On a cold winters night what could be better than a hearty home cooked stew. We have long been fans of comfort food and like nothing better than nostalgic nursery food to warm the cockles of our heart. Slow food is something we have been contemplating for a while. We love the idea, but somehow a quick stir fry or pasta always seem preferable after a hard day at work and hungry teenagers to feed.
Now all that has changed. One of our most useful (how much do we love that word) Christmas presents was a slow cooker. At first we were sceptical, it seemed like something our mother would use, kind of on a par with a teasmade (actually, there's an idea!) But what could be easier; first thing in the morning, chop up some vegetables and herbs, brown the meat and chuck it all in the slow cooker. Only to arrive home eight hours later to the delicious smell of home cooked food. It’s almost like having a wife! So far we've had lamb stew, ragu and beef bourguignon, all mopped up with mounds of mashed potatoes. The best thing is, you can use cheaper cuts of meat, as they positively benefit from slow cooking.
As the weather has been so Antarctic this week, the whole family (well not the vegetarian) have been delighting in dishes reminiscent of the 1970's. Now where's that black forest gateaux recipe.