Thursday, May 27, 2010
What a crock!
Crockpot, of course.
When we got married we asked, on the invite, that guests please bring along a plate of food in place of a present ( being cheapskates there was no way that we could justify paying for catering and, frankly, we have a fair amount of 'stuff' already..) and most people followed that request. We had tables full of salads, meats, smoked fish, spring rolls, nibbly things.. a feast!
But you know what surprised me? A few of our guests decided to bring along gifts as well as food. I didn't expect to recieve anything and that made the gifts feel even more special.
We recieved some lovely serving plates, a digital photo frame, a vintage flour sifter, a (lovely) glass vase, a pasta maker, the most incredible hand potted (is that a term?) big fruit bowl and... a retro crockpot.
I think the crockpot was one of the most exciting gifts for me. I loved all of our presents, but the crockpot was something I had never thought about buying myself and had never tried using. I immediately imagined soups and stews and casseroles would be flowing in our house the next Winter.
Then I forgot all about it!
So this Winter I am on a mission. I have rediscovered my plans for Wintery soupy delights and I intend (providing it actually works, I haven't even turned it on yet!) to use it to the full for the next two months, or so.
Here's where you come in: Do any of you have tried-and-true crockpot recipes to share with me? I keen to try just about anything, vegie, meaty, curry-y.. it's all good.