Anyway, being the well organised but poverty-striken student that I was, and having the healthy appetite I've always had I used to get up early (well, ten minutes before I absolutely needed to) fry up some cheap meat and throw some veg into a pot and leave the whole thing simmering away while I attended lectures or taught practice lessons somewhere.
There was something deeply satisfying about knowing - in the midst of whatever chaos I was causing in the capital's schools - that my supper was cooking. It had its drawbacks, of course. The rest of the student household, suitably aroused by the aroma, often appeared on the scrounge just as I began serving out my supper. But, you know what? It didn't matter. There was always enough for everyone. And that habit has stood me in good stead, years later, for feeding a hungry family.
Of course, not being a student any more my equipment has improved immeasurably. And now I've reached the pinnacle of slow cooking technology with the arrival in our household of a Crock-Pot® - The Original Slow Cooker. Here's a little something I rustled up the other day...
And if you'd like to join me (not literally, there's none left) in Crock-Pot® heaven I've got one to giveaway. For a chance to win a Crock-Pot® Cook-and-Carry like the one in the film (rrp £49.99) all you have to do is one (or all) of the following:
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The competition closes midnight this coming Saturday, so get those entries in quick. Good luck.
And if you'll excuse me, I'm off to do some more (slow) cooking.