The nights are drawing in and the weather is COLD. So the time is right to remind myself, and anyone else I can reach out there just how wonderful are these machines, and how much easier they make one's daily life. If you have yet to discover the delights of the electric slow cooker, may I beg you to please consider it. Tonight's dinner was prepared this morning while the kids were eating breakfast; all of three minutes' work!
Cheaty Chicken Curry
1 onion, diced
6 chicken thigh fillets, halved
1/3 jar curry paste (I like Patak's Tikka paste)
400g can chopped tomatoes
At breakfast time, bung everything in the slow cooker. Add 100ml water from the kettle (which you've anyway just boiled to make your cup of tea!), put on the lid and cook on LOW until suppertime. How easy?
For accompaniments, cooking some rice is hardly taxing, and while I occasionally swirl some yoghurt through the curry just before serving, more often than not I make this lazy raita-style sauce to go with. It also goes rather well with poppadoms and mango chutney for an almost-instant but still decadent late-night snack...
A Relaxed Raita
200g pot natural yoghurt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
4 tsp mint sauce (from a jar!)
Mix together. Chill until needed (you, and the sauce!)