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    jdd2035, you must be an extremely patient person. The most I ever spend on making food is about 3 hours, and even that's on special occasions when we make what might be translated as shepherd's stew. The recipe is rather simple:


    - 2-3 types of red meat. Beef and pork are the basics, some pig's feet if you can get them (I kid you not, pig's feet make this thing much better. You won't really eat them, but they add a lot of texture to the soup, making it thicker). Boar or venison meat if you're extremely lucky to get some. Lamb and goat can also be used, but I don't use them. I hate lamb and don't eat it in any shape or form, and goat is probably my favorite meat, so I like to eat it just regularly cooked without much seasoning, so I can taste the meat.

    The amount of meat depends on the size of your cooking pot and the people you want to feed. Let's say 2kg of meat total, chopped in bite-sized chunks. That's probably enough for around 6-8 people, depending on how hungry they are.

    - Onions - you need almost as much onions as you have meat. So if you have 2kg of meat, you need about 1.5kg of onions chopped up in as small bits as possible. But it really depends how thick you want to stew. If you want it more soupy, add less, but I wouldn't go under 1:2 onion/meat ratio.

    - Ground paprika, both regular and hot. Smoked ground paprika if you can get it.
    - Salt and pepper
    - Vegeta (no relation to the DBZ character; it's a seasonings mix that's really popular here in Croatia and it's awesome)
    - Bay-leaf
    - White wine
    - Water
    - Optional (but preferable): A tripod and a pot to hang from it on a chain if you're doing it outside (as it really ought to be done)


    You start with dropping all the chopped onions into the pot with some water and letting it come to a boil. If you have pig's feet, add them in once the onion boils, cover them with some water and let them cook for half an hour.

    If you don't have pig's feet, move onto the meat. The meat should be added in increments, depending on the type. If you have boar or deer, it should go in first and cook for half an hour before you move to the next. The order is (more or less): pig's feet, boar/deer, beef, pork. You should also keep adding water every time you add meat, since the meat needs to be covered with it.

    Also, once you add the first batch of meat, add the seasonings as well. I can't really tell you how much, because we generally eyeball it and keep adding some additional seasoning as we add meat and water. You just taste the soup and make a decision on your own. The only thing you have to be certain of is not adding too much paprika, because then the stew becomes bitter.

    Anyways, once you add the last batch of meat, pour in about as much water as it fits in the pot (this again depends on how thick the stew is, because if there's less onions it will be more soupy and you shouldn't add that much water to it) and then don't add anymore. Let it simmer for another hour or so and add seasoning as you deem necessary. In the last fifteen minutes, add about 2-3dl of white wine.

    Once it's done, you serve it with bread, preferably freshly baked. No dumplings, no potatoes, no salads, no pasta, no nonsense, just bread. Any leftovers can be put in the deep freeze, and they come out still tasting great when you take them out.


    It's nothing special, but it's a little taste of home.
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    That's why I love slow cooker recipes they can be cooked while you are out and they can feed 4-5 people or one guy for about 3 days. The meat comes out tender to the point of falling apart even the tough cheap cuts.

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    Letho, that sounds awesome. The pig's feet reminds me of a lot of Japanese / Oriental broths, where you use them to add collagen and gelatin to the soup, making it very rich and flavourful. Going to have to nab that recipe for next winter (minus the tripod and fresh bread, I'm afraid, will have to make do with an induction cooker and store-bought bread).

    Wish I had a slow cooker (although I do have a rice cooker; coming from a culture where every household has one, I can't recommend it enough if you like your rice done properly). Would make the evenings so much less hectic...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdd2035 View Post
    That's why I love slow cooker recipes they can be cooked while you are out and they can feed 4-5 people or one guy for about 3 days. The meat comes out tender to the point of falling apart even the tough cheap cuts.
    I'm too superstitious to leave anything on the stove while I'm out. Hell, even when I'm in, I forget about the stuff on the stove half the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flames of Hyperion
    Letho, that sounds awesome. The pig's feet reminds me of a lot of Japanese / Oriental broths, where you use them to add collagen and gelatin to the soup, making it very rich and flavourful. Going to have to nab that recipe for next winter (minus the tripod and fresh bread, I'm afraid, will have to make do with an induction cooker and store-bought bread).
    Yes, that's exactly why the pig's feet are added. I couldn't remember exactly how to phrase it, but you put it perfectly. And it works on induction cooker, or just about any cooker you have. Older folks in the family claim there's a difference if it's cooked outside, but I never bought that. I cooked it both ways and I didn't see much difference. It's merely more fun to do it outside, around the fire, while having some fun.

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    I'm too superstitious to leave anything on the stove while I'm out. Hell, even when I'm in, I forget about the stuff on the stove half the time.


    This is is your basic bare bones slow cooker designed to cook all day with out catching the house on fire.

    jdd2035, you must be an extremely patient person. The most I ever spend on making food is about 3 hours, and even that's on special occasions when we make what might be translated as shepherd's stew.
    I have been known to soak a brisket in brine for 12 hours smoke it for 8+ hours then slow cook it for another 24. The meat was so tender it nearly dissolved in my mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorelei View Post
    I'm too superstitious to leave anything on the stove while I'm out. Hell, even when I'm in, I forget about the stuff on the stove half the time.
    Don't feel bad, I'm the same way. I can set my crockpot on the middle of a table, nowhere near anything that could catch on fire, and I still panic. I actually set up a little camera so I could check on it while at work using my phone.
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    Ahh, cooking is one of my favorite things! It's fun to see other people's favorite recipes. These days, I've had to get a lot more efficient with dinners because I'm usually drowning under deadlines, so here are a few things I love to make that aren't too intense:

    This homemade, no-knead pizza dough is the freaking best and you barely have to touch it –– just stir together a half-day batch in the morning and it'll be ready to use by dinner. https://smittenkitchen.com/2013/10/l...rgarita-pizza/ (For a fancy-pants with no effort pizza topping, caramelize a chopped onion with a couple cloves of garlic and a splash of balsamic vinegar! Or roast a head of garlic, if you have time.)

    This plum sauce is orgasmic and goes with pretty much anything, whether you like brussels sprouts or not. Put it on any vegetable and you will never have loved veggies so much in your life. It's also forgiving, I usually forget to buy shallots. http://omnivorescookbook.com/roasted...ith-plum-sauce

    My friend from Uruguay does this thing where she chucks a cinnamon quill in red pasta sauce (just from a jar, nothin' fance) while it simmers for 5-10 minutes and it's amazing??? She usually also adds a little cooked beef mince, but I prefer lentils and beans.

    I don't cook much meat, but when I want to impress people without losing too much time to the kitchen, I often make this Moroccan chicken tagine. You could easily adapt it for a crock pot! (Don't sweat it if you don't have all the spices –– you can use dry ginger, leave out the turmeric, etc.)
    Marinate the chicken with this recipe: http://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes...n-chicken.html
    Then cook it into this: http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/1895...en-tagine.aspx

    My biggest tip for cooking for yourself is invest in a decent little variety of spices/herbs (some are expensive at regular grocery stores, but you can find them discounted if you look around). They can really transform something with very little effort!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letho View Post
    - Vegeta (no relation to the DBZ character; it's a seasonings mix that's really popular here in Croatia and it's awesome)
    The Polish grocer near here has that and I lol every time I walk by it but I've also been really intrigued, haha. I suppose I should get some to try it! (Weirdly, the Polish grocer is also the only place that sells some of my favorite American products, so I end up there a lot...)

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    I literally want all the food, right now.

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    This crockpot thing sounds interesting. I kind of like the idea of setting something to cook before I go to work and then return to a freshly cooked meal. A couple of questions, though, for those who have and use those things:

    Is there a difference between cooking in a crockpot and cooking on a regular electric stove set on very low setting in a regular pot? From what I could gather, crockpot is basically a miniature electric stove, only it's a self contained unit.

    What does the food taste like after being cooked for so long, especially the meat? I don't have much experience with cooking food for a long time, but as far as I know the longer you apply heat to food, the more of the genuine taste you take out of it. That's why a piece of meat you slap on the barbecue generally tastes like meat, but if you cook it for a couple of hours in a pan with sauce and different seasoning, it tastes more like the sauce than the actual meat. So I can't imagine what it tastes like after being cooked for 10 or so hours.

    My sister made pulled pork once. The meat cooked for 6+ hours, and while everyone liked it, I found that it didn't taste like pork anymore after all that time. All I could taste was the seasonings.

    Quote Originally Posted by Luned
    The Polish grocer near here has that and I lol every time I walk by it but I've also been really intrigued, haha. I suppose I should get some to try it! (Weirdly, the Polish grocer is also the only place that sells some of my favorite American products, so I end up there a lot...)
    I think the company that makes it actually has a subsidiary in Poland, so it would make sense. It's really nothing fancy. Mostly salt mixed with a mixture of different herbs. It's one of those things that, if you grow up with it, you can't really imagine meals without it. You should definitely try it if you get a chance.
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