Okay, I had a TEFAL slow cooker that my mum gave me years ago when I got my first flat. I used it once or twice and then gave up as it seemed like too much buggeration, especially first thing in the morning. It became an ornament in my kitchen; pushed up against the wall and used for dropping loose change and bits and bobs that I didn't want to deal with immediately.
So much for slow cookers.
I've just bought a new one. They've not changed much. This one is well handsome though. Chinese made and 850 baht from Big C. I'll post pictures eventually.
It all started with Thai beef and a conversation with an Irish man. He reckoned that Thai beef, no matter how tough, was delicious if done in a slow cooker.
I overcame my initial scepticism and just the other night - as I had some time on my hands - I slow cooked a bourgignon style stew (overnight) with local beef and it was absolutely bloody delicious. I dropped the red wine in for the last 30 minutes.
I'm still learning with it. But, really - I have to recommend a slow cooker based just on that one experience. I'm experimenting this weekend. It's a Formula 1 weekend so some of the lads are bound to be around tomorrow for the qualifying and again on Sunday so I'm fairly confident that I can do a good chilli con carne (student stylee) for the beer snacks.
And poster 'bet' if you're reading this - I can really go to town on a beef curry I think. Big batch, bag up, freeze. Brilliant.
Basically, I'm recommending slow cooking. I know it sounds a bit 70s, but with the cuts of meat here that are cheap as chips but almost inedible by any other method, consider getting one of these slow cookers.
I'll play around with pork and chicken and report back.
The Stanley knife was slippery in my sweating, trembling hand as I slowly made the incision that released the lid...
I stood up.
"All clear." I announced and walked slowly back to my armoured Toyota Hi-Lux.
I carefully lay the box down in the back of the truck.
"Gentlemen" I said to my awestruck colleagues, "I give you....Spice Porn."
My curries have gone stratospheric since. I got the hang of naan bread a while ago - I still struggle with chapatis (but I can remedy that) - and I guard that box like a man possessed.
Last edited by Nathan Jones; 22nd September 2012 at 01:31.
But slow cooked red lentils are a marvel.
You can easily do up a vegetarian humus style dip to go with the beer.
Lots of hot chillies...and then the basics. Cumin, Coriander, Turmeric, Cayenne, peppers.
I got mine out of a thrift store for five bucks.
Money well spent.
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I hear you, Russ.
As you know, I do a mean hummous. I also bake my own pittas (although 'bake' is overstating it a bit; they take all of 5 minutes in a hot oven. )
Lentils I have rekindled an old love affair with.
Vegetarians are fine by me. I don't take the piss out of people's eating disorders.
It was just a friendly dig.
It's nearly 3.30 in the morning. I'm shattered.
I have had a period of abstinence that means I have some spare money. I want to upgrade the sound system (such as it is) this weekend.
I have work to do.
Oh, and Russ. I know that you keep this thread as a broadly music based one, so here is my contribution. The user name comes from this Supremes track (post Diana Ross). It has always been my favouritest late Motown ('late' being a relative term to us soul boys!)
Shit! I can't post it!
Later sometime. Brilliant track.