The Slow Cooker

I just could not be without my slow cooker. So long as you have the ingredients you can just throw everything in and leave it to cook while you do something else. If you’re going out and you don’t trust the slow cooker to behave whilst unattended you could still cook something delicious over night if you are home. 

Today I am making celery soup. I bought ready trimmed celery, such a cheat I know but a great time saver… I will chop it roughly, add an onion and the pea juice I saved from last nights tinned peas. The onion can just be peeled and cut in quarters. To that I will add a cup of boiling water. 

I give everything five minutes in the microwave to make sure it’s hot to begin with and then I will just leave it to cook in the slow cooker all day. 

When I am ready to dish up, the celery and onion will be soft and mashable. However, if anyone needs it super smooth, I can blend it in seconds with my stick blender. 

If you know anyone who is back and forth to hospital and you’re able to offer them a home cooked ready meal I can guarantee they would be grateful!

How I try to get a good sleep in hospital

Hospital wards can be noisy places and I’ve found that sometimes night is worse than day.

These are my tips for trying to get some decent rest:

Take your own pillow, blanket and hot water bottle.

My nice snuggly fleecy throw

Wear earplugs or listen to some music. A subscription to Spotify or Deezer is well worth the money. You can listen to a predefined sleep playlist or create your own. Avoid heart-rending ballads and try some instrumentals. Zen or Spa music is great for creating a relaxed atmosphere.

Keep a diary – pen and paper for preference, or most smartphones have notekeeping apps such as Evernote.  You will sleep better if you can clear your mind of any potentially disruptive thoughts.

Consider keeping a journal

Stick to a routine if you can.

If you do have a restless night then make sure you get some rest later in the day.

Sweet dreams

If you have any tips of your own, please share in the comments below, thank you.