Tales from a slow cooker convert

Where has the last month gone? In between finalising wedding plans, getting married & going on our honeymoon, I’ve been contending with work & life in general which has left me very little time for blogging!

My parents bought us a slow cooker as a wedding gift & we’ve now used it 3 times! They also bought a great recipe book to go with it so the following 2 recipes come from The Slow Cooker Cookbook (probably also available on Amazon).

This book has some great winter recipes but also like the 2 below; ones that would be great for summer. The recipes below are directly from the book The Slow Cooker

Chinese-style Barbecue Pulled Pork

2 crushed garlic cloves
1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp sweet white wine
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
900g boneless pork shoulder

3 spring onions and rice to serve.

The how to…
1) Put the garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, wine, oil & five spice in a bowl and mix before adding it the pork and leaving to marinate over night.
2) Place the pork with the marinade into the slow cooker & cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours.
3) You should now be able to pull the pork apart using 2 forks.
4) We boiled white rice and then made it into egg fried rice by adding 2 eggs and some peas into a wok with the rice. As the rice cooks, ensure the egg is broken up & fried as though you were frying scrambled eggs. This is the only way I can think to describe it!
5) We added the sliced spring onions to the sauce left in the slow cooker while we served to soften it up.

Ham cooked in cider

1kg boneless gammon joint
1 onion cut in half
4 cloves
6 black peppercorns
1 tsp juniper berries (although we couldn’t get hold of these)
1 chopped celery stick
1 sliced carrot
1 litre of medium cider
Fresh salad to serve.

The how to…
1) Place the gammon in the slow cooker with both halves of the onion studded with 2 cloves in each along with the peppercorns, juniper berries, celery & carrot.
2) Pour in the cider & cook for 8 hours on low.
3) When cooked, remove from the slow cooker and cover with foil.
4) Carve & serve with salad. We also had new potatoes.

Easy! Very few ingredients needed & once the meat is cooking, very little else to do! As I said, all recipes are directly from The Slow Cooker cookbook which I would highly recommend.

Sadly, there aren’t as many photos as usual but both meals were delicious as my husband & family can testify!

Happy bank holiday weekend!


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