Friday, 6 April 2018

Instant Pot Giant Cous Cous with Seafood

Instant Pot Giant Cous Cous with Seafood

I had never cooked giant cous cous until a few weeks ago when I saw it in Aldi. I tried a quick lunch experiment and it turned out well so last week I decided to recreate it with a few added touches. It turned out amazing and it's so quick and easy.

You can scale this recipe up or down. Always remembering the rule about filling your Instant Pot up to half way when pressure cooking ingredients that expand or foam up.

The most useful thing I can tell you when cooking giant cous cous is the ratio and the cooking times and then you can play to your heart's content so:

Ratio is 1:2.5. That's one cup of giant cous cous to two and a half cups of liquid (homemade stock in this case).

Cooking time is one minute on manual with a 6 minute QPR. This means that six minutes after it finishes cooking you let out the rest of the steam trapped inside by performing a Quick Pressure Release.

Please note that this recipe is for giant cous cous, not normal cous cous which cooks in no time with hot water.

Have you joined my Pressure Cooking Facebook group? It's one of my four Feisty Tapas Facebook communities.

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Friday, 30 March 2018

Instant Pot Squid Stew

Instant Pot Squid Stew

This Instant Pot Squid Stew is so tasty and it's amazing how tender the squid goes! I'm posting it quickly for Dejanka to have and will make it prettier later on. Serve it on its own, with plain rice, with pasta or with quinoa like Alli did below. If you want a quick method to cook quinoa in your Instant Pot (the best quinoa), just ask.

LittleT loved it!!

Let me know if you enjoy it.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Instant Pot Thai Pork Larb Recipe (Thai Minced Pork)

Instant Pot Thai Pork Larb Recipe (Thai Minced Pork)

I have the huge luck of having a child who eats well and, despite asking for pasta all the time, is open to trying new things.

The little Tapita loves eating Thai Larb with plain rice and the Instant Pot makes it a breeze. As I’m low carb it’s just a spoon for me, ready to dig in to that delicious savoury pork.

That said, you could totally serve this in little gem lettuce leaves as if they were wraps (imagine serving those as starters, how pretty would they look?). This Instant Pot Thai Larb is full of flavour so it’s great any way you choose to eat it.

I have added fresh red chilli as an optional ingredient as it's great with it. If you too have a child who hates spicy food, just use it the sliced fresh red chilli as garnish at the end of cooking your Instant Pot Thai Larb.

Oh and you know I'm a daredevil who tries to reduce the liquid used when pressure cooking to the minimum, right?

Ready for the recipe?

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Instant Pot Nasi Goreng (Malaysian Fried Rice)

Instant Pot Nasi Goreng (Malaysian Fried Rice) - a super easy midweek dish or delicious side dish

You may have gathered by now that I am a huge fan of soy sauce and fish sauce. Yes, I love umami and I love Nasi Goreng, which means “fried rice” in Indonesian and Malay. I don't eat carbs all that often nowadays since I've been on a low carb diet for the past year so, when I do eat them, I want them to be really tasty.

I have tried to simplify this dish as much as I can to make it a really easy midweek meal or even a lovely weekend side dish when you're cooking a variety of dishes for one special meal.

I like Nasi Goreng with chicken but I have marked chicken as optional because you could totally r remove the chicken and avoid the omelette if you don’t eat eggs and have a very tasty vegetarian dish.

Thank you very much to Francine and Lucy for testing this recipe for me in their Instant Pots and for their feedback. Make sure you check out Lucy's new website, Fresher Bites, particularly handy if you have someone in your life who's off to university and wants to learn to cook but also anyone who wants to learn to cook in general, I especially recommend her Safe Cutting video.

I add turmeric to a lot of dishes because of its anti-inflammatory properties and in this case turmeric has a second use. Add it to the beaten eggs to have an omelette with a fantastic colour. The omelette is made PiP (pot in pot), i.e. in a bowl/dish on the trivet. Read my post on cooking PIP in your Instant Pot here.

Here’s the recipe, I hope you like it!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Instant Pot on Amazon's Prime Day and the other best deal

Instant Pot on Amazon Prime Day and other amazing deals!

Is the Instant Pot taking part on Amazon's Prime Day? Oh yes it is and in a big way with the Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1 8 LITRES at the lowest price it has ever had (by far!).

Now, you all know I am a big Instant Pot fan, so much so that I joined the Instant Pot UK team last year after running my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group for a few months.

There is nothing to worry about using a modern day pressure cooker as robust as the Instant Pot! It doesn't hiss nor rattle (in fact it doesn't make much noise at all!) and it comes with a ton of safety features to give you peace of mind. Not just that, it has a huge online community. Instant Pot UK offers a Facebook group as an extension of its customer care, the Instant Pot® UK Community, which I run. We have awesome clients who share amazing recipes every day, who are wonderfully supportive, you will never be short of inspiration with the community and me by your side.

To think I didn't even want an Instant Pot! Over two years later, it has made my life easier day after day, when you have a chronic pain condition like fibromyalgia, this is a life saver, above all midweek, when you have to feed a child, have had a long day of work and can't think of anything. It's just as easy as reheating a previously instantpotted meal from frozen in about 15-20 minutes.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Creamy Paprika Sauce

Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Creamy Paprika Sauce by Feisty Tapas - A delicious gluten free and dairy free fork-tender dish

I've been hankering for pulled pork for weeks, today I managed to finally satisfy that craving! This Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Creamy Paprika Sauce was so tender. After removing the pork to shred, I blended some of the juices left in the pot with cashews and more paprika (thank you Quirky Cooking for the inspiration!) and I ended with the creamiest sauce to go (rather well) with my pulled pork. I am typing this today as I had a few requests in my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group but also because, if my hands are not busy, I'll end up eating all the pulled pork myself.

Ready for the recipe?

Monday, 8 May 2017

Instant Pot Chicken, Leek and Carrot soup

Instant Pot Chicken, Leek and Carrot soup - a delicious soup that is low carb and super easy with homemade, pressure cooked chicken stock

You may have already gathered from my last two recipes that I am a big fan of soup. Yes, I admit it, I love soup. When you can pressure cook your own Chicken broth or stock at home in no time and without filling the house with its smell, it becomes a weekly staple and, once you have that stock or broth (whatever you prefer to call it) in the fridge, it's so versatile!

So, the first thing you need to do to cook this recipe is to get your Instant Pot out and cook my Instant Pot Whole Chicken Stock, which will leave you with both the stock and the cooked chicken you need.

Then all you need is fresh leeks and carrots, chorizo if you fancy adding chorizo but I don't always add it (shock horror!) and a tiny bit of time and you had an amazing soup (which is very much low carb) ready for you.

Don't skip the addition of the salt when you chop it all in your plate, it's what makes this soup delicious.

I know I am probably preaching to the converted but, if you haven't got an Instant Pot yet, let me tell you that it is an awesome kitchen gadget. As a working mum with fibromyalgia it has been saving my bacon (sometimes even literally) for the last couple of years. I now get to put my Instant Pot love in action working on Instant Pot UK's social media and you will find me helping you give it a good workout both in my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group and the Instant Pot® UK Community.

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