feature of this torch is the fuel gauge. It’s an added bonus without an extra cost. Anything that takes the guesswork out of cooking is a huge plus in our book. 
  • We like how long a charge of fuel lasts in the unit. It’s sealed well so you don’t have to worry about pulling it out of a kitchen drawer and finding that it’s empty. 
  • We loved the sturdy construction and ergonomic grip. It feels natural in the hand allowing you plenty of control over what you are doing.

The BonJour Chef’s Torch with Fuel Gauge in Brushed Aluminum has received a majority of 5 stars from those who have purchased it. In fact the only 4 star ratings were from someone who felt it ran out quickly but it wasn’t a big issue because it is so quick and easy to refill, and the other person needed to experiment to get the result they wanted. Both still love the performance of this great kitchen torch.

Stirr Causes A Stir – Battery Powered Sauce Stirrer

stirr-lI have just come across a kitchen appliance that is going to blow you away.

If your forte is making beautiful tasty sauces then you know that they require the utmost attention to ensure that they turn out smooth, and the slightest bit of inattention equals disaster.

You know how it is, you are in the middle of whipping up a roux sauce and you get interrupted, by the kids, the dog or the next door neighbour, it may be just a few seconds of inattention, but when you turn back to the stove – lumpy sauce.

Its so frustrating and nothing you do can redeem the situation.

Well, this handy little battery operated tool means that  no longer do you have to worry about those minor interruptions because while your attention is elsewhere, Stirr keeps on stirring so your sauce remains nicely smooth and lump free and you will never have lumpy cheese sauce or gravy again.

So what is Stirr?

It is an automatic hands-free sauce stirrer, but you aren’t restricted to using it only on sauces or gravy, you can also stirr custards, soups, baked beans with simply a push of the button.

This is also a practical kitchen gadget for anybody who finds stirring tiresome or difficult, so its ideal for anyone with arthritis or wrist problems.

This really nifty battery powered kitchen accessory is the latest invention from  üutensil’s designer Gavin Reay.  The Stirr simply  glides around the pan base stopping the food from sticking or burning.


It is safe to use in your brand new non-stick saucepan and the legs can be removed and popped into the dishwasher for easy clean up.

So often we come across gadgets full of promise that turn out to be less than effective but this is one kitchen accessory you are going to love.

No more lumpy gravy, through inattention, no more sore joints for arthritis sufferers, Stirr just keeps on stirring, ensuring even heat distribution through the sauce or gravy.

And where can you buy  Stirr!!

It is available from uü for  around  £14.99 plus p+p.


Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One (1) (Fortieth – 40th – Anniversary Edition) (Hardcover)

Mastering the Art of French CookingOne name comes to mind when American’s think about French cooking, Julia Child. So it’s nice to see a reissue of her masterpiece, Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One . For many cooks this was the jump off volume for planning a meal. 

Mastering The Art of French Cooking is a full-blown cookbook with everything from appetizers to desserts in it. It’s divided up into segments based on meat type as well. It has a great index so you can find exactly the recipe you’re looking for or even the ingredients.

 This isn’t a pretentious cookbook; sure French cooking sounds hard but this book gives you really detailed instructions complete with illustrations. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some pretty complex recipes in it though, only now you’ll have all the knowledge you need to whip up that complex dish  with confidence.

 What We Like: 

The attention to detail in this book is amazing. Not only do you get to see what Julia is saying through the illustrations, she goes so far as to tell you the quantities you’ll need to swap between, frozen, canned and fresh ingredients. Not too many other cookbooks have that nice additional touch. 

We love that this isn’t just a theme cookbook throwing out the same “gourmet” recipes. This is real French food. Sure you can find the fancy recipes but there’s great provincial farm food in it as well. It’s about cooking French dishes from all regions and social strata. This isn’t just about cream sauces and crepes. 

The size of Mastering The Art of French Cooking is impressive. This is a huge cookbook, over 750 pages long. When you consider how many recipes you get the price is down right cheap. We’ve seen plenty of smaller cookbooks that sell for the same price.

And why not treat yourself to a copy of the movie about Julia Childs, staring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

Julie & Julia on Blu Ray

ManPans Holiday Cookware Set – Eco Green Cookware

ManPans holiday_set_2The environmentally conscious cook should take a look at the ManPan. This is a company that manufactures their cookware right here in the US and they pride themselves on the fact that their manufacturing methods reduce their carbon footprint.

You can read about their carbon reducing manufacturing methods here.

But not only is this company doing something about carbon emissions their cookware is pretty damn good.  The company sent us a ManPan Stir Fry Wok and you can read our full review here.

Well here it is, the holiday season is upon us and  ManPans have put together a collection of their favourite ManPans for you in one practical package.  The Holiday Cookware Set includes all those practical pieces of cookware that make cooking a pleasure.

Just look at the great range of cookware you are going to get in the box:

  •  4 Quart Sauce Pan – just the right size  for cooking up your favorite pasta dishes, one pot dishes and sauces. This pan also has included a glass lid that has a steam vent.
  • Steamer Insert – fits the 4 qt pan.  ManPan recently steamed Bratwurst with beer, onions and spices in the pan. Now doesn’t that sound delicious!
  •  2 Quart Sauce Pan –  just the right size for cooking up smaller quantities and this pan also comes with an 8″ glass lid complete with steam vent. Its ideal for letting you see into the pan while  your food is cooking. And you don’t lose that precious heat and steam because you don’t have to lift the lid unneccesarily.
  • 10″ Fry Pan – every home needs this sized fry pan. It is just the right size for cooking anything from omelets to onions to burgers.
  • 12″ Saute Pan – just what you need for anything from searing steaks to braising chicken or  finishing off a complex dish.  Ideal for when you are cooking for a crowd and this pan also has the glass lid with steam vent which allows you to watch how things are progressing.

And this whole set of excellent performing, eco green cookware is available for a low $299.00. That’s a lot of cookware for a great price. So all in all, this is a pretty good deal wouldn’t you say. 

Why not put the Holiday Cookware Set on your list for Santa.

REVIEW: Salton QM2R Santa Fe 900-Watt Quesadilla Maker

Salton Quesadilla MakerDoes your family love Quesadilla?  Such a quick and easy dish to make. And a very satisfying meal when served with a nice green salad and refried beans.

Well there’s no reason to go out to eat them when you can cook them exactly to your  own liking right there in your own home.

The Salton QM2R Santa Fe 900-Watt Quesadilla Maker makes cooking quesadillas quick and easy and only in around 5 minutes.

This appliance takes tortillas that are 10 inches in size.

To use you simply place in a soft flour tortilla and then add your fillings. Then top with another tortilla and then close the lid.

What We Like

  • It comes with an owners manual that has recipes included.
  • The plates are nonstick which helps in removing the cooked items easily.
  • It has an indicator light that lets you know when the appliance is ready to use.
  • The top and bottom of the quesadilla maker latch together so you can store this appliance in a vertical position which saves on space.

Some  things to consider:

  • You can’t wash this in a dishwasher and it can’t be immersed in water. The only way to clean this is the wipe it down with a damp cloth or paper towel. But that doesn’t take much effort really.
  • You will have to watch how much filling you add because it doesn’t take a lot of filling before overflowing.

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