Something I have tried to avoid using during this pregnancy is my slow cooker. I have found that every time I plan out this amazing slow cooker dinner that by the time it cooks and the dinner hour rolls around, I just couldn’t be bothered to have it. Cereal seems more appealing.

Blame those crazy pregnancy aversions. Something I never had to deal with during my previous pregnancies. This time those aversions are making themselves loud and clear.

I kid you not, just the other day, I prepared this wonderful Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Chili. My husband devoured it. Me? I turned my nose up at it the moment it was ready to be served and has a bowl of Lipton Soup.

So when the mood struck me to make a beef stew, I knew I was taking a huge risk when I pulled out the slow cooker. I knew there was a chance that I might make this amazing dish that included my favourite red wine as a key ingredient, and may not eat it. I figured if that staple ingredient wouldn’t entice me to stick it out and enjoy the meal, there was no saying what would. After all if I can’t enjoy the occasional glass… Why not use the wine for cooking? The robust flavours always add that extra bit of oomph to certain dishes.

You will be happy to know that the aversions did indeed stay at bay, and I was able to enjoy this delicious Slow Cooker Brandied Beef & Mushroom Stew.

A meal that as of right now, I cannot wait to enjoy again for lunch today.



Slow Cooker Brandied Beef & Mushroom Stew

  • 1 lb stewing beef, quartered into small cubes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 20 oz beef broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. In a skillet, place 3 tablespoons butter and stewing beef. Season beef with salt and pepper, to taste. Melt butter and lightly brown beef. Once beef has lightly browned, add in flour. Stir to evenly coat.
  2. In slow cooker, add broth, wine, brandy, onion, mushrooms and spices. Stir.
  3. Add beef to slow cooker. Give everything another good stir. Set to low and cook 7-8 hours.
  4. Serve over creamy garlic mashed potatoes or rice.

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