The pressure is building for what’s on my plate this month!

Pressure Cooker fun

Now to be honest I haven’t used a pressure cooker since mine exploded in my kitchen well over 30 years ago.

I remember it well – all that mess to clean up on the ceiling – and despite my mother swearing by her pressure cooker and using it all the time, I haven’t had one since.

Fast forward to last month when two of my nieces started selling Tupperware and my sister telling me how good her new micro pressure cooker was. I was dubious to say the least, one – a pressure cooker (again), and two a pressure cooker in the microwave!

I bit the bullet and bought one on sale, a very good sale price I have to say as I may not have paid the normal price – I’m not stingy, just wary!

Anyway it arrived….and then sat on my kitchen bench for a few days just taking in the new scenery :).

I was scared to use it if I’m honest but with encouragement from my nieces, and my sister sending me recipes to try, I finally got around to it.

(No this isn’t a sponsored post for Tupperware just my own thoughts.)

Micro pressure cooker
Micro pressure cooker

What did I make?

It’s a squat purple little thing and comes with quite a few instructions on what microwave power level to use (900 watt max), how much liquid is required, locking the unit prior to cooking, cooking for no longer than 30 minutes and the all important pressure indicator valve settings before it can be opened.

I admit I was nervous, but I finally got around to cooking pasta style bolognaise in it complete with (uncooked) mince, sauce, vegetables and pasta all thrown in together. I prepared the ingredients earlier in the afternoon put the lid on and stored it in the fridge for a while before I cooked it. Makes it easy to prepare ahead.

Once in the microwave, it bobbled away making hissing sounds every now and again and when the timer went off after 30 minutes I waited (a touch impatiently) for the pressure indicator to announce when I could open it up.

spag bol in micro pressure cooker
spag bol in micro pressure cooker

Everything was cooked perfectly and I commented to my niece that the micro pressure cooker held the heat in for ages afterwards.

It had worked and only one pot to simply wash out ready to use next time.

A few days later I made a chicken soup/stew with chicken pieces, vegetables, stock, uncooked green lentils, herbs, a bay leaf and some pasta – it was delicious too!

chicken soup
chicken soup ready to be cooked

Last night I made some Summer Poached Pears, mainly to use up some pears that were nearing their end date. With the pears, I added some sultanas, glace cherries (as I didn’t have any dried cranberries), some flavoured sparkling mineral water, honey and coconut extract. They took about 10 minutes and were so good! The mathematician enjoyed them with some ice cream, giving them the thumbs up!

Poached pears
Poached pears

Apparently you can make a delicious chocolate self saucing pudding in about 8 mins with everything in the one pot – I will be trying that soon!

So I’ve now lost all my resistance to cooking with this new item and will be using it more often than I had first thought.

Thanks to my nieces Rochelle and Emma, and my sister Sharon for their support as I navigated my way through this stressful time 🙂 No pressure!!

Cook fast, eat slow with the amazing Micro Pressure Cooker from Tupperware! Its ingenious design combines traditional pressure cooking with the speed and efficiency of a microwave.

The Micro Pressure Cooker is perfect for reducing the cooking times of dishes that will normally have long cooking times. You will now be able to cook your stews, soups, casseroles, and desserts spending less time in the kitchen!

It reaches higher temperatures which reduces cooking times and since its completely sealed, the foods won’t lose their vitamins and nutrients


Do you have a pressure cooker, either an old style one or this new micro pressure cooker? What do you think of them?

Feel like joining in?

So now you know what I’ve been cooking recently! What have you been making?

It’s always fun joining Canadian bloggers Donna and Deb for their What’s on your plate challenge series each month. These posts go live on the first Wednesday of each month and you can join in too with a food related post, just by adding your post to their linkup.

It’s not a hard challenge and I can assure you it’s not just for ‘proper’ cooks – I’ve been joining in for a few months now, so how hard can it be??

It’s also fun looking at what others are making and how they do things – we live and learn don’t we?

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What’s Coming Up:

Our monthly WOYBS linkup (What’s on your Bookshelf) is happening on Friday 18 March – hope you can join us and share what you’ve been reading lately.

Travel sign outside a bookshop
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Deb xx

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28 Replies to “The pressure is building for what’s on my plate this month!”

  1. Hi Deb – it looks like a great addition to the empty nester cooking range 🙂 I haven’t used a pressure cooker ever – I tend to gravitate to my good old crock pot when I need to cook anything casserole-y. If I get invited to a Tupperware party this might be something I’ll look into.

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    1. It has been a pleasant surprise so far Leanne and does much the same job as a slow cooker in many ways, just a bit quicker. It’s handy having nieces in the business to help out!


  2. HI, Debbie – Your playful and witty writing style had me smiling all of the way through. I realized this morning that I live under a rock – I’ve never had a pressure cooker, nor an air fryer. To add insult to injury, I currently do not even own one piece of Tupperware. I definitely need to change this. 😀
    Thank you for the morning uplift — and the gentle nudge away from my rock!

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    1. Thanks for your fun comment Donna, it was a good post to write although I did feel like I was having a Tupperware party in my computer 🙂 My nieces can help you out if you want anything!! I don’t have an air fryer either but my daughter just got one and is loving it just like Deb The Widow Badass!


  3. You got me thinking! My mum used to have a pressure cooker years ago, I can’t remember what she made in it. I remember there was some sort of disaster with the pressure and she never used it again. And Tupperware! It used to be so popular here in the UK with Tupperware Parties, but they stopped in 2003. I see you can still get it though, although they don’t have this micro pressure cooker. I’m not really tempted because I’ve learnt that whenever I buy a gadget (Kenwood Chef, juicer, smoothie maker etc) I hardly ever use them. I’ll stick to the good old casserole dish or saucepans. But your results did look great!

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    1. Hi Gail, there always seem to be a disaster story about pressure cookers! But this new one is very different and I’m so happy about that. Thanks for stopping by!


  4. I have never heard of this type of pressure cooker and here I thought I knew of all the kitchen gadgets that there were out there 🤣. I have an electronic pressure cooker – it is also a slow cooker, a rice cooker and even sautés! I love it for risotto, hard-boiled eggs, roasts, oatmeal, soups and stews. It is a Breville, which I believe is an Australian brand. I may have to feature it in an upcoming post. Thanks, Debbie!

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    1. Thanks Deb, this little beauty does a whole lot of stuff and I’m very happy with it! I like that we can share new appliances, recipes and things we’ve learnt along the way in these monthly posts!

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  5. Thanks for this review – I like the idea of using it in the microwave as it must speed up the cooking times. I have memories of my mum using a pressure cooker for cooking piles of rice for dinner parties!

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  6. I could very well be tempted after looking at these delicious photos and sounds so easy, or so you make it! But I have so many appliances in my kitchen and I feel to use something it has to be left out. We recently bought an air fryer but only used it a few times and donated it to my daughter who uses it regularly. My husband uses an old pressure cooker to cook bones for a broth though.

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  7. Just the words ‘pressure cooker’ take me back to my childhood with my mum making her Christmas puddings in one! I’m pleased you’ve had lots of successes with yours.

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  8. My mother had a pressure cooker and even though we had no kitchen disasters because of it, I remember always being a little (okay, a lot) scared of it. I have so far resisted getting an instapot because of that. At least with this microwave thingie, any disasters would be contained by the oven (we hope). I’m happy that you had good success with your new toy.

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