It was a Saturday. Something strange had happened. I fancied something other than curry for tea! Not sure Kit was so impressed with this idea!
However not all was lost…
I still wanted that hit of spice!
We were going to be having curry. We had bought 3 chickens especially. To be honest I think the thought of taking the meat off 3 birds was not appealing to me on this particular day. I think a bout of ‘Can’t be arsed’ had come over me!
As well as three chickens I had also put a load of chickpeas into soak the night before so I had to incorporate those in some way.
I had been making some seasonings a couple days previously and knew that I had some surplus ‘Ome Made Portuguese Rub-a-Dub-Rub. And that was all the inspiration I needed! “One Pot Portuguese Chicken”.
One Pot Portuguese Chicken
This really is a simple recipe and whilst it’s cooking you can go about and enjoy your day rather than slaving over a hot stove.
You don’t have to use three chickens! The recipe below is for one. You can also use whatever vegetables you fancy.
You will need;
- One Large Chicken
- 165g dried chick peas (soaked overnight, boiled for 10 minutes and drained)
- 4 large potatoes quartered
- 4 large carrots cut into chunks
- 1 large onion sliced
- 2 bulbs garlic chopped
- roughly 120g mushrooms sliced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ‘Ome Made Portuguese Rub-a-Dub-Rub (or Piri-Piri seasoning or mix up a little paprika, cumin and chilli) mixed with a little oil to make a paste.
- Roughly 1 1/2 litres chicken Stock (you could use a little less and add a glass of red wine or as we did a splash of Port!)
- 4 tomatoes chopped
- Big handful of fresh coriander chopped
- Seasoning to taste
Take a large roasting pan or anything oven proof that all your ingredients will fit in. Put all the ingredients except the chicken, spice mix, stock, tomatoes and coriander in your roasting pan. pour over the stock so that it almost but not quite covers your vegetables.
Rub the spice mixture all over your chicken and place it on top of your vegetables. Cover the whole pan with a couple layers of tin foil and place in a preheated oven at 170°C/150°C fan/gas mark 3 for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Take out of the oven. Turn the oven up to 220°C/200°C Fan/ Gas Mark 7. Remove the tin foil and stir in the tomato and fresh coriander. Check for seasoning. Place the pan back in the oven for approximately 30 minutes for the chicken skin to crisp and colour a little.
Remove from the oven and let sit for twenty minutes. The chicken will just fall off the bone. Try serving with some steamed rice and some good crusty bread.
We hadn’t seen a friend of ours (an old neighbour) for a while, and we still had half a bottle of Pimms in the pantry that he had bought up on his last visit!
We seemed to be having a good run of weather so we thought it was time to invite him round for Pimms and a bit of decent nosh.
We decided to do slow roasted lamb, Middle Eastern style with Turkish salad, Tzatziki, ‘Ome Made Chilli Sauce and pitta breads.
I started the lamb off in the oven but finished it off in the smoker which gives it an incredible flavour. There’s a video on the Blog and You Tube (OmeMadeByUs) of me preparing the lamb (if you want a chuckle!)
We also had lots of Pimms which was great because we had plenty of fresh Borage leaves and flowers to put in (so much better than cucumber!)
So here’s the recipe for the lamb;
Slow Roasted Lamb Middle Eastern Style
1 x whole shoulder of lamb (leg works as well, but I prefer shoulder for slow cooking, you could also get a half shoulder but the leftover meat is great to use in other dishes)
Marinade (don’t be scared to experiment with these ingredients, they’re only a rough guide)
garlic 3 – 6 cloves (depending on taste) finely chopped/crushed
ginger – 1 inch piece finely chopped
chilli powder 1-4 teaspoons (again depends on taste)
Cumin powder 3 teaspoons
cinnamon 1 teaspoon
all spice/pimento 1 teaspoon
dried mint 1 teaspoon
2 teaspoons of salt
lots of black pepper (grind until it hurts!)
Juice from a lemon (and zest) or two table spoons bottled lemon juice
1 tablespoon oil (I tend to use olive for this but anything goes)
Mix all the marinade ingredients together (you can use ready bought Ras el hanout mix instead of the individual spices if you want).
Slash the meat with a sharp knife so the flavours penetrate the meat and then rub in the marinade… vigorously! Go on slap it on! The meat would benefit from being left in the marinade overnight if you have chance to prepare the dish a day in advance.
Put the meat in a roasting pan with a couple tablespoons of water and then cover tightly with tin foil (it’s sometimes a good idea to use two pieces)
Put in the oven at 165 C/330 F to be ready after 6 hours or 145 C/290 F to be ready after 8 hours (either way you could leave it for a couple hours longer and it will still be fine).
This is a great dish to do if you are out for the day or at work and you want to come in to have something practically ready to eat!
This has to be one of our household favourite meals. It’s like an up-market kebab! I don’t remember having Pimms before my late night kebab when I was younger though!