Happy 2014!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a lovely Xmas holiday and managed to get home to family and friends, especially because this year the rain caused terrible disruptions on the roads and rail-lines! It was also sad to see homes that were flooded or had power cuts. It caused me great anxiety but luckily everyone managed to get here, albeit their journeys weren’t smooth sailing!

In this post I wanted to talk about one of the presents I received from my sister. One day I was looking at Pinterest recipes for crockpots (in Britain we call them slow cookers) and then my sister texted me asking what kind of things I would like for Xmas. This was her second time asking me, it usually takes me a while to think about what I really need so I thought why not a slow cooker!

Therefore I got this slow cooker for Xmas:

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It’s one of the smaller ones and it’s made by the Crockpot brand, I’m not 100% clued up on slow cookers but I was really drawn to the Crockpot brand because apparently it’s the original slow cooker. It’s one of the basic ones but I like the polished chrome and simple style. You can get fancier ones that is digital and has a timer for automated cooking but they tend to be the bigger ones, which wouldn’t suit our household.

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The first recipe I cooked in my crockpot was bolognese, we had some garlic bread to eat up so the decision was made to make spaghetti bolognese!

Ingredients:
1 medium onion diced
1 finely grated carrot
5 mushrooms diced
300-500g beef mince
1 tin tomatoes
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 bay leaf
1/2 organic beef stock cube
Worcester sauce
Ketchup
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Salt & pepper

Method:
1: Sauté onions in frying pan with a little oil, then add mushrooms and carrot, once mushrooms are softened add the mince to brown.
2: Once mince is browned pour into slow cooker and then add all the other ingredients.
3: Cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-8 hours on slow.

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I had good reviews from my husband who is extremely honest with my cooking! So thumbs up!

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