Persian-style Jewelled Rice - Multi Cooker Recipe

As you know I've been busy experimenting with my Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO which is a multi cooker meaning is can also be used as a slow cooker.  But as it's also a pressure cooker it can cook Slow or Fast.  It also has Induction technology which means food cooks evenly.
Since we eat a lot of rice in this house I thought I'd see if I could make Persian Jewelled Rice - oh my goodness how exotic am I?!

I've referred to my recipe as 'Persian-style' because proper Persian or Iranian Jewelled Rice as it's sometimes referred to, has a lovely golden crust on the bottom which I didn't attempt to do using the multi-cooker (it's not to say it can't be done but I haven't tried as yet).  Anyway I was really pleased with the result; so many flavours and different textures and of course it means you are eating, rice, nuts and fruit all in one dish which has got to be a good thing 😉

Persian-style Jewelled Rice

Don't you just love all the colours and textures?  A mix of nuts, seeds, carrot, sultanas and orange peel and rose petals - yep rose petals but not from roses in the garden!  These are proper dried rose petals that are for use in cooking.  Available from Amazon although I got mine at the Good Food show.

So in my bid to get healthier for #Jumpstart17 my Jewelled rice had to happen as it's a great way to liven up boring plain rice.  In any case, how impressive is it to say 'Oh I just rustled up some Persian Jewelled Rice'?!

Although the rose petals are dried they come to life once added to a tiny bit of liquid; I just put them in a bowl along with a tiny bit of water for 10 minutes before adding to the nut, seed and fruit mixture. By the way in case you're wondering, where to buy barberries I got mine in Waitrose; in fact they probably sell rose petals too.

Skinni Pork Sausage Sweet Potato and Apple Tray Bake

Tray Bakes are one of the easiest and quickest meals you can make and anything with sausages has to be good in my opinion.  Of course the secret to good taste is to use quality sausages.

Okay readers of this blog will know I'm supposed to be trying to lose a bit of weight here - so whilst my recipe isn't exactly calorie free as it contains potatoes, the Skinni Pork Sausages I used are from West Coast Foods and are reduced fat and high in protein.  

There's certainly no faffing about with this recipe, it's ready to serve in just 45 minutes.  Pork Sausages, Onions and a mixture of Sweet Potatoes and Regular Potatoes, Apples and Sage; what's not to like?

Sausage Sweet Potato and Apple Tray Bake

The oven tray I used was a SCANPAN; you can read my review here.

All you need is a suitably sized non-stick oven tray that's big enough for the ingredients to be spread out.  If you don't have one then you can use one of the disposable foil ones from the supermarket; just be careful that is doesn't bend when removing from the oven.

If there's more than two of you just add more of everything including sausages; and of course you can cook this just for one person.

Landon Tyler Scented Candles and Diffusers - Now available in Boots

I know I've written about these beautifully scented diffusers from Landon Tyler before but I wanted to share this with you - they are now available to buy in Boots!  Brilliant news as it makes them much easier for us all to buy.

Each diffuser gives out fragrance from morning till night for around 12 weeks and that's pretty much true since mine is still going at 10 weeks although it is almost coming to an end.  The lovely people at Landon Tyler must have known as they've very kindly sent two more; Chesil Beach and Citrus Grove.

Both are really, really nice and Chesil Beach will be perfect in the bathroom and the Citrus Grove in the kitchen 😊

Landon Tyler Luxury Diffusers




Available as a diffuser or candle there are many more fragrances to choose from; you can read my review here.  Landon Tyler diffusers and scented candles are not only the best I've ever tried but they're cheaper too than most. They are made using quality ingredients, sourced from the UK and Europe.

Vegetable Pasta Bake Recipe - No Need to Cook Pasta First!

This colourful comforting vegetable pasta dish was on the table ready to dive into in under 20 minutes; and that includes preparation.  And it was all cooked in ONE pot with no draining or need for another pan to saute the veg first, or even to cook the pasta first; bet you wouldn't believe me? Well it's all true and to find out more and for a giveaway read on!

Vegetable Pasta Bake

As part of my healthy eating plan and to lose a bit of weight for the #Jumpstart17 challenge I said I would have at least one meat free day per week.

You may have read my review of the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO - with this fantastic piece of kitchen kit you do not need to cook the pasta first; just add dry pasta straight from the packet! 
I mean how fantastic is that?

Optimum Pressure Cooker


Think how much time and washing up you save on, not to mention the mess of pots and pans everywhere.
  • I sauteed the chopped vegetables directly in the pan of the Pressure Cooker Pro.
  • I then added in a tin of tomatoes, plus herbs and seasoning along with 300 ml vegetable stock.
  • Add the dry pasta straight from the packet and pressed 'PASTA' setting.
  • 12 minutes later it was DONE and ready to serve!
Read on to enter the GIVEAWAY where one lucky reader will win one of their very own Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO!

Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO with Induction Technology - Review

I am soooo excited to tell you about the Optimum Induction Pressure Cooker PRO from Froothie! Oh my goodness, you know how I love a good kitchen gadget?  Well this machine is just the best. It's time saving, money saving and delivers great results.  I'm going to be cooking up some healthy recipes as I'm taking part in #Jumpstart17 in my bid to lose a bit of weight.

Oh yes this electric Pressure Cooker AND Slow Cooker is one super-duper amazing piece of kitchen kit.  With 16 set functions it really does make cooking pretty much fool proof.

It also uses Induction heating technology.  Induction is a method of heat transfer, induction heating generates an electric current to create a magnetic field that transfers heat to a cooking vessel.  It is more energy efficient than standard heating technologies, such as electrical cookers, and cooks food more evenly - pretty cool ah?

This multi-cooker has automatic pressure release and voice warning when pressure is about to be released.  It also has handy delay start and keep warm functions.


So what can this mean machine actually do?
Well along with 7 pressure levels and Slow Cook, Meat, White Rice, Stew, Soup, Porridge, Steam, Braise, Cake, Pizza, Pasta, Roast, Deep Fry, Defrost, Yogurt, Simmer and DIY functions this really is one very versatile machine.  So it's not just a fancy Pressure Cooker; because it's a Multi-Cooker it means is can also be used as a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer and even a Deep Fryer too.
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