What's better than not cooking? Going out. But we've been too poor for that, so the next best thing is the crock-pot! It cooks things for you, so you can come home to that strange crock-pot smell. To be honest, this meal was only partially cooked in the crock-pot. In the morning, I placed my cut up vegetables, cabbage, carrots, celery and potatoes, along with a can of beer in my slow cooker. I also added a spice packet of mustard seeds, coriander, juniper berries, cloves and peppercorns. The bratwurst sausages (the last remaining from Oktoberfest), I steamed later, in the crock-pot juices. Then, I seared everything in a very hot cast iron pan, veggies and sausages. A quick and satisfying meal.