How to cook using a Wonderbag
Save precious electricity when cooking slow soups and stews by using the nifty Wonderbag. By Hilary Biller
The Wonderbag looks like a cushion to rest your head on while you're flying, but it is a nifty heat-retention device that saves energy and seals in nutrition. Food is brought to the boil on the stove and then placed in the bag, where it continues to cook by way of clever insulation, remaining at around 65°C for more than seven hours. You can prepare a dish before you go to work, put it in the electricity-free bag without fear of power cuts, fires or blown fuses, and come home to a delicious meal. Use oven gloves when removing the pot from the bag.
WONDERBAG BRAISED CHICKEN WITH CAPERS AND PARSLEY
60ml (¼ cup) olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken thighs
1 onion, chopped
125ml (½ cup) fresh parsley, finely chopped, plus extra to serve
80ml ( cup) capers, well rinsed
250ml (1 cup) chicken stock
80ml ( cup) white wine vinegar
Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pot. Season the chicken and brown on all sides for about 10 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside on a plate. Add the onion to the pot and fry till golden brown. Return the chicken to the pot with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a rolling boil, then cover. Remove from the stove and immediately place in the Wonderbag. Leave for about 3 hours or until the chicken is really tender. Serve with rice or couscous.
WONDERING WHERE TO GET YOUR OWN WONDERBAG
The Wonderbag company is based in KZN and they have offices in CT and JHB where people can collect the bags.
The head office contact number is 031 536 8220 or email Gareth on firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> .
The standard Wonderbag costs R100 and can be collected from one of the offices – or it can be posted or couriered (plus costs).
There is a UK website with further information on the bag - visit nb-wonderbag.com/