I can't say it was a massive success but it was OK and at least I now know where I went wrong with this dish and how to tweak it next time!
I made Pasta with lemon, bacon and peas (photo below)... It looked kind of lonely on the plate despite making garlic bread to go with it so I think next time I will also include a green leaf salad and some dressing as well.
If anyone wants to try it I can dig out the exact measurements but basically I used spiralli pasta, put it in the slow cooker with chicken stock, water, double cream, a sprig or two of thyme, some lemon zest and left it for 2 1/2 hours. Then added bacon, parmesan, 2 eggs and peas for the last 15-20 minutes. And then seasoned to taste.
The down points of it where that despite the liquid being almost all gone, the pasta was overcooked and soggy. It was also very light on taste (a bit bland) and there was TONS of the stuff left over.
Next time I make this dish I am going to try cooking it for less time, adding more parmesan and some cheddar and some extra cream. I may also forego the lemon zest as I don't feel it really added anything other than a slightly sickly sweet taste to a slightly bland dish.
I think next time I make it, it will be really good... And considering I rarely (ie. never!) cook and have NEVER used a slow cooker in my life it was edible (the kids and DH cleaned their plates, but I haven't been feeling too well the last couple of days so mushy pasta wasn't good for me!)... I'm pretty confident that next time it will be lovely!
Anyway, here's a photo of it as it finished cooking in the slow cooker, and looking rather lonely on the dinner plate! http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...311_350903.jpg http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...12_1678178.jpg