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Coronation Chicken

Whoa, I haven’t been here in a while. It’s been busy and the month slipped away from me.

I don’t have a proper recipe to post, but I wanted to write this down before I forgot it, so I figured I’d share it with you. I really wanted to make Coronation Chicken, one version of which is basically curried chicken salad. I had about half of a leftover roast chicken to use up, so I read a bunch of recipes and then mashed them together as follows:

Cut up cooked chicken into small chunks. You can shred it too, but I like having the chunky bits of chicken. Some of the pieces wind up shredded anyway, depending on where they came off the chicken. As you can see, this is not an exact science. You can use rotisserie chicken if you have it on hand, or poached or baked chicken. I had about 2 cups total.

The key to the spice part is to cook the spices. Traditional Coronation Chicken calls for curry powder, because it’s a British dish, not an Indian one. If you have curry powder in your spice rack, this is the time to pull it out. I don’t, so I put together individual spices and garam masala.

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Lemon chicken with orzo

This is an adaptation of a recipe by Regina Schrambling. I’ve made it different ways: exactly as written, with halibut instead of chicken, and now with different herbs, added capers, and no olives. It stands up well to tinkering, obviously! So feel free to change things around.

INGREDIENTS:

4 whole chicken legs (thighs and drumsticks) or 4-6 thighs
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 whole lemon cut into quarters
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp Herbs de Provence
1 Tbsp capers
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
3 cups chicken broth

DIRECTIONS:

Heat olive oil to almost smoking in a sauté pan or dutch oven. Lower heat to medium-high and brown chicken on both sides, about 5-7 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and deglaze pan with wine.

Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the lemon, bay leaf, capers, and Herbs de Provence and stir to combine. Add the orzo and stir until the pasta is coated and has absorbed some of the liquid. Add the chicken broth and salt. Return the chicken to the pan, bring to a boil, and then turn heat down so that the liquid is simmering gently. Cover and cook for 30-35 minutes or until the orzo has absorbed most or all of the liquid.

Serve with a green salad or vegetable. Carrots, brussels sprouts, and broccoli all go well with this dish.

 

Yogurt rice with spices

I’m reposting recipes from my old blog so that I have them all in one place; this is one of them.

Indian restaurants rarely offer the kinds of dishes we cook at home, especially the vegetarian ones. This is a standard way of using up cooked rice. It is delicious served as a side dish with grilled meat, fish, or vegetables. Or just eat it on its own …

2 cups cooked long-grain white rice
1/2 cup plain lowfat or nonfat yogurt
1/2 tsp. black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1/4 tsp. turmeric
pinch asafoetida
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 green serrano chile, seeded and minced
12 kari leaves
3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp. canola oil

Heat oil in skillet, add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds start to pop, turn heat to low and add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Wait 30 seconds, then turn heat to medium-low and add onions and chile, sauté until onions are transparent and browned at the edges. Add turmeric, salt and kari leaves and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add rice and stir to incorporate all ingredients. Add yogurt, 2 Tbsp at a time, and mix thoroughly. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, sprinkle cilantro over the rice and serve.

Curried Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is a staple around here in the colder months, when we eat a lot of one-dish meals. The other night we were feeling lazy and wanting comfort food, but we were low on fresh vegetables. There was a package of ground lamb in the freezer, along with a bag of mixed frozen vegetables, so I thought, why not make a slightly spicier version of the lamb mixture to offset the fact that frozen veg are usually blander and mushier? TheHusband agreed that it sounded like a worthwhile experiment, so we went to work. He made mashed potatoes while I put the curried lamb together.

For curried lamb:

1 lb. ground lamb
3 Tbsp. canola oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 serrano chile, seeded and chopped finely
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
5 whole cloves or 1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 stick cinnamon
2-3 plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp garam masala
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups chopped vegetables (carrots, mushrooms, sweet peppers, zucchini, etc.) or 1 bag frozen
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup grated cheese (cheddar, manchego, whatever)

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Mendocino Fish Soup

Mendocino Fish Soup

This is based on a recipe which goes back decades in TheHusband’s family. Well, it’s based on two recipes. The family’s recipe was originally from the New York Times but the clipping was lost long ago. It’s a bit unusual in that it features green peppercorns, but we all like it a lot and it’s become a staple in the winter months.

With the advent of the NYT’s online archive, I decided to try and find the original recipe (I’d found my 1982 Stilton and Cheddar recipe, so why not?). I eventually found it but I couldn’t believe it was the right one, because it was so different. I could see the bones of the original recipe in my mother-in-law’s version, but there were more differences than similarities in the spicing. What follows is a hybrid of the two.

1 lb. cod or other white fish (haddock, tilapia, etc.)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 fresh jalapeños, seeded and sliced into quarters lengthwise
1 medium or 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper or a mix of green, red, and/or yellow)
1 bay leaf
3 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 16 oz. tinned tomatoes
1 cup white wine
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth + 1 cup water
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp green peppercorns (see note)
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
2 Tbsp capers, roughly chopped
2 tbsp butter
8-12 small potatoes, boiled and kept warm (optional)

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