Tefal Giveaway!

July 22, 2013

Not too long ago I was contacted by the lovely Jessica at Mindshare to possibly do a giveaway on the blog. I was offered the chance to trial and keep a Tefal Cook4Me device (how lucky) and give another away to a lucky reader.

Initially I was hesitant. You see, I don’t do formal product or restaurant reviews on the blog, that’s just not my thing. But then I thought, “oh, who am I kidding, people love a giveaway. I’ll just trial the product, say my opinion and someone gets a present out of it!” Quote end quote. I mean, it’d be selfish to say no, right?

Yeah, that’s what I thought. You totally want to win. So let’s do this thing.

The Tefal Cook4Me is a spaceship-like contraption with a range of features that allow you to create a tasty meal, quickly and to your schedule. They have a bunch of recipes you can use, or you can do your own thing and even use it for simple cooking preparations such as steaming vegetables and cooking grains. Yes, cooking grains – that is precisely how I personally found this device to be most helpful. I heart grains. I was psyched to be able to cook quinoa and brown rice and barley and more in a quick and fluffy fashion. What a delight.

Enter endless quinoa salad lunches…

quinoa box




I tried some other recipes, too. The risotto came together very quickly and simply and the lamb shanks (which are said to be a very popular recipe for the Cook4Me) came together, again, very quickly and simply. It was all quite tasty, too.

And while I personally prefer to linger over the stove, stirring and sautéing and simmering and such, I am very aware that some people would love this appliance. Not everyone enjoys the cooking process as I do and not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to be as hands on in the kitchen as I am. I’m thinking busy parents, some elderly folk and those who are just generally time poor or not into cooking. To be able to put a nutritious meal on the table quickly and simply (if cooking isn’t really your favourite thing), is a real plus and something I will always endeavour to encourage.

So, to enter to win a Tefal Cook4Me (valued at $349.95!!) leave a comment below informing me why you would love to have your very own Cook4Me. I’m excited to give this baby away to someone who may need a bit of extra help in the kitchen, whatever reason that may be…

This giveaway is open to Australian readers only. It will be open for one week and I will select a winner on Monday 29th July. Please ensure you’ve entered a valid email address so I can contact you. Boom!

WINNER: Congratulations, ‘Mother of 6’. You had the most votes from my judging panel (consisting of 9 of my lovely friends & family, a mix of males and females of all ages). Thank you to ALL the wonderful entries and comments, I was blown away. I wish I could give you all a Cook4Me.

Heidi xo

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  • Damien Brzoska July 22, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Hey Heidi,
    Another great blog post. Is it pickup only in Melb or Benny can deliver to Sydney whenever he’s coming back? Hope things going well for you. Let me know when you guys in Sydney xx

    • Heidi July 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Damien! No it’ll be delivered to your home, how sweet is that? No Sydney plans at yet, any chance you’ll come to Melbs? x

      • Damien Brzoska July 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

        That’s cool.
        Sarah and I really keen to visit Melb. Maybe in a few months as she will be returning uni next week so she might need some time to settle first.

        • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

          I hope Uni has been good for Sarah, Damien! Looking forward to seeing you two in Melbs x

  • Ani July 22, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Hi 🙂

    I would love to win this as i am getting married soon and I (a) don’t have any appliances and am pretty clueless where to start (b) am saving for a wedding and a mortgage so would love to win!! And finally (c) I am massively time poor and yoghurt/fruit/cereal dinners are the norm.. Would love something to help me cook fast! xxx

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Congratulations on your engagement, Ani! Look at you being so grown & responsible with your wedding and mortgage saving. You’re good at life. Cereal for dinner is sometimes great but can get old, I hear ya. Sorry the Cook4Me won’t be coming to the rescue. But yay for wedding fun! x

  • Melissa P July 22, 2013 at 8:56 am

    This machine sounds fabulous! I’m due with our first baby in less than 3 weeks – so this would be a godsend in those first few months after bubs arrival!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Oh, all the best with your new bub, Melissa! Surely a very busy time. I hope you get some kitchen help, even if not from the Cook4Me! x

  • Merowyn July 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Oh my stars… where do I start… haahahaaa can I say because we have a burst water pipe that’s leaking into the garden and I’m worried about our water bill/repair costs and it’s stressing me out?! Not really pertinent hahaahahaha seriously, this is weighing heavily on my mind this morning.

    No, no, no that won’t do.

    I would adore this (I say I because I think I’d be using it the most) so I can do amazing meals EASILY and not have my hands full trying to do a million things at the stove when I’ve got little Orlando to look after. Anything to save time so I can spend time with him really at the end of the day. ANYTHING. Then there is the DREADED NIGHT DUTY which I am now back on. Ok, it’s not that bad. But I’ll be honest I come home and inhale a massive bowl of porridge then hit the bed for a precious 2-3 hours sleep before I’m up with Orlando for the rest of the day. When I wake up I am usually STARVING, it’s crazy. Think being drunk and starving and hungover at the same time, it’s basically like that hahahahaa. I think maybe being up all night and let’s face it, very minimal sleep plus looking after baby = need food, lots of it, now. So it would be great to be able to cook something healthy and filling very quickly without being tied to the stove so I can look after Orlando at the same time in that post night duty haze.

    I don’t know if I’ve made an ounce of sense at all….

    Thanks so much for running this amazing comp.


    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

      You, my lady, I just…just can’t even. Night duty in itself would slay me. You’re a star. Not the winner unfortunately but check your email xo

  • Mai July 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Hi Heidi,

    The Cook4Me appliance sounds heavenly.

    I would like to win it because I am doing a lot of work experience for Dietetics. One gig I’ve just picked up involves volunteering at Healthy Energy with recipe development and writing for their cooking demonstrations. A lot of the recipes I am writing involves grains. Whilst I enjoy the cooking process as well, I am trialling a lot of recipes, and so I need to be time conscious. This device would help so much with that! I am also helping out with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen and Garden Foundation. Said recipes could also benefit some lucky grade 3 and 4s at Narre Warren South PS!

    If I magically win this appliance, it would be benefitting many others 🙂

    Thank you,


    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Mai, you’re a gem, how great are you?! Good luck with the grain cooking. I am really impressed with all your work, keep up the rad job! x

  • Jacqui July 22, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Would love to win this! The lunch and dinner situation in our house has gone somewhat downhill since the arrival of my baby boy 10 weeks ago. This speedy contraption would help us get back on track for sure!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Hi Jacqui, how sweet, a new bub. I hope things get back on track soon. But don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s such a crazy time. All the very best to you and your family x

  • Michelle @ The Bakeanista July 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Dinner ready at the push of a button? YES PLEASE!!! Now my partner who has “no idea how to cook” have got no excuses not to help out given there are over 80 pre-programmed recipes. It’s now my turn (hip hip hurray!!!) to sit back and relax after a long day of work. Would be nice not having to slave around in the kitchen, instead I would love to just relax with a cuppa tea in hand and a book. Oh, also I can only imagine all the dish washing that I will not need to do if I were to win this awesome little gadget!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

      I hope you still get some relaxing tea time, Michelle! Despite not winning this time… x

  • Jennifer July 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I would love to win this!! I live with my grandmother and we do not have air conditioning, which makes cooking so not pleasant. We are always thinking of clever ways to put together smoothies and salads during the summer because it is just so HOT!! With this device, it would make it fast, easy and fun for me and my grandmother, she turns 88 years old on Wednesday 🙂 Happy Early Birthday!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Oh Jennifer HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your grandmother. You two seem like a darling pair, I wish you all the very best in staying cool and cooking. I wish I could have given an early birthday present to your grandmother. Please say a very happy birthday to her from me. You’re very sweet. x

  • Camilla July 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Oh my lord how I would love to win this little kitchen whiz sounds like it would be a dream for prepping uni lunches and keeping the cooking going throughout semester. I love to experiment in the kitchen but often the creativity leaves once the assignments and work piles up. This may become my new best friend. Thanks for the opportunity to win Heidi.

    Camilla x

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Good luck with your study, Camilla! I hope you can still manage some kitchen time amongst the assignments & work – busy! x

  • Sophie July 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I would love one of these! We are both so busy during the week working long hours that I usually have four pots going on a Sunday afternoon to make things so we can just throw them together during the week! Yesterday it was two pasta sauces, a curry and some schnitzels. I try so hard to resist takeaway and cook all our food because it’s easier to be healthy and buy more ethical, Australian grown products… As well as knowing exactly what’s in your food! Plus cooking grains in the microwave means we have so much spillage to clean up, and this would use less energy than the stove and microwave. As much as I love cooking it would be nice to have an appliance that allows me to get it going and then clock a bit of couch time…

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Sophie you sound like a kitchen wiz! With such great intentions, too. Sorry the Cook4Me won’t be helping you out this time. I hope you get some couch time in! x

  • Cilla July 22, 2013 at 11:24 am


    I, like you, find the chopping/stirring process of cooking profoundly therapeutic, and I mostly take great joy in cooking nice food.

    I don’t really buy the whole “too busy to cook” thing. We are all time-poor, one way or another. However sometimes things get in the way, and I try to buy healthy (but expensive) pre-packaged food if I am stuck.

    Don’t they say “pay your grocer, not your doctor”? (sigh)

    It would be really useful to streamline the process a little bit. The world would be a far happier and more chilled out place if we could have access to slow cooked food during weekdays as well as weekends.

    I love the warm cuddle of slow-cooked food as it reminds me of my Nanna (God rest her) but my life is fast-paced.

    This device would sit proudly on my kitchen bench and be used often.

    Plus it looks easy to clean. I am a reasonable cook but well below average in the cleaning stakes.

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Oh I’m so with you, what a lovely comment. If it’s any consolation, it isn’t the easiest appliance to clean – not difficult, but it takes more than 10 seconds if you get me 😉 x

  • Michael July 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I am just about to move in with my beautiful girlfriend. One of the things I have always promised her is that I would learn to cook and create a home for us. I have a long way to go and a lot to learn and this will definitely help me on the way to achieving this promise. I would like the Tefal Cook4Me to help me learn to Cook4Her 🙂

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Oh Michael you are a gem, how gorgeous. I hope you still Cook4Her (nice job there) despite not winning the Cook4Me. Keep it up and she’ll be ever impressed. All the best x

  • Nerida July 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Oh my did my eyes light up at the chance of winning this Heidi! As a student, like many I know, life is about staying above water while drowning in assignments, lectures, and working around that too – goodbye social life! To add to this obvious lack of time, comes the increasingly important need to try and eat well and stay healthy to be at your best, perform and be able to manage from day-to-day. Having the ability to cook using the Tefal Cook4Me will help me be able to manage my time around uni well in that I can actually make fabulous tasting foods that will do wonders for my body instead of just longing after them via looking at your blog posts! Nx

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Yes, it’s so important to eat well during uni, despite being time poor – I’ve been there! You’ve got great intentions, good luck, Nerida, and thanks for your comment x

  • Ros July 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Like you, I enjoy nothing more than lingering at the stove creating a beautiful meal. However working full time and being mum to a toddler mean that (other than very occasionally) those days are all but over. Meal times are about getting the job done as quickly as possible resulting in a healthy meal for the family. My husband, bless him, is more helpful when he stays out of the kitchen but the Cook4Me sounds like the kind of helper I could really use!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Ah yes, the toddler years = not enough time, for sure. All the best with getting some kitchen help, Ros! Maybe your husband will learn a signature dish? Maybe? Well, good luck x

  • Sarah Brezavar July 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I know Lia would love this appliance. She and Rob will be married next year and as she is still not much of a cook, I think this might get her started.
    She lives in Fremantle so I assume that counts!
    I look for your posts everyday and enjoy them so much!
    Sarah Brezavar

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Oh that is wonderful news, please pass on my congratulations! And you are very sweet, thank you for all the blog love and support. I wish I could have given this as a Wedding present! x

  • InTolerant Chef July 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

    What a nifty product indeed Heidi! With 3 more surgeries coming up in the next 6 months it would certainly come in handy too. Last time I had an operation, hubby’s solution was to order gluten free pizzas, and leave out 2 slices each day for my lunch- not very inspiring! I think a nice thick soup is much better for convalescing 🙂

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Rebecca, you’re a star, all the best with the operations, I can only imagine!! Hopefully you get more than pizza this time. Sorry I won’t be able to ease things for you! All the best for speedy recoveries x

  • msihua (@msihua) July 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    What a beautiful idea and great initiative!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Thanks, I-Hua! x

  • Emily July 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Oh my goodness Heidi what a giveaway! I would love to win the cook4me because I’m a time-poor teacher and I can just imagine the ease of a quick home cooked dinner but more exciting than that, using it to help prepare lunches to avoid the dreaded school canteen! The horror!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Haha oh dear, sounds scary! Good luck, Emily! x

  • Klaire July 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I would love to have a gadget like this so I could teach my boyfriend to cook. This is a man who is famous for cooking pasta in sauce!!!! I also have a yen for grains and I’m seeing myself making barley risotto. omnomnom.

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Sounds delicious! Hopefully you’ll give barley risotto a go anyway. Oh dear, cooking pasta in sauce. No water? Bless. x

  • Jodie July 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    What a great give away. I’d love love this appliance to help me get dinner ready after a long day at work followed by Netball or training depending in what I have on that night. Am always home late or need to quickly eat get ready and rush out the door again so this would be perfect. It could cook for me while I’m getting ready to go!
    Fingers crossed!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Sorry I can’t help you out there, Jodie! But yay for being so active & busy x

  • Kim m July 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I work full time, have two kids and am lucky enough to have a great house husband. He might be a great house husband, but he is a woeful cook! To allow him to cook us something that is edible, healthy and something that we will actually all eat requires the help of the cook4me I think!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Haha oh Kim, what a shame your husband struggles to create something edible. I hope he learns soon enough, for your sake! Good luck 🙂 x

  • Mother of 6 July 25, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    A giveaway. Well everyone loves a gift don’t they, especially one that is so useful and versatile not to say saving time and possibly energy and money in the long run (how energy efficient is the Tefal Cook4Me by the way, Heidi?)
    Being a mum of 6 which includes teenage boys and 2 infants under 3 plus juggling a part time job at outside and a full time job at home; I do have my hands full. More so since I cook a lot of things from scratch due to our diet restrictions. So takeaways and pre-packaged food are mostly out of the question. Its a challenge that teaches me to be creative with whatever is on hands and more organised and to be time wise although there are days when things don’t quite turn out the way you like eg waking up late and not having enough time to throw things in the slow cooker in the morning as you have the 2 little ones to prepare for crèche on the way to work and dropping kids to school. It also happen to be the day you going to be late home since you have a meeting at work.
    So dinner will have to wait till the 2 little ones get settled.
    Now, my teenage boys and hubby do help me out with the chores but when it comes to cooking, I think either mum been spoiling them too much with her homemade dishes or are too cautious for them to be playing with fire to be able to help prepare meals.
    This is where I think the Tefal Cook4Me might be of help. Getting them involve in cooking from scratch with a guided preprogramed recipes. Once they mastered that, I think they can even venture into developing their own recipe using the manual function. Hmm… we may have a Masterchef in the making or at least they can be independent enough to cook themselves a meal without mum’s help.

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Congratulations, Mother of 6. 6 :O I can only imagine how busy you are. And I think it’s great that you want to encourage your teenage boys to cook, it’s such an important skill! x

  • Jennifer B. July 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    A teenage son diagnosed with coeliac disease needing to rethink his diet and relearn his cooking? Such challenges need all the help they can get… That Tefal Cook4Me with it’s pre-programmed recipes and simplicity is just what we BOTH need! 😀

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 11:01 am

      All the best, Jennifer & son, with this challenging time! You’ll get there. Hopefully you’ve got a good Dietitian helping out with the confusion and frustrations! x

  • Rohan July 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Only 5 or so years ago, my cooking repertoire consisted of a handful of boring pastas and packet of mi goreng for something special. While the mi goreng has lost no friends in the pantry, in more recent times i’ve developed a love of spending my weekends playing around with different ingredients and cooking methods. Everyone has a busy life and I’m sure the Tefal Cook4me would assist in that regard, however the nifty appliance would be incredibly handy with cooking quinoa (mount zero pls thnx), spelt, hominy etc. Nightly meat consumption seems so unnecessary so I’m trying to learn a range of alternative recipes and this product would certainly help the cause!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

      You’ve come so far, Rohan, bravo!! I really applaud your food beliefs, too. Keep up the great work x

  • Ross S July 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Weekends I love to slowly craft delicious meals for my family. But during the week I just want to create healthy, tasty food as quickly as possible. A Tefal Cook4Me would remove the drudgery of weekday food creation so that cooking for me could always be a pleasure and never a chore.

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

      I hope you get some good mid-week quick and easy meal inspiration, Ross! Herby baked chicken thighs is my current fav x

  • Julie k July 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

    As a full time working mum of 3 and the weeks filled with sports and training nights it can be difficult to try and put a healthy and hearty meal on the table each and every night. I’ve been reading reviews on these for a while and each time I can see more and more benefits, I would just love to actually be able to try one for myself. The tefal cook4me would be a welcome addition to our family and I’m sure would love it’s prime position on the kitchen bench!

    • Heidi July 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

      All the best with your hunt for healthy & heart meals, Julie! Thanks so much for your comment x