We decided to buy a slow cooker, quite spontaneously. As usual with Amazon, we ordered on Saturday evening and had it delivered by Tuesday morning at my work. I only carted it back home last Friday.
But we were excited to play with it, so on Sunday, we brought it out for a test run. Coq au vin. I loosely followed a couple recipes from the internet, one of which advised adding a half bottle of red wine, another of which suggested a dash of brandy. So we improvised and added a half bottle of Chilean Pinot Noir and a generous cup of bourbon. 😀
Browned some bacon in a pan first, followed by mushrooms and the chicken itself, before tossing the lot and assorted vegetables into the pot. We then set it on a slow cook and headed out for some tennis with Rachel and Thomas.
Afterwards, they joined us for dinner. Hehe. I have to say, those first fumes were strong. It was fairly delicious though, so a win. 🙂 And the leftovers tasted even more fantastic the next evening, after I’d let the stew simmer on the cooker for a couple more hours.
Then on Wednesday morning, before I headed out to work, I filled the pot with a load of diced carrots, onions, mushrooms, and cubed beef. Beef stew! Yummers. We couldn’t help but think of the softly bubbling pot the whole day while we were at work. It was with much excitement that I finally got home and opened the door to the fragrant aroma of slow-cooked stew. Paired with a bottle of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, it was heavenly. 🙂