Thursday, May 6, 2010

A good ole load of crock

Apart from writing, one of my favourite things is cooking, so I couldn't possibly pass up the opportunity to see culinary queen Allyson Gofton at the Dunedin Public Library. She was here to promote her latest book Slow, which as the name suggests gives recipes for the slow cooker or crock pot.

It was a fabulous and informative talk, made all the more special by the fact Allyson's Mum had only died three weeks ago, and many of the recipes in the book were from family food she used to cook - Allyson got the brave trooper award. Allyson's Mum, Ivy, was given an orange coloured crock pot by her dad, Max, in the 1970's - hey, it was the seventies, it had to be orange, didn't it?

I'm looking forward to trying out some of the recipes, really looking forward to it, because one downside to our lovely new home is the oven - it's hopeless!!! I'm thinking the ole crock pot is going to get a lot more use.

I'm going to give the unfortunate oven the ultimate test tomorrow - I'm going to get brave and bake a cake - I'm not overly optimistic about the result... I'll keep you posted.


Erin said...

Let me know if there are any major hits with the new cookbook. I've got "B-B-Q Spoonburgers" in our slowcooker at the moment (basically just like sloppy joes).

Vanda Symon said...

Hah, Erin, your Americaness is showing, because I have no idea what a Sloppy Joe is!

Kristine said...

I had few cookbooks and i want to try every dish on it's content. I have tried cooking using a cookbook but sometimes the instructions were not that clear. I hope to find a good cookbook.