January 5th – Heating Things Up

Last night’s supper was more about the how than the what. Another small appliance that has proven it’s worth in our empty nest is our TFal Actifry air frier. I use it on a regular basis to make everything from homemade croutons to seasoned sunflower seeds to French fries to chicken wings. It is a nice little unit, simple to use and relatively easy to clean.

Lat night, I used our Actifry to cook chicken wings. I cook about a dozen pieces at a time. I just toss them in, cook for twenty five minutes and set aside while I cook the next batch. My favourite part is draining the chicken fat out of the fry basket after removing the wings. A couple of dozen wings and I have drained about a quarter cup of chicken fat that will not become a part of our diet. Once I cook a couple of batches, I return both to the Actifry with a couple of tablespoons of Frank’s Red Hot sauce and one tablespoon of Frank’s Red Xtra Hot sauce. Cook for a further five minutes and we have perfect hot wings every time.

Our second TFal Activity – I used the first one enough that I broke the cover hinge off of it. I’m not sure if that is a design flaw in this make or if it was just me.
We enjoyed our wings with Caesar salad topped with homemade croutons.
And a spicy Caesar featuring vodka that has been spiced up with a hot pepper grown in our garden last summer.
Supper is served! We do not usually have riblets but I wanted to try them in the Actifry as this brand isn’t working that well in our oven even using convection mode.
  • Air Fried Croutons
  • Cube one loaf of bread (fresh cheese bread works great)
  • Spread cubes on two cookie sheets and spray with extra virgin olive oil
  • Sprinkle with a mixture of grated Parmesan cheese and spices – seasoning salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning mix, garlic powder and onion powder is generally my go to.
  • Toss in the Actifry and cook for ten minutes. Spread on cookie sheets to cool.
  • Enjoy on salads or to top oven baked French onion soup

That’s it for today. Take care and have a great day!