June “In My Kitchen”

Summer and an extremely busy work schedule have both hit at the same time. I am spending less time in my kitchen and so (unfortunately) there isn’t a lot going on there at the moment. It’s the season of what I call “non cooking”. What is that? Fresh vegetables simply cooked or raw, dressed lightly, and served at their peak. With a bit of wonderful bread or toast, and meat quickly cooked on the BBQ, it’s a dinner fit for kings and queens.

There is one new thing in my kitchen and I would love to hear ideas on how to use it from you good readers.

Fagor LUX Multicooker

Fagor LUX Multicooker

This is supposed to do it all…make yogurt, be a rice cooker, slow cooker, and pressure cooker all in one. It’s actually the first and last items that got my interest. I love yogurt but haven’t made my own in years, it’s time. I just purchased a new cookbook “Yogurt” by Ann FletcherIMG_3303

and am looking forward to experimenting. Does anyone have the cookbook? Any favorites or tips for making yogurt?

I’ve been hearing more and more about bone broth made in a pressure cooker. My mother had a pressure cooker, one of those ones that you put on the stove with a little whistling cap on top. It terrified me. The Fagor looks safer and easier to use for the faint of heart. If you have any good recipes using a pressure cooker, I would love to hear about them.

I am looking forward to reading the other posts on “In My Kitchen“, there is usually a lot of activity in kitchens around the world. You can read all about it in posts listed at Celia’s place, Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.

35 thoughts on “June “In My Kitchen”

  1. Hi Liz, I bought one of those gadgets last year which promises many things. I really wanted to use the pressure cooker but I don’t trust it. Either that or it’s not working properly.
    With regard tot yoghurt, I make it the old way in a Chinese thermos. It works well. Celia also has an excellent recipe on her blog.

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  2. Hi Liz, Bone broth is a just trendy title for good old fashioned stock!! I have never used a pressure cooker, I do everything longhand but every now and then I’m tempted. Keep us posted with about how you like your new toy

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  3. It’s funny reading your post. Last night I told Mr Tiffin that when I get my new kitchen, I’m going to invest in a pressure cooker. I am also scared to death of them as my mum also had/has one of the old fashioned varieties. I’m going to push past that fear though ; )

    Always interesting to see what’s going on xxx

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  4. Wow! That looks like one complex machine. I think I would give up after reading page 1 of the manual. Would love to hear how you get on with this machine. And Sandra (ladyredspecks) is right – bone broth is simply a trendy way of saying good old fashioned “broth”. I like making it the slow way – satisfying aromas fill the kitchen.

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  5. I’ve been experimenting with my new little pressure cooker, I bought it recently, it’s one that you put on the hob/stove. I saw these electric ones when I was researching though, I’d be interested to know how you get on, especially making yoghurt.

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  6. Liz, that is one versatile kitchen appliance! I’ve never seen one with so many functions — very cool. I was always “askaird” of the old pressure cookers, too! This seems more user friendly. 🙂 Loved your summer “menu” — that’s the best kind of eating (and non-cooking!) there is.

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  7. I have similar machine which I love! It has replaced my slow cooker which cooked at way too high a temperature. No need to worry about the pressure cooker as it won’t even start if you don’t have the lid on properly. Last week I cooked corned silverside (probably salt beef to you) in less than 45 minutes and it was perfect. So many things you can do with it.

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  8. I grew up fearing the pressure cooker! As I would bounce around the kitchen and it would hiss my mother would caution me that I needed to be careful! I am very curious on your new appliance. I would love to make my own yogurt. I’m so tired of the stuff that tastes like artificial sweetner. Your salad looks delicious and just perfect for summer.

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