Well I have been unable to write on my blog as we have been so busy travelling to my Sons and DIL to have Christmas with them and Dan my Grandson.
We arrive on Christmas Eve and it has been one wow of a time.
They wouldn’t let me lift a finger and Dan cooked http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/empire-roast-chicken
For the chicken and marinade
• 1.4kg free-range chicken
• 1 heaped tablespoon each
finely grated garlic, fresh
ginger and fresh red chilli
• 1 heaped tablespoon
• 1 heaped teaspoon each of
ground coriander, turmeric,
garam masala and ground cumin
• 2 heaped teaspoons
• 2 lemons
• 2 level teaspoons sea salt
For the gravy
• 1 stick of cinnamon
• 3 small red onions, peeled
• 10 cloves
• 3 tablespoons each of
white wine vinegar and
• 3 level tablespoons plain flour
• 500ml organic chicken stock
• optional: natural yoghurt,
For the Bombay-style potatoes
• 800g new potatoes
• sea salt and ground pepper
• 1 lemon
• 2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil
• a knob of butter
• 1 heaped teaspoon each
of black mustard seeds,
cumin seeds, garam masala
• 1 bulb of garlic
• 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded
and finely sliced
• 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
• 1 small bunch of fresh coriander
Slash the chicken’s legs a few times right down to the bone. Get a roasting tray slightly bigger than the chicken, then add all of the marinade ingredients and mix together well. Put on a pair of clean rubber gloves, then really massage those flavours over and inside the chicken so it’s smeared everywhere. Don’t be shy! Ideally marinate overnight in the fridge.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and organize your shelves so the roasting tray can sit right at the bottom, the chicken can sit directly above it, right on the bars of the shelf, and the potatoes can go at the top. Halve any larger potatoes, then parboil them in a large pan of salted boiling water with a whole lemon for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through. Drain the potatoes then let them steam dry. Stab the lemon a few times with a sharp knife and put it right into the chicken’s cavity. Move the chicken to a plate.
Roughly chop the onions and add to the roasting tray along with the cinnamon stick, cloves, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, then whisk in the flour. Pour in the stock or water, then place this right at the bottom of the oven. Place the chicken straight on to the bars of the middle shelf, above the roasting tray. Cook for 1 hour 20 minutes.
Put another sturdy roasting tray over a medium heat and add the olive oil, a knob of butter, the mustard and cumin seeds, garam masala and turmeric – work quickly because if the fat gets too hot the mustard seeds will pop everywhere. Halve a bulb of garlic and add it straight to the pan, with the sliced chilli and chopped tomatoes. Add your drained potatoes to the tray, mix everything together, then season well. Finely slice and scatter in the coriander stalks, and keep the leaves in a bowl of water for later. After the chicken has been in for 40 minutes, put the potatoes in.
Once the chicken is cooked, move it to a board and carefully peel off the dark charred bits to reveal perfect chicken underneath. Pass the gravy through a coarse sieve into a pan, whisking any sticky goodness from the pan as you go. Bring to the boil and either cook and thicken or thin down with water to your preference. Put it into a serving bowl and drizzle over a little yoghurt. Get your potatoes out of the oven and put them into a serving bowl, then serve the chicken on a board next to the sizzling roasties and hot gravy. Sprinkle the reserved coriander leaves over everything and serve with any condiments you like. Life doesn’t get much better.
It was the best dish I have ever tasted and Dan served it to us as he would have at work. as he works at a DE Ver Hotel –I was really proud of him.
We all went to bed and in the morning we had a knocking on the Patio windows where when I looked Terry was riding his bike around the garden as he said all children were riding their bikes today.
Little monkey, but it did take me back years to when he was a little boy –bless!!
We had bought a bike rack for him and had used it to bring 2 bikes to them so they are very happy with their presents.
After Coffee’s and washes we opened our presents. They gave me a diary and a calender and left me to last for my envelope, which held a voucher for the Orient Express.
I could not speak and just burst into tears as it was what I always have wanted to do for many years. I have seen it as it traveled through Maidstone and now I have a ticket.
When I looked up everyone was crying even Terry had tears streaming down his face.
I said I cant talk yet, lets just carry on, when I could talk I thanked them very much and cuddled them.
Its in Feb so I dont have to wait to long.
We managed to calm down and had a brilliant Day lots of good food and drink
My grown up Grandson
Working hard cooking the dinner xx
Terry opening the choc's
Louis had presents too
He gets his nose right into it xx
We went off to the Local Park by car and Louis had a brilliant run with the men throwing sticks.
It has been a great time and next day was calmer and lazier. but we were so sorry when bedtime came and then today we had to say bye bye.
They are trying to met us for New Years Eve.