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.
Duck in Sweet and Sour Sauce
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Course Duck, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Course Duck, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Duck in Sweet and Sour Sauce
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Instructions
  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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Indian Roast Beef and Vegetable Curry

Indian Roast Beef and Vegetable Curry

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Indian Roast Beef & Vegetable Curry
It is just over a year since I started sending out weekly recipes and to celebrate I have made a recipe adapted from one by Atul Kochher one of only two Indian Chefs in the world to be awarded a coveted Michelin Star. I decided to serve with Atul Kochhars Indian Roast Beef a South Indian vegetable curry which I made in the top pot. If however you do not have a top pot then you can increase the size of beef and increase the beef stock a little. The beef is left to thermally cook for as long as possible to make it so it melts in the mouth. This recipe is certainly worth trying and don't be put off by the amount of garlic and chili as both these mellow during the long, long cook.
Indian Roast Beef and Vegetable Curry
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Course Beef
Cuisine Indian
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  • 750 g beef joint if not using a top pot increase the beef size to 1.2kg
Ingredients for cooking the beef
Course Beef
Cuisine Indian
Servings
Ingredients
  • 750 g beef joint if not using a top pot increase the beef size to 1.2kg
Ingredients for cooking the beef
Indian Roast Beef and Vegetable Curry
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Method Marinade
  1. If using a top pot to cook the vegetable curry or rice check that the beef is no bigger that 6.5cms thick so it will fit under the top pot. If it is, cut it into two.
  2. Prick the beef all over so it can absorb the marinade.
  3. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and rub over the beef.
  4. Leave to marinade in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. Overnight would be better
Cooking the beef
  1. Add all the ingredients for the beef to the inner pot.
  2. Place in the beef and bring to the boil
  3. Once boiling turn down to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  4. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Mr D's Thermal Container.
  5. Shut the lid and leave to thermally cook without power for a minimum of 5 hours.
Cooking the vegetable curry in the top pot
  1. Add all the ingredients for the South Indian vegetable curry into the top pot.
  2. Stir and bring to the boil.
  3. Once boiling turn down to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, open the vacuum-insulated Thermal Container and remove the lid from the inner container. Place the the top pot and put on its lid.
  5. Shut the outer container and leave to thermal cook without power for the same length of time as the beef.
To serve
  1. Slice the beef and serve with rice and the vegetable curry.
  2. Pour some of the liquid the beef was cooked in over the beef before serving.
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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.
Blaukraut - Braised Red Cabbage
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Cuisine German
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Blaukraut - Braised Red Cabbage
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Instructions
  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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