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    Hubby's favourites that I do in the slow cooker:

    Beef Casserole

    1kg Beef Blade Steak
    Mushroom Soup Mix (Powdered single serve) 30 something grams I think
    1/4 Cup Flour (Plain)
    12-15 Button Mushrooms
    1 Large Onion (Or 12-14 Pickling Onions - Note: Not Pickled onions, just the small uncooked/unprepared ones!)
    Baby Carrots
    1 Red Capsicum
    1 Yellow Capsicum
    Beef Gravy/Traditional Gravy (enough to cover the other ingredients)

    Chop up beef, mix the flour and mushroom soup together in a bag or container, coat the meat in the powdered mix. Peel the onions, wash the carrots and chop up the capsicum. Put all ingredients in the slow cooker. Set the cooker to high to have it cooked in about 4 hours or to low to have it cooked in 8 hours.

    I actually have my slow cooker hooked up to a timer on the power point. I have never had any issues with it, I set the timer to turn off at the point the dish would be cooked so even if I'm late the meal isn't destroyed.

    Cooking things on low instead of high does take a lot longer, BUT the flavour is amazing.

    I do my traditional bolognaise in the slow cooker and it comes out absolutely superb.

    Oh, I also cheat and have a cookbook called Best Recipes For Crockpots and Slow Cookers by Robyn Martin. It has breads, chicken, seafood, beef, lamb etc in it as well as desserts. I got the book from Angus and Robertson but I'm pretty sure they have it in other bookstores too.

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    Oh, the second recipe is a slow cooked beef curry. Do you want the recipe for that too?

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    Yes PLEASE!

    I hav erarranged my kitchen bench, and have it set up permanently now, so all the more recipes/ideas the better. Thanks Angela!

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    Ok, Slow Cooked Beef Curry

    3 Onions
    3 Cloves of Garlic
    2 Tablespoons of Oil
    1 Tablespoon Minced Ginger
    3 Tablespoons Curry Powder (Pick your own strength, I use medium
    1kg Beef - Either Mince or Steaks will do
    1/4 Cup Flour
    1 Teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
    1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
    1 Cup Beef Stock
    140g Tomato Paste (or roughly this amount)

    Peel Onions and slice thinly. Crush and peel garlic. Heat oil in a frying pan and lightly brown both garlic and onion (should take around 5 mins). Add Ginger and curry powder and cook for an additional minute or so until the spices start to smell. Put the mix in the slow cooker.

    Mix the flour and pepper together and add the beef (Not needed if using mince - you can just discard the flour and add a little pepper to the cooker). Place all ingredients into the slow cooker and stir occasionally. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours (I find 7-8 is perfect if you have chopped up the meat well or around 6 hours for the mince).

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    I'll go through my slow cooker book and type up some more later on, housework is calling I'm trying not to answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post

    I do my traditional bolognaise in the slow cooker and it comes out absolutely superb.
    I would love to get this one off you? We only ever have jar sauce, and i love the home cooked stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrorbull View Post
    I would love to get this one off you? We only ever have jar sauce, and i love the home cooked stuff!
    No worries at all, will type it up first

    It is a full on Italian style bolognaise done from scratch. The only jar item used is the tomato paste and only because I can't be bothered making my own

    If you don't like olives or any of the other ingredients then you can just leave them out without it affecting the flavour too much.

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    Just as a warning, this is done to my taste

    1kg Mince
    8 Whole Tomatoes (Roma is best)
    1 Large Onion
    3 Cloves of Garlic
    4 Basil Leaves
    1 Sprig of Rosemary
    A little Oregano
    A little Thyme
    About 10 Olives Sliced
    170g Tomato Paste
    1 Cup Red Wine
    10-12 Button mushrooms sliced
    1 teaspoon good olive oil

    Put the oil, herbs, tomato paste, garlic and onion into the slow cooker, stir and turn it on low. Allow it to warm while you air the red wine, roughly chop the tomatoes and slice up the mushrooms and olives. Once warm (not too hot though!) add the mince and stir through. Add the Tomatoes, mushrooms and olives and stir through. Put the lid on and leave it to cook for about 2 hours. Stir it through again, replace the cover, turn the cooker onto high and leave for another one to two hours (Up to you how often you check it from here on in). After around the third hour, use your own judgement and start to taste it.

    For the herbs you can get an Italian herb mix from the supermarket that works just as well. You'll need two teaspoons of it. If you don't like chunks of garlic use a garlic mincer and throw in the minced garlic. If this is too much, halve the recipe. I make it in bulk and freeze it so I usually make a lot, plus this won't fit into a small slow cooker.

    If you want home made Garlic Bread with it this is my recipe:

    1/2 Loaf French Bread (Baguette)
    1 Clove Garlic
    1/4 Cup Oil
    2 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley

    Crush, Peel and finely chop Garlic (Or use a garlic mincer if you want). Mix Garlic, Oil and Parsley together, allow it to set for a while to get the flavours through the oil (this does make a huge difference) Can be from 30 mins to 4 hours if you like.

    Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan forced).

    Cut bread into sixths lengthwise then cut in half crosswise. Brush the oil mix over the bread and place the bread slices on an oven tray. Bake for around 5 mins or until golden and crisp.

    If you like a more garlicky taste then just add more garlic. This is best done fresh and as you are serving. If you have leftover oil mix you can put it in a jar and keep it. It will keep indefinitely BUT the taste will continue to get stronger the longer it is left.

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    yum! thanks!!

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    I have to buy this at the supermarket Angela. Wouldn't have a hope in hell of making it, so thanks. Will follow it to the T and see how it goes.

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