wings and things

Food, glorious food!

on October 4, 2014

I bought the slow-cooker, pictured below, several months ago when I thought our electric stove/oven had had the bomb. It wasn’t until our electrician came over to do another job, that it was discovered that the switch to the stove was turned to ‘off’ somehow. Embarrassed, I admitted that I didn’t even know there was an on/off switch.

Anthony used to do all this stuff, I said, meekly.

No charge, said the electrician, wryly.

Anyway, during all of those months when I didn’t think I had a working stove/oven, I learned how to use the slow-cooker and I love it! I used to chop everything finely but now I just throw it all in, uncut, and do the mixing/mashing when I get home. After all, why chop everything at 7am when you can just mash it at 7pm?

I am not quite sure what I am making in that wonderful slow-cooker but here is what I threw in:

Minced beef
Wild garlic + leaves
Onions, chives, lemon grass
5 red and 2 green chillis
Turmeric and ginger roots
Masses of fresh parley and coriander leaves
A cup of red wine
A few cups of stock
Salt and pepper
Lemon juice

In case it isn’t already obvious, one of the things I love about this kind of cooking is that you can be really creative, and experimental, because whatever you are cooking is going to take so long that you can easily get up at 2am and check for flavor. Sometimes the dish needs more salt; sometimes a bit of honey (if it’s a strong curry).


Happy birthday to my beautiful great niece, N, and to my friend, M – nice partying with you!

22 responses to “Food, glorious food!

  1. devynstella says:

    it looks yummy…can I have some please

  2. susanpoozan says:

    Looks and sounds delicious, slow cooking is my favourite my teeth not being what they used to be!

  3. That is going to be sooooooo gooooood! It must smell fantastic in your kitchen! If I catch a whiff of chilis or of wild garlic I’ll be thinking of your slow cooker 😀

  4. Happy birthday to N and M and the combinations of flavours you’ve thrown together sound scrumptious!
    Diana xo

  5. tootlepedal says:

    We have a slow cooker too. They are very good.

  6. Colline says:

    What a time saving idea – chopping up takes quite a bit of time when you use plenty of vegetables.

  7. Janelle Mackellar says:

    Hi, Julie,

    Nieve isn’t’ one already is she!? I don’t think that is how you spell it!! I can’t believe it was a year ago!

    Did I tell you Louise got back from England on Thursday? She has terrible jet lag, poor thing! She has to go back to work on Tuesday and she doesn’t know how she will stay awake! Fortunately tomorrow is a public holiday here so that means she only works two days this week. Hope she gets through them.

    Your Mum was telling me about taking Gordon’s parents to your place and going to Gnomesville and everywhere. So many lovely memories!

    It is really warm here today, not disgustingly hot yet which is lovely!

    Hope you have a good day

    Love Janel

  8. arlene says:

    I love the look of the mixed veggies in your slow cooker. It looks yummy 🙂

  9. jensine says:

    oh can I come to dinner

  10. bulldog says:

    We love our slow cooker.. it makes all meals tasty and ready when you want it… chuck it all in and eat it all later…

  11. Great idea for a busy lady. The aroma is popping off the page. 🙂

  12. Tiny says:

    Love your cooking style! Throwing “stuff” in is also my style 🙂 Need to try this one!

  13. Trisha says:

    Looks delicious!

  14. Lynda says:

    A cook after my own heart, you are! Throw it in the crock pot and wait… it doesn’t always work, but most of the time it turns out well. This one looks lovely. 🙂

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