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Crock Pot Slow Cooker Beef and Red Wine Stew

beefwithredwineThis Beef and Red Wine Stew recipe is fairly easy to make and if you like big serves then it will feed 2 people.  It's not as easy finding recipes for two for the slow cooker so finding this one was like gold. You can vary it by adding mushrooms or bell peppers.  You can also swap the onions with leeks for a slightly different texture and taste.

Crock Pot Slow Cooker Beef with Red Wine Stew

1 lb (1/2 kg) steak cut into bite size pieces
flour to coat steak
2 tabs olive oil
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 medium onion chopped
1 large clove garlic crushed
1 tab each chopped chives and parsley
1 small bay leaf
1 cup red wine of your choice
1 cup beef stock cube
1 tab instant gravy mix to thicken if required but recommended

Coat meat in flour and brown meat in oil.  Remove and put aside.  Add to the pan the onions, carrots and herbs and toss until softened a little.  Remove the vegetables and put into the base of the slow cooker. Place the meat on top of the vegetables.

Add the wine and stock to the pan and mix well together as this then combines the juices from the pan as well.  Pour into the crock pot slow cooker over the meat and vegetables. Put the lid on and cook on low for 6 hours.  Thicken with the instant gravy mix combined with a little water if you think the stew is too thin.

Serves 2 large servings or 3 medium ones.  I serve it with sweet potato mash but you can serve with rice or just some of your favorite crusty bread.  Get out your crock pot slow cooker and start cooking.

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Kindle Recipe Books

As you probably have been reading on here I have self published my crock pot recipes on Amazon Kindle.  I did that because so many people now read on devices like Kindle, iPad, other tablets and even on their iPhone.  I think Kindle recipe books are the way of the future as you can now look up a recipe and have it in front of you as you cook.  That's great I think!

I have a Kindle eReader myself and enjoy reading on it especially when I travel.  Before that though I was reading books and recipes on Kindle for PC so I didn't miss out on the free and very low price books you can find on the Amazon site.  Most books are priced from 99c to $3.99 so you can find recipes for anything you want to make.

What I like about using kindle books when I cook is that I can make notes on the recipe I am making, bookmark a recipe or highlight text.  You ruin a real book if you do some of those things.  It can also come with me wherever I am cooking. 

I can also search for a recipe that has a particular ingredient eg onion and it will list where onion is mentioned in any of the recipes in a particular cookbook and you can go right to those recipes.  I think that in itself is great and saves me time.

Here's a quirky little video I did of my Slow Cooker Soups book I have published on Amazon Kindle.  Its short but fun.

 

 

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potroastMany people say that it's best to cook in a crock pot during the winter months and they are probably right because most people use their slow cookers only for soups and stews.  A roast is also considered to be a winter dish but these meals are a convenience to those of us who work and like to come home to a cooked meal.

Well the crock pot slow cooker is your friend in summer as well.  You can cook breakfasts and still have your roasts and the advantages are that your kitchen wont get hot from the oven and you can still walk away from the cooking and come back to a lovely cooked crock pot meal.

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Slow Cooker Desserts | Rice Pudding

There are lots of great slow cooker dessert recipes to try but one of my mother's favorite recipes that she has made in winter for as long as I can remember is rice pudding.   I have adapted her recipe for the crock pot slow cooker.  A 3.5 quart size crock pot would be ideal for this recipe but you can use a larger one, just cook for a little less time.

Rice Pudding

2  1/2 cups cooked rice
1  3/4 cups milk
4 tabs brown sugar
2 tabs soft butter
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3 large eggs, whisked well
1/2 cup sultanas
 
Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Pour into the buttered base of the crock pot and stir. Put on the lid and cook on high for 1.5 - 2 hours. Stir again once in the first half hour.

Serve with stewed or canned fruit and ice cream.

This crock pot slow cooker dessert recipe is so quick to cook so you can put it on in the later afternoon for that evenings meal.  If you are looking for other great recipes for winter warming dishes then try Amazon for The Ski House Cookbook: Warm Winter Dishes for Cold Weather Fun.

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