Don and Katie-Ellen, my sweet friends from the Lake District, are over for a few days. It has been a long trip for them, about six hours of driving, so they are exhausted and need to be pampered. They’re staying in a hotel close to the beach. Later today they will come over to my house for a meal.
So, I’m thinking about how to make things a little easy for myself as well… My friend Gail is singing praise of her slow cooker. She has three of them. A small one, a medium sized one and a , yes. Now this week department store Wroes was offering slow cookers for a discount price. Luckily I have collected some Wroes points, which means even a bigger discount. Therefore I’m the proud owner of a 4,5 litre slow cooker since late Monday.
It’s still standing in my kitchen though, in its box, on the sink. So… This morning I really have to take the plunge. Use the cooker and prepare a nice meal for Katie-Ellen and Don, something that can simmer for hours and will be ready later this afternoon. Let’s get the thing out of the box. Boy, that’s a heavy pot. Straight away I feel this muscle in my back. Ouch.
Better do some yoga exercises first. I’m googling back pain:
Lying on your back, bend both knees with the feet flat on the ground. Bend the right knee like a figure four, with the outer left ankle to the right thigh. Lift the left foot into the air, bringing the left calf parallel to the ground. Thread your right hand between the opening of the legs and interlace your hands behind your left thigh. Hold 2-3 minutes and then repeat on the other side.
… Okay, back is feeling a bit better now, let’s go back to the kitchen. What does the instruction manual say…
– Do not use the slow cooker when it’s empty – of course.
– Use the handles and the knobs – fair enough.
– Wash the pot before first use in soapy water – oh, okay – with a sponge or dish cloth – well, that’s for me to decide, thank you.
And then something only in French, what’s it saying… defendre de …What? Oh, don’t cook directly in de base pot, use the ceramic pot – well, do I look so stupid…
– Place the food and other ingredients into the ceramic pot , and place the pot into the base.
The food?? Oh, of course. I need to find a recipe about food…