Before Elfie and Hux came along I didn’t have a dishwasher. In the series of small London flats I lived in there didn’t seem the need – or space – for such a large piece of kitchen equipment. But having moved to the big city from a house up north with plenty of space for the godliest of appliances it was a really big adjustment. Cooking roasts, washing dirty dishes, saucepans and all those plates and bowls becomes that much harder when you know you need to do the cleanup by hand.
And so when I moved into my little house I made it a priority to shoe-horn a dishwasher into my kitchen in any way possible. I didn’t have a big budget at the time so scored lucky with an £80 secondhand dishwasher from eBay which served me well, though I never did like that it was white when its next door neighbour the washing machine was silver… what problems, eh?!
This dishwasher, it became a part of my family, churning away every evening after dinner. I am a lazy washer upper though: saucepans would emerge with leftover bits of scrambled egg or porridge on the bottom of them but I’d just chuck them in for a second or third cycle. Anything better than washing up by hand!
So when Whirlpool got in touch recently to see if I’d be interested in test-driving their new PowerDry dishwasher I nearly took their hands off in anticipation. IT IS CHROME, YOU GUYS. My old dishwasher was dispatched for another family to love and the new one arrived to much fanfare. Just see how GOOD it looks!
Now, this is not just an ordinary dishwasher as we know it. This one has a 1 hour PowerDry cycle that promises to get your load sparkling clean and DRY within 60 minutes. It’s magical – no big cloud of steam, no dripping wet bowls. It’s amazing!
Whirlpool wanted me to create a filling family meal that could be cooked and served in this short time and so we thought – let’s have some fun here! And so we loaded up the dishwasher and raced it to the finish line an hour later.
As the weather has become cooler my cooking has become warmer, more filling. This Ginger and Garlic Chicken recipe is so simple to whip up but really will comfort you from the inside out. One tip – don’t miss out the crunchy onions! They really take this dish to another level.
- 4 chicken thighs
- 4 nests egg noodles
- 1 lime
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 small knob ginger
- 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1tbsp soy sauce
- Large handful fine green beans
- 1 small sliced red onion
- 1tbsp plain flour
- Start by chopping the chicken into bite-size pieces and popping in a bowl with your garlic and ginger (minced), soy sauce, honey and rice vinegar.
- Put the bowl in the fridge and boil a pan of boiling water ready for the noodles.
- Squeeze your lime into a bowl and add your sweet chilli and fish sauce and put to one side.
- Slice your red onion and mix with the plain flour. Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan and fry in a couple of batches until golden and crispy. Leave to drain on a slice of kitchen paper.
- Wipe the frying pan clean and fry your chicken until cooked through. Top and tail your fine green beans and add a couple of minutes before the chicken is ready.
- Meanwhile cook the noodles for around four minutes and drain, leaving a couple of tablespoons of cooking water.
- Put the noodles and water in the pan with the chicken and cook off on medium for a couple of minutes. Add the sweet and sour lime juice mixture and toss well.
- Top with finely chopped spring onion (optional) and the crispy onions.
And as for the timings? We finished cooking while the dishwasher had 19 minutes to go!
What I love about this dishwasher:
- It’s so quiet. I never noticed what a racket my old dishwasher made until this one came. You can’t hear a thing on the normal cycle though there is an ‘extra silent’ setting (which I haven’t felt the need to use).
- This dishwasher has ‘6th Sense’ technology which detects how dirty your plates are and adjusts how much water is used accordingly.
- It cleans really really well. No need for putting your pans through on a second cycle.
- I love the fact the front panel LED counts down to let you know how long is left.
- You won’t get a faceful of steam thanks to the 3D Airflow System which drains the excess moisture away.
- It looks good. CHROME.
- It fits one and a half loads of my old dishwasher in one go.
What I don’t love about the dishwasher:
- My wine glasses are too big for it. But you can fit a whole bottle of wine in one so they’re probably too big for me too.
What Hux likes about the new dishwasher:
How to win a PowerDry Dishwasher from Whirlpool:
All you need to do to enter is tweet a photo of a dish that you’ve prepared with the hasthtag #PowerDryDining. Take a look at my Chinese chicken dish here, or tonights pasta and burrata extravaganza. All terms and conditions can be found over here.
Huge thank-yous go to Whirlpool for sending the dishwasher and the treat of a lovely JosephJoseph nest.