A couple of weeks ago I took delivery of the very exciting Tefal Cook4Me Intelligent Multi Cooker.
It took me right back to when my Nan got her first microwave. I remember being sat in her kitchen listening to her chat to my Mum and Dad, saying I don’t trust it, but its all the rage. At the time hardly anyone had a microwave, they were so new to the market. I must have been about 7, and remember being amazed by this huge square cooking machine. I was so excited about Christmas dinner, as my Nan planned to cook the vegetables in the new fangled microwave to make life easier.
Don’t get me wrong the Cook4Me is NOTHING like a microwave. But it’s the fear factor of something new I remember. I will be honest, I put in on the side, and it looks great. But that’s all I did for a week, look at it and contemplate using it. It sounds silly to say but I felt a little intimidate by it.
I spent a couple of days watching YouTube videos of people whipping up easy meals. I decided to take the plunge, and have a go. The ridiculous thing is I set aside extra time, something you do not need with the Cook4Me.
I made curry for my first recipe, the great thing about the Cook4Me is that it gives you step-by-step instructions and a full recipe list. It makes shopping and cooking so easy, and so super quick. I made a curry, including preparation in 17 minutes, I had to put it on the keep warm setting to wait for the rice!
Next I tried Bolognese, again so very quick and easy. And as I was feeling a little braver I altered the recipe to include a home-made sauce with red wine. It tasted great.
Finally I felt brave enough to commit to photographing my efforts. I choose a Pesto and Chicken Risotto, something I had never made before. I followed the recipe word for word and found it not only quick and easy, but also delicious. Now I am getting used to the cook for me I feel confident enough the mix the recipes up a bit. But that is the beauty of the Cook4Me, it is easy to use and also offers versatility you can usethe recipe as a guideline but also alter it slightly.
This is going to revolutionise midweek cooking for us. Life is always such a rush, but with the Cook4Me you don’t have to set aside as much time for cooking. And because it cooks in a sealed unit, there is no mess. All in all it is a huge hit in the Christie household. Next I am going to try a dessert, yes it even can cooks dessert, so watch this space!