Thursday, 13 October 2011
Should you ask what the weather is like here today you would wish you hadn't bothered - it is raining, cold (9 degrees), foggy and thoroughly miserable. On a farm these conditions call for warming food.
The farmer is indoors keeping warm by painting the sitting room bay window. We have just taken the curtains to the dry-cleaners. They were washable but they are huge. The dry-cleaning bill is going to be £45 but it is worth that not to have to lug them in and out of the washing machine and find somewhere to dry them in this damp weather.
So now to warming food for lunch. We are going for our flu jabs at 1.30 so it has to be an early lunch. I have made a Spanish dish which I often fall back on when time is short. I don't have a name for it but it tastes good on its own, or on pasta.
I fry an onion in a little olive oil until the onion is transparent then I add sliced chorizo (as mild or as hot as you choose) and cook for a few minutes until the chorizo is beginning to brown. Add next a tin of chick peas and a tin of chopped tomatoes, a desertspoon of sugar and a good grinding of black pepper. Then cook this down until it is nice and thick and leave for a couple of hours for the flavours to meld. Yummy.
I have also made a dish for tomorrow as it is market day, which means we come in and need something to eat straight away. There is usually some cold meat around, so I have made a dish of red cabbage to go with it.
I slice half a red cabbage, any old apples lying around (I used eaters which are getting a bit old, but cookers are best) and a couple of onions. Layer them in a casserole dish, covering each layer with a sprinkling of salt, black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Put a lid on the dish and cook in a moderate oven until it has all cooked down nicely. It is better eaten the next day and heats up easily - or it can be eaten cold, almost like chutney.
If I am short of time I cook this as a stir fry instead and if it is getting near to Christmas I add a handful of cranberries.
There has that made your mouths water? A photo of the chorizo dish is above - the red cabbage is still in the oven but might put a photo on later to tempt you. Have a nice day - hope it is warm where you are.