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You can read all the details in this old post (offer on there no longer valid), find my Instant Pot-friendly recipes here and, if you buy through the link below, you will be supporting Feisty Tapas and its Facebook communities and you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!

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Julie’s Thermomix Mexican Bean Soup

Julie’s Thermomix Mexican Bean Soup served with tortilla chips, fresh lime wedges and wensleydale cheese


Hello! Here I am again. Being perfectly imperfect. Did you read last week's Thermomix recipe post? No? Make sure you do! But make sure you read this one too and then add it to this week's menu plan. Julie's Thermomix Mexican Bean Soup is really good and really worth making now that the weather has turned bitterly cold.

I've been giving some thought to what Feisty Tapas is all about nowadays lately. We've been through a lot together over the past few years eh! Then things went crazy when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia last year.

It wasn't until earlier this year that I was called a perfectionist. "Perfectionist?! Me????", it tooks months but I did come to realise that perhaps I am, perhaps I am a perfectionist and then it took a few more months to kick perfectionism in the derrière. No one is perfect, right? Care to be imperfect with me? It's going to be great fun and lead to lots more posts and recipes!

This time of year in 2015 our Christmas Fairy Vanessa was getting us all busy with Christmas Makes. Do not forget, start making your lime pickle and your Christmas pudding! The Christmas Makes list is right here. It will be constantly added to so keep checking it for more things to make.

You will find all Feisty Tapas Thermomix recipes here. I can recommend the Chorizo and Red Pepper Risotto (awful photo I know!) and the Paprika Chard and Potatoes.


Ready for Julie's Thermomix Mexican Bean Soup recipe?

Friday, 4 November 2016

Thermomix Savoury Ham Hock Egg Muffins

I had to clear my ailing MacBook the other day as it needed fixing by husband. One of the issues was that there wasn't any space left, that meant going through (and deleting) thousands of photos, finding some gems in the process. Once my operating system was updated, with the updated Notes app my draft recipes seem way more organised and suddenly things I hadn't seen in ages, like these Thermomix Savoury Ham Hock Egg Muffins, started to appear.

Add to that the fact that it's time to start thinking again about taking imperfect action rather than forever sitting on things waiting to have time to try them again, to take better photos, to have better lighting, to have daylight, copyrighting everything, SEOing, using a good URL and the longest etcetera you can imagine.

I'm 43, I have a six year old, a school run, fibromyalgia and a feeling that it is time to stop giving a crap that the world is now dotted with blogs with fabulous photos and people with seemingly perfect lives which make both my blog and my life seem chaotic (most probably because they actually are!).

So, here you have me blogging more often in my very perfect imperfection. My house is a mess. My study... well let's not go there. My life is permanently unpredictable. But at the end of the day that makes me who I am (however crazy it might drive my husband!).

You know what, I'm keeping my head above water, I am staying afloat and that is way better than where I was a year ago when I had my fibro diagnosis. I am even driving, if you remember my fear of driving posts and have followed my journey for a while, you know how much this means to me (and how difficult it has been to get here). That's all good enough, isn't it?

Care to stop giving a crap with me? Then join me on a trip down memory lane, remembering photos you may have seen ages ago in my social media but never saw on the blog as recipes.

Back in the day I made these muffins with ham hock but you can of course use your Instant Pot ham for them! I have the method for cooking gammon joints / ham (same for ham hock) in the Instant Pot right here and gammon joints on the hob here. It's so easy!

Don't forget to join my Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas if you're in the UK. While you're here, why not browse my Thermomix recipes?

Ready for the recipe?

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Lucy's Easy Chicken Pie - add sparkle to your dinner table

Lucy's Easy Chicken Pie - add sparkle to your dinner table - out of the oven and ready to serveThis pie has become all the rage in my Kitchen Gadgetry with Feisty Tapas Facebook group. There's even a thread about what to name it Lucy's Lazy Chicken Pie? But Lucy isn't lazy. Lucy's Easy Chicken Pie? But Lucy isn't Easy!

Lucy is of course our own Lucy Sparkle Mars. Lucy is absolutely lovely. I have had the pleasure of meeting her in person and I can't wait to see her again! This is her pie invention and what a pie it is. It uses filo pastry, making for a lighter pie which is still as comforting as any pie. It's beautiful with the filo pastry, a dish to quickly make when you have unexpected guests or when it's just you for dinner and need leftovers for tomorrow. Anything goes with this one.

This pie uses a hob to oven frying pan. The Feisty Tapas crew, their fearless leader included, is a bit obsessed with the Tefal Ingenio pans as they have a handy detachable handle and can go straight from the hob to the oven, then you unclip the handle et voilà. Same to get it out, it has a tight grip so it's great for clumsy people like me. 

The Tefal Ingenio 26 cm frying pan is ideal for this pie (and the one I used).

If you don't have a frying pan that can go in the oven, just make the mix in a normal frying pan and transfer to an oven dish.

Ready for the recipe?

Monday, 17 October 2016

All-in-One Pressure Cooker Sausage and Tomato Pasta in the Instant Pot

All-in-One Pressure Cooker Sausage and Tomato Pasta in the Instant PotThis All-in-One Pressure Cooker Sausage and Tomato Pasta was improvised today in the Instant Pot for the little Tapita's dinner, it went down so well that I thought I'd share it with you all. Even better, there are leftovers.

The little Tapita very excitedly proclaimed that the sauce and the pasta taste like dumplings. She's very into dumplings since we have a dumpling man at Ely Market on Saturdays.

I used Heck's Chicken Italia sausages, they are very thin, like chipolatas, if you are using thicker sausages, make sure you fry them really well otherwise they may not be quite cooked in the short time it takes to cook the pasta.

I have another one pot pasta recipe for the Instant Pot right here. And a fabulous Mac and Cheese recipe here. Soon I'll publish my one pot Tuna Pasta too. All my Instant Pot recipes are right here, all with UK ingredients and measurements.

Ready for the recipe?

Vanessa and Gill's Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Christmas Pudding

Vanessa and Gill's Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Christmas Pudding
First of all I have to confess to not liking Christmas Pudding. Anything with candied or dried fruit has never been my thing so I am delegating this one to our fabulous Feisty Tapas Christmas Fairy, Vanessa, and the rather lovely Gill. You will recognise both names from the Feisty Tapas communities. Last year, armed with the recipe that Gill's mother used to make every year, Vanessa made this Christmas pudding and advised a ton of people on theirs. This year we are recording it here for posterity (and adding the link to the Christmas Makes post). Christmas Pudding made easy in your Instant Pot. 

This Christmas Pudding is part of the list of Feisty Tapas Christmas Makes. Have you started your Lime Pickle??

Before I forget, please feel free to play a bit with the ingredients, add things at the back of the cupboard that need using up even.

By the way, Stir-Up Sunday falls on November 20th this year. Only 5 days before the new Gilmore Girls is out (who else is as excited as me?).

What is Stir-Up Sunday? Traditionally the day the pudding mix is prepared and it starts soaking in booze. It is the traditional day for everybody in the family to take a turn at stirring the pudding while making a wish. It needs to be stirred both in a clockwise and anticlockwise direction.

You don't have to wait until Stir-Up Sunday though, you can do it any time before that. Starting now, when you have time in your hands and all the ingredients, that's the time to start your Instant Pot Christmas Pudding. Plus you want to get your fruit soaking in booze for that "plumptiousness".

In fact, NOW is the moment to start soaking the fruit in booze.

These are the stages:
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