Monday, 31 August 2015

Scary but one for the commonplace book

Carrie Anne by The Hollies

Hey Carrie Anne
What's your game now, can anybody play
Hey Carrie Anne
What's your game now, can anybody play

The Hollies named themselves in honour of the legendary Buddy Holly.  They were a British band around the same time as The Beatles.

I don't know why they weren't as famous because these boys could really sing!  Their most popular number was Bus Stop.  But for me Carrie Anne was the best – done in 1967.  Those were the days!

For a blast of the sweet Hollies, visit this YouTube clip.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

A bit of ex post facto rationalisation here, I think!

Chicken Casserole with a new spice – Hing Chicken

Carole's Chatter: Hing Chicken

I called this chicken dish Hing Chicken in honour of my newest spice Asafoetida (which is also known as Hing).  I went to some trouble (and mileage) to source this spice in an effort to substitute for the flavours of onion/garlic.  And while it didn't taste exactly the same, it was a pleasant surprise.

I took some short cuts which I don't recommend to you.  But sometimes needs must. 

I have a nice casserole dish that you can also put on the hob.  So while the oven was heating up to a low/moderate temperature I fried off some spices in a little oil.  The spices I used were cayenne pepper, turmeric, ground coriander, cumin and a very small pinch of asafoetida.  Don't get put off by the smell of this spice – it adds a nice savoury note when fried off.

I then added some frozen chicken thighs (you should defrost them first!) , a small tin of tomato pulp, a tablespoon of grated ginger, a teaspoon of salt, 2 bay leaves and half a teaspoon of sugar (to balance out the tomato a bit).  I also included ½ cup of beef broth (but chicken stock would be better).

Then into the oven for about 3 hours – I tested the chicken with a meat thermometer to double check it was cooked.  Just before serving this with rice add some chopped spring onion tops (the green top parts of scallions) and some fresh basil.