Monday, June 3, 2013

Slow Cooking Sunday

On Sunday morning we all loaded in the car and heading two hours away to Hobart, It was Tom's Gran's 90th Birthday and we were all excited to spend the day celebrating with her. We could have gone the day before and stayed the night, (as to not have to travel 4hrs in one day) but the amount of 'stuff' we have to take for one nights sleep is ridiculous, cots, bedding, food, bottles... So we made it a day trip.
It was lovely to catch up with lots of the family, and to spend the day with Barb, hearing about her amazing life for the past 90(!!) years.
Travelling with children can be trying at the best of times, but as the twins usually have a sleep during the day, and had been up extra early, it was a long day, the trip home was less than ideal. Once the screaming started I don't think it stopped for the entire trip, there was even some vomiting by poor little Rory.
The light at the end of a very long day was coming home to the house smelling delicious and a nice hot meal ready to serve up. The slow cooker had been ticking away for hours and in it was some amazing 'fall of the bone' Lamb shanks, with sweet potato, onion, carrots, rosemary and tomatoes. (Recipe here) Delicious.

I think the slow cooker will be getting a work out this winter. I will be trying out recipes such as:

and

Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Do you have a slow cooker?
How was your weekend?
Do you finish off the week with a hot hearty meal?

7 comments:

  1. I love my slow cooker...Tuesday is my slow cooking day and I look forward to it every week.
    Not only are the meals always hearty and warming but because I have a 6 litre cooker, they last for at least two meals and then I still have some left over to freeze.
    Slow cookers for the win!

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  2. I love my slow cooker and use it often even though I live alone. Last Friday I made chicken stock from the bones of a BBQ chook which I bought for $5. Actually I bought two for that price and now have chicken meat for ten meals in packets in my freezer. The bones of one chook are still frozen and the stock I made on Friday made wonderful soup on a freezing wet weekend in Sydney. I have also bought turkey shanks from Coles, two for around $5 depending on weight. They go in slow cooker too and I then use the meat in a curry or with mushrooms etc. Good stock too.

    Yesterday my apartment smelt wonderful. Early in the morning I prepared and chopped some beautiful quinces. I added a tiny bit of sugar and a bit of water and cooked them on low most of the day. Such a wonderful aroma from quinces. I also added a bit more sugar at the end. So I now have fruit to go on my breakfast plain raw oats. I did a similar thing with some "seconds" apples a few weeks ago.

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  3. We LOVE our slow cooker - it's a life saver on the days when Ben and I both work. When you come home worn out, it's such a great feeling to walk into the house with the smell of dinner wafting from the kitchen. Always a big "thank heavens" moment!

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  4. Huh. This is enough to make me run out and buy a slow cooker right now. Sounds like a *lovely* car ride home. Traveling with kids IS exhausting, so much so that I"ve decided to forgo my usual trip home this summer (and I only have one kiddo!!!)

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  5. Birthday celebrations look wonderful ,but the trip home doesn't sound so great! I have a slow coker but have never used it..I'm planning to work it all out this winter.

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  6. Such clever planning on your behalf...it is something I really must look into getting.
    xxx

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  7. Ooh I love my slow cooker too! Such a quick (preparation!) and easy way to cook and delish!!
    Wow 90 years old, I bet Gran has some stories to tell!
    I totally get how much stuff there is to pack for kids. We went away for 1 night last weekend and took so much stuff! Oh and I've been known to sing all the way home on 'those' car trips, they are not nice. My almost three year old has learnt many more nursery rhymes by heart since her baby sister came along :)

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