Spicy Vegetarian Chilli

Spicy Vegetarian Chilli


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This is a great vegetarian recipe to cook in a thermal cooker. It is quick and easy to create and will be enjoyed by vegetarians and non vegetarians.
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Instructions
  1. Put the inner pot on the cooker.
  2. Turn on the heat to medium and pour in the rapeseed oil.
  3. When hot add the red onion, button mushrooms, chilli and garlic. Cook until the onions are soft.
  4. Add the tomatoes, kidney beans, green beans, and water. Stir and bring to the boil.
  5. Place the inner pot and top pot into the outer container. Shut the putting the inner pot into the outer container and shutting the lid.
to cook the rice
  1. Put the top pot onto a medium heat and add the rice and water
  2. Bring to the boil and once boiling run a fork through to break up any lumps
  3. Open the outer container and put the top pot in over the chilli.
  4. Shut the lid and leave to cook for a minimum of 2 hours.
  5. Serve with crème fraîche and some crusty bread
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Tuscan Pot Roast Lamb

Tuscan Pot Roast Lamb


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So what do you do if you have half a leg of lamb, 3 different kind of beans, a bottle of wine and a thermal cooker…..well Tuscan Pot Roast Lamb is the perfect recipe.
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Course Lamb, Main Dish
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  1. Put the inner pot on the heat and add the rapeseed oil.
  2. When hot brown the meat on all sides and once browned remove and put to one side.
  3. Turn down the heat and add the bacon pieces, onion, carrots, celery and the leek. Give a stir then put the lid on and leave for the vegetables to soften.
  4. While the vegetables are softening make some incisions in the meat and push the garlic slices and the rosemary in these.
  5. Once the vegetables have softened pour in the red wine. Add the gravy pot or stock cubes and stir well to dissolve.
  6. Place the meat back in on top of the vegetables.
  7. Add the three bean salad and the chopped tomatoes and stir before topping up with hot water so the lamb is covered.
  8. Add the thyme and bay leaves then bring to the boil then simmer for about 10 minutes.
  9. Put the inner pot into the outer container and shut the lid. Leave to slow cook without power for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours.
  10. When ready check the seasoning and adjust if necessary before serving with mashed potatoes or just crusty bread.
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Wonderful Carrot and Beetroot Soup

Wonderful Carrot and Beetroot Soup

Carrot Beetroot Soup is an easy and healthy soup that has not only a wonderful colour but a great taste. Soups are perfect to make in a thermal cooker as it allows them to slowly cook and develop their flavours while keeping the vitamins and nutrients locked in the cooker.

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Wonderful Carrot and Beetroot Soup
This is a delicious and vibrant soup made with beetroot and carrots and garnished with sour cream.
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  1. Heat the oil in the inner pot.
  2. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion is tender.
  3. Add beetroot and stock. If the vegetables are not quite covered top up with water.
  4. Bring to the boil.
  5. Once boiling turn down to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  6. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal Container.
  7. Shut the lid and leave to thermally cook without power for a minimum of 3 hours.
  8. Before serving remove the bay leaves and purée with a blender.
  9. Serve with a twist of sour cream and some chopped fresh chives.
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Venison Chili the Best Chili Ever

Venison Chili the Best Chili Ever

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Venison Chili the Best Chili Ever
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Course Main Dish, Venison
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Cooking the chili
  1. Heat the rapeseed oil in the inner pot over a medium-high heat and add the bacon pieces and cook until they start to crisp slightly.
  2. Add the onion, chili and garlic. C cook until the onion softens.
  3. Add the venison and cook until it colours.
  4. Stir in the cumin, coriander and smoked paprika and cook for a minute.
  5. Add the tin of tomatoes, tomato purée, water, stock cube and kidney beans.
  6. Bring to the boil stirring occasionally.
  7. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container.
  9. Shut the lid and 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 and 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.
To serve
  1. Serve the chili on a bed of rice with a spoonful of sour cream or grated cheddar cheese on top.
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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
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  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.
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Course Lamb, Main Dish
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  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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Portuguese Fish Stew

Portuguese Fish Stew


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This Portuguese fish stew is normally made in a cataplana which is a Moorish designed copper domed dish. I have made mine in a thermal cooker which like the cataplana keeps the flavours in so they develop their intensity while cooking. The Western Algarve style cooking includes potatoes, firm white seasonal fish, seafood, peppers and a hint of chili. Once served from the thermal cooker all that is needed is a spoon and some crusty bread to mop round the bowl.
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Course Fish, Main Dish
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  1. In the inner pot, add the olive oil and thyme. Cook on a low heat a couple of minutes to release the flavours of the herbs.
  2. Add the garlic and cook gently for 1 minute making sure that it doesn't start to burn.
  3. Add the onion, green pepper, green chilli and stock cube. Cook gently until the onions soften.
  4. Turn up the heat slightly and add the potatoes, chorizo, tomatoes, wine and water.
  5. Grind in some pepper and bring to the boil stirring occasionally.
  6. Once boiling turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the fish and clams. Bring back to the boil.
  8. Turn down the heat and simmer for 1 minute before putting the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container. Shut the lid and leave to cook for a 2 hours.
  9. Before serving check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  10. Spinkle with chopped coriander and serve with crusty bread.
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Chicken Adobo

Filipinos Favourite Chicken Adobo

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Filipinos Favourite Chicken Adobo
The first time I tried chicken adobo was when some Filipino friends in Abu Dhabi made it for me. I then went on to learn that there is no defined recipe as every mum in the Philippines seem to have their own version. The basics of garlic, soy, and vinegar stay the same but the balance of these ingredients are altered to suit each person who makes it. There are even one or two who add coconut milk to the dish but as far as I can see this is not acceptable to many.
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Course Chicken, Main Dish
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  1. Put some cold water (to cool it down) in the insulated outer container and shut the lid and leave to stand in a cool place for about 15 minutes.
  2. Wash the chicken pieces well and put the in the inner pot.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Put on the lid.
  5. After removing the water from the outer container put the inner pot in and shut the lid. Keep in a cool place for a minimum of 2 hours.
  6. When ready to cook the adobo, remove the inner pot and leave the lid of the outer container open so that it can warm up as you are going to use it next for cooking.
  7. Bring to the inner pot to the boil.
  8. Once boiling skim off any impurities that have formed on the surface and then turn the heat down to a simmer.
  9. Simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on before placing the inner pot into the outer insulated container. If the outer container still feels cold, warm it with a little warm water (not boiling) before putting the inner pot in.
  10. Shut the lid and leave to thermal cook without power for a minimum of 3 hours.
  11. Serve with rice which you can cook at the same time as the adobo in a top pot if you have one.
  12. NOTE: you can marinate the adobo in the fridge prior to cooking if you prefer.
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Pot Roast Pork

Pot Roast Rolled Leg of Pork

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Pot Roast Rolled Leg of Pork
I bought a nice piece of pork the other day, about 1 kg in size and wanted to do something rather than roasting it in the conventional way. I therefore decided to pot roast it in white wine with leeks which are now in season. I used boned and rolled pork leg but shoulder would be just as good.
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Course Main Dish, Pork
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Pot Roast Pork
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  1. Mix together the thyme, sage, rosemary and fennel seeds.
  2. Untie and unroll the pork joint then lay the sliced garlic on the meat.
  3. Sprinkle all of the herbs over the meat evenly and rub them in.
  4. Retie the meat.
  5. Heat the rapeseed oil in the inner pot and carefully place the rolled pork in. Brown the pork on all sides.
  6. Add the onions, then continue to cook for about 5 minutes until they start to soften.
  7. Add the crushed juniper berries, sprinkle with the sugar and add the vinegar.
  8. Add the leeks so they are around the meat.
  9. Pour over the wine. If it does not cover the meat top up with water.
  10. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  11. Turn off the heat and put the inner pot into the insulated outer container.
  12. Shut the lid and thermal cook without power for a minimum of 4 hours.
  13. Before serving check the seasoning adding salt and pepper if necessary.
  14. Serve with either boiled or mashed potatoes.
  15. NOTE: This meat is delicious cold with salad.
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Pot Roast Beef

Pot Roast Sirlion of Beef

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Pot Roast Sirlion of Beef
Pot roasting in a thermal cooker works really well as it can been seen with this recipe for pot roast beef. I like to have a selection of vegetables with my pot roast so I add them all at the same time so a complete meal is ready at the end.
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Course Beef, Main Dish
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Pot Roast Beef
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  1. Mix the flour with a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and roll the beef in the seasoned flour to coat, shaking or patting off any excess. Set aside.
  2. Put the inner pot onto a medium heat and pour in the olive oil.
  3. Once hot add the lardons and cook until starting to crisp.
  4. Carefully place the beef into the pot turning it to brown it all over.
  5. Once brown remove to a plate and set aside.
  6. Add the carrots, celeriac and garlic. Crumble over the stock cube and fry gently stirring until starting to brown.
  7. Pour in a little water and stir to deglaze the inner pot.
  8. Put the beef back in and pour over the tin of tomatoes.
  9. Top up with water until just covering the meat.
  10. Bring to the boil then put on the lid and turn down to a simmer.
  11. Simmer for 10 minutes before turning off the heat and placing the inner pot into the insulated outer container.
  12. Shut the lid and leave to thermal slow cook without power for a minimum of 4 hours.
  13. Once cooked remove the beef and bring the inner pot back to the boil.
  14. To serve thinly slice the beef. Add the vegetables that were cooked with beef and mashed potatoes and cabbage. If you prefer instead of the cabbage and mash serve with some rustic bread and a side salad.
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