Cooking under pressure

The other day I saw a huge stack of Bellini multifunction cookers in front of Target. Of course the black and sleek packaging and design caught my eye and I stood there having a look at what they were selling. It was an all in one pressure, rice, porridge, cake, steam and slow cooker. It was half price so I really couldn't resist. I plonked it in front of the pram and the toddler walked.

I tried it with rice yesterday and it was fine but wasn't happy about how loud it was as it let out the steam and it spurted rice water over the lid so it doesn't win any gongs in that department. However, I made 15min soy chicken for lunch today so I was really pleased with that. In fact, I don't know how I lived without a pressure cooker for so long! I use to cringe about how it would take me 30mins at least to make a meal and now I can go from frozen to the table in about 25mins. How awesome!

I made this soy chicken using 8 drumsticks, 1/2 cup soy, 1 cup of vegetable stock and set it to on-demand pressure. It tasted really yummy and the kids enjoyed the soft chicken and I spooned the sauce over their rice. Mmmmmm.

Last week I made this Lemon Syrup Coconut Cake freely supplied on the back of the caster sugar packet. I must admit it had too much butter but I went ahead and made it anyway. I think it turned out pretty good. The kids didn't like it though as it wasn't sweet. I liked it but couldn't eat it all by myself. It tastes really good with icecream though.

It came out moist and evenly baked for once. It was a bit too coconutty for me so next time if I make this I'll leave it out. For now I think we'll stick to chocolate cakes.

Hope you're having a good week. I've been nursing sick children and the baby is really clingy so nothing much is getting done. I'm looking to more pressure cooker meals to come. I'm a little glad it's Winter so I can indulge in soups and casseroles.

Send me your pressure cooker recipes if you have any or can recommend any good books.


  1. Hi Kim, I just did what you did and bought thBellini from Target. I'm already in possession of a Cruisinart but thought I would get this for the cottage at Wallaroos, amazed it has no trident or basket so unsure how to cook with this as no recipe book. Also how do you cook a cake in it and do you use a cake tin?
    Susie Kyle


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