The making of the birthday double chocolate cheesecake happily coincided with me being sent a rather fabulous new gadget to review. Sage by Heston Blumenthal is a new range of really good quality kitchen appliances that have been developed with a great deal of thought. There are some stonking gadgets in the range, from The Dual Boiler, an incredible (and stunning) espresso machine (costing over £1000 and with its own coffee expert to help you install and set it up) through mixers and ice cream machines (featured in last night’s Gadget Show if you were watching) right down to kettles and toasters.
My Control Grip All in One feels very solid and looks a tiny bit like a Magimix, but has a main power ‘stick’ like a stick blender, which then fits into lots of other accessories like the food processor with shredding and slicing discs, potato masher (which is AMAZING) and whisk, as well as the traditional blender. It’s been well thought out and everything fits onto a main base (with an extra long cord) so you can keep it on your worktop and no longer have to rummage around every time you want to use a bit of the kit.
Bizarrely the only thing that doesn’t fit is the whisk which, in my opinion is the only bit that lets the side down, being a bit on the flimsy side – a surprise when everything else is so well made. No matter, as it doesn’t fit on the base it will no doubt end up languishing in a drawer anyway.
The double food processing blades (and the slicing and grating discs) are all good quality and VERY sharp and made short work of reducing a pack of chocolate digestives into rubble. It’s not quiet, but then it’s not horribly noisy either and it was easy to wash and reassemble, the power pack popping easily out of the top of the processor jug so it can be washed.
- lots of power settings, making it easy to go gently, or really rack up the power when you need it
- Everything fits on the base so is easily at hand
- Good quality, heavy-feeling attachments
- that ridiculous whisk
The verdict: not cheap at £129.99 but really well made and covers all the bases.