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.

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:

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Instant Pot All-in-One Lamb Shanks with New Potatoes and Chantenay Carrots

You know those days when you’re feeling organised and you’re going to cook a particular recipe and then realise you’re missing key ingredients and in fact you have certain other ingredients that could do with using up… Add to that an inability to follow recipes to the letter and you end up with something like these pressure cooked All-in-One Lamb Shanks with New Potatoes and Chantenay Carrots, made simple by my Instant Pot.

What was supposed to be Nic’s Lamb Kleftiko, somehow it became something else altogether but it was so tasty (and actually way easier than I thought) that it is worth sharing. The potatoes and carrots absorb the juices from the lamb shanks.

I don’t cook lamb very often as husband does’t like it. I did have my concerns that the new potatoes and chantenay carrots would be overcooked so I left some out to steam separately but it turned out they had not turned into mush at all and were deliciously tender, so was the lamb.

You will find all my Instant Pot recipes here and, if you're a newbie, you will find my guide to get started here.

Ready for the recipe?

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Chocolatey Beef Stew

Did you know there's such a thing as a National Chocolate Week? There is, and it's right now. Not that I need an excuse to celebrate or eat chocolate any day of the year! In this household the chocolate we buy regularly is Lind'ts 85%. That's dark, very dark. But the little Tapita absolutely loves it. The other day I had the chocolate next to the beef I was buying in my basket at the supermarket and I thought to myself: "well, husband does add cocoa to his chilli, doesn't he?".

This Chocolatey Beef Stew makes a luscious sauce, enjoy with a nice glass of red wine if you can. Or a beer. Can you tell I am still off the alcohol due to my meds? At least I can eat chocolate, in everything it would appear.

I made this in my Instant Pot, you can make it in your stove-top pressure cooker if you have one. I like the Instant Pot because I don't have to babysit it, I just leave it to it and I get on with life (or with putting my feet up). You will find all my Instant Pot recipes here and, if you're a newbie, you will find my guide to get started here.

Ready to give it a go?

Friday, 30 September 2016

How to pressure cook a gammon joint/ham in the Instant Pot

How to pressure cook a gammon joint/ham in the Instant Pot Pressure cooking a gammon joint or ham in your Instant Pot is easy and so tasty. Of course you can also apply this method to bacon joints and ham hocks.

First of all, you might be wondering what is the difference between gammon and ham? It's as easy as gammon is ham in its raw state. Once gammon is cooked or cured, it is called ham. So, in order to have ham, you need gammon.

There are several methods to pressure cook your gammon to turn it into ham. Catherine Phipps' rule of thumb is to allow 10 minutes at high pressure per 500g for a sliceable ham, as the Instant Pot works at a lower psi, add a few minutes minutes to the time, making it more like 11 minutes per 500g, if you want to be on the safe side increase it to 15 (Marie, regular of the Feisty Tapas communities, reckons 15 minutes per lb, one lb is about 453 g). If you want a shreddable ham, increase the time even more.

I cook my 700 g gammon joints for 18 minutes. I know this is longer than the times stated above but it works for me every time as I tend to buy the same size joint. You can do more than one joint at the same time, I tend to do three 700 g joints in 18 minutes (mainly because Ocado tends to have 700 g gammon joints on offer). Increase the time for bigger joints. 

If you haven't got Catherine Phipps' book, The Pressure Cooker Book, it really is worth buying. All recipes have familiar ingredients and measurements for UK Instant Pot users.

The beauty of the Instant Pot is that you can leave it unattended, no need to babysit it and, do not fret, there is no rattling and no hissing. It's silent. It's sturdy. It's very safe.

I tend to use unsmoked gammon joints. If yours is smoked, you can soak it but it might not be necessary. One way to tell if a smoked gammon needs soaking is by cutting a small bit off and quickly frying it until cooked, then tasting it, if it's not too salty, no need to soak. If it's only slightly salty, you can just boil it in fresh water, discard that water. Otherwise soak it.

Who fancies Ham, Egg and Chips then? As long as you don't forget that having cooked ham in your fridge is handy for adding to risottos, pasta sauces, pizzas or even just to snack on!

My two main methods to pressure cook a gammon joint or ham in your Instant Pot are:

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Chicken, serrano ham, mushroom stew - Pressure cooker, Instant Pot or conventional cooking

Chicken, serrano ham, mushroom stew - Pressure cooker, Instant Pot or conventional cooking
I am a big fan of serrano ham, it's right up there with chorizo (chorizo being the clear winner as you may have gathered from previous recipes). In particular I love serrano ham with very garlicky mushrooms (recipe here). So this Chicken, Serrano Ham, Mushroom Stew was bound to happen sooner or later.

I own an electric pressure cooker (which also slow cooks, etc.), mine is an Instant Pot and I love it for the convenience of being able to walk away from it, it means I can programme it and walk away from it without having to hang around for it to hiss and then set a timer (so, if you're making this in a stove-top pressure cooker, all you need to do is hang around and programme the time, which should be the same). All my Instant Pot and pressure cooking recipes are right here.

If you're making it the conventional way or on a slow cooker, just follow the first sauteing/frying steps and let it run for a few hours in your slow cooker.

Serve this with mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash, vegetables, whatever takes your fancy but don't forget a good slice of crusty bread to dip in that lovely sauce.

Don't forget to join my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group over on Facebook.


Monday, 29 August 2016

And then there were four... Feisty Tapas groups

If you have been following my journey with Feisty Tapas for a while, you'll know I absolutely love the interaction and sense of community that Facebook groups provide. So, it probably is no surprise that I now run four Feisty Tapas groups. Yes, you read right, FOUR. All groups are Closed so your participation in them will not show on your friends' feeds unless your friends are also members.

Over the last few years Feisty Tapas has changed a lot. It has gone from a space just for me to put my thoughts out there as a new mummy to a whole community. Very focused on kitchen gadgets, we make sure that the ones worth the money get used. But not just that, we also focus on health and living life, whatever it throws at you.

I sometimes receive messages and comments from old readers, the ones who have known the blog since its beginnings, when I didn't think anyone was reading. Those messages and comments mention the blog in its previous format. One in particular stuck with me. It said something like "I miss your chatty posts". It took me a while to realise that the chatty posts hadn't disappeared. They had just moved. To my Facebook groups to be exact. Or to one Facebook group at the beginning. Then to another one. Then to another one. 

My Facebook groups have become a bit of a microblogging platform for me. 

Two of my groups are still restricted to the UK, why? Well, so that we can make moments like this happen...
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