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Hey, Home Fryer!

May 7, 2021

Watching cooking shows is one of my favorite weekend activities when I was younger.  As a kid, I always got amazed when the host carves interesting garnishing pieces out of vegetables. Now that I am a certified tita,  I rarely watch these kinds of contents – not because I no longer love cooking (or eating). But probably because I now have ten thousand other interests, and I just go online to check for a specific recipe I want to try. 

Cooking and eating trends have evolved and changed. Personally, I now go for dishes that are healthier (without depriving myself of my craving), and recipes that are easier to follow. 

Breville recently hosted an online event called “Hey, Home Fryers” that highlighted its newest product – the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer, and the many ways you can enjoy fried food with it. 

It is a fun afternoon as I learned new recipes and kitchen tricks from Chef Waya Araos-Wijanco (Executive Chef and Owner, Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe, Mental Health Advocate, co-founder of Open Hand School for Applied Arts) and  Chef Gem Tee (owner, Salta Ristorante), The event was hosted by Kakki Teodoro and (the Apple of My Right Eye), Paul Chuapoco

I always try to tune in to Breville events because aside from learning new recipes – or new twists to old time favorite dishes, the guest chefs also share stories and tricks which can be helpful as we work in our own kitchen. 

For the Hey, Home Fryers event, Chef Waya shared a family recipe, Ama’s Mechado and its story. Mechado actually means nami-chedo ng taba. To give it a little twist, Chef Waya added air-fried vegetable and she used the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer. 

I really love the twist in the recipe, and the added vegetables (we could even hear the “crunch” of the greens)! 

While Chef Gem prepared a Vegan Apple Crumble. I am personally cutting down on sweets, but I am game for any dessert with fruits! 

Chef Gem shared that you can do alot of things with the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer like bake, air-fry, or roast. For (impatient) bakers like Paul and me, the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer has a light inside which allows you to check your dish without opening the oven itself. 

Chef Waya’s son, Chef Victor Nikolas also joined the event and cooked Air-Fried Chicken Wings. I am excited to fry chicken and fries without battling with the oil!

I love how light and fun the Breville Event is with a lot of new learnings we can apply in the kitchen. 

One thing I love which Chef Waya reminded us of is  “clean as you work”. This is actually something that I always apply whenever I work in the kitchen. It is just nice to have things in order. 

I know that air fryer has became a trend in the past years; and I don’t always go for whatever is new and trending, but I think Breville Smart Oven is a smart decision to buy. 

What do you guys think of air frying and the new Breville Smart Oven?

You can watch the replay of the episode via the Breville Fanpage:

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