To be completely honest, I had no plans of adding another kitchen appliance to my small and dysfunctional kitchen but I’m glad I did. It wasn’t love at first sight. My first encounter with this gadget was at a friend’s place in Istanbul. Because she is such a zucchini lover, she fries large quantities of the vegetable and eats the whole lot after gym. Clearly, ActiFry is working for her. But what about me? Would I be going to the gym? Would I like zucchini more? Would eating ActiFried zucchini make me taller like my friend? More importantly, would I use it?
Before I even got my answers to those questions, the ActiFry sightings in Australia were already happening. First we located one at Harvey Norman and then The Good Guys. At some stage we even came across the competitor’s gizmo: Philips Air Fryer.
My husband wanted to get involved and that is a very good thing as he is fantastic at reading and comparing reviews about anything electronic. Well, in the end, we bought one from Costco for AUD239.99.
Yes, it’s big but ActiFry turned out to be incredibly versatile. I use it all the time and some days, it doesn’t even go back in the kitchen cupboard. What makes ActiFry special is that you use a tablespoon of oil to make a kilo of potato chips.
The cookbook that came with it was a big disappointment though. Clearly, it is designed for Australians but it is boring and not suitable for vegans. My dear friend again came to the rescue. She told me about Tefal’s ActiFry website with recipes –in Turkish. If you open an account with them for free, you can even put together an online ActiFry recipe book. In the end, basics came from one place and interesting or potential ideas came from another. The photos you see on here as part of this post, all made in ActiFry.
Now, I have a special cookbook chapter in Living Cookbook –the recipe software I use to store my recipes, archives, etc. – for every recipe that I cook in ActiFry. Actually, they should pay me to write their vegan friendly cookbook for ActiFry.