I love slow-cooking. There is something so comforting and wonderful about a pot simmering happily on the stove, or the aroma of something baking slowly in the oven. It is food which requires a bit of foward planning and a little bit of love, but it creates the most delicious meals imaginable. So it makes me very happy indeed to be participating in this week’s Cooking Low and Slow #SundaySupper, hosted by Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen.
I am hopelessly disorganized. so on the rare occasion that I do plan ahead enough to do some real slow cooking, I feel inordinately proud of myself. And I generally make enough to feed a small army, knowing that the opportunity may not recur again for at least a month or two. This has the added bonus that I can freeze a whole batch of whatever I have made and I know I have some nutritious, homemade ‘fast food’ during the busy week nights.
I don’t own a slow-cooker, but I find that an oven does a pretty good job of slowly cooking a casserole. I tend to make more slow-cooked dishes in the Winter, when a big bowl of stew to warm the chilly evenings is required. However, to make a dish more suited to Spring, I left my usual comfort zone of a pile of root vegetables and lentils and turned instead to a Mexican-inspired rice and bean dish.
What I like best is that there is very little washing up; just one casserole dish and a chopping board. That’s it! I make way more mess than that usually. I also love the fact that it is so cheap – rice and beans are budget staples and you can do so much with them. I’m pretty sure this entire dish cost around £5 to make, and I ended up with masses of food!
I don’t think this is the sort of recipe to follow absolutely to the letter: it is the perfect dish to experiment with, so substitute whatever beans and vegetables you fancy, or whatever you happen to have in the cupboard.
Low & Slow Breads & Starters:
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Wine Pairing Recommendations for Low & Slow Food from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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