A review of the Tefal Cook4Me pressure cooker, including a delicious, quick & easy chicken pesto risotto recipe! Perfect for a midweek family dinner!
When people ask me what my job is, I usually say that I have a baking blog. Sure, I could say that I have a food blog (because there are a few savoury recipes on here too)… but then I just feel like a total fraud because I don’t really like cooking savoury recipes. Not like I absolutely adore sweet recipes! In fact, one of my very least favourite things to do in the world is cook dinner. It sucks! And it has to be done every. single. night. Where’s the fun in that??
At the end of the day, the last thing I feel like doing is thinking of something to cook for dinner… let alone actually cooking it. I usually just make the same things over and over again (hello poached eggs on toast, sushi and pasta). Oh, and if Dave’s away, I’ll happily live off a diet of cereal and toast for dinner. I know, I know… I’m pretty much the worst food blogger in the world! What kind of food blogger admits that they hate cooking dinner? Ahh well… I always said that I wanted this blog to be 100% authentically me… so there you have it. My name is Lucy and I hate cooking dinner. Oh and to add to my serious dinner cooking dislike, I now have the most cheeky and gorgeous 7 month old bub, who, come 5pm, decides to turn into a totally different child. It’s just fun times all round here at dinnertime at the moment. Damn witching hour!
Anyway, I jumped at the chance to try out the new Tefal Cook4Me Pressure Cooker… for literally all of the above reasons. I don’t enjoy cooking dinner, I don’t have time to cook dinner… and cooking dinner every night sucks. Hmm that’s perhaps not what the advertisers will be going for with this product, but it works for me!
I had never, ever used a pressure cooker before in my life. A lot of my friends have them and swear by them, but I’d just never tried one out myself. And can I just say that after having a really good play around with this machine, I am in LOVE! It’s totally suited to someone who:
a) doesn’t want to think about what to cook for dinner;
b) doesn’t want to make confusing and long recipes with 50 million ingredients;
c) doesn’t particularly want to have anything much to do with the whole cooking dinner thing.
If you check out mine and Will’s video, you’ll see all of the features of the machine, but my fave things are that there are 85+ inbuilt recipes (which means no searching through cookbooks for inspiration), it lets you choose between 2, 4 and 6 serves (and then magically readjusts the quantities and cooking times for you… clever, right!?), everything is cooked super fast, AND it keeps your meals warm until you’re ready to eat (this was a big one for me because I usually cook dinner early-ish but then we won’t actually eat until around 7pm).
In the video, Will and I made a super quick and easy Chicken Pesto Risotto (which is one of the inbuilt recipes). And I am sooooo not exaggerating when I say that it’s ‘quick and easy’. It literally cooks in 6 minutes. Not. Even. Joking! And yes, feel free to giggle at my total awkwardness in front of the camera – I am MUCH more comfortable being behind it!
Anyway, this little baby has been my saviour on many, many nights lately. I still wouldn’t go so far as to say that I enjoy cooking dinner, but I kind of don’t have to think about it anymore… which is pretty much total and utter bliss! And yep, I finally get why my friends kept going on about how good their pressure cookers were. They really are a busy mums best friend (along with wine, of course!).
The Tefal Cook4Me Pressure Cooker retails for $399 and can be bought from any department or electrical store. The Morning Show (on Channel 7) is currently running a promotion where you receive a Jamie Oliver cookware piece valued at over $200 with every purchase of the Tefal Cook4Me (which is pretty fab actually!).