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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Mon May 02, 2011 1:17 pm

I slow cooked a vegie soup on the weekend and it was a bit bland.
I used a large variety of vegies, garlic, chilli, chicken stock and a teaspoon of curry paste.

What can i have done to make it more flavorsome?
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Mon May 02, 2011 3:17 pm

Did you use onion?

I always use a tin of tomatoes in my veggie soup.
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Mon May 02, 2011 3:41 pm

Nope no onion because i have a fructose issue :roll:
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Mon May 02, 2011 3:44 pm

Add an extra stock cube or two, add fresh herbs..basil, oregano, maybe some small pasta??
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Mon May 02, 2011 3:46 pm

yeah perhaps i needed more stock - i used around 2-3 cups.
I wil try some rice maybe next time? im coeliac and dont really like the GF pasta :D
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Mon May 02, 2011 3:49 pm

Do you make it yourself using cubes or buy it premade?
 
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Mon May 02, 2011 3:57 pm

In the powder form.
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Mon May 02, 2011 4:42 pm

When I am making something without a lot of strong flavoured ingredients (e.g. pumpkin, pea and mushroom risotto) I use double the quantity of stock than the packet says. This ensures my food has a nive flavour and saltiness to it :)
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Tue May 03, 2011 1:28 pm

BubS wrote:
8 Lamb Shanks
1T olive oil
1 onion
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 sticks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
400g can crushed tomatoes
1.5C beef stock
½ C red wine
1T dried oregano
1T dried rosemary
1T cornflour
1T water
1T soy
2T honey


I halve this for just FH and I. We either serve with mash or add some rissoni about 45 mins before serving :heart:


BubS how long do you cook this for - 8 hours on low?

My new cooker arrived today - can't wait to start using it!
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Tue May 03, 2011 1:37 pm

I agree with the others Emy, more stock. I also find the 'salt reduced' stuff doesn't give as much flavour as it should, you need that saltiness for flavour in a vegie soup I think. A dash of worstershire or soy can work as well, or even a bit more curry powder. The slow cooker does tend to dilute some flavours (especially if there is no meat) due to the length of cooking, so sometimes you need to up the other factors.
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Tue May 03, 2011 2:19 pm

I'm going to have to try all these recipes!
DH bought me one for Mother's Day when I was pregnant with Ava to make life easier... I used it the day after Mother's Day and it's been in the cupboard since because I was too lazy to find tried and tested recipes :oops:
DH loves slow cooker food :heart:
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Tue May 03, 2011 2:33 pm

tanarie wrote:
I'm going to have to try all these recipes!
DH bought me one for Mother's Day when I was pregnant with Ava to make life easier... I used it the day after Mother's Day and it's been in the cupboard since because I was too lazy to find tried and tested recipes :oops:
DH loves slow cooker food :heart:


It's just so darn easy. You just chuck everything in and then leave it for the rest of the day! And the awesome thing is that the chunkier the stuff (meat and veg) is, the better!! Use it Tan! I promise you won't regret it! :D
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Tue May 03, 2011 2:47 pm

Savoury Beef
Nice by itself but also makes a great cottage pie base, or even a pie filling with a square of puff pastry over the top.

125g lean bacon
1 onion
1 carrot
1/2 stalk celery
2 teaspoons olive oil
750g beef mince
1 1/2 cups stock
1 tablespoon tomato sauce (ive used passata before too)
2 teaspoons worchestshire sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sweet chilli sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornflour (optional)

Chop vegies and bacon finely.
Brown the bacon, mince and onion in a saucepan (I don't brown regular meat, but always brown mince, much nicer)
Add mince, bacon, onion, vegies and sauces to the cooker. Pour over the stock. Stir to combine.
Cook for 4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.
Before serving, you can mix cornflour with water to make a paste, and use it to thicken the dish.
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Tue May 03, 2011 3:45 pm

Dandelion wrote:
Savoury Beef
Nice by itself but also makes a great cottage pie base, or even a pie filling with a square of puff pastry over the top.

125g lean bacon
1 onion
1 carrot
1/2 stalk celery
2 teaspoons olive oil
750g beef mince
1 1/2 cups stock
1 tablespoon tomato sauce (ive used passata before too)
2 teaspoons worchestshire sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sweet chilli sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornflour (optional)

Chop vegies and bacon finely.
Brown the bacon, mince and onion in a saucepan (I don't brown regular meat, but always brown mince, much nicer)
Add mince, bacon, onion, vegies and sauces to the cooker. Pour over the stock. Stir to combine.
Cook for 4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.
Before serving, you can mix cornflour with water to make a paste, and use it to thicken the dish.


YUMMO! will try this one too
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Tue May 03, 2011 3:55 pm

Anyone got a really simple chicken curry recipe?
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Tue May 03, 2011 7:11 pm

emylou55 wrote:
Anyone got a really simple chicken curry recipe?


My mum made one the other night using a packet mix..McCormacs(sp?) I think.. I didn't try it but it smelt AMAZING!!! Packets are always the very easiest but otherwise just google it! :D
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Wed May 04, 2011 11:08 am

So im thinking of making a beef casserole tomorrow to cook while im at work -It will be set at about 8am in the morning before work and DH will turn it off around 5-530pm so thats 9-9.5hours which doenst worry me at all. Im getting my nails done straight after work and i wont be home til 7.
If he keeps the lid on will it stay warm enough for when i get home? Or will microwaving mine when i get home wreck it?
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Wed May 04, 2011 11:15 am

emylou55 wrote:
So im thinking of making a beef casserole tomorrow to cook while im at work -It will be set at about 8am in the morning before work and DH will turn it off around 5-530pm so thats 9-9.5hours which doenst worry me at all. Im getting my nails done straight after work and i wont be home til 7.
If he keeps the lid on will it stay warm enough for when i get home? Or will microwaving mine when i get home wreck it?


It *should* keep it warm, but I have microwaved almost everything I have cooked in the slow cooker without issues before. I usually cook double batches so DH has some meals for work, and they always taste as good re-heated as they do 'fresh'. In saying that, since falling pregnant, I usually microwave it after cooking all day anyway, just in case. \

I do have a good chicken curry recipe here, I'll type it out tonight :)
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Wed May 04, 2011 11:21 am

Thanks Dan :D
 
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Thu May 05, 2011 11:50 am

hey all i got a slow cooker for easter & i have made two meals with it from scratch anyway yesterday i decided to use a maggi packet followed the directions completley and even added 1/2 a cup more water as i didnt think it was enough & then when i got home it was all burnt & dry!! I will never use a packet again!! Anyway during my annoyance of no dinner i wrote to maggi online & they have just replied to say they are sending me a $10 cheque for my feedback :D i only told them the directions didnt work.
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