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Turkey and Apricot Bake

This is a real family favourite and is an adaptation from a Sainsbury’s TV recipe from years back.


This takes just a few ingredients and makes something truly delicious.

454g Turkey stirfry or turkey breast sliced
25g Plain Flour
freshly ground Black Pepper
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove
1 bunch Spring Onions, sliced
150g ready to eat Dried Apricots, chopped
300ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
100g Cheddar Cheese, grated, divided
40g Wholemeal Breadcrumbs
2 tbsp Chopped fresh Parsley, or 1 tsp dried Mixed Herbs


  1. Preheat oven to 190C/ 170C fan/ Gas Mark 5
  2. Coat the turkey strips in the flour seasoned with pepper.IMG_3912
  3. Press Garlic into Skillet using Garlic Press and add Olive Oil.  Heat over medium-high heat for 30 secs (take care not to burn the garlic).  Add the turkey and cook for 2-3 mins, stirring, until sealed.  (In the photo below you can see the strips which have begun to seal as they are turning pale)IMG_3914
  4. Stir in the onions and apricots, then add the milk.IMG_3915
  5. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes stirring until thickened and smooth, then stir in 75g of the cheese.  Transfer the mixture to Stoneware Baker (I’ve used my Square Baker).IMG_3917
  6. Mix together the Breadcrumbs, Parsley and remaining Cheese and sprinkle over the turkey mixture.IMG_3918
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.  I serve with Rice (cooked with Rice Cooker Plus) and Steamed Broccoli.


Filed under Apricots, Cheese, Deep Covered Baker, Deep Dish Baker, Garlic, Garlic Press, Medium Round Stone, Microplane Grater, Pans, Rice, Rice Cooker, Square Baker, Stoneware, Super Quick cooking!, Turkey

The Pampered Chef ® Sun-Dried Tomato & Chorizo Risotto Recipe

Sundried Tomato and Chorizo Risotto

This is a recipe which I tried out recently and really, really loved it.  There does look like a bit of in and out of the microwave going on, but it was really very easy.  Then because of the beautiful nature of the baker it looked absolutely stunning to serve too!  A recipe to impress with,  while secretly knowing that it really didn’t take you much effort at all!!


1 onion, (about 100 g prepared weight)
175 g Arborio risotto rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
100 g dry-cured Spanish chorizo sauasge, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, pressed
800 ml hot chicken stock
65 g sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (drained weight), drained
40 g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1-2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley


Finely chop onion using Food Chopper. Place onion, rice, olive oil, chorizo and garlic pressed using Garlic Press in Round Covered Baker; Mix well using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Cover with lid; microwave on HIGH 3 – 4 minutes or until onion is translucent, stirring halfway through cooking time. Remove baker from microwave oven using Oven Mitts (see Cook’s Tip); stir in 500 ml of the hot stock and mix well. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 9 – 10 minutes so stock simmers and rice absorbs almost all of stock, stirring after 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, dice sun-dried tomatoes on Cutting Board using Utility Knife. Remove baker from microwave oven; add sun-dried tomatoes and remaining hot stock and mix well. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 9 – 10 minutes or until rice is tender and almost all of stock has been absorbed.
Meanwhile, finely grate cheese using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater. Remove baker from microwave oven; add grated cheese and parsley and mix well. Cover with lid; let stand 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and risotto has a creamy texture. Serve.
Yield: 4

Per serving: Energy 1278kJ/305kcal; Protein 9.4g; Carbohydrate 31.3g; Sugars 1.7g; Fat 16.7g; Saturated Fat 4.5g; Fibre 0.5g; Salt 1g

Cook’s Tip: The baker becomes very hot during cooking, so it is essential to use Oven Mitts when removing the baker from the microwave oven.

Diced Spanish chorizo sausage can usually be found in the fresh cooked meat section of supermarkets. Alternatively buy a whole chorizo sausage, remove any skin and dice the sausage before adding to the risotto.

Substitute the hot chicken stock with hot vegetable stock, if desired.

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Filed under Cheese, Food Chopper, Garlic, Garlic Press, Pork, Rice, Stoneware, Super Quick cooking!

Pilau Rice (in the microwave!)

I always use my Pampered Chef Micro Rice Cooker for plain rice and have done for a few years (ever since I got one).  It always gives me “Uncle Ben’s” quality rice without having to pay the price for the rice!  I was then given this recipe for Pilau Rice – it is so easy and so yummy and easily feeds 4 very hungry, 6 hungry or even 8 normal sized portions!!!


2 cups Basmati Rice

4 cups Water (boiling)

2 Knorr Stock Cubes

1 Onion chopped

70 ml veg oil

8 green cardamons

8 cloves

2 pieces cinnamon stick

Half teaspoon turmeric powder


Put the oil, chopped onions and all spices in the Rice Micro Cooker and cook on high for 3 minutes.

Add rice, water and stock cubes (melted in the water) and cook on high for 15 minutes.


Susie Evans

Independent Director for the Pampered Chef

07854 241575



Filed under Food Chopper, Rice, Rice Cooker