I love cooking. It was something I came to a bit later in life; I lived by myself for most of my 20s, and dinner was often at a restaurant, or a ready meal, or an omelette before heading out to a gig. Then, once I had met TheBloke (TM), he did most of the cooking (once he went out for the evening, leaving me instructions on how to pierce the plastic on a ready meal, such was his confidence in my culinary abilities).
But over time, I started to be more interested in food, to the point that I’d almost call it a hobby. I’m still not brilliant at it, and have my share of disasters (my stuffed cabbage once made TheBloke (TM) physically retch), but I’m getting there.
I’m also a sucker for a gadget. This is not specifically related to cooking. I have gadgets for pretty much everything. I have a robot hoover. An on-the-go charger for my mobile. Two Alexas. If it’s gadgety, I probably have it.
A lot of gadgets get used once or twice and then find the back of the cupboard, where they tend to stay. (Chef’s blowtorch, anyone?) But my Instant Pot. Oh, my lovely, lovely Instant Pot. I must use this at least twice a week, sometimes twice a day.
An Instant Pot is basically a very safe, electric pressure cooker. I used to use my slow cooker a lot, but when it started not working properly, I replaced it with the Instant Pot, which has a slow cooker function, in addition to about eight other functions (yoghurt maker, saute, soup maker,
One of my
Nunn the Wiser’s Instant Pot Chinese Ginger and Garlic Beef
Ingredients (Serves 2 hungry adults with leftovers for the next day, or a lighter meal for 4):
1 pack of diced beef (approx 400g), seasoned liberally with pepper (you can also use still-frozen beef because the Instant Pot is freaking amazing)
1/3 pack of frozen onions (or 1 fresh onion, diced)
1/3 pack frozen bell peppers (or 2 bell peppers, sliced)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons cornflour, mixed with 2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons minced garlic (I use frozen)
2 tablespoons minced ginger (I use frozen)
300ml chicken or beef stock
The best part about this is there is no need for any method, plus
Serve over noodles or rice. Pick out the onion bits for before attempting to give it to your children. Eat.
NB This post is an entry for the #MeatMatters Challenge, sponsored by Simply Beef and Lamb. Learn more about the benefits of cooking and eating beef and lamb, along with recipe ideas and inspiration here: https://www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk