FULL STEAM AHEAD PHOTOS VINESH KUMARAN You might not be utilising the advanced technology and efficiency of a steam oven today. But tomorrow’s kitchens will feature them in abundance. And thanks to Kitchen Things’ cooking tutorials, the features and benefits of these revolutionary appliances are easily demonstrated. Now this will be interesting. Kitchen Things Luxury Collection cooking tutor Lauren Bavin has just prepared a mouth-watering feast which she will soon place in the oven behind her to cook. What’s on the menu? A hearty-looking fish curry with rice, followed by a fresh fruit compote. Here’s the thing, however; Lauren is putting the fish curry, the rice and the dessert in the oven to cook at the same time. What on earth? As anyone who has ever tried to follow up an aromatic dish with something completely different in a traditional oven – a delicate dessert, for example – will know, odours and flavour transference can bring the best-intentioned dinner party fare to a screeching halt. Yet, here’s Lauren putting both the main and dessert courses into the oven at the same time. This is actually one of the many benefits of steam 80 66 MagAzine SUMMER 2018 oven cooking technology. In fact, the steam oven is set to revolutionise both cooking efficiency and quality. It’s like the advent of the microwave oven all over again. With the steam oven behind her up to temperature, Lauren, who has been a cooking tutor with Kitchen Things for around five years, places each dish inside and we’re away. While our entire meal simmers silently, Lauren fills us in on why steam ovens stand to change the way family meals are cooked forever. “Cooking with steam gives the home cook the ability to cook large amounts of food at once and on multiple layers of the oven, as I’m demonstrating here. They also allow for the retention of much more moisture in meats than in a conventional oven, yet when combined with regular cooking functions a beautiful golden-brown crispiness is still achievable. Vegetables, too, retain more of their nutrients.