The Zipless Munch

I have a very busy few days ahead of me so it's wham bam cooking time! Minimal shopping, minimal commitment but with the right ingredients, a mutually satisfying experience.
No time to batch cook but I do have a huge bowl of freshly made coleslaw already in the fridge and I will make a jar of basic vinaigrette that can be used on salad leaves, spuds etc.
At the market I will target, new potatoes, green leafy stuff, hopefully some nice purple sprouting broccoli, cucumber, onions, fresh ginger, mint and parsley.
From my dairy queen, Rose, eggs, a 1kg tub of plain organic yoghurt and maybe a chunk of whatever cheese looks good. The yoghurt I'll strain through some muslin to make my own "greek" version, cheaper than buying the real stuff. Getting rid of the whey means it won't split when I cook with it. Oh and I'll cook the new potatoes while I'm at it and bung them in the fridge for another meal.
Organic chicken thighs (non-organic chicken gives me the shivers so will skip it if they don't have any) , and cos I fancy a burger/ kofta, my butcher does great minced lamb.

West Pakistan Chicken
8 chicken thighs, skin removed
2 onions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons grated ginger
1 large clove of garlic, crushed
8 cardamom pods, crushed
1 tablespoon of tumeric
2 cups ( 500mls-ish ) of strained or Greek yoghurt
Handful of sultanas if you have them
A little oil, salt and pepper
Oven-proof dish that will fit the chicken in one layer
In a frying pan, brown the thighs and the onions in a spoonful of oil.
Transfer into oven-proof dish in one layer. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour over the chicken.
Great if this can stay in fridge overnight but an hour marinating would be fine.
Pre-heated oven 180 C / 350 F for about 45 minutes depending on plumptiousness of thighs, give them a prod.
Serve with basmati rice and loads of chopped parsley.

The leftovers I'll turn into Coronation chicken for late night sarnies.
Lamb burger- cumin, coriander, minced garlic served with minted tzatziki and coleslaw.
Bubble and squeak made with the leftover coleslaw and new potatoes and maybe a couple of poached eggs.
Frittata with the broccoli and a green salad.
All in all a hopefully stress-free and delicious few days munching!

Love Food X



  1. The West Pakistan Chicken sounds fantastic! A recipe I must try. I love it that you are not using expensive ingredients in these hard times.


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