I may have discovered my new favourite way to have chicken with this week’s recipe, Chicken Tinga Tacos from alexandracooks.com. Hot and spicy, the chicken was great wrapped in a flour tortilla with a little soured cream and guacamole. I admit I was a little skeptical that the chicken would cook through in 25 minutes, but it did (confirmed with a thermometer). Relatively quick and easy when you’re in need of a Mexican food fix.
I think the linked recipe is just about perfect and the only thing I’ll do differently next time is reduce the sauce a bit more before adding the chicken. I also tasted frequently when adding the peppers – they’re pretty hot, so it’s best to add a little at a time rather than everything at once. While they may not be widely available, that chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can be found in the UK or ordered online (note to self: bring more back next trip to the US!). One further helpful hint – it took me some time, once we moved here, to figure out that cilantro and coriander were the same thing, after numerous fruitless attempts to find cilantro in the local supermarket.
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My veg box seems to have shifted from winter cabbage and purple sprouting broccoli to spring greens, so this recipe from Abel & Cole sounded like a perfect way to add them to a meal. Another dish with mustard – this time grainy mustard – though it’s softened with the honey and crème fraîche.
I reworked the recipe a little – the timing seemed a little short for the chicken and I didn’t want to overcook the greens, so after before adding the greens, I put it in the oven at 200ºC for 10 minutes, then back on the hob, adding the greens and continued from there. For the thyme, it doesn’t appear to have an amount listed so I used 1 tsp dried thyme.
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Last week was British Pie Week here in the UK and although I’m a little late to the party, here’s a chicken and leek pie recipe that I tried, compliments of Nigel Slater via BBC Food. The recipe can be found on here on the BBC website.
One of the first cookbooks I bought when I moved to the UK was Nigel’s Real Food, so I knew this was the right one for me when I found it.
It’s probably more of a pasty than a traditional pie (what we Americans would call a pot pie) as it’s made with two sheets of puff pastry with the filling in between and then baked on a baking tray rather than in a pie tin. Easy, tasty and a good way to use up the leeks I keep getting in my veg box!
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For this week’s post, I was looking for an easy recipe that I could match with red wine, which I admit I much prefer to white. We rarely eat red meat at home, so we’re building up a collection and I’m always on the look-out for something that will go well with red wine. This has been on my list for a while, and comes from David Lebovitz’s site. It’s a website I’m particularly fond of, and not just because he lives in and writes about one of my favourite cities, Paris.
It’s easy and quick enough to make during the week. I served it with a celeriac purée and steamed flat beans which, along with the shallots, came in this week’s veg box.
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