Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes HLH

This was the scene in my kitchen for some days of the challenge.  I wanted to stay at least a few days ahead of schedule to allow for failures (see below) and lousy photography conditions.  I borrowed this George Foreman slow cooker from a friend so I could ‘catch up’ when I needed to.  In this photo I’m cooking the French toast casserole (big fat failure!) and the stuffed pumpkin (huge success!).

Like everything, you win some, you lose some…

Big fat failures

Slow cooker chicken & mushroom risotto
It looked very similar to my kids craft glue by the time it was finished.  Way too gluggy.

Slow cooker cauliflower bake
The whole house smelt like dirty socks while this was cooking.  Even on the lowest setting, it still cooked the cauliflower far too quickly.

Slow cooker French toast casserole
The texture just wasn’t right – it stayed too soft and eggy.

Family favourites

Day 15 : slow cooker Mongolian beef
Rich, full of flavour and meat that melted in our mouths.  Loved it.  This reheated really well after being frozen too (just reheat in a saucepan and add some water to the sauce).

Day 16 : slow cooker meatballs
This was the second meatball recipe I tried because the first one left the meatballs quite dry.  These were perfect.  Even better reheated the second day!  Thank you to my friend Jodie for sending me this recipe.

Day 22 : slow cooker lemon & blueberry blondies
I absolutely loooved these blondies.  The flavour was incredible and they were deliciously moist.  They will be making a regular appearance.

Day 31 : slow cooker stuffed pumpkin
We already loved the original oven-baked version of this recipe, but after adding bacon and cooking it in the slow cooker, it took it to a whole new level.  Amazing.

What will I always cook in the slow cooker now?

A few of the recipes from this challenge have changed the way I’ll cook them forever…

1.  Baked potatoes
2.  Corned beef
3.  Meatloaf
4.  Pea & ham soup
5.  Lamb roast
6.  Stuffed pumpkin

A big thank you

I hope this 31 day challenge helped you to find a few new recipes to add to your meal planner.  I had a lot of fun and even after a month of slow cooker meals, I still love my slow cooker as much as ever.  Maybe even more so!  Although I have to admit that I’ll be taking a break from the slow cooker for the next week or so.

Thank you for following along during this challenge.  And a big thank you to those readers who provided link backs or tags to this challenge on their own blogs.  Greatly appreciated!  If you became a new follower of Hello Little House during this time, I hope you’ll continue to drop by for a visit.

Happy slow cooking everybody!

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6 Responses to Behind the scenes

  1. Dee 1 November, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I feel very sad that October is over!! My slow cooker has been in the cupboard for years and you’ve inspired me to use it and now I won’t look back. Thank you. ????

  2. Kristen 1 November, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I love the behind the scenes look! Thanks for sharing some many slow cooker recipes. You’ve inspired me to really start using mine again. I greatly enjoyed your series!

  3. hellolittlehouse 1 November, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Thank you so much for following along. It’s great to know that my recipes have provided some inspiration! I’m always on the look-out for a good slow cooker recipe, so I’ll be sure to share on the blog any other great recipes I find in the future too.

  4. Nichola Spooner 7 November, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Thanks so much for all the fantastic recipes! My husband would just shake his head in disbelief when I would be racing to turn my laptop on in the morning to see what recipe you had for us. SO terribly domesticated of me 🙂 So many great ideas that will definitely be on our menu now. The slow cooker is my new favourite kitchen utensil.

  5. Lola 14 November, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    i have always loved my slow cooker!
    Im cooking the Mongoian Beef tonight. i cant tell you how excited i am to be rushing home to try it after work 🙂 Thanks for the recipes!

  6. Robyn 16 November, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Hi Nat

    Thanks for re-inspiring me to use my slow cooker.

    I am cooking the Beef Casserole for tonight and hope to try some more of your delicious recipes.