** This giveaway has now closed ** Congratulations to winner Christopher King!
Now, in the midst of October, Oktoberfest and Craft Beer Week, and all month we've been thinking German, which isn't just about the steins.
We've been eating, and cooking, German food too. And in the process we discovered the easy, healthy and tasty traditional clay pot cooking, of the Romertopf.
German brand Romertopf is the world leader in genuine clay cooking pots having sold more than 25 million products worldwide since its inception in 1967. The lidded pots are made in Germany from local clay and come in several sizes, the largest of which accommodates as much as 8kg of meat or poultry.
The simple yet effective method behind the success of clay pot cooking is that the pot is initially soaked in water for 15 minutes before adding the raw ingredients – without any oil. The pot is placed in a cold oven – and then heated up to the required cooking temperature. Putting it in a hot oven would cause trauma to the cold pot and could crack it. The combination of water in the clay and the heat of the oven creates steam within the pot, which in turn ensures the food cooks to perfection without losing any of its natural juices and moisture while retaining nutrients and flavours.
An additional benefit of this type of cooking is that the pot is very forgiving – it is difficult to either overcook the food or dry it out. The obvious use for the Romertopf clay pot is to cook whole chickens and turkeys perfectly – gone is the fear of the meat drying out – or casserole or lasagna dishes where all the raw ingredients can be thrown in together in the absolute minimum of preparation time.
Roasts and ribs - just perfect with your October or anytime beer - are other popular dishes for the Romertopf – as accompanying vegetables can be added to the pot to cook in the juices – as well as thick, hearty soups. And bonus- the Romertopf has such an attractive, rustic finish it can be taken direct to the table for serving. RRP $64.95
For your chance to win a Romertopf clay cooking pot:
1. Like the Sydney Scoop Facebook page
2. Email (subject ROMPERTOPF) firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and Australian postal address, with up to twenty five words on why you would like to win.
3. Entries close Thursday October 29th 2015 at 11pm.