I have had my slow cooker for a good few years now and I love it. As a busy mum I need to be able to chuck ingredients in a pot and not have to think about it again. I’ve used it on the days I work or when we have gone out for the day, doesn’t matter when or why, it is brilliant. I’ve tried quite a few recipes over the years, from lasagne to cakes (yep you heard right, cakes!!) but do you know, I have never made a hotpot!
A hotpot is a classic British dish and something I grew up on as a child. If you watch Corrie you will know it is something they serve in the pub. However, I am not a fan of the traditional hotpot, much preferring the beef alternative. Mmmmm…
When Simply Beef & Lamb got in touch and asked me whether I would like to get involved in their #LivePeasant campaign I knew it would be right up my alley. I like to buy food that I can trust but don’t like to spend a fortune, so with a good hearty meal like a hotpot I can invest in some good quality meat but save on other ingredients – perfect!
If you’ve not heard of ‘Peasant Food’ then in a nutshell it is good wholesome food that doesn’t cost a fortune – typically one-pot meals that feed the whole family. So if you never seem to have the time to prepare a meal and end up having take-away just a little too often, then this recipe is for you!
Yesterday I got up nice and early, left the girls with Mr F and went to the shops to get all the bits I needed. I don’t know about you but those little moments of ‘me time’ are so nice, even if they are spent at the supermarket! I picked up some farm assured beef cuts, you can tell by the little red tractor and it means that the food has been farmed in keeping with good standards.
By the time the girls were up and dressed I had already prepared the meal – great huh?
I started off by browning the beef, just for a few minutes, along with an onion and a few sprinkles of dried thyme. That is the difficult bit over and done with.
I then chucked the meat into the pot, added 5 chopped carrots, a couple of handfuls of frozen peas and a pint of beef stock.
The last thing to do is to add thin slices of potato on top. And that is it!! Sit back and enjoy the smells that fill your home as it cooks.
I turned my slow cooker on to its low setting at 11am and by 5pm we were tucking in to a delicious meal. The meat was so tender, perfect for little ones who might normally struggle with beef – their plates were empty before too long!
Have you got a slow cooker? Take a look at #LivePeasant on Twitter to find other amazing recipes being shared in the challenge.
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