A world within our world has managed to do away with the borders and boundaries. Salty desserts, cross-breeding of treats (cronuts and all that followed), use of smoke, gases (nitrogen), and playing with air pressure to dish up plates of molecular gastronomy, all this is a testimony that the food world is brimming with unconventional surprises. And, as cliché as it sounds, we cannot resist the temptation to write, “there’s no stopping.” These people will go on, with or without their stove and ovens. Some of them are even grilling cheese on irons, and steaming, grilling and baking in a coffee maker.
Three leads to follow
Many of us have tried making maggie in the coffee makers in our hotel room at least once in our lives. But there’s so much more to learn from the good men and women out there!
A video tutorial makes for a perfect start. Check out Chow.com’s David Pistrang’s videos that show you how to boil, grill and steam up treats. In two minutes and 22 seconds, Pistrang teaches how to make a plate of salmon with rice and steamed vegetables, and chocolate fondue. There’s also a video on how to make breakfast in a coffee maker.
Chocolate fondue recipe by Pistrang
Pour a cup of heavy cream into the coffee pot and heat it on the burner for 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, break up or chop 12 ounces of bitter sweet chocolate. Once the cream is hot, stir in the chocolate until the mixture is nice and creamy. Slice up some bananas and strawberries and you have a romantic chocolate fondue.
The motherly guide
Run by a retired photographer in Oregon, the story behind the Facebook page Cooking With Your Coffee Maker, and a blog that goes with the same name, is quite touching. Judy Anderson started experimenting with the idea when one of her nephews posted in Afghanistan complained of the food in his mess hall, and how he couldn’t cook something for himself either, as the only thing he was allowed to have in his romm was a coffee maker. With that one appliance, Anderson started experimenting to come up with some recipes, tips and hints to send to her nephew, “so we could send him some food he could cook for a break from bad chow and MREs,” she mentions on her blog. Her FB page and the relatively new blog also talks of cooking tools, how to get the right temperature and how to clean the coffee pot. It’s just the kind of stuff we’d want from our moms when we are setting up our own home.
Katja perhaps is the only one in the world officially known as the Coffee Maker Chef. Her blog, kaffekokarkokboken.blogg.se. is in Swedish, but Katja, whose blog won the Swedish Food Blog of the Year 2010, likes to point out that you can view her page in English with the help of google translation. Since she first started, in her dorm in 2009, this coffee-maker-chef has cooked pizzas, pastas, shellfish soup, cakes, breads, burgers, Swedish meatballs, and even cat food.
On her blog, you can find fancy recipes, with well shot pictures, for which she credits her photographer and designer partner Dan.
One thing we must mention: Katja writes on her FB page, “Maybe recipes aren’t the most tasty ones but that’s not really the point. It’s supposed to be more of a creative, feel good thing and encourage people to have fun...” Now we don’t know if she’s just being very modest, but by the looks of the dishes she’s made in her coffee maker, we’d sure want to try and find out for ourselves!
Blumenthal’s tried it too
Those who follow the charming and eccentric chef Heston Blumenthal’s show would know that there’s isn’t much the man hasn’t tried. In one of his episodes, he melted three types of cheese, for a Macaroni and Cheese recipe, using the iron. He’s also tried preparing a lobster in a coffee maker!