Friday, 29 July 2011

Don't Play Chicken With Me, You Fiend!!

Because I'm such a good blog person, it's taken me until two weeks after the fact to decide to write another blog. Yay! It's important not to overdo it, you see. I have over 300 unread emails from writing posts in my email folder and I haven't read them - not due to lack of inclination, but because I am the one who gets to choose where my time will go.

It's good not to let your passion go off the burner in those areas you love, but at the same time, you can suffer from interest-overkill and that thing you love becomes an idol or other things in life begin to suffer from lack of your attention. It's good not to always feel like you're chasing after the wind.

Give yourself a break, Kit Kat.

Here's one of my favourite simple recipes ATM, and also what we're having for dinner tonight. It's supremely flavoursome and brilliant for waking the dead (if you're tired for whatever reason, and won't kill you in the process). Try it before you write it off, and remember, you're only as good as your last dish.


Chicken with Chorizo ~ serves 4

1kg chicken pieces
2 tsp pimenton/paprika (preferrably smoky)
4tbs olive oil
2 small onions, thinly sliced
150g chorizo sausage, sliced
6 (yes 6) garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 can diced tomatoes
12 fresh Bay leaves
1/3 cup Pedro Ximinez (sherry)
salt and pepper to taste
Rice or potatoes to serve (we eat it with roast or mash)

1. Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F. Coat the chicken pieces in the paprika, making sure they are evenly covered, then season with salt.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the chicken until browned all over, turning occasionally.

3. Transfer the chicken pieces to an ovenproof dish. Add the onions to the pan and fry quickly. Add the garlic and sliced chorizo and fry for two minutes.

4. Add the tomatoes, two bay leaves and the sherry, and bring to the boil. Pour over the chicken and cover with a lid. Bake for 45 minutes.

5. Remove the lid and season to taste. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes, until the chicken is tender and golden. Serve with rice or potatoes, or garnished with the remaining bay leaves.

NB~ I like to add a few small green olives, and also a can of chickpeas. I once ate this for leftovers three days straight and my energy levels went through the roof! If you slow the temperature down and cook more slowly, the chicken will fall off the bone. Yum.

"Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content." Ecclesiastes 1v8
Tout est en travail, plus qu'on ne peut le dire. L' il n'est jamais rassasiƩ de voir. L'oreille n'est jamais remplie de ce qu'elle entend.

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