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Day 19, in which everything goes out of the window for about 7 days

Yes, I’m writing this a week later because of various things that have happened over the last week, I’m going in chronological order and doing 7 posts in a night, go me!

We went to the cinema and decided that cooking and eating are far to much bother. Tonight we had sandwiches and didn’t eat a full one. This, was probably because we went to the cinema to watch Monsters University (The Unnecessary Prequel) and were full of sugar and hot dogs from Ikea. It should have been chicken chasseur. Here is the recipe from Delicious magazine:

  • 8 skinned and boned chicken thighs
  • 4 large fresh thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g (about 3) shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 200ml dry white wine
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 300g small chestnut mushrooms, halved
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 200g fresh or canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp fresh flatleaf parsley, chopped
  1. Open out the chicken thighs and place skinned-side down on a work surface. Sprinkle with half the thyme and some seasoning, roll back into shape and tie at each end with string.
  2. Heat a deep, non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp oil and fry the chicken pieces until golden all over. Set aside.
  3. Add the rest of the oil, shallot and garlic to the pan. Fry for 4-5 minutes until lightly browned. Stir in the purée, cook for 1 minute, add the wine and stock, and bring to the boil. Return the chicken to the pan with the mushrooms, remaining thyme, bay leaves and some seasoning.
  4. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover, stir in the tomatoes and simmer for 30-35 minutes. Turn the chicken now and then, cooking until the chicken is tender and the sauce has reduced. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve with mashed potatoes.

Old cub picture

New Cub picture

Peace, love and pizza!

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Day 3, or the day we let the chippy shop take the strain

Not going to even try to justify this, it’s sausage chips and gravy for dinner tonight. The Cub has looked forward to it all holiday and we are going to P.I.G. O.U.T. I foresee a Buffy marathon with some beer in our future tonight as the wonderful man I live with, bought me the box set for Christmas. Eat your hearts out peasants 😀 No picture, because, although AWESOME, it requires no explanation.

As no post is complete without a picture of The Cub, here, he likes to sleep with a hat on sometimes: 094 Next weeks menu:

  • Monday, baked potatoes
  • Tuesday, sos and squash
  • Wednesday, kedgeree
  • Thursday, Gammon
  • Friday, Hummus/poached eggs/scrambled eggs
  • Saturday, Sweet and sour stir fry
  • Sunday, soup

Next weeks spice list:

  • bay leaves
  • medium curry powder or garam masala with chilli
  • fresh parsley (weekly extravagance)
  • fresh ginger
  • light soy sauce
  • rice or cider vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • thyme fresh, but I’ve got some growing at the front

Shopping list:

  • a baked potato for each person, for us that’s 3
  • baked beans
  • block of cheese or grated cheese depending on which is cheapest
  • 1 packet of really nice sausages
  • 1 butternut squash
  • Eggs
  • smoked haddock fillet
  • basmati rice
  • peas
  • 1 red onion
  • double cream (might go with plain yogurt if there is any left in the fridge)
  • lemon juice
  • Gammon steaks
  • veggies
  • boiling potatoes
  • hummus
  • pita bread
  • tappas type things if there are any on offer
  • cornflour
  • chicken thighs boned
  • red pepper
  • yellow pepper
  • 1 x 227g tin of pineapple chunks
  • stir fry veggies
  • soup veggies

Peas, love and pizza!