Tag Archives: Comfort food

Leftover chicken and vegetable pie

I finally treated myself to a Le Creuset french oven which I’ve been wanting for ages, and of course had to cook with it the day it got delivered. I have a smaller pot but wanted something with a bit more room (to cook more food).

I was planning on making a slowly braised beef stew but had leftover chicken from the previous night, so decided to make a similarly comforting chicken and vegetable pie.

I get so much satisfaction from something as simple as the pure weight of the pot while cooking, and the way the heat is so evenly distributed.

Anyway, my recipe for the pie below. Of course you could do this in any pot you have.

Ingredients for a large pie to feed 4-6

  1. 1-2 sheets of shortcrust pastry – to make a base that will fit your pie dish, I have a 28cm pie dish that needs 2)
  2. 1-2 sheets puff pastry
  3. 4 rashers streaky bacon, diced
  4. 1 large onion, finely diced
  5. 1 large carrot, cut into 2cm chunks
  6. 1 cup frozen peas
  7. leftover chicken meat, removed from the bone and shredded
  8. 8 baby potatoes, halved and cooked
  9. handful of tarragon leaves, chopped
  10. 2 bay leaves
  11. 2 tbls plain flour
  12. 1/2 cup white wine
  13. 1 cup chicken stock
  14. salt and pepper to taste
  15. 1 egg, beaten

Method

  1. Begin by making the base. Line your pie dish with the shortcrust pastry and blind bake in a preheated oven at 180C/350F for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool
  2. Fry the bacon lardons in a little olive oil until they are brown and crispy. Remove and set aside
  3. Fry the onions on low heat in the bacon fat until translucent
  4. Add the carrots, cover and cook on low heat for about 5 minutes, until the carrots have softened
  5. Add the peas, chicken, potatoes, tarragon and bay leaves
  6. Turn up the heat, add the white wine and cook till the alcohol cooks out and the wine is more or less gone – you just want the flavour of the wine
  7. Sprinkle the flour over the chicken mixture and cook out the flour for 3-5 minutes on medium heat
  8. Add the chicken stock and stir – it should be the consistency of thin gravy. This will thicken as the pie cooks
  9. Cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  10. Remove from heat and let cool slightly (this helps to prevent the base from getting soggy)
  11. Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  12. Assemble the pie – pour the chicken filling into the prepared and cooled pie base, cover with a layer of puff pastry, cut a few slashes in the puff to allow steam to escape while the pie cooks
  13. Brush the puff pastry with the beaten egg to give it that lovely colour when the pie cooks
  14. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown
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Comfort food for when I’m feeling poorly

If it isn’t congee, it’s definitely a comforting soup. I stocked up my fridge yesterday so it was satisfying stuffed full of colourful vegetables. I’m not exactly sure what I was intending them for, I rarely buy groceries which are not required for meals that day, but perhaps I had already subconsciously decided I was going to make a minestrone.  Original recipe from my trusted bible the Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander, I also happened to have some bacon bones in the freezer.
Slurping and enjoying the tomatoey vegetably goodness now…and then back to bed.


Toad in the hole

Tonight, I was in need of some real comfort food.  I couldn’t find my old recipe but I did find the ever-reliable Delia Smith’s recipe of toad in the hole with roasted onion gravy.  Her recipe here for sausages in crispy batter goodness.  We also opened up a bottle of Clarendelle Bordeaux 2004 which we received as a Christmas present.  Definitely benefits from a good “breathing” – gorgeous stuff.


The beauty of porridge

Well, congee to be exact. Perfect comfort food when you’re feeling under the weather, and today, I am definitely feeling under the weather.

Nothing fancy – just plain white congee with preserved vegetables which I always have a stash of in the pantry “in case”.
Ahhhh….