Tuesday, 15 September 2009

AusNZVeganMoFo: Let's take it slow...

... with some delectable slow cooking! Oh yes! A question for you now - what is better than a new slow cooker? How about a FREE new slow cooker? One of my friends who got married earlier this year got given a slow cooker. They have no desire to have a slow cooker, but they knew I had been wanting one fora while. So meet my friend:

This is my Sunbeam 3.5L Slow Cooker. The picture is taken from the Sunbeam website.

To go with my slow cooker, I needed a book of recipes! Actually, I bought the book first on a sale, so it was good timing when my friend gave me the cooker. The book is Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson (of Vegan Planet fame). It is a book full of so many different slow cooker recipes - from appetisers to mains to baked goods and desserts! Robin uses three different types of slow cookers - 1 quart, 4 quart and 6 quart. There are instances where you can use a different size, but recipes make small quantities or require a certain amount of space so it's not all interchangeable.

The slow cooker is great for days where I work a 6 hour shift in the evening. Put it on before I leave for work, then when I get home just a few bits and pieces and then delicious, slow cooked dinner! It freaked me out at first the small amount of liquid you use in the recipes, and the first time I used it I was certain my potatoes would be raw. But I was silly, for I have had a some delicious and perfectly cooked dinners. But enough waffling on, how about some actual food?

Vindaloo Vegetables: This was pretty tasty, though not super filling despite a can of kidney beans for protein. It's not as hot as traditional vindaloos, but you can adjust the spice as much as you like!

Mediterranean Vegetable Stew - the first thing I made, and let me say the potatoes here, despite my initial fears, were tender and perfect. It includes artichokes and fennel as well, so lots of great flavours.

No Hurry Vegetable Curry - This was a bit bland, though I did only have some mild curry powder in the house at the time. But there are lots of great vegetables in it!

Slow and Easy Mushroom and Green Bean Stroganoff - This is great, really tasty. Instead of adding green capsicum at the beginning, I added some thawed frozen peas in the last 20 minutes when you add the mushrooms.

One thing I will say about this book is that the serving sizes seem very small to me. Most of these recipes claim to make 4 - 6 servings, but for my appetite it would be closer to three servings. Maybe I am just a great big guts... hee.

Cute Cat Photo of the Post

This is Possum, the family cat. Possum is turning 15 years old at the end of the month, but her still thinks he is 15 months old! He is the master of rolling around on the grass or the pine bark, looking as cute as anything and obviously having a great time. He is a bit of a show off though - as soon as he sees me outside with the camera he throws himself down in front of my and commences rolling around in a variety of cute poses. Hee.


  1. Free kitchen appliances! Weeeee! Your slow cooker meals look fantastic!

  2. I can imagine how helpful such a slowcooker is! The stroganoff sounds very delicious and comforting.

  3. You have great friends! My Dad always used to cook meals in a slow cooker but I've never thought I'd need one. It must be nice to know your dinner will be waiting for you when you get home!

    And Possum is v.v.v.cute! I love when cats roll around with their fluffy bellies all exposed :)

  4. I'm so jealous! I've always wanted a slow cooker (we call them crockpots normally here). If I want to use one I have to go visit Mum and Dad!

  5. Possum is a cutie patootie! Love my slow cooker too, but am looking forward to lots of cold foods and salads now that the weathers getting nicer