April 21, 2013

Slow Cooked Beef with Balsamic Garlic Sauce

Having guests over for dinner is the best excuse to cook something a bit fancy. Lately we have been getting a bit fancy a few times per week, thanks to our slow cooker.

Last thursday night we had a guest, my cousin Alex, and he got to experience our first attempt of a modifed recipie originally titled Veal with Balsamic Sage Sauce. I must say our modified version (which you are about to read) it a bit fabulous and is totally fancy enough to share with your next lot of guests.

You may even be so satisfied with this fancy meal you might want to get fancy with your lover....or your single sexy guest. I'M JUST SAYIN'.

Eat this.

Slow Cooked Beef with Balsamic Garlic Sauce


1.5 kg rump
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
20g butter
2 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup chicken stock


Trim excess fat from rump, chop up into decent sized chunks.
Toss in flour to coat, shake off excess.
Hest oil in large frying pan and cook beef in batches until browned.
Transfer to 4.5 litre slow cooker.

Add garlic to same pan, cook stirring until fragrant. Do not burn!!!
Add vinegar and boil uncovered for about 2 mins or until its reduced by half.
Stir in stock.
Transfer to cooker.

Cook covered on low for minimum 6 hrs. Season to taste.
Serve with whatever veggies you like and your fave glass of red wine.


April 15, 2013

Slow Cooked Chicken Cacciatore

Well tonight was another successful evening of gastronomic delight thanks to our slow cooker. A special thanks must go to my huzbayne Marc for creating this delicious slow cooked darling.

Marc's Slow Cooked Chicken Cacciatore


6 chicken drumsticks
2 cans of tomatos (400g per tin)
1 heaped teaspoon of powdered chicken stock
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 bay leaf
3 stalks thyme
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Good grinding of pepper
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 water
1/2 capsicum
1 carrot
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
Cornflour to thicken


Remove skin from chicken.
Chop up veg.
Fry off onion and garlic.
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Set on low and cook for minimum 6 hrs.
Remove any oil or fat that has risen to the top.
Add corn flour to thicken 1/2 hr before serving.
Serve with rice, noodles or mash.

April 8, 2013

Slow Cooked Chicken Tikka Masala

I am totally in love with my slow cooker.

So totally in love, it gets a work out daily in our house.

As 9-5 workers, coming home and cooking dinner is as appealing as stabbing ourselves with hot pokers. So we bought a slow cooker and lived happily ever after. *Que choir and doves.

Along with our new bible "Woman's weekly slow cooker 2", our most hated time of the day (dinner time) has been saved.

Tonight an amazing miracle occurred. A miracle that involves......chicken.

The meal our slow cooker cooked was so magical i may have even done a naked dance in celebration......maybe.

Cook it and do a naked dance yourself, just don't send me a picture :-)

Chicken Tikka Masala (Sparkle Style)


1kg chicken Maryland's skin removed
800g canned tinned tomatoes
2 large brown onions thinly sliced
2/3 cup Tikka masala paste
200.ml water
Greek yogurt for serving
1 cup loosely packed coriander (optional, i hate it)


Remove skin from chicken.

Cook off onion. Trust me, onion will not cook in the slow cooker if you dont pre cook it. Bastards.

Combine chicken, tinned tomatos, cooked onions, paste and water in a 4.5litre slow cooker. You can adjust your ingredients depending on the size of your slow cooker.

Cook covered on high for 4 hours or low all day long (like me).

Serve with rice and yogurt.

Do joyous naked dance. X