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Slow Cooker [Feb. 27th, 2012|10:04 am]
Tony Grist
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. 

[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-02-27 11:03 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-27 09:26 pm (UTC)
That sounds good.

Slow cookers are capable of alchemy
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2012-02-27 02:54 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-27 09:28 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2012-02-27 07:03 pm (UTC)
Yum. On my way over... ;-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-27 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'll lay you a place.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2012-02-27 10:32 pm (UTC)
What time is dinner? I'll be there! Well, I guess I'll just use your recipe. It really sounds tasty!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-28 08:46 am (UTC)
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.
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