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Chicken, leek and plum pie

For October’s Monthly Featured Dish/Ingredient Challenge the IHCC members are going with: Alliums! I opted for leeks and prepared

Chicken, leek and plum pie

Chicken, leek and plum pie

from our last chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Very delicious, I think next time I’ll use damsons or – how Hugh recommends – 150 grams stoned prunes. The winter leek season just started here. Did you know that leeks have superpowers because of their organosulfur compounds? Those phytochemicals may carry immune-boosting benefits. Leeks are low in calories and high in vitamins, healthy and … cheap-

Chicken, leek and plum pie

Yield: 3 – 4 servings

Chicken, leek and plum pie collage

Chicken pie is a wonderful thing: all savoury, succulent comfort. This one is light and juicy; the thin juice deliciously flavoured by the fruity sharpness of the plums and the savoury edge of the leeks.

Ingredients:

  • 25 grams butter
  • a little olive oil; Ulrike: rapeseed oil
  • 2 large leeks, trimmed, washed and cut into 1cm thick slices
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • about 500 grams boned, skinnless chicken thighs, cut into large chunks; Ulrike: 2 chicken thighs
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 Lemon the zest, a couple of strips
  • 150 ml chicken stock
  • 250 grams ripe plums
  • about 200 grams puff or rough puff pastry; I used ready-made all butter puff pastry
  • sea salt
  • black pepper, freshly ground
  • a little beaten egg

SOURCE

978-1408828595978-1408828595*

modified from Ulrike Westphal inspired by:
River Cottage Fruit Every Day!978-1408828595*
ISBN: 978-1408828595
also found at River Cottage

Instructions

  1. For the filling, heat a trickle of olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the chicken.
  2. Fry for 3-4 minutes until golden then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to a 1.5 litre pie dish.B00FMUUPB2* Add the butter to the pan then add the leeks and garlic.
  3. As soon as they are sizzling, reduce the heat, cover and let the veg sweat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Increase the heat under the pan and pour in the wine.
  4. Bubble briefly then add the bay leaf, lemon zest and stock and simmer for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, halve the plums and remove the stones, then cut each half into 3 or 4 slices, depending on size.
  5. Tip the contents of the pan into the pie dish, add the plums and mix well. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary.
  6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until large enough to cover the pie generously. Brush the rim of the pie dish with a little egg wash, then lay the pastry lid over the filling and press the edges down firmly on to the rim of the dish to seal.
  7. Trim off the excess pastry. Brush the pastry lid with more egg wash, and cut a few long slits so that steam can escape. Bake for about 30 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown.
  8. Serve with mash and steamed greens or broccoli.

total time: 3 Tage
preparation time: 15 minutes
cooking/baking time: 5 minutes

 
 
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IHCCAlliumsCollage
 
 
 
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Apple, potato and red onion salad

Autumn is coming with potatoes and crisp apples, time for

Apple, potato and red onion salad

Apple, potato and red onion salad (1)

Delicious! With this recipe I say Goodbye, Hugh! Since April I cook recipes from Hugh with the I♥CC. I have to admit, I have no favourite recipe, I liked all 27 recipes I made.

Apple, potato and red onion salad

Mente: 4 as a side dish, 2 as main

Apple, potato and red onion salad (2)

Enjoy this crunchy, creamy salad with som thickly sliced, homecook ham of flakes of kipper or smoked mackerel. For a vegetarian version, scatter a few roughly chopped walnuts over it before serving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium apples, crisped like Cox
  • 300 grams waxy potatoes, cooked and peeled, ready to eat
  • 1 red onion, finely diced, about 70 grams
  • sea salt
  • black pepper, freshly ground

DRESSING

  • 1 ½ teaspoons English mustard
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 65 grams crème fraîche

FINSIH

  • A few sprigs of dill of fennel fronds, optional

Source

978-1408828595978-1408828595*

modified from Ulrike Westphal inspired by:
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
River Cottage Fruit Every Day!978-1408828595*
ISBN: 978-1408828595

Zubereitung

  1. FOR THE DRESSING: Put the ingredients into a small jar with some salt and pepper, put the lid on an schake to comine, or whisk together in a jug to emulsify.
  2. Quarter and core the apples. Cut each quarter into a few slices and place in a large bowl. Slice the potatoes slightly more thickly and add to the wowl, along with the onion.
  3. Add the dressing and toss gently before transferring to a serving bowl or individual plates. Finish with a scattering of salt and pepper an, if using, some fronds of dill or fennel. Serve with brown bread or rye bread and butter.

Gesamtzeit: 10 minutes without boiling and cooling the potatoes.
Zubereitungszeit: 5 minutes

 
 
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Goodbye, Hugh!
 
 
 
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French beans with tomatoes

I had the

French beans with tomatoes

French beans with tomatoes (1)

already in mind, when the monthly featured ingredient was tomato at I♥CC. At that time I filled my lunchbox with tomoatoes and Joyce from Kitchen Flavours made this dish. I had some unused rainbow tomatoes and purple beans called „Blauhilde“B003DJC1RA*, they look dark green cooked, and prepared half the recipe below.

With some bread it was a wonderful lunch for two.

This dish is dedicated in honor of Kim Kim, one of the I♥CC hosts and her mother, who passed away. My deepest sympathy with Kim and her family. I wish much strength and courage in this difficult period.

French beans with tomatoes

Yield: 4 servings

French beans with tomatoes (2)

Tender green beans and garlicky tomatoes can be served as part of an al fresco spread, or with the meats at a barbecue, but even on its own with a good hunk of bread it’s a lovely supper or lunch dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil; I used rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 400 gram tin of chopped tomatoes, or 1 kg fresh tomatoes, blanched, skinned, deseeded and roughly chopped; I was lazy and skipped the deseeding step
  • 500 grams French beans, topped, tailed and cut into 4 – 5 cm lengths
  • sea salt
  • black pepper, freshly ground

SOURCE

ISBN: 978-074759840ISBN: 978-074759840 *

modified from Ulrike Westphal inspired by:
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal
River Cottage EverydayISBN: 978-074759840 *
ISBN: 978-074759840

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or frying pan, add the onion and sweat for at least 10 minutes, until soft but not coloured. Add the garlic and cook gently for another minute or two, then add the tomatoes and stir well. Stir in the beans, bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and season well. Turn down the heat, partly cover the pan and cook very gently, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes until the beans are fully tender. If the mixture seems to be in danger of sticking, add a splash of water or stock. Serve warm or cold.

VARIATION: This could also made with runner beans. String and slice them lengthways through one of those clever little ‚zip‘ cutters, or string and slice diagonally before proceeding as above.

total time: 1 hour
preparation time: 10 minutes
cooking/baking time: 40 minutes

 
 
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September Potluck
 
 
 
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Green Beans, New Potatoes and Olives

Monthly Featured Ingredient/Dish Challenge at IHCC this week: Potatoes! The I ♥ Cooking Clubs members prepare recipes where any kind of potatoes are featured or included from any of our past or present IHCC chefs. I decided to make

Green Beans, New Potatoes and Olives

Green Beans, New Potatoes and Olives (1)

This was not only delicious but cheap. I paid just 1,42 Euros for potatoes, olives and green beans, the other ingredients I had on hand. It’s also great the next day for Lunch at Work.

Green Beans, New Potatoes and Olives

YIELD: 2 -3 servings

Green Beans, New Potatoes and Olives (2)

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams small new potatoes
  • Sea salt
  • black pepper, freshly ground
  • 200 grams green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch / 4cm lengths
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly slivered
  • 50 grams black olives pitted, very coarsely chopped
  • good handful of basil, shredded
  • generous squeeze of 
lemon juice

SOURCE

978-160774472978-160774472*

modified from Ulrike Westphal inspired by:
River Cottage Veg:
200 Inspired Vegetable Recipes
978-160774472 *
ISBN: 978-160774472
also found online.

Instructions

  1. Cut the potatoes into 2 or 3 pieces each. Put them in a saucepan, 
cover with water, add salt, and bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Simmer for about 8 minutes, until tender, adding the beans for the 
last 2 or 3 minutes. Drain well and return to OPthe hot pan.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small frying pan over low heat. Add the garlic and cook very gently for a couple of minutes, without letting it color. Add the chopped olives and cook for a minute more. Remove from the heat. 2
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small frying pan over low heat. Add the garlic and cook very gently for a couple of minutes, without letting it color. Add the chopped olives and cook for a minute more. Remove from the heat.
  4. Tip the oil, garlic, and olives into the pan with the potatoes and beans. Add the basil, a generous squeeze or two of lemon juice, and some salt and pepper. Toss together and serve warm.

total time: 30 Minuten
preparation time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 8 minutes

 
 
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more recipes with potatoes from our previous IHCC chef Nigel Slater

©Rezepte von Nigel Slater: Mashed potatoes
mashed potatoes
©Rezepte von Nigel Slater: warm new potato salad with melted cheese and waterkress (4)
Warm New Potato Salad with Melted Mountain Cheese and Watercress
Rezepte von Nigel Slater©Baked Lemon Potatoes from Nigel Slater (1)
Baked Lemon Potatoes
©Rezepte von Nigel Slater: roast potatoes Duke of York
Roast potatoes: Duke of York

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MFI Potatoes
 
 
 
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Chard and new potato curry

You know autumn is not far, when pumpkins, winter squashes and chard appear next to new potatoes at the weekly market or Food Assembly. I bought some multicoloured chard

bunter Mangold

and new potatoes to cook

Chard and new potato curry

Chard and new potato curry (1)

I have to admit, I’ll never be a huge fan of chard, but every now and then I’ll serve it, especially if it looks so beautiful. The sauce is spicy and delicous and convinced our son.

Chard and new potato curry

Yield: 4 servings

Chard and new potato curry (2)

This hearty curry is fantastic in late summer or early autumn. It can be made ahead, leave out the yoghurt and at it at the last minute just before serving.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams Swiss chard; about
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil; I used rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, halved and finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 3 cm piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 cardamom pods, bashed
  • 350 grams new potatoes, quartered
  • 250 grams plain (full-fat) yoghurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • a small bunch of coriander, roughly chopped; as always I used parsley
  • a small handful of almonds, cashews or pistachios, toasted and chopped; about 30 grams
  • sea salt
  • black pepper, freshly ground

SOURCE

978-1-4088-1212-9978-1-4088-1212-9 *

modified from Ulrike Westphal inspired by:
River Cottage Veg Every Day! (River Cottage Every Day)978-1408812129 *
ISBN: 978-1408812129

Instructions

  1. Separate the chard leaves from the stalks. Cut the stalks into 2-3cm pieces and roughly chop the leaves.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the onion and fry until just golden. Meanwhile, pound the garlic, chilli and ginger together with a pinch of salt to a paste. Add to the onion and cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes. Tip in the rest of the spices and stir for a minute or two.
  3. Add the potatoes and chopped chard stalks and fry, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, so that they are well coated with the spice mixture. Pour in about 400 ml water – enough to just cover the veg. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for lo-12 minutes until the potatoes are just tender. Add the chard leaves, stir and cook until just wilted.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the yoghurt, tomato puree and some of the hot liquid from the curry. Remove the curry from the heat, stir in the yoghurt mixture,return to the heat and warm through very gently (if it gets too hot, the yoghurt will curdle). Stir in most of the coriander.
  5. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Scatter over the toasted nuts and remaining coriander, then serve with rice and naan or chapattis.

VARIATIONS
Spinach and new potato curry: Use 600 -700 grams spinach in place of the chard. Remove by tough stalks and add the leaves to the curry once the potatoes are done. Cook for a minute or two before adding the yoghurt mixture.
Winter kale and potato curry: Use maincrop potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks, rather than new potatoes, and replace the chard with kale. Discard the kale stalks, roughly shred the leaves, and add them when the potatoes are nearly done. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until tender.

total time: 40 minutes
preparation time: 15 minutes
cooking/baking time: 20 minutes

 
 
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Slide Into September!
 
 
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