Category Archives: Slow Cooker

Chicken Liver Ragu with Pappardelle

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Chicken livers, it has to be said, aren’t everybody’s cup of offal. My wife, case in point, positively hates them and has even threatened divorce if I ever fed them … Continue reading

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Easiest Ever Chinese Roast Duck

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This is, quite simply, the simplest Chinese-style roast duck you will ever make. The skin is crisp and golden; the flesh moist and fall-apart. It’s heaven. And you only need … Continue reading

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Smoked Chilli with Borlotti Beans and Fennel Seeds

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There are three secrets to this extraordinary chilli: frying half of the minced beef until it is crispy; grinding fennel seeds to add to the spice mixed to give it … Continue reading

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Hare Ragu with Pappardelle

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I’ve got another new butcher on the block – Paul Cramer, in Camden, north London. I stumbled across him as I was wandering around waiting for my son to finish … Continue reading

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The Stag’s Root Beer Pork Ribs with Shaved Fennel Salad

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The Stag in Hampstead, NW3 is a great boozer, with great beers, great staff, great food  and the best ribs I’ve ever eaten in a pub – so I attempted to … Continue reading

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Suckling Pig Vindaloo

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I recently had the most astonishing Suckling Pig Vindaloo at a restaurant called Gymkhana in London’s West End.  It was nothing like the mouth-singeing vindaloos of my youth: this had … Continue reading

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Heston Blumenthal’s Braised Pork Belly with Crackling

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Weekends are for cooking. This is a fact. So what better way to take up the entire weekend than by cooking a Heston Blumenthal masterpiece: Braised pork belly with crackling. … Continue reading

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‘The Stag’ Jacob’s Ladder Beef Short Ribs

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I had these quite astonishingly soft and meaty beef ribs at a pub called The Stag in London, NW3. I was so blown away by them that I virtually begged … Continue reading

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Jamie Oliver’s Leftover Pork Ragu

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This recipe comes from Jamie Oliver’s ‘Money Saving Meals’. I’ve cooked it a couple of times because the kids love it. It’s spicy, rich and very tomatoey. It’s a great … Continue reading

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Higgidy Chilli Beef Pie with Black Treacle

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When is a pie not a pie? When it’s this Chilli Beef Pie with Spiced Potato Wedges from Camilla Stephens’ splendid ‘Higgidy Cookbook’. Camilla is the founder of Higgidy, which … Continue reading

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Jamie Oliver-inspired Leftover Lamb Biryani

Jamie Oliver Lamb Biryani

My food shopping bills have gone through the roof lately, as I’m sure yours have, too. So I’m on a mission to save a few quid by making meals stretch … Continue reading

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Have you tried cockerel thighs?

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I bought these cockerel thighs at a farmers’ market. They cost £4 each. Meaty beasts. Real nutcrackers. And the flavour was incredible. I’d never tried cockerel thighs before, but was … Continue reading

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Baked Paccheri Pasta with Bolognese and Grana Padano Sauce

Baked Paccheri Pasta

I came across Paccheri pasta during my weekly shop. They are big rigatoni-like tubes that are fantastic for holding chunky sauces, like this best-ever Bolognese, which I make ahead in … Continue reading

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Succulent Chinese Pork Belly with Lindisfarne Mead

Chinese Pork Belly with Mead

Mead is an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey and water – and it’s delicious. I bought a bottle on a trip to Lindisfarne Holy Island in Northumberland and I … Continue reading

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Slow Cooked Gammon studded with Stem Ginger

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Stem ginger in syrup is a wonderful thing. Spicy and sweet, it is a fantastic ingredient in cakes, and chopped up, mixed with vanilla ice cream. But I prefer my … Continue reading

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Slow Food Pork Belly Squares with Sticky Apple Glaze

Pork Belly Squares with Sticky Apple Glaze

  I was inspired to cook this dish by the Slow Food movement, which has just celebrated Slow Food Week. I must confess I thought ‘slow food’ meant slowly-cooked food, … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai Spare Ribs with Broccoli & Black Bean Sauce

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As I wrote here previously, I have had the good fortune to come across a Thai lady called Nitsa, who works at my local supermarket. She makes her own curry … Continue reading

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Lamb Shank Vindaloo

Lamb Shank Vindaloo with Dhal

This lamb shank vindaloo recipe is adapted from Simon Cave’s magnificent Manly Food cookbook. If your fella’s a foodie, then I urge you to have a look at it. Could … Continue reading

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Twice-Cooked Teryaki Chicken Wings

Teryaki Chicken Wings

This is a super-simple recipe for finger lickin’ good chicken wings, marinated then cooked in the slow cooker so that the meat falls off the bone, then bunged in a … Continue reading

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Simon Cave’s Manly Slow Roast Pork Belly

Slow Roast Pork Belly with Fennel Seeds

Unless you’e got a big baseball bat, you can’t beat a pork belly. And I’m here to tell you that you most definitely can’t beat this particular recipe, which I’ve … Continue reading

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Atul Kochhar’s Sumatran Lamb Kurma

Sumatran Lamb Korma

I’ve adapted this recipe from Atul Kochhar’s wonderful ‘Curries Of The World’ book. His introductory note to this very mild, but tasty, Sumatran Lamb Kurma, goes: ‘The korma, or kurma, … Continue reading

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Slow-Cooked Chicken Do-Piaza

Slow-cooked chicken do-piaza

Do- Piaza translates as ‘two onions’ because that’s the number of times they appear in the cooking process. The first stage involves making a puree from onions, garlic and ginger. … Continue reading

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Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder with Fennel and Star Anise

Pork Shoulder stuffed with Fennel and Chilli

This astonishingly tasty slow cooked pork shoulder is stuffed with fennel seeds, star anise, lemon and chilli. It is superb for Sunday lunch, but also delicious cold the next day … Continue reading

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Moroccan Lamb Neck & Nectarine Tagine

Moroccan lamb neck & nectarine tagine

I’m not sure if I’m technically allowed to call this recipe ‘tagine’ because a tagine is actually a type of Moroccan cooking pot. However, ‘slow cooker lamb neck’ doesn’t sound … Continue reading

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British Beef Week 2013: My Wife’s Pot Roast Beef Topside

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  It’s not often I allow my wife into the kitchen to cook (I’m joking, of course), but on the odd occasions she does, I am left gobsmacked by the … Continue reading

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Thai Lamb Yellow Curry

Thai Lamb Yellow Curry

When my kids are old enough to do the grocery shopping, I want them to know that meat comes from animals, not from plastic-and-polystyrene packaging. I want them to know … Continue reading

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Sichuan Pepper & Miso Pork Belly

Sichuan pepper and miso pork belly

There is nothing like using totally authentic ingredients in your cooking and this one comes with a hallmark of quality. The key ingredient is Sichaun pepper. It is not actually … Continue reading

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Twice-Cooked Gammon with Clementine & Honey Glaze

Twice-Cooked Gammon with Satsuma & Honey Glaze

Very simple, very effective, very cheap – and very delicious hot or cold. That’s the Verdict on this fantastic  Twice-Cooked Gammon with Clementine & Honey Glaze recipe. The rolled gammon … Continue reading

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Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

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The secret to making this one of the tastiest fried rice recipes I’ve ever tried is to marinate the chicken in soy sauce and Shaosing rice wine and then cook … Continue reading

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Lamb Breast with Candied Lemon Cous Cous and Wild Garlic Pesto

Lamb breast with wild garlic pesto and candied lemon cous cous

I bought these lamb ‘laps’ at the indoor market in the North East last week. I didn’t have a clue what they were – and neither did the butcher, come … Continue reading

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