Photo: Ricardo Slow Cooker Favourites
You may know Ricardo from his largely popular Food Network television show, Ricardo and Friends. Just recently, Ricardo released a book through HarperCollins dedicated to one of everyone’s largely misunderstood kitchen tools: the slow cooker. The cookbook entitled, “Slow Cooker Favourites” shows Ricardo’s enthusiasm for slow foods and takes readers on a journey of slow-cooked foods.
He’s very open about the fact that before he started experimenting, he was of the same mind of others, “Slow cooked foods would look brown and mushy and unappetitizing. But when I started researching, I realized the amounts of foods you could cook that were colourful and could have just as great, if not better results.”
Over time, Ricardo became a preacher of all things slow-cooked, mentioning to me that his three daughters enjoy all the meals he has test-drived on them including Meatloaf and Chicken Satay in a Peanut Sauce. “My daughters are some picky eaters but I have been able to meal plan with them, save money and our family has been eating out less, thanks to the Slow-Cooker.”
The biggest thing while flipping through the pages of Ricardo’s new book is the variety of recipes including desserts. He tells me that his favourite is the Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Sauce, as you can never have enough leftovers for later. But Ricardo also highlights the practical, economical, healthy and ecological uses of the slow cooker. He tells me, “Everyone feels short on time but the nice thing about the slow-cooker is you can have a meal with the people you love, changed daily – no matter how much time you are. That decompression you get to have over not putting too much time/effort – priceless. It’s the most important thing.”
So take the slow-cooker challenge and test-drive some of Ricardo’s recipes out for yourself. You’ll even shock yourself at what you can achieve.