About a week ago, I was browsing in the local Factory Shop, and I saw a shelf full of slow cookers. The last time I used one was in my student days. In fact I still have the crock from my old slow cooker, but the electric bit (which also doubled as a chip fryer) got thrown out many years ago.
Spring really isn’t the time for stews and casseroles, and I was going to put it away until the weather got cold again. Then I realised that on Sunday, I was going to be out all day, and would need something in the evening. That morning I assembled a simple stew with some steak and kidney – just flour the meat and place it on a sliced parsnip, onion and some small potatoes, with some stock. Phenomenal! It was absolutely wonderful.
Over the last week, I have played with it further, making a slow-cooked bolognese-style sauce, a sausage casserole, and tonight I ate a stew with some neck of lamb (and some rosemary out of my herb garden). All really good grub, and so easy!
However, this is all pretty heavy fare for Spring, so it will be going away soon. Best bargain I’ve found for a long time, though.