18 February 2011

Slow Cooking - a challenge

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 (tinnedtomatoes@googlemail.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.


  1. This is a fun event Jacqueline and gets those creative juices going to come up with a veggie crock pot dish.

  2. I hope you will join in Val, I really need some ideas :)

  3. I haven't got a slow cooker, but will watch with interest as the only thing that's stopping me buying one is the lack of veggie inspiration of things to cook in it. Although I'm not veggie, I happily go weeks without eating meat so I'd want some good veggie recipes for a slow cooker. Great competition!

  4. Yayy!! I can take part. I don't have a slow cooker, but my in-laws do and I have eaten some amazing meals off it, so can't wait.

    I seem to remember having a delicious chickpea and spinach curry... have to go find it.

    Cheers Jacqueline... I also meant to say, thank you very much for including my blog in your list, it's very sweet of you and really means so much to me :-)

  5. Join in C and you might win the slow cooker. Just think up a dish that improves with longer cooking. You may cook it in a pot. And... you will also get some new recipes to try at the same time.

    Yay, I am glad you are entering Michelle and that curry sounds good :)

  6. I'm drooling at the recipes on your blog...so glad I found you today on Twitter. This competition looks like fun too! xxx

  7. Slow cooking is so great! Have fun with your new device.

  8. have always thought a slow cooker would be great for soups esp those with dried beans - but have never used one - not sure if I can get something up before 19 March but will if I get any bright ideas

  9. Thanks Brittany :)

    Hey Johanna, you will have until evening of the 20th, if that helps :)

  10. Sounds like a fantastic challenge and one I hope to participate in, especially as its still rather wintry here.

    Wonderful that international bloggers can enter too. I have Market Vegetarian and woudl be happy to recommend it to your readers and followers.

  11. Glad you have one, finally. I can't imagine living without one!

  12. Wish I could help you with slow cooker recipes, but I gave mine away years ago. I bet your readers will come up with some fabulous ideas!
    It'll be fun to watch this challenge as so many slow cooker recipes can be made on stovetop (or oven) too!

  13. A shame it hasn't followed the 2nd day rule but what a great piece of kitchen kit to have ;0)

  14. Bean soups are wonderful in the crock, you could also try making soy meatballs and sauce, just delicious! I use my crock all the time for soups! Enjoy!


  15. Oh I'll have to enter this, I can't live without my slow cooker!

  16. Oh that sounds like a really cool slow cooker. Have you registered for the tots100 yet? Please do come and take a look t our site www.tots100.co.uk

  17. Your little guy is just too cute!

  18. How exciting! I had a slow cooker when I first got married, 1981 - eek! But found that everything tasted the same and was rather watery. However, I am sure they have come on leaps and bounds in the last errr 30 years (how did that happen?)so I'll have a think and see what veggie delight I could slow cook.

  19. That's brilliant Janice, I do hope you do join in :)

    This one can be used as a pot too, so is versatile.

  20. Guess what?! my dish is being slow cooked as I write. Promise to post it before the deadline.

  21. Cant believe I missed this until you sent a message! I'll definitely come up with something by the weekend!
    Cant wait to nick the other recipes too!! Just need a slow cooker now to make them in... :)


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