Saturday, 9 July 2016



One kitchen gadget I couldn't do without is my slow cooker.
I love getting a meal prepared in the morning and knowing when it comes to tea time it is ready when I want it.

Yesterday I made a simple Minestrone Soup




Peel and chop the onion, carrots and celery in to smile dice,chop the garlic, shred  a couple of cabbage leaves .
4 pints of vegetable stock, 100ml Red Wine, 75 g of small pasta, tin of chopped tomatoes and a tin of cannellini  beans, seasoning , freshly chopped thyme and flat leaf parsley. Just chuck it all in the slow cooker and forget about it until tea time.


It was lovely , a hearty soup with fresh home made bread, delicious.








Talking about delicious, the vanilla sponge with vanilla cream topping I  made was really good. Also a few chocolate cornflake and sultana cakes.

A lovely treat for the weekend.





A few gifts from the garden today.

Can't believe I missed that big one.
Courgettes are one thing I will grow again, they are doing very well.


Have a good weekend.

24 comments:

  1. We always miss the big one. I even miss the one that grows as big as a marrow! Thanks for the recipe.
    xx

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    1. I was thinking I should let one get big for marrow chutney.

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  2. My slow cooker is in use several times a week, I've even baked potatoes in it before now! x

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    1. I have never tried baked potatoes in it, I must be more adventurous with it x

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  3. Looks yummy, I'm growing yellow ones this year too, easier to spot! ;) xxx

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    1. Thankyou, I didn't realise you could get yellow ones x

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  4. I never use my slow cooker, I should change that. I think this autumn and winter, I'll start using it. Never know what to cook in it, that's my problem!

    By the way, the Yardley roses deodorant is back on offer for £1 in Asda. Good time to get it, it's normally £2.50.

    xxx

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    1. Hi Sadie it saves time, ideal when Bills out at work and Violets at school, means you can prepare in the morning when they are out and not have to do anything later, more time together then x

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    2. And thanks for the letting me know about the Yardley, great price xx

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  5. Mmmm, I agree about the slow cooker. We have a pressure cooker which we love, but when it comes to slow and enjoyable with zero 'huff and puff' before dinner time - the slow cooker takes the prize me thinks. It is such a gentle process.

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    1. Yes it is a great invention isn't it.

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  6. I love my slow cooker. I often use it to make pie fillings and stews and I use it for mulled wine/cider in the winter. I've never used it for soup though. I might just give that recipe a try. X

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    1. Hi Jules, they are so useful, I like the way the cheapest of meats just melt on your mouth, I use it a lot in the winter, but should use more all year round, a time and money saver, xx

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  7. I'm still waiting for mine, our planting this year was really late.

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    1. It will be worth the wait. I really love roasted courgettes.

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  8. I used to love my slow cooker in the winter months but now we have the Rayburn I can slow cook anytime from this winter. Bread, cake and courgettes all look fab.x

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    1. You are very lucky, I would love a Rayburn. x

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  9. Looks like a delicious soup, I make a lot as my dear Dad easts soup on a daily basis, so I like to make him ones that are substantial.

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    1. Yes there is a lot of goodness in soup.

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  10. Its customary to miss at least one courgette. I had one last year that was behind the pot and before I knew it, a marrow appeared right before my eyes. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Hi Tania I keep thinking perhaps I should let one get big for Marrow Chutney.

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  11. In love my slow cooker too although i have two and most times have both of them on the go as we have such different tastes freezng the excess for a no cook day , Your food looks delicious too xxx

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    1. Thankyou for your kind comment, yes I have seen your two on a blog post before xx

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  12. I gave my slow cooker away to Miss 22! Fear not, I have learned how to use my slow cooker feature on my oven! My favourite is to do a chicken in it. The smell is divine!

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