Black+Blum Lunchpot meal

I received a Tefal Fresh Express for Christmas and tonight I wanted to test what it can do. I already tried its slicing accessory and it will make the process of making my instant pickles a lot easier. It also has another accessory that I wasn’t sure what it was for but it looked like it could mince. That would help me eat soboro as ground chicken is something I’ve never seen in the UK.
I love soboro so I decided on a soboro bento.

I minced some quorn “chicken” bites in about 1-3 seconds. A lot quicker than I imagined!
I also cooked some rice in my tefal rice cooker, another trusty gadget! I mixed in some vegetables so cook with the rice and using the included steaming basket I steamed an egg, which is exactly like a boiled egg but easier 🙂

As I was cooking… Or rather waiting for my gadgets to cook for me I picked out my Black+Blum Lunch Pot bought for me as a birthday gift by a close friend.

Here is the lunch :


I only needed the top section of the pot and I was extremely full so the full set would be great for a full days food!

Tefal 8-in-1 rice cooker review


I think after the months of use I should write a review. so here goes!

Price: 5/5

I bought this rice cooker from Makro for just under half price. Even if I had paid full price for this particular appliance I would be more than happy knowing every penny was worth it.

Size: 5/5

This appliance is the perfect size! With a ten cup ( 2.2L ) capacity it will cook enough for the whole family while taking up minimal space on the counter.

Ease of use: 5/5

This rice cooker comes with ample instructions but even for those people that refuse to read instructions this machine is self explanatory. It has a very simple menu with large buttons.

With the ability to set a timer for cooking time and the ability to set the machine to start cooking just before you arrive home so that when you do arrive, your meal is freshly prepared.

This rice cooker also comes with a steamer basket making it possible to cook rice, vegetables and even a boiled ( technically steamed ) egg all in one go.


  • Can be used to cook rice, pulses and grains, porridge, steamed foods, slow cooking, soups and cakes among other items.
  • Comes with large non-stick removable bowl for easy cleaning.
  • Comes with rice paddle and a small but perfectly formed cookbook.
  • Light and easy to transport.
  • The ability to have your meal freshly cooked for when you arrive home.
  • Extremely simple to use.
  • Looks sleek and with the stainless steel shell it is easy to clean.
  • Automatic stop cooking/ keep warm feature means no more cold rice.


  • It doesn’t clean the dishes. ( Yes I know that’s not a serious comment but I literally cannot find a fault with this appliance!)

Delicious mint chocolate puddings


As I said I wanted to test all of the features of my new Tefal machine ( check previous post) before doing a review I thought I’d do these gorgeous puddings.

Now in the little cookbook-let you get with it these are made with plain chocolate. I can’t stand plain chocolate, it’s far too bitter for my taste. So I opted for mint chocolate which is why the pudding are not very dark brown.

I steamed these for half an hour, I think an extra 5/10 mins would have made the sponge a bit firmer, my pudding had only a thin layer of sponge and a lot of molten middle. But overall I was very impressed and they tasted absolutely delicious!!!

So for steaming I would give the Tefal 8-in-1 four stars out of five.

If you’d like a recipe please let me know 🙂

New Tefal 8-in-1 rice cooker!!!


Since I saw this beast of a machine in Makro I knew I had to have one!

Here is the Tefal 8-in-1 rice cooker on their own site.

In Makro this machine was £39.99 excluding VAT, even so it came to about £47 which is a lot less than the £69.99 / £79.99 I’ve seen elsewhere.

I will be doing a review on this as soon as I’ve tested all of its features, which include:

• White rice
• Brown rice
• Quick rice
• Grains
• Slow cooking
• Oatmeal porridge
• Steaming
• Deserts and cakes

That’s right, a rice cooker than can also cook a great Victoria sponge!