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Basquaise style chicken

Basquaise style chicken

Basquaise style chicken, is so easy to make and so comforting too. "Poulet Basquaise" is a classic of the Basque region. The key ingredient is "Espelette chilli", but as it's not always easy to find in the UK, I have replaced it with paprika, which is very similar. This dish is also perfect for entertaining, its velvety sauce at the end is always a hit.

picture of a blue casserole dish on top of a towel with red stripes, with pieces of chicken, red and green peppers in a tomato sauce, the recipe is available on the blog of the cookery school Gourmandises Academie, Cambridge

Ingredients:

3 chicken thighs (chicken legs work well too)

Two peppers (green and red for contrast)

A glass of white wine

One onion (thinly sliced)

5 cloves of garlic (crushed and sliced)

Fresh thyme

A table spoon of tomato paste

Method:

I use a cast iron pan, but any heavy base pan will do. Season your thighs with salt and pepper first. Then, brown the chicken on both sides,  in a little bit of olive oil. Take the meat out of the pan. Then add the thyme and the onion. Once the onion has reached that translucent colour, add the garlic and stir. Slice the peppers into strips and add them to the pan, give them a good stir again. Add the tomato puree, a glass of wine and a sprinkle of paprika. Put the chicken thighs back on top, cover, reduce the heat and let it simmer for a good 45 minutes, giving it a stir now and then. The dish is ready once the peppers are soft and the sauce velvety. I serve my poulet basquaise with rice.   

Bon appétit!

Corinne

You can watch the step by step method of this recipe on YouTube

If you enjoy peppers you may want to give my padrón peppers recipe a go.

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Duck confit

Duck confit

Duck confit or confit de canard is something I really miss from France. It's so versatile and can be used in so many ways all year round, in a super comforting cassoulet or to accompany a simple salade verte in the summer. So I thought I would show you how to make it. It's not really difficult, you just need a little bit of patience as it will take you a good two days to get together. But the result is so worth it. So I do hope you give it a go.

picture of a terrine dish with a cloth around it, filled with goose fat and bits of meat appearing on the surface, you can learn how to make this confit on the blog of cooking school Gourmandises Academie

Ingredients:

4 duck legs 

Sea salt

Bay leaves

Thyme

Garlic

Black pepper corns

750 g of duck fat

A glass of water

Method:

This recipe happens over two days.

On day one, place your duck legs on a tray and add your garlic, pepper corns and your herbs, as much or as little depending on your taste. Rub your duck legs generously with salt. Cover the tray with cling film and leave it to rest in the fridge for 24 hours.

On day two. Slowly melt your duck fat in a pan, be careful not to bring it to the boil. Rinse your duck legs thoroughly under a cold tap to get rid of the salt. Put them in a pan with the herbs, pepper corns and garlic and pour the melted duck fat over them, don’t forget to add a glass of water also (the water prevents the legs from sticking and burning at the bottom of the pan). Cook them on a very low heat for a good 3 hours, until the meat is nice and tender, almost falling off the bone. At that stage, I transfer the legs in a smaller container, like a terrine and cover them with the duck fat. The confit will keep in the fridge, for a good month or more if totally covered with fat. You can use them in a cassoulet, or lightly fry them in a pan and eat them with sautéed potatoes or even a green salad. 

Bon appétit!

Corinne

You can watch the step by step method of this recipe on YouTube, part one and part two.

This is the season for comfort food, here’s another recipe you might like to try, chicken parcels.

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Braised cabbage with turmeric, ginger and belly pork

Braised cabbage with turmeric, ginger and belly pork

This is a family favourite at this time of year and a little different from the traditional recipes using cabbage. The recipe itself is from Reunion Island, and one that my mum used to cook a lot in winter. The fat from the belly pork mixed with the ginger and turmeric, turns the simple, humble cabbage into a culinary delight. It's not too difficult to make either, so I do hope you give it a go.

Image with a pot containing belly pork cooked with cabbage leaves, recipe can be found on the blog of cooking school Gourmandises Academie, Cambridge

Ingredients:

 

500 g of pork belly cut into cubes 

One cabbage, best to use savoy/green leaves cabbage

Half tsp of turmeric

8 to 10 cloves of garlic

Ginger (the size of a TBSP)

3 fresh tomatoes 

You will need either a heavy base saucepan or a non stick pan to cook this

 

Method:

Cut your cabbage into small quarters, it doesn’t have to be finely chopped. Crush your garlic and ginger into a paste. In a pan, add one tbsp of vegetable oil (you don’t want to use olive oil here at all), once the oil is hot add your diced belly pork salt and pepper to season and fry until golden brown. You’re looking for those brownie bits at the bottom of the pan, they will give flavour to the dish. Then add your turmeric, garlic and ginger paste and stir for a minute or so. Add your cabbage, stir and then add your tomatoes. Pour a small glass of hot water  over the top, stir, bring the heat down and let it simmer for 40/45 minutes, until you have a lovely velvety sauce at the bottom. In Reunion we serve it with rice or polenta, mash potatoes would work great too. 

Bon appétit!

Corinne

You can watch the step by step video on YouTube.

If you enjoy flavoursome autumnal dishes you might want to have a go at my “baked cauliflower with turmeric”

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Perfect winter warmer: broccoli soup topped with chorizo and camembert

Perfect winter warmer: broccoli soup topped with chorizo and camembert

Coming from the tropics, I used to dread cold winter days. Over the years, I have learned to embrace them. This morning when I woke-up, there was a dust of snow in my garden. It was just beautiful and soothing at the same time. You can barely hear the birds singing, it's just blissfully peaceful and relaxing. Curled-up in my blanket, with a bowl of warm and comforting soup, I can spend hours watching the time go by. So if you're feeling cold and dare I say a bit under the weather, I have the perfect winter warmer: broccoli soup topped with chorizo and camembert.

Ingredients (serves 4) :

One bag of frozen broccoli (1 kg bag) or you can use fresh as well ( a stock cube, I am not a big fan of stock cube, so I always freeze left over gravy, so I tend to use that instead, but use stock cube if you haven’t got any leftover gravy).

Two potatoes peeled and chopped

Camembert (you will need two slices of camembert for each bowl)

Chorizo ( you will need 4 slices of chorizo per bowl)

A bit of salt and pepper, not too much salt as you already have some in your stock

Method:

In a cooking pot, poor your bag of broccoli and sliced potatoes and cover with water. Bring everything to the boil and then add your stock, salt and pepper and stir. Let everything boil until the potatoes are cooked, (this should take around 10 minutes).  Using a hand mixer, blend everything until you have a smooth consistency with no bits of broccoli or potatoes. Pour your soup into individual bowls. Add 4 slices of chorizo on top and then your two slices of camembert. Put your bowls under the grill until the camembert has melted.

So here you have it, my perfect winter warmer: broccoli soup topped with chorizo and camembert

Serve with a delicious slice of sourdough. You can get delicious sourdough at Burwash LarderStir CambridgeBalzano’s, just to name a few.

P.S: if you are vegetarian, you can take out the chorizo and use only the camembert with a veggie stock cube, it is delicious too.

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x

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Perfect comfort food: my mediterranean style chicken

Perfect comfort food: my mediterranean style chicken

This week has been pretty cold. I don't know about you, but personally when it's like that I need to feed my soul with good, comforting food. I have the perfect comfort food: my mediterranean chicken, to share with you.

Ingredients:

4 chicken thighs with the skin

100 g of chorizo sliced

100 g of black olives

300 g of green beans sliced, either fresh or frozen

One TBSP of tomatoe puree

Parsley

1 onion, sliced finely

4 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 TBSP of olive oil

1 tsp of oregano

Method:

In a non stick pan with one TBSP of olive oil, start frying your chicken, the skin side first then turn them around until nice and brown. Chicken thighs tend to release quite a bit of fat, so once your pieces of chicken are brown, take them out of the pan and then get rid of the excess fat. Put the pan back on the stove. Then, add your onion, let them cook 2 to 3 minutes until soft. Then add your chorizo slices, fry them for a minute. Add garlic and stir for 40 to 50 seconds, add your chicken thighs, beans, tomatoe puree, olives and a tsp of oregano, give everything a good stir. Pour some boiling water to cover the chicken, turn the heat down, and let all this cook for 30 to 40 minutes until your chicken is completely cooked and your sauce has thickened. Add some parsley before serving.

Serving suggestion: with mash potatoes or rice

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x

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Quick lunch of cannellini beans and spinach

Quick Lunch of Cannellini beans and spinach

January, the start of a new year, but also the start of "diet craze". I personally believe in balance. As far as I'm concerned it's about eating a bit of everything with moderation. By that I mean, no snacking in between meals and the one and only religious three meals a day breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh! And I forgot, none of this fizzy drink craziness either. I also believe in taking time to enjoy your meal, whether it's a moment to yourself or one spent with your family or friends. Switch off your phone for example or turn off those notifications. You don't need to spend hours in the kitchen to have a healthy, tasty and balance meal. My quick lunch of cannellini beans and spinach does exactly that. Try it, it's delicious.

Ingredients:

A tin of cannellini beans in water

A bag of fresh spinach

A table spoon of your favourite chilli sauce or paste

An Egg

A frying pan (I prefer to use a frying pan instead of a normal pan, as it allows the egg to spread and cook evenly)

Method:

This is so simple to make I tell you. Pour your tin of cannellini beans into your pan, bring to the boil and add a table spoon of your favourite chilli sauce, then add the bag of spinach. When the spinach have wilted add an egg on top, and let everything simmer until your egg is cooked.

Et voilà! Serve with a piece of your favourite bread. 

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x