So a little while ago my step mum asked me if I’d like her slow cooker. It was brand new in the box as she had a spare and it would apparently save me loads of time and effort cooking. “Yes please!” says I, and promptly popped it into my garage where it lived for the next six months.
Reader, I was an idiot.
The slow cooker is as essential to any kitchen as a bottle of wine and a packet of chocolate hobnobs. Basically, it allows you to prepare everything early on in the day and then not think about it until later. You do not need to ‘cook’ early on, you do not need to prepare a separate sensible meal for your fussy child who eats at Neighbours-a-clock, all you need to do is feel smug, and blimey, I’m good at that one.
This Spanish Pork Stew is something I’ve been making quite a bit recently and as even Jacob (who hates pork) will eat it I thought I would share it.
You will need:
1 pack diced pork
A few potatoes
1 tin of tomatoes
1/2 cloves of garlic
A bit of paprika
Some tomato puree
A splosh of red wine
1) Wait until your child is having a nap or occupied with CBBC, then chop the potatoes, peppers and garlic. Put in your slow cooker along with your pork, tomatoes, paprika and tomato puree
2) About lunchtime, switch slow cooker on. Feel like a smug housewife who is On Top Of Things
3) At Neighbours-o-clock serve some to your child. This is meal number one.
4) Add wine and olives. These are far too precious commodities for a child to eat and apparently not on Annabel Karmel’s superfoods list.
5) Put child to bed. Begin to consume rest of wine
6) Decide that you can’t be bothered to cook and then remember that you’ve had something cooking all day! Eat and rejoice!