I chose two one pot recipes, both cooked slowly in the oven. I am a lazy cook and an don't like to wash many pans and pots. I also work full time, and any dish that cooks on its own is welcome.
First I made the beef chilli with bourbon, beer and black beans. I chose it because it doesn't use kidney beans, which I don't like. This recipe asks for black turtle beans, which I had never used before. They don't need soaking, which is good. It is not a tea total recipe! The liquid used is beer and bourbon. The meat is cheap beef shin, which is full of flavour but needs a bit of trimming. Jack had a feast of trimmings for which I hope he is eternally grateful. We all liked the chilli. I really liked the black turtle beans and will buy them again. The leftovers were delicious in baked potatoes. The one negative about this recipe is the unappetizing look of the finished dish, a dark brown lumpy mess. I like my food pretty and it took a little convincing to try this chilli. It didn't photograph well I am afraid, so no pictures here.
The second recipe was the chicken and wild rice. It is an interesting combination of chicken, cranberries and wild rice. I really like wild rice, it is firm and has a lovely flavour. It is often mixed in with plain white rice but this is not what to use for the dish because the white rice would go all soggy. I used a half and half mix of wild rice and Camarque rice, because I couldn't find pure wild rice. The two are not dissimilar in texture and colour so all was good. The dish was wonderfully soupy and flavourful. Everybody liked it, even the fussy teenager. One to copy and stick in my own cookery jotter.
I have since made the massaman curry and the sweet and sour slaw from the same book, both delicious and both quick to make. I have bought the ingredients for chicken tray bake with bitter orange and fennel and I am really looking forward to eating it. I have left the recipe open on the kitchen counter for Richard to find. Mind you, he is quite good at not seeing stuff....
I should also mention that Sam cooked a delicious meal this month. I appreciate it very much when my teenager cooks but I am always a
Annie didn't feel like a cookery challenge in March but she did cook a few simple dishes and her old favourite, coconut lime chicken with roastinis (gnocchi gently fried in a generous amount of butter). She did include vegetables.
I am lucky to have children who like to cook.
In April, I am trying out a couple of recipes from my one and only vegan cookery book. I am not sure why I bought it because we are not vegans and have no intentions of becoming vegan either. I think the 'cheese'cake on the book cover made me buy it. The biggest challenge will be to get the teenager to eat! I may also have to hunt for the ingredients, some I have never heard off.
What have you been eating lately? Do you have any family favourites that you would like to share? What about favourite cookery books?
Happy cooking (and eating). xx