“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
When my veggie box came this week, there were two lovely big and fat red peppers inside, amongst other things of course! I have always loved the flavours of peppers . . . raw and with dips, sliced and sauteed and in omelets (I like to use more than one colour in these), sliced and sauteed with beef strips to make pepper steak . . . the possiblities are endless. I never run out of ideas on how to use them!
I have found in these recent years though, that my digestive system can't handle the green ones anymore. I am burping them up for hours after eating them, so I don't. Eat them that is . . . (I know! TMI!!)
I was thinking that I would stuff these ones with a tasty vegetarian stuffing. I spent a few hours going through my recipe collection. I easily have several hundred cook books (Todd would say more like a thousand, but he is slightly prone to exaggeration when it comes to cook books.) I also have a nice collection of recipe cards, that I collected over the years from the local Waitrose store when we lived down south.
They used to put out several free recipe cards every month, all filled with tasty recipes using local and seasonal foods. This one looked especially delicious and easy, and like something we both would like. It's kind of like stuffed peppers, except the stuffing is on the outside, and there's chicken too . . . which would satisify my meat and two veg husband, the Toddster.
Chicken, peppers and rice are truly an unbeatable combination, don't you think??
*One Pot Chicken and Rice*
Delicious, easy, impressive and filled with wonderful Spanish flavours like smoked paprika, peppers and tomatoes. Taken from a Waitrose Recipe card from a few years back. We loved this.
1 TBS olive oil
800g of Chicken thighs (8 good sized thighs)
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 fat cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
250g Bomba Paella Rice (19 TBS)
75ml dry white wine (2 1/2 fluid ounces)
400ml of chicken stock (generous 14 fluid ounces)
chopped fresh flat leaf parsley to garnish
Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Heat the oil in a large oven proof deep skillet or saute pan. Add the chicken and brown for 10 to 12 minutes until golden on all sides. Remove and set aside. Pour off all but 1 TBS of the fat. Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring until soft and golden. Stir in the tomatoes, paprika, and rice. Coat in the oil. Add the wine and stock. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring, until the rice is no longer soupy, but not dry. Sit the chicken thighs on top of the rice, cover and transfer the pan to the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken juices run clear and the rice is tender. Fork through the rice and sprinkle with the chopped parsley. Serve.