Pork in cider

Slow Cooked Pork in Cider

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Slow Cooked Pork in Cider
Pork and cider together make a delicious thermally cooked meal that can be eaten all year round. This meal is very easy to make and can be left cooking in your thermal cooker until you are ready to eat. Serve with seasonal vegetables and a sprinkling of chopped parsley for a meal to eat any day of the week.
Pork in cider
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Course Main Dish, Pork
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Pork in cider
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  1. Heat the oil in the inner pot and brown the meat in batches, then set aside.
  2. Add the onions, celery and parsnips with the bay leaves and fry until golden brown.
  3. Sprinkle in the gravy granules and give a good stir.
  4. Add the pork and any juices back to the dish.
  5. Add the potatoes.
  6. Pour in the cider and water making sure everything is covered, if not add a little more water.
  7. Bring to the boil stirring occasionally. Skim any impurities from the surface.
  8. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  9. Place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container, shut the lid. Leave to cook for a minimum of 2 hours.
  10. Before serving check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  11. Garnish with the parsley and serve with vegetables of your choice.
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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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Tuscan Pot Roast Lamb
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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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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.
Indian Roast Beef and Vegetable Curry
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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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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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