Sizzling…steamy…simmering, slow and steady… I love my Slow-cooker.
It’s everything that I’m not on this dreary Monday morning. I’m tired and I’m dosed, and I have to take a massive step back into reality after one of the most wonderful weeks of my little life.
But thanks to my Slow-cooker, I’m one step ahead of myself.
At 6.30am, I am sipping my coffee, enjoying the initial kick to the taste buds and waiting for the jump-start my body so desperately needs. By 6.40am, I am happily slicing and chopping; onions, chicken, carrots; Everything gets bunged in a casserole dish. Salt, pepper (a sneaky wee stock cube) and we’re done. As I head towards the shower, I have a smug little grin on my face. Take that Monday morning!
I’ve only recently discovered this life saving invention. It’s AMAZING! It allows me to come home from work to an aromatic kitchen. It means that dinner is all but ready when we get in. It stops the horrible mind-boggle on the journey home, of having to figure out what’s in the fridge, what will be quick and handy to throw together in record time.
Most importantly, it gives me the gift of time. That extra hour of Mini-me time that I never before realized that I was missing. Instead of frantically chopping and peeling, while trying to placate the hungry child, or being faced with the terrible temptation to fire on some Waffles just to feed the monster, I can add the gravy and serve up a stunning, satisfying and nutritional dinner to my little lovey. And indeed, to myself.
Then, rather than it suddenly being half an hour before bedtime, there’s suddenly time: Time to read a story, time to simply sit beside her to watch another re-run of Peppa Pig, time to throw on a load (or three!) of washing, or time to let her indulge in a bubble bath – the not-rushed type!
I’m genuinely gunked as to how I’d never heard of the slow-cooker before now. I’m slightly put out by the number of friends and family who have proven to be already practiced and experienced in the art of slow-cooking. I’m ever impressed by the variety of exciting recipe groups and online slow-cooker groups available. I’ve entered a whole new world and I love it!
It allows me to feel on top of things as I leave for work. It gives me that warm, fuzzy glow that you get from being organised. It allows me to put a line through one of the to-dos on my daily list. It gives me a sense of control. Yes, I know it’s a piece of kitchen equipment, but it really does have these magical qualities. I’m smitten.
When I lift the lid off my sizzling stew this evening, it will be simmering and steamy, it will be superb and it will be bloody satisfying! My slow-cooker – it’s 50 shades of awesome! 🙂
I am SlowCooker-Mum xx