Last week I received a 4.5 Litre Flavour Savour from Morphy Richards. I don't need to tell you how excited I was.
I have never had a slow cooker before, so I had nothing to compare it too, but after a few conversations with friends I realised this slow cooker is rather special.
The pot sits freely on top of the base unit, which means, if you wish, you can use it purely as a pot or saute your ingredients on your cooker before transferring your pot back onto the base unit for a slow cook.
It has only two buttons, which makes it super easy to use. It has three settings: seal (or saute), fast cook or slow cook and the base unit fits into the pot for easy storage.
I tried it out for the first time at the weekend. I didn't really have a clue, so I just sauteed, then slow cooked some vegetables, with tomatoes, wine and spices. I wasn't really sure what I was doing and the instructions were so simple, I didn't trust them, so I trawled online just to check I was using it properly, then ended up using the user manual instructions. You can find out more about the Flavour Savour at Home of the House Proud
My stew turned out really well and it was great leaving it on for the day whilst we were out and then coming home to a hot meal. I can really see the appeal.
The only thing I was disappointed in was the second day flavour. You know when you make a soup, stew, chilli, curry etc, it always tastes even better the next day? Well, I thought with a slow cooker you would get that second day fabulousness the first day. Uh-uh, no, the second day rule still applies. My stew was good day one, but amazing day two. Oh well, you can't have everything and it is still a fab piece of kit.
My only problem is a complete lack of ideas of what to make in it apart from my vegetable stew, so I thought a challenge would be a good idea.
I would like you to come up with a recipe for me to try in my slow cooker. It can be absolutely anything, as long as it is suitable for vegetarians. Sweet or savoury. You don't need to own a slow cooker to come up with a recipe either. You could create your recipe in a casserole dish in the oven or a pot on the cooker top.
I have called my challenge Slow Cooking and it will run until Saturday 19th of March 2011. Just email me (email@example.com), your name, location, a link to your blog post and a photo of your dish. Morphy Richard would like to showcase the recipes on their website, which will hopefully mean new visitors to your blog.
I have rather exciting news for the winners. I will be choosing two winners. The UK winner will receive their own Flavour Savour, courtesy of Morphy Richards and so my other readers do not feel left out, I am offering a copy of Market Vegetarian by Ross Dobson to my international winner.
I just loved this book. I drooled my way through it, so I think it is a worthy prize, even if it isn't a slow cooker.
I will announce the winner on Sunday 20th March 2011. I hope you all join in and send me some inspiration.