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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  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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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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Christmas pudding

Old English Christmas Pudding

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A thermal cooker is the ideal way to cook your Christmas Pudding as it can't boil dry and therefore needs no looking after.
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Course Puddings
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Christmas pudding
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  1. 1. Grease a 2 pint/1 litre pudding basin
  2. 2. Put a trivet in the inner pot. Fill with enough water to come up to 5cms below the edge of the pudding basin when placed on the trivet.
  3. 3. Bring the water in the inner pot to the boil while you add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix.
  4. 4. Add the eggs, lemon juice, lemon rind, rum and milk. Mix with a wooden spoon.
  5. 5. Put the mixture into the greased pudding basin.
  6. 6. Place a piece of greased, greaseproof paper on top of the mixture.
  7. 7. Cover with aluminium foil and tie round the edge remembering to make a handle to lift the pudding out when hot.
  8. 8. Carefully place the basin in the inner pot of boiling water and bring back to the boil with the lid on.
  9. 9. Once boiling turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on.
  10. 10. Place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal Container, shut the lid and leave to slow cook without power for a minimum of 5 hours.
  11. 11. Once cooked remove the pudding and allow to cool before storing for Christmas.
  12. 12. Reheat before eating.
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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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Savory Fish Crumble

Savory Fish Crumble with New Potatoes

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Savory Fish Crumble with New Potatoes
The savory crumble mixture in this recipe can be used on anything that would normally have a potato topping. The important thing with the crumble is not to over work it or it will become a gooey mass rather than like breadcrumbs. You should find that 2.4L of water will just creep up the side of the top pot by about 1 cm when in place. You may need to adjust the amount slightly especially if you are not using a Mr D's Thermal Cooker.
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Course Fish
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Savory Fish Crumble
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  1. Combine the crumble ingredients into a bowl. Mix well by rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Place to one side for later.
  3. Add 2.4L of water (ideally boiling) to the inner pot and bring to the boil with the lid on.
  4. Once boiling place the inner pot into the outer insulated container and shut the lid.
  5. Add the cold milk, plain flour, butter, herbs and Parmesan to the top pot.
  6. Gradually bring to the boil stirring continuously until it thickens.
  7. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  8. Check the seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if necessary.
  9. Add the fish to the white sauce and heat for a few minutes stirring occasionally until you see the odd bubble coming from the white sauce.
  10. Sprinkle over the savory crumble mixture and place the lid on the top pot.
  11. Remove the inner pot and bring back to the boil.
  12. Once boiling place the top pot into the inner pot and turn the heat down to a simmer.
  13. Simmer for 3 minutes and then place the inner pot and top pot into the outer insulated container.
  14. Shut the lid and thermal cook without power for a minimum of 2 hours.
  15. Serve with salad or fresh vegetables and 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
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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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