Friday, 13 January 2017

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Flan de huevo (Creme Caramel)

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Flan de huevo (Creme Caramel)


I grew up with Flan de Huevo (the Spanish version of Creme caramel) as a basic dessert, a treat after lunch out, above all surrounded with whipped cream. Delicious!

Flan de Huevo / Creme Caramel is cooked bain Marie, making a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot perfect for it!

The thing about Flan de Huevo / Creme Caramel is that it’s actually rather easy to make but making the caramel is a hassle though, isn’t it? Until I found THIS!! 

Yes, caramel all ready made for you. Say what??? I got mine from Ocado but it looks like Amazon has it too and, as it is a three pack, it may work out cheaper.

If you are way less lazy and fibromialgic than me, then you can make your own caramel of course.

The main thing to know when making Flan de Huevo / Creme Caramel is the ratio per large egg (am I the only one who has noticed that eggs are not as large as they used to be? Large eggs now are more like medium eggs a few years ago). 

Think one egg per person. In fact the ratio for one egg fitted perfectly in my Sainsbury’s Mini Pudding Basins, which I highly recommend you get (photo at the end of this post). 

You can cook as many pudding basins as you can fit at the same time, the timings should be the same. Metal basins are best as the heat will get through faster. You could use other materials but you may have to increase the timings a bit.

So:

Per large egg used 
you need 

- 85 ml whole milk at room temperature 

and 

- 1 tbsp sugar (I used golden granulated caster sugar), if you prefer it in weight this is 15 g

I wasn’t very strict on the milk measurement and just filled just over the 80 ml line of the measuring cup that came with the Instant Pot. You could also weigh 85 g of whole milk.

Ready for the full recipe?

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Nic's All-in-One Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Sausage and Apple Pot

Nic's All-in-One Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Sausage and Apple Pot

Nic is a lovely member of the Feisty Tapas community. I've had the pleasure of having her in my home in 2014, of seeing her at the Quirky Cooking workshop near Leicester in 2015 and even at the cook-up in Stamford in 2015 (man that all seems a long time ago now!). Did I not see you in 2016 Nic? We need to rectify that in 2017! This is her Sausage and Apple Casserole for the Instant Pot or, as she christened it: Sausage and Apple Pot.

Perhaps it should be Sausage and Apple (Instant) Pot?

We really enjoyed this dish, my tip would be to replace the courgette with leeks (or adding both courgette and leeks). You could also skip the potatoes and serve with mash instead (less of an all-in-one dish that way though and we do love one-pot meals that mean less washing-up!).

If you decide to do mash the Instant Pot way: 250 ml of cold water (right from the tap) in the inner pot, trivet with quartered potatoes on top (or  in a steamer basket in which case no need for the trivet), press Manual, 10 minutes. Just mash as you normally would. I tend to mash with a bit of milk, a bit more butter than milk and black pepper. You can set this to cook any time of the day and the Instant Pot will keep it warm for you to mash whenever you're ready to eat. You can do a quick release or a natural release. It's the perfect Instant Pot side dish.

You can find all my Instant Pot recipes right here. If you haven't got an Instant Pot yet, what are you waiting for? The new LUX model, V3, is now out and it is awesome, this one can pressure cook for up to 240 minutes.

Ready for the recipe?

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Paprika Chard and Potatoes

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Paprika Chard and Potatoes recipe by Feisty Tapas

This Pressure Cooker Paprika Chard and Potatoes recipe for the Instant Pot is a classic I grew up with. It's easy, simple and gets you eating your greens in a really fun way. 

To those of you with a Thermomix the words Paprika Chard may sound familiar and that is because the Thermomix recipe is right here

You'll find all my Instant Pot recipes here. For example you may have missed my Instant Pot "Baked" Camembert recipe.

Make sure you come join me in the Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group. As Instant Pot UK's social media girl you will also find me running the Instant Pot UK® Community.

By the way, have you seen there's a new Instant Pot accessory in town? The non-stick ceramic inner pot. Oh and a fab new apron!

Ready for the recipe?

Friday, 23 December 2016

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker "Baked Camembert"


I absolutely adore Baked Camembert and all its calories but I begrudge having to preheat the oven for it (and mainly having to wait for it to preheat), in comes the Instant Pot's pressure cooking function. If you're a member of my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas, you'll have noticed that my lunches are usually a last-minute from-the-freezer afraid so this is a real treat (and yes, of course, "you" can eat it all on your own or, you know, you could share with friends with a nice bottle of wine or bubbly...).

It's Christmas Eve Eve as I write this, not long until 2016 ends so time to get together with friends and eat party food!

Ready?

Friday, 16 December 2016

Of fibromyalgia and going to the gym

Of fibromyalgia and going to the gym when you have a gym phobia - Feisty Tapas

This is very much the last post I ever thought I'd write. Me? Writing about gyms? Me? GOING to the gym? Regularly! I do not like sweaty people and I do not like lycra and I have always had a gym phobia.

But now, you see, I wear lycra (shock horror). And I wear lycra on the morning school run. Apologies fellow school parents.

Why is this a big deal? I have this BFF called fibromyalgia. You know how they say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer? Well, that's where I am with fibromyalgia. So really the first F in BFF stands for “frenemy”.

A year ago I could hardly move. Even brushing my hair hurt. I had just been given a diagnosis (or rather a name to the pain of almost 25 years getting worse). It was now called fibromyalgia (who knew!). I was getting used to my medication. The thought of moving, above all in the evening, was painful and the action of peeling myself off an armchair in the evenings was torture. Everything hurt and it was easy for me to get stuck when sitting down, needing my husband’s help to get up.

The hardest thing I have had to get into my rather thick and stubborn skull this year has been the fact that that pain is not going away. I am stuck with it! It took months to understand. In fact, you would think that, having had chronic pain for 25 years, I’d have been able to get my head around this in no time. Apparently the fact that the pain was everywhere didn’t help my poor tired brain compute the situation.

By the time I had the word cancer mentioned to me personally at the beginning of 2016, I didn’t know whether I was coming or going so I just went, along to the surgery because, seriously, once you’re in the roller coaster you might as well just go with it! Me? Skin cancer? I don’t even like the sun that much! The biopsy of my skin lesions came back fine. Phew!

Once that worry was out of the way (thank you Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for the speed that everything was dealt with), CBT with my amazing chronic pain specialist Rona was in full swing once a week. It was the month of April. The weather was improving. I was feeling more positive. I was finding my inner warrior again and it was time to listen to the doctor and start moving a bit more, slowly after dialling it all back a fair bit in order to build it (and me) up again; however much it hurt. It was hard because two things had highlighted the worsening pain back in September 2015: walking a fair bit a day and trying to start yoga again.

So, really, this is the one blog post I really needed to write before the end of the year when it all happened (2016).

This is my advice to get you to the gym. If, like me, you have a chronic pain condition and a gym phobia.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1 offer - Black Friday - Amazon UK, France and Italy


Tonight, from midnight and the whole of tomorrow, 25th November 2016, the Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1 6 litres will have its best price yet in the UK: £69.95 (€ 79.95 in France and Italy, possibly Spain).

As you probably already know, I absolutely love my Instant Pots. So much so that, when I was invited to handle their social media, I said yes!

I've had my DUO (like the one on offer on Amazon UK for Black Friday) for a year and a half now and use it pretty much daily. In fact, I now have 3 Instant Pots in the house, they’re such a lifesaver. It can even reheat previously homecooked meals straight from frozen to piping hot (see how here).

To think I didn't even want one. It slow cooks and it pressure cooks (pulses from dry, whole chickens, all-in-one-pastas, tender meat) and then it automatically keeps your food warm for you. It also steams, cooks rice, porridge, yoghurt, it can even proof your bread on the yoghurt function! Oh and did I mention you can make cheesecakes in it? And dulce de leche, and lemon curd…

Because I run the Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group as well as Instant Pot UK's social media and the official UK Facebook group, 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 in this old post (offer on there no longer valid), 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 on the 25th November 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.. far and wide

Maria




Also available in the following countries at great prices today:

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

Maria

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Quick Lime Pickle - Instant Pot, Thermomix, pressure cooker and conventional methods

Quick Lime Pickle - Instant Pot, Thermomix, pressure cooker and conventional methods

Last year the Feisty Tapas crew went crazy for lime pickle for the Christmas makes. Preparing lime pickle the traditional way is a lengthy process so this year I have put my research hat on (doesn’t it look cute?) to see if we could speed up the process. A lot of reading and notes later, yes we can! It may not be the authentic way of doing it but it has all the flavour and you can do it in no time ready for curry night or to surprise a friend or loved one if they are the ones cooking you the curry, just remember it's best if you let it mature for a week before eating, let those flavours combine.

Mr Tapas is a huge fan of lime pickle (HUGE) so I put it to the test with him, he loved it. His only complaint is that it was a tad dry but I immediately knew why, yours truly forgot she was out of oil on the day, didn’t think to reach to the back of the cupboard for more and thought it’d be ok. Moral of the story: do not skip the oil, if you do the flavour will still be all there of course but it will be dry. You can always do like me and add the oil at a later date. Aherm. 

I actually have the limes for the traditional method in a ton of salt in the fridge as we speak, it's time for the next step as they have been in there for four days. Yes, four days and all I have is limes in salt (you know by now that I'm kind of impatient, right?). The whole process takes way longer. I am of the opinion that it is worth making lime pickle both ways (quick and slow) so I am making it both ways! And yes, you may well have a jar coming your way.

What were we saying the other day about taking imperfect action? Well, here I go jumping in with two very imperfect feet!

Want to make a ton of lime pickle at the same time? Scale up the recipe. It should work just fine and then you can run back to tell me how it went and what you did. 

Throughout making and writing this recipe I've had The Wiggles' song stuck in my head and now you can too! Pappadam. Pappadum. Papadum. What on earth is the right spelling? No one seems to agree.

Right, kilner jars and popadums at the ready? Let's do this!
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