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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  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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Pot Roast Beef

Pot Roast Sirlion of Beef

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Pot Roast Sirlion of Beef
Pot roasting in a thermal cooker works really well as it can been seen with this recipe for pot roast beef. I like to have a selection of vegetables with my pot roast so I add them all at the same time so a complete meal is ready at the end.
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Course Beef, Main Dish
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Pot Roast Beef
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  1. Mix the flour with a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and roll the beef in the seasoned flour to coat, shaking or patting off any excess. Set aside.
  2. Put the inner pot onto a medium heat and pour in the olive oil.
  3. Once hot add the lardons and cook until starting to crisp.
  4. Carefully place the beef into the pot turning it to brown it all over.
  5. Once brown remove to a plate and set aside.
  6. Add the carrots, celeriac and garlic. Crumble over the stock cube and fry gently stirring until starting to brown.
  7. Pour in a little water and stir to deglaze the inner pot.
  8. Put the beef back in and pour over the tin of tomatoes.
  9. Top up with water until just covering the meat.
  10. Bring to the boil then put on the lid and turn down to a simmer.
  11. Simmer for 10 minutes before turning off the heat and placing the inner pot into the insulated outer container.
  12. Shut the lid and leave to thermal slow cook without power for a minimum of 4 hours.
  13. Once cooked remove the beef and bring the inner pot back to the boil.
  14. To serve thinly slice the beef. Add the vegetables that were cooked with beef and mashed potatoes and cabbage. If you prefer instead of the cabbage and mash serve with some rustic bread and a side salad.
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Kerala Fish Curry

A Typical Kerala Fish Curry

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A Typical Kerala Fish Curry
Kerala's long coastline with numerous rivers and backwaters has contributed to many sea and river food dishes to be found in this region of India. This curry is typical of the type you will find in Kerala being served in both small and large restaurants. Due to the weather the selection of spices available in South India are vast and I have included some of the more popular ones in this dish. The beautiful yellow colour is created using turmeric which has been used in India for thousands of years and is a major part of certain types of traditional Indian medicine. Coconut milk which forms the base of the dish is widely used in Kerala for thickening and flavour and comes from the coconuts which grow in abundance. Just like any other recipe, each chef will have their own variation and this is mine for Kerala Fish Curry.
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Course Fish
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Kerala Fish Curry
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Instructions
  1. Put the ghee or oil in the inner pot over a medium heat.
  2. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and turmeric. When the seeds start to pop add the onion, garlic and ginger.
  3. Add the curry leaves and chilli. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and water. Crumble in the stock cube before adding the tin of tomatoes. Stir well to dissolve the stock cube.
  5. Check the seasoning and add some salt if necessary.
  6. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the fish and bring back to the boil.
  8. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container.
  9. Shut the lid and leave for a minimum of 1 hour.
Cooking the rice
  1. Add the rice and water to the top pot and bring to the boil.
  2. Stir then turn down the heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Turn off the heat, open the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal container and place the top pot into the inner pot.
  4. Put the lid on the top pot and shut the lid of the outer container.
  5. Leave to thermal cook without power for the same time as main meal.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: If you need to leave it longer than this, do everything except adding the fish which you can add about 30 minutes before serving by bringing the curry sauce back to the boil, adding the fish and then putting the inner pot back into the outer container to finish cooking. Serve with rice either cooked in a separate saucepan or in the top pot. If cooking in the Mr D's Top Pot follow the following instructions.

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