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