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Casserole rescue team, quick!

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DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 23-Nov-12 14:20:10

Well, it is in the slow cooker so quick(ish) will do but WTF do I do with it? IO had some frozen casserole veg form a bag, read a few recipes so added a cider to them, didn't want to spend money so used already available form my freezer quorn sausages, beef jelly stock, few bayleaves and now what? It seems it's lacking something.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sat 24-Nov-12 17:49:03

*yes, Cogito, I will actually write it down (well, copy and paste into my notes) for never again next time. I just wanted it too be true that slow cooker meals can be tasty and hassle free sad.

Flipper you're always welcome to my cooking, erm... adventures. weak smile

Pancakeflipper Sat 24-Nov-12 13:45:29

Oh Drinkfeck - I cannot decide to cry or giggle. Our MN casserole ended up being vile.
Hope you got a takeaway or ate lots of biscuits.

<looks forward to further cookery threads by Drinkfeck>

CogitoErgoSometimes Sat 24-Nov-12 12:21:49

Cider and some white wines can be quite a pronounced, acidic flavour. Not helpful for now, I realise, but another time, if you have the same ingredients....

- Heat a little oil or butter in the pot
- Gently sautee the diced vegetables until things like onions are taking on a bit of colour as this means a better flavour.
- Add things like garlic, herbs, mustard, worcester sauce, finely chopped bacon, chilli flakes or other flavourings to taste
- Add a heaped tablespoon of plain flour and stir it into the vegetables until well combined. (Or a few ounces of red lentils)
- Add a small amount of liquid if you're using a slow-cooker... stock or stock with a little wine/cider added... 1/3 pint maximum and stir well. The vegetables will generate more juice as they cook.
- Season with plenty of pepper and some salt. (You can always add more salt at the end if you think it needs it)
- Place the meat (preferably browned) or beans in with the vegetables.
- Simmer.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sat 24-Nov-12 11:45:44

blush Was hoping no one will care remember...

I had to chuck it and I hate food wastage. In the end it had the right look and consistency but there was the fault with either the cider or the veg itself. Yes, really!!!sad

The casserole veg was from I eland and it consisted if leeks, swede, carrots a d silverskin tiny onions. it was all to acidy and even the carrots were not nice or sweet, just bland.

The cider was alcohol free one, not too bad to drink so wasn't off or anything bad maybe it didn't agree with the veg.

Pancakeflipper Sat 24-Nov-12 00:05:14

Drums fingers and wonders where is DrinkFeck? Did she drown in her liquid casserole or buried under a mountain of dumplings?

IslaValargeone Fri 23-Nov-12 16:49:21

You can also buy dumpling mix. runs off

fergoose Fri 23-Nov-12 16:44:48

kidney beans - no I don't think they will go. You can get atora suet at most supermarkets - blue & red box.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 23-Nov-12 16:36:38

Oh and where can I buy suet for the next time because I really want to know where I can buy dumplings?

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 23-Nov-12 16:35:59

Should I put kidney beans in it? It is slightly better with time...

AliceWChild Fri 23-Nov-12 15:27:49

Well my day has not been wasted grin

NettoSpookerstar Fri 23-Nov-12 15:24:58

You can use butter for dumplings, freeze, then grate it.
Half fat to flour and enough water to bind, add water very slowly/gradually.

AliceWChild Fri 23-Nov-12 15:23:25

I always have suet for such dumpling emergencies. A bad chef always blames their ingredients grin Can't help if you're ill prepared for life's suet needs.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 23-Nov-12 15:20:20

Yeah, 'cause everyone has suet knocking about in their pantry... What is it? The fifties?

AliceWChild Fri 23-Nov-12 15:16:54

And I wouldn't add salt if you've used stock cube.

AliceWChild Fri 23-Nov-12 15:15:32

Easy. 4oz self raising flour, 2oz suet. Pinch of salt. Enough water to make a dough. Bung them on top. It's 20mins in conventional oven, don't know what in slow cooker.

Pancakeflipper Fri 23-Nov-12 15:14:14

DrinkFeck - my apologies. I obviously would love to join you and the other MNetters here for dinner tonight and so honoured to be the guest taster.
Thank you and I apologise for my earlier rudeness ( I have suffered similar watery misfortunes in the slow cooker, removal of some liquid helped).

I will bring pud and pizza takeout menu just in case

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 23-Nov-12 15:12:22

How do you make dumplings? Those fluffy ones. I've no chance in the world

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 23-Nov-12 15:10:41

I nthought no salt as the stock cube will be enough?

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 23-Nov-12 15:10:18

Pancakeflipper - I did say I'm doing it for the first time, huh? You seem soooo nice, I think I'd like you here to taste it first grin.

AliceWChild Fri 23-Nov-12 14:51:02

Pulses or potatoes. And dumplings

dancinginthemoonlight Fri 23-Nov-12 14:49:31

Id put in some thyme, bay leaves, Rosemary and some mustard/ mustard powder. Cornflour will thicken it up as will putting it on the hob.. If its really watery, just serve it as a veg and sausage soup over a jacket

Catsmamma Fri 23-Nov-12 14:49:08

I'd give it a while to cook and reassess....herbs can help, fresh or dried, I'd tend to put dried ones in earlier rather than later. For goodness sake give it a decent shake of S&P.

A spoonful of balsamic vinegar can work wonders for a bit of backbone

If you are using cider a chopped apple really helps back up that sharpsweet appley thing and give a little substance.

If you are going sausagey I'd tend to stick with thyme, apple and maybe some mustard.

...and maybe echo the herbs in a dumpling for the top!

What time do we all arrive??

fergoose Fri 23-Nov-12 14:43:18

you may have too much liquid - if so remove some of it and reduce it on the hob

But it will smell totally different after a few hours anyway - I wouldn't panic yet.

Pancakeflipper Fri 23-Nov-12 14:42:46

Not coming round to yours for dinner.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 23-Nov-12 14:40:02

It just smells of cider. Ok, it's been only cookeing an hour and a half but it can of looks like veg and sausages with liquid.

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