If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’m not the kind of person who has a pantry full of ingredients I only ever use once or twice in a blue moon. I’m all for using an armful of pantry essentials that feature in the majority of my dishes (it saves me time searching, keeps things fresh, plus saves on food waste!). The same goes with my kitchen appliances – I like tools and gadgets that can perform double-duty. And you know what can really pull its weight come dinnertime? A rice cooker! Yep, this humble cooking helper that’s a staple in many kitchens the world over isn’t just reserved for your jasmine, basmati and sticky, my friends. Nope, many modern-day rice cookers have a whole host of other functions to have you nodding your head in silent approval.
Cue a productive test day in the kitchen armed with my trusty rice cooker (courtesy of our friends over at Panasonic, thanks v much), where I set myself the task of cooking ribs, a braised dish and dessert. In the one appliance. How did I get on? Let’s take a closer look at the deliciousness I created…
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Could this be one of my favourite rice cooker recipes? These sticky pork ribs are inspired by Chinese flavours, and are absolutely worth getting messy for. And they’re cooked in less time than more traditional methods – result! Sweet, rich and downright delicious. It doesn’t get much better.
I really put the appliance through its paces by making a hearty curry. This dish is so layered with flavour and Indian spices, and boasts tender, fall-apart beef and a savoury gravy sauce. It really has to be tried to be believed. Bulk it out and make it go further by serving it with a side of steamed rice or naan bread.
Fluffy, light and packed with summer fruits, this steamed berry cake is one perfect pudding. The ultimate set and forget recipe, you’ll have dessert on the table without breaking a sweat.
Hope you enjoy these recipes!
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