Allotment soup – some like it hot

It’s not often I get excited about domestic appliances. I don’t possess an iron, the vacuum cleaner only comes out in emergencies, and I don’t remember ever lifting a duster. Yes, I really am that crap.

But when Wilkinson’s kindly sent me a lovely new shiny slow cooker, I practically went into labour with excitement.

With a slow cooker, you can simply chuck the ingredients in before breakfast, and have a hot meal ready in the evening. Homecooked meal + minimal effort = winner. 

The Morphy Richards Partition slow cooker, features a split pot, which means you can prepare two different versions of the same meal in one go– such as one spicy, and one mild. Genius. Or you can  make a main dish and a side dish at the same time.

In our house this could literally revolutionise mealtimes. Unhusband has a coronary every time he gets the faintest  whiff of coriander (apparently it reminds him of some insect from Italy – don’t ask!)  and the kids, much to my disappointment, still haven’t developed a palate for anything spicier than marmite.

To start with, I thought I’d have a go at something simple. So here is my recipe for allotment soup – some like it hot. (Obviously, you don’t need an allotment to make it, just some veg.)


A little butter or oil.

I.25 kg of chopped veg. I used carrots, parsnips, butternut squash, onion and garlic.

One small chopped chilli (depending on taste)

1.1 litre of veg stock

seasoning – eg herbs etc.


Fry the onion, garlic and the rest of the veg for 2- 3 minutes . (If you really don’t have time just chuck it all straight in the slow cooker.)

Transfer the veg to the slow cooker and pour over the stock.

And now the clever bit: if you have a partitioned pot, add the chilli to one side only.

Switch the slow cooker to medium and leave to cook for 6 – 8 hours (follow your particular slow cooker’s instructions.)

Blend  the soup and enjoy.  

So there you go – one pot, two meals, everyone happy.

And while you’re waiting for it to cook, why not check out some more autumn-tastic products for the home, kitchen and garden.

Disclaimer: the slow cooker was provided free of charge by Wilkinsons, but all opinions are my own.

About Becky Dickinson

Mum of three. Writer, blogger, grower. Trying to keep my head above the compost heap.

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  1. This looks really fab! May look into getting one myself!
    I love your blog by the way! Am going to add you to my blog roll! Xx

    • Yes, get one – I think I’m going to become addicted to mine. And thanks (: I need to sort out my blog roll too. x

  2. I make a similar one and add coconut milk to it, it is delicious 🙂

    • ooh that sounds nice. Can you believe Unhusband hates coconut too – at least I can just add it to one side of the pot now!

  3. How did you managed to get a harvest this year!! What the rain didn’t puree the slugs devoured in mine and our slow cooker sits cold and empty. Although I am stressed with chutneymaking to keep abreast of all our windfall apples.

    • I lie in wait and snip the slugs in half with scissors – so theraputic! They still devoured the salad, but some other stuff survived. Wish I had an apple tree!

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