We bought a slow-cooker for each barn several months ago. Partly we were being green but really it was because, loving good food ourselves, we thought that to be able to go out all day, and come home to delicious smells and a beautiful meal cooking is almost the height of luxury.
Have a soothing bath; open that bottle of wine, and sit down to a feast that you’d almost forgotten you’d prepared in the morning.
We know that lots of you have already discovered these joys and hope that maybe some of you will be kind enough to share your successful recipes and tips.
To help the process, along with our 2010 guides, we have bought some new recipe books, including ‘Slow Cooking Curries & Spice Dishes’ with some very exciting looking recipes.
Another is called encouragingly ‘Slow Cooking Properly Explained’!
Soups and casseroles one would expect, and curries. Would you have guessed you could do roasts in a slow cooker? (No roast potatoes, though…) My biggest surprise, and delight, is that you can apparently do a foolproof Steak and Kidney Pudding! Imagine coming home to that after a day’s walking in the Peaks!
I know we have many keen cooks who are returning this year. Nobody yet has risen to the challenge of using the rotisserie in Douglas’s Barn but a good bottle of wine goes to the first who tries the Steak and Kidney Pudding recipe and gives us a report and maybe just the tiniest of tastes.