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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  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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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
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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
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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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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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Chinese Beef and Carrots
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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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Curried Lamb Chops
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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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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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Game Stew

A Bowl Full of Game Stew

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A Bowl Full of Game Stew
At this time of the year you can't beat a hearty stew. This simple mixed game stew is just the thing to eat with your friends on a cold autumn evening. I like to serve with some crusty bread to mop up the rick gravy this stew makes after the long slow thermal cooking. Happy thermal cooking, Mr D
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Course Game, Main Dish
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Game Stew
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  1. In the inner pot, add the butter and the chorizo. Cook on a medium heat for a five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Turn up the heat and add the game in batches until sealed all over. Remove each batch when sealed with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Once all the meat has been sealed add it all back into the inner pot.
  4. Add all the other ingredients and bring to the boil stirring occasionally.
  5. Skim any impurities from the surface and turn down to a simmer.
  6. Simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  7. Place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container, shut the lid. Leave to cook for a minimum of 3 hours.
  8. Before serving check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  9. Serve with vegetables of your choice.
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Saffron Chicken Curry

A Golden Saffron Chicken Curry

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A Golden Saffron Chicken Curry
This dish is based on a recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks "curry, curry curry" by Ranjit Rai. I have made a few alterations and added the potatoes. In his book Ranjit Rai says that he is not sure if the dish came from Spain or went to Spain but no matter, if you like saffron this is certainly one try.
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Course Chicken, Main Dish
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Saffron Chicken Curry
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  1. Add the saffron to the warm milk and set aside.
  2. Put the coconut milk, yogurt, chopped onions, turmeric, ginger, salt, almonds and chili powder in a blender and liquidize.
  3. Heat the oil in the inner pot and add the chicken pieces in batches. Fry until they are light brown.
  4. Add the contents of the liquidizer to the chicken in the inner pot and bring to the boil stirring occasionally.
  5. Turn down the heat, pour over the saffron and milk. Simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  6. 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.
  7. Cooking the rice in the top pot.
  8. 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.
  9. Turn off the heat, open the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container and place the top pot into the inner pot.
  10. Put the lid on the top pot and shut the lid of the outer container.
  11. Leave to thermal cook without power for a minimum of 2 hours.
  12. Serve with nan bread. You can also add a vegetable curry on the side.
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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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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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