Slow cooker mulled wine

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Now that it's December, I'm officially in Christmas mode (yippee!). I've even started mulling wine already - a surefire way to feel festive after just one sip... or one mugful. For some reason, 99% of the time I can't stand red wine - but heat it up and throw in a load of spices, and I'm definitely in. (the same goes for cooking it with mushrooms - amazing!) Until … [Read more...]

Slow cooker ratatouille

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100% vegetables! That's what's in this slow cooker ratatouille - pure vegetables. Nothing else. No oil (!!), no additional flavourings - they're just not needed! Slow cooking the vegetables makes them super soft and super sweet, and makes for an incredible ratatouille. This is the sort of dish that reminds you just how amazing vegetables can be on their … [Read more...]

Crock-Pot mushroom stroganoff (Crock-Pot giveaway!)

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I've been meaning to remake this Crock-Pot mushroom stroganoff recipe for ages - I originally posted it waaaay back in March 2012, and the photos were in dire need of an update (if you really must see it, it's here... don't judge me, I didn't know any better). It's actually been a really popular recipe on the blog (I guess you guys like minimal effort recipes as much as I do!), … [Read more...]

Slow cooker Mexican casserole

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When I first took the lid off my slow cooker, I wasn't sure if I was going to post about this recipe - it's not the most attractive dish I've ever made, and it turns out it's really tricky to photograph the inside of a slow cooker. But, then I had a taste and my jaw dropped (not literally, not with a mouthful of food anyway) - this Mexican casserole is one of my favourite … [Read more...]

Slow cooker veggie fajitas

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I've been using my slow cooker more and more lately. I guess my laziness has increased? Who knows. What I do know is, fajitas are pretty easy to make. And fajitas in the slow cooker are so easy a two-year-old could manage (you might not get your vegetables cut into neat little strips like mine, but I bet they'd make it into the slow cooker eventually). By the way, … [Read more...]

Slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

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I'm not sure if the way I eat a baked potato is normal. While it's still really hot, I add my toppings (usually just a dab of butter and some grated cheese) and then I basically just mash it into oblivion. The skin stays intact, but the middle just becomes a messy heap of gooey mashed potato. It's ace. It's also the reason I can't order baked potatoes in public. Does anyone … [Read more...]

Veggie-packed slow cooker black bean soup

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the slow cooker is great for this time of year (I swear that's the last time I'll say that until next October... maybe). One of my favourite things about it, apart from the fact that you can end up with a home-cooked meal after only five minutes of effort, is that if you leave it on for long enough, certain things cook down so much … [Read more...]

Slow cooker lentil quinoa tacos (+giveaway!)

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Ummm, what happened to autumn? We seem to have skipped it altogether and jumped straight into winter. There was a ten degree drop in temperature from one day to the next last week (that's like a 20 degree fahrenheit drop or something like that). Absolutely mental! I've been very tempted to put the heating on for the first time since the spring, but I usually try to hold out … [Read more...]

Slow cooker tomato sauce

Hello, best sauce I've ever made. It was so good for three reasons - firstly, it tasted amazing. Secondly, it can be used in a million different ways - pizza sauce, spaghetti bolognese, lasagne... (and this recipe actually makes enough for at least two meals). Thirdly, it only took about five minutes of effort, because the slow cooker did all the rest. Winning! (are people … [Read more...]

Slow cooker French onion soup

Here we go, here's a recipe that's a little more suited to the current weather (um, I guess it's true, us Brits really do talk about weather all the time). What could be better when it's bitterly cold and snowy outside than a steaming bowl of French onion soup? Actually, there is one thing better - French onion soup that's been made in the slow cooker with barely any effort. … [Read more...]

Slow cooker sweetcorn casserole

It's the final of the Great British Bake Off tonight! I probably won't get to watch it until tomorrow though because I have choir tonight, so don't tell me who wins or I won't be happy. (I know that by saying that I'm just asking for someone to ruin it for me, but please don't) It baffles me that the people on that programme think nothing of whipping up a quick batch of … [Read more...]

Slow cooker caramelised onions

It's pretty scary just how often I feel like the stupidest person in the world. Like the time a few weeks ago when I went away for the weekend with my boyfriend. We parked the car, and I got my camera out of the boot ready to take some photos of a stunning stone bridge... only to find that my SD card was back at home in Liverpool, inside my computer. Seriously, how stupid can … [Read more...]

Slow cooker mushroom stroganoff

(EDIT: I updated this recipe and photos in October 2014! See the new version here) I think I might be slightly in love with my new slow cooker. Either that, or it's just this recipe. I haven't used my slow cooker enough yet to know what it was about this dish that made it so good, but either way, you really should make this. I didn't just eat this, I devoured it. It was … [Read more...]