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PUT THE KETTLE ON – an invite to afternoon tea

May 3, 2014

Earlier this week I was invited to an event with other food bloggers at the HQ of Neff. The “Afternoon Tea” was hosted with them by AO.com (Appliances Online).

I already knew of the company as my dishwasher came from them and my daughter recently bought a new fridge freezer and had showed me the video review before she ordered it – what a great idea! What I didn’t know is they price match. It was obvious from their enthusiasm and comments that they all enjoy working for the company and emphasised that the aim is to keep the customer happy.

The afternoon began with Stephen Naghi, trainer for Neff, talking us through the new range of products – there were a lot of “oooohs” and “aaaaahs” at the slide and hide doors, Aqua Assist and Circotherm technology. I know Mr W would have loved the Neff coffee machine! Lots of videos on AO.com if you’d like to see them.

Stephen takes us through the products

Stephen takes us through the products

We moved on into the teaching kitchen to meet Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite and Neff demonstrator Lynn Wiliams.

They demonstrated Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins and Salmon Tartlets and how a delicate bake isn’t tainted by a strong smelling food. It really works – at the taste test none of us could tell which batch had been cooked with the fish.

John and Lynn

John and Lynn

Then John showed us his method for scones, answering questions as he baked, and we all got the chance to try different scone recipes in the teaching kitchen. It was really good fun and John came round chatting and offering advice as we baked.

After all the baking we enjoyed the produce of the afternoon by sharing afternoon tea with John and our hosts. We also had chance to chat with the other food bloggers which is great to put a face to a name.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

A lovely table setting

A lovely table setting

Our final session was a Q and A with John, who was very pleased to be able to share with us that he’s opening his own cookery school – and expanding his handmade chocolate production – up in Wigan on the family farm. He encouraged everyone not to be afraid of mistakes and enjoy your cooking! Like me he finds bread making a great stress relief.

As we all rushed to leave in time for our trains home we were handed lovely goodie bags and a bag of our own scones – I don’t think anyone would have been eating them on the train we were all so full!

So a big thank you to Neff – particularly Amy, the AO.com ladies, John, Lynn and Stephen for an inspiring “Afternoon Tea”. Now I’m off to put the kettle on……

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