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Testing out Tefal’s ‘Cook4me’

You might have read that I’ve been experimenting with a few kitchen gadgets and cookware recently. The latest of these was the very nifty ‘Cook4me’. Tefal kindly hosted an event at a fab apartment near Old Street, where some lovely bloggers and I had the chance to try it out, by cooking (and eating!) a three course meal using it. The Cook4me is a bit like the pressure cookers of times gone by, but much easier to use, as you don’t have to control the pressure/steam. It has 5 cooking settings in total, allowing you to pressure-cook, steam, brown, simmer, or reheat your meals. We were split into two groups to try a variety of dishes. Sophie, Binny and I started by making Asian Pork Meatballs. We constructed them in the usual way of making meatballs, (along with shiitake mushrooms which was a nice touch) and just popped them straight into the Cook4me. I’m used to adding breadcrumbs (or in desperate times, just some crushed up weetabix!) to hold the meatballs together, but this was obviously a …

All Things Cheese (and Cider!) At Royal Bath & West Show

Earlier in the week, I wrote about our trip to the Royal Bath & West Show last weekend. We were invited by Barber’s Cheesemakers, a Somerset family business which was established in the early 1800’s. Their farms now comprise of 3000 acres of land with 2000 Holstein Friesian cows. Their flagship product is the 1833 Vintage Reserve, which we ate a LOT of at the Royal Bath & West Show. Only a few of their vats each month are deemed good enough to be matured for 24 months to reach its full potential. And my goodness, it was a delicious and strong cheddar. As Barber’s explain, although the cheese retains a distinctive smooth and creamy background, it often has a slightly crunchy texture. This is the result of the natural development of calcium lactate crystals late in the ageing process.     Upon arriving at the show ground, after a very eventful taxi journey with a driver that I can only describe as being like the mad aunt from Greg Davies’ ‘Man Down’, we were greeted by …

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant Pop-Up

Just a quick post to let my fellow Londoners know that there’s a Jamie’s Fifteen Pop Up going on at Old Street Station today! My very first cookbook was Jamie Oliver’s ‘The Naked Chef’ – I can still vividly remember queuing up outside Hammicks bookshop in Harrogate, about 12 or 13 years old, waiting to meet the man himself to get my book signed. He called me “sweetheart” and I’ve loved him ever since – that book is still sitting proudly on my bookshelf! I’m pretty sure it was him that got me into cooking in the first place, and in fact, inspired my generation to get into the kitchen. Prior to that, chefs on TV had always been older and frumpy. He made cooking ‘cool’! I saw the pop-up being talked about on social media yesterday, so I thought I’d head over during my lunch hour. I was actually expecting them to be selling food from there, but it’s more of an exhibition about how the restaurant started and the stories of its staff. …