I love salads. I love fresh fruit. I love all the wonderful flavours of the summer. But regardless of all that, there is something wonderful about the first rice pud of the season.
Today I realised that action needed to be taken to avoid wasting some milk so I found rice, sugar and butter from my stores and I dragged the slow cooker out of the cupboard for the first time for several months.
There's something magic about cooking in a slow cooker. Bung in a few ingredients, switch on, leave it for a few hours and voila! dinner is served. Tough meat becomes tender, flavours meld together, and the electricity meter is scarcely troubled. Good, wholesome food is on the table and there's always some left to freeze for another day. I even bought mine in a Tesco Clubcard boost event so it has always been a bargain!
Truly it is one of the joys of cooler days.