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The unforgettable aroma of a pot roast SLOWLY simmering on a bed of onions surrounded by succulent potatoes, fragrant parsnips, infused with fresh rosemary and a touch of basil…what a SLOW tease for the taste buds!!!

You can have that wonderful aroma waiting for you when you get home!!! Remember the 70's and the introduction of the "Slow Cooker" aka "Crock Pot"? What a better time for the slow cooker to make its reappearance then in this age of FAST??!!

Slow Cooking is much more then having a tasty meal or having your slow cooker do all the work while you are away (although you can and not compromise taste or fresh ingredients), it's about preparing your dinner by hand and serving it at the table using the best fresh, nutritional, regional, artisan food you can get your hands on!!

Cooking doesn't have to be a rushed affair. … with a little planning families can get back to sharing their day around a dinner table!! It is family time at it's best!

Here are some of my favourite slow cooking recipes for a great meal!!

Slow Cooking with Herbs

I LOVE fresh herbs and what better way to enhance the flavour of fresh living food !! It all starts with one little plant and before you know it, you are totally addicted.

From the moment you gather the first snipping of fragrant rosemary or sniff the fresh scent of lavender flowers, the love affair has started!! Jellies, flavoured homemade vinegars, teas, and your very own home spa…yes…Herb baths, hair rinse and sweet smelling sachets!!

Spring is here and already I have my windowsill lined with fresh herbs. Some are new and I am intrigued by their flavour and can't wait to try new recipes!!

Try this!! You will never buy store bought again!!

Lavender Lemonade

  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender buds
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 6 cups of fresh lemonade
  • Lemon slices
  • Sprig of fresh lavender

Directions

  • Place lavender buds in a 2 cup glass measuring cup.
  • Pour 1 cup boiling water over top.
  • Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve and discard lavender buds.
  • Stir into lemonade and chill for several hours.
  • Garnish with sprig of lavender or mint.

Makes 8 glasses of lemonade!!


Chicken Curry

A tasty dish even the kids will love!! Using the less expensive chicken thighs makes this meal very economical and the meat is very moist.!! You can substitute chicken breasts if you so desire.

Ingredients

3 tbsps flour
3 tbsps curry powder
1-½ tsps ground cumin
1-½ lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs
cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups chopped, peeled potatoes
1-½ cups of sliced carrots
1 cup coarsely chopped cooking apple
¾ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded
and finely chopped
1 tsp instant chicken stock (dry)
1 13 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
4 cups hot cooked rice
¼ cup raisins (optional)
¼ cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Combine the flour, cumin, curry powder and 1 tsp salt in a plastic bag. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.

In 3-4 quart slow cooker combine potatoes, carrots, apple, onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper and chicken stock. Place chicken on top of vegetables in slow cooker. Pour ½ cup of water over chicken.

Cook on low for 6 - 8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
If using low setting set cooker to high and then stir in coconut milk.
Cook 30 mins more. Serve over hot rice.

I always add fresh cilantro to any of my curries, as I just love the flavour!!
Add about 10 minutes before serving.

The rice takes only 20 minutes to cook so I usually have it cooking while I am setting the table. For those families on the run, you can cook the rice the previous day and just reheat!!

Beef in Red Wine Gravy

Looking to use up that leftover red wine…this is perfect! So tasty!!

Ingredients

1-1/2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
2 beefbouillon cubes
3 tbsps cornstarch
Salt -to taste
Ground black pepper- to taste
1-1/2 cups red wine
Hot cooked noodles (optional)

In 3 or 4 quart slow cooker place the beef and onions. Add bouillon cubes.
Sprinkle cornstarch salt and pepper over the beef and onions. Pour red wine over beef mixture. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.

Makes a great company dish. No need to stay in the kitchen…just let your slow cooker do the work!!!


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