5 Recommendations For Very Awesome Things

5 Recommendations For Very Awesome Things
Carly Jacobs

‘We’re looking at buying a slow cooker, what do you recommend?’

The lady behind the counter shook her head and leaned in to speak in a low voice.

‘You don’t want a slow cooker. You want a pressure cooker. They’re like slow cookers, only fast. Seriously I don’t know why anyone buys slow cookers anymore. ‘

Mr Smaggle being Mr Smaggle, thanked her and then went home and spent the next hour researching pressure cookers vs slow cookers.

The lady behind the counter was dead right. Pressure cookers are basically the same as slow cookers they’re just faster. We had a slow cooker for years and loved it so when it stopped working we felt weird replacing it with something completely different. We researched the shit out of it and took the plunge.

The result? It’s just about the best thing we’ve ever bought. For real. We use it at least 5 nights a week, if not every night.

In the Smaggle house, we don’t make decisions lightly. If we need to buy something, Mr Smaggle will sit down for at least a few hours and research the crap out of whatever we’re buying. He’ll read all the Amazon reviews, check Choice magazine, find online forums. He loves it. As a result we rarely make poor buying decisions. This is why I love writing recommendation posts because everything we buy is so awesome because we research it like a mofos.

Here are a few recommendations from me to you…


1. Pressure cooker 

As I mentioned previously, we had a slow cooker for years and have had zero regrets replacing it with a pressure cooker. What a slow cooker does in 6 hours, a pressure cooker can do in 12 minutes. We make soups, curries, meatballs, taco meat, savoury mince, tofu and fish and vegetables in it. We even made tender, crispy sausages in it the other day. I’m just about brave enough to try making yogurt in it soon. Most we nights we throw a bag of frozen vegetables and some kind of protein in it and dinner is ready in ten minutes. It’s unreal. It makes all meat unbelievably tender and delicious. As a massive slow cooker lover I have to be honest; The pressure cooker kicks its ass. We have the Tefal Minut Cook and bought it on sale for $100. Can’t recommend it highly enough.


2. Enos 

I’ve been randomly been having some digestion issues recently (a lot of bloating and burping) and my doctor suggested trying Enos. It’s been a god damn miracle. I don’t know what it’s doing or how it’s doing it but I’m totally sorted now. Bloody love a good old-fashioned remedy you can grab at the supermarket.

3. Electric blanket 

Our new house is gorgeous but it’s insulated terribly which means it’s hot in summer and freezing in winter. I don’t love sleeping in a hot room so I wasn’t too keen on getting a heater for our bedroom so we had the genius idea of getting electric blankets. We just pop it on an hour or two before bed and then it’s timed to turn off around midnight once we’re already warm and toasty. They’re better for the environment as well. We bought ours from Aldi and it’s great. It has good security settings and lots of different temperature levels. Bloody love an electric blanket.

4. Sunday afternoon river walks 

Winter is pretty brutal in Melbourne right now so getting people to leave their houses at night is almost impossible. I’ve started inviting my mates on Sunday afternoon walks and you know what? It’s really fucking pleasant. We rug up, grab a takeaway coffee and go for a walk around the Tan or along Merri Creek. It’s also a lovely way to combat the Sunday blues. I’m not a huge fan of Sundays for some reason but making the effort to leave the house and move a bit makes such a big difference. Highly recommend it.


5. The Incredibles 2 

Okay, so I need to preface this with a disclaimer. The Incredibles is just about my favourite Pixar film ever. Most people love it but it rarely beats Nemo or Toy Story for the number spot in any given top Pixar film list. For me, it totally does. It’s always been a solid favourite of mine. So I’ve been waiting a REALLY long time for this movie. Over a decade. I purposefully didn’t watch any trailors and I didn’t read any reviews before I saw it. I also really lowered my expectations. We went saw it last weekend and it was everything I wanted it to be and more. It was just perfection. I won’t go into details but it’s a bloody good romp and defnitely the type of movie I’ll watch again and again.

What recommendations do you have for me? What are you loving right now?

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  1. Bex 8 months ago

    Big fan of your podcast & blog, but I (as an American) got curious just now about what you meant by winter being “pretty brutal” and googled Melbourne weather. EXCUSE ME, highs in the 50s Fahrenheit is a pleasant spring day where I live! What in heavens name!?! I feel like I can’t take your perceptions seriously anymore!! 🙂

    • sarahlogan541 8 months ago

      Ha! just remember that we essentially live in tents – no insulation, no double glazing, rarely useful aspects. Our houses were originally built by people who didn’t know how to build for this climate and are now built on the cheap. The problem is winter is not *quite* long enough or bad enough to build properly for it! I had some Norwegian friends come and stay here (in Canberra, the coldest capital) one winter and they were constantly complaining about the cold ….

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        Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

        Exactly! Our houses suck so we’re cold all the time. It’s also really hard to find proper winter clothing. You can’t buy Canada appropriate clothing here at all and our best merino and wool gets shipped overseas. I’ve also lost ten kilos since last winter which always doubles my coldness levels! 🙂

  2. Victoria Murphy-Casey 8 months ago

    Loved this..?

  3. Missy D 8 months ago

    Thanks for the recommendation on the pressure v slow cooker. I also live in a world were people rave about their slow cookers, but I just make soups and stews in the oven… which I feel does the same thing without needing another appliance. But if I can do it fast… that’s another story.

    My recommendations are all around news and magazines, I’ve recently started subscribing to independent media since I feel like mainstream media is not cutting it.

    Crikey: just started this subscription – really interesting and informative news and just news I wouldn’t get coverage on in the mainstream media.

    Womankind Magazine: also have been reading Womankind Magazine the last six months and have just subscribed – it’s wonderful.

    Delayed Gratification: this is a UK magazine that looks at news three months on and does a complete breakdown of the issues – aka slow journalism.

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      Womankind is GREAT! I love that mag. I try to refrain from subscribing to mags so I can buy them as a treat at the airport. Seriously though – pressure cooker is amazing. We use it every day.

  4. Alison 8 months ago

    Honestly, I think Incredibles 2 is the best superhero film I’ve ever seen. Better than Infinity Wars, better tha Deadpool. At its heart it’s a family story, but the animation and action is freakin’ amazing!

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      It’s so good – I haven’t stopped thinking about how they just nailed every single aspect of it.

  5. Michaela 8 months ago

    I never understood the appeal of a pressure cooker or instant pot – everything I could make it one I could do just as easily in my large stock pans, with none of that weird pressurization going on….

    Slow cookers though – I love being able to throw something in before I go to work in the morning and come home to something perfectly ready to eat. For real.

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      It’s the fastness that’s the appeal for me and how tender the meat is. When I cook in a pot on the stove I have to watch it and sometimes my meat goes really tough for no reason.

  6. Katy Hunt 8 months ago

    Love my pressure cooker. I will now b researching slow cooker recipes for it. The other benefit is that u can brown meat in it without using another pot

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      Yes! That’s the best bit and how you can still have browned/crispy meat instead of boiled meat like in a slow cooker.

  7. Kat 8 months ago

    Carly- pressure cooker recipes you can recommend or even, possible blog post? I have one and haven’t started cooking with it yet!

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      I found the ones that came in the recipe book with it were fab! I haven’t written down any of our recipes but I definitely will.

  8. AJW 8 months ago

    Keep up the great work – I too love reading your tips and know that they aren’t just fluff that you’re paid to promote.

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      Thank you that’s lovely! I do work with brands as well but I always make sure they align well with my mission!

  9. Erica Claire 8 months ago

    I have a Phillips multi-cooker – it’s great because it pressure cooks AND slow cooks. Magic.

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      That’s so weird I had no idea this was a thing! That might have to be my next purchase if my pressure dies.

  10. Tania 8 months ago

    Love this. Please share your go to pressure cooker recipies.

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      I’ll do a pressure cooker post soon – I tend to make up a lot of my recipes!

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