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Chermoula Chicken

28 Sep

This is an excellent traybake-style recipe from Rosie Sykes new cookbook The Sunday Night Book. With prep that is front ended and could easily be organised in advance the most demanding part is making the aromatic chermoula paste and then you’re ready to rock.

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The North African chermoula is a blend of toasted spices and fresh ingredients which means the end result is fragrant and delicious. I used a pestle and mortar, which is always satisfying, but a food processor would work too. After prepping your paste just combine with chicken thighs (bone in or out), red onions and new potatoes and then leave covered to marinade in the fridge until you’re ready to cook or pop in the oven.

Serve with flatbreads or rice. This recipe gives three good-sized portions and like most marinated meats it is even tastier the next day in a wrap or flatbread.

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You will need;

10 chicken thighs, skin on
12 new potatoes, halved lengthways
2 red onions, cut into wedges
12 baby plum tomatoes, halved
Salt
1 cup of water

Chermoula paste
1 tsp cumin seeds, briefly toasted
Half a lemon
A good handful of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
A good handful of coriander, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
Half a red chilli, chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
Half tsp salt
6 tbsp light olive oil

Method

  • If cooking straightaway preheat your oven to 190 oC/ Gas mark 5
  • Allow your toasted cumin seeds to cool and then roughly chop to reduce the size a bit, pre-pestle action
  • Juice the lemon and then finely chop the remaining skin and flesh
  • Now smash/blend all the marinade ingredients together except the chopped lemon.
  • Once it starts to look like a paste add your chopped lemon (keepĀ 1tsp back for later) and the salt
  • Keep bashing/blitzing and slowly adding the olive oil until you have a loose smooth paste.
  • Place your chicken, onions, and potatoes in a roasting tray, sprinkle with salt and the remaining lemon and then massage the paste into the mix making sure the thighs have good coating.
  • Arrange the ingredients so they nestle alongside one another, making sure the chicken thighs are skin side up.
  • Pour a cup of water around your artfully arranged chicken and veg and roast for half an hour.
  • Check what’s happening at this point and move everything about a bit, if it looks a little dry add some more water.
  • Scatter the tomatoes over the mixture and then return to the oven for 20 minutes more.
  • You know you’re done when the chicken is crispy and the potatoes are cooked through and there is a sizzling sauce around everything.
  • Re the sauce, if you want more than is left, remove the chicken and veg to a warm plate and add a little boiling water to your roasting tin. Over a low heat whisk to get all the yummy caramelised bits together to create a delicious sauce to pour over your chicken.
  • Finally scatter a few roughly torn coriander leaves over the top before you scoop up the crisp fragrant chicken, spiced potatoes and sweet onions with a warm flatbread.

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel’s Frozen…

18 Jun

After much complaining from my kids about the lack of ice cream in our freezer I thought I’d whip up a batch of frozen yoghurt, it’s quick and really easy to make but most important of all, it’s scrummy.

Ingredients

1 Ripe mango, pureed
1 small can Condensed milk
1 large (450g) carton of Rachel’s Organic Coconut Yoghurt

With a very ripe mango to hand I whizzed up a quick puree which I combined with the yoghurt and the special addition of one small can of condensed milk. This adds a creamy sweetness and is a good foil to the sharper greek yoghurt.

Using a good quality flavoured yoghurt means most of the work is done for you and one large carton (450g) makes about 6 servings. I used Rachel’s Organic Greek Style Coconut yoghurt which is fab on its own but perfect for this. If you have an ice cream maker, lucky you, now’s the chance to use it, alternatively place the yoghurt mixture in the freezer. After about an hour or two take out the yoghurt and fork through to break up any ice crystals. Repeat this process every hour or so until frozen. To serve let the frozen yoghurt sit at room temp for about 10mins to soften.

This is really simple to make and you can add any fruit puree you fancy, strawberries (almost in season so why not PYO), raspberries anything you like.

If you want to make this a bit more flash as a dessert you could you could serve it with some fresh berry coulis and crumbled meringue. Delish.

Bertie and Brownies…

13 Jun

Its been hectic in the Davies’ household of late. We are at the end of GCSE exam fever (thank heavens!) and we also have a new addition in the form of Bertie, a four month old Labrador cross, puppy. Rescued from abandonment in a field by the lovely people at Four Paws Animal Rescue, now Bertie has a permanent home cwtched on our sofa.

Introducing, Bertie Davies

Despite this distraction I have been baking lots of treats to fortify my daughter in her studies. This particular recipe is one of her favourites that we have made together many times and when you’re tired and fed up of revising (or life in general) there is nothing like a big mug of tea and a warm chocolate brownie to cheer you up.
This recipe is an amalgum of several from Nigella to Nigel Slater. It is pretty simple and foolproof so give it a whirl. If you are a purist go 100% Dark chocolate (make sure it’s got 72% cocoa).

These quantities will make about 16 which is perfect for lunchboxes for a week. However if you are looking for celebration quantities then just double or treble remembering to upgrade the size of your brownie tin.

You will need:

180g Unsalted butter
90g Dark chocolate (Green & Blacks)
90g Milk chocolate (As above)
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g Caster sugar
110g Plain flour
Half teaspoon salt
150g chopped walnuts (optional)
Non-stick/or lined brownie tin 15cm square

  • Preheat your oven to 180C/Gas mark 4
  • Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water on the hob. (You can do this in the microwave but I always forget about it and burn the chocolate!)
  • Beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla
  • In another bowl combine the flour and the salt
  • Once your chocolate mixture is melted leave to cool slightly then beat into the eggs and sugar
  • Finally beat in the flour until smooth and then scrape into your brownie pan
  • Bake for about 25 minutes but keep an eye on them. Ideally your brownies should be pale brown and meringue crisp on the top but still a bit gooey in the middle. test with a skewer if you are not sure. If the centre is still very runny pop the brownies back in for another couple of minutes.
  • Makes 16

Once cooked leave to cool for as long as you can bear to wait, for these brownies are edible joy.

A nice cuppa and warm chocolate brownies

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