||[Feb. 27th, 2012|10:04 am]
At Ailz's urging I've been using the slow cooker several times a week. It's almost as easy as microwaving a ready meal. At nine o'clock you gather together your ingredients, defrost 'em, chop 'em- whatever- then bung 'em in the pot (which takes about ten minutes all told), switch on, leave to simmer for four hours and there you are. I don't work from recipes. I reckon I've a reasonably good idea of what will go with what. Put it this way: I haven't produced anything inedible yet. (Touch wood).|
Today the ingredients are: four chicken pieces, a tin of red kidney beans, a tin of tomatoes, a onion (chopped), a potato (chopped), chicken stock, garlic, herbs and seasoning.
We cook beans in the slow cooker: dried beans -- pinto beans, if nothing else is available -- water, cumin, salt, pepper and a smoked ham hock. My wife is Hispanic and the smell of them cooking overnight drives her crazy.
That sounds good.
Slow cookers are capable of alchemy
Throw in a handful of rice or barley and you'll have something really yummy!
Here is what I like to make:
a pound or so of chopped up chicken. I prefer dark meat, but I am rather barbaric.
a cup or so of rice, I prefer brown. Most savages like me do.
a cup or so of chopped celery
a can or two of cream of mushroom soup--depending on whether you prefer your casserole more or less moist. Me, being an extremist, I like it juicy.
about half a cup of butter because who wants to live forever?
Salt to taste. (Not a fan, so I don't add any)
Pepper to taste. (Same as above)
If I am in the mood, I add a little soy or worchestershire sauce--just for variety.
Let this cook until the chicken is done and the rice is fully cooked. It is so delicious!
This can also be made in the oven.
That sounds great.
What I like about the slow cooker is that you can throw in almost any combination of ingredients and- unless you've been really silly- something splendid will result.
Yum. On my way over... ;-)
What time is dinner? I'll be there! Well, I guess I'll just use your recipe. It really sounds tasty!
It's not really a recipe. It was more a matter of looking round, seeing what we had and then throwing together things that seemed compatible.