Chocolate Zucchini Cake in a Slow Cooker

We've still got an overabundance of zucchini from the garden and while trying to come up with new ways to use it all I stumbled upon baking… in a crock pot. I never would have thought this would work, but I'm so glad it does. With a slow cooker (a.k.a. crock pot) you don't have to keep an eye on it like you do with an oven. You just pour the batter in, go off to do something else and come back 2 hours later – ideal! The cake is moist and divine… well, what dish with chocolate is not divine? Read more »

Crock Pot Chickpeas

Chickpeas are arguably the most delicious and versatile of all the legume family. They have enormous health benefits too. Using a crock pot is simply the easiest way to cook chickpeas (garbanzo beans), but the main reason I cook my chickpeas in a slow cooker is that they come out so beautifully tender. Once you've had chickpeas cooked this way you won't want to go back to canned chickpeas from the supermarket. Read more »

This thick, hearty stew can make a filling meal all on it's own, or can be served with warmed pita bread, dipped in olive oil and salt. Or, if you're feeling really hungry, a thick slice of homemade wholemeal bread, toasted and served with butter or olive oil. It's a great winter warmer, but I love it even in the summer, or anytime I'm craving a protein hit. Read more »

When I first saw this recipe I couldn't imagine it making a nice apple crumble. I thought the crockpot would turn it all into a apple porridge type mush. But my curiosity got the best of me before too long and I gave it a try. I was delighted to find that you can make a beautiful apple crumble in a crockpot! The crumble comes out crisp and crumbly, the apples are cooked beautifully, and since you're cooking in a crockpot it couldn't be easier. Read more »