Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day 1728 - Crock Pot Time

Anyone else been cooking stew? 

Beef, potato and leek stew
With winter now upon us there is this need to feel warmth, and simplicity, and nourishment, and did I mention warmth?  Yesterday I got this hankering to get the crock pot out and fill the house with the slow cooking smells of a tasty stew.

Now as a non-foodie non-cook even the humble crock pot scares me. Can I really cook something for hours and hours and it won't dry out?

Anyway, I decided to design my own stew. Not the best idea for a non-foodie, non-cook (kind of like someone who's colour blind choosing paint colours for your house). But I gave it a shot.  Anyway, it tasted OK and the family ate it with husband and son going back for seconds.  I suppose that means it was OK.


  • Diced beef
  • Baby chats potatoes
  • One leek
  • A can of Country Ladle potato and leek soup*
  • Beef stock
Firstly I quickly braised the steak then threw it in the crock pot.  I added the potatoes (whole) with chopped up leek and then added around 3 cups of beef stock and gave it a stir. I left it on low for four hours, then turned it off and kept it on warmer until dinner time.  Served with brown rice.

Add the ingredients plus around 3-4 cups of stock

Let it cook on slow for about 4 hours then keep warm to serve

Served over brown rice

I couldn't help feel it was missing something though.

Any ideas of what I could add next time to increase the flavour?   
* Many soups contain flavour enhancers and/or MSG.  This one doesn't. 


  1. I keep saying that I'm going to cook one (especially as the weather gets colder!) but really only remember right on dinner time and then I only have time to whip up something quickly, which a stew is certainly not. This looks lovely xx

  2. Not yet, but it is a sign that winter is here...

  3. Looks delish! We're big on slow cooked around here. I do it often on my humble stovetop - no slow cooker unfortuntately. The slower it's cooked, the better it turns out. As well as good seasoning, I usually add a couple of bay leaves into the mix. Maybe omit the tinned soup next time and rely on the stock alone. It works.

  4. I love my slow cooker in winter! Another non-foodie here and it usually works out OK.

  5. I always wonder why the meals don't dry out when you cook them for so long, too. Although more often than not mine do dry out or get burnt. Let's blame the slow cooker. The stew sounds lovely. I know my kids would like it.

  6. I really need to start using my slow cooker more often. I might have to give this recipe a try.

    As far as adding more flavour, I think I'd have to taste it first before I could suggest something.

  7. My kind of recipe! Thanks for sharing, Leanne.

    SSG xxx

  8. I love slow cooker meals.
    If you are looking to add some more flavour try herbs like basil, parsley, thyme.
    I also like to add wine it really seems to give stews a boost. (the alcohol will be all cooked out by the time you serve for the little ones).
    I also often add a tin of chopped tomatoes and tomato paste.

  9. Whenever I cook stew it always turns out so bland!!!!! GRR - I'll try again, but only because I believe you!

  10. Whenever I cook stew it always turns out so bland!!!!! GRR - I'll try again, but only because I believe you!

  11. I did a slow cooked meal tonight but I cheat and use a master foods recipe base.

  12. I love stew, especially if you have some nice fresh bread and butter to have with it!

  13. Stews are made for winter, so belly warming! I usually add crushed garlic, and red wine too. One other thing I have tried is to serve it with some lemon zest.

  14. A few diced up slices of bacon would go great in this for added flavour.

  15. Love my crock pot, makes cooking so simple. And the dinner rush a lot more relaxed x

  16. I love my slow cooker - but moving to the north of WA, means we haven't had that weather that inspires the need for cockle warming food. I miss it :)

    Hello from #teamIBOT


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