Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lemony Mince in Oyster Sauce with Pot in Pot (PIP) Rice

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lemony Mince in Oyster Sauce with Pot in Pot (PIP) Rice

When I scribbled notes for this recipe, I entitled it Tasty Mince with a Feisty Kick. As you may know by now, there are days when I am all about flavours. I like to look at what's in the fridge and in the cupboard and improvise. This happened during one of those day, also known as the day after I received two pudding basins to play with my Instant Pot so, clearly, something had to happen pot in pot. Right?

So, what is Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking? I have a whole post about it right here. It really is not very difficult and, once you have the hang of it, you'll love it and will be thinking ahead to decide what else you can cook in your Instant Pot at the same time as your normal meals.


I used this Arga Pudding Mould (perfect for Crème Caramel too) but to be honest it is quite flimsy for the price. Although at the same time fantastic for Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking. You could use any bowl that fits in your Instant Pot, always bearing in mind the requirements. And a taller trivet is handy to have. Find all details of the dimensions you need in my What is Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking post.

You can totally cook this Lemony Mince in Oyster Sauce without the PIP rice of course! The mince is totally worth it as it's so full of flavour. Or you could replace the rice with quartered potatoes in the pot-in-pot bowl and almost cover them with water then proceed as below (pretend they are the rice). In fact this is great for those of you wanting to make cottage pie. Can I feel a new recipe coming soon?

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What is Instant Pot Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking?


What is Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking? 

Pot-in-pot (PIP) cooking basically means cooking something inside a pot (or bowl) that is then placed inside your Instant Pot's inner pot. Pot in pot. In this case "a pot inside the inner pot". 

The bowl is placed on a trivet, with water underneath to generate the necessary steam. It can also be used for layered cooking: imagine your cottage pie mix cooking in the inner pot underneath the trivet and the potatoes for the mash cooking at the same time in a bowl placed on the trivet. 


This method maximises the space in your Instant Pot and your energy use! When you're ready to try it, make sure you give my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lemony Mince in Oyster Sauce with Pot-in-Pot (PIP) Rice.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Instant Pot Ox Cheeks in Stout


#InstantPot Ox Cheeks in Stout - Super easy pressure cooker stew

Ox cheeks are a cut best braised (first fried and then slow cooked for hours) or fantastic pressure cooked, so easy in the Instant Pot. The meat becomes melt-in-the-mouth tender.

You will find ox cheeks in your local good butcher, Waitrose also has them.

This was my first try with ox cheeks and I have to say: do not try to slice or dice them (it's mission impossible). Leave them whole. They are very sinewy raw but that all disintegrates when pressure cooking, leaving you with fork-tender meat.

A tip: porcini and in general dried mushrooms can be quite expensive. I got mine from Grape Tree in town. I think a 40 g bag was £1. If you have one nearby it's worth going in for the raw cashews and the big buckets of herbs and spices, which tend to be 3 for 2.

Don't forget you can find all my Instant Pot recipes here.

Ready for the recipe? I know Alli is. Here you go Alli, I'm not keeping you waiting any longer.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Vegetable and Pasta Soup with Ham Stock

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Vegetable and Pasta Soup with Ham Stock

Cooking gammon in the Instant Pot is easy, painless and, above all, tasty. Instant Pot ham though is not great for my waist line as I seem to snack on it all day (particularly good dipped in Quirky Cooking's BBQ Sauce if you haven't glazed it!). In my defence, it's really, really nice and well, it's there in the fridge, all I have to do is pinch a bit.

There are two ways of cooking Instant Pot ham, all details here. For this recipe I use the second method detailed in that post, so that I get lots of lovely stock for other uses. This Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Vegetable and Pasta Soup with Ham Stock offers a quick and delicious use for it.

The other day I blogged a delicious Instant Pot Ham and Cabbage Soup also perfect for leftover gammon stock.

This is a very simple recipe, one of those I quickly give the method for in my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group, in fact you probably remember it from something like Autumn 2015! I cook this type of thing regularly (it's also great with chicken stock) as it makes life easier but I never blog it because, well, it's so easy and simple that it seems overkill but I've been thinking lately that it's worth writing down these things too even if the photos aren't that great because they are great mid-week dishes that are handy for using up ingredients from the fridge.

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Monday, 6 February 2017

Cheesy Chorizo Crustless Quiche (Thermomix and conventional instructions)

Cheesy Chorizo Crustless Quiche (Thermomix and conventional instructions)

You know I love chorizo, right? I also love using up ingredients, a bit of thriftiness and not throwing much away. A crustless quiche such as this one is quick to make, can use up a lot of what you may have in the fridge and is very versatile as you can add the ingredients you fancy. If, like this Cheesy Chorizo Crustless Quiche, you make it in a cake tin, it will look beautiful when you have guests or you need to take something to someone's house but don't have much time in your hands. It even allows you to get ready while it's in the oven and it will cool down on the way to theirs. 

The Thermomix makes this Cheesy Chorizo Crustless Quiche a breeze. If you have a chopper it will also take no time. I have included conventional instructions for those of you who don't have a Thermomix.

I call this crustless quiche but you could also call it omelette. I've blogged a few similar recipes before, like this Thermomix Crustless Quiche and these Thermomix Savoury Ham Hock Egg Muffins

It's especially delicious with a cup of coffee for a savoury breakfast. It will make a beautiful starter or even canapé if you cut it into large squares and use cocktail sticks to serve them neatly on a plate, you can even call it Tapas.


Cheesy Chorizo Crustless Quiche (Thermomix and conventional instructions)

Don't forget you can find all my Thermomix recipes here and, if you're in the UK, my Thermo Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group is here

Could you cook this in the Instant Pot? I bet you could. I'd probably give it about 25 to 30 minutes on the trivet with natural release. Shall we try it soon?

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Helen's Instant Pot Chinese Chicken and Mushroom

Helen's Instant Pot Chinese Chicken and Mushroom

Helen's Instant Pot Chinese Chicken and Mushroom is a delicious dish with lots of flavour. An easy mid-week dish, nice and warming for this time of the year. 

In Helen's words: blooming delish. Who is Helen? Helen is a lovely member of the Feisty Tapas communities, of course.

Dotted around this post you will find photos of Helen's Chinese Chicken and Mushroom as well as Vanessa's, who you all know as the Feisty Tapas Christmas Fairy.

You'll find all my Instant Pot recipes here

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Instant Pot Ham and Cabbage Soup


I love soup. During the winter I could easily survive on soup alone! This Instant Pot Ham and Cabbage Soup is particularly delicious and warming (and man it's cold outside at the moment, our street was covered in ice this morning!).

Cooking gammon in the Instant Pot is a doddle, I have in fact posted How to cook a gammon joint/ham in the Instant Pot before. The ham stock from cooking gammon is delicious and you really want to make the most of it. If you already have gammon stock, skip straight to step 2. 

You could totally add chickpeas, butter beans or borlotti beans to this soup to bulk it up. In that case, cook the beans from dry first, your Instant Pot cookbook has timings. If they are from a tin, just drain and rinse and add in step 2 with the rest of the ingredients.

If you don't have an Instant Pot yet, make sure you check it out! The Instant Pot DUO 7 in 1 6 litres, the one shown in these photos, not only pressure cooks, slow cooks, steams and sautés, it also makes yoghurt and can proof your bread. It also comes in an 8 litre version. New on the market is v3 of the LUX 6 in 1 which may not make yoghurt but can pressure cook up to a whopping 240 minutes, perfect for those of you who like cooking bone broth.

If you're based in the UK, make sure you join my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group and, if you're international, you can find me at Kitchen Gadgetry with Feisty Tapas, the group that can easily cause a hole in your pocket but is so much fun! As Instant Pot's social media girl, you can also find me running the official Instant Pot UK Community.

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