Saturday, 31 March 2012

The 5-in-1 Multi Cooker - a giveaway!

Kitchenware Direct 5-in-1 Multi Cooker - a giveaway!


The 5-in-1 Multi Cooker - a Kitchenware Direct giveaway!

(And if you want any more brilliant pressure cooker recipes, all you need to do is pop over here to this very cool pressure cooker recipe site!)



I asked advice the other day, on rice cookers.

I have always wanted one, and previously had bought a very cheap one from KMart which turned out to be a total waste of time. I chucked it out in the hard waste. (Can you see a pattern occurring here?!)

So whilst my first experience of rice cookers was poor, I was convinced that they had to be a good idea. I am more than a little obsessed by kitchen gadgetry, and I have plenty of bench space for "things with cords and plugs" as the lovely husband likes to call them.

The rice cooker - I have tried stove top and microwave and I can, of course, cook rice. But the idea of a rice cooker doing it all automatically is very appealing. And the idea of being able to cook real recipes in a rice cooker too - risotto style dishes - enticing!

I love any set and forget type appliance. Timed one pot meals that just do their thing, whilst I get on and do MY thing....

So when the lovely people at Kitchenware Direct got back to me too suggest some brands of rice cookers, I was intrigued when the also pointed out the New Wave Five In One Multi-Cooker. I went on to read the squillions of reviews that customers have left on the product too...and was impressed.

It's a gadget that handles the workload of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, electric pan/pot, soup/rice cooker and steamer.

I have never owned a pressure cooker, but my Granny and my Mum both used theirs all the time...so I figured it's probably time to give that concept a whirl!

As you'll see from all sorts of my other recipes, I am a fan of slow cooking in general.

We are coming into soup season - I adore home made veggie soups.

But the absolute best thing about this device? The pot has a browning function. All those slow cooker recipes and risotto recipes where you need to brown onions and brown meat first? I'll be honest, I never bother. I never want to have two pans to wash up. I love cooking but at my age and stage with small kids, my priorities are nutrition and EASE. Easy and quick to prepare.

So when I realised that this The 5-in-1 Multi Cooker allows you to brown off first, then simply change a setting to move to pressure cooking or slow cooking or rice cooking - I am there! How cool!

So my first experiment was some homemade minestrone soup. (We have glut of tomatoes that need to be used. Minestrone fits the bill.) I browned the onion and the garlic off first, and softened the carrots in the electric pot, on the browning function, then chucked the other ingredients and and set it to the soup function. 15 minutes later we had utterly perfect minestrone.

easy minestrone recipe

On Tuesday I made, so simply, chicken and tomato risotto. I browned the onion and chicken off, added the rice, then flicked the setting to steam, added all the other ingredients, closed the lid, and 7 minutes later (in which I Tweeted...) the risotto was ready to serve and it was the perfect texture and consistency!

slow cooker risotto

And the very best thing about this Multi Cooker?

I have one to giveaway!

Thanks to Kitchenware Direct, I have one of these little beauties to give away to one lucky reader. Valued at $189, they have kindly offered one up as a prize to one of my lovely followers.

All you need to do is leave me a comment, telling me what YOU would cook in this marvellous gadget.

Pop over to Facebook and like Kitchenware Direct over there too, perhaps?

Giveaway closes Easter Saturday, and I shall let the winner know via email. The winner will be picked by random.org. Open to Australian residents only.

So, what would YOU cook in this fantastic cooker? And if you want any more brilliant pressure cooker recipes, all you need to do is pop over here to this very cool pressure cooker recipe site!

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74 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, that is amazing! I would definitely be cooking up a butternut squash risotto that I made over the holidays. It was soooo good but took forever (as risotto does).

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  2. Me oh my, how I covet thee! Wiith a small one and one on the way I would cherish and appreciate this multi cooker! It looks fail proof and safe around kids too. Set, forget and snuggle with my bubbas! Where to start with what to cook, I am sure I could use it every day! Chorizo, Chickpea & Vegetable hot pot, soups of all persuasions, pot roasts, bolognaise sauce, my homemade chicken korma, and on and on and of course loads of rice that we use in so many ways. My little girl's favourite is vanilla and orange scented rice pudding at the moment. What a dream this device sounds!

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  3. With three kids aged seven and under
    Cooking's a hassle is it any wonder?!
    They all have their different likes and tastes
    But more often than not it goes to waste
    So with this I'd really love to create
    Meals that will be cleaned off the plate!
    Wonderful warm wintery soups and stews
    With fresh ingredients you just can't lose!!

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  4. I would cook a lemon & garlic roast chook, greek style! Or perhaps just some plain rice to make a rice salad for a party I have coming up? Then later, in the middle of winter, some lamb shanks.... the list goes on. Now I am off to like kitchenware direct on facebook :-)

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  5. Ooh with Autumn upon us I've been creating my own risotto combinations, but with one daughter having dance lessons four nights a week and the other working after school three nights a week, I would love this gadget to cut down my stove time...Thank you for sharing! Think I might just invest in one anyway...if I don't win this one...

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  6. What an amazing kitchen appliance.I must admit I love a good kitchen gadget too.I would cook your Chicken and Tomato Risotto as I have Never attempted risotto because of all the horror stories I hear about it being too mushy or too dry.Yours sounds and looks prefect and in such a short time.

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  7. I think the better question would be...what WOULDN'T I cook in it!

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  8. Ok. I'm not sure there's ever been a blog competition I've wanted to win MORE than this one, Lucy!

    Like you - I'd be all over risottos. I don't mind the browning off etc. I always do it. I've never done a risotto any other way than the traditional. Unfortunately though, my health issues (back, neck, shoulders, wrists and hips) mean that I am not physically able to stand and stir a risotto for the time it requires. I'm intrigued at the idea of being able to set one and leave it to cook.

    So. I'd be risotto-ing my heart away. Risotto is probably one of my favourite dishes and I haven't made one in more than a year!

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  9. Ohhh Emmmm Geeeee. MUST have one. The first thing I would cook would be rissoto coz I quite like the idea of it I just cant be freakin buggered with the stove top process. A quick meal's a good meal and all that....

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  10. slow cooked moroccan lamb with dried apricots and prunes and more spices than you could shake a stick at. Looks revolting but fills the house with such a delightful smell - defintely one of the best slow cooked meals you could make.

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  11. Wow! Your minestrone and risotto look delicious (and sound so easy!). I think I would could meatballs in a rich, delicious sauce. My family love meatballs (it is so nice to have a dish that EVERYONE will eat!), but I am sometimes less than enthusiastic about cooking meatballs after a long, busy day because they have to be browned off first. I would much rather keep the food prep to one pot if possible!

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  12. Oh wow! Soups and stews and curries galore AND risottos!!! What a wonderful device! I had never heard of it before - I have cheap gadgets but would love to chuck them all for this one!! Fabulous piece of equiptment!

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  13. these are amazing i have one and love it. have cooked many things in it and love how once its done cooking it will automatic switch to keep warm but doesnt just keep it warm it keeps it really hot. i have made curries, roasts, stews etc during the day kept it on till dinner and its still pipping hot.

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  14. This would be amazing! I'd be trying different vegetable soups and slow-cooked lamb and beef casseroles. I love that you don't have to brown the meat on the stove first, that's what has always put me off slow cookers. This multi-cooker really looks like it does everything. What a fantastic giveaway. Fingers crossed!

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  15. That sounds amazing! Pre-rice cooker ownership, I was dismissive of them. How hard is it to cook rice? But now I love it. It's not hard to cook rice. But it's so much easier to chuck it in the cooker and flick a switch!

    What would I cook in this? EVERYTHING! I haven't had an oven for a while and am about to lose my kitchen altogether (to be replaced in a few months with a new one, sure, but temporarily rather inconvenient!) so would use this every night. First dish? A thick, meaty casserole.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Good luck, everyone!

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  16. Oh my. That is marvellous. I would cook Osso Bucco and all kinds of soup. For starters. I also like the look of that risotto. The one pot idea is very appealing.

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  17. Wow! That sounds like a gerat gadget Lucy!I only wish I was in Australia, so as to be eligible for the giveaway. It would change my life for sure! I'd be able to cook meals for my teens that would be done to perfection at just the right time (ie: while I'm out) instead of cooking in advance and them re-heating stuff, or -worst of all- them cooking for themselves (Kitchen doesn't recover from their onslaught for some time...!) I would cook khitchris and risottos mainly, plus soups/ stews. The best thing would be being able to chuck in all the pumkin left over from last season that has been lying in the cellar and desperately needs something done with it and make tons of lovely soup to freeze :)

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  18. I'd just love to be able to cook rice at the moment. My rice cooker just committed suicide (with a disgusting smell!!!) just before the rice was ready to eat :(. So now we are eating curried mince with slightly crunchy rice. Not my best effort.

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  19. I'd just love to be able to cook rice at the moment. My rice cooker just committed suicide (with a disgusting smell!!!) just before the rice was ready to eat :(. So now we are eating curried mince with slightly crunchy rice. Not my best effort.

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  20. I grew up on a farm and all we ever ate we're chops.

    Now, they are so expensive we hardly ever eat them. But when I do, I try and do the savory chops my Mum used to make, it never works out right and I sure it is because I do not have a decent thing to cook them in.

    This little gem could be the answer for me.

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  21. I am still living in the dark ages and have no gadgets in My Shoebox Kitchen, just saucepans! I've already gone into soup overdrive this Autumn, Minestrone is on high rotation here, as is Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup - oh my! It is delicious! I use 2 tablespoons red curry paste, 6 cups chicken stock, pumpkin, sweet potato, a tin of kidney beans. Cook on stove, then drain liquid (I like it thick), and add a tin of coconut flavoured evaporated milk, then stick blend (my only other fancy gadget!) Superb! I think I really need to look at a slow cooker at least this Winter. xx

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  22. First I would start with rice, then risotto, then soup, then who knows!!! I dream of having a thermomix one day - but at the staggering price, am afraid this will always be a dream......will have to do some research into this multi cooker.

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  23. I would make the Lamb with Caramelised Onions ala Nigella. :)

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  24. oh wow! what a fabulous "gadget"! I would cook risotto in it - we all love risotto but the whole standing at the pot stirring thing puts it in the too hard basket when there are kids to be bathed, homework to be done, work to be getting too. If I can set & forget (hence we have lots of roast dinners), then it's for me!

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  25. Oh gosh!! What wouldn't I cook in there?! One thing I would love to cook in the multi cooker is chicken or beef beriyani. I love Indian food and this dish is an all time favourite of mine. But it requires a pressure cooker, which I don't have, so this cooker would be the perfect thing to try!

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  26. I would make mexican braised beef. mmmmmm YUM!

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  27. I lost the lid to my slow cooker! I have a nasty feeling it stowed away in the last lot of hard rubbish.

    I'd cook brown rice, I've never gotten it right on the stovetop. I'd cook most dinners I imagine, especially in Winter. With three little people the less time I have to be watching food cook the better.

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  28. What would I cook? Everything!! I have so many slow cooker & risotto recipes pinned for this winter & this would be the gadget to cook them it.

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  29. I have a rice cooker that I use a lot! But all I do in it is plain rice. I was just wondering recently if I could make other things in it? I've misplaced the instruction booklet which I'm sure came with recipes. Anyhow...I'm rambling! IF I had one of these amazing machines, I would cook risottos!! I love risottos buy my husband hates them. Maybe one of these could sway his opinion??

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  30. Oohhh this would be every home cooking connoisseurs dream come true, a multitasking kitchen appliance, ahh bliss :-)
    I think I would use it to cook a dish that is oh so simple, but so much better when slow cooked, to allow all the flavours to develop. Pea and Ham Soup, perfect for the cooler months :-)

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  31. OMG you can brown things in it?!?! I rarely do it for the exact same reason... the only recipe I do pre-brown is lamb shanks. So I would cook lamb shanks in this little baby and then LAUGH and POINT at my fry pan stuck away in the cupboard.

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  32. Pea and ham soup would be the very first dish I would cook in this fabulous cooker. My mouth is already salivating at the thought. Can't wait.

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  33. The very first thing I would cook was my gorgeous Nan's Scotch broth with lamb shanks, veggies and barley, excellent for winter, and YUM!

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  34. I would cook Mediteranian Chicken, full of tomatoes, olives, onion, garlic and capsicum, served on a bed of creamy mashed potato and served with a side of warm crusty buttered bread, yum!

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  35. I have a tiny two burner stove and mini oven , can only use 2 things at once. I'd love this gadget.
    I'd cook chicken ,bacon, pea risotto !

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  36. It would have to be oso bucco for me. I love it but can never get it right. YUM!!!

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  37. I asked my husband what dish he would like to try - he said 'Turducken' which I think would be an awesome challenge, provided I could get on that would fit.

    Marita
    admin@stuffwiththing.com

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  38. As a culinary challenged person, this gadget represent everything I need and more! I too cant be arsed browning so that alone makes my day to know you are of the same opinion!

    As for cooking, we love doing our roasts in the slow cooker so am sure the whole thing would transfer easily to this option. Love when the tender meat just falls off the bone...

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  39. With 4 children, my husband and myself i can see lots of cooking being done in this.
    I think i'd love to tackle many meals but i think for me a risotto, many risottos would be high on the list, i've never successfully made one despite how easy i keep getting told they are!

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  40. I'm not a blog reader or a competition enter-er but as I sit here and contemplate what to have for tea (toast is looking really good about now), I can only dream of having such a handy and versatile machine in my kitchen to help out. I am a single mum with a 5 year old (unable to help effectively in kitchen situations) and I am a full time student and work part time, I have my dad over for tea a couple of nights a week (solo flyer who lives on sandwiches)and my sister lives with us, a single uni student who has no time to help (ha!). This little machine could potentially soothe the nerves of a stressed out and tired mum (who is about to go plug in the toaster)...

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  41. Honestly - I would make my Nanna's split pea and ham soup. I can still taste it to this day and smell it in the air if I think about it long enough. The dry season is coming soon and so we'll have chilly nights (well, chilly for us...you know, it drops to 25 at night...stop laughing!) that are perfact for a good, hearty soup with some bread. My Dad gives it a darn good go, but he is the pepper king and I can't handle it. And he's not one to leave seasoning to the individual, so the whole batch becomes a lesson in how to fire proof your taste buds.
    He has his own take on it, and I know Nanna used a pressure cooker so the soup was fresh and hot for Wednesday night dinners at her house. It would be awesome to make a true rendition of her ultimate winter soup :)

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  42. Frikadeller, that's what I'd cook. It's Danish meatballs and they require browning pre-slow cooking and seriously who.can.be.bothered?? I love the taste of food that asks for browning but I don't like doing it. Hmmmm, a pumpkin soup would be nice too!

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  43. My Mother has a divine recipe for Vegetable Soup, but it takes forever. I try to give us one vegetarian meal a week. I love the no-fuss elements. Yes please!!

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  44. That sounds like a wonderful addition to my kitchen, I slow cook, rice cook and make soup all year round so my appliances are well loved..that beauty would take pride of place in my kitchen :)

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  45. I have a new baby so anything that helps me to cook things quickly would be amazing to have in the kitchen! I'd use it to cook chicken and chorizo casserole.

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  46. Every attempt at cooking a risotto has failed, probably because i'm not the most patient! I'd love to surprise my family with a tasty and non-crunchy risotto :)

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  47. I love my slow cooker and I had no idea there was a contraption that did other stuff as well as slow cooking. I think I would cook just about everything in it.

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  48. This looks so good and it would be prefect for swimming lessons night when we always get back late and tired and go right from work. If I could cook a risotto like yours I would be thrilled!

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  49. My favourite winter recipe...lamb shanks. They are beautiful when you can brown them first...then simmered with a red wine sauce...Mmmmm.... bx

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  50. Oh wow I love the look of this little baby! I would definitely use it to cook a lamb curry. I love the idea of baing able to brown the onions and spices in it before leaving to slow cook for hours!

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  51. Yum! Perfect timing. I have some frozen beef cheeks (from our last farmers' market) just waiting for some loving. I'm on dinner routine a lot more now as MOTH is away for work many week nights. It would be fabulous to walk in the door after school activities to have something ready to go.

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  52. I love slow cooking too (in France we like stews and casseroles a lot!), and I would REALLY REALLY love to win as I don't own a slow cooker (nor a pressure cooker). The first meal I'd cook with this wonderful appliance is boeuf Bourguignon (slow cooked beef in red wine sauce) because it's been over 2 years since I've last made one!

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  53. I'm already a fan of Kitchenware Direct on Facebook!

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  54. WoW I would really love this appliance. It would get used every day in my busy kitchen. The first thing I would make is Bacon and Lentil soup followed by Chicken and Broccoli Risotto yummy!!

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  55. this is an amazing cooker - browning first is awesome! i would make my shortribs with dark beer. sooo yummy!
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  56. I'd love one of these, particularly coming into winter. I reckon the first thing I'd cook is a yummy curry, followed by soup, risotto (I've never been able to perfect a risotto).
    Crossing my fingers!

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  57. Oh, my gosh, I want that cooker! I use crock pots ALL the time - often more than one at a time. Right now I'm craving round steak with gravy so I'd probably cook that in it. I might also do Italian Beef Sandwiches. Yum.

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  58. Oh, I don't have a slow cooker or a rice cooker, and with three growing boys, I think I defs NEED one! This looks quite amazing, and I think one of the first things I'd cook would be our fave spicy chorizo, bean and tomato soup.

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  59. This looks amazing!! I need it. I would cook yummy soups, lamb shanks and even try to find a way to make chocolate pudding. I am going to head over to Kitchenware Direct to learn more about it now. Thanks for the opportunity. Rachel x

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  60. Oh, I think I'd love to try out a posole or a paella...especially if it made itself whilst I was at work! :)

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  61. Love to try anything and hopefully impress my own little Lucy who is 18months old, going on 18 years, and is getting trickier to trick! ;)

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  62. Oh I just love a pressure cooker, but no I don't have one. Would love this, all for multitasking. I'd try "Pressure Cooker Crema Catalana Dessert" via taste.com.au that stuff looks awesome and the thought of not having to stand there for.... ever preparing it is gold. Perfect for dinner parties.

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  63. I'd love to say my mums pea and ham soup but I can never get it to taste the same - I make chicken noodle soup which everyone knows is great for winter warming and getting over the flu season.

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  64. I would love to make a risotto, we might get a chance to actually eat it. Whenever i do on the stove top it turns to glug. xx thankyou for a chance, how exciting x

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  65. Mmm, I'd make Spanish rice with tomatoes, chorizo, red onion, and plenty of garlic and red wine, it's starting to cool off now so perfect weather for it!

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  66. I'm already a fan of Kitchenware Direct on Facebook (Kate Ryan)

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  67. Wow the recipes to cook would be endless indeed. A nice Thai flavoured risotto would definitely be the first - a true family favourite

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  68. Claypot chicken rice ..but for this case it's One pot chicken rice..with crunchy anchovies as topping on it

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  69. Thai style spicy cashewnut pineapple chicken rice..all time favorite dish in my family

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  70. Honey soy pork belly and ribs ..with wonderful five spice powder

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  71. Succulent Bloody Mary flavor lamb shank...perfect combination with this multi cooker

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  72. Fragrant pandan coconut rice with curry chicken

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  73. Thai green curry pork / chicken ..yumz... Love the browning function ;)

    Hocusqwerty (@) hotmail dot com

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  74. AnonymousJuly 05, 2012

    I guess the first thing I would cook would be.... EVERYTHING!!! With both of us working by the time we get home no one wants to cook. But with this, I think I would enjoy cooking again!!!!! Thanks

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