Sunday, January 9, 2011

The critic was silenced.....

Today was a bit of a low key day. Nothing that pointed to the momentous occasion that was to happen later in the day. Planned was a Garden Summer Pie for dinner. I didn't hold much hope of any love from the critic but then that was now like water off a ducks back.

The day started like normal for me now. Ever since starting this little journey, most days I find that I'm either running out of time or ingredients or I'm running around for ingredients. Today was the later. Two trips. Two trips to the supermarket to get four ingredients. Got a brain like the mash potato I made tonight.

After finally finishing the running around and with help from my wife we got the meal started.

Cut chicken breast or thigh into chunks and in a little sunflower oil, brown on the stove. Finely chop an onion and 2 rashes of bacon and add to the chicken and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of plain flour, 450ml of chicken stock, 2 teaspoons of wholegrain mustard, 2 diced carrots and mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

In the last 20 minutes, smash it with 100 grams of frozen peas and beef up the heat to high. Now what you can then do is make a mash, cover the above said ingredients, bit of cheese over the top of the mash and brown it under the grill in your oven. I just served the mash on the side.

The meal was quite easy once it was underway and cooking so the day I got to share with my family. Happy days or so they say.

Dinner was served on the dining table and we all sat down and had a great conversation with the critic leading the way. I have no idea what we talked about, but the critic was very pleased with herself by the end of it.

But then came the biggest surprise of all. Wait for it. Wait for it.

The critic ate everything. Ha ha. I'd done it. She ate everything. The plate was clean. I can now finish my little journey a happy man and cook.

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