Settle in for some seriously good slow cooking this week. Geoff Scott is stewing beef with red wine and mushrooms a la beouf bourguignon. Chicken casseroled with sausage and white beans is a good one for week nights and pickled pork with parsley dumplings and pineapple pickle pork is one of those surprise-and-delight dishes I am going to cook for a comforting night in with friends this weekend.

Warren is slow-cooking winter tomatoes to enhance their flavour and all the meals you incorporate them in to.

Warren Elwin is cooking with tomatos and Geoff Scott is preparing a pickled pork. Photos / Bite magazine
Warren Elwin is cooking with tomatos and Geoff Scott is preparing a pickled pork. Photos / Bite magazine

Many of you have entered your favourite slow-cooked recipes into our latest reader recipe competition and you can see a selection of them at bite.co.nz. You have until midnight Wednesday August 9 to enter. Your recipe may win you a new pressure cooker, see details here.

Ray is cooking with brassicas - some of his ideas are of the slow-cooked variety, others made in minutes to help you get a nutritious meal on the table quick-smart.

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Chicken casserole with sausages and white beans. Photo / Bite magazine
Chicken casserole with sausages and white beans. Photo / Bite magazine

Having recently moved to the heart of Central Otago wine country (yes I am a bit cat that got the cream-ish) I am delighted to share a recipe from my neighbour, Carrick Restaurant. Chef Gwen Harvie has created this lamb stir fry with saffron quinoa pilaf using a packet of Silver Fern Farms Lamb Stir Fry - a product that definitely makes weeknights easy.

Ray McVinnie is cooking with brassicas and pictured above is Chef Gwen Haryie's lamb stir-fry. Photos / Bite magazine
Ray McVinnie is cooking with brassicas and pictured above is Chef Gwen Haryie's lamb stir-fry. Photos / Bite magazine