Monday, May 28, 2012

Non-vintage Lamb Curry and WIN a Slow Cooker

What are the ages of ‘vintage’ and ‘antique’ items? I used to think that Antique was anything over 200 years old, Vintage was more than 100 years old, and anything less was just ‘second-hand’.

Then, Vintage got upgraded, you know, like when a lairy knit jumper from the Eighties is described as ‘vintage’ in those supercilious street-style photographs, as in “Darya wears a Yohji Yamamoto gilet, vintage sweater from a Paris flea market, Ksubi jeans, Chanel booties and her mother’s scarf”. Oh, how unbearably chic!

Well, in that case, my mother has a vintage slow cooker. I think it’s from the 1970s, and it’s hot orange in colour with a neat brown floral/leaf pattern around the base with ‘Crockpot’ written in a funky, hippy font. It is the coolest thing ever, although it used to be considered daggy. I suppose that’s when something becomes Vintage – when it turns the corner from eye-rollingly kitsch (but useful) to nostalgically coveted.

By the way, I have a NEW slow cooker and made this wonderful Lamb Curry in it. And you could have a NEW slow cooker, too. Just salivate over this recipe and enter the giveaway below.

Lamb Curry
serves 4

3 tblsp plain flour
500g diced lean lamb
2 tblsp oil
1 medium sweet potato, cut into 2cm chunks
1 brown onion, sliced
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp grated ginger
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ cup Indian curry paste (Korma for mild, Madras for hot)
270ml reduced-fat coconut cream
1 tsp vegetable stock powder or paste
1 bay leaf 
chives or coriander, to serve

1. Put the lamb in a plastic bag and add the flour and some salt and pepper. Close the bag and shake until the lamb is coated with the flour.
2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frypan and add the lamb. Cook in batches until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer lamb to a 3.5 litre slow cooker.
3. Add sweet potato, onion, garlic, ginger and cumin to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, until onion is soft (the sweet potato will still be uncooked). Add curry paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
4. Add coconut milk, stock powder and ¾ cup of cold water and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and pour into the slow cooker with the lamb. Add bay leaf.
5. Cook, covered on Low heat for 6 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving with a sprinkle of chives and rice or naan bread.

recipe adapted from Super Food Ideas

Ingredients, including ginger and garlic, Korma curry paste, onion, sweet potato, light coconut cream, bay leaf, cumin; coat the lamb pieces in seasoned flour and brown in a pan before adding the other ingredients.

After 6 hours, the lamb incredibly tender. Liquid does not evaporate from a lidded slow cooker like it does in a pan on the stove, so there is lots of sauce left in the pot.  You should also make sure that the slow cooker is filled half to three-quarters full for best results, with liquid covering most of the lamb and potato.

Serve the curry with naan bread and accompaniments like yoghurt and pappadums.

Fantastic Giveaway from Kitchenware Direct

Thanks to Brad from Kitchenware Direct for allowing me to review this Morphy Richards Accents Slow Cooker.

I was really excited about this product because I wanted to have hot, ready-prepared meals to come home to (and I am too cheap to get takeaway). This slow cooker does not disappoint. It is a compact size (3.5 litres) that is perfect for 2-4 people and it doesn’t take up too much bench space. The burgundy ceramic pot is removable for serving and easy cleaning, it works like a dream and the instruction manual is mercifully to-the-point with useful essential tips (I always read the manual before operating appliances, and you should, too).

And Kitchenware Direct are also offering one of these fantastic slow cookers to a lucky Ooh, Look… reader (sorry, Australian entrants only). Just leave a comment on this post with the magic words ‘Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker’. Terms and conditions and closing date are below. Good luck!

Conditions of Entry
1. Entry to this contest is by a comment on this post containing the words “Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker”. Alternatively, enter by sending an email to oohlookbel2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
2. Entries close at midnight 10 June 2012.
3. Winner will be randomly selected
4. The prize can only be delivered to Australian addresses. Prize will be supplied and delivered by Kitchenware Direct.
5. Please include an email address or your blog URL in your entry so I can contact you if you win.

------ UPDATE ------ 

Thanks to everyone who entered this competition.

A winner has been selected:

Congratulations to Reemski.  I will email you.
Hope you enjoy the slow cooker from


  1. ooh, I can almost smell that ;-)
    My mum had a Crockpot - made by Monier I think.
    Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker ;-)

  2. I'm definitely salivating Bel! I looove slow cooked lamb - it is one of the best things about winter.
    How is Tabitha? Has Evil Henry left her alone for now?

  3. Oh, Please Miss, I want a slow cooker...I need it to make congee for my girl.

    I wish I could get my hands on my mums old one..sounds like our parents had the same one!

  4. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker.
    I think they are the best invention ever! I wish I never gave my Mum's old crockpot away years ago. How silly was I?

  5. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker.

    It's getting so cold here in Melbourne I'd love to come home to a delicious and effortless meal.

  6. It's definitely getting cold in Sydney as well and it's not even winter yet!

    Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker as I can also have some delicious food ready for me when I get home from work. Your lamb curry looks so good!

    Annie (

  7. What a generous giveaway!
    Your lamb curry looks mouthwatering.

  8. I never realized there were specific time restraints on when something was called antique v. vintage v. hot-off-the-shelf. I guess that just goes to show how infrequently I buy things that can fall into any and/or all of these categories. Are they mutually exclusive? Can something vintage not be antique and vice versa?

  9. The lamb curry is perfect for this weather...kitty thinks so too :)

  10. Hehe I've definitely heard things from the 80's described as vintage (does that mean people from the 80s are too? :P).

  11. OMG My mum has the same slow cooker lol! Its so 70's looking, its brilliant!

  12. “Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker” as the lamb curry looks so yummy i know my family will then be asking "Please may i have some more"

  13. Please miss i want a slow cooker

  14. Please miss, I want a slow cooker so I can cook Coq Au Vin, or my Aussie version "Chook In A Ute"!

  15. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker, I love slow cooker recipes for the winter! cassiewoolley at gmail dot com

  16. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker!

  17. Please Miss, I want a slow cooker!
    So my delicious meals can make themselves while I spend time with the people I love!

  18. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker. Mine has a cracked lid and I need it for this cold weather.

  19. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker, it's going to be a long winter.

  20. rhondaf79@hotmail.comJune 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker

  21. 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    please miss I want a slow cooker, because they are magic,throw all your goodies in the pot and walla a yummy meal how good is that...

  22. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker!
    I'd love to make a rabbit stew in it to kick off winter 2012!

  23. All I can think is 'Can I have some more?' But since I don't have a slow cooker nor have I had a serving yet...... Please Miss, I want a slow cooker. If you will allow?

  24. Please Miss, I want a slow cooker!
    I love slow food, I'm living life in the slow lane and now I need a slow cooker! :)

  25. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker, so I can cook curry but not in a hurry :)

  26. “Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker”.

  27. “Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker”.

  28. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker!
    It's so nice when I have a busy day to get dinner cooking in the slow cooker early then relax knowing it's sorted :)

  29. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker. oooo, imagine what i could make . . lamb and date moroccan stew, chicken tika masala and oh so much more! Thanks Miss xx

  30. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker

  31. We have been wanting one of these for a long time but have not yet got around to buying one.. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker..

  32. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker :)

  33. Please miss, I want a slow cooker

  34. ‘Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker’ - Love the photos of your curry and the 'cat not included clause' - I love winter for this reason - great hearty slow cooked meals that taste amazing and are full of flavour. Thanks for sharing :)

  35. Please miss, I would love this wonderful slow cooker!

  36. Please miss, I want a slow cooker I can finally show my husband just how delicious lamb shanks can be!

  37. I believe in magic, so I'm hopng these words are magic for me: ‘Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker’

  38. Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker

  39. Please Miss, I want a Slow Cooker - but not any old slow cooker, it has to be a stylish Morphy Richards Accents Slow Cooker in burgundy red, which would not only compliment my home decor but my busy life/family schedule.

    Thank you Miss.

  40. I have to try your lamb curry recipe

  41. Your lamb curry sounds and looks really good, I especially like the idea of sweet potato in it...
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

  42. I've been seriously considering a slow cooker for some time - that lamb curry looks delicious! I've been slow cooking beef stew in the oven, but you have to be home to do that - would much prefer to have a slow cooker that I could leave on all day and come home to a delicious smelling house! Please, Miss, I want a slow cooker!