What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?
Over the past few weeks we’ve ranged from -40 to 0 degrees (we’re celsius so roughly translated that’s colder than the North Pole to shorts weather – for us, anyway). We’ve had snow, sleet and even a thundershower the other night?!? And yesterday we had wind gusts up to 100km/hr.
I say all this because it just makes one want to hole up inside, eat comfort food and wait for spring to come!
Recently I came across this book, Cooking Slow by Andrew Schloss, and the recipes in here are answering that call for comfort as of late.
So far I’ve tried three recipes, with plans for more, and they have all been a hit. In a day and age when 15-minute meals are all the rage, Cooking Slow goes against the grain but in doing so actually speaks to getting a wholesome meal on the table, but in a way that doesn’t always require maximum effort.
Cooking Slow covers off several different methods of slow cooking – slow roasting, slow baking, slow steaming, slow grilling, slow frying, slow cookers, and sous vide (where the ingredients are vacuum packed for cooking because they are too delicate for regular methods).
Slow cookers have always appealed to me. Nothing like spending a little bit of time in the morning so you can walk in the door at the end of the day and be greeted by the tempting aroma of a dinner meal that just needs to be dished out.
All three recipes from the book that I made were done in my slow cooker. Meatloaf (which is in the slow roasting section but has a slow cooker option). Turkey chili. And this recipe for Chesapeake Bay Pulled Pork.
The pulled pork was so good! Basically you marinate a pork shoulder overnight in a dry rub of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, brown sugar and… Old Bay! (Are you like me and have a container of Old Bay in your spice cupboard but never really use it??) Then you cook on low for 8 hours along with garlic cloves and chicken broth in your slow cooker and when you come home all you have to do is shred the pork in it’s own juices and serve on a soft dinner bun. So easy to pull together but so rewarding!
Do you have a favourite comfort food?
Back out to shovel snow now so we can get off to work this morning!