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Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker Review and Giveaway

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So a while back I was lucky enough to be sent out the Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker courtesy of Eddingtons – the official UK distributor of Lodge cast iron cookware. The Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker includes a 3-litre Dutch oven and 10.25″ inch skillet with multiple culinary uses both indoor and outdoor.

You’ll have probably seen both my Dutch oven and skillet in a lot of my recipes recently because not only have I become a cast iron addict but cast iron is incredibly versatile to cook with (more on this later). Before I go full throttle into my review I’d love you to hear a little more about Lodge and reasons why you should cook with cast iron – hint: it’s seriously good for your health.

About Lodge

Lodge, a family-owned company based in South Pittsburg (Tennessee), was originally founded by Joseph Lodge in 1896. With over 100 years of experience Lodge has become renowned for producing the finest cast iron cookware in the world. In fact it is the only remaining manufacturer of cast iron cookware in the entirety of the USA!

Why Cook With Lodge Cast Iron?

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Spicy Shakshuka With Rose Harissa in the 10.25″ Lodge cast iron skillet.

Unlike your regular stainless steel pots and pans, Lodge cast iron boasts the ultimate heat distribution and retention. The heat spreads rapidly and evenly across both the bottom and sides of the material and stays hot for prolongued periods of time for the ultimate dish. What I love about cooking with Lodge cast iron however, is the versatility – you can bake, braise, broil, fry, grill, roast, sauté, and sear almost anything! And what’s even better is that you can take your combo cooker with you camping and cook on the campfire or even a barbecue!  Cast iron is so durable that it will tolerate any heat source (other than the microwave – duh) and is suitable for ceramic, electric, gas, and induction cooktops. Although take note that you must always lift your cast iron off of a glass or ceramic cooktop to prevent scratching it!

The Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker is also pre-seasoned, so when you get it you don’t have to season it yourself. This is done by applying vegetable oil via an electrostatic spray system which coats the cookware. It is then baked into the iron in commercial ovens at temperatures of 315ºC. This allows the oil to penetrate into the pores of the iron, providing a natural non-stick surface. This pre-seasoning process also fully eliminates any health concerns that are normally associated with chemical non-stick coatings.  For those of you that don’t know non-stick cookware contains PFCs (perfluorocarbons), a chemical that’s linked to cancer, developmental problems, liver damage , and even early menopause. When you cook, the PFCs are released and inhaled as the fumes are released during high temperature cooking – nasty!

Cast iron is also incredibly cheap – when you think about how much a set of good quality stainless steel pans costs you and then think about the functionality of those pans it’s safe to say that they cannot compare to cast iron. I love the fact that Lodge create incredibly affordable cast iron cookware – with a family of 3 children I spend a lifetime in my kitchen and I don’t have much money to part with either.

One of my favourite reasons to cook with cast iron is that it can fortify your food with iron! Amazing! When cooking (especially something acidic foods) in a cast iron skillet the iron content can be increased by as much as 20 times. Brilliant for anyone that’s iron deficient!

How Does the Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker Perform?

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Paleo and Vegan Cinnamon Rolls baked in the 3-litre Lodge cast iron Dutch oven.

Unlike my stainless steel pans the first thing I noticed was just how damn sturdy both the Dutch oven and skillet were. I recently had the ultimate cooking debacle when my old battered ad bruised pan decided to allow its handle to drop right off – the pan fell to the floor and dinner was ruined. With my combo cooker I can’t really imagine the handles falling off, not unless someone breaks into my house with a magical fire sword and hacks the bloody thing off. I’m not even joking, it’s that sturdy it should be added to the list of weapons on Cluedo.

The next thing I noticed was just how quickly my food cooked when I was cooking with cast iron – the heat distribution is perfect, I don’t really know how to explain this but it heats up fast and just eminates from the centre outward, and stays warm. This meant that when my dish was almost ready I could turn the heat off and it would carry on cooking, which was also a great way of keeping food warm before plating up. If you’re a mum this is probably the biggest selling point within this whole.

Undoubtedly the best part about cooking with my Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker was the ability to start my dish on the hob and finish it in the oven – my Spicy Shakshuka is a great example or my Fruity Frittata. The Dutch oven is big enough to boil a full batch of sweet potatoes or rice for the family. Although I don’t eat meat you could definitely slow cook some fantastic dishes in there and the 3-litre capacity means that you’ll get a good volume of food in there to feed all of the family.

The 10.25″ skillet also acts as a lid for your Dutch oven, I used this when making my Paleo and Vegan Cinnamon Rolls to help to prevent burning – any Paleo baking you normally do will need to be covered with tin foil (also known as ‘tenting’) as the high fat content makes it prone to burning. Using my skillet as a lid eliminated this problem instantly and also helps to circulate the heat and retain moisture.

I’ve found that since I have started cooking with cast iron I’ve reduced the amount of oil and butter I cook with, not eggs however which do like to stick to the pan if you don’t over grease. I also noticed that I’m never cooking above a medium heat (usually low) so I’m saving on the energy bill and you can cook with pretty much any kind of utensil (metal, silicone, wood etc.) without worrying about scratching the surface of the pans.

I think the one factor that puts most people off is the cleaning aspect – most people think that cast iron is a nightmare to clean and maintain but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Yes you do have to hand wash but for me this isn’t a problem as we don’t own a dishwasher. Secondly you shouldn’t use soap – you can use a mild soapy solution but I’d recommend that you don’t. Just simply wash with warm water and gently scrub (but not with a scourer as it can remove the seasoning). To remove any tough ground on foods I use table salt (the only use for the horrible stuff) with a little hot water to help to exfoliate away any foods that are stuck to the cookware. You then dry immediately and then wipe in a little vegetable oil, just enough to restore the ‘sheen’, to help  to reinforce the natural seasoning and protect the cast iron from moisture which inevitably will lead to rusting.

The only down side to the pans is that they are bloody heavy! Like if you have weak wrists you are about to get one hell of a workout. The handle also heats up like crazy so if you’re in a tired state and accidentally grab the handle with a bare hand it isn’t a pretty sight. Definitely invest in a decent pair of oven gloves!

So my final verdict – I absolutely cannot live without my Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker – in fact I threw out all of my old pans and now just own I big pan, my Lodge combo cooker, and another Lodge skillet. It’s great to know that I own a sustainable piece of cookware that can last 100+ years making it super eco-friendly. I’ll definitely be looking to invest in more cast iron items but at the moment I don’t feel that I actually need anything else to get by, any additions would just be luxury items.

You can buy the Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker direct from Eddingtons which is currently on sale at £56.25, down from £64.99.

The Giveaway

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Up For Grabs

One lucky winner will win the following:

The Features

The Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker includes a 3-litre Dutch oven and 10.25″ inch skillet with multiple culinary uses both indoor and outdoor. It boasts the following key features:

  • Can be used as a deep skillet, fryer, or Dutch oven to prepare almost any meal.
  • The lid doubles-up as a shallow skillet or griddle for added functionality.
  • Pre-seasoned at Lodge’s foundry for a natural, easy-release and non-stick finish that improves with use.
  • Amazing distribution and retention of heat that ensures rapid and efficient cooking.
  • Suitable for use onceramic, electric, gas, and induction cooktops, as well as in the oven, on the stove, in the grill and on barbecues and campfires.
  • Extremely versatile – can be used to bake, braise, broil, fry, grill, roast, sauté, and sear.
  • Compatible with metal, silicone, and wood cooking utensils.
  • Ridiculously tough and durable – should last you a lifetime.
  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee (providing you follow the manufacturer’s care instructions).

How to Enter:

  1. To enter into the competition just simply sign-up to the Greens of the Stone Age Newsletter by filling in this form – this will give you 5 entries into the competition!
  2. Next using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below, select ‘Sign-up to my Newsletter’ and fill in your first name and e-mail address for verification purposes. If you don’t complete these two steps your entry will be disqualified!

For Additional Entry Points

To up your odds of winning:

  • Leave a comment using the comments box below telling me what you’ll make with your Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker if you win! You may only do this once.
  • Follow Greens of the Stone Age on Twitter, and any of the companies involved in the giveaway, using the option on the Rafflecopter giveaway box below. You may only follow each company once.
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*Competition open to UK entrants only. Sorry!
** Competition opens 00:00 23rd May 2016 to 23:59 6th June 2016. (All times GMT.)

The Lucky Winner

  • The lucky winner will be picked at random.
  • The more entries into the competition, the higher the chance is that you will win!
  • The lucky winner will be e-mailed within 48 hours of being picked to obtain their details and forward on to the Eddingtons team, who will then arrange a suitable time to mail out your prize!

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118 Comments

  • Reply
    Tracey Peach
    23rd May 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I would make a Spanish omelette they look really sturdy & hard wearing :)

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      greensofthestoneage
      23rd May 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Oooooh my kinda omelette! They are stupidly sturdy – dangerously so! Thanks for entering Tracey and good luck :)

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    KayleighConners
    23rd May 2016 at 1:13 pm

    ALL teh chili con carnes!

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    Tracy K Nixon (@tracyknixon)
    23rd May 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I would cook a spanish tortilla to serve with tasty salad and beef tomatoes!

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    Stephanie Coals
    23rd May 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I’d make a prawn korma

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      greensofthestoneage
      26th May 2016 at 9:44 am

      Oooh that sounds right up my street! Thanks for entering Stephanie and good luck :)

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    clair downham
    23rd May 2016 at 7:28 pm

    a lamb curry or paella

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    laura banks
    23rd May 2016 at 8:38 pm

    i would make a chilli

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      greensofthestoneage
      26th May 2016 at 9:46 am

      Chili seems to be super popular at the moment. Thanks for entering Laura and good luck!

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    Renate Kriegler Edwards
    24th May 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Fry up in the morning, followed by a slow roast for later. Yummmmmm

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      greensofthestoneage
      26th May 2016 at 9:44 am

      Yums! Nothing better than a good old fashioned fry up. Thanks for entering Renate and good luck :)

  • Reply
    Hayley Fountain
    24th May 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I would also make a chilli x

  • Reply
    kimneville1
    25th May 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Chicken korma or fajitas

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    sammychloe Samantha Loughlin
    25th May 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Paella chicken

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    Sharon
    27th May 2016 at 11:33 am

    It looks amazing, so handy! I’d go with empanadas, plantain chips and chimichurri sauce (should really open a cooking book for this :) ) x

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    debbie smith
    27th May 2016 at 5:29 pm

    hi fab giveaway i would make a potatoes and chorizo cassarole xx

  • Reply
    Tasha D'Cruz
    1st June 2016 at 8:17 am

    Oooo how exciting! Probably frittatas on a regular basis – just a good breakfast staple!

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    Gerri Tennant
    1st June 2016 at 8:27 am

    I would make a lovely lamb and chick pea curry with cauliflower rice and aubergine fritters.

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    Fiona K
    1st June 2016 at 8:50 am

    A Paella to remind me of a recent holiday

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    Chris Andrews
    1st June 2016 at 9:26 am

    telling me what you’ll make with your Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker if you win! . . . .probably a complete fool of myself ha ha but then l’ll try to make a paella

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    Tania Atfield
    1st June 2016 at 9:37 am

    I would make a chicken balti.

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    Julie
    1st June 2016 at 9:57 am

    I’d definitely make my favourite breakfast for 2 – Huevos Rancheros.
    Cast iron is the way to go, I’d love to replace my SS eventually.

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    Sus // roughmeasures.com
    1st June 2016 at 10:02 am

    I would love to make some quince swirl buns – I made lots of quince jam in the winter and need to use it up! What a great pan!

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    paula baylis
    1st June 2016 at 10:04 am

    I would make a biriyani with lamb as that has the best flavour, looks like an ace pot to cook with.

  • Reply
    iain maciver
    1st June 2016 at 10:36 am

    a chicken curry

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    Fleur
    1st June 2016 at 11:18 am

    I’d make a spicy lamb tagine

  • Reply
    Bev
    1st June 2016 at 11:19 am

    Chicken omelette!

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    Margaret Clarkson
    1st June 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I would make some lovely drop scones.

  • Reply
    Clare B
    1st June 2016 at 12:58 pm

    It would have to egg bhurji as we love indian food and have three free range chickens so always looking to use eggs

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    Anthony G
    1st June 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Chicken & chorizo paella. Yummm! :)

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    Kim M
    1st June 2016 at 3:41 pm

    A chicken casserole with lots of wine and herbs x

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    Maria Hackett
    1st June 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I would cook Sri Lankan style Devilled jumbo prawns with cashew

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    Rachel Craig
    1st June 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Probably a chicken Risotto.

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    Miranda
    1st June 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I would make Shakshuka!

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    Jayne Kelsall
    1st June 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Ooo definitely a good homemade curry, the kind of one that sits simmering for hours :)

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    janine atkin
    1st June 2016 at 6:16 pm

    ill make a chicken curry

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    Michelle O'Neill
    1st June 2016 at 6:36 pm

    a chicken korma x

  • Reply
    Shirley Evans
    1st June 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I would make a chicken stew with dumplings

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    cheryl hadfield
    1st June 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I would make a Spanish omelette

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    claire woods
    1st June 2016 at 9:37 pm

    a Spanish omelette

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    hannah webb
    1st June 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Fingers crossed, I’ve always wanted one of these to make all things egg related, particularly a baked blueberry pancake and baked mexican eggs!

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    Victoria Prince
    2nd June 2016 at 9:08 am

    I would make a vegetable curry :) This sounds fab, we are moving to a property with an induction hob and I have no pans that work at the moment!

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    Ray Dodds
    2nd June 2016 at 9:44 am

    A good old chicken curry

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    ROBERT MCINTOSH
    2nd June 2016 at 10:29 am

    venison and stout casserole

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    Susan Smith
    2nd June 2016 at 11:45 am

    Sweet and sour chicken

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    vecta2
    2nd June 2016 at 1:53 pm

    good old fashioned stew and dumplings

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    brenda_heads@yahoo.co.uk
    2nd June 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I once saw a recipe for a caramalised fruit with the pastry put on top and the pan put into the oven. I would try that.

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    Adele L
    2nd June 2016 at 4:35 pm

    A Spanish omlette

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    kezzy999
    2nd June 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Probably a veggie curry …. those vegan cinnamon rolls look divine!

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    Patricia Akosah
    2nd June 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I have been after a real cast iron pot for ages. So many stews, casseroles and one pot dishes I can make with this combo cooker

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    Katie Skeoch
    2nd June 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Vegetable fajitas, my boys love the sizzle

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    nannytJanice Taylor
    2nd June 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Chicken curry

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    Ruth Harwood
    3rd June 2016 at 9:56 am

    A lovely Spaghetti Bolognaise xx

  • Reply
    Susan B
    3rd June 2016 at 11:52 am

    I am into one-pot or one-pan dishes at the moment so would love to try a vegetable and lentil stew.

  • Reply
    Helen Gilbert
    3rd June 2016 at 9:34 pm

    pork, chorizo and bean casserole

  • Reply
    KayleighWhite (@xxfluffywhitexx)
    4th June 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Pork and apricot casserole!

  • Reply
    Mike Gerrie
    4th June 2016 at 5:56 pm

    A nice big pot of chicken curry

  • Reply
    Anthea Holloway
    4th June 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I would make a lovely coq au vin.

  • Reply
    Kim Styles
    4th June 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Gumbo would be great to cook in this

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    Margaret
    5th June 2016 at 12:53 am

    I would make quesadillas :)

  • Reply
    Donna Caldwell
    5th June 2016 at 9:05 am

    Morroccan chicken

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    Suzanne
    5th June 2016 at 11:00 am

    What a great idea this pan is. I think I’d make chicken cassoulet, and add spicy chorizo and beans.

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    sheridarby
    5th June 2016 at 11:19 am

    Thai Chicken Curry

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    bonniebonster
    5th June 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I would probably make chilli-con-carne, thats my all time favourite or I really like the look of the Spicy Shakshuka With Rose Harissa, so I think I might give that a go too

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    Leanne Joy
    5th June 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I would be making a Spanish omelette served with a salad yum yum ☺️

  • Reply
    Vera Bahounkova
    5th June 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Indian Butter Chicken

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    kimberley ryan
    5th June 2016 at 2:39 pm

    i would make chicken fajitas

  • Reply
    Nancy Bradford
    5th June 2016 at 4:05 pm

    It is calling out to have some old fashioned Irish stew made in it.

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    Adrian Bold
    5th June 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I’d make a Sweet and Sour Chicken

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    Samantha R
    5th June 2016 at 4:46 pm

    A restaurant near my house makes an amazing baked eggs and tomato dish so I’d use it to make that, just like in the blog!

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    Kat Glynn
    5th June 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I would make a lovely summery frittata, perfect with salad :)

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    helen newton
    5th June 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I would make a delicous Spanish Omlette perfect for the weather , thank you for the giveaway fabulous prize :)

  • Reply
    Diane Duggan
    5th June 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I would make Caponata.

  • Reply
    Mary Baldwin
    5th June 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Tarte tatin – yummy and a family favourite.

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    pete c
    6th June 2016 at 12:15 am

    would make a delicious lamb casserole

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    Karen Foster
    6th June 2016 at 7:31 am

    I’d make a vegetable fritata

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    barbedwire71
    6th June 2016 at 7:46 am

    that would a delish prawn risotto and it would be lovely in this pan

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    Rebecca Cusick
    6th June 2016 at 8:05 am

    I’d make a nice chicken curry! Or paella would probably coon really nice in this too. Yum!

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    Jemma Dwyer
    6th June 2016 at 8:23 am

    chicken stew

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    Niki Clifton
    6th June 2016 at 9:26 am

    sizzling veggie skewers smothered in super hot chilli sauce #yummy

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    emma kinsey
    6th June 2016 at 9:44 am

    chicken curry xx

  • Reply
    Craig Boneham
    6th June 2016 at 9:56 am

    Chicken Chow Mein

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    Beverley Cousins
    6th June 2016 at 10:12 am

    Spicy curry x

  • Reply
    Karen Laing
    6th June 2016 at 10:17 am

    I think I’d try a chicken curry,it’s a firm family favourite and an easy way to learn how to use this.Thanks for the great prize,I’d really love to win this x

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    lynn neal
    6th June 2016 at 10:41 am

    A great vegetable curry

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    Helen A
    6th June 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I think this would make a fab beef bourguignon!

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    Esma Blackwell
    6th June 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I would make a vegetable curry

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    Kirsty Hosty
    6th June 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I think I would make a really tasty seafood based paella

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    Zoe (@zoeskitchenuk)
    6th June 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I would cook ALL THE THINGS!!! I’d probably start with bolognese sauce as it’s my family’s favourite

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    Jen Lloyd
    6th June 2016 at 1:42 pm

    if i won i would cook a lovely fillet steak meal to celebrate

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    Iris W
    6th June 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Oh there are some lovely suggestions on here I’d probably go for a Paella first

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    Emma Walton
    6th June 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I would make a chicken curry or maybe a goat curry first.

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    Heidi Craske
    6th June 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Spanish Chicken with Chorizo!

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    fionajk42
    6th June 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I would cook vegetarian chilli

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    melaspurt
    6th June 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I would make homemade spaghetti Bolognase with it! How amazing it would be to finally have proper equipment!

  • Reply
    Karl Borowy
    6th June 2016 at 6:41 pm

    american panckes

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    Natalie Crossan
    6th June 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Spanish omlette xx

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    ipswichmum
    6th June 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I’d make a vegan pad thai.

  • Reply
    Angela Cringle
    6th June 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Spicy meat balls in rich tomato sauce

  • Reply
    Cristín Williams
    6th June 2016 at 8:51 pm

    This would be great for doing my sons favourite sausage casserole and would be a fab asset to our camping trips for cooking on the fire

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    Hayley West
    6th June 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Fajitas my favourite :)

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    Stephanie Green
    6th June 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I would make a seafood Paella

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    straysuzi
    6th June 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I would cook a proper Paella – it always tastes better in a traditional cast iron pan – and reminds me of my holidays

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    Tracy Hanson
    6th June 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Chicken casserole, yum! :) Thank you for the chance.

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    tis simpson
    6th June 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Id make paella

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    Brenda Wilkes
    6th June 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I’d make paella – my favourite.

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    karen T
    6th June 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve never used one, so would be a little worried to try at first, but an omlette sounds like a great place to start!

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    Ruth Wollerton
    6th June 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I would love to try a traditional Paella – with this my cooking wouldn’t be so tragic it would be MAGIC. (hopefully!!)

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    Farhana Haque
    6th June 2016 at 10:51 pm

    A chicken tagine!

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    Sparklett21
    6th June 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I would love to make a Tomato, Cheese & Red Onion omelette Thanks for the chance to win these bad boys❤️

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    Kirsteen Mackay
    6th June 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I would cook a Paella.

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    Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)
    6th June 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I’d make some paella :)

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