Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The Orla Kiely apron for The Great Sport Relief Bake Off

Calling all Orla Kiely fans. This gorgeous Sport Relief apron is now available to buy from TKMaxx both in store and online here, Homesense stores and Sport Relief. It retails at £12.99, with at least £5.25 going to Sport Relief. There are also matching tea towels in two designs on sale at £4.99 (£2.50 goes to charity). Meghan from the Feisty Tapas Facebook communities has had the awesome idea of buying both the apron and the matching tea towel (which she has already done) and use the tea towel to sew a pocket onto the apron.

The winners of the The Great Sport Relief Bake Off will receive one each night so you can pretend to be a bake-off star in the comfort of your own home. The The Great Sport Relief Bake Off starts today, Wednesday 27th January, at 8.30pm on BBC1. If you are a member of the Feisty Tapas Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas, Rosemary is sure to remind you later! Thank you Rosemary for the daily "what food programmes to watch" updates.

My apron was sent to me to help promote it, I am a huge Orla Kiely fan so I'm very excited and Sport Relief is a very good cause! I will donate the money it would have cost me (£12.99) to buy the apron to Sport Relief aaaand, the moment 20 of you buy one of these and share a photo as proof, I will share a photo of me wearing it. 

If 50 of you buy it and share a photo, I'll pose for a photo while pulling a silly face. You all know I don't do cameras, right??? Aaaaand, the big one...

Monday, 25 January 2016

Dairy Free Chocolate Beetroot Cake - Thermomix

Deliciously moist and chocolatey Thermomix cakeIt was the fantastic Dave who put me onto a moist recipe for chocolate cake last week, it used beetroot and I just had to try it! I reduced the sugar a fair bit and adapted it to my use my Thermomix. This Dairy Free Chocolate Beetroot Cake is delicious and easy peasy.

I posted a photo of a slice of this cake on my Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group and there were many requests for the recipe so here is what I did because you should all try this Dairy Free Chocolate Beetroot Cake as soon as you can and, in fact, if one of you could make it with your favourite GF stuff, I’d be most grateful for the feedback.

PS- If you are in the UK with your Thermomix, Kenwood KCook, KitchenAid Cook Processor, Tefal Cuisine Companion, Lakeland Multichef, Lidl Monsieur Cuisine, Aldi’s Multi Chef, etc, make sure you come join my Thermo Cooking UK Facebook group. It’s full of lovely people who support each other and it will get you using it regularly, we will also hold your hand during those first few weeks of ownership and through the difficult dishes because my Facebook communities have two mottos: there are no silly questions and we all learn together!

We also bake cake together so here we go, ready for the recipe?

Fran A's Sticky Sesame Chicken - Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot

Chicken thigh fillets, garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, chilli sauce, light soy sauce, rice wine... all combine to make a tender and delicious chicken dishThe Feisty Tapas community is on fire lately, full of creative recipes, putting me to shame with my lack of energy as I learn a whole new concept for someone like me "pacing myself". Basically, it means turning 42 years of "me" upside down and starting small, saving energy for the next day, the next hour even, constantly saving spoons in my energy bank. This Sticky Sesame Chicken, extra quick in an Instant Pot or the pressure cooker you may have, is an extra special dish for days when I really need to cook an easy dinner, the meat is so tender you'll think you're dining out rather than at home. Thanks Fran A!

Fran A cooked this with chicken breasts but, thanks to the likes of the lovely Pip (you will know Pip if you're a member of the Feisty Tapas Facebook communities) and the awesome Catherine Phipps, writer of the The Pressure Cooker Book (a bit like the bible for us pressure cooking peeps based in the UK), I am very aware of the issues surrounding chicken breasts and pressure cooking so I went for chicken thigh fillets and I'm so glad I did as the meat was so tender. Mr Tapas rated this dish both with a "very nice" and an actual thumbs up so it had to go on the blog!

Many of us instantpotters are also thermomixers and thermocookers. It's not all my fault, until a few members started raving about their Instant Pots in my Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group, I was none the wiser to this fabulous kitchen gadget. I just contributed by falling in love with it when Instant Pot in the UK sent me one to try. So in this one I provide both conventional and Thermomix steps for the sauce as I used my Thermomix (the 31 to be exact to help me).

To be fair, British pressure cooking authority Catherine Phipps herself says in her book that it's important to have a good blender along with your pressure cooker.

Don't forget that I run the Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group over on Facebook. It's a UK-focused group so that we have a space where can all use measurements, terminology (ingredients, supermarket names, etc.) and prices that we all are familiar with.

Oh and don't forget the awesome Feisty Tapas Instant Pot offer, click here to see it! It keeps being renewed so please always click through to check the latest one before ordering.

You'll find the rest of my pressure cooker/Instant Pot recipes here, if you haven't tried Jayson's Mac and Cheese you really really need to!

Ready for the recipe?

Monday, 21 December 2015

Spanish Chocolate Turrón (Turrón de chocolate tipo Suchard) - Thermomix method

Chocolate turrón: 250 g Lindt Cooking Chocolate 70%, 125 g Nutella or hazelnut chocolate spread, 50 g Rice Krispies or equivalentTurrón de chocolate de Suchard is a Spanish classic. No nuts. No fancy pants ingredients. This one is fantastic to make with the children as a Christmas treat. Now, the little Tapita quite likes darker chocolate so you may want to adapt this to have for example 225 g chocolate and 150 g Nutella instead of course (and then run back and tell me how it worked out).

For more Christmas Makes, make sure you check out this post with a list of things that the members of my Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group have been making.

Of course you could make this in a bowl on the stove over a pan of hot water, it will be very easy to work out what to do.

If you have a Thermomix and you are in the UK, don't forget to join my Facebook group here.


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Feisty Tapas Advent Calendar Facebook Group giveaway Day 9: Win an Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1

Feisty Tapas Advent Calendar Facebook Group giveaway Day 9: Win an Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1
Win an Instant Pot just like this one
I have been running an Advent Calendar in my Feisty Tapas Facebook groups (Thermo Cooking UK and Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas), on the days that I've remembered! Blame the Spaniard in me who didn't grow up with advent calendars (you can also blame the freelancing work-at-home mum who doesn't know which day it is anymore).

The other day a lovely member, who you all know rather well by now, offered me a brand new, still-in-the-box Instant Pot like this one as a prize. At first I told him that it was too generous an offer but well, you know him, he wouldn't take no for an answer.

To enter you need to be a member of one of my Facebook groups (the two stated above) and be signed up to receive the Feisty Tapas newsleter, which you can do easily here.

If you are not a winner, don't forget the awesome Feisty Tapas Instant Pot offer, now extended until the end of January 2016! A massive saving, a couple of freebies, basically the best Instant Pot in the UK, find out more here.

In the meantime, you can check out what you can cook in this wonderpot here.

Ready to enter?

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Jayson's Pressure Cooked Mac and Cheese (includes Instant Pot instructions)

3 cups macaroni (390 g), 2 cups chicken stock (500 ml), 1 cup milk (250 ml), 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (35 g), 1 teaspoon mustard of choice (optional), Half teaspoon smoked paprika, Half teaspoon garlic minced/crushed, One quarter teaspoon sea salt (optional, I personally don't add it as it becomes too salty for the Tapas' family taste), 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (30 g), 2 cups grated cheese (195 g) (I used mature cheddar)The eponymous Jayson of Jayson's Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Mac and Cheese is a lovely member of the Feisty Tapas community. A member of both my Facebook groups (Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas and Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas), he is is known as the Master of all Gadgets. He is in fact one of the peeps who first introduced us to the Instant Pot by regularly mentioning it in the Thermo Cooking group.

I make this Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1 as that is the pressure cooker I have but you can adapt it to any presssure cooker really. Don't forget that I have an awesome offer for an Instant Pot just like mine over here (the best Instant Pot offer in the UK in fact!) and, as I mentioned above, I have a Pressure Cooking group on Facebook now targeted to us UK-based owners so that supermarket names, ingredient names and measurements are familiar!

This Mac and Cheese is really really good and so so easy to make, you won't believe just how easy in fact. He is American so he clearly knows his Mac and Cheese!

I have made it twice and I have added my tips and UK measurements as his recipe was in cups.

Jayson says: It works every time you don't need to use stock u can just use water as long as it's 3 cups! The paprika can be left out or replaced with wasabi! Which is also good!!

If you think it makes too much: first wait until you taste it, then think that you can freeze it in portions and reheat on the stove if you add a little milk.

By the way, you can find all my Instant Pot / pressure cooker recipes right here.


Friday, 4 December 2015

Perfect Christmas Makes with or without your Thermomix

The Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas list of Christmas makes, food and giftsMy Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group comes with its own Christmas Fairy, her name is Vanessa and she sparkles with festive joy. She's been getting everyone preparing their Christmas hampers for a few weeks now (since about September believe it or not!).

I actually owe a huge thank you to Vanessa, my health isn't great at the moment and she stepped in just when I most needed her, keeping interaction going and everyone organised. I got to say this in person the other day but wanted to say it here too.

This post is likely to be regularly updated with information and recipes so do please keep an eye out!

Of course, you may not want to give everything away, I would suggest keeping the fudge and the chocolate liqueur!

There are a lot of references to the Fast & Easy Indian Cooking book, in the UK you can buy it from Thermomix UK or Australia (if you're in Oz you can buy it here), if you're in a different country, check your local Thermomix office just in case, they might sell it.

Do you need something that is not in this list? Let me know what it is and I'll ask the Feisty Tapas community if I don't know the answer.

If you need pretty labels, the Jam Labelizer website is free to design and the result is rather good.

Ready? I promise you this is a really good compilation, thank you to everyone who has been providing their feedback and photos for the chosen recipes.

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