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Philips HomeCooker Experiment One

I received my first invite to a Philips Appliance launch via  the wonderful Jessica Franks of, and then I received another one for the  Philips Jamie Oliver – HomeCooker Blogger Party to be held on the 12 September 2013. At this party we watced Dimakatso Moloantoa-the Marketing Manager for Philips Kitchen Appliances Southern Africa demonstrate how to use the Philips Jamie Oliver – HomeCooker. Each one of the bloggers in attendance were given a HomeCooker to take home and experiment with it. I have to admit when I opened up the box at home I thought to myself “oh my dear lord there are just to many gadgets to this gadget” but it was quite simple putting them together.

I chose to use the HomeCooker for some the dishes that I preparered previously using conventional methods, I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was using the HomeCooker and the fact that I did not have to stand close by stirring-I had more time on my hands to do other things and even watch a game of cricket while the HomeCooker was doing my cooking.

The first recipe I tried in it was my famous left over rice and whatever veggies in the fridge “qucik rice dumplings”, and believe me it was quick and easy

Quick Rice Dumplings/Mootia

250ml cooked White Rice

75ml chopped coriander leaves

125ml chopped fenugreek herbs or watercress or spinach

100ml chick pea flour

100ml soya flour

50ml self raising flour

7ml crushed fennel seeds

10ml ground chillies

10ml salt

10ml grated ginger

25ml oil

20ml lemon juice

 Vagaar / Tempering Spices

30ml cooking oil

15ml sesame seeds

10ml mustard seeds

3-4 curry leaves

Rice Mootia 2


  1. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly, if necessary a little water can be added to ensure the mixture is soft
  2. If you have any baby marrow or a piece of carrot, you can grate it and add to the mixture
  3. Dampen your hands and take little golf ball size bits of the rice mixture form into dumplings and place on a try till all your mixture is finished
  4. Set the  temperature to 200 on the Jamie Oliver HomeCooker and ensure that the stirrer attachment is affixed
  5. Add the oil and when it is hot add the curry leaves and seed spices and allow to pop before adding the prepared dumplings – while adding the dumplings switch the stirrer off and keep it off of the first 15minutes of cooking
  6. Lower the heat to 120 and cover the cooker and allow this to cook for about 15minutes
  7. Remove the lid and turn the stirrer on and allow to cook for another 5minutes before turning the HomeCooker off and allowing it to cool
  8. These dumplings can be served as a starter with a sweet & sour sauce or with a chilli sauce

Rice Dumplings 6

I was not paid to write this article, however I was given use of the Jamie Oliver HomeCooker for a period of 4weeks. All the opinions and recipes are my own.

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