Monday, April 22, 2013

Jamie Oliver Philips Home Cooker Giveaway

Jamie Oliver Philips Home Cooker retails for $529 

Introducing my new best friend.  Jamie Oliver loves her too.  She has somewhat liberated me from the kitchen.  You know the chore of standing over the pot stirring the porridge in the morning?  I am not too keen on quick oats, because it means the food industry has had to process them in some way.  I don't want my food modified anymore than it has to be. I like real oats, straight off the bushel, because they are as nature intended, but they do need to be stirred throughout the whole cooking process.  It's the same with risotto, that never ending stirring so the rice can absorb the stock.  Well not anymore, the Phillips Home Cooker does it for you.


See that red stirring arm in there? Well she stirs it for you and that is the absolute best thing about this appliance.  No more stuff burnt or caught on the bottom of the pan.  Once you have prepped the meal you can set the timer and walk away. You can go and read a magazine and have a coffee, while you wait for Breakfast. lunch and dinner to cook. 


I do have one big tip though, make sure you press the circled arrow on the bottom left there.  I never read instructions for anything, because I think I am very clever, but I turns out I am sooooo not.  I don't know why, but the first time I used my beloved home cooker, I assumed the stirring arm would magically work at some point during the in the cooking, but no........ you actually have to turn it on, as it's optional.  Some of the classic recipes, provided with the Home Cooker, by the lovely Jamie Oliver, do not need constant stirring.   So the stirring arm can be be turned on and off.  I know that now!!!

Here's how I stuffed up the potatoes on my first try out of the Home Cooker, by not turning on the stirrer.   Well cooked on one side but poorly on the other.  We still ate them and they were fine, but the next time I knew better.  And believe me it just got better and better.


Tomorrow is always another day in my book and since the potato incident, Jamie, the obvious name for my new cooker and I, are now best friends. 

I went back to the drawing board and read the quick set up instructions.  It was from here, that I really started to fall in love with Jamie.

I decided to try Jamie's spag bol first.  This involved breaking out the grater on the cooking tower too, which I must say, grates carrot beautifully. It shoots it straight into the cooking pan too.  


No longer do I have to grate carrot or dice onion for my spag bol,  I just shove it through the top of the cooking tower and this is what happens.  Bliss.


Both the cooking pan and the tower are easy to wash as well, as you can throw them in the dishwasher. And don't let the size of the box put you off.  The actual size of the appliance is about half the size of the box.  I had to clean out a cupboard to fit her in,  which was also a positive, because I only clean out cupboards when I am forced to do so.  You already know I am a cupboard shover, so that was an interesting exercise.   I do not like kitchen benches with appliances all over them, unless they are vintage. But the sad result is my cupboards become a jumbled mess of kitchen ware leaning precariously, with no order or rhythm to them, what so ever.  So at least I now have one organised cupboard in which Jamie lives.  I wonder how long that will last.


Once I became confident using the Home Cooker, the results from my second encounter with Jamie were fabulous.  There is nothing like a good spag bol, this is comfort food at it's best.  I mean look at this, the Beach House Brats said it was the best spag bol they had ever had.  OK I thought, I'm willing to work my way through this recipe book now.




The next morning I got up 20 minutes before everyone and had this Perfect Porridge, as Jamie calls it in the recipe book, waiting for my hungry charges as they stumbled into the kitchen first thing.  I particularly liked the bit where after Jamie had roasted the macadamia nuts for 8 minutes, I could put my feet up for a further 12 minutes whilst Jamie stirred the porridge.  At this point, the potato incident was well forgotten.  I was falling for Jamie more and more, because I was able to put my feet up, comment on a few blogs and have a cup of tea, whilst he pretty well did everything else.


I have made this porridge twice this week and it is so good.  Warm and silky even.  A great start to the day. Mr Beach House commented that he was full until lunch time that day.


The next night I was going out, but still had the family to feed.  Jamie and I made this chicken cacciatore together at lunchtime that day.  I had this small bowl for lunch and Jamie reheated it for me, when the family was ready to eat that night.  All Mr Beach House had to do was cook some rice.  A salad was a bridge too far for him, but no body went hungry.  Thank you Jamie.

The next night I stayed at mum's with the kids and Mr Beach House had a mate over to watch the footy.  They both woofed down Jamie's leftover chicken, washed downed with a glass of red.  The feedback was very good from his mate.  Now all I have to do is get Mr Beach House to use my new best friend too.  I gave up letting Mr Beach House cook for me when he tried to pass off a combination of canned baby prawns and tinned mushrooms in gravy mixed together, as a meal. That ended up in the bin.   But you know what? I think he could even learn to make an edible dinner with the help of my new best friend, Jamie.   Well maybe.


One thing is for sure, Jamie is becoming a somewhat indispensable fixture in my kitchen.  Like all the best love affairs, they often start out a little rocky, but I am sure this one will last the distance.  Jamie cooks great wholesome food in small or large quantities and allows me to walk away for a large period of time during the process, knowing it is virtually impossible for anything to burn, because now I have learned to turn on that genius stirrer.  

And here's the best bit dear reader.  Philips are giving you the chance to win a Home Cooker and Tower valued $529 too.  Here's what you will need to do to validate your entry.

Follow Desire Empire on one or more of the following platforms:
Google Friends Connect (over in my side bar)

Leave a  separate comment for each follow, even if you have for some time.

Sharing this to each of your social media platforms will constitute another entry.  Leave me a separate comment for each share.  

And good luck

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all the lovely people who entered. Congratulations Narelle Rock you are the lucky winner.  Please contact me via email with your address within 7 days to avoid a redraw.

Giveaway Terms and Conditions
You MUST enter the giveaway on this BLOG by leaving a comment here. You do not need to have a Blogger account.  Just sign in as anonymous and leave an email address.
This competition is open to entrants living in Australia only.
This competition is open from now until 6 May 2013 12pm Australian EST.
The winner will be announced on this blog, Face Book and Twitter and I will contact you, as long as you have left a valid means.  The winner will have 7 days to respond, otherwise the prize will be redrawn.
The Philips Home Cooker also steams vegetables and fish and cooks  rice and pasta too.  The temperature can be reduced to 40C so it will melt chocolate as well.

Disclosure
Although I was not paid to write this post, I did receive the Philips Home Cooker and Cook Tower FOC to review. 

Have a great week lovely people.
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229 comments :

  1. Wonderful comp. I want Jamie in my kitchen too. I follow on Google Connect.

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  2. Oh Wow. What a great prize. Pity Jamie doesn't come with it. Count me in.

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  3. That's a great giveaway, Carolyn. I can see that this Jamie friend of yours will never leave your bench - a must have for all mums I believe xx

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  4. Shared it twice on facebook - personal and the blog. Love that you didn't read the instructions. That's something I'd do.

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  5. I follow on twitter @Soniae23

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  6. i folliw on Facebook

    Sonia El-Sheikh
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  7. i follow on pinterest

    @Soniae23

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  8. shared on twitter :)

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  9. @Soniae23 shared on twitter :)

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  10. Liked on Facebook
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  11. Followed on Twitter
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  12. I NEED Jamie in my kitchen!

    Love your blog.

    Liked on Facebook.

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  13. Looks fabulous- not sure it would work for my large family though?

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  14. I have seen this product of Jamie's twice now, and Im quite intrigued by it! I always get a dead arm when cooking risotto so this would be a great new addition to my kitchen :)
    I already follow you on Facebook (under Michelle Johnston as I couldnt like your page with Jarrah Junge).

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  15. I also follow you already on Google+ :)

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  16. I like you on facebook.

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  17. Good grief! That is one amazing cooker and a brilliant giveaway! I would love to join in-thank you! This is my first entry (GFC).

    Thanks so much!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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  18. My entry for Google+!

    Natasha in Oz

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  19. My entry for Facebook!
    Natasha in Oz

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  20. My entry for Pinterest!
    Natasha in Oz

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  21. I definitely follow you on Instagram!
    Natasha in Oz

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  22. We've been twitter friends for years!
    Natasha in Oz

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  23. What perfect timing Autumn weather kicked in here in force today.....brrrr. Would luuuurve to try risotto and chicken curry, oh and family fav spag bol !!! Neen :)
    PS how do I leave an email address that only you can see ?

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    1. Hi Neen
      Send me an email with your email and I shall highlight it an get back to you should you win. How about that?
      Carolyn
      PS Good Luck

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    2. Neen I just had a look in the subscribers list and it was hard to know which email was yours. So if you don't want to send me your email addy now, that's fine. How about checking this post after 6 May to see if you are the lucky winner and then contacting me by email.
      Carolyn

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  24. Hi, I follow via GFC. Thanks for the awesome prize.

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  25. I'm insanely jealous! This looks like my kind of machine! Have been following your blog for a while :)

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  26. Following on Facebook as well :)

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  27. Following on Instagram so I can see more of your gorgeous pictures!

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  30. Retweeted on Twitter - https://twitter.com/DesireEmpire/status/326199763852730369

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  31. I have always wanted an extra hand in the kitchen & if one can't personally
    have Jamie, then this is the next best thing. Thank-you, I love your blog!
    Shared and following on FB. xo

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  40. already follow on twitter - Mick Gillies

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  42. i follow on Instagram @desireempire


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  43. i shared on facebook as jody jamieson
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  44. i shared on twitter as jjam8094
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  45. i have blogged on blogger as jjam8094
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  46. Following on Instagram @wendysone w.smith6@bigpond.com

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  47. Super great giveaway.
    I'm a liker on Facebook.
    Cheers Sharon Fawcett

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  48. Tweeted about Giveaway https://twitter.com/stephvel/status/326466335355842561

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  49. Love your work Carolyn! This is a ripper - would looooove to win myself a Jamie.
    Follow on Facebook - Danielle Rose

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  50. Also follow on Instagram - @dan_rose

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  51. Aaaand...shared on Facebook! Wish me luck x

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  55. his is a fantastic cooker. Too bad I can't win it.It might help my lagging cooking skills.

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  56. I have shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsMyst/status/326555976763330560

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  57. I follow on Instagram: Mystygirl

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  58. What a fantastic giveaway, would love this amazing homecooker helping me prepare nutricious meals for my family!! Thanks for the chance!

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  59. I'm already a liker on FB and follow on Twitter, and I left a message on each of them, and boy would I love to win a Home Cooker and Tower

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  60. I follow on Facebook. Would love to win a Home Cooker.
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  61. Followed on Pinterest aussiegal71 xx

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  64. Hi, Thank you for the opportunity for this wonderful prize.
    I'll also follow on twitter and facebook.

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  65. P.S. My e-mail is lorrainereid5@hotmail.com

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  81. shared on FB https://www.facebook.com/narellerock/posts/10200965291394440

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  83. I am following on twitter suzieelo

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  84. I have shared this also on facebook

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  85. Fabulous thank you!!

    GFC: Mary Preston

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  90. Retweeted this amazing competition @melmoran7

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  91. If I can't have Jamie in my kitchen, I would like the next best thing - his Home Cooker

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  92. I am following your blog
    Smiles and thanks for the chance
    Alannah

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  93. I am following you on FB
    Smiles and thanks for the chance
    Alannah

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  94. following on twitter (username azp74)

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  96. Great review, been wondering about this one and everyone I know either has a thermie or Bellini so I don't know much about it.

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  97. Ohhh yummy comp....I'm a fan on Facebook

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  98. Following on facebook - clare.amber.7

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  99. Following on twitter - https://twitter.com/girlsavehouse !

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  100. I NEED this machine! Follow Facebook

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  101. I follow on facebook - just great!

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  103. I follow you on Facebook & subscribe to your newsletters. :)

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  104. I'm following via Google Friends Connect

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  105. I have liked you on facebook

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  106. Liked on Facebook

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  107. Hi There,
    I'd love this! Following you through Google.
    Thanks!

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  108. Hi There,
    I'd love this! Following you through Google.
    Thanks!

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  109. Also following all your boards on Pinterest because gee do I love Pinterest!

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  110. Kimberley BelfordMay 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Love Jamie!!!
    Great competition /giveaway
    Shared on FB
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  111. I follow Desire Empire on facebook
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  114. I follow you on Google Friends Connect (rm.newell)
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