Archive for the ‘Slow cooker recipes’ Category

A lovely friend asked me for some slow cooker recipes and I thought I’d share them with anyone else who cares to browse our little blog..

None of these are gourmet, but suit our young family. There’s nothing spicy, but they’re tasty, wholesome and you can prepare them in the middle of the day when the kids are asleep or having some down time in front of a screen. They all do two serves of our young family of 5, so you can freeze the other serve for another time. Feel free to give feedback!

Here’s my first one:

1. Moroccan style lamb


  • 6-8 forequarter lamb chops or equivalent (important there’s a bone in whatever cut you get)
  • 1Tsp each of paprika, cinnamon and ground cumin
  • olive oil
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 6-8 turkish dried apricots
  • 6-8 dried dates
  • 1 tin chick peas (drained and rinsed)


  1. Mix spices with about 2 Tsp olive oil, then brush both sides of each piece of lamb.
  2. Heat large fry pan to medium-high heat, add a swirl of olive oil and seal each side of the lamb (about 3 min each side). Set aside (on absorbent paper towel if you like to drain any excess fat and oil).
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add tomatoes, dried fruit and chick peas. Bring to a simmer then pour into slow cooker pot.
  4. Gently but firmly squish the lamb pieces into the tomato mixture so the lamb is mostly covered and surrounded by the mixture.
  5. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-10 hours.
  6. Serve with couscous and veges or salad

NB You don’t need as much liquid in a slow cooker as in the oven or on the stove. The liquid has to mostly or just cover the food to be cooked. If you need to, add water and/or tomato paste to this recipe if the tomatoes are not sufficient.



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