I asked around, searched the internet, looked at prices, brands and was even more undecided. Which brand? Which size? Ordering via Germany is way cheaper but the postage... Went looking for one when in Germany in February, no luck. Put the whole idea to rest.
Then all of a sudden we had a child-less day and decided to go to Amsterdam, visit the special exhibition in the van Gogh museum, strolled around the city, had a leisurely lunch and of course browsed bookshops. I bought a slow cooker book. Strolled around some more, visited another bookshop, bought some more cookbooks. Slowly an idea formed...surely there was a cookshop here that opened on Sunday?
The familiar ones didn't but on our way back to the car I remembered another shop, close to where I used to work back in the old days and yes it was open, yes they had a slow cooker. Just one brand, just one size.
All my carefully researched ideas overboard, bought the one they had. The shopkeeper asked us to watch the store while he ran to the other side of the street to get it. We walked 2 miles with an ungainly package. Impulsive buyer? Me?
That evening I made lemon curd (recipe to follow shortly), the next morning I tried my hand at lemonade. We all loved the flavour, there's still some left in the fridge and secretly I'm thinking of buying a bottle of wodka... wouldn't that be nice?
(Sarah Lewis Slowcooker)
3 lemons, washed and thinkly sliced
625 gr sugar
900 ml boiling water
25 gr (1oz) tartaric acid
To serve and decorate: mint or lemon balm
All ingredients except tartaric acid together in the slow cooker pot, stir to dissolve almost all of the sugar. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
Reduce heat to low and cook for another 2-3 hours until lemons are almost translucent. Switch off and stir in the tartaric acid. Leave to cool.
Remove and discard almost all of the sliced lemons, keeping a few and transfer cordial to sterilized bottle or jars. Seal well and store in the fridge for up to 1 month.
To serve; dillute with water to taste, adding ice cubes and optionally add sprigs of fresh mint or lemon balm. Cheers!