Summer Slow Cooked Challenge

Summer has arrived in Scotland at last, we’ve been eating outside on the patio and soaking up the warmth of the sun.  It’s also  time to launch the Summer Slow Cooked Challenge, I have to admit that my slow cooker has been gathering dust, as we have been feasting on salads and barbeque roasted chicken this weekend.  Before I reveal what is planned for the Slow Cooked Challenge, here are a few photographs from around the farm:

Scottish wildflowers

Cuckoo flower or ladies mantle with buttercups in the background

Cow Parsley

Cow Parsley in the early evening light.

blackbird in the holly bush

The holly bush attracts blackbirds every year.

House sparrow on the tractor

We seem to have a lot of house sparrows this year, this one found a perch on the tractor.  If you’ve enjoyed seeing my nature photographs then you can see more by following me on Instagram @farmersgirlcook where I post a daily flower of the day and lots more photos from around the countryside where I live. 

Okay, back to the Summer Slow Cooked Challenge, we may have had a few days of warm sunshine, however our British summers are unpredictable and your slow cooker can be a great asset in the summer.  If you are going out for the day, you can load it up and leave it safely all day, knowing that your meal will be waiting for you when you come home.  It’s also really good for making some preserves and making recipes with gluts from the garden to store in the freezer.  Just to give you an idea of the sorts of summer recipes you can make in your slow cooker, I’ve gathered a few from previous round ups.  For more inspiration please check out the round up posts on the Slow Cooked Challenge page.

Slow Cooked Challenge summer recipes

From the top (l-r) all links are to Slow Cooked Challenge Round Up pages

Slow Cooker Carrot, Lemon and Almond Chutney from Strong as Soup

Slow Cooker Provencal Style Chicken with rice from Tales from the Kitchen Shed

Slow Cooker Orange, Pistachio and Honey from Baking Queen 74

Slow Cooker Peach Jam from Tales from the Kitchen Shed

Cannelini Bean Dip from Searching for Spice

Slow Cooked Italian Chicken from Fab Food 4 All

Slow Cooker Lamb Ras El Hanout from Farmersgirl Kitchen 

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chilli Beans from Tales from the Kitchen Shed

Blackberry Pulled Pork with Blackberry BBQ Sauce from De Tout Coeur Limousin 

Lucy – Baking Queen 74 and I are going to take a bit of a break from the Slow Cooked Challenge over the summer, so I’m setting up the Linky and leaving it open until the 28th August, there is no theme, simply add your slow cooked recipes to the linky as usual.  There will be full round up posted at the end of August. 

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If you would like to take part in the Summer Slow Cooked Challenge, then please:

  • Make your recipe in your Slow Cooker or other slow cooking method and post a photograph and the recipe, or a link to a recipe, on your blog
  • Link to Farmersgirl Kitchen and Baking Queen 74
  • Use the Slow Cooked Challenge logo in your post
  • If you use twitter, tweet your post with @FarmersgirlCook @BakingQueen74 and use #SlowCookedChallenge and we  will re-tweet it to our followers AND post your picture on the dedicated Pinterest Board. 
  • A round up of all the entries will be posted on the host’s blog.


  • 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 AUGUST 2016 and a round up will be posted on the host blog.

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I’m determined to bake a cake in the slow cooker – so watch this space x


LOVELY photos and also great that the linky will be open until August, which means I don’t have to panic to get something in!