Slow Cooker Ham Broth

This a new take on an old recipe my mum used to make which my brother and I called “gruel” OK it wasn’t awful or anything like that but when you are little all you really want to eat is sausage egg and chips 🤣🤣

I remember my mum cooking this in our pressure cooker, that gadget used to put the fear of god into me wondering if the house was going to blowing up – that tiny little weight thing on top of the lid rattling for dear life.

Pressure cookers like everything else in life have come a long way thankfully and so has this recipe or my take on it.

Let’s talk broth mix, when you are using a slow cooker you really don’t need to presoak the broth mix if you leave it long enough it will cook perfectly. However that’s where the problem lies you could end up with crunchy lentils if it’s not cooked for the correct period of time, so I have suggested you presoaking them.

I used leftover Gammon / Ham in my recipe but you can really use anything leftover lamb, bacon chicken but if the meat is cooked add it the last hour of cooking.

If you are confident in using your slow cooker this is a perfect recipe for overnight cooking providing the smell of cooking wafting through the house doesn’t wake you up.

Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken

I have seen various recipes for this floating around social media but I wanted to try and tweak it slightly to make it more calorie friendly.

The recipe states 1 chicken breast or 2 if you like the reason for this is when you start to add vegetables into this recipe together with the pasta it really does make loads depending on your portion sizes this easily serves 3. I used 1 chicken breast and i felt it was enough when everything was added but as always do what suits you best.

This recipe isn’t cast in stone as it’s perfect for adding all those bits in the fridge that need using up and when you see the “how to video” you will see i added ingredients that are optional but definetly not necessary.

In short it’s a fab base recipe for you to add whatever you like to it.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Nuggets

I have been trying to make this recipe since the beginning of January 🙈 as its a perfect vegetarian recipe for Meat Free Monday but as with all things in my life it takes time to get these things done.

However, here we are and I can definitely say this one was worth the wait it was amazing really hit the spot and if you’re craving a takeaway then maybe give this a try.

Use any chicken nuggets you like i used Quorn to keep the recipe vegetarian but any will work. In the recipe you will see i have said either add the nuggets to the pan after they are cooked and coat them in the sauce or pour the sauce over them.

The reason for this is that to coating on the nuggets can go soft and a little “soggy” if you leave them sitting in the sauce too long – but to be honest I really enjoyed them that way, this is one of those personal preference things.

OK let’s get to the million dollar question regarding SYNS or calories unfortunately I can’t give you that information because it depends on the ingredients used.

Tomato Sauce – depends on the brand you use at the minute I’m using Tesco own brand low salt low sugar which is 7 Cals per tablespoon such a fantastic find – but yours maybe different and much higher or lower in calories.

Sugar – If you are following Slimming World Sweetener is now synned but if you are a rebel like me then I don’t and won’t syn its because I don’t use it anywhere else in my diet. Remember to do whatever is best for you and the diet plan you are following.

Garlic & Rosemary Smashed Roast Potatoes

During the Winter months I think there are only so many times you can eat roast potatoes before you start looking for an alternative or a different flavour and here we are.

These were gorgeous they really took on the garlic and rosemary flavour but without it being overpowering . Plus they made a fantastic change to normal roasties.

My top tip is once you have cut your potatoes stand them in a bowl of cold water for as long as possible I usually Chop mine first thing on a morning and leave them until dinner time. This removes some of the starch from the potatoes making them easier to cook and they also seem to need less oil.

I also par boiled my potatoes in the microwave, it’s just so much easier this way plus your potatoes don’t absorb loads of water making them “mushy”. It is definetly easier to cook them once par boiled plus it reduces the cooking time.

Slow Cooker Marmalade & Black Pepper Gammon

I wanted to create a budget family friendly meal especially for Sunday Dinner and I can say with full confidence I definitely nailed it.

The gammon was perfect I used 1kg unsmoked Gammon which we got from the Co-op costing £3.50 this joint will feed a family of four or more depending on what you served with it.

One recurring comment with Gammon is “mine falls apart and does not slice” this is because the gammon is overcook, there is nothing wrong with that shredded Gammon is gorgeous.

If you want your Gammon to slice you need a digital meat thermometer and once the internal cooked temperature is reached remove it from the slow cooker.

The digital meat thermometer I use is on my Amazon Shop press here https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/julesthelazycook

LO DOUGH PIZZA

I was kindly gifted some pizza bases by Lo Dough I have heard lots of good things about them so decided to take up their offer.

There are so many recipes you can make from the bases but I went for standard pizza because I think we can all gauge how good or not so good something is from pizza.

I made 2 pizzas one for me one for Graeme, he is way more fussy than I am so when testing out things like this I always get him to taste too.

We both really enjoyed them but I do think you need to get the heat under the base to crisp it so I used an oven tray with holes in to allow this to happen.

The video below is a brief demonstration of how I cooked ours.

You can find more information regarding Lo Dough here https://lodough.co

MY SPIKE KEBABS

The MY Spike was kindly gifted to me by the Company and I have to say I’m so pleased I agreed to test it out.

As you know Im a huge fan of kebabs and have made them many different ways including creating a spike stuck in a potato – this kind of works but it’s so unstable.

The MY Spike cooks the chicken which is placed onto the spike from the inside out making It super easy to ensure the centre of the Kebab is cooked

In the video below you will see how I built the Kebab and my thoughts regarding the product.

My Spike do have a facebook page which is https://www.facebook.com/myspike/

How I make and marinate my kebabs press here https://julesthelazycook.co.uk/2020/08/18/shish-kebabs/

CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

There are so many different recipes for Butternut Squash soups and I have made many in the past but never documented them.

I wanted to try something different with this recipe and make it creamy and not so sweet, Butternut Squash can be really sweet and to be honest sometimes it puts me off eating it.

In this recipe i have used chilli which can pack a punch so if you aren’t too keen on spicy foods either add half a teaspoon or leave it out. I’ve also suggested adding curry powder as an alternative which i have used in the past and it works well with Butternut squash.

Use any Cream cheese or yogurt you like to create the creamy texture, always taste and adjust to your tastebuds.

Slow Cooker Bread

I used to love making this with the kids when they were little, but haven’t made it for years. Tesco decided to substitute my flour order when Covid first hit and gave us a 3.5 kg bag of bread mix 🙈

That is a lot of bread mix but we were determined to use it! What slowed the process is me and my neck injury I can’t knead dough so I needed Graeme and booking his free time is like catch gold dust.

As you will see we got there and I actually found out my food processor has a dough hook so I can now do it all myself.

This recipe is for using a packet of bread mix but you can use any bread recipe you like. 500g of flour is what my recipe is based around this is because its the maximum for my 3.5 ltr slow cooker.

If you watch the video carefully you will see how big the dough ball is before it’s cooked and how big it is after its cooked, it needs room to rise and prove.

Adding water to the mix I used it said use 370ml of water BUT I have learned over the years that flours are different and they don’t all absorb liquid at the same rate. I started my dough mixture by adding approx 300ml of water.

Then add small amounts once the dough starts to come together and you have incorporated all the flour into a sticky mixture and it comes away cleanly from the sides of the blow it’s ready.

I would say for the bread mix Im working with in the video I used 350ml water in total.

You can leave the bread plain or add any flavours you like… cheese is gorgeous, but doesn’t make great jam on toast 😉

I cooked on high for 2hrs but all slow cookers don’t work the same so. I would suggest you cook your first loaf whist you’re in the house. It’s cooked when you tap the bottom and it sounds hollow same as cooking bread in the oven.

The big question you are all going to ask is calories or syns this is impossible to answer as it’s going to depend on the bread mix you use and how many slices you cut it into.

Below are some types of bread mixes you will find in most susupermarkets these images are from Tesco.

Kneading using a food processor in video below

Slow Cooker Mulled Cider

Another fantastic Christmas drink we absolutely loved this recipe and it worked well with the cider I used.

There is no right or wrong Mulled Cider recipe its just about adding whatever fruit you like some spices then some sweetness.

The amount of sugar you will need to add will depend on which cider you use for the one in the video I added 1 Tablespoon and didn’t need to add anymore.

You can use a mulled wine kit if you wish instead of messing around with spices etc. Or if you have any lemon and honey tea bags drop one of those in that will work well too.

Slow Cooker Turkey

This is the first time I have cooked a Turkey, I’m not overly keen on it and Graeme doesn’t like it either.

However every year my inbox is flooded with questions of how to do it so this year I decided as part of my Christmas Cooking sessions to bite the bullet and cook one.

For me turkey can be tasteless and dry and most recipes will start with laying bacon on the breast or pushing butter and herbs under the breast skin. I decided to ignore all of these a tried and tested methods and pop my turkey into the slow cooker.

Using a slow cooker to cook lean meats is a fantastic way to lock in moisture and stop the meat drying out so for me the ideal way to cook turkey.

Then there is the tasteless part I decided to add sweetness in the form of orange and marmalade these flavours worked really well and also helped the gravy taste amazing.

The below method can be used for any turkey joint whole, crown etc.

The Fat separator jug, slow cooker and digital meat thermometer I use are on my Amazon Shop under kitchen gadgets https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/julesthelazycook

Hot Beef Baps (Cheats Version) With Honey Glazed Carrots & Parsnips

As you will have guessed by now I’m a huge fan of cheating when it comes to cooking and i make no apologies for doing so.

When the weekend comes there are times i have just had enough of cooking and the thought of cooking a full Sunday Dinner can fill me with dread, so adding a few ingredients that just need microwaving really helps.

In this video i have used Asda beef in gravy which was lovely i have also used the Tesco beef in Gravy and its equally as good.

There is no written recipe for this as its more of an idea than a hard and fast recipe.

Tinned Potatoes to Roast Potatoes

When you run out of time and energy to cook the real things here is a fantastic hack.

Remember tinned potatoes are already cooked they just need reheating and in this case browning.

You can add any flavourings you like salt & pepper works well as a basic flavour. What you get it a crispy outer with a soft inner potato now these aren’t ever going to replace the real thing but they are a brilliant midweek alternative

Christmas Sprouts

Now as a child my mum traumatise me with her cooking of these little suckers they were boiled to death mush, even the dog wouldn’t eat them 😂

So now we take a different approach and slice or shred them and basically stir fry them to ensure they still have some crunch.

I added bacon Lardons to these but you could add pancetta. Use smoked or unsmoked whichever you like, to be honest I’m not keen on smoke bacon but the smoke Lardons worked really well with the Sprouts in this recipe.

Pine Nuts can be expensive so I will leave it to you if you want to add them or not.

I’m not a lover of cranberry sauce so I added a couple of spoonfuls of beetroot and orange chutney and it was delicious any sweet chutney will work.

The slicer chopper I’m using is on my Amazon Shop press the link it will take you there then look under kitchen gadgets https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/julesthelazycook

My Book

After many years of wanting to write a recipe book we are finally here, i have done it!

So Happy To Have Achieved This

I have self published via Amazon in Kindle Format and Paperback Format. Whilst the Kindle version was nearly painless to publish it was a different story with the paperback.

The paperback needs colour printing because of the photographs within the book and that’s where i hit a problem.  Amazon individually print every book ordered and the print cost are horrendous. Below is a screenshot of the sale from each book i will achieve  £2.50 for each sale.

At the moment i really just want whomever buys the book to enjoy it so that £2.50 isn’t hurting me as much as it should and lets remember this is my first ever book.

The paperback version has more content, more pages more about me and different serving suggestions for the recipes included.

Below are the links to buy the book in whichever format you would like it in.

KINDLE – Press  here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jules-Lazy-Cook-Fuss-Meals-ebook/dp/B08NCWT8NF/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=jules+the+lazy+cook&qid=1605279136&sr=8-1

PAPERBACK – Press here  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08NDVKK7J/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_Bu3RFbMZYDQXH

PDF – email me directly at julesthelazycook@gmail.com

Here we are with my new book Lighter Bites which is all about taking your cooking into the warmer months… the Lazy way. The book has 41 recipes and 90% are new recipes that won’t be on my website.

Once again I have self published via Amazon in Kindle and paperback format, you can also get a PDF copy from me if you wish just send me an email.

Here is the link to Lighter Bites on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B091G7DRC2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_287NQKHP8AJR647VDMJB

SLOW COOKER BEEF CURRY (PATAKS)

Love a beef curry but making one can but a bit of a ballache at times. In this recipe I have cheated to the max 🙈 but don’t let that put you off because this recipe is still super tasty but super easy.

I used Pataks curry paste to create the base of the curry let’s face it grinding up spices during the week isn’t going to happen, this cheat works really well.

In the video I have done all the added bits that create the layers of flavour, softening down the onions and browning off the beef. However I’ve also made this curry without doing any of these things and ok there is a taste difference but it’s not a deal breaker.

If you are on a tight time schedule and don’t have time to faff around just leave these extra steps out, remember this is your meal for you and your family so do whatever is best for you to get food on the table. I’m pretty sure no one died because these steps were missed out.

Chicken Stock From Carcass

How many chicken carcasses have you thrown in the bin?? if you’re anything like me probably a fair few. We are lucky as we have a family of foxes who visit so I give mine to them so nothing goes to waste.

However I thought it was about time I started using the carcass to make stock it’s such an easy process especially if using a slow cooker. Pop it in walk way let the slow cooker do all the hard work for you.

In the video you will see i used a fat separator, now I have used every method known to man to do this and to be honest they are all a ballache. Why have I not had one of these gadgets before now?? I have no idea, it takes all the hard work out of the equation and does a perfect job of removing the fat.

The separator I use is on my Amazon Shop press here https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/julesthelazycook look under kitchen gadgets.

From my batch I made 1ltr of ready to use stock, my top tip is to taste the stock once all fat is removed and check for any adjustments you may need to make. If the stock is strong in taste you may need to add more water to dilute it further also check season you may need a touch of salt & pepper.

Pesto Hack

Sick of throwing away opened jars of pesto after one or two uses?? Well here is a fantastic hack for you to stop that happening.

I freeze mine into 2 Tablespoons as there’s only 2 of us, and when I need to cook a meal with it I use it from frozen.

Creamy Chicken & Chorizo Pasta Bake

A fantastic easy midweek meal that is pure comfort food. In this recipe I have used cooked chicken, because at the beginning of the week I cooked a whole chicken in the slow cooker and this is one of the meals I used it in.

This recipe is another one where you can add in any vegetables you like and any vegetables that need using up its a really versitile meal.

For the cream cheese use any make or brand you like i used Primula as its really easy to work with and handles heat well.

TOP TIP ‼️ When making the sauce ensure there is enough to coat all the contents of the pan and extra sauce, as this dish needs to be put under the grill – this will “cook off” some of the liquid (sauce)