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New Autumn Traditions and Energy Saving Slow Cooker Recipe Inspiration

This weekend we discovered for the very first time the beautiful pumpkin patch at the Cotswold Farm Park and I think it's safe to say this will now be a firm favourite Autumnal tradition for us. Tucked away from the main farm park, through a gate, we found a land of marvellous pumpkins and squashes of all shapes, sizes, colours and varieties- a real feast for the senses . The lovely team at the farm park had also set up a maze in one of the fields and a coffee tent- perfect for kids and adults alike.

 

 

We were so very lucky with the weather as well- it happened to be one of those perfectly crisp Autumn days with a clear blue sky and blazing sunshine so everything looked even more resplendent and golden. We highly recommended this spot for kids. We could have easily spent another hour there with Cosmo exploring and clambering onto the various stationary tractors whilst soaked in the gorgeous views and produce on offer.

 

 

 

The vast array of gorgeous squashes and pumpkins on display was another major selling point and we were tempted to go pumpkin shopping mad but was we were just about able to rein ourselves in. It was exciting to see a load of our favourite squash variety- Crown Prince on display, and we can't wait to bring our Crown Prince Squash, Beetroot and Shallot Bhuna dish back on the menu now that they are back in season. 

 

 

Recently we've become more mindful of looking out for ways to save energy whilst we cook at home and we are very grateful to have been loaned a lovely slow cooker. Strangely enough we only just discovered this genius piece of kitchen equipment and we can't recommend them highly enough. They couldn't be more simple to use and you can cook a wide variety of meals in them. We opted for something warming and seasonal and it happened to be around the time of National Curry Week so we did a mixed seasonal vegetable curry. We are keen to test out a wide variety of recipes so we'll update you with more slow cooker recipes soon.The only thing to remember is to add leafy greens or vegetables like broccoli that you want to be al dente, very near the end of the cooking time. 

 

 

Slow Cooker Seasonal Vegetable Curry

Ingredients:

1 large onion, finely chopped
1 small aubergine, chopped
Half an onion squash- peeled and chopped (any type of seasonal squash or pumpkin you can find would work well here)
2 medium potatoes, scrubbed and cut into bite size cubes
1 red bell pepper chopped 
1 courgette, cut into 2 cm rounds 
1 small cauliflower cut into small florets- (make it zero waste and include the lovely leafy bits too!)
80g madras curry paste (we used @vegansadhu)
1/2 tbsp garam masala
1 Tbsp veg stock
1 tin coconut milk + another 400ml of water, you can use the coconut tin 
1 heaped tbsp grated ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
100g runner beans, trimmed and cut into bit size pieces
150 g kale or any seasonal leafy greens
Juice of one lime
Salt and pepper to taste
Method:
So simple- just throw everything in apart from the leafy greens and the lime juice and any veg that only requires 30 seconds of cooking eg broccoli or spinach and then cook on high for roughly 2.5-3 hours. just towards the end of the cooking time, add the kale and wait until it has wilted. Adjust the seasoning, we always like to add more lime juice! Serve with grain of choice. 
Great energy saving recipe and makes cooking anything a hundred times easier!