Pheasant and Peanut Butter

Pheasant with Peanut Butter, Tomatoes and Flageolet Beans

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Pheasant with peanut butter, tomatoes and flageolet beans
This dish is from a recipe by Clarissa Dickson Wright and appears in her book The Game Cookbook. Her inspiration comes from the way Africans cook guinea fowl. I have adapted it a bit so that it will work in a thermal cooker.
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  1. Season the pheasant with salt and pepper
  2. Heat the butter in the inner pot over a medium heat making sure it doesn’t burn.
  3. Add the pheasant and brown all over. Once browned remove and put to one side for later.
  4. Add the onions and fry until slightly coloured.
  5. Return the pheasant and add the tin of tomatoes, stock, peanut butter, the chilli powder and tin of beans.
  6. Bring to the boil and place the inner pot into the outer container and shut the lid.
  7. In the top pot add 2 cups of rice and 3 cups of water. Bring to the boil.
  8. Run a fork through the rice to break up any lumps before placing the top pot in the inner container.
  9. Shut the outer container lid and leave to cook for a minimum three hours.
  10. Serve the pheasant on a bed of rice and some nice steamed green vegetables or salad.
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Duck in Sweet and Sour Sauce

Duck in Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Duck in Sweet and Sour Sauce
To celebrate 100 years since Elizabeth David CBE was born I have taken one of her recipes and adapted it for the thermal cooker. Elizabeth David has been the inspiration of many of our chefs today and influenced many home cooks with articles and books about European cuisines and traditional British dishes.
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Course Duck, Main Dish
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Duck in Sweet and Sour Sauce
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  1. Season the duck with salt and pepper, roll it in flour.
  2. Heat the rapeseed oil and the butter in the inner pot until the butter has melted.
  3. Place the duck into the pot skin side down in batches to brown.
  4. Once browned remove from the pot and keep to one side for later.
  5. Add the sliced onions and cook until they are soft.
  6. Once soft add the ground cloves, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Place all the browned duck back into the pot on top of the onions.
  8. Pour over the heated stock and top up with water if the duck is not completely covered. Bring to the boil.
  9. Once boiling turn down to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  10. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Mr D’s Thermal Container.
  11. Shut the lid and leave to thermally cook without power for a minimum of 4 hours.
to serve
  1. Put the sugar in a pan with a little water and heat until it caramelises (turns toffee coloured). Be careful to take it off the heat as soon as the colour changes or it will burn.
  2. Remove the duck from the stock and keep the duck warm while you finish the sauce.
  3. Pour off as much fat as possible from the sauce and stir in the chopped mint.
  4. Carefully stir in the caramelised sugar (it may spit a bit) and the vinegar.
  5. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  6. Heat the sauce and as soon as it has acquired a thick syrup-like consistency pour it over the duck pieces.
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Easter simnel cake

Mr D’s Easter Simnel Cake

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Mr D's Easter Simnel Cake
Making the cake takes about 20 minutes to put together, 30 minutes simmering and 4 to 6 hours power free thermal cooking. This is a saving of 1 hour 30 minutes oven time. The recipe is based on a Waitrose recipe and uses their products but these can be substituted with similar ingredients.
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  1. Line the case of your cake tin (see above for details of the tin) with greaseproof paper and grease the sides and lid with butter.
  2. Place the fruit into a bowl with the grated zest and lemon juice and set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs until they are fluffy and set to one side.
  4. Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and beat together until pale.
  5. Add the whisked eggs gradually mixing well as you between each addition - if the mixture begins to curdle, add a little flour.
  6. Sieve the flour and mixed spice over the mixture, then fold in until combined.
  7. Cut 200g marzipan into cubes and fold into the mixture with the reserved fruit and almonds, until evenly distributed.
  8. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the top.
  9. Cover the top of the cake/pudding tin either with the lid if you are using Mr D's Cake Tin or eco-friendly foil. This is to stop water dripping on the top of the cake.
  10. Place the cake/pudding tin inside the inner pot on a trivet.
  11. Add enough boiling water to come ¾ the way up the side of the cake tin.
  12. Bring back to the boil and then turn down the heat to a low simmer. Simmer gently with the lid on for 30 minutes.
  13. Turn off the heat and transfer the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer container.
  14. Close the lid and thermal cook without power for a minimum of 4 hours. It can be left overnight.
  15. Once cooked, allow to cool in the tin before removing.
  16. Remove from the cake/pudding tin and place on a wire rack.
  17. To decorate, remove the baking parchment from the cake. Roll half the remaining marzipan into a round the size of the top of the cake.
  18. Brush the top of the cake with the apricot jam and place the rolled marzipan on top.
  19. Roll the remaining marzipan into 11 balls and position around the edge.
  20. Place under a preheated high grill for 1-2 minutes or until golden and finish with a ribbon decoration.
  21. Happy Easter
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Indian Roast Beef and Vegetable Curry

A Bowl of Pumpkin and Apple Soup

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A Bowl of Pumpkin and Apple Soup
This is a wonderful soup (based on a Keith Floyd recipe from his trip to Africa) to serve on Halloween or bonfire night. The recipe will fill a 4.5L Mr D’s Thermal Cooker but it can easily be halved if you are feeding less people. I used for mine a chicken stock I had saved from cooking a chicken in my thermal cooker earlier in the week but you can if you wish use chicken stock cubes or vegetable stock cubes if you want a vegetarian version.
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  1. Heat the oil and butter in inner pot.
  2. Add the onion and sauté until golden.
  3. Add the pumpkin, potato, apples and spices and mix together making sure all the vegetables and fruit are covered with the spices.
  4. Add the stock, salt, bay leaf sugar, crème
  5. fraîche and bring to the boil.
  6. Once boiling turn down to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  7. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal Container.
  8. Shut the lid and leave to thermally cook without power for a minimum of 2 hours.
  9. Before serving remove the bay leaves and purée with a blender.
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Blaukraut - Braised Red Cabbage

Blaukraut – Braised Red Cabbage

The red cabbage (purple-leaved varieties of Brassica oleracea Capitata Group) is a kind of cabbage, also known as purple cabbage, red kraut, or blue kraut after preparation. Its leaves are coloured dark red/purple. However on cooking, red cabbage will normally turn blue but by adding vinegar or acidic fruit to the pot will help it stay red.

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Blaukraut - Braised Red Cabbage
In Germany braised red cabbage or as they call it Blaukraut is a very popular dish. This dish of slow cooked red cabbage with apples is the perfect side dish for your turkey or goose. Although you can buy it ready made it is so simple to make in your thermal cooker so why not give it a try.
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  1. Mix all ingredients together in the inner pot
  2. Bring to the boil stirring frequently
  3. Turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes still stirring frequently
  4. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal Container.
  5. Shut the lid and leave to thermally cook without power for a minimum of 6 hours
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Game Stew

A Bowl Full of Game Stew

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A Bowl Full of Game Stew
At this time of the year you can't beat a hearty stew. This simple mixed game stew is just the thing to eat with your friends on a cold autumn evening. I like to serve with some crusty bread to mop up the rick gravy this stew makes after the long slow thermal cooking. Happy thermal cooking, Mr D
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Course Game, Main Dish
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Game Stew
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  1. In the inner pot, add the butter and the chorizo. Cook on a medium heat for a five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Turn up the heat and add the game in batches until sealed all over. Remove each batch when sealed with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Once all the meat has been sealed add it all back into the inner pot.
  4. Add all the other ingredients and bring to the boil stirring occasionally.
  5. Skim any impurities from the surface and turn down to a simmer.
  6. Simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  7. Place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container, shut the lid. Leave to cook for a minimum of 3 hours.
  8. Before serving check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  9. Serve with vegetables of your choice.
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Savory Fish Crumble

Savory Fish Crumble with New Potatoes

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Savory Fish Crumble with New Potatoes
The savory crumble mixture in this recipe can be used on anything that would normally have a potato topping. The important thing with the crumble is not to over work it or it will become a gooey mass rather than like breadcrumbs. You should find that 2.4L of water will just creep up the side of the top pot by about 1 cm when in place. You may need to adjust the amount slightly especially if you are not using a Mr D's Thermal Cooker.
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Course Fish
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Savory Fish Crumble
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  1. Combine the crumble ingredients into a bowl. Mix well by rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Place to one side for later.
  3. Add 2.4L of water (ideally boiling) to the inner pot and bring to the boil with the lid on.
  4. Once boiling place the inner pot into the outer insulated container and shut the lid.
  5. Add the cold milk, plain flour, butter, herbs and Parmesan to the top pot.
  6. Gradually bring to the boil stirring continuously until it thickens.
  7. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  8. Check the seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if necessary.
  9. Add the fish to the white sauce and heat for a few minutes stirring occasionally until you see the odd bubble coming from the white sauce.
  10. Sprinkle over the savory crumble mixture and place the lid on the top pot.
  11. Remove the inner pot and bring back to the boil.
  12. Once boiling place the top pot into the inner pot and turn the heat down to a simmer.
  13. Simmer for 3 minutes and then place the inner pot and top pot into the outer insulated container.
  14. Shut the lid and thermal cook without power for a minimum of 2 hours.
  15. Serve with salad or fresh vegetables and crusty bread.
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