Slow (Cooking) Sunday…

Screen shot 2014-06-08 at 7.05.13 PM Screen shot 2014-06-08 at 7.05.31 PM Screen shot 2014-06-08 at 7.05.46 PMI have not been very productive today.

There was a bit of holding forth in the kitchen this morning. I was testing out the Dream Pot, which I may have mentioned before. It’s a heavily insulated container into which you put pots of bubbling whatever, to continue cooking while you get on with other stuff. Like a slow cooker, but without needing the electricity; a modern day hay box. It comes with its own pans and lids that fit exactly, the large one in the base and the smaller one on top. In went a casserole of beef, and brown rice – beef in the bottom section, rice in the top. That was at 10.30am. This is the result. I wish I could attach an ‘aroma’ file… The casserole was perfectly cooked, tender and tasty. The rice, which had been in for the same time, was a tiny bit gluggy just on the bottom, but most if it, again, was perfect. According to the recipe book that comes with it, you can use it to make bread and cakes, set yoghurt, transport chilled or frozen stuff, etc. I’m a bit dubious about the cakes and bread; they would be steamed rather than baked. More experimentation required, I think.

Screen shot 2014-06-08 at 7.04.56 PMWe’ve got the first netting cage up. It works fine, so long as we use clothespegs to keep the edges closed together. The netting is slippery, stretchy and has a tendency to roll its edges, so in order to keep the gaps closed, it needs to be pegged together. I’m not too distressed by this; it’s a pragmatic solution to a minor problem. The weighted hem works well, with No.1 fishing weights sewn into pockets at 8cm (3″) ntervals. Another lesson is that I can make the top smaller by 20cm (8″) in both directions, since the frames lean inwards towards the top. It’s looking a bit Sleeping Beauty out there, if you see what I mean! And I was just too lazy to get down on the floor and cut out another load of netting. I have some  trellis construction to do in the other two beds first, in any case: at the back of one for the snow peas and a double row in the other for tomato supports. And it was raining…

Definitely a good excuse for a quiet day, wouldn’t you say?





9 thoughts on “Slow (Cooking) Sunday…

  1. … a 4-poster for your veg – how posh is that!?!

  2. tialys says:

    It’s been so hot here today I couldn’t look a casserole in the face (although I managed some crispy duck) but that looks like an interesting piece of of kitchen equipment. I shall await the results of further experimentation on your part.

    • katechiconi says:

      Down to a frigid (for us, that is) 18C yesterday… The good thing about it is that you can put it anywhere so it doesn’t clutter up the benchtop like a slow cooker.

  3. A four-poster bed for vegetables!

  4. Kirsten says:

    Steamed cakes – think of all the traditional puddings you could make (treacle sponge, jam roly-poly, not to mention a decent Christmas pud) . .

    • katechiconi says:

      Get thee behind me, Satan! Having just topped an extremely large number on the scales today, I have taken the decision that Something Must Be Done. That will involve a complete absence of cakes, bickies, thick slices of bread and honey, steamed puddings. At least, for now….

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