Slow Cooker – A Review and Recipe for Slow Cooked Spicy Lamb

I will be the first to admit I am a lazy cook. I’ve been known to say it before, I only cook because I LOVE to eat. I am a complete lover of big hearty meals and anything with the word “comfort”, “roast dinners”, and “hot custard” will grab my attention like a hungry meerkat. So when Littlewoods asked if I’d like to review one of their slow cookers from their online catalogues, it seemed like a perfect gadget for a lazy cook like me.

We were sent a Morphy Richards 48718 slow cooker and I was (easily) impressed to find that that its basically a plug and play gadget. Which is lucky as I’m also averse to reading instructions. I did (obviously!) give it a good wash before using it though.

with its 6.5 litre capacity it states it will cater for up to 10 people. We are only a family of 3 so couldn’t test this out but its definitiely one of the bigger slow cookers I’ve seen. It comes with 3 settings (Low, Medium, High) which is standard for most slow cookers and I tested it out with spicy lamb recipe (shown below).

Morphy Richards Slow Cooker

Things I liked about the slow cooker:
– It has a removable crock pot which is easy to clean
– It has a stainless steel finish which is aesthetically pleasing to the high and also easy to wipe down
– Very easy to use and it does look like it will cater for bigger families
– Dishwasher safe (the inner pot!) – Hurrah!!
– Comes with recipes (I only found this out afterwards but I’ve not saved them)


What I wasn’t sure about:

– There wasn’t anything negative I could say about this particular model. The only thing I was slightly surprised at is that I expected the low setting to be of lower heat than it was. I slow cooked some lamb in 5 hours and was actually expecting it to take a lot longer. Which means the medium and high setting are more powerful than I thought. To be honest I think this was more teething problems getting used to the appliance and understanding how low was “Low”.

SO onto the recipe. I attempted to make slow cooked spicy lamb. Its something I already make from time to time in the oven.

The Recipe is as follows:

Ingredients
Lamb Shanks or whatever cut you fancy
A tablespoon of olive oil
A tablespoon of Worcester sauce
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tablespoon of ginger
2 tablespoons tandoori powder
1 1/2 teaspoon of red chilli powder (or more/less if you like it hotter/less spicier)
1 cumin seeds (crushed with a rolling pin if you can be bothered)
1 onion chopped up
1 teaspoon salt
1 green pepper chopped up (optional)

Method
– Mix all the ingredients together to form a paste and mix the lamb into it.
– Add to the slow cooker with a quarter-half a glass of water (no stock needed)
– Slow cook on Low setting for 5 hours.
– EAT!

Slow Cooked spicy lamb

Slow Cooked spicy lamb

That’s it! Its the easiest recipe ever and can be done just as easily with chicken as well.

I think I’ve been sold on the world of slow cooking, although I need to scour the web for some more recipes. There are bigger and better models out there, particularly if you’d like one with partitioned sections but for a smaller family, if you don’t mind just the one cooking compartment then this is a worthy little model.

We were sent the Morphy Richards slow cooker for review. All opinions and recipes are mine.

12 Comments

  1. Erica Price January 11, 2013 / 6:32 am

    I love slow cooked food, but find it difficult to use the slow cooker if I’m at home all day as the smell makes me hungry. Jenny over at Mummy Mishaps has some great recipes (I did a slow cooked roast chicken recently from her site) and The Moiderer has lots too.

  2. Nikki Thomas January 12, 2013 / 7:53 am

    That sounds really lovely! I really need to invest in a slow cooker

    • Notmyyearoff January 13, 2013 / 8:27 am

      I think it might be perfect with you going back to work!

  3. Actually Mummy... January 12, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    I do a Greek lam stew in the slow cooker which is heaven! I’m convinced slow cooking completely changes the flavour – this one looks yum!

    • Notmyyearoff January 13, 2013 / 8:27 am

      That sounds gorgeous! Is it on your blog? i might google some recipes today!

  4. Pary Moppins January 12, 2013 / 8:59 pm

    The recipe looks fab. I cannot live without my Crock Pot! It is a total life saver. Good luck working through your “teething problems.” 🙂 Found you through Bloggy Moms.

    • Notmyyearoff January 13, 2013 / 8:25 am

      I really liked it! It was so easy, I literally did chuck everything in and switch it on!

  5. jenny paulin January 13, 2013 / 7:10 am

    i have to admit i dont like lamb however, your meal does look really nicer and i bet that meat fell of the bones! i have two slow cookers (yes i know check em out! lol) and i find one has a more powerful low setting than the other x

    • Notmyyearoff January 13, 2013 / 8:24 am

      I’m going to be having a nosey at your recipes 🙂 I thought I could leave mine on whilst I went to work but its too powerful for that. Still good though!

  6. Mediocre Mum March 24, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    I love my Morphy Richards, but have never managed to persuade them to send me one! Thanks for joining into Slow Cooker Sunday.

  7. chelsea @WeddingBlog2018 August 4, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    I absolutely love my slow cooker. I love how I can chuck a load of ingredients in it in the morning then return home to a gorgeous hearty meal. My favourite meal cooked in the slow cooker is braising steak. It practically falls to pieces when done. Yum!!
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