So I've come to a big decision over the last couple of days. It is no doubt minor in the scale of world issues but nevertheless here it is...
I'm not going to buy a slow-cooker.
The concert pianist kindly lent me hers for numerous weeks to try out. I've attempted about four or five meals in it now. "Meh" is the overall feeling. Look, it smells fantastic while it's cooking and the meat is undeniably tender, but it all tastes rather bland when it finally gets to the plate. I once was installed in one of our city's large hospitals for 10 days and it reminds me of the hospital food. One night you'd be having sweet and sour pork and the next lasagne but somehow the taste was.... the same.
I had hoped I'd be able to use it for simple hospitality and quick dinners on work nights. But I can't see myself serving any of the dishes I've tried to guests. And the kids have been very opposed to the food so far so it'd be some time before they ate happily. The other thing I'd hoped was that I could cook larger meals and then freeze half for another night. But I couldn't see myself heating the leftovers we've had again - they've been cooked to death already.
I'm probably overcooking everything. But I did follow the recipes religiously. Anyway, the end result of it all is I think I'll use Nana's birthday money for something else.
What about you? Anybody out there found their slow cooker fabulous enough to use regularly. So far I've done hedgehog meatballs, Hawaiian chicken, an Indian stew of some kind and I can't remember what else.