Friday, 23 October 2009

comfort food

After escaping for a few days, and judging by the settling cold over here, I could not resist trying this lovely dish, as made last week by the very talented Alicia from Posie Gets Cosy
She got her recipe from this website, although both of us altered it slightly. It is really quite straight-forward, and the result is absolutely yummy!
The savoury biscuits were a treat, and this is just my kind of comfort food.

Here's a simple how-to:
* Roast 3 or 4 chicken breast in the oven, let them rest when cooked, and chop up in small chunks.
* Gently fry a chopped-up onion in a knob of butter until translucent. (After about 10 minutes, I added a couple of chopped-up celery branches). Add some flour to make a roux, season and wet the lot with about 3/4 l. of chicken stock, adding it gradually to thicken the lot. Finally, add cream.
* Blanch 2 or 3 roughly chopped carrots for 2 min.
* In your serving dish, mix the drained carrots, two handful of frozen peas, the chicken, a handful of chopped parsley, and finally mix in the sauce.
* Put in the oven for about 15 min whilst you prepare the biscuits.
* Now, in the proper recipe, you should use a mixer, but I don't have one, so I did it by hand - easy enough! Mix some flour with butter until you get crumbs, than add "half and half" (I'll be honest, i didn't have a clue what that is, but my friend Google helped me, simply dilute some cream in a little milk) until you get a pastry-like result. Add more chopped-up parley, season.
* Spread your pastry and cut out some disc shapes. Brush them with egg yolks, and put them on top of the stew.
* After another half hour in the oven, you have this yummy stew!

Just what you need this time of year...and it's easy to make.
(sorry for the photo - it was really nice when it came out of the oven, but the smell was too overwhelming, and we just had to eat it right away, so you just get to see what was left over!)

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