Saturday, 7 September 2013

My New Favourite Thing!!!

I was recently sent a product for review - when it was offered to me I thought "Sure, sounds ok - give it a try".
 
When it arrived I thought "Sure, looks decent enough. I'll try it sometime".
 
Little did I realise that in my hands was one of the most impressive things that has fallen through my letterbox in recent months!
 
Allow me to introduce you to my new best friend......
 
 
 
 
The MASHA!
 
Yes, yes I know ... I'm being rather dramatic....but you don't understand how utterly life changing this has been for me!
 
I LOVE mashed potato - it is one of my all time favourite foods. But my pathetic little plastic masher made mashed potato very very difficult - it took about 10 minutes of real effort and elbow grease to make mash, and even then it was always lumpy no matter how hard I tried!!
 
And mashing anything other than potatoes with it?! No chance!!!!
 
But now - this little beauty has turned everything around!
 
I used it for the first time this weekend while making cottage pie, and I could not believe how quick and easy it was! I was so excited I even called Jon in to show him!!
 
It took literally 10 seconds and 4 pushes down on the potatoes with the Masha to transform them into perfect smooth creamy mash! Not a lump in sight!
 
The MASHA can also be used to make stage 1 and 2 baby food, and mix cake batter or make guacamole/hummus etc.
 
They are available from Amazon and are usually sold for £45.00 though it is currently on sale for £33.00 - and believe me, EVERYBODY is getting one of these from me for Christmas this year!!!!
 
Here is an example of the Cottage Pie I made using the Masha - I love seeing different peoples cottage pie recipes as its the kind of dish that always differs from family to family!:
 
Ingredients:

 
500g of extra lean minced beef or Quorn mince
approx. 3 carrots - peeled and cut into batons
Approx 5 large potatoes - peeled and chopped into quarters
Gravy granules
2 Oxo cubes
Milk
Butter or substitute
 
Directions:
 
*Fry Mince until brown, crumble an oxo cube over, make up gravy as directed and pour into pan. Mix and simmer for a few minutes and transfer into oven dish.
 
 
*Boil potatoes until they crumble when prodded with a knife

 
*Boil carrots until at desired texture

 
*Drain carrots and layer over the mince

 
*Add splash of milk and knob of butter to potatoes, and use Masha to mash!

 
*Scoop potato onto the carrots & mince

 
*Spread potato out evenly and use the back of a fork to make a pattern along the top

 
*Crumble an Oxo cube onto the potato

 
*Bake in pre-heated oven at around 200 for approx. 20 minutes or until potato is crisp on top

 
Enjoy!

 
Have you ever tried a Masha? Does your cottage pie recipe differ to mine?! As always, I'd love to hear from you!
 

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72 comments:

  1. That cottage pie looks so yummy! I've never put an oxo cube on top before, I'll have to try that! The masha looks amazing! xx

    Emma
    Handbags To Change Bags - Mummy & Lifestyle Blog

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  2. oh wow! I too have never tried oxo on top or layered the veggies! I sometimes put cheese abd beadcrumbs on top if i'm feeling naughty!

    A masha is needed in my house! mmm mashed potato!

    Louise xx

    loulouandtheboyinblue.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Yum, that has made me so hungry! That looks a good little gadget. Love mashed potatoes but can't bear any lumps!
    Vicky x

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  4. Oooh ive never tried it with the oxo on top! May have to give that a whirl x

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  5. I only ever have mash on top of cottage pie because it goes crisp. I can't stand it any other way. Yuk! Lol.

    Lou xxx

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  6. I love how you put the carrots on top of the mince like that! I agree that cottage pie making differs from family to family, spag bol too. Maybe you should post your version of that?
    The masha looks great, I am crap at mashing so could do with some help!
    Sarah
    naturalmommainme.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I love the look of this! I think my asd daughter would love it as she hates lumpy food!

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  8. haha this looks so fun!

    http://livedwithlove.com

    Kerry X

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  9. Love Shepard's pie, it's my favourite! The potato masha looks excellent!

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  10. Wow I really want one, Some Days when my M.E is really bad even mashing hurts all my joints so this would be perfect.

    Thanks for showing us how to make a shepherd's pie as I am a vegetarian I struggle with 'How to cook meat properly' for the rest of my house who are meat eaters.I think I will try this tomorrow and maybe will not have to make everyone in the house separate meals and will give me more time for other things...probably cleaning!

    Great Review

    http://umeandthekids.com/

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  11. michelle clarke

    never seen a Masha before. Brilliant! This has made me hungry looking at the yummy pie

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  12. I need one of these, might have to treat myself :-)

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  13. Looks tasty and a great gadget!

    @ashlallan

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  14. This looks FANTASTIC! I love mash potato, but hate the hassle of making it, the Masha looks like the perfect answer.

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  15. it's certainly made me hungry :) what a fab gadget

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  16. omg - I've never heard of a masha that looks awesome, love the oxo cube on top as well, bet that's tasty. Thanks x

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  17. I've never seen one of these before.

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  18. wow that's the smoothest mash I've ever seen and fluffy.

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  19. What a great device, mashing potatoes makes my arm hurt so I always get my OH to do it, but I wouldn't need to if I had a Masha!

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  20. this sounds and looks so yummy this device looks fab :)

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  21. I have got one they are Amazing :)

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  22. Seriously thinking about getting a Masha, it's such hard work mashing potatoes and this looks like it would make life so much easier!

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  23. looks good n sounds easy , healthy n not to expensive; whats not to love?

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  24. what a fab gardget! will deffo look out for one of these

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  25. Wow, I love mash potatoe, sounds a great little device

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  26. I love the idea of the Masha. Like you I'm a bit of a mashed potato fiend.

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  27. I also love mash potatoes and I love kitchen gadgets so this is fab xx

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  28. the masha - an interesting gadget! the shepherds pie looks delish! i recommend trying sweet potato mash on the recipe with a few mixed herbs added and perhaps a sprinkle of grated cheddar!

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  29. I put a dash of Soy Sauce and Worcestershire sauce in when I'm cooking the mince along with a teaspoon of dried thyme and it's delicious, love the oxo cube over the top, I must try that the next time

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  30. cottage pie is of my favourite foods yum yum yum

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  31. wow looks fab, deffo need to invest in one :)

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  32. This looks brilliant and much easier on my sore wrists

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  33. oh my I think I need one of these in my life! i can never get my mash lump free not matter how long I stand there mashing!

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  34. I hate mashing potatoes so much, but, I agree, it looks like it makes it so much easier! I need one!

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  35. Love it! The 'Masha' such an epic name and looks fab! x

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  36. Gosh - I'd never thought of the crumbling the Oxo cube on top trick. I'll have to give it a go! Thanks for a great idea.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  37. This masha gadget looks and sounds fab
    http://www.joannavictoria.co.uk/

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  38. The masha looks brilliant, I've never seen it before, I'll have to buy one for my daughter as she's the biggest mash fan ever.
    Oh and I love your idea of sprinkling an oxo cube on top of the mash.

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  39. The Masha looks fab,think I could do with one,as I'm forever getting lumps in my mash.I don't like Carrots so never add Carrots to a Shepherds Pie,but add Mushrooms instead,I always add Oxo to the Mash though and a little grated Cheese on top

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  40. I have never used a Masha, but I will have to get one they look very handy! Your cottage pis looks delicious, I will be trying your recipe! Thanks :)

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  41. This sounds fab! Just what I need as I LOVE mash too! It would also come in sooo handy for the baby food.

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  42. With 4 year old and a 4 month old in the house I think the Masha would be a useful addition to our kitchen cupboard!

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  43. This looks delicious I am on the slimming world plan and this would fit in quite well especially with the healthy layer of carrots

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  44. Having read this, I now realise I need a Masha. Would mean I'd no longer struggle with mashed potatoes or wait on dh.

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  45. I Would love to own a masha! Looks very useful indeed. I will also try your cottage pie recipe as I'm a newbie in the kitchen :(

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  46. Oh wow I want one of these!! I haven't the ability to mash real potato now having arthritis and this looks to be just the business!

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  47. what a great different adaption to it by adding the carrots like that. i so need a masha too xx

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  48. The masha looks good and I love the idea of an oxo cube on the top of the mash, it's not something I have heard of or tried before so must give it a go!

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  49. Looks well worth it! will give it a go!

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  50. Love a hearty cottage pie on a cold evening! x

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  51. Great little gadget, would love to try it.

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  52. I definitely need one of these, fab idea xx

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  53. I really want a Masha, so easy to use, perfect for me!

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  54. Massive mash fan so this little gadget is great idea definitely going to try and get hold of one

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  55. Finally something to enabled me to make mashed potato like my mums!!

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  56. That looks delicious! I think I need to get a Masha!!!

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  57. Oooh, I do love creamy mashed potato. Must get myself one of these!

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  58. think that is going on my christmas wish list this year :)

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  59. Looks like the 'Holy Grail' of mashers to me ! I often cheat with packet mash because making proper creamy mash requires so much effort (yes, lazy I know !!!). Maybe worth an investment ;)

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  60. this looks amazing i need to get one!

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  61. i love cottage pie its unusual to put carrots as a layer i might give that a try :)

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  62. I really like sausages at the moment and they'd be fantastic with mash made with that thing and some creme fraiche!

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  63. This is a good gadget and would help make lovely mash as mine is always lumpy. Cottage Pie is the perfect autumn meal.

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