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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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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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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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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Chinese Beef Stew with Pak Choi

Chinese Beef Stew with Peanuts

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Chinese Beef Stew with Peanuts
To celebrate this years Chinese New Year I have made a Chinese beef stew. Unlike most Chinese dishes this calls on the traditional stewing technique of North East China.
Chinese Beef Stew with Pak Choi
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Course Beef, Main Dish
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Chinese Beef Stew with Pak Choi
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  1. Heat the oil in the inner pot and add the garlic and onions. Cook for until the onions soften.
  2. Add the beef and stir-fry until it starts to brown.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the wine. Top up with more stock or water to cover everything.
  4. Bring to the boil then turn down to the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the insulated outer container.
  6. Shut the lid and leave to thermal cook for a minimum of 3 hours.
  7. Before serving stir in the rice wine and check the seasoning.
  8. Serve with rice and stir fried pak choi and a sprinkle of peanuts.
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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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Pot Roast Beef with Mushrooms
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  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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Keema Indian Street food

Keema Indian Street Food

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Keema Indian Street Food
This is a wonderful eat anytime curry adapted from a recipe by Pat Chapman of The Curry Club. The curry is so easy to make and will be loved by all. I added chickpeas to my version as I love them but you could add peas which is more traditional.
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Course Beef, Lamb, Main Dish, Pork
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Course Beef, Lamb, Main Dish, Pork
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Keema Indian Street food
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  1. Add the ghee or oil to the inner pot over a medium heat.
  2. Fry the onions, garlic and ginger until the onions start to soften.
  3. Turn down the heat slightly and add the turmeric, coriander, chilli powder, cloves, cardamom and a little water if too dry. Cook for 5 minutes stirring from time to time.
  4. Mix in the meat, tomatoes, ketchup and soup. Turn up the heat and bring to the boil while stirring from time to time.
  5. Add the garam masala and fenugreek. Simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on before putting the inner pot into the insulated outer container.
  6. Shut the lid and leave to thermally cook for a minimum of 2 hours without power.
  7. Check the seasoning before serving. Serve with rice and sliced boiled eggs on top
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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.
Sticky glazed ham
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Sticky glazed ham
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Instructions
  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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Carbonnade flamande - Flemish Stew

Carbonnade flamande – Flemish Stew

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Carbonnade flamande - Flemish Stew
This Flemish beef stew, or carbonnade flamande, is the national dish of Belgium. It is the perfect dish to serve to friends on a cold winters evening. I love to serve it with crispy potatoes in their jackets but it would be equally lovely with smooth mashed potatoes which would just soak up the lovely rich gravy.
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Course Beef, Main Dish
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Carbonnade flamande - Flemish Stew
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  1. Marinate the beef overnight in the ale with the garlic and bay leaves.
  2. The next day, drain the beef from the marinade, reserving the marinade.
  3. Pat the meat dry with kitchen paper and toss it in the seasoned flour until evenly coated. Shake off any excess flour so it is lightly dusted.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp of the rapeseed oil in the inner pot until hot and fry the beef in 3-4 batches for about 5 minutes per batch, stirring occasionally. You may need to add a little more oil between batches but make sure it is hot again before adding the next batch. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.
  5. Lower the heat to medium and fry the pancetta in the inner pot, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden.
  6. Scoop the pancetta out with a slotted spoon and set aside with the beef.
  7. Add the carrots, onions and leek into the inner pot and fry, until they start to brown.
  8. Add the tomato purée, the beef, the reserved marinade, the pancetta, the beef stock and bouquet garni to the casserole.
  9. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
  10. Once boiling turn down to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  11. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Mr D's Thermal Container.
  12. Shut the lid and leave to thermally cook without power for a minimum of 4 hours.
To serve
  1. Serve mashed potatoes or potatoes in their jackets and greens.
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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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