Stew of the Week.

Chicken and gammon stew.

Ingredients:

-5 chicken quarters

-300g gammon

-500g carrots

-3 large bell peppers

-200g bean sprouts

-400ml double cream

Utensils:

-paring knife

-chopping board and knife

-large pot

Recipe:

1: Skin and separate the chicken quarters. Place them in the pot.

2: Slice the carrots and peppers. Add to the pot.

3: Cover with water, add the bean sprouts.

4: Cube the gammon and add to the pot.

5: Boil until all is tender.

6: Add the cream and boil for a further 5-10 minutes.

Stew of the Week and a Painting.

First of all, here’s on of my latest paintings.

"Interrupted at His Toilette."

“Interrupted at His Toilette.”

I’m quite pleased with the colours and textures there.

Next, the stew of the week. Lamb, potato and fresh herbs aplenty.

Ingredients:

-8 lamb chops

-400g potato

-600g sweet potato

-600g cabbage

-2 large onions

-5-10 leaves sage

-20-50 leaves mint

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-large pot

Recipe:

1: Roughly chop the potatoes, cabbage and onions.

2: Place all the ingredients in a large pot. Cover with water.

3: Boil until the meat and potatoes are tender.

Stew of the Week and Cat Update.

First, a quick cat update. Meet Wallace/Wally:

Distracting him was the only way to photograph him, as the phone filled him with rage.

Distracting him was the only way to photograph him, as the phone filled him with rage.

He is now settled in the house. Still a little sneezy, but very comfortable in the kitchen. A bit cautious in the living-room and pantry/scullery, but that’s for the best, seeing as he isn’t allowed outdoors yet (scullery exits onto patio) and he’s only allowed in the living-room under supervision.

He’s also one of the tamest and most obedient cats I’ve met in my life. He understands the concept of “no” pretty well, in that it seems to mean “cease, desist and when in doubt hide under a table”. He has very good command of his hideously large teeth and claws and can play with our hands and feet and legs without injuring us. He’s only just getting the idea of toys and seemed confused when I told him off for playing with a computer wire. He will also look to us for permission before climbing on anything or scratching anything. The one thing we can’t get him to do is wait for food. Once he knows a certain smell is “cat food”, he will devour it the second it’s before him. Not enough patience to get him to wait.

Anyhow, now for this week’s stew: White Chicken Casserole.

Ingredients:

-5 chicken quarters

-6 small-medium potatoes

-2 stalks of celery

-1 small courgette

-1 cup of beans and peas

-400g cream cheese

-150ml double cream

-2tsp paprika

-2tsp pepper

-2tsp salt

Utensils:

-large cooking pot and wooden spoon

-chopping board and knife

-fork

Recipe:

1: Put some water with paprika in the bottom of the pot.

2: Bring it to a boil.

3: Skin the chicken quarters and add them to the water. Slice the potatoes and add them also.

4: Cover with water.

5: Once softened, remove the chicken and deflesh the bones.

6: Add the chicken meat, cream, cheese, chopped courgette and celery.

7: Salt and pepper the stew. Leave to boil.