I had a very hectic weekend. I work every Saturday in my busy hairdressing salon and on Sunday, my Daughter and I had a girls day out. It was her early birthday present. We caught the bus into the city, did a little shopping, had lunch in at the Melbourne Emporium, then went to see Matilda the Musical and then a train ride home. A fun day out for an almost 9 year old!
It was also a very wet, cold miserable winters weekend in Melbourne, so before we left on Sunday morning to go on our outing, I popped into the slow cooker some lamb shanks and more, tuned it on and to greet us when we came in the door at 5 pm all damp, cold and exhausted was the aromatic smells of a comforting warming soup.
There is something quite special when you been out and about all day, its dark and chilly, your damp from the misty rain and tired after walking and adventuring in the city ( or whatever you have been doing!) to be greeted by something bubbling away in your slow cooker. The aromas wrap around you like a comforting warm blanket and you sigh with that homely feeling of ‘now I can rest!’
It is my opinion that a slow cooker in the cooler weather is a busy women’s best friend. I use it at least once or twice a week when the cold starts creeping in and love the fact that I can just put everything in one pot, switch it on and you can then go about your business, whilst it bubbles away, safely.
You don’t have to cook this in a slow cooker, it can be made in soup pot on the stove, but you would need to reduce the cooking time( perhaps 3-4 hours) and I would not leave it unattended if cooking stovetop.
This recipe, I made up with the ingredients I had in the fridge but you can play around with the vegetables you like. The chickpeas makes this soup more textural and hearty.
The spice blend I use is a Moroccan Ras El Hanout blend but you could use any Moroccan spice blend or simply mix, cumin & coriander powder with some turmeric, all spice and paprika. This will give you the basic Moroccan flavours.
Simple, Delish, Nutrish!