It’s that time in the long haul of winter when you are feeling severely jaded. You are over the cold, grey days, can’t think what to cook that is tasty and warming and generally would rather curl up with a book and simply wait until the sun returns to the skies once again.
But help is at hand with this wonderful, actually marvellous book chock full of healthy, tasty, and most importantly convenient recipes to help you see the winter days out.
The other fantastic component of the collection of recipes, for those of you who own a slow cooker but can’t get it right, like me, there is a well presented section at the front of the book which goes into detail about the size of the cooker, the quantity of food to cook in ratio to the size of the cooker, along with helpful tips in regard to the amount of liquid required to make a successful dish.
The upside to slow cooking, via whatever method you choose, slow cooker, stove top or oven, is that you simply put all the ingredients in the pot, turn it on, pre-set if possible the time required and leave it alone! Then with very little fuss required there is a delicious meal waiting for you, the aromatic waft of rich tasty casserole or soup offering a welcome home to the end of a busy day.
Many of the recipes are very economical, something that needs to be considered in this day and age, with the cheaper cuts of meat, such as chicken drumsticks or wings, used to create what will fast become firm family favourites.
Each of the recipes are presented with cooking alternatives as well as meat alternatives wherever possible, with many simply using the basics of foods such as the humble bean to once again create a warm welcoming meal at low cost.
There is a section for meat free meals as well as those so very necessary, well it is winter, sweet treats which, in one or two dishes could loosely be considered as vaguely healthy, as there is fruit as a component and others that come simply into the category of comfort food.
So the general hint, actually rather a large general hint being given here, is to get down to your bookstore and grab a copy of this fabulous book, get out the slow cooker or the casserole dish and start getting creative in the kitchen with minimum fuss and maximum flavour, to see out the last of the long days of winter.
Your family will love you even more than they do already.