Chinese Beef and Carrots

Chinese Beef and Carrots


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Based on a recipe by Keith Floyd from his book Floyd's China, "Chinese Beef and Carrots" is an ideal meal to cook in a thermal cooker. Cuisine from Sichuan include a number of beef dishes as they are very popular among the Chinese Muslims and this was one of the areas Floyd visited during his TV series on China. I have made a few alterations to the original recipe but it basically stays the same. Like all of my recipes they can be used in a slow cooker but you will not have the same energy saving as when cooking in a thermal cooker.
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Course Beef, Main Dish
Cuisine Chinese
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Course Beef, Main Dish
Cuisine Chinese
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Chinese Beef and Carrots
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Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in the inner pot over a medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger and spring onions and cook until golden brown.
  3. Add the beef and all the remaining ingredients except the water. Stir well.
  4. Pour over water to cover the meat and carrots.
  5. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container, shut the lid. Leave while you start the rice in the top pot. If not using a top pot leave to cook for a minimum of 3 hours.
Cooking the rice in the top pot
  1. Add the rice and water to the top pot and bring to the boil. Stir then turn down the heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Turn off the heat, open the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container and place the top pot into the inner pot.
  3. Put the lid on the top pot and shut the lid of the outer container.
  4. Leave to thermal cook without power for a minimum of 3 hours.
Before serving
  1. Check the seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if needed
  2. Serve with the rice and some stir fry vegetables
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Curried Lamb Chops

Curried Lamb Chops

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This is a great curry to cook in your thermal cooker and the added chickpeas make it one of my favourites.
Curried Lamb Chops
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Course Lamb, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
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Course Lamb, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
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Curried Lamb Chops
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Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in the inner pot. Add the bay leaves, cardamoms and cloves. When they sizzle, add the onion and cook until translucent and soft.
  2. Stir in the ginger and garlic and fry for two minutes.
  3. Add the spices, tomatoes and lamb. Cover the lamb with hot water, bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chickpeas and bring back to the boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container, shut the lid. Leave while you start the rice in the top pot. If not using a top pot leave to cook for a minimum of 2 hours.
Cooking the rice in the top pot.
  1. Add the rice and water to the top pot and bring to the boil. Stir then turn down the heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Turn off the heat, open the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container and place the top pot into the inner pot.
  3. Put the lid on the top pot and shut the lid of the outer container.
  4. Leave to thermal cook without power for a minimum of 2 hours.
Before serving
  1. Check the curry for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if needed.
  2. Add the spinach, stirring the spinach leaves into the curry until they wilt.
  3. Serve on a bed of rice that you either cooked in the top pot or a separate pan.
Recipe Notes

This weeks recipe is to celebrate Dewali. Mr D's curried lamb chops cooked in his Thermal Cooker have great depth of flavour created by the cloves, cardamoms and bay leaves.

If you like your curries slightly hotter add more chilli but not too much to overpower the other spices.

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Christmas pudding

Old English Christmas Pudding

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A thermal cooker is the ideal way to cook your Christmas Pudding as it can't boil dry and therefore needs no looking after.
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Course Puddings
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Course Puddings
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Christmas pudding
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  1. 1. Grease a 2 pint/1 litre pudding basin
  2. 2. Put a trivet in the inner pot. Fill with enough water to come up to 5cms below the edge of the pudding basin when placed on the trivet.
  3. 3. Bring the water in the inner pot to the boil while you add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix.
  4. 4. Add the eggs, lemon juice, lemon rind, rum and milk. Mix with a wooden spoon.
  5. 5. Put the mixture into the greased pudding basin.
  6. 6. Place a piece of greased, greaseproof paper on top of the mixture.
  7. 7. Cover with aluminium foil and tie round the edge remembering to make a handle to lift the pudding out when hot.
  8. 8. Carefully place the basin in the inner pot of boiling water and bring back to the boil with the lid on.
  9. 9. Once boiling turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on.
  10. 10. Place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal Container, shut the lid and leave to slow cook without power for a minimum of 5 hours.
  11. 11. Once cooked remove the pudding and allow to cool before storing for Christmas.
  12. 12. Reheat before eating.
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