Sunday, 27 January 2013

My hearty winter Supper



Now firstly before I start the recipe I have to say something about pressure cookers. I know that they have, in many homes been safely tidied away along with VHS tapes and 1980s fashion trends you really would not now be seen dead in. But It is actually a really healthy way to cook and takes a surprisingly little effort to use. And within half the normal cooking time you have a cosy meal which will make you feel hugged inside without the guilt you might have had if you had roasted your chicken or meat in the oven in oil. Sooooo

Ingredients.
For the soup and grilled chicken-
Chicken Cut into 4 pieces
3 Bay leaves
large cinnamon stick broken into pieces
!/2 Cabbage
4 carrots
1 Onion
salt
pepper
chicken stock cubes

(I am adding an extra part to the preparation of the chicken which is the cleaning of the chicken)

Cleaning the chicken

This isn't something I used to do before I moved to Jordan but I have since found it actually does make the chicken taste better. Don't ask me how lol but I think it does.
So basically I usually clean the chicken by rubbing salt in to it with some lemon juice and leaving it to sit for abut 5 minutes before rinsing it in clean cool water.

Cooking method

1.Now place the chicken into a pressure cooker. Or if you don't have one you could use a large pan ( however the cooking time would be considerably longer).
2. Add 3-4 pieces of cinnamon stick, Bay leaves and salt and pepper and cook set to boil.
3.For pressure cookers put it on a high heat for about 10 minutes and then reduce to a low heat for the remainder of the 45 minutes. With a pan heat high for 10 minutes and then low for the remainder of the hour or so it takes to cook. make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked by taking a piece from the liquid and sticking a knife into it. If the juices run clear its cooked.
4. Remove the cooked chicken from the liquid and place on a baking tray and grill until the skin is nicely crispy. ( I know but that's the only fattening bit so treat yourself )
5. Now add chicken stock cubes to the liquid and also the pre-prepared vegetables and simmer until they are cooked.
6. Add extra salt and pepper if desired and serve


Winter Salad

Ingredients

1/2Red cabbage
1/2 lettuce
4-5tomatoes
4-5 spring onions
2-3carrots
wholegrain mustard
extra virgin olive oil
salt
pepper

Method

1.Chop ingredients and place in a bowl. Now this is down to your preference as you might like your salad chunky or you might like everything finely cut.
2. mix wholegrain mustard in a mug with olive oil salt and pepper.
3. Pour a little over the salad and toss so that all the leaves are evenly coated and serve with the soup and grilled chicken.
So there you are an incredibly satisfying meal which warms you thoroughly and keeps you cosy during the cold months. Not to mention its easy to make, cheap and if you cook a large batch of soup can keep you going for two days so no need to cook the next day.



January is here!!!!!

Hi there!
And welcome to a wonderfully chili January. My darling hubby has bought a calo gas heater for the living room which has been a god send in the evenings as it would otherwise be like sitting in the fridge lol.Still having trouble with my camera card so will be using my photo library for now. I am sitting in my living room for a moment before I go finish my housework for the day thinking about all the knitting and craft projects I have on the go at the moment. I am someone who is very easily distracted and browsing the huge directory of free patterns at Ravelry.com I have recently been slightly dazzled by the millions of projects I would love to make. The fact that I have signed up for virtually every free  craft and knitting/crochet news letter around doesn't help as I am always getting new ideas sent to me. So my huge new years resolution is to work on no more than two projects at a time and finish them all before starting  anything new. I know its a little late for resolutions, but its the only real goal I can stick too. The diet one most women make I don't really need to do this year as strangely enough running after my adventurer son has melted off the final pounds of baby weight so am pretty happy with myself. Possibly for the first time in my whole life. Today after my work is done will finish making up an adorable vest I have made for my nephew with re-purposed wool from an old jumper and continue a new vest for my son which I am kinda making up as I go along ( and for once its working -wow ! the knitting fairy god mother must be around) I am hoping to get some new photos uploaded so I can put my vest pattern up as its really easy, can be adapted for children and adults and you can also personalise it. I am also hoping to write up a recipe this week for a warming winter meal to toast the cockles- steamy chicken soup, grilled chicken and a crisp salad. Comfort food without the guilt, which generally allows you to have a treat later be it a nice little piece of chocolate with your afternoon coffee or a creamy serving of ice cream whilst you watch TV.I am also hoping to put a recipe for gherkins which my mother in law very kindly gave me  yay!!!!!