Wednesday, 13 July 2016

How to get started with your Instant Pot. A guide for beginners

So, you bought an Instant Pot, it's already at home or on its way and you're panicking that you're not going to use it enough or that you won't know how to use it, that it might be difficult to use...

Fear not! It's really easy to use and help is at hand at all times. As social media girl for Instant Pot UK that help might often come from me on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as well as the official Instant Pot® UK Community (an extension of Instant Pot UK's customer care) but don't forget that I also run my own Pressure Cooking with Feisty Tapas Facebook group.

Basically you will have no choice but to use it. No kitchen gadget worth the money will sit gathering dust on my watch!

The two models in the UK market (and markets covered from the UK) are the Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1 and the Instant Pot LUX 6 in 1. They work in similar ways. The DUO has a low pressure setting and a yoghurt function. They both can pressure cook, slow cook, steam, cook rice, cook porridge and keep your food warm at the end. The DUO also has a low pressure setting and a handy yoghurt function.

Feisty Tapas tells you the first steps to follow, recommended first recipes, tips and tricks

Both are really easy to use. They save time and money and, in my case, they totally save my sanity (I have one of each at home). They work silently for you while you have more time to get on with other stuff. Then they keep your food warm automatically at the end, even if you open the lid and help yourself to some of it, it will stay on Keep Warm for the next person. This is ideal in a household with a 6 year old (the little Tapita is six now!) who eats around 6pm and a commuting husband who doesn't get home until 8.30-9 most days. I can cook for my daughter, then I eat whenever I am ready (6pm is way too early for me to eat dinner), then food is kept warm for my husband when he gets home. 

Now, I know I own a lot of kitchen gadgets and that I now work with Instant Pot but this is me being totally honest: it's a great kitchen gadget that can make life easier so a great investment. Above all if you are stressed out trying to juggle work and family. If you happen to have a health condition like me and my chronic pain and fibromyalgia, you will appreciate how easy it is to use and how much it can save your sanity on a daily basis (and the fact that it's so silent it's a huge bonus if you have a problem with background noise).

There are a ton of recipes for it. Another bonus.

Did you miss the Amazon Prime Day offer? How about using the fantastic Feisty Tapas offer code?

Now, what to do when you first receive it:

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1 Deal of the Day on Amazon Prime Day

Today, July 12th 2016, the Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1 has its best price yet in the UK: £82.99.

Even my own offer isn't that good (and, trust me, my offer is really really good!). As you probably already know, I absolutely love my DUO, I've had it now for over a year and it's used pretty much daily. To think I didn't even want one. It slow cooks and it pressure cooks and then it automatically keeps your food warm for you. It also steams, cooks rice, porridge, yoghurt! Oh and did I mention you can make cheesecakes in it? And dulce de leche...

Because I run the Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group as well as Instant Pot UK's social media, there is no chance that your Instant Pot 7 DUO 7 in 1 will gather dust! I will get you using it.

You can read all the details here, find my Instant Pot-friendly recipes here and, if you buy through the link below, you will be supporting Feisty Tapas and its Facebook communities and you will get a very big thank you from me! You'll have to be quick though, come midnight all the deals end (or when stock runs out, whatever happens first).

PS-If you already have an Instant Pot, having two is not a bad idea at all ;) Please share with your friends and loved ones

Maria



Also available in the following countries at great prices today:

Germany: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00OP26T4K

France: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B00OP26T4K

Italy:  https://www.amazon.it/dp/B00OP26T4K

Spain: https://www.amazon.es/dp/B00OP26T4K

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FLYWNYQ

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00FLYWNYQ

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Fusion Puy Lentil Salad (includes Instant Pot instructions)

Fusion Puy Lentil Salad (includes Instant Pot instructions) with olives, tuna, pomegranate molasses... adapt to your tasteA lovely refreshing summery salad perfect prepared ahead for work lunches. Puy lentils pressure cook really quickly (I use an Instant Pot). They also don't take long in a pan on the hob if you don't have a pressure cooker but electric pressure cookers allow you the convenience of programming it and getting on with other things, no need to hang around.

I've called this Fusion Lentil Salad as it includes all my favourite ingredients for a mixed salad with tuna, white asparagus, etc. and a few new ingredients I've discovered in the past year or so, like sumac and pomegranate molasses. Puy lentils cook in no time so you can prepare the rest of the salad while they cook, tidy up your kitchen, add them at the end and eat in a very much non-stressful manner.

This salad is one of those where you can add and remove ingredients as you wish, depending on your taste or cupboard contents. Pomegranate seeds would go really well with it, as would soft or hard-boiled eggs or sliced apple.

What is an Instant Pot? Well, you've come to the right place for that. I'ved had my Instant Pot DUO for over a year and absolutely love it (to think I expected not to like it!), so much so that now I also work with them doing their social media! I have an offer for it and tons of details about it right here but, in essence, it's an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yoghurt maker, keep warmerer... You can cook soups, stews, curries, tomato sauces, cheesecakes (yes cheesecakes!), soft or hard boil a ton of eggs at the same time, cook rice, cook porridge... and with the DUO you can make yoghurt which long term can save you money. It also keeps your food warm for you at the end of the pressure cooking and slow cooking cycles, meaning you can get on with life! And at this time of year it means you can cook without heating up the kitchen (bonus!).

In the last year it has saved my sanity, above all since my fibromyalgia diagnosis. It's totally silent in operation and it means I can pressure cook a bolognese (for example) for the little Tapita, leave it then on slow cook for the grown-ups and I eat whenever I'm ready and when husband gets home from his commute, the Instant Pot is keeping his food warm and I can just tell him that dinner is in the pot, he helps himself, I rest. I chop everything first in my Thermomix and let the Instant Pot cook. Perfect on days when background noise becomes unbearable for me. Win win.

Don't forget I have a Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group on Facebook.

Ready for the recipe?

Monday, 6 June 2016

Mango Lassi (including Thermomix instructions)

Mango Lassi (including Thermomix instructions)Before I give you this Mango Lassi recipe, which you'll be able to whizz up in your Thermomix in no time, I must confess that I do not like mango but this I loved. The mango doesn't overpower the drink and instead you get a very lovely chilled drink with the tiniest hint of mango (if you want more of a mango flavour, make sure you add another half or whole mango). Perfect now that we finally have some warmer weather (to think that just last week we had the heating on, in June!).

I'd never had prepared a Mango Lassi if it wasn't for the little Tapita finding a recipe in one of her games and Mr Tapas actually buying a mango.

A lassi is a popular traditional yoghurt-based drink from that originates from the Punjab (Indian Subcontinent). There are two types: savoury and sweet. The savoury ones tend to have spices, the sweet ones, well, sweet stuff.

Mango Lassis have become very popular worldwide. This one isn't too sweet at all. In fact it's just perfect and, as you can see, it gets you putting all that delicious Instant Pot or Thermomix yoghurt you've been making to good use.

For those of you who, like me, need antiinflammatory goodness, make sure you add a bit of turmeric.

Straight to the recipe, ready?

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...

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