Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Squid Ink Pasta with Prawns (no kitchen gadgets involved!)


Squid Ink Pasta with Prawns is one of my favourite dishes of all time, it’s so so easy that I’ve been making it for years but, I don’t know whether it is because squid-ink pasta can prove tricky to find, I actually consider it a bit of a treat.

Ever since the local deli (Allgoods of Ely) opened in Ely, I’ve been able to buy it again and I always have a packet hidden away in the cupboard as husband isn’t fussed and, in that case, I am not sharing.

No kitchen gadgets required for this one. I know, you are shocked, right? This recipe is so easy you don't need more than a pot and your hob. Ready?

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Thermomix Quark Cake

Thermomix Quark CakeI had just been making the softest Japanese Cotton Cheesecake with the Thermomix when a similar-looking recipe popped up on my Instagram feed, this time using an ingredient I had never used: quark cheese but not the Thermomix. I had to try it. I had to try to convert it to Thermie. In fact, I once made both the Cotton Cheesecake and the Quark Cacke in one day and gave them out to try to friends, the winner was the Quark Cake and the reason I was given: the extra lemony taste. Made in the Thermomix, it's easy peasy.

Based on my last few recipes anyone would think that I am a good baker but, trust me, I am more of a household baker, I am more about the taste than perfection but the Thermomix makes it easy.

Don't forget I run the Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group over on Facebook and, if you're in the UK with your Thermie, you are most welcome to join us.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Za’atar Pork Loin with Rosemary Potatoes - Instant Pot / Pressure cooker

Za’atar Pork Loin with Rosemary Potatoes - Instant Pot / Pressure cookerI am loving my Instant Pot (but if you follow me on social media or are a member of my group you
already know that!). I can't believe how quickly I got over the scary memories of the pressure cookers from the seventies and eighties. This pork was an improvisation based on the flavours I wanted that day and it turned out really well.

You already have Za'atar from making my flat breads, right? Well, then we are going to give it another use for this pork (and yes you could make them to mop up the sauce). In the meantime, I promise you I now have Sumac in the house and at some point I'll try making my own Za'atar.

Za'atar is a condiment made of dried oregano mixed with sesame seeds, dried sumac and salt along with other herbs and spices. I use Waitrose's own label which also contains dried marjoram.

Don't forget about the very nice Instant Pot discount offer that is running until 30th June 2015, click here to find out more about the Instant Pot's features and the offer, but basically just enter code ft20151 at the checkout on the Instant Pot website to buy the Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1 Electric Pressure Cooker, you will get £25 off (so £104 instead of £129) + free delivery + a free sealing ring. Note: There is no need to add the sealing ring to the basket (the wording of the voucher doesn't mention it but the code will trigger the warehouse to add the sealing ring). UK only.

Za’atar Pork Loin with Rosemary Potatoes - Instant Pot / Pressure cooker
Use one pork loin for 3 people, use 2 pork loins or more for more people. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Bollos suizos and medias noches - Spanish sweet bread in the Thermomix

Bollos suizos and medias noches - Spanish sweet bread in the ThermomixThis is the taste of my childhood. Growing up in Spain, medias noches (half moons) were always present at birthday parties, filled with ham and cheese, chorizo, whatever savouries you can think of. It’s a slightly sweet bread (a bit along the lines of brioche). On the other hand, the bollos suizos (bollos de leche as they are known where I grew up) have a sugary topping and are a classic of Spanish confiterías and they were my favourites as a child (even over croissants). My parents still bring me a couple to the airport when they pick me up when I go visit in Spain (of course I am now 41 and it’s the little Tapita who ends up eating them).

The Thermomix makes them both easy! I couldn’t believe it when I found this recipe here that I would be able to make them myself (but it did take me over 2 years of having Thermie before daring with them, they are lengthy but make lots so very much worth it) and a few goes to adapt the recipe to me (i.e. a clumsy baker).

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Whole Soy Chicken

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Whole Soy ChickenI am absolutely loving my Instant Pot, being able to make this kind of meal mid-week with the pressure cooker function is quite a luxury (and not at all as scary as you remember pressure cookers to be!). This Pressure Cooked Whole Soy chicken is my first Instant Pot recipe on the blog. Exciting times.

At the same time I had my Thermomix cooking rice in the bowl and steaming broccoli in the Varoma. I prepared the chicken first and once that was going in the pressure cooker, I started cooking the rice and broccoli. Then I put my feet up, of course.

Don't forget I have the best Instant Pot offer going in the UK especially for you. An Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1, free delivery (UK only) and a free spare sealing ring for £104, you will find it here along with more information. 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.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The best Instant Pot offer in the UK

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Extended! Click here to go straight to the Instant Pot website,
 enter ft20151 at checkout(opens in a new window)
*Extended until August 31st 2015*

Pressure cookers are back and they're big! I clearly remember my mother using one throughout the eighties. The old-style stainless steel whistling version but now there is a new generation of pressure cookers, the electric generation, like the Instant Pot.

It's an electric (or programmable) pressure cooker so it's not a conventional pressure cooker as it has been understood for years. In fact, I didn't even know people still used them until recently!

The Instant Pot also has the advantage of having many other functions: slow cooking, sautéeing, yogurt, porridge, steam, keeping food warm... and 6 litres capacity.

So, what is the difference between a conventional pressure cooker and an electric one like the Instant Pot?

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

When life throws you curveballs

When life throws you curveballs
I has been a wake-up and smell the pretty spring flowers few weeks

I published this post last week, it had taken quite a few days to decide to hit publish but I did it. Then 5 minutes later there were 3 messages in my Facebook inbox from people checking if I was ok which was not at all the desired intention of the post. So, let's try to do this differently this time.

I shall start by saying that I write this from a very good place. Feeling more like me than I have in years. A place where I feel excited about future plans, I have fallen in love again with my husband, with my life and with my little family.

It had been a while since I had written a diatribe and back then I did write from a different position (one of safety behind my anonymity).

It's not that I hadn't had anything to say, it's that I had too much to say and sometimes when there is too much to say it's best to say nothing at all.

In fact it's best to contain it all so that you don't have to think about it, if you don't move much then feelings and thoughts stay with you.

No sentimental songs, no liberating tunes. No. Feelings. At. All.

It's best to transfer nothing to paper because then it's real.

And it's absolutely best not to ever let go.

Until you explode of course, and then it all comes out.

But, of course, you do this in private because why should you let anyone see your weaknesses and that you really are not the supercapable person everyone believes you to be.
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