24/10/14 08:50 Filed in: Chinese - Main
This is a great Monday night meal, 15 minutes of prep and 10 minutes cooking.
By the time that the Thai Jasmine rice is ready, the chicken and cashew nut stir fry is practically ready to be served.
I like my stir fries chilli hot so added some Numex Twilight and Little Elf chilli varieties from the garden. These chillies have a bit more heat and flavour compared to your supermarket bought Birdseye chillies.
I bought the chicken breasts on the bone, which is significantly cheaper than buying prepared breasts. It only takes a moment to cut the breast bone off and to remove the skin!
Dry roasting the cashew nuts really brings out their flavour and helps to release their natural oils.
The sauce is simple, again using the Sweet soy sauce that I am ever so fond of.
I would have preferred to have used Thai Basil instead of normal basil, but with the onset of autumn, I no longer have a ready supply from the garden.
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19/10/14 18:08 Filed in: British - Main
Chicken and Mushroom Pie has to be one of the all time great comfort foods.
Here in London, it is cold damp and windy. Not pleasant at all - especially with it being dark going and returning from work.
This is where comfort food excels and one reason why I love the Autumn/Winter seasons. Out with the salads and in with the hearty stews, pies and puss! The kitchen comes alive with mouth watering smells.
My Chicken Pie, is a little bit of a faff, what with cooking the ingredients separately, however, it is well worth the effort. I like my pie to come complete with the vegetables, so I parboil the broccoli, add sweetcorn and delicious butter fried golden chestnut mushrooms. The leeks, shallot and garlic add a lovely depth. The tarragon and white wine give subtle complexity to the filling.
I reckon this pie takes a good 60 minutes of preparation, so generally better for a weekend.
Saying that, I made this on a Tuesday night for my sister-in-law. I confess I was sweating by the end of it, but got it in the oven in under half an hour!
This tastes even better for left overs. I personally like to serve this with homemade piccalilli.
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