By Katie Bishop
Published by Collins, 2008
Many years ago, I had a slow-cooker and a large hardback book of recipes. The problem was that many of the recipes seemed to taste the same, with similar ingredients being used in each dish. My poor old slow-cooker soon fell out of favour, and both it and the original cookbook were passed on to someone else who wanted it.
It took nearly a decade before I felt interested enough to give slow-cooking another try, and this time I found there was a huge variety of books crammed with exciting and innovative recipes.
This is the book I use most often, and a quick flip through the recipe index produces:
- Cherry & almond oatmeal
- Savoury baked ricotta
- Oat & blackberry loaf
- Overnight bacon & eggs
- Creamy beetroot soup
- Caramelized sweet and sour shallots with noodles
- Cauliflower & parsnip royal korma
- Hot smoked salmon & potato bake
- Mexican chicken mole with chocolate
- Baileys bread and butter pudding
- Cardamon creme brulee
- Hot winter Pimms
All of these are a far cry from the dated recipes I soon tired of. Beef with beer and dumplings was cooked and enjoyed this week!
Slow-cooking is now international, with books specifically aimed at Indian recipes, Mexican recipes, Jewish recipes, Weight watchers, Soups, Paleo diet, Vegetarian, Vegan and French being just some of the titles I found at Amazon.
Katie Bishop has also written a second book, which I hope to get in due course :-)