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Halogen Ovens
Sat 31-Mar-12
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Hattie
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I agree with Danny that most things taste better cooked in the halogen oven but I do the opposite to Danny as far as cooking a whole chicken. I start by cooking the bird breast down so the breast is still absorbing the lemon juice, olive oil & herby, garlicky mixture I usually rub all over the inside & outside of the bird. I then turn it once the bottom is fairly well cooked on its bottom half to finish cooking the top. I don't find I have to slit the thighs at all & the bird is perfectly cooked. However I always take the elasticated trussing stuff off before cooking & pull the ankle joints out of its rear end; I put branches of fresh rosemary in the area between the thighs/drumsticks & breast to keep the space apart & they add lots of flavour, of course. I also put the squeezed out lemon shells inside the carcass. It all makes it's own delicious gravy/jus. The breast is never dry & I never have to cover it. 

I think if Aly's husband tasted roast chicken cooked in a halogen oven he would go straight out & buy her one so he could have a roast dinner in the middle of the week when the Esse was off......big_laugh   I frequently cut a small chicken in half (down the breastbone & back) so that I can have a roast dinner more often & not have cold left overs to deal with. 

 

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Sat 31-Mar-12
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Cor blimey, the time it takes you to mess with the chicken (garlic, lemon herbs etc.) mine is cooked, rested, carved and served cheers

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But won't taste as good maybe!

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bobbyW said:

Cor blimey, the time it takes you to mess with the chicken (garlic, lemon herbs etc.) mine is cooked, rested, carved and served cheers

big_laugh I am a very fast cook Bob, I had to be when I had a restaurant & years ago when I cooked in my father's pub (when I was an art student). My motto is you only get out what you put in; a few extra seconds of love & attention really pays off in taste.....for me, anyway. I love cooking & perfecting recipes. For the days I don't feel that way I have a freezer full of meals I have cooked previously.   smug smug laugh

 

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Sat 31-Mar-12
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I loved watching Ainsley with the can't cook won't cook programme, the bit where he gets a fiver's worth of items brought in. Then the chefs go to the shelf and get "what everyone has in their kitchen cupboard."....well not in my cupboard, I have salt, pepper, Daddies Brown and Heinz tomato sauce, sarsons vinegar and mustard.

Garlic..can't abide the stuff, one sniff of it in a dish and back it goes.
Herbs......Mint growing in the garden somewhere.
Rosemary used to live next door

In my opinion, if the taste of the meat has to be disguised, why not forget the meat altogether and just eat the veg.i_am_hungry

Needless to say other than fish n chips I don't eat out very often and if a pub, Vimto and crisps with a pickled egg in the bag.medicine

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I am still not really using my halogen fully as I am not confident with it. I know a few of you have them so how about sharing ideas? Help with extra equipment advice would be good too. I have an Andrew James large halogen.

I bought the halogen to use in the summer when I do not really want to light the wood burning Esse but have yet to produce a full meal.

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Can't help with this one - I don't have enough storage space as it is, so I don't possess a halogen oven.

I saw in Lakeland they sell a Remoska cooker - I have to admit they intrigue me - people say they've cooked cakes or meat meals, roast potatoes, etc. I can't see how that works. I guess it is similar to the halogen oven.

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My halogen is one of the few things left out! Meant to encourage me to use it!

I have seen the remoska but felt it didn't offer anything different.

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I've put my halogen away......like you, Aly, I don't feel confident or knowledgeable enough to use it extensively.  I wasn't too keen on the uneven results of some cakes and bread I'd tried in it either.  I know Eileen uses hers a lot.....we need her back here!

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

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We need to let her know on FB then, so next time anyone goes there, please tell Eileen that you need her advice.  That will either get her back or encourage her to write about it on her blog.

I'll try that again!

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Andrew James replaced the top on our original for free as the element was not changeable, this is still in use although when the element blew due to user error and I replaced it, I decided to upgrade the to the latest model with attached lid so now we have two full size and the mini halogen.
The new model comes with a rice cooker, toast rack, baking trays and extension ring, also includes a spare element and recipe book. It's digital rather than spinning the dials , assigned auto cook buttons for different cooking modes and a start stop button makes it so much easier to us.

A tip worth noting, I bought from Andrew James through Amazon as delivery was free, If I bought direct from AJ delivery charges apply. A small saving but every penny counts and the warranty remains the same.

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I thought the newer model had a hinged lid. I have an Andrew James which has been fine. It came with a spare bulb which I have so far not needed. I am trying to use mine more when the Esse is not fired up but am still limited. Probably should consult the book that came with it!

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Ihad one, when they first came out, but the Glass Lid was too heavy for me to lift with one Arm, I don't have use in my right Arm, but can use my Hand. Thank Goodness!

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Yes the lid is very heavy to manage made more difficult when it is hot. That is why I like the idea of a hinged lid. Just cannot justify buying a new one when the current one is fine.

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Attached, hinged lid same thing to me

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