Monday, 29 February 2016

Feisty Tapas' Thermorules - Free printable

Feisty Tapas' Thermorules - A free printable with useful reminders to look after your ThermomixI have a very exciting freebie for those of you who are Thermomix owners, a free printable. I love printables! Above all now that I have a fully working printer again. These are Feisty Tapas'
Thermorules. These are things so built-in now that I do them without thinking.

Print it, frame it, place it in your kitchen, make guests use it.

Always check the bowl is assembled

I do not want to hear of any more of you leaking liquid into your Thermie’s base because you have forgotten to assemble the bowl correctly or because you had well-meaning guests or family members last night. No more. Make them read the rules and, explain to them, if it’s not assembled it doesn’t get placed in Thermie.

Also, when you're tired or sleepy, either make sure you check and double check or just remove yourself from the kitchen. In my house at this stage I will have broken or knocked over a couple of things, so husband basically comes in, gets hold of me and removes me from the kitchen before I cause some damage! It tends to be a very good mood on his part. Even if I leave rather reluctantly.

That said, should your Thermie have an unexpected accident. First, do not panic! Second:

Win a Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker with Feisty Tapas

Win a Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker with Feisty Tapas in March 2016A big one today. Last year it was all about the Instant Pot which so many of us now have in use in our kitchens (if it's still in the box, get it out as it's not scary at all!), this year it's all about the Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker.

Unfortunately it looks like Philips doesn't have any plans to market this awesome machine here in the UK. It's a real shame as it's a doddle to use and you can make: spaghetti, penne, fettuccine and even lasagna sheets with the basic kit that comes with it and it has a neat storage drawer to store them all. Also you can buy (from other countries) a 0.8mm dumpling disc, which I now have, pappardelle, angel hair... and even biscuit attachments (yes biscuits!).

I am giving one away to one lucky winner, you only have until the 7th March at 12 am (whatever that means, thank you Rafflecopter) and to enter you just have to follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The Orla Kiely apron for The Great Sport Relief Bake Off

Calling all Orla Kiely fans. This gorgeous Sport Relief apron is now available to buy from TKMaxx both in store and online here, Homesense stores and Sport Relief. It retails at £12.99, with at least £5.25 going to Sport Relief. There are also matching tea towels in two designs on sale at £4.99 (£2.50 goes to charity). Meghan from the Feisty Tapas Facebook communities has had the awesome idea of buying both the apron and the matching tea towel (which she has already done) and use the tea towel to sew a pocket onto the apron.

The winners of the The Great Sport Relief Bake Off will receive one each night so you can pretend to be a bake-off star in the comfort of your own home. The The Great Sport Relief Bake Off starts today, Wednesday 27th January, at 8.30pm on BBC1. If you are a member of the Feisty Tapas Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas, Rosemary is sure to remind you later! Thank you Rosemary for the daily "what food programmes to watch" updates.

My apron was sent to me to help promote it, I am a huge Orla Kiely fan so I'm very excited and Sport Relief is a very good cause! I will donate the money it would have cost me (£12.99) to buy the apron to Sport Relief aaaand, the moment 20 of you buy one of these and share a photo as proof, I will share a photo of me wearing it. 

If 50 of you buy it and share a photo, I'll pose for a photo while pulling a silly face. You all know I don't do cameras, right??? Aaaaand, the big one...

Monday, 25 January 2016

Dairy Free Chocolate Beetroot Cake - Thermomix

Deliciously moist and chocolatey Thermomix cakeIt was the fantastic Dave who put me onto a moist recipe for chocolate cake last week, it used beetroot and I just had to try it! I reduced the sugar a fair bit and adapted it to my use my Thermomix. This Dairy Free Chocolate Beetroot Cake is delicious and easy peasy.

I posted a photo of a slice of this cake on my Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group and there were many requests for the recipe so here is what I did because you should all try this Dairy Free Chocolate Beetroot Cake as soon as you can and, in fact, if one of you could make it with your favourite GF stuff, I’d be most grateful for the feedback.

PS- If you are in the UK with your Thermomix, Kenwood KCook, KitchenAid Cook Processor, Tefal Cuisine Companion, Lakeland Multichef, Lidl Monsieur Cuisine, Aldi’s Multi Chef, etc, make sure you come join my Thermo Cooking UK Facebook group. It’s full of lovely people who support each other and it will get you using it regularly, we will also hold your hand during those first few weeks of ownership and through the difficult dishes because my Facebook communities have two mottos: there are no silly questions and we all learn together!

We also bake cake together so here we go, ready for the recipe?

Fran A's Sticky Sesame Chicken - Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot

Chicken thigh fillets, garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, chilli sauce, light soy sauce, rice wine... all combine to make a tender and delicious chicken dishThe Feisty Tapas community is on fire lately, full of creative recipes, putting me to shame with my lack of energy as I learn a whole new concept for someone like me "pacing myself". Basically, it means turning 42 years of "me" upside down and starting small, saving energy for the next day, the next hour even, constantly saving spoons in my energy bank. This Sticky Sesame Chicken, extra quick in an Instant Pot or the pressure cooker you may have, is an extra special dish for days when I really need to cook an easy dinner, the meat is so tender you'll think you're dining out rather than at home. Thanks Fran A!

Fran A cooked this with chicken breasts but, thanks to the likes of the lovely Pip (you will know Pip if you're a member of the Feisty Tapas Facebook communities) and the awesome Catherine Phipps, writer of the The Pressure Cooker Book (a bit like the bible for us pressure cooking peeps based in the UK), I am very aware of the issues surrounding chicken breasts and pressure cooking so I went for chicken thigh fillets and I'm so glad I did as the meat was so tender. Mr Tapas rated this dish both with a "very nice" and an actual thumbs up so it had to go on the blog!

Many of us instantpotters are also thermomixers and thermocookers. It's not all my fault, until a few members started raving about their Instant Pots in my Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group, I was none the wiser to this fabulous kitchen gadget. I just contributed by falling in love with it when Instant Pot in the UK sent me one to try. So in this one I provide both conventional and Thermomix steps for the sauce as I used my Thermomix (the 31 to be exact to help me).

To be fair, British pressure cooking authority Catherine Phipps herself says in her book that it's important to have a good blender along with your pressure cooker.

Don't forget that I run the Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group over on Facebook. It's a UK-focused group so that we have a space where can all use measurements, terminology (ingredients, supermarket names, etc.) and prices that we all are familiar with.

Oh and don't forget the awesome Feisty Tapas Instant Pot offer, click here to see it! It keeps being renewed so please always click through to check the latest one before ordering.

You'll find the rest of my pressure cooker/Instant Pot recipes here, if you haven't tried Jayson's Mac and Cheese you really really need to!

Ready for the recipe?

Monday, 21 December 2015

Spanish Chocolate Turrón (Turrón de chocolate tipo Suchard) - Thermomix method

Chocolate turrón: 250 g Lindt Cooking Chocolate 70%, 125 g Nutella or hazelnut chocolate spread, 50 g Rice Krispies or equivalentTurrón de chocolate de Suchard is a Spanish classic. No nuts. No fancy pants ingredients. This one is fantastic to make with the children as a Christmas treat. Now, the little Tapita quite likes darker chocolate so you may want to adapt this to have for example 225 g chocolate and 150 g Nutella instead of course (and then run back and tell me how it worked out).

For more Christmas Makes, make sure you check out this post with a list of things that the members of my Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group have been making.

Of course you could make this in a bowl on the stove over a pan of hot water, it will be very easy to work out what to do.

If you have a Thermomix and you are in the UK, don't forget to join my Facebook group here.


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Feisty Tapas Advent Calendar Facebook Group giveaway Day 9: Win an Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1

Feisty Tapas Advent Calendar Facebook Group giveaway Day 9: Win an Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1
Win an Instant Pot just like this one
I have been running an Advent Calendar in my Feisty Tapas Facebook groups (Thermo Cooking UK and Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas), on the days that I've remembered! Blame the Spaniard in me who didn't grow up with advent calendars (you can also blame the freelancing work-at-home mum who doesn't know which day it is anymore).

The other day a lovely member, who you all know rather well by now, offered me a brand new, still-in-the-box Instant Pot like this one as a prize. At first I told him that it was too generous an offer but well, you know him, he wouldn't take no for an answer.

To enter you need to be a member of one of my Facebook groups (the two stated above) and be signed up to receive the Feisty Tapas newsleter, which you can do easily here.

If you are not a winner, don't forget the awesome Feisty Tapas Instant Pot offer, now extended until the end of January 2016! A massive saving, a couple of freebies, basically the best Instant Pot in the UK, find out more here.

In the meantime, you can check out what you can cook in this wonderpot here.

Ready to enter?

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