… and actually used it!
Whether or not I have mentioned it before on this blog… I need to loose weight. And a lot of it. I also just want to eat healthier with not a lot of effort put into it. Obviously, these things can be done in a number of ways, but I thought I would try a slow cooker and see what sorts of things I could make.
Let me tell you now that I hate stews and casseroles. I think the only time I eat stew is when Alex cooks it in the pressure cooker – an implement I am not likely to use any time soon. That thing scares me!
The slow cooker I got I essentially only paid £2.99 for as I had been given some Love to Shop vouchers for Christmas, so even better that it was a bargain!
I’m sure I’ve mentioned that my brother is living with me at the moment as well. We both like to cook, so we both knew that this was a good investment. The other thing that I am hoping it would do is reduce my out goings on food. It’s getting expensive to just buy food. With the left overs that I had from that first dinner I saved and put in the freezer, so what ever happens with the next lot of food it can also go in the freezer.
The downside to all of this is that my partner, Alex, doesn’t want to eat out of the slow cooker. He’s such a fussy eater he said ‘he doesn’t like the way the meat goes’. I’m not sure I understand this in it’s essence as he’ll use the pressure cooker. I also asked if he would try say BBQ ribs or something and he said he would.
I’m sure you can understand my confusion.
My plans this week are to use the cooker at least twice, once for a chilli con carne (excluding the kidney beans as my brother doesn’t like them) and for some tomato soup. I’ve been looking for some good soup recipes for a while, especially tomato as it’s my favourite so am looking forward to trying them.
Here’s a photo of the food we did the other day:
We did a Tikka Masala, a nicely spicy one – one of those ‘just right’ ones. We used chicken thighs for it – a meat I hadn’t really tried cooking with before either! It was such a success that I wonder if I can replicate it again. The recipe came from here. It was super simple to follow, and we didn’t change anything from it except that we had an accident with cayanne pepper which added a nice heat, and that we didn’t blend up the ingredients at the end.
Do you use a slow cooker? What do you make? Care to share some recipes?