Cook 4 Me

A few weeks ago I headed up to London for an afternoon of cooking with some of my favourite blogging pals. I have to admit when the invite initially landed in my inbox I thought that anything to do with me actually cooking wasn't really going to work. I'm not THAT bad, I'm just it doesn't really come naturally to me and my signature dish is pretty much pasta..

Luckily we were going to be aided by Tefal's new gadget, a 'Cook 4 Me'.

In a nutshell the Cook 4 Me is pretty much the opposite of a slow cooker in that in cooks your dinner fast, super fast! On the day we demonstrated this by cooking a risotto in 8 minutes, something I've replicated since then a couple of times at home. Usually I love the idea of something like risotto but am put off with the fact it takes about 40 minutes of slowly string in wine (Tom would argue this is what he likes about cooking, hiding in the kitchen drinking the wine whilst he's making it ;)).

We were lucky enough to be supplied a machine to take home with us and I thought I'd share a simple meal I made with Wilf using it. Although this meal is listed as a starter in the recipe book I thought it was the perfect weather for a hearty stew. This recipe was for a sausage and bean stew but I replaced the sausages with Quorn ones for a veggie option.

(a little bite taken out by a certain 3 year old before I got to take a pic!)

The machine has a set of inbuilt recipes that you can follow or you can set it to manual and use it like a pressure cooker.

After the stew we decided to make some chocolate molton puddings. This was one of the deserts we made together on the day and I was so impressed with how easy and quickly they could be used by the machine steaming them.

Because I have baby brain I forgot to actually cover these ones with foil before they started steaming but they still worked out OK! The below picture is of the ones we made on the day with Tefal and we also made a poached pear pudding in red wine in less than ten minutes too!

My little helper, all covered in chocolate!

I'm SO impressed with this gadget and I think it will be the perfect thing for when the new baby is born, quick and easy dinners but made from scratch!

I received a 'Tefal Cook 4 Me' for review per purposes but all words and thoughts are my own

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