Friday, 20 November 2015

Escaldums (Spanish Turkey Stew with Almonds) - Hob, Instant Pot and Pressure Cooker Methods

- 500 g diced turkey breast,1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or oil of your choice, 1 large onion, 2 garlic cloves, 125 ml dry white wine, 125 ml chicken stock (I used the Quirky cooking paste with 125 ml water), 3 vine-ripened tomatoes, 40 g almonds, plus a handful for serving, 1 bay leaf, Salt and black pepper
Escaldums is a dish typical of Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. It is traditionally made with poultry and, as is common with regional food, it has endless variations depending on who you ask, some people add pine nuts, some almonds, some prunes or sultanas and many marjoram so feel free to use this as a base for your own creation and then come to tell me what you did with it and if it worked well.

I love this one (with turkey, almond and tomatoes) for its simplicity. You could serve it with vegetables, boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes or rice but a steaming bowl with a nice slice of crusty bread does it for me.

You could of course prepare this in your slow cooker, or on the hob (I include instructions for the latter), just make sure you let it cook until the turkey is very very tender. What I loved about the pressure cooked version is that the turkey wasn’t at all rubbery, win!

Below I provide the Instant Pot instructions as that is my pressure cooker (do not miss the awesome Feisty Tapas Instant Pot offer running until 30th November 2015, you will save a ton of money, more details here). The biggest difference between an Instant Pot and a conventional stove-top pressure cooker is that you don’t have to wait around for it to start hissing so that you know it’s got to pressure, then set the timer on your phone or kitchen, then run to it when the timer goes off if it needs quick release. In fact the Instant Pot doesn’t hiss. You programme the Instant Pot, walk away, it gets to pressure on its own, starts the countdown of the programmed time on its own and, at the end, it goes automatically to the Keep Warm function and your meal is ready when you are ready to eat it.

If you want to make this dish in a conventional pressure cooker, just hang around until you hear the hissing when it comes to the pressure cooking stage and do what you usually do on your pressure cooker for the number of minutes stated. Simples.

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Chunky Leek and Potato Soup with a Twist - Instant Pot and Conventional Methods

Chunky Leek and Potato Soup with a Twist - Instant Pot and Conventional MethodsI learnt this Leek and Potato Soup from my husband a few years ago, who in turn learnt it from his mother. The "twist" is the addition of soy sauce (or tamari if you need to keep it gluten free), it has a lovely taste. It’s really easy, although I swear it tastes better when husband makes it), it's that “I didn’t have to cook it myself” feeling, isn’t it?

I am loving the Instant Pot, do not forget I have managed to get you the best offer in the UK for the Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1, now extended until the end of November 2015. You'll find all the details here but, in short, you get an Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1, free delivery (UK only), free silicon mini mitts and a free spare sealing ring for £104 (saving a total of £48.99). What does the 7 in 1 part refer to? As well as a pressure cooker, it's a slow cooker, a yoghurt maker, a porridge maker, a rice cooker, a steamer and it has a "keep warm" function that I'm in love with.

This is a chunky soup in my household, my recipe tester blended hers and she reported that it worked well! As always, the key is the taste.

Don't forget the Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas, no matter what type of pressure cooker you have, even if you are just thinking of buying one, you are most welcome there.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Five life-changing audiobooks for ideas people

A list of five perfect books to help you get where you want to beAfter spending many years refusing to read audiobooks because, well, it just isn't proper reading, is it? I signed up to Audible a few months ago, not many, and I have to say it has been life-changing. Firstly because I now actually manage to read. As someone who works with words all day long (and is a mum), when I finally get to reading for pleasure words jump around, they dance a bit of salsa with each other, my brain switches off, I fall asleep. Basically, I wasn't reading and I wasn't taking the few sentences I was managing to read.

So, having decided that, after all, that wasn't proper reading either and ready to take on a few business books, I took an Audible trial when someone recommended a network marketing group and, from there, thanks to one of the business women groups I belong to and the lovely Daisy from Devon Sun Yarns, I found my list with a long wish list. Here are the books in the order I've read them and why I think they are fantastic for people like you and me: ideas people, parents, busy people, people with dreams that one day just must come true because they are good dreams worth pursuing.

The following links are affiliate links which, funnily enough, is a direct result of reading these and a conversation I had with Mr Tapas a while ago but, well, you know me: I only recommend these because they truly have changed my life in one way or another.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Lamb Tagine

Delicious Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Lamb Tagine recipe with apricots, chickpeas, lambThe Instant Pot has opened a whole new world of dishes for me, things that would have usually taken way too long for a quick cook like me, now get done in minutes rather than hours. This Pressure Cooked Lamb Tagine is the perfect example. For this recipe I've taken inspiration from lovely reader and Facebook group members Nic and Amanda, as well as from the Hairy Bikers. Reader Jenny G has tested it for me and really enjoyed it so I'm hoping you will too. Fancy giving it a go?

This summer I have had more time in my hands than usual so I have had the chance to cook quite a bit and I am so glad as, with the cooler weather and shorter days round the corner, I reckon my Instant Pot is about to come into its own and I needed the practice.

How was your summer dear reader? Or your winter if you are down under. I have to say that the lack of school run has been rather welcome for me. That's Reception Year out of the way and onto Year One we go next week.

Back to the Instant Pot, don't forget to use and reuse that Keep Warm function for dishes like this and that the convenience of the Instant Pot resides in that you can decide at the last minute whether you pressure cook or slow cook or even do a combination of the both. You know, since life can be quite unpredictable!

Don't forget to come join the Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group for inspiration.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Pip's Perfect Thermomix Porridge for One

Perfect creamy porridge for one person (or two little ones), enjoy with your favourite magazine on the Readly appThe eponymous Pip helps me with admin in the Thermo Cooking with Feisty Tapas group. She is also often referred to as my rock but I have to tell you, she makes the creamiest porridge.

It doesn't stick to the bottom of the Thermie bowl, it takes no time and it's very easy to make when you are sleepy in the morning.

The lovely Daisy from Devon Sun Yarns (check out her beautiful hand-dyed yarn) has successfully doubled this recipe: double the ingredients, same time, temperature and speed. It turns out that it also makes Perfect Porridge for Two!  

Pip's Perfect Thermomix Porridge for One


- 50 g rolled jumbo organic oats (I use normal Scottish rolled oats)

- 250 g half full fat milk, half water (I use 250 g whole milk for the little Tapita and it's so creamy, she likes it with honey)


9 minutes, 80°, speed 1, REVERSE. Done.

The August 2015 issue of BBC Good Food Magazine is now on the Readly app, don't forget the awesome Feisty Tapas Readly offer (3 months for £14.99, UK only). More details here.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Readly Offer: the newsstand at your fingertips

A treat app to fit around your life
Valid indefinitely (end date is a few years in the future!)
*Click here to go straight to the offer and skip the blurb*
A little while ago a member of my Facebook group mentioned the Readly app for reading magazines of all sorts. £9.99 a month and tons of magazines on my iPad? My three favourite food magazines included? I checked it out (I googled a lot, it sounded too good to be true)… and inevitably fell in love with it and ended up signing up.

I adore it because:

- It has a ton of back issues so it’s not just the latest magazines, it’s a ton of others going back quite a while too.

- It has an awesome search function that goes through all the magazines for you: do you need new pressure cooker recipes? Search. Do you need to know where Thermomix has been mentioned lately (including mentions by chefs in magazines that you may not have thought of? Search.

- I’m an Apple girl but it seems to have an Android app too, just look for it first wherever you look for your apps. I have it both on iPad and iPhone. Make sure it works with your device(s) here.

- You can download whole magazines to your device and read them later (ideal if you lose signal during your commute) or are going abroad where you won’t have wifi all the time or for the plane on the way there or back.

- You can add up to 5 devices to your account (extra saving if you get the family hooked up!).

- It has Delicious, BBC Good Food, Olive and others I hadn’t heard of but also the likes of Mollie Makes and Cross Stitch Crazy (I am obviously giving you my favourites. Oh Empire magazine is there, do you know how long it has been since I read Empire magazine!

- There is no extra temptation at the checkout: no sweeties or Galaxy chocolates at knocked-down prices to tempt me.

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