Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Thanks to the wonderful Mr Mean, my Christmas present this year was a requested slow cooker ("less time in the kitchen, more time for cleaning", the swine...). Good job I've got a sense of humour (just waiting for him to earn more money before I think about divorce!).

Anyway, with more financial hardship on the cards and food prices higher than ever, I thought a slow cooker would be a good idea for weekday cheap meals with cheap cuts of meat. The kids are getting bigger - as are their appetites, so finding a cheaper alternative instead of just upping the ingredients list seems like a cunning plan!

1 pork loin
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
3 tablespoons white wine
2 cups of water
1 large teaspoon Dijon mustard
handful of mushrooms, sliced
salt and pepper

Fry onions in a knob of butter and oil until soft. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker except for the mushrooms and mustard. Cook on low for at least 7 hours. Just before serving, fry the mushrooms and add to the slow cooker with the mustard and seasoning. The pork should be tender and falling apart. Serve with mash and cabbage. Make sure you have a jug of the gravy on the table - my kids couldn't get enough of it!

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