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Slow Cooker End of Season Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings and a Giveaway #66

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

Dinner, Giveaway, Leftovers, Vegan | 21st November 2015 | By

I was lucky enough to grow up with an Aga in the house. This meant plenty of slow cooked meals. There’s something about slow cooking that really brings out the flavours and melds them into something richer and more flavoursome than the sum of the parts. These days, I only have an ordinary electric cooker, so I don’t tend to do much of that sort of cooking. At least I didn’t until I was sent a Von Shef slow cooker to try out. Those delicious childhood stews called to me and I knew I was very soon going to make a slow cooker vegetable stew.

This VonShef Digital Slow Cooker from Domu, is simple to use and easy to clean. I was a little concerned I might not get it right first time, but I should have known better; I already have a VonShef 3-in-1 blender, which I use all the time. In my experience, Domu stock reliable products at an affordable price. The slow cooker instructions were clear and the execution easy. It has three heat settings and a digital timer. The shiny black crockery pot is quite handsome in its own right and is the embodiment of a slow cook casserole dish.  The toughened glass lid allows you to easily see what’s going on inside. It’s a large 6.5 litre pot with plenty of capacity for joints of meat and loads of vegetables. Being a vegetarian, I opted for the latter. It’s ideal for large families, for batch cooking and freezing and for entertaining.   There is something deeply reassuring about going out to work, safe in the knowledge there will be a piping hot and delicious meal waiting for you on your return.

If this appeals, have a go at your very own pot luck with the Von Shef Digital Slow Cooker giveaway below. Christmas is coming, in case you hadn’t noticed and a slow cooker is a great way to recycle all those Christmas leftovers. With a RRP of £49.99, it’s good value for money and even better, Domu are currently offering it for £29.99.

End of Season Vegetables

It’s pretty much the end of the season down at the plot and a good time to use up the odds and ends from the garden. Shelled runner beans and wonky carrots that would never make it to the supermarket will do very nicely in a slow cooker vegetable stew. In fact the only vegetable that went into the stew that we hadn’t grown ourselves was the onion. The wonderful thing about garden stews, is that you can add pretty much whatever you like to them. So chuck in your beetroots, celeriac or swedes and feel free to add some kale or cabbage into the mix too.

I do like a good dumpling with a stew. Often I add cheese to mine, but this time, I decided to keep the dish dairy free and vegan by way of a change. So instead of adding cheese, I added some mushrooms  instead.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

The smells wafting up from the kitchen were so enticing, I had to refrain from rushing down and taking the lid of to give an addictive stir. Not recommended as you want to retain as much of the heat as possible while cooking is in progress. My slow cooker vegetable stew was rich and flavoursome, further enhanced by the mushroom dumplings. In all the excitement of my slow cooker extravaganza, I forgot to add the baking powder to the dumplings, so they were not quite as light as they should have been, but were still very tasty.

As I’d made enough for at six people, I was planning on putting some away in the freezer for a rainy day. Seeing as the weather was thoroughly wet and miserable anyway, we ended up feasting on it for the next two nights.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings
Serves 6
A slow cooked vegan vegetable stew using all the odds and ends from the late autumn plot. Mushroom dumplings complement this already rich and flavoursome dish.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
7 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
7 hr 20 min
Stew
  1. 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  2. 1 large onion
  3. 300g carrots - scrubbed
  4. 600g potatoes - scrubbed
  5. 500g prepared marrow or squash
  6. 200g shelled beans (I used runner beans)
  7. 3-4 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  8. 1 red chilli - finely chopped (deseeded if you don't want it too hot)
  9. 2 bay leaves
  10. sprig of rosemary
  11. 3 sprigs of thyme
  12. 1 scant tsp sea salt
  13. 250ml tomato passata
  14. 250ml red wine
  15. 400ml water
Dumplings
  1. 100g wholemeal flour
  2. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 50g vegetarian suet
  4. 1 field mushroom (or 50g any mushrooms) - finely chopped
  5. pinch of sea salt - I used Cornish sea salt of course
  6. a grind of pepper
Stew
  1. Pour the oil into the bottom of the slow cooker, then scatter the onions over.
  2. Roughly chop all of the veg and add to the pot.
  3. Add the herbs, garlic and chilli and sprinkle on the salt.
  4. Add the passata, wine and water.
  5. Cover and set the cooker to slow for 7 hours.
Dumplings
  1. Stir the ingredients together with a flat bladed knife.
  2. Add just enough water to bind them together, using the knife all the while.
  3. Take walnut size pieces and roll into balls - I made 11, but you could easily get 12.
  4. Take the lid of the slow cooker about an hour before it's due to stop. Give it a stir and place the dumplings over the top. Replace the lid and leave well alone until the cooking cycle has finished.
Notes
  1. Substitute whatever vegetables you happen to have on hand for the ones listed here.
  2. If you want to include dumplings, you'll need to add them about an hour before the end of the cooking time.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
 You will find plenty of delicious recipe ideas over on the Domu slow cooker recipe hub. Mine should soon be one of them.

Meat Free MondaysI’m sending this vegan slow cooker vegetable stew to Jac over at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.

 

 

Extra Veg LogoIt would be hard to cram in any Extra Veg so this also goes to Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Michelle at Utterly Scrummy Food for Families.

 

 

Slow Cooked Challenge LogoThis also goes to the Slow Cooked Challenge with Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen and Lucy at Baking Queen.

 

 

No Waste Food Challenge badgeAs many people would put the wonky carrots, overgrown courgettes and giant runner beans in the compost, I’m sending this off to It’s Not Easy Being Greedy for the No Waste Food Challenge normally hosted at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

 

 

Vegetable Palette LogoThis month’s Vegetable Palette is the colour white and as I had lots of lovely white runner beans, as well as potatoes, I’m sending this off to Shaheen at A2K – A Seasonal Veg Table.

 

Cooking with HerbsAnd with the bay, rosemary and thyme in this wonderful vegetable stew, it also goes to Karen at Lavender and Lovage for Cooking with Herbs.

Other slow cooker recipes you might like

Thanks to Domu for the slow cooker. There was no requirement to write a positive review and as always all opinions are my own.

Slow Cooker Giveaway
Domu is kindly offering one Tin and Thyme reader an exclusive VonShef 6.5L Digital Slow Cooker with a RRP of £49.99. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. Von Shef Slow Cooker
 Prizes are offered and provided by Domu and Tin and Thyme accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party. Tin and Thyme reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice.
 
Closing date is Sunday 20 December 2015 
 
Do take a look at my giveaways page to see if there’s anything else you’d like to enter.
 

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Tracey Peach
    21st November 2015

    I would most like to curl up on the sofa & read my book 🙂

  2. Leave a Reply

    Fiona K
    21st November 2015

    The activity I would like to do is crochet. I have recently taken this up again after my granddaughter was born. There are so many cute baby clothes to make, it’s hard to decide what to make next. I’m currently engaged on a little bolero for her to wear at Christmas.

  3. Leave a Reply

    Tracy K Nixon
    21st November 2015

    At the moment it would be getting on with my cross stitched Christmas cards!

  4. Leave a Reply

    Cathy @ Planet Veggie
    21st November 2015

    Oh man, this looks just the thing for this weather! I too love dumplings but have only ever had them plain. I think I’ll follow your lead and add mushrooms next time.

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      Choclette
      21st November 2015

      Thanks Cathy. Definitely to be recommended, only don’t forget the baking powder like I did 😉

  5. Leave a Reply

    Carolyn Montgomery
    21st November 2015

    Relaxing with a good book and glass of wine

  6. Leave a Reply

    Gill
    21st November 2015

    I’d like to read the paper all the way through with a cup of coffee!

  7. Leave a Reply

    Angela McDonald
    21st November 2015

    I’d love to be curled up with a book having some ‘me time’ whilst it’s bubbling away!

  8. Leave a Reply

    iain maciver
    21st November 2015

    I would head out for a cycle on the bike

  9. Leave a Reply

    laura banks
    21st November 2015

    probably chill and watch a good film or maybe read a book

  10. Leave a Reply

    Margaret Clarkson
    21st November 2015

    I would have a nice cup of tea and read a good book.

  11. Leave a Reply

    Daniel Pickard
    21st November 2015

    I would set it off in the morning before the kids go off to school and me to work, then we could come home to a lovely stew and warm ourselves up as it is freezing outside at the moment.

  12. Leave a Reply

    Helen Thurston
    21st November 2015

    Have a couple of uninterrupted hours researching my family history 🙂

  13. Leave a Reply

    ann goody
    21st November 2015

    I love to have a mega read, a good book along with plenty of brews…….strong tea!

  14. Leave a Reply

    Katie skeoch
    21st November 2015

    Catching up on some Netflix while having a cuppa

  15. Leave a Reply

    Debbie Skerten
    21st November 2015

    I like to curl up on my chair in front of the log burner and read a good book.

  16. Leave a Reply

    kim neville
    21st November 2015

    Watch a film with the family or do one of my exercise dvds 🙂

  17. Leave a Reply

    Chris Andrews
    21st November 2015

    What activity would you most like to do whilst your slow cooker is bubbling away . . . . . . play time with my grandsons

  18. Leave a Reply

    bev
    21st November 2015

    Sit down with a good book and a cup of tea – bliss for half an hour.

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      Choclette
      21st November 2015

      Thanks Roz – they were a revelation and will be made again for sure 🙂

  19. Leave a Reply

    Paul Scotland
    21st November 2015

    I would partake in a glass of wine

  20. Leave a Reply

    RUTH ROBINSON
    21st November 2015

    excersizing doing hula hooping

  21. Leave a Reply

    Karen Hughes
    21st November 2015

    I would do some yoga,love it!

  22. Leave a Reply

    Megan Kinsey
    21st November 2015

    It depends what state the house is in! Would be a good opportunity to catch up on a bit of cleaning or ironing. But if all that’s done then would be nice to catch up with a good book and a cup of tea, or wrap some Christmas presents!

  23. Leave a Reply

    Chris Davies
    21st November 2015

    Go to work! Earn some money, and come home to a delicious meal! 😀

  24. Leave a Reply

    Paul Sahl
    21st November 2015

    Have a coffee and read for a while.

  25. Leave a Reply

    Lucy Parissi
    21st November 2015

    What an awesome stew! Published a very similar one recently actually but the mushroom dumplings are an excellent idea. I think i need to try those very soon. Yummed!

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      Choclette
      21st November 2015

      Thanks Lucy. Your stew looked super, though I never quite think a stew is complete without dumplings 😉

  26. Leave a Reply

    @iDreamInCustard
    21st November 2015

    Dumplings! That’s what makes the perfect stew. Vegetarian recipes are sadly given too little limelight in all the “winter warmer” features so it’s good to see you providing little inspiration. Like the mushroom twist on the dumplings.
    I normally relax whilst cooking, so if the slow cooker was taking care of that then I guess I’d have more time to concentrate on some festive baking. And if the oven’s off-limits? I’ve got Hamelman’s ‘Bread’ just delivered and I won’t learn without some serious study time.

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      Choclette
      21st November 2015

      Ah, thank you Claire. Dumplings are definitely the clincher when it comes to stews and the mushroom ones were a revelation 🙂 Good luck with the giveaway 🙂

  27. Leave a Reply

    lisa
    21st November 2015

    Mushroom dumplings?!? Why haven’t I had these before?! Definitely going to give this a go it sounds amazing! x

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      Choclette
      21st November 2015

      I was wondering pretty much the same thing Lisa – really glad I got a bit experimental 😉

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      Choclette
      21st November 2015

      Thanks Angie, the stew was really good, but the dumplings were the icing on the cake, so to speak 😉

  28. Leave a Reply

    kellyjo walters
    21st November 2015

    prob housework or jobs around the house, the usual housewife stuff

  29. Leave a Reply

    Alison Macdonald
    21st November 2015

    Can’t beat a good soak in a scented bubble bath 🙂

  30. Leave a Reply

    Janice
    21st November 2015

    That sounds absolutely gorgeous. I love the mushroom dumplings, thanks for joining us for the Slow Cooked Challenge.

  31. Leave a Reply

    Rose Elise
    21st November 2015

    What I WANT to do is read the new novel I got, but instead I would have to read some academic books for my degree!

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      Choclette
      22nd November 2015

      Oh I feel your pain Rose. Truth told I rarely get the time to read these days and I really miss it.

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      Choclette
      22nd November 2015

      Absolutely Dom, I suspect the Viking might rather like them too 😉

  32. Leave a Reply

    Darrell
    21st November 2015

    I’d love to be riding on my BMX through the nearby forest. Gets me some fresh air and keeps me fit 🙂

  33. Leave a Reply

    pete c
    21st November 2015

    I`d like to be thinking what kind of dessert I`d conjure up, to go with the main course

  34. Leave a Reply

    melanie stirling
    21st November 2015

    I’d like to be sat in my comfy chair,reading a good book.

  35. Leave a Reply

    Spencer Broadley
    21st November 2015

    Be lazy watching some comedy with some beers and small snacks until the cooker has done all.

  36. Leave a Reply

    Amanda Richardson
    22nd November 2015

    go out cycling if it’s not raining

  37. Leave a Reply

    Lynsey Buchanan
    22nd November 2015

    I would be getting on with my cleaning & ironing.

  38. Leave a Reply

    Michaela Hannah
    22nd November 2015

    I’d love to sit down with a cuppa and a good book but in reality i’d probably be tidying up!

  39. Leave a Reply

    Stephen Harris
    22nd November 2015

    It would give me the opportunity to Keep a beady eye on my 13 month old who gets up to all kinds of trouble lol

  40. Leave a Reply

    shaheen
    22nd November 2015

    I’d probably catch up on some house-work, house work never ends. But If I do win this slow cooker, it would be a gift for a family member.

  41. Leave a Reply

    Anthony G
    22nd November 2015

    Probably the online equivalent to window shopping (cyber shopping?) – simply endless browsing, taking note of all the wonderful things I’d LIKE to buy (if I had the money!)

  42. Leave a Reply

    Sheena Widdowfield
    22nd November 2015

    Go on a nice long walk with my husband and border collie 🙂

  43. Leave a Reply

    Suzanne O'Neill
    22nd November 2015

    CATCH UP WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY

  44. Leave a Reply

    Laura Pritchard
    22nd November 2015

    I’d read my book.

  45. Leave a Reply

    Nicola S
    22nd November 2015

    Take my dogs for a long walk in the countryside. I would have a lovely dinner waiting for me .

  46. Leave a Reply

    Nancy Loring
    22nd November 2015

    I will be running after 3 year old twins all day long.

  47. Leave a Reply

    Judith Allen
    22nd November 2015

    Not sure about activity, I’m always ready for a nap. Pesky MS. But I would give this to my vegan daughter and I know she has plenty to do. Dancing, practicing her bass guitar, working, not sure when she sleeps. Oh, to be young.

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    Samantha Loughlin
    22nd November 2015

    Lovely soak in the bath xxx

  49. Leave a Reply

    Angela treadway
    22nd November 2015

    Mop my floors, put washing away…countless chores whilst this cooks for me x

  50. Leave a Reply

    aj
    22nd November 2015

    well that would be telling! I might get banned from your blog if I actually told yer!

  51. Leave a Reply

    Sharon H
    22nd November 2015

    I’d love to call my best friend who now lives down south, we never seem to have the time to really catch up.

  52. Leave a Reply

    Jo Hutchinson
    22nd November 2015

    Do part of a jigsaw puzzle, I always have on the go. I never would have thought of mushrooms dumplings, how inspired!.

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      Choclette
      23rd November 2015

      Oh I love jigsaws and when I’ve lived in a house with enough room I always had one on the go too. Sadly, no room in our current house.

  53. Leave a Reply

    Laura Nice
    22nd November 2015

    Probably tidy the house!

  54. Leave a Reply

    Tamsin Dean
    23rd November 2015

    read more of the books I end up buying that my partner doesn’t know about. lol

  55. Leave a Reply

    Ruth Harwood
    23rd November 2015

    reading blogs, especially yours 😉 xx

  56. Leave a Reply

    ROBERT MCINTOSH
    23rd November 2015

    I would spend the time in the garden getting more crops ready to fill the cooker over the nest few months!

  57. Leave a Reply

    Julie Tift
    23rd November 2015

    I could visit the farm shop to select the ingredients for the next undertaking.

  58. Leave a Reply

    Karen Hughes
    23rd November 2015

    Have a fun filled family day out! Then on arrival home when we are exhausted, dinner is ready!

  59. Leave a Reply

    Michael Rattray
    24th November 2015

    Relax and do nothing

  60. Leave a Reply

    Jess Howliston
    24th November 2015

    I would like to put my feet up with a hot chocolate and catch up on an episode of Masterchef! However I am most likely to be found chasing a toddler around and picking raisins from my hair lol! x

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    Natalie Crossan
    24th November 2015

    Relaxing with a glass of wine xx

  62. Leave a Reply

    Paul Bradley
    25th November 2015

    Switch on my turntables, play a few hours of classic ska and reggae, just in time for a nice stew!

  63. Leave a Reply

    Kat Lucas
    26th November 2015

    I would love to finish some of the projects I have going for gifts such as a blanket I am working on and it has to be done by Christmas

  64. Leave a Reply

    tracey ryder
    26th November 2015

    play on my laptop

  65. Leave a Reply

    Karen Richards
    26th November 2015

    Catch up with my ironing.

  66. Leave a Reply

    Helen Metcalfe
    27th November 2015

    Bake a cake or read a book

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      Helen Metcalfe
      27th November 2015

      meant to add to last comment, both activities are long overdue!

  67. Leave a Reply

    Zach Ohmite Hudson
    28th November 2015

    A nap in front of the woodburner – ZZzzzzzz

  68. Leave a Reply

    Gwyn Sharps
    28th November 2015

    I’d go downstairs and do some meditation in my chill out room.

  69. Leave a Reply

    claire woods
    28th November 2015

    I’d like to have a nice relaxing bath

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    Lesley Bambridge
    28th November 2015

    I would love to read a good book, and just savour the wonderful aroma, and relax while the dinner looks after itself. Bliss

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    Isabel O
    29th November 2015

    Hmm that’s a tricky one. Either read a book from my huge to read pile, or watch the entire four seasons of the new version of Battlestar Galactica again (again again!) 🙂

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    Kim Styles
    29th November 2015

    Bake some blueberry muffins mmmm for pudding

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    Diane Carey
    29th November 2015

    I would like to be having a long workout on my Wii Fit board. I haven’t used it in ages. I need to lose the weight that I have put on this year whilst I have been poorly. Then I can go buy some new clothes for winter

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    charlotte
    29th November 2015

    i’d get a lovely cuppa and watch some tele 🙂

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    Diana Cotter
    30th November 2015

    A walk on a crisp Winter’s evening, when the stars are bright, then coming in to the delicious aromas of a bubbling beef casserole waiting for me.

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    Sarah James
    30th November 2015

    Your stew looks delicious Choclette. I love the sound of those mushroom dumplings, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Choclette
      1st December 2015

      Thanks Sarah. Those mushroom dumplings are my new favourite thing 🙂

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    Matt McAndrew
    30th November 2015

    I would walk my dog because he cannot go very long without demanding a walk. The annoying little git!

  78. Leave a Reply

    Georgina davies
    30th November 2015

    i would like to sit down for ten minutes and put my feel up with a glass of wine lol x

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    Diane Jackson
    1st December 2015

    You will usually find me washing, ironing, shopping or cleaning while my slow cooker is bubbling away 😉

  80. Leave a Reply

    milli
    2nd December 2015

    I’d study my cookery book ready for the next delight!

  81. Leave a Reply

    Lindsay Taylor
    4th December 2015

    I’d like a bit of me time but the reality would be taxi driver to my 3 boys to and from their sports!

  82. Leave a Reply

    mama syder
    5th December 2015

    Brilliant giveaway. I would so love to be getting on with painting my nails

  83. Leave a Reply

    kimberley ryan
    5th December 2015

    spend the time playing dinosaurs or trains with my children

  84. Leave a Reply

    Kerry Lock
    5th December 2015

    Quality play time with the kids would be first on my agenda

  85. Leave a Reply

    Michelle Hughes
    6th December 2015

    If im honest I’m normally at work whilst its going away at home – the smell I walk into is divine

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    Jon Sellers
    6th December 2015

    Do a few miles on the exercise bike to burn off a few calories

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    felicity smith
    6th December 2015

    I would be curled up with one of those books that have been sitting waiting all year

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    Lili
    7th December 2015

    I’d spend some time birdwatching from my kitchen wondow. At this time of year so many different birds visit the sunflower hearts feeder, including nuthatches & redpolls. I never seem to have time to sit and enjoy them.

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      Choclette
      7th December 2015

      Do find a bit of time to watch the birds if you can Lili, they are such wonderful little things.

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    Julie Ward
    9th December 2015

    Enter comps like this online while listening to some xmas song on the music channels

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    don erwood
    9th December 2015

    I would make a venison stew with it and have it ready for when I get home

  91. Leave a Reply

    Louise Clarke
    10th December 2015

    you have got to have a stew, with dumplings and i cant wait to try these mushroom ones!

  92. Leave a Reply

    Emma Fox
    11th December 2015

    I would play a board game with my son and read a chapter of my book!

  93. Leave a Reply

    Hannah Igoe
    11th December 2015

    Glass of wine and a good book – its so rare I get to read!

  94. Leave a Reply

    Alica
    12th December 2015

    I think I would catch up on my reading! It has been a while! 🙂

  95. Leave a Reply

    ashleigh allan
    12th December 2015

    have a relaxing bath

  96. Leave a Reply

    John Frost
    12th December 2015

    Put my feet up with a big glass of wine

  97. Leave a Reply

    lynn neal
    13th December 2015

    I would probably do some sewing!

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    Tracy
    13th December 2015

    The stew looks great – not being a fan of mushrooms I probably would go for the cheese option you normally use – the perfect dish for this kind of weather. Thanks for entering into the no waste food challenge – the round up is finally live, so sorry it took so long!

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    odette
    13th December 2015

    I get home very late from work so I would go to the gym whilst the slow cooker makes dinner.

  100. Leave a Reply

    Michelle O'Neill
    15th December 2015

    a nice long soak x

  101. Leave a Reply

    Louise Watts
    16th December 2015

    I’ve been trying to get into the habit of doing quick sketches and keeping a daily pictorial journal so that would be my choice of activity while waiting for the slow cook!

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      Choclette
      16th December 2015

      What a fab idea. I’m rubbish at drawing, but would love to be able to do something like that Louise.

  102. Leave a Reply

    Suzanne
    16th December 2015

    It would be great to set aside time to read.

  103. Leave a Reply

    Laura Jeffs
    16th December 2015

    I normally do a bit of household chores, but at times also sit at my pc and do some internet surfing 😉

  104. Leave a Reply

    Aidan Clark
    16th December 2015

    Curl up by the fire with tea and my cats.

  105. Leave a Reply

    Lisa Everaert
    16th December 2015

    relax and read a good book.

  106. Leave a Reply

    debbie smith
    16th December 2015

    have a good natter and a brew and biscuit with my best friend lisa x

  107. Leave a Reply

    Soph H
    16th December 2015

    Binge watch a good boxset on Netflix with a few cups of tea and maybe a biscuit!

  108. Leave a Reply

    Rebecca Williams
    16th December 2015

    I would like to read a few chapters of my book, while drinking a nice cup of tea.

  109. Leave a Reply

    Louise Smith
    16th December 2015

    Spend time playing games with my daughter

  110. Leave a Reply

    Emma Nixon
    16th December 2015

    I would make the most of a bit of spare time and enjoy myself. Make a cuppa tea and relax with a good tv boxset. Lazy but fun!

  111. Leave a Reply

    Fiona K
    16th December 2015

    Watch a good film with my feet up

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    Lorna Jayne Kennedy
    16th December 2015

    That would depend who else was in the house! If the kids are around I would spend quality time with them, but if I was on my own I would definitely make it “me time”. No chores – I’d probably have a good pamper and relax.

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    Mark Palmer
    16th December 2015

    Read a good book and catch up on some sleep

  114. Leave a Reply

    Zenath
    16th December 2015

    I would curled up on my sofa and put my favourite film on!

  115. Leave a Reply

    sian hallewell
    16th December 2015

    Reading a good book

  116. Leave a Reply

    Claire Ross
    16th December 2015

    This recipe looks so yummy 😀 I would love to have my own slow cooker to try it out 😀

  117. Leave a Reply

    Claire Bodin
    16th December 2015

    Go out for a run while my meat cooking lovely

  118. Leave a Reply

    christine shelley
    16th December 2015

    Im heading for the pc to do some advent comps

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    Terri Collins
    16th December 2015

    I love the idea that I can get on with jobs around the house like washing and changing the bed, while a nice healthy meal is cooking without lots of effort 🙂

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    Penny H
    16th December 2015

    I’d go into my craftroom and make some pretty cards while my food was bubbling away.

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    paul martin
    16th December 2015

    we all love to sit around and watch a christmas classic on tv its a family tradition

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    Sarah Mackay
    16th December 2015

    The dreaded task of wrapping up all of the Christmas presents

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    Sarah Rees
    16th December 2015

    watch a film with some chocolate

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    Marc Chivers
    16th December 2015

    Would love to go into town and finish my Christmas shopping

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    Stefan Pearson
    16th December 2015

    I would most like to put the PS4 on once my daughter is fast asleep

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    Stephanie Tsang
    16th December 2015

    I would like to spend more time playing with my baby boy.

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    Rachel Ray
    16th December 2015

    I’d curl up and read a good book

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    Zoe G
    16th December 2015

    I would get it out in the fresh air and take the dog for a walk

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    Farhana
    16th December 2015

    I’d like to attempt one of those fitness video workouts

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    Summi
    16th December 2015

    Love to catch up on my reading!

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    Lee Ritson
    17th December 2015

    Sitting at my computer playing minecraft 🙂

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    Phil Darling
    17th December 2015

    I’d get out and do the rest of the Christmas shopping

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    David Sweet
    17th December 2015

    Go for a long walk

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    Tracey Belcher
    17th December 2015

    Take a walk along the beach to build up my appetite all ready for a warming casserole on my return

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    helen tovell
    17th December 2015

    I would use the time to finish off putting up the rest of the Christmas decorations

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    leanne weir
    17th December 2015

    Relaxing with a good book

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    Jackie ONeill
    17th December 2015

    watch Christmas movies x

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    Caroline H
    17th December 2015

    I think for me it would be a good de-clutter. The Christmas deep clean of the house has highlighted to me that there are too many drawers and cupboards in this house stuffed with goodness knows what so it’s time to thin it out!

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      Choclette
      17th December 2015

      Oh, I’m so with you there Caroline. If I was given some magic extra time I would love to have a good de-clutter.

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    Suzanne Sendell
    17th December 2015

    Looking for the next tasty recipe

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    Julia P
    17th December 2015

    relaxing with my family, playing a few card games and generally catching up with the gossip

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    Sarah Brokenshire
    17th December 2015

    watch a good box set x

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    jennifer thorpe
    17th December 2015

    I would like to sit with a cheeky glass of wine and read a chapter or three of my book

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    kelly mobbs
    17th December 2015

    A bit of hula-hooping in front of the tv

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    Christine Caple
    17th December 2015

    I would like to go out for a walk by the sea, and then curl up with a good book.

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    Bob Clark
    17th December 2015

    relaxing on a comfy armchair and reading a good book or magazine

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    Edward Guerreiro
    18th December 2015

    I would like to continue playing fallout 4 (A recently released computer game).

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    S Bufton
    18th December 2015

    I would like to think I would read one of my many unread books

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      Choclette
      18th December 2015

      Oh I know the feeling. I have such a huge pile of books and I keep telling myself I’ll take some time out to read, but …

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    Jessica Hutton
    18th December 2015

    Id take the dogs for a nice long walk to the lake xx

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    Angie Hoggett
    18th December 2015

    wrap up some xmas presents

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    elaine stokes
    18th December 2015

    curl up on the sofa and get a good book out and have some ME time

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    Tom Taylor
    18th December 2015

    Joy of a slow cooker is leaving it on even when you leave the house so would definitely go out for a nice long family walk.

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    Hassni
    18th December 2015

    Do the laundry, do the dusting, and then go out for a jog. Just kidding! I’ll be lounging around on the sofa daydreaming.

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    sharon martin
    18th December 2015

    relax in a bubble bath and a good book

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    liza campy
    18th December 2015

    I would take the dogs for a walk in the woods. there is nothing nicer than coming in to half something nice ready to eat xx

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    cheryl pearson
    18th December 2015

    watch netflix to relax or a movie, nice to relax while dinner is cooking

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    Nazrana Haque
    19th December 2015

    i love to knit, so this would be bliss…slow cooker on and knitting time begins!

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    Debi Gillard
    19th December 2015

    I would probably take the dogs for a nice long walk and then back for a nice cup of tea!

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    sarah
    19th December 2015

    play games with my kids, help them with their homework, read a book.

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    Diana
    19th December 2015

    I like relax on the sofa with a book and a cup of tea or just enjoy a good Disney film with my daughter 🙂

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    Jenny Jones
    19th December 2015

    go for a nice walk with my family or if the weather is bad watch a movie together

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    Anthea Holloway
    19th December 2015

    I would love to be out in the garden – pruning, weeding or leaf raking!

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    Victoria Prince
    19th December 2015

    I would most like to go on a lovely relaxing walk with the dogs 🙂

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    Barbara Handley
    19th December 2015

    I would do some competitions to try and win a holiday or treat for my grandchildren.

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    Jemma Webster
    19th December 2015

    Build a Lego fort with my four year old!

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    Karen R
    19th December 2015

    At this time of year with so much going on, I’d like to get some sleep!

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    Sue Dorking
    19th December 2015

    I’d love to do a bit of tidying up in the garden, so many leaves need collecting and the rest needs a little attention!

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    caroline scott
    19th December 2015

    I’d take a long bath before having a glass of wine while doing some online shopping

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    Becky John
    19th December 2015

    I’d like to curl up on the sofa and catch up on the soaps.

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    Paula Phillips
    19th December 2015

    I’d like to be wrapping my Christmas presents.

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    Hannah
    19th December 2015

    Reality is that I’d be doing some jobs – but I’d like to be reading my latest fantasy book.

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    Petra Hora
    19th December 2015

    resting and relaxing.

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    Kristy Brown
    19th December 2015

    I am usually getting on with my work and housework

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    Hayley Mulgrove
    19th December 2015

    Cleaning my home from top to bottom and then sleep lol

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    Lorraine Tinsley
    19th December 2015

    I love messing around with my two kids, they love arts and crafts or just dancing around the living room

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    Jamie
    19th December 2015

    College work with I never get round too 🙁

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    Keshia Esgate
    19th December 2015

    I would like to crack on with my scrapbooking that I started ages ago!

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    Patricia Avery
    20th December 2015

    I love to read whenever I get the chance. Just wish I got more chances! 🙂

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    Louise A
    20th December 2015

    check the weather and read the news on my iPad

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    Jayne K
    20th December 2015

    What I should do is catch up on housework, but what I’d want to do is surf the internet,

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    Sobia
    20th December 2015

    I would curl up on the sofa and read a good book.

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    Mike Williams
    20th December 2015

    I would read through some more blogs to find more great recipes for the next time I use the slow cooker. Thanks for sharing.

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    Kay Adeola
    20th December 2015

    I would be spending more time with my family,Great prize thank you for the chance and Merry Christmas.

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    Janine C
    20th December 2015

    Do some of my knitting or sewing and having a nice relax whilst my food is cooking away 🙂

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    Annette Oliver
    20th December 2015

    I’d chill out with a good book

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    zoe somerfield
    20th December 2015

    Feet up on sofa, good book and a glass of wine

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    Vickie Jackson
    20th December 2015

    I love being able to play with my kids and spending quality time with them.

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    Richard Eldred Hawes
    20th December 2015

    I should be cleaning the house but I would rather sit down with a good book and a cup of tea

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    Oksana Fitzgerald
    20th December 2015

    I would love to be able to devote more time to my daughter. I’m so busy as I work from home and also look after my 2 year old. I would be so happy if this slow cooker can save me some precious time. Thank you for the chance to win it.

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    carrie
    20th December 2015

    I would most like to sit with a good book, but would be more likely to be catching up with cleaning 🙂

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    Jamie Millard
    20th December 2015

    while the slow cooker is cooking, I can get on with the baking.

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    cat
    20th December 2015

    Put my feet up for forty winks before the children come home

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    Cathy O
    20th December 2015

    I would like to have a bit of me time as strangely do not seem to get much of that these days!

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    Nancy Bradford
    20th December 2015

    I would take my daughter for a walk outside in the fresh air x

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    Jordan Bentley
    20th December 2015

    Read a book with the TV on in the background 🙂

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    Maggie Coates
    20th December 2015

    I would surf the internet reading blogs and generally getting distracted.

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    julie jones
    20th December 2015

    Plenty of time to get in the garden and do some stree free gardening

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    Karen Lloyd
    20th December 2015

    I would be baking some delicious cakes.

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    liz ferguson
    20th December 2015

    I’d probably spend my spare time doing a bit of gardening – I’ve still got a lot of spring bulbs toput in for next year!

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    shelley stevenson
    20th December 2015

    relax in a bubble bath with my favourite mag

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    Helen Gossage
    20th December 2015

    Relax and read a book or maybe go for a walk

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    Susanna Harvey
    20th December 2015

    I am very happy with my nickname of ‘The Crochet Queen’ so I would sit and happily crochet a gift for a family member while the smell of my delicious stew wafts around the house.

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    Sarah Lee
    20th December 2015

    Have a coffee and read a magazine

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    Jade Evans
    20th December 2015

    At the moment I would love to crack on with the Christmas wrapping, any other time I’d love to be able to take the kids out on a nice long walk and to the park, and come home to something delicious waiting for us.

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    LIZZIE E
    20th December 2015

    Catching up on my favourite TV shows!

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    Clare Hubbard
    20th December 2015

    Watch a good TV programme with a nice cup of hot chocolate

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    Monika S
    20th December 2015

    I would carry on with my cross stitch project, any chance I get I am with needle in my hand

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    Jessica K
    20th December 2015

    have a cup of tea and read or browse social media 🙂

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    Michelle Maggs
    20th December 2015

    I would start making a homemade dessert with my two daughters 🙂

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    Leeanne Fry
    20th December 2015

    We can have more family time together, playing games, reading books and doing extra homework.

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    tishist
    20th December 2015

    I’d have a long bath and a good long read

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