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Thursday 2 January 2014

The Slow Cooker Challenge - January 2013

If you read the previous post, you will know that I am going to be cooking on limited equipment in the next few months.  Thinking ahead, I requested a Slow Cooker for my Christmas as I felt that it had more possibilities than only cooking in the microwave.  I've now used it three times and am quite excited about what I am going to cook next. I've been scouring Pinterest for recipes and have also downloaded a Slow Cooker cookbook on Kindle.

I really didn't intend to run another challenge this year, what with all that is going on in the house, but I just couldn't resist! Here is how it will work:

The Slow Cooker Challenge

The Slow Cooker Challenge is a monthly blog challenge dedicated to making recipes using a Slow Cooker or Crockpot. Each month there will be a theme e.g. soup, dessert, vegetarian etc.

The theme for January 2013 is Soup! 

Today I made Slow Cooker Red Lentil, Chickpea and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika a recipe from Kaylyn's Kitchen.  I can thoroughly recommend Kaylyn's Kitchen as a source of Slow Cooker recipes, here recipe collection is entitled 'Slow Cooker from Scratch' so the recipes are not full of processed foods.  

When I make it again, I would use ham stock rather than chicken, I would also add a little more smoked paprika, but that is just personal taste. I also added a little sugar to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes.  

If you would like to join me for the Slow Cooker Challenge, then please:

  • Make your recipe in your Slow Cooker and post a photograph and the recipe, or a link to a recipe, on your blog
  • Link to Farmersgirl Kitchen
  • Use the Slow Cooker Challenge logo in your post
  • If you use twitter, tweet your post with @FarmersgirlCook and #SlowCookerChallenge and I will re-tweet it to my followers AND post your post your pictures on a decicated Pinterest board.
  • Please do not publish recipes from cookbooks on your blog without permission, they are copyright.
  • If you are using recipes from another website, please link to the recipe on the website rather than publishing the recipe.
  • One entry per blog.
  • Recipes must be added to the linky by the 28th of each month.

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At 2 January 2014 at 18:56 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

YESSS! I am a HUGE fan of slow cooking and will be joining in! Karen

At 2 January 2014 at 20:03 , Anonymous Anneli Faiers (Delicieux) said...

I LOVE my slow cooker - this really appeals to me so I will do my best to get involved :) Great idea Janice x

At 2 January 2014 at 22:42 , Anonymous Pat Machin said...

I am a Slow Cooker Addict ~ I have my Veterans' medal as I remember when they were called 'Crockpots'.

You may want to look at

I will join in because I feel strongly about the effort and energy saving slow cookers make.

At 3 January 2014 at 08:33 , Blogger Janice said...

Great to have you gals on board ;-).

Pat - I am aware of your page, thanks. I did a bit of research before creating the challenge. I too am a veteran, I got my first crockpot in 1981, but gave it away in the 90's. looking forward to learning from you and others, always something new to learn.

At 3 January 2014 at 09:08 , Blogger Jibberjabberuk said...

Oh, this is so good! My parents bought me my first slow cooker when I was at university. I only bought a new one because I needed it to be bigger. I have made soup once in it and came back to some very angry flatmates...

At 3 January 2014 at 15:25 , Blogger Citrus Spice and Travels said...

I would love to link my soup recipe but it was not made in slow cooker as I dont have one.

At 3 January 2014 at 16:20 , Blogger Janice said...

Jibber Jabber UK - oh dear, hope you have mastered it now!
Nanya - sorry, would have loved to feature your soup recipe but this challenge is really only for Slow Cookers, why not link up to No Croutons Required?

At 7 January 2014 at 12:13 , Anonymous Noble Nourishment said...

This sounds fab, Janice! Count me in :)

At 7 January 2014 at 12:51 , Blogger Angela M - Garden Tea Cakes and Me said...

Oh what a great challenge, I don't have a Slow Cooker at the moment...:)


At 27 January 2014 at 05:23 , Blogger Simply Cheerful Food said...

I just submitted slow-cooker vegetable soup with Pasta and Garbanzo beans. Looking forward to round-up and also more slow-cooker challenges.

At 15 January 2015 at 15:11 , Anonymous Alison said...

Wish I had seen this before doing my scotch broth, that would have been ace in a slow cooker. Will have to think of something else now


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