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Cook4Me – yes please! + giveaway valued at $349.95

At first I was afraid, I was petrified!

Kept thinking I could never let this monster inside my kitchen. But then I spent so many nights wishing my dinner would cook quicker so I could eat earlier and I grew strong and learned how to get along with pressure cookers!

It all goes back to five-year-old me sitting at the kitchen table while the old fashioned pressure cooker burbling along on the stove top.  In an instant the world changed as the jiggler steam suddenly turned into a loud hissing stream and my mother ran frantically to the stove to fix it.  No, it didn’t explode, but I was scared.

Flick forward more than a few years and I’ve decided to be as strong at Gloria Gaynor and try pressure cookers again.  My first purchase was a Breville Fast Slow Cooker and it did everything I asked of it but then I was offered a Tefal Cook4Me and I’m deep in love.

Tefal say this cooker is quite revolutionary and I have to agree. It does just what the name, Cook4Me, says and cooks a huge range of things (vegetables, soup, meat, fish, rice, grains, desserts- you get the idea!) with 85 pre-programmed, built-in recipes. A screen on the Cook4Me tells you exactly what you need with step-by-step instructions. It’s a no brainer really.

Want to use your own recipes?  Just use the manual setting and it’s all under your control allowing you to choose steaming, browning or rapid cooking.

I found the pre-programmed recipes a great way to get to know how the appliance works and refine my pressure cooking techniques and expectations.

Over 65 per cent of the pre-programmed recipes cook in 11 minutes or less and all recipes use six ingredients or less so it’s an awesome gadget for those nights when you need to whip up something quickly. Basically, the key benefit is time saving and ease- it’s all about making quality food without needing to be a master chef.

There’s even an Ingredient specific mode: Tell the Cook4Me what ingredients you are putting in and it will automatically choose the temperature and cooking time based on what you’ve put in (e.g. 500g veggies with rice).

Another thing I really like is that Cook4Me automatically releases the pressure when it has finished cooking. It is really very simple and easy to use once you get the hang of it.

Here’s a quick video that Tefal have developed which explains how it works -

Cook4Me is my best friend now, especially after it saved me when I was making K2’s birthday dinner.  I wanted to cook lamb shanks but got caught up working on a last minute story deadline and didn’t get them in the oven for a nice, slow roast.  Cook4Me did the shanks in an hour and even my not-mother-in-law was impressed.

Would you like one?  I’ve got one Cook4Me (rrp $349.95), courtesy of Tefal to give away.

Important stuff

  • Tell me what you’d like to make in a pressure cooker in a blog post comment below. 
  • Please leave your blog post comment under the same name that you enter the competition - yes, I check the comments! 
  • You must leave a blog post comment to be eligible for the giveaway.
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  • The giveaway is available to anyone living in Australia.

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Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer:  The Tefal Cook4Me has been supplied to me by Tefal.


  1. I'm not 100% sure because I'm a complete pressure cooker newbie. So it would be something simple and following the recipe exactly!

  2. Irish stew! I can just imagine how delicious it would be now, yummmmm! :)

  3. Green Chicken Curry something the Family Will Love :)

  4. Cynthia H8:36 pm

    I'd make a hearty winter stew I think!

  5. Anonymous6:50 am

    My very special Italian Vegetable Soup and then I'll go nuts making anything and everything.

    Cheers Sharon Fawcett


  6. I would make a Green Thai curry, nice and hot and spicy, get rid of these nasty winter germs

  7. My first Cook4Me pressure cooker meal will be Beef Stroganoff nom nom

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  9. My first Cook4Me pressure cooker meal will be a goat curry, one of the hardest meats to find on a menu (done well) It has to be 'kid' as it is more suculent, and with the addition of the bones it gives more depth of flavour. Goat Madras with a rosehip & cranberry relish

  10. I would make a beef roast or stew; because the meat will become so tender you don't have to chew it anymore. It's my favourite method to cook beef.

  11. Moroccan Spicy Lamb, aromatic delicious and a family favorite

  12. Katherine11:30 am

    I would love to try my satay lamb recipe.

  13. I love your meal ideas folks, nearly drooling over my keyboard ;)

  14. My first Cook4Me pressure cooker meal will be green chicken curry

  15. With two kids under five Porridge will be my first Cook4Me pressure cooker meal.It will be perfect winter breakfast and then we can think of other meal ideas to cook in Cook4Me pressure cooker.

  16. Chinese Peking Duck finished in the oven.

  17. My first Cook4Me pressure cooker meal will be Lamb Tagine

  18. Lamb carrot stew which keeps my family warm with energy and great taste in this chilly winter.

  19. would love to try lamp shanks, never had any success before

  20. Mushroom risotto, delicious and yummy and fantastic if I don't have to stand over the stove stirring for an hour!

  21. I would love to try sweet bbqgrilled chicken, what a great giveaway!!!

  22. I would love to cook Lamb Shanks and Vegies if i was fortunate enough to win,Im drooling just thinking about it, soft and succulent. Thanks For the chance to enter this Great Giveaway. Cheers :)

  23. What a nifty pressure cooker. I'd make my mother's meatball something I forget the name. You put a big layer of onions, then a layer of potatoes and then the partially cooked meatballs on top. I know it sounds odd but it was wonderful as a kid. :)

  24. Benjamin Travia6:34 pm

    Polenta and stew.

  25. My husband would love for me to cook either osso bucco or lamb shanks!

  26. Apricot chicken or green curry chicken.Yummy!

  27. I love Massamam Curries! I would love to make a big batch of that and then freeze it.

  28. My first Cook4Me pressure cooker meal would be a Beef Mussaman Curry with potatoes and Cardamon Pids, I can smell it already!

  29. Wild mushroom and spinach rissotto, yum!

  30. Oops, meant to post it under my real name Stacey Shailer, not stakky32, sorry!

  31. First tefal cook 4 me would be colorful tomyum rice with chinese style marinated grilled chicken

  32. Elle Bousles12:57 am

    To being a pressure cooker virgin I must confess
    So I'm guessing my first meal would be a complete mess!
    I'd likely attempt a hearty winter beef and vegetable stew
    If it'd cook before the pressure cooker malfunctioned and the fuse blew!

  33. Rachael Pollington8:04 am

    My first Cook4Me pressure cooker meal will be a beef curry...
    but if I want to cook it myself, I must hurry...
    My husband has a pressure cooker addiction, you see...
    He really wants a Cook4Me...
    The ultimate in cooking perfection...
    to replace his antique pressure cooker collection!

  34. Leeanne Lottos Bojovic8:21 am

    I need a Cook4Me
    never had one you see
    healthy meals for the kids
    fat free and tasty for me
    hubby would be impressed

  35. A yummy, comforting beef stew. I wonder if I can do the dumplings in there too. This sounds like a great piece to add to my kitchen.

  36. Lamb Shank, Red Wine and Garlic casserole - I have a thing for those tender pieces of lamb that just fall off the bone.....then we make pies from the leftovers - this machine would cut out half of the hard work for me!

  37. Michelle Steel11:12 pm

    I'm dying to cook pork belly after seeing it on MKR !

  38. Lacy Davies1:36 pm

    A complete success no matter what I choose!

  39. Id love to cook Braised Beef Cheeks in a garlic red wine sauce...oh yum...

    Kelly Evans

  40. tracy wedding10:43 am

    i would cook a great Chicken Chasseur my familys favourite

  41. Anonymous1:29 pm

    My first Cook4Me Pressure Cooker meal will be poached pears in red wine sauce. Dessert really is the most important part of any meal, and a pressure cooker would make it joyously simple to create.

  42. AmberB2:02 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Lamb Shanks but working full-time it is hard to cook them perfectly in a regular oven during working days. This would be ideal for our family.

  43. Grandmas family famous recipe of duck soup. Its so amazing and definitely a must have for winter!

  44. Anthony Brown2:25 pm

    home cooked Lamb-Shanks with a nice rice dish of my choosing to hade as side. Then I can sit back.. Eat,Drink+beMerry! ;-)

  45. I've never had a pressure cooker but all the cooking shows have me wanting to make mouth-watering meals with melt-in-the-mouth meats or delicious vegetables that my Miss 3 will devour. Please? ;)

  46. an Indian Chicken Curry with coconut milk - yum!

  47. What an amazing looking machine! I would make Lamb Shanks with Lemon, Thyme and White Wine. Thanks for the opportunity :-)

  48. wilma herrero8:33 am

    I would make yummy bean soups perfect for this cold weather and they would cook a lot faster in the Cook4Me pressure cooker than on the stove so can cook at the last minute on a busy day

  49. a melt in the mouth stew
    choc full and sealed in goodness
    and so quick to cook!

  50. mellie jane1:56 pm

    Definately something with pork belly!

  51. My own 'Lemon Pine Chicken curry'
    Fresh garden herbs, lemongrass,
    Pineapple, capsicum, never made in a hurry.
    Sweet kisses follow,
    and always leftovers for tomorrow.

  52. So many choices!!!
    I think i would start with Coq au vin!!

  53. Karen Stevens9:54 am

    My first Cook4Me pressure cooker meal will be a good old fashioned Irish stew because it is so cold,it will warm the hearts and bellies of my family.

  54. Pumpkin Soup because I have a vine full of pumpkins. As I'm new to pressure cookers this would be a good place to start.

  55. My first Cook4Me pressure cooker meal will be

    Chicken Enchilada Soup - A friend posted on facebook that she made this in her pressure cooker and how yummy it was. The accompanied photo didn't help with my envy at her yummy meal either.

  56. omappy4:14 am

    Definitely want to try the Beef Massaman Curry first - this is perfect winter food, and a pressure cooker would be ideal for making the beef tender in a very short time!

  57. Beef and Red wine casserole. The perfect winter meal.

  58. Just found out my son will be home next week, he has been at sea in the Navy and he has sent me a list of food he would like cooked...where do I begin...if I had a slow cooker like this I would be set....first would be his favorite home made country casserole......

  59. kirsten jackes12:14 pm

    My partner would love a pressure cooker to do his to-die-for lamb shanks. Help take the dinner time cooking pressure off me, by winning the pressure cooker for him!

  60. My first Cook4Me pressure cooker meal will be lamb shanks. Pop them on before work and *voila!* ready when we get home.

  61. My first recipe would absolutely have to be an Octopus Stifatho! It takes forever to braise the octopus usually (& I never have time to do it).. maybe with the Cook4me I could make it even better than my yiayia's! (My gorgeous grandma!)

  62. I would have to cook an octopus stifatho! It takes ages to braise the octopus usually & I never have time, but with the cook4me maybe i'll make mine better than my yiayia's! (my gorgeous grandmother!)

  63. marilyn2:54 pm

    Rice pudding, it will be quick, easy and delicious

  64. Lamb curry~ yummmy

  65. Aimee T4:28 pm

    Chicken with apricot sauce, would be amazing! to have it melt in my mouth! OMG :D

  66. A delicious meal of gnocchi and tomato sugo! A meal where my gnocchi are perfect and not all soft and squishy :)

  67. This item looks fantastic..Everyone is raving about new kitchen aids and the most modern thing in my kitchen is my sandwich press..Talk about behind the times...

  68. Oh and I would cook anything and everything because its out of this world!

  69. mellie jane3:26 pm

    Thank you so so much what a fantastic prize i can't believe i won!


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