Monday, 25 October 2010
One Large Chicken
I give myself a kind of challenge when it comes to chicken. It's the only meat I buy these days, and every time I have a whole chicken I try to see how many meals I can make from it.
Yesterday, I roasted the chicken in the oven and we had a leg each with roast potatoes, roasted carrots, green beans and gravy (made with the last of my Bisto until I buy some more in England next month).
Today I prepared some more meals for the next few days. I made a sauce from chopped onions, peppers, chopped cooked chicken, some salça (tomato paste) and a stock cube, mixed it with some dried pasta and baked in the oven, adding some grated cheese for the last 10 minutes.
I made my favourite fajita-type mix which I wrote about here: Ideas for cooked chicken and this will be re-heated tomorrow and used as a filling for jacket potatoes.
Surprisingly I still have most of the two chicken breasts left, which I have yet to decide how to use...I'm pretty sure I can pad them out with vegetables and make two more meals...probably a curry and maybe some cold chopped chicken in a salad with green beans and olive oil.
I then boiled up the bones to make stock, and this I used to make a huge pot of mercimek (lentil) soup.
The dogs had the bones with their dinner....so absolutely nothing is wasted.
So by my reckoning that's 6 meals for the two of us...and one for the dogs...can anyone else beat that?
Today I also looked in my fridge and found just one egg, and about 150g margarine, and of course I have all the usual things like flour, sugar and baking powder in the cupboard so I decided to make some of my easy muffins. I used a mixture of raspberry and strawberry jam for flavour and found a handful of sultanas in the cupboard and threw them in. This is just the easiest muffin recipe I've ever used, and very adaptable. I am thinking about using some of my fig jam next time with chopped walnuts. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone with other suggestions for flavours...do let me know.