Cacciatore di pollo

This week’s Hairy Diet recipe was chicken cacciatore, which on examining the recipe and looking ‘cacciatore’ up in an Italian/English dictionary would appear to be an Italian version of the chicken chasseur recipe I made last month — not a lot of difference apart from the herbs. I’m not really complaining, though — it tasted excellent! Things with this dish went pretty much as they did for the chasseur, with the exception of the amount of extra celery I used; it was 5 sticks instead of 8, and I also used about 6 carrots that I had left over from last week’s pie. This certainly helped differentiate the cacciatore and added a very pleasant extra something to the flavour.

Meat the pie II

Another low-cal meat pie recipe this week 🙂 The special twist with this one is using mashed potato in the pastry — yes, really! 80g plain flour, 40g butter and 275g Maris Piper potatoes mashed without butter or milk — it works a treat, has a really good texture and the quantities as given make enough to cover a moderately large pie plate when the pastry’s rolled out to 3mm thick. It can get a bit sticky in the rolling, though, so I’d recommend using a fair bit of flour over a large surface.

As far as the filling goes, I had to make a few changes from the recipe given in the book:

  • Leaving out the 100g swede (which I dislike) and 400g lentils (which tend to make me ill) and instead doubling the quantities of carrot and celery, as well as adding a couple of bell peppers
  • Had to use chicken stock instead of beef because I’d run out of the latter — I added a couple of generous teaspoons of beef gravy powder to make it up

The end result — a VERY delicious pie! I got six portions out of it, too, so I’m not going to go hungry for a while 🙂


…and the livin’ is eeeeeeeasyyyyy!

Well, the pasta with summer veg and parma ham is, anyway 🙂 Quick to make and simplicity itself to throw together — and I got three very generous portions out of it!

Low-calorie, easily vegetarianisable because the ham is only added right at the end, fairly adaptable — for example, I couldn’t get any little gem lettuces, so I used about 5 big leaves from an iceberg lettuce instead. That worked pretty well ^^

I had nearly a whole tub of crème fraiche left over again, so this time I stirred in a couple of generous pinches of nutmeg. It goes really well with jam! 😀


Perhaps I should plan my post titles in advance — that would cut down on the corny, hastily conceived puns

In any case, I made a rather lovely little dish calling itself ‘creamy chicken and tarragon pots with rosemary potato wedges’ (though I just used one big ramekin instead) on Sunday. It mostly went pretty well, apart from some slight inattention on my part causing the leek to get a little burned — not nearly enough to ruin the dish, thankfully 🙂 In spite of this, it turned out pretty darn well — creamy and chickeny and herby and savoury and delicious! I had a fair bit of crème fraiche left over, so I stirred in a good dollop of dried rosemary and a few generous gratings of black pepper and used it up as spread in cheese sandwiches for lunch the next day 🙂

Next up on my to-cook list is spaghetti with prawns and bacon. The recipe in the book calls for tinned clams but after an unfortunate reaction to some tinned mussels a few years ago (maybe allergy, maybe it was just a bad batch) I’m inclined to stick with a known-safe equivalent — in this case, 200g of Co-op frozen prawns ^^ Should be good 🙂

Chicken hunter

That’s what I got when I ran ‘chicken chasseur’ through Google Translate. That’s the name of the recipe I made yesterday — it’s basically a tomato-y chicken stew. I made mine in the slow cooker rather than on the hob, because I wasn’t sure that any of my saucepans would fit all the ingredients. The recipe in the book is pretty veg-heavy, and my making of it was even more so, because I used 2 hefty onions (couldn’t find any shallots) and about 8 sticks of celery that I had left over from last week — yum yum!

I also left out the celeriac mash, because celeriac is pretty high on my list of ‘NOPE’ foods (flavour+texture). I soak up the juices with a decent slice or two of brown bread instead 🙂 Yum yum ^^

Love in a Transit

Geddit? XD


Okay, so ‘transit’ is a reference to the Ford Transit, also known in various places as a ‘transit van’, and ‘love’… well… ^_^;

Suffice it to say, the title of this post is a slightly raunchy pun on ‘coq au vin’, which I made yesterday in my slow cooker (pun not mine, by the way — it appears in the recipe intro for the recipe I used in HD3, and a very definitely non-diet version under the ‘Love…’ title also appears in the Hairy Bikers’ Twelve Days Of Christmas).

It turned out pretty darn well, even though I goofed at the meat-buying stage. Y’see, the recipe calls for 4 chicken thighs and 4 chicken drumsticks, and my brain decided that drumsticks=legs, forgetting that what my local butcher sells as ‘chicken legs’ is 1 thigh attached to 1 drumstick. This meant that I ended up with, essentially, 8 thighs and 4 drumsticks. I only just managed to fit everything into the slow cooker! It turned out deliciously, though, and I have 5 or 6 portions squirrelled away in my freezer for emergencies ^^

Piri piri prawns

I made some yesterday, except I used ordinary small prawns rather than tiger prawns, and instead of grilling them I mixed them in with noodles and treated the marinade as a sauce. Yum yum! 😀 I also used the zest as well as the juice of two lemons in the marinade, and balsamic vinegar instead of white wine vinegar (for some reason my local Sainsburys doesn’t seem to stock any vinegar at all…)

Apologies for short post, it’s been a fairly chaotic week so I’m low on blog-type inspiration. Better luck next week, eh?