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Antony Worrall Thompson joining us to answer your questions on slow cooking - Tuesday 18th January between 1 - 2 pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Jan-11 10:58:28

Antony Worrall Thompson is our guest next Tuesday lunchtime when he's going to be answering questions on how to get the most out of your slow cooker as well as giving us tips on how to prepare some delicious one-pot dishes either in a slow cooker or a casserole - just the thing for these cold wintry nights.

He will also be preparing one of the recipes from his new book Slow Cooking which we will film and show in Mumsnet Recipes. The webchat will run between 1 and 2pm so put the date in your diary and if you can't join us next Tuesday but have a question you'd like to put to Antony, post it to this thread.

LoveBeingADaddysGirl Thu 13-Jan-11 11:03:13


what can I cook in my slow cooker that's not a boring chick tombased stew (prefer no bones)?

And a checky second question which celeb chef would you like to see slowcooked?


NumptyMum Thu 13-Jan-11 14:08:53

Can you do whole chicken in a slow cooker? I do lots of casserole-type recipes that I love and which are great for the kids, but sometimes it's nice to cook plain meat to then use in a variety of things (and make stock from the leftovers/bones). I'd really like to be able to cook moist chicken rather than the dried out roast from my fan oven. My mum in the past made the most amazing chicken in her pressure-cooker; is it possible in a slow cooker?

SecretNutellaFix Thu 13-Jan-11 14:22:13

I'm always a bit concerned about the amount of liquid to use.
Do you find that the majority of recipes say to use too much liquid? Or is the reason my food is runny because I have the cooker on too long. What tips would you give, as I have to leave mine on for 9hrs+ due to working day and no way of getting home at lunchtime to switch it on then.

arentfanny Thu 13-Jan-11 14:23:14

Oh bugger, I am working that day, I have is new book out of the library, will have a peruse and ask a question, it probably won't get answered by hey ho.

NatalieCallaghan Thu 13-Jan-11 14:48:20

Odd question. I am on a plan which doesn't allow me to mix root veg with my chicken, so I was wondering whether I could put a whole chicken into the slow cooker WITHOUT liquid? I assume it would still come out as tender and juicy?

mummyplonk Thu 13-Jan-11 14:51:19

Are there any Fish/Seafood stews that are safe to cook slowly, we love fish but I dont want to poison anyone?

abgirl Thu 13-Jan-11 17:18:41

Can you give some advice on which pulses etc to use and how to do it safely? I never know which I need to pre-cook if dried so only tend to bung in lentilsconfused

jonicomelately Thu 13-Jan-11 17:26:18


Bless your little cotton socks MNHQ for listening to us smile

My question is do you have a recipe which is posh and impressive enough to serve to friends?

Thanks Anthony smile

rr16 Thu 13-Jan-11 19:30:24


I'd love a slow cooker recipe for any kind of curry.

Many thanks xXx

arentfanny Thu 13-Jan-11 21:01:04

Just done the recipe for partridges but adapted it slightly with pheasants and it was delicious, going to try the squid one on Saturday.

aristocat Thu 13-Jan-11 22:32:37

hello Antony

i would like a chicken curry recipe too, the hotter and spicier the better grin

thank you!

lagrandissima Fri 14-Jan-11 07:26:38

I'd like advice on what to do with whole joints of meat. I'm nervous about cooking pork particularly in the slow cooker, as I can't believe the 'high' setting is high enough to cook the meat thoroughly. How do you do it? Ideally I'd like the meat to fall apart in threads, yummy.

chimchar Fri 14-Jan-11 07:35:54

hello mr awt!

any tips on adapting cooking times so that i can do "normal" recipes in my slowcooker?

also, any favorite child friendly slowcooker dishes please?

thank you!

melikalikimaka Fri 14-Jan-11 16:59:48

have you got a simple beef/lamb/pork/chicken stew/casserole for me that doesn't have any fancy ingredients that I have to hunt around the shops for.Normal stuff in my cupboards! It's got to be tried,tested and yummy. It's not too much to ask!

1234ThumbScrew Fri 14-Jan-11 17:03:48


Can you give us some recipes that don't involve browning or any frying before putting in the slow cooker. I'd like to bung the ingredients in, turn it on and go.

utterlyslutterly Fri 14-Jan-11 17:19:46

Have a slow cooker which I love, but since buying my pressure cooker I haven't gone back to the slow cooking.

My question is, why don't any of the celeb chefs recognise the sheer fantasticness of the 70's pressure cooker? Its such a green way to cook (less energy needed) and I have yet to eat a tastier bœuf bourguignon. But can I find a non-american pressure cooker recipe book - I cannot! There is a book and AWT branded pressure cooker opportunity here, and I only expect a few thousand quids for the idea! wink

MyLifeIsChaotic Sat 15-Jan-11 09:50:53

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HattiFattner Sat 15-Jan-11 09:51:33

how to cook beef in a slow cooker? No matter how long I cook it, its never as good as cooking it in the oven.

Oh and how to thicken sauces in a slow cooker?

KPee Sat 15-Jan-11 11:21:19

Please tell me where I can get his lovely gravey stock from, because EVIL tescos has stopped stocking it.angry

gibbberish Sat 15-Jan-11 12:12:31

Ooo how lovely! Hello antony!

Have your 'real family food' book and love it! (Your portion sizes are HUGE!) I have adapted some of the recipes to make in my slow cooker. (Have your dublin coddle in my slow cooker as I type. Yummm)

My question is about cooking recipes with rice in the slow cooker. I make a lamb pilaf which is delish and the recipe says to add the rice to the slow cooker half an hour before the meat finishes cooking. However I find that the rice is still hard after 30 mins. But I don't want to overdo the rice either as that will ruin the meal too

How long would you suggest I cook the rice for or do you think it should be cooked on the hob then mixed in with the meat?

Sorry for the long ramble for such a simple question!

arentfanny Sat 15-Jan-11 13:07:30

Any more pheasant recipes for the slow cooker, I have about 20 of them in the freezer.

dreamingofsun Sat 15-Jan-11 13:10:32

another request for family recipes for busy mums that don't need lots of preparation, or lots of obscure ingredients. i'm bored of the usual stews and curry and need new inspiration please.

love your family cooking book and also the weekend one

CMOTdibbler Sat 15-Jan-11 14:41:50

Do you have any good dumpling recipes that are gluten free ?

MollieO Sat 15-Jan-11 17:07:18

Recipes look excellent but why all the staring at the camera holiday snap photography?

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