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.
Tuscan Pot Roast Lamb
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Course Lamb, Main Dish
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Instructions
  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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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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Pot Roast Beef with Mushrooms

Pot Roast Beef with Mushrooms

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Pot Roast Beef with Mushrooms
For this dish you an use any beef joint but remember the cheaper cuts will need a lot longer to tenderise them. I served my Pot Roast Beef with lovely creamy mashed potatoes which soaked up all the lovely mushroom gravy. If you have a top pot you can cook your potatoes in that and they will be perfect to mash just before serving.
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Course Beef, Main Dish
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Course Beef, Main Dish
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Pot Roast Beef with Mushrooms
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Instructions
  1. Add the oil to the inner pot over a medium heat.
  2. Brown the meat all over.
  3. Remove the meat and add the onions and garlic. Cook the onions until they a soft.
  4. Place the meat back on the onions and add all the other ingredients.
  5. Pour in some water if the meat is not completely covered.
  6. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Put the inner pot into the insulated outer container and shut the lid. Cook for a minimum of 4 hours without power depending on the cut of meat. If cooking it longer bring it back to the boil after the 4 hours.
  8. Serve with mashed potatoes and vegetables of your choice
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Sticky glazed ham

Perfect Sticky Glazed Ham

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Perfect Sticky Glazed Ham
This recipe is adapted from a recipe that appeared in the Waitrose Magazine. It makes the perfect ham for a celebration.
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Course Ham, Main Dish
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Sticky glazed ham
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  1. Place the vegetables on the bottom of the inner pot.
  2. Place the gammon on top of the vegetables.
  3. Add 8 of the cloves and the rest of the ingredients and top up with cold water.
  4. Bring to the boil skimming any scum carefully off the surface.
  5. Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Place the inner pot into the insulated outer container and shut the lid.
  7. Leave to cook without power for 4 to 6 hours.
  8. Remove while you prepare the glaze.
To glaze
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Put all the ingredients for the glaze in a pan over a very low heat and mix until combined.
  3. Remove the gammon from the inner pot and put on a rack in a in a baking tray.
  4. With a sharp knife remove the skin leaving a
  5. good even layer of fat.
  6. Score the fat in a diamond pattern and stud each diamond with a clove.
  7. Pour over half the glaze and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes basting with more glaze every 8-10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for at least 10 minutes.
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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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The Best Gluten Free Bread

The Best Gluten Free Bread

This simple recipe for Gluten Free Bread is so easy to make in a thermal cooker. There is no kneading or waiting for it to rise like conventional bread.

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The Best Gluten Free Bread
Most people say the gluten free bread is very dry. By cooking it in a thermal cooker dryness is not a problem as you will get lovely soft bread with a good crumb. You will need for this recipe a 1lb bread tin with a lid such as the Mr D’s Bread Tin.
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  1. Mix together the flour, salt, yeast and sugar.
  2. In a bowl beat the milk, vinegar and egg together.
  3. Add the flour and mix to form a sticky dough. You are looking for a thick batter.
  4. Cut a piece of greaseproof paper to line the bread tin.
  5. Grease the tin not forgetting the lid and place the greaseproof paper in the bottom.
  6. Add the batter to the bread tin and leave the lid off.
  7. In the inner pot add ¾ cup of boiling water and ¼ cup of cold water.
  8. Place the bread tin on a trivet in the inner pot.
  9. Put the lid on the inner pot.
  10. Put the inner pot into the outer insulated container. Shut the lid and leave to rise.
  11. After 30 minutes, check to see if the dough has doubled in size (filling the tin about ¾). If not leave it bit longer.
  12. Once the dough has doubled in size, remove the inner pot from the outer container and put the lid on the bread tin.
  13. Pour boiling water into the inner pot until the water comes about ¾ of the way up the side of the bread tin.
  14. Put the inner pot on a heat source and bring back to the boil.
  15. Once boiling, turn the heat down so the water in simmering. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes with the inner pot lid on.
  16. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the insulated outer container.
  17. Shut the lid and leave to thermal cook without power for a minimum of four hours. It can be left overnight.
  18. Once cooked remove the tin from the inner pot and carefully take off the lid.
  19. Leave for a few minutes then run a knife carefully around the edge of the bread and turn out onto a rack.
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Sophies Lamb Tagine

Sophie’s Amazing Lamb Tagine

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Sophie's Amazing Lamb Tagine
The recipe this week is provided by Sophie who will be cooking for the crew of Jubilant during this years Fastnet race. Sophie kindly brought some tagine for us to try at the Midsummer Motorhome Show in Exeter and it was so popular that I decided it had to be included in my weekly recipes.
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Course Lamb, Main Dish
Cuisine Moroccan
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Sophies Lamb Tagine
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  1. Heat the oil in the inner pot over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and fry until soft
  3. Add the coriander, parsley, cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, ground ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. Stir for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the lamb and mix with the spices and onions.
  5. Add the tins of tomatoes, tomato juice or pasata to the meat and cook until it starts to bubble a bit.
  6. Add the garlic, fruit and rest of the ingredients.
  7. Bring to the boil while stirring. Once boiling turn down to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  8. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal Container.
  9. Shut the lid and leave to thermally cook without power for a minimum of 3 hours
  10. cooking couscous in the top pot if you have one.
  11. Add couscous and water according to the packet.
  12. Open the vacuum-insulated Thermal Container and remove the lid from the inner container. Place the the top pot into the inner pot.
  13. Leave to thermal cook without power for the same length of time as the tagine.
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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
Venison Chili the Best Chili Ever
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Course Main Dish, Venison
Cuisine Mexican
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Venison Chili the Best Chili Ever
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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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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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Portuguese Fish Stew
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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
Cuisine Filipino
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Chicken Adobo
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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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