Welcome to Fantasyland
Cooking is not high up on my list of things I love to do, so it’s taken me until now to follow up on the slow cooker suggestions you all gave me a while ago.
On the joint recommendation of sarcastibich and amysun, my first attempt was your average beef stew: cow, potatoes, celery, carrots, onion, garlic, some corn just for variety. It worked, more or less: needed more seasoning, either flour or thinner-cut potatoes to thicken the liquid, and I’m curious to try it with tomatoes in, but on the whole, a success.
What was definitely a success? Walking in from karate to the warm and wondrous smell of food ready to be eaten RIGHT NOW. Dear Mom and Dad: thank you for the slow cooker; it is exactly what we needed.
I think my next experiment will be kendokamel‘s suggestion of the chicken-red wine-veggie thing, since it will use up the rest of my onion, celery, and carrots, and I like the idea of being able to chuck couscous into the pot right at the end. It will mean waiting five minutes or so before we can eat, but that can be while kniedzw hangs up our gi and I get out the silverware. (Why yes, I am ravenous after karate. How could you tell?)
Bit by bit, I’m beginning to actually cook, for values of “cooking” that don’t mean “chuck pre-made thing into oven/microwave/skillet.”