I love slow-cooking. Throw a load of ingredients in a pot and leave for 7 hours – end up with a very good meal.

However, not EVERYTHING works in slow cooker form. I’ve made soups that haven’t been quite flavoursome enough and a pasta dish that tasted like mush. (I ended up getting stuck in London and it over-cooked.) So, having a book to come back to is very helpful. What did I think of The Slow Cooker Solution? Read on to find out.

The Slow Cooker Solution (Go slow and eat well.)

Blurb

The great advantage of a slow cooker is that you can set it and forget it. Throw the ingredients in, leave them to cook and then return home to a delicious meal.

Slow cookers are also economical to run, can be packed with vegetables and also suit less expensive cuts of meat. The deep-flavoured dishes can be created with your favourite vegetables. From carrots and turnips to kale and cauliflower. As well as healthy beans and grains. What is more, when you just don’t want to cook you won’t have to resort to a fast-food fix because they’ll be a tasty meal waiting for you at home.

My Review

I was actually bought this book and a slow cooker when I moved to London. Since then I have used it weekly and the book almost as much. First thing – the book has both English and American measurements. So helpful. Cup sizes are easy to google but it’s nice to have both. All the ingredients have been easy to find which is a plus.

The book has 6 sections. The introduction (full of really helpful tips) nourish, load and leave, comfort, global and wow factor. I love that the sections are so diverse. The wow factor section is a lot more complicated but perfect for dinner parties. The wild mushroom lasagne (in the slow-cooker) is a revelation. I’ve used the load and leave section a lot more – but there’s something for every cook.

Many of the recipes I tend to create just require the slow cooker. With this book even the load and leave recipes sometimes require a little more. For example the boston beans need to be boiled first and onions fried. It’s to produce the best results and flavor but it’s something to note. The book does include calorie counts. Some are very reasonable but I know there are corners that could be cut if you wanted to make the recipes more low-cal. (Which I have done.)

What I really like, is how this book has stretched my knowledge of what you can cook in a slow-cooker. The cavolo nero, goats cheese and sun dried tomato frittata for example. Or the strawberry cheese-cake, it’s quite exciting to be able to use the slow cooker for more that soups/stews.

Favourite recipes include pork with stuffed apples and new clam chowder. Both are wonderful.

Final Thoughts

This book is fantastic for newbie slow-cooker chefs or more experienced home-cooks. I loved how this book stretched my repertoire. It’s made me a better cook and helped me get more out of my slow-cooker.

The Slow Cooker Solution (Go slow and eat well.)

The Slow Cooker Solution (Go slow and eat well.)

The Slow Cooker Solution (Go slow and eat well.)

 

I’ve moved on from having 49568492044 risotto recipes and moved onto soup recipes. I love soup. It’s been one of the big things that’s helped me lose over 23lbs over the last year. Yes 23. Apparently that is equavilent to the amount of pizza an average American eats in a year.

Just to clarify

The amount of pizza an American eats in a year!

I’ve been relying on soup because it’s warm, homey and you can make 45639594 different variations. Today is a spicy cauliflower and carrot soup. Enjoy

Slow-cooked Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

Put in Your Trolley

650grms of cauliflower

500grms of carrots

500grms of potato (peeled and chopped.)

1L of stock (chicken or vegetable are best.)

800grms of tomatoes

200grms of onion

2tbsp of smoked paprika, hot chili pepper and curry powder

2 birds eye chili’s to your taste.

^ And that’s it!

Step One

Chop up everything. The potatoes, the cauliflower, the onion. Try and keep them as closely matched in size as possible. (Although it does get blended at the end.)

Step Two

Fry the onions and chili until they have browned a little. They add all the spices and fry for another minute. Add all the vegetables and coat with the spices. Then add to the slow cooker. Click on high.

Step Three

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Leave for as long as you can. You could do this in a big pan but I like how the house smells of the soup. (Lol.)

Step Four

Blend once fully cooked. Spoon into bowls and serve with tzatziki and white sour dough bread. Waitrose do the best one.

Numbers if you’re bothered

This made 3.4kg of soup and about 8 portions that work out at 200 calories a portion. Serve with a good hunk of bread and you’re sitting pretty at 400ish. Perfect.

Recommended Reading

I suggest reading WAVE AT HANGING ROCK by Gregg Dunnett. Can see my review here!

Slow-cooked Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

Slow-cooked Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

I’ve just made a full cafetiere of coffee and I’m in mustache leggings. I also have my face smothered in a mud mask and I’m watching Gilmore Girls. Life is a-okay. This week has been another of up and downs’s (as always.) But, I love writing these posts. It gives me a moment to sit and get rid of the warbles of last week. Oh, and celebrate the good bits. Waffle over – my week in pictures.

Bloody Mary’s

My sis Char found out some pretty dang special news. Drinks at All Bar One were 100% needed. This Bloody Mary was one of the most delicious I’ve had and it was so pretty. It was spicy also which I adore. We spent an hour or so drinking cocktails and talking. Moving into a flat with T has been fantastic, but those moments with family are perfect.

Bloody Mary

Last Walk

This week we packed up the office and made ourselves ready to move. I finally started receiving London Weighting (FEK YES) and I did the last walk. The Last Medway walk. It was bloody freezing, my nose was a lightbulb of red and I couldn’t feel my hands. But, it was spectacularly beautiful. I think I’m destined to return – not soon but one day.

Medway

New (Online) Friends

This photograph doesn’t fit the moment but I lave it. The last few weeks I’ve been chatting a little more on SM. I’ve always strayed away from Twitter Chats but recently I’ve been really trying. Communicating via SM can be tough. Things can easily be taken the wrong way but not yet (I hope.) Pizza, mental health, Slenderman and Fight Club have all been discussed. Intently.

Rope Decorations

New (Photography) Plans

I’ve been out and about taking hella photographs. I think I’m getting better? Any way Mumma B and I are planning a couple of photography walks in Greenwich. I’m thinking of investing in a new camera but I really don’t know where to start. If anyone has any suggestions – well link a gal up.

London Architecture

S.A.D

Maybe I should have included this earlier in the post. Ah shucks. Bad ending.

I’ve definitely been feeling the dark nights and dark mornings. It’s been a bit awful. I’ve been cranky, a monster and bless T, been eating everything in the cupboards/fridge/freezer/Sainsbury’s. But, I’ve been doing everything to combat it. Dragging myself to the gym, walking a hella lot and writing a lot. I’m hoping to make this week a little like my Buzz mug. Smiley.

Buzz Mug

Another week in the life of Lizzy. It’s been a little quiet recently, probably because if the dark nights. Oh and T and I being broke. Really broke. Hoping for a happier start to next week.