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    Becky a 29 year old Brit , living in Bristol , United Kingdom

    Living in a studio flat in the centre of the city and working from home means I have one room in which I rest ,work and play . Kept company by my vegebox , laptop and a stack of recipe books . I love to cook with seasonal fresh and sometimes wild ingredients from my escapes to the countryside

    If you like what you see , have some suggestions please send me an email at girlinterruptedeating@gmail.com or leave a comment on my blog
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Chicken Peanut Stew

Peanut Butter Chicken Stew

I was searching for inspiration from my Flickr pictures from last year .. decided to share this Chicken Peanut Stew  a food from my childhood and fantastic store cupboard food , dare I say in in the wake of the all the controversy around How to Cheat at Cooking  .. this is about as cheating as I get .

Chicken Peanut Stew

4 Chicken Thighs
4 heaped tablespons of peanut butter – I favour crunchy
1 tin of plum tomatoes( 400g)
1 tbsp of worcestershire sauce
1tbsp dried chilli flakes

  1. Turn oven onto 200degC
  2. Place the  chicken thighs in a cast iron pan
  3. Mix together all the over ingredients and pour over the chicken
  4. Cover the pan and bake in the oven for 30 minutes removing the lid for the last 10 to allow the skin to crisp and sauce to thicken
  5. Serve with rice or  pitta bread.

The sauce is warm generous and far above what you would imagine from the ingredients .

Happy New Year 2008

Happy New Year 2008

1. Wild Garlic and Chicken Soup, 2. Coarse Pork Terrine, 3. Spinach and Wild Garlic Pesto Soup, 4. Rosehip Syrup Cakes, 5. Lime Tart, 6. Salmon with Garlic and Dill Aoili, 7. Fennel ,Pancetta, Walnut and Goats Cheese Salad, 8. Rhubarb Tart with Elderflower Cream, 9. Cauliflower and Toasted Walnut Soup, 10. Wild Garlic Pesto, 11. Watercress , Roasted Butternut Squash , Stilton and Walnut Salad, 12. Rabbit with Spring Vegetables, 13. Smoked Salmon and Beetroot Salad, 14. Smoked Mackerel Pate, 15. Chargrilled Vegetable Kebab, 16. Tomato Tart, 17. Stawberry Frangipane, 18. Pear Tart, 19. Pomegranate Jewel Cake, 20. Cabbage Rolls, 21. Not quite Nicoise Salad, 22. Lamb and Cauliflower Salad, 23. Borscht, 24. Kohlrabi and Mackerel Salad, 25. Seared Salmon & Pea Puree, 26. Its spring chicken, 27. Green Tea and Cardamom Madeleines, 28. Lentil and Parsley Soup with crispy Pancetta, 29. Butternut Squash and Leek Quiche, 30. Banana and Rum Cake

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.
Its a very busy year cooking wise if you want to see all the food from 2007 is available in my set on Flickr

I am immensely proud of my growth this year in photographing the food that I cook , Flickr has been a wonderful source of inspiration and this blog has given me the chance to talk about the food I love .

Thank you to everyone who has viewed my blog in 2007 and I promise it will get even better in 2008 where my New Years Resolutions include trying even more new foods, being more personal , better spelling and grammar ( I am dyslexic , but I do try, ) , more pictures assisted by the brilliant Christmas gift of a Joby Gorillapod a tiny lightweight tripod, which should make it even easier for me to take pictures and may even mean the lovely boyfriend gets hot food.

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Chicken with lentils , leeks and orzo.

Chicken with leek , lentils and orzo

Food from the weekend, this is a dish cooked in two parts, the chicken is roasted first while the oven is on for other food .Finished off in very easily when hungry with a delicious juices to mop up.

Chicken with lentils , leeks and orzo.

1 Medium sized organic free range chicken
1 Lemon
1 Bulb of garlic – peeled
3 sprigs of thyme
Salt and Pepper
1 cup of puy lentils
1 cup of orzo

Chicken with leek , lentils and orzo

  1. Roast the chicken for approx one hour at 200deg in a cast iron pot with the lid on seasoned with salt and pepper seasoning , a bulb of garlic , peeled and smashed a quartered lemon several sprigs of thyme .
  2. Once cooked chicken then cooled and was easy to divided into portions of breasts , and thighs

At this point I separate some of the meat for sandwiches , but for a a hearty quick meal lipsmackingly delicious and hearty

Bubbling Lentils

3. Mix the chicken juices with a pint of water squeezing then removing the lemons from roasting
4. Throw in a cup of puy lentils, a cup of orzo return the chicken to the pot & simmer for 30 minutes
5 For the final 10 minutes add in leeks roughly chopped
6. Check the seasoning, add some fresh thyme

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Poaching a chicken

Poaching a chicken

I am off for the weekend , didn’t want to leave a chicken and a lot of vegetables in the fridge . I pretty much always buy whole chickens not portions these days .. it was a nice yellow organic one . Decided to poach the chicken rather than roast its fairly warm at the moment and didn’t want the full oven on the flat gets very hot .

I haven’t poached a chicken before it produces a really moist chicken , the poaching juice was light and tasty and only one pot – no greasy roasting tins , always keen to find more things to do with my Le Cruset pot . Once poached I ate the chicken and vegetables with the poaching juice ,you could probably add a little cream to the poaching juice but I just wanted light tasting.

Poached Chicken

Poaching a chicken…

  1. Place a whole chicken in a cast iron pan on the hob
  2. Cover over slices , turnip radish carrot onion and garlic .
  3. Season with salt , pepper , thyme , bay leaves and a chunk of lemon.
  4. Pour over enough boiling water to cover , bring to the boil and approx one and a half hours for a medium chicken

To servee slices of the chicken and vegetables with the chicken juice ( you might want to add some fresh cream, but I prefer it with just extra fresh thyme , salt and pepper)

Its been a source of conversation how much I cook and often it is from scratch , however things things like bagging up the leftover chicken , veggies and juice will provide my version of ready meals for lunchtimes and after long work days . I don’t own a microwave but these will simmer down in a pan in less than ten minutes and can be spruced up with fresh herbs ( particularly with a glug of cocunut milk , coriander and chilli )
Packet Soup

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