Well, I've finally, and oh-so-slowly (as I hate to be beaten), found I am maybe having a change of heart. So, thinking that I can't be the only one of the 7 billion or so people on the planet who is confused by a slow cooker, I thought I'd occasionally let you know what success I've had and what stupid questions I had that I've stumbled through.
We enjoyed a fab roast beef meal this week. I was given one cracking piece of advice - always brown your meat first. This gem (probably obvious to everyone else but a complete godsend to me) came from the wonderful Tamsyn at http://www.tamsyn-g.com/ She is fab - taking the time a while back to email a recipe that got me feeling I could maybe possibly learn to slightly like my slow cooker. Her site is well worth a browse, so do take a peek... she offers lovely craft workshops in Somerset. But, back to the point... So I browned the joint.
It was delicious. I have to say, I think this was too long - six hours next time. But the meat was tender, the vegetables crumbly, but tasty. And everyone loved it. Success!