Taiwanese beef stew (紅燒牛肉)

I’ve been craving meat lately but haven’t really had time to cook anything properly.  By the time I get home from work or German class after work, it’s super late and I’m just wolfing down whatever I can get my hands on from the fridge and cupboard.

Taiwanese beef stew (紅燒牛肉)

Taiwanese beef stew (紅燒牛肉)

So this is where my slow cooker comes in!  I recall my mother telling me I could use the Taiwanese spice packets she gave me to stew some meat, so I decided to throw in some beef chunks into the slow cooker this morning before work, add a spice packet, top with some soy sauce, rice wine, and water…  and then let magic happen while I was slaving away at the office.  😉   Continue reading

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Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup for Two

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

I’ve been sick all weekend, so that means holing up indoors and stuffing my face with food.  I think the only productive thing I did all weekend was two loads of laundry today.  My YouTube music of choice today is The Rolling Stones.  It’s been interesting, because I never thought I liked rock, rhythm, and blues…  and now their music is kind of growing on me.  It must be my old age.  Or perhaps the fever is getting to my head.  😛

Actually, I don’t think I have a fever (not that I actually checked), because you know the old saying, Feed a cold, starve a fever?  Well, I’ve fed myself nonstop all week…  so I must have a cold, not a fever.  😉  In fact, my belly is so full now, it’s actually hurting.  But that’s another blog post.  (Stay tuned for dessert right after this.  ;))   Continue reading

Paleo Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Paleo Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Paleo Slow Cooker Pot Roast

It’s cold in Switzerland now…  cold enough for me to switch back to Celsius on my smartphone.  >.<  I tried to convert to Celsius when I first moved here, but anything over 2 °C didn’t mean anything to me–I always had to convert back to Fahrenheit to figure out how to dress for the day–and then finally one day I just followed my American friend M-‘s advice and switched back to the Fahrenheit setting on my phone.

Since then, I know that if it’s 70 °F, then it’s nice and warm…  if it’s 60 °F, then I bring a light jacket with me…  if it’s 40 °F, the I wear a thicker jacket (and maybe a scarf)…  and if it dips below 35 °F, then it’s time to switch over to the Celsius setting and pull out my down coat.  😉   Continue reading

Crock Pot Asian BBQ Chicken Wings

It’s been really hot in Switzerland lately, which means BBQ weather!  As I don’t have a BBQ grill, I decided to do the next best thing–and dusted off zee ‘ol slow cooker to make some Asian-style BBQ chicken wings.  I love the concept of crock pot cooking.  Just plop in all the ingredients before work, set it and forget it, and then come home to a nice, hot meal.  😀   Continue reading

Slow Cooker Coca Cola Barbecue Chicken

???????????????????????????????Since U.S. Men’s soccer is playing against Germany today, I figured that it would be fitting to do a good ol’ American style meal for dinner.  In comes the Slow Cooker Coca Cola Barbecue Chicken recipe that I found on Pinterest, courtesy of Six Sisters’ Stuff website.  (Oo…  side note:  USA just scored again.  2-0 to Germany.  Yay!)   Continue reading

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Noodle Soup (Niu Rou Mian) 牛肉麵

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Noodle Soup (Niu Rou Mian) 牛肉麵 (4)I bought a Morphy Richards slow cooker off Amazon.de this past March, and it’s kind of just been sitting in the corner of the kitchen, gathering dust…  so yesterday I decided to make my version of Beef Stew Noodle Soup (Niu Rou Mian) 牛肉麵 in the slow cooker.  I didn’t really have a recipe on hand, so I just made it up as I went along, and I think the finished product came out okay.   Continue reading