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Friday 4 July 2014

July Slow Cooker Challenge and a cookbook giveaway

Summer is a time when most people in the UK put their slow cooker away in a cupboard, only to rediscover it sometime about the end of October.  But this is not the case in warmer climes, where the Slow Cooker or Crockpot is seen as the perfect way to cook without literally sweating over a hot stove.  I also think that it's perfect for days out at the beach or the park or even in the garden. as you can  load it up in the morning and head off knowing you will be coming home to a meal you simply have to serve.

Your challenge, for July, is to come up with the perfect SUMMER Slow Cooker meal. Add your link to the InLinkz tool at the bottom of this post.

While I'm here I'm going to tell you about The Slow Cooker Cookbook by Gina Steer

About the Author: GINA STEER is an established and experienced food writer and stylist. After receiving her diploma for Home Economics, she wrote for many leading women’s magazines and was Cookery Editor for a leading women’s weekly publication. She is now a freelance food writer and editor. She has written a number of cookery books and had a regular feature on London’s LBC Radio. She has always been a great lover of hearty, slow cooked meals, ensuring they are accessible to all.

The Slow Cooker Cookbook starts with advice about buying a slow cooker and some tips on food preparation and cooker care. However, this is a short chapter and you are soon into the recipe chapters.

Starters and Sauces contains some really interesting recipes that I am keen to make like Sunburst SoupLentil and Squash BrothDuck PateCheesy Bean Dip and Tangy Tomato Sauce.

Fish and Seafood covers a wide range of different types of fish, I was drawn to Salmon with Sweet Chile GlazeScallop, Prawn and Saffron Rice and Tuna with Mango Salsa.

Meat those of you with a slow cooker will know just how good it is at cooking meat, this chapter covers traditional dishes like Braised BeefLamb Hot Pot and Braised Lamb Shanks as well as recipes for Lemon Pork with CuminLamb Fillet with Plum Sauce and Sweet and Sour Ham.

I cook at lot of chicken, so am always looking for different ways to cook it, and in the Poultry chapter there are plenty to choose from.  What about Mexican Chicken DrumsticksChicken with 40 Garlic Gloves and Chicken Gumbo Supper, other poultry also features including Duck with CherriesGuinea Hen with Orange Sauce and Turkey Tagine.

In the Vegetable chapter there are plenty of meat free dishes to enjoy including Stuffed Peppers, Warm Bean and Pumpkin Salad, Stuffed Acorn Squash and Spicy Vegetables with Coconut.

I have still to make any Desserts in my Slow Cooker, I think the first might just come from this book.  I'm finding it hard to resist Sticky Date and Toffee BakeMaple Syrup Dessert and Gingerbread.

The Slow Cooker Cookbook
Gina Steer
Apple Press RRP £9.99

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At 4 July 2014 at 06:54 , Anonymous Corina said...

I don't know yet as I always make more wintery meals in it, even in summer.

At 4 July 2014 at 07:00 , Blogger emma walters said...

i came across a lovely haddock & potato dish, fab for summer days

At 4 July 2014 at 10:15 , Blogger Wise Ways said...

Chicken Casserole

At 4 July 2014 at 10:30 , Blogger Jane Willis said...

I tend to only use my slow cooker in the winter, so I don't have a favourite - YET!

At 4 July 2014 at 10:38 , Blogger Anne said...

I would love to try the mexican chicken drumsticks, but love my slow cooker, so new recipe ideas would be great.

At 4 July 2014 at 13:08 , Blogger Grocery Gems said...

I love pulled pork in the summer:)

At 4 July 2014 at 13:52 , Blogger Ali said...

Tend to use mine in the winter for stews etc. I suppose my summery recipe would be a mild curry like a Korma - but the cookbook would be so handy for more inspiration x

At 4 July 2014 at 14:44 , Blogger Tracy Nixon said...

Beef casserole!

At 4 July 2014 at 16:49 , Blogger Kim Neville said...

Goulash as everyone likes it

At 5 July 2014 at 04:07 , Blogger Unknown said...

Pulled pork or chicken! It's so easy and then we can have sandwiches for cookouts!

At 5 July 2014 at 17:48 , Blogger lozzle said...

sausage casserole

At 6 July 2014 at 11:52 , Blogger kj19 said...

ham hocks, to have with chips and eggs :)

At 6 July 2014 at 17:31 , Blogger frances hopkins said...

I wish I knew one, I only seem to use it in the winter x

At 8 July 2014 at 10:27 , Blogger olivia280177 said...

Mushroom risotto

At 8 July 2014 at 21:53 , Blogger Diane said...

I don't have a favourite yet. I've only cooked Corned Beef Hash and a couple of other winter recipes. So need to find lots of new recipes

At 10 July 2014 at 15:35 , Blogger Unknown said...

My partner does the best chilli ever using a slow cooker, we eat it all year round

At 12 July 2014 at 21:42 , Blogger Unknown said...

Pulled pork! delish! :)

At 26 July 2014 at 11:50 , Blogger chrissie13 said...

Chicken risotto

At 27 July 2014 at 23:24 , Blogger Natalie Crossan said...

Pulled pork :) *drool*


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