Dinner in tummies, nothing left on plates (after 2 portions each). Lynsey is pretend eating,
and May is doing the Donkey from Shrek pop noise. I love my friends!
Last night, my girlies in Dundee came over to our flat for tea. What ensued was some eating,
much chatting, alot of laughing, some tea drinking,
My ladies are in my camp when it comes to tea. Tea is important.
Boring cups will not do.
Tea must come from a pot.
some magic 8-ball playing...
The magic 8-ball predicted snow. It was right.
and some reminiscing...
We talked about friends past and present, we talked about good times, bad times, and drunken times. We were students together, there were ALOT of them. We talked about work - we are very lucky in that we all love our jobs. Their was alot of innuendo(there always is). At some points, Dave left the room to look at the interwebs, because we were being a bit more 'female' that he can deal with. It was good times.
When it was decided that my lovely girls would be coming to our wee flat for a midweek tea, I knew I wanted to make something hearty. The girls are hard working teachers, and need a good meal after a long day. Yesterday, when I was deciding what to make it was chilly cold, and so I decided a stew of some sort was in order. I had a look through my numerous bookmarked recipes, and found this cassoulet recipe from Luisa as The Wednesday Chef. I think I've taken out even more steps than Luisa has, and have added a little more chicken, some chorizo instead of the sausage, and some red pepper to compliment it.
Speedy Quick Chicken and Chorizo Cassoulet
Perhaps look at Luisa's blog for a picture of what It should look like.
I only remembered once we'd eaten most of it!
1tbsp olive oil
600g chicken, cubed
200g chorizo, cubed
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 red pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1tsp black pepper
1tsp sea salt
2 bay leaves
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
2 tins (about 500g) white beans (I used canellini and butter)
1 and 1/2 onion baguettes
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
- heat oil in large pan(ovenable if possible, mine isn't, so I have an extra step)
- add chicken, chorizo, onion, carrot, pepper and garlic.
- cook till chicken is browned and veg are soft
- add all other ingredients, stir well
- bring to the boil
- simmer on medium heat for 30-40mins, till sauce is thick(if your pan is ovenable, stick it in, lid on at a medium heat instead of simmering in pot)
- whilst simmering, whizz topping ingredients in blender
- set aside(at this point, pre-heat oven to 350f/170c/gas5)
- transfer cassoulet to oven dish
- transfer to oven dish (mine are small so I used two)
- sprinkle over breadcrumb mixture
- bake, uncovered for 30 mins, till breadcrumbs are golden
I used roughly the measurements Luisa used, but if you seriously want to feed 8 people, maybe do at least another half of the amount, or twice it if you want leftovers. The five of us ate it all! I haven't had this with normal sausage, this was my first go at a cassoulet, but I have to say I think the chorizo added alot of the 'yum' factor. I was also entirely unsure of the breadcrumb to begin with, but it was gooooood. I shall be making this again.
p.s. I know I said I'd post the brownie recipe. I will but I want to try making brownie cupcakes, and I figure I should post both versions at once!