The hottest new kitchen product of the last few years has to be the Instant Pot – an amazing Canadian electric pressure cooker that also functions as a rice cooker, a slow cooker, a yogurt maker, steamer and more. Popular food blogger, photographer and stylist Carole Nelson Browne will show you just how versatile this amazing kitchen time-saver can be.
Pressure cooking, by its very nature, is a faster and healthier way to prepare foods. Nutrients are preserved at much higher rates than other cooking methods, flavours are intensified and cooking time can be reduced by up to 70%. Throw in the fact that you are using less energy and water — how can you go wrong? Still, many of us have scary memories of old-fashioned pressure cookers, hissing, spitting and rattling menacingly away on the stove. Well, today’s new generation of electric pressure cookers are safe, easy to use and can save you hours in the kitchen.
Most people know that pressure cooking is great for pulses, grains and dried beans, but it’s the Instant Pot’s incredible versatillity that really makes it shine. Carole will walk you through a number of fast, delicious and unexpected recipes that show off just how amazing pressure cooking can be.
You will learn how to cook an elegant Leek and Potato Soup (6 minutes!), creamy Mushroom Risotto (7 minutes!), and Spicy White Beans on Polenta Cakes. You’ll finish with a decadent NY-style Cheesecake with a butterscotch shortbread crumb crust (35 minutes), topped with a Rasberry Chambord Coulis. In addition to these great recipes, Carole will discuss all kinds of Instant Pot tips and tricks.
Carole Nelson Brown‘s passions for food and her family —although not necessarily in that order — are legendary. From her love of blogging in The Yum Yum Factor, including showcasing delicious and unique ethnic and everyday recipes as well as reviewing local restaurants and other exciting edible happenings in Toronto and beyond, teaching cooking classes, completing a personal challenge of never repeating the same recipe twice for a full year (which proved easier said than done!) to developing recipes for brands, Carole has found her niche in the food world by drawing on her vast travel experience and food knowledge for inspiration as well as the daily ups and downs of her life for humour.
When she’s not busy creating magic in her own kitchen, Carole, an in-demand makeup artist, works her magic on celebrities from Kristen Stewart to Bruce Willis. You can check out her makeup portfolio at Carole Nelson Makeup
Every Monday, The Depanneur invites TO’s best culinary talents to lead fun, hands-on workshops.