Published on February 9th, 2013 | by DearFashionista0
Slow Cooker for the ‘slow’ Cook
Look at the shiny new toy in my kitchen…..oooh-la-la-la-lah! ʘ‿ʘ
After salivating over this slow cooker for awhile now, I finally purchased it! I’m now ready for some really slow cooking ᕙ(⇀‸↼)ᕗ
First off, it was a steal on HSN for $49.95. I bought it knowing that HSN provides a shipping label for returns, just in case!
I’ve bought & returned many slow cookers for 4 times as much the price of this cooker. In the worst case, I once waited 4 hours to realize it wasn’t cooking the food; the whole time, I told myself that it’ll all come together in the end! ⊙﹏⊙
So, here’s why I really like it this slow cooker:
- It’s a statement counter-top piece, very pretty & ‘exotic’, as the name suggests. Offered in 2 colors – black & red.
- The ceramic pot is very versatile – it goes from the stove-top to the cooker, if sautéing or braising is needed.
- The glass lid helps monitor the meal without releasing the heat.
- The cooker comes with a 12-hour timer with 6 hours of warm & 3 levels of heat.
- The power cord is too short – but I believe there is a reason for it. Because of the extended unsupervised high temperature cooking, it may be a fire hazard to have a power cord that dangles or pools around the cooker!
This slow cooker simply works great & is the biggest bang for your buck!
To help you get started, here’s a recipe!
Ingredients for 100% vegetarian:
2 cups Boca veggie crumbles (made with soy protein in lieu of sausage)
2 cups dry lentils
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large carrots, julienned
¼ cup peas
8 cups water
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp Gourmet Garden Italian Herbs or chopped mix of basil, oregano, parsley & thyme
1 tbsp fennel seeds
red pepper flakes & salt, to taste
Heat olive oil in the pan. Toast fennel seeds & add the garlic, onions & the vegetables. Cook until the vegetables are tender. In the slow cooker pot combine the lentils, crumbles and the veggies.
Slow cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low until lentils are tender, adding water if necessary.
You’re done when the aroma fills your entire house! ☜(ˆ▽ˆ)