At the end of half term we were invited to spend the weekend with Panasonic at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent for the ultimate glamping experience. We had such a brilliant weekend and its something that will stay with us for a long time. Our weekend started in the hotel itself with an introduction to Panasonic by the Naked Nutritionist. Since it was very close to Halloween the boys dressed up for a little party as we learnt all about how to get more vegetables into our family meals.

As a family we are pretty good at making sure we have our five a day and ensuring we eat a wide range of different coloured foods. Saying that its very samey if you know what I mean? We tend to eat the same meals and the same veg. So I was interested to see what inspiration I could gain.

Panasonic MJ-L500 Juicer: This was the first appliance that the Naked Nutritionist demonstrated. He talked about the differences between using a juicer and a Nurtibullet. How a juicer would retain more of the nutritional value because most of the fibre is extracted in the juicing process. I was impressed with how quickly the Panasonic MJ-L500 created the juice, removing the pulp. Although there wasn’t a lot of pulp to be honest. We tried out a Halloween inspired Beetroot juice made with apples, beetroot, kale, lemon and ginger. Designed to boost immunity in the cold weather Kipper was quite a fan! He also talked about how juice should be a supplement to your meal. But warned off some of the premade ones that contain more sugar than full fat fizzy drinks. I liked the fact that it also came with a frozen attachment so that we could use fruit straight from the freezer.

Panasonic NN-CS894 Microwave: I hardly use ours at home, maybe for cooking peas, sweetcorn or baked beans when I am in a hurry. But thats about it. I would never have thought of making soup in it. But thats exactly what the Naked Nutritionist did. We made Pumpkin Soup. He started by softening the onions, garlic and cumin in the microwave for five minutes. Before adding the pumpkin, hot stock, covering and putting it back in for twenty minutes. Once its done, a quick whizz in the Panasonic MX-ZX1800SXC Blender and its ready to be seasoned. We had ours with creme frache and it was delicious. The microwave itself is more like a mini oven! I was very impressed with it, as it a combination microwave it means it can even make roast potatoes. I can see it coming in handy at Christmas time. It also grills and steams. I am not sure if there is anything it doesn’t do.

Panasonic SD-ZB2512 Bread Maker: To go along with the soup we tried some potato bread that had been made previously in the bread maker. We have bread maker at home but its not a swish as the one he demonstrated. I liked how it would allow you to make fruit and nut loaves via the seed dispenser. The fact that you can also make thing like lemon drizzle cake and pasta dough in it, makes me feel inspired to get ours out again and give it a go. That was what the session was all about, inspiring us to #ExperienceFresh with our families by taking a little more time to make our own.

Afterwards we departed on a Safari around the reserve, before heading to Bear Lodge to check out our tents which were to be our home for the night. The boys really enjoyed the safari and Monkey made a new friend in Pickle from XX. The two were inseparable for most of the weekend. You can see our adventure in the video below which also includes our walk around Port Lympne the following day and a trip to the Dinosaur Forest. We had an absolutely amazing time and made some very special family memories.

Panasonic have also very kindly sent me a MK-F800SXE Food Processor to try out at home and continue our #ExperienceFresh journey. We have been putting it through its paces making home made burgers, cottage pie, coleslaw and shortbread.

Panasonic MK-F800SXE Food Processor Spec:

  • Maximum capacity 2.5l, with BPA free Eastman Tritan Copolyester bowl
  • Weighs 6.5kg and measures W263 x H437 x D259 mm
  • Black and silver with aluminium dial
  • Operated by both touch through the glass panel and dial
  • Five pre-programmed functions
  • Comes with 1l plastic blender attachment
  • Other attachments and accessories include a dry mill, knife blade, shredding blade, slicing blade, julienne blade, kneading blade, whipping blade, grating blade, citrus press and salad drainer. There are thirteen in total
  • Contains own storage case/unit for ease

Things I love:

  • Dishwasher safe is essential for any kitchen appliance in my mind
  • The fact that there is a blender also included. Although we have a stand a lone one I tend to find myself using this one more. I think this is mainly down to ease. Anything that makes my life easier is a big win.
  • 33 different functions! So its just as well the user guide is very detailed to help you to understand just what it is capable of. I like that its paper and you don’t have to login to download something! Maybe I am a but old fashioned.
  • Suction pads to make sure it doesn’t move while I am using it. Kipper is just at the right height to reach up onto the surfaces. As this is a heavy bit of kit it gives me the reassurance that should he somehow many to reach it that he can’t fully it down on top of himself.
  • The lid has a safety gauge which means it wont work if its not fully engaged which is a good features, especially with kids in the kitchen and the fact that Monkey likes to help
  • Im a lazy cook so the touch panel pre programmed modes work well for me as it means I don’t need to think about it when I am trying to do two things at once. Who am I kidding five things at once!

As you can see cooking is a family affair in the Mudpie Fridays house hold! I cant wait to try out the citrus press for fresh orange juice on Christmas Day morning and Hubby has his eye on milling his own coffee. I have also been checking out The Ideas Kitchen website by Panasonic which gives a whole host of recipe ideas, everything from Festive Gingerbread to Mexican Guacamole. The clever people at Panasonic have also categorised recipe dependent on the appliance you are cooking with. I am sure we will be giving them all a go over time.

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  1. paula cheadle

    this looks a really cool gadget, I would love it

  2. sharon stanley

    They look fantastic. I would love a bread maker most of all. There’s nothing like the taste of fresh bread, but the juicer sounds ideal for my middle child who is extremly fussy with food so would be great to get her daily nutrients into her without tantrums and point blank refusals.

  3. lol the spider got me too!
    I’d so love this in my kitchen xx

  4. Tee Simpson

    What a great gadget. I could do with this in my kitchen to help me prep meals

  5. Kayleigh Watkins

    I much prefer freshly prepared food, it may take longer but the taste is much better, I have a food processor and they are fantastic gadgets and make things much easier xxx

  6. Anthea Holloway

    What a super time you had and this gadget looks wonderful too.

  7. AElaine Skye Clark

    What a fabulous experience. Lovely photos…something for all. The food looks delicious and the accommodation so different. Love to try !


    I’d love one of these for Christmas it looks amazing

  9. Loving all these gadgets. I seen this when Becky was on site with them and this would be something I would add to my kitchen and it probably would make me cook more regularly.

  10. Kev Cannon

    I always look at gadgets like this and think Oh! if only I had one of those. I rush out and buy one, use it once or maybe twice, and then pack in away in the cupboard where it never sees the light of day again until I end up donating it to a charity shop or as a raffle prize. The amount of long forgotten kitchen appliances that have passed through my hands is large and painfully expensive. This is another one that at the moment is a ‘must have’ but if i steadfastly resist for a month or two I can save myself the cost of yet another soon to be forgotten item. Saying all that, it still looks like a great item and the review is excellent. I’ll stick to buying my juice already prepared and gain a much needed space in my kitchen cupboard. Now, who wants a bread maker / fondue set / George Foreman grill / cupcake maker….the list is endless.

  11. Have to admit I am not keen on the design, seems a bit blocky to me I prefer sleek and small but looks like it did a good job

  12. What fabulous pics of the children.

    Like you, I don’t use my microwave much probably because it needs to be cleaned so often. I must confess that I never thought of making soup in it but energy bills are so expensive these days that your post is a nice little prompt for me to have a try.

  13. Lyndsey Cooksey

    I’m old fashioned too by having liked the paper instructions! Looks like a great gadget to have in the kitchen! It certainly takes the effort out of chopping onions that’s for sure!

  14. Cool gadget, I would especially love using it for chopping up onions! Hate doing that by hand. There’s loads of other functions too. Maybe I will put this on my Christmas list, I think I’ve been good enough… Or have I?

  15. Iris Tilley

    Nice looking gadgets would be lovely to own use and show off to your family n friends

  16. It looks like you all had a fabulous weekend! I love the kids face paint!

    You’ve got a tiny spelling mistake in this awesome post, nurtibullet instead of nutribullet (My spellchecker just tried to change it too!)…,i hope you don’t mind me pointing it out ?

    So jealous of your glamping weekend. Is it as lovely as it looks? I’ve been wanting to do this.

  17. Kelly Hirst

    There’s nothing I love more than cooking with my daughters. This looks like a fab bit of kit!

  18. It’s fantastic to read that the whole family get stuck in to preparing food. #BloggerClubUK

  19. sarah mcvicar

    I’d love one of these, Love a good gadget in the kitchen

  20. June Lord

    Thank you for the review. I love that it’s Dishwasher Safe. Surprisingly so many kitchen gadgets still aren’t and the thought of having to scrub clean often puts me off using as often as I might have otherwise.

  21. john prendergast

    that looks like it could help you some great meals

  22. laura pyper

    I would love that,can never have to many gadgets

  23. Leila Benhamida

    A lot of kitchen great gadget. Will love a breadmaker.

  24. olivia kirby

    This looks really good, lots of different attachments, The blender looks really good.

  25. david waterworth

    the Food Processor is possibly one of the few things we could really use in the kitchen, if it lasts as long as one of our philips tellys it will be great value


    What a super useful gadget to have in the kitchen, it looks like it makes life easier and not too big so that its always in the way

  27. The tiny black spider on the forehead really had me taking a second look at the photo!! #BloggerClubUK

  28. What a fabulous weekend! I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets, these look fab. ##bloggerclubuk

  29. What a time saving, effort reducing gadget! Looks like you had a great time and Panasonic really do have some excellent pieces on offer! #BloggerClubUK

  30. I think we all have gadgets that don’t really earn their keep, and it sounds as if you got some great new ideas for getting the best out of them

  31. Carol Cross

    Makes things so much easier, also saves so much time.

  32. Annabel Greaves

    This looks like a really useful gadget

  33. A.E. ADKINS

    This looks great, I could pass on several of my gadgets & just keep this one which would save storage (always in short supply!) too

  34. Margaret Gallagher

    Oo WOW so handy I’ll let my neice read this thanks

  35. Tracy K Nixon

    This looks a great gadget! The suction pads below are a must!!!!!

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