The Slow Cooker Challenge – January 2013

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If you read the previous post, you will know that I am going to be cooking on limited equipment in the next few months.  Thinking ahead, I requested a Slow Cooker for my Christmas as I felt that it had more possibilities than only cooking in the microwave.  I’ve now used it three times and am quite excited about what I am going to cook next. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for recipes and have also downloaded a Slow Cooker cookbook on Kindle.

I really didn’t intend to run another challenge this year, what with all that is going on in the house, but I just couldn’t resist! Here is how it will work:

The Slow Cooker Challenge

The Slow Cooker Challenge is a monthly blog challenge dedicated
to making recipes using a Slow Cooker or Crockpot. Each month there will
be a theme e.g. soup, dessert, vegetarian etc.

The theme for January 2013 is Soup! 

Today I made Slow Cooker Red Lentil, Chickpea and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika a recipe from Kaylyn’s Kitchen.  I can thoroughly recommend Kaylyn’s Kitchen as a source of Slow Cooker recipes, here recipe collection is entitled ‘Slow Cooker from Scratch’ so the recipes are not full of processed foods.  
When I make it again, I would use ham stock rather than chicken, I would also add a little more smoked paprika, but that is just personal taste. I also added a little sugar to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes.  

If you would like to join me for the Slow Cooker Challenge, then please:

  • Make your recipe in your Slow Cooker and post a photograph and the recipe, or a link to a recipe, on your blog
  • Link to Farmersgirl Kitchen
  • Use the Slow Cooker Challenge logo in your post
  • If you use twitter, tweet your post with @FarmersgirlCook and #SlowCookerChallenge and I will re-tweet it to my followers AND post your post your pictures on a decicated Pinterest board.


  • Please do not publish recipes from cookbooks on your blog without permission, they are copyright.
  • If you are using recipes from another website, please link to
    the recipe on the website rather than publishing the recipe.
  • One entry per blog.
  • Recipes must be added to the linky by the 28th of each month.


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Karen S Booth

YESSS! I am a HUGE fan of slow cooking and will be joining in! Karen

Anneli Faiers (Delicieux)

I LOVE my slow cooker – this really appeals to me so I will do my best to get involved šŸ™‚ Great idea Janice x

Pat Machin

I am a Slow Cooker Addict ~ I have my Veterans' medal as I remember when they were called 'Crockpots'.

You may want to look at

I will join in because I feel strongly about the effort and energy saving slow cookers make.

Janice Pattie

Great to have you gals on board ;-).

Pat – I am aware of your page, thanks. I did a bit of research before creating the challenge. I too am a veteran, I got my first crockpot in 1981, but gave it away in the 90's. looking forward to learning from you and others, always something new to learn.

Jibber JabberUK

Oh, this is so good! My parents bought me my first slow cooker when I was at university. I only bought a new one because I needed it to be bigger. I have made soup once in it and came back to some very angry flatmates…

Nayna Kanabar

I would love to link my soup recipe but it was not made in slow cooker as I dont have one.

Janice Pattie

Jibber Jabber UK – oh dear, hope you have mastered it now!
Nanya – sorry, would have loved to feature your soup recipe but this challenge is really only for Slow Cookers, why not link up to No Croutons Required?

Noble Nourishment

This sounds fab, Janice! Count me in šŸ™‚

Garden Tea Cakes and Me

Oh what a great challenge, I don't have a Slow Cooker at the moment…:)


Pravina Parikh

I just submitted slow-cooker vegetable soup with Pasta and Garbanzo beans. Looking forward to round-up and also more slow-cooker challenges.


Wish I had seen this before doing my scotch broth, that would have been ace in a slow cooker. Will have to think of something else now