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...

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!

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