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Mon 8-Mar-10
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delbee
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I've just read Fiona's latest Blog about slow cooker stew and I have a confession to make.... I am in love with my new crock pot. 

A recent post Xmas bargain from Costco.  I debated over a slow cooker for months, took the plunge and now I am besotted.  I have cooked beef stew, coq au vin, spare ribs and at the weekend, roast chicken.  All delicious, all easy to prepare and what's more my family love the meals.  I am a very busy working mum and I wish I'd bought one sooner.

A little book of tried and tested slow cooker recipes from the cottage smallholder would be good! 

Many of the recipes on the web are US ones and rely alot on processed sauces (yuk) etc.  Here's the recipe (if you cn call it that) I did for Coq au Vin

8 free range chicken pieces (skin removed and put on the birdtable)

Onion finely sliced

chestnut mushrooms quartered

4 garlic cloves chopped

Chicken stock in water

a really good glug of nice white wine  (all the liquid just covered the ingredients)

Put everything in the slow cooker veggies first, meat last.

cover with stock and wine.

set slow cooker to low and cook for 7 hours.

remove meat if you can without it falling off the bones

Place stoneware pot on heat and mix in around 3tblesps of cornflour let down with water to thicken sauce.

give the sauce a good season.

put chicken back in sauce and serve with green beans and mash potatoes.

...no need to wash the dinnerplates afterwards!!!

why not post your fave recipes in one place???

Mon 8-Mar-10
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I must be tired, I read your title as Crackpots.  I'll go and have a lie down.Embarassed

I'll try that again!

Mon 8-Mar-10
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Me too...and I've just HAD a lie-down.....

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Mon 8-Mar-10
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Aww, bless! Big_Hug

I'll try that again!

Mon 8-Mar-10
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I am in love with my crock pots too. I attempted to do Greek wheat soup this morning but didn't put it on early enough but will try again another time.

http://www.kontoyiannis-house-cyprus.com/Recipes/.../Trahana%20soup.doc for downloadable info on Greek wheat soup

I was given the dried wheat concoction by our Cypriot friends to take home with us when they realised I liked it. They were surprised but once I got over the shock that it wasn't cream of chicken soup, which is what it looks like with the haloumi cheese in it, I did enjoy it. It's very lemony

I also have chicken bones onto to stew for their stock as I write.

Mon 8-Mar-10
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Thanks for sharing that recipe, delbee. I can see me giving it a go some time :)  I have a little 2-person cooker so I might have to scale your recipe down to fit.

One of my favourite slow cooker things is chicken korma. There's no recipe as such – it varies depending on what I have in store – but it always has the following:

* 4 or 5 chicken thighs – skinned

* 2 finely sliced onions

* 1 can of coconut milk

* 2 tablespoons of Patak's Korma paste

* 1 tablespoon of mango chutney

Layer the onions on the bottom of the cooker

Rub the korma paste over the chicken thighs and place them on top of the onions.

Blob the chutney on top of the chicken.

Pour the coconut milk over the lot, rising the can out with a little water if you need more liquid.

Cook on auto for up to 8 hours. Lift out the chicken thighs, de-bone them and return the meat to the sauce. Mix well.

 

Other random, but tasty ingredients have included:

* diced butternut squash

* finely sliced leeks

* chopped courgette

* a small can of chickpeas

Serve with rice or naan bread. And enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Mon 8-Mar-10
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Great! Two tasy chicken slow cooker recipes on one page WellDone

I have been thinking about how we could take advantage of the occasional chicken pieces offers in the supermarkets and these two fit the bill perfectly.CFC for CPA (I work in IT and we do so love our TLAs).

Thanks, Delbee and Shereen.

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Tue 9-Mar-10
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Thanks for the recipe for Chicken Curry Shereen, I am on the hunt for a good one.  By the way I forgot to include some smoked bacon in the Coq au Vin recipe...I should write things down rather than just chucking things in!

The crock pot is on again today...hopefully.  I am making veg soup out of the chicken stock from the Sunday chicken.  On a web site I found a recipe for crock pot Chili Con Carne with chocolate .  Planning on doing this later this week so I'll report back!Chef

Tue 9-Mar-10
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I'm going to make a big beef stew with lots of veg in mine today.  I just love using it.

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Tue 9-Mar-10
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Danny said:

TA & Kate : HOW APPROPRIATE Big_Laugh


Oi!  I'll get my spanner out!Magic

I'll try that again!

Tue 9-Mar-10
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I have a confesion to make.....I have a crockpot but have never used it. Embarassed  It was a wedding anniversary present from my MIL and is still in it's box! Since you chaps & lasses have inspired me to venture into the kitchen to try this "cooking m'larky", perhaps some of your favourite recipes could inspire me again...this time to release the beast from it's box.....Do you have any yummy vegetarian recipes?

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Hi Suz, I have never considered the crockpot for purely vegetarian dishes. We use it mainly to tenderise cheap meat cuts. But, if you think about it, most slow cook meat dishes include a plethora of vegetables at the start, that release their flavours an juices slowly over a 3 or 4 hour period.

We have no ideas but we would be really interested in what other people may suggest.

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Fri 12-Mar-10
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Morning all.  I promised to report back on the chocolate chili con carne.  We sampled it last night and I think its the best chilli I have ever made.  Kids thought it was a bit spicy but their plates were clean at the end.  It had a great depth of flavour and was very rich.  Next time I make it I'll put in more beans.  I reckon the recipe below will feed about 10 to 12 adults.  I've tubbed up the remainder for the freezer.  The recipe by the way is from Recipezaar on the web and I hven't tweeked it at all, so thanks Recipeezaar person its a keeper!!

2lbs beef mince

2 lrg garlic cloves chopped fine

2 celery stalks chopped fine

2 large onions choped fine

2tblsp chili powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 cans of chopped toms

1 can of red kidney beans drained (i'll use 2 next time)

2 tblsp organic cocoa powder

1tblsp brown sugar

1tsp whiter wine vinegar

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 green pepper chopped

Method:

Chop onions, garlic and celery in food processor until very fine.

Saute in large saucepan with some oil until soft and add the beef.

Cook until no longer pink.

Add chilli powder, oregano, cayenne, cook a bit more and then tip into slow cooker.

Add tinned chopped tomatoes, beans, cocoa, sugar , cloves, vinegar and pepper.

Stir it all well, cover and cook on low for 6-7 hrs (it burnt slightly at the side after 7hrs in mine)

Add chopped green pepper, stir and cook 1/2 hr longer.

Season to taste.  (I found it needed quite a bit of salt) 

We ate it with boiled basmati, sour cream and cheddar cheese. Large sombreros and ponchos optional...I would have had a margarita as well, but middle of the week and all that......

Fri 12-Mar-10
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Oh I like the sound of that.  Have used chocolate for cooking before in sauces, but never in chili.  Another one to try quite soon.  Thank you.  Smile

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Resurrecting this thread  -does anyone have a reccommendation for a slow cooker recipe book, pref either fully veggie or not too meat dominated (I can adapt chicken type ones), not bothered about sweet recipes.  I've been given a fairly big hint that I'm getting a slow cooker for xmas (where's the jumping up and down with excitement smiley when I want it?!*) and have been scouting Amazon.  Lots of the ones I saw though had complaints that pre-cooking was required " not what I want.  Surely the point is you chop the stuff up then chuck it in and walk out the door to work?  Another mentioned that one particular book called for tins of condensed soup in the ingredients list " also not really where I want to come from.  Anyone got any tips?  Do we have a CSH little book of Slow Cooker/Crock Pot recipes yet? ok

*Aha " here it is!  [Image Can Not Be Found]  big_laugh

 

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