Fresh Christmas with Panasonic (with recipes)

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Okay, okay, I don't celebrate Christmas but food is food, right? Who says we have to wait for a certain occasion to eat certain food? hehe Anyways, I was humbled to be invited to a cooking demo by Panasonic.

I was ecstatic that I could bring a plus 1. No prizes on guessing correctly who I brought. It's an interactive demo where we were encouraged to take part but of course, like a true blue awkward coward, I did the 'action looking somewhere else'. haha Here I thought I would do that only in school. *grins*

Our cooking demonstrator was Mdm Theresa, a cheerful lady who was obviously skilled in cooking and baking with Panasonic cookware. Never in my life I felt like someone who was living under a rock when I found out microwaves not only comes with a built in convection oven but also a steamer (more on that later)

Me during the workshop.

With copies of Panasonic's recipes in our hands, Mdm Theresa showed us how to bake the ever delicious Cinnamon Bun using a bread maker. I am no stranger to bread makers although I never owned one and it's pretty cool and easy since you can mix AND bake the dough with 1 appliance. Horray for less work in dish washing! The bread maker is not limited to just a variety bread but also dumpling skin dough and cakes. The specific bread maker we used (info attached to recipe) comes with a yeast and raisins & nuts dispenser. Macam washing machine with fabric softener dispenser. haha

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The Cinnamon Buns were delicious although personally, I would put more cinnamon sugar for that diabetic sugary kick. The fresh bananas were a delight as it adds the velvety factor in the warm soft bun.

Every dish that was cooked obviously took time so we would come back to each dish whenever it needed tended to. After placing the ingredients into the bread maker, we were shown how to make the Black Pepper Roasted Chicken with Stuffing. We had to keep going to and fro throughout the session with the chicken especially with constant honey glazing. Do you know that the oven that was used does not have a turn-table? No more days of mindless staring into the rotating food in the microwave (which I'm pretty sure it's inadvisable lol) but with no turn table, it means there's room for at least 45% more storage.

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Unfortunately, this is one of the dishes Jhon and I couldn't try since it was stuffed with pork but just by looking and smelling the roasted chicken as it was cooking, I can pretty much imagine how delicious it would be. The meat looked perfectly tender and juicy.

Next, was Steamed Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache, a recipe inspired by blogger Diana Gale from DomesticGoddessWannabe. With my outdated brain, I figured, use a steamer to steam lah right? One of Panasonic's microwave can also steam lah... Horray for less appliance to deal with! There's a compartment drawer underneath where you can store water that could last for 30 minutes.

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I liked it that we don't have to double boil over a stove because we can melt the necessary ingredients all in the microwave oven. By this time, Jhon and I had agreed to get the ECONAVI Inverter Steam Oven when we get our own house. I think the only down side is I can't mass produce my Hari Raya 'kueh' for my family like I always do every year, something I can do with my big oven at home.

Anyways, although rum can be removed in the recipe, it was used during the demo. I am tempted to try this recipe but just with a good ol' steamer. After putting in the cake in the microwave oven, we proceeded to cooking Glutinous Rice. I've never eaten glutinous rice as a fried rice besides as a dessert or the Malay traditional 'pulut kuning' so seeing the end result was appetizing. Unfortunately, Chinese (pork) sausage was part of the recipe so again, we can't tell you how it tastes like. But hey, we can always try the recipe but substitute the sausage.

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Like I mentioned before, we couldn't try the glutinous rice but it looks goood...

Main dishes done, desserts done and all was left was a salad side dish so Mdm Theresa taught us how to make our very own Sesame Salad dressing. I am never been a fan of sesame dressing or even desserts unless they are the ones on a burger but the dressing was actually quite nice and tangy. With that said, it might be overwhelming for some because I was over it after a few mouth fulls.

The salad dressing was paired with Panasonic's own grown salad! Since 2014, the Agricultural Business Unit of Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific (Panasonic) is cultivating premium Japanese vegetables via a controlled soil-based environment with LED lighting. The facility is the first in Singapore to obtain an indoor farming license from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and grows a wide range of premium Japanese crop varieties that are pesticide-free and compliant with stringent food safety standards.

Panasonic is doing urban farming and selling salads?


Panasonic has a vision and it's to be the World No.1 role model in sustainable urban farming with environmental protection; benefit the community by promoting healthy eating lifestyle; and create opportunities for future farming technology.

Pretty cool huh?
Here are the main produce cultivated by Panasonic.

Now you can get your hands on your own bowl of Veggie Life which comes in a range of three nutrient-dense salad mixes: Antioxidant Mix, Nourish Mix and Vibrant Mix, each with their own special nutrients. They are packed fresh and pre-washed which means it's always ready to eat!

After the workshop and taste testing the food cooked, we were given goodie bags. Nope, no Panasonic appliances like Jhon had hoped. haha Just a few pamphlets, brochures, 1 travel sized cutlery and 1 bowl of Veggie Life's Vibrant Mix packed with Zinc & Magnesium for growth and absorption & retention of calcium.

Each Veggie Life bowls comes with their own fork and salad dressing which I appreciate. When Jhon and I do picnics, I would make my own salad. With this, I don't have to worry about pre-preparing our salads! Just grab and go. I might be biased because I love my salads but the Veggie Mix was satisfying. The roasted sesame was light and at the right amount just to coat every leaf. I have always hated low dressing to salad ratio. 

And guess what my Muslim readers, Halal lah... You see the ever wonderful symbol that we always search for on the dressing packet? hehe Oh! And if refrigerated, the salad can last up to 7 days so you can stock up a week of salads at 1 go.

Grab and try yourself Panasonic's Veggie Life at supermarkets near you.

There was also another salad dressing recipe but it was not made that day; Oriental Salad Dressing. There you go, bonus recipe. hehe 

If any of you tried any of the recipe, tell me, tell me!


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