Your Weekly Feed #13 Slow Cooking



How did the weekend go so quickly?  We are now smack bang in the middle of the year!  I’m loving all the winter warming meals we’ve been having but have enjoyed a very brief reprieve and experienced the delights of a North Queensland winter for a couple of days while trying to sort out schools for the girls. 26 degrees and lovely, let’s check back again in January, I’m not sure how “lovely” it will be then!!!!

Live It, Do It linked up this delicious looking Onion Braised Beef Brisket to last weeks Your Weekly Feed and it looks like a winner to me.


While this isn’t a complete meal it definitely makes the meal that’s for sure! An Easy Cheese Sauce from Create Bake Make, always looking for the easy option when cooking during the week!


Speaking of easy, I’m serving up a Slow Cooked Beef Ragu this week, I made it with Parmesan Polenta the first time round but the girls had the left overs on pasta the following night – it made a lot just for the 3 of us so we will be eating it for days, (on jacket sweet potatoes next I think).  This is a great one to throw in the slow cooker in the morning, be out all day and have dinner ready and waiting for when you get home.  If you don’t have a slow cooker you could try it in the oven at 110 C for 7 – 8 hours.  I had it on low in the slow cooker for 9 hours as I was out but you could do it on high for 6.  So many options depending what your day is like.


Slow Cooked Beef Ragu with Parmesan Polenta


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1. 3 - 1. 5 kg beef blade roast
  • 1 brown onion, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 400 g tins diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 carrots, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1/2 C red wine (enjoy the rest with dinner)
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 - 3 bay leaves
  • good grind of sea salt and cracked pepper
  • 1 C (handful) of green beans, topped & tailed
  • For the Polenta
  • 6 C water
  • big pinch salt
  • 1 1/4 C polenta
  • 1/2 C finely grated parmesan
  • 3 Tbsp butter


  1. Put the oil in the slow cooker and top with the meat
  2. Add all the other ingredients except the beans stir the around and then cover and cook for 8 - 9 hours on low.
  3. It will be ready when the meat falls apart when pulled with 2 forks. Shred the meat with the forks and stir through. Turn the slow cooker to Keep Warm if you have it and add the beans and mix through, if you don't have that function just turn it off - it will stay warm anyway and cook the beans.
  4. For the polenta
  5. Boil the kettle and add the water to a saucepan, add salt and then add the polenta whisking all the time. When all mixed in and starting to absorb the water add the parmesan and keep whisking, add the butter stir through and then serve into bowls immediately.
  6. Top with the ragu and enjoy a hearty winters meal.

Are you a slow cooker fan?

Now’s the time to pop over to see what Kim’s cooking in the Land of Zonkt and also if you are a blogger link up a recipe or 2 to help give us all some dinner inspiration.  If you don’t have a blog but have a recipe to share please feel free to email it in, we’d love to try it out for Your Weekly Feed too.







12 comments on “Your Weekly Feed #13 Slow Cooking

  1. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    July 27, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Sounds like a winner of a dinner if only 1/2 cup of the wine goes in the pot and the rest you have with dinner! Sorry, I’m not cooking at the moment so haven’t got anything to contribute – unless something from the archives is OK?

    • Vicki
      July 27, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Lucky you not cooking at the moment, I’m enjoying your IG feed. Anything from the archives would be great, yes please!

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    July 27, 2015 at 6:04 am

    This looks delicious and the slow cooker is one of my favourite pieces of kitchen equipment. I’m not linking up this week because jet lag has got the better of me, but I’ll be back on form next week. In the meantime, I’m just going to drool all over this!

    • Vicki
      July 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks lovely, I hope that you are over the jetlag soon, it knocks you about doesn’t it. x

  3. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    July 29, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Ahhh anything with polenta gets me every single time!!!! Delicious!

    • Vicki
      July 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks lovely, I think so too!

  4. Jenni from Styling Curvy
    August 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Parmesan polenta sounds delicious!! Our slow cooker has had a big workout this winter…nothing better than coming home to a meal already cooked ?

    • Vicki
      August 1, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      I don’t know why I didn’t get on the slow cooker thing years ago it’s only been in the last few years that I’ve been using one and I think of all the time I could have saved!!!

  5. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    August 1, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I love my thermomix for making cheese and white sauces. I used to fail a lot at it just with the stirring and stirring. Looking at Create Bake Make’s cheese sauce has made me want some tonight on my veggies.

    • Vicki
      August 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      I never bother making sauces before having a Thermomix for that reason, now sauce city!!

  6. Jo @ You had us at hello
    August 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Oh that polenta sounds divine. I just love slow cooker recipes! I always feel like I’m winning. Thanks for the recipe will def give a crack x

    • Vicki
      August 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      I hope you like it – do the polenta in your Thermomix. x

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