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Cranking up the Ideas for Autumnal Slow Food and Giveaway #82

Cranks Slow Food

Giveaways, Sponsored Post | 19th October 2016 | By

October is such an exciting month. It does includes National Chocolate Week and National Curry Week, after all. The leaves are turning, it’s a time for walks and slow food comes into its own. And most excitingly of all I’ve staged a takeover of the Cranks website. I already have a giveaway running for a Hotel Chocolat box of autumnal chocolates and now I have five copies of the Cranks Bible up for grabs.

So in what way have I taken over the Cranks website, you may well ask? Don’t worry, I didn’t muscle my way in and hold a piping bag to their heads. I’ve done nothing more dastardly than write three autumnal slow food posts for this lovely month of October.  You can read about my early association with Cranks in the first post along with my not-to-be-missed recipe for roasted squash, pepper and leek tart with a walnut crust. My second post is all about slow food and comes with 12 autumnal slow food ideas – it’s well worth a look. The third post hasn’t been published yet, so I’ll have to keep you in suspense on that one.

Slow Food Roasted Squash Tart

Cranks started life back in the swinging sixties as a vegetarian restaurant in Carnaby Street. Several other restaurants followed in various locations, including the one I remember as a child, based at Dartington in Devon. This is the only one that now remains. I would recommend a visit. Cranks also has a number of popular vegetarian cookery books to its name. The Cranks Bible: A Timeless Collection of Vegetarian Recipes is particularly close to my heart. I’ve been cooking with it for many years now and it has some fabulous recipes. The author, Nadine Abansur is an accomplished vegetarian cook who worked with Cranks for many years. However, this paperback edition includes one of my very own recipes and I am totally thrilled. For a detailed review, have a look at my Cranks Bible post from earlier this year.

NB 2 November 2106 – I can now reveal my final recipe which has just been publish on the Cranks site. It’s this comforting barley bean bowl with hazelnuts, mushrooms, black beans and cabbage. Perfect for autumn.

Barley Bean Bowl

5 Copies of the Cranks Bible Giveaway

All About Food is kindly offering five Tin and Thyme readers a copy of the Cranks Bible. 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 who will then be contacted via e-mail. 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 5 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. There are no cash alternatives.  Cranks Bible

The Cranks Bibles are offered and provided by All About Food 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 Saturday 19 November 2016 
Do take a look at the Tin and Thyme giveaways page to see if there’s anything else you’d like to enter.

Cranks Bible

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  1. Mimi

    19th October 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Curry week and chocolate week? A good month indeed!

    • Choclette

      19th October 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Yes indeed. Both of them were actually in the same week – bliss!

  2. Tracey Peach

    19th October 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I’m not 100% sure what slow foods mean to me it means a meal that it’s nutrients are released over time which leaves you feeling fuller for longer

    • Choclette

      19th October 2016 at 1:45 pm

      I like your thoughts on slow food. Not quite thought about that aspect before. Apologies for the confusion and thanks for coming back to comment.

  3. Tracy K Nixon

    19th October 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Slow food is an alternative to fast food and is all about creating recipes using traditional wholesome ingredients such as meat, vegetables, pulses etc either homegrown, or from small businesses.

    • Choclette

      19th October 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Yes, that’s pretty much my understanding of it too Tracy. Thanks for coming back to comment.

  4. Suelle

    19th October 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Slow food in the form of slow cooking (which I think you are referring to) means comforting winter casseroles from cheaper cuts of meat, which are made succulent through long cooking at low temperatures.

    • Choclette

      19th October 2016 at 3:44 pm

      It’s interesting to hear what everyone’s take on slow food is. For me, it’s not so much slow cooking, although that’s part of it, it’s about good food cooked from scratch.

  5. Gill

    19th October 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Slow Food?? cooked from scratch with natural ingredients and love!

  6. Samantha Fernley

    19th October 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Slow food makes me think rustic and made with fresh ingredients like when I cook from scratch using my allotment goodies and herbs from the garden.

  7. Henk Kooiman

    19th October 2016 at 3:26 pm

    My whole life is slow, so preparing slow food is a natural part of it. Meals are nearly always from scratch. Even after all these years I can still look forward to the simple act of slicing fresh vegetables and washing salads. Just one thing after the other. No rushing. Classical music in the background. Taking deep breaths once in a while. Looking out of the kitchen window into the garden. Lovely smells, delicous food …..

    • Choclette

      19th October 2016 at 6:43 pm

      It all sounds so wonderful Henk. One day I will get a bit more time in my life. A slow life sounds totally dreamy.

  8. Dom

    19th October 2016 at 3:58 pm

    love Cranks! Slow Food means winter warmth and the most amazing aromas wafting through my home and tasty tasty food…

    • Choclette

      19th October 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Dom, there are always amazing aromas wafting through your home and loads of tasty tasty food.

  9. Helen Thurston

    19th October 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Slow cooking to me means something that takes some time to prepare, so usually cooking from scratch, i.e. peeling and preparing veg, soaking and cooking beans, lentils, etc, and either cooked in the oven like a casserole or crumble, in a saucepan like a stew or curry or slowcooker.

  10. Corina

    19th October 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I think of slow food as being meals that are cooked from scratch and generally healthy as well.

  11. Kim M

    19th October 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Healthy, hearty stews with lots of winter veg – no fuss in my slow cooker x

  12. Laura

    19th October 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Slow cooked food means comfort, and warmth and all things lovely to me. And maximum return for minimal effort!

  13. Mary

    19th October 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I know I don’t qualify to enter for the Cranks book, but I was sad to see that Cranks of Carnaby Street was no longer around. I used to work a few steps from this shop and many times enjoyed a lovely lunch there. I’m sure the surviving Cranks still serves beautiful healthy food. Slow cooking – the way I always cook!!!

  14. laura banks

    19th October 2016 at 7:45 pm

    slow food to me means cooking something from scratch

  15. Rebecca Nisbet

    19th October 2016 at 9:07 pm

    i think slow food means, food that is cooked slowly to make meats more tender and allow the flavour to really soak into the meat.

  16. Samantha O'D

    19th October 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Healthy wholesome food prepared from scratch. Rare in my house, I love convenience

  17. Jayne Sullivan

    19th October 2016 at 10:33 pm

    A meal which has been lovingly cooked in the oven when you get on with all those other household tasks

  18. Spencer Broadley

    20th October 2016 at 8:09 am

    Slow cooking is great – once you have prepared everything and put it on to cook you can just sit back and put your feet up. Makes for a quick leftovers meal the following day in the microwave

  19. Shane Holland

    20th October 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Slow Food is about food which has values: It can be summed up in three words, Good, Clean & Fair

    It means food which tastes good and sustains our communites, food which doesn’t damage the environment in its production or that is full of preservatives, and that both the farmer and shopper get a fair deal in price.

    It means a more abundant way of eating – we have 4000 varieties of apple in the UK, yet 70% of all those we eat are from 3 varieties, and 70% of those apples are imported.

    It doesn’t have anything to do with cooking speed – a beautiful autumnal mushroom omelette would be Slow Fast Food!

    Find out more at www . slow food

    • Choclette

      20th October 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Great explanation Shane. I was hoping someone would mention the Slow Food movement.

  20. Sara Goodman

    20th October 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for a fantastic giveaway. In my younger days, when there was a lovely Cranks close to where I worked, I spend many happy hours there!!!! This is a lovely reminder of a wonderful time in my life. Thank you 🙂 x

    • Choclette

      22nd October 2016 at 9:38 am

      Lots of people have fond memories of Cranks, it’s good to hear them Sara.

  21. Kim Styles

    20th October 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I think slow food is slow cooking at a low heat over a long period of time either in the oven or in a slow cooker with older cuts of meat ie oxtail stew or mutton

  22. Janice

    20th October 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Slow food is what I love best, whether it’s in my slow cooker, casseroles in the oven or nice slowly baked fruit cakes. And of course it is also about food being grown, reared slowly in its own time, not forced.

    • Choclette

      22nd October 2016 at 9:35 am

      I agree, how the food is produced is a key factor. You’ve got me all fired up to make a fruit cake now.

  23. Hayley williams

    22nd October 2016 at 7:44 am

    slow…means taking it easy taking your time to make things just perfct specially when cooking

  24. Heather brannan

    22nd October 2016 at 8:35 am

    Slow cooking meat helps retain all the good nutrients.

  25. Victoria Prince

    22nd October 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve actually never heard the expression “slow food” before, but to me it means recipes you can just throw a load of ingredients in together and then leave to potter on whilst you do other things!

  26. Angie S

    22nd October 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Slow food? Home-cooked food prepared from scratch, sometimes including some of the remaining beets dug out of my garden 🙂

  27. Sian

    23rd October 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Slow food means using fresh, healthy ingredients to make wholesome and delicious food from scratch rather than getting a take out or popping a ready made meal in the microwave. It takes longer to make but its so worth it 🙂

  28. Jennifer Bruce

    24th October 2016 at 8:34 am

    Slow food is food that is slow to prepare. Back to basics, cooking home grown ingredients, giving a wholesome meal.

  29. Tilly

    24th October 2016 at 10:39 am

    For me ‘Slow food’ conjures up images of autumnal and winter recipes, pots and pans that have been bubbling away all day, condensed flavours, bowls being refilled- again and again and again. Yummy

  30. Lorraine Stone

    24th October 2016 at 11:10 am

    Slow food to me means nourishing food. Something to come home too, and something that fills you up!

  31. iain maciver

    24th October 2016 at 11:30 am

    slow food means cooked perfectly and soft and tender

  32. Jane Willis

    24th October 2016 at 11:56 am

    To me, slow food means nothing about it has been done in a hurry – no rush to the growing or raising of the ingredients, shopped for and prepared with love, and enjoyed as a family, no hasty dashes to the supermarket for a ready meal to fling in the microwave, one person at a time

  33. suan watts

    24th October 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I think of slow food as food cooked in a slow cooker but it may be slow release into the body

  34. ElizM

    24th October 2016 at 11:23 pm

    nourishing, nurturing comfort food

  35. Natalie Crossan

    24th October 2016 at 11:46 pm

    nourishing warm hearty food

  36. Rebecca H

    25th October 2016 at 6:16 am

    That tart looks amazing! Slow food to me is made from scratch and that effort means you must savour every bite -slowly!

    • Choclette

      25th October 2016 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Rebecca, the tart is a firm favourite with us.

  37. Debbie Callender-O'Neill

    25th October 2016 at 6:40 am

    Slow cook means to me releasing wholesome, nutritious flavours into the food and at the same time achieving a work/life balance!

  38. Emily Knight

    25th October 2016 at 7:28 am

    To me it’s all about traditional food – food that’s cooked with local traditions in mind, and using ingredients that are local and grown with care.

  39. rachel h

    25th October 2016 at 7:55 am

    Food that is cooked from scratch, healthy and takes a long time to prepare – the opposite of fast food

  40. Hassni

    25th October 2016 at 8:46 am

    All good things take time and care, and that applies to making great food too.

  41. Suzanne

    25th October 2016 at 8:58 am

    Taking time to cook food slowly and thoroughly combine different flacours.

  42. Laura Jeffs

    25th October 2016 at 9:37 am

    Slow food means that the food is prepared according to local traditions, normally using local ingredients.

  43. Evelyn Johnston

    25th October 2016 at 10:50 am

    Slow food means to me shopping local cutting down on carbon footprint and seasonally.

  44. Rebecca Williams

    25th October 2016 at 11:06 am

    To me slow food is cooking from scratch with healthy ingredients, my mum always did this when I grew up 🙂

  45. Ray Becker

    25th October 2016 at 11:37 am


    • Choclette

      26th October 2016 at 11:32 am

      I had to giggle over this 🙂

  46. Jen Schofield

    25th October 2016 at 11:54 am

    Food that has been made slowly so it’s really tasty

  47. Laura Nice

    25th October 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Food thats been allowed to let the flavours come out as its been cooked over long time

  48. Julie T

    25th October 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Tasty home cooked food that someone has taken the time to prepare for the whole family to enjoy.

  49. Jim Milligan

    25th October 2016 at 6:31 pm

    For me, slow food is all about thoughtfulness in our food, taking time to consider where is comes from and seasonality, how it’s prepared in traditional ways, and time to savor and enjoy.

  50. laura stewart

    25th October 2016 at 7:05 pm

    it means i’ll have tea at tea time 🙂

  51. Barbara Knight

    25th October 2016 at 7:38 pm

    For me slow food is about quality of food, seasonality, sourcing locally and then taking the time to prepare and cook it well.

  52. C Kennedy

    25th October 2016 at 8:53 pm

    To me it means cooking food the long (slow) way round! Preparing and cooking meals from scratch rather than buying pre-prepared

  53. Corinne Henson

    25th October 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Cooking from scratch using natural/fresh ingredients which takes a lot longer hence the term slow food

  54. Milly

    26th October 2016 at 12:20 am

    Slow food to me means taking time and careful preperation to make meals cooked with love. This includes sourcing ingredients locally. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for you.

  55. Caroline H

    26th October 2016 at 1:44 am

    Slow food for me is a recycling bin devoid of excess packaging, ready meal trays and bits of plastic, hazard tape across the microwave door and really enjoying sourcing great ingredients, trying new recipes and loving my time spent in the kitchen.

    • Choclette

      26th October 2016 at 11:22 am

      Great explanation Caroline. Especially love the hazard tape across the microwave 🙂

  56. Jo Carroll

    26th October 2016 at 2:19 pm

    For me ‘Slow Food’ is food cooked with care and attention to detail, not simply thrown together but using ingredients that takes thought and intuition when it comes to what tastes fit together.

  57. Michaela Smith

    26th October 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I think it has something to do with regional food traditions.

  58. Solange

    26th October 2016 at 6:34 pm

    It is a global, grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. It works to build links between producers and consumers.

    • Choclette

      28th October 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Yay Solange, 9 out of 10 for you 😉

  59. Magdalene Drummond

    27th October 2016 at 12:13 am

    To me its a meal that takes time to prepare and cook, in our house that would be my veggie casserole which I tend to start making the night before 🙂

  60. sarah rees

    27th October 2016 at 4:08 pm

    cooking from scratch, maybe in a slow cooker, getting all the nice flavours out

  61. charlotte

    27th October 2016 at 5:19 pm

    For me it is about taking time to create something proper – it doesnt even need to be a long time. Using proper ingredients and making it from scratch. Makes all the difference

  62. Tricia Cowell

    27th October 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Good wholesome ingredients, cooking from scratch. Tastes so much better than ‘ready meals’ and much more nutritious

  63. leanne weir

    27th October 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Slow food to me is about using ingredients and carefully planning a healthy meal

  64. Deborah Clarke

    28th October 2016 at 7:41 am

    Slow food to me is cooking from scratch. Using healthy wholesome ingredients. Basically the opposite to ‘ fast ‘ or ‘ junk ‘ foof

  65. James Harris

    28th October 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Slow food is about cooking food from scratch using quality ingredients. Another side to it is eating the food in a relaxed and leisurely manner with good company i.e. not eating on the move.

  66. Ellie Wood

    28th October 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Slow food is somethings I take time over and think about the ingredients and where they came from.

  67. Sally Collingwood

    28th October 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Slowly cooked to keep in the goodnesss

  68. Claire Nutman

    29th October 2016 at 10:31 am

    Wholesome and healthy homemade foods with optimal flavour x

  69. Gemma Godfrey

    29th October 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Slow food means more traditional kind of food to me – stews, soups etc. Things that take a while longer to cook but are much more nutrional, filling, and warming.

  70. Jenna Hegarty

    29th October 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Oops, ,it’s my comment in the name box by mistake! Ah well, here I go again… To me slow food is all about slowing things down. Taking the time to cook properly (doing the opposite of fast food) and then the time to savour it with loved ones.

  71. A

    29th October 2016 at 11:39 pm

    To me, slow food means cooking from scratch with ingredients sourced as locally and seasonally as possible.

  72. Karen Taylor

    30th October 2016 at 6:18 am

    Slow food means to me the freedom to spend my day enjoying the great outdoors then coming home to the welcome aromas of a delicious hearty meal!

  73. Ruth Harwood

    30th October 2016 at 8:23 am

    slow food cooking is when you put something in your slow cooker and make a lovely filling hot pot or stew 🙂

  74. CLAIRE woods

    30th October 2016 at 9:46 am

    slow food as being meals that are cooked from scratch and with lots of vegetables.

  75. Elaine Savage

    30th October 2016 at 9:53 am

    slow food means early preparation, then a long delicious anticipation with no disappointment at the end of it!

  76. Laura Pritchard

    30th October 2016 at 10:24 am

    Food that takes time & care to prepare, with nothing pre-made.

  77. Rai

    30th October 2016 at 11:37 am

    It means warming, tasty and healthy. And the lovely smell of ‘proper’ grub wafting through the house.

  78. pete c

    30th October 2016 at 12:28 pm

    1st thoughts were that the food is cooked for longer at lower temperatures to maybe keep the flavour in better

  79. Liz T

    30th October 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Slow food is about taking your time to wait for food that is made from fresh ingredients and cooked just for you.

  80. Steven Knight

    30th October 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Great prize

  81. Helen Humphries

    30th October 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I think from a cooking point of view something cooked from scratch, minimizing packing and waste. I also thought it also was about food miles too, not sure if that’s true though! So buying local fresh produce supports local economy, minimizes environmental impact etc

  82. Helen Humphries

    30th October 2016 at 3:52 pm

    *aagh* I think you may have said ten words or less but can’t get back in to check the question so may have dreamed it, if not the shortened version!

    “simple wholesome food, cooked well from scratch.”

  83. Lisa Parker

    30th October 2016 at 5:32 pm

    To me slow food means healthy, homecooked food that is cooked slowly (possibly in a slowcooker) and is slower to digest, leaving you fuller for longer

  84. Catherine

    30th October 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Healthy wholesome food which is cooked from scratch

  85. Joanna Coleshill

    30th October 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Simple unprocessed food cooked with local ingredients

  86. Lynne Durkin

    31st October 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Not entirely sure but to me it would mean either slow as in takes more time and effort to prepare and cook from scratch or slow to release energy therefore keeping you full for longer x

  87. sb

    31st October 2016 at 4:32 pm

    cooking from scratch,no short cuts

  88. Mrs F

    31st October 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Slow food to me means lovingly prepared from scratch – the opposite of fast food. In our household we tend to make things ourselves rather than buy convenience food. We don’t do takeaways, we don’t even own a microwave. It takes time to prepare meals but at least we know what goes in them and what doesn’t.

    • Choclette

      31st October 2016 at 8:14 pm

      That sounds very similar to us Mrs F – long may it continue.

  89. Susan Hoggett

    1st November 2016 at 3:12 pm

    to me it means cooking authentic homemade dishes from scratch with locally produced ingredients and growing your own if you can

  90. yvonne cooke

    1st November 2016 at 7:41 pm

    just pop your food into slow cooker and go to work, come back and the dinner is ready.x Great prize, always wanted one.xx

  91. Peter Shillito

    3rd November 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Slow food is any food that takes longer than 15 minutes from declaration of intent to the moment you start eating. Faster than that and odds are it’s probably not very healthy haha!

  92. Judith Allen

    4th November 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Food that takes a while to grow and a while to cook, because that’s just how it is.

  93. Vicky

    4th November 2016 at 11:26 pm

    To me slow food means one pot hearty casseroles and soups – warming food for the cold Winter days ahead

  94. Nicola McC

    5th November 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Slow food means home-cooked foods, made with wholesome ingredients!

  95. Katherine McDonald

    7th November 2016 at 10:06 pm

    To me, slow food is food which takes more then a couple of hours to complete – stews, belly pork etc.

  96. emilia nastaly-howard

    8th November 2016 at 11:19 am

    Healthy, cooked for few hours, yummy stew 🙂

  97. Allan Wilson

    8th November 2016 at 2:05 pm

    To me – Slow cooking is gently cooking through at a low temperature to retain and enhance the flavouring of meat.

  98. Fiona jk42

    8th November 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Slow food is what used to be everyday food, made at home from real ingredients not mass-produced fast food full of addictive saturated fats and additives.

  99. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    9th November 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Slow food makes me think of traditional, homely food like stews. 🙂

  100. Rebecca B

    10th November 2016 at 1:27 am

    Slow food is the opposite of fast food, so to me means home cooked non-processed foods that are nutrient rich

  101. carole nott

    10th November 2016 at 10:23 am

    slow food means a meal cooked easily.

  102. nicola ingram

    11th November 2016 at 11:28 am

    slow food is a meal that a lot of effort and time is put in when making it and thought about who is going to be eating it

  103. Rachel Butterworth

    11th November 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Slow food. I’ve never heard this term before. Does it mean food that releases energy slowly, throughout the day – like porridge?

  104. Harley

    12th November 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Never heard of slow foods before. Thought they were from the slow cooker

  105. Richard Tyler

    13th November 2016 at 2:11 am

    It means you can savior all the taste, slow is the future!

  106. Maxine G

    13th November 2016 at 9:30 am

    For me it definitely means warming and comforting food, best enjoyed when the weather starts to become colder. I love this book – I’ve got a copy of a previous edition, but I admit that many of the pages are stuck together with food splashes! Always a sign of a good cookbook that has been used over and over, but I’d love a shiny new copy and promise to look after it!

  107. Ness

    13th November 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I think slow cooking is taking the time to gather all your ingredients together from great sources be they your allotment, farmers markets or independent shops. Then preparing them with love and sharing your food with friends and family.

  108. Ness

    13th November 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Forget to say well done on the recipe inclusion! Looks delicious.

    • Choclette

      13th November 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you Ness, lovely to hear from you. I keep forgetting about Love Cake until it’s too late. Will try to enter this month. BTW #WeShouldCocoa has no specific theme anymore, just any recipe that includes chocolate as a main ingredient.

  109. Emma Rawlinson

    13th November 2016 at 6:41 pm

    To me slow food means preparing meals from scratch using fresh ingredients

  110. Chris Andrews

    13th November 2016 at 7:26 pm

    What does slow food mean to you (comment in ten words or more). . . . . . two words . . . tender and tasty . . . . . home cooking at its best

  111. Rosie Holloway

    13th November 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Fresh ingredients cooked from scratch over a long period of time to develop the flavours.

  112. Nancy Bradford

    13th November 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Food that has a lot of thought and effort put into keeping the max nutritional content.

  113. Eileen Tingle

    14th November 2016 at 8:25 am

    To me slow food means the veggie stews that I put in my slow cooker before I go to work then a lovely meal is ready when I walk through the door.

  114. Joanna Ford

    14th November 2016 at 7:54 pm

    It’s a meal that has slow releasing energy that will maintain you throughout the day.

  115. Susan Ocock

    14th November 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Cooked from scratch and made with care

  116. Ann Skamarauskas

    15th November 2016 at 4:47 am

    Food that you take your time over, in prep, cooking and eating ….the antidote to fast food

  117. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)

    15th November 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Healthy and slow, long releasing energy?

  118. Mary H

    16th November 2016 at 10:03 am

    Slow food means weekend cooking. Taking the time to source the best recipes, best ingredients I can afford and spending a whole day preparing a delicious feast.

  119. lisa Tebbutt

    16th November 2016 at 8:15 pm

    curry and stews

  120. Samantha R

    16th November 2016 at 8:20 pm

    It’s convenient but also means the food gets cooked properly and you have more control over flavourings etc.

  121. Lisa Wilkinson

    16th November 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Food cooked over a longer period to enhance flavour and add succulence

  122. Sandra Clarke

    17th November 2016 at 7:09 am

    I haven’t heard the term ‘slow food’ but imagine it refers to meals cooked in a slow cooker.

  123. Elisa Cartwright

    17th November 2016 at 9:23 am

    Meals cooked from scratch using fresh ingredients and then cooked slowly to get the full flavours.

  124. Sarah Wilson

    17th November 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Food that is more flavourful, which is prepared from scratch.

  125. Samantha McDonough

    17th November 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Slow food to me just means cooking from scratch with all natural ingredients.

  126. sonny richardson

    17th November 2016 at 5:26 pm

    slowcooking equals hearty comfort food

  127. Lauren Old

    17th November 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I like the idea that slow food is opposite to fast food and therefore more nutritious and natural

  128. Kristy Brown

    17th November 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve never heard the term slow food but I hope that porridge is included!

    • Choclette

      19th November 2016 at 8:17 am

      I think porridge is definitely included 🙂 Slow food is a concept of taking care about the food we eat, how it is produced and where it comes from as well as cooking from scratch – or that’s how I understand it anyway!

  129. sion gibby

    17th November 2016 at 6:11 pm

    slow food to me is just nice and relaxed steady cooking- no rush, no stress

  130. val young

    17th November 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Slow food is food cooked from scratch using healthy ingredients cooked with love

  131. christine westlake

    17th November 2016 at 8:05 pm

    slowly cooked- means fuller flavour, tastier meals which save time as you can do other things while it cooks

  132. Dominique Clarke

    17th November 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I can prepare it, leave it cook slowly while i tend to the children and still enjoy a fresh great tasting family meal at the end of our day. xx

  133. Beryl drake

    18th November 2016 at 7:43 am

    Slow food , the use of good natural wholesome home grown preferred organic in recipes .

  134. carol boffey

    18th November 2016 at 9:05 am

    nice warm hearty food

  135. jo liddement

    18th November 2016 at 10:40 am

    I like to make a vegetable chilli and then leave it overnight to marinade all the flavours together

  136. Lucy D

    18th November 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I love to cook from scratch for the family, usually with one for the freezer for those times when there isn’t time to be slow!

  137. Elspeth MacMillan

    18th November 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Slow food I think is another name for slow cooked which is a wonderful way to cook in flavours and is always lovely and tender 😀

  138. Eleanor Harrison

    18th November 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Slow food is all about taking the time to create a magical and nutritious meal, never compromising on flavour

  139. Ann Williams

    18th November 2016 at 5:40 pm

    To me slow food is food prepared from scratch, respecting the time and care involved in producing or raising those ingredients and then appreciating their qualities as you eat.

  140. Kirsty Woods

    18th November 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I think slow food is food that slowly releases energy and stops you feeling hungry for longer

  141. sallyanne rose

    18th November 2016 at 7:50 pm

    cooking from scratch I think

  142. Toni Glenn

    18th November 2016 at 8:23 pm

    My husband’s had to go veggie because he’s got gout! This book looks great and would be really helpful.

  143. Sheri Darby

    18th November 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I haven’t heard of Slow foods, but I do love to slowly enjoy food.

    • Choclette

      19th November 2016 at 8:10 am

      Good one Sheri. It’s so true that in a busy world we probably don’t take the time we probably should to enjoy our food 🙂

  144. Rowena Wood

    18th November 2016 at 9:17 pm

    A curry full of flavours to make sure they are given enough time to infuse together to make one delicious meal!

  145. David Greenhalgh

    18th November 2016 at 9:54 pm

    slow food is not an expression I am familiar with..but I guess if takeaways are fast food then food prepared at home is slow food…………….maybe??

    • Choclette

      19th November 2016 at 8:08 am

      Sort of David. Slow food is a concept of taking care about the food we eat, how it is produced and where it comes from as well as cooking from scratch – or that’s how I understand it anyway!

  146. Pauline Dring

    18th November 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Slow food to me means cooking from scratch and making a good dish with a longish cooking time.

  147. Hekna

    18th November 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I guess slow food for me could have two meanings – your traditional ‘slow cooked’ stews and hearty winter broths, or dishes that are properly home made with everything prepared from scratch.

  148. Amanda Young

    19th November 2016 at 12:17 am

    To me it means something that you take your time over when you’re making it

  149. paula cheadle

    19th November 2016 at 12:48 am

    I think slow cooking means:- low temp over long time

  150. Jamie C Millard

    19th November 2016 at 12:53 am

    Slow food – not fast food. Good quality, healthier, prepared from scratch meals.

  151. ellie spider

    19th November 2016 at 12:57 am

    slow food is food thats made slowly using wholesome ingredients that keeps you fuller for longer

  152. Joanna Kasznicki

    19th November 2016 at 2:34 am

    Slow food is healthy and nutritious to me. It can even take a while to cook.

  153. Karl Borowy

    19th November 2016 at 3:56 am

    slow release of energy while digesting over 2 –3 hours

  154. CARA-JANE Hunter

    19th November 2016 at 6:58 am

    Tasty and healthy!!!

  155. Sheila Reeves

    19th November 2016 at 7:33 am

    Slow food means a couple of things to me, food I’ve cooked from scratch in my slow cooker, coming home to warming aromas is wonderful at this time of year – also food that is grown or produced locally to me

  156. Natalie Russell

    19th November 2016 at 7:48 am

    I’ve had the pleasure of tasting some of these recipes – yum!!! Would love a bible of my own!

  157. Rebecca roberts

    19th November 2016 at 7:59 am

    A meal That’s yummy and time and love spent on it

  158. louis

    19th November 2016 at 8:36 am

    My younger sister is a vegetarian so I am always on the lookout for new and exciting meals to make her!

  159. Hayley Todd

    19th November 2016 at 8:53 am

    Slow Food to me is the whole ethos of taking your time to savour and enjoy your food and meals – not eating on the run, wolfing down your meals as part of your busy life but taking the time out to sit, relax and savour every single mouthful.

  160. Matty Or

    19th November 2016 at 9:28 am

    I love slow cooking, but always do the same recipes, so need some more, b ut with working so much, slow cooking means that I can get good wholesome food

  161. Jo McPherson

    19th November 2016 at 9:56 am

    Healthy, tasty homecooked food

  162. Julie Edwards

    19th November 2016 at 10:26 am

    Slow food to me is the opposite to fast food. Food that is cooked from scratch from quality local ingredients and with love, care and attention.

  163. Allan Fullarton

    19th November 2016 at 10:34 am

    Slow means to me, hearty food that you’d eat in the winter.

  164. claire davey

    19th November 2016 at 11:13 am

    slow cooked food means fresh nutritious and slowly prepared so all the flavours get absorbed and makes it extra tasty.

  165. Kathryn vyse

    19th November 2016 at 11:18 am

    Slow food to me is cooking from scratch without using processed ingredients

  166. Dale Dow

    19th November 2016 at 11:45 am

    Slow food to me means being able to start cooking your food in the morning and leaving it on all day while you get on with work/chores, a good home cooked meal will be ready for you upon your return

  167. Dave Wills

    19th November 2016 at 11:46 am

    Im Omniverous…but love Veggie food !

  168. claire toplis

    19th November 2016 at 12:20 pm

    slow food to me is either the cooking style or actually sitting round to enjoy the food slowly and chat

  169. Laura Harrison

    19th November 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Cooked with healthy and natural ingredients xx

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    19th November 2016 at 1:15 pm


  171. Margaret Abram

    19th November 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Slow food is homemade, healthy food.

  172. Louise Whittaker

    19th November 2016 at 1:32 pm

    A meal that has had thought put into it, using responsibly sourced natural ingredients. The opposite of fast food and junk food

  173. claire stewart

    19th November 2016 at 1:54 pm

    It means to mean cooking from scratch with none processed ingredients

  174. Averil Lea

    19th November 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Slow food to me means making a dish with all ingredients added and cooking slowly so all flavour combine….like in a stew

  175. Emma

    19th November 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Something cooked well and using good ingredients.

  176. Helen Metcalfe

    19th November 2016 at 3:48 pm

    To me slow cooking is doing it the right way, all from scratch. Its wholesome & hearty, good for body and soul. I feel I’m providing for my family more when I cook proper meals rather than a fast, easy, open box and stick it into the oven meal!

  177. Helen

    19th November 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Slow Food was initially founded by Carlo Petrini and a group of activists in Italy during the 1980s with the aim of defending regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life. In over two decades of history, the movement has evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture.

    • Choclette

      19th November 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Yay Helen, that’s about the most comprehensive response yet and the one that I understand slow food to be.

  178. natalee gosiewski

    19th November 2016 at 6:13 pm

    stew or slow roasting

  179. kirsty broadhead

    19th November 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Food cooked well, using only the best ingredients 🙂

  180. Kevin Pike

    19th November 2016 at 6:49 pm

    slow cooked food is by far the best and most tasty

  181. jane

    19th November 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Longer cooking time meaning lots of really deep and intense flavours, something to be done on a cold and wet weekend.

  182. lauren porter

    19th November 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Slow food – the opposite of takeaways – cooking from scratch at home 🙂

  183. Julie Camm

    19th November 2016 at 8:19 pm

    All the ingredients put into the crock pot and left for hours to slowly cook

  184. Justine

    19th November 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Slow Food (Grassroots) ” Picked to Pot to Plate ” either grown by yourself or locally

  185. MICHELLE Stewart

    19th November 2016 at 9:01 pm

    unprocessed made from scratch

  186. claire little

    19th November 2016 at 9:29 pm

    food cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients

  187. Colin Gault

    19th November 2016 at 10:04 pm

    food that is produced or prepared in accordance with local culinary traditions

    • Choclette

      20th November 2016 at 8:27 am

      Yay, another good answer Colin – a succinct one too.

  188. Tammy Neal

    19th November 2016 at 10:41 pm

    slow cooked food is by far the best and most tasty like a slow cooked stew! #Yumm

  189. George Wright

    19th November 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I’d say it was something you spent time making from scratch, with love, therefore it’s tasty & nourishing.

  190. Hannah Igoe

    19th November 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I think it’s where it cooks on a lower heat for a much longer period of time

  191. Adrian Bold

    19th November 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Slow cooked food means comfort, warmth and all things lovely to me.


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