Pressure Cooker- It Just Gets Better, Chicken Biryani.

To be honest, when I got my pressure cooker I didn’t think I would use it half as much as I do. I love it. When the day comes that the kitchen gets revamped we will live off pressure cooker meals. We cook all sorts in it and it is great. So much more taste than slow cooker meals. There is still a bit of faffing around but once that lid is on and it is doing its thing, there is freedom.


Currently, our favourite thing to cook is Indian Food. I am following the recipes of another blogger, Two Sleevers. She has a great FB group where everyone is very friendly and full of advice. For a while there I was just an observer but I bought the book and it is my most used recipe book. I used it just tonight.


Our dinner this evening was a very good chicken biryani from Two Sleevers book. It didn’t look much, it was marvellous and full of taste. The only things I changed were sneaking in a few frozen mixed vegetables right at the end and using chicken breasts. It was a really decent dinner.

If you are sitting on the fence about getting a pressure cooker, I say do it. You can email me and ask anything. I have a Sunbeam Avia which was on sale at JBHIFI a while ago.

You can see my post about cheesecake in the pressure cooker here.


The new oven, Fisher and Paykel 60cm Single 9 Function Built-in Oven


I sound a little old fashioned but, I am one lucky lady. I have a new oven and I love it. It is mainly mine but I will occasionally share it with other members of my family. I like this photo because you can almost see me.

Our house was renovated by the people who owned it before us. I don’t think they spent much on the fitted oven. When we moved in its thermostat didn’t work. That got fixed and then is has slowly started being very temperamental about which bits it liked to cook. No word of a lie, it started cooking in a diagonal pattern. Our relationship had to come to an end.

I did my research and got slightly rather influenced by friends and food magazines and went for the Fisher & Paykel 60cm Single 9 Function Built-in Oven. I figured if I was buying NZ products I should buy local too. I emailed our local 100% store and got myself a nice deal. It was fitted in and working within the week. Thanks Alan in Johnsonville, great service.

This oven is the bomb. It looks far more space age than it is and is rather easy to use. It has nifty features like a count up to how close the temperature is, preset temperatures for the functions, beeps when ready and the ability to switch between functions. Also, it is clean, oh so clean (must go give it a wipe).  I have been using it for all sort and am having a great time. The best parts so far have been the pastry and the bread, I must blog the bread recipe. Oh and have to add, it is a small BIG oven. The old one was small this is vast.

Any way, a quick snap shot of some of the bounty. Miss Muffin is on a quiche crusade, the strange child would eat quiche every day if she could.


* would like to add that have been in no way asked to write this post by F&P or 100%.