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.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Instant Pot Spanish Lentil Soup (Lentejas)


I already blogged the Thermomix version of this Spanish Lentil Soup/Stew (Lentejas) recipe a few years ago (find it here). It’s such a lovely dish. Simple yet comforting.

If you want to keep it vegetarian or vegan, skip the chorizo of course, and increase the paprika a bit; also, make sure you use a good stock base like my Homemade Vegetable Stock Paste.

In the Instant Pot there are two ways of cooking this and they are going to depend on your time and energy. If you have a bit of extra time, it’s worth sauteing the vegetables and the chorizo (if using) at the start. If you’re short on time or just can’t be bothered because you’ve had a tough day or a long week then skip that, add all the ingredients to the inner pot and skip straight to step 5.

For those of you with a Thermomix and an Instant Pot, this is one of those perfect collaborations: chop it all up quickly in Thermie, decant into the Instant Pot to cook, give the Thermie bowl a rinse and make yourself something nice for dessert, a treat to take into work or tomorrow's lunch!

Ready for the recipe?

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Instant Pot Soup with Greens, Beans, Potatoes and Chorizo

Instant Pot Soup with Greens, Beans, Potatoes and Chorizo

This is one of the myriad of recipes you can cook after pressure cooking a whole chicken in the Instant Pot. Find the method for pressure cooking whole chicken first here.

Then, after making Chicken Stock as per that delicious recipe. You can keep the stock and some of the meat (or just the stock and none of the meat) to make this Instant Pot Soup with Greens, Beans, Potatoes and Chorizo.

If you fancy the idea of this recipe but are not a meat eater and wish it didn't have the chorizo or the chicken stock, how about making it vegetarian or vegan by preparing my Vegetable Stock Paste and cooking this soup with 1 litre of water, 3 tablespoons of my vegetable stock paste, 1 tsp of paprika and omitting the chorizo, keep the potatoes, the greens and the beans.

I cook this kind of soup all the time, it's delicious and extremely easy. It's a bit like a Spanish Caldo. You can totally play with the ingredients, add carrots for example.

If you don't have an Instant Pot (yet) but have a Thermomix, this is how I used to cook it in my Thermomix, doing it in the Instant Pot is easier, this means that the Thermomix is now free for other more energetic activities such as kneading bread, or cooking custard for dessert...

Don't forget that I am now Instant Pot UK's social media girl (which means you'll find me offering technical support, customer care, tons of help and a dash of inspiration at Instant Pot UK's channels). At Instant Pot we sell you a fantastic gadget and then we are with you every step of the way to make sure you use it.

Ready for the recipe?

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Instant Pot Meat Loaf

Instant Pot Meat Loaf

I love meat loaf and it turns out that so does the little Tapita! It's delicious hot or cold so really convenient. Perfect for picnics for that imminent spring weather that is round the corner.

I have added a lot of flavour and a lot of vegetables to this meat loaf and it has been a hit with both Mr Tapas and the little Tapita so I am sticking to it from now on (as much as I can stick to any recipe anyway!).

As you don't all have an Instant Pot yet, I have given instructions below for other ways of cooking.

The timings for this recipe are going to depend on what shape and size you decide to give your meat loaf (or if you decide to urn it into meatballs or burgers), I have tried to give as much guidance as I can. A meat thermometer will come in very handy.

I have made it all beef with a mixture of pork and beef and also with all turkey mince. A mixture of pork and beef or all turkey are my favourites. In fact I was expecting the all-turkey meat loaf to be blander in flavour but it's positively delicious and still full of flavour.

You can of course absolutely turn this into patties, burgers, meatballs... Small meatballs in fact you can steam in about 5 minutes with natural release in a steamer basket (these are the most popular Instant Pot steamer baskets and inserts). You could also do mini meat loaves, I have these mini loaf moulds from Sainsbury's, they fit side by side in your Instant Pot, handy if you want to freeze some! In this case do 15 minutes on the trivet.

Instant Pot Meat Loaf

Of course there's plenty of mix to experiment: mini meat loaves and meat balls. Mini meat loaves for work lunches and meat balls to use instead of sausages in my All-in-One Instant Pot Sausage and Tomato Pasta.

Although you do not need a loaf mould for this, it does help make it very juicy (and for the all-turkey version you do as it doesn't hold together as well). You could wrap it in foil of course, do not pack it up too tight though.

I have used the new Instant Pot Non-Stick Silicone Loaf Mould which has a detachable sturdy tempered glass base, is super easy to use and can go in the dishwasher! It will soon be available in the UK too. I got an early one to play with. Also a round one. They are really really good. I have to say I had my doubts at first with my clumsiness, the glass, the way the silicone wraps around the glass... but, to my surprise, I have found it easier to use than conventional metal springform tins.

Instant Pot Meat Loaf
The new Instant Pot Springform Loaf Pan with Tempered Glass Base, soon on sale in the UK

If you don't have a meat thermometer, I advise you get one. It will come in handy.

For Thermomix users: this recipe helps give your Thermie a workout too, chopping all the veg. You can also mix the meat mix on reverse but it doesn't work all the flavours in as well as a big of hands-on effort (I have tried it both ways now and definitely mixing it all by hand).

Fancy trying it?

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Stock



"Chicken stock with a whole chicken, shock horror!", I can hear the purists scream from here! Well, yes. When you're a working parent trying to keep your head above water you do not mind this type of thing that much and the stock is super tasty so, if I'm going to keep my head above water, it might as well be delicious chicken stock (or broth as some like to call it), in my Instant Pot of course!

If you are wondering how to do chicken stock with just bones (for example from a roast chicken you may have had on Sunday). hen just cook it exactly as per this recipe. Remembering less water, more bones and more time will give you a more gelatinous stock. My advice is that you freeze those bones and wait until you have the bones/carcass from at least two chickens, you will get more flavour that way and you can pressure cook the stock with the bones from frozen, no need to defrost.

I tend to pressure cook a whole chicken this way at the start of every week. Why? Apart from the fact that it's super easy...
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