2018 - New Years Resolutions

2018 is going to be a very strange year for me. There is one big item looming, and it’s going to have impacts across the board. While the rest of the world is focused on a wedding in May, key thing for me is to turn up to Hurley in October...mainly for Gill’s sake.

In the cycling area, I’m now a relegatable rank (in that if I don’t perform to a certain level this year, I get knocked back down to a lower category on the 1st December 2018). I’ve never had that pressure before, and I’m keen to demonstrate myself as a reliable 2nd Cat rider, not a yo-yo’er who cannot hack higher levels.

Finally, it will have been 5 years since we bought the house in Addington Gardens. The fiscal world is in the process of changing, and we’ll need to re-mortgage with a view to stability in the next 5 years.

Where there are specific deadlines and targets, I’ve bolded them up. Some are more general rules for the year, but may gain some specific dates later on.

1) Retain 2nd Category License

I need to score 25 points...the actual deadline is by the 31st November, however with the wedding in mind, and the slight incident last year which left me in a cast for 7 weeks, I will need to stop racing by the end of July really.

Last year I was racing as part of a team (the GS Henley ORRL Team)...this year I’ll be mainly flying solo, as I’m no longer eligible for ORRL (it’s for 3rd and 4th Car riders only. I’m the only 2nd Cat rider in GS Henley). I know plenty of other riders, and so will have some “frenemies” in races, however I’ll need to adapt my racing tactics to account for not having support in the pack. I also won’t have the same selection of races generally, and most races I do will pit me against full-time/semi-professional riders. Scoring points will be harder generally. I’ve had some remarkable early season success, with 8 points/2nd place in a local crit race (I was beaten by a chap called Jake Hales, who was the top-ranking domestic rider in the UK in 2017, to give you an idea about what I’m up against). I’ve also had a 5th place, for another 5 points...so somewhat surprisingly I’m halfway to keeping my license before 2018 has even started!

2) Top 5% in Closed Road Sportives

Only got one planned this year...RideLondon at the end of July. This will effectively be the end of my pack-riding events for the year, and will mark the transition from racing to riding.

3) Avoid the Performance Dip

I’ve spent the last quarter of 2017 living reasonably healthily...certainly not a monk-like existence, but I’ve been calorie-counting, and keeping a focus on macro-nutrients as I did a 10-week fitness program. What tends to happen once racing kicks off in April is that routine goes out the window, and I slowly lose fitness as I eat badly, sleep poorly due to late nights, and start to miss training sessions through fatigue. With a shorter race season next year, I need to keep very focused on maintaining my fitness and strength into the end of July...there is also a ego part to me that wants to turn up to the wedding in good shape, before relaxing on the honeymoon.

I’ve identified a few specific areas I can focus on to help with this;

a) Weight and Nutrition

When I’m calorie-counting, I tend to plan my food more, and eat better. In 2018 I want to be a “prepper”, and have healthy food to hand. As a general rule, the less planned food is, the worse it is for you. I have a good idea of what I need to eat, I just need to ensure that suitable food is around. Part of this is good shopping, the other half is ahead-of-time food preparation. Early in 2018 (January/February) I’m going to have some new plug sockets installed in the kitchen on some currently unused work surface, and then buy a slow/pressure/electric multi-cooker. We have 2 freezers, and I’ll endeavour to have a good supply of meals always available.

I need to eat more protein...one thing that has come out from calorie-counting and the food diary is that I don’t eat enough (as a general rule of thumb it’s 1g per kg of body weight per day for maintenance, and intense exercise puts that upto 1.2-2g per kg a day). A lack of protein leads to muscle degradation, and fatigue. I need to be eating 100-120g of protein a day.

b) Follow the Training Plan

When fatigue creeps in, one of the first things to suffer is the training. When I feeling good, and eating well, I can jump on the bike and smash out a great training set...however if I’m tired and worn out then it’s easy to say to myself “I can skip this one”. One becomes two, and suddenly you’re sliding off a fitness cliff, and motivation goes straight down (a similar thing happens with injury and illness, though again the primary cause of that is going off-plan, and probably overdoing it). Realistically, once you’ve started your body will wake up, and you can get it done. In June this year I started skipping sessions, and if anything my fatigue levels increased. This year I need to be much stricter with myself. Nutrition and sleep can help, but ultimately I need to get the training done. What’s the point in paying for a coach if you ignore his guidance?

c) Build to 2019

Once I hit the end of July, I almost need to start thinking about the 2019 season. In a good scenario I’ll be patting myself on the back at retaining my 2nd Cat license, and looking forward to doing it all again. The bad scenario is that I’ve failed to hit 25 points, and I’ll be back to racing 3rd Cat races. Either way, the final quarter of this year has made me realise that I can do great things in the early winter, and I should be looking to do that again. Once I’m back off Honeymoon (end of October) I want to do a hard, 8-week build program in the same vein as this year.

4) Discover 4 new authors

Failed at this one in 2017. I have a few holidays (sort of, 2 of them may be training camps), and I want to try and assign a new author to each one as a baseline. This will mainly involve looking through Amazon, and various book reviews for something that triggers my interest. One downside to digital media (across the board really...music, games, books etc) is that there is a lot more noise, and less curation. I need to dig through the crud, and find some good stuff that keeps me hooked.

5) Complete 2 games of reasonable size

Based on my gaming experiences in 2017, I think I need something with a storyline of about 10-15 hours length. On a console I really dislike FPS controls, far prefer Third Person. Nothing sandbox-y, or with pointless RPG elements bolted on. No loot-boxes, microtransactions etc etc. I also need something that can be played in 1-2 hour chunks, as I realistically can’t dedicate time to long play sessions.

I could look up PC games as well (which would offer up FPS games, as well as sims), however it’s quite nice to chill on the sofa of an evening. I may look at setting up a mouse/keyboard option on the sofa if I’m struggling in Summer...

6) Have Good Finances

Last year was about saving, however next year is about paying for the wedding. We’ve already committed and laid out a fair sum, and while we are planning to keep it all under control, there is still a lot of money that needs to be ring-fenced.

a) Meet all targets to October 2017

I have a fairly in-detail financial plan for the next 2 years, and if I hit all the goals in that then in theory everything should be fine. We want to maintain the recommended “3 months” financial buffer for unexpected situations, and also need to assume the wedding expenses will shift somewhat, as not all suppliers have been nailed down yet.

b) Remortgage, and reduce the length of the mortgage

Our fixed rate mortgage expires in August, so I’m going to start investigating options from February onwards. The house has increased in value significantly, and in theory we should be able to get a good deal based on percentage we now have, which we will use to reduce the length of the mortgage (overpayment would achieve the same thing, but would be extra admin as the default result is a reduction in payment value, not number of payments). I want to have this sorted earlier rather than later...I’ll probably use the same mortgage advisor as last time, as she did a really good job...however she cannot work with some mortgage companies (most notably HSBC, who Gill and I bank with). Ideally this will be done by June.

c) Maintain the savings buffer

When we first started discussing the wedding, we agreed on a minimum amount of money we should retain in savings (the “3 months” value above). As it stands, we will be sailing close to the wind a few times this year as large payments come out (most notably the final payments due 6-8 weeks beforehand). With sufficient planning, I would like to ensure we never dip below that minimum threshold throughout the year...though realistically after September we should be OK.

7) Baking

Next year will be less about variety, and more about one very large project...the wedding cake. I’m also going to be doing favors.

I have an outline plan...a cupcake tower (~120 cupcakes), with a 20cm topper cake for cutting. The cupcakes will be 4-5 different flavours...some nailed down, some a bit up in the air. The topper will be a half’n’half cake done in a Hungarian dobos torte style of layers.

Ultimately, this is a logistics exercise. 120 cupcakes is 5 oven runs (24 cakes at a time), followed by a lot of icing and decorating. The flavours I have nailed down are;

  • Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Coffee and Walnut with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Strawberry and Vanilla with buttercream frosting
  • Chocolate (not fully defined here yet) with chocolate frosting

Options for the 5th one are;

  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Caramel
  • Lemon/Orange
  • Savoury Pies

In terms of decoration, it should be immediately obvious what you have. The flavours will be on full display, and that will be key in determining which final flavour is brought in. I’ll be finalising the flavours in the first 3 months of the year, and then focusing on refining recipes, and working out a baking plan for 2-3 days before the wedding. The pies is a bit of a left-field entry, however I do quite like the idea of some small pork-pie’esque entries in there, and the presence of pies does have some meaning for me.

If that’s not enough, I’ll also be doing favours. 2 options here, with a chance I’ll do both.

  • Fudge
  • Biscuits

Fudge is the easy option...it can be done a couple of weeks in advance, and can be done in volume very easily. I had one look at buying some, laughed at the price companies charge for it (£1 - £1.20 a portion...where 3 bits is a portion. I’ve costed mine up, and it’s 4p a bit), and committed to doing it myself! The biscuit option is more involved, and while I have some ideas, I haven’t yet tried any, so will hold off on determining these as yet. Again, trials will happen in the first 3-4 months of the year, and then logistics will be planned in.

Moving all this on the day will be “fun”. On the plus side, I can drive now (sort of), however I’ll need to plan a route from the house to the venue. The default route goes through Burchetts Green, with some of the worst speed bumps you’ll ever see...not what you want when you have 120~ cakes in a car!

8) Get Married

The actual day should be quite easy. Turn up, speak, forget everyone’s name and try not to kill anyone. I think about 90% of the attendees will be Gill’s family, and it’s very much for her and them...I’m really just an extra. That said, I’m quite keen to try and avoid as many traditions as possible...I suspect this attitude will be the cause of many arguments between Gill and myself in the next 9 months. The big challenge is the planning in the lead-up. Apparently I have to wear trousers??! All day?

It will be a big paradigm shift for me, I am quite looking forward to the holiday afterwards though...

Comments

You bastard! I'm still halfway through writing mine!

I laughed at your weight chart. I'm currently 75kg, which is heavy for me. I'm going to have to sort that out.

Nothing sandbox-y, or with pointless RPG elements bolted on. No loot-boxes, microtransactions etc etc. I also need something that can be played in 1-2 hour chunks, as I realistically can’t dedicate time to long play sessions.

You've written a nice precis there on the plague that is modern gaming. They need to sort their shit out and stop throwing all of these mechanics needlessly into it. I like a Sandbox but I still feel that lack of any coherence ruins what could be a set of great games.

Your baking stuff sounds delicious, I'm looking forward to wrapping my face around them.

The BIG ONE

Avoiding the traditions takes expectation management, which should be done as soon as possible. You don't have to wear trousers. Wear whatever the fuck you like. Not lycra, tho. Please God not Lycra. You wear it well but people will want photos of the "happy couple" and not your power-moobs.

I think this paradigm shift is pivoting around a core belief that you don't need to get married. That makes absolute sense and still remains true after the fact. You don't need to now and you wouldn't have needed to after. You've proven to everyone that you and Gill can live as independent people while maintaining a complex relationship of tea bartering. That's proven. Your private promise to Gill that you'll stick about as her best mate was made years ago and repeating that in front of everyone is really a formality.

I didn't need to go to Florence with Kate but we did because she wanted to go there more than anything in the world. Didn't need to. I still don't need to now that we've gone but it meant so much to her so I know it was the right thing to do in the end.

For a chap who's introverted, it must be fucking terrifying in front of all those family members, so double respect to you.

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Weirdly Gill has also stipulated no lycra. Strange... otherwise I've had no thoughts on what I'm wearing, and Gill's expectations are remarkably low. I'm slightly gutted that animals are not allowed in the venue, otherwise I'd be scaring the crap out of everyone (and I would literally tell no-one, it would just suddenly come screaming down the barn over everyones head).

I still maintain that marriage is an absolute waste of time, and there was more commitment taking out a joint mortgage (after all, a divorce takes no time, but our credit records are now linked for at least the next 7 years...that is some serious shit right there). The main event is primarily (in fact almost exclusively) for Gill and her family. Fortunately I'm so bad with names I probably won't remember any of them.

That said, the honeymoon should be good. That is already sorted, as we wanted to make sure it was budgeted in properly (I've inflicted a costings spreadsheet on Gill that has double-entry bookkeeping, even my my own reckoning it'sexceptionally detailed). 9 nights in the Maldives (and another night getting there via Sri Lanka). We've picked one of the larger islands (I say large, it's about 1km end-to-end, and rather thin) to avoid going stir-crazy. I insisted the wedding was out of race season, so the honeymoon is basically my 2 weeks off the bike next year.

Games - if you look at games that have done well over a long period of time (Counter-Strike, LOL, Starcraft, recently PUBG, DOTA, Team Fortress) most have a reasonably short play-time (5 mins to an hour for a session). When you look in the Steam Top 100 you can spot old games like L4D2 as well. You do get the epic long-term games like Civ (5 still beating 6) and Stardew Valley, and a few RPG'esque ones (GTAV, Ark, Payday2). I suspect there is another chart somewhere with revenue, and stuff like GTAV is probably winning that one (I'm not fully aware of the monetisation of DOTA2 and CS:GO, though I do know the skins in CS:GO can be worth a fortune, due to all the gambling bullshit that went on this year).

I think Sandbox can work, but it needs to have a direction, otherwise it's easy to lose focus. I still think PUBG (or other Battle Royale games) have a good implementation of this...literally forcing players into a smaller and smaller area...a mechanism that also limits the session time in a suitable way. There are no "Eldar Invisible Base" tactics to use to pointlessly delay the game.

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Ahh...how time flies. Actually feels like it has been dragging it's heels so far this year, with some fairy dire weather meaning that I'm well behind on my riding and racing. Due to the vagaries of holidays the end of the quarter clashes with Easter this year (to the un-mitigated joy of our finance department, who are all working on Sunday!), so thought I'd get this done now.

1) Retain 2nd Cat License

After a great start to the racing season in December, I've had a number of hurdles. Races have been cancelled for poor weather (torrential rain and snow, combined with wind, means that bunch bike racing is simply too dangerous). I'm on 16 points out of the 25 I need, which is still a good start to the year, however as the weather warms up more people will come out of hibernation...proven last Saturday when Hillingdon had a rare full race (80 racers on a 1 mile circuit, about 7 metres wide, led to a very claustrophobic, fast race, ending with a bunch kick I had no opportunity to contest). Racing kicks off fuly after Easter, with typically 2-3 races a week for me.

2) Top 5% in Closed Road Sportives

Pretty much confirmed I'm only doing one this year, that being RideLondon. I've had my confirmation through, still hopeful of a first-wave position based on my 2016 finish time.

3) Avoid the Performance Dip

...and here we start to wobble a bit. I had set out 3 key goals here...weight and nutrition, following the plan, and an end of year build for 2019.

The weight wobbled in February...I got out to Spain for a training camp at 65g, but since then I've faltered, and current at 66.5kg. I've actually had a couple of medical issues, most notably a fairly savage bout of sciatica in my right leg. That interrupted my training for a week early February, however with some treatment (basically intensly painful soft-tissue massages) and a metric fuck-ton of painkillers, I was able to ride (sciatica is weird...actually doesn't hurt riding, but standing/sitting/lying was excruciating). It's currently being controlled, and I'm able to continue training, however I'm getting occasional cramping phases during intense workouts. The weather has hit my motivation to train...by now I should be riding outside a lot more than I am, and it's taking a real kick in the arse to myself to get the evening sessions done. I'm hoping that I can get a decent block done over Easter (though the amount of rain showing on long-range forecasts right now is not ideal).

4) Discover 4 new Authors

I had sort of assigned this towards holidays, and having done my first trip, I have ticked off one new author (Annalee Newitz, book called Autonomous). Pretty decent actually, quite enjoyed it. I'm now rattling through some new books from some favourite authors, and need to sort out some reading for May, when I'm off to Mallorca for a week.

5) Complete 2 games of reasonable size

Smashed it! I decided to pick up a Nintendo Switch in January (Happy Birthday to me!). The PS4 simply wasn't getting used enough, as I was quite often too tired to settle down for a long-ish play session. The Switch is perfect for picking up and bashing through a level, and more importantly the games are quite often designed around that as well. I've currently polished off 3 games, and I'm bracing myself to go into Zelda:Breath of the Wild (the cartridge is in, but not yet started it, as I'm wary about the length of time it will take). I'm really impressed at the Switch in terms of hardware, and there was something remarkably satisfying playing Mario Kart on a plane to Spain, with the screen propped up on the meal tray.
Games finished;

  • Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Bayonetta
  • Bayonetta 2

I also have Mario Kart for a 5-minute blasts, as well a couple of co-op games I've trialled with Gill...Overcooked and Death-Squared. Overcooked makes her panic, Death-Squared works better as there is no time-limit, it's more about puzzle solving and communication. Finally I have Wonder Boy: The Dragons Trap...simply as I used to play it when it came out on the Master System, and I was fucking awful at it. I still am truely abysmal...

6) Have Good Finances

Again a multi-faceted goal. I'm ahead of track for all financial goals, and the re-mortgaging starts in April (initially speaking to the previous mortgage advisor, and the bank). The savings buffer is also good for now, thoguh most wedding stuff comes out 8 weeks before the day.

7) Baking

The 6 flavours for the wedding cupcakes have now been cofirmed, and I have 5 of the receipes nailed down as well

Next up is a complete run of the top cake (a 20cm round with multiple layers and a dark and white chocolate decoration), and then I'll be onto volume testing (I want to bake 24 cakes at a time in the oven, not 12, but need to check on the impact to cooking times). I have the ingredients list, which includes a rather hilarious 3.5kg of butter!

The favours will be fudge...I had a look at doing biscuits, but doing them to the standard I want would take too long.

8) Get Married

Working on it. We haven't killed each other yet. We have the first planning meeting with the venue in April, which will probably trigger mass panic in us both as we realise how little we've done. We do have a wedding license (and what a waste of time that process is), so legally we are all sorted. I still haven't decided what I'm wearing.

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It's always wonderful to read through your goal progress because they're always so fucking awesome. I'll do an update on mine in a mo... but first some things...

Races have been cancelled for poor weather

You were ready for them; I'd say that was goal completed.

The weight wobbled in February

To give you a benchmark of someone who does fuck all... being someone whose always been roughly the same height/build as you, I'm 75.5kg.

pick up a Nintendo Switch in January

Zelda, by all accounts, is amazing. We're probably not going to hear from you again after that.... but it'll be worth it.

I'm ahead of track for all financial goals

NOT TO BE SNIFFED AT! This is exceptional given the financial climate. Inflation is at 3% (although utility tracking faster) and wage growth is stagnant. Also, Yell seems to still exist; so well done!

The 6 flavours for the wedding cupcakes have now been cofirmed,

Shitting hell.

Get Married

Looking forward to playing my part! When the weather turns, we'll get out and do some testing.

Don't forget to wear something you're happy in. Don't be cajoled into a fucking morning suit "just because". Wear New Rocks if you want!

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Actually, something I forgot to mention under the food/nutrition bit was the pressure/multi-cooker. After a bit of faffing, we got a couple of extra plugs added into the kitchen, which opened up an area of workspace that was previously sort-of unusable ( and so naturally just acquired clutter). It's now home to my all-important stand mixer, and a digital pressure cooker (I opted for a Tefal Cook4Me. It's a very clever bit of kit, and enables you to do 1-pot cooking very quickly. I'm typically using it a couple of times a week, and each time I'm making 3-4 meals, which then get stashed in the fridge/freezer...typical cooking times are about 20 minutes start to finish. This in turn has reduced the food bill by about 25% every week, and I'm eating more varied stuff too, rather than the same 3-4 meals every week.

I'm now eyeing up the microwave (which I bought the day I moved into Southwood Gardens almost 11 years ago...it was on special offer at B&Q when I went round there with Rob and Byrnie working out what I needed in a house!), and contemplating swapping it for a combi-oven/grill thing. We have a long-term plan to have the kitchen re-vamped in a few years (I want it bigger, with an island and some more serious oven hardware), but little things like a combi-oven will give me some more options in the short term.

In terms of what I'll wear for the wedding, I'm probably going to rent (lets face it, chances of me ever wearing it again are vanishingly low), and top of my list is "must be comfortable, and not too hot". I'm the sort of person who feels warm most of the time (slightly over-active metabolism), and I basically live in t-shirts (Gill had a go at me for wearing shorts to the supermarket when it was snowing). I also don't want something that feels like I'm wearing a tent (normal issue I have with dress shirts, they seem to be made for people with a chest size twice mine). The wedding planning meeting could well spur me into action, once I realise that my jobs are more than "turn up, bring cake". I also have to order my wedding ring, as that is coming from the US.

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This pressure cooker thing - does it make meals like a slow cooker but quickly?

(Gill had a go at me for wearing shorts to the supermarket when it was snowing)

But Gill is northern!

Will you be sporting a tie at your wedding? When wearing posh stuff in hot climates, the RAF wear short sleeved, very thin posh-shirts under a jacket. That might solve your heat problem while at the same time giving you something casual for after the ceremony and shit. No-one will know until later, at which point they will be too jollied up to care. :)

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Pressure cooker...sort of. It's got an induction ring built in, so you can brown stuff off before cooking it, then the big differences are temperature and moisture.

Slow Cookers are really low temperature (~80'C), and a non-sealed system, so they will lose moisture over the course of several hours (so sauces will thicken up). Pressure cookers run at ~120'C, and notably the liquid and steam is the same temperature. If you work on the approximation that 10'C higher temperatures double the speed of a reaction then a pressure cooker will operate about 4x faster than boiling something, and 16x faster than a slow cooker. They don't, however, really lose any liquid (really just the initial steam created to generate the pressure, which is ejected at the end) so some recipes for slow cookers won't work in pressure cookers (the modern digital ones have loads of safe-guards, so if there is not enough starting liquid to build pressure correctly, they will abort).

End result is that its really good for some things...I've had great success with risottos (no stirring needed, as the temperature is constant), stews, cassaroles and some pasta-based stuff. If a stew/cassarole does not have a thickening item (potato, rice, pasta) in it, then it will probably come out watery (Gill had this with a beef and mushroom cassarole she tried). It will also apparently do amazing pulled pork (takes 4 hours in the oven, and about 45 minutes in a pressure cooker), a whole chicken in 30 minutes, and they are also apparently awesome for cheesecake, which is definitely on the list. These are the sort of things that are definitely not within the remit of a slow cooker. I did the best ever mashed potato using it...cooked the potatoes for 12 minutes, put them through a potato ricer with no butter/milk added, and it was insanely creamy (served with a pie...obviously. The comedy being the pie takes a couple of hours to make, as I did my own puff pastry).

It has other features, like once it's finished cooking it will auto-release the pressure, and then use the induction ring to keep the contents hot (but as it's sealed, it doesn't dry out)...this is great in the evening, as I can load it up, set it off, then go train, and when I'm done there is a hot meal ready to go. That said, most meals are done in under 20 minutes, with prep typically a case of "chop this up, brown this off, add a jug of stock and put the lid down". There is an app that connects via Bluetooth that walks you through the recipe, and does all the timings etc...it's all remarkably simple and hard to fuck up. You can also use it to re-heat stuff...chuck it in, put the lid down and it will bring it upto heat and maintain it without boiling it dry.

All in all, it's a very handy tool for someone who just wants some decent food fast. I'm quite happy spending hours baking, but when it comes to basic food, I just want it quick, and reasonably healthy.

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A pressure cooker is something I keep meaning to add to my kitchen arsenal and the self contained electric ones have really been getting popular these days. A lot of my recent experimentations in cooking, the slow cooker, sous vide cooking, take a lot of time (some of the sous vide recipes call for days of cooking) so having the same sort of throw it in a pot goodness of a slow cooker but where it doesn't take 6-8 hours of cooking would be nice.

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Inspired by your post I had a look at the tefal unit but it seemed to be hard to get in the US as well as hilariously expensive at 500 dollars some four times the price of other brands so I did a bit of research and settled on the Instantpot Duo recommended over at wirecutter. It was also available at my local target for the bargain price of 100 bucks so I grabbed on on the way home today.

It's not as fancy as the tefal and doesn't have an app or built in recipes but it has the main electric pressure cook functionality. I looked up some recipes and decided to try making a honey garlic chicken. Pretty simple brown some chicken thighs (the machine has a browning mode) then add a mix of soy garlic honey ketchup a few spices seal it up and blast it for 20 minutes. It came out really well delicious flavours with very tender chicken.

I'll definitely have to try some other things, I saw a recipe for taco carnitas, red beans and rice, mesquite ribs, and various chili's and such I'd like to try out.

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I was actually looking at Instant Pots, however they are remarkably hard to get hold of in the UK, and typically a generation or two behind the ones in the US. There are a lot of resources out there for Instant Pots, they are the poster-child of the modern pressure cooker!

I've done a similar recipe to the one you tried...and the meat does come out exceptionally tender. I did another one with chicken drumsticks, and the meat was properly "fall off the bone". I do like how you can use much cheaper cuts of meat, and get amazing results.

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I'd heard people raving about instant pot's (a friend of mine who doesn't really cook even got one but inadequately explained what it was) but until now hadn't been bothered with finding out what they actually were (I figured some sort of super pot noodle :D).

Yeah being able to use the cheaper meats and get great results is something that both slow cookers and sous vide were also great at but now it takes 20 min rather than a week :D

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