Cooking with Redmond – Ultimate One Pot Beer Infused Beans

Cooking with Redmond Multicooker – Ultimate One Pot Beer Infused BeansI am finding that having a new gadget in the kitchen, I am of course referring to my Redmond Multicooker, is very inspiring when it comes to the creation of new recipes.

Cooking in a multicooker is easy so long as you follow the recipe, use the correct cooking program and time schedule that are provided. However when it comes to creating a brand new recipe things can get a bit tricky… it is a prime example of trial and error at the beginning but once you are experienced in the use of it, things get a lot easier.

Yesterday we decided to experiment a little. We love BBQ and all things smoked, so the plan was to adapt our favourite Smoked Beans recipe to be suitable for the multicooker as we didn’t really want the hassle of starting the BBQ.

Smoked Beans are delicious and we very often use our outdoor smoker the whole year round but sometimes you really just want something fairly quick and easy and cooking in a multicooker couldn’t be easier. The compromise is of course the loss of the actual real life smoky taste and thus we would be achieving flavour heaven by a subtle mix of ingredients 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 250g smoked bacon
  • 250g precooked meat (best way to use leftovers!) or sausages as your fall-back
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Small piece of ginger
  • 1 tin of cannellini beans
  • 1 tin of red kidney beans
  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • 4tbsp ketchup
  • 4tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 2tbsp molasses
  • 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbsp Dijon ready-made mustard
  • 1tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/2tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2tsp dry chilli flakes (optional if you fancy more heat)
  • 250ml beer (preferably a real ale sort of beer)

Method:

Chop the bacon into small chunks.

Cut the meat or sausage (or both) into chunks as well and set aside. We also used two packs of pork ham and cut it into thick strips.

Peel and finely chop onions.

Mince garlic and ginger.

Drain and rinse both cans of beans.

Cooking with Redmond Multicooker – Ultimate One Pot Beer Infused Beans in the makingPre-set your multicooker to Fry (we set fry vegetables) and set time to 6 minutes.

Pop bacon into your multicooker and press start.

The machine will take 3 minutes to heat up and get into ideal frying temperature.

Once the timer starts going down and you see number change to 5, pop the lid open and swiftly add onions, garlic and ginger; stir well, close the lid and let the frying program finish.

Cooking with Redmond Multicooker - Ultimate One Pot Beer Infused Beans in the makingNow when the frying stage is done it is time to add everything else. Pop all your remaining ingredients into your multicooker including the beer, stir well and close the lid.

Set multicooker to Stew and set time to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Nothing is going to burn or stick, so you can just let it cook and relax.

When the time is up, you are ready to eat.

Enjoy!

Cooking with Redmond Multicooker – My Ultimate One Pot Beer Infused BeansCooking with Redmond Multicooker - Ultimate One Pot Beer Infused BeansCooking with Redmond Multicooker - My Ultimate One Pot Beer Infused BeansDo you like beans?

What’s your favourite beans recipe?

*Recipe commissioned by Redmond.

What’s Cooking – 45 Minutes Roast Chicken

What’s Cooking – 45 Minutes Roast Chicken

First, let me start with an apology – I hadn’t planned on sharing this recipe, hence the lack of more pictures, but as it came out so delicious, I really wanted to tell you all about it.

The recipe for a 45 minute Roast Chicken is loosely based on the “Roast Chicken” from “On the Table in 30 minutes – One Pot” by Parragon books. I say loosely, as I got the main idea from the book but then to make it work for me I had to change both the ingredients and the method to get it done.

So, let’s start with the ingredients:

  • 6 skinned chicken thighs
  • 500g of baby potatoes
  • 250g Brussels sprouts
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large pepper
  • 2 onions
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 2tbsp of multigrain mustard
  • 2tbsp of honey
  • 1tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 0,5tsp chilli pepper
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 1tbsp dry oregano
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Preheat your oven to 240C.

Wash and peel (if needed) your baby potatoes and cut them into halves.

Chop the veggies into your desired size – I tried to make the carrots the same size as my potatoes and everything else was chopped into thick slices.

De-skin your chicken.

Prepare 100ml of chicken stock (stock cube, fresh or best of all make your own); then add to it: mustard, honey, wine vinegar, chilli pepper and crushed garlic plus a little bit of salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a large heavy pan (I used my go to cast iron one). Toss in the onions and potatoes and fry them for 2-3 minutes; then add the carrots and courgettes. After a further 2-3 minutes, add all the remaining veggies – in my case peppers and Brussels sprouts. Fry them all for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Remove the veggies from the pan and place in a casserole dish, which will be suitable to go to the oven and will hold all the veggies plus the chicken.

Reheat your frying pan with some additional olive oil and start on the chicken. Please your chicken in the pan, add a generous amount of salt and pepper and fry on one side until lightly browned. Turn them over and add your earlier prepared “sauce” plus sprinkle all over with your oregano. Fry for a minute or two, and then transfer the chicken and all the sauce into the casserole dish.

Place in the oven and allow it to cook for 30 minutes.

After this time you will have one amazing dinner ready to be served.

What’s Cooking - 45 Minutes Roast Chicken

Just in case you are wondering how on earth I’ve managed to take a 30min recipe and turn it into a 45min one, I will explain… The original recipe calls for the whole dinner to be cooked in one pan (who would have thought it given the title of the book) and I simply do not own a cast iron pan to take this volume of food in one go, so I started to prepare it using two separate dishes, then decided that was a rubbish idea and just used my biggest pot I owned. Unfortunately as my decision was so late in the game I had not warmed my new pot up like I had with my two smaller pots. Therefore as my food was going from the frying pan to the cold casserole dish I needed to add some extra time to allow everything to heat up again, hence the longer cooking time. Anyway as it turned out I was saved and it worked perfectly… the chicken was falling off the bone and my veggies had still kept their shape and where just right.

Happy cooking!

Parragon Book Buddy – “On the table in 30: One Pot”

Parragon Books On the table in 30 One Pot

This month I have yet another great cookbook I would like to tell you about. This time it is “On the table in 30: One Pot” 60 super speedy recipes.

We all know that in this fast moving world time is of an essence and sometimes we really can’t spare half of the day for cooking a meal. I know someone who would really like that; stay in the kitchen all day and “play” with food creating some amazing dishes for others to enjoy, but the reality is cruel and there is no time for it. “On the table in 30: One Pot” is a perfect cookbook for anyone who wants to enjoy a nice healthy meal, which can be prepared fast and with use of only one cooking dish.Parragon Cook Book On the table in 30 One Pot

“On the table in 30: One Pot” is split into four main parts:

  • Super-quick poultry
  • Made-in-minutes meat
  • Fast fish & seafood
  • Speedy veggies & beans

Plus there is an introduction and a chapter on useful information.

Every recipe includes a list of ingredients, picture of the dish and clear method on how to make it which is written giving you time indicators (30 minutes to go, 15 minutes to go, 5 minutes to go etc). This layout is actually very handy, as it gives you precise instruction and a countdown to when your meal will be on the table.

I studied this book for a while searching for meals to cook, checking differences in methods and getting a general feel for it. There are a lot of lovely recipes in there.

One of my favourite must be Spicy Bean Chilli. It is really easy and straightforward. It calls for a lot of store cupboards ingredients so it can be made without any special preparations and trips to the store. I didn’t try to make it as yet, but it is on top of my list and I will share with you once I make it… for now enjoy this Spicy Bean Chilli picture from the book.

Parragon Books On the table in 30 One Pot Spicy Bean Chilli

There are a lot of cookbooks on the market these days… some of them are better than others and some are just perfect. I would include “On the table in 30: One Pot” into the perfect cookbook category and let me tell you why… Mainly because it has a great selection of fast recipes, which can suit every household taste including any vegetarians at the table; but that’s not all… As I mentioned at the beginning “On the table in 30: One Pot” contains an introduction and a chapter on useful information. The introduction part gives you great hints and tips for quick preparation and cooking shortcuts. The useful information part has a lot of really useful information; strange I know! 😉 It talks about essential equipment, covers all preparation techniques and “supermarkets cheats” (you will have to get the book if you want to know what they are, my lips are sealed) and it has a clear temperature and measurement guide.

Parragon Cook Books On the table in 30 One Pot

I think this book will make a great addition to any cookbook collection but specifically I would recommend it to any new cooks, students and people always in a hurry, who are fed up of take away dishes and would love to eat a home cooked meal for a change.

Do you have any tips on how to speed up the cooking process in general?

Parragon Books On the table in 30 One Pot Spicy Bean Chilli Recipe

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On the table in 30: One Pot:
ISBN 978-1-4723-4439-7
Published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2014
Part of Love Food
Number of pages: 175
RRP: £12
Hardback

* I received this book for free from Parragon as a part of my Book Buddy pack.