In Wednesday’s post, The Right Path, I wrote about the importance of taking time out to rest. As homemaker’s we aren’t always able to just sit down and relax. Cooking for our husbands and children never ceases — unless we enjoy meals outside of our homes. Our family finances may or may not allow us to go for a meal in a restaurant. Health issues of family members might be another reason for us to cook at home instead of going out to eat.
Whatever the case, my point is that, thanks to the slow cooker, we can more often relax while this small kitchen appliance is doing the cooking — all day long. 🙂 And, the slow cooker is often homeschool mom’s best friend 😉
It was many, many years ago that I’ve got introduced to the slow cooker by my neighbor. She cooked a delicious sauce bolognese that time. I was amazed at how mouthwatering and tender the meat turned out to be. But it wasn’t until quite a few years later that I’ve got the taste out of cooking with the slow cooker.
Now I have more than one slow cooker at home. It is such a diverse appliance. I’m using it for baking and cooking many times. Breads and cakes are not that hard to do in it. Baked potatoes? No problem! Tender meat? Cooked in hours without hardly any effort on my side.
Just prepare the food, put it into the cooker/s, turn on the heat, and pay attention to more important things — all day long. In other words, it’s the perfect cooking appliance before or during your time of rest. 😉
Sauce Bolognese is an easy and quick recipe you can make in your (new) slow cooker:
- 500g beef (minced)
- 3 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 can tomatoes (juice incl.)
- 1 cup boiling water
1 Flour then brown beef in a skillet
2 Pour boiling water over it and give it a quick stir.
3 Transfer to slow cooker (Slowly. Alternative: turn slow cooker on while frying the beef in the skillet)
4 Add all other ingredients.
5 Cover and cook.
HIGH 3 (LOW 8) hrs (the lower and longer, the better)